School board, superintendent to discuss how to develop meeting agendas

College readiness grant, risk manager job description also set for Tuesday night

The San Ramon Valley school board and first-year district superintendent Rick Schmitt are set to talk Tuesday about how to best develop the board's meeting agendas.

The discussion, scheduled as Schmitt enters his fifth month as the leader of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District, is designed as a conversation between a new superintendent and school board members about how agendas should be created for the board's twice-monthly public meetings.

The board will also "discuss options and priorities for special non-binding resolutions to be placed on future Board of Education meeting agendas," Schmitt wrote in his staff report to the board ahead of Tuesday night's meeting.

The conversation comes a little more than a month after the school board had two proposed election-endorsement resolutions on its agenda, leading to public discussions on the issues before a majority of the board deemed both ballots issues fell outside the board's official purview.

Different individual board members asked that district staff draft resolutions for board consideration in opposition to California's marijuana legalization Proposition 64 and in favor of Contra Costa County's 0.5% transportation sales tax proposal Measure X ahead of the general election.

School board members talked about the items Oct. 4, but in each case they ultimately voted 4-1 to pull the endorsement item from their agenda, rather than cast a vote on the merits of the proposal. Board president Greg Marvel dissented both times.

In the wake of that meeting, some board members indicated those discussions may have shown a need for the board to review its resolution consideration process.

Tuesday's board meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the boardrooms at the district administrative complex, 699 Old Orchard Drive in Danville.

In other business

* The board will hold a public hearing on a proposed college readiness block grant for one-time funding available from the state to provide additional support to prepare high school students for higher education, particularly low-income, English learners and foster children.

The district seeks an overall allocation of $75,000 for local high schools, divided among Dougherty Valley ($35,245), California ($22,884), Monte Vista ($8,519), San Ramon Valley ($5,846), Del Amigo ($1,504) and Venture ($1,002).

* Board members will also consider creating a new job description for the district's risk manager.

The position "plans, coordinates, supervises and directs all risk management, loss control, safety and insurance programs, including but not limited to, worker's compensation, OSHA, Americans with Disabilities Act, student insurance, comprehensive property and liability insurance, general insurance coverage and claims administration," according to district staff.

The salary could range between $93,775 and $127,170 annually depending on experience, with an estimated annual total cost for the position at $186,531, according to the district.

* The board will hear an update on recent programs and activities at Danville's John Baldwin Elementary School.

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