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Superintendent to Present North Star Forward Recommendations to Board of Trustees

Superintendent to Present North Star Forward Recommendations to Board of Trustees

At the upcoming June 15 Board meeting, Redwood City School District (RCSD) Superintendent Dr. John Baker will recommend options regarding North Star Academy (NSA) to the Board of Trustees. The North Star agenda item is part of the regularly scheduled School Board meeting, which is set to begin at 7:00 p.m. 

The recommendations are the culmination of a process that included a districtwide committee, North Star Forward, which was made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and former NSA students. The purpose of the North Star Forward committee is to minimize the sense of division between NSA and other schools in the district by addressing and recommending solutions for specific areas where NSA is having an impact on other schools’ enrollment, academic performance and school culture, and building understanding for the mission and purpose of the school.

Specifically, the committee was charged to focus on the following areas:

  • The exodus of rising third grade students from other schools. 

  • Admissions testing that leads to a sense of elitism and the social-emotional impact on students who attend as well as those who do not meet the qualifications.

  • Lack of access from students attending Bayside schools.

In early 2020, Superintendent Dr. John Baker formally recommended and the Board of Trustees approved the formation of the North Star Forward committee to study the impact of North Star Academy (NSA) on other schools in the District. The study came to be due to questions that were raised during the Planning for Our Future process of fall of 2018 when the community submitted many comments, both positive and negative, about the impact of NSA. The study was approved on November 28, 2018, as one of the recommendations brought forth to the School Board as part of the Planning for Our Future process. 

After an application process, the committee started working in early February of 2020 and met three times making much progress until March of 2020 when the work came to a halt due to COVID-19. The committee reconvened in early 2022 with the addition of several new members who joined the majority of the original committee. The dedicated committee members studied data, which helped them generate a total of 25 ideas that were presented to the Board during a Board Study Session on April 20. Following the study session, the options that will be presented to the Board were developed to reflect the committee’s ideas, and the Board’s ideas and community’s feedback. The options were then shared with the committee to solicit their feedback. In addition, RCSD staff was consulted regarding implementation details of each option. 

Members of the public who wish to address the Board of Trustees, whether in person or virtually, need to have a speaker’s card filled out and turned in 15 minutes before the start of the meeting. Please use the form below to fill out a speaker’s card:

Interpretation in English will be provided for members of the public who address the School Board in Spanish. Spanish interpretation is provided throughout the meeting by calling 978-990-5137 and pressing 8377041#.

The agenda, which includes the recommended options, and instructions on how to join the hybrid event is posted here.