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November 28, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Amador High School with Principal Jessica Dorris and Vice Principal Nicci Gravette. The presentation included: a “Spotlight” school video, WASC update and exciting information regarding school culture and student voice.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • CSBA Recommended Board Policy Updates
  • Resolution No. ACUSD 18/19-019: Notice of Intent to reduce or Eliminate Classified Employee Services (Amended)

 The Board heard the following reports:

  • California School Dashboard Update
  • Regular Monthly Financial Report
  • Facilities & Construction Calendar Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday December 12, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 5:30 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

November 14, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Plymouth Elementary School with Principal Joe Horacek. The segments featured included: Academics (guided reading, writer’s workshop and science camp), Social and Emotional Heath (7 habits of Healthy Kids, counseling options, friendship bench).

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • California Schools Dashboard Local Indicators
  • Job Description: Intervention Teacher
  • CSBA Recommended Board Policy Updates
  • Revision of Board Bylaw 9320: Meetings and Notices

 The Board heard the following reports:

  • California Kids Healthy Kids Survey Report

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 5:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

October 24, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution: Native American Heritage Month (November)
  • Notice of Public Hearing for Resolution: Developer Fees (Discussion)
  • General Obligation Bond Measure A: Oversight Committee
  • Superintendent’s 2018-19 SMART Goals
  • 2018-19 Board of Trustees Goals Subcommittee
  • Resolution: ACUSD 18/19-016: Notice of Intent to Reduce or Eliminate Classified Management Positions

 The Board heard the following reports:

  • Enrollment Update (3-Year Comparison)
  • Regular Monthly Financial Report

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, November 14, 2018, at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

October 10, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Jackson Junior High School. Principal Janet DeLeo led the presentation with outstanding assistance from students and staff. Tonight’s power point presentation included new officers and advisors, pep rallies, AVID, and the jog-a-thon. Students gave an overview of the very popular Journalism class.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Board Policy 5141.33 Head Lice Revision
  • Revised General Obligation Bond Measure A: Priority Projects List by School Site
  • Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, Governance Handbook Revisions
  • Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team (FCMAT) Contract

 The Board heard the following report:

  • Employee Recognition & Wellness Plan Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

September 26, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Ione Junior High School. Instructional Administrator Andrew Gardner led the presentation with outstanding assistance from students and staff. Tonight’s topics included an AVID program update, WEB orientation and campus culture, and an overview of the new physical education aquatics unit.

The Board approved two resolutions this evening;

  • National Bullying Prevention Month (October)
  • Week of the School Administrator (2nd week of October)

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Certification of the District’s Unaudited Actuals & Financial Report
  • Title-I-Part A, Schoolwide Program (SWP) Waiver for Sutter Creek Elementary/Primary
  • Amador County Plan for Expelled Youth
  • Professional Development Contracts
  • Capitol Adult Education Regional Consortium (MOU)
  • Job Description: TK-8 Counselor
  • General Obligation Bond Measure A: Establishing the Process for the Oversight Committee
  • General Obligation Bond Measure Supporting the Establishment of a Facilities Advisory Committee

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

September 12, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

September 12, 2018

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Jackson Elementary School.  Principal Barb Magpusao recognized teachers Paula Romo, Nikki Silveira and Lolly Cerqueira then introduced students who reported on current programs in progress at Jackson Elementary which included the Kindness Club and School Leadership. Great job!

Argonaut High School students Sean McCrory, Sebastian Elm, and Allyson Quick all received Community Service Block “A”‘s for community service work performed this past school year. Congratulations!

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Governance Team 2018-19 Goals
  • Resolution/Public Hearing: Sufficiency of Instructional Materials and Textbooks
  • Subcommittee of the Board of Trustees, Board Bylaw Revisions
  • Service Agreement: Trinette Marquis

The Board heard the following reports:

  • Third Annual Communication Report Survey
  • The Silent Recession in California
  • Full Day TK/Kindergarten Program

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

August 22, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

August 22, 2018

At tonight’s meeting Ron Antone and Daniel D’Agostini, from Farms of Amador, shared the success of the program in a presentation to the Board. The presentation featured the Amador County school farm program, which is beginning its third year engaging students from Amador County Public Schools.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution – ACUSD Attendance Awareness Month (September)
  • Resolution – ACUSD Suicide Prevention Month (September)
  • Williams & Associates, LLC Consultant Agreement 2018-2019 & 2019-2020
  • 2017 – 2018 Draft Report of Accomplishments
  • CSBA Contract: Board Candidate Orientation Workshop

The Board heard the following reports:

  • School Opening Activities
  • Enrollment Update
  • Summer Maintenance Projects
  • Facilities/Construction calendar Update
  • Financial Report

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

August 8, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

August 8, 2018

At tonight’s meeting Chanelle Carney (Argonaut High School) and Hailey Dacier (Amador High
School) were sworn in by President Susan and will serve as Student School Board Members for
the 2018/2019 school year.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution ACUSD 18/19-003 Ordering Potential Bond Measure Election
  • Network Technician Job Description
  • Notice of Intent to Employ Teachers on a Provisional Internship Permit
  • PERS Resolution

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

July 18, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

July 18, 2018

At tonight’s meeting the Board took action and approved the following:

  • Professional Development Contracts
  • Edgenuity a K-12 Online and Blended Learning Solution Digital License Agreement Continuation
  • Naviance (Hobsons) for 2018-2019 School Year
  • Illuminate Education Data and Assessment (DNA) Software Services Agreements for 2018-2019
  • Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) Teacher Induction Program MOU
  • California Department of Education Agriculture Career Technical Education Incentive Grant
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Amador County Behavioral Health and Amador County Unified School District
  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency (ATCAA) and Amador County Unified School District
  • Executive Advisement Contract: Leadership Associates

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

June 27, 2018

ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting – Board Brief

June 27, 2018

At tonight’s meeting the Board took action and approved the following:

  • Letter of Agreement and Contract between the California Alliance for Arts Education and Amador County Public Schools
  • 2018-19 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Second Reading
  • 2018-19 Budget Plan-Second Reading
  • High School Advanced Placement Mathematics Textbook Adoption- AP Calculus and AP Statistics
  • New/Updated Courses for Amador High School
  • Job Description: Network Systems Analyst
  • Consulting Services Agreement with California Schools Inspection
  • Consulting Services Agreement with California School Inspection for Adult Education Culinary Arts Facility
  • Resolution-Employer Paid Member Contributions
  • Resolution-Notice of Governing Board Member Election and Notice to Declare Candidacy
  • Subcommittee of the board

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

June 13, 2018

Tonight’s recipients receiving Block A’s for Community Service included;

Madison Porta from Amador High School and Hannah Upton from Argonaut High School.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Public Hearing-Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD) Sunshine Proposal to
    California School Employee Association (CSEA) #239 for the 2018-2019 School Year
  • Public Hearing-CSEA #239 Sunshine Proposal to ACUSD for the 2018-2019 School
    Year
  • 2018-19 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Public Hearing/First Reading
  • 2018-19 Budget Plan-Public Hearing/First Reading
  • 2018-19 Special Education Special Services and Budget Plan-Second Reading
  • Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators
  • Approval of New/Updated A-G Courses for Argonaut High School
  • High School AP Mathematics Textbook Adoption-AP Calculus and AP Statistics-Public
    Hearing

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Amador
County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00
p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please
reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

May 23, 2018

Superintendent Slavensky and the Board recognized our Student School Board Members, Lauren Armstrong – Argonaut High School, Vanessa Kristoffersen – Amador High School, and Eric Dennis – Independence High School, for their dedicated service during the 2017-2018 school year.

Tonight’s recipients receiving Block A’s for Community Service included;

From Amador High School, Karson White, Holley Noguchi, Abigail Lehman, Karen White, and Madison Porta. From Argonaut High School, Lolo Mantanitobua, Elizabeth Riebe, Kate Buckley, Brittany Hannah, Lauryn Davis, Kylie Doherty, Landry Eagye, Nicole McNeal, Emily Green, and Brett Bonini.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD) Sunshine Proposal to California School Employee Association (CSEA) #239 for the 2018-2019 School Year.
  • CSEA #239 Sunshine Proposal to ACUSD for the 2018-2019 School Year.
  • Annual Board Self-Evaluation Tool
  • 2018-19 Special Education Annual Services and Budget Plan (First reading)
  • SpyGlass Telecommunication Cost Recovery Agreement

Tonight’s reports included: Illuminate Update, LCAP Annual Update, Elementary Report Card Report, Facilities Project Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m.

May 9, 2018

Tonight’s recipients receiving Block A’s for Community Service included; From Amador High School, Marissa Esparza, Adia Hoyle, Shane Bertero, and Amanda Garcia.From Argonaut High School, Ty Johnson, Manhattan Clark, Marcella Hernandez, Kevin Stephens, Tommy Kaps, and Adison Cramer.

The Board recognized and approved a resolution declaring the third full week of May “Classified School Employee Week” which honors the many contributions our hard working and dedicated Classified School Employees make each day.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD) Sunshine Proposal to Amador County Unified School District (ACTA) for the 2018-2019 School Year (Public Hearing).
  • ACTA Sunshine Proposal to ACUSD for the 2018-2019 School Year (Public Hearing).
  • BP 5030: Local School Wellness – Second Reading
  • Board Policy Manual – Second Reading
  • Consultant Services Contract: Solution Tree
  • Argonaut Track Contract
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Tonight’s reports included: Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m.

April 25, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Argonaut High School.  Principal Troy Gassaway introduced various Argonaut students that reported exciting school news and information about this year’s important events and projects currently under way at school. Also included in the presentation was an outstanding school video produced by teacher Matt King’s Video Production students.

Raymond Ross from Amador High School, Victoria and Stephanie Stidger from Argonaut High School each received their Block “A” for outstanding community service work.

The Board recognized and approved two resolutions. The first resolution, declaring Wednesday May 9, 2018, The California Day of the Teacher. The second resolution, declaring Wednesday May 9, 2018, School Nurse Appreciation Day.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Amador County Unified School District (ACUSD) Sunshine Proposal to Amador County Unified School District (ACTA) for the 2018-2019 School Year
  • ACTA Sunshine Proposal to ACUSD for the 2018-2019 School Year
  • BP 5030: Local School Wellness- First Reading
  • Application for Amador Adult Education (CDS) Code
  • High School Graduation Requirements Revision

Tonight’s reports included: Career Technical Education Update and a Facilities Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. To see a complete list of Board agenda items, please reference the ACUSD website at: http://www.amadorcoe.org/.

April 11, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Sutter Creek Elementary School. Acting Principal Nicole Gravette introduced teacher Amanda Henry who gave a brief overview of events at Sutter Creek Elementary this school year. Next was a video highlight of Sutter Creek Elementary produced by Amador High School teacher Dave Tearpack and students from his Advanced Photography class.

The Board recognized and approved two resolutions. The first resolution, declaring the Week of the Young Child (April 16-20). The second resolution, declaring April 24, 2018 School Bus Driver Appreciation Day.

Director of Student Services, Sean Snider presented the program Every 15 Minutes. Every 15 Minutes is a two day program (May 21-22) for high school students designed to bring awareness of the responsibilities of safe driving and good decision making that is a major component of behind the wheel safety.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Consultant Services Contract: Restorative Justice Professional Development
  • Consulting Contract with TBWB for Bond Election Strategy and Communication Consulting Services
  • Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) Board of Directors County of Amador, State of California
  • Request for Allowance of Attendance Due to Emergency Conditions

Tonight’s reports included: Transportation Department Update and a Budget Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m.

March 28, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Jackson Elementary School. Principal Barb Magpusao’s staff and student presentation included School Leadership and the Kindness Club.

Superintendent Slavensky accepted a Loss Prevention Safety Award from the Tuolumne Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that included a plaque and a safety award check for $5,000.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution – Arts Education Month (March)
  • Resolution – Calling for Full and Fair Funding of California’s Public Schools
  • New Job Descriptions: Communication and Executive Operations Specialist; Director of Maintenance, Operations & Transportation; Junior High Instructional Administrator

Tonight’s reports included: Enrollment Update and an Energy Conservation Project and Facilities Update

Special Meeting – Immediately Following the Regular ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Argonaut High School Track Project
  • Lease Agreements to Support California State Proposition 51 Facilities Projects

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m.

March 14, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Pioneer VAPA Elementary School and Principal Laurie Carson. Tonight’s presentations included, Clothes Swap, Polar Express Night, Annual Sing-a-long, Elective Wheel Classes and STEM.  The presentation concluded with a video of the K-3 Dance Class.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution – Student Safety in California Public Schools
  • Approval of New/Updated A-G Courses Designation for Argonaut High School
  • 2017/2018 Amador County Unified Second Interim Report
  • Board Policy Manual – First Reading – Discussion
  • Resolution 2017/2018-23: Notice of Intent to Reduce or Eliminate Classified Management Positions
  • Resolution 2017/18-17-24: Notice of Intent to Reduce or Eliminate Confidential Classified Positions
  • Resolution 2017/2018-25: Notice of Intent to Reduce, Eliminate or Reassign Certificated Administrative Position

Tonight’s reports included: Food Services Department Update

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m.

February 28, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Pine Grove STEM Elementary School.  Principal Amanda Avila introduced students and teachers whose presentations included Project Lead the Way, Nature Bowl, PAWS-Parent Association Working for Kids, Odyssey of the Mind and School Sponsored Family Engagement Activities. The board also heard a presentation on Human Trafficking. The Human Trafficking Prevention Education and Training Act mandates prevention education for teachers and students in California in trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA)
  • Right of Entry Request-State Route 88/Pine Grove Improvement Project
  • Cal OES Reimbursement Application
  • Resolution 2017/2018- Developer Fee Increase
  • Resolution 2017/18-17 – 2018-19 TRAN – Amador County Unified School District Tax Revenue Anticipation Note

Tonight’s reports included: School Safety and Emergency Preparation, Budget Update, OpTerra Energy Conservation Project and Facilities Update.The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m.

February 14, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Jackson Junior high School. Principal Janet DeLeo presented the agenda that included a presentation on the successes of the AVID program this school year.  Kindness Week festivities were also presented.  The highlight of the Spotlight segment was a Swing Dance demonstration by performed by six outstanding Jackson Junior High student swing dancers.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Consultant Agreement with Eloy Vento of California School Inspection
  • School PRPro Contract/Communication Services for Adult Education

Tonight’s reports included: Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Mid-Year Report

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, February28, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 p.m. followed by Open Session at 6:30 p.m. 

January 17, 2018

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Ione Elementary School. Principal Jeni DeWalt, with help from students representing the Student Council and Safety Patrol, shared the work of the Student Council and the Safety Patrol. The Castle Oaks Women’s Club was thanked for their contribution to the revamped school store.

The Board approved the following resolutions:

  • National School Counselor Week: February 5-9
  • The Amador Alliance for Arts Education
  • School Board Recognition Month: February

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Accept Audit Report
  • 2017-2018 First Interim Budget Revisions
  • 2017-2018 Education Protection Account (EPA) Spending Determination
  • Transportation Services Agreement
  • Board Bylaw 9012 Revision: Board Member Electronic Communication
  • Memorandum of Understanding with Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) for David Chun and Fran Gibson

The reports included an Adult Education Update and an OpTerra Update.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

December 13, 2017

Before the regularly scheduled Board meeting, the Board participated in a Board Workshop focused on the recent General Obligation Bond Feasibility Study.  They heard reports about the work of the Facilities Needs Committee and the phone survey conducted to determine community support.

The Spotlight on Schools featured Amador High School. Principal Jessica Dorris presented an overview of programs currently taking place at Amador High School including special course offerings and four year elective programs. Student Board Member Vanessa Kristoffersen spoke about the school’s student clubs and various school activities.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Annual Board Organizational Meeting/Election of Officers
  • Agreements with the 4 Labor Groups
  • Calendars for the 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21 School Years
  • Resolution: Gubernatorial Endorsement
  • First Interim Budget Revision
  • Developer Fee Fund Resolution
  • SchoolPRPro Contract
  • Educational Services Support Contract

The Board had discussion about the following:

  • California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Education Conference
  • OpTerra Update

Tonight’s reports included: State Preschool Program Update, Information and Instructional Technology Update, Strategic Plan Update.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

November 8, 2017

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Ione Junior High School. Interim Principal Rich Modesti’s presentation provided an overview of programs currently taking place at Ione Junior High that included, AVID, Peer Tutoring, and 8th Grade Promotion Focus.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution: Native American History Month
  • Developer Fee Fund Report
  • Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Plan – First Reading
  • Consulting Services Agreement

Tonight’s reports included: California Healthy Kids Survey, California Dashboard and Local Indicators Report, Energy Conservation and Sustainability Report, Budget Report, and Intra District Open Enrollment Procedures Update.                                                                                                                                                            

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

October 25, 2017

The Spotlight on Schools segment featured Plymouth Elementary School and Shenandoah Valley Charter School with Principal Donna Custodio and some students presenting.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • LCAP Revisions
  • Superintendent’s SMART Goals
  • High School Graduation Requirements (Computer Literacy)
  • Resolution: Deferred Maintenance Fund 14
  • Resolution: Evaluation of Real Property
  • Board Subcommittee: Local Wellness Policy Plan
  • Board Bylaw Revision: BB9012, Board Member Electronic Communication

Tonight’s reports included: Subcommittee of the Board Report: Academic Program Change Protocol, OpTerra Update, Facilities Needs Committee Update, Enrollment Update, Budget Update, and California Assessment of Student Performance & Progress Results.                                                                                                                                                            

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

September 27, 2017

At this evening’s meeting, the Spotlight on Schools segment featured Educational Options with Principal Butch Wagner presenting.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Resolution: Anti-Bullying Month
  • Resolution: Week of the School Administrator
  • Resolution: Sufficiency of Instructional Materials
  • Aeries Student Information Systems Hosting Contract
  • Unaudited Actuals Budget Report
  • Proposal to Conduct Public Opinion Research for Bond Feasibility
  • Student Placement Agreement

Tonight’s reports included a Music Program discussion and an OpTerra update.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

September 13, 2017

At this evening’s meeting, the Board had discussion about the Governance Handbook, focusing on Guiding Principles and Roles and Responsibilities.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • Second Reading and Approval of the Strategic Plan
  • Approval of the OpTerra Ground Mount
  • Facility Needs Committee Board Representation Request

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

August 23, 2017

At this evening’s meeting, the Board had discussion about the Governance Handbook, focusing on Open and Honest Communication and Orienting a New Board Member. Dr. Slavensky presented the Amador Public Schools 2016-2017 Report of Accomplishments and discussed with the Board the many successes achieved during the 2016-2017 school year.

The Board took action and approved the following:

  • First Reading of the Strategic Plan
  • Revision of Administrative Regulation 3551, Food Services Operations/Cafeteria Fund
  • Independent Contract: Brace Yourself – Kevin Bracy
  • Frontline Technologies AESOP Annual Agreement

The Board heard an enrollment update, an Amador GOLD OpTerra Energy Project update, and a 2016-17 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) end of the year report.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session will be at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

August 9, 2017

Prior to open session this evening the Board hosted a reception to welcome our new school leaders.  These new leaders are Jessica Dorris, Principal at Amador High School; Troy Gassaway, Principal at Argonaut High School; James Hamilton, Principal at Sutter Creek Elementary and Primary; and Rich Modesti, Interim Principal at Ione Junior High School. 

President Bob presided over the swearing in ceremony of our two new Student Board members, Lauren Armstrong from Argonaut High School and Vanessa Kristoffersen from Amador High School.  The Board of Trustees is very excited about these positive additions to our governing board. Welcome Lauren and Vanessa.

The Board took action and approved the following;

  • Revised Board Policy 3311.1: Uniform Public Cost Accounting
  • New Board Policy 5141.53: Suicide Prevention
  • Professional Development Contracts for the 2017-2018 school year

The Board heard a report from Assistant Superintendent Greiten highlighting the first day of instruction in the Amador County Unified School District for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Board also heard the following reports: a Communication Plan Update presented by Trinette Marquis-Hobbs of SchoolPRPro, Amador Countywide Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan Draft presented by Allison Platt, and a summer maintenance and facilities projects update presented by Assistant Superintendent Critchfield and Maintenance and Operations Director Pechette.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

June 28, 2017

At tonight’s meeting the Board took action and approved the 2017-2018 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) and also the Budget for the 2017-2018 school year.

The Board heard a report and had discussion about the North Star Independent Study School.

The Board recognized Tim Zearley’s six years as Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and showed their appreciation by presenting him with a plaque to commemorate his service to Amador County Public Schools.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

June 14, 2017

At tonight’s meeting, the Board took action and approved:

  • The 2017-18 Local Service Area Plan and Budget for Special Education
  • An Ione Junior High School field renovation bid award
  • An Ione Elementary School portable project contract

The Board heard a report and had discussion about the 2017-18 Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The Board will be asked to approve the 2017-2018 LCAP at the June 28th meeting.

The Board also heard a report presenting the 2017-2018 Preliminary Budget.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

May 24, 2017

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Educational Options, with Principal Butch Wagner. Mr. Wagner introduced the staff and the Board watched a slide show that highlighted the year’s events and accomplishments at the school. Go Panthers!!
The Board approved a resolution: the Amador Promise Scholarship Program. During the past year, the Amador Community Foundation and the Amador County Unified School District have worked together to develop and conduct a campaign to raise funds to endow a scholarship fund for graduating ACUSD and ACOE high school seniors. The Resolution for Amador Promise outlines the committee recommendations for the Amador Promise scholarship endowment project.

The Board also approved a proposal to install an all-weather synthetic track at Argonaut High School. Track construction is scheduled to begin this summer and when finished will provide the school and community a competitive surface for school events and community use.
The Board approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Learning for Living (Breaking Down the Walls). Breaking Down the Walls is a comprehensive program designed to unify, empower, and engage every student to create a positive and supportive campus climate. This program will begin immediately at our secondary schools and continue in the 2017/2018 school year.

The Board also heard reports that included:

  • General Obligation Bond Measure Feasibility Planning
  • Career Technical Education (CTE)/Adult Education(AE)
  • Governor’s State Budget May Revision

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

May 10, 2017

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Ione Junior High School. Principal Jessica Dorris provided the introduction followed by presentations that included Google Classroom, Next Generation Science Standards implementation, Campus Clubs and Project Success. The presentation was informative and showcased some of the exciting events and happenings that are occurring at Ione Junior High School this school year.  GO COLTS!

The Board approved a resolution declaring Wednesday, May 10th National School Nurses Day which honors our nurses who care for the students in our schools each day. School Nurses promote learning by supporting the health of our students. Thank you Nurses!

The Board also approved a resolution recognizing the third week of May as Classified Employees Appreciation Week. This resolution honors the contributions our classified school employees make each day. The theme for this year from the Classified School Employee Association is “Everyday Heroes”.  Congratulations Classified Employees and thank you!

Other action taken by the Board includes approval of:

  • The Elementary English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum recommendation, Benchmark’s Advanced
  • The District to seek bids for the renovation of the Argonaut High School track which will provide a new track surface at the school
  • Approval to explore the feasibility of a bond measure which will include a study to seek input from all key stakeholders at the various communities within the District

The Board members also shared reports and had discussion about concerns related to bullying in our schools.  Board President Laurent announced there will be a Special ACUSD Board of Trustees Meeting on this topic on Monday, May 15, 2017 at 6:00PM, the location and details to be posted within 24 hours of the meeting as per statute.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

April 26, 2017

In an effort to increase communication with all of our stakeholders, ACUSD is providing the following communication to our parents, staff, students, and community members from the Wednesday, April 26, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Pine Grove Elementary STEM Magnet School. Principal Amanda Avila provided the introduction followed by Pine Grove students and teachers presenting student events and activities which included STEM Robotics, Science Saturday on May 6th, the School Garden and Hydroponics program, PAWS (Parents Association Working for Students), and Project Lead the Way – year 1 roll out.

At tonight’s meeting the Board approved a resolution declaring Wednesday May 10th, DAY of the TEACHER. The School Board encourages all citizens to observe this day by taking time to remember and honor those who give the gift of knowledge through teaching.

Board Bylaw 9150, Student Board Members, involves high school student Board members in the governance team process. After a successful first reading at the April 12th Board meeting, tonight’s second reading (Board Bylaw 9159 Student Board Members) was successful and approved.  Student board members will become part of our governance team beginning in the 2017/2018 school year.  

Assistant Superintendent Greiten and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) staff team members presented an overview of the NGSS program describing the key scientific ideas and practices that students should learn by the time the graduate from high school. The NGSS presentation detailed performance expectations for kindergarten through grade twelve.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed Session at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

April 12, 2017

Tonight’s Spotlight on Schools featured Pioneer Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School. After an introduction from Principal Laurie Carson the Board was presented with an “Elective Wheel”, a gift from the students representing the sewing class. Board members participated in a “Mindfulness” presentation with students from Ms. Vasquez, Ms. Wever and Ms. Kunz’s classes and the choir beautifully sang a rendition of “River Running By” to close the Spotlight segment.

The Board approved a resolution for School Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Each year the California State Assembly recognizes the hard and dedicated services provided by California School Bus drivers.  The State of California declares the fourth Tuesday in April as School Bus Driver Day.

The Board also approved a resolution that declares Amador County Public Schools as safe havens for students and families. This recognition informs our communities that we will maintain a welcoming environment for all students and parents.

Board Bylaw 9150 Student Board Members, which involves high school student Board members in the governance team process, was discussed by the Board for implementation for the 2017-2018 school year. A second reading and possible approval will take place at the April 26, 2017 Board meeting.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting is Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Amador County Administration Building, 810 Court Street, Jackson, CA. Closed session begins at 6:00 PM followed by open session at 6:30 PM

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

ACOE Board of Trustees Meeting on April 12, 2017

The Board of Trustees took action to appoint a new county superintendent following the resignation of Mr. Dick Glock which was effective March 31, 2017.  The Board appointed Dr. Amy Slavensky as the new Amador County Office of Education Superintendent, which will be effective through the completion of the current term of the 2018 calendar year. 

March 22, 2017

In an effort to increase communication with all of our stakeholders, ACUSD is providing the following communication to our parents, staff, students, and community members from the Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

At tonight’s meeting the Board took action to approve an agreement for temporary employment and settlement of all claims with Mr. Richard F. Glock. As part of the agreement, Mr. Glock agreed to resign his elected position as Superintendent of the Amador County Office of Education (ACOE) effective March 31, 2017.

Mr. Glock will serve as principal on special assignment supporting the Career Technical Education (CTE) and Adult Education (AE) programs from April 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017. Due to substantial increases in state funding for CTE and AE programs this year, there is a critical need for additional short-term administrative support to develop and supervise the programs. At the end of this temporary employment with the District, Mr. Glock will receive a one-time payment from the District in consideration for resolution of certain disputes between Mr. Glock and the District. This payment will be funded through available one-time funds. The District will also provide the same health and welfare benefits as other certificated management employees to Mr. Glock through December 2018. The County Office of Education will see a savings in the salary that would have been paid to Mr. Glock during his remaining term as County Superintendent. The ACUSD Board of Trustees and ACUSD Superintendent Amy Slavensky are confident this agreement is in the best interest of the Amador County Public Schools and the students it serves. The ACOE Board will consider appointment of a new ACOE Superintendent through the remaining term, which ends January 1, 2019, at the April 12, 2017 regularly scheduled Board meeting.

Assistant Superintendent Zearley gave an update on the Board approved remodeling of the Argonaut High School Home Economics room to create a Culinary Arts classroom. Construction is scheduled to begin on Monday June 5, 2017 with completion prior to the beginning of the 2017/2018 school year on August 9, 2017.

Assistant Superintendent Zearley also reported on the Argonaut and Amador High School’s stadium field repair and renovation projects which are scheduled to begin on March 27th with
completion prior to June 2, 2017. The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at Pioneer Elementary School, 24625 Highway 88, Pioneer, Ca. 95666.

Closed Session at 6:00 PM followed by Open Session at 6:30 PM.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

February 8, 2017

In an effort to increase communication with all of our stakeholders, ACUSD is providing the following communication to our parents, staff, students, and community members from the Wednesday, January 25, 2017 Board of Trustees meeting.

During the Board meeting, Spotlight on Schools featured Sutter Creek Elementary/Primary School. Principal Sean Snider spoke about academics, family code night and applauded the school’s active parent group.  Teacher and student council advisor, Mrs. Tone, introduced students that spoke about a variety of topics that included the new play structure, the writing club and the school newspaper. Go Wolverines!

The Board approved a resolution dedicating February 6-10 the Week of the School Counselor. We will celebrate our counselors and the tremendous impact that counselors have in helping students achieve success and plan for a career

The Board heard a facilities report from Assistant Superintendent Zearley that highlighted several exciting summer facility improvement projects including creating a Culinary Arts classroom at Argonaut high School.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 8, 2017 at 6PM in the county board room.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.

January 11, 2017

In an effort to increase communication with all of our stakeholders, ACUSD is providing the following communication to our parents, staff, students and community members from the January 11, 2017 Board of Trustee Governance Team Training Workshop and regularly scheduled board meeting.

The Governance Team Training Workshop, facilitated by Leadership Associates, included the first reading of the Governance Handbook which addresses governance standards, norms and protocols. The workshop was informative and included lively discussion and collaboration.

During the Board meeting, Spotlight on Schools featured Ione Elementary School. Principal Jeni DeWalt shared examples of exciting happenings at school this year. For example, the student council has been revived and students are working hard to build the organization to help their school.  Student Body President Lilly DeWalt, Safety Patrollers Lilly Hanson and Lillian Fawver spoke about the AAA Safety Patrol Program which also includes school beautification. Principal DeWalt is very proud of the students and staff.  Go Bulldogs!!!

An MOU to implement the California Healthy Kids Surveys was approved by the Board. The surveys will support the development of the district’s 2017-18 LCAP and each school’s Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

Board discussions included involving high school student board members in the governance team process and a discussion regarding teacher morale which is in response to public comment during the December 14, 2016 Board meeting.  Both discussions were positive and provided direction moving forward to improve district function and communication.

The next scheduled Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 6:30 PM in the county board room.

To see a complete list of Board Agenda items, please visit the Agendas, Minutes & Documents page.