Chief Business Official Michele Huntoon said approval of state regulations related to the state’s new Local Control Funding Formula is moving slowly. She also said more state funding may come next month for SUSD’s implementation of the new Common Core State Standards.
As for board comments:
Kathy Garcia, Colleen Keenan and Gloria Allen spoke about Esmeralda Mexicano. David Varela on Esmeralda: “It’s so sad to see such a young life disappear so quickly.” Steve Smith spoke about attending a Point Break seminar. He also noted the tragedy in the Philippines and recalled that the district Sal Ramirez said of Esmeralda, “She was so young, so full of life, with so many plans.” David Midura isn’t here.
Deputy Superintendent Sheree Audet spoke about parent meetings to prepare them for the incoming Common Core.
Item 7.2 was pulled. Items 7.3 was approved 6-0.
Item 9.3 – Ramirez asked for an explanation regarding hiring a law firm to do investigations of uniform complaints against the district. There was no further discussion and the item was approved 5-0. Gloria Allen abstained.
Edison won the “Got Milk” competition and the student body gets a $3,000 prize. Goodwill Industries San Joaquin County CEO David Miller donated $5,000 to Stockton Unified’s 1852 Foundation to promote recycling. The student representative tonight was Ashley Munoz of Health Careers Academy.
Taft Elementary kindergarten teacher Mary Shaver also was honored. Board President Gloria Allen, in honoring Shaver, said she’s such a good teacher she even succeeded with Success For All. Longtime SUSD observers will understand.
Stagg High’s red-hot football team also was honored.
By the way, no public comment and no report from Superintendent Steve Lowder, who isn’t here tonight.
Item 1.1 – approved 6-0; Item 1.2 – approved 6-0; Item 1.4 – tabled; Item 1.6 – approved 6-0; Item 1.7 – first case discussion only, second case pulled. Ramirez said votes were 7-0 but David Midura isn’t here tonight so votes were 6-0.
If you are interested in attending Wednesday’s UOP screening of the “Left Behind” film about homeless youth in San Joaquin County, the details are here.
Isaac Wright recounts his life as a homeless teen in the film, as well as in a story in today’s edition of the Record and at recordnet.com. An estimated 2,400 school-aged children are homeless in the county.
Below, you can watch a brief interview with Wright and with “Left Behind” filmmaker Shane Williamson shot last week at the Stockton Shelter for the Homeless.
The recent Edison grad, who died Saturday, left behind a chronicle of her final months. The first entry, from Aug. 3, marked the day Esmeralda left Stockton for a summer program in Irvine that was to prepare her for her freshman year at UC Irvine. Read More »
An incredibly sad story. Esmeralda won a Dell Scholarship and was at an orientation for incoming UC Irvine students when she became ill this summer. Here’s what Edison Principal Brian Biedermann sent out to the school community yesterday:
Last night we lost one of our own. After her courageous battle with lung cancer, Esmeralda Mexicano passed away at the young age of 19. I understand that this is a very difficult time for faculty and students. It may be particularly difficult for some of you most directly related to Esmeralda. I would like to offer my condolences and my assistance in any way possible. A crisis intervention team will be available on Tuesday, November 12th. The individuals on the team are available to the faculty and students who would like to talk about their reactions to Esmeralda’s passing. We will be holding a vigil in our Taggart Gym on Tuesday. I have instructed our team and Boosters Club to be ready to receive people at 8:00. Esmeralda’s mother was extremely grateful for everything our school has done for Esmeralda and her family. She mentioned several times how lucky Esmeralda was to go to a school that cared so much about her and prepared her to be successful in college. It was the most sincere and difficult thing I have heard. The family truly appreciated all the staff members that visited the hospital last night and assisted with their grief.
If there is anything that can be done to help you or someone else, please let me know. There is no amount of training or education that can prepare you for this kind of lost. We will do everything we can to ensure our Edison Family continues to strive.
November is National Homeless Youth Awareness Month, an appropriate time for the San Joaquin County Office of Education to release a documentary focusing on student homelessness in the Stockton area. The film, “Left Behind,” will debut Wednesdayat the Janet Leigh Theater on the campus of University of the Pacific.
Doors will open at 5:30. There will be a panel discussion and a question-and-answer session. Admission is free. Homeless and Foster Youth Services will accept donations to the SJCOE Educational Foundation.
The Record will have more on the film in the coming days. A trailer already is available for those interested in a sneak peak.