THIS IS TONIGHT’S LAST POST … THE MEETING ENDED AFTER LOWDER’S COMMENTS.
Sara Cazares praised Peyton’s Science Olympiad team, which will compete at the state championships in Tulare on April 13.
Kathy Garcia met with SUSD teachers and listened to their concerns “instead of the other way around.” She also made some classroom visits. She said she found it “amazing” that all the classes she visited were “on the same page,” except for one classroom being led by a substitute teacher. She said facilities chief Steve Breakfield is doing a fine job with leading the fence-installation at various schools. … She said Washington School is one of the district’s “safest.”
Colleen Keenan: She thanked Primary Years Academy for inviting her to its recent open house. She also thanked Tyler School for having her read at its family literacy night. She spoke on behalf of Women’s History Month and the fight for women’s suffrage.
David Varela read at Washington School at the Rotary Read In. He echoed Keenan’s praise of Breakfield and Garcia’s comment about Washington’s safety.
Gloria Allen spoke about reading at Huerta Elementary. Allen said she wants to work at getting a new sign for Taft Elementary. She also praised a school employee for recently doing the “Heimlichen-Move” to save a choking child.
Superintendent Steve Lowder read to a special-education class at Madison Elementary. He said the district is working on a 6-8 expansion of the K-5 computer purchase of last year. Also the district is working on a summer program with county social services to help students transition from eighth to ninth grade. It would be a six-week program for about 300 students. Students would have the opportunity to receive laptops and hold onto them during their high school years. We’ll have to wait for another day for additional details.