TUHSD Board of Trustees

Highlights from the August 27, 2019 Meetings

October Meeting Date Changed

The Board adjusted the meeting dates in October, to avoid a conflict on October 8. Please note that the first meeting date in October has been changed to October 15. All other meeting dates remain the same. Please click here for the 2019-20 meeting calendar.

Refunding of Existing Bonds

Corbett Elsen, Chief Financial Officer, presented an update regarding refunding possibilities for the District’s existing bonds. (The District is not pursuing a new bond campaign.) He gave an overview to show interest rates, credit ratings, refunding options, and next steps. The summary projects taxpayer savings of between $3-4 million depending on a variety of factors including taxable vs. tax-exempt refinancing. Staff will bring a recommendation and Resolution to the Board at the September 10 meeting.

Discussion and Review of Godbe Research Survey Presentation

Mr. Elsen introduced Mr. Charles Hester from Godbe Research, who presented the results of a recent public perception survey of the Tam District and possible support for a renewed parcel tax. The key findings showed a favorable opinion in the majority of voters surveyed. Given the survey findings, TBWB and Godbe Research recommend that the Tamalpais Union High School District continue the process to prepare for a March 2020 parcel tax measure election. No action was taken at this meeting, but the Board will continue to explore the possibilities.

Public Hearing of Sunshine Articles

TUHSD Administration and the Tam Federation of Teachers (TFT) are preparing for the start of 2019-20 negotiations. TUHSD presented Articles from the contract, and asked for public input. There was no public comment. The TFT will sunshine their Articles in a Public Hearing at the September 10, 2019 Board Meeting.

Upcoming Board Meetings

September 3, 2019: Special Board Governance Workshop

September 10, 2019: Regular Board Meeting

September 24, 2019: Regular Board Meeting

2019-2020 Board Meeting Calendar


Parcel Tax Citizens' Oversight Committee Applications

Applications are being accepted (deadline extended) for an Oversight Committee for the Measure J Parcel Tax. Please note that this is not a decision-making body, but will provide oversight to ensure the use of Parcel Tax funds align with stated purposes from Measure J ballot language. All interested parties may use this link for more information and for an application. You may also pick up an application and other materials in the Business department of the District Office, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, during business hours.

LCAP Committee Membership - Volunteers Needed

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) includes the District's goals and action steps along with resource allocation contained in a 3 year plan. The District will review and update the entire plan this school year with the help of our stakeholders. An outline of the LCAP committee's role and responsibilities, a list a meeting dates, expectations and instructions on how to submit an application to serve on the committee are linked here: LCAP Committee Information. Please consider how you might be able to serve on this committee, and contact Mary O'Leary at moleary@tamdistrict.org if you have any questions. To see our current LCAP, please click here.

Suggested Reading --

Superintendent Taupier recommends the following books:

The Parents We Mean to Be, by Richard Weissbourd

So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo

We Should All be Feminists, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Race Talk and The Conspiracy of Silence by Derald Wing Sue

The Dangers of a Single Story (Ted Talk) by Chimamanda Adichie

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.