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Coronado Unified School District Is Hard At Work For 2015-16

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Posted: Friday, September 4, 2015 8:13 am

Last week the Coronado Unified School District announced the positive news regarding their new five-year Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grant in the amount of $1.25 million. The grant is the third received from DoDEA and when the current grant is completed in 2020, the three grants will have spanned 11 years and total $4.1 million. The new grant is entitled Math, Mindset and Mastery and will focus on students who are below proficient in mathematics.

The first CUSD board meeting of the new school year brought changes to the composition of the board as Kristina Wagner Cook attended her first session as the replacement for Ledyard Hakes, whose resignation from the Board was effective June 30, 2015. Cook will complete Hakes’ term in office and the position will be up for election in November 2016. Also new to the CUSD Board is Coronado High School Associated Student Body President Cheyne Ostrander, who serves as the student representative on the Board.

If you were under the impression that the school district takes the summer off, nothing could be further from the truth. According to the Business Services Report presented by CUSD Associate Superintendent Dr. Keith Butler, the demolition of the old pool deck at the Brian Bent Memorial Aquatics Center has been completed and the facility is expected to re-open November 1, 2015. Another major project, the network wiring upgrade at Silver Strand Elementary School has been completed, which will improve the capacity for technology at the school.

Butler acknowledged the hard work turned in by Mike Mathis saying, “Special kudos to Mike who did some really great work in keeping our custodial projects going forward. He worked long and hard over the summer. We’re doing everything we can to get the buildings up and running.”

Butler continued to say the district was experiencing some issues with the accounting software which connects CUSD with the County Office of Education. “There are some challenges from the county office side,” Butler explained. “We don’t have the books closed from the county office and they are five days overdue. We hope to have the audited actuals (financial statements) by our Sept. 10 meeting, but they are more likely to be ready (at a special Board session) Sept. 17. We’re doing the best we can with the county.”

At the meeting, Superintendent Dr. Jeff Felix discussed the district’s efforts to maximize enrollment within the district. “We were very successful with the Board’s new policy regarding Inter-District Transfers (IDTs),” Felix said. “We did that in May rather than in August. We want to fill our classes and classrooms to meet our estimates. The number will change, so we need to sit, wait and watch until 30 days in to have a very good understanding of where we will be.”

The district has provided a running daily tally of student enrollment on the district’s website, which can be found at Through and including Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, the district’s total enrollment is 3,168 for the 2015-16 school year, up from 3,096 one year ago. The district’s net gain of 72 students, if the enrollment numbers hold, would mean approximately $448,000 in additional income to the district in Average Daily Attendance (ADA) funding from the state of California for the 2015-16 school year.

A registration breakdown by school includes: Silver Strand Elementary School’s enrollment stands at 317; Village Elementary has a total of 854 students; Coronado Middle School has 747 students enrolled; and the biggest increase in students is at Coronado High School which added 35 students to reach an enrollment of 1,231.

In other Board actions:

• The Board voted 4-0 to name Trustee Lou Smith as the clerk of the board. Trustee Lee Pontes was not in attendance and Smith abstained from voting.

• By the same 4-0 vote, the Board designated President Dawn Ovrom to represent the school district on the Coronado Financing Authority Board, which works with the city on matters relating to the dissolution of the Community Development Agency, which impact both entities.

• Felix commended the work of Human Resources Director Rita Beyers and announced that 20-year district veteran and Human Resources Technician Luan Taylor has decided to retire.

• Regular Board Meeting dates for the balance of the calendar year include: Thursday, Sept. 10; Thursday, Oct. 15; Thursday, Nov. 19 and Thursday, Dec. 10 which is the district’s annual organizational meeting. During their last meeting the Board discussed tentative dates for special sessions on specific topics, one of which will be held Sept. 17.

Regular CUSD Board meetings begin at 4 p.m. and are held at the District Office located at 201 Sixth Street in Coronado.

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