Stockton Unified’s Tuesday night agenda has been released. Click here to read it.
Note the action item related to an interim superintendent hire. There’s also a couple other interesting items including two responses to grand jury reports, and the proposed sell of some school buses the district bought not that long ago.
Alas – I won’t be there to cover any of it Tuesday. That mean’s no SUSD Live blogging from me.
Never fear, as your access to the meeting will rest in the capable hands of colleague Kevin Parrish. Follow him on Twitter @KLPRecord for board meeting updates.
Here’s the press release from district spokeswoman Dianne Barth:
Stockton Unified Schools open their doors to the new year on Tuesday, August 12,
2014. The school district expects close to 37,000 students at 52 schools this year.
This year the district launches a number of new initiatives, including teaching to
the Common Core standards and some new programs aimed to improve academic
achievement for our students under the state’s new schools funding program.
We will have more counselors and guidance technicians, more technology and
teacher resources and more significant intervention for students who are struggling
as well as some special programs to help English language learners. The district
staff, principals and teachers look forward to a successful new year for our
We have also redesigned our home web page at www.stocktonusd.net to make
it easier to find our information, resources and news. The site is cleaner, easier
to navigate and will have a link to the district newsletter at the end of August.
The site includes a place for the SUSD Board of Education meeting schedule, a
districtwide calendar, budget updates, lists of schools and other information media
Trustees just came out of closed session. Trustee David Midura announced a 4-3 vote to contact a candidate and offer the interim superintendent job. Yes votes were from Gloria Allen, David Varela, David Midura, and Colleen Keenan. No votes by Kathy Garcia, Sal Ramirez and Steve Smith.
They didn’t say which candidate they’d be approaching.
Nobody here to comment before SUSD trustees went into closed session.
Trustees will discuss the interim superintendent situation further, and they will also talk about labor negotiations.
I’m hanging out. If they report out of the closed session, I’ll let you know.
Here is the agenda for tonight’s Stockton Unified special meeting.
It is closed session, but the public will have an opportunity to comment at 6:30 p.m. Trustees are required to report any decisions out of closed session.
A new website called Transparent California has posted salary information from the majority of California school districts. It includes salaries, benefits, and other pay such as stipends.
The list includes 1o San Joaquin County districts (including the San Joaquin County Office of Education). Notable districts that are missing – Stockton Unified and Tracy Unified (the largest and fourth largest SJ districts respectively).
If you’re curious about school employee pay, have a look.
I’ll need to get some more explanation, but it appears SUSD will look to float a bond measure on the November ballot – in the $100 million range – to pay for technology upgrades throughout the district.
Trustees approved a 1.565 percent pay raise for management and other unrepresented groups.
It also approved a 3.5 percent raise for classified workers.
Only SPPA Pres Bonnie Dixon and new teachers union president John Steiner spoke.
Dixon expressed anger that her group could only negotiate at 1.565 percent pay raise while classified workers are up for a 3.5 percent raise. She said some of her colleagues may leave the district because they feel a lack of respect.
Steiner urged the board to come to an agreement with the teacher’s union before the school year starts.
The Stagg High MESA team got a standing ovation. Here’s the story on their win in MESA