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Board Briefs: Jan. 23, 2024

Board Briefs: Jan. 23, 2024

Here are a few highlights from the Jan. 23 board meeting (the full agenda packet is available):

Board hears update from the Family and Community Engagement department

San Juan Unified’s Family and Community Engagement department works to connect schools, families and communities in support of student success. The department encompasses efforts that include family education and staff development, community partnership development, volunteer support, problem resolution and new this year are efforts to expand access to experiential learning through field trips. Learn more about upcoming workshops and events for families at

Board discusses name change for Arcade Fundamental Middle School

As Arcade Fundamental Middle School looks forward to the debut of its modernized campus in the fall of 2024, the community explored potentially removing the “Fundamental” from the school’s name. As Arcade Fundamental Middle School moves forward as a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM) program, they have shifted their focus to collaboration, inquiry, and process-based learning.  Board action is anticipated at the Feb. 13 board meeting.

In other news…

  • The board recognized the district’s 2024 Classified Employees of the Year: Ivy Akbari, high school secretary (Encina Preparatory High School); Jose Rios, custodian (Thomas Edison Language Institute); and Lanesia Foster, instructional assistant III (Carriage Drive Elementary School). Learn more about this year’s honorees

  • The board passed a resolution proclaiming Feb. 5-9 as National School Counseling Week.

  • The board held a public hearing and adopted a resolution declaring the conveyance of a permanent easement at Arcade Fundamental Middle School to SMUD.

  • The board approved the proposed revisions to Board Policy 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures, as well as the proposed revisions to Board Policy 5145.3 Nondiscrimination/Harassment and the accompanying exhibit.

The next regular board meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at 6:30 p.m. Visit for details. You can also view videos of prior board meetings on the district’s YouTube channel at