January 28, 2020 Board Meeting
Highlights from the Meeting
- National School Counseling Week was recognized. The district recently hired full-time counselors at each of the elementary and middle school campuses. This is a much needed resource and benefits the students and the district as a whole very much. On a personal note, I've found Ms. Lauxen at Hugo Reid to be an absolute treasure and we are very lucky to have her as a counselor for the primary and elementary school.
- The School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) were approved as part of the consent calendar. Although they are not yet on the website, they can be downloaded from the agenda. Taking a look at the AHS report, English scores rebounded from last year's 65% meeting/exceeding state standards to 74%, but are still down from four years ago of 80%. Math scores, unfortunately, remain far down at 66% meeting/exceeding standards. I'm also not clear on why this was on the consent calendar, this should have been an information item with lots of charts/graphs indicating what progress has been made.
- A presentation was made on the Governor's Proposals for the 2020-21 State Budget and K-12 Education. One interesting trend is that automobile loans are beginning to look like the mortgage industry that caused the last recession with people borrowing much more than their income seems to allow. Additionally, although the California economy is doing well, it is projected that growth will slow in the next few years. The stock market is rocking, but it may take stocks to "unsustainable peaks." Overall, the budget does not reflect increased Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) targets or any help with CalSTRS and CalPERS pension costs which is a big threat to our local budget.
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