BOARD WATCH: Revised HS Grad Requirements, Changes to the Superintendent’s Work Plan…

This week’s big items are:

For more, click here for the full agenda.

Note: You can watch the meeting as usual here, but you can also join the video call by clicking on this link at the scheduled meeting time or by calling (669) 900-9128, then entering the Webinar ID 897-9391-2904, then pressing “#”.  See further details on pages 3 and 4 in the agenda.

BUTTON: Click here to watch a livestream of the meeting tonight at 6pm

Item #20-0703 

Due to the emergency conditions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Board has agreed to temporarily waive certain graduation requirements for OUSD seniors. This school year’s seniors will not be required to complete their Senior Project/Exhibition and will also not be required to earn a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.00 in courses that satisfy graduation requirements. For courses that are not graded based on a letter grade (i.e.“pass” or “no pass”), a “pass” grade shall be counted toward completing the 230 credit graduation requirement, but not counted when computing GPA. 

Items #20-1046 and #20-1036

Every year, the Superintendent and the Board of Education develop and adopt strategic work plans to identify priorities for the school year. In the fall, Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell identified three priorities that build off of previous years’ work plans, the Community of Schools Policy, and the Citywide Plan: Quality Community Schools, Fiscal Vitality, and Organizational Wellness. Given the unexpected COVID-19 pandemic, the Superintendent is proposing to revise her Work Plan by narrowing the focus of each of the priority areas. Some trade-offs needed to be made and the revised version prioritizes:

  1. Quality Community Schools: Provide high quality instruction, professional development and targeted strategies to improve outcomes for all students 
  2. Quality Community Schools: Provide quality and fiscally sustainable school options in every neighborhood 
  3. Fiscal Vitality: Budget for student achievement 
  4. Fiscal Vitality: Strengthen Facilities Bond Management 
  5. Organizational Wellness: Develop mutual accountability between the central office and schools focused on teamwork, customer service and quality execution 
  6. Organizational Wellness: Attract, develop, and retain highly effective employees
  7. Organizational Wellness: Implement effective engagement, communication, and connection with students and families

You can find specific changes to the plan here. The proposed changes will be discussed tonight and will guide the revisions of the Board’s Work Plan. 

Item #19-2517

The District has identified over $3 billion required to fully address facilities, grounds, and system-related upgrades to accommodate OUSD’s existing and projected program needs that can ensure a safe and adequate learning environment for students. Over the past few months, the District has revised and finalized the 2020 Facilities Master Plan with work categories, improvement projects, and investments to prioritize in the coming years. The plan was guided by community input, analyzing current and projected district-wide trends, and looking at facility inventory and needs. This final version will be voted on today.

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