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May 25, 2010 > Sunol Glen Unified School District Board meeting review

Sunol Glen Unified School District Board meeting review

By Alyson Whitaker

Sunol Glen Unified School District is a single-school district, located in Sunol serving students in grades K-8. The school, with just over 250 students, is located between Fremont and Pleasanton along the I-680 corridor. Approximately 80 percent of the student body is made up of inter-district transfers from neighboring districts. The remaining students reside in Sunol.

The School Board is comprised of a three-person panel, currently Neil Davies, Guin Van Dyke, and Graham Barnes. Principal Molleen Barnes also serves as District Superintendent.

The follow is a recap of the May 17 School Board meeting:

The Sunol Glen Community Club (Sunol's Parent/Teacher organization) is currently holding a Spring Pledge Drive in an effort to raise enough funds to support the Art and Music programs at Sunol Glen. All students currently have a weekly art class and weekly music class. All fifth grade students participate in Beginning Band, and Advanced Band and Art are two of the elective courses offered to middle school students. Because of state budget cuts, these two valuable programs are at risk of being eliminated from the curriculum. To date, the Spring Pledge Drive has raised more than $67,000.

Donations have come from families with children at the school, as well as members of the community who value the well-rounded education Sunol Glen has always strived to offer its students. Funds raised will allow the Community Club to help support the Art & Music programs for the 2010/2011 school year, as well as the 2011/2012 school year.

The proper procedure for filing a formal complaint was reviewed, and Davies stressed the importance of following this procedure to resolve issues or concerns within the district.

Board member Graham Barnes has submitted his resignation to the Alameda County Department of Education due to employment relocation. His resignation is effective June 15, 2010. With the vacancy occurring mid-year, the Board will fill this spot by appointment, rather than election. Three community members have submitted applications. The Board will review the applications, and an appointment will be announced at the next meeting, scheduled for June 7.

Currently, the board is researching the possibility of spacing out elections. Two of the three seats will be up for re-election in November, including the space filled by Barnes' replacement. Davies has been in contact with the Alameda County Office of Education, as well as the Registrar of Voters to determine the possibility of changing the election rotation to just one seat per year, rather than two seats in one year and one the following.

This additional election could possibly create an added expense to the voters in town, unless it is combined with other ballot issues. The Board will review its options at the next Board meeting, giving community members an opportunity to provide input.

Board meetings are usually held on the third Tuesday of the month in the Sunol Glen School library, 11601 Main Street. However, the next meeting will be Monday, June 7 at 6 p.m. The main purpose of this meeting will be the appointment of a new Board member.

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