Not Live LincolnUSD – Last night’s meeting

There was a small crowd for last night’s Lincoln Unified School District board meeting. The meeting lasted about 1 hour and 15 minutes before trustees went back into closed session.

Some topics from last night:

- Thomas Crocker has been hired as the district’s new Director of Special Education.

- Lincoln High will renovate its baseball and softball fields.

- The district will pay $40,000 to put its Trustee election on the November ballot. Three trustee seats will be up for grabs.

- Drug testing: Superintendent Tom Uslan gave a short presentation about the district’s drug testing program. He said some surveys were done of the athletes involved and that 33 percent of them said they chose to decline using drugs or alcohol because of the drug policy. 31 percent knew someone else who did. 56 percent said the online program with the policy was “useful.”

Uslan said that no students tested positive during the year. Two students were out of compliance with the policy, but were put back on track. The drug policy does not include punishment, he said. No athletes missed an event throughout the process.

- Incoming Lincoln High Principal outlined some ideas to decrease suspension rates at the school. Ideas ranged from putting cyber bullies into peer mentoring programs instead of automatic suspensions, to reducing punishiment for students that might threaten or initiate to fight but don’t actually fight. ┬áStudents caught with tobacco could also be placed in an on-campus drug and alcohol counseling program for six weeks instead of an automatic 3 day suspension, he said. No vote on the ideas, yet.

- Lincoln Unified used all of its $8.4 million of Prop. 30 money for teacher salaries. Remember, Prop 30. is the tax on high income earners. Here’s a pretty good Internet entry on Prop. 30.

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