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Lodi Unified School District to consider physical education requirement, voting rules

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Posted: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 12:00 am

Should high school athletes involved in after-school sports in the Lodi Unified School District be exempt from a second year of physical education?

Should the voting procedures be changed for future district board elections?

Should the district eliminate the equivalent of three mental health clinicians?

If you are interested in these topics, you might want to attend tonight's school board meeting in Lodi.

Or, if you just to discuss the general direction of the district, come to Wednesday's study session of what trustees would like to see in the future.

Here's a rundown of what trustees will discuss this week:

Tuesday

Physical education: The board will consider whether to reduce the required two years of physical education as a high school graduation requirement for athletes to one period of regular P.E.

Trustee areas: The board will consider changing the voting procedure in future board elections by limiting votes to people within the trustee area in which they live.

If they vote to change the procedure, beginning in 2014, voters would not be able to cast ballots for trustees in all seven trustee areas.

Three potential maps, reflecting the Lodi Unified population from the 2010 Census, will be presented to the board for its consideration.

The resolution to be considered by the board indicates that several school districts in California have been sued or threatened with lawsuits by having at-large board elections.

Layoffs: Consider the elimination of three mental health clinician positions for grades K-12.

Wednesday

Strategic plan: Board members will discuss and prioritize their goals for the district. Some ideas include:

  • Assessing all new students within one week of enrollment and identifying struggling students at the end of kindergarten, first and second grades.
  • Providing students a successful transition from middle school to high school.
  • Continuing efforts to eliminate bullying.
  • Providing counseling at the elementary level and reducing administrator-to-student ratio in elementary school.
  • Providing each student with an electronic device for use in all classes and at home, including electronic versions of textbooks.
  • Adding a mandatory class on digital literacy, research skills and how to use search engines.
  • Providing a technology coach at each school so that teachers know how to use computers and teach their use to students.
  • Encouraging parents to be active in their children's education.
  • Study ways to keep all campuses as safe as possible.

Meetings on both nights will begin at 7 p.m. at the James Areida Education Support Center, 1305 E. Vine St., Lodi.

Contact reporter Ross Farrow at rossf@lodinews.com.

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