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Message From the President

Greetings Sierra Unified Community Members,

On behalf of the board, I would like to share a few updates about our upcoming meetings.  Beginning with our next regular meeting (April 12), public seating will be available on a limited capacity basis.  We will continue to stream meetings on Zoom.  Our Zoom audience may participate in the public comment period near the beginning of each meeting.  Public comment during specific agenda items will be limited to in-person attendees.  

Our regular meetings are normally held the second Monday of each month.  We have recently decided to shift our public session to begin at 5:00 p.m. vs 6:00 p.m., and this change will start on April 12th.

We have several special meetings coming up.  The first will be the interview and vote for the provisional appointment to fill our board vacancy.  We have six very qualified candidates (in alphabetical order):

  • Lauri King
  • Donna Martin
  • Timothy McCollum
  • Margaret Sanders
  • Elizabeth Taylor
  • James Weirick

This meeting will occur on Thursday, April 22nd, starting at 4:30 p.m.

Next, we have a workshop on Curriculum and Instruction scheduled for Monday, May 3rd, starting at 5:00 p.m.

Finally, the district is hosting its second community forum on our developing Long Range Facilities Master Plan on April 13th, at 6:30 p.m. via Zoom. Facilities Community Forum Link

Beyond the meetings, we welcome public questions and input regarding board meeting topics and any other matters at any time at the school site and district level.  All contacts including superintendent and all board member emails are available on the district website. Superintendent and Board Member Contacts

Our district goal is to provide a response by the end of the next business day.  The school district belongs to the community and we encourage your input at all levels of the organization.  You can also follow the district on social media. Sierra Unified Facebook Page

As always, we look forward to seeing you, hearing from you, and working together for the betterment of our children and our wonderful mountain community.

Respectfully,
Connie Kee Schlaefer, President
Sierra Unified Board of Trustees

The role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsible to the values and beliefs, and priorities of the communities. Boards fulfill this role by performing five major responsibilities: setting direction, establishing an effective and efficient structure, providing support, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership as advocates for children, the school district, and public schools.

Our authority as school board members is only as we sit as a board, and by majority decision of the board. Individually, we have no authority. Additionally, the school board has only one employee – the superintendent. A good way to consider the role of the governance team of the district is that we are the direction-setters, taking the input of the educational professionals and setting the “what” for the district. Our superintendent, while part of the governance team, is the “how”, and determines how the “what” is accomplished. The school board does not determine the how.

The role of the school board is to ensure that school districts are responsible to the values and beliefs, and priorities of the communities. Boards fulfill this role by performing five major responsibilities: setting direction, establishing an effective and efficient structure, providing support, ensuring accountability, and providing community leadership as advocates for children, the school district, and public schools.

Our authority as school board members is only as we sit as a board, and by majority decision of the board. Individually, we have no authority. Additionally, the school board has only one employee – the superintendent. A good way to consider the role of the governance team of the district is that we are the direction-setters, taking the input of the educational professionals and setting the “what” for the district. Our superintendent, while part of the governance team, is the “how”, and determines how the “what” is accomplished. The school board does not determine the how.

Sierra-Unified-School-District-Share

The community elects their school board to be their voice in the local school district. We appreciate your input and support! There are many ways to provide this input. Informally, you are welcome to share thoughts and ideas with us at school functions, or when you see us at the grocery store!

Sierra-Unified-School-District-Share

The community elects their school board to be their voice in the local school district. We appreciate your input and support! There are many ways to provide this input. Informally, you are welcome to share thoughts and ideas with us at school functions, or when you see us at the grocery store!

A more formal way to provide input or share your thoughts is by attending the school board meetings and speaking during public comment at the beginning of each meeting. Board meetings are held monthly on the second Monday at 5:00pm, with workshops typically held the fourth Monday of the month at 5:00pm. While we cannot comment or take action during public comment, you will have three minutes to share your comments and have an audience of the entire board.

Sierra-Unified-School-District-Attend
Sierra-Unified-School-District-Attend

A more formal way to provide input or share your thoughts is by attending the school board meetings and speaking during public comment at the beginning of each meeting. Board meetings are held monthly on the second Monday at 5:00pm, with workshops typically held the fourth Monday of the month at 5:00pm. While we cannot comment or take action during public comment, you will have three minutes to share your comments and have an audience of the entire board.

Sierra-Unified-School-District-Involved

Our district has many other ways you can be involved. We have Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings, parent clubs, school site councils, various community input committees, and online surveys. We encourage everyone to please take the time to get involved! If you are unable to attend meetings in person, you can review board agendas, minutes and links to the podcasts we post of each meeting and workshop here on the website, as well as find information available on social media.

Sierra-Unified-School-District-Involved

Our district has many other ways you can be involved. We have Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) meetings, parent clubs, school site councils, various community input committees, and online surveys. We encourage everyone to please take the time to get involved! If you are unable to attend meetings in person, you can review board agendas, minutes and links to the podcasts we post of each meeting and workshop here on the website, as well as find information available on social media.

School Board Meetings 2021

Past and Upcoming Regular Board Meeting Dates

January 11, 2021
February 8, 2021
March 8, 2021
April 12, 2021
May 10, 2021
June 14, 2021
July 12, 2021
August 9, 2021
September 13, 2021
October 11, 2021
November 8, 2021
December 13, 2021