Board Meeting Highlights

April 2020 TUHSD Board of Trustee Meetings

Next Steps for a Potential Parcel Tax

At the April 14th meeting, the Board discussed the final results of the Measure B Parcel Tax election. Passage of the measure required a two-thirds majority, and fell short at 63.68%. The District consultants from TBWBH and Godbe Research reviewed the challenging State-wide factors and the stock market drop prior to the election day that contributed to the defeat of the Measure. They also provided demographic details in their report. The Board discussed next steps for bringing forth a new parcel tax measure to replace the current Measure J which expires in June 2022.


At the April 28th meeting, the Board continued the discussion of a potential parcel tax measure, and whether or not to begin a poll of the community to gauge support. The Board reached consensus in directing staff to contract for a poll in May, given the deadlines to possibly place a measure on the November general election, and the need to make decisions based on current data.

Teacher Release Period Discussion

Dr. Taupier presented information on teacher release periods for the board to consider at the April 14 meeting. The Fiscal Advisory Committee of 2018-19 identified release periods as a possible reduction given the budget shortfall. The report clarified what types of classes have release periods, what they are used for, and how much they cost. The Board discussed options and recommendations.

Budget Update

At the April 28 meeting, Dr. Taupier presented a budget update, including the latest information from the County Office of Education. In light of the failure of the Measure B parcel tax, the Board had a lengthy discussion on budget reductions for 2020-21. The Board heard from more than 30 people who gave public comment in support of the Team program as well as journalism release periods. There was also public comment encouraging more participation to help pass the next parcel tax measure.


The Board voted 4-1 to make the $1.1 million in reductions in the 2020-21 budget which were recommended in the budget update report.

Distance Learning and Impacts of COVID-19 Response

Dr. Taupier reported on the transition to distance learning, and the many challenges for students, teachers, and parents. For the most part, it has been a smooth transition, with adjustments being made after a survey taken during spring break. Student trustees reported that the new schedule and extended district learning plan was well-received. Seniors are discussing the graduation ceremony and senior activities, and are working with Administration to find alternatives. The Board discussed changes to the grading policy for Semester 2.

Upcoming Board Meetings

Until further notice, Board meetings are held online, using the Zoom platform. Please see the district website for links and passwords. Public Comment can be emailed in advance of meetings at publiccomment@tamdistrict.org, or enter your name and agenda item in the chat stream during the Zoom meeting.

May 12, 2020: Regular Board Meeting

May 26, 2020: Regular Board Meeting

June 2, 2020: Regular Board Meeting

June 23, 2020: Regular Board Meeting

Tamalpais Union High School District

Superintendent: Tara Taupier, Ed.D.

Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources: Lars Christensen

Chief Financial Officer: Corbett Elsen

Board members: Leslie Harlander, President; Cynthia Roenisch, Clerk; Karen Loebbaka, Dan Oppenheim, and Kevin Saavedra.