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Board Briefs: March 14, 2017

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, March 14 (the full agenda packet can be found here.)

Board approves the adoption of March as Arts Appreciation Month

The board voted unanimously to recognize March as Arts Appreciation Month in the district after a presentation by Visual and Performing Arts program specialist Laurel Lyda. San Juan Unified schools will promote arts education during March and encourage students to explore new facets of the arts and humanities, while encouraging a lifelong love of art in their lives.

San Juan Unified offers a variety of arts programs, including music, drama, theater and art classes. Several festivals and performances featuring students at San Juan Unified schools also take place at schools and in the community throughout the year. Upcoming events in March include a performance of the musical “Oklahoma!” by Bella Vista High School students and “The People II” by Mira Loma High School students.

Mid-year report on English Learner program

Dr. Debra Calvin presented a mid-year report on San Juan Unified's English Learner program. Data presented in the report showed an increase in Farsi and Arabic speakers, a decrease in Spanish speakers and an increase of English Learner students with irregular or no previous schooling from the 2011 – 2012 to 2015 – 2016 school years. Preliminary report data showed an increase in progress with English Learner students.  

Calvin identified the next steps to improve the instructional core of the English Learner program. These steps include conducting learning walkthroughs, support for long-term English learners, academic planning and student placement, additional training for teachers and coordinating English Learner summer school programs at all grade levels.

In other news….

•  The board approved a resolution establishing the independent citizens’ oversight committee for Measure P.
•  The board approved a resolution authorizing procurement of technology, telecommunications, related equipment, software and services utilizing public contract code 20118.2.