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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 12/9/21
11/29/2021

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Changes to the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Governing Board and Eureka Teachers Association/CTA/NEA

When: Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 6:30 p.m.

What: Public Comment on Changes to the 2021-2024 Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Governing Board and Eureka Teachers Association/CTA/NEA

Where: Eureka City Schools Regular Board Meeting (2100 J Street, Eureka, CA 95501 – Room 116)

At their regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 6:30 p.m., the Eureka City Schools Governing Board will hold a public hearing to receive public comment on changes to the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Governing Board and Eureka Teachers Association/ CTA/NEA for July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2024.

Details of the public disclosure and the impact of these changes on the District budget are available upon request from the Business Service Office at 707-441-2412.

 

Contact:

Renae Will

Director of Personnel & Public Affairs

Eureka City Schools

Tel: 707-441-3379

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11/10/2021

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APPOINTMENT OF GARY STORTS AS ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATIONAL SERVICES AND SHARING OF SERVICES BETWEEN SOUTH BAY USD AND EUREKA CITY SCHOOLS

EUREKA, CA – November 10, 2021 – Eureka City Schools is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Gary Storts to the position of Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services at Eureka City Schools (ECS). Mr. Storts will be replacing Mr. Michael Davies-Hughes, who was recently appointed as the Humboldt County Superintendent of Schools.

Mr. Storts was raised in Humboldt County and attended local schools, including Humboldt State University, where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree, a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, an Administrative Credential, and his Master’s Degree.

Mr. Storts has been the Superintendent of South Bay Union School District (SBUSD) for the last seven years. Before becoming the Superintendent, he also served as a Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher, in addition to various classified positions.

Mr. Storts is passionate about creating proactive/preventative support structures to benefit the whole child. In addition, he is committed to providing students and staff with the supports they need, when they need them, and believes effective collaboration ensures all students have the opportunity to thrive. Mr. Storts said, “I am excited to take my passion for student learning and apply it in a new position having an impact on the learning of over 4,000 students. I look forward to joining the team in Eureka City Schools.”

This announcement is two-fold; Mr. Stort’s appointment is not of a traditional nature, and with the appointment comes the sharing of services between ECS and SBUSD. ECS serves just over 3,600 students ranging from preschool through adult education. SBUSD serves approximately 500 students, including an independent and dependent charter school.

Mr. Storts and his family have a rich history in SBUSD and while he is excited to be taking the Assistant Superintendent position in ECS, he has a strong desire to keep the momentum of positive growth for students created by the SBUSD team. Given this, the two Districts explored creative and unique ideas to minimize disruption and to continue to build and support staff and students.

On Wednesday, November 10, 2021, the two Districts entered into a Shared Services Agreement. It is worth noting, Dr. Van Vleck also has a rich history with SBUSD, where his mother (Cynthia Van Vleck) served their students for over 40 years as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal (at both Pine Hill and South Bay), and Superintendent. Dr. Van Vleck and Mr. Storts both have an incredible interest in making this agreement work.

In the Shared Services Agreement, Mr. Storts will continue to serve the Educational Program for SBUSD, in addition to his new duties in ECS. Dr. Fred Van Vleck, Superintendent of ECS, will serve as the Superintendent for SBUSD, in addition to his current role as the Superintendent of ECS. Superintendent Van Vleck will be working closely with the stakeholders of the SBUSD to maximize the forward momentum everyone has been working so diligently to achieve.

SBUSD will be working closely with ECS in Educational Services and Student Services, including nursing, social-emotional health, and students with disabilities. The Districts will also be exploring sharing services in Business Services and Personnel, including maintenance and operations, transportation, school construction, technology, and food services. It is important to note, no current employees will lose their jobs.

SBUSD Board President Gary Quintrell said, “Our goal in this sharing of services is to continue the great education we already provide in both Districts, but share services to eliminate the need to pay for them twice. We see this as an opportunity to spend more dollars in the classroom, directly supporting student learning rather than a duplication of services.”

ECS Board President Lisa Ollivier notes, “This is a win-win for both Districts. We get another high-quality educational services leader at ECS and South Bay gets a continuum of support from Mr. Storts, along with access to the services from ECS.”

More information will be provided to families and staff on the sharing of services in the coming weeks. ECS and SBUSD look forward to continuing to provide quality programs and services to students within the City of Eureka.

Contact:

Micalyn Harris, Executive Assistant
Superintendent’s Office
harrismicalyn@eurekacityschools.org
Tel: 707-441-2414

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NOMBRAMIENTO DE GARY STORTS COMO SUPERINTENDENTE AUXILIAR DE SERVICIOS EDUCATIVOS E INTERCAMBIO DE SERVICIOS ENTRE EL DISTRITO DE LA UNIÓN ESCOLAR DE SOUTH BAY Y LAS ESCUELAS DE LA CIUDAD DE EUREKA


EUREKA, CA (10 de noviembre del 2021): Las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka (ECS) se complacen en anunciar el nombramiento del Sr. Gary Storts al cargo de superintendente auxiliar de servicios educativos en las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka. El Sr. Storts reemplazará al Sr. Michael Davies-Hughes, quien recientemente fue nombrado superintendente de escuelas del Condado Humboldt. 

El Sr. Storts fue criado en el Condado Humboldt y asistió a institutos educativos locales, incluyendo la Universidad Estatal de Humboldt, donde obtuvo su licenciatura, la certificación para enseñanza en múltiples materias, la certificación administrativa y hizo su maestría. 

El Sr. Storts ha sido superintendente del Distrito de la Unión Escolar de South Bay (SBUSD) desde hace siete años. Antes de hacerse superintendente, también fue director, subdirector y maestro y desempeñó varios cargos no docentes.   

Al Sr. Storts le apasiona crear estructuras de apoyo proactivo y preventivo para beneficiar al niño en su conjunto. Se compromete además a proporcionar a los alumnos y el personal los soportes que necesiten, cuando los necesiten, y cree que la colaboración efectiva garantiza a todos los alumnos la oportunidad de florecer. El Sr. Storts declaró: "Me emociona poder aplicar mi pasión por el aprendizaje estudiantil a un nuevo cargo, para tener un impacto en el aprendizaje de más de 4,000 alumnos. Estoy ansioso por unirme al equipo de las Escuelas de la Cuidad de Eureka".

Este anuncio es dual; el nombramiento del Sr. Stort no es de carácter tradicional y conlleva el intercambio de servicios entre las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka y el Distrito de la Unión Escolar de South Bay. Las ECS educan a un poco más de 3,600 alumnos, desde el preescolar hasta la educación de adultos. El SBUSD educa a aproximadamente 500 alumnos; incluye una escuela semiautónoma independiente y otra dependiente. 

El Sr. Storts y su familia tienen una gran trayectoria de trabajo en el SBUSD. Si bien al primero le entusiasma asumir el cargo de superintendente auxiliar en las Escuelas de la Ciudad de Eureka, siente un fuerte deseo de mantener para los alumnos el impulso del crecimiento positivo generado por el equipo del Distrito de la Unión Escolar de South Bay. Por eso, los dos distritos exploraron ideas creativas y únicas para minimizar interrupciones y continuar formando y apoyando al personal y los alumnos.

El miércoles 10 de noviembre del 2021 los dos distritos celebraron un contrato de servicios compartidos. Cabe señalar que el Dr. Van Vleck también tiene una gran trayectoria de trabajo con el SBUSD: su madre, Cynthia Van Vleck, atendió a los alumnos del distrito durante más de 40 años en los cargos de docente, subdirectora, directora (en las escuelas Pine Hill y South Bay) y superintendente. Tanto al Dr. Van Vleck como al Sr. Storts les interesa enormemente hacer que funcione este acuerdo.

En el contrato de servicios compartidos, el Sr. Storts seguirá apoyando el programa educativo del SBUSD a la vez que desempeña sus nuevas labores en las ECS. El Dr. Fred Van Vleck, superintendente de las ECS, fungirá de superintendente del SBUSD y también continuará desempeñando su cargo actual como superintendente de las ECS. Trabajará estrechamente con los involucrados del SBUSD para maximizar la dinámica de progreso que todos han procurado lograr de forma muy diligente. 

El SBUSD trabajará estrechamente con las ECS en los servicios educativos y estudiantiles, que incluyen a los alumnos con discapacidad, la enfermería y la salud socioemocional. Los distritos también explorarán el intercambio de servicios comerciales y de personal, incluyendo el mantenimiento y las operaciones, el transporte, la construcción de escuelas, la tecnología y los servicios alimenticios. Cabe destacar que no perderá el trabajo ningún empleado actual.  

El presidente del consejo del SBUSD, Gary Quintrell, afirmó: “Nuestro objetivo en el intercambio de servicios es continuar con la excelente educación que ya ofrecemos en ambos distritos, pero compartiremos los servicios para eliminar la necesidad de costearlos dos veces. Lo vemos como oportunidad de gastar más dinero en el salón, lo cual respaldará directamente el aprendizaje estudiantil, y no en servicios repetidos”.

La presidenta del consejo de las ECS, Lisa Ollivier, señala: “Esto es mutuamente beneficioso para ambos distritos. Nosotros en las ECS contaremos con otro director de servicios educativos de alta calidad y el South Bay recibirá una amplia gama de apoyo por parte del Sr. Storts, además de acceso a los servicios de las ECS”. 

Dentro de las próximas semanas se brindará a las familias y el personal más información sobre el intercambio de servicios. Las ECS y el SBUSD esperan seguir proporcionando programas y servicios de calidad a los alumnos dentro de la ciudad de Eureka. 


Contacto:

Micalyn Harris, asistente ejecutiva
Oficina del Superintendente
harrismicalyn@eurekacityschools.org
Tel: 707-441-2414

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CAASPP Perfect Score Recognition 20-21
10/27/2021

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EUREKA CITY SCHOOLS HONORS STUDENTS WHO 
RECEIVED PERFECT SCORES ON THE CAASPP STATE TESTING


Eureka, California - October 27, 2021 – The Eureka City Schools (ECS) Board of Trustees will celebrate the achievements of three students who received perfect scores on one or more of the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) tests, otherwise known as the Smarter Balanced (SBAC) Assessments, in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics for the 2021 testing year.    

According to Assistant Superintendent, Michael Davies-Hughes, “This is a great accomplishment for these students, especially considering the challenges in mastering the California State Standards during a pandemic.  We are proud of the dedication of these students.  This is a recognition not only to the students, but also to the teachers, support staff, and families who helped them along the way.”  Out of the more than 1,000 students who took the tests in grades 3-8 and 11, one elementary student, one middle school student, and one high school student, received a perfect score on one or more of the CAASPP exams.  One student, district-wide, received a perfect score on both the ELA and Math portions of the assessments. 

The ECS Board will recognize each of the students for their stellar achievement at the ECS Board Meeting on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.  The students and their respective 2020-2021 schools are Willow Dinning - Washington Elementary School, Rina Ferroggiaro - Zane Middle School, and Alyson Johnson - Eureka High School.  

Contact: 

Michael Davies-Hughes, Assistant Superintendent of Education Services
Natalie Carrigan, Confidential Administrative Assistant 
Eureka City Schools
Tel: 441-3363

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