NEXT MEETING: September 21, 2018

Leadership Skills Development

Join Richmond local Kit Pappenheimer, an experienced leadership coach. Kit has created Leadership in Motion, an innovative approach to Leadership Skill Development.

This session will be engaging and energizing as we listen to one another, move together and connect. See you then.

MEETING OF September 14, 2018

Welcome

President Jerry Feagley called the meeting to order in our new alternate venue, a conference room at Hilltop Mall. Herb gave the invocation. Filling in for Syd—what a thankless task—Tamara offered a thought-for-the-day that spotlighted the value of investing in education. Given today’s line-up of speakers and guests, the thought was well-chosen.

Announcements

Alan Baer asked that we mark our calendars for the District Assembly taking place in Fairfield on October 20th, between 8:30 AM and 1:30 PM. We’ll be recognizing our 100-year anniversary, and all are welcome to attend. More details will follow.

Recognitions

Happy and Sad Dollars

Norm’s Nonsense

PROGRAM

A report on the West County Unifed School District

WCCUSD is on a path that will lead to increased success. Many new programs for schools have led to a visible improvement in grades and student participation. Mr. Duffy acknowledged that it is with the help of the community, organizations and individuals that the school district is experiencing the more favorable WCCUSD statistics.

Mr. Duffy’s goals of improving teacher and employee compensation, strengthening early literacy and supporting English learners have been effective.

The Superintendent highlighted several initiatives that are bringing positive changes to the District. They include the expanding the K-8 model to three additional schools, raising the number of language immersion program seats, implementing math and writing projects at various schools, and increasing the focus on the lowest performing schools through the Kennedy Family Initiative.

Partnerships have made a big difference. Among the most important partners are Chevron, which is supporting the very popular FAB LAB; Contra Costa College; the PTA. The District is continually looking for partnerships to help drive ongoing success at WCCUSD schools.

Principals from three area high schools spoke briefly about their schools’ accomplishments and their vision for the future. THey were Summerlyn Sigler, from DeAnza High School; Felicia Phillips, from Kennedy; and Jose De Leon, from DeAnza. Their enthusiasm was infectious.


Tamara Shiloh, Rotating Scribe