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Board Meeting Highlights

June 8, 2020

 

The USD Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting via Zoom which was streamed live on YouTube.
 
Community member, employee and parent Adriana Salamat and Dartmouth parents Joanna Ramos and Rebecca Seitz provided comments regarding Agenda Item 9.2 (Adoption of Resolution No. 19-20-27: Reduction or Elimination of Services.) Each communicated their support of the Dartmouth Middle School Band/Choir program.
 
Three sixth-grade students from Union Middle School shared statements with the Board about their experiences meeting with the State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond via Zoom. Superintendent Thurmond listened to their ideas regarding school reopening, safety measures, and equity for all students. The students expressed their appreciation that Superintendent Thurmond listened closely to youth voices and inspired them to continue advocacy for their education and fellow students across the state.

 

Public Hearing on the 2020-21 District Budget/Reserve

Assistant Superintendent Rita Sohal presented the 2020-21 Proposed District Budget. Following the presentation, Board President Thomas E. Rossmeissl held a public hearing.

 

Dartmouth Middle School parents Gary Brown and Michelle Wagner, Union Middle School parent Murphy Rowan, and community member and former Dartmouth parent Suzanne Oehler expressed their support for music and arts programs. Dartmouth Middle School parents Darren and Rebecca Seitz also provided comments regarding the importance of the band program at Dartmouth. Citing the invaluable experience that the band programs and the arts give students socially and academically, speakers asked that the importance of these programs be considered as budget decisions are made.

 
Union Middle School Teacher and Director of Bands Chris Kay also spoke to the importance of music, arts and other electives for students’ emotional health. He expressed his hope that the district and stakeholders can thoughtfully and equitably make budget decisions that do not disproportionately affect specific programs. Community member, parent and teacher Joy D’Apuzzo asked that the District does not cut pay for teachers, counselors, therapists, and special education.

 

Action Items

The Board of Trustees adopted/approved the following:

    • Adoption of Resolution No. 19-20-26, Biennial District Election
    • Adoption of Resolution No. 19-20-27 Reduction or Elimination of Services (Classified)
    • Adoption of the 2020-21 District Budget/Reserve
    • Approval of COVID-19 Operations Written Report
    • Adoption of Revised Board Policy 6143, Courses of Study
    • Adoption of Resolution No. 19-20-28, Designation of Applicant's Agent for Non-State Agencies

Please join us for our next Board of Trustees Meeting on July 13, 2020.

Visit our Virtual Board Meeting page for information and links to view upcoming remote meetings.

 
Board Meeting Highlights

May 28, 2020

 

Three weeks ago, Governor Gavin Newsom shared his May Revision to the education budget that was given to districts in January for the 2020-2021 school year. He is proposing a $15.1 billion reduction in K-12 funding as part of his overall state budget that estimates a $54 billion deficit over the next three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Virtual Budget Study Session

 

The USD Board of Trustees held a virtual study session regarding the budget via Zoom which was streamed live on YouTube. 

 

Matt Phillips of School Services of California presented information about the May Revision of the state budget as it relates to school district funding. In his presentation, he reviewed the current realities of revenue losses and unemployment in California, as well as reductions currently proposed to the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and how this affects funding to school districts.

 

School Services of California Budget Study Session Presentation

 

Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Rita Sohal presented an overview of the Union School District 2020-21 Proposed Budget. She shared information about how LCFF funding reductions affect the district, the effects of COVID-19 on revenues and expenditures, and the district’s current and future possible efforts to reduce the budget deficit.

 

USD Budget Study Session Presentation

 

For updates on our discussions of the impact of the funding reductions, please join us for our next Board of Trustees Meeting on June 8, 2020 at 6:00 PM.


Visit our Virtual Board Meeting page for information and links to view upcoming remote meetings.

 

 
Board Meeting Highlights

May 11, 2020

Virtual Board Meeting

The USD Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting via Zoom which was streamed live on YouTube. Board members praised the district and school site staff and community for rising to the many challenges faced during this time. 

During the public comment period, three sixth grade students from Union Middle School shared statements about their experiences during at-home learning and their ideas for how a return to school in the fall could look. We commend our students for sharing their perspectives with the Board.
 

CSEA/UDEA Reports​​​​​​

Jennifer Torres, CSEA (California School Employees Association) Chapter Secretary, spoke positively regarding the district’s response to the pandemic—a response focused on humanity and maintaining the important connections between students and staff, families and community.

Kathy Hudson, UDEA (Union District Educators Association) President, thanked the Board and Cabinet members for the open communication, preparedness, and ongoing support during this time.
 

General Fund Revenue/Expenditure Assumptions

Assistant Superintendent Rita Sohal reported on the 2020-21 General Fund Revenue and Expenditure Assumptions. Next steps will be to present the May Revise update and the 2020-21 proposed budget on May 28, 2020, followed by approval of the proposed budget on June 8, 2020.
 

Action Items

The Board of Trustees adopted/approved the following board policies and declarations.

  • Adoption of Revised Board Policy 4033 Lactation Accommodation
  • Adoption of Revised Board Policy 5116.1 (a) Intradistrict Open Enrollment
  • Approval of the Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators

 

Next Virtual Meeting

Board Study Session


May 28, 2020 

at 5:00 PM 


The Board Meeting Webpage will be updated with information regarding our upcoming Board Meetings.


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Board of Trustees


Sheila Billings

Vickie Brown

Doug Evans

Jennifer Petroff

Thomas E. Rossmeissl


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​​​​​​​Consent Items


The Board of Trustees approved routine consent items.


Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved


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Board Presentations


General Fund Revenue/Expenditure Assumptions


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Union School District

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Board Meeting Highlights

April 13, 2020

 

Virtual Board Meeting

As part of the county Shelter-in-Place order and statewide social distancing efforts to help combat the spread of COVID-19, the Union School District Board of Trustees held a virtual meeting via Zoom which was streamed live on YouTube.

Board Members expressed their gratitude to all staff and community members who have worked tirelessly to support students and families during this challenging time and throughout the transition to at-home learning.
 

Quarterly Report on Williams Uniform Complaints

The Board of Trustees received the District’s Williams Uniform Complaints report for the January 1 through March 31, 2020 quarter which indicated no complaints were filed with any school in the District.
 

Action Items

The Board of Trustees adopted the following resolutions.

  • Emergency Resolution No. 19-20-19, Delegating Authority to Protect Students and Staff from the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)
  • Resolution No. 19-20-20, Specifically Designating Public Works Projects as Essential Governmental Functions
  • Resolution No. 19-20-21, Agreement for Purchase of Facility Units Based on Vendor's Prior Contract with Another Public Agency (Public Contract Code Section 20118)
  • Resolution No. 19-20-22, Reduction or Elimination of Services (Classified) as related to Extended Care scheduling considerations for the 2020-21 school year

 

Next Virtual Meeting
 
May 11, 2020 
at 6:00 PM 
 
The Board Meeting Webpage will be updated with information regarding our upcoming Board Meetings.

Board of Trustees
Sheila Billings
Vickie Brown
Doug Evans
Jennifer Petroff
Thomas E. Rossmeissl

 


Consent Items
The Board of Trustees approved routine consent items.
 


Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved
 



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Foundation for Excellence

 
 
Board Meeting Highlights

February 10, 2020

 

Lietz School Student Performance

 

Under the direction of drama teachers, Sue Malloy and Nancy Grochowski, ten (of 60) Lietz third, fourth and fifth graders superbly performed the song "All For You," from Seussical, Jr., the musical. The students belong to the Lietz after school Drama Club, practicing two to three hours per day. The production will take their stage for six shows from March 26-29. 

 

Lietz students perfom song

 

Measure J Bond Oversight Committee Report

 

Measure J Bond Oversight Committee Chairman, Sam Acchione, reported on the work of the bond oversight committee. The committee meets four times per year to review the construction and technology expenditures of the Measure J Bond. In addition, the committee reviews the Measure J Bond Audit and completes an annual written report given to the Board of Trustees.

 

2019-20 Comprehensive School Safety Plans Approved

 

The Comprehensive School Safety Plans were reviewed and updated to evaluate progress towards implementing safety goals of the district. Each site's plan receives review from the School Site Council, Safety Planning Committee, Local Emergency Services Agencies and ICS4Schools, the district Safety Consultants.

 

Adoption of New Board Policy 6112, School Day

 

New Board Policy 6112, School Day, was adopted by the Board of Trustees in order to implement an extended day kindergarten program.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Join Us For Our Next Board Meeting

March 9, 2020

 

 

Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings
Vickie Brown
Doug Evans
Jennifer Petroff
Thomas E. Rossmeissl


​​​​​​​Consent Items

The Board of Trustees approved routine consent items.


Below are links to the
Board Presentations:


Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved
 

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Board Meeting Highlights

January 13, 2020

 

Guadalupe Student Presentation

 

Fifth graders from Ms. Harmon’s class shared that they are seeking positive change to eliminate food waste at Guadalupe Elementary School. Some ideas students shared to eliminate food waste included composting for gardening, donating, creating a share table, and feeding the poor and homeless. The Guadalupe fifth graders believe the whole world needs to take action to stop wasting food.

 

Guadalupe students share ideas of positive change

 

Public Hearing

 

A public hearing was held regarding the fiscal impact of the negotiated 2019-22 Employment Agreement with the Union District Educators Association (UDEA). There were no community comments.

 

UDEA Employment Agreement Approved

 

Assistant Superintendent Steve Burrell thanked the labor negotiation groups for their part in ratifying the UDEA employment agreement. The UDEA Employment Agreement was approved by the Board of Trustees for 2019-2022.

 

Extended Kindergarten Presentation

 

Assistant Superintendent Steve Burrell and Coordinator of Learning and Extended Programs Larry Thomas gave a brief history of the Union School District Extended Kindergarten program and said the district plans to add the Extended Kindergarten program at all our elementary schools by the fall of 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Join Us For Our Next Board Meeting

February 10, 2020

 at 6:00 p.m.


Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings
Vickie Brown
Doug Evans
Jennifer Petroff
Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Below are links to the
Budget Study Session Presentations:

Board Policies Adopted:

BP 1312.1, Complaints Concerning District Employees

BP 4118, Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action

BP 4119.24, 4219.24, 4319.24, Maintaining Appropriate Adult-Student Interactions

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Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved

 




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Board Meeting Highlights

December 9, 2019

 

Alta Vista Student Performance

 

Under the direction of their music teacher, Jane Threet, 20 third, fourth and fifth grade students from Alta Vista School entertained the Board of Trustees and community with varied delightful musical selections.

 

Alta Vista students perform song

 

First Interim Report

 

As required by the State and the County, a report of the budget projections and financial activities of the District as of October 31, 2019 was presented, reviewed, and approved by the Board of Trustees. The district can meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and the next two fiscal years and received a positive certification from the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

 

Budget Development Calendar Approved

 

The Budget Development Calendar, which informs the Board of Trustees, staff and the community of important dates for the budget development process, was approved as presented.

 

Public Hearing

 

A public hearing was held regarding a proposal to increase the developer fee rates. Following the public hearing, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution to increase the developer fee rates.

 

December 16, 2019 Special Meeting

 

Annual Organizational Meeting

 

The following Board of Trustee members were elected to serve as officers for the 2020 school year: Thomas Rossmiessl was elected President; Doug Evans was elected Vice President; and Jennifer Petroff was elected Clerk. Sheila Billlings will represent the district on the County Committee for School District Organization and Vickie Brown is our representative for the Santa Clara County School Boards Association. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Join Us For Our Next Board Meeting

January 13, 2020

 at 6:00 p.m.


Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings
Vickie Brown
Doug Evans
Jennifer Petroff
Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Below are links to the
Board Presentations:

Board Policies Adopted:

  • New BP 4218, Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action
  • Revised BP 5131.2, Bullying

 


Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved
 

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Board Meeting Highlights

November 18, 2019

 

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Update

 

Associate Superintendent Andrew Schwab reported on the results of the CAASPP. For English Language Arts, 78.92% of Union School District students met or exceeded standards, compared to 63.03% in Santa Clara County and 50.87% at the state level. In Mathematics, 75.98% of USD students met or exceeded standards, compared to 56.56% in Santa Clara County and 39.73% at the state level. In addition, our subgroups outperformed Santa Clara County and the state in ELA and Math.

CAASPP

 

Community Comments

 

Teachers and parents expressed their appreciation for the exceptional teachers in Union School District and asked that they be compensated fairly. Board President Jennifer Petroff thanked everyone who attended the board meeting.

 

Public Hearings

 
A public hearing was held regarding the financial impact of the negotiated 2019-22 Employment Agreement with the California School Employees Association.
 
A public hearing was held by the Board of Trustees to propose an Education Parcel Tax Measure.
 

Board Policies Adopted

 

The following four board policies were adopted:
  • Revised BP 1312.3, Uniform Complaint Procedures
  • Revised BP 4030, Nondiscrimination in Employment
  • Revised BP 5117, Interdistrict Attendance
  • New BP 6142.1, Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Join Us For Our Next Board Meeting

December 9, 2019

 at 6:00 p.m.


Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings
Vickie Brown
Doug Evans
Jennifer Petroff
Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Below are links to the
Board Presentation:

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Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved

 




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Board Meeting Highlights

October 28, 2019

 

Budget Study Session

 

John Gray, President and CEO of School Services of California, reviewed the  state budget as it relates to school district funding. In his presentation, he shared that Local Educational Agencies are faced with challenges in the way that districts are funded and how they address the ever increasing costs for employee compensation, retirement costs and Special Education programs. Please see his Budget Study Session presentation.

School Services Presentation

 

Financial Overview

 

Assistant Superintendent Rita Sohal presented a financial overview of the Union School District budget. Ms. Sohal shared potential ways to protect our educational programs and improve funding to recruit and retain highly qualified certificated staff could include increasing lease revenue and placing a potential supplemental parcel tax and/or bond measure on the November 2020 ballot. For more information, please see her Financial Overview presentation.

 

Prior to Ms. Sohal's presentation, staff and community members presented questions. Most questions were answered in her presentation. Additional questions and answers can be found here.

 

Belmont Village Senior Living Project

 

One of the ways to increase revenue for the district is by leasing underutilized land. Please join us on November 5, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at a public hearing to speak in favor of the Union School District/Belmont Village Senior Living project at the San Jose City Council Chambers, City Hall Wing, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose, California. ​​​​​​​

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please Join Us For Our Next Board Meeting

November 18, 2019

 at 6:00 p.m.


Board of Trustees

Sheila Billings
Vickie Brown
Doug Evans
Jennifer Petroff
Thomas E. Rossmeissl


Below are links to the
Budget Study Session Presentations:

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Please visit us at www.unionsd.org for detailed minutes once approved

 




Union School District
Foundation for Excellence