Tonight’s School Board meeting includes grade weighting and censure items

The agenda for tonight’s (Tuesday, April 23) regular LBUSD Board of Education meeting has been posted online here. Open session will begin at 6 p.m. at the District office, at 550 Blumont St, with closed session occurring beforehand at 5 p.m.

The agenda includes a recognition of Thurston Middle School’s designation as a California Distinguished School. The Board will consider taking action on the student board member selection process, and several Board policies and bylaws. The Board will also receive an information item on the District’s current grade weighting practices.

Item number 13 on the agenda is listed as “Clarification and review of the policy and practices for weighting grades at LBHS.” The item is a request from a community member and has been made to provide clarification of the policy and practices for weighting grades at LBHS, including current information on all academic weighting differences between the classes – 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 – as well as a justification of Honors Chemistry not being taught with honors curriculum.

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An information item on grade weighting at LBHS is on tonight’s LBUSD Board of Education meeting agenda

In February 2016, the LBUSD Board of Education approved the removal of grade weighting of honors courses by a vote of 3-2, to take effect starting with the Class of 2020. The decision was made when former Superintendent Sherine Smith was at the helm of the District. Board members Jan Vickers, Carol Normandin, and Ketta Brown voted in favor of the change, while Board member Dee Perry and then Board President William Landsiedel opposed the decision.

Also on the agenda this evening, the 25th item to be considered, is the first read of a proposed bylaw (9323.3) to allow for the “censuring” or formal and public disapproval of an individual board member’s conduct if deemed improper by the board.

Persons wishing to address the Board at tonight’s meeting are asked to complete and submit a public comment card.

Tonight’s meeting will also be streamed live on the District’s website here.