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March Board Meeting Highlights

Posted Date: 3/15/24 (5:30 PM)

March Board Meeting Highlights


Photos: Early Childhood Director Dr. Jason Reyes, along with students and guest speakers

Early Childhood Education Report

Early Childhood Director Dr. Jason Reyes, along with students and guest speakers, presented on the Preschool Academy, highlighting the 2024-25 key areas of focus:

  • Academic Achievement: The preschool program actively participates in nationwide and statewide initiatives such as Read for the Record and facilitates book distributions aligned with literacy recognition dates. Additionally, they’ve implemented Project GLAD program-wide, enhancing P-3 alignment, specifically with TK instruction.

  • Safe and Supportive Environments: The academy ensures inclusive environments for all students through inter-district collaboration with the District's special education team. It has also partnered with StartWell to provide essential social-emotional training for staff members.

  • Engaged Community: Through various initiatives, the academy maintains a strong connection with families and the community. These include hosting monthly community nights, welcoming parent volunteers into the classroom, and strengthening the Learning Link Program to engage families.

Preschool Academy is committed to academic excellence, fosters safe and supportive environments, and actively engages with the community to enhance early childhood education.


Photos: Sowers Phase 2 demolition (left), Sowers Phase 2 rendering (right)

Facilities Development Program Update

Studio W Architects presented a facilities development status report to the Board of Trustees reviewing the Sowers Reconstruction Project, Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Building, Bus Storage Facility, and Measure Q financial updates. Highlights included:

  • Sowers construction Phase 2 progress and schedule update 

  • Overall bond expenditures

  • M&O Facility and Bus Yard Facility overview and anticipated project schedule 

Andrew McEachin, Chair of the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, also presented the Annual Report from the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee annual report.

The Week of the Young Child Resolution
The Board approved the resolution to designate April 6 - 12, 2024, as the "Week of the Young Child. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) resolution honors young children, their educators, and their families. 

Second Interim 2023-24 All Funds Budget
The Board certified and approved the positive financial status for the Fiscal Year 2023-24. Assistant Superintendent Mrs. Jenny Delgado presented the Second Interim Financial Report, reflecting transactions through January 31, 2024, updated multiyear projections, which indicate the district's trajectory towards Community-Funded status in the 2024-25 fiscal year, and an update on the CSBA Budget Brief. 

Comprehensive School Safety Plans and District Emergency Operations And Safety Blueprint

The Board approved the eight Comprehensive School Safety Plans for each school and the District Emergency Operations and Safety Blueprint.

The Comprehensive School Safety Plans aim to prevent and address incidents of crime and violence on campuses. Plans include assessing school crime, disaster procedures, safety training, and hate crime reporting. Plans are developed with input from school site councils, safety planning committees, and local law enforcement. The District Emergency Operations and Safety Blueprint outlines all district schools' safety features, procedures, and accountability measures. Copies are available for in-person review at schools and the district office.

Collective Bargaining Agreements Between The Huntington Beach City School District, The Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Association, and The California School Employees Association Ch. 316, and Management/Confidential Employee Proposal
The Board approved the collective bargaining agreements between the District and the respective associations for the 2023-24 school year.

Huntington Beach Elementary Teachers Association (HBETA): The agreement includes a 2.5% salary increase starting Fiscal Year 2023-24. Amendments have been made to various articles and memoranda of understanding (MOUs) concerning the agreement's terms, salary, leaves, and special education. 

California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 316: This agreement also entails a 2.5% salary increase effective July 1, 2023. Articles on leaves, salary, and MOUs on additional hours and guaranteed bus driver hours have been amended.

Compensation Proposal for Management and Confidential Employees: In alignment with agreements with HBETA and CSEA, a 2.5% salary increase is proposed for management and confidential employees, including the Superintendent and Cabinet, effective July 1, 2023.

Superintendent Dr. Winston's Message

School Calendar

I'm pleased to announce the finalized school year calendars for 2024-2025 and 2025-2026. Our Calendar Subcommittee, comprising members from HBETA and District administrators, has diligently crafted these calendars to meet mandated instructional and contract days while recognizing the Juneteenth holiday on June 19th.

Please take note of these important dates as you plan ahead.

2024-25 School Year Calendar

First day of school: Tuesday, September 3, 2024.

Last day of school: June 18, 2025.

2025-26 School Year Calendar

First day of school: Tuesday, September 2, 2025.

Last day of school: June 17, 2026.

Thank you for your support and dedication to the success of our students.

Save the Dates
  • April 1-5, 2024 - Spring Recess (Schools Closed)
  • April 16, 2024 - Board Meeting
  • April 17-18, 2024 - HBCSD Choral Festival
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