The meeting was a limited in-person gathering for the Board of Education and District leaders but remained closed to the public in accordance with safe social distancing practices. The public utilized teleconferencing and was also streamed to Facebook Live (CLICK HERE to watch full meeting). Public comment was available through email and voice recording prior to the meeting.
The District has prepared to reopen elementary schools and showcased a video to highlight the efforts. CLICK HERE to watch the video.
COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE
Lynwood Unified has continued to increase efforts to vaccinate its entire staff and provide additional access to the community and provided an exciting update.
- Through a partnership with LA County, more than 1,000 dedicated appointments for LUSD staff have been made at county vaccination pods
- 900 vaccines are guaranteed for LUSD employees
- LUSD’s partnership with St. John’s Well Child & Family Center has resulted in Firebaugh High School serving as a vaccination pod beginning on March 15 – capacity of 250 per day.
- Community vaccinations at FHS will soon follow.
LYNWOOD HIGH SCHOOL RELOCATION UPDATE
The District shared an update on the inspection taking place at Lynwood High School to ensure building safety.
- Phase one of testing on the G building is complete.
- Testing of the main structural support elements found no negative tests
- Testing of secondary structural components will begin the week of March 15
- Cost estimation is underway for the G Building
SECOND INTERIM FINANCIAL REPORT
Chief Business Officer Gregory Fromm provided a second interim financial report which rendered a positive certification – meaning financial obligations are projected to be met in the current and two subsequent fiscal years. This was an improvement on December’s report, which resulted in a qualified certification – a projection that was unclear whether financial obligations would be met.
To maintain the certification, the District must meet the minimum required financial reserves of 3 percent of the total expenditures. Reserve projections are as follows:
- 8.29 percent for 2020-21
- 8.53 percent for 2021-22
- 3.09 percent for 2022-23
- Gov. Gavin Newsom will present his revision to the state’s budget proposal in May
COLLEGE AND CAREER UPDATES
Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Shawna Dinkins, presented positive updates on the District’s college and career success.
A-G Rates have improved for Lynwood High School by more than 7 percentage points to 62.7 percent, and Firebaugh High School by more than 9 percentage points to 55.6 percent. Meanwhile, Firebaugh boasted 87 percent of eligible students who completed FAFSA applications, while LHS had 73 percent. A total of 495 students are enrolled in college dual enrollment courses.
HONORING BOARD MEMBER ALMA-DELIA RENTERIA
Board Member Alma-Delia Renteria, who served from 2013-2021, was honored during her final meeting before retiring. Ms. Renteria was joined by family, and presented with gifts and a tribute video that celebrated her impact on student achievement and improved technology and facilities.