November 14 OUSD board meeting preview: Mynette Theard honored, presentations on student academic performance and enrollment
In School Board Watch
The Oakland Unified School District Board of Education has a full slate for its meeting on Wednesday, November 14.
There are several items of interest on the agenda, including: recognizing former SEIU Local 1021 president Mynette Theard, discussing a petition for Legacies of Excellence Charter School, amending the board's non-discrimination policy, an update on the Balanced Scorecard, and hearing presentations on OUSD student academic performance and enrollment.
In Memoriam - Mynette Theard, President, Service Employee International Union (SEIU), Local 1021
The directors will read a resolution recognizing Mynette Theard, who worked as a School Security Officer and President of SEIU Local 1021, and passed away in October.
"Mynette was a fighter, for her union, for students, and against the illness which she faced, but which did not diminish her spirit," the resolution states.
District's Five Year Deferred Maintenance Plan - Fiscal Years Ending June 30, 2017
In order to upgrade existing facilities, including laboratories, specialized instruction rooms, and spaces for physical education, and receive matching funds for the state, the Department of Building and Grounds has submitted a five-year plan for the board's approval, at a total of just under $10 million.
Legacies of Excellence - Petition and Proposed Charter School
The board will hold a public hearing to review the charter application of Legacies of Excellence, a proposed school that would serve students in grades 5-8. The petitioner is Nabeehah Shakir, the school's executive director.
According to materials from the school which will be presented to the board Wednesday, the school would be open to all students and aims to specifically serve underserved students from Social Service Systems: Foster Care, Juvenile Justice, Group Home, and those with poor attendance and behavior problems.
Renaming "Nondiscrimination/Harassment Policy" to "Nondiscrimination/Harassment and Transgender policy"
The directors will vote on whether to amend district policy to include a transgender policy. The new language adds "gender, gender identity or gender expression" to the existing policy.
Report - Balanced Scorecard - Baseline Measures and Annual Growth Targets
Director David Kakishiba (District 2) is proposing the board adopts framework for the board's Balanced Scorecard policy. At its September 12 meeting, the board unanimously voted to approve the Balanced Scorecard, which lists measureable goals for "student achievement" and "operational excellence."
At the September 12 meeting, Director Gary Yee (District 4) requested more indicators be added to a list of goals which included measurable achievements like: "Every 9th grader graduates high school prepared to succeed in college and career" and "Every school is a high-quality full-service community school."
In the current report, each goal now lists up to five "progress indicators."
District Pupils 2011-2012 Academic Performance Reports
Deputy Superintendent Maria Santos will present a report on how district students are performing on California Standard Tests. The presentation is titled: "Student Achievement: Continuing to Move in the Right Direction."
According to the report, 45 percent of OUSD students are "at or above proficient" on both the state English-Language Arts (ELA) and math exams.
The district has also seen gains in cohort graduation rate, which improved from 55.2 percent of the student population in 2010, to 59.1 in 2011, and A-G completion rate (for UC/CSU eligibility), which increased from 36.8 percent of OUSD graduates to 39.7 percent.
Presentation of Report to the Board of Education on District 2012-13 Pupil Enrollment
Superintendent Tony Smith will present a report on the district's enrollment numbers for this school year.
According to the report, there are a total of 36,262 students enrolled in OUSD schools this year, and 10,228 students enrolled in district public charter schools.
The report includes information on district restructuring after five elementary schools closed at the end of last school year. The report states that 119 students (19 percent of the total population at the five schools) left the district.