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Recap for May 12 BOE Meeting

School District Formal Agenda - PDF Version including Consent Items Formal Minutes from May 12

Under consent items there are a few job descriptions related to the reorganization of Educational Servces. They are: Dean of Student Support Services, Assessment, Teacher on Special Assignment and  English Language Development, Teacher on Special Assignment. In addition, the job position of General Counsel is being added. This position should be cost neutral as outside legal costs will be offset by the addition of this position.

1.) Employee of the Month

Background: Each month AUSD employees selected as Employees of the Month. This month we honor:

Paden Elemeentary School
Sarah Notch, SPED Teacher
Sue Jones. SPED Paraprofessional
Glee Pasol, SPED Paraprofessional
Mary Rutherford, SPED Paraprofessional

Alameda Community Learning Center
Jacob Powell, Social Science Teacher

Fiscal Implications: None

2.) Highlighting Alameda Unified School District Wood Middle School

Background:  Wood Middle School Student Service Learning Waste Reduction Project leaders will present "A Year in Review." They were not present so the agenda item will be moved to another meeting.

Fiscal Implications: None.

3.) Chipman Middle School - Program Improvement Update

Background: In 2008-09 Chipman Middle School was designated a Program Improvement school – Year 3, based on the Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) guidelines of not meeting the annual measurable objectives two years in a row in English Language Arts and Mathematics for the African American student subgroup.

Program Improvement (PI) Year 3 requires schools to offer corrective action options, timely parent notification of PI status, public school choice transfer to other non-Program Improvement schools, transportation costs, supplemental educational services (SES) and a revised school site plan. Under NCLB the district set aside Title I funds for professional development, SES, and transportation costs. Staff will provide an update of how these requirements for year 3 were met.

Chipman Middle School has met state requirements for growth in their Academic Performance Index. In 3 years Chipman’s API grew by 26 points and has met growth targets in its Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the following subgroups:

  • English Language Arts: Asian, Filipino, White, Socio-economically disadvantaged
  • Mathematics: Asian, White

Tonight district and Chipman staff presented the school’s implementation plan progress for 08-09 and shared the work in progress for the 09-10 school year.

Fiscal Implications: None

4.) Declaration of Need for Full Qualified Educators

Background: Each year the District  identifies the positions where there maybe an insufficient number of cerificated persons who meet the Distric's specified employment criteria. The Board approved the declaration.  

Fiscal Implications: None.

5.) Approval of Resolution No. 09-0028 Intent to Dismiss Classified Employees, California Employees Association Chapter 27. Officer/Technical and Paraprofessional Unit

Background: One testing specialist position is being reduced. The Board the resolution. 

Fiscal Implications: Reallocation of funds to other classified positions.

6.) Approval of Resolution No. 09-0029 Intent to Dismiss Classified Employees

Background: Eight Lead Instructors for a total full time equilavent count of 5.52 are being reduced. The Board approved the resolution. 

Fiscal Implications: Reallocation of funds to other classified positions.

6.) Budget Categorical Recommendations

Background: Staff made an initial presentation of the impact of the Governor's proposed budget at the January 27th Board of Education meeting. Staff made an presentation on the ongoing budget implications at the February 10th meeting along a presentation at February 11th board workshop. At the February 24 meeting staff will begin to explain the implications of the newly adopted State budget as well as provide information about categorical spending. At the March 10 board meeting staff provided Part 1 analysis of the categorical programs including cost and benefits. At the March 24th BOE meeting staff presented Part 2 analysis of categorical spending, In addition at the 3/24 BOE meeting, a public hearing was held in order for the District to use Categorical Flexibility to address state budget reductions for education.  The Board approved the use of Categorical Flexibility at the April 14th Board meeting. At the April 28 meeting, the Superintendent proposed a reorganization of the Education Services department in an effort to allocate more Categorical Funds directly to the school sites. Staff made their recommendation for spending categorical funds and the budget for Educational Services for 2009-10.  The Board approved the recommendation.

Fiscal Implications:

8.) Public Hearing Caring Schools Curriculum Addressing Issues of Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Background: Begun in October, 2007 the Safe Schools Committee convened to develop an additional lesson to the Caring School Community curriculum. This lesson would include education on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender for K-5 students to encourage a safe, welcoming and nonviolent environment at all school sites.

The lesson for each grade level K – 5 has been developed and presented to the Board of Education for the April 28, 2009 meeting. In addition, a lesson matrix, vocabulary words and future tasks were presented.

During May and June, 2009 there will be additional training for teacher leaders to develop ways to model lessons to all K-5 teachers and to incorporate the Caring School Curriculum into the first 9 weeks of school. Frequently asked questions and answers will be created. All K-5 teachers will receive training in September, 2009.

Alameda Unified School District’s legal counsel's recommended opinion was included in regard to the opt out and/or noticing of parents from Lesson #9, LGBT. Due to the high volume of speakers, the public hearing was suspended with a 100 speakers who had turned in speaker slips. There is no way of determining how many additional speakers would have turned in slips because they were not allowed in council chambers due fire safety issues.

Fiscal Implications: Approximately $6,000 for curriculum and training