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LBUSD April 23 Board of Education Meeting summary

At the April 23 meeting, the LBUSD Board of Education recognized Thurston Middle School’s designation as a California Distinguished School. Thurston Middle School was recognized for its exemplary programs focused on increasing student academic achievement and social-emotional strength through collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. 

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Thurston Middle School Principal Jenny Salberg (second from left) with Thurston staff members

At the meeting the Board also took action to approve a recommended Student Board Member Selection Process developed by Student Board Members Kaitlin Gunsolley and Piper Warner in conjunction with staff. The recommendation is a four-step process that includes an invitation to all eleventh grade students, an application process, and a two-part interview process. 

The Board additionally took action to reschedule the September 10 meeting to August 27. 

A community member placed an item on the agenda to request clarification on the policy and practices for weighting grades at LBHS. After public comment, the Board provided direction to staff to present information on this topic at the May 28 Board meeting.

The Board took action to approve the contract services agreement with The Aspen Group for a one-day Governance training session. 

Ending the meeting, the Board took action to approve several updated Board policies and approved Board Bylaw 9310. The Board did not approve Board Bylaws 9322 and 9323.3 at this meeting and provided direction to bring them to a future Board policy workshop for further discussion.

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