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Cave Creek Unified School Board School Board Updates 

All school board meetings are recorded and viewable on:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCN6gTV1pgGRPA2JHDi-m5xg 

Board Members

 Scott Brown, Governing Board Vice President

 Janet Busbee, Governing Board President

 Jeff Fortney, Governing Board Member

Jackie Ulmer, Governing Board Member

 Brianna Walker, Governing Board Member

  • January 9 Organizational Meeting: Newly elected school board members were sworn in and New President and Vice President were elected.

  • January 23 Business Meeting Highlights

            1. Presentation of Access to Video Systems between Scottsdale PD and CCUSD during an active emergency only to help facilitate accuracy of response protocols. - (This was unanimously approved by the board).

            2. ESS (Exceptional Student Services) Presentation was a follow-up to a prior meeting request by board member to discuss in depth the programs in place with emphasis on board policy IKFB regarding high school graduation exercises.

            3. Presentation  by councilwomen Brianna Walker to put into consideration at future meeting the school district adoption a culture of secure gun storage similar to Phoenix Union High School District by adding a secure storage resolution to the board policy.

             4. Budget update by CFO Marcie Rodriquez. Budget planning for FY 2024 and tax credit presentation. Discussion of passage or failure to pass Aggregate Expenditure Limit before the state legislature and how it will impact the district 

financially.

                5. Recommendation for future agenda request to review and discuss current board policy BEDBA - Agenda Preparation - approved.

  • February 13 Business Meeting Highlights 

                   1. Carefree Cares excellence awards presentations.

                   2.  Interest based negotiation team presentation 

                   3.  Review and Discuss Board Policy BEDBA - Agenda Preparation: recommended change aligning with state school board association recommendations.

  • February  27 Work Study Meeting Highlights

                   1. Executive session called 30" prior to business meeting

                   2. First order of business was a proposal to discuss recommendation        appointing an acting Superintendent through the end of the year to replace the current Superintendent that submitted  a leave of absence through the end of the year. The board recommended and unanimously voted to place current CFO Marcie Rodriguez as acting Superintendent. Mrs. Rodriguez has over twenty years of cabinet experience with school districts in the valley.  Her financial expertise coupled with her administration experience will lend itself to moving the District forward in a positive light.  Mrs. Rodriguez is keenly aware of the needs and issues currently facing our staff and students. She is committed to working diligently to re-establishing a cohesive environment in which all will thrive and to make the remainder of the school year a positive and successful teaching and learning environment for all.

                  3. Mrs. Rodriquez presented the results of an independent district audit that shows over the last couple years the district has reduced the compliance reduction from 21 to 9 this year. 

                   4. Presentation on graduation exercises currently revised and in place for IDEA students.

  • March 27 Business Meeting Highlights

                    1, Arizona Auditor General Audit report review can be reviewed on web site: https://sdspending.azauditor.gov/District/DistrictPage?year=2022&ctd=070293.

The overview shows spending analysis compared with operational efficiency. Mrs. Rodriquez noted the outcome showed improvements needed in increasing enrollment and food service, Costs need to be reduced in transportation and administration costs.

State
  • Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs in first State of the State speech puts focus squarely on education:  Republican  Education

  • Save Our School Arizona (SOS) is a non-partisan, community-based organization fighting for strong public schools for a strong Arizona. They advocate for legislation that would strengthen "Public Education" for our state.  They published  this article from The Capital Times that's worth taking a look at entitled "Nation watches as Arizona’s universal ESA voucher fiasco fails": Read full story

 

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