David Varela – Thanked the staff at SECA for 100 percent passage of the exit exam.
- Gloria Allen – She congratulated Gina Hall on the multicultural fair. Said, maybe it should go district wide. Allen also talked about AVID student Saturday school and business-plan class they had for primary grade kids at Taylor Leadership Academy. The business was called Taylor Treats – a healthy snack service. And they want to use the money for garbage cans.
- Sal Ramirez – He said he found out from DOE that Valenzuela Magnet School legally doesn’t exist since it merged with Hong Kingston. Lowder said he’s not sure what Ramirez is talking about, but he’ll look into it.
- Colleen Keenan – went to a principals training regarding common core implementation.
- Steve Smith – said Valenzuela made a change that the concept of Valenzuela Magnet School hasn’t changed and he doesn’t know what Ramirez was told, but nothing has physically changed there. Smith also said he attended a WASC at Stagg. He also touted growth at Health Careers Academy in testing. “They might catch up to SECA, who knows.”
- David Midura – Went to August, Fremont, Harrison and Chavez and liked the orderly situation at August. He said it was “awesome to see the wonderful care.” At Fremont, they just restarted a PTA there and there was a pizza party. Parents are getting backed involved there. Harrison, he said was clean and orderly. Chavez had some “neat statistics” that came out today. AVID scores were at a 95 percent passing rate, a 96 percent passing rate and a 100 percent passing rate in three classes. Applauded teacher work and volunteer help.
- Kathy Garcia – said it was a busy week. Jose Hernandez was walking Filbert Street, and she picked him up. She went to LCAP meetings. She also went to the PLUS program at Edison on Saturday. Busing kids to that program has to be a priority, she said.