The letter requests that the California Department of Public Health provide guidance on how to reduce the risk of contracting measles.
The templeton school board members approved a letter to the California Department of Public Health. The letter is asking for help in reducing the amount of lead in the water at Templeton’s schools.
The Templeton Heritage Tree Foundation aims to preserve Templeton’s heritage by replanting Heritage Oaks that have died.
TEMPLETON — On Thursday, Aug. 26, at 6:15 p.m., the Templeton Unified School District had its regularly scheduled meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Trustee Nelson Yamagata, who was absent due to the recent fires in California. Before moving to approve the order of business, Yamagata spoke a few words in appreciation of his service and best wishes for his safe return.
The Board proceeded to item 6.0, acceptance of two contributions for the Templeton High School football team, the Central Coast Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Friedle family, parents of former Templeton players, since there were no reports in private session.
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The Templeton Heritage Tree Foundation gave a presentation as item 7.1. The group is a 501(c)(3) that aims to preserve Templeton’s past by planting new trees in places where historic trees have been destroyed over time. They chose locations based on beauty, shade, and the fact that oaks attract rainwater to themselves, allowing more rain to fall.
Following the presentation, the Board decided to bring the issue back for a vote at a future open session meeting.
The public comment period began, and responses included requests from parents for improved procedures for children who must be quarantined due to exposure, as well as teachers’ requests for a 2.2 percent increase instead of the state’s 5 percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA).
The first days of school for elementary, middle, and high schools were featured in the Student Board Member report. Following the report, Connie Madera Voos, a parent of a Templeton High School junior, posted an update expressing her disappointment with the last-minute cancellation of the AP History class, claiming that the equivalent Cuesta class was already full at the time, leaving her child with no way to pursue the advanced curriculum she desired.
Trustee Yamagata requested that this issue be handled since it is essential, however it could not be done at that time because it was not on the agenda.
Yamagata next updated the committee on school districts, stating that many districts were switching from at-large elections for positions, including as school boards, to bi-area elections to guarantee that particular regions were still represented. The San Luis Obispo Coastal District is now heading toward bi-area, and Paso Robles will be voting on the issue shortly. He went on to say that although public feedback was sought on these issues, it was critical for parents and community people with views to attend the appropriate meetings, since input would no longer be accepted once the project is in its final phases.
Item 9.3 was the governance manual, which was considered to be in excellent shape and that the Board was content to leave it alone.
Superintendent Aaron Asplund delivered the Superintendent Report. He talked about new student orientations and how important it is to make new students feel welcomed by the institutions, and it went well. Overall, the first days of school went well, and he expressed gratitude to the school personnel for their efforts. He mentioned how the kids were accepting of the changes and expressed his gratitude for their openness. Finally, he spoke about the quarantines that had to be placed on both staff and students who had been exposed, and how these procedures are taxing on the staff, but that the health staff is actively involved in ensuring that they operate properly and that the staff is managing them as best they can.
Yamagata pulled item 12.2 from the consent agenda to clarify the remark, saying that all trustees approved the writing of a letter, not the letter itself. Item 12.2 was also passed after the explanation.
Andy Burnett presented Item 13.1 from the Athletic Handbook, which says that in order to engage in sports on campus, independent studies students must complete four core curriculum courses (math, english, social sciences, and science) as well as one additional class. He discussed the benefits and drawbacks of keeping the thing as it is. One of the benefits was having access to student-athletes on campus, both by staff and for other students to look up to; however, a disadvantage was that all students in the district deserve equal opportunity, and while a student may find Independent study to be beneficial, they also want the opportunity to participate in sports.
The motion to provide an exemption for independent studies students was made, but it died without a second, and the Board proceeded on to the following topic.
The letter to the California Department of Public Health was the next item on the agenda. Nelson Yamagagta was against the letter, stating that while things were difficult, he believed the Department was doing its best to implement safe procedures for all of California without overstepping, but that if the Board voted to approve the letter, he would sign it as well, because whatever they decide, they decide together.
Trustee Nimick moved to approve the letter, which was supported by Trustee Dubost. The motion passed with just Trustee Yamagata voting against it. A motion was amended to enable the student trustee to sign her name to the letter as well, if she so desired.
The School Opening and Safety Plan was authorized after the school board addressed their communication procedure for any children who had been exposed to COVID, explaining that district-wide notifications would not be issued, but that contact tracing and informing individuals who had been exposed would continue.
The budget evaluation was item 14.1 on the agenda. The budget is still in flux at this time, and more information will be available at the next meeting, but things are looking up, with improvements on both sides of the ledger. The motion was carried out.
The meeting was adjourned when 15.1 was completed, which was the first reading of the Board policies, which was received and filed.
The next Templeton Unified School District meeting is scheduled for Sept. 9 at 6:15 p.m., and the agenda will be posted on the school website as soon as it is available: tusd-ca.schoolloop.com/pf4/cms2/view page?d=x&group id=1608020383599&vdid=i19b2vanxx1ox
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The templeton school fees is a letter that was sent to the California Department of Public Health. It outlines the Templeton School District’s plans for implementing changes in their tuition and fees structure.
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