Board Highlights – June 5, 2024

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The Board of Trustees met on June 5, 2024, for a regularly scheduled Board meeting. Here are the highlights of the meeting. This publication is not intended to cover all items addressed at the meeting but some to keep our community informed. To view the agenda and video of all board meetings, access the link here.

Celebrations

Recognizing Student Board Member for Serving on the Board of Trustees

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The Board of Trustees recognized Student Board Member Valentino “Tino” Rodriguez for his service during the 2023-2024 school year. Tino recently graduated from Natomas High School and will attend California State University Sacramento in the fall. Dr. Heredia, Board President, presented him with a plaque and stipend/scholarship of $1,000 on behalf of the Board. Trustees shared reflections about his contributions to the Board and wished him well in his future endeavors.

LGBTQIA Conference Highlights and Pride Month Recognition

The Board recognized the month of June as Pride Month with a resolution and highlights of the LGBTQIA+ Student Conference that was held this spring in partnership with Natomas Charter School, NP3 and Westlake Charter School. The video shown during the meeting of the conference can be viewed here. To view the resolution, click here.

Core Value: Learning and Achievement for Each Student

Spring District Progress Report

A presentation highlighting student performance and progress was shared with the Board, as part of the Spring 2024 District Progress Report (DPR). The Spring DPR provides updated performance data compared to the fall DPR.

Staff shared some of the positive movement we’ve experienced in the spring semester and in the 2023-24 school year, including: growth in students achieving proficiency in writing and reading and math in grades TK-8. There was also growth in students participating in athletics which helps students to feel connected to their school communities. Another area to celebrate was the decrease in chronic absenteeism.

The DPR, which will be posted to our website in the coming weeks, will have more than 30 metrics which are aligned with our goals.

LEAP Academy Update

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The Board received an end of the year update on the district’s extended learning program LEAP Academy that’s offered at all NUSD elementary and K-8 schools as part of the state’s Expanded Learning Opportunities Program funding (ELOP). The report included a summary of enrollment, enrichment opportunities, academic initiatives covered during after-school and intersessions, feedback from families enrolled in the program, and next steps for 2024-2025.  To view the report, click here.

Continued Partnership with First 5 for 2024-2027 

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The Board approved an agreement to continue the district’s ongoing partnership with First 5 Sacramento. First 5 Sacramento funds programs that benefit Sacramento County children as early as prenatal to age five and their families. The group focuses on programs that give parents and caregivers tools to prepare students for kindergarten and beyond.

NUSD was awarded $330,000 over three years to continue funding our Playgroup program that has doubled its participants over the last year.

District Updates

Forward 5 Strategic Plan Approved 

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The Board approved the District’s 5-year Strategic Plan referred to as the Forward 5. Superintendent Castillo reviewed the key elements of the Plan and how it is aligned with our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) actions. She also shared that there were many engagement opportunities where feedback was obtained from staff, students, families, and community members. That feedback helped to guide the final draft of the plan. The Forward 5 is captured in a Digital Flipbook which can be accessed here.

Draft Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2024-2024 Public Hearing

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The Board received a draft of the District’s Local Control Accountability Plan. This plan covers three years and is reflected in the Forward 5 Strategic Plan, an easy-to-read version for the public. A public hearing was held during the meeting to provide the public an opportunity to comment on the plan as required by state law. The final draft will be presented during the June 26th Board meeting where the Board will be asked to take action. To review the draft plan, visit natomasunified.org.

NUSD to Open Welcome Center for One-Stop Shop for Families 

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Staff shared with the Board plans to open a Welcome Center to enhance customer service and provide a central location for families to address a variety of needs related to their student such as enrollment, health, transportation, technology support, homeless and foster youth resources, translation services, and attendance support.

The Welcome Center will be located in the space where the Urgent Care Now Clinic is located. With the future opening of the new B. Teri Burns Clinic this year, the Urgent Care Clinic will close permanently on June 30. Families will be able to access services at the B. Teri Burns Clinic, which is located across the street from Natomas High School. More information will be forthcoming on the grand opening in July.

Tentative Agreement with District and Natomas Teachers Association for the 2024-2025 School Year Approved

The Board approved the Tentative Agreement between the District and the Natomas Teachers Association (NTA) for the 2024-25 school year.  Highlights of the agreement include:

  • A salary increase of 3.5% beginning with the 2023-2024 salary schedule effective July 1, 2024
  • Compacting the certificated salary schedule to max out at 20 years versus 23 years so that teachers may reach their max sooner to positively impact their career earnings
  • A 1.5% off-schedule payment in October 2024 for active members 
  • An increase to the District’s contribution toward health and wealth benefits

For more details, the Agreement can be reviewed here.

Approval of Salary Increases and District Contribution to Health and Welfare Benefits for CSEA Members and Additional Staff

The Board also approved modifications to the salary schedule for the District’s California School Employee Association (CSEA) members and staff in the following categories: Unrepresented, Confidential, and Management. These staff members will also receive a 3.5% increase to their salary schedules beginning July 1, 2024. CSEA had already reached an agreement for a salary increase of 1%. An additional 2.5% will be added to that.

In addition, the Board approved continuing the increase of the District’s contribution rates for NUSD Health and Welfare for CSEA members and Unrepresented, Confidential, and Management to help with the increasing cost of healthcare and inflation.

Budget and Facilities Updates

2024-2025 Proposed Budget Presented and Public Hearing

A public hearing was held for the 2024-2025 proposed budget. The Budget indicates that the district will maintain a positive certification, meeting its financial obligations in the current year and two subsequent years. By law, a public hearing must be held separately and before the Board votes on the budget. Staff will present the budget for review and request the Board to take action at the June 26, 2024, Board meeting. To review the proposed budget, click here.

A public hearing was held for the 2024-2025 proposed budget. The Budget indicates that the District will maintain a positive certification, meeting its financial obligations in the current year and two subsequent years. By law, a public hearing must be held separately and before the Board votes on the budget. The Board will be asked to take action at the June 26, 2024, Board meeting. To review the proposed budget, click here.