…then it must be a principal. Even if it looks like a duck.
Sutherland Elementary (Lodi Unified) Principal Harold Brown dressed like a duck Wednesday as a self-deprecating reward to students for hitting fundraising goals at the school’s jump rope for heart.
Brown is known for similar shenanigans. He once let all the kids hit him in the face with pies, too.
Stockton Unified Trustees will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Agenda items include layoffs of three high school teachers, a high school counselor and two preschool teachers under the “elimination of particular kinds of service” code.
The board will also vote on spending $1,500 to send Trustee Gloria Allen to attend the California Association of African-American Superintendents and Administrators Conference on March 12-14.
Trustees will also be asked to hire the San Joaquin County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a background search on Bryon Gustafson, who has been tabbed as the next SUSD Police Chief. That contract would pay the sheriff’s office $28.96 an hour for that service.
The meeting is at the district office board room, 701 N. Madison St.
SUSD Trustees ratified a contract for Bryon Gustafson to be the district’s next police chief. There’s still some background checks and evaluations before the deal is final, but the contract has been agreed to by both parties.
Have a look at Gustafson’s contract by clicking here.
SUSD trutees hired Bryon Gustafson to a two year contract (plus a few months). More in tomorrow’s paper.
Keenan – just thanked Robert Sahli for the common core update.
Smith – Oldest daughter getting married this weekend “we have an extra room in the house,” he said. Also talked about why so many long term subs in the district, and not permanent.
Midura – Mentioned Thursday’s Rotary Read-in at Stockton schools. Also gave “kudos” to Art Coleman, a music teacher who won the MLK Award at UOP.
Ramirez – Mentioned substitutes and wants some info.
Allen – Never get through the sub problem “until we start growing our own.” Said CSBA doing LCFF and common core update.
Varela – Went to Purple & Gold dinner at Wilson Elem. to thank students who scored proficient or above on CST. So many kids did, they had to move the event to Cleveland. Also, he’s attending the CSBA meeting.
Garcia – Had a busy week. A crab feed and Laos family luncheon. Even with the Olympics on, she visited all of her school on Valentine’s Day.
Just an interesting quote. Lowder said planning for Common Core is like “constructing an airplane mid-flight.”
Trustees opened a public hearing on a Proposed Common Core State Standards Spending Plan.
A short presentation talks about common core, which is expected to bring more critical thinking and writing to school curriculum.The district has $7 million to spend.
The district will need to buy some computers (possibly Chromebooks), train teachers, and buy materials.
Superintendent Steve Lowder talked about how the technology is changing, and that students could initially be ahead of adults in some ways.
District might buy online text books. The guy who invented Google Maps has a new website called Gooru that the district gets free for the rest of this year, and could be used in the future.
Child Welfare & Attendance Director Dee Alimbini is telling trustees about the district’s Restorative Justice program, which is a sort of peer court for students who get in trouble.
She gave an example of a Chavez High student who threw an orange at lunch and hit someone. That student, instead of being in detention or suspended, went to Restorative Justice, got some peer counseling and did some campus cleanup.
Trustees reported voting 7-0 to appoint Bryon Gustafson. That vote is pending public approval of a contract – which should be coming up.
SECA senior Kesia Garibay is speaking as tonight’s student representative on the board. She’s getting a little emotional when talking about the school “Sorry, it’s my senior year,” she said.
Superintendent Steve Lowder mentioned that SECA (Stockton Early College Academy) is the highest scoring high school in the area.