SMCJUHSD Monthly Newsletter
Message from Dr. Caroline Cota, Superintendent
Dear SMCJUHSD families,
It has been an exciting start to the school year. Our sites welcomed back students on August 9 and so much has taken place already! Each school site held multiple activities to welcome freshmen, link students to clubs and activities, and get students on the right track to academic and social success. Last week's Back to School evenings were filled with positive energy and we hope you took advantage of the opportunity to meet your student's teachers, counselors, and administrators. This Friday, August 25, Greenfield High School will host King City High School for what is sure to be a great football game. Don't miss it!
Please see below for more information on upcoming parent and community forums as we gather input for our new Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and our Facility Master Plan. This month's newsletter also includes information about our school board members and meetings, facility updates, and open positions. We are still hiring!
Have a great month!
Caroline Cota, Ed.D.
Meet our School Board!
Pictured from left to right:
- Linda Benway, Board member. Ms. Benway joined the Board in 2019. She was born and raised in Madera and earned her bachelor's degree and teaching credential from Fresno State. Ms. Benway has called King City home since 1972. Over her 38 years of service to our district, she served as teacher, coach, ASB director and dean prior to joining the Board of Education after her retirement. Ms. Benway has served many community groups including the Southern Monterey County Foundation, 101 Elite Volleyball, KC adult softball, KC summer swim and pee wee baseball, King City recreation commission, and Sober Grad committees.
- Paul Dake, Board member. Mr. Dake was first appointed to the Board in 2016. He was born in Fowler, CA and raised in Fresno. He graduated from Fresno High and earned his Bachelor's degree, Master's degree and several teaching credentials from CSU Fresno. He has been a resident of Greenfield since 1989. He was a middle school teacher for 31 years during which he taught multiple subjects until his retirement in 2017. Prior to joining the SMCJUHSD Board, Mr. Dake also served on the Greenfield Union School District Board. He is currently active in the Salinas Valley community church where he volunteers his expertise in video production and computer technology.
- Dr. Lourdes Villarreal, Board member. Dr. Villarreal joined the Board in 2022. She was born in Ciudad Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico and moved first to Texas and then California. She completed four years of school in King City, graduating from King City High School. She earned her Bachelor's degree and teaching credential at CSU Fresno. She later returned to school, earning a Ph.D. in Educational Studies from Claremont Graduate University. She has been a resident of Greenfield since 1990. Dr. Villarreal has a been an educator and administrator at the middle, high school, and college level. She is currently a Teacher on Special Assignment, supporting new teachers for the Greenfield Union School District. Dr. Villarreal currently serves on the Parks and Recreation committee for the city of Greenfield.
- Leslie Girard, Board clerk. Ms. Girard was first appointed to the Board in 2016. She grew up in the Los Angeles area before moving to Moro Bay where she graduated from Morro Bay High School. She earned an Associate Degree from Hartnell College. She has lived in King City since 1986. Ms. Girard has held several positions in the city, working at Keefer's Restaurant and Mee Memorial. She has been serving the King City Union School District as a Library Technician for 27 years. She serves her own school as School Council President and member of the leadership team and she is the president of her classified union chapter.
- David Gaboni, Board president. Mr. Gaboni has served on the Board in 2015. He grew up in King City, attending Santa Lucia Elementary, San Lorenzo Middle School and graduating from King City High School. He attended Hartnell Community College and earned his Bachelor's Degree from Chapman University. He currently lives in Jolon, where he has lived his whole life. Mr. Gaboni has worked for the Monterey County Office of Education for 29 years, currently serving as a maintenance custodian. Mr. Gaboni is a member of the California School Board Association, President of the Monterey County School Board Association and member of the Monterey County Education Coalition.
School Board Meeting Dates and Locations
- September 13, 6:30 PM at the District Office, 800 Broadway, King City
- September 27, 6:30 PM at Greenfield High School, 225 El Camino Real, Greenfield
LCAP - Local Control Accountability Plan
What is LCAP?
- district educational priorities
- community input to understand what students and families need
- how money should be used for student achievement
- a collaborative process so all community partners are included
We need your help in building our new plan. This plan will determine how we use our moneys to support the academic achievement of ALL our students. We need your ideas, suggestions, concerns, and feedback in order to build this NEW plan.
SAVE THE DATE
KING CITY HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY FORUMS
DATE: Oct. 17 and Oct. 30
TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
GREENFIELD HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY FORUMS
DATE: Oct. 19 and Nov. 1
LOCATION: Student Union
TIME: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
The entire community of South Monterey County is invited!
(Refreshments and interpretation services will be provided)
Parent Participation Opportunities
DELAC - District English Learner Advisory Committee and District Advisory Committee
- a group of parents who focus on the English Language Learners (ELL)
- they advise the district on how best to serve ELL students who are struggling
- they advise the school board and the superintendent on the expenditures of Title III
DPAC - District Parent Advisory Committee
- a group of parents who focus on all students who are underperforming
- they advise the district on how best to serve students who are not academically doing well
- they advise the school board and superintendent on the expenditures of Title I
CLICK HERE so we can send you more information.
All are welcome to attend our meetings. See you there!
Thursday, Sep. 28th, 6pm
225 South El Camino Real
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Sun Street Centers has a new Youth Center open and ready to accept students ages 12-17. They are offering multiple programs for our students and community youth to provide prevention education as well as recovery support.
We encourage you to seek support through these programs for prevention services to help your student get connected. For more information click here.
Construction has commenced on the GHS dugouts, with a targeted completion date of January 31, 2024 to align with the baseball and softball season. Concurrently, the painting of both campuses is underway and is also expected to be finalized by January 31, 2024.
Efforts are underway to expand the classroom capacity at Portola-Butler Continuation HS, aimed at accommodating a higher number of students within the program. We are in the planning phases of two additional classrooms at GHS/Ventana Campus and one additional classroom at KCHS/Portola-Butler CHS campus. The estimated completion of this project is June 2024.
Have a Bachelor's Degree? You could be a substitute teacher for the district. Substitutes earn up to $280 a day!
SMCJUHSD also has the following positions available.
CLASSIFIED JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Service worker / bus driver
English language development (ELD) liaison
Custodian I/bus driver
Custodian II/ bus driver
Bus driver (5 hrs)
Boys varsity basketball coach
Girls golf coach-KCHS
Boys golf coach- KCHS
Wrestling coach- KCHS
Substitute Office Clerk
Substitute Custodian - on-call
Substitute - Paraeducator I
CERTIFICATED JOB OPPORTUNITIES
Alternative Education Teacher
Adult Transition Program Teacher
Special Education Teacher – Mild/Moderate
Social Science Teacher
Dean of Students (management)