Board Highlights
from the October 23, 2018 meeting
Infographic depicts facilities planning across MUSD
The following infographic was presented as part of a report about facilities needs during the October 23 Board of Education meeting. It outlines the four different categories (safety and security, modernizations, overcrowding, and second high school campus) and how funds would be dispersed if Bond Measure AA passes during the November election. It also shows project categories by site. For example, Burnett Elementary School would have upgrades in safety and security and modernizations while Mattos Elementary School would fall into overcrowding.
Director of Facilities Modernization shares facilities needs for four MUSD sites
Joe Flatley, Director of Facilities Modernization, gave his final report out to the Board regarding master facilities planning. At each Board Meeting until all the sites were addressed, Flatley has been giving presentations about sites' facilities needs and priorities, and how they would be impacted by Bond Measure AA, on the ballot in November. During the the last Board Meeting on Tuesday, he spoke to the scope of work for Mattos Elementary School; Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation; Child Development Centers; and Ayer.

The projects were grouped in one of four categories: safety and security, modernizations, overcrowding, and the second high school campus. He included pictures in his presentation, which showed the need for many of these categories, including rotting sheathing, old fire alarms, cracked pavement, and more.

Before Flatley spoke to the specifics of the sites, Superintendent Cheryl Jordan shared her vision for the second high school campus, reading an excerpt from a student's essay that inspired her thinking.

"Wouldn’t it be nice to learn whatever you want? Either wanting to learn how to sign language , do yoga, or basketball? IT would be to die for. If only school districts would understand...," the essay by Achish Enriquez reads . "All kids have creative minds, imaginations, and artistic memory. This would increase our right side of the brain. The creative side. Children all over the world can use their creative minds to learn all these crazy, but fascinating things! In my opinion, districts all over the world should consider this. I mean, what’s more better than learning what you want to learn?"

Jordan said the second high school campus would broaden the District's opportunities to include community and business partnerships as an integral part of innovation in student learning. Meaning, it would not be a replica of what the District already knows, but what they don't know, allowing MUSD to truly seize the day to do something different for our own kids. This would involve work including a STEAM focus, internships and applied learning, online and in-person learning models, community based learning through partnerships, and career pathways.

For Mattos Elementary School, which falls into the overcrowding category completely, Flatley said the bond would allow them to build three more learning communities, a multipurpose room, inclusive park, and soccer field, all with a $45 million projection.

At MOT and Student Nutrition Services, the work would involve a lot of paving and concrete, restroom upgrades, and underground utilities.

The CDC sites at Rose and Sunnyhills consist of 34 percent safety and security upgrades regarding paving and concrete, fire alarms, and accessibility, among others, and modernization, such as painting, technology upgrades, roofing, site drainage, and moveable wall replacements.

For the Ayer site, which falls into the category of second high school campus also simultaneously fits the overcrowding position. Flatley said there would be significantly new construction, and shared out plans which would relocate the current district office in order for the campus to occupy a new two-story building and buildings 200, 900, and 1000.

During the October 9 Board Meeting , Flatley gave a presentation about Curtner, Sinnott, and Weller elementary schools and Thomas Russell Middle School. Board Vice President Chris Norwood wanted to make sure that they include accessibility on all the projects.
Coordinator details Parent Engagement Plan and Theory of Action
Dr. Gerry Lopez, Coordinator II of Child Development Centers, gave a presentation on proposed parent engagement activities for the 2017-18 school year and the development of the MUSD Parent Engagement Plan and Theory of Action.

In introducing the item, Norma Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent of Learning and Development, shared her excitement about the collaborative effort which is highly data informed.

Lopez said the process is a "perfect triangulation" of elementary Assistant Principals, liaisons, and site secretaries to improve attendance and student outcomes among those students with the greatest needs.

Lopez, in conjunction with Elementary Assistant Principals, has undertaken a review of the Family Engagement Plan 2015-18 and the current Parent Engagement Theory of Action. The ultimate purpose of the plan will be to establish coordination among APs, liaisons, and existing MUSD programs. 

Furthermore, this collaboration will also be used to increase attendance at parent engagement events. Research-based, high impact practices will be identified and carried out at the site and district level, and measured for their impact upon student learning.
-On October 23, Trustees adopted a resolution declaring October 25 as Larry Itliong Day in the Milpitas Unified School District. Under a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015, October 25 is observed as Larry Itliong Day each year and has a special significance in public schools and educational institutions. Itliong, a native of the Philippines, organized a group of 1,500 Filipino American grape workers, members of the Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee, in what would become known as the Delano Grape Strike of 1965. The walkout was against Delano-area table and wine grape growers, protesting years of poor pay and conditions.
-On October 23, the Board adopted a resolution declaring the week of October 23, 2018 to October 31, 2018 as Red Ribbon Week in Milpitas Unified School District. Annually, the nation sets aside a week to celebrate its commitment to a drug-free community. The District joins in the observance of this week by encouraging everyone in the Milpitas education community to make a commitment to a healthy, drug-free community.