Sunnyvale School District Board of Education Updates

The following is a summary of actions taken by the Sunnyvale School District Board at the March, April and May meetings.

March 8:

  • Approved the Second Interim Fiscal Solvency Report
  • Approved the initial interest statements of Sunnyvale School District and acknowledge receipt of the initial interest statements of the Sunnyvale Education Association for 2018-2019 negotiations.
  • Voted for Melissa Baten Caswell, Cynthia Chang, Joe Mitchner, and Jodi Muirhead for the 2018 California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly.

March 22:

  • Approved final offer of facilities of Spark Charter School.
  • Adopted a resolution on school safety stating that: “as a public school district, we have a duty not only to educate our students, but also to protect and nurture them. Recent events have only reinforced our obligations as stewards of student and staff safety within Sunnyvale School District. We must be vigilant where security is concerned, diligent in our attention to positive school culture, and unrelenting in our advocacy for policies that increase student safety. The resolution includes a call for the U.S. Congress to pass legislation that will reduce the threat of gun violence on school campuses.”

April 24 (Special Board Development Meeting):

  • The board discussed a possible November 2018 bond election, the proposed mission and vision statements, and board goals, roles, and responsibilities.

May 3:

  • Awarded a bid for the Cherry Chase Modernization project.
  • Awarded a bid for the Lakewood playground modernization project.
  • Approved a resolution requesting the County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors to establish tax rate for bonds.
  • Approved the updated plan for expelled youth to include the District’s Multi-tiered systems of support in order to maintain zero expulsions annually.
  • Approved the selection of Iman Abdo as the 2017-2018 Classified Employee of the Year.
  • Approved the selection of Alex Ha as the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.
  • Approved the selection of Pamela Cheng as the 2017-2018 Management Team Member of the Year.

May 15:

  • Awarded a bid for the Columbia Middle School parking lot project.

May 31:

  • Approved the Sunnyvale School District’s revised Mission and Vision stated as follows:
    • Mission: Sunnyvale School District provides every student with a strong foundation of academic, behavioral, and social-emotional skills to prepare them for success in a diverse, challenging, and changing world.
    • Vision: Each school in the Sunnyvale School District will be known for developing global-minded learners by providing an exemplary education for every student, building on individual strengths, embracing diversity, and fostering community responsibility.

The next Board of Education meetings is June 21.

Board of Education meetings are generally scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of the month at the Sunnyvale School District Administrative Office, 819 West Iowa Avenue, Sunnyvale.

The Board of Education is the elected governing body of the SSD. Its five members serve four-year terms and are elected by Sunnyvale residents. Learn more about the members, and view their meeting schedule, agendas, and minutes at https://www.sesd.org/Page/57.

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