Soledad Unified School District
BOARD HIGHLIGHTS OF AUGUST 10, 2022
August 12, 2022
Soledad High School NJROTC are back in person at the Board Meetings!
Captain Gomez gave an update to the Board that as follows:
The Northwestern Region Leadership Academy is a one-week training seminar for selected NJROTC cadets. This leadership training took place at Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center, Warrenton, Oregon, 25 Jun - 2 Jul 2022.
The purpose of this program is to prepare cadets for leadership roles in their respective units. Cadets must be thoroughly prepared for the physical and disciplinary demands of this accelerated training and be briefed on what will be expected of them. Each NJROTC program selects its best candidates and gets them ready for the training. While the academy will be rewarding, it will be challenging physically and mentally by the different leadership activities they will be engaged in.
Organization. The NW Region Leadership Academy is organized and scheduled by the Area 13 Manager and is sanctioned by NSTC as an authorized Leadership Academy. Quotas will be limited to 120 and distributed among Area 13 schools. Cadets will be formed into eight platoons for training, administration, and competitive purposes. Cadets from each school will be distributed as evenly as possible into each platoon. The ideal cadet distribution would be to have a proportional number of female and male cadets from every unit to form two female and two male platoons. However, because of travel costs, and other competing family summer activities, the perfect distribution is not always possible. Therefore, gaps in numbers or gender will be adjusted by the Area 13 office. Selections will be driven by the needs of the academy and by instructor participation.
Cadets who attended:
Congratulations to the Soledad High School NJROTC for their achievements!
BOARD MEMBERS' REPORTS
Trustee Pantoja said she was excited to welcome everyone back in person and also welcomed the community members who were at the meeting. She also welcome, NJORTC cadets to present the colors in person and also congratulated them for their achievement at their out of state leadership academy. Trustee Pantoja reported the she attended the welcome back last Thursday and the Active Shooter Training on Friday. She also said it was a pleasure to be able to sponsor and support the Welcome Back BBQ lunch for staff. She wished everyone a successful school year.
Trustee Ocampo also welcomed everyone back to a new school year. He reported that the had the pleasure of welcoming many students/staff today as he visited Main Street Middle School. His daughter is attending Main Street and was also able to visit classrooms. Many students were happy to be back. Then he visited Frank Ledesma Elementary and had the pleasure of visiting the upper grade classes. He was able to speak in one of the classes and welcomed students back. He looks forward to another great school year and looks to collaborating with the community, parents, and staff. Trustee Ocampo mentioned that he was happy that the district offered the Active Shooter training as he wants everyone to be safe and happy to know the district is also looking at other alternatives to keep everyone safe
- VP Ibarra Mora said he was excited to start new school year; in spite of the COVID and concerns and looks forward to a new year. He works with many new teachers and always hears that their #1 concern is stability. Taking care of scholars, nurturing and compassionate environment. Grow with support of teachers. He encouraged everyone to continue to share, and give feedback as this is how they learn. Students are the forefront in all they do. VP Ibarra Mora also reported that he had the opportunity today to visit classrooms and spoke to some students; who frankly said they were not okay and encouraged everyone to work on providing an environment for these kids that is nurturing and safe. On August 1st, he also welcomed new teachers and thanked new teacher support staff. He was happy to see former students returning back to the community as teachers and year after year, there are more and more. He also attended the National Night out hosted by Soledad Police Department at the community center with Trustee Pantoja. Our cheerleaders performed at the event and did great. He too attended the welcome back events last Thursday and Friday. He commended and stated that he appreciates STA leadership and are willing to collaborate together. Last Saturday the Board held a retreat and worked on aligning the District/LACP Goals with the Superintendent's Goals. They are clear on what the board priorities are and holding superintendent accountable. He said he looks forward to the final document and looks forward to share with community.. He also gave a big Kudos to the Soledad High School NRJOTC. As soon as they returned from their out of state academy; the next day they were at the 4th of July Celebration with the color guard and they also volunteered for the event. Captain Gomez is a testament of quality of his expertise and how community orientated he is He does not live in Soledad, but has adopted Soledad as his community. He also gave Kudos to the Soledad Lions Club and the cafeteria staff for providing the meal last Friday to all staff
- Board President Galvan also welcomed everyone back. He tanked Superintendent Bangs and team for scheduling the trainings and made them possible. He was not able to attend due to illness. He welcomed all of our Team members and parents back. He too thanked Captain Gomez for his leadership, he is a big fan of the NJROTC. President Galvan thanked the cadets for volunteering. They also represents us well at other events, one being the Salinas Valley Rodeo. He said his twins are at Jack Franscioni and they really enjoyed their first day of school. He reminded everyone that we are not perfect and there will be hiccups but be patient and we will address them. He looks forward to making more site class/school visits this year.
- School Services of California Budget Study can be found here
- Presentation of the Enacted State Budget and Approval of the 45-Day Budget Revisions can be found here, here, and here
- Resolution No. 8-02-22 Authorizing auction and sale of district surplus personal property. The resolution can be found here
- Resolution No. 8-03-22 Authorizing to Release Funds from the District checking accounts and can be found here
CONSENT CALENDAR ITEMS
- https://go.boarddocs.com/ca/soledad/Board.nsf/files/CGWVA57FBEF9/$file/Parellel%20Learning%20Inc.%202022-23.pdfApproval for the 2022 School Plans for Student Achievement for all our schools. They can be found here: Gabilan, Frank Ledesma, Jack Franscioni, Rose Ferrero, San Vicente, Main Street Middle School, Soledad High School, and Pinnacles High School
- Agreement with enVision Consulting Group. The agreement can be found here
- Agreement with Dr. DeWitt to provide training to SUSD administrators. The agreement can be found here
- Agreement with Greenfield Community Science Mobile Workshop Program for the 2022-2023 School Year. The agreement can be found here
- Agreement with Boys & Girls Club for the 2022-2023 School Year and can be found here
- Agreement with The Epicenter for the 2022-2023 School Year and can be found here
- Agreement with Girls Inc. of the Central Coast for the 2022-2023 School Year and can be found here
- Agreement with Special Kids Connect for the 2022-2023 School Year and can be found here
Agreement with Hartnell College to provide the HEP Program during the 2022-23 School Year and can be found here
Agreement with YWCA of Monterey County for the 2022-2023 School Year. The agreement can be found here
Agreement with Parallel Learning Inc. for SLP Professional Services for the 2022-2023 School Year and can be found here
Agreement with SALT Software to Provide Transcription Services for the 2022-2023 School Year and can be found here
Approval of Board Advisory Committee items: security Cameras for all school sites, Board Room Livestreaming Equipment. E-Waste, a modular CNA portable classrooms and flooring for the Soledad HS Girls Bathroom in the 600 building