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Interim budget, student teaching agreement approved at school board meeting

Reductions of five positions also approved
By: Mackenzie Myers, Reporter
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While Tuesday’s meeting was short, the Western Placer Unified School District Board of Trustees reviewed and approved the 2016-2017 interim budget.

Board approval confirms that the district can meet its financial goals for the remainder of this year, as well as the next two years. The budget appears before the board twice a year, in March and December.

 

In other business:

 

-          The board unanimously passed a resolution that will reduce four classified staff positions within the district, as well as eliminate one classified position. District Superintendent Scott Leaman said that these budget cuts were “not a surprise.” The budget cuts are two years out.

-          A student teaching agreement between the school district and the University of West Florida was approved unanimously. According to Leaman, the program would be remote in nature. It will allow aspiring teachers to earn their credentials by working under a supervising teacher without having to move to California. Student teachers from the university could begin teaching as early as fall 2017.

 “It’s one of many [universities] that we use,” Leaman said after the meeting. “It’s not the primary; we’ll have very few students from West Florida. Most are from Sac State, National University or William Jessup, just because of proximity of those universities to our district.”

-          Leaman also gave an update on the high school going in around the Twelve Bridges area, set to open in fall 2020. The district is working with biologists to see if the land has been mitigated, after finding fairy shrimp habitat on the property, according to Leaman. Fairy shrimp are a protected species. Leaman said that he doesn’t expect this to delay the project.

 

The board meeting also featured a presentation about Twelve Bridges Elementary School’s K-Kids group. K-Kids, which is tied to the Lincoln Kiwanis Club, meets weekly to work on service projects for the community. Group leader Steve Hoover said that 20 to 25 elementary students are in the group and they pick a theme each year to incorporate into their service. This year’s theme is “Serving Those Who Serve Us.” So far this year, the students have helped school staff, police and fire departments, the U.S. Air Force and healthcare professionals within the community.

Twelve Bridges Elementary School Principal Rey Cubias said that the organization is intended to help younger students get into a service-oriented mindset as they prepare to transition to middle and high schools.

The next scheduled meeting for Western Placer Unified School District is at 7 p.m. April 4 in the District Office, 3rd floor conference room.