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. Public comment was available through email and voice recording prior to the meeting. Watch the meeting HERE.
CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR
The District honored its Classified Employee of the Year nominees and each honoree was awarded a plaque for exceptional work. Washington Elementary School Library Media Assistant Mitchell Martinez was named the District’s ultimate winner. Martinez has inspired families through both distance and in-person learning by creating tutorials for teachers and students and offering one-on-one support. A list of all the honorees:
Sylvia Villegas, Testing Assistant, Equity, Access & Instructional Services; Ana Bertha Vasquez, Office Assistant II, Student Services; Livier Ramirez, Personnel Specialist, Human Resources Department; Jonathan Samano, Electrician, Maintenance, Operations & Transportation; Carmen Galindo, Nutrition Service Satellite Kitchen Operator, Child Nutrition; Omar Anguiano, Network Computer Support Technician, Technology Services; Leonard Johnson, Custodian, Lynwood Community Adult School; Juanita Ramos, Custodian, Lynwood Community Adult School; Maribel Pantoja, Campus Monitor, Firebaugh High School; Carmen Calderon, School Community Liaison, Lynwood High School; Graylon Lenoir, Instructional Assistant Special Education, Vista Continuation High School; Valerie Munoz, School Community Liaison, Pathway Independent Study; Hugo Cespedes, Custodian, Abbott Elementary School; Rosa Ortiz, Campus Monitor, Helen Keller Elementary School; Eva Rocha, Campus Monitor, Lincoln Elementary School; Ronnie Beyard, Custodian, Lindbergh Elementary School; Amairany Velasquez, Instructional Assistant Special Education, Lugo Elementary School; Shandra Dykes, Instructional Assistant Special Needs, Mark Twain Elementary School; Stephanie Moore, School Community Liaison, Marshall Elementary School; Zujehy Diaz, Instructional Assistant Special Needs, Roosevelt Elementary School; Ana Maria Vasquez, Nutrition Service Worker I, Rosa Parks Elementary School; Mitchell Martinez, Library Media Assistant, Washington Elementary School; Leticia Sanchez, Testing Assistant, Will Rogers Elementary School; Elizeth Diaz-Aguilar, Instructional Assistant Special Education, Wilson Elementary School; Valeria Ruvalcaba-Garcia, Records Clerk, Cesar Chavez Middle School; Teresa Meza, Instructional Assistant Special Education, Hosler Middle School; William Carranza, Instructional Assistant Special Education, Lynwood Middle School; Martha Gayton, Child Care Assistant, Early Childhood Education.
The District honored parent volunteers on May 21 with a drive-through event at Lynwood High School and again acknowledged their invaluable partnership during the Board Meeting. LUSD staff created signs and lined the LHS campus to gift parents flowers and appreciative certificates.
Chief Business Officer Gregory Fromm provided an update on the District’s transition of Lynwood High School students to the Lynwood Middle School campus for the upcoming fall. The District adopted an emergency resolution in February that allows for a timely transition. The LMS campus is currently undergoing updates to accommodate students and is on schedule to welcome students in August.
2019-20 FINANCIAL AUDIT
The District reported on its independent look at financial systems and records to:
- Ensure financial controls exist to protect District assets and prevent fraud
- Verify accuracy of year-end financial records
- Confirm compliance with State and Federal regulations, including non-financial items such as ADA, instructional minutes, mandatory public disclosures, etc …
The report closed/corrected two minor prior findings from the 2018-19 financial audit.
EXTENDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITY PLAN
The District will be receiving an Expanded Learning Opportunity (ELO) Grant as part of the Assembly Bill 86 COVID-10 relief package. It will provide in-person expanded learning time and academic intervention, and the one-time funds are available through August 31, 2022. The services provided by the funds can include tutoring, supplemental instruction, professional development, and engaging learning experiences. The District sent out surveys and engaged community and staff to determine the best use of the funds in preparation for expanding District services.
Students of the District’s high schools and Lynwood Community Adult School provided updates. College and career counselors are continuing to meet with seniors to prepare them for graduation. Students are observing Mental Health Awareness Month with educational events, while also preparing for special activities that celebrate the end of the year. High schools enjoyed an outdoor prom on May 21 in a special event that celebrated the resilience of students. Schools are now preparing for their June graduation ceremonies.