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MEASURE A BOND PROJECTS UPDATE
Site Plans – the work we plan to complete in 2016
Burchfield Primary: (in addition to above)
Egling Middle: (in addition to above)
Colusa High: (in addition to above)
BPS Safety Procedures
I want to start by thanking everyone for their cooperation as we implement new safety procedures at Burchfield. Things are going smoothly and we continue to look for ways to make the process more efficient. I do have a few observations I would like to share:
We have had minor security issues at BPS, but these changes were always about being proactive not reactive. There have been no major incidents or threats that caused us to change our procedures. Adults arguing on campus in front of children, adults using the student restrooms, and unidentified adults on campus at the end of school are examples of some of these smaller issues. Thankfully, none of these problems escalated. But they do point to why we needed to do more to control who is on campus during the school day. Be assured that if there ever was a major incident, we would immediately inform all our parents.
A few reminders:
Again, thank you for your cooperation. These new procedures are logical and necessary as we pursue our goals of safety and excellence.
State Test Results Indicate Positive Growth for CUSD Students.
The results from the Spring 2015 administration of the State Tests are discussed in the attached file. 2015 Assessment Data Results.ppt
The District's goal was to close the gap between State scores and CUSD scores by 5% overall and by 10% for students from minority families or families living in poverty. Readers are cautioned that this is only a single year's data, and any conclusions are therefore preliminary. However, all indicators are that the district made significant progress since the last round of State testing.
In the English Language Arts tests given at grades 3-8 and 11, the district met its goal of 5% gap closure in 5 of the 7 grade levels. In the two other levels the tests showed gap closure, but not 5% or better. None of the tested grades showed a gap increase, which again indicates positive growth. At grade 11, CUSD students actually exceeded the State averages by 7%! The average gap closure for CUSD students was 7.7% on the ELA tests.
In the Math (tests also given at grades 3-8 and 11), the district met its goal of 5% gap closure in 5 of 5 grade levels. In grades 8 and 11 the historical State data was unavailable, so gap closure could not be calculated. At grade 8, CUSD math students outperformed the State averages by 12%! The average gap closure for CUSD students was 11.2% on the Math tests.
The District made its 10% goal for 8 of the 14 ELA tests, but again saw positive gap closure in all areas. Math tests for minority and poverty students saw achievement above the 10% goal in 6 out of the 10 tests - also with positive results even when the goal was not met. The average gap closure for these student groups in ELA was 11%, and for Math 13.6%. Students in these groups actually outperformed their State peers in 6 grade levels!
Part of our Vision for the students of CUSD is to provide an excellent education. Ultimately we are working to create a system where the gap will see our students outperform the state in every test, and for all students. While we are not there yet, these results are an early indicator that student achievement in CUSD is improving. The hard work of the staff, students, administration, parents and Board is showing results. Exciting things are happening at CUSD!
Measure A Bond Projects Update
If you are interested in the latest information about the district’s progress on Measure A projects, read below:
(This is excerpted from the draft minutes of the Oct. 27 board meeting.)
District – wide:
Fire alarm, computer network cable plant and intercom / safety systems plans have been submitted to DSA. This includes plans for installation of security cameras at each school site.
The Proposition 39 Energy Efficiency Plan has been approved by the State. That plan calls for; installation of programmable thermostats; installation of new, high efficiency lightbulbs and room occupancy sensors; replacement of the oldest HVAC units with new high efficiency models, also with occupancy sensors; implementation of new software to shut down computers which have been left running after hours, and other minor policy and equipment changes. Projected yearly energy savings for the district is $65,000.
Mr. Biladeau reported that the used/reconditioned modular classrooms available for purchase currently do not meet district specifications. After discussion, the board agreed that the only feasible option is to purchase new units instead. Mr. Biladeau will personally inspect all three new portables before they are placed on district property to insure finishes meet district expectations.
The safety window tinting is scheduled for upcoming instructional breaks. This work to be overseen and managed by the District MOT Department. Projected savings for the district is $35,000.
Egling Middle School:
The gym floor is finished. The company who supplied / installed the floor has agreed to replace the logo with one which is color-matched to our floors and walls.
Construction Plan documents are nearly complete for: the replacement of one portable - Choir Room (Existing building to be removed by district or sold / removed); installation of an additional portable classroom; re-grading for improved drainage and to meet ADA path of travel requirements, and replacement of the blacktop walkways and play surfaces – with additional paving as mandated by fire codes; required upgrades to sidewalks and handicap parking areas, required upgrades to staff and student restroom in the 4th/5th grade building.
The board agreed that including replacement of a failing multi-zone HVAC unit with individual units is a reasonable additional bond scope project. This work to be overseen and managed by the District MOT Department. Installing individual units will save the district approximately $60,000.
The board agreed that including replacement Band Room windows is a reasonable additional bond scope project. This work to be overseen and managed by the District MOT Department.
Burchfield Primary School:
The additional security fencing is complete on the north side of the Ford Wing.
Construction Plan documents are nearly complete for: the addition of one portable; re-grading for improved drainage and to meet ADA path of travel requirements, and replacement of the blacktop walkways and play surfaces; required upgrades to sidewalks and handicap parking areas, required upgrades to staff restrooms adjacent to the cafeteria, and student restrooms in both the Annex and the Ford Wing.
The board agreed that including purchase and installation of two sets of flashing crosswalk signs on Fremont Street is a reasonable additional bond scope project. This work to be overseen and managed by the District MOT Department.
Colusa High School:
The board was informed that a group of local businesses have committed to installation of the gravel pad for the new Ag Barn. This donation will save the district approximately $14,000.
The district has received the engineering / construction plans for the Ag Barn and construction will begin as soon as possible. This project is being overseen by District staff to save on General Conditions / Overhead & Profit which would normally be added costs to a project of this type. This will save the district approximately $30,000 on this project.
Because of the change in Architects, the planning for CHS projects is at a different stage. Currently the final Design Development documents are being prepared. Nexus Architects are working to quickly finish plans for the cafeteria restroom remodels, the locker room restroom remodels, and installation of new HVAC in the gym – including air conditioning. The restrooms at the south end of the cafeteria will both get one additional stall and be expanded to allow for ADA required clearances. Some storage spaces adjacent to those restrooms will be lost. Effected staff at CHS have been consulted, and are in support of the renovation plans. The board was informed that the scope of this project does not require ADA path of travel improvements. The next step will be preparation of Construction Documents which will be submitted to DSA for approval.
The board directed the team to look at whether additional lighting could be installed on the road leading to the Football field. As attendance at football games increases, more people are parking in that area, and the board would like to have staff investigate how we could efficiently install more security lighting.
Measure A Bond Program Schedule
New Immunization Exemption Law goes into effect July 1, 2016
Bond Sale Favorable for District and Taxpayers
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CUSD Supports Water Conservation
Less Water for Turf Areas
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CUSD now has an official Facebook page: Like us at www.facebook.com/ColusaUnifiedSchoolDistrict
PDF FILES ON THE WEBSITE
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PARENT ACCESS TO GRADES ONLINE
We continue to have the process that allows parents to access their child's grades and attendance online (Aeries Browser Interface). If you have not signed up and would like to use this service, please contact your student's school office for the step-by-step process. We strongly encourage all parents to take advantage of this opportunity. You can see excactly which assignments have been turned in and each part of their grade (homework, tests, quizzes, projects, etc.).
Another way to access information about your student's classes is to go to our new district website here at: http//:colusa.k12.ca.us (click on your child's school). Many teacher web pages are up and some are under construction. You can email all teachers through this portal.
New Cafeteria Computerized Payment System for School Meals
The Nutrition and Food Service Department recently evaluated many different computerized Point of Sale (POS) systems to increase the level of service and provide accurate school meal accounts. After reviewing several systems, a decision has been made to purchase the NUTRIKIDS® POS System. We are currently preparing to implement this new system in our (district\school) with a launch date of Tuesday, March 3, 2015.
The first few days of implementation may be a bit slower than normal; however, as students familiarize themselves with the system, the lines should move much more quickly.
Every student enrolled in Colusa Unified Schools has been entered into the computerized system. We strongly recommend parents/guardians deposit money into their student’s account via cash, check or by registering with our new online payment center, at www.myschoolbucks.com (the link will be available on the district website, Student Nutrition page). However, the system is quite flexible and students can still pay in cash. We will no longer be linked into or using PayPams as our cafeteria student account payment center. If you are registered with PayPams, you will notice that you no longer have the ability to login to your student’s account(s). We have transferred all student / staff accounts to MySchoolBucks. You will need to register and deposit as desired. We are very excited to inform you that you will now be able to make a deposit to all your student accounts (even if they attend different school sites within our district) in one transaction with one fee of 1.95. It was brought to my attention that parents do not use PayPams due to the high cost of $1.95 per student/ transaction. For this reason and several other upgrades and service related advantages, we have decided the challenge of changing systems could no longer be avoided.
Our Student Nutrition Department is pleased to announce the availability of applying for Free and Reduced Price Meals online! The process is SAFE, SECURE, PRIVATE, and AVAILABLE anytime, anywhere at www.HeartlandApps.com (link will be available on the district website, Student Nutrition page). If your child has qualified for free or reduced meal prices for school 2014-2015, this information is noted in the system, and the meal will be processed just as it is for all other students without any special indication to the students. If you notice any change to your students eligibility (if your child is now being asked to pay and was free or reduced prior to 3/3/15) please immediately contact Terry Weldon at 530-458-7791 (ext. 14115) or Leasa Hill 530-566-6251.
If you are concerned about a food allergy that your son/daughter has, please notify the cafeteria or school nurse with this information.
If for any reason you would like a copy of the transactions for your child’s account, we will be able to give you a print out. Again, any balance remaining on your PayPams account will automatically transfer to MySchoolBucks on Tuesday, March 3rd!
If you have questions, please feel free to call me at my office at 530-566-6251.
Thank you in advance for your patience in implementing this system.
The Governing Board is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in education. District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, or genetic information; the perception of one or more of such characteristics; or association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.