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SWSD September Board Meeting Recap

South Whittier School District held their monthly board meeting Tuesday, September 11, at the district office. Board members and administrators heard three presentations from principals and administrators.



Lake Marie Presents Student Academic Achievement & Instructional Plan


Lake Marie principal, Lisa Palomino, presented to the board Lake Marie’s academic achievements and instructional plan.


She went over recognitions and celebrations of success in student CAASPP scores and explained English Language Arts and Mathematics test data. Palomino went on to express areas of need in students and Lake Marie’s commitments to meeting those needs. Palomino then spoke to the board about how teachers will make academic assessments, next steps for academic improvement, instructional agreements and Lake Marie’s action plan specifically for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. 


Lake Marie wants to encourage all students to foster a love for learning, engage in science inquiry and to use their creative minds. 


CAASPP 2018 & Next Steps


Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, Martha Mestanza-Rojas, and Director of Assessment, Accountability, and Parent Engagement, Stacey Ayers-Escarcega, presented South Whittier School District’s CAASPP 2018 scores and next steps.


They presented overall results from the past three years and were pleased that overall scores have improved in both ELA and Math. They then dove specifically into ELA and Math scores by grade and year and shared instructional agreements for each academic category.


The presentation then focused on English Language development by sharing English Learner  (EL) proficiency levels and demographics. They shared scores for English Learners in both ELA and Math. Presenters then went over the California English Learner Roadmap. The roadmap consists of four principles: assets-oriented and needs-responsive schools, intellectual quality of instruction and meaningful access, system conditions that support effectiveness,  and alignment and articulation within and across systems.


Unaudited Actuals 2017-2018 Presentation


The last presentation of the meeting was by the Associate Superintendent of Business Services, Mark Keriakous. He went over the unaudited actuals from 2017 through 2018. 


He explained and displayed general fund estimated actuals versus unaudited actuals, gave a review of the unrestricted general fund balance, and an overview of other district funds like food services, the bond fund, and capital facilities fund. Lastly, he explained next steps to maintain a healthy budget like monitoring enrollment, updating budget and multi-year projections, and continuing to build and implement multi-year budget stability plans. 



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