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April 18, 2024

Agenda: HSD board to review 2018-19 budget

The Hollister School District Board of Trustees will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at 2690 Cienega Road to consider the following:

  • Evaluation of superintendent in closed session
  • Public hearing on the local control accountability plan: According to the agenda, the Hollister School District will hold a public hearing in regards to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP). It is to solicit recommendations and comments from the public regarding spending regulations for supplemental and concentration grants, to notify the public of the opportunity to submit written comments regarding the specific actions and expenditures to be included in the Local Control and Accountability Plan, and to demonstrate to the public how the Hollister School District intends to meet annual goals for all pupils with specific activities to address state and local priorities.
  • Hearing on the 2018-19 Hollister School District budget: According to the agenda, the Board of Trustees will conduct a hearing on 2018/19 Proposed Budget. Education Code requires Hollister School District to hold a public hearing for the 2018/19 Proposed Budget, which will be presented to the board and public.
  • Report on progress of district goals at Ladd Lane School, Maze Middle School and R.O. Hardin Elementary School.
  • Report on district programming and facilities planning. According to the agenda, the construction of a new school site provides the opportunity for the District to examine its program priorities and facilities and decided how best to serve students. Several program priorities exist in the district, based on past Board decisions. This report will focus on six: 1) Grow HDLA to a 900-student program, 2) provide middle school students at K-8 sites with a comprehensive middle school program as much as possible, 3) provide space for a K-8 charter school, 4) keep preschool options at RO Hardin, 5) keep Medical Therapy Unit close to students needing services, and 6) build a new school at Santana Ranch to accommodate growth within the district. This report will serve as the first informational sessions with others planned in the upcoming months. Community informational nights and input sessions will also be scheduled as appropriate.
  • Approval of contract between the district and IO Education: According to the agenda, IO Education is the provider of the district data system, EADMS and assessment item bank, INSPECT. The data system is key to HSD’s professional development and data analysis. Site and district staff, professional learning communities and instructional leadership teams use assessment data in EADMS to monitor student progress and programs. The item bank is used to develop assessments to support the evaluation of students in our school programs.
  • Approval of contract between district and Flippen Group: According to the agenda, per Board direction, the district will continue with its implementation of Capturing Kids Hearts. Next year the Flippen Group will provide one day of training for administrators, two days of training for new staff, a half day of training for returning staff, and four days of training for identified staff at each site to assist in implementation, along with four days of on-site coaching for each school site.
  • Approval of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP Agreement: According to the agenda, the services of Fagen, Friedman, & Fulfrost will be retained to provide legal representative/counsel with respect to matters pertaining to the Superintendent’s evaluation and contract and Special Education.
  • MOU with office of education on science testing: According to the agenda, the San Benito County Office of Education will provide support and assistance to 5th-8th grade teachers about the new California Science Test (CAST). The CAST is being administered to 5th and 8th graders for the first time this spring. The test is based on the new Next Generation Science Standards. Teachers of 5th-8th grade science will be able to learn more about the test and related standards at a half-day professional development session on June 8, 2018. During that time, materials and training will be shared with the staff on how to prepare students with the new standards, how to be successful in navigating the new assessment, and how the test will be scored and used to evaluate student learning in science.
  • Approval of independent contractor agreement for Schoolzilla: According to the agenda, Schoolzilla is a cloud-based data warehouse and reporting solution which will provide a ready-to-use and constantly updated district and school site data dashboard. Schoolzilla uses our existing data sources (for example, our student information system-Infinite Campus and EADMS, our data and assessment database) to provide ongoing information for district and site administrators and teachers about attendance, enrollment, demographics, student progress and discipline. The platform is supported by the company by providing us with training, technical support and professional services.
  • Field trip to Walden West for migrant students: According to the agenda, each summer the district’s Migrant Program receives scholarships from Walden West for students to attend summer school camp. This opportunity allows the district to send 20-30 migrant 5th-6th grade students, depending on funding, to learn about science, nature, conservation and more. Students participate in STEM labs, design challenges, songs, games and other activities designed to introduce them to the natural environment. This is an overnight field trip opportunity and therefore requires board approval. All Walden West programs are based on the Next Generation Science Standards and integrate Common Core objectives. In addition to a respected week-long residential program for fifth and sixth-grade students, Walden West offers created and operates Growing Gardens for Growing Minds to engage students in outdoor garden-based lessons at their own school sites. The popular summer programs and facility rental revenues support Outdoor School programming. Wild Things (K-1), Trail Blazers (3rd-5th), World of Wonder (2nd-7th), Trail Blazers/Trail Blazers Beyond (3rd-6th), Leaders in Training (8th), Junior Counselors (9th) and Family Camp are led by Walden West naturalists, aided by volunteer summer counselors. Migrant students will be able to participate in all summer camp activities as funded by scholarships. The district provides transportation in conjunction with Spring Grove, Aromas San Juan and Southside. BP 6153 “Requests for field trips involving out-of-state, out-of-country, or overnight travel shall be submitted to the Superintendent or designee. The Superintendent or designee shall review the request and make a recommendation to the Board as to whether the request should be approved by the Board. All other field trips shall be approved in advance by the principal.”

To read the full agenda, go here: https://hollister.agendaonline.net/public/Meeting.aspx?AgencyID=180&MeetingID=55647&AgencyTypeID=1&IsArchived=False

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