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School board meets to wrap up several items before July break

By From page A1 | June 25, 2014

The Davis school board will meet earlier than usual on Thursday. The open session will start at 6:15 p.m. — 45 minutes earlier than the usual.

And the meeting place will be a bit different from the usual as well — the East Conference Room in the school district’s Susan B. Anthony office building, 526 B St., rather than the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall.

On the agenda will be several items the school board needs to wrap up before a state-mandated deadline at the end of the month. These include:

* Formal approval of the school district’s Local Control Accountability Plan, which was discussed at the June 19 school board meeting. The LCAP details how the district plans to use state money sent to the Davis school district under the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula. This includes funds that are earmarked for the education of students from lower-income households and students who are English Learners. School districts are required to approve an LCAP by the end of June; the Davis district’s LCAP will be reviewed by the Yolo County Office of Education, and then be sent on to the California Department of Education in Sacramento.

* Formal approval of the Local Control Accountability Plan for Da Vinci Charter Academy. Even though it is part of the Davis Joint Unified School District, as a charter school, it must file its own LCAP.

* Formal approval of the school district’s 2014-15 Adoption Budget. The Adoption Budget was reviewed and discussed by the school board during a public hearing at the June 19 school board meeting. The agenda item for this meeting is expected to involve a very brief discussion, followed by board approval of the Adoption Budget, in time to meet the state-mandated end-of-June deadline.

Other items on the agenda include:

* An exploration of the possible formation of a school district Curriculum and Instruction Committee. At the June 19 school board meeting, staff was asked to prepare an agenda item on this topic. The purpose of a district-wide committee would be “to examine curriculum proposals and textbook adoptions,” according to the agenda. The Davis school district did not purchase a great deal of new curriculum material during the past few years due to funding cuts brought on by the state budget crisis; in addition, the school district is in the process of implementing the new Common Core academic standards. On June 19, the school district hired Stephanie Gregson in the newly restored position of Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Learning, which was cut during the early phases of the state budget crisis.

* Appointment of a trustee to participate on the proposed Ad Hoc Alternative Conflict Mediation Work Group — a panel that also will include the school district’s climate coordinator; representatives from the Davis High School Blue and White Foundation, the Yolo Conflict Resolution Center, the school district’s Student Services department, the Davis Teachers Association, the California School Employees Association, the district’s Human Resources department; and a parent. The panel will look into complaints relating to the school district and make recommendations relating to best practices in resolving conflicts.

Because the school district’s East Conference Room is not wired for live broadcasting, there will not be a live cable TV broadcast or live streaming video of Thursday’s meeting.

When Thursday’s special meeting adjourns, the school board will begin its summer break. The board does not have a meeting scheduled during the month of July; the next scheduled meeting will be at 7 p.m. Aug. 7 in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

Jeff Hudson

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