Board Highlights – September 13, 2023

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The Board of Trustees met on September 13, 2023. Here’s a few highlights of the meeting. To view the complete meeting, click here.

Core Value: Committee, Collaborative, Caring, and Exemplary Employees

Trustees Honor School Teachers of the Year 

Teachers of the Year 2023

Trustees recognized the 2022-2023 Teachers of the Year from each school site for their dedication and committed to serving our students. Each honoree was  presented with a plaque. After being recognized, the teachers were invited to a brief reception to take photos, greet their guests, and enjoy light refreshments. Congratulations to the following teachers:

  • American Lakes School: Adam Gillen, PE Teacher
  • Bannon Creek School: Typhani Leon Guerrero, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Discovery High School: Marcus Luna, Art Teacher
  • H. Allen Hight Elementary School: Nicole Sanderson, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Heron School: Julie Leporiere, 6th Grade Teacher
  • Inderkum High School: Lisa Penaska, Math Teacher
  • Jefferson School: Tobin Halsey, 2nd Grade Teacher
  • Larry G. Meeks Academy: Brenda Carvalho, Math Teacher
  • Leroy Greene Academy: Donja Harding*, Social Science and Ethnic
  • Studies 
  • Natomas High School: Jason Turner, Science Teacher
  • Natomas Middle School: Delia Santa Maria, World Language Spanish Teacher
  • Natomas Park Elementary School: Denice Bianchi-Moore, 3rd Grade Teacher
  • Paso Verde School: Lauren Szoboscan, Kindergarten Teacher
  • Two Rivers Elementary School: Jennifer Schaaf, RSP Teacher
  • Witter Ranch Elementary School: Linda Santo Domingo, Kindergarten Teacher

*Also District Teacher of the Year and Sacramento County Teacher of the Year

Board Designates Week of October 8 – 14, 2023, as Week of the School Administrator

The Board approved a resolution designating October 8-14, 2023 as the “Week of the School Administrator” This in alignment with California Education Code Section 44015.1. Administrators are principals and other management positions at the school sites and district offices.

Core Value: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Board Recognizes National Hispanic Heritage Month 

The Board of Trustees approved a resolution in support of National Hispanic Heritage Month and set aside time to hear examples of how the district and schools intend to celebrate it. During a portion of the meeting, a video was shared of a Culinary Arts Pathway student and a Nutrition Services staff member making gorditas. Throughout the year, the Communications and Family Engagement Department will highlight different cultural recipes and its history with the goal of providing a digital NUSD Cultural Diversity Cookbook at the end of the school year. Here’s a link to the video shared during the meeting.

Core Value: Learning and Achievement for

Each of our Students

Student Success Guide Update: An Individualized Report to Empower Families and Support Learning Recovery

Trustees received a report that provided an update on the Fall 2023 Student Success Guide that will be mailed home to families in mid-September. The Student Success Guide is an important engagement tool that families will receive in the coming week via mail and electronically.

Additionally, elementary school teachers will receive a copy that can be used in fall conferences. The Fall 2023 version of the Student Success Guide provides families a detailed reporting of outcomes specific to their student, shares important information about our district’s literacy instruction, and features helpful tips for supporting students at home and links to related resources. This report can be viewed at

  • SSG Fall 2023
  • SSG Fall 2023
  • SSG Fall 2023
  • SSG Fall 2023

District Progress Report Update 

Trustees received a presentation regarding the planned next steps for the Fall 2023 District Progress Report (DPR). NUSD has published DPR reports since 2017 to share with the community our progress on meeting goals. The presentation included details on development of new targets, alignment to the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), and proposed new metrics. To view the presentation, click here.

Board Approves 2022-2023 Unaudited Actuals

Trustees received a presentation on the 2022-23 Unaudited Actuals report that reflects the District’s financial activity that occurred during the year, as well as the District’s financial position as of June 30, 2023. Staff reported that the District’s unaudited actuals represent a positive certification which means that the District will meet financial obligations in current and two subsequent years.

Education Code requires districts to close their books and adopt the report of financial activities and position by September 15th of each year. That information is submitted to the Sacramento County Office of Education and the California Department of Education for review. Independent auditors will audit the District’s 2022-23 unaudited actuals which will be presented for review and action at the December 13, 2023 Board meeting. Click here to view the presentation.