BRAWLEY â€“ The Brawley Elementary School Board honored students of the month, held public hearings on upcoming staff contracts, and approved Common Core funding implementation Tuesday night at the district meeting.
Seventh grade students of the month honored were Hannah Noel and Casey Kline.
Hannah, with a 3.7 g.p.a., loves her hands-on science experiments, plans on attending BUHS, and desires a career in fashion design.
Casey, 12 years old with a 3.86 g.p.a., loves sports and plays baseball, basketball and football. He likes his applied mathematics class especially building mousetrap cars and robotics. His first career choice is to play pro football, with engineering his fallback position. He plans on obtaining straight Aâ€™s at BUHS so he can attend either Stanford or Notre Dame.
Trustee Janet Sandoval said the School Configuration and Realignment Committee has one more meeting before announcing their recommendations. That meeting will be Wednesday, November 20th, at 6:00 p.m. at the Learning Center.
The board approved expenditures of $761,000 to implement the Common Core State Standards which will be spent on teacher training, 178 computers and/or equipment for the 5 school sites, and five sets of Dell mobile computers and carts for all five sites.
The State of California allotted these funds to school districts so they could make the necessary purchases and training for transforming the teaching and testing mandated by Common Core changes.
Discussion concerning Superintendent Ron Garciaâ€™s request to change the Personnel Report to show only new hires and dismissals and not personnel overtime was contested by the Union representatives. They desired to know which employees were getting extra hours,.
Garcia remarked that adding staffâ€™s overtime was time consuming and with the extra training for Common Core would keep the list long and work extensive. Trustee Yvonne Burns agreed.Â Burns said, â€œI donâ€™t need to know that 50 people are doing all this work, but I do want to know new hires and resignations. I support his (Garciaâ€™s) recommendation, especially if it saves staff work.â€
Since it was a discussion item, no action was taken.