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Board Meeting Highlights - November 19, 2021
Posted 11/18/21

Board Meeting Highlights

Board Meeting Highlights
November 16, 2021 Board Meeting

Hawes Elementary School Report

Hawes Elementary presented its School Report for this school year. The Hawes presentation showcased their efforts focused on systematic reading instruction and fostering student social-emotional wellness and school culture. A few of Hawes programs and initiatives include:

  • Schoolwide focus on Pyramid Of Success 
  • Schoolwide projects
  • Classroom meetings
  • Elementary counseling program 
  • Buddy program

Hawes Elementary Report Presentation

Sowers Middle School Reconstruction Project
With the “New Construction” decision approved at the October 19th Board meeting for the Sowers Reconstruction project, the Board took action to approve the various items presented by District staff to initiate the project. Some of the items included, Placeworks for California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) consulting services agreement, Petra geotechnical agreement, DLR Group And KNA Structural Engineers for facilities hardship funding agreement, and more! It is anticipated that the schematic design plans will be presented for Board approval at the December Board of Trustees meeting. Project funding sources, and timelines, will be determined and communicated as the process develops. 
Facilities, Measure Q, Sowers Reconstruction Presentation
For more information, FAQs, and to sign up for the reconstruction project communications email list please visit the Sowers Reconstruction website at

Temporary Certificated Substitute Teacher Daily Rate Increase
The Board of Trustees approved the temporary substitute teacher rate increase. In an effort to recruit and retain high-quality substitute teachers the certificated substitute daily rate of pay has increased to $150.00 and the long-term daily rate of pay to $175.00 beginning November 17, 2021, through June 30, 2022. Visit to learn more about the various substitute, part-time, and full-time job opportunities and to apply!

Superintendent Dr. Winston's Message
We continue to focus on our priority goals for 2021-2022, including addressing the social-emotional skills of our students.  Members of our counseling team held a virtual parent workshop on mindfulness and self-care yesterday, and we hope you were able to take away strategies to support your child’s overall well-being.  We also issued a survey to obtain staff input to help us better understand what is going well and identify additional support that may be needed to strengthen our programs that support students in their social-emotional skills.  If you didn’t see our HBCSD Insider video last month on social-emotional learning, you can check it out here to learn more about our efforts to support students.
We are progressing on our development of a unified vision, mission, and learner profile that will set the stage for our strategic plan development.  Our guiding coalition of staff, parents, and local agencies have been working together to develop a vision that conveys the wider impact of the District’s work (our “why”), establish a memorable mission statement that depicts the reason HBCSD exists (our “what”) and create a Learner Profile that articulates core dispositions/habits of mind students will have when they leave us.  This consolidated process lays the groundwork for the Board and staff to establish a long-range Strategic Plan that provides a clear focus for district programs, activities, and operations focused on student learning and that describes what the Board wants its schools to achieve.  We will present the results of this work early next year.
Due to the potential for larger gatherings and a greater number of activities over the next week, please carefully assess your child’s health before they return on Monday, November 29.  This will help to keep all of our students healthy and in school and also help to reduce the need for student quarantine.  Please look for symptoms such as a cough, difficulty breathing, or loss of taste or smell.  These are indicators your child should remain at home.  As well, check for other symptoms including fever, congestion, runny nose, upset stomach, sore throat, headache, and fatigue or body aches.  We appreciate your support in keeping all of our students healthy and attending school.
We have much to be grateful for as we approach Thanksgiving next week.  I hope that each of you has a restful week filled with the joy of family and friends.

Save the Dates

  • November 22-26 | Thanksgiving Recess (no school)
  • December 1 | Prospective GATE Parent Virtual Informational Meeting (6 pm)
  • December 9 | Sowers Middle School Concert - Celebration of the Seasons (4 & 6 pm)
  • December 14 | Board of Trustees Meeting (6 pm)