School board to discuss solar project, state testing

Child abuse prevention curriculum, Charlotte Wood Middle School among other topics

The San Ramon Valley school board is scheduled to receive a presentation about a potential new solar project for the district Tuesday evening.

The IRS authorized the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) in July to issue up to $13.2 million in clean renewable energy bonds, according to Scott Anderson, the district's chief business officer.

District officials and consultants have been reviewing the SRVUSD's current solar program and the feasibility of using new bonds to finance a second solar project, Anderson said in his staff report to the school board.

The presentation Tuesday "will include a summary of our current solar project performance to date, an introduction into (the bonds), scope of the proposed solar project, projected project savings and cash flow and suggested next steps," Anderson wrote.

The board will be asked to approve releasing a request for proposals for the new solar project and authorizing district staff to forward a "disclosure of non-voter approved debt" notice to the Contra Costa County Office of Education.

The regular school board meeting is set to start at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* Board members will receive an update on SRVUSD's results of last school year's California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), the new state test meant to check if students are learning Common Core standards.

The results, released earlier this month, showed about 75% of SRVUSD students either met or exceeded state standards overall.

Broken down by subject, a total of 81% of tested SRVUSD students met or exceeded English language arts and literacy standards, and 73% met or exceeded math standards.

The CAASPP test was given to students in third through eighth grade as well as 11th grade.

* The board will consider approving a $145,000 contract with the nonprofit Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County to implement a pilot run of its "Speak Up Be Safe" program -- new curriculum for child abuse and bullying prevention that utilizes direct educational strategies with age-appropriate terminology, lesson plans and activities.

The program is set to be piloted at 10 local schools beginning in January.

* Board members will also hear a presentation about recent activities and programs at Danville's Charlotte Wood Middle School.


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