February 6, 2024 Board Meeting Highlights

February 6, 2024 Board Meeting Highlights
Posted on 02/09/2024

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

Reports and Presentations

  • Spotlight on Education: Carlton Oaks 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.
  • Superintendent, Dr. Kristin Baranski, provided a State of the District address, reviewing growth since the pandemic and what the future holds for the district.

Discussion and Action Items

  • The Board appointed Shannon Borden as the Coordinator of Grant Services for the Student Behavioral Health Incentive Program (SBHIP) grant. Mrs. Borden holds a Bachelor degree in Recreation Administration from San Diego State University. Prior to her employment with Santee School District, Mrs. Borden was employed by various departments for the County of San Diego (Planning & Development Services, Health & Human Services Agency, and Parks & Recreation), and the City of Coronado. Mrs. Borden’s professional experience, academic studies, and diverse background will be a great asset for the SBHIP program. Santee School District, was one of two school districts in San Diego County, that was awarded a Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) SBHIP grant for $2.7 million. The SBHIP grant will increase student access to mental health support and bridge the gap between school districts and managed care plans.
  • The Board reviewed and approved the 2024 Legislative Goals, which include:
    1. Seek/support legislation to fully fund special education
    2. Seek/support legislation to increase the base funding for the Local Control Formula in lieu of creating new categorical programs. Schools can simply not do more with new programs when they are already stretched thin trying to fund basic day-to-day operations.
    3. Seek/support legislation to create and fund Statewide training for a skilled and trained workforce. California lacks localized and State trainings for this workforce to allow contracted firms to complete necessary maintenance and operations projects.
    4. Seek/support legislation to relieve districts of cost for PERS retirement system increases separate from Proposition 98 general fund allocations.
    5. Seek/support legislation to fund unfunded mandates like organic waste requirements, a $1.5m annual increase to the local operation budget.
    6. Seek/support legislation to restructure K-14 energy costs for educational institutions and minimize the barriers for renewable energy sources
  • The Board proclaimed the week of February 5 – 9, 2024 as National School Counseling Week, and the week of March 3 – 19, 2024 as National School Social Work Week.

Board Policies and Bylaws


  • 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.

Second Reading - this item will come back to the Feb. 20, 2024 Board Meeting for final review:

  • 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.

First Reading:

  • BP 6011 - Academic Standards: Updated policy reflects the State Board of Education's adoption of, a set of national standards in English language arts and mathematics. Policy also adds language regarding (1) involvement of representatives of businesses and postsecondary institutions in the recommendation of district standards; (2) alignment of standards with
    graduation requirements, college entrance requirements, and other student outcomes; and (3) review of standards in response to changing student needs.
  • BP 6164.5 - Student Success Teams: Policy updated to reference how student success team (SST) processes reflect best practices, provide for development and adjustments of intervention plans, and reference integration of MTSS supports.
  • BP 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504: Policy updated to add requirement to address the needs of students with disabilities in the district's local control and accountability plan. Regulation updated to reflect (81 Fed.
    Reg. 53203)

The next meeting of the Santee School District Board of Education will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, 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.