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Message From the President

Board Vacancy

Greetings, Sierra Community!

On behalf of the Board, I would like to share the list of candidates who have volunteered to fill the currently vacant seat on the Board of Trustees.  They are:
Janet Kaeleen Bill
Gwenlee Cedar
Richard Christl
Audra Falk
Nancy Kirk Hyde
Sean Tait
Carli Walker

The interview and selection meeting will be on Monday, August 2nd, at 5:00 p.m.  Candidates will be interviewed one at a time in an order selected that evening.  Interviews will be about 15 minutes of Q&A apiece.

After the interviews, the board will discuss, and ultimately vote that same evening.  The process of interviews, discussion, and voting is all done in open session, which in current times means that it will also be streamed on Zoom.  There will be an opportunity for public comment via Zoom at the beginning of the meeting.  As always, in-person attendees may comment during the general public comment period, or when an agendized item comes up for discussion.

The new member of our Board will be sworn in at the regular meeting on August 9th at 5:00 p.m.

I hope you will join me in recognizing and commending these members of the community when you see them.  They have all stepped up to serve our community and our children.

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