Board of Education Meeting Highlights 5.17.22

Santee School District Board of Education Meeting Highlights
Posted on 05/20/2022

May 17, 2022 Regular Meeting

The Santee School District Board of Education met at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. Meeting highlights included:

Reports and Presentations

  • The Board of Education, together with City of Santee Mayor John Minto, the Santee Chamber of Commerce and the Santee School District Foundation, honored students who were selected to compete in the Academic Achievement Award competition for the 2021-22 school year. Two eighth grade students from each school were selected to participate in this competition by their teachers in collaboration with the school administration. This year the Academic Achievement Award Competition integrated the areas of writing, speech and mathematics. Students completed an authentic math task with real world data and problems. The students used their mathematical solutions, combined with several informational articles to draft an informative essay, and finally, crafted a persuasive speech with visuals to inform an audience about their topic. Competitors included:

    o Cajon Park: Brooklynn Draheim and Sarah Mousa
    o Carlton Hills: Janelly Gutierrez and Thomas Twining
    o Carlton Oaks: Romi Herrada and Declan Mulrooney
    o Chet F. Harritt: Thomas Koerner and Sophie Kwo
    o Hill Creek: Andrew Kizer and Ciri Moody
    o Pepper Drive: Khoa Nguyen and Julianna Abrajan
    o PRIDE Academy: Bella King and Taylor Veltre
    o Rio Seco: Wyatt Permetti and Jacob Permetti

    Congratulations to the winners in each category:
    o Speech: Sophie Kwo, Chet F. Harritt
    o Writing: Romi Herrada, Carlton Oaks
    o Mathematics: Julianna Abrajan, Pepper Drive
    o Overall: Sarah Mousa, Cajon Park

Pictures from the awards presentation can be viewed here.

Discussion and Action Items

  • Earlier in the year, the Director of Communications and Community Engagement, along with a sub-committee of the Communications Committee, developed a survey to gauge the interest from families on continuing virtual meeting and event options. The nine (9) question survey was sent to all Santee School District parents/guardians, after spring break. Cori Harris, Director of Communications and Community Engagement, and Mrs. Kimberly Hill, parent representative on the Communication Board Advisory Committee, shared the overall survey results from the 900 responses received. Recommendations for Board consideration from the sub-committee included:

o Offer virtual & in-person options for parent/teacher meetings
o Return to in-person events at school
o Explore texting as an additional method of communication
o Provide further training on downloading and utilizing the District app
o Explore making Board Meetings available virtually

  • Governor Newsom released an update to his January proposal for the 2022-23 State Budget, commonly referred to as the May Revise. Karl Christensen, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, provided the Board of Education with an update on State revenue projections, Proposition 98 calculations, and changes to the Governor’s plans for K-12 education funding for 2022-23 as compared with the January proposal.

The next meeting of the Santee School District Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 7, 2022, in the Educational Resource Center, 9619 Cuyamaca, Santee.

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, visit