Board Meeting Highlights
Jefferson Union High School District
JUHSD Board of Trustees
Vice President Andrew Lie shared his appreciation for all staff and acknowledged how difficult this return to school has been, especially so early on in the semester. He stated that we are all in this together and thanked everyone for supporting the students in this community.
Clerk Kalimah Salahuddin said she empathizes with everyone in the District, and community, going through this very hard time. She expressed her appreciation for what the District has been through. As a big proponent of COVID testing, she hopes community members have access to local testing options.
Trustee Nick Occhipinti encouraged students to vocally express their concerns about health care in this community, along with sharing their concerns with school leadership. He mentioned his being glad to see the state working on solutions to help ease the pressing substitute teacher shortage.
Trustee Carla Ng-Garrett thanked Student Trustee Natalie La for expressing students concerns and mentioned District leadership doing their best to resolve any pressing issues. She welcomed everyone into the new year and is disheartened by the large number of people contracting COVID, but to stay positive.
Report from Superintendent Presta
Since returning from the winter break, she has been in constant communication with Nancy Magee, San Mateo County Office of Education Superintendent, to ensure an informed COVID response by JUHSD. Ms. Presta spoke about the various measures that we are taking to address the Omicron Variant. You can read her communications by clicking HERE. Finally, she thanked Dorene Basuino, Associate Superintendent of Student Services and Human Resources, for administering rapid antigen COVID tests to staff after school at the District Office.
AFT 1481 Report
Students Share Out
During the start of each board meeting, it's always a treat to hear our Student Trustees eloquently share site updates and concerns with the school Board of Trustees and Executive Cabinet.
Student Trustee Natalie La, representing Westmoor High School, shared that many students have stayed home during the last few days due to their being sick or in close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19. She also reported student concerns about too many students eating indoors during lunch and the school providing more accessibly to outside eating areas.
At next month's meeting, our District Student Trustees will have the opportunity to present events taking place at their school sites.
New Appointment to the EHC
For more information on the District's EHC, please visit their page on the JUHSD website.
Facility Rental Rates
Photo credit: Terra Nova High Theater, Lathrop Construction Associations, Inc.
Honored During Adjournment
We adjourn tonight's meeting in honor of two persons, Josefina Erfe and John Madden.
Josefina Erfe was hired on September 25, 1996. While at JUHSD, she worked as a Clerical Aide for Project Stars, a Cafeteria Cashier/Store Helper and finally as the Accounts Payable Technician until her retirement in 2016. Ms. Erfe passed away over the weekend of December 31 to January 2, 2021. She is survived by her daughter Jennifer.
John Madden graduated from Jefferson High School in 1954 where he played baseball, basketball, and football. Mr. Madden passed away on December 28, 2021.
After college, Mr. Madden coached football at San Diego State University and then at age 32, was named the NFL's youngest coach at the time as leader of the Oakland Raiders.
He became one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, leading the Raiders to numerous playoffs and a Super Bowl win in 1977, a legendary Emmy-winning sports broadcaster, and the face and spirit of the Madden NFL video game.
He was inducted into the Daly City Sports Hall of Fame, Class of 2000. At the Hall of Fame dinner, he announced that he would donate to Jefferson High School the cost of purchasing and installing stadium lights for the football field, which are now known as the "Madden Lights". He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
We, the Jefferson Union High School District Board of Trustees, send our condolences to Ms. Erfe's and Mr. Madden's family, friends, and host of loved ones.