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Message From the President

April 2022

Sierra Unified has enjoyed a beautiful and productive spring so far, and now we are in the final stretch! Basketball and soccer have finished their seasons and now baseball, softball, swimming, track, and boys golf are in full swing. Our FFA Parli Pro Novice team finished #2 in the state! The SHS Drama Department just put on its first production in three years, and it was a resounding success under the direction of the new Drama teacher Mr. Hales.  Field trips have resumed, expanding horizons for our elementary students, and 40+ Rocket Club students had their final launches.

At the leadership level, our new administration is settling in, now complete with New Sierra Alternative Coordinator Tony Abrams, and they are busy brainstorming the next steps for our schools and students. It is an exciting time! Our board has given direction to proceed with offering the Sierra Elementary campus for lease with an option to purchase. We will examine these options with an eye toward what is best for our community and our district. We are proceeding with a proposal to improve energy efficiency and air quality, as well as addressing an antiquated electrical system at the Sierra campus. We also received a grant to equip our school buses with Wi-Fi, which will provide the possibility for students to do school work on those longer bus rides (access will be protected by the same measures as at the school sites).

This is a wonderful and busy time in our district. We are engaged in our planning process for next year (aka LCAP) with many forms of outreach, including surveys, focus groups, and community forums. We take this process and the recommendations that come from it very seriously. It truly helps to shape our actions for next year. We are looking forward to celebrations including the FES Carnival on May 20th, and Senior Awards Night on May 24th. And of course, we are all looking forward to that last day of school, June 6 for Alternative Ed, and June 9 for Foothill, Sierra JHS, and Sierra HS. We are excited to be offering a 4-week summer school for grades K-8, and a 6-week online summer school for grades 9-12.

We look forward to celebrating all the wins with our students and families as we wrap up Spring 2022!

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