February 16, 2017

Dear Woodside Educational Community,

Quick Reminder: School staff are hosting a meeting tomorrow, Fri., Feb. 17 at 9:30 am in Wildcats to review the state of our school/district budget. We hope you will join us to learn more about school finance and Woodside School specifically.

To continue with our goal to keep our parents and community well informed of school/district business, events and decisions, the following includes the meeting notes from the Woodside School District Board meeting held on Tuesday, February 7:  

Board of Trustees Meeting Notes
February 7, 2017

Staffing TK-5
The Board heard a report that included updated number of students expected at each grade level for next year. The number of students expected in Kindergarten/TK is such that we are planning to have two Kindergarten classes and one TK for next year, In addition, we plan expand our fifth grade to have three sections. 

Bond Refinance
The Board heard a report from our financial advisor, Shin Green of Eastshore Consulting, regarding the ability of the district to bundle three of the remaining facilities bonds and refinance them, saving the taxpayers a total upwards of $2.6 million. Taxpayers would experience the savings over the next twenty years with projected annual savings of $2.75 per $100,000 of taxable property value. For the average single family residence, the savings is projected to total over $1,250. The opportunity has been highlighted due to the fact that these bonds will be callable in October of this year allowing for the refinancing to be completed by July. Upon this recommendation, the Board and administration plan to pursue the refinance opportunity.

Immigration Policy
The Board has had two open session discussions to review a resolution being considered by a number of districts in the county that would outline our process and procedures for the registration and management of information for potentially undocumented students. The Board has directed me to research best practice for communicating district requirements to our families. Current state and federal laws prohibit school districts from gathering and or keeping immigration information. FERPA laws also restrict school district employees from sharing any private student information. More work will be done to clarify all existing policies and procedures and to make them easily accessible by our families.

2017-18 School Calendar
The Board considered two calendar proposals and landed on version B. Here is the approved 2017-18 Schedule Calendar.

Complete School Board meeting minutes are available upon approval by the Board at the next meeting and will be posted the following day on our school website. I encourage all school parents and community members to attend the monthly School Board meetings. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 7th at 3:30 pm in Wildcats.
Beth Polito

Dr. Beth Polito
Dr. Beth Polito

Woodside School District
3195 Woodside Road
Woodside, CA 94062

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