Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items

At our Tuesday board meeting, a constituent made a good suggestion. He requested that we place "Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items" at the beginning of the open session agenda instead of the very end. In order for people to make comments, they need to observe our entire open session meeting. The result is that people must wait two or three hours.

Marin County Board of Supervisors and San Rafael City Schools Board of Trustees places "Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items" at the beginning of their open sessions. 


Website Accessibility

I'm looking forward to the February 1st workshop on website accessibility hosted by Marin County Office of Education. 

Here is information about the event:

The focus of the Americans for Disability Act (ADA) is turning towards website accessibility in the digital age: Is your district website compliant?

As a public education institution K12 websites are required to be accessible to persons with disabilities. This meeting will provide an overview of information and issues to be addressed to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) laws and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).

Please join us for an overview of Website Accessibility, Legal Requirements and Best Practices to insure district compliance.

Who should attend? Superintendents, Board Members, Special Education Directors, Technology Directors, Chief Business Officials, Principals


Why should your website comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)?
What is Web Accessibility?
Legal Requirements
Why did my district receive an Office of Civil Rights Complaint?
Website Accessibility Board Policy
Principles of Accessible Design
Insuring website accessibility – Best Practices



On February 3, 2017, we will participate in a factfinding meeting with the Dixie Teachers Association. I recently attended a factfinding workshop at the California School Boards Association conference. The panel featured the woman who is our factfinder and a representative from School Services who will be analyzing some of our financial information. Click here to read the presentation from the workshop.


Meetings attended 12/10-1/17

12/10 Hosted snowflake making party for students in Ms. Arigi's 7th grade core class
12/12 Attended Dixie Elementary music performance
12/14 Attended Project Green Committee meeting
12/14 Attended Miller Creek Orchestra Concert
12/15 Meeting with Walt Buster re policy updates
12/20 Meeting with Brad Honsberger
12/22 Volunteered at Miller Creek Breakfast for Staff
12/22 Volunteered at Miller Creek Orchestra Party for 6th grade orchestra and 7th and 8th grade orchestra
12/23 Meeting with Judi Shills at Teens Going Green
12/30 Volunteered to organize Miller Creek Orchestra Library
1/10 Meeting to plan next gathering of San Rafael Community School Initiative Partnership Council
1/11 Meeting at MCOE re SB 415 requirements for changes in election dates
1/11 Meeting with Dr. Lohwasser and Jennifer Taekman re Ad Hoc Communications Committee
1/14 Attended California Music Education Association Conference and Concert
1/17 Meeting with Mary Jane Burke regarding online communications on Twitter
1/17 Brief meeting with Will Anderson
1/17 Brief meeting with Jason Manviller
1/17 Attended Project Green Committee meeting

County Hate Crime Hotline

The Marin County District Attorney launched a Hate Crime Hotline today. The number is 415-473-2585


LCAP Engagement

I hope we can find ways to increase public engagement in our LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Take a look at this LCAP webpage from the West Contra Costa Unified School District. 


How To Make A Comment At A Board Meeting

I encourage you to share your concerns, questions and ideas at our monthly board meetings. Open sessions usually begin at 7pm. There is always an item on the agenda for public comment on items not on the agenda. Normally, this item is towards the end of an open session.

If you want to make a comment, fill out a comment card located at the table near the entry to the meeting room. There will be a place for you to write your name and topic. Hand your card to the Superintendent's secretary, Jayne Malloy, who sits next to Dr. Lohwasser at the board meetings. Dr. Lohwasser gives the cards to the Board President, Brad Honsberger. 

Question from a constituent

Q: How much money does Can Do! contribute to the District's budget?

A: 2013-14:  $743,141

2014-15:  $690,423

2015-16:  $762,078


More Junk Food?

image_(2).jpegAccording to the Huffington Post, "an influential group of House Republicans aims to dismantle the National School Lunch Program and the improved nutritional standards that first lady Michelle Obama advocated."

I support local, organic food in our schools. If you are interested in working with me on ways to bring more healthy food into our schools, please contact me by email at



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