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Board Briefs: Highlights from the May 23 Board Meeting

Regular Meeting on May 23, 2019

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  • The new superintendent, Dr. Stella Kemp, was approved and announced, after a months-long communitywide feedback and candidate search process. Dr. Kemp joins us from San Bruno Park School District and will begin on July 1, after Dr. Stan Rose retires.
  • The new director of information technology was announced. Joe Ayala will start when the current director, Joe Zeligs, retires at the end of the school year. Mr. Ayala joins us from Union School District.
  • A new school will be built on the Patrick Henry school property to house approximately 800 elementary students and replaces the existing Laurelwood campus. The Laurelwood campus will remain a district property to be repurposed. The project is funded by Measure BB. The district will begin master planning so look for future updates.
  • Centralized summer proof of residency at Wilcox High School was approved. Parents and staff asked, and we listened! This is the beginning of the district transitioning to centralized enrollment.


  • The results of the recent bond sales were presented. The district recently conducted three competitive bond sales to issue bonds authorized under Measure BB ($360 million) and Measure H-2014 ($46 million), and to take advantage of lower interest rates to refinance outstanding bonds sold under Measure B.
  • Peggy Bittick, JD, Title IX/Civil Rights Officer, gave an update on her work and the work of the Step Up and Stop Harassment Task Force.
  • Lorena Tariba, Director of Supplemental and English Learner Programs, gave an update on the 2018-2019 school year Title I program.


  • Michal Healy, Director of Facility Development and Planning, gave an update and requested board feedback on the work of the use of facilities task force.
  • Dr. Laurie Stapleton, Director of Secondary Education, presented a partnership agreement with Mission College that will return as a future board action item. The agreement will allow dual enrollment opportunities for our students, offering Mission College classes on our campuses. The goal is to create easier pathways from high school to community college and to offer opportunities for underrepresented or underachieving students who may not be college bound.

You can view photos from the meeting on the District Flickr account.