June 1, 2022
REDWOOD CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Redwood City, California
APPROVED MINUTES OF BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
June 1, 2022
REGULAR BOARD MEETING
1. Call to Order
Vice-President Márquez called the regular board meeting to order at 7:06p.m. in person and via teleconference meeting.
Present at the Regular Board Meeting: Vice-President Cecilia I. Márquez, Trustees Janet Lawson, Mike Wells, Alisa MacAvoy; and Superintendent Baker.
President María Díaz-Slocum joined the board meeting virtually.
2.2 Pledge of Allegiance
Vice-President Márquez 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, Martin Cervantes, Itzel Ramírez, Gonzálo Cordova, Evelyn Campos, Eliana García, and 20 other attendees.
3. Changes to the Agenda
Trustee MacAvoy requested to move Bond Program Consent Items subsequent to 4.1, Approval of Agenda.
4. Approval of Agenda
The board approved the agenda as amended, (MacAvoy, Lawson; 5-0).
5. Oral Communication
6. Bond Program Consent Items (Action Required)
*Note: Originally Item 7 on the agenda.
The board approved the Bond Program Consent Items (MacAvoy, Wells; 5-0), taking the following action:
7.1 Recommendation re: Approval of Bond Program Consent Items
7.2 Recommendation re: Approval of Rear Parking Lot Project Construction Agreement for Garfield Community School with Galeb Paving – attachment
7.3 Recommendation re: Approval of STEAM Tables Proposal for Hoover Community School with RDI – attachment
7.4 Recommendation re: Approval of Building A HVAC Upgrades Electrical Proposal for Garfield Community School with Atlas Pellizzari – attachment
7. Bond Program Action Items (Action Required)
*Note: Originally Item 8 on the agenda.
8. School/Community Reports *Note: Originally Item 6 on the agenda. 8.1 Update on the Upcoming Adoption of Middle School History-Social Science (HSS) Materials Liz Wolfe, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction provided the School Board with a presentation providing information about the history-social science adoption for grades 6-8. Ms. Wolfe expressed that the adoption committee examined feedback from the pilot experience. A final analysis compared the strengths of each program using teacher and student feedback. The committee voted to recommend adopting Teacher’s Curriculum Institute – History Alive! California Series – Grades 6-8. The School Board and Superintendent Baker thanked Liz Wolfe for all of her hard work and great presentation! 8.2 Instructional Support for Primary Teachers Laura Pulido López, Mariela Talavera Ballón, Anne Berljafa, RCSD Staff Development Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSAs) and Liz Wolfe, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, presented an overview of their current work with RCSD primary teachers. Laura and Mariela have pulled together high impact strategies from a variety of sources: Sobrato Early Academic Language (SEAL), National Urban Alliance (NUA), the district profile of an RCSD learner (empowered learner, effective communicator and knowledge constructor) and culturally responsive pedagogy to create integrated thematic units for teachers across the district. These units have been developed to support all teachers, particularly those working with multilingual learners. Laura and Mariela gave an overview of these units and their work in supporting district teachers, which includes training, modeling and lesson planning with a focus on student learning. The School Board and Superintendent Baker thanked Liz Wolfe, Laura Pulido López, Mariela Talavera Ballón and Anne Berljafa for a wonderful presentation!
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
9.2 Recommendation re: Denial of Claim – attachment
9.3 Recommendation re: Approval of the Special Education Teacher Induction Agreement with San Mateo County Office of Education for 2022-23 – attachment
President Díaz-Slocum (Ayes) Vice-President Márquez (Ayes) Trustee Lawson (Ayes) Trustee Wells (Ayes) Trustee MacAvoy (Ayes) 10. Action Items (Action Required) 10.1 Recommendation re: Adoption of Resolution 36, Authorizing Electronic Meetings of the Bord of Trustees During a State of Emergency Pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e) – attachment The School Board adopted Resolution 36, authorizing electronic meetings of the Board of Trustees during a State of Emergency pursuant to Government Code Section 54953(e) (MacAvoy, Lawson; 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 a Workforce Housing meeting and commented that there would be a Closed Session on June 15th, related to Workforce Housing. In addition, Trustee Lawson attended the 2021-22 RCSD Retirement Celebration and expressed it had been a wonderful celebration.
Trustee Wells attended the 2021-22 RCSD Retirement Celebration and commented that it had been a great celebration!
Trustee MacAvoy reported attending many of the same events as fellow board members. Trustee MacAvoy thanked Eliana García, Evelyn Campos, and Jorge Quintana for all of their work. Trustee MacAvoy commented she attended a music event at MIT and expressed that it had been a wonderful event! Trustee MacAvoy also mentioned that Liz Wolfe thanked Carol McNamara for all of her years of service to the Redwood City School District and presented her with a retirement plaque and flowers on behalf of the School Board and Superintendent Baker. Trustee MacAvoy reported meeting with a parent to discuss the Food Service Committee. Furthermore, Trustee MacAvoy attended a 2x2x2 meeting, together with Superintendent Baker and President Díaz-Slocum. Trustee MacAvoy expressed that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the issues that have risen related to youth getting in trouble in Downtown Redwood City.
President Díaz-Slocum reported attending a 2x2x2 meeting.
Vice-President Márquez reported attending the 2021-22 RCSD Retirement Celebration and expressed it had been a great celebration.
Superintendent Baker reported attending many of the same events as board members.
12.1 Information on San Mateo County Investment Fund – April 2022
President Díaz-Slocum received emails from parents. President Díaz-Slocum reported receiving an email from a KIPP parent who expressed discontent with the after school placement.
14. Other Business/Suggested Items for Future Agenda
Superintendent Baker reminded School Board members of the Bond Program Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Taft Community School at 10:00am on Friday.
Furthermore, Superintendent Baker stated that there would be a Closed Session on June 15th at 5:00pm. The regular board meeting would start at 6:00pm, since there will be two reports, one from TBWBH on the future G.O. Bond and the second item on the North Star Forward recommendations.
Superintendent Baker also reminded the School Board about holding a Closed Session for his evaluation on Monday, June 13th from 9:00am-12:00pm.
15. Board Agenda Calendar
15.1 Changes to the Board Agenda Schedule
16. Adjournment (Action Required)
The board adjourned the meeting at 8:10 p.m. (Lawson, Wells; 5-0).
Janet Lawson, Clerk