Board Meeting Highlights – May 14, 2019

The Kindergarten program was highlighted at Tuesday evening’s Board Meeting. Teachers Erica Johnson and Heather Snyder were assisted by four students who sang songs and demonstrated their reading and writing of “snap” words, also known as “sight” words. They also showed how stuffed animals are used to create authentic audiences for student performance. Students read to their stuffies and taught them to write snap words on their mini-whiteboards as one strategy of Reading and Writing Workshop.

Members of the Kentfield Teachers Association addressed the Board with their concerns over the impasse that the District and teachers’ union have declared in contract negotiations. Teachers shared personal stories of being unable to make ends meet on their current salaries and expressed their dissatisfaction over the Board’s offer of a 1% increase when KTA is demanding 3%. The Board assured the teachers that they are valued and heard, and that the District is entering mediation over the impasse in good faith and with high hopes for a mutually amenable resolution.

The Board approved a contract with Siri Grading & Paving, Inc. for the Back 50 construction project at Kent in the amount of $333,777.00. There were two bids submitted. The work will begin as soon as school lets out for summer and will be completed for the start of school in September. This project is the culmination of several years of planning, kik fundraising, and student and staff input. We anticipate the result will be a more attractive, usable, safe space for students to enjoy and we can’t wait to cut the ribbon!