Santa Rosa City Schools
June 8, 2022
4:45 p.m. – Closed Session
6:00 p.m. – Open Session
Hybrid: Zoom / Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chambers (100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404)
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Closed Session Items:
A.1. Public Comment On Closed Session Agenda Items. To comment, email Adina Flores at firstname.lastname@example.org.
B.1 Public Employee Appointment/Employment (Position to be filled: Principal)
B.2 Public Employee Performance Evaluation (Title of employee being reviewed: Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, Principals, Vice Principals, Assistant Principals, Directors, Coordinators)
B.3 Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release
B.4 Conference with Labor Negotiator (Designated Rep: Michael Shepherd, SRTA/CSEA)
B.5 Student Expulsions (Case Nos: 21/22-16)
C. RECONVENE TO REGULAR OPEN SESSION (6:00 p.m.)
C.7. Public Comment on Non Agenda Items
SRTA members are invited to raise their hands and provide voice only comments during the meeting. Please observe the standard three minute time limit (and be prepared for a last minute change to a two minute limit). Only items not on the agenda are addressed at this time.
Comments are requested at the board meeting to bring a member’s perspective to the messages contained in this analysis and share real experiences of the impact of district policies and practices. Please commit to watching at least one board meeting this year, and speaking to an agenda item that impacts you or your students. Speakers are most impactful when they are well spoken, composed and reasonable.
C.8. Special Presentation for 2021-2022 Retirees
The Board will recognize and commend employees who are retiring during the period of July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.
|Administrator||Beth||Berk||MIST||5 yrs 7 mos|
|Administrator||Lori||Fletcher||PERS||9 years 5 mos|
|Certificated||Susan||Cleek||COMS||29 yrs 7 mos|
|Certificated||Debbie||Crapeau||BURB||14 years, 9 months|
|Certificated||Janet||Davis||PRTR||34 years 5 months|
|Certificated||Donna||Holmes||MHS||20 years, 7 months|
|Certificated||Kathryn||Hower||SRHS||26 yrs 9 mos|
|Certificated||Dorothy||Jukes||HLEH||25 yrs, 2 mos.|
|Certificated||Edward||Locker||BIEL||35 years, 9 months|
|Certificated||Tammy||Lovitt||SRHS||21 yrs 6 mos|
|Certificated||Victoria||McFarlin||BIEL||17 yrs 9 mos|
|Certificated||Barbara||O’Donnell||BRHL||24 yrs 9 mos|
|Certificated||Arthur||Rodin||BRHL||4yrs 10 mo.|
|Certificated||Kimberly||Romero||SLAT||28 yrs 8 mos|
|Certificated||Steven||Salkovics||MHS||23 years, 3 months|
|Certificated||Jennifer||Sills||ARTS||14 yrs 9 mos|
|Certificated||Anne||Sullivan||PRTR||14 yrs 10 mos|
|Certificated||Darlene||Sweetland||SPSV||5 yrs 8 mos|
|Classified||Dana||Campbell||MONR||5 yrs 10 mos|
|Classified||Eduardo||Descalzo||MIST||25 years 1 month|
|Classified||Elaine||Dollwet-Strehl||RVMS||28 years 8 months|
|Classified||Dulcie||Grady||SLAT||9 years, 1 mos|
|Classified||Asia||Isala||MAIN||20 yrs 8 mos|
|Classified||Michelle||Kolb||PINR||8 yrs 10 mos|
|Classified||Sandra||Lewis||COMS||21 yrs 7 mos|
|Classified||Scott||Malde||MAIN||36yrs 5 mos|
|Classified||Alicia||Morrison||SRHS||8 yrs 9 mos|
|Classified||Toni||Paik||PURC||15 years, 3 mos|
|Classified||Jennifer||Ryan||SPSV||16 years 2 months|
|Classified||Laura||Sachs||SPSV||2 yrs 7 mos|
|Classified||Sandra||White||BURB||26 yrs 9 mos|
|Classified||Dona||Willis||MHS||17 yrs. 3 mos.|
|Classified||Girmay||Zegai||RVMS||27 years & 3 mos|
|Supervisory||Jesus||Morales||RVMS||19 years, 4 months|
|Supervisory||Drew||Morrison||PURC||16 yrs 10 mos|
SRTA sends a fond farewell to two administrators giving a cumulative 15 years of service, 28 certificated with 591 years, 21 classified with 369 years of service and 2 supervisory staff with 36 years of combined service to our students and staff. You will be missed!
E. DISCUSSION / ACTION ITEMS
E.1. (Action) Public Board Meetings Via Teleconference per AB 361
E.2. (Action) Approval of MOU reached with SRCS and SRTA regarding Co-Teaching Pilot
The Board will consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) reached with Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) and Santa Rosa Teachers Association (SRTA) regarding a Co-Teaching Pilot.
SRTA members will complete a ratification vote on this tentative MOU on June 17.
SRTA celebrates this initial agreement around Co-teaching which has been piloted in the district for a few years. Our members feel strongly that in order for the co-teaching model to work effectively it is vital that volunteers receive ongoing training and have continuous compensated collaboration time. It is also best practice to actively evaluate and modify our course of action to ensure what we are doing is successfully meeting our goals.
E.3. (Discussion) Universal Transitional Kindergarten Plan
The Board will receive a report on the California Universal Pre-Kindergarten Initiative and Santa Rosa City Schools’ Plan that outlines the details around expansion of the program in the District.
It will be an enormous undertaking for SRCS to grow the TK program by 350% over the next five years from 171 to 600 students. SRTA members insist that these 1:12 (1:10) student to staff ratios be adhered to, which requires successfully recruiting and retaining staff. There is also an insistence that these TK students not be subjected to combo classes. The needs of TK and K students are dramatically different, and they deserve the undivided attention of staff to appropriately meet their needs.
There are transportation and facility implications to accommodate this growth including the addition of 24 classrooms including appropriate restrooms.
After school child care is predicted to remain constant during this same time of growth at 120 students.
E.4. (Discussion) Learning Supports for 2022/2023
The Board of Education will receive information about systemic support for student learning in the TK-12 Santa Rosa City Schools district.
Most of what is highlighted in this presentation are established learning supports. What metrics are used to evaluate these supports? How are these supports evolving to better serve the needs of our students?
E.5. (Action) A-G Completion Improvement Grant Plan
The Board will consider approving the A-G Completion Improvement Grant Plan.
Where is the data around our credit recovery programs? Did high school students who completed Acellus courses last summer or Cyber High courses find success in the subsequent course? How will we monitor the ISP students who return to campuses following their Acellus experience? What supports are in place for students transitioning from these programs?
Increasing the percentage of students meeting CSU/UC requirements A-G by 15% over a three-year period is nearly doubling our current rate. While this is an admirable goal, implementing 3.2 FTE Math TOSAs and $8,000 annually on tutoring is not sufficient to support this level of improvement on this metric.
E.6. Public Hearing for SRCS LCAP
The Board will conduct a public hearing on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
The plans for sharing and follow-up with SRTA around this document did not come to pass. Allowing two minute comments to the board seems an inefficient way to collaborate. Here are initial comments on this plan as presented.
The revised plan has more streamlined goals for which there is appreciation. There is also a clear attempt to adjust metrics to items that can be reviewed on a semi-annual basis. Unfortunately many benchmarks are still not included.
The updated financials provided for this year’s plan include a total budget of $19,391,262.97 with $10,628,724 spent on approved line items. This is $8,762,539.18 or 45% of the budget unspent as planned. An additional $5,200,225.85 was spent on line items 1.29 – 1.32 which are unique to this newest version of this document. The ingenuity at moving expenses that were previously funded with the general fund to LCAP monies is appreciated. This leaves $3,562,313.33 unspent. What happens to these funds?
What does “collaborating across district departments to ensure deep understanding of the goals, actions, and metrics” look like in practice?
SRTA continues to request an addendum to this plan that includes user friendly explanations for each of the action items. Including transparency around systems for accessing funds and programs would assist with increasing the desired implementation of these plans.
The focus on “… providing students access to the most appropriate array of courses while completing high school” is questionable. High school students are given ‘access’ by being placed in A-G courses no matter the appropriateness. For students who are not well prepared for the rigors of an A-G curriculum, there are not ‘appropriate’ choices. “Access” doesn’t mean the courses are actually accessible for these students.
Support efforts identified in Goal 1 of the LCAP: Secondary Math Teacher on Special Assignment focused on supporting the development of a comprehensive math plan. The percentage of students meeting CSU/UC requirements when graduating will have increased by 15% over a three-year period. Track the number of students completing either A-G OR CTE requirements through a data dashboard. Support students in taking a-g courses and qualifying to attend a four-year university and/or some form of higher education. Directors focus on building capacity in district leadership in implementing a-g requirements, ALD roll-out, and additional counseling to address SEL.
Instituting committees and training must include compensation for the time to participate. Expecting teachers to volunteer their time for summer training is completely unreasonable. Currently Orton Gillingham, AVID and AP training have registration costs covered by SRCS, but teachers’ time is volunteered. The time for Ethnic Studies training and course development is compensated as it should be. This inequity must be addressed. If SRCS is focused on an outcome, they should fully support the implementation to attain the outcome by compensating the necessary time to train and do the work.
Textbook adoption efforts must abide by the agreements made in the policy writing committee, honoring that different sites have the freedom to choose different curriculums, to best meet the needs of their students.
Regarding learning platforms, the Budget Advisory Committee was assured when reducing this line item was removed from the Fiscal Stabilization Plan that programs would be renewed for the 2022-2023 year, and evaluated collaboratively to consider elimination of programs. Contrary to this agreement, this document makes it seem that some programs will not be continued for this next year.
The Budget Advisory Committee was NOT consulted around this revised LCAP. They haven’t met since January 2022.
A summary of the feedback provided by specific educational partners includes every meeting at every site. This listing is misrepresentative. Most sites have NOT reviewed their SPSA, or participated in their revisions. There is no district recommended system for doing this work at the site level beyond utilizing Site Councils. The creation of such a system would serve our sites well.
The A-G completion goal is an overly positive improvement of 15% over three years. The number of students graduating with less than 180 units should be tracked and reported out. The graduation rate is projected to improve by 5% over a three year period, which seems a more attainable goal, when considering our current situation.
An implementation plan including communication and training around MAP is necessary to actually assess all secondary students with this tool. Transparency around the decision to utilize MAP is lacking. A general implementation plan for change is desperately needed for success of new efforts.
E.7. Public Hearing or Cesar Chavez Language Academy LCAP
The Board of Education will conduct a public hearing for Cesar Chavez Language Academy here for their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)
E.8. Public Hearing for Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School LCAP
The Board of Education will conduct a public hearing for Santa Rosa Accelerated Charter School here for their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
E.9. Public Hearing for Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts LCAP
The Board of Education will conduct a public hearing for Santa Rosa Charter School for the Arts for their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
E.10. Public Hearing for Santa Rosa French American Charter School LCAP
The Board of Education will conduct a public hearing for Santa Rosa French-American Charter School for their Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).
E.11. Public Hearing: 2022-2023 Budget
The Board will hold a public hearing regarding the Santa Rosa City Schools’ budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year.
F. CONSENT ITEMS
F.2. Approval of Personnel Transactions
EdJoin shows a total of 164 current postings for 284 job vacancies for SRCS. There are 108 certificated openings (23 more than last meeting), and 4 certificated management openings. There are 170 current classified openings (4 more than last meeting), and 2 classified management positions (one less than last meeting.)
The inordinate delay in posting of promised positions negatively impacts the pool we can draw from.
Many SRTA members have had their requests for permissive Leave of Absences denied, and have had to resign to provide themselves the relief needed for their mental health. In this unprecedented time of stress a more humanizing process seems prudent. Attracting and retaining highly qualified staff is an issue. Instead of comforting these employees and strengthening their bonds to the SRCS community we are shunning them, and creating grudges. SRCS decisions do not encompass truly restorative practices.
SRTA bids a fond farewell to the resigning Ricardo Alcala (EAHS), Roxana Boudreau-Becklund (MCHS), Krystin Bradford (SLES), Mark Cohrn (ARTS), Angelina Gomez (PHS), Nicole Housh (PHS), Katrina Rowsey (MHS) and Aliah Singh (HCMS). We are losing 65 years of wisdom and experience with your departure. Thank you for your service to our students!
There is one classified new hire. This month there is notice of one resignation. They leave taking 8 years of institutional knowledge with them. We are grateful for their service to our students and staff.
Matthew Dunkle has resigned as Secondary Director of Teaching and Learning after 9 months.
F.5. Approval of Contracts
|1||Panorama||$45,420||Universal Social-Emotional Screening and the Panorama Playbook to respond to the findings in the data (increase of 10%)|
|2||Project Wayfinder||$108,560||Provides mental health and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum for middle school and high school students. $34K reduction in cost due to lowering of student access fee, and elimination of materials for MCHS program|
|3||Mystery Science||$17,225||Online, engaging science lessons for teachers to use with their students in grades kindergarten – 5th grade. To be integrated into CCD units.|
|4||ParentSquare Inc||$68,594||unifies many of the communication and parent engagement tools used across classrooms, school sites, and the district office, with real-time language translation, oversight, and powerful reporting metrics.|
|5||Aeries Student Information System||$122,420||includes dashboard, attendance tracking, class scheduling, maintenance of grade data, electronic portal access for parents and students which includes access to grades and grade books, State test results (CAASPP and ELPAC), and attendance), and State and Federal student data reporting.|
|6||Blackboard||$1,380||District website content management system software, hosting, and support.|
|7||PowerSchool Group LLC||$2,163||Creation of enrollment projections, enrollment data analysis, and growth analysis materials.|
|8||All City Management||$486,958||Crossing guard services for the 2022/23 S/Y at fifteen (15) elementary and middle schoolsites (the contract shows 26 sites.) This is an increase of $73K over last year. Jobs are currently posted for $15/hour (52.50/3.5 hour day) which is the same rate they paid two years ago. SRCS pays them $29 per hour.|
|9||Fagen, Friedman, Fulfrost (F3)||$290-$390 per hour||Legal Services provided for general SRCS business and legal counsel on Bond related issues|
|10||Collaborative Education||$162,000||54 total sessions for principal/admin team and teacher leaders to collaboratively design, implement, and refine a school implementation plan with strategies for building school-wide capacity to improve teaching, student learning and course completion around key areas of improvement at CSI sites (6 to 12 sessions per site at 7 sites)|
|11||Western Governors University||No Cost||to provide viable teaching/counseling interns|
|12||Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP||$270-$300 per hour||SRCS business, legal, educational and governance matters, including representation, advice, and counseling on charter school matters.|
|13||School Services of California||$7,584||Legislative services: collection andtransmission of information pertinent toschool finance legislation including, but notlimited to all major school finance bills|
Total value of contracts = $1,022,303.27
F.6. Approval of MOU reached with SRCS and SRTA regarding Site Bell Schedules, Instructional Minutes and Prep Periods
The Board will consider approving the Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) that were reached with Santa Rosa City Schools (SRCS) and the Santa Rosa Teachers Association (SRTA) collective bargaining representatives regarding site bell schedules, instructional minutes and prep periods.
A bell schedule committee was in place this year. Unfortunately, it did not lead to any clarification or agreements. It seems prudent to prepare new language for the future contract negotiations regarding parameters for bell schedules sites can operate without requiring an annual MOU for ‘going against the contract.’
F.7. Approval of New Course: Integrated Math 1A/1B
The Board is being provided a description of a new two-year Math 1 course, titled Integrated Math 1A/1B for possible approval.
SRTA appreciates the urgent call to action from the board concerning student difficulties obtaining Math credits. This course is intended to provide some students more time to digest the Math 1 content, while also having time to address foundational skills required for success. The board’s acceptance of this course will allow recruitment of students and course preparation to begin now to allow this course to begin this fall. It will also allow this course to be sent to the UC Office of the President for A-G approval.
F.8. Approval of California Interscholastic Federation Representatives
The Board will consider approval of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Representatives to the North Bay and Sonoma County Leagues for 2022-2023.
F.9. Approval of Revised 2020-2021, 2019–2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018, 2016-2017 Confidential, CSEA 75, Scheduled Management, Supervisory & Unrepresented, Unscheduled Management and Working Professional Salary Schedules for CalPERS Compliance Audit
The Board will consider approving the revised 2020-2021, 2019-2020, 2018-2019, 2017-2018 and 2016-2017 Confidential, CSEA 75, Scheduled Management, Supervisory & Unrepresented, Unscheduled Management, and Working Professional Salary Schedules for the continued CalPERS compliance audit.
Working Professional Salary Schedule (20-21)
On March 30 the board approved the 2021-2022 schedules. This item contains all the other salary schedule updates required for compliance with the audit.
F.10. Approval of Site Single Plans for Student Achievement
The Board will consider approval of the elementary, middle, and high schools’ Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) for the 2022-2023 school year.
Please click on site names below to see the SPSA for each site.
|Elementary School SPSA||Title I Cohort||22-23 Title 1 Allocation$635,278.92||22-23 LCFFAllocation||Total Title I and LCFF combined allocation||Change from 21-22|
|Abraham Lincoln Elementary||SWP||$65,167.58||$109,192.96||$174,360.54||-$31,335.60|
|Albert F. Biella Elementary||SWP||$58,459.61||$94,488.71||$152,948.32||-$2,018.27|
|Brook Hill Elementary||SWP||$81,967.41||$128,925.36||$210.892.77||-$28,594.63|
|Cesar Chavez Language Academy||SWP||192,077.32||See the 2022-2023 CCLA LCAP||See the 2022-2023 CCLA LCAP||-$47,882.71|
|Helen M. Lehman Elementary||SWP||$98,439.16||$163,789.44||$262,228.60||-$25,182.01|
|Hidden Valley Elementary||NE||$0.00||$64,929.65||$64,929.65||-$2,947.14|
|James Monroe Elementary||SWP||$95,693.40||$157,542.37||$253,235.77||-$37,406.66|
|Luther Burbank Elementary||SWP||$75,081.55||$124,385.03||$199,466.58||$13,503.25|
|Proctor Terrace Elementary||NE||$0.00||$49,539.23||$49,539.23||-$179.45|
|Steele Lane Elementary||SWP||$79,064.60||$144.382.25||$223,446.85||-$6,711.32|
|SecondarySchool SPSA||Title I Cohort||22-23 Title 1 Allocation$635,278.92||22-23 LCFFAllocation||Total Title I and LCFF combined allocation||Change from 20-21|
|Elsie Allen High||SWP||$117,907.94||$220,095.05||$338,002.99||$6,998.63|
|Herbert Slater Middle||SWP||$57,330.68||$100,923.90||$158,254.58||-$6,412.34|
|Hilliard Comstock Middle||SWP||$65,929.33||$104,958.82||$170,888.15||-$4,169.77|
|Maria Carrillo High||NE||$0.00||$93,912.92||$87,098.30||$6,814.62|
|Rincon Valley Middle||NE||$0.00||$55,603.45||$55,603.45||-$16,385.97|
|Santa Rosa High||SWP||$131,091.00||$215,249.45||$346,340.49||-$17,838.74|
|Santa Rosa Middle||SWP||$46,780.28||$77,278.15||$124,058.43||-$9,589.42|
It is confusing that CCLA has a SPSA in addition to an LCAP while the other charter school campuses are limited to LCAPs.
The attached SPSA updates use the required template, but do not make for easy reading of how sites are progressing and where they are making changes to their plans.
G Approval of Minutes
I1. Future Board Discussion Items
SRTA Members are encouraged to prepare for the upcoming agenda items.
- LCAP Approvals (6/22/22)
- 2022/2023 Budget Adoption (6/22/22)
- EAHS/CCLA Updates (6/22/22)
- Solar PPA Agreement (6/22/22)
- Schools Plus Presentation (6/22/22)
SRTA looks to the future scheduling of the following items:
- Parcel Tax Survey Results
- District Data (from canceled 3/18/22 Special Meeting)
- Approval of Board Policies (from 3/9/22)
- Review of Math grades and progress including demographic data
- SCOE Unification/Redistricting Report
- Open Enrollment Policy Update
- Granting a permanent easement to City of SR at MHS
- Lease / Leaseback Montgomery High School
- Student Voice Policy
- Dress Code Policy
- BEST Plus Update