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Board Briefs for Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Board Briefs for Tuesday, August 21, 2018

At Tuesday night's Board meeting, trustees recognized the contributions of three recent Logan alumni for their work on registering student voters on campus.  Kimberly Giang, Alexa Sass, and Sabrina Davis helped to sign up eligible Logan students to vote as part of the Parkland Voter Movement last April.

At the same meeting, the Board also agreed to increase its funding to support the District’s School Resource Officer program.  With this increase in funding and contributions by the City of Union City, Logan High School will house two School Resource Officers for the 2018-19 school year.

Dominic Dutra from 3D Strategies was invited to provide preliminary information to the Board on the feasibility of constructing Employee Housing on a District-owned piece of unused property of approximately three acres at the Barnard White campus. This piece of property was not used when Barnard White was operational and therefore it is assumed that a potential Employee Housing project will not adversely impact any decision related to any future discussions regarding there-opening the Barnard White campus in the future.

Employee Housing has been implemented in some school districts up and down the State in efforts to generate an on-going stream of unrestricted revenues for the District as well as to help in recruiting and maintaining employees, especially teachers, given the statewide teacher shortage related to the rising cost of housing in some parts of the State.

After the presentation the Board directed staff to pursue exploring this topic and requested a study session in the near future to allow for a deeper discussion.

Chief Business Officer Annette Heldman presented the revisions to the District’s Adopted General Fund Budget as result of the final State budget signed by the Governor on June 27, 2018. Ms. Heldman noted that the revised budget has been made available on our website within 45-days of the State budget enactment, as required by Education Code Section 42127(i)(4).

Ms. Heldman stated that the revised State budget reduced our revenues by approximately $1 million in 2018/19, which impacts our 3-year budget projection. Additionally, Ms. Heldman stated that these changes are strictly based on the final State budget and assumes no changes to all other data points and no additional expenditures or commitments from the time of adoption. Ms. Heldman concluded her presentation by reminding the Board and the public that there are other moving parts to the budget that could change the current scenario, and all known changes will be included as part of the First Interim report to be presented to the Board in December.

At the request of the Board, Director of Facilities Nic Arps presented a comprehensive report on the status of District's bond projects and expenses, including an overview of the projected timeline of the rest of the bond program to provide the Board a full outlook of the remaining projects and projected timeframes for each. Mr. Arps’ presentation can be found here.

The Board also approved staffing recommendations resulting in a number of administrative changes.  In the late spring, Dr. Quiauna Scott, accepted the superintendent position at Emery Unified. Director of Assessment and Evaluation, Tracie Noriega, was approved to replace Dr. Scott as the Director of K-12 Instruction.  John Mattos, formerly the Director of Pupil Services, was approved to take over as the Director of Assessment and Evaluation. Replacing Mr. Mattos in Pupil Services, is Marcus Lam, the Principal of Alvarado Elementary School.  Filling the vacancy at Alvarado Elementary as the Interim Principal is Eric Barron who most recently served as Emanuele Elementary’s assistant principal. The Board also approved Vachan Borja as the Interim Director of Food and Nutrition.

The agenda for Tuesday night’s meeting can be found here.

The Board will hold their regularly scheduled meetings on the first and third Tuesday of the month. Please see the list of dates below:

August 21, 2018

September 4, 2018

September 18, 2018

October 2, 2018

October 16, 2018

November 13, 2018

December 11, 2018

January 15, 2019

February 5, 2019

February 19, 2019

March 5, 2019

April 16, 2019

May 7, 2019

June 4, 2019

June 18, 2019