August 15, 2023 Board Meeting Highlights

August 15, 2023 Board Meeting Highlights
Posted on 08/17/2023

The Santee School District Board of Education met at 6 p.m. August 15, 2023. Meeting highlights included:

Discussion and Action Items

  • The security of students and staff is of the utmost priority to the District. In November 2022, the Board of Education approved a two-year agreement with Dr. Sherry Colgan Stone, CEO of Stone Campus Safety, a provider of safety, security and emergency management services to institutions of higher education and K-12 school districts. Based on Administrative recommendations and identified needs, Dr. Colgan Stone suggested the District work with United States Department of Homeland Security to conduct a free, comprehensive school facility assessment at every school site. These assessments were conducted over several months in Winter - Spring 2023. Dr. Colgan Stone and some members of the assessment team provided an overview of their comprehensive findings and recommendations for improving campus security. Dr. Baranski shared next steps and intentions to bring updates to future Board Meetings.
  • The Board of Education adopted a Proclamation designating September 2023 as Grandparent Appreciation Month, to honor the many grandparents and surrogate grandparents that selflessly step in to raise their grandchildren in difficult circumstances and for the central roles that family mentors play in our lives.

Board Policies and Bylaws

  • The Board adopted revised Board Policy 6152 – CLASS ASSIGNMENT: Policy updated to call for the use of multiple objective academic measures when assigning students to appropriate courses and classes, consistent with SB 359.
  • First reading for New BP 4119.24 – Classroom Learning Environment: The Board recognizes and encourages the right of administrative, certificated and classified employees, as citizens, to engage in political and sociopolitical activity. However, District time, resources, property or equipment, paid for by taxpayers, may not be used for political or sociopolitical purposes by district employees when performing assigned duties.

The next meeting of the Santee School District Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2023, in the Educational Resource Center, 9619 Cuyamaca, Santee. Meetings can also be live-streamed at

Note: These are not official meeting minutes of the Board of Education but rather a brief recap of the Board’s actions. For official meeting minutes and a complete list of actions taken, click here.