Supt's eNews - Dec. 13, 2019

 

 
 
In this edition ...
  • Board meeting review: California Dashboard, Master Facilities Plan, First Interim Budget report, dress code
  • Saturday with the Superintendent: Dec. 14
  • High Fives: Crittenden food collection, Crittenden robotics
  • Update: Social studies, science textbook adoption
Board meeting review: California Dashboard, Master Facilities Plan, First Interim Budget report, dress code

California Dashboard: California recently released this year’s California School Dashboard, a website designed to help communities across the state access important information about districts and schools. It features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including test scores, chronic absenteeism, English learning progress and suspension rates. The highlights presented at the Dec. 12 Board of Trustees meeting show areas of both progress and improvement needed for MVWSD. Click here to read more.

Master Facilities Plan: The Board adopted the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) that lays a solid foundation for MVWSD to accommodate our immediate, short-term student growth, while continuing to upgrade our facilities and infrastructure over the next ten years. The MFP is proposed to inform the new $259 million bond program, Measure T, that will be on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

The MFP prioritizes projects for bond funding, such as safety/operational efficiency work and facilities improvements needed for short-term growth. Due to limited funding, the MFP does not recommend including in the bond the facilities projects needed for long-term growth in North Bayshore, East Whisman and Terra Bella. To view the Master Facilities Plan, click here. To learn more about Measure T, please click here.

Dress code: The Board heard comments from middle school students and their parents regarding the current dress code. At Board direction, staff will develop a process and a timeline this year for revisiting the dress code.

First Interim Budget Report: The Board heard the 2019-2020 First Interim Budget Report that showed the District has healthy reserves and predicts slowed revenue growth. Twice a year, a school district is required to submit a financial report certifying the district's ability to meet its financial obligations for the current year and two subsequent years. The reports examine spending patterns, fund balance (through Oct. 31, 2019),reserve for economic uncertainties, and multi-year projections.

The projected General Fund Unrestricted ending balance for 2019-2020 is estimated at $21,920,024, which is a 26.3% reserve, well within the Board’s expectation of a 17-20% reserve. The total revenues are $77,145,151 and total expenditures at $79,657,655. Note: The operational deficit as of the First Interim for the 2019-2020 year is $2,512,504.

Staff sees a pattern of assessed value growth slowing and developer fees revenue continues to slow. This is relevant because MVWSD is a “community funded” district; meaning a majority of its revenue comes from local property taxes.

Future meetings: Agendas and meeting dates for the Board of Trustees are here. Meetings are streamed on www.mvwsd.org.

Saturday with the Superintendent

Please join Dr. Ayindé Rudolph on Saturday, December 14 from 2:00- 3:30 p.m. at Panera on El Camino and El Monte (1035 El Monte Ave) for informal conversation. Bring your questions and comments.

High Fives: Crittenden food collection, Crittenden robotics

The Crittenden ACT (Action Crittenden Takes) Club were able to collect over 1,500 pounds of non-perishable food for Community Services Agency (CSA). This is the second annual food drive.

This year Crittenden's robotics team the Pantherbots had 23 students on three teams. In November, The EcoBuilders, GoldenWarriors and Pantheropolis competed in a qualifier tournament at Gunn High School on November 9th. Each team demonstrated excellence and commitment throughout the competition. EcoBuilders team earned a 2nd place overall robot score in the competition and were selected to advance to Northern California's FIRST LEGO League District Championship on Sunday, December 15 at St. Francis High School.

Update: Process for selecting new Social Studies and Science Materials

Two teams of District educators and parents are working to research new K-5 Social Studies and K-8 Science materials that align with California Common Core Standards. The teams will have recommendations for approval this year and implementation in the 2020-21 school year.

Each Task Force is made up of classroom teachers from each school, coaches, site administrators and parents. At its recent meetings, the task force groups reviewed key shifts in each framework and revised the rubrics used to review materials. 

The Social Studies Task Force reviewed materials at the Santa Clara County Office of Education on December 9 and 10 and have decided to pilot two programs:  

* California History-Social Science:  myWorld Interactive published by Pearson Scott Foresman and Prentice Hall


* Social Studies Alive! California Series published by Teachers’ Curriculum Institute


The Science Task Force is reviewing materials at the Santa Clara County Office of Education on December 11, 17, and 18 and plans to narrow to two programs for piloting after the December break. 

After the materials are reviewed and piloted, the task force groups will make a recommendation for Board of Trustees approval. Parents will have the opportunity to review the curriculum before approval.

For more information about MVWSD’s curriculum adoption process, please see this video. For more information on California State Standards, click here

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