April 13, 2022
REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Redwood City, California
APPROVED MINUTES OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
April 6, 2022
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
1. Call to Order
President Díaz-Slocum called the regular board meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom Teleconference Meeting.
Present at the Regular Board Meeting: President Díaz-Slocum, Vice-President Cecilia I. Márquez; Trustees Janet Lawson, Mike Wells, Alisa MacAvoy; and Superintendent Baker.
2.2 Pledge of Allegiance
President Díaz-Slocum welcomed those present.
Others Present During the Regular Board Meeting: Wendy Kelly, Liz Wolfe, Priscilla Aquino-Dichoso, Don Dias, Will Robertson, Jorge Quintana, Antonio Pérez, Kyle Brumbaugh, Martin Cervantes, Itzel Ramírez, Gonzálo Cordova, and many other attendees.
3. Changes to the Agenda
President Díaz-Slocum requested to move Consent Item 9.2 to Action.
Trustee MacAvoy requested to move Action Items 10.1 and 10.2 to Consent.
4. Approval of Agenda
The board approved the agenda as amended, (Lawson, MacAvoy; 5-0).
5. Oral Communication
6. Bond Program Consent Items (Action Required)
The board approved the Bond Program Consent Items (Wells, Márquez; 5-0), taking the following action:
6.1 Recommendation re: Approval of Bond Program Consent Items
6.2 Recommendation re: Approval of Measure T Bond Program Tracking List of Items Under $20k
6.3 Recommendation re: Approval of Project Inspector Agreement Amendment #11 for Orion Alternative (Formerly John Gill) and Taft Community School with Inspectacon
President Díaz-Slocum (Ayes) Vice-President Márquez (Ayes) Trustee Lawson (Ayes) Trustee Wells (Ayes) Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes) 7. Bond Program Action Items (Action Required) None. 8. Discussion Items 8.1 First Reading and Discussion of Board Policy 3516 – Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan 8.2 First Reading and Discussion of Board Policy 4030 – Nondiscrimination in Employment 8.3 First Reading and Discussion of Board Policy 4118 – Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action – Certificated Employees 8.4 First Reading and Discussion of Board Policy 4218 – Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action – Classified Employees 8.5 First Reading and Discussion of Board Policy 4119.11_4219.11_4319.11 – Sexual Harassment 8.6 First Reading and Discussion of Board Policy 5145.7 – Sexual Harassment 8.7 First Reading and Discussion of Board Bylaw 9320 – Meeting and Notices Deputy Superintendent Kelly asked the School Board and Superintendent Baker if there were any comments or questions regarding Discussion Items 8.1 through 8.7. There were no comments or questions from the School Board or Superintendent Baker.
9. Consent Items
The board approved the Consent Items (Wells, Lawson; 5-0), taking the following action:
9.1 Recommendation re: Approval of Consent Items
9.3 Recommendation re: Ratification of Warrant Register, March 1, 2022 – March 31, 2022
President Díaz-Slocum (Ayes) Vice-President Márquez (Ayes) Trustee Lawson (Ayes) Trustee Wells (Ayes) Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes) 10. Action Items (Action Required) 9.2 Recommendation re: Extension of the Agreement for Food Service Management between Sodexo America, LLC and Redwood City School District for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Speaker’s Card: Jessica Shade, RCSD parent, commented that she is grateful to be working with families to help the School District improve their meal plans for students. Ms. Shade expressed that she would like for the School District to update the Sodexo agreement with Wellness Policy language. Ms. Shade added that she applauds the work being done by the Wellness Committee. Superintendent Baker thanked parents for all of their emails. Superintendent Baker commented that the ideas brought forward are important and highlighted that the documents that should be revised and discussed are board policies, rather than the Sodexo agreement for services. Superintendent Baker added that the comments raised by parents are valid; however, Superintendent Baker reiterated that the document that should be reviewed and discussed is board policy, rather than the Sodexo agreement. The School Board and Superintendent Baker discussed working with the Food Service Committee and the Policy Committee to address comments and concerns from parents. The School Board approved the extension of the agreement for Food Service Management between Sodexo America, LLC and Redwood City School District for Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (Márquez, MacAvoy; 5-0). President Díaz-Slocum (Ayes) Vice-President Márquez (Ayes) Trustee Lawson (Ayes) Trustee Wells (Ayes) Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes) 10.3 Recommendation re: Approval of Personnel Changes for 2021-22 – attachment The School Board approved the personnel changes for 2021-22 (MacAvoy, Wells; 5-0). President Díaz-Slocum (Ayes) Vice-President Márquez (Ayes) Trustee Lawson (Ayes) Trustee Wells (Ayes) Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes) 10.4 Recommendation re: Adoption of Resolution 31, Authorizing Electronic Meetings of the Board of Trustees During a State of Emergency Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e) The School Board adopted Resolution 31, authorizing electronic meetings of the Board of Trustees during a State of Emergency pursuant to Government Code Section 54953 (e) (Lawson, Márquez; 5-0). President Díaz-Slocum (Ayes) Vice-President Márquez (Ayes) Trustee Lawson (Ayes) Trustee Wells (Ayes) Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes)
11. Board and Superintendent Reports
11.1 Report from Board Members and Superintendent
Trustee Lawson reported attending the North Star Forward Committee meeting, in addition to a Chamber Education, MTSS Leadership, Workforce Housing and RCTA Climate Committee meetings.
Trustee Wells did not have a report.
Vice-President Márquez reported attending the North Star Forward Committee. Vice-President Márquez commented that it is great to participate in the North Star Forward Committee due to the great number of ideas discussed by all participants.
Trustee MacAvoy reported attending a California School Boards Association meeting, where strategic planning was discussed. Trustee MacAvoy added that CSBA discussed their contract services with the National School Boards Association and it was established that CSBA will not continue their contract with the National School Boards Association. Furthermore, Trustee MacAvoy reported participating in meetings to discuss a few non-profit organizations. Lastly, Trustee MacAvoy attended a parent education meeting on eating disorders, in addition to a San Mateo County School Boards Association meeting.
President Díaz-Slocum reported attending a virtual Familias Unidas celebration workshop. President Díaz-Slocum expressed that it was great to hear students talking about testing and added that parents were happy and excited about the program.
Superintendent Baker reported attending many of the same events as board members. Superintendent Baker commented that on April 14th there would be a Mariachi performance at the MIT Auditorium at 10:30am, which would include students from the Music Program at Hoover, Garfield and MIT. Superintendent Baker also reported meeting with finalists for the Chief Business Official position. Furthermore, Superintendent Baker participated in a North Star Forward debriefing session and lastly, Superintendent Baker visited New Haven Unified School District in Union City, together with Michelle Griffith and Liz Wolfe to tour their Family Center. Superintendent Baker stated that mental health clinicians, mental health coordinators, nurses and community school coordinators are housed within the same building. Superintendent Baker added that he would like to bring a similar model to Redwood City.
President Díaz-Slocum reported receiving emails from parents regarding the Sodexo America, LLC contract.
Trustee MacAvoy reported receiving an email regarding the libraries.
14. Other Business/Suggested Items for Future Agenda
Trustee MacAvoy commented that she would like to see an update on the Family Center in the near future.
15. Board Agenda Calendar
15.1 Changes to the Board Agenda Schedule
Superintendent Baker announced that the Annual Retirement Celebration would take place on Thursday, May 19th from 4-6pm.
16. Adjournment (Action Required)
The board adjourned the meeting at 8:18 p.m. (MacAvoy, Márquez; 5-0).
Janet Lawson, Clerk