Board Meeting Highlights
October 15, 2019 TUHSD Board of Trustees Meeting
9th Grade Math Placement Report
Because 9th grade Math placement is critically important for students' future educational success, SB 359 requires districts to do an annual review. Dr. Taupier's presentation provided data and demographics of 9th grade student placement in Math courses throughout the district. She reviewed the policies and procedures for placement, and pointed out improvements in the number of CSU/UC a-g math completion rates over the past five years. The district goal is for all students to be college ready and to be able to complete college level coursework if they choose college. The Board discussed the ways the District is working toward success in this goal.
Enrollment Projections Review
Dr. Taupier reviewed enrollment growth numbers, which have increased by 35% in the past 11 years. Enrollment is expected to continue to increase through 2020, before dropping down slightly. Enrollment projections inform staffing, which drives the budget, and the projections have been accurate to within 28 students compared to a total District enrollment of about 5,200 students overall. There have been no changes to the budget projections for the next three years, based on this enrollment information. The Board uses this information to plan for a potential parcel tax renewal. The Board heard from a community member urging them to consider using a square footage parcel tax.
Board Self-Evaluation and Governance Handbook
Field Trip and Interdistrict Transfer Policy Revisions
Mr. Elsen reviewed the revisions to the policy on field trips, specifically to Global Studies field trips involving swimming. The board made note that the changes in Board Policy are to protect students and guard against liability.
Dr. Taupier presented revisions to the Interdistrict transfer policy. Limitations on transfers for students living outside of the Tam District are necessary because of enrollment growth. The Board voted unanimously to approve the revisions to both policies.
Open Enrollment Capacity for 2020-21
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.