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After 40 years of working in the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District (GJUESD) including starting out as a first grade teacher at Fairsite Elementary School, GJUESD Superintendent Karen Schauer announced she will be retiring.
In last week’s March 24 elementary district meeting, Schauer announced she will give the district time to find her replacement but that she believes the time is right for her to retire after 14 years as superintendent.
“It’s been an amazing career. Forty years is a long time, and it’s time for new leadership for the superintendent to forge with our trustees. The time is right. I would not have had the career that I’ve had in this district without the phenomenal colleagues and community members and my husband also,” Schauer said.
The announcement essentially kicked off the meeting, which noted that the district is expected to receive $3,453,195 through Assembly Bill 86, half of which they expect to receive in May with the other half arriving around September of this year.
In order to qualify for the money, the district will need to approve its In-Person Instruction and Expanded Learning Opportunities Plan by June 1, which tackles issues such as supplemental instruction, social and emotional well-being support and meals.
The board plans to have the plan drawn up by May.
Due to Sacramento County moving into the red tier, the district noted that it responded by transitioning to the in-person a.m./p.m. blended model and that 84% of students have returned to on-campus learning (McCaffrey will start on-campus instruction April 5).
In debating whether to stay in a four-day blended model or change to a five-day modified traditional model in late spring, board members said that they’d consider factors, including pandemic conditions after spring break, school year timing since it’s close to the end of the year, and having to reschedule things, including transportation and food services.
Ensuring that schools are first successful in the blended model before the district moves on to a modified traditional model was another thing that was brought up as something to consider in whether or not to move on to a five-day model.
Due to the county switching into the red tier, the board noted that it was worth looking into the possibility of updating its plan to move into a five-day plan.
Obtaining solid guidelines from the county on safety precautions and transitioning models was noted as another factor the board would consider before the district can move into a less-restrictive model. Until those factors come into fruition, the board decided to continue with its gradual approach to reopening, using the a.m/p.m. blended model, continue its research regarding the possibility of moving into the modified traditional model and schedule a special board meeting that focuses on deciding whether to transition to a less-restrictive model once it gathers all the necessary information.
Additional COVID relief funds include Esser II, which will provide $3,434,656 and might be used for preparing schools for reopening and improving air quality in schools, among other projects.
In the final method of funding, the district expects to receive $7,643,315 through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). With the ARP, 20% must be saved for mitigating learning loss through methods such as after school programs, summer school or extended programs that target specific groups, including homeless and English learners.
The board also mentioned the new three-year Learning Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) cycle, noting that it wanted to look at its goals as well as its funding sources. A tentative board public hearing for LCAP is written down for “June 9 or June 16” through a blended Zoom teleconference and the board expects to conduct its board adoption June 23.
The district also noted the updated CDC and CDPH guidelines, which were introduced March 20. The recommendations include at least three feet of distancing for students in classrooms (as opposed to the previously recommended six feet).
While six feet of distancing is recommended between students and teachers, teachers are allowed to help students as long as they are less than six feet for no more than 15 minutes.
The board approved all items on the agenda, including a one-time stipend for non-represented employees and management for reopening transitions. Each employee working four hours or more a day will receive $750 and those working less than four hours a day will receive $375.
These stipends are to recognize “the incredible efforts and time commitment” made by district staff according to Schauer.
The one-time stipends will cost the district $207,597.
These stipends follow the $750 approved last month for each teacher for similar efforts.
In total, the elementary district will have spent just over $360,000 on stipends, using emergency funding.
Board members also approved Resolution 11, which denounces anti-Asian racism due to the COVID-19 pandemic and supports Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
The board ended the night by congratulating Schauer on her retirement.