Superintendent William Spalding asked the Galt Joint Union High School District (GJUHSD) Board of Trustees to designate May 6-10 as Teacher Recognition Week and May 20-24 as Classified School Employees’ Appreciation Week at the regular meeting of the trustees on April 9 at City Council Chambers.

“Teachers play a critical role in educating and shaping our children,” said Spalding in the agenda. “They are kind, patient, hard-working, dedicated and understanding professionals that mold our children’s lives in a positive direction. This annual, week-long celebration recognizes the consistently high level of work performed by the district’s certificated staff.”

The Board of Trustees heartily agreed and passed the measure for celebrating the teachers and also passed the classified staff’s recognition week unanimously.

“From transporting and feeding students to assisting in the classroom, as well as ensuring that schools are clean, safe and operating smoothly, classified employees are integral to public education,” Spalding said.

It was also announced that Galt’s own Trevor Mention was asked to help host the Student Educational Video Awards (SEVA) video competition on May 5 in the Sacramento State Ball Room. Mention’s talents and public awareness videos produced by him for the Galt Police Department have not gone unnoticed.

“I’ll be competing against the other students,” Mention said. “I hope to do well.”

Open to all students in the Sacramento Region (K-20), the SEVA contest celebrates the talents and visions of student video producers. The SEVAs are coordinated by the Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium (SECC) and sponsored, in part, by Comcast and the Sacramento Metropolitan Cable Television Commission. The contest is free to enter for all Sacramento County schools.

Sean Duncan, director of curriculum, asked the trustees to approve a policy for students who transfer in from other districts not on a block schedule and that have lower credits allowed for required classes. These students’ incoming credits will be recalculated to have them on a level playing field with their cohorts. The trustees approved the policy 5-0.

Chief Business Officer Corey Reihl gave an enrollment report stating the district had lost 82 students since the beginning of the year. He said the drop in enrollment would affect funds coming from the state but hopes for an increase in students next year.

Director of Technology and Project Manager Kevin Clemons gave a report on the Measure E projects currently in progress. Clemons said the district is confident the state will match funds for an additional Ag classroom to meet half of the $2 million budget.