Sulphur Springs Board to hold regular meeting Wednesday


Members of the Sulphur Springs Union School District Governing Board are expected to gather at the district office Tuesday to discuss the district’s summer programs and updated policies.

Summer Academy

The Governing Board is expected to hear a presentation from English Learner Program Coordinator Melanie Morales-Van Hecke about the district’s 2017 Summer Academy: Find Your Voice!

The two-week academy, from July 10 to July 21, at Canyon Springs Community School supported 88 English Learners and their families.

Eleven Academy teachers focused on the knowledge these students have to offer their families, school community and the world as parents participated in a Parent Academy to learn how to support the academic and social emotional needs of their children.

The Academy used responsive instruction and research-based practices to develop a curriculum that was culturally responsive and highlighted the assets of students and families in the classroom.

During the Academy, students created a biography project and presentation on Google Slides, focused on math skills and sentence structures, and studied the English language through Rosetta Stone.

They also had a chance to interact with technology in robotics class with Dot and Dash robots and Bee-Bots.

Updated Policies

Governing Board members are also expected to review and approve changes to two board policies and two administrative regulations about district records.

The first updated board policy and administrative regulation describes access to district records and follows recommendations from the California School Board Association (CSBA).

This updated policy states that the district should make the effort to locate requested records that include electronic communication related to the records—such as email, text messages and others—regardless of whether they are transmitted through a district-provided device or account or through an employee’s or Board member’s personal device or account.

Additional changes include the possibility for the public access records about claims and litigations that have been adjudicated or settled, instructional materials and documents containing names, salaries and pension benefits of district employees.

According to the updated administrative regulation, this access will also be granted to board members.

The second updated board policy and administrative regulation describes district records and also follows CSBA recommendations.

This policy states that the superintendent or designee shall consult with others to develop a secure document management system that provides for the storage, retrieval, archiving and destruction of district documents, including electronically stored information such as email.

When a breach of security containing unencrypted personal information occurs, the superintendent or designee shall notify that individual and contact authorities if needed.

Additional Agenda Items:

  • Approve Cultivating Creative Minds consultant agreements to provide enrichment music, fine arts and/or technology programs within the school day at each school site, and add an after-school chorus class at Canyon Springs and Mint Canyon
  • Hear the 2016-17 Workers Compensation Update Report from Suzanne Trowbridge, vice president at Keenan & Associates, about workers compensation in regards to school districts and about the district’s data and next steps
  • Hear the Special Education End of Year Report
  • Approve of Board Bylaws: Electronic Communications
  • Adopt Board Policy and Administrative Regulation: Budget
  • Approve student teaching agreement between the district the University of California’s Rossier School of Education for fieldwork and student teaching

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