Board Highlights
from the February 11, 2020 meeting
MUSD reaps benefits of building community partnerships
Milpitas Unified School District’s Strategic Goal #1 is to “Build a Culture of We that engages parents, staff, and community partners in supporting student success.”

At the February 11, 2020 meeting, this strategic goal was exemplified by the generosity of many, as MUSD and the Board accepted generous donations from the Milpitas Knights of Columbus, Assemblymember Kansen Chu, and two Milpitas High School alumni Ivy and Alan Pham.

Gwan Alisantosa, Grand Knight and Chairman of People With Intellectual Disabilities Program, St. Elizabeth Council 8747, presented the Board with a $6,509.43 check to support MUSD’s Special Education Program. Alisantosa, who accepted a Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the Knights of Columbus, also took a moment to present Ocean’s Supermarket with a resolution/recognition for their continued support for those with disabilities.

“This is a great partnership between Milpitas Unified School District and Knights of Columbus,” Alisantosa said. “We are very grateful of the strong support from our church community, school district, officers and members of Council 8747, friends and families, Ocean Supermarket, volunteers and donors.”

In addition, the Board honored Assemblymember Kansen Chu, as well as MHS alumni Ivy and Alan Pham, with Certificates of Recognition for their donations to the S.A.D. (Smoking, Drugs, Alcohol) signs project championed by the Phams.

The program seeks to educate Milpitas students about the health risks of smoking and using alcohol and drugs.
Assemblymember Chu, who was a special guest at the District’s Milpitas “On the Table” Conversation Part 2 on January 27, was also presented with a signed copy of Board Resolution 2020.7 Nominating Assemblymember Kansen Chu for the Californai School Boards Association Outstanding Legislator Award.
  
HIGHLIGHTS
BSU leaders develop, read into record National African American History Month resolution
Milpitas High School's Black Student Union President Nyla Choates and Vice President Karrington Kenney helped prepare and then read the MUSD Board Resolution 2020.25 Recognizing and Honoring February as National African American History Month into the record at the Feb. 11 meeting.

Choates and Kenney, along with other BSU members, met with District staff to prepare the resolution, in an effort to make it more meaningful and locally relevant.

The Board unanimously approved the resolution.

Kenney was also honored by the Board for her student leadership in delivering a speech as one of only a select few invitees at the 2020 Womxn's March in San Jose.
Board presented with 2020-21 budget reduction recommendations
In the District’s proactive approach to remain financially solvent, Superintendent Cheryl Jordan introduced a “General Fund Cost Management Recommendations for 20-21” list with $1,636,213 in potential savings.

Jordan hosted several stakeholders meetings over the last couple of months at various sites throughout the District to gather as much input as possible. Staff input was also gathered through a ThoughtExchange survey.

Aligning with MUSD Strategic Goal #5 , the District's goal is reduce expenditures on external resources as the team continues to build capacity in its own expertise for professional learning and development. At the same time, the objective is to make recommendations that have little to no impact in the classroom.

The full list can be viewed here .

No action was taken, and the Superintendent explained that she will bring the item back for further discussion in March.
Board, District leaders conduct study session to build for future of Adult Education
Adult Education Principal Guiliana Brahim and Assistant Principal Aven Magana, along with their staff, continued discussions with the Board and District leadership on building sustainability of the dual program into the future.

Funding sources and program development at both the Ayer site and Corrections facilities were topics discussed in detail.

To view the presentation, click here.
SPOTLIGHT
Principal's Report focuses on programs, culture at Randall Elementary School
Randall Elementary School Co-Principals Kristan Prolo and Olivia Contreras were accompanied by students, staff, and parents as they presented their Principal's Report to the Board at the Feb. 11 meeting.

With programs such as Los Dichos and Little Heroes, the Randall community offered the Board and District leadership a glimpse into the climate and culture of Milpitas' Two-Way Bilingual Immersion School.

As a result, Randall's attendance rate rose to 94.3 percent for the month of January, with a goal of incrementally improvement throughout the year.

Superintendent Cheryl Jordan shared that Randall will be adding a third language (yet to be determined) in a few years to become a Multilingual school.

Earlier in the meeting, Randall students proudly demonstrated their bilingualism by leading the room in a flag salute in both English and Spanish.

Parent Teacher Association (PTA) President Jose Dominguez also revealed the school's new branding of "Randall Elementary: Where Champions Are Made."