Feb 16, 2023
Notice: Antrim absent. Emerald Keeper failed to show for a presentation explaining their relationship with Coronado Schools.
2.5 SafeHarbor provided a 5 minute community presentation. They meet monthly under “safe harbor coalition” with CUSD superintendent, CUSD principals, a couple of churches, police chief, sharp hospital, base personnel…and talk about youth and families to align efforts. They are at back to school nights and PTO meetings. Using library for coffee talks, videotaping, and sometimes at various schools, private and public.
2.6 Board Member Comments
Peters updates 4×4 Committee. It has met twice and is comprised of: Stephanie Slaughter, Brian Trotier, Roloff Ruess, Michael Iverson, and Kevin Ashley. Perform comprehensive revaluation of review of 4×4 Bell schedule to assess impact on student achievement, opportunities for academic growth with aim to identify strength, weaknesses, or areas of improvements if any. The committee decidedly to have closed meetings (however, some will be open). Trying to get final report by May 20 Board meeting. Closed meetings assist with getting honest feedback from teachers without fear of reprisals.
Youngblood: Reported on an article entitled, “California quietly abandons COVID “vaccine” mandates.” I believe this is long overdue…In fact, children with COVID 19 did not get infected to a significant degree nor significantly transmit. I believe this mandate is divisive. We need to be vigilant against mandates, because not all vaccines are created equally.
2.7 Superintendent’s Comments…Silver Strand had unstructured play? College and Career Day (parents please share feedback)
3.0 Public Comments on Non-Agenda Items: 1. A community member expressed disappointment that 4×4 committee was closed doors; 2. Another noted that there is no transparency with Jan 19-20 Equity Conference, what is making it into the classroom, who attended, etc.; 3. A former teacher called out the labeling of the 4×4 as the Bell schedule for the last meeting as impacting transparency and community involvement; 4. another asked for community partnerships to be evaluated
4.0 Public Comments on Consent Agenda (reminder please share speeches) 1. A community member expressed questions about the Equity Audit and asked the Board to perform more research; 2. Another asked about the Equity Conference agenda and what was learned? What best practices are being brought back into classroom?
Youngblood mentioned that the audit was previously approved, criteria was reviewed with Superintendent, “I find the term Equity in the title to be controversial, however, the goal is to get someone to come in and review our educational practices and if there is a chance they can help with that, and help a subgroup of students, then I think it is worthy undertaken. I think we need to be vigilant about what [ the report] might contain and if it comes back with controversial things….then that will be unfortunate.”
Peters spoke to Superintendent about NCUST, “Equity is defined on website, that is the definition we use” and “I don’t have any concerns.” Likewise, “We pay to supplement SafeHarbor and am happy to support that expenditures.”
5.1/6.1/6.2 No comment on teacher’s bargaining agreement
6.3. CSBA nomination for delegate assembly representatives; only one from our district was Antrim
6.4 Approve Governance protocol. Community member praised the level of work involved in the Governance workshop citing the community does not realize it (Editor’s comment: perhaps because it was not well advertised an on a three day weekend). Youngblood further refined some subtypes of special meetings. Cavanaugh tried to get an amendment approved that would state that community member’s requested agenda items would be reviewed at the conclusion of a board meeting. Youngblood argued “that a member should try and convince two Trustees to get something added to the agenda. It is not the obligation or function of the President to acknowledge community members.” Youngblood recommended, “Best strategy is to write to a Trustee and make the case that something that should be on agenda” because it is difficult realtime for board to get behind a request.
6.5. Approval of letter to College Board. Not approved, needs to be rewritten with more direct, concise language.
7.1. ACT Teacher Union President.
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