Friday, December 19, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

School board fills more administrative posts, discusses accountability plan

By
From page A1 | June 20, 2014 |

The Davis school board approved hires to fill several administrative posts on Thursday night. The meeting also included a public hearing on the school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan.

The new hires are Jonathon Brunson, who will fill the new position of director of personnel services, and Stephanie Gregson, who will assume the restored position of director of curriculum, assessment and learning.

Brunson has been principal at Douglass Middle School in Woodland since 2005. He earned a certification from the Association of California School Administrators in 2011 in the area of personnel administration. Brunson also served as assistant principal at Winters High School from 1998 to 2005, and was a social studies teacher and the activities director at Davis High School from 1995 through 1998.

Prior to that, he taught at Yuba City High School from 1987 to 1995. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Chico State, a master’s in education from the University of LaVerne, and an administrative credential from Sacramento State.

Gregson has been principal at Tom Hawkins Elementary in the Jefferson school district in Tracy since 2010. That school serves upwards of 800 students ranging from transitional kindergarten (age 4) through the eighth grade.

Gregson also was an adjunct professor at Sacramento State from 2010 to 2012, where she developed a course on increasing language fluency among students who are English learners. She also worked in the Washington Unified School District in West Sacramento from 2004 to 2010, serving in positions ranging reading program coordinator to assistant principal.

Gregson began her teaching career in the Sacramento City Unified School District in 1997, teaching grades 4-6 at Ethel Phillips Elementary. She earned a bachelor’s degree, a teaching credential, an administrative credential and a master’s degree at Sacramento State.

The school board also made several internal administrative moves around the district:

* Kenneth Durham, who had been serving as half-time vice principal at Emerson Junior High and half-time manager of student services at the district office, will become the full-time vice principal at Harper Junior High. He fills a vacancy created when Kerin Kelleher was recently promoted to Harper principal.

* Karrie Hernandez will assume the half-time position of manager of student services at the district office, a slot formerly filled by Durham, and will continue as half-time teaching position at Montgomery Elementary.

* Jennifer McNeil becomes half-time vice principal at Emerson Junior High, a slot previously filled by Durham, and will continue as half-time crisis guidance manager with the school district.

* Natalie Zehnder also will be a part-time crisis guidance manager. She previously held a half-time position as a psychologist and a one-third-time position as a crisis guidance manager.

The school district is still working to fill a part-time position of vice principal at Davis High School.

The school board also held a public hearing on the district’s proposed Local Control Accountability Plan, which is required as part of the changes ushered in by the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula. The LCAP basically outlines how a district plans to use state funds that are intended to promote the education of students from low-income households and students who are English learners. All California school districts are expected to approve an LCAP by the end of June

Teacher Cathy Haskell asked that the Davis school district’s LCAP be modified to reconcile issues relating to a possible conflict between efforts to reduce student suspensions and expulsions — a goal identified by federal authorities on civil rights grounds — and the safety of students and teachers, some of whom have been assaulted on occasion by some students.

Other speakers included parent/activist Hiram Jackson, who called for more pupil and student involvement in the annual update of the LCAP, and parent/activist Alan Hirsch, who called on the school board to get more trees planted to shade school district playgrounds and green areas. Hirsch suggested that the school district should aggressively try to get “mitigation trees” that are currently being planned for planting at soccer fields to the east of town.

Superintendent Winfred Roberson said the district will continue to take public comment on the accountability plan through the end of the business day today. There is a comment link on the school district’s website at www.djusd.net/lcap.

The school board is expected to formally approve the plan at its meeting next Thursday.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at jhudson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8055.

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    UCD, UC team up to study effects of climate change

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Teens’ goal? Helping other soccer players around the world

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Konditorei presents free holiday concert

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Welcome 2015 with Mumbo Gumbo at a gala bash

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Luminaria display planned in West Davis

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Creative women share food, friendship

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Blue Christmas service planned at Davis churches

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

     
    Willett bench is a labor of love

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A4

    Author! Author! UCD hosts talks, Q and A on Asia-focused books

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    See diving ducks at city wetlands tour

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5 | Gallery

     
    Libraries will be closed around the holidays

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

    Downtown gift cards get a new perk

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A6

     
    Nobel Prize winner will discuss research related to autism

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

    A home for the holidays?

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8 | Gallery

     
    Explorit: Experience nano this spring

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A9 | Gallery

    Traditional carols service is Saturday at St. Martin’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

     
    Supplies collected for victims of abuse

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Grandmothers support group meets weekly

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11, 1 Comment

     
    Soup’s On will benefit NAMI-Yolo

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    Donate to STEAC at Original Steve’s

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Forum

    Tom Meyer cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A14

     
    Cheers and Jeers: Have you ever seen the rain?

    By Our View | From Page: A14

    Defeating Ebola involves medicine, and prayers

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A14 | Gallery

     
    Kudos to Central Park Gardens donors and volunteers

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A14

    .

    Sports

    Lady Blue Devils rout an undefeated Liberty squad

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    UCD RB coach Wright heads to Florida; what next?

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

    Aggies nab junior college defensive lineman

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1

     
    Cousins is back in lineup but Kings fall

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Devil boys hold off scrappy Rio Linda

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Nostra-Dunning makes his 2014 bowl picks

    By Bob Dunning | From Page: B2

    Tennyson’s first goal is the difference in Sharks win

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    Name droppers: Trio elected to academy of inventors

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

     
    .

    Arts

     
    DMTC announces auditions for ‘Sweeney Todd’

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    ‘Before Midnight’ screening is tonight

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    DMTC plans New Year’s Eve party

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

    Tom Rigney and Flambeau to play

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

     
    .

    Business

    After 19 years, Alfa Romeo returns

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: A16

     
    .

    Obituaries

    Rena Sylvia Smilkstein

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    .

    Comics