March 17, 2017

The Board Report highlights action items from the meetings of the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education (BOE).  This electronic publication is intended to be a brief and timely reference for PAUSD stakeholders to the Board actions. Please visit the Board Meetings and Materials section where you can find the presentations and documents attached to each item.  The two student Board members have preferential vote, which are recorded in the minutes. 

Action Items from the March 14, 2017, Continuation Meeting held on March 17, 2017, at 1:00 PM:

Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC)

The Board heard the following recommendations:

1) Charge an Advisory Committee to recommend prior to January 1, 2018, at least three new names for David Starr Jordan Middle School and for Terman Middle School incorporating the community values of Board Policy (BP) 7310 as well as the values of integrity, innovation, and inclusion into the naming criteria, and

2) Provide funding for a curriculum team to develop a unit of study regarding California’s and Palo Alto’s role in the Eugenics Movement for inclusion in the secondary history curriculum beginning in the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.

Outcome: The Board voted 5-0 approving the item with the following amendments:

  1. Declare Board’s intent to rename David Starr Jordan Middle School and Terman Middle School prior to the beginning of 2018-19 school year;
    Direct staff to return in the spring of 2017 with a recommended process to rename the two schools; and
    Declare Board’s intent to use bond funds to the extent possible associated with renaming at a cost of approximately $60K.

     
  2. Provide funding for a curriculum team to develop a unit of study regarding California’s and Palo Alto’s role in the Eugenics Movement for inclusion in the secondary history curriculum beginning in the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.

The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 28, 2017.  Learn more in the Board Meetings and Materials section. 

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