Report Card

News and discussion on K-12 schools in the greater Sacramento region

February 28, 2013
New assignment means saying goodbye to the education beat

Today is my final day covering education for The Sacramento Bee. On Monday, I will move to the Capitol Bureau to cover the state Assembly.

While I am looking forward to this new opportunity, leaving the education beat will be difficult. I have enjoyed meeting hundreds of dedicated teachers, students, administrators and parents over the past four years.

Thank you for sharing your stories and thank you for reading.

February 28, 2013
Wanted: 100 teens to learn dangers of distracted driving

The Elk Grove Police Department is looking for 100 teen drivers.

Twenty students a day - March 25-29 - will use a smart phone to text or talk, apply makeup, eat or reach for items in the car while driving on a closed driving course, according to police officials.

A driving instructor will ride along with students to ensure their safety, said department officials.

February 27, 2013
Galt police to take teachers to firing range for gun safety course

galt.JPGTeachers and school staff in the Galt Joint Union Elementary School District will be offered training in how to handle and fire a gun through a partnership with the Galt Police Department.

District trustees voted 5-0 Wednesday night to offer a gun awareness and safety course, which includes a trip to the Galt Police Department's firing range and help identifying the capabilities of different weapons.

"I'm all for it," said Myla Frantson, the president of the district's classified union. "Educating people is important. If you know what you are up against, you know what your alternatives are."

For more on this story, read The Sacramento Bee on Thursday.

(Photo: Galt Police Chief William Bowen tells school trustees about the safety course proposal on Wednesday night.)

February 27, 2013
James Rutter to open community resource center

Parents, students and staff at James Rutter Middle School, 7350 Palmer House Drive in Sacramento, will celebrate the opening of its College, Career and Community Resource Center at 8:15 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.

School district officials and representatives form UC Davis and the University of Pacific in Stockton also will be in attendance.

"The College, Career and Community Resource Center will play a large role in helping our students determine the right path to reach their educational and professional goals,"
said Principal Yuri Penermon in a prepared statement.

Students can use computers in the center to help them plan their educational future, as well as college prep programs. The center also will be stocked with brochures and fliers from colleges, universities, career programs and community agencies.

The center will host workshops, guest speakers and field trips, according to Elk Grove Unified School District officials. It will be staffed by a community liaison during school hours.

February 27, 2013
Sacramento Council PTA seeks prom gear for donation closet

prom.JPGThe Sacramento Council PTA is seeking donations of gently used men's and women's formal wear that can be worn at prom by high school students in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Donation items, such as gowns, suits and accessories, are tax-deductible. This is the second Cinderella's Closet for the Sacramento Council PTA and first time offering a Prince Charming's Closet.

Those interested in donating items can drop off them off at the Serna Center Parent Resource Center, 5735 47th Avenue, Suite 236. To send a monetary donation, visit saccouncilpta.com.

February 25, 2013
Senator Huff proposes pushing back teacher layoff deadlines

layoff2.JPGSenate Republican leader Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, introduced a bill that would push back deadlines for sending layoff notices to California teachers. Huff said in a media release Monday that moving the March 15th deadline for preliminary notices and May 15 deadline for final notices would save school districts millions.

School districts typically overestimate how many layoff notices they need to send since they don't have a finalized budget in place by March 15. Teachers who receive pink slips are entitled to a hearing to ensure their seniority and credentials were correctly assessed. Those all day hearings mean districts must bring in substitute teachers.

In most cases, layoff notices are then rescinded.

February 21, 2013
For latest on Sac City school closures, check here

closure3.jpegUpdate 12:38 a.m.: Trustees in the Sacramento City Unified School District voted 4-3 to close seven schools at the end of this school year after a lengthy school board meeting Thursday night.

The schools that will be closed are Washington, Maple, Collis P. Huntington, Fruit Ridge, Joseph Bonnheim, Mark Hopkins and Clayton B. Wire. Trustees Jeff Cuneo, Patrick Kennedy, Jay Hansen and Darrel Woo voted in favor of the closures, while Gustavo Arroyo, Diana Rodriguez and Christina Pritchett voted against.

Board members were scheduled to vote on the closure of 10 elementary schools on Thursday, but three were pulled from the list at the start of the meeting. Superintendent Jonathan Raymond said concerns raised about the closure of Susan B. Anthony, Bret Harte and James Marshall warranted a second look.

Raymond said enrollment at Susan B. Anthony and Bret Harte will be affected by residential developments planned near the schools. The superintendent said he heard objections from some James Marshall parents whose children would have been zoned for A.M. Winn, which is transitioning to a Waldorf-inspired school.

The board is scheduled to vote on whether to close Tahoe Elementary or Mark Twain Elementary at a March 7 meeting.

"School closures are a part of what needs to happen in our district," School board president Jeff Cuneo said. "The fact is we have not enough kids for our schools at this time."

Update 11:55 p.m.: Trustee Jay Hansen, who may end up being the swing vote tonight, said there are long term gains to be had by closing schools, which may be hard for those experiencing the short term pain to see.

Hansen took a defensive tone with his comments, saying he's been surprised by the hateful emails he has received and felt some speakers tonight were disrespectful.

Hansen was appointed to the board in December to fill the vacated seat of Ellyn Bell. As part of his appointment interview, Trustee Darrel Woo asked Hansen what his thoughts were on school closures.

Hansen said they should be a last priority and should come after an open and transparent process.

Update 11:10 p.m.: In my story today, I wrote that sources told me that newly appointed board member Jay Hansen would be the swing vote for closures tonight.

Here's how that is playing out right now. Board members Darrel Woo, Jeff Cuneo and Patrick Kennedy have each spoken in support of doing the fiscally responsible thing by closing schools.

Board members Christina Pritchett, Gustavo Arroyo and Diana Rodriguez have each expressed grave concern with the closure process and the disproportionate effect on low-income and minorities communities in south Sacramento.

What about Hansen? He hasn't spoken yet.

Update 10 p.m.: Public comment continues 3 1/2 hours after the Sacramento City Unified board meeting began. There are about 10 speakers remaining before trustees will begin to discuss and vote on the school closures.

Update 9 p.m.: Several speakers have called the district's recommendation to remove three schools from the list of 11 slated for closure as "dividing and conquering."

A long list of speakers remain. Board won't begin discussing the closures until after public comment ends. In the meantime, check out the photo gallery by Bee Photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr. by clicking HERE.

Update 8 p.m.: Public comment has begun at the Sacramento City Unified School District school board meeting, where more than 100 people have submitted speaker cards to address the board regarding the school closures. Each speaker is given two minutes. Just a dozen speakers in, many have gone over their two minute allotment.

So far, Superintendent Jonathan Raymond has pulled three schools from the closure list - Susan B. Anthony, Bret Harte and James Marshall elementary schools. Raymond said enrollment at Susan B. Anthony and Bret Harte will be impacted in the future by residential developments planned near the schools. The superintendent said there were reasonable objections from James Marshall parents whose children would have been zoned for A.M. Winn, which is transitioning to a Waldorf-inspired school.

Update 7:30 p.m. - Superintendent Jonathan Raymond said he is now recommending pulling James Marshall, Bret Harte and Susan B. Anthony elementary schools from the closure list.

Update 6:30 p.m. - The board room is packed, as was expected. As I drove up at 6 p.m., there were a few dozen people outside with signs protesting the proposed closures.

Former Sacramento City Unified board president Roy Grimes is here. Grimes said he had no comment on the current school closure proposal, but instead is here to urge trustees to engage the community moving forward.

Sacramento City Councilwoman Bonnie Pannell said she is here to offer support of community members.

"Parents are so upset," Pannell said. "They aren't sure about the process and neither am I."

Board President Jeff Cuneo just announced the beginning of the meeting. Check back.

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Tonight's Sacramento City Unified School District school board meeting begins at 6:30. Check The Report Card for the latest news on the district's proposal to close 10 elementary schools at the end of this school year.

I will also be tweeting from the meeting, which you can read below or find me on Twitter @MelodyGutierrez. If you're reading this on your smartphone, follow me here.

I will be checking for reader questions on this blog, so feel free to post.

February 20, 2013
Steinberg urges Sac City trustees to support school closures

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, issued a statement today supporting a recommendation by Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jonathan Raymond calling for 11 under-enrolled elementary schools to be closed at the end of this school year.

Trustees will vote Thursday night on whether to close 10 elementary schools. A vote on whether to close Tahoe Elementary or Mark Twain Elementary is scheduled for March 7.

Here is Steinberg's statement:

"Closing a neighborhood school can be heartbreaking for students, parents and educators. I know Superintendent Raymond is making this recommendation with a heavy heart. I also know the pain of being forced to make drastic cuts that affect real lives when you're faced with budget deficits and a struggling economy.

February 19, 2013
Sac City Unified teachers union opposes school closures

schoolclosure2.jpgTwo days before trustees in Sacramento City Unified vote on whether to close 11 elementary schools, the district's teachers union came out today against the proposal.

The Sacramento City Teachers Association has for years called on school board members to close under-enrolled schools to address declining enrollment. However, the union said in a media release today that the district's current proposal is flawed and lacked stakeholder input.

SCTA said the current proposal was "brought forth unilaterally by the district."

Below is the media release from SCTA.

Sacramento City Teachers Association (SCTA) Representative Council Opposes the District Plan to Close 11 Schools, Calls the District's plan 'Unacceptable,' Calls for More Inclusive Process to Start Immediately.

SCTA Representative Council, representing 2700 teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses and psychologists, voted not to endorse the school closure plan brought forth unilaterally by the District.

SCTA will wholeheartedly support closures as a sound financial decision, one for which we have been advocating for several years without success. But we are adamant that the painful process of selecting sites for closure must be a well-conceived, democratic process involving all stakeholders.

The list of schools slated for closure is not, as Board President Cuneo would have us believe, based on a strict "percentage of enrollment to capacity" basis. The Superintendent's priority schools were skipped en masse, despite low enrollment numbers. Schools with greater space utilization were placed on the list and others with lower capacity utilization were not. Middle schools and high schools were not considered, despite some schools serving as few as 200 students. Parents and employees who are a part of these communities were not even consulted in the choice of the schools that were selected to close.

SCTA proposes to immediately invite representatives of the District, and those groups affected by school closures, to convene and work to select sites based on a thoughtful, collective decision. As it's only February, this important process can be easily accomplished together before the end of the School Year.

The Sacramento City Teachers Association has advocated for working collaboratively to consolidate and close schools for several years. "When you work together to come up with a solution that helps our district manage the taxpayers' money responsibly and come up with outcomes that burden children and parents the least...that's real progress," says Scott Smith, SCTA president.

February 19, 2013
Reporter's notebook: Khan Academy is a flipped classroom pioneer

This morning the phone has been ringing. I failed to mention the Khan Academy in my front-page story on flipping the classroom, said the callers.

If you didn't read the story, when classrooms are flipped students do homework and work with teachers during the day after watching the lesson the night before on video.

I did mention the non-profit Khan Academy in my first draft of the story, but it didn't quite make it to the final version because of space restrictions.

So here it is: The Khan Academy is well-know for making online education videos available free online. The videos are often used by teachers who flip their classes. The videos also are used to supplement classroom materials and some teachers, like Tyler Johnstone - featured in my story - offer extra credit to students who view the videos at home.

The nonprofit, which operates on donations and grants, has been lauded as one of the pioneers of the flipped classroom and has helped to make the teaching method possible for many schools.

February 18, 2013
PS7 Elementary students win national video contest

KDJC Winners[1].jpgFour fifth-grade students at PS7 Elementary School in Sacramento were first-place winners of the national "It's Cool 2B Creative Contest."

The contest was sponsored by The Be Kind People Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing teachers and positively impacting students. Students were invited to create a 2.5-minute video of a song, theatrical performance or dance that illustrates how kindness has impacted their lives.

The students' first-place win means PS7 will receive a $250 grant. Every student at the school also will receive a silicone sports watch and other gifts in March, according to the press release.

February 15, 2013
Watchdog agency fines Twin Rivers trustee for illegal loans

Cortez.jpgTwin Rivers school board President Cortez Quinn was fined $14,000 by the Fair Political Practices Commission Friday for illegally accepting $55,000 in personal loans from a district employee in 2010 and 2011 and not reporting them on financial disclosure forms.

At the time Quinn accepted the loans, he was the district director for Assemblyman Roger Dickinson, D-Sacramento, a position that also required annual financial disclosure forms.

Three of the five violations that the state watchdog agency announced Friday against Quinn related to his previous position with Dickinson's office. The remaining two violations stemmed from his position as an elected board member of Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Quinn did not return a call for comment on Friday.

In addition to the loans, Quinn also illegally accepted a gift of $4,000 from the same school district employee, Sherilene Chycoski, according to FPPC documents outlining the circumstances of the case.

The Political Reform Act prohibits elected officers of local government agencies from receiving personal loans of more than $250 from employees and gifts of more than $420.

Chycoski is listed on the Twin Rivers website as the visual and performing arts director. Chycoski filed a paternity suit against Quinn in June 2011.

The Bee first reported in May 2012 that Quinn had accepted illegal loans. Two weeks later, Quinn won a second term as a Twin Rivers trustee and was voted school board president by fellow board members in July.

Dickinson parted ways with Quinn in August for undisclosed reasons, calling it a "personnel matter."

According to documents obtained by The Bee last year, Chycoski loaned Quinn $35,000 on Feb. 24, 2011. Other documents showed bank transfers from Chycoski to an account allegedly belonging to Quinn and cash advances on a credit card in which Quinn allegedly was a secondary cardholder.

Chycoski said in a sworn statement on May 17, 2012, which her attorney provided the school district, that she felt the money was obtained "through fraud and misrepresentation."

The FPPC's $14,000 judgment against Quinn indicates the school board member consulted with an attorney and opted to waive his rights to a probable cause conference and an administrative hearing. Quinn was facing a maximum administrative penalty of $25,000.

Quinn's fine, which will be paid to the state's general fund, is pending FPPC approval at its Feb. 28 meeting.

February 13, 2013
Sacramento City may swap schools on closure list

schoolclosure.JPGThe vote on whether to close Tahoe Elementary in Tahoe Park is being delayed by the Sacramento City Unified School District in order to consider closing Mark Twain Elementary instead.

Parents of children at both schools were being notified today about the possible change, said district spokesman Gabe Ross. Mark Twain is located on 58th Street, about a mile from Tahoe Elementary.

Sacramento City Unified trustees are weighing the closure of 11 under-enrolled elementary schools. The vote on the other 10 schools will continue as planned on Feb. 21.

The decision on whether to close Tahoe or Mark Twain elementary schools will be March 7.

Ross said concerns at a Tahoe Elementary community meeting prompted district officials to reconsider their plan. Currently, Mark Twain students eat lunch at West Campus High School due to the elementary school not having a fully equipped kitchen. Tahoe Elementary parents voiced concerns about that arrangement.

February 13, 2013
Read the report Twin Rivers trustee calls a roadmap for district

Several readers have expressed an interest in reviewing the Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team report commissioned by the Twin Rivers Unified School District. So, here it is.

FCMAT.pdf

The 88-page report found Twin Rivers has too many administrators and too little communication among departments. Twin Rivers trustee John Dexter called the FCMAT report a "roadmap, much like the Grand Jury report."

"It's a good starting point," Dexter said today.

To read my original posting with findings from the report, click HERE.

February 13, 2013
California schools chief comments on State of the Union

The following is a press release sent out by the California Department of Education in response to last night's state of the union:

SACRAMENTO--State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today issued the following statement regarding President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address:

"I welcome President Obama's call for making early learning a national priority.

"We know that there are significant benefits to helping children start school excited and ready to learn--and that those benefits last the rest of their lives.

"Like other parts of the nation, California has struggled to preserve high-quality early education during the Great Recession.

"We look forward to this new opportunity to partner with the Administration to give more children the opportunity to benefit from high-quality early education programs."

February 12, 2013
Twin Rivers district has too many administrators, report finds

Too many administrators and too little communication among departments were central themes in a Fiscal Crisis and Management Assistance Team report commissioned by the Twin Rivers Unified School District.

The FCMAT report is scheduled to be released and discussed at tonight's Twin Rivers school board meeting. In a copy of the report obtained by The Bee, FCMAT notes that Twin Rivers Unified has 622 district office staff for 26,600 students.

FCMAT compared that ratio to three comparable districts: Chino Valley Unified School District has 195 district office staff for 29,000 students, Lodi Unified has 179 district office staff for 30,500 students and San Jose Unified has 363 district office staff for 30,000 students.

The report, which cost Twin Rivers $14,000, served as an organizational and staffing review of the school district.

"FCMAT's interviews revealed an overwhelming sentiment that the district struggles with issues of trust and internal communications," accord to the report. "Several staff members still harbor resentment from the unification and feel an allegiance to their former district."

February 12, 2013
Elk Grove principal joins Bera at State of the Union

Foulks Ranch Elementary School Principal Mary Beth Kropp watched President Barack Obama give the State of the Union address from the balcony in the chamber of the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. tonight. She sat across the room from Michelle Obama and next to a woman whose teenage son was killed by gun violence.

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She spoke to The Bee by phone after the speech. "It was amazing and incredibly emotional," Kropp said of the experience. "I can't even explain it. It will all sink in eventually and I'll process all of it."

Congressman Ami Bera - allowed one guest - selected Kropp. "She's a dedicated educator and hero in the community," Bera said in a prepared statement. "She was my daughter's principal, and I've personally witnessed her commitment to her students. But Mary Beth can not do her job alone. Congress must do its part. We must invest in our children, make sure they're being taught real world skills and are ready to compete in the 21st century economy."

During the speech, President Obama proposed working with states to make preschool available to every child in America. Both Bera and Kropp said they were pleased with the president's support for early childhood education. "As an elementary school principal, I can tell students are coming to us unprepared," Kropp said.

She also agrees with his commitment to ensuring high school graduates are career and college ready. She says that preparation goes beyond STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) coursework. She particularly likes the president's plan to offer businesses incentives to partner with high schools.

Kropp says she believes that preparation should actually start in elementary school. She points out that her school, which is 25 years old, still does not have wireless Internet.

"He understands the investment in our children," she said of the president. "... Children were woven through the entire speech. ... I was very inspired."

Kropp said Bera paid for her flight, but that she paid for her hotel and other transportation.

February 12, 2013
Roseville High wins Placer County Academic Decathlon

Roseville High School came out on top in the Placer County Academic Decathlon, the county's Office of Education announced last week.

Scholars from the school took on scholars from Antelope High, Lincoln High and Rocklin High in an all-day competition at Roseville High School on Feb. 2.

Roseville High will now advance to the state competition to be held in Sacramento in March.

February 11, 2013
Video: Kindergartener asks board not to close his school

Six-year-old Gavin Whelan approached the podium with confidence, stepping onto a stool and leaning into the microphone at Thursday's school board meeting regarding school closures in the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Whelan immediately won the hearts of the room, as you'll see in the video below that captures the last half of his speech. For his bravery, as well as his patience in waiting through three hours of prior public comment, Whelan earns this blog's Gold Star award.

February 11, 2013
Natomas Unified may pay teachers who give notice

The Natomas Unified School Board will vote Wednesday night on whether the district should shell out incentive money to teachers willing to give notice before the end of March.

Early notice from teachers intending to retire or leave the district before the next school year allows the district to send out fewer preliminary pink slips in March and final pink slips in June, according to the staff recommendation.

School districts are required to send out preliminary pink slips in the spring to any teacher who may be laid off at the end of the school year. The March deadline, however, falls well before the state has finalized its budget, so districts usually have to send out far more preliminary lay-off notices in March then final notices in June.

February 11, 2013
Elk Grove students collect jeans for homeless teens

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Students and staff from Harriet Eddy Middle School in Elk Grove have collected over 4,100 pair of jeans in the national Jeans for Teens donation drive.

If they manage to collect more jeans than any other school nationwide, Harriet Eddy will win a $10,000 grant and sweatshirts and a pizza party for students, according to information from the district.

Jeans and pants of any size will be accepted through Feb. 22. Donations can be dropped off in front of the school office at 9329 Soaring Oaks Drive between 7:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.

February 11, 2013
Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud winner named

Henry Molina, a student at John F. Kennedy High School, took top honors in the Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud competition Thursday.

The Sacramento City Unified student beat out 14 opponents and won the right to represent the county in the state finals March 25-26 in Sacramento.

The contest encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition, according to a press release from the Sacramento County Office of Education, a sponsor of the event.

Carinn Candelaria from Pleasant Grove High School in the Elk Grove Unified School District was the runner-up.

The winner of the state competition in March will win $200 and a trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the national finals April 28-30. A total of $50,000 will be awarded at the national finals, including a $20,000 prize for the champion.

February 7, 2013
Community voices concern over 11 schools slated for closure

schoolclosure.JPGAfter more than three hours of public comments, the long list of speakers at tonight's Sacramento City Unified School District school board meeting showed community members have a lot to say about the proposed closure of 11 schools.

"These meetings are an important reminder of who we serve - parents, students and communities," said board president Jeff Cuneo. "What our constituents say matters. Our school board will take into account their ideas and concerns as we move closer to a final decision."

Sacramento City Unified trustees will vote Feb. 21 on whether to close the schools at the end of the school year. Tonight's school board meeting was a discussion item only and no vote was taken.

"Opinions and thoughts matter, right? asked Jennifer Lee, 11, the student council president at Susan B. Anthony Elementary, one of the schools slated for closure. "Well, here is my thought about this decision. I personally think it's frigid, yes, I said frigid, that adults have to close down 11 schools. Do we not matter to them?"

After public comment ended, school board members weighed in on the closure plan.

Trustee Christina Pritchett said the current plan is unrealistic and goes against the district's model of putting students first.

"Much of the public has raised good questions about transportation that I as a board member can't answer," Pritchett said during the board meeting, adding that she felt the proposal is rushed.

Trustee Diana Rodriguez said the district's proposal needs more community input.

"Let's not forget that when we have these conversations with people in our community that there are other school districts and charter schools waiting with open arms to take in our students," Rodriguez said.

Trustee Gustovo Arroyo said the closure process as it stands is asking "those we serve to conform to our plan."

"I'm not sure we are putting the right fix to the right problem," Arroyo said.

February 6, 2013
Bella Vista wins Academic Decathlon again

Bella Vista High School is the winner of the Sacramento County Academic Decathlon
for the second year in a row.

Winners were announced this evening at a dinner at Sacramento State hosted by the Sacramento County Office of Education.

The San Juan Unified School District team now advances to the state finals in Sacramento March 14-17.

February 6, 2013
Sacramento schools honoring Black History Month

blackhistorymonth.JPGMany schools in the region are finding ways to celebrate Black History Month, including Smythe Academy of Arts and Sciences in the Twin Rivers Unified School District.

Smythe students learned about the history of African drum beats during a lunchtime performance featuring Umoja Productions, an African drum and dance group.

Black History Month, which is observed in February, was founded as Negro History Week in 1926 by Harvard-educated African American historian Carter G. Woodson.

Many Sacramento schools have events and activities aimed at remembering the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans throughout history.

At Ridgepoint Elementary, fourth graders will deliver short speeches about African American citizens who have made contributions to our country during two morning assemblies. The Bay Area's Urban Heat Step Team will perform during an assembly at Grant Union High on Feb. 15.

Know of other Black History Month events? Post them in the comments section.

(Photo by Charlene VanAllen / Twin Rivers Unified Communications Department)

February 6, 2013
School districts taking kids lunch money?

A story on The Bee's Capitol Alert is reporting that Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes has found that some California school districts have diverted federal money meant for lunches to other projects and programs.

February 5, 2013
Casa Roble principal taking district job

Jim Shoemake, principal of Casa Roble High School, announced he would be leaving the school in a letter on its website yesterday

"It is with much anticipation, mixed with some sorrow, that I tell you I have been offered and have accepted the position of senior director of labor relations for the San Juan Unified School District," Shoemake wrote.

Shoemake will work with the district's 5,000-plus employees, and the leaders and executive boards of seven labor unions in his new position.

He said that in his three years at Casa Roble relationships between teachers, staff, parents, administrators and the public have improved.

Shoemake said his last day will be Feb. 28. Vice Principal, Michele Lorenzo, will be the school's interim principal until June 5. Pasteur Middle school Vice Principal Suzanne Ambrosini will be the interim vice principal until June 5.

San Juan Unified will conduct a search for a new principal with interviews on April 2. The interview panel will include parents, teachers, district and school staff, union representatives and a student.



About Report Card

Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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