PUSD Board Meeting Summary – March 23, 2022

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At its March 23rd meeting, the Piedmont Unified Board of Education:

Announced the 2022 Arthur Hecht Award Recipient – Superintendent Booker announced Eileen Ruby as this year’s recipient of the Arthur Hecht Award. The award is presented annually to individuals who have volunteered their efforts over a period of time and made a difference because of their involvement and commitment to Piedmont’s youth. Ms. Ruby will be honored at the Board’s May 11 meeting. More details coming soon. 

Received Presentation from Piedmont 4 Consent Club – Representatives from Piedmont High School’s Piedmont 4 Consent Club provided a summary of their activities over the 2021-22 school year. Watch video of presentation (begins at 15:00).

Approved and Adopted Resolution 26-2021-22 – Recognizing the Piedmont 4 Consent Club – The Board adopted a Resolution recognizing the Piedmont 4 Consent Club in recognition of its contribution to students and the community. 

Heard First-Reading, Board Policy 6146.11 – Alternative Credits Toward Graduation – At the Board meeting on July 13, 2020, BP 6146.11 was revised to include provision #7: Concurrent Enrollment in an Outside Accredited School. PUSD was entering the 2020-21 school year in distance learning and the Board wanted to provide students with the greatest level of flexibility. At the Board meeting on March 9, 2022, District staff informed the Board that the revisions to BP 6146.11 have led to unintended outcomes that the PHS counseling staff, teachers, and site and district administrators believe are not good for students, staff, and the overall organization. Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Wozniak, presented the recommended revisions. Read full background

Heard First-Reading, A-G Completion Improvement GrantThe A–G Completion Improvement Grant Program (A-GCIP) is a new program created in the omnibus budget trailer bill passed in the Fall 2021. Its goal is to “provide additional support to local educational agencies to help increase the number of California high school pupils, particularly unduplicated pupils, who graduate high school meeting the A–G subject matter requirements for admission to the University of California and the California State University.” Based on the number of unduplicated students enrolled, and our student A-G completion rate, Piedmont will receive a one-time $20,506 allocation for this program and funds are available for expenditure or encumbrance through the 2025–26 fiscal year. See presentation & read full background

Approved the Memorandum of Understanding Between The Alameda County Office of Education and Piedmont Unified School District Regarding Teacher Residency Program – A Memorandum of Understanding (M.O.U.) is entered into between the Alameda County Office of Education (ACOE) and Piedmont Unified School District. The purpose of this M.O.U. is to enable the ACOE Teacher Residency Program and Piedmont USD to establish a formal working relationship between the parties and to set forth the operative conditions and guidelines that will govern this partnership: to recruit a diverse cohort of teachers, to develop excellent teachers through a residency model, to increase teacher retention, to create a pipeline for people interested in becoming teachers and for expert teachers interested in learning to mentor new teachers. Read full background

Approved Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators – Provides PUSD with flexibility to fill teaching positions when a sufficient number of certificated staff is not available. 

Received Presentation and Held Discussion Regarding Universal Meals Program for 2022-23 School Year – Beginning in school year 2022–23, California will become the first state to implement a statewide Universal Meals Program for school children. California’s Universal Meals Program (Universal Meals) is designed to build on the foundations of the federal National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP). In California, the The federal government sponsored School Breakfast Program (SBP) and National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provide reimbursement to schools for meals provided to students who qualify, based on family income. The State of California augments the reimbursement for qualified students. Starting in 2021-22, the State has expanded its reimbursement to include all students, regardless of income, as long as the district currently participates in NSLP. Starting in 2022-23, all districts will be required to offer free breakfasts and lunches to all students, regardless of income. PUSD Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Alahydoian, provided an update on the District’s preparations to implement the program next fall. Read full background & see presentation

Watch Meeting

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Next Regular Board Meeting – Wednesday, April 27, 7:00pm

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