9/15/2011 Meeting Minutes


Galileo Academy of Science and Technology

1150 Francisco Street, San Francisco, CA  94109

Room 210 at 3:30 P.M.

Location and Time of Meeting


School Site Council Meeting-September 15, 2011

X  Agenda Attached

X  Attendance/sign-in attached

Present:  Marcus Blacksher, Doug Page, Jonathan Ring, Woodraw Smith, David Zeeman, Patrick Delaney, Mele Lau-Smith, Claire Siegel, Nicole Torres, Clarissa Lee, Anna Mai, Terry Sio, Jessica Suen, Karin Lau, Nancy Lambert, Tony Payne, Katie Pringle

Absent (Excused):  Jacky Chau, Lisa Mai

X  Minutes of the previous meeting approved


Decision Made/Issues Reviewed

I.  Call to Order

– M. Lau-Smith called the meeting to order at 3:36 pm.  There were ten elected members present; a quorum was established.  Introductions went around the room.


II.  Approval of 5/11/2011 and 8/31/2011 Meeting Minutes

– D. Page moved to approve these minutes as presented.  C. Siegel seconded and the motion was carried unanimously.


III.  Old Business

1.  SSC Student Rep

– The site council voted in May of 2011 to have one of the three SSC student reps to be elected school wide and the other two reps continued to be elected via the ASB election process.  But the ASB Constitution was written that the following three positions were also elected to serve on the SSC:  business vice president, corresponding secretary, and student body advisory council rep.  Apparently the information given in the May meeting was inaccurate.  M. Lau-Smith will work with K. Lau to come up with a plan on how to achieve the objective without disrupting any traditions.

2.  Updates on School Programs

– The 9th grade Special Ed classes were extremely large.  The school needed to hire another Special Ed teacher to level out the class sizes.

– The District had determined the following as the top three district and high school priorities to focus on this year:  9th grade transition, common learning assessment (CLA), and the “A to G” requirements for CSU/UC.


IV.  New Business

1. Fall Final Budget Allocation

– K. Pringle passed out the green handout titled “Galileo Academy Fall Final Scenario A Budget Summary”.  The summary listed the different funding sources that Galileo got for this 2011/2012 school year.  In general, the school had received $50,000+ more money in the Weighted Student Formula fund than the scenario A preliminary budget.  After buying all 98.5460 FTE, there was $263,105 left for non-personnel expenditures.  Galileo also received other categorical funding, which had a targeted student population and purpose:  Economic Impact Aid/State Compensatory Ed (EIA/SCE), Economic Impact Aid/Limited English Proficient (EIA/LEP), Prop H PE and Arts.

– For the ELD department, the EIA/LEP fund paid for .90 FTE and had $91,664 left for non-personnel expenditures.   Of this fund, $16,000 will be used to extend Helen Chan, a Chinese speaking clinician, from 4 days a week to 5 days, so she could be at Galileo full-time to support these additional EL students.

– K. Pringle hoped to distribute the departmental allocations soon so that department heads could start accessing their funds to meet their needs.

– Though Galileo had received additional EL students year after year, only the initial year when the school had gotten $250 extra budget allocation per student.

– Galileo had received an accurately calculated amount of Advanced Placement (AP) Specialty funding, but the formula used was based on the District’s inaccurate calculation of the AP exams taken.  Galileo students took 696 exams in May 2011; and therefore, the amount allocated was $504,875.

– The current contract between the district and UESF requires the district to fund an AP prep for every 20 students who take an AP exam.  Due to an accounting gimmick, the district has effectively changed the formula to an AP prep for every 24 students.  This is a contentious issue between the two parties.  It is advisable for the school to document any discrepancies.  (Information provided by J. Ring)

– Galileo also received Prop H Library, Arts, PE, and Athletic funds.  The SF voters approved this proposition to allocate funds to these programs in all the SFUSD schools.  The sunset (end) date was rumored to be in 2012.  If that is the case, voters are urged to vote for it again in 2012.  Without these funds to support these programs, they tend to be the first to be eliminated when budget constraints surface.


2.  Follow-up to Letter to Nancy Waymack

– The initial letter to N. Waymack had asked why the $250 extra per Newcomer student was not included in the SY 2011012.  According to K. Pringle, the $250 allocation was for the initial year only.  Based on this the follow up request will not ask for further clarification on this point.

The follow up request will ask about the rationale in the funding formula between Scenario A and B and why the AP funding amount calculated by the District is based on24 students rather than 20 students as per the current contract between the District and UESF.


3.  Other New Business

– Community meetings will be held in the Mission neighborhood on Wednesday, 9/21/2011, in the Bayview neighborhood on Thursday, 9/22/2011, in the Richmond/Sunset on Wednesday, 9/28/2011, and lastly, in Chinatown on 9/29/2011.  Dinner and translation will be provided.  Phone calls home and auto dialer messages have gone out to promote these meetings.

– Based on T. Payne’s data presentation of student demographics, Galileo showed a large Chinese student population, and yet, the African and Latino counterparts were unusually small.  Galileo needed to step up its effort to recruit more of these underrepresented students.  K. Pringle and T. Payne plan on visiting some selected middle schools to promote Galileo.  Galileo should also participate in those private and Catholic schools’ high school fairs to heighten its exposure to that segment of population.

– P. Delaney told the council to be watchful of the movement organized by the “StudentsFirst” organization.  The organization would be sponsoring propositions, which would reform our student assignment system and more.

– K. Lau passed out the “College Presentations” handout, which listed some random colleges visiting Galileo in the months of September and October of 2011.  A member questioned how these colleges got on the list because they were all non-systemically represented.  N. Lambert explained that the proactive college reps called and got their schools scheduled.  A member suggested a system was needed.  The school might consider inviting colleges that teachers had graduated from.


N. Torres moved to adjourn the meeting.  C. Lee seconded and the meeting was adjourned at 4:29 pm.

Minutes taken and prepared by Karin Lau