Board Meeting Summary – August 24, 2022

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At its August 24th meeting, the Piedmont Unified Board of Education:

Received Check from Piedmont Education Foundation ‘GIving Campaign’ – Representatives from the Piedmont Education Foundation presented the District and Board with a check for $3,350,402, representing the amount raised from its annual ‘Giving Campaign.’ Funds will go toward teachers’ salaries, student support staff and classroom support

Received Presentation on PUSD Wellness Center – Piedmont High School Assistant Principal, Irma Muñoz, provided the Board with a summary of resources and services provided by the Wellness Center for the District’s secondary students. 

Approved Appointment of Beach Elementary School Principal – The Board voted unanimously to approve the appointment of Anne Valva as new Principal of Beach Elementary School. Read background & press release

Approved Increase In Guaranteed Maximum Price To Overaa Construction For Piedmont High School Steam And Pac Projects By $3,034,084 In Total Change Orders To $53,007,563; Authorize The Release Of All Retention Funds For The Final Payment To Overaa – To release the final payment to Overaa Construction for the completion of the new Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) building and Performing Arts Center (PAC), the Board was asked to approve the remaining change orders and authorize the increase to the total contract amount. The original contract with Overaa was for a guaranteed maximum price of $49,973,479. Additional work that was outside the original scope totaling $3,034,084 were reviewed by staff, the Facilities Steering Committee and the Board over the course of construction. The final price is $53,007,563. Read full background

Heard First Reading Board Bylaw 9322 – Agenda/Meeting Materials – Bylaw updated to reflect new law (SB 274, 2021) which requires districts with a website to email a copy of, or a website link to, the agenda or a copy of all the documents constituting the agenda packet, if a person requests such items be delivered by email, unless it is technologically infeasible to do so.  Bylaw also updated to include a focus on student well-being in the philosophical statement, add a provision for each agenda to include a statement regarding the option for students and parents/guardians to request that directory information or personal information of the student or parent/guardian be excluded from the meeting minutes as required by law, and to make other clarifying changes. 

Heard First Reading Board Policy/Administrative Regulation 3550 (BP/AR), 3551 (BP/AR), and 3553 (BP/AR) – 

  • Board Policy 3550 – Food Service/Child Nutrition Program – Policy updated to reflect new law (AB 130, 2021) which requires districts to provide a nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch to any student who requests a meal, regardless of the student’s free and/or reduced-price meal eligibility, and new law (AB 486, 2021) which authorizes the coordination of food service programs with classroom instruction and other related district programs.
  • Administrative Regulation 3550 – Food Service/Child Nutrition Program – Regulation updated to reflect changes necessary to implement new law (AB 130, 2021) which requires the provision of a nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch to any student who requests a meal, regardless of the student’s free and/or reduced-price meal eligibility, and make other clarifying changes in the “Food Safety” section.
  • Board Policy 3551 – Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund – Policy updated to reflect new law (AB 130, 2021) which requires districts to provide a nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch to any student who requests a meal, regardless of the student’s free and/or reduced-price meal eligibility, including revisions to the “Meal Sales” and “Program Monitoring and Evaluation” sections.
  • Administrative Regulation 3551 – Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund – Regulation updated to reflect new law (AB 130, 2021) which requires districts to provide a nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch to any student who requests a meal, regardless of the student’s free and/or reduced-price meal eligibility.  Updated Regulation includes revision to “Payment for Meals,” “Cafeteria Funds,” and “Contracts with Outside Services” sections to make them generally applicable to all food service programs and the deletion of the “Unpaid and Delinquent Meal Charges” section which is no longer applicable. 
  • Board Policy 3553 – Free and Reduced Price Meals – Policy updated to reflect new law (AB 130, 2021) which requires districts to provide a nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch to any student who requests a meal, regardless of the student’s free and/or reduced-price meal eligibility. Updated policy includes general requirements applicable to federal National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs as well as the state Universal Meal Program. Updated Policy also includes revision to the “Confidentiality/Release of Records” section to permit the use of student information to facilitate the provision of targeted educational services to a student based on the local control and accountability plan, as clarified in the California Department of Education’s Management Bulletin SNP-02-2018. 
  • Administrative Regulation 3553 – Free and Reduced Price Meals – Regulation updated to reflect new law (AB 130, 2021) which requires districts to provide a nutritionally adequate breakfast and lunch to any student who requests a meal, regardless of the student’s free and/or reduced-price meal eligibility, and includes program implementation changes to “Verification of Eligibility” and “Nondiscrimination Plan” sections and the deletion of the “Prices” section which is no longer necessary.

Approved and Adopted Board Bylaw 9150 – Student Board Member, 2nd Reading – For the 2022-23 school year, the PUSD Board of Education will appoint two eligible students (one from Millennium High School and one from Piedmont High School) to serve on the Board for a one-year term. The student board members will function as a preferential voting member of the Board. FInal candidates will be appointed at the Board’s September 28 meeting. More information and an application are posted on the District website

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Next Regular Board Meeting – Wednesday, September 14, 7:00pm

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