SMCJUHSD Monthly Newsletter

Message from Dr. Caroline Cota, Superintendent

August 2023

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!

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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

School Board meetings occur on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.

September Meetings:

  • 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
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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.



DATE: Oct. 17 and Oct. 30


TIME: 6:00-7:00 p.m.


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

Are you a Parent Leader? Join one of our Parent Advisory Groups!

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

Greenfield, CA

All meetings are hybrid! Agenda and reminder will be send via Parent Square. We hope to see you there!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Community Resources

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.

Facility Update

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.

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We're Hiring!

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.


Service worker / bus driver

English language development (ELD) liaison

Custodian I/bus driver

Custodian II/ bus driver

Bus driver (5 hrs)


Technology Assistant

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


Alternative Education Teacher

Adult Transition Program Teacher

Special Education Teacher – Mild/Moderate

English Teacher

Math Teacher

Science Teacher

Social Science Teacher

Dean of Students (management)

Substitute Teacher


Be in touch!

District Office Hours: Mon - Fri, 8am - 5pm

Location: 800 Broadway, King City, CA 93930
Phone: (831) 385-0606

Upcoming Community Events

Walk, Bike & Run

Wednesday, Sep. 6th, 6pm

200 Broadway Street

King City, CA

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