January 16, 2024 Board Meeting Highlights

January 16, 2024 Board Meeting Highlights
Posted on 01/19/2024

The Santee School District Board of Education met at 6 p.m. January 16, 2024. Meeting highlights included:

Reports and Presentations

  • Spotlight on Education: Rio Seco site administrators presented an update on student assessment and survey results from the 2022-23 school year, and student academic and climate/culture goals for the 2023-24 school year.
  • Fall 2023 California Schools Dashboard Presentation: District staff presented the 2023 California Schools Dashboard results for the Santee School District. The California School Dashboard provides parents and educators with information on school and district progress on local indicators beyond test scores alone. The California School Dashboard provides a more complete picture of how schools and districts are meeting the needs of all students. The Dashboard measures progress in English Language Arts, Mathematics, English Language Learner progress, chronic absenteeism, and suspension rate. Read more about SSD's results here.

Discussion and Action Items

  • The Board of Education adopted the Santee School District Governance Standards. These standards act as a guideline to help increase effectiveness and improve the quality of governance and leadership for the District.
  • The Board approved the reorganization of the Special Education Department. A department re-organization will allow for District leadership to plan ahead for best practices related to Least Restrictive Environments for students, provide timely response to site personnel on technical questions, provide just-in-time supports for new staff, and most importantly, provide necessary communications to the families of Santee School District.
  • The Board approved the next steps for the implementation of the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP) grant. The SBHIP grant will increase student access to mental health supports and bridge the gap between school districts and managed care plans. Santee School District is fortunate to have received $2.7 million in SBHIP grant funding to support ongoing staffing needs and an infrastructure for a sustainable mental health program. Read more here.

Board Policies and Bylaws

First readings were held for the following policies; both policies will be brought back to the Feb. 6 meeting for final review and consideration by the Board:

  • Revised BP/AR 5132 – Dress and Grooming: Policy updated to conform to CSBA language and recent trends after receiving student, staff, and parent/community input. Input collected from staff and community members at the meeting will be reviewed for possible revision.
  • Revised BP 3311.1 – Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Procedures: On November 7th the Board of Education updated Resolution 1213-03 to add maintenance to UPCCAA under the California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Commission. As such, Board Policy 3311.1 has been updated to also add maintenance into the policy.

 The next meeting of the Santee School District Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 6, 2024, in the Educational Resource Center, 9619 Cuyamaca, Santee. Meetings can also be live-streamed at santeesd.net/LiveBoardMeeting.

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.