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Board Briefs: May 22, 2012

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s regular meeting on Tuesday (the full agenda packet can be found here):

District staff to prepare resolution for November bond measure

Board members authorized District staff to prepare documents to place a $350 million general obligation bond measure on the Nov. 6 ballot. The measure, which if on the ballot would require 55 percent approval to pass, would finance upgrades and investments at schools throughout the entire District.

If approved, a bond measure would be used to modernize aging classrooms, upgrade technology, equip schools with resources to ensure they meet 21st century learning needs, finance energy efficiency upgrades, improve student safety and make the District eligible for millions in additional state funds.

A March poll conducted to gauge potential support for a future bond measure found 66 percent of respondents indicated support for a proposed bond.

A resolution to place the measure on the November ballot will go before the Board next month.

Engaging new high school courses at Rio, El Camino proposed

Four new high school course offerings – one at Rio Americano and three at El Camino Fundamental –offer students opportunities to dig deep intellectually, develop leadership skills, challenge themselves with rigorous material and better understand the world around them.

At Rio, the proposed course is Advanced Placement Environmental Science, the goal of which is to “provide students with the scientific principles, concepts and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships of the natural world, to identify and analyze environmental problems both natural and human-made, to evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems and to examine alternative solutions for resolving and/or preventing them,” according to the course description.

Two of El Camino’s new proposed classes center on leadership:

Students taking Introduction to Leadership will use reading, analytical writing, collaborative projects and oral presentations to develop and implement campus culture improvement and service learning projects throughout the year.

In a separate Link Crew Leadership course, upper-classmen who choose to mentor freshmen in the Link Crew program will be provided training to develop their leadership skills through academic discourse, research, critical writing and team development.

A Dystopian Literature course at El Camino is modeled after a college-level literature class an English major might take. Students would study influential works such as George Orwell’s 1984, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and others to examine anti-heroes, totalitarian societies and the cultural and moral contexts of pieces of literature.

Click here for the full Board presentation, which provides more details on each proposed class.  

The Board will take action on the proposed classes next month.

In other action …

• Skycrest Elementary School parent Susana Rubio was honored with a Spirit of San Juan award for exemplifying courage in her school community. Stay tuned for an upcoming video profile of Rubio to learn more about how she earned the recognition.

• Three high school academic competition teams were honored for their accomplishments: Bella Vista’s academic decathlon team for finishing first in county competitions in February; Bella Vista’s moot court teams for placing first and third in regionals; and Rio Americano’s mock trial team for taking top honors in the county and advancing to the state contest.

• El Camino Fundamental High School students Trina Romo and Mitchell Rosenberg updated Board members on activities and accomplishments at their school. They noted that the school’s strategic planning team has added a school community service requirement for all students, and the students updated the Board on various senior, arts and athletic activities.

• Board members discussed a proposal to rename the former Thomas Edison Elementary site on Dom Way, which serves as an Early Childhood Education site, as General Davie Jr. Primary Center. Site administration met with parent groups and teachers to deliberate the naming of the site, and the unanimous recommendation was to name the facility after Davie, the District’s superintendent from 1998-2005. The Board of Education is scheduled to take action next month.

• The Board approved the District’s proposals for contract negotiations with Teamsters Local 150  and received the San Juan Supervisors Association proposal for 2012-13 contract re-openers.

The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held June 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the District Office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here.

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