PUSD Board Meeting Summary – April 27, 2022

Thursday, April 28th, 2022 - Posted in All District News District Communications

At its April 27 meeting, the Piedmont Unified Board of Education:

Received Presentation – Brady United Against Gun Violence – Piedmont community members Eric Havian, Jeff Bleich, Steven Roland, Becky Silver, Kira Dahlgren Lancaster, and Piedmont Police Chief Jeremey Bowers provided the Board and community with information, resources and immediate and long-term action steps that the District can take to help better educate our community in preventing gun violence. Read full background

Approved Appointment of the New Piedmont High School Principal: Sukanya Goswami – PUSD is excited to announce the appointment of Sukanya Goswami as the new principal of Piedmont High School, replacing the retiring Adam Littlefield. Currently serving as Assistant Principal at Miramonte High School in Orinda, Ms. Goswami brings 20 years of experience in secondary education to PUSD – four as a site administrator, one in a District leadership position, and 15 as a high school English Teacher. Read more about Ms. Goswami and about the interview process

Approved The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Annual Report – The Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) for the Measure H1 Facilities Bond Program has completed its Fifth Annual Report to the Piedmont community. The CBOC is responsible for inspecting bond program projects during construction, reviewing the expenditure of bond funds, and ensuring that expenditures were made for purposes authorized by voters. This Fifth Annual Report covers the period from July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. The CBOC consists of community members and parents of children enrolled in the Piedmont Unified School District. Read full background here. CBOC meetings are open to the public and all are welcome and encouraged to attend and participate. Information about meetings dates, times, and locations can be found at www.measureh1.org.  

Approved and Adopted Revised Board Policy 6146.11 – Alternative Credits Toward Graduation – Second Reading – At the Board meeting on March 23, 2022, Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Cheryl Wozniak, recommended revisions to BP 6146.11 Alternative Credits Toward Graduation. 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. They categorized the concerns into four areas: academic stress, equitable access, earning a diploma from PHS, and procedural challenges. The PHS counseling staff, teachers, and site and district administrators believe the changes made to BP 6146.11 served a role while students were in a distance learning and hybrid learning structure; however, they recommended that the language be revised. Read full background

Approved the Secondary Bell Schedule for PMS, MHS, and PHS for the 2022-23 School Year – In 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed Senate Bill 328, imposing a later start time for high schools across California. At the start of the 2022-2023 school year, high schools will be expected to start no earlier than 8:30am and middle schools no earlier than 8:00am. Currently, the bell schedule start times for Millennium High School and Piedmont High School on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday are at 8:00am. Tuesday tutorial begins at 8:00am. On Friday, classes begin at 9:10am due to staff collaboration. Given the high school schedule does not meet the requirements per SB 328, a new high school bell schedule needed to be developed. Per SB 328, the required start time for middle schools is 8:00am. Currently the start time for Piedmont Middle School is 8:20am so no changes needed to be made. However, there was an interest from PMS administrators and staff to develop a new bell schedule that included an “advisory period” to provide dedicated time for academic support, lessons on social emotional wellbeing, administration of academic and SEL screeners, and more. It was determined that a Bell Schedule Committee would be formed with the goal of creating a bell schedule that met the requirements of the state and the local initiatives for all three secondary schools–PMS, MHS, and PHS. Read full background.  See full presentation

Approved the Job Descriptions for the Director of Food Service and Assistant Director of Food Service – To support the District’s transition to the State of California’s Universal Meals program starting with the 2022-23 school year, the District will need to make several changes to comply with the federal and state guidelines for school nutrition programs. A critical change is to update the job descriptions for the director and assistant director positions to capture the required duties and qualifications. To update the job descriptions, we reviewed requirements as provided by the California Department of Education (CDE) and the US Department of Agriculture (responsible for the federal child nutrition programs), reviewed the job descriptions posted by other districts and discussed the job requirements with the experienced consultant who is supporting us through this transition. Read full background

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Next Regular Board Meeting – Wednesday, May 11, 7:00pm

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