SRVUSD board to talk school climate, instructional calendar

Swearing in Marvel and Jewett, SRVHS modernization update, budget review also on tap

The San Ramon Valley school board is set to swear in two returning board members before getting down to business Tuesday with an open discussion on school climate and tolerance and consideration of next school year's instructional calendar leading the way on a crowded meeting agenda.

Updates on renovation projects at San Ramon Valley High School and Stone Valley Middle School, the first midyear budget report and a review of 2015-16 developer fee revenues and expenditures are among the other talking points set for Tuesday night -- the board's only regular meeting scheduled in December.

Superintendent Rick Schmitt will open the 7 p.m. public meeting in Danville by administering the oath of office to board members Greg Marvel and Mark Jewett to begin their new four-year terms.

This marks Marvel's fifth consecutive term on the board, and it's the second straight term for Jewett -- the least tenured of the five board members. The pair received their new terms without an election after they were the only candidates to file to compete for the two seats up for grabs in November.

Following the swearing-in ceremony, the school board will conduct its annual reorganization, selecting from among its members the president, vice president and board clerk for 2017, adopting the board's meeting calendar for the 2017-18 school year and confirming board members' liaison and committee assignments.

* Among its other business, the board will talk about school climate and providing a safe and inclusive learning environment for all students, a discussion held in the wake of a half-dozen reported incidents of racist graffiti between Danville's Monte Vista High and San Ramon's California High since mid-October.

The district plans to augment its ongoing efforts on culturally responsive teaching and learning, which aim to help make sure classrooms are inclusive and engaging, according to Toni Taylor, assistant superintendent of educational services.

"Staff has undergone training in cultural awareness, sensitivity and tolerance. Our district Climate Committee focuses on celebrating diversity and promoting equity," Taylor wrote in her staff report to the board.

"We have plans to expand our work to include more intensive training for students, staff and parents around climate, culture and tolerance," she added.

The school climate conversation is listed as a discussion-only item, with no board actions proposed.

* The board will also consider approving the instructional calendar for the 2017-18 school year, which has been negotiated between the district and the San Ramon Valley Education Association.

The proposed calendar would again have the first semester end before winter break -- a change implemented by the district for the first time this school year following months of public debate.

The 2017-18 calendar would start school on Aug. 14, 2017 and end the first semester for middle and high schools on Dec. 21, 2017. The second semester would run from Jan. 8, 2018 to June 1, 2018 with spring break from April 2-6, 2018.

For elementary schools, the first trimester would run from Aug. 14 to Nov. 9, 2017, the second trimester would run from from Nov. 13, 2017 to March 2, 2018 and the final trimester would run from March 3 to June 1, 2017.

The proposed calendar consists of 180 instructional days for students and 186 working days for returning teachers -- with an extra work day for new teachers.

* The board will receive an update on the San Ramon Valley High modernization project, which aims to replace decades-old classrooms at the central Danville campus with a new three-story, 52-classroom building (an increase of six classrooms) along with a larger quad and more on-campus parking.

The project, which is underway and set for completion by summer 2018, is estimated to cost $64.5 million -- funded through Measure D, the $260 million school facilities bond initiative approved by local voters in November 2012.

* Board members will discuss another Measure D project when they decide whether to award bids for aspects of the modernization project at Alamo's Stone Valley Middle School.

Staff recommends approving a contract with Kevin Sullivan Heating & Air, Inc., of up to $4.05 million for HVAC and sheet metal work on the project as well as approving two contracts with Vila Construction Co., a maximum $15.27 million for general trades and food services and a maximum $3.82 million for electrical work.

* The board will also consider approving the updated Measure D master program budget.

* Board members discuss approving the district's first interim budget report for 2016-17, certifying that the district will be able to meet its financial obligations for the current school year and the next two years.

* They will weigh accepting a report of developer fee revenue and expenditures for 2015-16 and for the five-year period from 2012-16.

Last school year, the district collected just under $1.62 million in developer fees and interest (including $1.4 million for new residential construction) and spent $339,708 of developer funds for relocatable classrooms and almost $1.09 million on a handful of other projects. The developer fund ended the 2015-16 year with a balance of a shade under $4.8 million.

* The board will talk about approving a $75,000 college readiness grant from the state to provide additional support to prepare high school pupils for higher education, particularly students who are low-income, English learners and foster youth.

* The board will also receive an update on recent programs, activities and accomplishments at Danville's Los Cerros Middle School.

* Tuesday night's open-session board meeting is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. in the boardrooms at the district administrative complex in Danville, 699 Old Orchard Drive.

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Posted by Teacher
a resident of Danville
on Dec 5, 2016 at 6:50 pm

In other words, school sites will be directed to form yet another committee to address social values that parents fail to teach their kids. As a result, instructional minutes will be lost due to cultural art projects, forming safe zones for students, and talking circles on gender identity.

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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Dec 5, 2016 at 7:37 pm

SHale is a registered user.

gosh, is it always the parents' fault?

Yet another non-registered, anonymous poster using a screen name shared by dozens. Hard to take seriously.

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Posted by American
a resident of Danville
on Dec 6, 2016 at 7:09 am

This school board has zero credibility after refusing the repeated requests of parents to come out against the recreational use of marijuana amendment. The parents and teachers for years have had red ribbon week, to educate the kids about the problems of drugs, but this current group of school board members has sent the wrong message to our kids by not opposing the marijuana amendment. They are so focused on being politically correct, instead of doing common sense things that actually benefit our kids. Studies have shown repeated use of marijuana leads to an 8 point drop in I.Q., and it is a gateway drug to usage of more serious drugs. But this current school board is trying to be so "tolerant" and P.C. that they refuse to come out against drug usage. The recall effort is starting, and I can not wait until each and every member of this school board is gone.

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