REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Santa Rosa City Schools
April 24, 2019 Santa Rosa City Hall - City Council Chambers100 Santa Rosa Avenue, Santa Rosa
Alegría De La Cruz, who is an attorney in the Sonoma County Counsel’s office, was slated to be sworn in at the this meeting to serve out the term as Trustee for Area 3, which will be up for election in November 2020.
4:30 pm Closed Session
SRTA has filed our tenth grievance for this year. Contract violations have been cited for articles:
6:00PM Open Session Please take time to review the following abbreviated version of the agenda.
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E. CONSENT ITEMS
E.2. Approval of Personnel Transactions
Welcome aboard, Sarah Smith (ALES). We hope you have a long and successful career at SRCS.
SRTA is appreciative of our new announced retiree: Althea Wright (PTES). Thank you for your 10 years of service to the students of our district. We wish you a long and enjoyable retirement!
SRTA acknowledges the resignation of 4 members with a combined total of 10 years of service (combined): Areli Enriquez-Diaz (SRHS), Jessica Zepeda (HSMS), Sidney Marocco (SPSV) and Tamarah Pallingston (SPSV). SRTA thanks you for your service to our students and district. We wish you well with your future endeavours.
E.5. Approval of Contracts
SRTA is confused at having two consultants offering similar Ethnic Studies PD on the same day. The timeline for promoting this to all teachers does not allow for the required time to request substitutes.
There is also confusion on adding $5,000 per month for 3 months to our Illuminate Ed contract for visualization of data for which we already have a 2 year $174,582 contract with Schoolzilla, approved at the April 2018 board meeting. Our Illuminate Ed Student Information System has yet to be evaluated and shared with the board.
SRTA expects the contract with Data Strategy Consulting will include a process for using and sharing data to evaluate our many contracts.
Turning over the facilitation work on merging Cook and CCLA as well as creating the Specialist Certificate to consultants is welcome.
Serving District Wide Students
J Taylor Education, Inc.
PD based on Depth & Complexity Framework strategies to support ALL learners while supporting A-G alignment. SRCS will host 1-day workshop in exchange for 15 free and 15 discounted ($89) registration for SRCS teachers.
Acosta Latino Learning Partnership
4.5 hour workshop on May 1 or 2 on Ethnic Studies to include the history, pedagogy, methods and practical aspects of teaching Ethnic Studies to help teachers learn to engage students in new ways to reduce suspensions and expulsions. Participants are expected to follow up with Culturally responsive workshop.
Illuminate Ed for the EduCLIMBER Program
For a 3 month add on to our existing student information system (Illuminate Ed) at $5,000 per month. This will allow the districts to easily import and visualize a wide range of student data including academic, social emotional, behavior, attendance and interventions.
Dr. Christine Sleeter
For a May 1 or 2 workshop on Ethnic Studies for interested staff and administrators. The workshop will include the history, pedagogy, methods and practical aspects of teaching Ethnic Studies.
Data Strategy Consulting
The contract will provide opportunity for process improvement, implementation of data quality improvement measures, and review of data outputs for reporting and presentations. This contract is for 217 hours from now to December.
Serving Charter School Students
On the Move: CCLA/Cook Merger
This partnership will facilitate all aspects of the two schools merging for the 2020-2021 school year through bi-monthly meetings. This includes creating a vision for graduate profile, parent engagement, academic performance, discipline, staffing and teacher training, and school operations.
Serving Elementary School Students
On the Move: La Plaza Project
This year-long cohort will provide 20 hours of programming per week to develop projects for families,students, teachers and the community to build up the resilient community of AELS and the surrounding area to bring students back to the site.
Serving Secondary School Students
Corrina Hui, LLC
Work with a 20-30 diverse group of stakeholders. May 6th PD to build on previous workshop on empathy methods. May 6-15 support empathy work with site visits and coaching. May 15 5 hour workshop to surface insights and focus work. May 20 and June 13 to meet with district staff. This work is centered on the Specialist Certificate, to offer creative approaches including leveraging CTE resources for students at the margins, who learn in non-traditional ways. This contract is for 10 days averaging $4,500 per day.
Spiteri Bros., Inc
Repair damaged wood floor and apply new finish to the damaged part of the Cook gym floor caused by a roof leak this winter. District provides paint.
E.6. Approval of the Santa Rosa City Schools 2019-2020 Instructional Calendar
E.7. Approval of Two-Year Tentative Agreement Between SRCS and SRTA
SRTA has ratified these and asks for the boards approval.
E.8. Approval of Salary Increase and District Contribution to Health and Dental Benefits for Confidential, Scheduled Management, and Supervisory Employee Groups
These jobs have a me-too clause, and get whatever is negotiated with SRTA. This will cost $1,132,539 over two years.
E.9. Approval of Assistant Superintendent Job Descriptions and Unscheduled Management Salary Schedule
& E.10. Approval of Deputy Superintendent Job Description and Unscheduled Management Salary Schedule
Several years ago the Assistant Superintendent of K-6 and 7-12 was combined into one position. This year, the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Technology, and Bonds have been combined into a proposed Deputy Superintendent position. All told the proposed increase to cabinet salaries is $150,852, which is covered by the decrease in an unfilled cabinet seat.
SRTA would appreciate equity in comparable salaries among all SRCS employees. The time it takes to right all salaries should be comparable.
See action items F.8., F.9., and F.10. Figures were supplied to show our cabinet is paid on average 22% less than other districts. The proposed rate hikes average 15%, to bring the cabinet to 9% below the compared average, with automatic 3.5% increases for the first 5 years in a position.
In comparison, SRTA members pay is currently on average 16% below the state average, and the 7% proposed increase brings them to an average 11% below the state average.
Meanwhile, our CSEA brethren are 50-80% below comparable salaries. Yes, you read that correctly. Promptly righting this inequity in CSEA salaries should be a top priority.
E.11. Approve Security Camera Systems Purchase and Installation at Elsie Allen High School, Hidden Valley Elementary School, Proctor Terrace Elementary School, Santa Rosa French American Charter School, and Santa Rosa Middle School
This is phase four, with the first fifteen campuses already approved. Adding additional cameras at these five sites will run $503,570. It appears that it roughly averages $100,000 per site to update cameras. There is still no communication about the planned roll out for which other sites will go when. Is there a commitment of funding to ensure every site will receive these state of the art cameras? How is this installation going?
EAHS Camera Project
HVES Camera Project
PTES Camera Project
SRFACS Camera Project
SRMS Camera Project
F. DISCUSSION / ACTION ITEMS
F.1. (Action) Resolution Recognizing Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10)
SRTA invites you to extend appreciation to the special teachers in your life.
F.2. (Action) Resolution Recognizing Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6-10)
SRTA invites you to extend appreciation to stellar substitute teachers.
F.3. (Action) Resolution Recognizing National School Nurse Day (May 8)
SRTA invites you to extend appreciation to your school nurse.
F.4. (Discussion) Ethnic Studies Update
There were three Ethnic Studies Forums, March 14, 26, And April 17. While these forums were open to staff, SRTA members were not all informed of this opportunity to provide input. Planned future events include:
On the Move will provide 20 hours of programming per week to develop projects for families,students, teachers and the community to build up the resilient community of Abraham Lincoln Elementary and the surrounding area to bring students back to the site. SRTA wonders how this overlaps with the vision of the Family Engagement position.
The district plans to turn over the facilitating the merging Cook and CCLA to the On the Move consultants. This partnership will facilitate all aspects of the two schools merging for the 2020-2021 school year through bi-monthly meetings. This includes creating a vision for graduate profile, parent engagement, academic performance, discipline, staffing and teacher training, and school operations, as requested by stakeholders.
F.6. (Discussion) Parcel Tax Update and Timeline
The Board will receive an update on the proposed Parcel Tax including fee structures and timeline. No details were attached for review.
F.7. Public Hearing Regarding Conveyance of Property and Easements to City of Santa Rosa for Public Road Purposes
As Fulton Road is widened, part of the frontage property of Piner will be sacrificed.
F.8. (Action) Oral Recommendation Regarding Assistant Superintendent Salary and Fringe Benefits; Discussion and Board Vote on Assistant Superintendent Employment Agreement (3 Agreements)
The proposal is to raise salaries from $155,140 to $160,570, $166,190, and $172,006. Figures were supplied to show this position is paid on average 18% less than other districts. The proposed salary increase of 7%, brings this position to 9% below the compared average, with automatic 3.5% increases for the first 5 years in a position.
F.9. (Action) Oral Recommendation Regarding Deputy Superintendent Salary and Fringe Benefits; Discussion and Board Vote on Deputy Superintendent Employment Agreement
The proposal is to raise this salary from $158,990 to $189,000. Figures were supplied to show this position is paid on average 33% less than other districts. The proposed salary increase of 16%, brings this position to 11% below the compared average, with automatic 3.5% increases for the first 5 years in a position.
F.10. (Action) Oral Recommendation Regarding Superintendent Salary and Fringe Benefits; Discussion and Board Vote on Superintendent Employment Agreement
The proposal is to raise this salary from $200,000 to $257,094. The Superintendent’s Salary is shown to be 24% less than average. This proposed raise would be a 29% raise, to bring the salary to 4% above the stated average. Then there will be an automatic 3.5% increase for the first 5 years.
Every other employee in the district is currently proposed to be from 9 to 80% below average next year. Having a plan in place for getting them all above average in a similar time frame would be reasonable.
Tentative Future Agenda Discussion Items
SRTA encourages members to prepare for the following possible future agenda items.
College and Career Center Update
Ethnic Studies Update
ALPS Plan Update
SRTA looks to the future scheduling of the following tabled items:
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