The Oakdale Joint Unified School District school board meeting the evening of Monday, March 14 was a relatively quick session, lasting just over 45 minutes, and just a handful of people other than the board and school official in attendance.
It also marked the first meeting in roughly two years that the public was able to see the unmasked faces of each board member, whether they viewed the meeting virtually or attended in person.
Among topics addressed, the representative for the California School Employees Association, Jake Cox, touched again on the issue of some district employees still only receiving minimum wage pay.
“We need to fix the minimum wage issue, it is embarrassing having our classified salary schedule on our district website and it’s below minimum wage,” Cox had stated during a previous session of the board.
Board member Tina Shatswell made comments on the handful of retiring teachers and faculty becoming effective on June 30, 2022. She thanked them for all the work and time they have put in and acknowledged the influence that many in the group have had on students and around the district campuses.
An action item was presented by Assistant Superintendent/Human Resources Craig Redman on the new option for an independent school study program. It will provide a remote learning option through Edgenuity and Google meets for students TK-12 having on campus visits occasionally. The new school will be called Valley Oak Online Learning Academy and was approved by the board members in a unanimous vote.
It is the district’s goal to make it fully available for the upcoming 2022-2023 academic year but the date is currently not set in stone.