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Board Briefs: Sept. 28, 2021

Here are a few highlights from the Sept. 28 board meeting:

Update on enrollment trends

Staff presented an update to the board on enrollment trends in the district. The presentation covered the district’s five-year historical data, as well as projected enrollment trends for the next three years. The full presentation is available here. Future conversations will be held regarding school configurations, boundary redistricting, Katherine Johnson Middle School and the challenges of open enrollment on facilities planning and district capacities. 

Update on independent study and homeschool programs

Staff provided an update on the district’s independent study and homeschool programs. Independent study serves as an alternative education program for students in grades TK-12 that addresses individual student needs and learning styles. The model allows students to complete their academics outside of the traditional classroom setting. Currently, 283 students are enrolled in TK-5 independent study, and 344 students are enrolled in 6-12 independent study. Additionally, an update was shared on the district’s homeschool program, where currently 227 students are enrolled in grades TK-8. 

Next steps for these programs include continuing to hire staff to meet the demands based on enrollment, and supporting staff and students with curriculum, assessment and engagement. The team will also continue to monitor and support students’ transition into and out of programs, as needed.

In other news…

  • The board adopted a resolution proclaiming the week of Oct. 10-16 as the Week of the School Administrator.
  • The board held a public hearing and adopted a resolution stating that each pupil in each school in the district has sufficient textbooks and instructional materials in each subject that are consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework adopted by the state board. 

The next regular board meeting will be held on Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Visit www.sanjuan.edu/boardmeeting for details. You can also view videos of prior board meetings on the district’s YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/user/SanJuanUnified.