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School board to hear latest enrollment projections

Classified union negotiations, alternative credits, Women's History Month also on Tuesday's agenda

The San Ramon Valley school board is scheduled to consider this year's round of district-wide enrollment projections Tuesday evening.

The report by Davis Demographics & Planning, Inc., has not yet been released and is set to be unveiled for the first time publicly during the board's nighttime meeting in Danville. The enrollment estimates are used by the district to plan staffing, facility and program needs and forecast budget figures, among other reasons.

The demographer's report last year estimated district enrollment would continue trending upward to a high of 33,015 students in fall 2019, but then begin decreasing with about 32,975 in 2020 and 32,630 in 2021, marking the district's first downward trend after decades of steady growth.

This year's report could shed new light on those predictions. The school board's open-session meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the district boardrooms at 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* The board will consider approving a joint proposal for what topics to broach during negotiations with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1021, which represents maintenance, operations, transportation and other service workers in the district.

Union negotiators and the district bargaining team have agreed to discuss salary and allowances, bus drivers, and the SRVUSD retired employee benefit plan and trust for members of SEIU during contract talks for this school year.

* Board members will weigh whether to amend the current board policy and create a new administrative regulation regarding how to count alternative credits toward graduation.

A stakeholder committee developed the proposals on granting credits for non-district courses based on the district's desire to improve college and career readiness and better align its policies with those recommended by the California School Boards Association, according to district staff. The updates, if approved, would take effect next school year.

* The board will consider awarding diplomas to 14 former students who are eligible based on recent state law allowing students who completed 12th grade any time dating back to 2003-04 and met all applicable graduation requirements other than passing the California High School Exit Exam to now receive a high school diploma.

The exit exam was suspended as a graduation requirement under legislation signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown last October.

* Board members will adopt resolutions declaring March as Women's History Month and Arts Education Month in the district.

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