Resolutions pass unanimously at Chico school board – Oroville Mercury-Register
CHICO – The Chico Unified School District board voted nearly unanimously on several resolutions Wednesday.
The first resolution centered around the Williams Act of Textbook Sufficiency. The education code requires that each student in the Chico Unified School District be provided with sufficient textbooks and instructional materials aligned with the content standards and consistent with the cycles and contents of the curriculum frameworks in the areas of history/ social studies, math, reading/language arts. arts and sciences, according to the board’s agenda.
This problem arose years ago in California when districts did not provide enough textbooks for students. Each year, the district conducts an annual audit to ensure students have access to all board-adopted educational materials, according to board vice president Caitlin Dalby. The resolution passed 5-0.
A resolution for an educational technology scoping and sequencing resolution was also unanimously approved. The resolution states that students should be armed with enough intensive digital skills by the time they reach their senior year of high school so they can go to college and careers and succeed.
The board then voted, also unanimously, to eliminate two classified employee positions due to lack of work and/or funds. Both positions were instructional paraprofessional positions at Neal Dow Elementary School.
The board then voted unanimously to raise salaries by 7.02 percent for all degree-based staff, which includes teachers and counselors, as well as classified staff and administrative staff. This will take effect from October staff pay checks and staff will receive a retro check that goes back to August.
Dalby sparked changes he would like to see in the Chico Unified School District’s governance handbook. Dalby said she would like the language in the handbook to be changed to include all identities, so she requested that the pronouns be changed from he/she to they/them. He also talked about numbering some items in the manual to make a list.
Dalby also reiterated the experience and training he believes the president should have, which is detailed in the handbook. The handbook states that the chairman of the board must have experience as an officer, experience with rules of order, decorum, and must have training in vice president experience that goes hand in hand with the presidential leadership role.
The board voted 4-1 to table the discussion and resolution until the next board meeting in the third week of October, with Matt Tennis abstaining from voting. The changes Dalby is proposing will be put in writing and circulated among board members for review.
The next meeting of the Chico Unified School District will be a special board workshop at 5 pm on October 5th. The next regular meeting of the board will take place at 6 pm on October 19. Both meetings will be held at Marigold Elementary School at 2446 Marigold Ave. in Chico