SUSD Tuesday agenda, follow Kevin Parrish

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.

 

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SUSD back to school Tuesday

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 

students!

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 

may require.

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SUSD Live – Out of closed session

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.

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SUSD Live – Into closed session

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.

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SUSD special meeting agenda

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.

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School salaries posted online

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.

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SUSD Live – Bonds

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.

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SUSD Live – Pay raises

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.

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SUSD Live – Public comment

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.

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SUSD Live – Ovation for Stagg MESA team

The Stagg High MESA team got a standing ovation. Here’s the story on their win in MESA

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