• Board Meeting Highlights

    2022-23 School Year

     

    Board meeting highlights and the video link will be sent out to families, staff, and stakeholders on Wednesday immediately following a Board meeting via ParentSquare.  Recordings of board meetings will remain published for 30 days.  If you would like to receive the Highlights newsletters and are not on our current mailing list, please email communications@mvschools.org.  


    November 2, 2022


    PRESENTATION

    Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee Appointment 

    The Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees approved the appointment of the Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee. Members include:

    • Jessica Newman

    • Roger Peters

    • Tyler Will

    • Susanne Podell

    • Melissa Yakel McClatchy

    • Shen Chiou

    • John Moriarty


    Three alternates, based on their expert knowledge and experience, were also identified:

    • Chris Bailey

    • Eunice Hong

    • Joy Koo


    BOARD OPERATIONS

    Annual Organizational Meeting Confirmation

    At this meeting, the Board approved December 12 as the organizational meeting for this year. In December, the board will discuss and approve meeting dates of board meetings for next year. Trustee and committee assignments will also be assigned in December. 

    Letter of Intent between District and Developer for the Acquisition of District Workforce Housing

    A Letter of Intent between the District and Developer Blithedale Terrace, LLC, for the acquisition of affordable housing units for use as District Workforce Housing was approved. 

    The developer is proposing to build approximately 25 housing units in the City of Mill Valley located at 675 Blithedale Avenue. Six of these units are designated as “affordable housing units”.  In recognition of the fact that affordable housing is in short supply in the community and consistent with the desire of the District to attract and retain employees who would not otherwise be able to afford to live in the community, the Board of Trustees approved a letter of intent to acquire the affordable housing units to use for workforce housing.

     

    This letter represents the first step in the acquisition process which will include negotiating an option agreement and ultimately a purchase and sale agreement for the units.


    The Nov. 8 City of Mill Valley Planning Commission hearing for the 575 Blithedale project has been rescheduled to Nov. 17. 
    https://www.cityofmillvalley.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=498

     


    October 13, 2022


    RECOGNITIONS

    Student Recognition
    The focus for this month was on those students who stand out for their commitment to Community Service. Their contributions include participation in education in rural China, local families in need, and environmental change. Duke Eckhardt, Catherine Zhao, and Lea Smith keep up the good work. You do make a difference!

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    SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
    Superintendent Berman took this opportunity to remind the Board and the community about upcoming dates. These district-wide reminders include next Thursday's DELAC meeting, the Staff development day on November 1, 2022 (non-student day), and the annual State of the Students Address and Celebration, preceded by the next Board meeting on November 3, 2022.



    STUDENT LEARNING & SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    California School Dashboard Local Indicators
    Director of Educational Technology Kate Sprague reported on MVSD's California School Dashboard which provides information on the performance of schools on a set of state and local measures which is designed to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas for improvement. 


    BOARD OPERATIONS

    Board Policy and Regulation 5141.21 Update
    Director of Special Education and Student Health Erin Conklin gave a presentation about the use of naloxone hydrochloride as an emergency medical aid to any person suffering from an opioid overdose, and the necessity to update Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5141.21 to reflect that the district will authorize the use of the nasal spray version.  The language inserted into the policy comes directly from the California School Board Association's sample manual.  This item was for information and a first read only and will be brought back to the board at the next meeting for approval.  The board did not recommend any further edits. 

    Resolution 07-22/23 Support of Workforce Housing in the District Boundaries
    Resolution 07-22/23 Support of Workforce Housing in the District Boundaries was unanimously approved by the Board with comments of support from the Mill Valley Teachers Association and a member of the public. 

    Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) Appointment Discussion
    One of the next required steps, in proceeding with Measure G, is establishing a Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee. The purpose of this committee is to provide oversight of Measure G, to ensure that the money collected through Measure G is spent wisely and is in compliance with the intent of the measure. The Committee will meet quarterly. If you are interested in participating in this process, please complete this application by noon on Friday, October 21, 2022.


    FACILITIES
    Request of Qualifications and Proposals RFP#2022-03 Construction Manager Services

    The Board took advantage of this time with Jessica Ehrlich, of Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, to review, understand, and gain more knowledge surrounding Measure G and the RFP process. The RFP for Construction Manager is published on our website and is currently accepting applications. 


    September 15, 2022 



    RECOGNITIONS

    Student Recognition
    Mill Valley School District students were invited to complete the Summer Learning Challenge and submit their completed calendars in acknowledgment of their dedication and achievement.  The following students completed independent reading and iReady modules, and shared with the Board some of the strategies they used, and the benefits they gained from working to keep their skills sharp during the summer break.

    • Victoria Berman, 4th Grader at Old Mill

    • Hazel Foster, 1st Grader at Edna Maguire                              

    • Thomas Gougion, 5th Grader at Tam Valley

           

    Superintendent Berman and the Board recognized these students for their efforts and enjoyed hearing about their experiences.  iReady representative, Jen Brooks, attended the meeting and also honored the students for their hard work and dedication.

     

    Recognition of the passage of Measure G

    The members of the Measure G committee were recognized for their hard work on the successful election campaign.  

     

    The Board then unanimously passed two resolutions, one certifying the General Bond Election and the second establishing the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.


     
    STUDENT LEARNING & SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

    Director of Educational Technology, Kate Sprague, presented the Board with the most recent CAASPP data, compared to previous years. It was noted that CAASPP testing has not been available for the last two years.

    Educator Effectiveness Funds (EEF)

    Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Laura Myers, provided a presentation of the planned disbursement of the Educator Effectiveness Funds.


    BOARD OPERATIONS

    The California School Board Association (CSBA) updates board policies and regulations on a quarterly basis.  Since the global adoption of a new board policy manual in June, the first batch of updated policies was presented to the Board for their first reading. The second reading will be posted at the next Board meeting for adoption. 


    BUSINESS & FINANCIAL MATTERS

    Unaudited Actuals Financial Reporting 2021-22

    Assistant Superintendent, Michele Rollins presented this report, highlighting that MVSD will remain a Basic Aid district for two more years and that per-student spending has increased from approximately $18,000 to approximately $21,000. 

     

    The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for October 13, 2022, at 4:30 pm.

     


    2021-22 School Year

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    June 16, 2022


     

    STUDENT LEARNING & SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK)
    Laura Myers, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, gave a presentation on the creation and implementation of UPK programs at MVSD. This report covered a legislative overview,  key components of the program, a planning timeline, and projected class sizes. This presentation showed information from an accompanying draft plan, which is in compliance with the California Department of Education (CDE) requirement that a plan be presented in a public meeting before June 30, 2022.


     

    BOARD OPERATIONS

    Global Adoption of District Policies
    This item was presented to the Board at the June 8th meeting, and it was agreed that this item should be returned for a second reading at the June 16th meeting.  The Board voted in favor of Superintendent Berman's recommendation to approve the adoption, with the retention of AR 5117, which had recently been updated.  The Board thanked staff for their work on the project. 

    Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) & Budget Overview for Parents
    The LCAP was presented in detail to the Board at the May 25th meeting, and a public hearing was held on June 8th.   The Board voted to approve the LCAP and Budget Overview for Parents with no further questions.


     

    BUSINESS & FINANCIAL MATTERS

    Proposed Budget 2022-23
    Assistant Superintendent Rollins presented the draft budget at the June 8th meeting, and a public hearing was held.  There were no further questions from the Board who voted to approve the 2022-23 budget.


     

    PERSONNEL

    Amendment and Extension to Mill Valley School District Agreements - Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
    Annually, the Board of Trustees address the terms of the current Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent contracts. Based on satisfactory evaluation determined on May 25, 2022, these agreements will extend the contracts by one year to be in effect from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2026.  The Board voted 4-0 to extend the contracts of both Dr. Berman and Dr. Rollins  through June 30, 2026.


    The next regular school board meeting is scheduled for August 11th, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

     


    June 8, 2022

     

    The District Office received feedback from stakeholders requesting the release of the board meeting videos sooner than the Wednesday after a meeting.  We understand your request and wish to share a little of our current in-house process and publication timelines.

    Normally, the video recording is saved to a Zoom cloud , and once it has gone through their processes, it is then emailed as a file the day after the meeting; times are dependent on file size.  Once received here, the video is uploaded into YouTube, trimmed and/or spliced, if in multiple files. Once this is done, we submit it for subtitling for ADA compliance.  These steps are often time consuming, and usually are not complete until Monday or Tuesday following a Thursday meeting.  Based on this knowledge, the work flow of the office post board meetings, and to ensure a reliable and consistent delivery, it was decided that the Wednesday posting of all "Board Meeting Highlights" newsletters was reliable.   We hope this helps with understanding the District Office's efforts to ensure the videos are available and accessible to all members of our public within a reasonable timeframe.


    RECOGNITION OF RETIREES

    Superintendent Berman and Director of Human Resources Dagmar Derickson recognized MVSD retirees, each of whom will have a book purchased in their name, which will be dedicated to them, and placed in one of our school libraries.

    The staff retiring and the books selected were:

    • Carrie Morgan, Classroom Teacher (3rd) There's Only One You by Deborah Hembrook, Kathryn Heling
    • Shannon Green, French Teacher - Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor
    • Carolyn Vaughan, Special Education Therapist - Quiet Power by Susan Cain
    • Lynn Frazier, Administrative Assistant - Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
    • Martha Lewis, Library Instructional Assistant - Yusra Swims by Julie Abery
    • Shari Graham, Classroom Teacher (1st) - What Does It Mean to be Kind? By Rana DiOrio
    • Leigh Ann Townsend, Library Instructional Assistant - Saving Sorya: Chang and the Sun Bear by Jeet Zdung & Trang Nguyen
    • Lisa Yee, RAMP - Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
    • Cynthia Leung, Instructional Assistant - The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds
    • Griselda Monserrat, Kindergarten Instructional Assistant - The Suitcase by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
    • Beth Fogel, Executive Assistant to Superintendent - Ticket Around the World by Natalia Diaz, Melissa Owens

    The Board thanked the staff for their service to the students of Mill Valley.  Watch here.


    STUDENT LEARNING AND SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    School Schedule
    At the April 21st meeting, it was announced that the elementary schools would start 2022-23 with a universal schedule.  At the May 25th meeting, the Board reported that they had received numerous requests from parents to extend the school day, and the Board requested that District staff gather data from stakeholders regarding their preference to the length of the school day.   Dr. Berman presented the information on the process for determining the school day and shared findings that had been gathered via a short survey.    

    • The survey was sent on Monday, June 6th and closed on June 8th.
    • 2919 parents were surveyed (including incoming TK and Kinder)
    • 1224 responded (a return rate of 42%).  
      • 23.12% chose A (Elementary - 8:15-2:35 S & 1:45 W; MS - 8:35-3:05 & 2:00 W); 
      • 76.06% chose B (Elementary - 8:15-2:55 & 2:05 W; MS - 8:35-3:15 & 2:25 W).  
    • 332 staff members were surveyed 
    • 191 responded (a return rate of 57.53%)  
      • 97.91% chose A; and 
      • 2.09% chose B.  


    This item generated a number of public comments, all of which were heard during the meeting by the Board.  It was agreed that this item had highlighted areas of tension and disagreement within the community, and this should be further taken into consideration and worked upon by all.   Board members acknowledged that they had unintentionally created concerns by requesting that this information be gathered in this way, and in the timeframe, and it was agreed that a taskforce to work on this subject for the future be created. After discussion and clarification from the board of trustees, Dr. Berman stated that all schools would remain on the previously announced schedule for the 2022-23 year (A).  Watch here.


    BOARD OPERATIONS

    Draft Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Public Hearing
    Superintendent Berman noted that the draft LCAP had been presented to the Board at the May 25th meeting, and that it would be brought before the Board for final approval at the June 16th meeting.  A Public Hearing was opened, as required, and no public comment was received.  Watch here.

    Global Adoption of District Policies
    Superintendent Berman shared with the Board the process of a global adoption of the board policy manual, including the three-day workshop with California School Board Association (CSBA), and explained how future CSBA recommended updates to policies would be incorporated.  The Board discussed various aspects of the manual and agreed that specific review of Board Bylaws (9000 section) was of particular importance for them.  The Board agreed that this item should be returned for a second read at the June 16th meeting.  Watch here.

    Food Service Management Contract
    Assistant Superintendent Rollins outlined the steps taken so far to secure a food service contract from within Marin County, and explained the steps needed to obtain approval from the California Department of Education before requesting proposals from other vendors.   Dr. Rollins also shared the solicitation process and goals outlined in the RPF, including the specific nutrition requirements and environmentally sustainable practices.   Watch here.


    BUSINESS AND FINANCIAL MATTERS

    Budget Revision for Fiscal Year 2021-22, Preliminary Budget for 2022-23 and Public Hearing
    Assistant Superintendent Rollins presented budget revision for 2021-22 fiscal year and the preliminary budget for the 2022-23 year.  As required, there was a Public Hearing and no public comment was received.  The Board approved the budget revision for 2021-22.  The 2022-23 budget will be brought for final approval at the June 16th meeting.  Watch here.

     


    May 25, 2022

    • To view the full agenda here.

    Board Meeting Video Link 


    RECOGNITION

    Mill Valley Middle School Students
    The Board and staff recognized three students from MVMS for their use of their Wayfinder skills in the classroom.   Counselors Erin Sheedy (6th grade), Janet Jamesson (7th grade) and Randi Josephson (8th grade) introduced students Claire Allen, Remi Sterling and Gigi Cannelora, who gave an overview of how the skills are helping them both in school and in life.  Students throughout the district are being equipped with Social Emotional Learning tools as part of the District's goal to support balanced learning in our schools.

    Picture of three students     Students, staff and board members


     

    SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

     

    • Dr. Berman honored the middle school student that recently passed away, and expressed gratitude to the staff for their work to help students through this.  
    • It was also reported that a new draft Board Policy manual is located on the District website for review by the public before it is brought to the Board for review on June 8th, 2022.  
    • Dr. Berman informed the Board that the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS) will be administered in Mill Valley before the end of the school year.  CHKS is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency. It is administered to students at grades five, seven, nine, and eleven.

     

    BOARD OPERATIONS

     

    Interdistrict Transfers - Revised Administrative Regulation (AR) 5117
    In collaboration with MVSD employees and in alignment with the District's Strategic Plan of Goal of Supported Staff to attract, develop, and retain excellent staff in a quality work environment, the Board approved the revisions to AR 5117.   This change will allow MVSD staff to apply for interdistrict transfers for their children to attend Mill Valley schools.

     

    Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) Presentation and Budget Update

    Title page LCAP
    Superintendent Berman and staff presented an update on progress toward LCAP goals and answered questions from the Board. The presentation included updates on:

     

    • Wellness Center
    • Targeted Learning Lab program
    • Student performance data
    • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) progress including work facilitated by Facing History
    • Math Learning Community
    • District Communications

    Assistant Superintendent Rollins followed with an in depth review of the budget development process and projections for the final budget which will be presented at the June 8th, 2022 meeting and will be brought for board approval at the June 16, 2022 meeting.  The full presentation can be seen here.



    Board Self-Evaluation
    The Board conducted a self-evaluation using a questionnaire developed by the California School Boards Association (CSBA).  For each survey question, the average score for the item was presented and the Board had the opportunity to discuss each item.  As set forth in the Board Handbook, the Board will then voted to accept the survey and its results, which can be seen here.

     

    The next regular meeting will be held on June 8th, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.


    April 21, 2022

    • To view the full agenda here.

    RECOGNITION

    Park Elementary StudentsPic of students and staff
    The Board and staff recognized four students from Park Elementary for their use of the Toolbox skills in the classroom. Counselor Jen Green introduced students Lucas Novotny, Liam Machler, Louise Bartlett and Kennedy Foster who demonstrated their "Using our Words" and "Courage" tools for the Trustees, Superintendent Berman, Park Principal Aubrey O'Connor, and the public in attendance.  Students throughout the district are being equipped with these tools to develop their social emotional learning.

     

    Mill Valley Day of the Employee
    Trustees approved a Resolution that designates May 24th, 2022 as the Day of the Mill Valley School District Employee, as a way of expressing thanks for the tireless dedication the Mill Valley staff give every day encouraging and challenging our youth.

     

    Kiddo! Day
    Trustees approved a Resolution that designates May 3rd, 2022 as Kiddo! Day in thanks for the 40 years of dedication the Foundation has given to the schools in Mill Valley by providing supplemental funding for the district's art, music, dance, poetry and drama instruction.


    STUDENT LEARNING & SCHOOL PROGRAMS

    Curriculum and Instruction
    Director of Curriculum & Instruction and Student Support Services Laura Myers gave a presentation which covered four topics: elementary instructional minutes, math updates, Universal Transitional Kindergarten (UTK) and Social Emotional Learning (SEL).

    Instructional Minutes

    Myers reported that an extensive review of elementary instructional minutes indicated our elementary schools currently have a range of actual instruction time which needed to be addressed.    We are happy to announce that the district elementary schools will begin a universal schedule starting in August 2022.    Start times will be 8:15 p.m. and school will end at 2:35 p.m., except on Early Release days which will end at 1:45 p.m.  Middle school will retain its current bell schedule of  8:35 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. on all days except Wednesday which will be an Early Release schedule of 2:00 p.m.

    Math, UTK & SEL

    • Myers reported on the recent strides being taken in elementary math throughout the district with guidance from current K-5 MVSD Math Consultant, Leo Kostelnik, who was the former Edna Maguire principal.   She also reported on professional development and mentoring, in the second grade classrooms, provided by Marilyn Burns and Lynn Zolli.  
    • UTK has been a high focus recently with some countrywide collaboration, planning, and resource sharing being utilized to ensure the rollout in 2022-23 is as successful as possible for our youngest students.  
    • Lastly, Myers reported on SEL projects including a district wellness center for the next school year.

    BOARD OPERATIONS

    Interdistrict Transfers - Administrative Regulation 5117
    Superintendent Berman presented this item to the board for discussion at the March 10th meeting, and has subsequently collaborated with the unions to bring a mutually agreed upon document to the Trustees for a first reading and review. There were several public comments on this subject, all in favor of approval of the presented document, which would allow staff who live outside of the district to apply for a transfer for their children to attend our schools.  This item will be brought back for action at the May 25th meeting.

    The next meeting will take place on May 25th, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.

     


    March 10, 2022

    Purchase of Playground Equipment (Tam Valley & MVMS)
    In February, Director of Maintenance, Operations and Safety Julio Arroyogave a presentation about playground equipment.    Both Tam Valley and Middle School were graded at “red tier” on a safety scoring metric.   At the March 10th meeting, the Board approved the purchase of replacement playground equipment for these sites.  Installation of the new playgrounds will take place this summer.  

    Title Page - 2nd Interim

    Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Michele Rollins, Ed.D. presented the district's Second Interim Financial Report.  This included the Budget Revisions 2021-22, the Second Interim Standardized Account Code Structure (SACS) financial report and the Marin Common Message from MCOE.   

     

    The presentation showed any revenue changes, of which there have been few, aside from one-time COVID funds, and a local expenditure change, which was due to repairs needed following the storm.   In summary, the Second Interim does not have significant changes from the First Interim and the District certifies, based on the assumptions and projections, that it will meet its financial obligations for the current year and two subsequent fiscal years.  The Board approved the positive certification and the Second Interim report.   The next budget report will be at the June meeting.  Watch here.

     

    Interdistrict Transfers - Revisions to Administrative Regulation (AR) 5117
    Superintendent Berman presented this item to the board with the goal of discussing the possibility of opening the interdistrict transfer option to Mill Valley staff, thereby allowing children of staff to enroll with the district, regardless of residency.   Six members of staff were invited to give a review of their personal experience for this option, and public comment was received from one other member of staff.  Dr. Rollins gave a slide presentation to provide financial context for the decision. Superintendent Berman and the unions are currently working collaboratively on a revised AR, and hope to be able to bring a mutually agreed upon document to the next meeting (April 21st) for a first reading and discussion by the Board.  If this moves forward, there would be a second reading and potential approval at the meeting following (May).  Watch here.

     

    The next meeting will take place on April 21st, 2022 at 4:30 p.m.


    February 10, 2022

     

    Recognition of Strawberry Point Students 
    The Board of Trustees recognized four Strawberry Point students for using their Toolbox skills to regulate Social Emotional wellness.  Counselors Molly Khan and Jen Ferrer introduced Teddy Nicols (K), Kiera Kissling (2nd), Ellora Nag (3rd) and Charlie Howe (5th) who shared their Quiet/Safe Place and Personal Space tools and demonstrated how they would use them.  They also talked about the “Cool Down Corners” in each classroom and explained how these specially designed areas helped students self regulate.   Dr. Berman also noted that February 7-11th, 2022 is National School Counselors week, and she and the Board thanked our counseling team for their work helping students achieve school success.

    Students  Students & staff  Students & staff

    Recognition of Mill Valley Council of Parent Teacher Associations
    The Board of Trustees expressed gratitude for the efforts of the Mill Valley Parent Teacher Associations and for all their efforts to support the learning and well-being of our students. In recognition of the contributions of the Mill Valley Council of PTAs since its founding 70 years ago, Superintendent Dr. Kimberly Berman and the Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees resolved that February 17, 2022, will be PTA Day throughout the Mill Valley School District. 

    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Presentation
    Teacher On Special Assignment (TOSA) and Instructional Technology Coach Katie Fisher gave a presentation outlining some of the programs she is partnering with teachers to provide in classrooms.   The three main goals this year are teaching digital citizenship, introducing coding in grades 3-8, and creating a Makerspace model for all elementary students.  

    Resolution #12-21/22 Ordering an Election to Authorize the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds, Establishing Specifications of the Election Order, and Requesting Consolidation with Other Elections Occurring on June 7, 2022
    The District has important school facility improvement needs that have been identified by its recent facilities assessment and plan, and is now seeking voters’ approval of a $194m Bond measure on the June 7, 2022 election ballot.  The Board unanimously approved a Resolution that will allow the measure to be filed with the County Elections office, prior to the March 11, 2022 deadline, to appear on the ballot.  


    February 2, 2022

    Recording Meetings:
    The Board approved the staff recommendation that board meetings be video recorded, effective immediately.  You can expect to see board meeting highlights and video link in the Family newsletter after each meeting.
     
    Facility Master Plan:
    Mill Valley School District has, in collaboration with consulting experts, developed a Facility Master Plan that will guide the projected improvement of district facilities for the next ten years.   Consultants presented the FMP and answered questions from the public and the Board.   The Board discussed the function of the FMP, general project options, potential costs relating to climate change, and the FMP’s connection to a potential bond authorization. Following the discussion, the Board voted to approve the FMP.  


    January 13, 2022

    To view the full agenda and presentations that are not highlighted here, please visit  Agenda Online.

    Student Recognition:
    The Board of Trustees recognized two Tam Valley students for using their Toolbox practices to regulate Social Emotional wellness.  Counselor Jason Mountsier introduced students, Elise Allen and Taj Van Horne, who shared their techniques and demonstrated to the Board and staff members how to use the listening and apology/forgiveness tools.

    Board, Staff & Students  Two Students

    Board Recognition:
    Dr. Berman expressed gratitude to the Board, and acknowledged Vice President Emily Uhlhorn for her dedication as MVSD Board President in 2021, as well as for her many other volunteer positions within the school district and community at large.

    • Audit Report:  Habbas Nassar, CPA, of Stephen Roatch Accountancy Corporation presented the independent audit report ending June 30, 2021. This item was approved as presented.
    • Mill Valley’s Housing Element Report:  Kendall Flint, on behalf of the City of Mill Valley, presented on Mill Valley's Housing Element, a report which outlines the challenge in finding the number of affordable housing units required by the State.  Members of the public are invited to participate in developing a plan for housing alternatives within Mill Valley.  You can find more information here.
    • Bond Polling Results:  EMC Research shared polling results completed in December which indicated that there seemed to be enough support for a bond to pass at the 55% margin required. Emily Uhlhorn and Elli Abdoli were selected to assist staff in preparing a resolution and developing messaging.  Dr. Berman introduced Jessica Newman, a MVSD parent who has volunteered to Chair the campaign.
    • School Accountability Report Cards (SARC):  The Board approved the 2020-21 SARCs which will now be submitted to the California Department of Education (CDE) before the February 1st deadline.  The SARCs can be found on our website and paper copies are available from the District Office upon request. 

    December 13, 2021
    To view attachments related to the presentations summarized below, and those not highlighted, please view the board meeting agenda.

    During the Annual Organizational meeting, Trustees elected their 2022 officials. Todd May was elected as President and Emily Uhlhorn as Vice-President. Michele Crncich-Hodge was appointed as MVSD Representative for the Marin County School Boards Association.  The Board also assigned their roles as school site representatives and other committee positions which can be seen here.  

    Recognition:

    Students, Board and Staff with certificates

    • The Board of Trustees recognized four Old Mill students for using their Toolbox practices to regulate Social Emotional wellness.  Counselor, Meredith Mishel introduced students, Cooper Howson (K), Lydia Shemyakin (1st), Mira Wulfstat (1st) and Rio Jennings (K). The students demonstrated for the Board their techniques and eloquently described how they had each used these tools.  The Toolbox skills connect to our LCAP and Strategic Plan Goals that each student receives instruction and support that ensures high levels of personal and academic growth.
    • Public Comment: Middle School 8th grader, Zoe Pletcher shared her support and interest in the district pursuing a wellness center at MVMS.  Acting Principal, Ms. Reyherme will be working with her counseling team, staff, and students, to gather recommendations on the best way to move forward.   This item will be reported on at a meeting in Spring next year.
    • Superintendent’s Report:  Dr. Berman reported on the latest COVID notifications and recommendations, the change to the 2021-22 school calendar, vaccination clinics and plans for Universal Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten.  Registration information will be published in mid January. 
    • 2021-22 Budget Revision & First Interim Financial Reports:   Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michele Rollins summarized the main points of the overall budget for the Board, including revenues and expenses, and the revisions due to state and federal one-time COVID funds. Dr. Rollins answered questions on the future impacts that Universal TK and an expanded lunch program will have on the budget.  The Board approved the budget revision and positive certification of the first interim which will now be submitted to the County Office of Education for review.

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    November 4, 2021

    To view attachments related to the presentations summarized below, and those not highlighted, please view the board meeting agenda.

    The Board, Superintendent, MVTA, CSEA and a member of the teaching staff all thanked Julio Arroyo and his team for all their hard work getting our facilities open and repaired for students after the recent storm.  Other highlights were: 

    • G.9. Student/Teacher Calendars 2022-23 & 2023-24: The Board approved the student and staff calendars for 2022-23 and 2023-24.  In preparation for calendar development, the District conducted a survey on the school schedule during elementary parent-teacher conferences, which for many years has been two weeks of early dismissal (five hours of school per day) in November. Over 500 people responded to the survey, with a large majority responding that the current schedule was challenging for them due to child care and other concerns. Based on suggestions from the survey, and in collaboration with the teachers’ union, the school schedule for elementary schools during conferences in 2022-23 and 2023-24 will be one week of minimum days (four hours of school per day).  In addition, where possible school start and end dates and recesses for both school years have been aligned with the Tam Union High School district schedule.
    • H.1. Educator Effectiveness Funds Local Plan: Laura Myers, Director of Curriculum and Instructions & Student Support Services, reviewed and provided an explanation of the 2021-26 Educator Effectiveness Funding Plan.  This item will be brought back to the Board for approval at the December meeting.
    • H.2. Substitute Teacher Pay Schedule Increase Effective December 1, 2021: The Board approved the staff recommendation to amend the pay schedule for substitutes, effective as of December 1, 2021.  This action was to ensure that MVSD remains consistent and competitive with other Marin County school districts.
    • H.4.  Board Meeting Schedule for 2022: The board agreed that all 2022 Board meetings will be scheduled for 4:30 p.m. The board adopted the recommended Board meeting dates with elimination of the May 12th meeting.

    October 20, 2021 - Special Board Workshop

    On October 20th, the Board met for a Special Board Workshop which highlighted some of the many aspects of Facility Master Planning.    

    • C.1 - Bonding Capacity:  Greg Isom of Isom Advisors presented the Board with information regarding the possibility of a school improvement bond measure for the District. Mr. Isom provided information regarding the District's bond and assessed value history along with potential timelines as it relates to exploring feasibility of bond measures in the future.  The presentation can be viewed here.
    • C.2 - Polling Strategies and Proposal:  Charles Health of TBWBH Strategies outlined for the board the scope of work TBWBH would provide to the District should services be required.  These services include polling of the community to gauge reaction to a potential bond initiative, reporting and guidance on public outreach and campaign strategies, and subsequent polling as any campaign is conducted.  The Board discussed and Mr. Heath answered questions before the Board voted 5-0 to approve an initial contract with TBWBH Strategies to canvas the community. A informational mailer will be sent in the upcoming week. 
    • C.3. - Marin Clean Energy:  MCE gave a presentation of renewable power programs, specifically their “Deep Green” program, explained how renewable power works, the environmental benefits, and the cost to the end user as a potential alternative to in-house solar panels or other alternative physical elements.  The board will consider taking action to approve this new program at the November 4th meeting. 
    • C.4. - Facility Master Planning:  PBK-WLC staff presented to the board their report on work with the district stakeholders to-date regarding future facility planning.  Staff covered topics from recently completed tasks, facility assessments, demographic information, funding eligibility, stakeholder engagement, a facilities dashboard and next steps.  We appreciate the input of our students, parents, and staff over the past several weeks. We will share more information on specific projects and plans in the coming months. 

    October 7, 2021

    To view attachments related to the presentations summarized below, and those not highlighted, please view the board meeting agenda.

    • C.1. - Targeted Instruction 2021-2022
      Staff gave a presentation about targeted instruction models aligned to LCAP goals marin (Goal 1, Action 3; Goal 2, Actions 2 and 3) and also aligning to the actions of the Extended Learning Opportunities plan actions.  To see the full presentation, click here. 
    • I.1. - California School Dashboard Local Indicators
      The California School Dashboard provides state-level data related to student academic achievement, English Learner progress, and suspension and chronic absenteeism. Additional information related to six local indicators is provided directly from school districts. These local indicators are tied to the State priorities.  A requirement of the Dashboard is for the local indicators to be brought to the local governing School Board each Fall. The local indicators that will submitted to the Dashboard by October 15, 2021 can be seen here.   More discussion about the Dashboard will be shared during our LCAP stakeholder engagement work.
    • J.1. - Public Participation for Board Meetings
      The board discussed public participation for board meetings after Staff recommended holding in-person meetings and allowing public participation for meetings both in person and through streaming.  The Board also discussed monitoring the level of use of the streaming services.

    September 13, 2021

    The Board of Education and staff recognized four students for using Toolbox practices to regulate Social Emotional wellness.  These practices connect to our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Strategic Plan Goal that each student receives equitable, articulated, relevant, standards-based instruction and support that ensures high levels of personal and academic growth.  The students and school counselor, Jen Ferrer, demonstrated their Toolkit skills and practiced them with the Board and staff.  

       Board of Trustees                Students & Teacher               

    The students recognized were:

    • Asher Kim (2nd Grade)
    • Avery Lawrence (1st Grade)
    • Cleo Tomnay (5th Grade)
    • Vinny Abbenante (5th Grade)
       

    J.1 Maintenance, Operations and Safety: Summer 2021 Progress

    Julio Arroyo, Director of Maintenance, Operations and Safety presented a districtwide summer project progress report.            

    The Board thanked Julio and his team for their dedication and hard work ensuring the safety of our students and staff.

    K.1. Unaudited Actuals Financial Reporting 2020-2021

    Assistant Superintendent Dr. Michele Rollins presented the 2021-22 Unaudited Actuals.  This is an annual reporting which reflects the financial activities of the Mill Valley School District in which the data are not yet audited.  The 2020-21 Unaudited Actuals were approved by the Board and will now be submitted to the Marin County Office of Education.   The independent audit report will be available on December 15, 2021.  The full presentation is available here.


    Board meeting dates and agendas

     

    2020-21 School Year

    June 9, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    May 26, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Study Session Highlights

    May 13, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    April 15, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    March 11, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    February 11, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    January 14, 2021 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    January 13, 2021 Remote Special Board Meeting Highlights

    January 6, 2021 Remote Special Board Meeting Highlights

    December 14, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    November 12, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights (combined with MVSD Newsletter)

    October 8, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights (combined with MVSD Newsletter)

    September 14, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights (combined with MVSD newsletter)

    August 13, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights


    2019-20 School Year

     June 17, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    June 10, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

    May 27, 2020 Board Meeting Study Session Highlights

    May 14, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights (combined with District Newsletter)

    April 2, 2020 Remote Board Meeting Highlights

     

    march board meeting highlights photo with students who were recognized by the board

    March 12, 2020 Board Meeting Highlights

     

    students being recognized by the board of trustees

    February 13, 2020 Board Workshop and Board Meeting Highlights 

     

    8th grade students recognized at the board meeting

     

    January 23, 2020 Board Meeting Highlights

     

    6th grade student recognition

    December 16, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights (combined with MVSD newsletter)

     

    Photo of 7th Grade Student Recognition with text saying Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees

    November 14, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

     

    Tam Valley student learner profile recognition

    October 3, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights

     

    an iPad with a board agenda and text saying Mill Valley School District Board of Trustees

    September 9, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights


    2018-19 School Year

    raquel rose and wendy holmes presenting to the board of trustees

    June 12 and 20, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights


    board of trustees

    May 30, 2019 Board Meeting Study Session Highlights


    Golden Bell recipients

    May 9, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights


    4th grade student recognition at April board meeting

    April 4, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights


    8th grade students recognized by school board

    March 14, 2019 Board Meeting Highlights


    School Board trustees

    February 28, 2019 Special Board Meeting Highlights


    February Board Meeting Highlights

    February 2019 Board Meeting Highlights


    January Board Meeting Highlights

    January 2019 Board Meeting Highlights