School Site Council Meeting Minutes
December 4, 2014 3-4:00 p.m. C-7
Attendees: Leigh Ann Andrada, Robin Louchis, Dr. Dowd, Erin Roeder, Debbie Sullivan, Mimi Ng, Cherise Khaund, Denise Calbeck, Aramazd Dermardirosian, Sharon Lund, Pati Becerra
Notes taken by Debbie Sullivan
Mrs. Kahund motioned to approve the minutes, Mrs. Andrada seconded the motion. Minutes from last month’s meeting were approved.
-Measure C people came and walked the campus and said Walnut Acres needs to further update some of the infrastructure (increase wireless access & improve network), some computers in the computer lab are over 5 years old and need to be replaced
-Dr. Dowd will request that the changes to the infrastructure and the new computers come from phase 1 money
-The plan is now a three year plan
-Some changes made to the plan based on parent input
ELAC Responsibilities – Pati Becerra
-Should cover 80-85% of items found on the ELAC Responsibilities for SSC Meetings, check off the topics and enter the dates topic is covered
-Transitional Kindergarten-reach out to families with eligible children (flier provided)
-Donation request for foster children in the district (flier provided)
-Administrative Relief- International Institute of the Bay Area will be presenting information
-211 Data Base – Contra Costa County Parenting Guide (flier provided)
-DELAC meetings- Ms. Louchis is Walnut Acres representative, district wide English learner topics are discussed
-Bilingual class offered at Bancroft, class should be 50-50 English language and whichever other native language is taught. Currently the native Spanish speaking children are predominately bussed from other communities.
DELAC Meetings-Ms. Louchis
-Meetings are conducted in Spanish and are translated to English
-What about including other languages for reaching out to the entire learning community
-The parents participating advocate for their children’s education and want more for their children than they had
– Dr. Dowd provided the Master Plan: English for the district for review
Superintendent/ Parent Meeting – Sharon Lund
-Money for counselors is a 3 year role out plan and money for elementary counselors is not a part of the 3 year plan
-Instrumental Music – Dr. Meyer was pleased to see that children are happy to be learning musical instruments, and she is aware that some teachers are not pleased with the children being pulled out during instruction. Dr. Meyer stated that the instrumental music program schedule is a site decision. Parents of incoming 5th graders can voice their concern to the district about the way the students are pulled during classroom instruction.
-Math teacher shortage-parents are upset about the shortage & use of substitutes
-Breakout session for parents to present what they consider great programs at their individual schools
Soul Shoppe –
-Dr. Dowd requests approval to move ahead with the contract for Soul Shoppe to provide assemblies and Peace Maker training. All present agreed.
Counselor search continues, ready to interview candidates.
IA and SEA Search:
Still searching for 3 special ed assistants.
3 instructional assistant positions
- position has closed