As rumors fly and the community anxiously awaits decisions by the board, the next few days may offer some resolution or temporary calm – through the efforts of Madera County Office of Education, concerned parents, the principal of Yosemite High School and the Yosemite Unified School District Board itself.
For those looking for answers or who want to be heard, there is a lineup of meetings that begin Feb. 8 and continue to Feb. 14.
Presentation on AB 1200, Feb. 8
Superintendent of Schools Cecilia Massetti and Chief Business and Administrative Services Officer Steve Carney, will make a public presentation to clarify what AB 1200 means, how they arrived to the decision and its ramifications on Yosemite Unified School District.
After through review, Massetti, invoked AB 1200, meaning the county believes YUSD’s board and superintendent no longer have the capacity to make the significant changes that will steer the district from fiscal collapse. AB 1200 gives authority to the county to appoint a third party fiscal advisor to oversee all budget decisions.
The presentation is Thursday, Feb. 8, from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m, in the Oakhurst Elementary School Cafeteria. There will be a Q&A session following the presentation.
YUSD Community Action Team Feb. 8
The YUSD Community Action Team (CAT), coordinated by Anita Johnson, Bill Rothfuss and Bradley Norlander, has held two meetings to discuss the possibility of a recall of one or more member(s) of the YUSD board of trustees.
CAT has stated they hope to develop long term solutions to district problems and wants to hold the school board accountable. Their mission is to support the community, teachers, parents, and students.
The public is invited to the group’s next meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 in the Raley’s Community Meeting Room.
YUSD board meeting Feb. 12
The next meeting for the Yosemite Unified School District Board of Trustees may prove to have answers. In December, YUSD Superintendent Cecelia Greenberg announced YUSD budget cuts needed to be made by Feb.15 but with AB 1200 now in place, that may be null and void.
The official cut off for all pink slips is March 15, one board meeting away. Also, members of the YUSD Community Action Team will attend as their recall efforts unfold.
The meeting of the Yosemite Unified School District board of trustees meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12 in the Yosemite High School Library.
Coffee with Carr Feb. 14 (every Wednesday)
Regina Carr, principal of Yosemite High School, is dedicated to the community, the high school, parents and their concerns. She began the on-going Coffee with Carr meetings in hope to reach out to the public one-on-one to address their issues and questions. The informal meetings are held 7 - 8:30 a.m., Wednesdays at The Cool Bean Cafe, adjacent to McDonalds. (There will be no meeting Feb. 21 due to school break).