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BOARD BRIEFING


The Board Briefing is intended to highlight Board actions that may be of interest to the general public.

For Board meeting dates, general information, agendas, and minutes, please visit our website at www.slvusd.org.
 
 
 

This Board Briefing represents the Board Meeting of
March 17, 2021.


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At the regularly scheduled Board Meeting of Wednesday, March 17, 2021, the SLVUSD Board of Trustees met regarding the following AGENDA.

The Board Workshop Minutes from February 24, 2021 were approved by the Board and can be accessed HERE.

The Board Meeting Minutes from March 3, 2021 were approved by the Board and can be accessed HERE.

Other highlights from this meeting are showcased below.
 
SLVUSD BUDGET WORKSHOP
 
Mr. Chris Schiermeyer, Deputy Superintendent, provided a presentation of the various components that make up the District budget, as follows:  Budget Timeline, SAC's Report, SLVUSD Funds, Trend Analysis, Second Interim, and Basic Aid Supplemental. Highlight information was reviewed in each of these areas.

The District will be able to meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years.

The Second Interim Report may be accessed HERE.
 
REOPENING SCHOOL PLAN
Protocols on Health, COVID-19 Prevention, Cleaning, Etc.

Dr. Bruton, Superintendent, opened her report with, "We are so glad to have the TK and Kinders back on campus." She then shared the reopening timeline for other grade levels, school schedules, reopening cleaning and PPE preparations, ventilation, classroom set ups, and what is expected to happen while at school. She also reviewed the protection and prevention information, including staff testing, vaccination, and other health protocol information.

The Reopening Schools presentation is available for viewing HERE.
 
SCHOOL COMMUNITY FEEDBACK - ThoughtExchange
 
Dr. Bruton, Superintendent, explained that "ThoughtExchange" is not the traditional survey, however it is a means to collect parent and community input. This particular ThoughtExchange was sent out in a Superintendent parent communication and asked the question, "What areas (reading, writing, math, science, PE, art, music) should teachers prioritize during the in-person classes on the elementary hybrid schedule?"
The results were reviewed including participation, top rated responses, key thoughts, themes, and the big ideas.
The school administrators and teachers review ThoughtExchange survey  results to help guide planning, and implement systems and programs to support student success.


The School Community Feedback presentation is available HERE.
 
R E P O R T S

HEALTH PROTOCOLS

Our SLV District Nurse, Sarah Dahlen, provided information on current health conditions, district health screening, contact tracing, and prevention protocols.  Although Santa Cruz County is currently in the Red Tier, we are expected to move into the Orange Tier in the weeks to come. The district will be operating their own COVID-19 Testing site for staff at the Boulder Creek Elementary School. The SLVUSD staff will be tested on a two week testing cadence.  Nurse Dahlen also shared key information regarding the protocols that would be used for any student that may get sick while at school.
 
The Health Protocols presentation is available for viewing HERE.

THANK YOU to Nurse Sarah Dahlen for her outstanding work!
STUDENT NUTRITION SERVICES REPORT

Ms. Alisia Munoz-Rojas, Food Services Manager, provided an overview report including staff, their accomplishments, the Wellness Policy, and meal programs and services. Ms. Munoz-Rojas provided information on the CARES Act that provides funding for school meals to be provided for all students. The specifics on the financials and details about the student lunch program in SLV was also reviewed.

The SNS team revised the lunch schedule several times throughout the year. Lunch is currently provided for all students on Mondays at BCE and the Tri-campus. The new food schedule for hybrid will be provided. 


The SNS Department Report is available for viewing HERE.
 
THANK YOU to the SNS Department Staff for their selfless "Above and Beyond" service!
CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF and ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) EXPENDITURE REPORT

Mr. Schiermeyer, Deputy Superintendent, reviewed the four funding resources provided to assist with the impact of COVID-19 on school district operations and Learning Loss Mitigation (LMM) as follows:  Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF), Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Funds, Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Funds, and Prop 98 General Funding from the State. He explained that the funding is based on Title I and reviewed the requirements and expenditures for each fund. He went on to report that for a limited time additional funding sources are being allocated to schools as follows:  ESSER II, ESSER III, Reopening Schools, and Expanded Learning Time Grant. The funding and deadlines to spend these funds was reviewed.

The CARES Expenditure Report may be viewed
HERE.
 

APPROVAL OF COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL SAFETY PLANS - BCE, SLVE, SLVMS, SLVHS, and SLV CHARTER
 
Mr. Lucia, Human Resources Director, reported that the School Safety Plans are an annual requirement that require Board approval. Although it has been an extraordinary year for the San Lorenzo Valley, SLV is the first district to submit these plans to the County. He also stated that each of these school plans were reviewed by the Sheriff's Department and their school site council before submission for board approval.
 
The Comprehensive School Safety Plans can be viewed HERE.
 

Dr. Laurie Bruton, Superintendent, announces her retirement effective
June 30, 2021


"SLV is a place that cares about the children in the community. It is a place where the fences are few and far between. Hearts are open and giving in this community. It is a place where people take care of each other," Dr. Bruton writes in her resignation letter.

She concludes her letter with, "It has been an extreme honor to have served as the Superintendent in SLV for the last seven years. The educators and support staff in the district are exceptional and are committed to providing learning opportunities for students...  SLV is indeed a place to carry in my heart. Thank you to every person who makes SLV a special place. I will forever consider you champions for children."  

Dr. Bruton's Retirement Letter to Staff may be accessed HERE.
Dr. Bruton's Retirement Letter to the Board may be viewed HERE.

APPROVAL OF CONTRACT FOR LEADERSHIP ASSOCIATES, SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH FIRM
 
In response to Dr. Bruton's retirement announcement, the SLV Board of Trustees will contract with Leadership Associates, an Executive Search Firm, to advise them through this important process.
For ongoing updates and important announcements, please refer to the Superintendent Search webpage.

 
 
ANNUAL WELLNESS COMMITTEE MEETING

Wednesday, March 31, 2021
3:00pm - 4:00pm
SLV Cafeteria


If you are interested in attending, please contact Alisia Munoz-Rojas at 831-335-5384 or arojas@slvusd.org
 
2020-21 REMAINING BOARD MEETINGS
 
April 21
May 5
June 9
June 16

 
Please be aware that the Board of Trustees can add Special Board Meetings and / or Board Workshops as needed. If this occurs, the agenda would be posted in 72 hours advance of the meeting.
 
The SLVUSD Board of Education

Serving students and families throughout the San Lorenzo Valley
Top left:  Gail Levine, President
Top Right:  Jacqui Rice
Middle Left:  Grace Pollak
Middle Right:  Stacy Newsom Kerr
Bottom Left:  Mark Becker, Clerk
The San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees sets policy for the operation of the District and is responsible for the following general duties:
  • Set the direction for the District by establishing District Priorities
  • Providing a basic organizational structure for the District by establishing policies 
  • Ensure District fiscal accountability 
  • Provide community leadership on behalf of the District and public education
  • Recruit, hire, and evaluate the Superintendent to serve as the Chief Executive Officer for the SLVUSD Organization
 
 
WORKING TOGETHER TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS LEARN AND ARE FULLY PREPARED FOR COLLEGE AND CAREER


Our mailing address is:

San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District
325 Marion Avenue
Ben Lomond, CA  95005