Bathroom and library services concerns addressed, student athletes honored
With a packed agenda and an enormous, 800-page agenda packet it was a busy night for the Windsor Unified School District Board of Trustees. Major items included an update on the elementary school reconfiguration, which addressed bathroom, library and computer lab service transitions, a review of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and a motion to select a contractor for the Prop 39 energy efficiency project.
Before getting into the meatier items of the evening the board took time to “celebrate success,” namely student athlete success at Windsor High School and success with the in-depth recycling program at Cali Calmecac Language Academy.
The Windsor High School varsity baseball team was recognized for claiming the first ever North Bay League Redwood Division championship title. Windsor Junior Connor Wong was also recognized for his record breaking 100- meter freestyle at the North Coast Section Championships, which won him a medal and qualified him for the CIF State Championships in Clovis.
There was also a nod to the school’s track and field team, as well as the badminton and golf NCS qualifiers.
A group of Windsor High students were also recognized for their efforts in helping to make Cali Calmecac more environmentally friendly with their recycling program and work with Sonoma County Resource Recovery and the Cali environmental club.
Windsor Students who participated in the “Student Voices Campaign” were also celebrated for their winning video production work on a project highlighting why the arts matter.
School configuration update
Lois Standring, the chief business officer for the district, provided an update on reconfiguration work for Windsor Creek Elementary and Mattie Washburn and Brooks Elementary schools. The school reconfiguration task force, which was formed to aid in a smooth school transition, met on April 10 to discuss the library, restroom and computer lab transition concerns.
“The big question was, ‘Do the sites at Mattie and Brooks have sufficient restrooms for the number of students that would be going there?’, and yes without a doubt. Those schools were easily built for the number of students that will be there so restrooms will not be an issue,” Standring said.
In addition to the number of bathrooms, parents were also concerned about students of varying ages regularly sharing the restrooms. Standring said the decision to group grades in classroom clusters worked to ease the concern.
“Each of the restrooms follow the clusters so there will be restrooms for each age group,” she said.
In regards to the library transition the group will get help from Michael Powell, a retired librarian from the Sonoma County Office of Education, who will help move books to the Mattie library with rolling library shelves and a special library book transport truck. This will help simplify the process since the books can be re-shelved exactly as they were at the old library. Powell will work through the summer with the school’s library technicians in order to have the library set up before the start of the school year.
Trustee Eric Heitz asked if the board needs to get involved in any way to make sure kids get what they need in terms of library, music and computer resources. Standring said to keep things fair the library hours from Windsor Creek will be evenly divided between the two campuses.
The task force also determined the new school start and end times.
For Mattie the times will be 8:20 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 8:20 a.m. to 1:05 p.m. on Wednesday. For Brooks Elementary, third grade times will be 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8:30 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. for fourth and fifth graders on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. for all grades on Wednesdays.
“We are still working on actual recess schedules and lunch schedules. The principals at each site will develop those in a couple of weeks,” Standring said. “We’ve also gotten pretty far with the facilities. We’ve determined that two portables at each sight will be sufficient to house everyone.”
In order to make the portable assignment fair Standring said that she and Superintendent Brandon Krueger will conduct a lottery for assigning classrooms.
Next on the agenda was an update on the 2018/19 LCAP from Lisa Saxon, the district’s director of educational services.
The LCAP, which is a three-year strategic plan for how a district can improve and increase student achievement and district specific goals for students, is state-mandated and must be updated annually.
The last time the district reviewed the LCAP was in May of 2018. The current update shows which actions in the plan were successful in helping student achievement and the specific goals. It also reviews which actions were not implemented and which only maintained a goal instead of increasing it.
The district breaks their LCAP down into four goals: Goal 1 is to provide a rigorous curriculum based on the California Common Core, 2 says that students will be engaged in their learning in order to be successful, 3 is to create and maintain optimum learning and working environments for students and staff and 4 is to build effective and relevant family partnerships to increase student achievement and engagement in school.
“I will simply be presenting what we got implemented, what got off the ground, what was maintained and what didn’t get off the ground. The actual pieces regarding the metrics and the budgeting will come in the portion of the LCAP annual update a little bit later,” Saxon explained.
For Goal 1 there were 18 actions and services to help support the goal.
Nine of the 18 resulted in an increase in services; however, one of the 18 was not implemented.
Eight of the 18 implemented resulted in maintaining those services. These eight actions included: continual professional development for teachers and adoption of math materials, accelerated English coaching and training, the use of additional faculty work for academic intervention and Odyssey (a virtual instruction program) credit make up, more after school tutoring, additional computer lab access. Also maintained was college/career readiness assistance as well as continuing to encourage AP class students to take the AP exam.
Scholarships for qualifying students in the district were also provided.
Nine out of the 18 actions increased service to this goal and included being able to purchase i-Ready (an interactive online learning program) to use as screener for grades K-12.
The district was also able to implement Integrated Math III at WHS using College Preparatory Mathematics Curriculum (CPM). Teachers participated in several days of training in order to transition from the traditional math pathway to the new integrated math pathway.
The other item that helped support the goal of student achievement and rigorous curriculum was the new requirement to have all 10th graders take the PSAT 10 test. According to results, 95% of 10th graders took the PSAT 10 this spring, a 10% increase from last year when only 85% of 10th graders took the test.
Writing by Design was also purchased and implemented in TK-5 and they provided English Language Development to English Language learners in summer school to help accelerate their English proficiency.
In Goal 2 there were only two actions, which were to hold SARB (School Attendance Review Board) hearings and use the SEL (Social Emotional Learning Curriculum) programs to emphasize the importance of attendance, to support this goal.
Neither resulted in an increase in services, however they did maintain the service.
For Goal 3 there were nine actions to help support this goal.
Only one of the nine actions worked to improve this goal, whereas seven simply maintained services for the goal. These were: Report remedies, providing a SEL counselor at Windsor Middle School and continued SEL training for new staff among a few others.
For Goal 4 there were five actions identified to support this goal, yet only one resulted in increased services. Two of the five actions were not implemented.
In summary, 30 out of the 34 actions and services in the 2018/2019 LCAP resulted in increasing or maintaining services to help student achievement and 4 of the 34 were not implemented.
Prop 39 energy efficiency project
A public hearing and a motion to select a contractor for the Prop 39 energy efficiency project also took place at Tuesday’s meeting.
Prop 39 allocates funds that will be provided to local educational agencies to improve energy efficiency and create clean energy jobs. The energy efficiency projects must be done by June 30 otherwise the district would loose the allocated funds.
This particular project entails installing new HVAC systems and energy efficient lighting at all of the school sites. According to the agenda item report after the district reviewed the results of the solicited proposal bids it was recommended to award the contract to Famand, Inc. DBA Sitelogiq to install the project.
The cost of this installation is $1,054,594.
There was no public comment during the hearing; however, Trustee Rich Carnation expressed concern about the small amount of bids received and the overhead costs.
The board agreed to alter language in the contract regarding the overhead costs which addressed Carnation’s concerns. The board voted unanimously to award the contract to Famand, Inc. DBA Sitelogiq.
“This is something we’ve talked about for a while,” board president George Valenzuela said of the project.