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Board of Ed to Focus on Deasy Performance Targets, Special Education at Thur. Meeting:

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School Distrct Board of Education is scheduled to discuss the charges of its District Advisory Committees, District staff’s response to the Special Education Strategic Plan, and an evaluation of Superintendent John Deasy’s “performance targets,” among other items at its Thursday, September 22 meeting.

The Board’s evaluation of Superintendent Deasy’s performance targets takes into consideration the three targeted areas that the Board asked Deasy to focus on during the last school year: Special Education, including implementation of the Special Education Strategic Plan; improvement of teaching and learning at John Adams Middle School; and development of intervention programs, and plans for additional options for youth grades 6-12.

The agenda states that the Board’s evaluation found Deasy to have “completely achieved” the John Adams target, “substantially achieved” the Special Education target, and not achieved the intervention program target, as it has been deferred. As a result, Deasy is in line to receive a pay bonus equal to 5 percent of his annual salary (out of a possible maximum of 10 percent.)

Board members and the community will hear, for the second time, a District staff response to the Special Education Strategic Plan presented to the Board of Education at its request by a committee made up of parents, faculty and school staff in May of 2004. An earlier staff response to the 88-page document was made by former Assistant Superintendent Linda Kaminski in August of 2004.

Also on the agenda for discussion is the list of “charges” for the various District Advisory Committees (DACs) for the 2005-2006 school year, as well as the policies and procedures surrounding DACs. Nine DACs – including Fine Arts, Technology, Sports, Special Education, Differentiated Learning, Bilingual and more – advise the Board of Education on issues pertaining to their particular area of focus, as well as keeping the Board informed on the concerns and wishes of community members.

The proposed guidelines for the charges of each DAC for the 2005-2006 school year have been submitted by its District staff liaison – in most, but not all, cases in conjunction with the DAC Chair – and will be on the table for discussion at the meeting. Additionally, recruitment to fill open DAC spots will be covered.

Also on the agenda for the meeting is an update of the District’s Facilities Master Plan process, and a presentation of the 2005 California standards test scores, high school exit exam (CHASEE) test scores, adequate yearly progress (AYP), and academic performance index (API) scores.The SMMUSD Board of Education meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, at the District offices, 1651 16th Street. The public portion of the meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (310) 450-8338.

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