The Davis school board will hear an update on the recent three-day session held by the school district’s newly-formed Strategic Planning Committee — and discuss the formation of several “action teams” that will be working on topics that were the focus of the Strategic Planning Committee’s discussions — when the school board meets at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the Community Chambers at Davis City Hall, 23 Russell Blvd.
The school board trustees will review the draft documents adopted by the Strategic Planning Committee, which is charged with identifying major goals for the school district in the next several years, as well as recommending ways those goals could be achieved.
Elsewhere on Thursday’s agenda, the school board will:
* Review the 2012-13 Unaudited Actuals Report, in a discussion to be led by Associate Superintendent Bruce Colby from the school distirct’s business office.
According to the agenda summary, “the actuals met or exceeded the district projection for all funds. The Total General Fund ending balance is better than projected due to favorable updates in final funding allocations, local donations and the final billing and funding for special education services. All variances, favorable or unfavorable will be reviewed an analyzed for future budget projections. Additionally, staff is working with our Yolo County special education organization (Yolo County SELPA) to provide timely updates and more accurate projections for special education funding allocations.”
* Hear an update on the district’s implementation of the Common Core academic standards, in a discussion to be led by Associate Superintendent Clark Bryant from the districts instructional services office. Staff has developed a pilot report card for students between Transitional Kindergarten, identified focus units in mathematics for grades K-7; established a calendar of performance tasks for English Language Arts in the elementary schools; and a reviewed of existing instructional materials.
Progress also has been made in mathematics with adjustments at the elementary level to reflect the new standards. Additionally, a draft of the Secondary Math Pathway has been developed. Finally, the revised California Common Core State Standards are available in English Language Arts and Mathematics.
* Hold an annually-scheduled public hearing and consider approval of a resolution declaring that the district has met state-mandated standards for instructional materials.
* Consider the feasibility of entering an agreement that would allow the Explorit Science Center (on East Fifth St. in the Mace Ranch neighborhood) to gain wi-fi access through nearby Fred Korematsu Elementary School.
The meeting will be broadcast live on Davis cable television channel 17, and carried live as streaming video on district website www.djusd.tv.
— Reach Jeff Hudson at email@example.com or 530-747-8055. Follow him on Twitter at @JeffHudsonDE