Walnut Creek School District

Governing Board Meeting Summary for November 8, 2021

Governing Board Members

  • Heidi Hernandez Gatty, Board President - present
  • Nithin Iyengar, Board Clerk - present
  • Liz Bettis, Trustee - present
  • Aimee Moss, Trustee - present
  • Zetta Reicker, Trustee - present
  • Marie Morgan, Superintendent - present


The Board approved the following consent items:

  • Governing Board Meeting Minutes, 11th October 2021
  • Special Board Meeting Minutes, 21st October 2021
  • October 2021 Warrants
  • Independent Study Contract - Byron Union School District
  • Personnel Consent Calendar Items


The Board heard discussions on the following topics:

  • Jan Rogenski, Asst. Superintendent of Educational Services, Connie McCarley, Asst. Director of Educational Support Services, and Adriane Winslow, Wellness Coordinator, provided a Part 2 overview of the Wellness Program. They spoke to the resources in place for student Social Emotional Learning (SEL)) and MTSS (Multi-Tiered Student Support) Tier One. Wellness Centers are starting to open up at all schools - each with its own unique style, incorporating common zones for Movement, Art, Sensory, Social, and Reading. At WCI, their wellness center has both a Calming Room and a Group Room. Designated SEL time has been built in to Morning meetings and Advisory time. Take a look at their presentation for a peek at the various centers!
  • Director of Special Services, Amy Espinoza, reviewed the Learning Recovery Grant. This grant is a part of AB130, specifically for purposes of providing learning recovery support to pupils with disabilites associated with impacts to learning due to school disruptions stemming from COVID-19 between March 2020-September 2021. The Instructional Program Goal is to increase instructional support in the area of math for students with IEPs in grades 6-8.
  • Ruben Fernandez, Director of Innovation, gave an update on Measure D projects that are coming to an end. We are on time and 7% under budget!
  • Chief Business Official, Vince Morales, presented the Board with information regarding inconsistencies in the Management Salary Schedule as it pertains to recruitment and retention. School Services is conducting a research study and should be able to provide more information in December.


The Board voted on the following recommended action items:

  • Walnut Creek Teachers Association (WCTA) presented their Memorandum of Understanding regarding the impact of COVID-19 - Approved, 5-0
  • California School Employee Association, Chapter 202, presented their Memorandum of Understanding regarding the impact of COVID-19 - Approved, 5-0
  • Ruben Fernandez, Director of Innovation, presented a proposal for Theatrical Audio/Visual Set-up in Squire Hall at WCI, funded by Measure D - Approved, 5-0
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Due to the resignation of Board member Elizabeth Bettis, the Walnut Creek School District Governing Board will have a vacant member seat. The Board conducted discussions on what steps to take in filling the vacancy and decided to make a provisional appointment. Heidi Hernandez-Gatty and Nithin Iyengar were appointed as the committee for provisional appointment. Applications will be accepted until 4pm on November 29, with interviews to be held at a Special Board Meeting on December 14. Application and Selection Procedures information can be found on our website.


The Board Members reported the following activities since our last Board meeting:

  • Aimee Moss: visited Parkmead on 10/28 for special presentations on traffic safety and was able to see "The Den"
  • Liz Bettis: nothing to report
  • Heidi Hernandez-Gatty: sat in as an observer on Negotiations, October 25 & 27, and November 1-2 & 8
  • Nithin Iyengar: attended the WCEF meeting on October 28
  • Zetta Reicker: attended EPOCH training on 10/21, participated in a Safety Committee meeting on 10/28, and shared correspondance with her assigned schools
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2-19 One District, One Author Read-a-Thon

11-12 Veteran's Day - No School

18 WCEF Meeting, 7pm

22-26 Thanksgiving Break - No School

29 Governing Board Meeting, 6pm


1-3 Governing Board, CSBA-AEC, San Diego

13 Governing Board Meeting, 6pm

14 Special Governing Board Meeting - Board Candidate Interviews, 5pm

16 WCEF Meeting, tbd

17 End of Second Quarter, WCI

17 Minimum Day (TK - 8th)

20-31 Winter Break - No School


7 Minimum Day, WCI

10 Governing Board Meeting, 6pm

17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

31 TK/Kindergarten Registration Opens