Sunday, July 27, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

School board to discuss budget, accountability plan and hear AIM/GATE update

By
From page A1 | June 18, 2014 |

Summer, when most schools are out of session, is theoretically a slow season for school board meetings. But the Davis school board faces a substantial agenda on Thursday night.

It includes a public hearing on the school district’s $73 million “adoption budget” for 2014-15, which will allow the district to meet the state requirement that school districts have a budget in place by June 30, and is based on the latest information available to district staff when it was drafted earlier this month.

However, it does not reflect all the elements in the state budget approved by the California Legislature just hours before Sunday’s deadline. The budget has not yet been signed by Gov. Jerry Brown.

As Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby told the school board trustees last month, the new state budget is something of a good news/bad news situation — the good news being that Davis stands to get about $4 million more in ongoing funding next year from the state, and the bad news being that the state is asking school districts to pay more into the State Teachers Retirement System and Public Employees Retirement System.

“The challenge for all districts is that the cost of these (retirement) programs comes from general revenues, and the state is not proposing any additional funding at this time to cover the (retirement cost) increases at this time,” the agenda summary notes. “These proposed increases without additional projected funding from the state will consume a substantial amount of projected growth funding from the (state’s) Local Control Funding Formula.”

The board also will hold a public hearing on the school district’s proposed Local Control Accountability Plan, which is the accountability component of the new school finance funding formula. Davis’ LCAP has been discussed at a series of meetings that have been held since September.

The plan that will be reviewed Thursday is a 52-page document that identifies goals — and how those goals can be met — for a variety of programs around the school district. Trustees are scheduled to vote on the plan at their June 26 board meeting.

The board also will hear an update regarding the district’s AIM department and the superintendent’s AIM Advisory Committee’s work during the just-concluded school year. AIM is short for Alternative Instructional Model, the new moniker for GATE, the Gifted And Talented Education program.

The board will review the committee’s recommendations covering flexible grouping in math classes, and recommendations for AIM professional development.

Regarding professional development, the draft document recommends “that the district provide teacher support and training focused on differentiation so that all teachers are equipped to effectively meet the learning needs of all students, including those identified as gifted.”

“Increasing the use of differentiation techniques will improve student performance and outcomes in self-contained and non-self-contained classes for students who are GATE-identified and/or high-achieving in math. The committee recognizes that individual teacher training needs will vary and, thus, recommends that the district offer a variety of professional growth options, including classes and workshops offered by the district, the California Association for the Gifted, various colleges and other service providers, as well as additional peer collaboration time with the sole purpose of allowing teachers to plan and observe one another.”

The committee recommends that each site explore the implementation of flexible grouping practices in math “that will meet the unique their needs of students.” Seven more specific recommendations are included.

Thursday’s agenda also contains:

* An update on district complaint procedures.

* A resolution formally authorizing Certificates of Participation, borrowing against future revenues from the school district’s Community Facilities Districts, to raise up to $28 million for deferred maintenance and repair projects around the school district. This matter was discussed at the June 5 school board meeting.

* Approval of contract addendums for three senior administrators — Associate Superintendent of Business Services Bruce Colby (at a salary of $185,973), Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services and Elementary Education Clark Bryant ($136,553), and Associate Superintendent of Administrative Services Matt Best ($136,553).

These salaries represent the same 2 percent salary increase that was agreed to in negotiations with the Davis Teachers Association and the California School Employees Association earlier this year. Colby will be under contract through 2017; Bryant and Best through 2016.

Thursday’s school board meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd. The meeting will be carried live on Davis cable Channel 17, and as streaming video at www.djusd.tv.

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

Comments

comments

.

News

Community gardens stretch food dollars, study finds

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

 
Zombies by rail: It’s not just a show, it’s a trip

By Evan Arnold-Gordon | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Fatal Covell Boulevard crash recalled in court

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

 
Humphrey Fellows will host Global Forum

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Wildfire spurs evacuation of 700 homes

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
State can’t say if it’s meeting drought goal

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Rairdan joins race for Davis school board

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Ukraine launches offensive to retake Donetsk

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Israel extends Gaza truce through Sunday

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

New ordinance aims to prevent nut thefts from orchards

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A4

 
Biggest book sale to date opens Friday at Davis library

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Luna family matriarch turns 100

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4 | Gallery

 
 
Discussion of oil by rail EIR planned Sunday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Mace Innovation Center is focus of meeting

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Freeway crash injures two drivers

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A5

 
Museum wants your old Davis High School yearbooks

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Affordable housing forum planned in Davis

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

 
Protesters gather at Primate Center

By Tanya Perez | From Page: A8

 
State awards $40,000 for historic property survey

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A8

Free blood pressure screenings offered

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Vanguard hosts economic development director

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

Get a sneak peek at documentary trailer

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A9

 
Davis Chamber Choir sings short summer program

By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A9

Tasting event benefits Yolo Land Trust

By Lily Holmes | From Page: A9

 
At the Pond: From Davis, it’s easy to get back to nature

By Jean Jackman | From Page: A10 | Gallery

Tickets on sale now for DHS Hall of Fame dinner

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

 
.

Forum

Feels like a million miles away

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A7

 
Here’s what you need for a perfect wedding

By Marion Franck | From Page: A7

 
Check doctors’ vitals before they check yours

By The Associated Press | From Page: A7

Husband’s let himself go

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: A14

 
Questions on water rights

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16, 1 Comment

Campus turns on the tap

By Our View | From Page: A16

 
So, what’s in a week’s worth of waste?

By Michelle Millet | From Page: A16

Pat Oliphant cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: A16

 
Golf tourney was a big success

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A16

We can do more to help

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

 
New playground is wonderful

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A17

Just Us in Davis: Little Rock Nine hero to celebrate with Davis youths

By Jann L. Murray-Garcia | From Page: A17 | Gallery

 
.

Sports

Sutherland presents 1st clinic; golf column on its way

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
New Korematsu teacher is an American Ninja Warrior

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Furyk opens 3-shot lead in Canadian Open

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Gray wins 6th straight, A’s 4 HRs beat Texas 5-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

Kershaw throws 2-hitter as Dodgers beat Giants 5-0

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Nibali set to cruise to Tour victory

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Area sports briefs: River Cats take Game 1 of doubleheader

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B4

 
.

Features

.

Arts

.

Business

Companies will collaborate on crop insect control

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A13

 
Developer’s commitments: affordable and green

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A13 | Gallery

Go back to school with Great Clips

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

 
Lagerstrom represents Davis at Mary Kay seminar

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A15

UC Davis Health System earns ‘Most Wired’ award

By Charles Casey | From Page: A15

 
Bartholomew hires new associate

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A15

Yolo County real estate sales

By Zoe Juanitas | From Page: A15

 
.

Obituaries

Carlton Hope Meister

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Jonathan Eric Hollander

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Sunday, July 27, 2014

By Creator | From Page: A6