May 31, 2023
Item 2. Approve Agenda. Mr. Mueller pulled 4.1 closed session due to scheduling hiccup with lawyers for closed agenda or failure to disclose what 4.1 was about.
Item 3. Public Comments
Community member makes it clear that CHS VP should have already been dismissed…allegations are enough. Read speech here.
At time 1:24 Trustee Antrim interrupted and made a Trustee high, 4/5th point of order, stating “I believe this is a personal attack; Unwarranted and unfounded”, Trustee Cavanuagh said, “ I agree” Trustee Antrim said, “These are allegations, I do not believe these are appropriate for public comment”.
Mueller, “During special board meetings all public comments need to be relevant to the agenda, moving forward. Thank you.” (Community members please find board policy so it may be referenced)
Item 4. Closed Session.
Item 5. Come back to next board meeting if you want to talk about Vice Principal.
Item 6. Self-Assessment. Board members reflected on areas for self and group improvement.
(7:00) Trustee Antrim: Said that she does not always feel like she can present her view. The Temperature and scrutiny that we are under as a Board, and the experiences, personal attacks, crude and cruel intimidation tactics that make it hard on myself and others, and the viral world we live in, you want to be thoughtful, etc.
(10:30) Trustee Peters: considerate of expenses related to professional development
(14:00) Trustee Youngblood: board members should share their thoughts, and it is a rule if they vote No, they should comment on it.
(19:52) Trustee Sandie: why are takers being given to Mr. Mueller; difference between two different history classes…odd that staff is being tasked with that kind of thing
(21:10) Mr. Mueller: direction versus information; direction all Board needs to know and so Board members need to agree versus information I try and answer and share the response with all:
(26:00) Trustee Cavanaugh: Student learning could mean a host of different things, Trustee Antrim: conditions for student learning, and test scores may not always reflect that, Trustee Youngblood: hard to be objective without test scores, even thought student achievement is greater than that, “as bad as they are, test scores are the best we have”, Mr. Mueller: we will have in fall test score data and Ca Healthy Kids Survey, then make adjustments to LCAP lines of effort -budget, support, communications, learning…
(31:00) Trustee Antrim: we do a great job updating by-laws as law changes, but we have old by-laws that are not updated, it is a monster task that we could benefit from; Kami: I am researching how to minimize our list of board policies; Trustee Antrim: we don’t want to be the bare minimum group
(34:00) Mr. Mueller: All board policies are under the governing board tab, policies and procedures tab; Trustee Antrim: any community members who want to take up the tasks of making recommendations of what policies can be discarded, we welcome
(35: 15) Trustee Antrim: AI I am not sure , it is a gamble, the areas for growth and improvement, worried we are behind getting our kids ready for college and career, that is why we have a cyber committee, Worried we are not staying on top of things and want to keep pushing on this.
(37:00-42:00) Long discussion about moving closed session forward in the agenda.
(43:00) Trustee Peters: I don’t’ know if there is a procedure for starting committees, I think we only have one other committee…I have questions on that
(45:00-53:00) Supportive environment questions. Should the board talk about their month and should they talk about celebrating students and staff during Board meetings; some community members want the nuts and bolts. Trustee Peters: Should we do a separate event instead of a Board meeting? Trustee Antrim: Let’s be honest /accurate about how much time we allot for certain agenda items.
(53:05) Q39: Do members actively promote the belief and success of students and staff. Trustee Cavanuagh: I am concerned with failure to provide a cohesive strategy to provide a safe and supportive environment after eradication of No Place for Hate and the Tortilla incident as was promised. Trustee Sandie: We should see reduced incidents of bad behavior due to school sports training (as a result of Tortillagate) if it continues as planned.
(54:00) Trustee Peters: No Place for Hate was district-wide…since NPFH ended I have not seen as much kindness flyers; not as overt, what are we doing overall to promote students for each other? (55:00) Trustee Youngblood: I am getting the vibe of honoring and cherishing all students. It seems to me each of the school sites are speaking to that professionalism ethos.
(57:30) Trustee Youngblood: Let’s talk about academics each board meetings, maybe have a teacher address the board on a tool of how we assess and this is how we intervene when child is struggling; Trustee Cavanuagh liked having something that addresses student learning; Trustee Antrim: we already talked about this, I think it is adding another report to a monthly meeting, is not really the board’s action item for a board meeting. Trustee Youngblood: multiple purposes, a well-informed board probably makes a better decision.
(1:04-1:08) Q43 Trustee Sandie: Public can come to budget sub-committee and Donnie does a great job; it is my opinion we are doing a good job of keeping public informed of budget. Mr. Mueller: we can provide an annual update to the board on facilities maintenance plan (tasked)
Part 2 (2:30) Not a meaningful conversation. What role are we taking as community leaders? Trustee Antrim, once again downplayed her role, “We are not educators.” Trustee Youngblood, “defacto” as Trustees we are educational leaders.
Item 7. SAFETY PRESENTATION. Community member complimented district on having Rocky Heron present drug/fentanyl issue. School safety is about facilities, educating kids about hazards and the personnel we surround them with. I am curious to see what the audit shows. Another community member spoke to say publicly “Thank you.” If we don’t get this right, everything else falls behind.
School Safety Operations, inc. results of safety audit presented by Mr. Jeff Winkler. Most important recommendation: Emergency planning and Staff training. Very weak comments with no solid information on what was came out of audit arguably justified that no one wants to reveal specifics, but not value-added for public. Trustee Youngblood asked questions about Comm recommendations. Communication is a big problem, you want to reduce time delays, so you want a common communications system. Trustee Cavanaugh asked about substitute teachers and what information was provided to educate substitutes. Target hardening and training has to be done, hand-in-hand. Trustee Antrim asked his thoughts on “open campus.” The coming and going is a huge vulnerability. Trustee Youngblood asked about number of entry points. Safety consultant said single point of entry and ID Badge are recommended. Trustee Antrim asked about windows along 6th avenue. Mr. Mueller said that there are specific recommendations and that essentially not necessary to discuss here. 103 page report. Mr. Mueller said he will present to the public what actions the Admin can work on, cost analysis, funding source (self-task). Mr. Mueller talked about partnership with SDCOE and briefing by Mr. Herron about drugs.
$500,000 DOJ grant is available for Hard Target (building) infrastructure like building a vestibule, new entry way. Soft Target (personnel, more fluid) upgrades like ID cards, security personnel, radio communications network not covered by DOJ grant.