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Leadership elections bring no change on SRCS board

For the second year in a row, the typically routine task of electing school board members to leadership posts was a little less than routine for Sonoma County’s largest school district. The Santa Rosa School Board on Wednesday night honored outgoing president Bill Carle with a heartfelt speech by Vice President Donna Jeye, followed by a gavel presentation.  When Jeye finished, Carle thanked her for her “wonderful, kind words.” “I feel like I died,” he said. The meeting proceeded with… Read More »

Santa Rosa’s concussion testing under way

Sonoma County’s largest school district has started doing baseline concussion testing for its student athletes, Santa Rosa City Schools board president Bill Carle said at Wednesday night’s school board meeting. More than 300 athletes were given the computer-based test last week, he said. The goal remains to test every student athlete, according to Carle. The district’s efforts to create a concussion awareness program had earlier hit a snag when a partnership with Sonoma State University to provide certified athletic trainers… Read More »

SRCS trustees assigned graduation posts

Ceremony assignments are set to be formalized tonight for the string of Santa Rosa City Schools graduation festivities. For those interested, here is the lineup of which trustees will preside over which events. All graduations are on May 31 except for Mesa which is on May 30: Elsie Allen and Midrose, 5 p.m.: Laura Gonzalez. Maria Carrillo, 6:30 p.m.: Frank Pugh Montgomery, 6:30 p.m.: Ron Kristof Piner and Grace: 6 p.m.: Larry Haenel Santa Rosa, 6:30 p.m.: Donna Jeye Mesa, 5:30… Read More »

UPDATED: Santa Rosa School Board campus, committee assignments

UPDATE: A small change to the committee assignments below. Trustee Laura Gonzalez will not serve on the finance committee as previously noted. The change has been made below. ________ The Santa Rosa City School Board has made its new committee and campus liaison assignments. Board President Bill Carle requested board member preferences and past assignments before the following assignments were created, according to the district. Here is a list of who’s what and who’s where: Laura Gonzalez: Elsie Allen and… Read More »

SR School Board splits vote on leadership posts

The Santa Rosa School Board elected its new lineup of office holders at the tail end of Wednesday night’s meeting, but the typically routine votes were split this time around. Trustee Frank Pugh nominated vice president Bill Carle for president, which was followed by a unanimous vote in support. For vice president, Pugh then nominated Donna Jeye, a move that was seconded by outgoing President Larry Haenel. The vote was unanimous. After trustee Ron Kristof nominated current clerk Laura Gonzalez… Read More »

New school board assignments scheduled

A little inside baseball news from the Santa Rosa School Board for anyone interested: new committee and school liaison assignments are being settled for the 2012 calendar year at the board’s regular meeting Wednesday night. The following assignments are proposed: President Larry Haenel: Teacher advisory committee (chair); Green Team Advisory Subcommittee. Vice-president Bill Carle: Finance and special projects advisory subcommittee; subcommittee on career pathways programs and community outreach (alternate); Teacher advisory committee. Liaison for: Elsie Allen High, Midrose, Cook Middle… Read More »

Haenel new president of Santa Rosa School Board

Larry Haenel was elected the new president of the Santa Rosa School Board after the seven member board conducted its annual re-organization vote Wednesday night. Haenel was chosen in a unanimous vote. Veteran trustee Bill Carle was elected vice president and Laura Gonzalez was voted in as clerk. Outgoing board president Frank Pugh was given a mounted gavel – his fifth “thank you for serving as president” plaque. Pugh has been a board member of Sonoma County’s largest school district… Read More »

Online charter school application moving forward, sans name

The Santa Rosa School Board is moving forward with an application to establish an online high school to open next fall. On Wednesday night, school board members got an update on the application and were asked to decide whether the school should adopt a name before the official application is submitted to Sacramento. The consensus was no – the process needs more time and public input and not having a name isn’t expected to damage the plan’s chances for approval… Read More »

New committee assignments in SRCS

Interested in the inner workings of the Santa Rosa City School Board? Look no further. Here are the new committee assignments for board members: Facilities Advisory Committee: Chair: Laura Gonzalez. Members: Donna Jeye, Frank Pugh. Alternate: Tad Wakefield District Finance and Special Projects Advisory Subcommittee: Chair: Bill Carle. Members: Donna Jeye, Laura Gonzalez. Alternate: Frank Pugh. Subcommittee on Career Pathways Programs and Community Outreach: Chair: Donna Jeye. Members: Tad Wakefield, Ron Kristof. Alternate: Laura Gonzalez. Teacher Advisory Committee: Chair: Frank… Read More »

Unusual split vote on routine post picks

An unusual note was struck at the conclusion of Wednesday night’s Santa Rosa school board meeting during the usually routine, end of year board re-organization item. It’s typical to re-assign board members to new posts at the conclusion of the year, what is a little less usual is the split vote that occurred for the vice president pick. After a unanimous vote to make Frank Pugh board president, Trustee Donna Jeye was nominated to be vice president. She seconded the motion… Read More »