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School board preps for new academic year

By From page A3 | August 20, 2014

The Davis school board faces a short agenda for Thursday night’s meeting, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.

The board will hear a staff update on preparations for the new school year; the first day of classes will be Wednesday, Aug 27.  Included will be the latest figures on anticipated enrollment, as well as staffing. This will be an informational presentation, not an action item.

Trustees also will hear a presentation on summer professional growth offerings, and related work that links to the implementation of the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan and recently adopted Strategic Plan.

Among the summer presentations were sessions on “Bring Your Own Device,” as the district gets ready for students to bring their tablet computers and similar devices to use in class; training sessions covering new math and science standards; and sessions on how to use Google Apps for Education. This also will be an informational session, with no board action expected.

In addition, the board will hear a presentation about a new logo for the school district, which would be used on the district’s website, a soon-to-come Facebook page, stationery, business cards, banners and so forth. Trustees are being asked to provide comment on final design options.

The only action items on the agenda will be votes on four routine resolutions formally directing county government to levy and collect taxes under Community Facilities Districts No. 1 and No. 2, as well as voter-approved school parcel taxes Measure C and Measure E. The board is required to adopt such resolutions annually.

Elsewhere on the agenda, there is a closed-session item relating to the school district’s properties on Grande Avenue in North Davis and at Moore Boulevard and Pole Line Road in Wildhorse, with the notation “under negotiations: price.”

Several years ago, the board declared both properties to be “surplus,” after determining that the district has no plans to build on either property in the foreseeable future. There reportedly has been some recent interest in both parcels, and the closed session allows trustees to discuss possible terms of a sale (or property exchange).

An actual real estate transaction, if a deal is proposed, would be discussed and voted on in open session.

Thursday’s meeting will be carried live on Davis cable Channel 17 and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv.

— Reach Jeff Hudson at [email protected] or 530-747-8055.


Jeff Hudson

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