Dr. Karen Schauer, superintendent for Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD), reported progress at Fairsite Readiness Center to strengthen parent involvement to the Board of Trustees at their Sept. 25 meeting. The district is putting to work the first dollars from its Central Valley Foundation Grant of $2.5 million to be dispersed over the next five years.

Director of Educational Services Donna Whitlock expanded on the progress at Fairsite. She said the district is implementing a new program called Academic Parent-Teacher Teams (APTT) to develop strong research-based partnerships with parents to support student learning at home and in the community. The district will back up this partnership with each K through 8th school adding a resource specialist teacher “for more responsive intervention support and to strengthen inclusion at preschool.”

The district will start training with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) in the IBELONG program.

Schauer also reported on a letter received by Superintendent of Schools Dave Gordon who commended the district for its Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) budget approval. Schauer singled out the work of Whitlock for her leadership in bringing together staff and stakeholders to develop the successful budget.

Director of Curriculum Claudia Del Toro Anguiano reported on state testing results for the district. She said overall GJUESD students improved in language arts and mathematics with more improvement in mathematics and higher achievement in language arts. In addition, all student groups showed improvement in mathematics. For language arts, the following student groups made improvement: Latino, reclassified English learners, English learners, and students with disabilities.

Director of Business Services Lois Yount gave her report on plans for year-round maintenance repairs and replacements at Lake Canyon and River Oaks. The two schools are in need of carpeting, painting, roofing and some heating/air equipment upgrades. Young will continue working on plans for maintenance and repairs at the other district schools.

Schauer reported that a research-based school climate survey would be administered in November to all district staff, parents and students in grades 5-8. The results will be available by January 2020.

Tom Silva, GJUESD Board member, brought the research-based survey forward for consideration that was developed by the California Department of Education and WestEd. The staff survey will also include an additional module for employees providing special education services. Schauer added that the timing for the comprehensive survey was strategic as the LCAP is transitioning to a new three-year planning cycle.