Special Meeting - SRCS Board of Education
San Rafael City Schools
April 07, 2016 10:00AM
District Office - Boardroom 310 Nova Albion Way San Rafael, CA 94903

Quick Summary / Abstract:

Board President Rachel Kertz, Vice President Greg Knell, Trustee Linda M. Jackson, Trustee Maika Llorens Gulati, Trustee Natu Tuatagaloa

President Kertz convened the meeting to Open Session.
III. PUBLIC COMMENTS on Agendized Items
Carmen Puga, representing CSEA, SRTA and SRFT leadership, read a collective statement expressing their concerns and interest in providing feedback to leadership changes and job descriptions.
IV. CONSENT AGENDA: (All items appearing on the Consent Agenda are approved in one action by the Board. Trustees, staff or members of the public may request that an item be pulled for discussion prior to Consent Agenda approval.)
IV.1. PERSONNEL (ESD/HSD) Approval of Job Descriptions for: Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources; Deputy Superintendent Instruction, Innovation, and Social Justice; Data Analyst I,II; and Director of Communications
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is presented with job descriptions for recommended approval.


San Rafael City Schools is comprised of two distinct and separate school districts, the San Rafael Elementary City School District and the San Rafael City High School District.  SRCS is governed by a common Board of Education and common central support services.  Over the past nine years, SRCS continues to grow, evolve and change.  The districts’ enrollment has increased by over 2,000 students in the past eight years.  Certificated, classified support and management staff has grown as we welcome new students and families. Programatically we have seen the most significant changes in teaching and learning in over 100 years with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, integration of 21st century skills and the goal of preparing every student for college, career and community/ civic engagement.  In addition, California’s funding for public education has been restructured to the greatest degree in the past 40 years, shifting to the Local Control Funding Formula, using a weighted student formula that generates funding for our districts.

These combined shifts and changes require the organization to be agile, flexible, innovative and creative, able to respond to these and future shifts.  The traditional ‘district office’ must dramatically shift from that of monitoring compliance to ensuring schools have the support and expertise available to support student learning in every classroom at every school in the district.


The following revised job descriptions are presented for approval.  The roles, responsibilities reflect the essential functions of these support positions to better support students, staff, families and the greater school community.  The revisions reflect some title changes and revised duties.   These changes are cost neutral to the General Fund of SRESD and SRHSD.

As San Rafael City Schools District Leadership transitions, the Superintendent is making recommendations to develop the following positions to support increased accountability and support in areas related to the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP):  Deputy Superintendent; Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; Director of Communications, and a Data Analyst.

Financial Impact:

Recommended Motion:

Approval of job descriptions.

Trustees discussed the timeline for approval of the job descriptions and the need for collaboration with union leadership.

Trustee Tuatagaloa made a first motion to approve the job descriptions to expedite posting of jobs, with the caveat that union leadership can provide feedback on the job descriptions which can come back for amendments, if needed.

Trustee Knell seconded the motion, as amended.

In response to a question from Trustee Llorens Gulati regarding the Director of Communications, Dr. Zaich provided clarification and noted that this job description is partly a result of the capital facilities program work that is expanding the role. He noted additional information will be provided.

Ms. Puga requested a copy of the current Chief Human Resources Officer job description for comparison. CHRO Pasley noted he would send the current description to Ms. Puga.

M/S/C (Tuatagaloa, Knell) the Board voted 4-0-1 to approve the job descriptions with the caveat that union leadership can provide feedback for amendments to the job descriptions, if needed, by the following vote:

Rachel Kertz - YES
Greg Knell - YES
Maika Llorens Gulati - YES
Natu Tuatagaloa - YES
Linda M. Jackson - ABSENT
Asst. Supt, HR
Data Analyst I,II
Deputy Supt revised
Director of Communications
V. ADJOURNMENT: 11:00 AM (approximate time)
There being no further business, President Kertz adjourned the meeting at 10:17 AM.
4/7/2016 10:05:00 AM ( Original )
AbsentLinda Jackson
PresentRachel Kertz
PresentGreg Knell
PresentMs. Maika Llorens Gulati
PresentNatu Tuatagaloa
4/7/2016 10:08:00 AM
PresentMs. Maika Llorens Gulati

The resubmit was successful.