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April 24, 2019

APRIL 24, 2019


Redwood City, California


April 24, 2019

  1. Call to Order

President McBride called the closed session meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. at the District Office, 750 Bradford Street, Redwood City.

Present at the closed session meeting: President Dennis McBride, Vice-President Janet Lawson, Alisa MacAvoy, María Díaz-Slocum, Cecilia I. Márquez, Superintendent John Baker and Assistant Superintendent Wendy Kelly.

  1. Oral Communication on Closed Session Items Only


  1. Closed Session 6:00-7:00pm

3.1 Closed Session Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9 – Conference with Legal Counsel – Anticipated Litigation. Gov. Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) – One potential case

  1. Reconvene to Regular Session at Approximately 7:00pm

4.1 Roll Call

4.2 Report Out on Closed Session from 4.24.19

President McBride reported that the School Board accepted the recommendation of Deputy County Counsel.

  1. Welcome

President McBride welcomed those present. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Present at the regular board meeting: President Dennis McBride, Vice-President Janet Lawson, Alisa MacAvoy, María Díaz-Slocum, Cecilia I. Márquez, and Superintendent John Baker.

Others Present: Linda Montes, Wendy Kelly, Priscilla Aquino-Dichoso, Antonio Pérez Jorge Quintana, Leslie Stafford, Spencer Chi, Michelle Ortiz, and others that did not sign in.

  1. Changes to the Agenda

President McBride requested to remove the Bond Program Update and Action Item 11.1 from the Agenda.

  1. Approval of Agenda

The board approved the agenda as amended, (Díaz-Slocum, Lawson; 5-0)

  1. Oral Communication

Spencer Chi from the Art Center in Redwood City attended the board meeting in hopes of obtaining further information about the school closures. Mr. Chi expressed interest in repurposing one of the sites for a potential art center.

In response to Mr. Chi’s request, President McBride replied that a 7-11 Committee had been formed for the process of leasing Orion, Adelante, and Hawes.

Michelle Ortiz, 5th grade teacher at Roy Cloud, addressed the School Board and Superintendent Baker by expressing that Roy Cloud School was awarded the Leadership Award. Ms. Ortiz commented that student Zoé Cortez had accepted the award on behalf of Roy Cloud School. Ms. Ortiz commented that she was extremely proud of the student leaders.

  1. School/Community Recognition

9.1 Bond Program Update

Per President McBride’s request, the Bond Program update was removed from the agenda.

9.2 District English Language Advisory Committee Update

Director of Student Services and Assessment Antonio Pérez provided the School Board and Superintendent Baker with a Power Presentation on the District English Language Advisory Committee.

Mr. Pérez provided information to the School Board and Superintendent Baker about the monthly meetings, where DELAC representatives discuss the different aspects of the district’s programs for the progress of English learners and recommendations for their improvement, in addition to offering additional support to families.

Furthermore, Mr. Pérez commented that DELAC also discusses SBAC results, reading results, climate survey results, Local Control Funding Formula and Plan, school attendance, parent involvement, CA Dashboard, ELPAC testing and 2019-20 reclassification criteria.

The School Board and Superintendent Baker thanked Mr. Pérez for his leadership and presentation.

9.3 Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Suspension and Attendance

Director of Student Services and Assessment Antonio Pérez provided the School Board and Superintendent Baker with data regarding suspensions, attendance, and chronic absenteeism.

Mr. Pérez reported that since the school year began up to April 16th, 2019, there had been 89 reported suspensions district-wide and zero expulsions. Mr. Pérez added that kindergarten; seventh and eighth grades have a larger number of chronically absent students. Mr. Pérez expressed that he is working closely with school site principals to offer resources to decrease the number of chronic absenteeism.

  1. Consent Items

The board approved Consent Items 10.1-10. (MacAvoy/Díaz-Slocum; 5-0, taking the following action:

10.1 Recommendation re: Approval of Adaptive Skiing Field Trip Request, Special Education Department

10.2 Recommendation re: Approval of Addendum to 2018-19 Measure U Application for Taft Community School

President McBride (Ayes)

Vice-President Lawson (Ayes)

Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes)

Trustee Díaz-Slocum (Ayes)

Trustee Márquez (Ayes)

  1. Action Items

The following Action Item was removed from the agenda, per President McBride’s request.

11.1 Recommendation re: Approval on Roosevelt School, Henry Ford School, and Kennedy Middle School Interim Housing Project Site Work Bid Awards

  1. Board and Superintendent Reports

12.1 Report from Board Members and Superintendent

Trustee Márquez reported attending the 7-11 Committee meeting.

Trustee Díaz-Slocum reported meeting with Superintendent Baker.

Trustee MacAvoy reported meeting with the 7-11 Committee to look at surplus properties and school closures. Trustee MacAvoy also attended the Community Advisory Committee meeting for Dignity Health and for going to the District Wellness Committee meeting.

Vice-President Lawson reported attending a Bond Program meeting, a Wellness Committee meeting and the BTSA Induction meeting.

President McBride reported attending a Bond Program meeting.

Superintendent Baker reported attending many of the same events as board members. Superintendent Baker reported attending the Adelante/Selby Lane transition meeting and commented that it had been a well received meeting.

  1. Information

13.1 Information on San Mateo County Investment Fund – March, 2019

No comments or questions from School Board and Superintendent Baker.

13.2 3rd Quarterly Williams Report, January 1st-March 31, 2019

No comments or questions from School Board and Superintendent Baker.

  1. Correspondence


  1. Other Business/Suggested Items for Future Agenda


  1. Board Agenda Calendar

16.1 Changes to the Board Agenda Schedule

Superintendent Baker commented that Bryan Godbe from TBWB would provide a presentation to the School Board about a possible future parcel tax.

  1. Adjournment (Action Required)

The board adjourned the meeting at 8:30 p.m. in memory of Jack Shea. (Lawson/MacAvoy; 5-0).

Alisa MacAvoy, Clerk