May 14, 2020 Board of Education Meeting
You can find the meeting agenda HERE
The meeting utilized teleconferencing in accordance with safe social distancing practices. Public comment was available through email and voice recording prior to the meeting.
GUIDELINES FOR FALL 2020
The District discussed potential new guidelines for fall 2020 to protect the safety of students. Those included:
- Desks to be 6 feet apart
- Maximum of 10 students in grades TK-6
- Sanitation of all surfaces
- No shared eating spaces
- No playground equipment-blacktop/grass only/small groups
Chief Business Officer Gregory Fromm discussed the state’s announcement that districts are expected to face major funding cuts, including losses in state revenues for this year and next, as well as cash deferrals. The state has said that much will depend on the Heroes Act Coronavirus relief package proposal.
The District is investing in professional development and exploring options to save funds.
NEW TASK FORCES
The District has put together three new task forces to help guide decision-making.
Human Resources Task Force: Will provide recommendations for schools and ensure needed positions are filled to reduce expenses, avoid layoffs, and best serve students.
Reconstitution Task Force: Will ensure proper guidelines are followed for reopening schools.
Budget Task Force: Will ensure District is making fiscally responsible decisions that protect staff and students.
Students from Firebaugh, Lynwood, Vista, and Pathway high schools, along with Lynwood Community Adult School, presented student reports. Lynwood and Firebaugh continue to support students in college and career while celebrating college-going seniors.
Vista and Pathway are offering study support services, while the Adult School continues to distribute laptops to the community. All schools are preparing to be celebrated through virtual graduations in June.
School improvement measures were approved to continue to pursue updating facilities throughout the District, including:
Lynwood Middle School construction; a secure entrance project at Wilson Elementary, as well as maintenance at Abbott and Washington elementary schools.
TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Hosler Middle School Teacher Ambar Bojorquez was recognized as the District’s 2020 Teacher of the Year. Each school site honored a TOY.
Early Childhood Education: Adriana Fernandez (Will Rogers ES); Abbott ES: Kathy Barrientos; Helen Keller ES: Kathryn Tengan; Lincoln ES: Diane Perez; Lindbergh ES: Candido Fombona; Lugo ES: Jalen France; Mark Twain ES: Mariela Beiza; Marshall ES: Victoria Aquino; Roosevelt ES: Valdemar Quijada; Rosa Parks ES: Melissa Bahmanpou; Washington ES: Maria Luy; Will Rogers ES: Maria Limon; Wilson ES: Ann Kim; Cesar Chavez MS: Dora Garibay; Hosler MS: Ambar Bojorquez; Lynwood MS: Luis Aguilar; Firebaugh HS: Yvette Reynoso; Lynwood HS: Brittany Washington; Vista HS: Miriam Casuso; Pathway HS: Jeff Ballinger; Lynwood AS: Elias Villanueva.
Resolutions were approved to recognize National Mental Health Awareness Month, National Foster Care Month, Employee of the Week Recognition (Week of May 18), Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Successful Parenting Education Month.