Board Meeting Highlights

Jefferson Union High School District

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Serramonte del Rey

699 Serramonte Boulevard, Room 223

Daly City, CA 94015

View the JUHSD November 16th board agenda HERE.

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JUHSD Board of Trustees

Board Communications

President Rosie Tejada attended the Board's Governance meeting this past Saturday, as well as the Student Advisory Council on Monday. She thanked the District staff for working so hard and how appreciative she was for everyone's service to JUHSD.

Vice President Andrew Lie was grateful to all district employees for their hard work and resilience this past year. He gave an extra special thank you to the parents and guardians of the District students and encouraged everyone to have a relaxing Thanksgiving break.

Clerk Carla Ng-Garrett thanked everyone, in the spirit of this Thanksgiving season, for giving their best during this past semester, knowing how difficult this year has been. She wished everyone a restful vacation.

Trustee Nick Occhipinti shared his concerns about families having access to vaccination information. He also encouraged the District community speak at public meetings, especially when they feel their voices are not being heard.

Trustee Kalimah Salahuddin was unable to attend this evening's meeting.

Report from Superintendent Presta

Superintendent Toni Presta echoed the thankful sentiments mentioned by the Board of Trustees and shared her gratitude for the entire District, and especially her Executive Cabinet team. She mentioned that the JUHSD Office will be open next Monday and Tuesday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Wednesday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and closed Thursday and Friday. Superintendent Presta encouraged everyone to use the week as time to rest and recharge.

Student of the Month, Milani Urbina

Congratulations to Milani Urbina for being named our District's Student of the Month for November!

Milani is a senior at Oceana and currently the school’s Associated Student Body (ASB) Treasurer. In addition to her leadership role at OHS, and being an honor roll student, she is part of the school’s AP program and currently enrolled in AP Chemistry and AP Calculus. Taking these classes will greatly prepare her for a post high school career of attending a four-year university and eventually becoming a pediatrician or pediatric nurse; the school has no doubt she will successfully achieve these goals.

Milani’s principal, Mrs. April Holland, had this to say about Milani: “She is an all-around amazing representative of the Oceana High School community. She exemplifies an ‘enjoy yourself and work hard’ attitude and does her best to relish in every moment her brief high school experience has to offer. Active all four years in athletics, she participated in track and field her freshman year, cross country during her sophomore year, and soccer all four years. When she was told of receiving this award, she looked shocked and amazed; a testament to her always remaining humble.”

Milani’s teachers echo the same sentiments of Principal Holland. Milani’s ASB advisor, Mr. Chris Korp, was very forthcoming about her contributions to the school. “As the ASB Treasurer, Milani is the officer in charge of not only ASB Treasurers, but is also well acquainted with the school’s financial accounts. She often helps other ASB committees when she realizes their knowledge is lacking because of pandemic-related at-home learning. She is often one of the hardest working members on ASB committees. I often feel like Milani is the adult in the room, even with me standing near her.”

Ms. Leslie Bell, Milani’s Calculus teacher, shared, “Milani Urbina works very hard in Calculus class. She is very good and brave about asking questions when she doesn’t understand something. I think this benefits the class environment and her classmates because some students are shy and are afraid to ask questions, but not Milani. She’s always very polite when asking for help AND she helps other students, too!”

We thank Milani for being such a stellar student and important member of our District community. Way to go, Milani!

Items to Note

AFT 1481 Report

Monica Casey, AFT 1481 Union President, thanked everyone for their hard work during these trying times. She shared that she helped at Westmoor High School this past Friday due to a lack of substitute teachers, a shortage facing many districts in the state.

Proposition 51

Superintendent Presta shared that in 2016, California voters passed a statewide school bond, Proposition 51 (Prop 51). Funds from Prop 51 are currently fully reserved and as a result, there is a wait list. Assembly Bill 75 (AB 75) has been proposed because there are over $3 billion worth of modernization and new construction applicaitons on the wait list awating matching funds. AB 75 will put a $12 billion statewide school facility bond on the 2022 ballot in order to fund waitlist and future projects.

The Board passed a resolution supporting Assembly Bill 75.

Educator Effectiveness Block Grant

Kareen Baca, Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, gave a presentation on the District's Educator Effectiveness Block Grant, a one-time fund of $1,057, 516, to provide professional learning and to promote educator equity, quality, and effectiveness. To view the full expenditure plan presentation, please click HERE.
Tina Van Raaphorst, Associate Superintendent of Business Services, shared with the Board that as new projects at Westmoor High School near the end of construction, there are a large number of small change orders, typical of a job this size. She presented the change orders for approvel and thanked Stefanie Phillips, District Director of Bond Projects and Construction, and Drew Smith from Swinerton Construction, for their tireless work on this project.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

Stefanie Phillips, Director of Bond Projects and Construction, presented and the Board approved the proposed additional scope of work from HKIT Architects to enable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, as well as minor site changes for the new District Office and Adult Education buildings. The scope of this work includes a basketball court and new play structure for community use, along with a small synthetic turf area to be used by students in the District's Adult Programs.

Student Advisory Council

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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 Trustees Mustafa Abuzahriyeh (WHS) and Sharon Liang (OHS) attended the November 16th board meeting with news to share!

Trustee Abuzahriyeh noted Westmoor's Senior Sunrise was last Friday, November 12th, held on the school's football field. He added that this Thursday, November 18th,the school will hold tours for prospective future WHS Rams during periods 5-6.

Trustee Liang shared that Oceana High's food and nutrition class raised $1,500 from their annual holiday pie fundraiser. She shared about the school's Interim Fair where students attended three 10-minute information sessions to learn more about the schools unique program held in the spring. To conclude, she advised that the school's Associated Student Body (ASB) class was partnering with local thrift stores to raise money for the school's leadership program.

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Board Meeting COVID Protocols

Our new Board Meeting COVID Protocol took effect at the Tuesday, November 16th meeting.

All in-person attendees were asked to show:

  • proof of vaccination
  • Negative COVID-19 test result (taken within 72 hours)

Rapid testing was provided for those who did not provide the above mentioned documentation.

Board meetings will continue to air live through our District's Youtube channel.

For additional information or questions on this protocol, please email Michele Jones, District COVID Response Director,


Stay up to date with the ways in which JUSHD is staying on top of curtailing the COVID curve by visiting our district's COVID Response page.

Additional Information and Upcoming Board Meetings

The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place Tuesday, December 7, 2021. Public session begins at 7:00 pm (unless otherwise noted) on the JUHSD YouTube channel and in person at the District Office.