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>> thank you to our translators for helping with tonight's meeting. the regular meeting of the board of education of the san francisco unified school district for october 26, 2021, is now called to order. roll call, please. [roll call] >> great. thank you. let's begin tonight's meeting. section a is general information. section b is opening items. item 1 is our land
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acknowledgement. we, the san francisco board of education acknowledge that we are on the ancestral homeland of the ramaytush ohlone who are the original inhabitants of the san francisco peninsula. the ramaytush ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place as well as for all peoples 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 members of the ramaytush ohlone and by affirming their sovereign rights as first peoples. item 2, approval of the board minutes. i need a motion and a second.
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>> so moved. >> second. >> are there any corrections? seeing none, roll call vote. [roll call] . >> thank you for that reminder. let's go to item 3 under section b, superintendent's report. i'll call on dr. matthews. >> thank you, president lopez. good evening, everyone. good evening, community members, and good evening,
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board members and staff. congratulations to lowell high in the 2022 race to submit, which is a statewide campaign sponsored by the california student aid commission. lowell high was among the highest high schools with the highest submission numbers in the state. the commission has certified that 78.4% of lowell high seniors have completed a fafsa or california dream act application. congratulations to the entire lowell family for this achievement. the san francisco state vaccine scholarship program is for san francisco residents ages 12 to 17 who have received a covid-19 vaccine. san francisco state is offering ten scholarships to fully fund four years of tuition to the university for eligible youth
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who register at participating vaccination locations in the city. a scholarship will be drawn from those vaccination applications. recipients will be eligible for scholarship funds for four years of under graduate education. for more information and where you can sign up, go to for the continued safety of our community, this year, enrollment will be on-line with virtual session workshops. the virtual enrollment fair take place october 22 through 29. you can visit our website at
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discover/virtual-enrollment- fair. and if you go there, you can get the daily schedule of workshops. school info sessions are 30 minutes on-line meetings where families can learn about schools and meet the school communities. school info sessions are organized by grade level.
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for example, elementary schools -- >> i got an e-mail about a hip-hop -- >> miss rice mitchell, your mic is on. miss rice mitchell, your mic is on. sorry about that, miss rice mitchell. you can calm down now. all right. school info sessions are 30-minute meetings where people can learn about schools.
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during each session, schools will provide a short presentation of their program, followed by questions and answers. school info sessions will be recorded and posted after the fair. workshops provide information on specific enrollment topics, such as what's the pre-k through 12 enrollment process and how to enroll in processes. all sessions are held through zoom, and it's recommended that you load zoom onto your computer or phone before proceeding. just join at the scheduled time. all events will be recorded and posted on after
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the fair is over. finally, with influenza season beginning in november, families and students are encouraged to get the flu vaccine. the start of the flu season will overlap with covid-19 this year. during the holiday season, viruses such as influenza can easily spread due to increased contact. sfusd families and students can both prepare and prevent the spread of covid-19 and the flu by getting vaccinated against both. according to the centers for disease control and prevention, you can get the covid-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time. flu shots are available at provider offices, clinics, and pharmacies. check first with your doctor's offices or primary care clinic, which is often the best and
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least expensive place to get vaccinated. the san francisco department of public health offer low cost or free flu vaccines to the public at many places. if you visit the san francisco healthnet work website or the san francisco free clinic website, you can get that information. president lopez, that ends my report for this evening. >> thank you for that. next, we'll hear from our student delegate, joanna lamb. >> thank you, president lopez. yesterday, we had the following s.a.c. committees for the 2021-2022 school year. environmental, social justice
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and equity, transportation, health and safety, and curriculum and instruction. we want to thank our student commissioner of leadership and engagement for the facilitation of this process. we also have our first s.a.c. resolution of the year on the agenda tonight, urging the sfusd board of education to support the alignment of the student advisory council and the board of education office under item j, and we hope to put forth more student authored legislation this year. as always, you can find us on-line, and right now, our website is currently still under construction, but as soon as we get that, we'll make sure to bring it up in the next student delegate report. thank you, president lopez. that concludes the student delegates' report. >> great. moving onto item 5, under section b, recognitions and
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resolutions of commendation. there are none tonight. item 6, recognizing all valuable employees, our r.a.v.e. awards, i'd like to call on superintendent matthews for this item. >> thank you, president lopez. tonight, we have two r.a.v.e. awards. our first award this evening will be the r.a.v.e. special service award. this award is being given to a teacher at monroe elementary school, june ho, and this will be presented by thor boucher, principal, monroe elementary school. >> thank you. my name is thor boucher, and i
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am the principal at monroe elementary schools. the mom of a fifth and ninth grader at sfusd, miss ho treats all children the way she would like her own children treated. miss ho and seven other educators were nominated for the award last year. i want to thank her for her dedication and compassion to everyone in the community. >> good evening, dr. matthews and everyone on the board, thank you for this special recognition. thank you, dr. matthews, for
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this recognition. i'm so proud to be an sfusd educator and a parent of sfusd. i'm honored to accept this award today. it truly means a lot to me. i want to dedicate this award to my fellow teachers, students, and parents. thank god and thank you again, and i look forward to serving all of my students. thank you so much. [applause] >> thank you. the next award is a r.a.v.e. performance award, and it is being prebted -- presented by
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[indiscernible]. >> -- in providing quality education to his students over the years. he goes the extra mile in ensuring that his students reach their maximum potential. as a dedicated educator and peer teacher mentor, he spends countless hours dedicating to forming thoughtful lesson plans and also spends countless hours coaching students and mentoring new teachers. i especially appreciate brian's leadership of the p.e. department and his dedication to all of our students. i appreciate his willingness to always making roosevelt better. brian, congratulations, and thank you for all that you do for our students, our teachers, and our families. >> thank you, principal leacham. thank you, dr. matthews, president lopez, and the board of education. it is truly an honor to receive
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this award. i've been at roosevelt, my second home, and i'd like to acknowledge my wife and my kids because they are my sounding board when i come up for a new idea for my lesson plans, and sometimes they give me that look, oh, not again, dad. i'd like to thanks susan saunders and wendy haney, now retired. i'd like to thank the rest of the district physical education office, the folio group and the [indiscernible] group. they've provided me with wonderful training and
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connections with other people just to fulfill my training. and last, i'd like to thank my previous co-workers and current co-workers at roosevelt middle school. roosevelt is a joy to work with all of the people there, and it is truly an inspiring place to be. thank you very much. [applause] >> congratulations again to our r.a.v.e. award recipients and thank you so much for your work. we are now moving onto section c, but i did want to make one announcement to the public. i will be moving section i up on the agenda to go after section d, so section i will be
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happening after section d, please be advised that the ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. please be advised that the chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing of or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic section i will be held after section d. item 2, this is a specific public comment section for sfusd students. we will hear from sfusd students who wish to speak on any matter. there will be up to 15 minutes of the general public comment period, and students may also
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speak at any other public comment time throughout tonight. >> operator: thank you, president lopez. it's one minute tonight? >> yes, but i think there's a question of clarification from delegate lamb? >> i know that i have students that have submitted certain statements to me. i don't know if i present them now -- >> okay. is it general public comment or on a particular agenda item? >> no, it's on a particular agenda item. >> okay. then when that item is called, that's when you submit the comments. >> okay. now is the time for general public comment. can that be repeated in spanish and chinese, please? [speaking spanish language]
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>> thank you. max? >> thank you. my name is max [indiscernible] i want to emphasize s.a.c. is a youth led organization providing a voice for sfusd. i want to say that s.a.c. is about policy making, so it makes sense for us to
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[indiscernible] while being under the board of ed. thank you. >> thank you. hello, reya or reya? >> hello. i'm reya, and i'm the student advisory council president [indiscernible] as max has said before me, the student advisory council is a school wide governing body that gives a voice to the student body. students are the stakeholders of our school system and it is really crucial that our
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students voice their concerns on legislation that directly affects them. >> thank you. hello, eden? >> hello. my name is eden, the treasurer for the student advisory council and senior at lowell high school. first, the student advisory council is a resolution making body. it allows greater transparency and access to student voices when it comes to legislation that the board of education decides on. >> thank you. >> that concludes student public comment, president
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lopez. >> thank you. we'll move onto item 3 under section c, and we'll have one minute each, please. >> thank you. we'll now move onto general public comment. can that be repeated in spanish and chinese? [speaking spanish language]
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>> thank you. miss still? >> thank you. on behalf of the naacp, we're appalled to learn that the district is placing t.s.a., their positions, against their will. all of us in the education world are small communities. would we take a janitor and put them in the classroom? why would we take the executive board and put them in the classroom? [indiscernible] she works with the homeless children. shame on you, board of education, that she will -- our district guarding homeless children in this district. she has two sites that directly provide direct service. they deal with homeless
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children. the ten day count we're all aware of -- [indiscernible]. >> why didn't you do that this year? [indiscernible] please let her keep her position working with homeless children. thank you. >> thank you. hello, elena? >> hi, can you hear me? >> hello? >> hello? can you hear me? >> yes. >> i'm elena, and i'm a teacher at thurgood marshall high school, and i'm really concerned about our facilities of the school. our school is under construction for improvements, and that's great, but our
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school is supposed to be operational during the -- >> i'm so sorry, elena. can you please try to remove your mic away from your mouth a little because it's very hard to hear. this is the spanish interpreter. thank you. >> okay. can you hear me better now? >> thank you, yes. >> okay. so we have a lot of issues with our facilities, and i'm really unclear about the way to get them fixed. so far, we've been filing work orders, and we have to file several to get items fixed. i've done all the paperwork, and yet, i still can't call the main office. when i call the main office, i get a voice mail from an internal phone, and we're doing our best as understaffed and underworked -- or overworked,
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but our calls that are put in for construction -- a lot of classrooms don't have windows that open or close, and i would really like to see some results. >> thank you. hello, sabria? >> hello. my name is sabria ray, and i'm calling with an issue that i've called about before, which is not seeing the number of participants available on a call. that gives folks some sense of, you know, what the audience is and how many people are attending, and it shouldn't be something that's difficult to activate. i also want to make sure, i'm not sure if the board is aware, that i and the other people i talk to, we often can't see the board members. often, we can only see the
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a.s.l. interpreter and, you know, perhaps the face of one other person while a presentation or something is being made. we would like to be able to see the folks who are in the room and making decisions and discussing things, and it's very disconcerting to discuss all of these things without knowing who is conversing, so it would help to know who is talking when they're talking. thank you. >> thank you. hello, tom? >> hi. i'm a teacher in the district, and we just hired a parabecause we had a parawho's on medical leave. he was hired a few weeks ago, and he still does not have an e-mail for the district, and he also still does not have an employee number, so now, he's not going to get paid on time,
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and myself and my principal are rushing to get him paid over there. this is someone who took the job and who needs the money, and we're just sort of saying whatever. he also didn't get the parabonus because they say they've got a backlog. that's really not cool, either, and i know it's probably not going to get fixed, but it just goes to say we're not going to help paras and teachers and staff when we do stuff like this, and not care about [indiscernible] it's not even that much, but we get people that want to stay on in the district. this is not helpful. >> thank you. that concludes public comment. >> thank you for that. moving onto section d, advisory committee reports and appointments.
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item 1 will be record from the african american parent advisory council, and i'd like to call on letisha irving. >> thank you, everyone, and thanks for having us. my name is letisha irving, and i'm the advisor for the african american parent advisory council. annually, we are given the opportunity to present before you and to give you an overview of our efforts of supporting black students and families in the district. this year, we decided to title the report black resilience and accountability. we hope to express the need for both as we go through this presentation. >> i am so sorry. this is the interpreter. can you please slow down? thank you. >> i will try. >> thank you. >> it is now my honor to turn this presentation over to the amazing aapac leadership team
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who will move to the presentation report. as we move to the next slide, i'd like to call up breonna matisse. >> [indiscernible] proud mom of a high school junior and aapac leader. during our time together, we are going to go over aapac leadership, goals, and 2020-21 accomplishments, share our scope of work for the current year, offer some recommendations to the board of education and district leaders, and finally close with some appreciations and acknowledgements. justin, will you please go to the next slide? as letisha mentioned in her introduction, our theme this year is black resilience and
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accountability. we often hear black resilience as if the two are synonymous. the truth is as a black people, we are resilient, but it takes work. as a leadership team, we try to do that with one another often. today, as we introduce ourselves, we want to share in goals and we want to encourage you to find some bright spots and celebrate your resilience so that somebody may be inspired. i'll start again. my name is rionda batis, and my daughter experienced on-line learning, allowing her to slow down and experience family time. i just had a new baby who just
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turned one year old this month. >> rionda, i'm sorry, but i need to switch out presentations. it'll take me just a moment. >> thank you, justin. >> you're welcome.
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>> okay. can you tell me what slide you're on? >> that's the perfect slide. thank you. >> thank you. apologies. >> okay. no problem. thank you. my name is mary worthy, a parent of two, a first grader and sixth grader. my daughter was able to celebrate and have an in-person fifth grade graduation ceremony, and my daughter, marissa, completed kindergarten and still loves learning as a first grader. tony? >> thank you, mary. good evening, everyone. my name is tony hunt himes, and the last of my six children recently graduated and attended hpcu. i was also able to collaborate despite being shut in and shutdown through the magic of zoom. i learned how to collaborate
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and commit. hope? >> good evening, everyone. my name is hope williams, and my oldest daughter graduated high school. my first grader is reading at grade level, and my son, born eight weeks early, is now a five month old. mauricia, will you close us out? >> thank you, hope. hi, everyone. my name is mauricia robinson. i'm at my daughter's dance practice. thank you, everyone, for allowing us to present tonight. i don't have any new baby, but i am the mom of five beautiful black babies, and i have one who's in preschool, a couple big ones, and i have one that's in elementary school in this district. my goal is that the pandemic has allowed my family to strengthen our connection to
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community, ability, and each other. it's given us the ability to pause and reflect. next slide, please, and mary, i'm going to turn it over to you. >> thanks, mauricia. aapac is an organization founded in 2017. and works in partnership with many driktd -- district departments and organizations; including advising the board, hosting advocacy, and we sent out monthly updates to keep our families and partners up to date of opportunities, resources, and information that may be relevant to them.
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next slide, please. each year, we serve aapac participants and members and ask what they would like aapac to focus on. last year, it was centering and focusing on black identities and culture. much like last year, aapac kept serving none stop. we held two retreats, and thank you, dr. matthews, for allowing us to hold those retreats. we hosted town halls and watch parties, conducted distance learning surveys and reported them back to district leadership, sent our monthly newsletters to family and staff and community partners and
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distributed over 1,000 books with black characters and authors. we are most proud of the fact that black families see us as a resource and safe place for them to join monthly or to reach out when assistance is needed. next slide, please. all right. mauricia, you're up. >> thank you, mary. so as we mentioned, we host two retreats a year. during our summer planning retreat, in august, we compiled some of our wins and some of our missed opportunities during the past year. looking back, some of our glitters or wins are our consistent support to families, and we updated our operating
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guide. that is a huge lift. i'm so glad we were able to finally tackle that this year and provide a road map for our programs this year. thank you, staff, for all that you do. we are the proud recipients of the dream keepers s.f. grant, and we'll talk about that in upcoming slides. shout out to all administrative staff and families who did their best to keep us up and going in a virtual world. unfortunately, all schools were unable to continue virtually. other missed opportunities are
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recruitment of aapac leaders virtually, but we're happy to say we do have some new recruits. who takes care of the caretakers? we are all needy, and just like you all who are leaders, too, we just keep pushing on. self-care is an act of resilience as much as it is an act of resistance. next slide, please, and i'll turn the presentation over to [indiscernible]. >> thank you for that self-care reminder. we have to keep that front and center. those reflections, in addition to listening to the voices of black parents and children of sfusd is going to be our focus this year. as stated prior, we will focus
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on black resilience. we don't always want to be labeled as resilient because with that comes the labels of burden and harm, but we continue to show up every day, and this year, aapac wants to not only celebrate our resilience but build it up, too. we will share resources and tools to become more resilient as we advocate and support our kids academy and really heal. we are also going to focus on accountability. we must hold our leaders in the district and the community as well as ourselves, our partners, accountable, including a greater push for district transparency. we also want to increase aapacs
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responsiveness to black family requests, concerns, and suggestions, and to strengthen our partnership outside of sfusd. lastly, we're focused on expansion, expanding our outreach and efforts to families yet to be engaged. next slide, please. to move us closer, we have some shifts in our structure that we want to share. we are revamping our operating guide, tightening up on the rolls and responsibilities of aapac leaders and the leadership time and developing guides for sites. all of this will be available on our website,
6:42 am, and that will be there by next month. our guide will be released next month, also. we are grateful for the funding sources that have sustained us over the past five years, and am honored to be the recipients of the dream keeper funding. that's an initiative to reinvent $20 million over the next two years from san francisco police department to black and african american
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communities. additionally, to eliminate the disproportionality of black children in special education especially under the categories of emotionally disturbed as well as other health impaired, as well as suspension district wide through the comprehensive coordinated early intravenous or [indiscernible]. that information should be posted next week. next slide, please. hope, you're up. >> thank you, shomy. our recommendation. vision 2025 calls for parents to feel empowered as decision makers within schools and that their voices are clearly reflected in the district
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programs, services, and structure, many of which are the district result of our recommendations. with that, here are our recommendations of 2021 zsh 22. we are asking for auto -- authentic participation in [indiscernible] communications all feel one sided. parents are our babies' first teachers. when we get authentic opportunities for authentic two-way dialogue, we are experiencing a district monologue. we know you are all working around the clock to find better strategies to work with
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students, but don't forget to work with us. remember, nothing for us without us. over the years, we have committed recommendation. we would like to know where they landed. even if you can't do something, tell us. this helps hold us accountable for teaching our babies. we ask for full transparency in the implementation of [indiscernible] and use of funds. social and emotional well-being, and antiracist classes, policies, and training. anecdotally, we have heard that suspensions are up in sfusd.
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why? are teachers being trained on antiracist practices? are we using the care and core team models that students worked to develop with stakeholders? how are we holding staff accountable? as a side note, we are requesting suspension data and have requested suspension data and are still awaiting a suspension. we need schools to actually adhere to them. it seems that everything is voluntary. again, where is the accountability? in order to seek change, we need to fully invest so that we can actually see if these shifts work for our students. we know that this includes our unions. that leads us to our last set
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of asks. this year, we are asking for a seat at the table. we'd like to support in the brainstorming what a parent bargaining unit can look like or, rather, parents at the collective bargaining table with our uesf and current administrator union. we are looking to see if there are other examples of the district doing this. we also want to ensure aapac representation in the superintendent search. we haven't done that. and finally, more representation on the district committee. as a b.o.e. and district leadership team, we understand there are many sections to the bill. we are asking that you consider ours and follow up with us. we want to be able to go back
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to our members and let them know that their voices have been heard. the only way we can do that is with transparency and open communication. thank you. final slide, please. >> thank you, hope. as we close, i want to give a huge round of appreciation and a great big round of applause to our aapac team members represented on this panel, and the many other families and black children who pour into aapac with all of their ideas, celebrations, and resources. thank you. your work does not go unnoticed and our district is better because of each of you. i'd like to thank our leaders who are still in their three-month observation period. i know that's a long time, but that is something we decided to implement this year, so i wanted to give a special thank you to you all.
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lastly, i want to thank our village. we know that there are so many partners, but we also no that black -- know that black families -- it takes a village, so thank you for your time, your energy, and your investment in black families in this district. >> thank you. before we get into our discussion, i'd like to open it up to public comment. >> please raise your hand if you care to speak to the african american advisory council presentation. can that be repeated in spanish and chinese, please? [speaking spanish language]
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[speaking cantonese language. >> okay. seeing about ten hands up, president lopez. >> okay. we can do a minute each. >> okay. miss marshall, did you wish to speak? >> yes. they say a picture was worth 1,000 words. that last slide said it all. thank you to this amazing phenomenal group of informed parents. on december 31, 2017, it was my job to go out and get flowers
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and food for the first aapac meeting. i can't tell you how good it feels to see how you all from grown and blossomed. for your one request that you're not getting data, i wrote down a note to my staff for this presentation. why be a sign to executive team members of aapac so they know what the requests are, so keep doing good work. aashai. >> thank you. hello, supriya. supriya, did you care to speak? hello, alita? >> hi, everyone.
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on behalf of the community advisory committee for special education, we are very proud to be called out by aapac leaders, and i must say that the love is mutual. we are equally grateful for your partnership, for your collaboration, and we are equally grateful for all of the work that you do to support our babies in the district. i do want to call attention to slide 9 and the information contained by aapac. i speak for the c.a.c. and many of the other community advisory committees. we are aligned in these asks here, particularly in two-way communication. now, more than ever, this year more than ever, making sure that parents' feedback is front
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and center, and that it's a two-way communication is so, so critical, so thank you all for the work that you're doing to ensure that happens. much love from the c.a.c. >> thank you. hello, michelle. >> yes. thanks, judson. my name is [indiscernible] and i'm the parent advisory to the s.f. board of ed. i am so grateful for the participation and effort of aapac leaders. it's a joy to work with every single one of you, and as you all have modelled for us, i ask that we all and the board listen to aapacs recommendations and requests, including meaningful two-way
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partnership, system shifts, social emotional well-being, and antiracist practices, policies, and training with budget prioritization. i ask that we support all of their efforts and as they advocate for each and every black student as they seek to have a seat at the bargaining table. thank you. >> thank you. hello, gregory? >> good evening, dr. matthews, dr. marshall, and distinguished board members. i want to thank letisha irving and the aapac for their heartwarming presentation tonight.
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parents have for a number of years been supporting the aapac efforts. prior to post covid-19 and distance learning, the challenge has been to reestablish trust with these sites in the district. attempts to reconnect have been difficult, and african american families have expressed difficulties with the covid-19 vaccination push. >> thank you. hello, julia? >> hi. can you hear me? >> yes. >> hi. first of all, thank you, aapac, for everything you do. i'm concerned about
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disproportionate suspension of black and brown, particularly african american boys, and i don't know where the conversations have gone. covid robbed our babies of 18 months of socialization and the maturation that comes with that and when you throw hormones into that, you get a you know what show. they are -- where's the suspension data? this is a problem from all of the conversations that i'm having. covid is still going on, so is
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an emotional hangover from the 18 months of distance learning. it's happening all over the country, but the hammer of suspension is being used instead of restorative efforts. a suspension can wreck a child's future. >> thank you. hello, jazmine. >> hello. can you hear me? >> yes. >> hi. my name is jazmine redmon, and i'm the family and community engagement leader at [indiscernible] school and i also lead our aapac meetings. my priority is to strengthen relationships between home and schools, advocate for parents to meet their childrens' needs,
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and advocating for their schools. >> hello, julia? >> yes, hi. thank you very much. i'm julia martin, special education ombudsman for the district and c.i.t. liaison, and i want to share both titles in speaking tonight because in both of my roles, nothing that i do is possible without the aapac and without the partnership. so huge, huge thanks to all of you. your leadership and passion for advocacy and support of wellness for our family is crucially important at this time, and i also am very excited to hear [indiscernible] implementation is coming to
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life, and we're seeing that with your group, and recognizing that there is much work to be done around suspensions. the point that you bring up around restorative practices and the need for really looking at that information is super crucial right now. thank you for your work. you are doing an awesome job. >> thank you. hello, sam? >> hi. my name is sam murphy. i am also a member of the c.a.c., and i also want to second alita's deep gratitude for aapac. and the suspension numbers, i would love to see that number out and about everywhere, so thank you so much, and i'm looking forward to our meeting on thursday, where we get together and talk about dyslexia. deep gratification -- sorry,
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gratitude. thank you. >> thank you. hello, carla? >> hi. i'm going to jump on the community advisory committee love fest for aapac. i am always learning from this powerful impactful group of leaders, and i encourage the board to not only listen to them but learn from them. thank you all for all of your hard work and continued fight. thank you so much. >> thank you. hello, yvette. >> hello. my name is yvette [indiscernible] and i am a board member for the san francisco parent coalition. i also want to thank aapac for this wonderful and fantastic presentation. i want to echo what everyone
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has said regarding the suspension data. honestly, it shocks me right now, i thought we would have some real conversations about how it shouldn't be business as usual. i have heard from many parents throughout this year. instead of focusing on some of the social emotional learning supports that we should have been given to black children, no matter where they came from or what their backgrounds are, this is real, and so supports should be provided immediately. i agree with previous callers. this is not okay. [indiscernible] thank you very much. have a good night. >> thank you. hi, danielle? >> hi, good evening.
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this is danielle utley with the district english learners committee. i just want to echo what all the other leaders have said. thank you, leaders, for your commitment to our students and families here in the san francisco unified school district. letisha irving, you are a true rock star, and you have helped me in my role in supporting our families, learning how to ensure advocacy on behalf of all of our students and families, and i do hope that you, as a board and we as a district understand the true meaning of authentic partnership and ensure that we are learning to our families. so the district english learners advisory committee stands in unity with aapac, and thank you for everything. good evening.
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>> thank you. hovah? >> hi. my name is hovah, and i am technically a c.a.c. member, but my first meeting years ago was a joint meeting between aapac and c.a.c., and i wanted to call and just not only say i'm with you and i hear you. i just -- my heart breaks sometimes when i hear these presentations year after year from a variety of focal groups. and i guess my wish is that we can join together and collaborate more because our babies are our babies, and when i was there at that joint aapac
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meeting, it was the most powerful and enlightening and -- i don't know. it moved me, and it healed me, and i just want you to know that i see you, and i'd like many other opportunities, if you'd like me, so thank you for all of those opportunities so many years ago. >> thank you. for give me if i mispronounce it. gaineran ciataga. >> thank you. you pronounced it right. i would like to say thank you so much to aapac for their amazing presentation today. you all are doing amazing
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groundwork [indiscernible]. >> i'm sorry. you're breaking up a little bit. can you hear me? i'm sorry. you can speak when you get back on. hello, sarah? >> hi. my name is sarah [indiscernible], and i want to echo what schools have been saying about thanking the aapac members for not just advocacy but this wonderful presentation. i also just want to say that i love the idea about truly giving black families a set at the table and a voice especially about the idea of a parent bargaining team. again, i just want to thank you for everything that you do with your voice and for the parents in the san francisco unified school district. >> thank you.
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hello, miss jordan. >> okay. hello. good evening, aapac, you know where i sit with you. you're in my heart. i am just grateful for letisha irving and the team. you are not just parents, you are social scientists, and you are bringing a light to a number of things that was going on prior to the pandemic. the pandemic just put a spotlight on it, and you're still moving forward. i appreciate all of your hard work, i appreciate you calling things out and strategically planning how to discuss them and bringing them into spaces that, you know, can allow them to build and work with others to address it. i urge the board to continue to support the aapac. i am not here at linda jordan, a.l.i. member, i am here as a
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parent 100%. your slide number 9 just addressed so many things. before i start crying, i'm just going to tell you, keep on pushing. thank you, aapac. >> thank you. hello, kelley? >> yes, i would like to say thank you to this group of phenomenal [indiscernible]. i remember when i first came in 2013, and irving was there, many, many moons ago, and then, as we've move forward, tony and riosha and mauricia and hope. and it isn't this evening's presentation that stands out for me, it's the work that you do every month when you all show up and you all lead around mental health, and you lead around s.p.e.d., and then, i
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push you around mat -- mathematics, and i know that we have the goals set by the district, and these 3,000 black students are all depending on you. i see you, i hear you, and i appreciate you. let's add math to the -- let's just add math. it's great if students can student, but imagine if they can read with mathematics tucked in. >> thank you. hello, daniela. >> hi, everyone. my name is daniela oropeza, and i am a student at san francisco school of the arts, a part of the world health department.
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i wanted to highlight that tonight because i feel like when i try to have conversations in a predominantly white school, i feel like their voices aren't heard, and their voices matter. i feel like the data in regards to the suspension should be given. i want to commend you for your work, and your presentation is amazing, and i just want to say thank you so much. so much love and gratitude to you all. >> thank you. that concludes public comment on this item. >> thank you to our public commenters, and especially to our students for sharing your thoughts. i'd like to open it up for
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discussion amongst our student delegate and board members. student delegate lamb? >> yes, i just wanted to echo what a lot of public commenters were saying and say thank you to the aapac for putting together this amazing presentation. as a member of the s.a.c., the student advisory committee, i would like to highlight the willingness of the student advisory committee to collaborate and work on thoughts. thank you. >> yes, i'd also like to express some thoughts. one, thank you for this amazing
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presentation. it not only sets the tone for the district but sets the stone -- tone for the meeting and the work coming up. what about the efforts of families who have yet to be engaged and barriers that you've found that keeps you from engaging them or barriers that you've noticed? >> i can take this one. i think one of our biggest barriers is capacity.
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>> i want to emphasize that our sites have been working hard, and especially during the pandemic -- well, we're still in the pandemic, but during distance learning, to make sure that we were building these safe spaces, but they were struggling. so some of the conversations that i'd have when we were talking about bringing families on, is the idea of is this a
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safe space? if i say something, where is it going to go? administrators and principals are trying to get this work going, but who is going to keep it going, and i know that we've talked about this in other board presentations. that's why having people in those position right side so important. -- positions are so important. you asked a question about what we are going to do to reach families that we have been unable to reach? this year, we've expanded our list serve, and we're hitting well over 4,000 folks.
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we know that e-mail isn't the only way, but that's our reach right now, so we have to figure out a way to hit the pavement, to start knocking on doors, and we're part of a group called megablack. how are we working with others to touch black lives in our district so if they don't come to aapac or they don't have aapac at their school, they can get the same resources and the same level of professional development, so i think it means diversefying our approach, and i think that e-mail isn't the only way. we're going to have to go to where our families are, and that is why we're super grateful to be able to hire more staff on our leadership
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team. >> i was going to say, the only thing, we also want to staff a location where families and children can come, and in a safeway, in a covid safeway, be able to talk forward and come. >> and i just want to add the need for a neighborhood based, like, neighborhood based work and really invest in outreach in the neighborhood, where there's trust in people there. >> thank you. and to clarify, i would not want to add more work on your plate but find out how, as commissioners, what we can do to aid in your grassroots efforts to personally connect with folks. i'll ask one more questions. specifically around the socio
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emotional support and specifically how we're having discussions around budget presentation, are there specific programs or strategies that you've seen really effective in just supporting our prioritizing s.e.l.? >> i can take the wellness question. in regards to the socio emotional, i believe what helped during the pandemic is really having the resources as far as we still have a lot of parents that are unemployed, looking into their struggles, increasing wellness resources and wellness checks.
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we really need to have people there that look like us that can address the needs from the neighborhood. thinking about how we bring the community into the district and really branch out from there. >> can i add to that, in addition to what was being said tonight? how do we live that out? how do we actualize what's already there? sfusd, they have a huge plan, and if we can make sure that every single individual on our sites are working with the coordinating care team, that they are being antiracist in their practices. they're going to roll out a home visiting model, how we do wellness visits or wellness calls. there are people that are
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putting these plans in motion so we don't have to reinvent the wheel. the problem is implementation. we want to work closer with our unions, and that's part of being part of the collective bargaining. yes, there's other things that are out there, but i'd like to invest in what already exists in our district. >> agreed. thank you. commissioner collins and then commissioner bogus. >> thank you so much for the presentation, and i guess i wanted to jump in because i really appreciated the conversation. the concerns about suspensions have consistently been a concern in our district. they didn't go away with the pandemic, and as they're going
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back to school, they're going to be there. the resolution really directs the district to invest in community based services. invest in socio emotional learning, and invest in restorative practices, and come back to the district with
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plans. and it -- so i guess we need to do some recalibration because in this resolution, it states that it wanted the district to come back to the board to report on december 31, 2020, which was last year kind of mid pandemic, so i want to acknowledge that there was a lot of work that was started before the pandemic, and we're coming back to school, and i guess my question to colleagues is how do we revisit the work in this resolution? it calls on superintendent to work with labor to create a community school coordinator position so we can invest in that work. i know there's a lot of commissioner that's have been interested in that work.
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it also directs the superintendent to create a district safety plan that then comes back to the board because we want to make sure that we're supporting school safety in a way that also doesn't criminalize black youth and also students with disabilities, and that happens when we don't have clear safety plans in place. it also directs the district to work with uesf to create assessments with staff to make sure that antibias screening assessments will be directed to employees, and then, it also requests support from the city because we can't do this alone. we need to invest in community based supports. we can't do this alone, and a lot of schools that do well
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with community based schools or schools that work well with the community and they either bring the community into the school as official sfusd employees or as on-site support. so i guess i just wanted to ask my colleagues how do we see coming back to some of these -- these things conditionally come up, and it's unfinished work. is this something we would want to revisit here owe talk about in a curriculum or instruction meeting or superintendent matthews, what do you propose is a good way to revisit? it's a good way to come back, but what are some of the ways that we can respond to items that we were working on before the pandemic? >> i'm asking everyone.
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>> the only response i have is it's a lot. with the pandemic, getting kids back to living in schools, that has definitely consumed the work that we've been doing, so i don't have an answer for -- because every time we think the pandemic is easing, it has another story for us, so i'm happy to look for the appropriate time for the appropriate place to bring this back, but i'm happy to listen for an answer to the question. >> i think it's about connecting with community partners who do the bulk of what we were talking about and -- we are talking about and referencing and created in what
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we haven't really built on, so i think the correct committee to bring it up again and look at a committee of the whole or the chair of the committee to bring it back. >> thank you. i just want to say, the problems that we had before, likes she didn't go away because of the pandemic, and as families say that they are concerned about suspensions, you know, families have also expressed concerns, students have expressed concerns about being welcome in their schools, but we are kind of, all of us,
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dealing with so much at the same time, so i appreciate the offer to maybe bring it back to the full board and see where it fits into the work and where we are right now. >> one more point i wanted to add that one of the aapac leaders, one of the statements we heard is that we heard suspension numbers are up. i know that statement took on a life of its own, and i just didn't want to leave that out there. we have not run the suspension numbers as a district yet, but we will be coming back to the board with that number on suspensions and the work that's being done on suspensions.
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>> thank you. commissioner bogus? >> thank you. thank you to the aapac for the presentation and your hard work. appreciate the superintendent for giving us that extra tidbit with the data. i think it's important for families in the community to have that data. i think just realizing the failed intentions we've had to address this issue, and the resolution that we passed before you got here, superintendent matthews, that created some strict restrictions on suspensions of african american students and interventions as well as a designee from the superintendent's office put in between a black student being suspended and just seeing that we weren't able to fully implement those things or the
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restorative practices necessary throughout the district to get a grasp on the issue. i really think we need to figure out how we are addressing this as a district and how we are implementing kind of the pass resolutions that have been put into place and what are the barriers both kind of structural and economies that are preventing those from being put into place just so that we can kind of move consistently forward and improve. i want to look at changing the way that collective bargaining
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happens in involving the whole community instead of individual bargaining collections. i guess the question that i have, how do these recommendations from the aapac impact the planning processes from the board or are we as board members expected to take these recommendations and implement them through our powers and processes or is it a little bit of both? i guess i'm just curious with those recommendations, is there someone who's responsible for recommending them and solving them? >> yes, i'll take that question. we have an aapac leader who said we don't know what's happening with the recommendations. we have a tracker, and i know when the tracker is shared with
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the a.l.y. lead, so i'm looking at the recommendation and who's responsible and everything that's happened with all of these recommendations. so the point of your question was who, and that would be the executive leadership team, my team, is responsible for looking at those, and then, we push them out to the who that is here. so all of those -- there's a response to all of those. >> thank you. i've made multiple requests in the past that these trackers be available to the public, and i have never -- i haven't seen it? so i'm really concerned that i've made requests since i joined the board in 2019 that we track, i mean, information. i know that president lopez also has, and it seems like
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sometimes we get individual ones that we ask about, but i feel like we should all be getting trackers on resolutions that we've passed and in, you know, recent years, and additionally, i would like those to be available to the public, as well. is that something we can do? >> i can say that what is a big piece of this work is how do
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advisory boards do that alignment. >> can i say something? just when we say the aapac, i think it is a part of that two-way communication again. we acknowledge that things are happening all the time, and that there are things that it's being moved on because i, sitting as a district employee, are moving on, so i know things with moving, but unless we're able to bring it back and to show the families and to respond to data requests or to answer those things, it's hard to see, and families sit on a whole different end than we do. i will acknowledge there was efforts for the tracker to be implemented. we typed up all the recommendations for the year,
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but i may not have given it to them, and if that was a mess up on my part, i apologize. we know it was happening because it was asked of us to put all of those back together. so that is an ownership on me. i want to take that and say i haven't seen, and i apologize. as soon as it gets reshared, it will be the first thing that parents see in the morning. >> i appreciate that, and it's something that we definitely need to discuss earlier and expand on. i do hope that the rest of the questions are directed at aapac, and we can hopefully send you off and wrap up the item. >> no, i'm sorry. i have one more -- i think it's more of a comment and then i'll close out. also, i think we also lifted up suspensions but also lifting up the assessments for language
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arts information for black students being so low, the chronic absenteeism that we're seeing for black students right now, i think along with a myriad of other items that we're working to address through our budget deficit, and i guess i definitely hear more of a desire for it to be a focal point of the board to really get out the information so people can see the work that the board is doing as a whole and to center black students and all other students who are falling behind. thank you. >> hello. i first want to say thank you to the aapac -- i can't see their faces.
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i also want to say thank you to the black mothers. i notice that you are all black mothers doing this work, and i just want to lift that up because i know that it is not easy, you know, and i see so many of you when i go on these school visits, and i know you're on the ground, as well. so if anything comes out of tonight, i just want you to know that you're appreciated, and we really honor and respect the work you do as humans and for our black kids. it's not easy, maintaining and also carrying out a black or brown parent group period, so just kudos to you all, and just know, you know, i'm here definitely to support you 100%.
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the question i had was just in regards to our black fathers. i'm pretty sure there's always work and effort to recruit our black fathers. i was reading an article about a school district, i believe it was down in louisiana, where they're actually combatting violence in schools, and a group of fathers got together and carried out the fathers patrol group, and that decreased violence tremendously, and that was a group of black fathers, and i loved that. i would love to see that in san francisco because we're a community that's super diverse, any ways, i just wanted to say
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thank you and kind of get some feedback around that. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner. as you guys heard from the presentation, recruitment overall is -- it's hard, especially for the aapac leadership team and just the time commitment that it takes. i want to say that even though our dads are not front and center, they are still there. they're usually most times right behind the scenes, helping support in ways that we just don't bring to the front where you see our faces. we definitely welcome our dads or black males to come be a part of the aapac and leadership team. sometimes those, you know, e.c.s., but you don't see them, but they're there, so yes, we are actively working to make sure we have representation
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across the board, and we can always show how they're being better represented across the communities. >> that is amazing, and thank you so much again. appreciate you all. >> one quick comment and question, and thank you so much to the aapac for this presentation, but overall your leadership and your commitment to your children and this district. i'm excited to know about that 150,000 grant. i wanted to know, is that a one-year grant or is that a multiyear grant from the human rights commission? >> there are some metrics that we have to meet in order to
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reapply to see. we also applied for another grant. we submitted an r.f.q., and we are still waiting to hear more about it, but that is just keeping us on a list, so when there are funds, we can be an organization that will be the recipients of it. for now, this is two years, and we were supposed to be able to receive it this past july, 2021, and we are working with our partners. >> as part of the dream keepers initiative, there is a two-generation program that is centered around the child and the entire household, and things were raised, i hope being part of the dream keepers initiative that aapac and
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a.l.y. have the ability to leverage some of those relationships so that if our students and our communities can be in that program, that is a minimum five-year investment in that child's household, so just wanted tomention that when we think about the things in our households. something for me was reaction to and acknowledgement and thinking about the outreach and the strategy of going door to door on the ground in grass roots. i made a side comment to commissioner alexander as we're thinking about, if we aren't able to grow at every site within a specific time frame,
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how the leaders have built the community, i'm curious what some of those conversations can be like, so again, thank you all, and also wanted to to acknowledge, you know, the work around, and i'm looking forward to the data report around suspensions, what has happened at school sites as we're talking about distance learns, and so just really furthering those discussions around what is needed in the overall
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community, again, making sure that our students have what they need at our community sites and supporting students first and foremost. you all are really at the core of discussions when we are -- were all coming together in discussions about how do we partner with sfpd, how do we partner with our other city agencies around violence prevention and some of those partnerships. i know they're in conversation right now, so just all to say thank you, and clearly, lots of work that has --
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>> so i am going to be moving up item i, and then, we'll get back to section e on our agenda. >> president lopez, sorry to interrupt, did we want to do the translation slide? >> yes. judson will also be doing a few announcements. >> yes. there may be a few families that want to make public
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comment. translation, can we go ahead and read the information one more time? hello, translation? >> yes. >> san francisco unified school district will be providing translation throughout today's board meeting, so if you need spanish or cantonese translations, please call the number on your screen, and we will be repeating this in cantonese and spanish. [speaking cantonese language. >> spanish interpreter, please. >> thank you. [speaking spanish language]
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>> thank you very much. okay. i'm going to be reading an e-mail from charles sylvester who wanted to speak during general public comment. my name is charles sylvester. i would like to thank the board for your comments and service. i would like to comment on the impending cliff and budget for the district. moving forward, please be decisive leaders. please admit to school sites
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now they will have 10% less to spend on staff next year. between layoffs and furloughs, please choose layoffs, layoffs, layoffs, or offer cash incentives for teacher retirements well before the deadlines, and even better, tie it to years of service, so 1,000 per year up to 15 or 20 years. number one, layoffs over furloughs, and two, cash incentives over resignations. thank you very much for your time. those are my comments, and i appreciate your consideration. >> thank you, judson, for reading that into the record. so section i, item 1, 219-28-so-3, resolution finding that as a result of the state
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of emergency declared by california governor gavin newsom on march 24, 2020, it is necessary to continue to conduct virtual immediatings to avoid imminent risk to the health and safety of attendees. i need a motion and a second on the item, please. >> so moved. >> second. >> thank you. i'd like to call on general council danielle houck to say more. >> commissioners, this is just a continuation of the resolution that you first enacted last month, pursuant to the lieu that has bee enacted that allows you to have virtual meetings, provided you make the finding that's in the resolution. >> thank you. let's take public comment before we vote. >> thank you. please raise your hand if you
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wish to make comment on this item, please, and could that be repeated in spanish and chinese. thank you. [speaking spanish language] >> thank you. [speaking cantonese language] >> thank you. >> thank you. seeing three hands so far, president lopez. >> okay. we can do a minute each. >> yep. hello, michelle? >> yes. i'm the coordinator for the parent advisory council. i'd just like to thank the board of ed for their continued support of virtual meetings. it is logistically much easier and incredibly safer for our
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families. thank you. >> thank you. hello, miss marshall. >> thank you [indiscernible] virginia marshall on behalf of the alliance of black educators and naacp. we support this resolution [indiscernible] in order to keep our families safe and members of the community, especially our grandparents who are raising children. thank you. >> thank you. hi, chris. >> hi. can you hear me? >> yes. >> chris klaus, special education teacher, san francisco unified. i, too, support virtual
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meetings as when you get off work at 4:00 and the meeting starts at 5:00, and you need to get down to 555 franklin in order to participate in our educational democracy. thank you. >> thank you. rianda. >> good evening, everybody. i definitely want to speak out in support of continued on-line meetings. this allowed me to participate in meetings throughout my pregnancy and my 2020 birth. this has been amazing because i don't have to drag my little one out to meetings, so all of those who are mommies of little ones, thank you. >> thank you. that concludes public comment. >> thank you. now i'd like to turn it over to
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our commissioners before we vote. >> thank you, commissioner. i was going to say, i wanted to start meeting back in person. i definitely understand the concerns of safety. i definitely think we need to figure out a way to do it safe before we do it and to find a way to accommodate the safety of families in meetings, but i think it's important for us to have an audience here, so that's why i won't be supporting this, and i don't want to do things unsafe, but i think we need to find a way to meet in public and keep people safe. thank you. >> yeah. that summarizes my position, as well. i know we talked about last time the possibility of letting a smaller number of people into this room or in bigger spaces, and i wonder if there's been
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any conversation surrounding that? >> as you know, we are clearing all the buildings, central buildings. we have already begun having conversations with chief [indiscernible] so we are beginning that process, but i think we're clearing the last processes for central return, and that's what we said we wanted to engage in. as you know, the issue is there's no windows. we have ventilation now, but if not heerks we'd have to look at at -- if not here, we'd have to have another spot, and that's what we're having the conversations about. >> my question is if we weren't to pass the resolution, what would happen next? >> so your next committee meeting and next regular meetings and all meetings going
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forward until you pass this, we would go back to the old rules, which would require in-person meetings. >> and are we prepared for that? >> not in this room, for sure, and this is where we have the set up, at least for the board meetings. >> i'd urge my colleagues to vote for this resolution. >> yeah, i just -- i think we're looking at the health and safety issues of the space but also the fact that families are -- in terms of accessibility, there are families that want to participate, and i would like for us to make sure that we prioritize that, as well, so if we have to move to a different location, there's going to be technical issues and things that need to be set up so we can continue to do these remote and hybrid, so i would second commissioner santos' and urge
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other commissioners to feel this out, but i would urge everyone to flush this out. >> my question is if we weren't to pass this, would there be no zoom component? >> if we were not to pass it, there [indiscernible] and we would be passing this on a monthly basis to be observing that. >> got it. i just wanted to say, for me personally, it's great to zoom in, and for a bunch of students, as well, because, like, one of the public commenters said, school gets out at 4:00 for us, and sometimes i'm racing here, trying to get here on time, and i'll join on my phone, and i know a lot of students have been able to participate in these meetings and have been able to give public comment like we heard today because it's virtual, so for public
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safety and accessiblity, i'm asking the board to pass this resolution. >> yeah, i totally support the zoom access, i just want to be clear, so i'm not advocating for getting rid of zoom access. but i don't see the evidence that suggests that we can't have people in this room for the sake of public access. not having people in this room is not adhering to public guidelines unless we know this room cannot support this number of people. i am going to support this today, but next month, i'd like to see something else going on. i just want to say that i think having folks in person, like commissioner bogus said, is a strength and is important. >> is there something that could be discussed in a building and grounds meeting in between these two meetings so we don't have to wait, you
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know, until another regular board meeting? but it might make sense and allow us to discuss it sooner. >> more than happy to do that. i have it here on the to-do list as we're sitting here talking. >> i agree with commissioner bogus and alexander. i think we need to have an audience, and i think it's super important. i just want to make sure we're as safe as possible. >> so just to note, it sounds like we're more supportive of a hybrid model so people can call in if they like or come? >> commissioners, if sfgov isn't broadcasting, then it creates significant technological issues that we
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have not figured out a way to resolve, so that's one thing that we'll need to look at when we report back to you. >> all right. let's do a roll call vote on the motion. [roll call]
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-- it would be in addition to his amendment and i'll read it. the purpose of that amendment is to allow the bvhm community to inform scoping of the project and so it says be it resolved the district staff shall proactively engage the community to gather input relative to the physical conditions and day to day operations of the site, establish a specific list of areas of concerns and proposals to address such concerns and
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work collaboratively to establish a baseline scope of work with potential add alternates for the capital improvements project. baseline scope shall include all aspect to ensure a safe, healthy and fully functional and code compliant campus. the community will partner to include potential ad alternates to provide enhanced learning opportunities and student supports to the proposed scope of work or the project. this work could include but is not limited to art installations, gardens, interior or exterior decorative finishings etcetera. thank you. i'll share that with other commissioner to see the language. >> i'm concerned about the text of the amendment. it's impossible to give you
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implications and legalality without seeing that in advance and moreover i'm concerned it exceeds the scope of your title on the agenda tonight. tonight we inform the public that you were considering a resolution about reallocating bond funds and haven't seen it but from what you described, commissioner collins it sounds like the process for a project and the scoping of a project. i would concerned about the board considering that amendment. >> how do you suggest we discuss the process for how the school community can be involved in affordable housing the scoping of the work? >> i would suggest we put that on the agenda and conform to the browned act so the public is aware before you do it.
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that's the process i'm recommending. >> in what format? this is a one sentence thing. you suggest a write a resolution and discussed in a building and grounds meeting? what do you recommend? >> not having seen it and just listened to your recitation i can't speak to that. i would need to look at it and see what you're trying to accomplish. whether it amends the resolution or in addition. i can't speak to that commissioner because i haven't seen it. >> dr. mathews will you recommend? >> i recommend we schedule it for a meeting so it does report
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to the brown act and put it either what needs to be added or suggested put on for the november 8, 9th, the broader meeting to be properly noticed and community would have an opportunity as well as the rest of the board for the opportunity to see it and legal council could give any suggestions to it. >> so then i should refrain from sharing it with other commissioners? >> at this time, yes. >> thank you for that. before we read the recommendation into the record, i did want to note on board docs the information for this has been translated to spanish and chinese and thank you for staffers being able to upload that in case the public want to look at the language we are referring to tonight.
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now, i am going introduce the person to read the recommendation into the record. >> commissioners, good evening. so i'm going reiterate information that was shared at the last meeting and the staff recommendation is that the staff recommends the board approve the attached resolution re-allocating 2016 generalization for search expenditures. this was submitted october 12. it was first heard by the board october 12, 2021 regular board and the resolution was table and continued to the next regular meeting that is today october 26.
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i'm unclear general council should i be also introducing and providing information on commissioner alexander's resolution or leave it to commissioner alexander? >> i think it's up to you. i don't think there's a rule as to who reads it. i think the board should move and second bother of these before we have a discussion. >> i will continue reading then and call them both. commissioner alexander's resolution amending the staff resolution at the october 12, 2021 regular meeting of the board of education, commissioner alexander introduced a first amended resolution for the board's consideration. the first amended consideration was sought to reallocate $100 million of the 2016 general obligation bond. commissioner alexander's first amended resolution was tabled. and staff speed backcommissioner alexander has revised his amendment as attached. the board will consider the second amended recommendation --
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>> sorry. thank you. >> the board will consider it the second amended resolution of of the october 26, 2021 board of education meeting. second amended resolution revised the staff's original proposal to reallocate $25 million from the 135 arts project to a buena vista project. to require staff to return before the conclusion of the school year to present recommendations on the modernization project after submission design is completed in collaboration with the site. and three, require staff to refrain from spending $7 million of the schoolyard until the recommendations are presented.
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>> president lopez, commissioner sanchez kindly reminded me you moved and seconded staff's recommendation at the last regular meeting so the only item that needs to be moved and seconded is the second amended resolution. >> did we not do that at the last meeting when discussing the amendment? >> that amendment was tabled. this is the amendment. >> we wrote it. staff rewrote it in the discussion we were hearing and i collaborated. i'll make a motion to put forth the new amendment. >> don, did you get to complete reading it into the record? >> yes. >> okay. now that we've moved and
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seconded both items, liked to open it up to public comment. >> thank you, president lopez. raise your hand if you care to speak to this item. it cannot be repeated in spanish and chinese, please. >> thank you. seeing 16 hands, so far, president lopez. >> we'll do a minute each, no more than 30 minutes. >> thank you.
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>> hello. spria. >> thank you for taking my comment. i'm calling to urge the board to support the full $14 million in outdoor funding. i'm doing because it's not a luxury but critical to the health and safety and learning of our children. we have so many children and many who suffered terrifically due to the pandemic due to school calendar -- closures and we have an immediate need to help as many people as possible and on a personal level i have experienced major and sustained childhood adversity and trauma. i know what it's like not to be heard and feel people at the mercy of this power. i'm interested in real solutions. outdoor is one of those solutions and i'd also like to note the mission moms have also sent in a letter specifically
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asking calling for outdoor learning, asking for the board to listening to them and build outdoor classroom spaces for children and hope you'll look at the letter and support the funding without conditions. thank you. >> hello, sam. >> hi, my name is sam murphy. i have two children at buena vista and want to dispel the narrative that buena asked for a full ren vague and the facility to be fixed -- renovation and being fixed takes wa away from other schools. we stand with other schools who need neglected facilities restored and we need trust to reinstate the broken promises. our children will never see the
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full renovation. we're asking for the community and i have families who have parents who went to horace mane. we have an emergency shelter on site and investment in our schools to be safe. i support commissioner alexander's proposal. thank you. >> hello. >> thank you. virginia marshal. on behalf of the community group i represent we're in full support of whatever the parents need in order to have a safe environment for their children. what we heard a couple weeks ago as the conditions of the schools is deplorable. it should not be. horace mann is special to me
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because i worked there and if the school has not been renovated in decades, it needs to be done now. thank you. >> thank you. hello, nicholas. >> i'm nicholas and i have the students and families and teachers. you all have heard from us and receive the work orders. this more than six years of organizing this round to get a building not just safe and inviting but our students are intimidated by the stake their in. we can run every program you can think of but if our children are in a building causing harm this is urgent and an emergency and need to focus on immediately
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addressing this with the passing of the resolution and take it as an opportunity to repair harm and we have neglect and we're the holders of that mechanism and this is institutional racism and you are are our staff and it's opportunity to repair the harm and urge you it pass it and continue operation through the entirety of the project. >> thank you. hello, linda. >> i'm a kindergarten teacher evhm and i'm supporting mr. alexander's proposal. bvhm is bustling with communities from 7:00 in the morning to 7:00 p.m. on a daily basis. we somewhere the beat them program and articulated robust
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arts program and food pant try and san francisco's first immersion dual language program our students can be found after 5:00 engaged in creative writing classes and cooking classes or mariachi band. we're our community goes sell brit -- celebrate and where they get information on issues from immigration to housing and this supports families that historically have had a hard time getting their students to school. we need a building safe and supportive that supports the work we are already doing. we're the hub of our community. we need a full renovation. thank you.
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>> good morning. i'm an eighth grade teacher and we have the community agreement which is to learn from our mistakes it's not only academically but in our lives when we hurt people our apologies must be met with changed behavior and our community has been hurt by the neglect from this district and you heard details and thank you for many who came to our school to see it yourselves. i want to highlight what dawn said last school year after a child received an electric shock plugging in their computer. you said our school has deferred quality of life maintenance issues which means our our children are deferring the quality of their lives that every day goes without an
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renovation and when we have conversations with our students about te problems we're having they look and say, oh, it's not normal to have rats in your school? and the neglect deferred the quality of life and it's normalized rodents. we have the opportunity to take action and not just words but offending so pleased vote in favor of commissioner alexander's proposal. >> thank you. >> sandra? >> sandra halladay. in your bond reallocation discussion, i urge you to take at least $25 million of the $100 million for the project. it will make it hard to pass another school bond and further appeal the recall of the school board. we need creative visionary
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leadership. the future of public trust sin your hands. many many resolutions have been unanimously passed by your predecessors in support of the 135 arts project and small amounts included in other bonds. $100 million for the project was touted as one of the many reasons to pass the bond and that is bait and switch. the bond reports does not include the funds you already spent. you have hired an architect drawings were done and fees were paid. anyone with any significance will tell you it take years and there was never any follow-up. what's the points of revolution and public testimony if a lame duck superintendent and school board facing recall gets of decades of promises. >> thank you.
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hello, lords? hello sarah. >> can you hear me? >> yes. >> sorry, is lourdes there? >> yes. >> i'm here to state we've been postponing the meetings again to november 8. it better be approved and you better read and review the whole report. i demand it. i've been advocating for immersion program for 20 years longer. and i'm frustrated it's been
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postponed to renovate our school. i am an educator and i've been fighting for this for years. i'm really upset you keep postping the bond since 2016. please review all the reports as i say, it's the board of supervisors it's time to renovate our schools. thank you. >> hi, my name is francisco hernandez. i'm a teacher at school of the arts and also a father of three
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children who have had their whole schooling at buena vista horace mann. i want everyone to imagine -- [audio digitizing]. if you've had the opportunity to go to the s.f. jazz venue just down the street from you or walked around city hall or gone to a private high school here in the city, and i want you to imagine what it feels like when you're in those spaces. you're in these beautiful modern spaces and what it makes you feel. those spaces send an implicit message that if you belong there, you matter. don't we want all our children to feel that? please reallocate the full amount. thank you. >> thank you.
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hello former commissioner winns. >> hello. i'm jill winns, regrettably i'm here this evening to speak about how disappointed i am in all of you for the action you're contemplating. you're betraying the trust by the voters of san francisco by proposing to re-allocate the 2016 bond funding for 135 van ness arts complex. the bond issue was a promise to the people of san francisco to fulfill the 30-year dream of the school district and community to create the best public arts high school in the u.s. here in the civic center and by redirecting this funding and proposing to take all of it, you are directly responsible for damaging these efforts. just saying you support this project is meaningless without taking action in support of it. i have asked for a sum of the
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money to be left for the continuation of the design process which is ready to go forward particularly since you have money in the proposal the amendment for fixing the facilities that are unnamed and unplanned in the southwest part. this will show good faith. i've asked for language to replace this re-allocating funding in the next bond issue in the show of good faith and asked for language to make it impossible to reallocate this money in the future. i ask you to show good faith by preventing this from happening again but instead you're breaking faith with san francisco and already done things that have damage the reputation of the school district that put the budget in jeopardy and the whole district in jeopardy and making it worse. this will make it impossible or very difficult to pass future bonds. please, show good faith and be a
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responsible school board. >> thank you. >> i want to point out that what they have done. i'm confused when she said okay, we need $55 million to $40 million for an elementary school. my concern about the renovation and how much is going to be allocated also we need to recognize buena vista has been worked on for six years trying to unify our community on the different leaders groups and pta and more so we worked together to try to stay together and meet this needs and the point was we
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were all afraid and this is not okay and we're bystanders of what is going on in san francisco unified public schools who are neglected and rejected. >> thank you. hello. >> [speaking foreign language] >> hello, everyone. good afternoon, here we are again and i ask you to please pass the resolution for the bonds.
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>> [speaking foreign language] >> so we need it make the changes and need to do them now. we don't need to wait for more and i know changes can be made but it all depends on you if we want to make the change visible. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> we're not against any other schools if they have issues. we'll be with the schools working together to make the changes and anything that needs to be fixed has to be fixed. [speaking foreign language] >> we're going to keep working until our school is fixed and we are in an immersion school so we need our school to be fixed. thank you. >> hello, edith.
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>> hello. i'm eden the treasurer for the senior university council and i'd like to speak in support for this agenda. last year i was the chair for the student accountability committee and advisory council and looking for the colubine locks and it stems from advocating for tighter gun control and the resolution was delayed. this agenda will essentially take gun violence in schools and actions we need. thank you. >> estrella, i had to promote
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you so your video will be showing for you to speak. >> hello, i'm a student in bvhm. i wanted to tell you something, really renovate our school. in my class while they were announcing our new teacher, cockroaches, cockroaches came out of a table. if you can't imagine what i saw that day, let me tell you in detail. first of all, a kid sitting next to the table got up off a chair. and there was some were only there watching almost the whole
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class panic and i was said when you said oh, really. really, no. i think you need to renovate it because there's other schools who doesn't need the money and i think that and heard we're the oldest school. thank you. >> thank you so much. hello, gail. >> i'm gail and i worked at the site when it was just a middle school. during the 20 years there were no major renovations even after they merged. bvhm is the only k-8 spanish
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immersion school in s.f. and--s a site similar to where my children went on the west side. look at my school. that is what bvhm deserves. nothing has been done to that building for years and i thought we had our bond money and it was taken. to people speaking to say their bond money is being taken, i don't snow if somebody can make that clear for us to have a clearer process, line item of when the bonds were changed that would be helpful but our school deserves the funds and the renovation. thank you. >> hello, bernice. >> i'd like to spend a few minutes acknowledging the work of commissioner alexander. we have been complaining for years and he was the only commissioner that reached out to
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us and so we really appreciate all of his work and effort. i want to acknowledge commissioner lopez said the documents were up spanish. that did not happen until a few hours ago. i find it extremely irresponsible that you are talking to our community which is over 95% latino and that you are not making this information available in spanish. you have heard public comment on this issue and received a letter demanding the information be made available in a timely manner. please join mr. alexander and support his proposal. thank you. >> thank you.
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>> hello, maria. >> [speaking foreign language] >> hello, my name is maria and the mom of two students at this school and here to advocate for our schools and others around the district they may have similar issues as our school. >> [speaking foreign language] . >> you're here to work as a community for our community and for our students. >> [speaking foreign language]
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>> become an example for children. keep your word. if you want to do things, do it for our school, our community. >> [speaking foreign language] >> please, think of our students. there's not just an ethnicity or color, they're all the same and the fact that they're students. so think about them.
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>> [speaking foreign language] >> please touch your heart and think of our students and the way our students are supposed to be. make this thing the best thing for us for our community and for students not because what you have here it doesn't mean you don't need to do anything for us, take advantage of your job and do what is needed for our community and our students. >> thank you.
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hello, maribell. >> i'm a first grade teacher at buena vista horace mann. i want to talk you about an experience last april. i came in in the morning to get started with my day and found my sink in my classroom full of sewage water and thankfully it was plunged and we hoped it would be the end of it but it wasn't. that afternoon when i was teaching a small reading group it happened again. the putrid disgusting smell forced us outside in the hallway. this is one example of all the things that happen in our school that this is not an appropriate learning environment for my students. they need a safe school where they look forward to going to and not having to deal with sewage water in their classroom. please, vote yes. >> thank you.
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>> hello. my name is bob armstrong the coordinator at buena vista horace mann and ask you to support commissioner alexander's amendment. i'm calling attention to the conditions our teachers work under at our school and the substandard conditions our children have to endure. our middle school art teacher teaches in a classroom with ceiling tiles that fall to the floor periodically because of leaks. she'll come to the classroom sometimes and there'll be puddles, large puddles of water on the floor. in that classroom, the heater doesn't work so during the winter months it's very very cold and during the warm months it's over 90 degrees. and this is not acceptable.
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our elementary school art teacher teaches in a small portion of the former girls locker room. when she went in there there was still showers and our dance teacher teaches in an auditorium with mouse droppings, faded curtains and other really unpleasant things that make it difficult for our children to learn. >> hello efran. >> good evening. i'm speaking as a community member and former bvhm parent. it is ridiculous that when my son was there, we had many issues with integrity of the building. teachers complained about holes, mouse droppings, a whole series of issues that no teacher, no student should be dealing with
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and here we are six years later dealing with the same issues. i want to share a story. our coach has been working prior to the pandemic in a room that has a heater that is never off and unable to do the job of providing supportive services to the community because it is simply unacceptable. i urge you to please vote yes on customering -- commissioner alexander's resolution to support the school. >> thank you. hello, todd. >> i'm todd albert a sixth grade science teacher at buena vista horace mann and completely support the proposal. i want to tell you about a story
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october 6, tuesday after the long weekend where the examiner dropped the article about the conditions of bvhm and came into the cafeteria after that and more ceiling tiles had fallen and there's open pockets in the classrooms. please fully support this. the students deserve the best but don't have it right now. >> president lopez, that concludes the 30 minutes of public comment. >> can we add for the translation. we'll end at 7:50. >> hello. >> are you going to announce something?
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>> no, we can keep going with public comment. >> i'm monica mendoza a fifth teacher at horace mann and my first year at bvhm and i've been quite stressful for a variety of reasons but one being very different from any other year i've taught. i'm constantly worrying about what is going to go wrong with either the classroom or the building i am teaching in. one of the things that were dangerous and need fixing is our telephone system in the school. the day of the gas leak i was unable to hear we were being advocated because my phone was not working. first day of school, our phones were not working and there was multiple issues happening the first day of school without getting into too many details and it's very dangerous and very scary to unable to even hear when there are dangerous things
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going on within the building. luckily, my class was on quarantine so they were not in the building the day of the leak but things like this need to be fully fixed and fully funded for renovation. >> is it jerry? >> my name is jerry. i want to echo yes to all who have spoken today. this reminded me and half of you have gone to education programs so this has reminded me of the leaks so one of our really
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important needs is to feel safe and obviously bvhm has not provided that environment for them and they also need to have their needs met. their physiological needs met. that's not happening. i think it's super -- they're one [indiscernible] they're around those who love them and support them and want them to become the best. we have an opportunity to support those needs for the community. it's not all of them. we know not everybody can be here but if we can do that, that's a great message. we love our students. >> thank you. >> hello, melissa. >> hi, i'm speaking on behalf of my family and melissa rodriguez and lisa cisneros and we have
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children but it's been disturbing and upsetting how many issues have come up with the years we have been there and interrupting instructional time. last year we had limited opportunities for kids to go in person they were super excited to do that when it was safe and then they lost the day because of the electricueingstrick -ris -- electricution of a fellow
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student. >> i'm from mount everett school and please read my letter. i'm representing the mission moms committee and we are from five different schools in the mission district. i agree with all the teachers and all the parents from buena vista but if you're going to allocate those funds from the school you need to make sure you allocate the funds for all schools. we all have the needs. i know it's hard for kids to face all the needs but imagine the panic of the kids and we
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need safety for all schools. >> felice. >> i'm an eighth grade teacher at buena vista horace man and was going to go off on the things that have happened in our building but i feel you heard that and i talk about and the kids come in and ask what we're doing about it and know the parents and teachers are work
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hard and i know they've sent e-mails to you all on the board advocating to get the building fixed. i hope tomorrow when i see them, i can tell them that we fought a good fight and the board has voted yes on this resolution and we're going to start the renovation we heard them and we see them and care about them and that we are here to give them the education they survey. please, vote yes and give bvhm the full amount. >> now i'll open it up to the
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board for delegates and our student advocates recognizing a lengthy discussion about this and i wanted commissioner alexander to explain the amendment and my suggestion is we vote on the amended resolution and depending on the outcome we'll vote on the first item. >> thank you, president lopez. i first want to start by thanking the superintendent lee for working and the legal team for working on redrafting the amendment and coming up with what i think is a good solution. i think maybe one thing that would help is if you wouldn't mind explaining a little bit about the thinking behind the
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amounts and the process just so other commissioners can have of context they may not have right now. >> happy to. in our conversations between the last meeting and tonight, we went i think back and forth in a very respectful and constructive discussion and as i think i tried to share, it is very difficult to land at this point with the limited information we have on a precise estimate for modernization process at buena vista horace and not withstanding the shared desire of everyone to make sure there is an adequate modernization project that at the very least
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addresses the core life safety needs of that site, because we have not entered into any design of that building, and it is an older building, close to 100 years old, we don't have sufficient information to precisely gauge an estimate. so what we've tried to do and as we went back and foforth, it wa important to recognize sufficient design needs to be completed to really land on adequate modernization project budget and whether that is $37 million or $40 million, $40.5 million or $41 million, we really need to let that process reach the sufficient milestone to report back to the board with actual information about site conditions. and not only for folks who i
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think are frustrated that feel the site conditions themselves are self-evident, buena vista horace is difficult not only because of its age but the way it's laid out across the city block. as we go through and scope the project, there very well may be implications for time line and budget around how and when we move students out of school buildings to do construction on them, etcetera. there's not a lot of room for staging of construction equipment. so we do need to do that design process. in our back and forth we talked about for the outdoor learning allocation of funding, which is at $14 million, that i am also reluctant to change that allocation but we are unlikely to spend $14 million in the next
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six months which is when some of time between six months and the end of the school year we should be able to come back and present on modernization scope options for buena vista horace mann. to prevent having another major discussion about reallocation, my suggestion was that we refrain from spending half the outdoor money so once we complete the bvhm presentation if for example it's $40.5 million instead of $40 million on the dot we don't have to return to the drawing board, so to speak, we built in flexibility but we're also not creating an expectation that the money should be re-allocated from the start. so that was some of the back and forth. i hope i characterized that
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accurately. that led to a kind of exchange of ideas and this revised language. >> yeah, that's helpful and don't know if other commissioners have questions for chief or for me but i support the school green yard work and i volunteered after school and raising money and we had one of the most amazing green yards and there was an beautiful garden and outdoor classroom. i support that. this is not an attempt to take away the money and i would like to see the full $14 million spent on that but we didn't want to put a cap artificially on the bvhm project and it may be less than $40 million, we don't know. but hearing we need to let the
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process go through its process and i appreciate also the intension of commissioner collins' amendment and what i'm hearing is they're committed to the school in a deeply incluing them in the process and what the compass should look like and then see what else is possible. we can't know much of that without the process and that's what we hearing and we appreciate their work on it. this is a solution that helpfully gets us to a good place. >> commissioner boggess and collins and then i also have a question. >> my question i just wanted to start with outdoor learning greening of the school yards and clarity on that and we talked about that but is this money specifically going to support
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outdoor learning or greening of school yards or are those things interchangeable and i want clarity on that. >> thank you, commissioner. the ordinance language speaks to a green schoolyard program and in the description language for the program talks about physical improvement that support outdoor learning from students. i think this is not meant to be just an expansion of the green schoolyard's program as folks understand it. but again the physical improvements that allow students to be outside more during the day and engaged in learning activities. that could be as part of a green schoolyard a formal green schoolyard program and also be through the creation of additional outdoor classroom space to just support normal curriculum and normal instruction or i should say
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routine instruction in an outdoor setting. it can involve play areas that we want to green and increase storm water. i think increase storm water divergence. part of what it is not an either or in my mind and what i am excite about actually are projects that accomplish several of those objectives at once. for that reason we have not described this as one type of improvement or the other because they often work together in the same project. >> i think that's confusing to me and potentially to the project. it sounds like we could be doing a commitment to outdoor learning classrooms and haven't done that and the funds could potentially be used and wanted to confirm that is the case.
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we haven't committed any resource to the curriculum side to balance out the facilities request coming through at this point or happened and they're working on both sides to accommodate? when you say there's going to be outside learning spaces that's concerning me. >> bond funds cannot be spent on instructional salaries or resources just on the physical improvement of school sites and school yards. to the extent some schools have identified outdoor learning as an important part of their approach to instruction, we are here to offer and support the creation of the physical infrastructure to support that program.
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but it does not -- it does not provide additional operational resources for school sites to go with the physical improvements. >> thank you for that. so what would be the time line for us to be able to kind of make a commitment or know how much of this money will go to outside classrooms and supporting the fi physical aspects not the curriculum and instruction part we can't spend the money on? >> i'm sorry, you were asking when will we know about the operational resources or when will we have a sense of the physical project? >> when will we make decision to commit funds to outside classrooms or not and when would the public be aware of finalizing that decision understanding we wouldn't make that decision now, we would be allocating funds to potentially go there. >> commissioner, if the proposal is approved tonight, then my
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team wanted to work together and create a small but focussed stakeholder process to talk about what the goals are of this allocation and what would be the most strategic use of those funds over the next six to 18 months and bring those recommendations from stakeholders for additional feedback before we for example entered into construction contracts or launch projects. >> i'll let other commissioners go and then hoping to bring it back in about 15 minutes. >> i'll ask a question for
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clarification. to your point earlier around, is this item named and i want to know where in the resolution it's named so we have the understanding and it's recorded. >> thanks, commissioner. just calling up the amendment. there's a clause that speaks to the six months from the end of the school year staff will return to the school board for a presentation on modernization and scope options for buena vista horace mann and that's the process i'm describing. >> got it. thank you. it was just pointed out to me as well.
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other commissioners? >> commissioner collins, did want to share? >> thank you, commissioner boggess for raising questions around the outdoor learning and gene schoolyard. i have a -- green schoolyard. i have a comment. is it all right to comment at this point? >> questions or comments. >> thank you. overall, thank you to commissioner alexander working so closely with staff and hearing clearly from the community on all of the allocation of what this bond dollars will do and mean for our school communities. i'll try not to be too long winded because i know we talked
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a lot last week but i also want to name that i support the increased resources for bvhm and the modernization. it's critical that we lead that work moving forward as well as spoke to the many pieces of the bond allocation. for tonight, i did want to raise the importance of the schoolyard and outdoor learning projects and all year since covid, we've been talking about the importance around innovation and around how we're meaning our approach so much of what we do in a district differently and to me that's part of the commitment of the full allocation of the $14 million. that's top of mind for me tonight. also want to acknowledge the $10 million for site security. it's not as spoken in detail but
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staff and students and leaders have been calling for and for many years about, for example, the columbine locks for basic psas being improved so that is and i appreciate that keeping whole for the site security for our school. i just wanted to raise that i am in support of a full allocation of the $14 million without the number 5 of the staff shall spend no more than $7 million for the spending of bvhm based on last week's discussion around the medium and average cost of modernizations and we had said that it was estimated $30 million. given we're allocating $40
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million and also recognizing when we come back with design and scope that will be very key to what is necessary to bvhm and its modernization moving forward. i guess i would like to move up a motion within commissioner alexander's amendment. i don't know if you wanted to do that now or take comments from commissioners first? >> just to clarify and going to the point that general council has made throughout these meetings now, i don't know if that does affect the ability for you to review and then continue to vote. and not adding new language but to strike number 5.
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>> what is that specifically? >> forbearance on school yards expenditures. >> think it's within the scope of the agenda tonight if the board wants to entertain that motion. >> i believe you've made a second. >> i'll second it. >> just to support our discussion, include your thoughts on what was just amended which is striking item 5 from the amended resolution and keep that in mind in our discussion that should be wrapping up soon.
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i think it's important we discuss commissioner lam's removal of item 5 and the amount that we are voting on. i want to note there's discussion. >> you want us to discuss the amendment to the resolution? >> not just the amendment but keep it in mind to wrap up the conversation including the changes and then move forward. >> i'll just comment on commissioner lam's proposal. while i do -- would like to keep the whole $14 million for the green school yards. >> don't mind me. >> can you see who that is? >> felice can you please mute
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your mic. >> unless we could find the money somewhere else if the bvhm process exceed the $40 million allotment i think we'd be breaking another promise to that community so i'd like to keep it the way it is with 5 in fact. -- intact. >> i'd like clarification. i wasn't at the previous meeting and i think also it helps the public to understand what changes are being made. commissioner lam, if you could clarify what we're discussing because i with a bit in the previous discussion and may have missed context of the prior discussion. >> overall at last board meeting
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we had talked about the staff proposal was at a much lower rate at supporting for the bvhm and still keeping for the arts facility and given some questions that rose was what would a renovation cost be for bvhm. we don't know that yet. i certainly think we covered that extensively over the last board meetings and because of that and i asked so what is an average cost of a modernization and that was stated at $30 million. that's for the square footage similar to bvhm and again -- >> sorry, just to clarify, did that $30 million have to do with elementary and middle school
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distinctions the $30 million was for elementary? >> chief can confirm that. >> happy to. commissioners, based on our recent modernization project budgets typical elementary school have cost $15 million to $30 million and typical middle and high school cost $25 million to $45 million. to $30 million to $40 million depending on where you are depending on square footage. >> can i ask a clarifying question on that? i know k-8s are smaller in size generally. if it comparable, middle and
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elementary in terms of size? i know some schools are really big and some are small. it's all ball market but do they factor into this discussion? >> commissioner, it factored into get a sense or where we could or should land. bvhm i believe is a middle school that came a k- 8 and sized initially for a middle school population. in our square footage analysis it's more comparable to middle school and small high school than certainly our smallest elementary school.
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>> commissioner alexander and then commissioner collins. >> i think that everyone's hope is the reserve funding isn't used. i think it's likely it's going to be under $40 million. i think based on that estimate but the recommendation was there's a danger in a hard cap like that and the reason the green school yards money was selected was not because anybody doesn't support it, in fact like i said i'm a big supporter and the reason i thought it was a good suggestion is because they said it's impossible to spend in the next six months so it allows us to come back and doesn't reallocate the money. it leaves it in green school
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yards it just says it can't be spent so after the design is complete after bvhm needed money it's still in the green schoolyard. and we come back and we have to come back and say bvhm costs $32.5 million would you allocate some and i supported including it because it's not reallocating the money but saying to hold it in reserve and if we wanted to come back we'd have to vote on it and make the decision that the point or do that or say no, let's scale back to the bvhm project.
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>> i've supported it from even the staff proposal and what modernization costs have been for projects and that's where i'm arriving tonight. >> i'm still missing but what is
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it you don't want to have happen without striking that. so i'm clear on it because i agree. i know you both support it but it looks like we're taking different approach and a want to clearly understand. >> it's for green schoolyard. >> the last estimate from staff was it would be around $30 million and hearing the new information it seems the range has gone from $20 million to $45 million. one of my biggest concerns was like commissioner lam said, we haven't done a full scoping of how much this renovation will
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cost and i don't us to allocate $40 million and when we do the scoping come back and realize we need more money and i'm in support of keeping number 5 in this resolution just so that we have that reserve in the case that we do go and scope and it seems like it's more in the $45 million range to renovate the school seeing it's old and unique in terms of challenges and i'm in full support of the number 5 and this is just holding it and we would have to come back anyway as a board and talk bit and i wanted to offer that up and offer the background information behind the rationale behind commissioner lam's sort
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of rationale for striking down 5. at first i was like oh, it makes sense, $30 million but knowing the new number helps a lot. >> so i'd like to do a roll call vote on the amendment. is this regarding the amendment? we'll still have a discussion about the resolution that's on the floor. we are voting on the amendment which is to strike item 5. >> student delegate lam. >> no. >> we have mr. alexander. >> no. >> mr. boggess. >> yes.
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>> ms. collins. >> no. >> ms. lam. >> yes. >> mr. moliga. >> yes. >> mr. sanchez. >> no. >> ms. lopez. >> no. >> that is five nos. >> okay. four nos and five with the student delegate. that's correct. now we are discussing the second maepd amended resolution. are there any thoughts? i know we were going to come back to commissioner boggess. >> there were members of the public who talked about the need for a full renovation. this not a full renovation, is that correct? i'm just going to keep it to yes
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and no. >> commissioner, unfortunately that is not a yes or no question because we have yet to scope the project. the full renovation is what the board of education determines after we made design and made a recommendation to what the renovation should be. at this point we are commence modernization project that first and foremost always prioritizes safety needs, secondly attempts to improve the functionality of any sfusd site and third, contemplate enhancements and new features. >> i think of full renovations i think all the issues will be fixed and i hear that's not enough to do that in the scope of this project and it will be a
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modernization project is that correct? >> yes. >> the next improvement for vermin and things we don't want in our school. and what would address these issues and thinking of the work orders in the past five or six years the school had and what would be addressed this year and what scale? i know it's a similar question you couldn't answer before i'm just trying again. >> it's a great question. i think the answer is some of these issues have to do with the
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physical condition of the building and some have to do with the fact we only have one day time custodian with a student body population approaching 600 students. there's a few more custodians at night but when you're going to have that in students as a school this old and large during the day, we are going to continue to struggle with the pest and vermin issues. i hate to say it but even an substantively renovated building we're likely to encounter those issues. the hot/cold dynamics of buena vista horace man i would like to think we can address the temperature of classroom conditions. the ceiling tile issues, lighting, physical condition of
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the bathrooms and the functionality of the cafeteria. the play structure. these are issues i think we can make significant near term issues on but we still have the same number of janitors and staff. >> and with the staff to maintain the fast and main minimizing of the pests and the last thing i want to ask a public commenter brought a question i'm also curious about. who's bond money is this being re-allocated from and how does the board or district collectively view the commitment
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made with the bond and how we kind of -- there were promises made or if that is a misconception? how do we gauge that? or explain that out to folks, who's money this is, how it was spend, who was forgotten or who was lied to? is there any clarity we can share in regards to that? >> i refer the practice interested individuals back to the language of the bond ordinance itself. which is the governing document that we are ultimately accountable for. and that document, by my memory, clearly states we have listed more projects as being eligible for funding than we may be able to deliver. the district can change priorities based on the changing
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understanding of our needs. a whole set of projects are listed that include health and safety improvements and construction of new schools, demolition of buildings, ada access and the full range of the types of activities we engage in in our modernization program. so all the purposes that have been put forward tonight in staff's original recommendation and commissioner alexander's amendment are consistent with that ordinance language. there were trade-offs made as again, happens in a bond program, that as you enter into the program, design and launch projects of the bidding climate can be favorable to you or can be working against you.
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that has an impact on how many of the projects or sites listed, how many you can get to in a bond modernization program. >> any other comments from board members? one more from commissioner collins. >> i want to say i appreciate the bvhm community for coming out and advocating. you shouldn't have to do this much work to advocate for your school and an appreciate you and very much appreciate commissioner alexander for putting together this proposal and doing the work with staff, collaboratively. i appreciate those who worked together and readjusting things. it's been a process and i think a great process because it's done collaboratively and grateful for your leadership in
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that. thank you. >> thank you. i also appreciate commissioner lam for offering the amendment. i think this has been i think a productive process and i want to appreciate my colleagues around the whole thing. >> tonight is a really good night, actually. if you look at it, everyone is winning tonight in terms of what we're getting ready to pass tonight. i want to echo the board hard fought to one, get outdoor learning moving and security in mission bay, these are all victories and i appreciate the folks at bvhm and the site security locks. there's been input on this and a
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hope everyone is patting themselves on the back because tonight's a good one for all of us. thank you for your work on this and commissioner alexander for the amendment. >> on that note, let's do a roll call vote on the second amended resolution. >> chief delegate lam. >> yes. >> mr. alexander. >> yes. >> mr. boggess. yes. >> ms. collins. >> yes. >> ms. lam. >> yes. >> mr. moliga. >> yes. >> mr. sanchez. >> yes. >> and ms. lopez. >> yes. >> thank you, everyone. moving on to item 3 understand section i as mentioned we moved this up on our agenda. we'll wrap this up and then go back to section e.
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item 3211-26s01 tentative agreement. i'd like to get more. >> second. >> the recommended acts is the board approve the agreement between the district and the common crafts. >> open it up to public comment. >> raise your hand if you'd like to speak on the common craft. please repeat in spanish and chinese, please. [speaking foreign language]
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-- not anymore than bhm.
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>> oh, i see. so thank you for coming by and thank you for voting in favor. >> okay, thank you. >> clerk: hello? i believe this may be -- all right, for public comment. that's it for public comment. >> any comments from commissioners? commissioner boggess? >> commissioner boggess: i just want to thank everybody on both sides for all of their hard work. i personally am not going to be supporting the agreement. i think that my primary concern is the date to start negotiating again. i'm just concerned about us being in constant negotiations and still yet not doing enough to address our larger structural deficits. so i won't be supporting it for
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that reason but i do want to acknowledge the hard work that the district staff and the union bargaining teams kind have put into this document but definitely have been concerned about the re-entering into negotiations. thank you. >> president lopez: seeing no other comments, let's do a roll call vote. >> clerk: [roll call vote] seven ayes. >> president lopez: okay. last item under section i, item 4. 2110-26-so2-the san francisco unified school district and
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county office of education elementary and secondary school emergency relief plan. i need a motion and a second. >> so moved. >> second. >> president lopez: and i'd like to introduce megan wallace to share more. >> we have marie gordon for this, president lopez. >> president lopez: oh, sorry. >> good evening, commissioners. yes, the action for this evening, the recommend ad action, is that the board adopt the san francisco unified school district and county office of education elementary and secondary school emergency relief or ecr plan. >> president lopez: all right, let's check for public comment on this item before we get into our discussion. >> president lópez, did we move and second this item?
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>> i thought that everyone was confused. okay, so i did open it up to public comment. >> clerk: okay, thank you. so please raise your hand if you care to speak to the plan, and that can be repeated in spanish and chinese, please. >> [speaking foreign language] (speaking foreign language).
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>> clerk: hello, jennifer? >> caller: i am calling in plan regards to the plan. i understand this is not an ongoing funding, and i'm concerned about how much money is placed on new practices for teachers and new p.d.s for teachers with no extension to the 24-hour day. presently we are just as people going through an ongoing pandemic. we are also stressed and many of the funds are for things that i could definitely use as an educator, but i do not have anymore time to take this on along with all of my other responsibilities and teaching a full day. second, as a teacher at a school whose start time was changed by 65 minutes it's frustrating to see that it is listed as building community support. it has damaged community support at our school.
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it was announced poorly by the district at a time so late that families who couldn't make it work had no other option. and children are still dropped off at 7:15 in the morning and we don't have before care until 8:30. thank you, goodbye. >> clerk: thank you. hello, leslie? >> caller: good evening, everybody, can you hear me? >> clerk: yes. >> caller: good evening, i'm leslie hu and i'm the secretary and i'm excited to listen to the discussion about the s.f. funds and i just really wanted to kind of put out into the public that there is language in the funds to be -- to have -- to create space for meaningful engagement of all -- of many different stakeholders including teachers, principals, and other educators and school staff and their unions. that is language in the actual
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funds and i want to just make sure that we are all engaging in meaningful collaboration and conversation around how these funds impact our young people. thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, marshall? >> caller: thank you, mr. steele. i. ed to have more discussion -- i wanted to have more discussion about the plan and how the district plan is implemented. i am always opposed to the -- as someone who spoke a few months ago and vehemently opposed to the new start time for elementary students. a little girl last meeting said that i am so tired. and you have excess funds why don't you use the funds to hire teachers and leave the tsas alone, thank you. >> clerk: thank you. hello, tom?
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>> caller: hi, so i think that i just want to kind of piggyback off what someone said with the transportation building community. as a special educations teacher this has hurt my community. students, you know, it's a gamble every day, and we have students 20 minutes late and i have heard from some people that people are dropped off an hour late. so whoever thought that this was building community, what kind of community is that? if parents are worried, when i have to watch students and i have to go to other meetings, you saved money on what, students' backs and teachers' backs? this is crazy how we're not supporting transportation and we can't get sometimes through to zoom and transportation they're too busy. so for all of the people who don't have to deal with it, it's great on you to say that you saved money, but did you solve anything or create more work for other people and unsafe conditions? it doesn't seem like people on the board of education care
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about this issue. [buzzer] >> clerk: thank you. that concludes public comment. >> president lopez: thank you for that. are there any questions or comments from the commissioners or student delegates? seeing none, roll call vote on the motion. >> clerk: [roll call vote] you have seven ayes. >> president lopez: all right. now we're moving back to section e, discussion of other educational issues. starting with item 1, fiscal year 2022-2023, zero-based budgeting. superintendent matthew?
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>> thank you, president lopez. this evening we have our staff presenting -- beginning this evening and it will be a team effort and it will start with our chief financial officer, megan wallace. miss wallace? >> okay, thank you, dr. matthews. good evening, president lopez and commissioners and members of the sfusd meeting. and we have a particular focus on three areas. first i'll provide an update on the district family and community engagement effort and then we'll review the district budget history. this is actually something that came directly as feedback from our engagement efforts to look back before we look forward on our budget development. and then i'll share a preview of fiscal year 2022-2023 balancing plan template and talk about the
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timeline ahead. next slide, please. so to begin, as shared in prior budget presentations, the district team is partnering with parents for public schools and the parent advisory council to engage a broad range of family and community participants, all of whom should have a working understanding of our fiscal situation and be part of the ongoing discussions about how to prioritize the investment of our district's limited funds. so as you can see here, just as a highlight, looking at a combination of organizations and events where we can engage with students and families, site leaders, labor, and then our broader community, as you can see from highlighting the budget and business services committee meetings, the board of education meeting, and really aiming for a broad range of participation and conversation around these extremely important topics related to our budget.
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next slide, please. so, again, the budget team has been working to schedule time with instructional leaders and site staff. as you can see here, there are a variety of events that we've held to kick it off. we held a two-hour workshop with the assistant superintendents and instructional chiefs to make sure that they really understood not only our budget outlook, but different tradeoffs that we will likely be making within our budget balancing efforts. and we've also held various events to be able to talk with the administrators and listen to their priorities. and, you know, a combination of lunch-and-learn sessions with principals, and just opportunities for them to sit down on their lunch break, nothing better than talking about our budget and priorities so we've been appreciative for site leaders.
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and in those events as well as cohort meetings we have met with over 60 site leaders by joining principal cohort meetings that were either previously scheduled and we joined in or in some cases were set up so that we could have this conversation. and then, of course, another important partner, our bargaining units. so we are actually holding the meeting this coming friday with labor to be able to talk through our most recent information around the budget and discuss priorities. next slide, please. with regard to families and our broader community, i was really excited to be able to have a kickoff meeting on october 13th we had over 40 participants, a wide range of participants from district advisory members, community partners and cbos, and parent and family advocacy groups as well as teachers and
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administrators. and the slide deck is provided here for anyone who wants to dig in deeper. a lot is probably already familiar to folks. but, you know, it is really important that we took time to levelset and make sure that everybody was on the same page with regard to reviewing the district's budget outlook and sharing the zero-based budgeting process and timelines and especially beginning to seek input from the various community groups and families so that they could inform and engage with our broader community. so really thinking that it was a foundational meeting to seek support and carrying the message and broadening the engagement. even beyond what district staff is able to provide. next slide. next up we held the task force, which is clearly a great format for budget discussions.
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you know, over 25 various participants in this meeting. actually, this month we had the benefit of inviting michael fine, the c.e.o. of the crisis management assistant team, and to come and to have a specific conversation about how the district should work to improve our lcap development and thinking about how to incorporate the budget balancing process to reflect our broader district priorities. and at that meeting we also shared feedback from the october 13th community meeting. next slide, please. so one important theme that came from the kickoff event that we held was to review -- a request for staff to review our budget history. there was a lot of reflection about how did we get here. what went wrong?
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what was driving this transition to be operating on a deficit as a district? so i'll take a little bit of time to share some of that information, but some common, you know, themes that came out of that review just looking year-over-year are that budget shortfall was looming. we knew that we were deficit spending and that there was an outlook for a budget shortfall that would need to be resolved. unfortunately, at the time no formal action was taken to address that deficit outlook. it was in fiscal year 2019-2020 when reserves were formally depleted. but i think that what also came out of that review is that the district was struggling with wanting to fulfill needs being identified within our community and while we had the availability of fund balance there was a desire to use those
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funds to address priority areas within our budget. next slide, please. this slide actually represents -- it's part of a presentation that was given leading up to the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget. and as you can see staff had taken time to highlight the fact that expenditures were outpacing available revenues. i think that in addition to there being real needs being identified within the district, that there were desires to address in order to support our students, just looking at the trends of staffing costs, it was clear that the cost of personnel was dropping significantly and that continues to be true today but looking at the prioritization process for fiscal year 2018-2019, it does
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show, you know, some common themes. so what we continue to look for today in our budget development limiting impacts of students in our school sites. looking for alignment of our investments with the board and superintendent stated priorities. definitely taking in lcap stakeholder recommendations. and, of course, we have to keep the lights on and maintain our compliance. but i think with that deficit outlook, the thing that was missing back in 2018 and looking at fiscal year 2018-2019 was the need to stabilize our budget. next slide, please. so this slide is an attempt to take several years' worth of budget planning and put it in a snapshot to help to highlight some of the thinking that went into budget development.
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so you would be able to click on any of the fiscal years highlighted in blue and those will take you to -- to the presentations themselves or to the landing page of the item and board doc. i encourage folks to go back and take a deeper review on your own, but the main things that i want to call out is that over the years we did work to maintain site funding. while we didn't necessarily increase funding significantly, we did increase it enough to cover the growing costs of salaries and benefits. central funding, however, you can see did take on cuts throughout these years. in fiscal year 2018-2019, however, those cuts were cut by the amounts. and you can see that there's a long list, there's a long list
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of various investments as i highlighted that really were just seen as significant needs within the district at that point in time. but then you look ahead to fiscal year 2020-2021, and there were no such offsets. we were hitting the point of budget stabilization and really focused on the cuts and not looking to expand our investments. and then for the net operating surplus or the deficit, if it's in red, just keep in mind that that is an indication that expenditures were exceeding revenue. so this is the level of deficit spending, not to change the accountable fund balance but in fiscal years 2018-2019 and much more significantly in 2019-2020, we were deficit spending at a pretty significant level. and further drawing down -- which on the next line -- is the
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available fund balance. and while there was available fund balance in fiscal year 2018-2019, and 2019-2020, the deficit projection for the following two fiscal years as were required to report to the california department of education continue to deepen as we progressed through the years and then in terms of the budget rationale, i just highlighted some areas where you can see that we were working to protect school funding, take into account all cap stakeholder input but also to use the fund balance to support our priorities or to invest in board resolutions where we identified gaps in what we believe that are students' needs and what we have been providing. but then, of course, in fiscal year 2020-2021, we began our belt tightening. and then i do want to highlight in fiscal year 2021-2022 very
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significantly, rather than taking on budget cuts, we were able to hold our budget harmless, if you will, through the use of one-time stimulus funds to stabilize our students as they were -- as they were and are now returning from the pandemic. next slide, please. so now looking ahead, this is the part of the chart that i think that everybody is more familiar with, where you see that expenditures will continue to grow and outpace our revenue growth. so really comparing the yellow line with the blue line primarily. and the red line represents our revenues and our fund balance. but we have to close that gap, and the gap is going to continue to widen as long as we're taking into account our enrollment which will impact our budget beginning next fiscal year. and per the california
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department of education we are required to have a balancing plan by december 15th of 2001. and next -- the next committee of the whole on november 2nd will be a really important date because that's going to be the first time that the staff shares our proposed balancing plan. so from there, i actually want to go back -- go to the next slide, please -- and highlight some of the key lenses that the district has been using when trying to evaluate how to balance our budget. you may be familiar with the lens on the left, just thinking about if we're student centered in how we operate as a district, and we would focus on having -- you know, the core services, priorities and possibly service enhancements all occur closest to the student. and as you work your way out, we would more and more want to
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prioritize as just core services. we might have less money left over to continue investing in service enhancements, for example. so all of the proposals that would be coming forward to the board will be presented in this framework. next slide, please. so taking that budget by major category view, this slide helps to break out our budget as the entire district. so this doesn't differentiate between unrestricted funds and resources. you can see that our budget is approximately $1.27 billion and distributed between site budgets, direct services, so those are services from central -- centrally allocated but are look and feel like resources that are at sites, and
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to indirect services where -- where they support our school sites, but not -- they provide support to the direct services, but not necessarily directly to our students. operations is anything from transportation, nutrition and technology and custodial services. those are all things that a student would experience in any given day by attending our schools. and then, finally, administration. so thinking about clerical and managerial staff. the teams downtown away from school sites and h.r. and legal, these are all important things to keep our district operates but are quite far away from the day-to-day experience of our students. so i wanted to share a template of how our balancing plan will be rolled out. and on the next slide you will see that it mimics that same layout of the major categories.
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that the intention is for the balancing plan to then apply explanations that detail the reductions in accordance with our general-based budgeting lens. so we'll be talking about the particular reductions highlighting that there are service enhancements or priority areas, but that we can't afford them because they fall outside of our available resources. but making sure that we're keeping core function away from our proposals for reduction. on the next slide, please. and then at another level, we'll provide detailed reduction proposals within each category providing more granular detail and showing our current -- current funding, proposed funding, change in funding and
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articulating the number of ftes impacted and is it a one time or ongoing adjustment? and, again, articulating the linkage and rationale through the zero-based budgeting lens. next slide, please. so finally, i just want to close with our timeline. we are moving very quickly as i mentioned. we're targeting december 14th for a board meeting where we would be seeking approval of our first interim report for fiscal year 2021-2022 as well as our budget balancing plan, which will be submitted to the california department of education. leading up to that point in time, we've built in four major meetings where we will first provide an overview of the balancing plan, and then drill down to provide information about proposals for school site
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funding as well as central office. and then come back in november on the 9th to drill down into the areas of indirect services, operations and administrative support proposals. and then that will provide us two more days in december, the first and the seventh, and i apologize that i didn't quite articulate this well, but the december 1st meeting is the budget and services committee meeting and the december 7th is a committee of the whole. and both of those meetings will be opportunities to deliberate and ask questions and to look for ways for the community and the board to provide input on the balancing plan. so all leading up to december 14th. next slide, please. so finally i just want to review that we just did an jeefer view of our family and community engagement efforts. and provided a budget history.
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and reviewed the budget template and i want to be clear that today we're not looking to make any decisions and we're targeting december for that point in time. and i welcome any input from the board and the public, particularly around the template. is there anything that you think that would be helpful for us to add when we come back next week? (please stand by)
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one would be to not just look at the 22-23 fiscal year, but also look at 23-24. so we know if we're actually solving sort of the more global longer term problem. also i think it would be helpful to identify expenses that might be associated with reductions. and by that i mean, you know, say you need to close a school site. there might be moving costs or something else associated with that. and then third, which is probably too much to ask, is if there were potential cuts that staff decided against, that might be useful for board members and the public to see so that you can better understand what kind of difficult choices are actually being made and what
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alternatives might be. but it's, again, just a lot to ask in a very short time. and thank you. >> thank you. >> hello, lawrence. >> hello. thank you, chief wallace for the presentation. i really appreciate all the details, all the facts, all the history. it's good to see it from this perspective. i'd like to uplift lori's comments that they had a lot of feedback from parents and site administrators and other parties that can help going forward. what's important to me would be to hear from the commissioners that there is a commitment to get this focus to get the budget stabilized as they have stated and to not get this to go into


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