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>> thank you so much. s the regular meeting of the board of education of the san francisco unified school district for october 12, 2021 is now called to order. roll call, please. >> thank you. [echoing] >> why is there an echo?
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[roll call] >> so, tonight will be about celebrations, small and big victories, bringing together the culmination of hard work and i do encourage us to be cordial during game four of the division series. [laughter] [applause] moving on. section a is general information. section b, opening item. our land acknowledgment. we the san francisco board of education acknowledge that we
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are on the unseated ancestral home land of the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. as the indigenous stewards of this land and, in accordance with their traditions, they have never ceded, lost, nor forgoten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place. as well as for all peoples who who* reside in their traditional territories. as guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. we wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the ancestors, elders and relatives of the community and by affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. item 2. approval of the board minutes. for the regular meeting of september 28, 2021. i need a motion and a second. >> so moved. >> second. >> are there any corrections?
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seeing none, roll call vote. [roll call] item 3, superintendent's report. i'll call on superintendent matthews. >> thank you, president lopez. good evening, everyone. we're really excited to have you here on this exciting evening tonight. the week of october 18 through the 22nd, the san francisco unified school district is celebrating its sixth year participating in digital agency week. digital agency week focuses on teaching students how to
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use technology responsibly, ethically and respectfully. throughout the week in schools across the district, students, staff, families and community partners will be engaging in learning activities such as modelless sons and collaborative games that proactively raise awareness of safe and appropriate online behaviors. thank you to the dedication of san francisco unified educators, san francisco unified
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good evening, everyone. we're really excited to have you here on this exciting evening tonight. the week of october 18 through the 22nd, the san francisco unified school district is celebrating its sixth year participating in digital agency week. digital agency week focuses on teaching students how to use technology responsibly, ethically and respectfully. throughout the week in schools across the district, students, staff, families and community partners will be engaging in learning activities such as modelless sons and collaborative games that proactively raise awareness of safe and appropriate online behaviors. thank you to the dedication of san francisco unified educators, san francisco unified has become the largest. it is an opportunity to celebrate filipino american history together. it is 50 years since the first filipino peoples far west convention. san francisco unified celebrates the philippine community all year round with san francisco unified district and organization of san francisco unified employees who organize community events and help support the success and well-being of filipino students. this fall, san francisco unified district libraries have been turning neighborhood streets into open air reading rooms. on sunday, october 17, that's this sunday, they'll be participating in phoenix day. a city-wide family-friendly celebration with block parties, music, performances and more. look for them on valencia
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street near 20th street from noon to 5:00 on october 17. learn more at phoenix day -- at learn more about phoenix day in the month of october, we celebrate many value community members. national disability employment awareness month, the theme for ndeam-2021, america's recovery powered by inclusion reflects the importance of ensuring that people with disabilities have full access to employment and community involvement during the national recovery from the covid-19 pandemic. this week, october 10 through the 16th, is national school lunch week. the covid-19 pandemic has amplified the importance of national school lunch program for millions of children who rely on school meals. during the darkest days of the pandemic, when business is closed, people lost their jobs and millions of americans turned to food banks to feed their families. school mills remained a consistent source of quality nutrition. and finally, this week is also school administrator's week. this week we amplified the
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importance of educational leadership at the school district and county levels. we observed the week with public recognition of the contribution that school administrators make to successful pupil achievement. thank you, president lopez. that ends our announcements for this evening. >> great. thank you. and next we'll be hearing from our student delegates. . >> thank you, president lopez. the student advisory council had their first cabinet meeting this past week where members talked about different projects and committees we could be launching this year. some of these include our yearly heart fundraiser as well as topic-based groups on transportation, curriculum and more. we'll have our next s.s.a. meeting on october 16th at 6:00 p.m. our domain has expire sod our website is currently not working. we're hoping to work with staff to update the information so that our meeting information can be published.
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in the meantime, for students who want to stay updated, we have an s.a.c. instagram and you can follow that for meeting updates and announcements. thank you. that concludes our report. >> perfect. thank you. i also encourage you all to follow them on social media. thank you for doing that work. item 5, recognitions and resolutions of commendations. i'd like to -- one moment. as i mentioned, today is a day of celebration and we are going to honor someone who has been dedicated to this district for many, many decades and they will be here shortly.
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>> we will be taking a vote. so, some of you may know, some of you may not know, but ms. ester castco has announced her retirement. she has been with this district for 49 years and serving in the position that she is in for 40 years. come meanting her for 49 years of service to students and families of san francisco. whereas ester castco began her career as a san francisco
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unified school district as a clerk/typist at john mere middle school in 1972, and whereas she was promoted to senior clerk/typist at john muir elementary and, whereas manslaughter castco was then promoted to executive assistant to the board of education in 1981 and, whereas ms. castco has served the board of education in this position for 40 years and whereas ms. castco's career with the district has spanned the united states presidential administrations of richard nixon, gerald ford, jimmy carter, ronald reagan, george h.w. bush, william clinton, george w. bush, barack obama, the last guy -- [laughter] and joseph biden and, whereas ms. castco has demonstrated a commitment to our district's mission to ensure that each and every student ensures
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quality instruction and support needed to thrive in the 21st century and whereas she exhibits san francisco unify's core values of being student-centered, fearless, united, social justice-oriented and diversity driven and whereas she displays kindness, and compassion in interactions with her student, staff, families elected officials and members of the public and whereas ms. castco takes pride in her role to serve the board of education and ensure all board members and their business is conducted in a proper and efficient manner. and where she's gone above and beyond the call of duty to support the work of the district and whereas previous board members have said ms. castco's primary focus has been smooth functioning of the board of education, ensuring that meetings are properly agdized and proceedings are followed and commissioners are supported and treated with the respect that is due elected office.
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she will be terribly missed for her many, many community relationships, for her institutional knowledge of board actions. and whereas the superintendent and the commissioners of the board of education commend and appreciate her tireless work and commitment to the students and families of san francisco for the last 49 years, therefore, be it resolved that tomorrow, wednesday, october 13, 2021 is hereby declared ester castco day in the san francisco unified school district in recognition of her many contributions to the students, staff and families of san francisco. [applause]
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you are receiving flowers, a small token of our appreciation and certificate of the resolution, a certificate of -- proclaiming that tomorrow is ester castco day in the entire san francisco unified school district and there is, i think, you have a book? there it is. and a book signed by many, many yieps in the san francisco unified school district contributing and saying thank you for all of your hard work and dedication for all you've done for students and families of the students in the unified school district. give her another round of applause. >> we'll hold on one second and then hear from you, ok?
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we'll do a little more and then hear from you. >> ok. >> ester, congratulations on finally retiring. thank you very much for your service to san francisco, to the school board and, above all, to the latino community. [speaking in spanish] >> i'm proud to say that ester is my friend as well as my colleague for three decades. i can't tell you how much it means to me to have had her understanding, her sympathy, her respect and her love. >> [speaking in spanish]
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>> epitomizes the spirit, the optimism, the caring that you brought to your roles to the school district and support for the board members and thank you for your support for me, for me and susan, for everything you've done, for the city of san francisco, to the children of san francisco and you have well-earned retirement coming up and i hope you enjoy this next chapters. when i left the school board, you gave me this bell so here it is for you as you move on to your next chapter. [bell ringing] thank you. >> thank you so much for your many years of service to the district and to the students of san francisco. i know you will be terribly
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missed and i also know that so many board of education members could not have done their jobs without your incredible help and support. >> hi, ester! we've been through good times, we've been through bad times, but we all made it and very grateful to you. i don't think the school district will ever be the same. >> i know. >> we want to wish you happy retirement. we love you. and congratulations on your years. >> congratulations on your four decades of work with the board and everybody else. you deserve a break and i hope your retirement is just the next chapters and there is so much more to come for you. thank you and much love. gracias. >> thank you, thank you, thank you for your service to the children of san francisco by keeping all of us in check. both the district and the board of education will be
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losing a very valuable institutional memory as you leave. >> hi, ester. i just wanted to add my congratulations on your retirement. and as a parent of three sfscu graduates, really want to say thank you for your years of service and dedication to our public school student and i wish you a very, very happy retirement, ester. a very long and happy and healthy retirement. you certainly deserve it. >> you have been serving the san francisco unified school district leadership for decades. over 40 years of service. i just want to say thank you so much for your dedication and commitment to the board of education, to san francisco unified school district and, of course, to the 50,000-plus students in the district. >> we are really excited for you and want to wish you the biggest congratulations on your ongoing adventures.
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i look forward to you being able to take care of yourself and your family and take on projects that you were not able to do in serving our district for so many years. so, thank you, ester. you have my deepest appreciation and congratulations on your retirement. >> thank you for the commitment you provided to sfusc and all your love and commitment during my 12 years on this school board. i really wish you the very best. [speaking in spanish]. we love you. >> i am delighted that ester will be moving to the next chapter of her life. she has spent most of it so far in service to others and to her family. i hope that in retirement, you will find time for yourself.
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>> it's so well-deserved that you will be retiring and getting some rest. but i can say one thing to board of education of san francisco will never be the same. >> it's always hard to say good-bye. i just want to say i'm going to miss you and appreciate everything that you have done for us here in the school district. you've been a warm presence and for me, someone i look up to and try to emulate you. i wish you well. >> i'm pretty sure when you retire, you'll have a tell-all book. please give me a heads-up so i can plan my defense. until then, enjoy your family, enjoy your time off, enjoy having no meetings, no tension, no angry calls and a good night's sleep every night. thank you again. you're the best. >> [speaking in spanish]
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>> we will miss you but know that you've made a real impact on so many of us and your spirit will live on in sfusd. thank you. >> you're retiring! yay! congratulations! i'm super happy for you. i wish you the best in everything. enjoy. >> you made sure that our school board meetings in everything that happens there moves smoothly, that students are heard and educators and families are heard. you, to me, are an absolute icon. an sfusd legend. this is a huge loss but much much [inaudible]. congratulations and thank you. i love you, ester, and appreciate you. >> i don't know how they're going to replace you. i wanted to thank you especially for all of your warmth, super patience and supports for me when i was on the school board. >> you helped encourage me, inspire me, advise me and
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taught me so much about this role and about myself. really hope you're able to celebrate all of these years, feel joy about everything that you've accomplished and know that you will continue to be the rock that this school district has had for almost 50 years. >> on behalf of the children and the families, our staff, for doing everything you can to make sure that we govern at the highest levels and we govern appropriately. with respect and dignity because that is who you are, respect and dignity and thank you from the both of my heart. >> ok. you can hear me. thank you. i am -- i'm going to get
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through this. honest. i am completely taken aback by your love. and what about acknowledgment, how i appreciate this from the bottom of my heart. sincerely. sincerely. it has been 40 years here. i've worked for 46 board of education members. i have assisted 46 members. i'm fortunate to have this -- had this position. i'm fortunate to have known all these wonderful, unique people who are policymakers for the school district and whose role is to, when they leave, to make sure that the school district is a better place for the students, the teachers, the administrators, all the employees, classified and certified.
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for the students, for the schools, and i am such a -- i am so grateful to have had this position for so long. for so long. you guys didn't get tired of me. i appreciate that. and sincerely, from the both of my heart, you don't know how i'm so taken tonight by this acknowledgement and i so appreciate it and i will miss everyone. and, mr. superintendent, i has been grand working with you. i've been through 10 superintendents. four of them interim and it has been grand. i have to tell you. this is like a dream. people would want this in their lives, to end their job, sincerely, sincerely. i appreciate all of you. you're all wonderful and special. each beder member is. and you are elected by the
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city and county of san francisco and it is our great city. so you should be all, so, so, so grateful to the city and county and, you know, i'm just -- i can't begin to tell you how much i appreciate this acknowledgment. and thank you ever so much. thank you. thanks from the both of my heart. thank you. thank you. [applause] can i say one last thing? if you don't mind. i was -- i have been in the office for a long time. at one point in time i had twos tanlzes -- three, actually. three assistants and then the budget came and crashed and it was left to me and i was able to find another assistant. so i would be remissed in not mentioning deborah lenhoff who has been my companion for many years now and we were
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doing the agenda by ourselves and sometimes they were 600 pages during june. it was like 600 page of agenda. and she took care of the k-whip process which is now no longer, thank goodness, around. but that was a daunting job and beginning one and ending and then beginning another one immediately. that was a lot of work so she did that beautifully. i just want to thank you, deborah. for being my companion for so many years. sincerely. thank you very much. bore members, superintendent. danielle, who always gave me advice when i needed it. i used to bug her all the time, and i still do. and miong, when you started. yeah. and also orla. very special. and i want to thank also jean and jill hugendike who i meet with every week. and the board liaison.
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i mean, we worked together for such a long time now. and i appreciate you very much . thank you. thank you very much. >> thank you, ester. [applause]
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>> thank you, ester. [applause] in my excitement to honor you, i neglected to have someone move and second the resolution. if someone would care to do so. >> second. >> you got that, ester? everybody moved and seconded it. >> i also want to open it up to public comment. before we continue. let's do that next. >> thank you, president lopez. we'll take public comment on ms. ester castco. so, please raise your hand if you care to say a few words. >> there are many people who would like to speak.
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looks like we have 13 and counting. ok. one minute each. >> [speaking in spanish]. >> yes. could that be repeated in spanish and chinese? >> [speaking in spanish] >> hello, eric? are you there? ms. marshall? >> yes. good afternoon. today at 5:05 p.m., president lopez called this historic meeting to order, the day that we say farewell, but not good-bye to our beloved ester. you know i called her my beloved ester, but she is our beloved ester. she just said 10 superintendents and i know that must have been a challenge from time to time. and serving all the board and all the students. she always met me with a smile and, for that, i thank you, ester. i thank you for serving our students and families with excellence all these years. 40 years for the board of education and nine more. that's 480 months, 144,000-plus days. thank you, ester.
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our students can earns a 4. 0-plus, but they take honors classes and a.p. classes. ester, you worked in an honors and a.p. manner for 40-plus years and on behalf -- i have the bell -- [laughter] [bell ringing] and it rings only four times for each decade. one. two. three. four. and one more for the 47. in our culture, churches say amen. but we say ache'. may the sun shine on you and you'll have a lovely retirement. >> hello, michelle. >> hello. this is michelle parker, a parent in the district.
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ester, i am so grateful for you and for your constancy and availability and responsiveness to me as a parent and i also want to appreciate you on behalf of the second school district p.t.a. your assistance and your knowledge is unmatched. thank you for your very many years of service in this district. thank you for many years ago helping me understand how public comment works. thank you for sharing your knowledge around board policies over the years. it is hard to imagine this district without you. we will miss you.
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love you so much and wish you all the best in your retirement. >> thank you. >> hello, don. hello, don. >> take two, ester. thank you so much for all of you have done for us at sfusd and the kids of san francisco. i personally appreciate all the hem you gave me while i was general council. i cherish our friendship. you are truly the greatest. julie and i wish you the very best in a well-deserved retirement. >> thank you. hello, aleta. >> hi. can you hear me? >> this is aleta fisher and on behalf of the community advisory committee for special education, i would like to thank ms. castco for your 47 years of service. i know i speak for all of us parents in the c.a.c. when i say that the bureaucracy of
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navigating a school board meeting and understanding when we have to turn in our public comment card and where the agenda item goes, you were always such a kind and helpful, very patient with us and we appreciate everything that you've done to include us and make sure that parent voices are heard. even when there is [inaudible] cards that came in at the very last minute. we appreciate all the work that you have done to help us prepare for our board meetings, to make sure that our rosters are in the form they need to be and for parent volunteers, just knowing that you're there, you have compassion and grace when we don't get it right. you make it so much easier to be a parent volunteer in this district. thank you. we'll definitely miss you. >> thank you. hello, commissioner norton.
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>> hello. good evening, everyone. good evening ms. castco. after that video, i thought maybe i shouldn't raise my hand to speak. but i wanted to be here tonight to thank you >> while not in person, at least live. you have just been such a rock for the board of education and have been such an important presence for students and families of san francisco unified. i wish you nothing but the best and a happy, healthy retirement and i know that you will be terribly missed and i very much hope that your successor can carry on in your honor of just all the precedence that you set for
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being so thoughtful, kind and supportive of everyone that had business in front of the board. thank you again so much. >> hello, mr. jefferis? >> hello. good evening, everyone. this is jeremiah jeffries, 1st grade teacher. ester, you are an amazing example of what it means to be dedicated to our schools and young people. you have been -- you were sunshine for the board. before we had our sunshine laws and acts in place, made sure things were made public, you made sure our meetings were recorded on cassette. [laughter] made sure it was available to the public when we asked. you've been such a light in this district and we're so grateful. i remember when i first started a long time ago, early in my career, you were
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the translator and still are for so many in the public. we usually have to call and give you a list of names that we thought would speak. and you were so gracious and helpful. just throughout. the time and the patience. more than anything, you've been patient with all the things that you have to set. we are super grateful to you. enjoy your retirement. take care. >> thank you. >> hello, riando. >> good evening, our beloved ester. tony is going to give our official farewell from apac but i couldn't let tonight go past without giving you a special farewell from me. when i first started coming to the board meetings in 2013, i was so new to it. i had no idea how to fill out a comment card or anything. and you took great patience and caringing, time to help me walk through it.
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also i'm super excited that my little one who will have his first birthday tomorrow. so ester day is going to be super good for us because we'll have an extra little celebration just for you! we love you and will miss you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> hello, rafael. >> hello, everybody. the bore. superintendent. dang, ester. i'm going to miss you. i remember when i first started 38 years ago and i became an active union member and really didn't know anything about speaking at a board meeting and you told me to calm down, i would be all right and say what i had to say from my heart and how i felt. you's always been a guiding light to a lot of us.
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and i am missed this meeting. i would have kicked myself if i wasn't able to say thank you. thank you for your love, your cherish of the district and the community. we all appreciate everything you's ever done to help each and every one of us in the community, in the school district and i want to say, on behalf of sdiu-1021, we are going to miss you, ester. take care of yourself and may our creator bless you. have a good retirement. thank you. >> hello, julie. >> hi,est every. like so many before, thank you for your service. for those of you who think we par notice nate a lot of school board meetings, i can't imagine how the steadfastness and the depth of historical memory that you've brought to this work. i've been searching my memory
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and i can't remember a single board meeting where you haven't been present. i'm sure you must have been sick or on vacation at some point. but i really can't imagine these meetings without you. you've been so helpful in responding to questions. i miss turning in comment cards to you. you've always been extremely fair and thoughful and use the bureaucracy to serve the students and the public and to ensure fairness. we'll deeply miss you. i know that you're fondly remembered by so many in our community. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello, tony. >> hello. thank you board and commissioners. hi, ms. ester.
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on behalf of the african american sound advisory council i want to send you a great appreciation for the ways that you have served staounzes, family and staff during your years here. your unwaivering commitment to our district is honorable and we're better for it. thank you for always embracing me and apac leaders each time we have come to present before the board and for always being so kind and welcoming. you make our meetings feel less intimidating. as i laugh out loud. we wish you well and all that you do. so please enjoy ester day tomorrow and congratulations for your 47 years of service. thank you. >> hello, julia. >> ester, wow. i just wanted to call in and join others in congratulating
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you on your service and really to thank you so much for all of your support and guidance over the years. i first met you about 10 years ago when i came to my first board meeting to make public comment on behalf of my kid. and walking into that room was pretty darn terrifying and i was tempted to walk back out. but you welcomed me and guided me through the process. and have been there to guide me through many, many complicated processes. in my different roles throughout the last decade. and i sincerely appreciate all of your support and i'm so impressed by all of the things you have done and i hope that you hear all of this great congratulations and gratitude from so many people because you really are and have been the backbone of our district. we are so lucky to have your wise counsel.
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thank you, thank you and i hope you get to enjoy lots of time with your family. >> hello, sandra. >> hi, ester! this is sandra and -- and paul, real quick. [barking] and my dog. for the 25 years that i've been going to school board meetings and i've been to some doozies, you were always so calm and so -- such a wonderful, calming presence. and i just want to say it's how much i appreciate that and i appreciate everything that you've done for this school district and especially for arts education in the school district. and you will be sorely missed and i look forward to reading that book that dan was talk about. thank you. >> thank you. [laughter] >> hello, adrian.
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>> hi. >> hey! >> hi, ester. it's your family. we just want to say, for all you've done for the school district, you have done multituesdays more for your family. you are the greatest mother- [voice breaking] grandmother and mother-in-law and we're very proud of you. we love you. and we can't wait to spend more time with you. >> hear, hear! [applause] thank you. >> thank you. >> hello, william. >> hi, ester. it's been a long time. i think we met before i even worked at coleman advocates. it was probably when they were considering the expansion of the high school at benjamin franklin and that didn't happen. but i'm really happy to see you being celebrated.
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i remember coming to board meetings and not knowing about calling in before having to give testimony and was very excited that, like, you were able to accommodate any young person that had to be in school all day and wanted to participate. i then got do a lot of advocacy speaking at the podium at coleman vax and i eventually got to work you as a liaison to the school board for the student advisory council and student delegates and i'm really excited to see how far student leadership has come and i know that that has a lot to do with you as well. we applaud you for the work you did to empower young people. [echoing] >> includinging that sound. i hope not. but i'm very excited for your retirement. i never thought to ask you. and i'm very impressed about all the presidents you've served under and really happy to know you as a friend and i
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hope after the pandemic lightens up, i can see you. i'm thankful for the work. >> thank you. hello, yvette. >> i didn't, hi. my name is yvette and i am a board member with the san francisco parent coalition. we have only been around for a year. ester, i listened to all of these people speak about what you have meant to them for many, many years. i want to say, as a new sfsdu parent and what was probably a difficult year for you, your calmness and professionalism and clear indication that you were not going to tolerate any nonsense was a breath of fresh air to me and other families in the community. while we are a new organization, i just want you to know that we are grateful that you have been here this year. and, you know, we hope we didn't cause any of this
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early retirement, but i'm grateful that you will be able to spend this time with your family and with your community. thank you so much for being here and hearing all of these stories just makes me a little sad that we won't have you. but at the end of the day, i'm just happy that you will be enjoying this time with those you love. thank you. >> you can have an impact on people and not realize it and for me you're one of those people. a little while back. i was a brand-new parent walking into the board of ed meeting for the first time. and i was terrified. and i remember you just showed me a little yellow card and patiently explained to me how to go about things.
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i don't think you realize how important that moment was for me. it calmed me and gave me the courage for the first time to attempt to use my voice to talk about my son. so hearing that you are retiring tonight has given me the courage again to tell you thank you. thank you for that. thank you for giving me that empowerment anja thank you enough. you are that person. you made an impact. thank you. >> thank you. hello, cynthia. >> hello? >> yes. >> yes. ester, this is cynthia from association of chinese teachers. i just cannot leave this board meeting without saying thank you to you. of all the yearss that we have been part of board
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meetings, whether it is late afternoon meetings or ones that go up until past midnight and beyond, you have been one steadfast, calming presence as many have noted. you have always been so welcoming and so helpful and helping students, parents, teachers, members of the community fill out cards to speak and always, every year, your efficiency in terms of making sure that all affinity groups get their scholarship recipients announced and recognized at the board meetings. everything that you have done,congratulations for 40 years. thank you so very much for your service. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> hello, miranda.
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we'll check back there. hello, karla. karla? ok. hello, suzy.
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>> hello! hi. ester, it's suzy siegle here. i just tuned in to this and i'm just -- wow. emotional that this -- congratulations. i just want to say that -- wow. i'm thinking how far back i've gone since everett, i guess it was, where we would go and speak there and all the time that you made us all at ease getting ready to say what we needed to say to advocate for children and you were also the first person you see when you walk into 555 franklin. and you were always there with a sweet smile and warm hello. but also remarkably, you're a person who has had to sit there for years and hear everything and really not get to respond much. so wow. here's to responding on the outside and thank you. i will miss you. whether it be on zoom or in real person. thank you. >> miranda, are you there? >> yes. can you hear me? >> we can. >> thank you. it's been making me so happy to hear all of these comments and i'm not sure how much i have to add. but i will just say that for all the many nights sitting in board meetings, just beinging a i believe to look
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over and see you, ester, made me feel happy and acknowledge and supported anja tell you how much i appreciate all of the work that you've done for the district and especially supporting families to share their thoughts at board meetings. it was always wonderful to know that if we had families that wanted to come and speak at board meetings, all i had to do was explain what you looked like and who to talk to and i knew that they would be supported and always heard such wonderful stories. so, thank you so much for all you've done. i hope you have a wonderful retirement. >> thank you. and that concludes public comment. >> i wanted to do public comment, if that's ok. >> ok. go ahead.
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you can go ahead. >> ok. i just wanded to say thank you so much, auntie ester, before i was a parent, before i was an educator, i was just a youth and i remember how much you would just teach me, max, peter, like william even said you taught us and you really cultivated leadership within us to understand this is the time of calling cards and we still had to call you so you could write things down. a lot of what i know about the school board and what my knowledge is because you passed that down on to me, ester. not only are you affecting parents' lives, school board commissioners' lives, but you're impacting young people's lives and helped cultivate leadership within me, personally. and you have cultivated leadership within so many other young people at the
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time around s.a.p. at the same time as me. i want to say thank you from my bottom of my heart. you have meant so much. and i hope there is a documentary or an interview of you before you go because you know so much about our district. >> thank you. that concludes public comment, president lopez. >> ok. thank you so much, everyone, for coming and sharing. before we vote, are there any questions or comments from the board or student delegates? >> i just want to give comment, ester. thank you so much. i remember serving as a parent volunteer for 10 years with the district before sitting on the school board and you were always so calming, welcoming, and just thank you for your openness and your open heart. i still remember the day i was sworn in to serve
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and i came over to you, reciting my paperwork. and i think you can probably feel from me just knowing that this is quite a journey and you are with us on this journey to serve in elected office which is a privilege and honor to represent our studentses and serve our students and our families. thank you for being a pillar and your support. and i wish you much health and wellness and time well-spent with your family. i know they are excited to spend more time with you moving forward. >> thank you, commissioner. >> i'm going to miss you. i look at you as family. you are always making sure we're ok. making sure i'm ok. telling me things that i'm doing right and holding me accountable to things. that i need to do right by. i'm having a hard time saying good-bye to you tonight. but that's ok. >> thank you, commissioner. i reserved your hotel today. >> i saw that. [laughter] i was like am i going to have to do that, but thank you. >> thank you. >> i just also want to appreciate you, ester. i don't feel like i had a chance to connect with you and build you as much as other people on the board. but i just want to wish you well and appreciate you and all that you offered to the district and really helped advance for you as you move forward and hope that we have a lot of great things waiting for you. >> thank you, commissioner. >> ester, i think you know as a veteran board member, i obviously have had a lot more time with you.
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and a lot more great experiences over the years. when i first got on the board in 2001, you gave me a big binder. you had binders in. the board meetings were [inaudible] but you also oriented me to the district leadership more than anybody else did or could. and for that i really thank you. and i know the board members that you worked with in the past also received those types of orientation and that they appreciated that as well. as was referenced now with a hotel booking. you provided support around our conferences when we have them. between right now. but national convention accommodations for us. you do so much to kind of work that, if we had to do that on our own, we wouldn't be able to do it. there's just so much in this job. as several people referenced in their comments, it's going to be very, very hard to
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replace you. because it is not just about the work, it's the person. it is what you bring to this job and it is very, very hard to rep will i indicate. thank you for your four decades of service to the board, to the staff, to the families, to our students. that is to everybody who's in our district. you serve via the work you do with the board. you serve everybody and that is a huge, huge responsibility and job and for that we all thank you and appreciate you and all know that this next chapters of your life is going to be wonderful. your family will be so much happier to have you around and i look fortoward a celebratory lunch with you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> i want to echo some of the comments that several of the public commenters made because when i was a new
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teacher in this district, 25 years ago, i remember coming to testify at board of ed meetings and do public comment. i think it was at everett. again, like their experience, you made me feel welcomed. you made me feel like i belonged. you explained the process to me. i'm just deeply grateful for that, your spirit of generosity and openness and welcome that you -- you really created community with that. and you've done it for 40-plus years. and hopefully your spirit will live on. we'll try to continue that legacy. that you set here. thank you.
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>> a. this year, this iss probably the hardest news that i got. [crying] but i'm very thankful and i'm very grateful for everything that you've done. and for your support. i know there are many words out there that are still left to be shared. by many of us. so i'll make sure you get that. i have a lot of love for you and we should do a roll call vote. [roll call]
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>> thank you. that's six ayes. thank you all. [applause] this was really special. i mean, so special. i can't begin to tell you how i feel right now. thank you ever so much. thank you for this wonderful, delightful presentation and sendoff. great sendoff. thank you. >> ok. moving on to item 6. recognizing all valuable employees awards. i'll call on superintendent matthews for this item. >> thank you, president lopez. tonight we want to share a brief tv clip in spanish that showcases some of our amazing
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bilingual educators and our very own pathways to teaching program. for this tv feature, our communications department reached out to district staff to identify educators willing to participate and pitch the story to spanish language tv stations, telemundo picked i up and the result is the program which is in dire need of applicants and plays a critical role in preparing teachers to serve our students. it's seeing an uptick in interested candidates and now we're pleased to play the video. >> thank you. i'm going to play this video and pause it at one minute and ask our transthricing translate what was said in the first half, the first minute and then at the end, the final minute. >> [speaking in spanish]
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>> [speaking in spanish] >> [speaking in spanish] >> ok. i'm going to pause there. go ahead, louise. in english.
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sorry. >> interpreter: can you hear me? >> yes. >> interpreter: ok. with a degree in biology, danielle dreams about being a researcher. my plan was to change the world and make it a little better. but she stumbled upon pathways to teaching. and helps professionals like him become teachers. i thought that maybe i could help change the world if i could help the kids. although teaching is rewarding, getting a certification is not easy. it would have taken longer, many more years, i would have had to work with our game [inaudible] in many years. it reduces most of the steps with one intensive program. the program lasts a year and i have been making the money and really they are doing something that usually takes a year in one.
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they are earning a salary, working full-time with benefits. i am from venezuela. i tried to get my [inaudible] but it was very hard. >> thank you. >> [speaking in spanish] >> [speaking in spanish]
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>> [speaking in spanish] >> could we translate the second half, please? >> interpreter: yes. >> [speaking in spanish] >> interpreter: another great benefit is the individual training in class. since its inception four years ago, the program has trained 285 teachers. of all the teachers that entered the the program, almost 80% have stayed in the district. and almost a quarter of them are bilingual. studis have shown that if teachers look like their
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students, they perform way better in the classroom. but there is a lot of work to be done with the teacher shortage. if you are interested, applications are open now until november. we are looking for bilingual people who can't speak english or spanish and have at least one college degree. don't forget you might find yourself changing the world one student at a time. >> thank you. and that concludes the video. >> thank you very much for sharinging that. it is always exciting to see home-grown opportunities and pathways for our teachers. section c, public comment on nonagenda items. please note that public comment is an opportunity for the board to hear from the community on matters within the board's jurisdiction. we ask that you refrain from using employee and student names. if you have a complaint about a district employee, you may
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submit it to the employee's supervisor in accordance with district policy. as a re. mimer, board rules and california law do not allow us to respond to comments or attempt to answer questions during the public comment time. if appropriate, the superintendent will ask that we follow up with speakers. item two, comments for usfdu students. we'll hear from sfusd students who wish to speak on any matter. they will have up to 15 minutes of the general public comment period and students may also speak at any other public comment time throughout today's meeting. >> thank you. yes. so, this second is for students so please raise your hand if you are a student and care to speak to any item at this time. one minute each, i believe. can that be repeated in spanish and chinese, please? >> [speaking in spanish]
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[speaking in mandarin] >> thank you. >> hello, gregory. >> hello. my name is zula and i'm in 2nd grade. i'm a little mad because i don't really like the timing. we don't really learn as much as we have [inaudible] in the morning and lots of time. you know, being tired. i want the school hours to be
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difference and to be at 8:40 again. that way all the students, including me, will be back to their regular schedule. thank you. that's all. >> thank you. hello, astrid. >> can you hear me? >> we can. >> hi. i'm a high school student. i want to urge the board of education to reallocate $275 million of the school bond to fund more immediate school needs. one of them being school site security improvement, including the installation of columbine locks and working p.a. systems. it's always important, but em now during a pandemic when we're facing a mental health crisis among youth. this reallocation would require reducing the funding of the 135 arts project from $100 million to $25 million.
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there's still sufficient funding to complete designs should a significant donor commit to the project. you i don't feel safe at school knowing that my school does not have adequate safety measures to protect students in the event of a threat. i urge the board of education to focus on immediate student needs. thank you. >> thank you. that concludes the student public comment. >> thank you to our students who continue to come out and speak. item three. general public comment time will be about 20 minutes and this is on all items on any item that is not on tonight's agenda. >> thank you. so, please raise your hand if you care to speak to any topic that is not on tonight's agenda.
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can that be repeated in spanish and chinese, please? >> [speaking in spanish] [speaking in mandarin] >> thank you. hello, chris. >> hi. can you hear me? >> not very well. can you speak again? >> can you hear me -- let me try this. >> yep. perfect. >> can you hear me now? >> we can. go ahead. >> hi.
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i'm chris and i'm a special education teacher at washington high school. i'm calling in to talk about the reassignment of teachers on special assignment and especially bcbas to open positions, especially special education positions. i'd like to point out that this is a short term solution that is probably going to do more harm than good. you're taking people out of positions that they are meant to be in, that they have worked hard in and that are absolutely needed by the students who need the most support. students who need behavior services in their i.e.p.s really do need the supports of the the bcba and staff members rely on bcbas to get those supports implemented in an effective manner that actually helps the students to be successful in school. so, please, please, please let's find a better solution to this. you need to find a better solution to filling these vacant solutions. thank you. >> thank you. >> hello, tom. >> hi. i'm tom. i'm a special education teacher in the district.
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i agree with that comment about, you know, a lot of times special education teachers and staff, including paraeducators get the short end of the stick when it comes to having to deal with a lot and i think that goes back to, once again i'll say it again and again and again, we need to pay parents more. we need to outreach the job. i didn't know what a para was when i was younger and probably would have wanted to do it. we have so many -- over 100 para positions, you know, we need to do something instead of just saying, yeah, we appreciate them. yeah, we appreciate them. you don't show fit you don't offer the money and i'm just saying people aren't going to take the job because they have to work two or three different jobs. and if it's kind of -- it kind of sucks because the special education teachers have to take the brunt of it. and it's not cool. so i hope instead of just talk, i hope that once again the board member go to school, talk to sped teachers and see what they need but i'm not hopeful of that anymore, unfortunately. thank you. >> thank you.
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hello, tony. >> hi, there. thank you very much. my name is toni allen. i'm a p.s.a. serving in the math department. i serve 14 middle schools, including k-8. last week i served 20 teachers in person and delivered p.d. for eight schools. i am the credential teacher on record coaching six brand-new math teachers because of short staffing. i'm a multiple subject teach weather a math supplementary. i have 12 years' experience teaching in an elementary classroom. but for the past 11 years i've been a teacher in math k-8. i'm on two reassignment lists. i am number two for my math credential and i am number 25 on the list for my multiple subject credential. i will likely be reassigned to a middle school math position in spite of of the
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wealth of my experience in elementary. and when i am reassigned, there will be six new district math cases, schools will no longer have their induction coach. consequences. thank you. >> thank you. hello, meghan. >> hi, thank you. my name is meghan and i am a board-certified analyst serving students in special education. i'm here today to demand answers as to why we would reassign special education service providers to classrooms when they're already obligated to serve students with i.e.p.s. they're the only providers of behavior intervention services in the district and we're told that we could be in classrooms in a few weeks, leaving students on our cases completely unserved. this district is asking me to abandon students that have been historically marginalized, depress and underserved in our district since its inception.
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i was hopeful when i saw that section 3 of the side letter noted [inaudible] [barking] but that was just with service. like so many other -- [barking] the reassignment of cpdas will also pile more on-site educators who are already overwhelmed. i'll not just disheartened, i'm devastated that i am -- [bell ringing] to protect my students from the very district that's supposed to educate them. i hope that someone in leadership has a change of heart when it
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i hope that someone in leadership has a change of heart when it comes to serving students in our district with needs. thank you. >> thank you. hello, iris. >> can you hear me? >> yes. >> ok. great. i would like to agree with all the comments. and i'm also a special ed teacher at balboa high school. i agree whole heartily with all the comments. if anything we need more bcbas, not the ones we have already being pulled. i'd like to talk about the safety care training. right now those bcbas are the only people trained to give that training to all the special ed teachers and other people in the district that need that. [kid in background] and the way it is done is that they -- they leave these
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trainings and then people don't want to take it. >> mommy! >> sorry. you have to wait a second. you have to get a sub. and then every year not everyone who needs that training gets that training. i've been suggesting that more of us get trained. i volunteered to get trained. i was told that there wasn't enough money for me to be trained because it costs $1475 to train one person and there was no funding for me. it was only available [inaudible]. if they're not going to turn to me, then please at least use the bcbas if nay still have their jobs. train us at the start of the school year, before school starts. thank you. >> thank you. hello, spriya. >> hi. can you hear me? >> yes. >> hi. this is spriya ray calling in. i'm calling in with a comments about making public comment. i have been doing a lot of work on outdoor learning this year, as a lot of folks know. and a lot of people have mentioned to me just how difficult it is to make public comment at meetings. the meetings are often long, obviously. but very hard to tell when an item is going to come up and so forth. so, we're glad that there is an option to e-mail as well and some folks have tried to use that. but if there is some way, and i don't know what it would
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be, some way to facilitate e-mailing board members at once, submitting public comment by e-mail, that would be helpful. a lot of people have been trying to put in seven commissioners' e-mail addresses into their e-mails and so forth. i'd just like to say that, you know, there are so many folks who would like to participate and find it very hard to do so and this is difficult even for people who are quite knowledgeable. and involved. and educated about this process. it must be almost impossible for many folks throughout who haven't done this before. thank you. >> i'm a teacher in the district, a special education teacher in the district. and i really hope that teachers on special assignment of the bcbas and specialists who serve students with special needs do not get reassigned. and iris made a great point about the safety care. my school is in desperate
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need on the safety care and we have four -- i think it is many outstanding assessments for kids with behavior needs. that need support inside the classroom. so by taking away the support, the support -- the staff to support the teachers that directly impacts our students. so, please rethink that and, yeah. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> hello, tammy. >> hi. good evening. my name is tammy benjamin. can you hear me? >> yes. >> wonderful. i'm a parent at jefferson elementary in the sunset district and i'm calling asking for your support for the outdoor public education funding. i can't express how wonderful it is to be so close to golden gate park and to be able to have access to the park is just so wonderful. i know that all of the kids
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really thrive being outdoors and i really encourage you to support that item today. thank you. >> thank you. forgive me if i mispronounce. fenguju. >> hello. [echoing] hi. can you hear me? >> yes, we can. >> ok. thank you. yeah. i'm a parent of [inaudible] high school and i try to express my concern regarding
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the combined log updates [inaudible] [echoing] as i know, a lot of schools don't have the safety measure with columbine lock. so, when emergency happens, the teacher cannot lock the door to prevent students. especially like, you know, some kind of [inaudible] going on in the school. i really feel, you know, the students, they're not safe at school without these kind of lock. so i think [inaudible] as i know a lot of parents are really concerned about this. and i really want, you know
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[inaudible], consider these seriously to get some funding to increase safety measures in the district. >> thank you. >> thank you. that concludes public comment. >> thank you, everyone, for coming out and speaking. section d, advisory committee reports and appointments. item 1 will be the report from the parent advisory council. i'd like to call on michelle. >> thank you. good evening, commissioners. i'm the coordinator for the parent add vie soyer council for the san francisco board of education. also known as the pac. it is my privilege to work with and support the parent leaders of the pac as well as
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parent advocates across the district. the role of the parent advisory council is to represent parent perspective to inform board of education policy discussions and decisions. this is our report for the october 12, 2021 regular board of education meeting. i just first want to say our other parent leader who was going to co-present had to go pick their kid up so they may or may not be able to chime in. if not, i'll just present the report. before we start, i just wanted to say on behalf of the pac that i want to appreciate the wonderful and amazing ester castco show and only wish that i could be there to celebrate with you in person. there's not so much more that i can say about your understanding and your
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professionalism and keep calm and set the tone with us. i will miss you personally. and i know the pac will, too and hope that you enjoy your retirement to the fullest. it's so beautiful to hear everyone's comments and especially your family's tonight and i know anna banded to call in and wicker you the best and she wasn't able to get in on time. so much love for you, ester. thank you. since our last report, the pac has met twice for our scheduled september meeting on wednesday, september 22. rescheduled september meeting. where we officially adopted a land acknowledgments, such as the one used by the board of education which will be read at the start of all of our monthly meetings and then we met for our october meeting last thursday, october 7. [please stand by]
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>> and i'm just checking to see. mari, are you there? >> i'm here. >> thank you. great, mari. take it away. i will now turn it over it pack member villaluna. >> give me one second. sorry, everyone. i'm parenting at the same time. let me just tell the kid -- thank you everybody.
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on our previous october meeting, the pack officially adopted a consensus model. for all decisions that do not require a straight forward vote, we confirmed our priority for the school year 2021-2022. and these are as follows. first one, funding. the local control and accountability plan or lcap, 0-based budgeting, and the immediate and long-term financial stability of the sfusd and the pac. second, the successful reintegration to in-person learning including academic and social-emotional recovery for all students, student assessment and support, and safe and supportive school communities and facilities for all students and staff as well as equity which permeates every
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aspect of what we do, with a particular emphasis this year on recruitment of diverse pac members ensuring broad parent perspective on district initiatives such as student assignment, equity studies, and the selection of a new superintendent, and the important work within the pac of reflecting on and understanding our own biases, privileges, and beliefs that impact the work that we do with and on behalf of the families of sfusd. if you are interested in these issues, we encourage you to join us at our pac meetings and to participate in the many opportunities to engage, learn, and provide feedback on a spriert of subjects that will be available to families and other stakeholders over the
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course of this school year. our next meeting will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on thursday, november 4, 2021, via zoom where we will participate in a workshop on the implementation. pac meetings were always welcoming the public. we advise anyone interested to join to join us. meetings are conducted in english, translation and interpretation can be provided with sufficient advance notice. meeting information including the agenda, sdook link, and information on how to dial in via phone can be found at now this concludes our report that we have and we want to thank you all for this
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opportunity. the pac would like to yield the remainder of our time to a parent representative from the buena vista horace mann community and we'd like to appreciate supervisor hillary ronen for calling a hearing on friday, october 8th, 2021, regarding the deplorable conditions at bvhm. thank you and take it away luc. >> luc, are you there?
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okay. >>. >> translator: [speaking spanish].
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>> thank you. and i know i believe the interpreter will translate into english. >> dear commissioners, i am one of the parents that has been working the judgment to document the unsafe conditions in our school. i am the president of the school's p.t.a. and e lax. i also am a mother with three children in public school. i am here as a representative of our school communities. students were using were urging you to pass a resolution providing $55 million to repair, renovate, and modernize
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our school. with being asked for admitted to make our school safe for years. we appreciate the work of commissioner alexander and supervisor ronen for their work to make it say safe place for students and teachers. in the past, you have heard from our staff, our students, our community partners and also demanding that you hold your promise of equitable support instead of upholding your believe of equity it is the work of eliminating oppression, ending biases and ensuring equally high outcomes for all participants. the treatment at our schools shows how our systems are predominantly latinx community. tonight, we challenge you to meet your mission and ensure your vision that's the same for all students in the district regardless in which area of the
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city they are attending school. thank you. >> thank you so much, louise. and that concludes the pac's report. >> [speaking spanish]. >> so this is a very important thing to know and it happened today. the ceiling just fell off today in one of the classrooms. >> [speaking spanish]. >> translator: we want you to do the right thing. we don't want to wait until something bad happens to one of our students. >> [speaking spanish].
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>> translator: we need these funds to be approved in order for us to have a better school. >> [speaking spanish]. >> translator: thank you. >> thank you so much and thank you louise. and that concludes the pac's report for this evening and we welcome any questions or comments you may have. thank you. >> president lopez: great. thank you. before we do that, i'd like to open it up to public comment. >> clerk: thank you. please raise your hand if you care to speak -- is somebody unmuted? >> would be mine. yes. thank you. >> that's ironic. all right. >> clerk: please raise your hand if you care to speak to the pac report. can that be repeated in spanish
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and chinese. >> translator: [speaking spanish]. >> translator: [speaking chinese]. >> clerk: thank you. seeing eight hands right now, president lopez. >> president lopez: we'll do a minute each for 20 minutes. >> clerk: thank you. hello. >> caller: hello. on behalf of the community advisory committee for special education, i would like to congratulate the new pac officer. the c.a.c. looks forward as always to working with you, to advocating with you. as always, we appreciate your alliship and raising issues that are important to all families. the example you have set
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tonight here of allowing families at bvhm to highlight the very urgent need at their school is a model that all of us advisory committees should follow regularly. thank you so much. and, again, we appreciate your support and look forward to working with you this year. >> clerk: thank you. hello, julie. >> caller: hi. i just want to congratulate -- >> clerk: i'm sorry. >> caller: can you hear me okay? >> clerk: we can now. >> caller: okay. i just want to congratulate the newly elected members of the passengership and celebrate what i believe may be a historic representation of the class. this year, for the first time is an [inaudible]
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member, co-chair of the pac as well as indigenous pacific islander leadership. i think it's really delightful to see so many different voices represented in the leadership of this body that reflect the identities of many of our students and i want to really appreciate those parent leaders for stepping up and committing their time and energy and volunteering to support the district. thank ya'll and congratulations to the new members. >> clerk: thank you. hello, kris. >> caller: hi. this is kris claus from washington high school. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: awesome. i just wanted to thank the pac for their wonderful support and express my continued disappointment that schools like buena vista horace.
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why can't have the building fall apart while kids are in class. i'm just floored. and, please, you've got to find a way to fix this, guys. s in this is not safe for the students or anybody. i cannot believe that these parents have been so patient and kind to you because i'm pretty sure if this happened at my school, my mom would have gone and ripped some heads off. so, please, get it fixed. >> clerk: thank you. hello, anna. >> caller: hello president lopez, vice president molina, and fellow attendees.
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the chair on the parent advisory council and also the matua advisory council, i remember virtual meetings and our first presentation. thank you so much for your limited years of service and happy retirement. [inaudible] to my fellow members on the parent advisory council and i know that -- [inaudible] >> clerk: we're losing you. >> caller: thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, supervisor ronen. >> supervisor ronen: hi. thank you. it's so good to be here with you tonight, not to have a board meeting and get to watch the board of education meeting. i appreciate you all.
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i wanted to first congratulate ester. you're incredible. congratulations. i hope you have a beautiful retirement. i also want to thank luce rodriguez. i also wanted z to invite anyone who wasn't able to watch the video of the board of supervisors meeting. and that's why i'm here today. we are going to introduce legislation on tuesday to ask that the public works does a review of the school, public works and the city and county of san francisco about the necessary urgent repairs that need to happen. we'll pay for it. i'm introducing legislation to pay for it on tuesday. i ask that you accept that and that you approve commissioner
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alexander's resolution today to increase the bond amount to $55 million so we can not only do the emergency repairs to make the school a dignified place for students and teachers to learn and teach, but also for long-term planning of the complete renovation. i want to assure you that the city and county of san francisco is with you. we will work with you every step of the way to make this happen and as the chair of the wealth and families committee, i will not let this go until it is done. thanks so much for your work. >> clerk: thank you. forgive me if i mispronounce. jackie portillo. >> caller: yes. thank you. good morning, everybody. i am jackie portillo. i'm the current director for the buena vista program.
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[inaudible] we support this office. only for buena vista families or for buena vista students and for all san francisco unified school districts, we support the buena vista shelter. we're asking for your support of $55 million to too all the repairs the school needs for the safety of everyone. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, sam. >> caller: hi. my name is sam. i'm a mother of two children at buena vista horace mann. i want to thank the pac and giving time and consideration at these last two meetings.
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so i appreciate that. i also want to lift up what luce said. she is lifting up our school in a great way and i really appreciate her. i do not appreciate our school's inhumane condition being used as a political game. our school community should not be put in a position of being pitted against other schools that are in desperate need of repair. and also nor should we be put against two new shiny politically advantageous projects in other schools. and i know some people are involved in the recall that are trying to influence the board politically and they don't represent our school and i would like the $55 million to make our school safe. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, patrick.
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>> caller: hi. thank you very much. my name's patrick wolf. i'm a parent in the district. i'd like to call the board's attention to the school accountability report card that was recently issued. as you know, of course, all schools need to file this and this was filed at buena vista horace mann and if you would take a look at page six, you will see that the school facility group repair status gives 'good' which is the highest possible mark for every single category. this is your report for indicating the repair status of the school. something clearly went wrong here. we need to investigate. thank you very much. >> clerk: thank you. hello, carla. >> caller: hi. can you hear me this time? >> clerk: yes, we can. >> caller: i'm sorry. i was on my phone and for all of those who are on their
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phones, it's difficult to comment so i switched to my laptop. i don't want to take up too much time. i just want to throw my support to the pac that continues to do this incredible work to uplift all of the parents' voices and to also uplift any of our schools, especially buena vista horace mann at this moment that if there is a need, if there is a direct threat of safety in a building that has to take priority, our other concern is things that i'm hearing about locks. our doors and windows are open right now. so really safety has to take a priority and i really appreciate the pac in all of the years of hard work of bringing parent voice and for uplifting all of these things. so thank you all very much and especially to michelle who has been taking on a big load with
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lcap and other things as well. thank you as well. >> clerk: thank you. hello, carmen. >> caller: [speaking spanish]. >> hello, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >>. >> translator: can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: [speaking spanish].
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>> translator: good evening. my name is carmen rodriguez. i'm a mom of three kids at buena vista horace mann and i would like to first thank the commissioners and i just want to comment that the need is urgent. you have to please think about our kids, about our teachers. don't wait any longer. my kids have been in the school for five years.
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if we fight, it's because we want you to listen to us. have you been to the school? it is indignant for the kids and for the staff too. as a mom, i ask you to listen. don't wait for a tragedy to happen. today, a piece of the ceiling fell off. what does it take? what do you need to happen? it's been years and you have not listened to us. if it were your kids? , what would you do in a situation like this. i'm really sorry. you've seen pictures and videos. what else do you need to see? what does it take? what does it take?
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thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, linda. >> caller: hello. my name's linda and i'm a kindergarten teacher at p.v.h.m. and after years of unacceptable conditions at bvhm, it's hard to believe that the health, safety, and success of our students is of utmost importance at bvhm. families are unsure every day if their children are safe in the building. it's hard to believe that you will do what is right by our community after having pushed us off the list for renovation with the prop a money even though we have been logging issues for years.
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sfusd has been behaving callusly. it's a building that does not accommodate nor is safe for our younger students. the prop a money would have been a great opportunity to provide the school appropriate to the needs of our little ones. >> clerk: thank you. hello, maria. >> caller: [speaking spanish]. >> translator: can you hear me? >> clerk: [speaking spanish]. >> caller: [speaking spanish].
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>> translator: good evening. my name is maria nunez i have two kids. i'm also part of one of the boards and i am the vice president of elac. i want to thank commissioner alexander and also i want to thank everybody that is here today and wants to help. what happened today is your responsibility having a good school is a right. we don't want to hear anymore excuses. you have to make our school safe for our students and for the staff and we won't stop until this happens.
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we are human beings. the students and the staff are human beings and they have to be treated as such. you have to please approve this bond for buena vista horace mann. you know there's a need. please open your hearts. this is not a game and there's lives being put at risk. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. and president lopez, that concludes public comment. >> president lopez: okay. thank you for that and i did want to announce to the public i am moving up section h on our agenda to follow this item. that's special order of business, resolution of the board of education of the sfusd reallocating generation of bonds and there will be time to give public comment during that
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item. but given that we are discussing buena vista under section h, i wanted to make sure we can do that next. now are there any questions or comments for commissioners or student delegates on the advisory council report? okay. thank you so much for your work, for bringing this forward and the discussion. >> president lopez, i believe luce rodriguez has her hand up. >> president lopez: okay. i just want to make sure if it's regarding the section h item, we can wait until we discuss that. luce, [speaking spanish]. >> [speaking spanish].
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>> president lopez: [speaking spanish]. >> translator: i can wait a minute. it's specific to the report, but i can wait a minute. >> president lopez: okay. thank you. we are moving on to section h. >> thank you, president lopez. >> president lopez: thank you so much. so, as mentioned, we are on section h special order of business. resolution of the board of education of the san francisco unified school district reallocating 2016 general obligation bond authorization for certain capital expenditures. i need a motion and a second on special order one. >> commissioner: so moved. >> commissioner: second.
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>> president lopez: and, i'd like to call on megan wallace to share their report. >> commissioner: president lopez? >> president lopez: yes. >> commissioner: before we do that, i'm wondering if we can offer an amendment now to make it available to the public so they have it at the same time as the board. >> president lopez: do you mean by posting that on board docs? >> commissioner: do i need to make a motion. >> secretary: yes, commissioner. >> commissioner: okay. i'd like to move that this amendment be considered. >> president lopez: is there a second? i can second it too. >> commissioner: i'll second. >> president lopez: okay. thank you, mark. and that was a second from mark sanchez.
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sorry. i think the commissioner would just like it introduced and then there's going to be discussion in public comment. >> secretary: okay. thank you. >> president lopez: okay. great. thank you. i believe megan wallace will be sharing the presentation. >> president lopez, forgive me. i believe on this item, it's chief don comenlapin we were talking about another bond related item when i told mr. steel that would be covered by chief wallace. >> president lopez: that makes the most sense.
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>> good evening, commissioners. thank you so much for your attention tonight. i'm here sharing the proposal that i've worked on developing over the past few months in response to consistent public comment that i've heard from parents that the district needs to focus on as well as in direct response to your requests that i've heard from the board over the past 18 months in terms of priorities
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that you would like to see move forward i'm going to talk about the status for the current bond and also discuss more details on the status of the 135 arch project. as i framed the recommendations that i'm going to share with you tonight, they were very much focused on making sure that many of these major projects which are called for in the bond and exist in the bond in one form or another already receive what they need to make progress over the next six to eighteen months. next slide, please. before we get started, i wanted to just ground us very briefly in the structure that existing
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general obligation bond and what we have shared with voters are eligible projects for this type of funding. next slide, please. so this is arch ballot questions that were proposed to voters. there's a number of project priorities that are called out and in particular, there's a strong emphasis on health and safety. accessibility. health safety seismic. replace warn out building systems and specifically the hvac and so i just want to start with that as a broad introduction. that this was our initial framing to voters. and if you go to the next slide, you can see more detail. i apologize for the density of the presentation, but this language is excerpted from the bond measures. so, again, in more detail
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covers the broad range of projects that are eligible for general obligation on funding. in addition to these broad categories of projects, there's also language that identifies specific sites that can receive funding and there is language very clear on the fact that being identified as a site is not a guarantee of funding or delivery of projects ultimately. the language also really allows for us to have the flexibility as a district that if our priorities should change as if nothing else over the past 18 months, i think that's the most minimal statement we can make that we have the ability to reallocate the funding and consistent with this project list. so i just wanted to provide
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that high level summary. next. this is the existing measures starting allocation. and you can see the bulk of the funds are in our general modernization class, but we also have allocations for technology, new school construction, the 135 arch project and then student nutrition services and also teacher housing and that adds up to the $744,250,000 that voters have authorized for the district's use and delivery again of the projects identified in the bonds. next, please. this is an excerpt of a slide that i shared also at the buildings and grounds committee showing in more detail not only
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how the bonds -- what the original allocations are that add up to $744 million, but also our existing issuance. and this makes sense we're doing this item in advance of the sales. as you can see our existing issuance, we have issued about $465 million to date and particularly for the modern station program have made steady progress on spending those funds down and with construction in full swing for the remaining modernization project, we expect that those funds will be consumed and expended mostly by the end of this calendar year and that's what's prompting the need for our next sale as well as particularly subsequent progress on the mission bay, department of technology, expenditures, and nutrition
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services. next slide, please. so after careful reflection and i do not make this proposal lightly, but really out of a sense of the urgency of different needs that are being -- that have been presented and brought to my attention over the past 18 months and a real understanding that it's important that we continue to spend bond dollars and move forward, i've again tried to craft a proposal that provides each of these projects with the amount meaningful investment that will allow them to maintain the momentum of the schedules and projects that they're on currently. and so i'm going to walk through each one of these proposals very briefly. so let's go to the next slide.
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thanks. so, first, buena vista horace mann. i want to just start off by saying that nothing that i've seen at buena vista horace mann that those conditions do not meet our standards of what we should be providing as care for any school sites within sfusd. my hope today is that with $15 million we are more than able to complete design for a modernization project, but that design process will take somewhere between 12 to 18 months to complete and will be around $7 million to $8 million to just spend that -- i'm sorry. it will take 12 to 18 months to expend that $7 million to $8 million and then also leaving another half, $7 million to $8 million to expend on immediate near term
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improvements to the site. i feel good about that amount in that a lot of the issues that have been surfaced are not necessarily requiring major system replacements at this point, but often times, again, the result of deferred maintenance that has accumulated and that with $7 million to $8 million invested over the next few months, we will be able to deliver a number of improvements that will help that site feel safer and be more comfortable and also be more safe experience for students and staff. next slide, please. great. site security improvements. this is probably the most common request that i receive in my inbox.
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that there are requests not only for columbine locked doors but routine requests for upgrades and requests to ensure public announcement systems, security cameras, fencing, lighting, buzzers, etc., this is the most popular request that i receive. there are about -- my staff estimates that to equip the remaining 18 school sites with columbine locks. but they do again require other system improvements to the site to make sure they can all work together to ensure a safe school site. next slide, please. great. i'm also recommending a
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$20 million investment in what i'm calling the southeast facility plan. southeast was not the only school site and i presented on that in buildings and grounds committee. there are a number of sites several which are also in the southeast. this $20 million is going to allow us to again move forward on design for modernization projects at several of those sites. and also, importantly, there are a number of operational improvements that the board has spoken about in the past few years that are important policy goals and that includes creation of kitchens that will allow for more fresh food preparation within schools as well as thinking about locations for a potential bus yard which would allow us to have a more competitive transportation contract process and then also the administrative sites have long
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needed a plan for their efficient use and also functionality. next slide, please i'm requesting $15 million to fund the sfusd vision for the mission bay school. which i've tried to summarize here. we have worked intensively within sfusd as well as with public stakeholders to develop this program and i'm excited about an elementary school that's going to focus on collaborative learning spaces as something that's integrated rather than ad hoc solution that teachers and principals try to create after the fact. mission bay, of course, is linked in one of the -- is located in the center of sfusd tech in particular bio science
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community and in the process of having a linked learning hub that focuses on those industries is also a huge opportunity. we have professional development spaces and also a schoolyard that we hope will be an asset for the school, but also the broader community. i think the biggest challenge of this site is the fact that and would be true frankly of almost any site in mission bay is that the site's location does present interesting site challenges in particular will require 120-foot piles, those are supports that go in the ground and remediation and that will cost $21 million. when you compare and take out that remediation and site preparation cost, the rest of the program is commencery with what we've spent which has similar square footage of programs and if you escalated that investment to save dollars. so i feel like this is a
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reasonable ask for the school and the school against all odds as of this moment continues to be on schedule and we have completed over 30% of design and are ready to sustain our momentum, keep moving forward with projects to both finish design and also initiate remediation. environmental impact report will also be presented to the board in early winter for the board's review and, you know, hopeful adoption. so we're very excited about this project and this funding is not extra funding per se. it is the funding, again, that we need to deliver on the vision that has been articulated and presented so far. next slide, please. portable air cleaners. we again are moving forward with portable air cleaner
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deployment. we have done all classrooms at sfusd school sites and we've managed to get to all libraries. we have not completed all cafeterias and we have also not yet equipped central office administrative buildings and also single occupancy offices at school sites. so this pac allocation will allow us to sustain the momentum of our current delivery and distribution so that we can have coverage across school and administrative sites. next slide. lastly, i'm also making a recommendation to allocate $14 billion for schoolyards and outdoor learning. excuse me. we have heard so overwhelmingly from families and parents and, you know, even in the bond
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again itself, we've created a brief schoolyard program which was very well received and continues to be well received by school sites. the $14 million that i'm proposing for allocation here is not to the exclusively limited to our concept of a green schoolyard, but to really provide seed funding to allow sites that are interested in experimenting with and building outdoor classrooms to have funding to allow those projects to get off the ground it's also to just overall ensure more green in our schoolyards. so not necessarily the formality of the green schoolyard program, but there are many sites that would benefit from play areas that have a natural feel to them and would allow kids to self-program over recess and other breaks and including just having lunch outside to some extent as well. in particular, i also want to
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call attention to storm water management. there are new fees that we'll be rolling out over the next few years that given sfusd's high amount of asphalt, we will begin to pay fees for the water that's going into the storm water system. and so it is to our advantage to figure out and pilot ways and continue with projects that allow us to use our capital dollars to leverage operational savings. and so that is also an important priority here. we have not had a chance to really do it at sfusd, but it's possible to have projects to accomplish all these goals to some extent or another at the same time. and so looking forward to the
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board we have seen tons of requests for, this is probably my other most frequent request and there are projects across the city, school sites across the city that have expressed interest and going to scale with their schoolyard projects but have lost the funding. next slide, please. so with that explanation of the proposal complete. i want to pivot to the 135 arts project. the source of that is the 135 arts project and the $100 million allocation which was set aside for that project. to date, we have not spent any of those 2016 bond funds. on this project, but used older other funding sources. let me just begin for folks
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with a quick summary. so next slide, please. so this is the drawing of the project that we have completed. we've completed 50% of the design. the project includes not just a ruth asawa school of arts. we've completed 50% schematic design, but when we look at the status of the project right now and the fundraising goals that we would need to reach and i adjusted our current $300 million budget to 2024 escalation which felt to me to be a realistic estimation of the construction. that estimate goes to $400 million very quickly with
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5% a year as an assumption. also, the estimate for the project does not include the relow caicos of the 135 vn staff to house the staff that are in that building right now. next slide, please. so this was the working project estimate, again, in 2018. it was $300 million. we had prior bond funds and other sources that are worth around $125 million to get the full build-out at that time. it was $175 million and we identified possible state bond funds and philanthropic funds as the two additional sources meaning to fill that gap.
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next slide, please. these are the sources that in the prior side of existing funds in hand, you can see a prior bond from 2003 that had $15 million. there's 1989 fema money of $9.7 million that was set aside. and we're using that funding source as the funding source for the $5.6 million design work and the $120 million from the bond. next slide, please. there are really three set-backs that have unfortunately collided at the same time to impact this project and really led to me identifying this as an opportunity for us to move forward on another project because it felt like the momentum of the project had really been slowed down as a result of these setbacks.
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the first is, a few months prior to the pandemic, a statewide school bond failed and that accounted for a significant chunk of the fundraising that we were going to rely on to make this project move forward. while we expect there will be future school bonds again, we don't know when that is going to happen with certainty and we certainly don't know what the guidelines of that bond will look like. secondly, the pandemic itself besides as just kind of a districtwide impact to every single daily operational need imagined, it also has resulted in a change across the city as a whole and in terms of how sfusd has prioritized its own urgent needs and so i think it's difficult to communicate the urgency of this project within that context. lastly, the growing cost of the
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project as i mentioned escalation compounded escalation as a real force in conduction and delivery and the $300 million estimate that we have been working with really had a very specific window of time in which that estimate was applicable and credible and as we look forward at this point, if you're thinking again of 2024 kind of delivery date, the cost has already escalated dramatically and close to $400 million. next slide, please. i've reflected quite a bit on this project over the past few months. and when i started, i started the district three years ago and so i've spent half my time at the district within the pandemic, within the
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constraints of the pandemic. but my first year and a half, i spent probably close to 10% to 15% of my time on this specific project figuring out ways we can make it work and move forward and i continue to be excited about the goals of the project and -- but i bring to you i think my own experience working on large public private partnership capital projects. and in that experience, there's really three steps that you have to follow in sequence every time for a project to be successful. and the first is really having total clarity in having overturned all the stones and steps and being able to answer all questions that a sophisticated donor might have about the viability of your program. and while we certainly have nothing but a success story in terms of the academic quality
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and the arts education that students at the ruth asawa school is getting. we were unable to fund even basic prototype programs to test the program. and as we got deeper into planning the project and thinking about it, there were also real concerns around transportation funding and violent and how we would move students across the district, etc. so that part of the program while exciting and inspiring has not actually been fully resolved. ideally once you have clarity on your program, you identify the partners who are excited
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about the programatic vision who are willing to partner and commit their own experience to the effort. and that is just as much about sweat equity as it is financial value, but it's critical that the partners you attract are in alignment with your program. and, again, there are many folks in the arts community who have been excited about this project over the years and inspired by it and support it as a long-term priority, but, again, the challenges that we're having with figuring out the mosaic project in its program have also prevented us to finding active resources to contribute to the endeavor. lastly, once you have your program and partnerships, you want to design a project that fulfills all those programatic
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needs. so, lastly, another important piece of i think a capital campaign is that you are working through different phases of fundraising and myself and the deputy superintendent and many others attended many meetings with donors to explain the project and its value, it's important i think especially for a project of this size when you're talking about hundreds of millions of dollars that you are following this kind of classic formula of making sure that you have planning and leadership that can really help you push your way to as close to the finish line as possible
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and at least parent some sort of project is possible which then allows you to leverage and attract more, but smaller donations. and then at the end, you go public and ask for everyone who has ever loved the project to contribute something with the plan that will carry you across the finish line. we have been unsuccessful to date in planning leadership gifts for this project and that is as important a milestone as the school bonds are. lastly, next slide, please. the last point i would make is not withstanding those challenges, the allocation continuing to leave $25 million allocated for 135 arts that
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combined with the $2.3 million as well as the fema money as well provides more than sufficient funding to complete the design for this project should there be a major donor or major donors who express interest in this project to be in that planning and leadership gift range. so those exist and would allow us to really sustain momentum because we are still over a year away even if we were to get everything we needed tomorrow for this project, we still have 50% of design and we are still definitely well over a year away in terms of being able to complete that design let alone get it submitted to the department of state architect and complete other reviews that are necessary. so in closing, again, i would just share with the board that
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it's been my goal in this proposal to ensure that each of these different needs has the funding that they need over this next time period to continue to sustain momentum and move forward and demonstrate what i'm hoping will be a series of real wins for the sfusd school community around addressing urgent needs as well as long-term priorities of the district while also ensuring this very important resource, the g.o. bonds are being spent efficiently and in a timely fashion. so, with that, i am happy to take any questions from the board. >> president lopez: thank you so much. before we do that, let's check for public comment on this item. recognizing that there are a
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few panelists who would also like to make a comment. >> clerk: thank you. please raise your hand if you care to speak to the reallocation of bond funds item. please repeat that in spanish and chinese. >> translator: [speaking spanish]. >> translator: [speaking chinese]. >> clerk: thank you. there are over 25 hands and counting, president lopez. >> president lopez: okay. for this item, we'll do 30 minutes, no more than 30 minutes, a minute each and i will encourage those who have already made comment on an item similar to this to hold this to allow for other voices to speak.
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>> clerk: thank you. supervisor haney. >> supervisor haney: yes. thank you. good evening members of the board and everyone in attendance this evening. i want to also give a special hello and congratulations to my good friend ms. castco on her retirement. watching this presentation, i know there are a lot of things that i can give comment on related to this item. there's definitely a lot in the spending plan that's really important for our city and our schools, but i'm here specifically to express to you i'm in very strong support for the mission bay school and the allocation being presented tonight. this school has been a project of our city and the district and the neighborhood for over 15 years. ucsf and the city put money aside for this explicit for the school. it was promised as part of the 2016 facilities bond which i had the honor of chairing the committee for while serving as president of the board. the design is beautiful. the community supports it.
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it will provide much-needed access to our public schools that have grown tremendously over the past 10 years in particular. mission bay has grown more than any other neighborhood in san francisco by far and much of that growth was from families including many affordable housing developments. they desperately need a school. i also want to underscore this school isn't only for this neighborhood, it's for our entire city providing a linked learning hub in which students all across the city can participate, job trainings, business partnerships, and a professional development space that will benefit students and educators everywhere. the project has been delayed already and after much time, effort, and resources that have been expended to this point, we now have the opportunity to cross the finish line. it would be devastating for us to see this project delayed further and i hope we can provide the last bit of funding that's needed to move the project forward. i want to thank all of you for
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your service, for your attention to these decisions and these events on behalf of my constituents for your support of the mission bay school and its completion. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. commissioner wins. >> commissioner: okay. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> commissioner: thank you. this is gill wins. as you know, i was on the board for 24 years. supervisor haney, i appreciate that, but it's certainly important i appreciate the mission bay too. this time clock has been ticking for at least 30 years. so i am calling to say that i want the board members to be extremely careful about doing
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this. the list of all the things that need to be done in the district frankly is endless but -- and they can't all be afforded at the same time. but the only plot of money being looked at is the arts center funding and i think we should think very carefully about that. i want to remind people in 2000, the district was under state scrutiny for its budget and particularly for bond spending that was spent not in the way it was supposed to be and promises that were broken. it took us at least six, maybe eight, maybe ten years to really get the community and the political leadership and the political system to support the district so that -- and to trust sfusd again so that a series of bonds and other funding measures could be passed which was very important included in the 2016 bond and
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used as the centerpiece of that campaign was to finally make a real commitment to put a significant amount of money aside for this project and that was the $100 million. i want to remind you that there were at least two unanimous votes of the board of education in support of this project. it is the policy of the district and in my view a covenant with the voters. i heard this described in the presentation as an opportunity to move forward with other school projects which i perfectly well understand, but i think some of the reasonings are faulty. we have been told that the money in the 2016 bond unit to be spent before another bond could be put forward, that is simply not true and we were also told that the district for good reasons took a pause on the private fundraising because of the pandemic, but when a
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pause happens, when that pause is over, you go back to that point and aggressively go forward with the program and that's what needs to be done here. the district needs to keep its promise to the voters and to the citizens of san francisco. and i just want to say that i am in support of the amendment that commissioner alexander has put forward because it puts the promise and commitment to this project into the next bond so that we are able to say that whatever money needs to be reallocated that that mimi jung will be replaced in this project. last, i'm going to say that pause on the private fundraising actually i think flinched aside a whole significant group of people stand ready to help to raise
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private money that had not been called upon in recent years including myself: please. if you must do this i want you to do it carefully and keep our promises to the people of san francisco. it's essential for the future of the district. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello guadalupe. >> caller: hi. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: okay. i am a mother and i also i want to speak here because also and when i saw that the money for
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the mission district. i thought this is another and i heard that there was narcissistic measures to ensure i'm here to please think about buena vista. so please help us. >> clerk: thank you. hello, megan. >> caller: yes. >> clerk: go ahead. >> caller: hello. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: thanks for taking my call. i'm a parent and i'm calling to ask the board to approve the 2016 reallocated board money especially the $20 million to fund outdoor learning and green
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schoolyards. approving this reallocation would give students across the district access to outdoor education which could very well mean access to education which san francisco public school kids were largely deprived of for 18 months. last year, private schools across the country used outdoor space were able to safely provide safe education while the pandemic raged and while san francisco kids suffered and languished for 18 months behind screens. and let's remember, 18 months is a long time in kids' lives. that's a grade level lost of education. thousands of san francisco second graders as a result spent the second half of second grade not in school and the same kids that almost all of third grade not in schools. the board can prevent that from happening again to our kids by voting to approve this.
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thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, james. >> caller: hi. thank you for the time. my name's james wyatt. i'm a journalist. i just want to let anybody know if they need help with their story being told. my e-mail is thank you for your time. >> clerk: hello, ava castillo. are you there?
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hello, bernice. >> caller: hello. thank you, commissioners. first, i'd like to talk about why a parent at bvhm, our community does not trust the district. i just heard the chief of facilities say that all classrooms have air purifiers. that is not correct. my child goes to art class, my child goes to dance class, there are no air purifiers in our classrooms at buena vista. only a portion of our classrooms have air purifiers. so as an earlier public comment person stated, the district has published reports stating that our facilities are we have district employees saying there are air purifiers in all classrooms and it's really hard to have trust and to teach our
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children to trust city leaders when we have been ignored and when we have complained to you for years you have taken no action. a supervisor across the street had to take action on this issue. please fund our school. look at alvarado. >> clerk: thank you. >> caller: it's mostly white kids. >> clerk: thank you. >> caller: they don't have facility problems like the school where my kids go. >> clerk: hello. >> caller: hi, can you hear me? >> clerk: we can. >> caller: great. i am calling in to read a statement from daia colorado who is a mom in the mission. she's written. on september 14th, we sent a letter to president lopez, superintendent matthews about the current situation at
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everett school. this is an example of the challenges we are facing. our students need support and resources to overcome the trauma inflicted due to prolonged isolation and distanced learning. we need to help them relearn how to socialize and rebuild in trust relationships. we urge you to put the mental and e motional health of our students as a number one priority. we support outdoor learning. i'm sending reasons for the conscious vote for the reallocation to invest in outdoor spaces. our children deserve to be at the center. we urge you to act and help our children. the trauma caused by the pandemic, prolonged isolation have exacerbated the emotional problems. can i read the last sentence? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: please make the right decision and support the
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reallocation. >> clerk: thank you. hello, iris. >> caller: yeah. hello. i'd like to thank you for that presentation, dawn, and i'd also like to call on support of the outdoor learning proposal and horac mann getting the repairs it needs. i think those two things should be prioritized. thank you very much. that's all. >> clerk: okay. thank you. hello, meredith. >> caller: hi. thank you. this is meredith with sf parents. i have to say it's completely devastating hearing these parents and teachers calling in sharing the stories at bvhm. i want to thank the
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commissioners and staff for prioritizing this funding for an overdue need. thank you. i also want to commend the district for the additional reallocation of funds to other areas that have been identified. it's a great need for the district. the southeast facility repairs and the flanking and the bayview, the remainder of the portable air purifiers that our families, teachers and labor partners have been asking for. the columbine locks needed. it's so important especially as our kids are returning this year with a lot of mental health needs and we know that reduces anxiety and depression. so thank you for all of these recommendations and prioritizations as it's a great
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need. >> clerk: thank you. >> caller: hello. i'm the lead of the mission school steering committee. i'm speaking in support of the reallocation as presented tonight and i'll keep my comments focused on the mission bay school the community has been allocated including the 1998 mission bay redevelopment plan approved almost 25 years ago. mission bay is almost completely built out with over 6,400 units of housing, 30% of which are affordable housing. one of the few parcels left to be developed is the public school site which will provide
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capacity not only for children living in mission bay, but for children living in the adjacent eastern neighborhoods. without this funding being made available, there will be additional delays and increased cost of the project. i'd also like to make note that district six has had the most residential growth in the city over the past decade and what's missing is there's no additional schools. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, tiffany. >> caller: hi there. i'm tiffany. our school sites need serious upgrades and i ask that you reallocate funds or find an alternative to find one affordable air cleaners at all school sites. two, for school site
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improvements specifically at the 18 schools in need of columbine locks that do not have working p.a. systems and three, for the upgrades requested by the buena vista horace mann community. finally, as we learned a few weeks ago during the brown act training, any parent can request in writing that an item be added to the board meeting and i'd like to add that reminders include district communication in multiple languages for families even though they can advocate for important issues at our school sites. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, susan.
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hello. >> caller: hello. >> caller: hello. >> clerk: sorry. can susan go first. >> caller: thank you. i'm the former artistic director for the san francisco unified school district. what i'm watching tonight is a horrifying feeding frenzy of people who have real needs coming after money that was set aside for the people of san francisco in bond money to move the ruth asawa school of arts where the students would be able to interact with and be apart of the civic center art its life with the arts symphony, the opera, sf jazz, all of them. and what i'm watching are people swooping down and picking at and taking money that we worked to raise for many, many years. i left my house and sat on phone banks not once, not
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twice, for decades to raise that money for these children to have a platform for arts education that would send the message to education that san francisco values arts education and you're taking it away and it's a sin and you know it. >> clerk: thank you. i'm sorry i don't recall the last name i told to go after susan. thank you. go ahead. >> caller: my name is suzanne. >> clerk: not you. yulina goes next please. >> caller: yes. of course. good evening. i'm a mother and i also represent a group of 20 different families. we support this proposal. you see our special needs kids can be loud, don't control themselves and have physical
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difficulties. instead, we're using schoolyards on the weekends. unfortunately, we use schoolyards in a city are outdated, many structures are broken and some of them are not safe. it's possible to innovate some of these playgrounds especially right now after we've spent a year and a half at home. they are actually needed space and they need to go outside to be welcomed in a city, not to be shamed. thank you. >> clerk: thank you, and suzanne, you can go ahead. >> caller: thank you. i recently started participating in the shared schoolyard program through my book mobile and i want to amplify what people have said in terms of outdoor learning, socializing, using the schoolyard for community building. you have elementary school students going out, you have
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middle school students and the parents come out, so it's an opportunity for parents to meet and, you know, it strengthens the schools and there's so many really interesting programs you can bring on to the schoolyard onto weekends. they're great spaces. they should be renovated, but you have the space. you can renovate it, you have the funds, and cuds need a place to go on the weekend that they are part of a community and i think community building is one of the most important things that this program can do. and i have really -- people really like the book mobile, the book wagon, so i like being part of that. so that's all i need to say. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, jessie.
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hello, eric. >> caller: good evening. can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: garcia-zarate. good evening commissioners and fellow district staff. i serve in the office of college and career readiness for the district. keeping in mind with our longer term goal of vision 2025, i'm also happy to be leading on behalf of the district to develop that linked mission bay hub as part of that new mission bay campus. i hope you'll see the hub is worthy of this vision. this new addition to our eco system will connect to and build on the great work of our current high schools and pathways building a particularly strong relationship with schools that are in the southeast quadrant of the city at the hub students
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will engage in life sciences in partnership with u.c.s.f. and many other mission based industry and partners. students will be able to specialize in pediatrics, sports medicine, neuroscience, bio medical engineering etc. we hope this vision for the space will be worthy of additional funding. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. >> caller: hello, this is jessie. >> clerk: yes. go ahead. >> caller: i just want to say it's always the right time to make sure our schools are operating in safe and dignified conditions for black and brown students in particular who were deprived of quality schools and so i want to appreciate and the reallocation plan to make sure that some of that work, that necessary work can happen and also want to be -- just want to share i'm heartened by the elements of community planning and outdoor education that were
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discussed in the proposal. thank you for that, john. we run bike education and bike build workshops as sf community schools in the schoolyard there and it's a really important kind of asset and opportunity to double down and make sure there are schools just continue to be community serving institutions and are just blown away really by the opportunity to have a forum where families can come together, parents and children together to have opportunities to develop resiliency through help now more than ever. i think it's super critical. so thank you again and it is dodgers up by 4 at the bottom of the -- >> clerk: thank you. hello. >> caller: yes. hi. hi there. i'm the executive director of the arts education alliance in
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the bay area. and we've been working with the san francisco unified school district arts department and we just want to give our support for the reallocation for funds of the project while the goals of the ruth asawa relocation project we suspend the ongoing equity efforts that are focused on building infrastructure at neighborhood levels, so that means investing in neighborhood schools and working in collaboration with local nonprofit its to meet with students in their schools and connecting them with artistic mentors. so, again, we support the reallocation of the funds for the projects described. thank you. >> clerk: thank you.
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hello, sharon. >> caller: hi there. my name is sharon. i'm an executive director of a nonprofit. as partnered with i'm here today to ask the board to support the recommendation to reallocate the bond funds to support the continuing learning of outdoor spaces and storm water management and climate resilience on school grounds. this is really a critical opportunity to invest at a time when we have a climate crisis both of which make the need for environmental listenering clear. and many subjects at all grade levels. increasing access to nature at schools will improve students'' mental health and social opportunities and the funds to be used to plant on school
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grounds for the increasing temperatures that will be coming due to climate change there's so many layered benefits to this. reallocate $14 million. >> thank you. hello, sarah. >> good evening, commissioners. i'm calling in from the sfpuc and the waste water enterprise. i lead the green infrastructure and water structure there. calling in support of the reallocation in particular the schoolyard improvements and waste water enterprise, part of our core mission is to deliver rain water while adding multiple benefits to repairs. investing in green school yards to improve the experiences of
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students and staff by providing access to nature and green space and also soaking up that falls on the large impervious services. i wanted everyone to be aware that in february of 2019, we launched an infrastructure grant program that can provide up to $2 million to grantees. we have allocated $1.9 million to sfusd already and we are excited about the opportunity to continue to partner. >> clerk: thank you. hello, arecelli. >> caller: hi. i'm a kindergarten teacher and while this is my first year at buena vista horace mann. as a child, i went to horace
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mann. my dad went to the building that i'm currently teaching in. and i get to teach our youngest learners and while i may not have a class bathroom, we can teach through those conditions, we cannot teach through gas leaks. we cannot do things when our building is struggling and our students need everything that they can get access to. i strongly support allocating these funds to renovate our school building to make sure our students are able to be successful. thank you. >> clerk: hello, sandra. >> caller: hi.
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i'm sandra holiday. i've been a volunteer on every one of the school district's school bonds since the early 1990s. obviously, there's immediate safety concerns at buena vista horace mann and i understand there's going to be some reallocating and that's a hard decision to make. i do feel as you ponder about this reallocation, you think about these items. my question is this school was included in the 2016 facilities bond. why was it deferred. why wasn't there any work done? why do we have a citizens oversight committee that could allow such terrible conditions to be deferred? what measures are in place to ensure the public trusts the school board when we go to the voters again for future school bonds. as the 2016 bond campaign did have the ruth asawa school arts center as the central to the
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campaign. i know the presentation from the chief facilities office has showed some of the bond language, but what she didn't show you was the op-ed by the superintendent. it was signed by all the board members going back decades. so i really want to make sure that if you do do this, you're going to have a plan to keep the public trust in the school district because that is at steak here. promises have been made. >> clerk: thank you. hello, allison. >> caller: hi. i saw in the proposal there was $15 million to be allocated -- and i think we need the whole $55 million for renovation. before building new schools, we need to make sure that the
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schools our kids are in already are actually safe and because the conditions we're in are not okay. if you noticed, there haven't been many latino families asking for the green schoolyard well that's because we're dealing with gas in our classrooms. we're dealing with the roof leaking. so please dot right thing and fully renovate bvhm. >> clerk: thank you.
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hello. >> caller: good evening board commissioners, superintendent matthews, deputy superintendent marcell. i'm here tonight as one of the apack leaders and we would like to echo the sentiment of the pac and also to reemphasize that this is not about pitting schools against 1 another, but simply giving our children what they deserve which is a safe environment. we support buena vista horace mann and giving every other school instruction, community safety, and whatever else is needed to ensure that they have what is needed to have a proper learning environment. we ask that you continue to listen to our parents and to our students and we appreciate the pack for elevating their voices. >> clerk: thank you. president lopez, that concludes
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our time for public comment. >> president lopez: thank you. i just want to include our panelists and then we can end. >> thank you, president lopez. i appreciate that. i know we've got a chance to speak, but as you can tells, this is an important issue. i'd like to offer luce or mari to speak. >> i would like to offer luce to speak first. >> [speaking spanish].
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>> translator: hi. um, thank you. i'm definitely upset because
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you're not giving priority to our students. why do you think about creating a new school when you already have one that you need to work on. as i understand, you don't even have the permits on the school you're planning and building. and you're not only working for us and the community, you have a job to be down there to make the decisions. please make the right decisions. thank you. [end of translation] >> mari. >> hi, my name is mari. i'm a pac member but i'm also just a parent. and i'm a parent who's been listening to the parents and i'm also a district resident so this is happening right here in my neighborhood. and i just want to say that i've seen the pictures that
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were showed to hillary ronen and i saw the pictures of the so-called art room which is really just a locker room they have tried to transform into an art room. and i think it's really weird when i see a presentation about let's create a brand new building on van ness when our classes are being run out of a locker room. there are programs happening right now inside buena vista horace mann. how about make an actual art classes and not inside the lockers. i'm so disturbed now i'm hearing from luce, parts of the ceiling has fallen down. i just cannot believe. $15 million is not enough. i really hope that you all fully fund and do $55 million. we really need to make this
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correct. broken promises have happened to this community and this community has been ignored long enough. thank you. >> president lopez: thank you, both. and thank you chief for your presentation. i want to give a special appreciation to all our interpreters this evening. you guys are amazing. i want to echo reanda's request. i speak now not as a pac coordinator but as a long time parent and a ten-year veteran in programs at usd. sorry. i'm going to get emotional. as the director of after school programs, i've had many emotional conversations with my staff about what we should do should there be an active shooter situation. to ensure that we could quickly secure all the spaces that we use. i had to be clear with my own children that if something happened, i would prioritize
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the safety of my staff and all the kids in my program over my own personal safety. i am so glad i never had to make that choice. i support commissioner alexander's resolution to allocate funds and while all of anesthesia are important projects and i know some of them are long overdue, they're amazing, they're all amazing projects frngs i cannot support the prioritization of a new school facility over the needs of the safety of our current students and staff mainly the immediate installation of columbine locks and everything horace mann needs. thank you. >> clerk: i believe that was everyone. >> president lopez: okay. thank you for that and to the public for coming out. i'd now like to open it up for discussion from our student delegates and commissioners. do you have any questions or
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comments? >> president lopez, can we ask that commissioner alexander go through his amendment? >> president lopez: right. >> so we can then talk about both. >> president lopez: that's correct. the amendment is on the floor and it also has been posted to the agenda. are you asking to vote before -- >> commissioner: i just want him to comment on what's in his amendment. >> commissioner alexander: thanks, commissioner sanchez. >> commissioner alexander: i didn't know about the conditions at horace mann and i think at some point where the electric shock incident occurred, i reached out to some folks at the school to hear more about what's going on and
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then after the gas leak, i met with a group of the parents and i met with a number of them and the thing that really impacted me was that the -- and this was a spanish-speaking mom who said to me, you know, all of you public officials have come here. district officials have come here and made promises and nothing has happened. so don't make anymore promises. i don't want to hear anymore promises. that was kind of the first message that i got. and i learned that this history went back from way before 2016, 2015, 2014 when they'd express concerns about facilities and safety issues and were promised they'd be included in the 2016 bond that some parents and staff at the school volunteered their time to help get that bond passed and then sometime after 2016, they were depriorityized within the program and not included and
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several of us have been asking the last prioritizeprioritize. and there's been neglect for years and i think those of us who are parents can appreciate how parents feel sending their kids into a situation like that. but i also want to emphasize, this school is over 80% immigrant families. over 80% spanish-speaking families who have been the ones who've born the brunt of the
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covid pandemic. the same families that are working the front lines, you know, who worked in grocery stores and other places while a lot of us were able to shelter-in-place and work at home. they were exposed to covid. these are buena vista horace mann parents whose family members died and went to the hospital now are being told again and again that their school, that it's okay that there's rat feces in the school. that it's okay their ceiling's falling or a gas leak but it's not a big deal. we can wait until the next bond to do a full renovation. i just want to remind us of that context and that's kind of where i'm coming from. i have deep respect for the chief and this is not her responsibility. this happened not on her watch, but beforehand and i think her capital plan is really awesome and i think it's going to take
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us -- it's going to stop this from from happening in the future, this idea of doing a full assessment of our facilities and say let's look objectively at the conditions so that we don't get in this situation where we make the school community a promise and then through some unclear process leave them off the list and continue to put their children in an unhealthy and unsafe situation. i have a feeling moving forward this isn't going to happen again. the spirit is to make it right for bvhm right now in the moment. i understand the issue around timing, like i get that and i respect the chief's thinking around that. i don't think that makes sense to the parents and staff at the school that we have -- that we've broken this promise. like if we hadn't broken our promise from 2016, i think the chief's comments would be reasonable. i think given the fact we've already broken that promise to
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say you need to wait for the next bond, the full funding is not acceptable in my view. the amendment is really designed to do two things. one is to allocate the full funds and the logic behind that is to put this renovation, the full renovation of bvhm. including mission bay. i love the mission bay project. i think it's brilliant, but i think renovating bvhm is more important and has to be a higher priority and not to say we don't add $15 million extra for that money. i would support that once bvhm is on its way and maybe the full $55 million won't be needed and we save some money and put it to mission bay or these other projects. so that's one thing. would be to reallocate those funds. the second thing is does is it adds language around prioritizing the district arts
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center at 135 van ness. you know, i was wondering why are we reallocating these funds. i've spoken with the advocates of that project and they're saying this is a betrayal for us as well. i think there have been two betrayals of trust one to the bvhm community and one to the arts community who've supported this project. that commitment, clearly $100 million can't be used in the next -- i support that reallocation because it can't be used right away, but i think we need to commit to get that back into the next bond and most importantly, we've got to match it. so i tried to include some language around that. and, again, the logic is all these projects are really important. in my view, and one of the parents said this, i think luce just said this.
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how are we going to build new schools when our existing schools need work. for me, it's just timing. bvhm was promised this renovation in 2016. we set aside the funds and it if there's extra money, we use it for other things. i'd love to hear what my colleagues think. >> just quickly to clarify, the last part of it is a commitment for the arts center to refurnish the money that will be taken off in this bond for reallocation to the projects. but you'll up it from $75 million to $100 million. >> commissioner alexander: correct. i don't think that saving the $25 million aside really helps that much and even the advocates of the project -- i don't want to speak for them, but i don't think saving aside $25 million really helps. this project is a big project. the big thing we need to do is,
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you know, go back to the private funders and really try to engage that process again. we need to get state money probably again, right as the chief said, it may be up to $400 million now. we need to go back to the sort of planning process and what did i try to say in here, a concrete and realistic timeline and we need to have a plan to accomplish that project. and not just a dream out there. that would be my thinking. >> president lopez: iris, can you mute your mic? >> yeah. it went really well. they do it every year. >> commissioner alexander: can i say one other thing. this is not a judgment on any and i respect my colleagues if you view this differently, but i actually think this is an example of institutional racism
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and one of the teachers said it. i don't think this would be happening at a school that served mostly middle class and upper middle class white families. i think it's not a coincidence that working class immigrant families were the ones that have born the brunt of this. and that was not intentional on any individuals' part. that's not how systemic institutional racism works, but the system doesn't prioritize people that aren't able to maneuver the systems and have their voices heard and so i think that's what we're seeing is the result of years of that. and so, that would be where my urgency comes from in trying to make it right. >> president lopez: i'd also like to adjust to support commissioner alexander's amendment given that what we've been hearing is years of advocacy, years of frustration long before the pandemic which was a big reason why families
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didn't feel safe and this is an example of that. i think it's unfortunate that it is here. the many things that have come at the same time to ask as if one thing -- one thing is better than the other. right now, safety is the ultimate prierlt and you worked in a classroom where you do not feel safe. and many of us have seen the conditions by going to the school. so i think it is an opportunity for this board to finally make that decision and make that choice for the people we're advocating for for the people who have been making these demands for years long before we were here to be able to finally move this forward and make that commitment as commissioner alexander has
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said. >> commissioner: thank you. i think i would have much preferred this came before the board in january of this year than now just to have more flexibility and planning of what's possible and what can do. i think my biggest concern about the amendment and the original proposal is really just the fact that i don't see a clear timeline or a project list included and i think that's really important for me to know what's going to be done and when. i'm really curious from staff as far as the time line if we are going to allocate some portion of these funds to buena vista horace mann. what can be realistically completed by 2022 and i'm trying to get an understanding of will this address the issues of the gas leak, the ceiling tiles falling, leaks in the building, issues with the cement on the outside of the play area. what scope is possible with this amount of funds for this
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current school year to address things right now and do we have an idea of that? >> thank you, commissioner. it's a great question. i think that there are still again, of the $15 million that i've proposed, you can think of it because we're still working with estimates. it's a 50/50 split more or less between funds needed to complete design for a modern sdaegs project and that design timeline rather than using a range that that it would take 18 months to expend just that $7.5 million. then the other $7.5 million, i do feel that there are a lot of smaller scales, short-term capital projects that some of which could probably be
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completed and addressed and completed by spring or before the end of the school year. so, for example, the computer room is one that particularly bugs me and the sort of rooms there are jerry-rigged cooling systems. outlets are in the wrong place the server room is inadequately cooled and ventilated and that type of fix is one that we can make short progress on. ceiling tiles which is a common
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complaint. pealing paint is something that can be addressed. there have been long-standing complaints about the fact that one side of the building overheats compared to the other side of the building and we have a a lot of the shades and window coverings are just higher quality in window shades that might allow for different layers of light to come through. we have the cafeteria at bvhm has been a long standing struggle and there's probably some improvements there that could also be made on a shorter timeline. there are also projects that i think again that are important for the school community that will probably take more in the 6-12 month range and when you
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start to talk about things like cracks in a playground, that can go both ways. it might be a project that's easy to fix. that is a deeper problem and that's why from my perspective, it is so important that before making allocation of project funds, we have design and gone through the full planning and design process including all the regulatory boxes that we need to check to ensure that we're building a building that's addressing safety needs. i welcome the support of the city and doing an inspection in evaluation of the building. i think that would be helpful to guide to have a third party to do the work i think that will really guide the community
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and my own team which projects to prioritize for the next 6-12 months, but i do suspect that a modernization project is what's going to be necessary to really make a difference and that whether we allocate $15 million or $25 million it doesn't need to be a real scope. like we couldn't spend that $55 million in the next 18 months. we are only going to be able to develop and deliver these short-term improvements and then also planning and design for the eventual modernization of the project. >> commissioner: thank you for that. i think for me i'm just
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concerned about if this money is going to be able to have in a real way and i'm just worried that we are in a place kind of like the 2016 bond that make commitments that go beyond commitments we're able to feel and i would be much more comfortable making this adjustment just so that we can say this is what we've spent this money on and if it doesn't, we're going to make sure that's addressed and it just makes it hard of getting the full picture of how we're going to ensure that these things no longer continue to happen at buena vista horace mann. my next question is when did we
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find out it isn't up to our standards and when should we be aware of that realm of being on the verge of not being suitable for our families? >>. >> commissioner: >> commissioner, i hesitate to answer this question given that we do not yet, i hope to remedy this as a capital plan. but we do not have an up to date condition assessment that allows us to compare schools across campuses in an apples to apples fashion. that being said, i am certainly aware just on my own review of the work order system and the requests that have the mechanical electric shop which is far and away those shops that are most impacted in terms of real life safety needs that
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are put in by staff we had before the pandemic when i looked at it a three-year backlog for those shots alone. that's accumulative requests of the system struggling with buildings that, again, need to be modernized or in some cases have been modernized, but we don't have the maintenance resources even after a modernization to keep a facility running. so there are a number of sites that i'm aware of where i've gotten requests in the southeast and also in the mission. i think hearing from the flynn community about similar in nature to bvhm.
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we will actively suggest data to dial in and say whether or not this building is structurally objectably worse off than another building and that is a big frustration for me. but i do think that the complaints that we've heard from bvhm plumbing, ceiling tiles, cracked floors, these are the complaints that i hear from many sites across the district. especially the heating, the uneven heating is something that i hear about very consistently across the district. >> commissioner: thank you for that. my next question kind of builds on what you said around the maintenance. i know this is really looking at the bond and the facility issue, but i'm really interested if we were looking at one particular school like
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bvhm, when would additional maintenance staffing be helpful if we find fundses to help maintain things and understand the time frame of our major repairs? >> yeah. absolutely, commissioner. it's hard to know for any specific building. i would need to get back to you on that. >> commissioner: well, if you can just let me speak in general to a particular. >> yeah. i think not just for that building, but our mechanical, plumbing, electric shots could be doubled and we would still be trying to catch up with certain types of life safety compliance. i'll give another example. the fire department in the wake of the ghost ship tragedy really increased its notice of violation program and so we are receiving on an annual basis
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many more notices that need to be often times addressed fundamentally by our electrical shops. of course, we need to address those notices, but that pivot and shift in resources has had a real impact on the availability of our electricians to work on the routine types of maintenance they should be working on or making sure the core priorities that it doesn't suffer and so that shop in particular is one again you can easily double the resources to catch up to this specific workload that's been generated. i'm sorry i'm using the wrong exact words but hopefully you get my meaning. and just let us kind of recover what we were doing before. i think also at buena vista horace mann i'd like to
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emphasize the roll-out of the custodians, we have limited custodial services at all sites. this is another area where we are identical -- we have identical challenges across school sites that we have, you know, many elementary schools want daytime custodians and depending on the footage, you may have few custodians at night. and when you think about a school like buena vista horace mann that's approaching its 100th year anniversary and has 600 students in it every day, that is a site being loved to death and that is important and that kind of site that while you have these structural issues that need to be addressed in the longer term, you need to have more day-to-day maintenance and not just of the kind of electrical,
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mechanical plumbing kind, but also one of the main complaints i've heard about buena vista horace mann is the conditions of the bathrooms and one daytime custodian for that kind of square footage is just not okay. so that's something i would just like to highlight for the board as well, that that really contributes to the feeling and i don't mean to say feeling like that's just a subjective perspective just the physical feeling of the site is rundown and unhygienic that that cuss custodial. >> commissioner: thank you, president lopez.
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i have a question related to what's the average cost of modernization for our schools? particularly let's say elementary or middle schools. >> thanks, commissioner. the typical modernization as i shared is $20 million to $40 million. the elementary schools top out at $30 million. the largest project which was $55 million is george washington high school which is much larger than bvhm. >> commissioner: thank you. that's really helpful. i gist wanted to at least add a comment that it's absolutely upsetting and frustrating. i hear it loud and clear from the promises and lack of fulfillment and that's why i'm glad to see the southeast
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planning of that $20 million. i think overall certainly feel that tonight we will have some hard choices. i also want to name that mission bay was absolutely in my point of view that it has to remain whole in that $15 million. we are almost at the finish line for that important school that's not only going to be the school itself, but the link learning lab. i've been involved well over half a year now, almost a year on the work either it be connected to link learning or also working directly with u.c. and the transfer of that parcel and land and that is absolutely important that we continue to move forward with that project and making sure that it is also fulfilled in that promise.
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the greatest growth has been in that corridor as well as the increase of affordable housing and families living in that district. i welcome more discussion. so i'll leave my comments there. >> president lopez: other commissioners. >> commissioner moliga: so first i want to thank all the speakers that came out tonight. folks from the buena vista horace mann and the folks who spoke out and the arts community as well. i want to thank commissioner alexander. i appreciate you and the work you've been doing with our families out there at buena vista horace mann. my comments are very straight forward and direct and hopefully simple, you know. i would love to support the current recommendation that's on the floor by staff and for a
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couple of reasons. you know, we're in a situation right now where we have an opportunity to make immediate impact on our school sites across the district which for me generally, this reallocation does. so, you know, everything from buena vista horace mann to the southeast to protecting our schools from possible columbine, you know, the gun locks and also our hvac systems and also mission bay. i've been down to mission bay. it was one of the places i went to and i appreciate the site visit that the community took me on a tour. it's a growing community. they're building more housing out there, it's very diverse. you know, there's affordable housing, you know, and there's kids out there. and so the project has been ongoing and there's been a lot of investment in it. we had a million dollars donation from a founder i think
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it was last year. and so there was work being done on that and so i feel like the presentation we have today, the offer that's on the floor in terms of us as a school district, it's a win-win for everyone. everyone's going to be able to win. schools are going to be safe. we're going to be able to modernize and take care of the issues that are on the table and we're going to be able to prepare for a bond in 2022 and confidently go out there and say we're trying to do our best due diligence in terms of supporting our students and families in terms of how we invest in schools. i also wanted to just add around just a couple of comments around the amendments, you know. tonight, i'm respectfully not going to support the amendment by commissioner alexander and, for me the main reason -- one of the main reasons, there's two of them for me, is that it discolludes, it does not include the southeast. the southeast is at the top of
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the list. when we talk about families not able to show up to these meetings, my heart kind of breaks hearing all the families here knowing there's folks in the southeast that are not able to come and advocate for their schools such as malcolm x. i was at malcolm x recently. as i mentioned before, these are communities where there's active violence. it's not because these people are inviting it into their communities, it's just things that are occurring out there. and so they're in a situation where a bullet went through one of the windows, ricochet ed off
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the walls. i do want to lift up the schools and the communities that are not here who we want to talk about having an impacted the most by the pandemic pacific islanders, our black community, our immigrant population. through the last decade it's surfaced into the southeast which there's been a lot of supports around it. historically, black community, so literally the amendment for me takes all of that out. not only that, there's specific funds in there directed specifically to mcclaeren. if you haven't been to mcclaeren, you haven't seen the school yet. we're talking about all these issues times ten. however, mcclaren is home to the development center for 20
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years serving kids out of that facility which part of the southeast planning funds is going to and this doesn't address that. that's another one. liola havard is a school in the southeast in the bayview which is for early education kids, pre-k. these are our pre-k kids. >> president lopez: sorry. if i could just support with that just to be clear for the public where we can find this information, i do agree with much of vice president moliga was saying. >> commissioner moliga: let me back up and apologize. it is in the amendment. i didn't see it. therefore it be resolved. >> president lopez: i'd just like to add clarity that way we're all on the same page with the amendment. essentially, the change is from the $75 million that's proposed by staff to the $100 million so that we use the full
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$100 million and that there's the additional commitment to the arts project that's added at the end. and then what will shift is the $15 million for mission bay considering that many have said we cannot focus on a new school site when our current school sites are in the conditions they're in. but to what vice president moliga was saying, there's very much true in what we believe in and why it is still part of the amendment in the $31 million part of what's been added for commissioner alexander. >> commissioner moliga: okay. so just for clarification in how i read resolutions, normally anything below the therefore be resolved is what we're asking for. i do apologize for misinterpretation of the resolution. i do rescind all my comments around southeast because it's in there but i do want to lift up, you know, the work that's been happening with the mission bay school.
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thank you again. >> commissioner alexander: president lopez, can i? >> president lopez: you can respond, but i also do want to give time for our student delegates. do you want to make the comments? >> commissioner alexander: go ahead if you want to comment first. >> president lopez: go ahead and respond. >> all right. i want to acknowledge those in public comment that have poured time and energy into 135 van ness or mission bay or buena vista horace mann and with anything money related it's hard to balance and i know we're going to have to make tough choices tonight. to me, student safety comes first and we need to prioritize the fullbvhm. if we hadn't betrayed the trust
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of the bvhm community. it took so long to hear talking about this and to say just run the design for now. they're going to have to come back and organize and ask for a full renovation again sometime in the future and we can't keep telling them to come back and we can't keep making these promises. they need to know that this renovation is happening and it's going to happen and the descriptions of the conditions that we've been hearing at these board meetings are heart wrenching and these are our youngest learners as well. so i agree with this amendment because it fully funds bvhm and it reaffirms our commitment to 135 van ness. and i also want to clarify that student safety is super important to me so knowing that our columbine locks and the p.a. system will be included in this amendment as well is good to know. and i wanted to clarify that to the public. cool. that's all i've got. >> yes.
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just to echo joanna, we've heard about these recurring incidents happening at buena vista and every time parents and students come and speak about it and no school site should ever have to experience gas leaks nor roof ceiling tiles to fall, but sadly it took these situations to where students are in danger for any discussion to take place. it took these situations where our students were in danger and are still in danger. this community does not need anymore false promises. we need action now and all i have to say i support this amendment. >> president lopez: yeah. i also am remembering commissioner boggess had two more questions. >> commissioner boggess: thank you. so i think my next question was about the air cleaner and just
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to confirm, i think in conversation earlier, you said with this additional allotment of funds, we would be able to ensure we would have air purifiers in all spaces that students would be in with that and we would kind of get to that full level of coverage, so not just classrooms, but also the additional spaces, wellness centers, after school programs and things of that nature. is that accurate? >> yes, commissioner. this funding will ensure that we can cover basically all occupied spaces. so spaces that have are -- people are there for a long time. hallways and restrooms are not included in this allocation. single offices, multi-occupation offices.
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a small break-out room where small groups of students and a teacher might be. all of those spaces will be able to receive portable air cleaners. the only things we're not able is auditoriums and gyms because the space is too great a space to address with the deployment of portable air cleaner that is will make sense to anyone. >> commissioner boggess: what would be the time frame for the roll-out of those air cleaners? would it be something that would be done before the spring semester or something that would take longer? >> oh, no. definitely before the spring semester. i mean, in contrast, commissioner, we have been able to in one month, you know, get all classrooms covered, all classrooms that have been identified as classrooms to us
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and so that's like 3,000 spaces and we're just looking at, you know, something like under 2,000 spaces left. so we would i think be able to even accomplish this by, you know, early winter, basically. january, february if not sooner. >> commissioner boggess: i guess i'm also just curious, has there been any thoughts though these funds to staff that they've personally purchased these things for school sites? like air purifiers, dehumid fiers? other things that are in relation to the wealth of students and staff while they're in the building? >> no, commissioner. honestly, a reimbursement process would be extraordinarily difficult. i think technically it would be a general use of obligation
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project. a down side of this is we as a facility team have been clear we're trying to select air purifier cleaner models that we can maintain and track over the long run and so if we're using bond funds to reimburse folks, i just would feel very worried about the kind of chain of accountability around the original expenditure and there's a whole other set of issues associated with that. we ultimately at the bond project, it does need to be a capital project and individual expenditures like this don't generally amount to a capital project in and of themselves. happy to talk about those details at a subsequent meeting. >> commissioner boggess: i definitely appreciate that and understand this may not be the best way. but definitely want to lift up the individuals that spent money out of their own pockets to keep students safe.
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the last question i have is about the outdoor learning. if you could just talk about the funds that you're requesting for that and how much of that money will actually go to supporting the development of kind of outside learning spaces and classrooms in particular and would any of that stuff be available to us before this school year, before may 2022? >> thank you, commissioner. we have not launched a formal process to solicit proposals from school sites about, you know, how they would like to spend this money or, again, what kinds of projects might be ready and just need funding to push them across the line. so -- but in terms of timeline, it depends on the scope and scale of the outdoor classroom. if someone wanted us to create a structural awning that extended from the side of the building, you might be waiting
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longer for that portion of it but in terms of mobile furniture outside, green areas that are more pleasant and shaded by tree cover, these are all things that could be accomplished in a relatively short time frame. i think actually would hopefully combine outdoor learning with screening and storm water diversion. there is a lot of bang for buck in terms of furniture and just site equipment and the preparation of the grounds itself to make sure that school sites can set up outdoor classrooms to the e extent they're really and can do so but we're looking forward to help us set some criteria for the funding and identify projects for the board's feedback. [please stand by]
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>> to facilitate outdoor learning. in terms of our ability to do it at scale. we know it will require quite a
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bit of training and preparedness on the part of staff. it is something we talked about before. the ways in which you support students and build the classroom community is outdoors is different from indoors. making sure they have the supplies and wi-fi to engage the students in outdoor learning. it is not insurmountable but something we have to give time and attention to to prepare educators. there are significant differences to facilitate learning within the enclosed space compared to outdoor space. again, many examples of ways educators do that now. i would say not the level of scale some of the folks making those requests are wanting. >> thank you so much. i think my last point is just that i think for me i would
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prefer if we were able to wait on this to have a clear picture how this money will be spent and timeline when the projects will be completed. i am worried if we move fast we will make commitments and promises we are not able to fully commit to nor able to tell people what we are able to do. if we don't deliver on what people are expecting then we are doing a greater disservice than done to them. i am concerned that all of the good effort and energy put into this doesn't plot enough detail and clarity for me to feel comfortable to know these will happen in tamely fashion and we won't hear this summer the board hasn't been responsive. i would offer that to think about as we move forward to ensure we are doing what we think we are doing. i don't see the details enough to feel confident.
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thank you. >> commissioner boggess what do you propose. the timeline or another meeting specific to these changes where we can make those commitments clear? >> i think the big concern right now is with both allocations to support it i am not sure what projects will be completed this school year. i am not sure if it will address the ceiling tiles falling. i want to know which work orders are going to be completed. that is what families are asking. the budget allocation is very important. if it doesn't include the list of projects how do we know the most important things aren't going to be not included because they can't be? will we be aware? for me i need to know what isn't fixed so we can stay on top of it to make sure it is fixed.
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>> one more follow-up. for the chief considering what was just explained what will be we able to see that information after tonight's vote? >> commissioners, i think -- i was hoping to move forward on a rolling basis of addressing and developing scopes or projects for example like the ceiling tiles and computer server asap. a bigger conversation with the community to prioritize the funds. i am happy as point of information to share with the board as we develop the work to share them with the board. the server room we can have a scope for that in the next few weeks. bigger projects that might be desired and anticipated by the
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community whether the kitchen or heating solutions might take longer. i would like to think within two months i could have a rough plan for how to allocate and move forward on the schedule with the funds i proposed allocating for short term. >> sorry. i wanted to go to the school safety. the proposal mentions 18 sites with the locks. which 18 sites don't have the columbine locks? >> commissioner, i need to go find my details on that. i do have that list somewhere.
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i think we should move to the next question if you have another one while i look in the background and pull that up for you. >> i was wondering if we can go to commissioner alexander so it would be a little like talk more about the amendment. i was a little confused. i want to be clear what it is. more so the first parts therefore be resolved in terms of al locations of funds. >> this is what the chief proposed. this is the staff proposal. only changes that i was making were the ones suggested in here. two funding changes to remove
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$15 million from the mission bay school. some commissioners don't support that. i understand why. then to take the $25 million that was unreallocated, not reallocated from the large project. 15 that was original there plus 15 from mission bay plus 25 remaining. 55. that is where the $55 million figure came from. the other change was adding language around the commitment to the arts project. >> when we see the language. right now the language that is presented from the chief has very detailed explanation where the funds are going to go. in terms of the language of the
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amendment, is it going to say exactly what is on the resolution now in terms of -- i hated math problems. i have performed tsd trying to figure out the numbers. what would it say? southeast planning $20 million. construction reconstruction and improvement in other facilities? >> chief, maybe you can speak to this. i didn't understand the whereas. what is confusing as i was reading. the whereas is the only place where it is broken out like that. then there are categories that are in the therefore be it
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resolved not that specific. i don't know. i was working off the original to try to change it. maybe the chief can explain that. >> i welcome feedback. i think the intent is original bond ordinance does have a specific structure. that talks about, for example, new construction. the district center. for the purposes of consistency with the measure as we move money between categories, it is important that we describe it that way using the measures original category. i would defer to council's feedback on appropriate placement of the fine grained detail. for example adding funds to
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modernization program where we put things proposed tonight. is it better to outline that in some other table as part of the be it resolved? it is in the whereas clause? i defer to the council for the best way for the resolution. >> if we are making revisions to the resolution, i would strongly suggest we bring this back. we had in reviewed by outside bond council carefully. it is important to remember there are two controlling documents, if you will. resolution that the board passed setting its priorities. that is something the board absolutely has authority to reprioritize within those projects. that is what we are asking you to do tonight. there is the measure, if you will, that went to the voters. that is something we cannot alter. that is what the voters passed
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the bond measure on. if we are going to alter what has been preapproved. i asked for another meeting to get review so we make sure that we are in compliance. >> can i offer something that helped me understand these amendments for my colleagues and to the public? if you are looking at staff presentation on slide 7. there is a clear breakdown of what was proposed by staff. the amendments would change that total 75 to be 100. then it would shift to buenavist take horace mann then it shifts to mission bay. that adds clarity to view this in an easier way.
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>> first of all, i appreciate your team for all of this work and your dedication to trying to fix these big wrongs that are historic. i do have a question specifically about the mission bay project around the $15 million. remind me. i may have missed it. this is extra money not allocated from the 2016 bond to do what? >> commissioner, to date there has not been an allocation for the mission bay project outside of the bond measures specify construction of new schools and sets aside up to $100 million for sites including mission bay and bayview. we at the board with the board's
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support presented a number of times on the program developed internally with s.f.u.s.d. staff as well as community feedback. we would like to have an elementary school and learning lab. professional development spaces. we have gone through design process and are now at 30% design. we feel comfortable the budget for this vision we have outlined is $115 million. that includes as i broke out in the slide $21 million of that for remediation. the remainder is for the building and the landscaping itself, which when you compare to willie brown, the last new school and similar square footage to today. the difference is in the same ballpark. i would like to add that we are going through a process which i
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forgot to mention in earlier comments. the schoolyard actually the developer does part of the redevelopment agreement basically the schoolyard. we would like to negotiate with the developer that if it is possible they buy us out of that agreement because coordination of construction is tougher than actually just receiving the fund goes. we need and we also are going through a process of making sure this project will be eligible for future state funds for willie brown. i am asking for $15 million today, in addition to $100 million identified for new schools. it is my real expectation that we are going to be able to get and recover some of this money back. that will be in a few years.
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to keep moving forward with the project we need funding to maintain momentum. i am very hopeful and optimistic based on track record of 2016 bond projects to successfully leverage state funding that we will also be able to do so with mission bay to return that funding to this. i wanted to have that. >> i don't know how many people realize i was the principal at horace mann prior to the merging from 2009 to 2011. at that time the school was completing the bond work from that era. there was bond work done at that time completed in my tenure there, including new lighting, a number of things done. however, it looked pretty good surface wise. when i went back last week, a
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lot of that work and this goes across the board in our district historically. the work done is shoddy sometimes. the work completed in 2009-2010 is falling apart the stairwells in the annex building, for example. classroom that in t the wall de tear -- that deteriorated and pipe through the wall. things didn't get fixed. electrical stuff was not done at that time. i definitely understand the emergency that we have. i also think we need to address the work we get done and hold our folks accountable, the ones that do the work to make sure it stands the test of time. that was 11 years ago that was done. i am comfortable with keeping
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the $15 million in for the mission bay project. which would reduce the amount going to dvhm to $40 million. the chief told us that for the project design and construction for the building that size it would be around $40 million. correct me if i am wrong, chief. >> commissioner, that is the upper generous end of the range for a modernization project but consis tent with our typical range. >> i want any subsequent bonds to, and this is a discussion for another time, to prioritize other mission schools as well that have not been prioritized. i understand why that happens.
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the dvhm project completed in 2010. when you look at that and other projects that hadn't been done 15 years prior to that are going to get on paper leap frog a project like dvhm. i feel like we need a concerted effort for schools that serve the populations and prioritize them. i feel like that is why i am happy about the $20 million for the bayview. that is something that is long overdue. i am very, very happy to allocate from the arts project. i appreciate commissioner alexander for your work not just on the amendment. ongoing work with the community, really listening to people on the ground floor of the district and amplifying their voices. also for adding that last part
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about compelling us in future bonds to prioritize the arts. i think we deserve a longer discussion with the community what that would look like. i always felt that now that it is $400 million to complete this project and more when we complete it if we ever do. i hope we do. that we should go to the public for almost the full amount. school districts aren't built for philanthropic work. it is not one person's fault. it is a longer discussion but worthwhile discussion. i am willing to support again $40 million price tag for dvhm. that will cover it. i do appreciate the commissioner boggess' concerns.
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we will have to be at the board on this and having regular updates around the work orders that are going to be put through the pipeline to complete over time. >> can i ask a follow-up of the chief? i apologize if i misunderstood something you had said to me and the cost. i thought the cost for a full renovation was between 50 and $80 million. i apologize if i misunderstood that. that informed the $55 million figure. if you could clarify that. that would be helpful. >> commissioner, i think i tried to comment when someone asked me on the fly without design how much would it take to the do the building. i will be conservative and talk about what i would call
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replacement cost in our industry rather than strict repnovation. i -- renovation. i am giving that as complete overhaul curb to curb project. might get to those kinds of numbers. as we heard from the community to first focus on the basics and also take into context the typical spending on modernization for elementary schools that number seems unrealistic given the trade-offs we have. it was to indicate the size of the building, complexity of site conditions and this is a serious project. it was not meant to suggest this is a number we should budget around but rather indicate magnitude of the challenge ahead and the type of
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scope that if you were to go again most conservative best project possible curb to curb, nothing left untouched, maybe you would be talking about the kinds of dollars. for a classic modernization which is consistent with how we treat school sites and trying to improve functionality of the overall building. dvhm is approaching the 100 year anniversary. it will be more than $20 million elementary school site. i don't know that $55 million at this point is more meaningful than $40 million as an investment. i think that $40 million is more consistent with the ranges that we have seen today. >> so just to clarify that. you think $40 million investment would allow for that. i understand the timeline concerns. that would allow for a full
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renovation of dvhm? i know you can't say for sure. your best guess or judgment. i want to make sure that we are again giving the school an investment that is sufficient. that is why i am asking. your best judgment. >> my best judgment is that with $40 million i would hope that we could at least accomplish a substantive phase of work rather than committing to whether or not it does a full renovation. we have not completed design yet. i do think that $40 million should be sufficient and may be, in fact, too much to fund an important first phase of work. the most important thing is we move forward with design to develop more real estimates for
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you and look forward to coming back to the board with that information regardless of this evenings outcome. >> the timeline and process for dvhm. if we commit $40 million as commissioner sanchez has suggested we would move forward with the design in something like 12 months we have a design with an actual estimate. then we could come back, the board could come back and either lower the number or increase the number if it happened to be more. adju it to the amount that was needed. is that correct? >> commissioner, yes. i think it would be sooner than 12 months. we hope to have a complete design in terms of drawings and submit to the department of state architects 6 months into the schedule for that process.
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i would hope that in the six to nine month range we coive you early indication if we can get this project off the ground and get started as soon as possible. >> just one more point. the design is separate from immediate improvements that can happen as well? >> tha corret. >> i believe we are able to wrap this up to vote on the amendment. >> i have a comment. reiterating again because we been working towards 135 arts for decades. that was also a promise within the bond. as we go through whatever the outcome is tonight, i am hearing there are a couple opportunities if we leverage more state funding eventually to reimburse the mission bay there could be
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funds that come back. i just want to name and acknowledge i would want those dollars as stated in this amendment that it comes back. we also are carrying forward two previous bonds that would help continue with the design of 135. also, it is imperative that we really do have a longer range plan. $400 million investment. it is a very next level scale than what we have embarked on traditionally as a school district. i want to acknowledge and recognize it is going to require, yes, infrastructure of $400 million. even additional resources for philanthropy team for the relationship. concrete timeline for
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implementation. i do not want to put forward another promise to the arts community that we cannot fulfill. >> just based on what legal counsel said i am wondering in terms of process if it might make more sense to ask staff to redraft this based on a set of parameters to make sure it is done properly as opposed to voting on the amendment. at least from what i am hearing there may be problems with how it is drafted, is that right? >> i haven't had a chance to review it carefully. yes, if the board is inclined to vote on it we will bring it back consistent with the direction you give tonight.
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>> is it possible to vote on it tonight and amend later if we had to? >> it would be cleaner to do it correctly the first time. if you are inclined to vote on it, let us vet it and bring it back to you is my recommendation. >> in future meetings can we know that ahead of time so that it is clear? as we are discussing where this might have to be voted on at a later date given the circumstances? >> sure, president lopez i didn't see this amendment until 30 minutes before the board meeting or i would have let you know that. >> regardless of what was in the amendment, a change in it would mean staff would need time to look. i think for future when these amendments come up it is important for the public to know
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that there might be an instance where we have to wait on a vote for a future meeting and probably shift the discussion at another time. that way this 2.5 discussion could be on another moment. >> i want to check with colleagues. the majority of the board will support. i get the sense the majority of board won't support the amendment i have written. perhaps an amendment that was to take instead of $55 million for dvhm added $25 million for $40 million. then also included this language around the arts commitment would perhaps -- i see a couple of nods. if we are going to take this
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back let's know what we are going to vote on. we can do that in public since it is an open meeting. >> i will comment. again acknowledging what is currently in the bond ordinance or that legal languages. i would want new school construction. the mission bay school is part of that new construction. >> this is coming back. commissioner alexander are you removing? >> i wanted to see if other commissioners wanted to comment or not or if we just want to -- >> i think you know where i stand. >> i would support $40 million
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to dvhm and keeping mission bay $15 million. one thing to bring up is that there was confusion in the whereas clauses and there for be it resolved classes if we bring back this amendment making sure in the construction, reconstruction and improving of other facilities including the individual items for things like the bayview planning or the 10,000 for security improvements in there so it is more clear. yes, i support it. >> i am okay. if you understand and i can work with staff to do the details of what the amendment would look like. i understand what folks are saying. i support the green schoolyard, other elements are important.
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i would want to make sure that they are maintained as well. >> i think what i hear we want to table this this evening and bring it back at the next meeting after it is vetted and clarified to the student commissioner's comments to be clear with board direction. >> can it be brought back for the thursday special meeting? >> i am sorry. >> can it be brought back to thursday's meeting? >> that is too soon. we have posted that meeting. my recommendation is bring it back to the regular meeting in two weeks. >> okay. we will be bringing it back on october 26th. >> thank you everyone. i do want to excuse our student delegates. they need to get back to their
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work and home. the next item. reminding everyone we moved around. i am going back to section e consent calendar. i need motion and second on consent calendar. >> so moved. >> second. >> check for public comment. >> please raise your hands if you care to speak to any items on consent calendar this evening. repeat in spanish and chinese, please.
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>> gregory. >> i apologize. i did not mean to have my hand up. >> president lopez. >> can we check if it is on the consent calendar. >> did you care to speak to the consent calendar this evening? translate that, please. >> i wanted to check something quick. it has nothing to do with consent calendar. >> not at this time. i am sorry.
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>> that concludes public comment. >> any items with the superintendent? >> i would like to request item 25 be unaudited financial statements be severed. i need a commissioner to sever it so it can be discussed and not voted on in consent. >> i can make that motion. >> thank you. >> any items severed by the board? commissioner alexander. >> i would like to do what the superintendent just suggested sever the unaudited actuals for discussion. >> which item is that? >> i believe it was 25.
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>> thank you. item 25 is severed. let's do roll call on consent calendar. >> mr. alexander. >> yes. >> boggess. >> yes. >> ms. lam. >> yes. >> 25 has been severed. thank you. mr. moliga. >> yes. >> mr. sanchez. >> yes. >> ms. lopez. >> yes. >> six ayes. discussion and vote on consent sever. we will hear about 25. approval of unaudited financial reports. >> if i may, could i ask the
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chief to briefly comment on this item. >> good evening, commissioners. staff is requesting approval of the 2020-21 unaudited actuals for the san francisco unified school district and county office of education. seeking approval of the limit for that same fiscal year. with board approval staff will submit the actuals to the california department of education prior to the october 15, 2021 deadline. item was presented as budget and business services committee on october 6th. that presentation is available on board docs. i am happy to answer questions commissioners may have.
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>> any questions or comments from the board? deputy superintendent lee. do you know if superintendent matthews wanted to share other information before we vote on this specific item. >> i don't believe that he had a specific discussion in mind. we did just in general understanding that the budget issues are of increasing importance and we know the commissioners appreciate that. there has been a convention with these mandated reports and the board approved actions related to budget and closing that they are on the consent calendar. in light of our current seriousness of our situation, and commissioner alexander made a suggestion that there be a discussion about this, and that
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is the reason why we thought it was appropriate to at least flag for yourselves and for the community members that there was a robust discussion on this topic. i believe the slides are identical that took plays with most of the commissioners present at last week's budget and business services committee. we wanted to spotlight that. >> thank you for the explanation and naming that. commissioners, do you have any questions or comments on item 25? >> i just want to thank deputy and chief wallace for doing that. it makes sense. we have a lot of things on the consent calendar. given our current situation on the budget it is important to highlight for the public. the budget is a public document.
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these unaudited actuals are being presented publicly. they will be audited and brought back to us as well. i hope that -- it is our responsibility as board members to know what is happening here, right? we are the fiduciary trustees. i appreciate that. i am sure i will keep asking questions. i appreciate the answers and the dialogue. >> with that let's do roll call vote. >> mr. alexander. >> yes. >> mr. boggess. >> yes. >> ms. lam. >> yes. >> mr. moliga. >> yes. >> mr. sanchez. >> yes. >> ms. lopez.
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>> yes. >> six ayes. >> s6. 219-28a1. resolution and authorizing document for the sales of the general obligation bonds not to exceed 284 $250,000 by negotiated sale. this is moved and seconded on september 28th. i would like to call on maygan wallace to share more information. >> this is the first of two items staff is requesting for moving forward. bond issuance and sale associated with the 2015 bond program. i do have slides available. actually i would be happy to walk through them if there are specific questions.
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the main highlight here is there are two proposed issuance first is $284 million new money general obligation bond which is actually appropriately aligned with the prior discussion around the allocation of bond proceeds. i will go ahead and reserve my comments for the refunding bond which is associated with the following resolution. i am happy to answer any questions commissioners may have. i can see there are slides if you would like more details about the assumptions associated with the bond sale. thank you. >> let's check for public comment before we discuss. >> thank you. if you care to speak to number one proposals for action raise
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your hand at this time. please repeat in spanish and chinese. >> thank you. one minute, president lopez. >> gregory did you care to speak to this item. >> i did. i looked at the slides a fair amount of money is allocated to new school projects. i think in a district with falling enrollment the new schools aren't what we need right now. we are not going to have the money to staff them. i think the district should take into account the ongoing operational costs of these schools which won't come from
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bond money but for allocating more bond money for new schools. that is all. thank you. >> that concludes public comment on this item. >> any questions or comments from commissioners? seeing none. roll call vote. >> a1. alexander. >> yes. >> mr. boggess. >> yes. >> ms. lam. >> yes. >> moliga. >> yes. >> and chez. >> yes. >> lopez. >> yes. >> six ayes. >> 219-2882. authorizing document for issue was and sale of the general obligation refunding bonds not to exceed $145 million by negotiated sale. it was moved seconded septembe. i will call on maygan wallace
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again. >> thank you. this is specifically to do refunding of prior bonds previously issued bonds. we do anticipate that by doing this refunding we would be able to secure lower interest rates and save taxpayers 20 to $24 million and furthermore by timing this refunding with that of the new money bonds we will save the costs of issuance. i am happy to answer any questions. thank you. >> thank you, chief wallace. check for public comment. >> if you care to speak to item 2 please raise your hands at this time. please repeat in spanish and chinese.
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>> questions or comments from commissioners? seeing none, roll call vote. >> thank you. a2. alexander. >> yes. >> boggess. >> yes. >> lam. >> yes. >> moliga. >> yes. >> sanchez. >> yes. >> lopez. >> yes. >> six ayes. >> section h we have done. section i other educational issues. fall 2021 enrollment data update. >> thank you, president lopez. presenting this evening will be a team. beginning with deputy superintendent of housing operations. >> thank you, dr. matthews.
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we have a presentation tonight updating all of you about the latest enrollment figures, and this is on the heels of the official census day occurring last wednesday. it used to be called c beds. some people still refer to it as c beds that is the official snapshot all school districts report to the state for official enrollment figures for each school year. that was last wednesday. a team across multiple departments has been working to annual bize data both prior to and after last wednesday and we are going to present some statistics and also make some observations about potential strategies that we can all work together to boost our enrollment going forward. first speaker is karissa
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friendly, director of policy and planning. she has been primary facilitator of the team and she will be followed. are you there? >> i am here. good evening. good evening especially that you mentioned you supported 46 poured members but also the many student delegates which i am a former one. i appreciate you. for this evening, we are going to be examining the current year enrollment. putting that in context to prior years as well as estimating impacts on next year's fiscal year revenue projections.
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this slide gives you key findings and take aways. mirroring national and state straights we have a 6.6% drop in enrollment over the past two years. i apologize for the 6.4% as stated on the slide. next slide is correct. as we have been looking at 10 day count september data before last week when we updated it. those drops were particularly felt in elementary school grades as well as interestingly the ninth last year's ninth grade and this year tenth grade. it doesn't appear the students leaving over the past two years we're choosing other options such as charter schools or private schools. key take-aways that we wanted to
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share. it does appear unlikely we will see magic recovery or immediate bounce back we might wish to pre-pandemic enrollment level. these have been widespread phenomenon across california and the country. demographic trends we see in city populations don't point to large increase in children. we are concluding we need to continue establishing program capacities based on current reality. those capacities determine the student needs and staff needs we need to be sure those reflect the new normal enrollment. in the school portfolio being sure we offer programs and
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environments family wants and to offer families more confidence when choosing to enroll at the district. i will transfer to chief of research planning and assessment. >> good evening. thank you for everything. as you can see in this bar graph, it displays the enrollment fall of 2018 to fall 2021. you will see that in the first it is explained. we pulled the data on the first wednesday of every october. that is approximately in the beginning of fall 2018 and 2019. which was pre-pandemic data
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enrollment was stable. you can see it stable 52619. in fall of 20205, 52934. it was stable during those years prepandemic. during the first full year the post pandemic last year in fall of 2020, what we saw is a drop of 1.96%. in this one year drop 1.96%. by the second school year of the pandemic this year fall of 21, we saw drop further of 4.75%. the enrollment today is 49,435. the total decrease in enrollment
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over the past two years has been 6.61% or 3,499 students. by the state department it begins with the statement. significant enrollment declines nationwide generated conversations around repercussions for public education. k-12 declined 3% across united states over the past year. california follows the national trend in enrollment declines and in some categories. the k-12 public school enrollment in california dropped by a record of 160478 students. this is the number of factors one being unenrolled
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kindergarten students. other important data related to enrollment is transfers in and out during the school year. as you can see again in the graph above during the pre-pandemic the transfer in nearly equals transfer out. at the end of the count. that was not true the last year. number of transfers out exceeded transfers in by. [indiscernable] this enrollment drop by grade received significant drops. the changes shown reflects the difference in numbers and percent over the one year period. those are the columns in green.
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at the elementary grade levels drop was significant for k-4. at the middle school level the pandemic has led to enrollment decline of 7%. decrease in enrollment for tenth grade began with ninth grade enrollment last year. numbers fell by about 400 students drop and that is what you are seeing. by race decline greatest for american indian asian white and filipino. the program the decline among homeless students. noted that the english population vaguely dropped in enrollment last year by 8.1%.
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this year we see another additional drop by 2.6%. these patterns are also seen in the recent csb report the number of students identified as homeless has dropped 6% year-over-year for the past two years. other drops are seen among english learners. thank you. i will transfer to megan. >> next slide please. i want to show you this was created by public policy institute of california 2019-2020. in comparison to 20-21 by county. this is statewide for this current school year. it is to understand statewide enrollment changes.
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san francisco dropped similar to other northern california and coattal areas. if you visit that hyperlink you will be able to access that and can hover over the informations. you might see that they are recording 2.9% decrease in san francisco county which differs from the number we are reporting of 2% between 19 and 2020 and it is possible their analysis was in the programs we did not or subgroups. this would apply the same method to each county to make sure apple to apple presentation for the past four years. putting sfusb in contest.
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the doctor had gone over the numbers. i won't repeat each one. i think one question is not just what we are doing to adjust. how is the state and federal government supporting the schools and school district for the effects of the pandemic? early reports indicate that this year we continue to see lower enrollment across communities in the united states. we saw on the media lusd is down 27,000 students, chicago public schools are expecting 10,000 student drop as well. the pandemic has really slowed down immigration which had been slowing due to national policy. as the chief mentioned we didn't
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experience the transfers in during the year that we normally might have to welcome pre-pandemic numbers of new students. [please stand by]
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>> when i last looked at preschool enrollment account is september. we're actually at, had lower enrollment so we are steadily increasing the preschool enrollment this year . the early education component is year-round and there's no deadline for application. to reduce that number to continue to increase throughout the school we are proud to say there have been a number of schools which have mister
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taylor, mister chavez that had experienced the enrollments bob and our staff andcounselors are working hard on that . so putting some of this data in context with city demographic trends and how can taking about how those can broadly help form estimates for the future and how might our enrollment levels bump up. so the left-hand side a lot of people were wondering if at the onset of the pandemic we would have a baby boom, baby bust but now they're showing itwas a baby bust in 20/20 with so much uncertainty . birth rates then go on to inform student projections and help us anticipate the size of
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future kindergarten so growth rates are down and we will probably see the effect of that in five years . post data analysis at the chronicle showed a lot of movement out of the city in 2020 . looking at that middle circle and the data does not reveal the number of families, just the numberof households . and although there's some data such as rental prices and additional postal service announcements to indicate that some people are returning to campus, it's also unclear whether those families are deciding to move twice in a short span of time. we've also known that the
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proportion ofchildren relative to the overall population in san francisco has shrunk over the past few decades . go to that right-hand circle. the 20/20 census data indicates they have not yet reversed that trend so san francisco currently has the lowest of all cities in the nation as reported by the recent san francisco chronicle analysis . so all those put together help us lead to the conclusion that the short-term picture doesn't seem likely that we will see a big bump of more children in san francisco in the near term . now, that in contrast to ... and i don't think that it reverses the longer-term predictions of growth due to new housing andpopulation . so san francisco is still
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steadily building new housing for thefuture . our last student enrollment has anticipated 5000 students in 2030 due to new housing and although we need to continue updating our student enrollmen forecast , that is still going to be coming online and there will be more people and more children in the near term. i'll transition tomegan wallace . >> thank you clarissa. now that we have a clear understanding of enrollments we can anticipate we will see a proportional decline in district average daily attendance for ada and as you may know our ada grads for school district in california
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funds are allocated through the states local control pumping formula. it's the largestsource of funding for our district in general . so an initial estimate of our ada trends relative to the shift in enrollment indicates we will see an over $30 million decline in our overall funding. that decline was not included inour prior multi-year projections . so this does impact our deficit spending in our most recent multitierprojections . next slide please. so what can we do about it? now you understand some of the trends that are leading to the decline in enrollments but at what point do we support either bringing students back into the
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district or increasing revenue from those things who are remainingwith us. as you can see there are three main areas here . first increasing enrollment by rebuilding trust and interest in sf usd so having usthink of our families as clients who we're actively trying to meet . in some examples identified here are working on replacing our current district choice system for student assignment for example . but also maximizing the funding determined by ouraverage daily ada .so really building sites to accurately capture attendance data on an ongoing basis because we know we aren't always capturing the actual attendance of our students and just by improving our documentation we could improve our reporting ada and therefore the revenue that wegenerate . and of course maximizing state and federal funding as determined by our information
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forms. if you have not submitted your multipurpose family information form please do so right away because that information controls how our district generates additional revenue. but an additional solution that's not actually identified here and i'd be remiss to exclude from this discussion is advocacy at the state level for fiscal year 2022 23. in the current year are but was held harmless by ada. we're still using our fiscal year 2019 20 average daily attendance numbers. and in fiscal year 2000 2223 where anticipating we will no longer be held and we will need to report an ada that as mentioned reflects that the decline in enrollment so advocating at the state level
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to advocate support from the governor to hold school districts harmless for example or even increasing per pupil funding to adapt to the changes that have occurred across the community to help stabilize our budget as well as those across the city because aspreviously presented this is a statewide issue and trend . and it's something that we're not alone in advocating for an ongoing solution to help stabilize our budget. for that i will have it back to clarissa. >> next slide please. we're sharing some data points here on the slide that we think will help better understand the picture you can use on full over the next year. staff will continue to monitor district enrollment trends with the connection between enrollment and revenue and thoselarger macro trends .
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those data points and implications for action shared this evening are not exhaustive and as a team wecontinue to explore these indications . and in addition to those implications and other next steps that we want to reiterate that we continue to look for return families to enroll in sf usd schools, visit our website to learn more. next slide. although we want to see these enrollment numbers go up to track our mission to provide each and every student we do have enrolled quality instruction required to thrive in the 21st century. thank you thatconcludes the presentation . >> thank you for that. before we hear from the board
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may we have public comment? >> please raise yourhand if you care to the enrollment update . that will be repeated in spanishand chinese please . [speaking spanish] >>. [speaking chinese] >> clerk: seeingsix hands, president lopez . hello, julie. >> caller: can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: thank you for mentioning advocacy at the
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state level as relates to our budget. i was able to continue to get to that place and second i think it's important always that we are responsive to family needs and think of them as clients isn't quite the word i want to challenge the narrative that this is being driven by white families who are leaving the city and the impact of english language learners as families show that gentrification is also one of the dynamics here so stabilizing our families and mitigating gentrification is important to maintaining our school district and our budget and third i'm curious about the impact of the 60s, i know it's more days than usual and it's not equallydistributed across
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the district . iq.>> caller: good evening board of commissioners and president matthews and deputy superintendent more about. i'm one of the parent leads and it is difficult to see we are losing students but we understand there is no cost for pandemic panic.we want to echo a whole list ofsupport or supporting the whole child and family are key . covid has sideeffects including the lack of resources and unemployment . opportunities offered in the city as a whole, so the city sets up and even though we do we must have a holistic approach because i must our families have their basic needs met or access to those resources we will continue to see similar achievementdata and enrollment data .
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we can't afford to lose any more black families in the city and it's disheartening to see our small american indian population decrease along with our small filipino population in the course our families dealing with homelessness. it's sad as a district do not meet their needs. it is reassuring to see that we are building trust as a priority for ways we can increase enrollment. we agree. it's also mentioned that replacing the current student assignment system will aid in the area but we want to remind everyone families want quality school. when building our school portfoliosit's really defined and designed with quality schools in every neighborhoodas a priority . we invite back families across the district to join us on thursday, october 1 . thank you dierks. >> hello gregory. >> this topic is emotional for
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me. i have a lot offriends that leftthe city and in one case the country because of decisions made by this board and its district . this drop in enrollment is the direct result of bad decision-making by the sport . when our schools remain closed while thecity reopens families left. our schools remain closed while schools in large cities throughout the country , families fled. parents spoke out and this court must step up and not ignore them. you did not care what we had to say. you want to know why sf has the lowestpercentage of children in the us ? because of sf usd and one of thehighest rates ofschool enrollments because of sf usd . because this district and this board treats families with disdain . we lost the best family too. families that put the most in.
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families that were president of the sca or coached kids soccer teams or were just the amazing glue that held ourcommunities together . they're the ones that left because of your decisions . >> caller: hello. >> thank you fortaking my call . i want to express how sad i feel about these incredible drops inenrollment . i think the data speak for themselves as to who has left the district largely and that is very sad . i myself also know a number of families who have left the district because of the school closures . people are not willing to gamble their kids futureson , they're just not willing to gamble on them and that's how they see it which is really sa . i would strongly encourage the district and board to change
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course on how they actually listen to families. there's a question here about the importance of getting familytrust . i don't even know . that's a hard thing to do when the district does things like making unilateraldecisions and doesn't even tell the truth , hidesthis from people and pulls out last-minute . it's really disconcerting. i would advocate programsto get people to come back but it would be a hard sell . >> thank you. >> hello rebecca. >> can you hear me? >> yes. >> caller: i am the special education teacher at future elementary school in the richmond district and it's fantastic, enroll your child . i would like to say i'm obviously very sad we lost the number of students at our school. i can say that the time change was a direct result of at least five families i know of leaving
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our school so that is definitely a point to be made to the board and to the district. why should a parent trust you if you'remaking their child start school an hour and a half to two hours after they left work . that's pretty upsetting. i didn't really see anything about ensuring sf usd as a high-quality academic district. our reading reportcard came out and we're 267 out of 287 . we invested a couple 8 million or $18 million on the third addition of a useless curriculum wherethey may be changed a couple of questions and a couple of words . that's a great start, thank yo . >> clerk: hello ms.marshall . >> caller: commissioners, this is miss matthews and my beloved
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esther i appreciate this call . the report from the research team appreciate your slides but i am concerned as a grandmother about that my granddaughter who is a preschool child now has to stay integrated untilnext year . i thoroughly believe that every child from december to january of that year should be allowed to go to kindergarten. are we ashamed of the age of graduation to 19 and not telling parents ? that's what it looks like to me and i'm very concerned that young children, there is no reason their pre-k early education students should be going to school 7040 and the oldestis going to school at 9:30 .
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they should be the first so this year, look at the student body. follow the data and come back to this in may because it doesn't make any sense. almost everyone all schools don't have to start this way. thank you so much. >> hello chris. >> caller: can you hear me? apologies, my husband is talking in thebackground . i'd like to thank you for your report andthe data i might like to go what rebecca said . you need to selling smarter when you find curriculum and attract families to the programs on the curriculum we offer and we also need to do something around advocacy to make sure that the students who are struggling the most in our city can stay in our city.
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i had a student and it was great working with them. they had to leave last year because of gang violence in their neighborhood and had to move outside the city caused the gangs in their neighborhood were actually trying to report them and those stories do not get told as often as the ones families that were upset about learning being offered over turning and we needto do better by the students as well . >> clerk: thatconcludes public comment . >> president: any questions or comments from the commissioners on this item ? commissioner alexander and commissioner lam. >> thank you for this comprehensive report. i want to just make sure that i'm clear on the trend as compared to benchmarks and i
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know slide nine talks about that a little bit around kindergarten and pre-k comparisons. that's superhelpful . do we have data for thewhole district ? that last presentation around enrollment i had written down in our presentation are decline in enrollment was slightly under two percent and more have said the statewide was .6, af he was around 4.7 percent and that was from 2019 2021 and i want to make sure we're getting the public apples apples comparisons because i've seen things in the mediaand other places where it's like we've had a six percent decline. the state decline was larger than that and the national
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decline was comparable . i want to make sure i'm understanding and apples to apples comparison so maybe i'm missing it. i don't see in here the overal enrollment we have that data ? >> it's .6 percent . >> slide four shows sfusd in the past few years relative to the current year. and then it's slide nine tk through 13 enrollment on the left-hand side andkindergarten pacific on the right-hand side . because that has been a great experience . in many areas. so it also matters which year you're comparing. so because of the data that i mentioned earlier, when we're looking at other communities
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statewide or nationally, the 2020, 2021 school year is the most recentyear for which we have that data to compare . and soin those larger data sets . so for other reports on the current school year in the fall would be more kind of ad hoc. so we have our own data and its whatever jurisdictions or communities areself reporting . >> that makes sense. i want to make sure do we have something like slide nine but for the overall enrollment, not just tk? the left slide is tk 13, that's everything. >> it is. >> that is overall.the left side is a real comparison.
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great. i'm making sure i'm understanding it. it's true our enrollment declined less than the stateof california in that period . >> yes. >> okay, great. i know that's not good news but i think what is good news about it is the state funding overall is my understanding is prop eightguarantees in most cases and maybe the family can this . it's likely the state will have to address this on astatewide level because every district in the state is losing millions andmillions of dollars in funding and it's a statewide pattern . isn't it likely the state is going to adjust funding in some fashion ? >> commissioner, these are questions that are at or near the top of our minds as well given themagnitude of the
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decreases . in a way the way prop 98 works is it depends on which test is applied to which ever fiscal year is in question. so in most years that is true that prop 98 establishes a baseline of funding that is distributed across all the collective ada across all the districts with the funding formula and othersources . there are certain years and as long as i've been here i don't know all of the mechanics of the details of which tests apply but there are certain years in which enrollment growth does establish or enrollment changes to establish a total amount that goes into prop 98. but that is typically not the case so usually it takes on overall changes to economic
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indicators or the amount of properties or amount of statewide general fund revenues and the indication is a big portion of that total. so certainly all thatin light of all of that , and a lot of other districts omission or lam thank you forsharing information on this point . there's a lot of interest to pursue policy changes or policy solutions at the state level that either would boost lcf at funding to higher levels per unit of ada or student in other words or to have some sort of protections for declining enrollment that sit outside of the local control funding. and all of this as you know and
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as you'reobserving here is based on the statewide trend so most districts are in this type of situation . that then strengthens the case for a policy solution. >> that's really helpful and in fact i guess what i'mseeing here at and correct me if i'm wrong is that we're in a better situation than many districts in the state . and on average every one is less than the state . it's stillan issue we need to deal with and we have a structure that was there already but in terms of the additional or enrollment declined issue , we're actually in abetter situationthan a lot of districts in the state . so we should be helping to advocate for a policy solution with other districts . thank you. >> i have a question related to
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the enrollment. i know we're closing the gap we're still at aloss of -28 percent i believe it is . do we know what the city preschoolprograms are at and what their enrollment is ? >> omission or lam i don't have that information currently but we can consult with city partners andsee if they can share that data . and chief meaning rs standing by so if you have more information on that feel free to add in but otherwise we'dbe happy to follow up with . >> i think for me honing in about how are we offering families to see long-term investments into our public schools and to me creating the space now for our tk with the
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state policy and i know we're coming right into planning for transitional kindergarten which is a game changer for two-year preschool offerings . so i just wanted to support and acknowledge the importance of sf unified partnering with the city as we look at the pre-k and preschool opportunities both within the district but overall trends that we are seeing citywide. i next question is around do we actively have a preschool campaign if we're still have it sounds like availability. certainly i know that you said since schools have done that outreach at what scale right now are we actively advertising or letting the broader city community know that there are spots available.
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>> i'm here and i can take tha question. we are actively advertising . there's actually a citywide fare for preschool that's coming up in the next month and we have a boost and we work with the children's counsel to make sure that our slots are available and we are definitely advertising. and then to your question about spots in the city, we can move back with our partners and find out as well. i do know anecdotally that our city partners are also in the same situation buti don't have those impact numbers . ican get them. yes , we're definitely advertising and i agree with you. it's an investment we start early and those families will stay with us. thank you.
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>> commissioner boggess and vice president moliga. >> thank you. i was curious if you could talk about the impact that quarantining and other things related to covid have on the current enrollment numbers and if there's any impact we think any of that stuff and have on our numbers or if those things wouldnot be captured in this and not be negatively impacted in this report . >> thanks commissioner. this presentation focuses on enrollment and i think the analysis that we would need to provide to answer your question would bemore focused on this year's attendance .
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>> those would be captured separately. it wouldn't be a reflection of each other so it would necessarily have a big impact on enrollment numberswhether people were at school for a da or were out for a week when this was happening or you need to follow up with me to give m this answer . >> this is all active students . this is not impacted . >> i'm very curious, is there a way we kind of are attracting the losses and the reasons why. i know someone mentioned in public comment about start times being a factor for some people leaving the district as well as community issues . is there a way that we're measuring that, capturing that and capturing the narrative comingout of our school sites as to why people are leaving ? >> i believe the educational
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placement center does kind of code in where that's available. reasons for students exitingthe district . but i don't know that we be able to kind of capture the nuance or kind of pandemic related reason . >> thank you for that. the last question i guess and this goes back to attendance and chronic absenteeism but is there any information about the number of students who are chronically absent. kind of in the previous year are no longer enrolled in the district who fell out or classified in that and trying toidentify how much of the loss in enrollment is referenced and advise students who are regularly attending schools .
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>> i think commissioner that's a great question . let me check on that and get back to you. >> i appreciate it. >> thank you for the presentation. i'm just curious around the homeless population in terms of the decrease. i was wondering if staff are aware what is causing our families who are homeless to be leaving the school district and is there a plan? have we been ableto get in contact with these families ? >> the drop in homeless rates is actuallystatewide . the research was put out by the state and its religion was
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released with therelativity of the data . so there was the validity of the data that's put into question and it is a statewide trend that we are also measuring. >> on the same slide can we get a statewide comparison in terms of the a decline in enrollment so for example it looks like we went down five percent, what would thatlook like statewide ? and then for each student. >> we can come back with that information. >> that would behelpful not just for me but for the public because there might be some
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trends statewide . >> i'm wondering about the thinking in getting this information back to us, if we can have another in from meeting with another update or get thisinformation to us that we can share publicly in some form . i've just heard several accounts of getting information back to us and i want to know how to get it real quick. >> deputysuperintendent lee , maybe you could weigh in in terms of some typical methods that staff have that can come back with information . >> commissioner lopez, i think there are options in terms of
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whether a written report would be appropriate and sufficient or whether there should be additional presentations and interaction in one or more meetings . when we originally contemplated this presentation there was some thought on the part of staff to connect this to a budget -related discussion. and we decided to separate them because they're both as you can tell pretty weighty topics. we wanted to pace out the subject matter but recognizing that there are several meetings that will take place in the next couple of months and the plan is to have a committee fall meeting innovember and
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also december focused on the budget . that's one option to incorporate a module of those presentations on and we can share back any research that we've gathered together by the end of budget and business services committee and also have robust agendas anytime that committee meets and just also at the same time want to recognize there is a strong nexus between thistopic and the budget . and it's not only related to budget. i think that's the logical place to connect it but we also want to round out some of the innovation with these dramatic solutions as well. >> back to slide seven, is there a reason why it's not captured in the seabed but could we add to this socioeconomicstatus of this
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category ? that's the only one i see. >> we would find those numbers on the sesstatus . that's included as one of the disaggregated groups but we will do so as we finalize the ses numbers . >> i also had a follow-up. i certainly appreciate slide 14 as far as the enrollment and what we can do.i'd ask the superintendent to think through this between staff and the board but how do we quantify some milestone to getting us how to increase enrollment and i'm not planning to changetime frames but it's important as the board to measure what is the progress we are making .
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the timing just kind of sounds like we're setting goals for ourselves and because this will be structural as far as multitier projections that we've been talking about as we are also looking at investing in our younger grades how do we boost that for families and rebuilding their trust and engagement of the district overall. that's the only thing ihave is just a question to put forward to board leadership and superintendents to think through with staff . >> any other questions or comments on this item ? great, thank you for that information and we look forward to a follow-up at a future budgetmeeting . before we move on to item 2 under section i, i am
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recognizing the time and wondering if board members are open to hearing this at our next board meeting and i also wanted to add that there have been discussions about entering that update on teaching and learning to continue on our agenda once a month. >> we definitely are recognizing the time. we definitely could move this to the meeting ofthe 26 . >> thank you. we will hold off on that and i am encouraging board members and everyone in theroom to get some water . eat something,we're almost done .section j, introduction of proposals andassignment to committee . item 1 , public and apologies.
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may i hear a motionin the second to the following board policies . board policies 6102.6 independent study. for rule and procedure 9320 meeting and notices board rule and procedure 9012, board member electronic communications and board policy 5148 child care and development. >> so moved. >> may i hear a motion and a second to the following. resolution number 2110 1281 reading is critical to lifelong success being introduced by commissioners. allison holland and garcia lopez. >> so moved.
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>> second. >> iq. can we check for any public speakers . on the items thatwe just read into the record ? >> yes, sorry. please raise your hand if you care to theitems read into the record and please be repeated in spanish and chinese . >>. >> president lopez. >> we can do them in each. >> alida. >> good evening everyone. it takes me back coming in at
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10:44 at night. advocacy chair for the committee of special education and i would like to thank all of the commissioners particularlycommissioners lopez and collins , president lopez and collins for offering resolution to 110 12 a1. eating is difficult to lifelong success on behalf of the cec and in gratitude for partners and the aipac as well as us sf special education committee. britney o'connor, megan collude up. ryan guzman and so many more. and i just like to recognize that the authors of this resolution at cac included that this is, we want to recognize this is a difficult year for the board to be authorizing new resolutions the budget discussions at night alone have been terrifying. congress has spoken but in a year like this, it's important
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for us to recognize the work that many are already doing. and this resolution is an opportunity tosee best practices and really do right by our students . thank you. >> hello will. william. >> my name is william paterson and i'm a former teacher in san francisco unified school district. i was a special education teacher there and work largely with eating intervention and the experience i had and the teacher we often have students who would come to us who have not had adequate exposure to the basic fundamentals of reading. at the science of reading curriculum . doesaddress . this program is a program that works for many but not for enough. there are 4050 percent of students in s wfc will not be reached by these programs and manyof them get inappropriatel
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referred to special education . instead of getting the appropriate introduction . so i just want to encourage and move forward with this and learn more about it, find out and adopt these classes as they remain and turn around reading performance so they're not like we heard earlier 267 out of 280 in california. >> thank you. >> resa. >> the evening, my name is bernie robinson and i'm an african-american parents. we'd like to thank the commissioners and committee advisory council of special education along with the committee on dyslexia for their help in drafting this legislation. we support this resolution. where aware of all the budget
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constraints and we know money is money but this is a top priority as a social justice issue and it's about each and every child in the district . the week concerns for the need for evidence-based socially and developmentally appropriate instruments and core perfection of development. thestaff administrators are implement in the services. we haven't had a chance to fully look like this . we like also not have the funds from our seas that can help and supportsome of the strategies that are outlined in the plan of support for a particular resolution . thank you. >> thank you. hello, megan. >> my name is megan potentate and onto post state director for california and also a former sf ust teacher. thank you to all who contributed in writing this resolution which i enthusiastically support.
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in my years as a literacy coach and teacher on special assignment it was my job to support teachers in implementing thedistricts comprehensive approach to literacy modelcommonly referred to as balanced literacy . there came a point however when i had to leave that work because i witnessed how these methods are harmful . s and p and lucy hawkins methods and curriculum harm are most vulnerable students across the board includingenglish learners and students like my son who has dyslexia . in fact the instructional materials based on these methods have been hand in several states and against the law to use them. closer to home a settlement from a class action lawsuit has banned smp for use in unified. this is an intervention curriculum that sf ust is spending more money on as we speak. i support this resolution because i know promoting teaching methods at their core do not teach children how to read words in asystemic denial of access to appropriate
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education . guessing is not reading. here at class we are in a crest of a literacy crisis. we must fix this so we can no longer claim to be a district that supports its children. thank you. >> clerk: hello. >> caller: my name is hope kelly and i'm the parent of a beautiful intelligent creative and capable child . i am a parent of a child who wants to learn. that goesto school every day and gives it his all . but i am also a parent of a child who has been struggling to read and write for years in this district. this resolution and everything that it represents is the reason why i am here. it is the reason why i first reached out to support from families so long ago and is the
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reasonwhy i am the parent advocate that i am today . because wanting your child, watching yourtrial child struggle to read your after year is heartbreaking . because watching the light that is my son's true essence fully disappear creates despair. because despite advocating on behalf of and collaborating with so many wonderful educators who want to help i cannot help my son. i cannot afford outside resources so he can have access to hopefully this curriculum that's going to come from this resolution. please meet this moment. >> hello amy. >> my name is amy.
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i am a pediatrician for tampa general and i'm the mother of a second-grader at ss ust and as a pediatrician i've had many patients struggle with reading and this often leads to behavioral challenges that puts them further behind academically and for a long time i did not understand why reading difficulties were so prevalent but it became clear to me as a patient when schools closed my daughter was in kindergarten we realized we needed to teacher to read on our own began to investigate best practices and found there's this extensive body of scientific literature on how kids learn to read and the most effective strategies but we also discovered the sfusd curriculum is not based on this
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evidence. ibelieve individual teachers incorporate evidence-based practices but they're doing this on their own without training from the school district the delivery is inconsistent . i support the resolution becausei think we need to do more to create opportunities for children to learn to read using the science of reading . thank you. >> clerk: hello tara. >> caller: myname is tara , i'm a parent in the district and i'm so excited and hopeful about this resolution. as a parent and educator it's imperative our district adopte the resolution. i've been following this movement in oakland and hope w can learn from what they are doing . dreamweaver from the ability to attend oakland they had a cast meeting later this month and i hope everyone
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comes . our educators are working so hard for the latest efforts to teachthe schools and training students for their best opportunities . as one of the many educators that is working on my own to learn about the science of reading, i think it's better for our districts. as one of the many educators that chime into this resolution i hope that the school district passes it and board of education passesit . thank you for your call commissioner lopez for offering thispresentation . thank you. >> thank you. >> rebecca. >> can you hear me. >> clerk: yes. >> my name is rebecca, i'm one of the authors of this resolution and i'm a special education resource teacher . i don't know if you can see it but i do send profile pictures to something my students and i call staffing monsters and what
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you should know about these is staffing monsters ate pizza and they also hate products. every time we use our phonics skills we go to work successfully and use our phonics toolkit, our knowledge the words on the page we get a star to defeat the monsters in the final battleonce we've covered the stars is a phonics pizza party which is just a pizza party with books . obviously i'm really passionate and creative about this i really hate that i had to make these. i created these monsters because unfortunately the current directorutilize that teaches children to read. it encourages exactly the wrong skill set . what i had to do creative onset. we're not doing right by our kids were not setting them up for success and we don't teach them how to code, how to know the al makes o sound and every other littlerules . we leave them guessing and guessing does notmake you confident . it doesn't make you feel empowered.when kids guess they feel stupid and if you've
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ever heard a six-year-old tell you they want to die because theydon't know how to read i hope it never happens to you . please stopempowering the guessing monster empower our students literacy is liberation . let it liberate ourkids . thank you. >> that concludes public comments. >> thank you for that justin. unless i hear otherwise from legal counsel i am referring the policies to therules committee and resolution a1 to the curriculum committee . section t board members reports. item 1 reports for committee. we will hear from the rules committee and thebudget committee commissioner alexander .
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>> i'll give a high-level overview but no surprise we've spent extensive time discussing the structural deficit that's looming over $100 million july 1. we also discussed which we approved tonight a couple of items particularly from bond applications as well as ... i'm blanking out. as well as the audit actual. another word foran actual process .and again the importance of submitting a balanced budget plan in december. from mid-december. you're going to be increasing the number of meetings to have
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more transparency discussions around progress that we're making in the zero-based budgeting as we sprinted to the mid-december deadline. and will also be forthcoming around confirmations of town halls and community discussions about the status of the district budget and next steps. >> and the rules committee, the fourth of october we actually had a lengthy discussion or somewhat, maybe not like the discussion about the state funding issue that kind of we refer to the little bit earlier tonight around how all districts around the state are seeing declines in enrollment. the state of california overall is seeing a big increase in revenue and so there may be opportunities again to kind of
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for advocacy around dealing with the enrollment decline statewide without hitting school districts across the state with large cuts so we will see where that comes. there are also we talked about a number of bills that we had taken positions on supporting which have passed and either have been signed by the governor or are about to be signed by the governor. so i think there's a pretty good summary of those in the notes if anyone's interested and if you want questions i can answer them but that was what we talked about. >> thank you, yes. lots of excitingchanges in statewide law . item 2, board delegates to membership organizations see sba or ctf. are there any reports?
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item 3, all of the reports by boardmembers . seeing non-, item 4. calendar of committee meetings between now and our next regular board meeting which will be october 26 . we will only have a curriculum committee meeting on monday, october 18. at 5 pm. 4 pm. sorry, very sorry. we're going to double check. it's 4. >> it is for. >> sorry for the confusion. monday, october 18 we will hold ritalin committee meeting at 4 pm and as commissioner lamb mentioned there will be additional meetings added to our calendar that i want to flag.
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a committee as a whole in november and december we usually do not hold one but we will around the budget discussion. the last thing i wanted to say was our student delegates have shown interest in joining our committees so i'd like to formally appoint commissioner land to the curriculumand instruction committee . sorry, delicate line and student delegate lam to our budget committee. i wanted to make a note of that andwill go to the regular budget process . i did want to share we will not be holding our closed session tonight and instead moving it to thursday'sspecial meeting . if we can double check. >> president lopez, did you want to continue this meeting
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or repost the meeting for thursday and add a closed session ? eitheris legally permissible . >> yes, let's continue. does that mean we willhave that at the beginning of our meeting or can we still hold it at the end ? >> know, it just means you will have to meetings on thursday. one will be this meeting that continues and you'll have the special meeting that we posted. >> you don't have to. the question was can we do the closed sessionafter the other meeting . >> president: that works for us thank you. section l, memorial adjournment . i'd like to close tonight's meeting in honor of daphne
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dorman and i'm going to read a few words by our san francisco communityorganizer . stephanie dorman was a san francisco-based actress, comedian, software engineer and mom who died by suicide two years ago this week. daphne volunteered to teach people coding skills and she donated to many coffers throughout the city. she was loved by many friends and acquaintances for her big heart. she was one of the most generous people i've ever met and is dearlymissed . she dealt with depression for many years and it's tragic that she lost her battlebecause she was a beacon of hope for so many people . we know that the lgbt queue students are still significantly more likely to concentrate suicide and that's why the work that sfu as the lgbt queue students and a possible queer transparent advisory council isstill important .
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let's let this be a reminder that we have to continue working hard to implement programs that will reduce bullying provide mental health support and keep students safe. thank you. and with that this meeting is adjourned. recessed.
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>> i am president sophie maxwell. madam clerk, roll call, please. [roll call] >> clerk: and you have a quorum. >> thank you. due -- >> clerk: due to the covid-19 emergency and the governor's emergency order lifting the restrictions on teleconference, this meeting is being held


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