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.
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?
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.
The Marin County District Attorney launched a Hate Crime Hotline today. The number is 415-473-2585.
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. http://www.wccusd.net/Domain/961
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.
Q: How much money does Can Do! contribute to the District's budget?
A: 2013-14: $743,141
According 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 email@example.com.