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Alhambra Unified School District to give ‘Game Changer’ recognition to two employees

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Alhambra , CA United States

The Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education will give the Game Changer Employee Recognition Award to two employees during their meeting tonight at 6 p.m. Garfield Elementary School Office Assistant Scottie Albright and Mark Keppel High School Physics Teacher Jeron Carr will get this recognition for their work with the district.

According to a district press release, Albright was nominated by a colleague who praised her dedication, attitude and taking on new duties while the office manager was out during an emergency. “I worked 30 years in another career,” she said. “Working these last three years at Garfield is the first time in my life I say I love my job — every day. I only wish I’d gotten here sooner.”

Carr was nominated by four of his students, who valued him taking extra time during lunch to help them learn the material. “I’ve taught in schools around the state, across the country and I taught in the Peace Corps,” he said. “What I notice at Mark Keppel is the respect that students and their parents hold for teachers. The students are also quick to take responsibility for their own learning when they encounter a problem and parents want to do everything to help. In my experience that is rare.”

The school board will also hear a presentation by Janet Lees, assistant superintendent of educational services, on the Low Performing Students Block Grant, which awards funds to California school districts for students who were identified as low performing on the 2016 English and math assessments, said district spokesperson Toby Gilbert. This is additional funding for students who do not fit the profile of being an English-language learner, from a low-income family or in the foster care system. The Alhambra Unified School District was approved for $411,013 to serve 208 students. These funds are being distributed through 2021, with the district receiving the first installment last November. Alhambra will adopt a plan to increase the academic performance for low-performing students by March 1.

The school board will also approve the “sunshining” on the Alhambra Teachers Association proposal on three items, including work day terms for teachers, salary and fringe benefits. The board is also expected to approve the California School Employees Association’s “sunshining” of negotiation proposals for association rights; protection of unit member physical property, including uniforms and salary. CSEA represents Alhambra Unified’s non-teaching and non-administrative employees. “Sunshining” refers to making the proposals available to the public.

The board is also expected to “sunshine” the district’s proposal for both unions. Negotiations may or may not be approved during tonight’s board meeting or continued to future board meetings.

Updated at 3:00 p.m. to clarify Alhambra Unified School District being approved for Low Performing Students Block Grant for 208 students.

Update on Feb. 20 at 8:08 a.m.: The Alhambra Unified School District Board of Education approved the “sunshining” of ATA, CSEA and the district’s contract proposals for the above items, thus beginning negotiations.

Read the full meeting agenda here.

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