• Monthly Board Update

  • March 2021 Board Update

    Posted by Jann-Michael Greenburg on 3/31/2021

    Dear SUSD Families and Staff:

    I hope you are having a great week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. March has been a busy month for our District, and I am continually impressed by our students, staff, and families for all they have done to make this year a success.

    Looking Back

    In March, our board and administration took various actions to support our students and staff, including, but not limited to:

    • Approving the administration’s recommendation to provide a full-day, in-person learning option to all students. The Board reviewed survey results and the CDC’s school re-opening guidelines, as well as consulted the MCDPH’s Director for Disease Control, making for a thorough and robust conversation on this question.                                                                                                        
    • Issuing contracts to staff for the 2021/22 academic year. The Board reviewed staff salaries and agreed to provide a 2.0% raise to teachers and classified staff, a 1.5% raise to principals and other site administrators, and a 1.0% raise for other administration personnel. The Board also approved a signing payment worth up to $1,000 for each full-time staff member in order to retain our talented employees after a very difficult year. Special thanks are owed to the Finance and Facilities Committee for its work on salaries and benefits.                                                                                                                                                                                
    • Finalizing the construction contract with McCarthy Building Companies for construction services at Kiva Elementary School. This school rebuild project will give current and future Kiva students an excellent environment in which to learn, make friends, and grow.

    While the Board – like so many in our community – remains focused on the safety of all staff and students, SUSD continues to follow mitigation strategies outlined by the MCDPH and CDC. Known COVID cases at our schools remain low, making in-person learning a success so far. I want to personally thank our teachers and staff for their hard work and sacrifice in making this both possible and a success. Our community owes you all a debt of gratitude.

    Moving Forward

    In April, the Board will consider adopting new curricula for ELA, AP Psychology, and IB Theory of Knowledge, updating District policies (for example, Policy JICK, concerning bullying on our campuses), extending the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), and approving changes to health insurance and benefits plans.

     

    Yours very truly,

    Jann-Michael Greenburg

    President | SUSD Governing Board

     

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  • February 2021 Board Update

    Posted by Jann-Michael Greenburg on 2/25/2021

    Dear SUSD Families and Staff:

    I hope you had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend as much as I am. Open communication in a district as large and diverse as ours is extremely important to building a thriving organization. To improve communications between the school board and our community and staff, I am starting a tradition of providing recaps of the Board’s work at the end of each month. I hope this is a tradition that is continued and perfected by future Board presidents.

    Looking Back

    Over the past two months, our board and administration have undertaken exciting initiatives important to the district’s long-term success. This includes:

    • Holding our first Strategic Planning Design Team meeting to help guide our strategic planning process. Applications to join the committee were open to all staff and community members, with individuals chosen from all five learning communities. Our shared goal is to turn SUSD into an internationally recognized, high-performing district;    
    • Entering into an agreement with Scottsdale’s City Auditor to conduct internal audits for SUSD, beginning with the Hohokam campus rebuild. What we learn will improve our remaining rebuild projects and lead to cost savings. More generally, internal audits of SUSD projects and operations will increase funds available for our classrooms and improve district transparency, accountability, and efficiency; and                                                                              
    • Developing a Marketing and Communications Committee. Despite being a top district in Arizona, SUSD has experienced a decade of declining enrollment that we will reverse. By showcasing our amazing programs, students, and staff, we are confident we can rebuild enrollment at SUSD.     

    We have also held important discussions on students’ learning gaps and ensuring no child is left behind as a consequence of the pandemic, providing a much-deserved raise to our teachers, hourly staff, and principals, and selling the final $62 million in community-approved bonds.

    Moving Forward

    On March 2, the Board will review the final recommendations from our administration concerning a return to full, in-person learning. The Board will also hear from our newly formed Finance and Facilities Committee on its recommendations concerning staff salaries and benefits.

                                                                           

    Yours very truly,

    Jann-Michael Greenburg

    President | SUSD Governing Board

     

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    For more on the SUSD Governing Board, visit www.susd.org/Board.

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