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Board Briefs – March 26, 2019

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, March 26 (the full agenda packet can be found here).


Board hears update on special education supports in district

Special education is a set of services and supports for students with disabilities that is regulated and monitored by the California Department of Education. San Juan Unified’s Special Education department provides supports and services in all schools in the district, as well as the charter schools within the Special Education Local Plan Area. Currently, the district serves more than 6,400 students with an active Individualized Education Program (IEP). Students served range from infants to age 22.

As part of the update, the board heard from students who receive special education services, including Rocky Robello, a student at Laurel Ruff Transitional School. Robello spoke about his experience being a part of Project SEARCH, a program hosted by Kaiser Permanente where young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities receive education and training through an innovative career development model. The primary goal of the program is to secure competitive employment outcomes for graduates from Laurel Ruff.

The board also heard from a graduate from La Vista, David Jackson, who spoke about the preparation the school provided him for college. In his first semester of college, he has earned a 4.0 GPA. Kerri Jobe, a parent of a student at Ralph Richardson Center, shared her son’s journey through San Juan Unified’s special education program and how is thriving.

Next steps for the department include collaborating with other departments within the district to ensure student growth, as well as providing additional professional learning opportunities for all staff.


Update provided on new graduation requirements

Staff provided the board an update of the implementation of the new graduation requirements, starting with the class of 2023. Throughout this school year, staff has been working on implementing a communication plan, and revising and establishing a new course development and flexibility plan. Key changes in graduation requirements include:

  • Third year of math
  • Third year of science
  • Two years of world language

Freshman and sophomore course plans will include a path to meet A-G requirements. The new requirements provide flexibility for students to select non-A-G courses that are aligned with their personal interests and future education.

To learn more about graduation requirements, visit The district will host an information night on April 2 for parents/guardians, students and staff to share information about the new graduation requirements. The information night will be held on Tuesday, April 2 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the San Juan Unified board room, located at 3738 Walnut Ave. in Carmichael.


April 9 board meeting to be held at El Camino Fundamental High School

The board approved moving the regular board meeting on April 9, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. from the district office to El Camino Fundamental High School, located at 4300 El Camino Avenue in Sacramento.


In other news…

  • The board adopted a resolution recognizing April 8-12 as Week of the Young Child.


The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at El Camino Fundamental High School. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here. Audio files and transcripts from past board meetings can be accessed here.