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School board to hear updates on enrollment, tax revenue

By From page A1 | February 19, 2014

The Davis school board will hear updates on several major topics at Thursday night’s meeting — touching on everything from parcel tax revenue to enrollment projections, and from the academic-year calendar to facilities needs.

Davis Demographics will present a newly updated set of enrollment projections, the latest in a long line of reports dating back several years. The report notes that “births in the area have decreased by 17 percent between 2008 and 2012″ which “could lead to a decline in the number of kindergarten students in the next four years.” But overall, the projections indicate a likely increase of between 99 and 390 students between 2014 and 2024, though there will be some small ups and downs in enrollment along the way.

The school district’s Parcel Tax Oversight Committee will make its annual report, including an overview of how much parcel tax revenue the district receives — about $9.5 million per year — and listing the various teaching, counseling and library positions, etc., that are supported with it.

Trustees also will hear an outline of the district’s needs from facilities director Mike Adell, who told The Enterprise his report will discuss the need to repair or replace the roofs on several aging buildings around the district, as well as update or replace several decades-old fire alarm and air-conditioning systems. The district has a very limited amount of money to pay for these projects.

There also will be an update on the academic-year calendar, specifically, the concept of formally ending the fall semester before the winter break in late December. The board is being asked to direct administrative staff whether to “take the next steps of educating site staff and the community” regarding the possible calendar shift. Calendar options ultimately must be voted on by the school board and the members of the Davis Teachers Association, as part of the teachers’ contract.

Trustees also will hear a presentation on athletics policy, and review draft documents relating to coach selection criteria/process, coach term of employment, role of the head coach (varsity, junior varsity, frosh), role of the athletic director, the athletics complaint process, and the coaches’ code of conduct. The presentation will include a timeline for the process associated with the development of these policies and procedures.

The agenda summary notes that “over the past 18 months there has been a great deal of (public) attention” at school board meetings on the topic of athletics and the hiring and departure of several coaches. The policies to be covered Thursday have been in development for several months.

Most recently, the furor has concentrated on Davis High School girls and boys volleyball coach Julie Crawford, who has been granted an appeal of the superintendent’s decision not to extend her coaching variable services agreement. That decision was made following an investigation last fall of a formal complaint filed by Dr. Rob Peterson, the father of a girls volleyball player and the husband of trustee Nancy Peterson.

The investigation found that Crawford “more likely than not” retaliated against Nancy Peterson, her chief critic, by cutting Emma Peterson from the varsity volleyball team before the start of her senior season.

Additionally, the school board will consider supporting the nomination of trustee Susan Lovenburg to serve as a delegate from Yolo County to the California School Boards Association.

Thursday’s meeting will 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 live streaming video at www.djusd.tv.

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

Jeff Hudson

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