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Winter Benchmark Assessments and the seven-period schedule in high school were also discussed.
ATASCADERO — Following their 6 p.m. Closed Session, the Atascadero Unified School District (AUSD) had their regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday, April 5, at 7 p.m.
Operation School Bell was reported to the board by Charlene Ables, a member of the Assistance League of SLO County.
“Our principal charitable initiative, Operation School Bell,” she said, “provides new school-appropriate apparel to needy kindergarten through 12th-grade kids living in and attending school in all 10 school districts in our county.” “I can’t stress this enough: we wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do without the help of district employees. “To my hero, the school secretary, from the superintendent.”
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Last school year, Operation School Bell outfitted 1,636 youngsters around the county.
“Our volunteers meet all North County youngsters at Kohl’s in Paso Robles,” Ables added. “Each kindergarten through fifth-grade recommended kid gets $150 in clothes and shoes, and each sixth through 12th-grade referred student receives $185 in clothing and shoes, thanks to our tax-exempt status and Kohl’s discounts.”
“Students choose their own apparel, which includes several well-known brand names that are common on college campuses. Assistance League outfitted 198 of your pupils in your district last year. Clothing for the pupils cost $26,610.”
The Assistance League is a non-profit organization run entirely by volunteers. Grant writing, contributions, and its thrift store in San Luis Obispo are its three sources of revenue.
The Assistance League and Operation School Bell were thanked by the Trustee Board.
Three Atascadero High School teachers — Mary Corey, Angie McQuitty, and Marie Pink — spoke to the board during Oral Communication from the Public on the school’s transition from a block schedule to a new seven-period day. The instructors expressed their frustration that they do not have enough time with their kids in class and that they are weary.
A chronically unwell high school student also expressed his dissatisfaction with the new timetable and how it is affecting his learning environment.
He said, “The existing seven-period day is not conducive to my academic experience.” “I hardly have enough time between courses to travel from one class to the next, much alone use the restroom.”
Tom Butler presented his Superintendent Report, which included a discussion on social media use. The AUSD is forming a collaboration with a firm called Smart Social, which will provide a platform for district parents to utilize.
Butler said, “It teaches them [parents] how to establish acceptable and proper restrictions on their gadgets for their own children.” “This gives parents more control over how their children use technology, whether they’re at home or on the phone.”
The AUSD will give parents in the district with a complimentary 18-month membership to Smart Social.
The Consent Agenda and Minutes were overwhelmingly approved.
Butler returned to speak to the board on the AUSD’s Late Start Exemption. The board of education voted a resolution on Jan. 18 to seek a Rural Designation, which would enable the district to explore changing start hours earlier than 8:30 a.m. in the future.
“Should the board accept this, and what we’re asking you to approve is to allow the district to consider an 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. start time for our secondary schools,” he said.
The motion was unanimously approved.
E.J. Rossi, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, presented the board with an informational presentation on the Winter AUSD Benchmark Assessments. Since the spring of 2020, the district’s kids have improved.
The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Atascadero Unified School District will be place on Tuesday, April 19, at 7 p.m.
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