TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

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TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby blackturtle.us » Fri Feb 15, 2019 10:18 am

The board meeting began about ten minutes late and there were a few community members on hand as well as several staff members in addition to school board members and the superintendent.

1) Board Member Comments:
a) Trona Care - Community clean up event March 16 from 8am to 12 noon. Meet at gas station in Argus. High school students encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to pick up community service hours.
b) HR1399 - Pending royalty reduction legislation. A bill is on the docket which would reduce royalty monies paid to the school district by two-thirds. This would produce a hardship on the school and so community members are urged to write letters explaining to representatives that this bill is not a good idea. Our local representative is Paul Cook and he can be reached at 760-247-1815 (Apple Valley office) or 202-225-5861 (Washington D.C. office).
2) TTA Report - Teachers at the high school are concerned about the amount of time student athletes spend out of class due to athletic events. Some weeks students are only in class two days, especially in the case of afternoon classes. Student grades are suffering as a result and teachers feel that they are being blamed for poor student performance which is obviously caused by the students not being in class.
3) Superintendent’s Report: The superintendent briefly talked about several issues. Most interesting was info about the gymnasium.
a) Gymnasium - Geological study results explained. The gym will remain in use for at least the next several years although the end nearest to the highway has sunk by several inches causing the foundation to slope a bit. The likely cause is a change in the depth of groundwater. When the gymnasium was constructed (about 60-70 years ago) the depth to hit water was ten feet. It is now 30-40 feet. Most likely this change is due to activities of the chemical plant.
4) ALICE - Active shooter training - A teacher shared information with the board about a training which she and several other staff members attended. Basically the training covered strategies and techniques to enhance preparedness for emergency events involving armed assailants.
5) Lead Test - Drinking water tested at both sites and passed tests for safety.
6) Consent Calendar - Rejected with a 0-5 vote. Board members were not satisfied that they were provided with sufficient info to vote with confidence. [NOTE: I’ve attended 98% of all regular board meetings since 2006 and I don’t recall this ever happening before.]
7) Travel Policy - Board approved revisions to travel policy making it easier for employees to be reimbursed for expenses incurred while traveling on school business.
8) Retirement Funds - The board voted to take measures to ensure that funding to cover expenses associated with benefits for retirees will be adequate to cover district obligations.
9) New maintenance vehicle - The board approved the purchase of a new truck needed by maintenance.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: March 14th, 2019
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby ergot » Fri Feb 15, 2019 7:36 pm

Horse Power: Russian teacher decides to go "old school"
Old School innovation that'll work even if our gas supply is shut off.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby recluse » Fri Feb 15, 2019 8:16 pm

1,200 children in the US killed by guns since Parkland
Although 1200 kids were killed throughout the USA, only 31 incidents happened at schools. Considering that somewhere around 350,000,000 people live in the USA, I'm not sure realistically how low the numbers could go. It doesn't help that we keep allowing criminals to enter the USA, but that's another topic worthy of consideration.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby dzrtdwg » Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:31 am

Donald Trump Promises to Deport Criminal Immigrants
If we clamped down on illegal immigration many problems would disappear. I'm told that schools aren't even allowed to report cases where they suspect that children being enrolled are illegal immigrants. How stupid is that?
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby drdesert » Mon Feb 18, 2019 7:48 am

The Future For Russia Looks Bright! Mental Mathematics Is Very Popular Among Russian Pupils
Meanwhile in the good ole USA... nevermind... we won't go there...
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby CrustyOldFart » Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:37 pm

Boy Calls 911 Over Too Much Homework
Kids in Russia are working like crazy to become super proficient at arithmetic, while kids here in the USA are whining over a little homework!
WE ARE SO TOTALLY SCREWED!
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting: February 14, 2019

Postby wildrose » Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:11 am

It's unlikely that things are as good in Russia as they appear in the video that drdesert posted and I hope that CrustyOldFart's video isn't representative of conditions here in the USA. It's been a few years since I retired, but I hope it's not going to become normal to call 911 for homework help.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting: February 14, 2019

Postby sandman » Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:11 am

wildrose: There's no doubt that kids in the USA are encouraged to be helpless little victims who are empowered only when they pledge their allegiance to SJW ideology. Homework is just a token of the oppressive patriarchy and too hard for the little snowflakes to handle without help. In Russia it looks like kids are actually encouraged to work hard and better themselves.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting: February 14, 2019

Postby drdesert » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:16 am

The USA is in a downward spiral in so many ways. Some of the most devastating policies began in the 1960s. Instead of rewarding intelligence, we promote unqualified people to positions that are beyond their intelligence level. We subsidize stupid people to have low IQ babies. We promote victimology. We are setting up our own demise. Meanwhile Russia is beating us at our own game. We impose sanctions and they take the lemons we throw at them and make lemonaide. It seems like the dipsticks in Washington D.C. would figure that one out after awhile. But no, they just keep on sabotaging the future of this once great country. I say, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - February 14, 2019

Postby panamint_patty » Thu Feb 21, 2019 7:26 pm

'Where Are Their Parents?': Vaping Among Youth Sparks Disturbing, Elusive Trend
If it doesn't produce an odor, then how are adults supposed to catch these kids?
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