I 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.
One 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.
I 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
- 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.
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."