School board discusses budget, language immersion and charter school

By: Kathryn Palmer Of The Lincoln News Messenger
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Multiple members of the John Adams Academy attended Tuesday’s Western Placer Unified School Board meeting to make their case for a second five-year renewal term with the district for their Lincoln location.


The Lincoln location is at 280 Oak Tree Lane. The charter school also has a location in El Dorado Hills and another location in Roseville. The academy is a  tuition-free, transitional-kindergarten through 12th-grade charter school.

The next board meeting scheduled for Feb. 19 will introduce an internal analysis conducted by the district that looks at the academy’s legal, financial and program components. The vote on whether to renew the charter school is slated for the March 5 board meeting.


In 2014, the board first approved the charter’s Lincoln operation with a vote of four to one. The single no-vote came from Paul Carras, which he referenced at the meeting while voicing concern over the need for charters to serve students of varying demographics and those with special needs.


The board also heard a presentation by Assistant Superintendent Kerry Callahan regarding Proposition 58, passed by voters in 2016. The proposition aims to ensure that all public schools receive education needed to prepare them for the global economy, which includes dual- language programs. Callahan presented the results of a parent survey that asked, in part, parents’ interest in Spanish language immersion programs. Out of 98 survey participants, 92.8 percent said they were interested in having their children participate in such a language immersion program.


Board members heard information from Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations Audrey Kilpatrick in reference to newly-elected Gov. Gavin Newsom’s proposed 2019-2020 budget. Board members’ comments were largely positive about the budget and Superintendent Scott Leaman said the district is counting on a 3-percent boost in the budget. The second-interim report on March 15 will go into further detail regarding how the district plans to use and allocate next year’s funds.


Two actions were taken by board members in closed session. The board denied liability in a claim filed in January from an individual and authorized the release of temporary certificated employees whose agreed-upon contracts reached the end of their term.