Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) Superintendent Karen Schauer has wasted no time in putting to work grant money for new strategies for Galt’s earliest learners. At the June 26 meeting of the trustees, Kuljeet Nijjar was approved as the new Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator. The Fairsite offerings will be expanded to meet more needs for preschoolers and their families. Schauer explained the implementation.

“The Galt Joint Union Elementary School District’s School Readiness Program is preparing more children to enter transitional kindergarten and kindergarten ‘ready to learn,’” Schauer said. “Leveraging funding from multiple sources, school readiness program provides early education, parenting and family support, and health services to families with children ages 0-5 in the Galt and surrounding rural areas. To support program sustainability, GJUESD is on a mission to seamlessly align Pre-K to eighth grade initiatives. Program staff is dedicated to promoting the importance of early learning and educating the district’s Board of Trustees on the benefits of early childhood education.”

Nijjar was selected to head Fairsite’s new offerings. She currently serves as assistant principal at Marengo Ranch Elementary School. She has a range of school readiness and special education experience as she has served as school psychologist, special education program specialist, special education coordinator and assistant principal.

The key focus for the year was discussed, with the district focusing on school readiness, extra math support, school to home communication, parent engagement trainings, science and arts education, and career technical educational efforts.

At the June meeting, Director of Curriculum Claudia Del Toro Anguiano presented a science education report that included administrators and teachers participating in the Cosumnes Floodplain Ecology Institute taking place at McCaffrey Middle School, Horseshoe Lake and Cosumnes River Preserve. The training was funded through the Water Education Foundation as part of the Next Generation Science Standards implementation efforts with WestEd and Bechtel Foundation. Participating teachers received $200 of science education resources for science enrichment in their classrooms.

Schauer said the new school year would bring students more opportunities to explore careers for their futures. The district will expand career education, starting as young as preschool age children.

Extended Learning Supervisor Jennifer Collier reported on the partnership with the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Career Technical Education team to create the new Find Your Future in the Makerspace Club that integrates computer science and visual arts storytelling. Learners participated in a field trip to the Computer Science Museum and Google. Jared Amalong, SCOE Career Technical Education Coordinator, has supported the development of the Find Your Future Club and attended the board meeting.

Business Service Director Lois Yount, Transportation Supervisor Kevin Sellstrom and board members discussed the city of Galt’s plans for a transportation facility. The school board asked staff to further explore the possible joint master planning development with direction to elicit school bus driver feedback.