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December 2, 2021

MHUSD board to hold Aug. 7 meeting

The Morgan Hill Unified School District’s Board of Trustees will convene for an Aug. 7 meeting, more than a month after their previous meeting, to an abbreviated agenda that includes only three general business items.
Those items are:
• A district request for board approval of the 45-day budget revision for the 2018-19 school year.
• Board organization with Trustee Mary Patterson taking over as board president for Tom Arnett, who resigned in June; possible nominations for new Vice President to fill Patterson’s board role; and replacements for Arnett’s committee seats.
• A discussion on “concerns about the length of board meetings specific to the time allowed for presentations to the board,” according to the agenda.
Arrivals and departures
Forty-seven new teachers will start work Aug. 13 for Morgan Hill Unified School District, according to the personnel order on the Aug. 7 agenda.
There were also seven teacher resignations, three end of contracts and a contract abandonment.
At the district office, in the Educational Services department, special education director Jenna Mittleman, who just took over the position in July 2017 after leaving as principal of Los Paseos Elementary School, and Vincent Guiterrez, the coordinator of equity programs, resigned as of June 30. Michael Vogel was hired July 1 as Mittleman’s replacement and Victoria Sorensen was hired July 1 as Guiterrez’s replacement.
Kelly Schriefer was hired July 1 as the new executive secretary to the superintendent, taking over for predecessor Jayne Giangreco, who is now the executive secretary for special education.
There were also a total of 19 classified appointments on the Aug. 7 personnel order.
Consent items
Items listed under consent are considered routine and the board groups the items in one single vote unless otherwise requested by a member of the board.
Consent items include:
• Family Engagement Plan: The plan includes goals, objectives and actions that educators, administrators, families and community members can take to strengthen the connection between home and school, according to the staff report. The district will develop a Family Engagement Committee and conduct focus group sessions with specific family populations to seek feedback regarding effective services and support for students and families, the report states.
• $138,000 agreement with South County Cal-SOAP, which “will provide direct services to Morgan Hill Unified School District including parent workshops, tutoring, advising, college tours, and professional development for Cal-SOAP staff and site representatives.”

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