SLV School District Perspectives
School Board Meeting Synopsis
September 8, 2004
Link To SLVUSD Web site Agendas and Minutes Page (Note: These are PDF files - read this if you have trouble opening them). Minutes are posted after they are approved, usually at the next regular meeting.
Note from Laura About These Synopses (Basically, I report on what I think will be most interesting to community residents. Consult the minutes for a more complete listing of what happened in the meeting.)
Enrollment is higher than projected at SLE and BCE. Some teachers with large classes are seeking "creative relief" - I assume this means getting help without breaking the budget.
Ms. Sprenger reported on her involvement with the Go For Health Collaborative. She brought copies of the comprehensive plan. There will be a presentation to the board at some point in the near future.
There was no general community input at this meeting.
In a follow-up to last meeting's dispute about the votes on attorney contract renewals and minutes from July 6, a phone meeting between the attorney, the superintendent, the President of the Board, and Mr. Fultz took place, and it was agreed to have the matter voted on as a first reading at this meeting. Also, both Ms. Weber and Mr. Fultz will have statements attached to the disputed minutes.
Last year, there were dance and visual arts programs at the elementary schools, as well as a special program for "artistically talented" youth which used a classroom at Quail Hollow. An artist worked with ten children in grades 3-5 intensely over a six week period.
This year, SPECTRA will be providing after-school programs, as well as teacher and staff development for grades K-8. It is hoped that in future years there will be enough funding to reinstitute other SPECTRA programs.
State Budget and K-12 Education Update
Assistant Superintendent Henden reported on a budget workshop she attended. The California state budget is growing slowly, but is "still in trouble". A deficit still exists and could conceivably double. School districts will get cost of living adjustments, but previous cuts are still in place.
A new mandate is that in the 08-09 year school districts will have to begin to set aside funds for health benefits for retirees. This means that we will not only have to pay current retirees, but set aside money for the future. This could conceivably be a substantial problem and must be planned for.
Approved by votes of 4-1 and 3-2.
Meeting was adjourned at around 7 PM.
The closed session followed the public meeting tonight. It was listed on the agenda as follows: