State Legislative Action

ppa-theses_instory.pngI represent the Dixie District on the Joint Legislative Action Committee. The committee, affectionately referred to by its acronym JLAC, meets monthly at the Marin County Office of Education. Members include school board members and superintendents across Marin County.

JLAC is preparing 2017 priorities for state legislation. These priorities represent joint interests of all school boards in Marin County. We will travel to Sacramento in January to lobby state legislators.

I presented the Dixie School Board with a draft of JLAC priorities at the November 2016 meeting to seek input from my colleagues. From my personal perspective, a top priority for JLAC should be full funding for special education.


Green Ribbons

cagreenribbonlogo.jpgOne of the committees I serve on is called Project Green. Committee membership includes parent and teacher representatives from each of our four schools and the principals at Mary E. Silveira and Dixie Elementary. The Committee Chair is Will Anderson, principal at Mary E. Silveira.

In November, we decided by consensus to pursue the Green Ribbon award for our district. The Green Ribbon Schools Award Program honors schools and districts that conserve resources while promoting health and environmental literacy. 

This month, we started to document the work we have done so far which would support our application. Our next step will be to identify which areas we would like to work on. I would to include students from each school in our committee's work.

Applications are due in December 2017. 



Join me for coffee

red-whale-llc.jpgI invite you to join me for school talk and coffee every month. I'm holding my open office hours at Red Whale Coffee, 169 Paul Drive in San Rafael. Here are the first five dates and times.

Sunday January 29 1-2pm

Sunday Feburary 19 1-2pm

Sunday March 19 1-2pm 

Sunday April 30 1-2pm

Sunday May 28 1-2pm


Update from our Dec. board meeting

  • We enjoyed a fabulous performance from the Miller Creek Pop Choir. Thank you Mr. Rieder and students.
  • We reviewed the 2nd Budget Revision and 1st Interim Budget. You can read the supporting documents and overview online.
  • We discussed the LCAP timeline. I asked for more information about how we will engage community members in the process.
  • We heard public comment from many teachers. They expressed deep concern about the state of our negotiations with the union and shared their personal financial struggles. Our factfinding hearing is on February 3, 2017.
  • We elected Brad Honsberger to serve as our next board President. I will serve as Vice President. I am proud of our transparent public deliberations and wholeheartedly support the outcome of our collective decision making process. 


Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I encourage you to read the minutes to the board meeting when they are published in January.


Meetings Attended 11/9-12/6

11/9 JLAC meeting
11/10 Volunteering for Miller Creek Orchestra
11/11 Meeting with Tara Costello, DTA President
11/14 San Rafael Community Schools Initiative Partnership Council Meeting
11/15 Meeting with Alissa Chacko, Board Trustee
11/15 Project Green Committee Meeting
11/29 Planning meeting for San Rafael Community Schools Initiative with San Rafael Trustees Linda Jackson and Greg Knell, and initiative coordinator Harriet McLean
11/30 Meeting with Dr. Lohwasser and Jennifer Taekman, Board Trustee
12/1 Attended CA School Boards Association conference
12/2 Dixie Elementary Snowflake Dance
12/4 Marin Crescendo Youth Orchestra Performance
12/6 Budget briefing with Robert Marical 

Snowflake Dance


CA School Boards Association Conference

This is the kickoff of the semi-annual conference in San Francisco. After the general session, I attended a workshop called "Negotiating During Times of Change."


Meetings attended 10/4-11/8

10/4 Dixie Site Council Meeting
10/7 Attended Dixie Book Fair and Pizza Party
10/7 Miller Creek Home and School Club Meeting
10/12 JLAC meeting
10/13 Met with Tom Lohwasser and Jennifer Taekman
10/18 Green Committee Meeting
10/25 Met with Ann Mathieson of Marin Promise re equity
10/28 San Rafael Community Schools Initiative Meeting
10/28 Met with Tom Lohwasser
10/29 Met with Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly
11/3 Volunteered for Miller Creek Orchestra
11/4 San Rafael Community Schools Initiative Meeting
11/4 Dixie Teachers Association Bowling Party
11/6 Volunteered at Dixie Community Garden Work Party
11/8 Met with Jennifer Taekman