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Message From the President

December 2021

Greetings Sierra Community

On behalf of the board, I’d like to share some information and thoughts as we head into the end of the year.

2021 continues to be a year of transition, right through December. This month, we welcome our new Superintendent, Jordan Reeves, who takes his seat on Dec 15th, and bid farewell and thanks to our interim Superintendent Ron Hudson, who helped keep things running during a challenging period. We will also say goodbye to some of our key administrators, Sean Osterberg (Sierra Principal), Melissa Rodrigues (Sierra Assistant Principal), and Heather Wheeler (Alternative Ed Director). These people have all worked incredibly hard for our students and community over the years, and their benefit to our students simply cannot be overstated. We will miss them greatly and wish them the best in their next career steps. The District will look for the next generation of administrators to continue their wonderful work.

It is fair to pause and ask the question, “Why are all these great people choosing to leave?” I do not believe there is a single, easy answer. I can note that this same movement is happening across the state, and indeed the nation. Locally, we have seen major changes at the board level, and now the administrator level, and for better or worse, these changes create new dynamics. As we have made our way together through the last two years, my observation is that our administrators have carried heavy loads and dealt with enormous challenges, far beyond expectations in a “normal” career. Whether it was pivoting to online learning as educational leaders, making school safe and happy for students, dealing with parent and staff concerns, or scrambling to put together activities in new ways, they have given their all. They have earned my deepest respect, and I hope that of the larger community as well. It is ALWAYS a great time to say “Thank you for all you do for our children”. We just can’t say it enough to ALL the people who work every day to support our students. It is also a great time to renew our will to come together as a community, to gather once again around our Mountain Strong values, and work with each other as we move forward.

In our schools, we have all the normal great things December brings, plus some. Our winter sports are in full swing, Santa’s workshops are going on at Foothill, the high school music department Christmas program is back, and the after-school Recovery and Resilience program continues to provide both academic and social activities for grades K-8. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I hope you enjoy this beautiful season, the welcome rain, and the time with friends and family. We look forward to a bright new year in 2022!  

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.

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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.

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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 10, 2022
February 7, 2022
March 14, 2022
April 4, 2022
May 9, 2022
June 13, 2022
July 11, 2022
August 8, 2022
September 12, 2022
October 10, 2022
November 14, 2022
December 12, 2022