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High school district forms committee to address student performance, absenteeism

Superintendent says there is need for “immediate reform”

The Sequoia Union High School District will form a committee to look at improving its school climate and students’ academic performance, Superintendent Mary Streshly announced Tuesday (Dec. 4).

Streshly and Board of Trustees President Chris Thomsen will select members for the “district self-assessment committee” this month. Streshly determined after her first year as superintendent that there are “distinct areas in the district that require immediate reform in an effort to strengthen the student experience," according to a district statement. The committee will look at new ways to improve these areas, which include student performance, school climate and absenteeism, district spokesperson Ana Maria Pulido said in an email.

“As successful as the district has been, there is no doubt in my mind that we can and must do better,” Streshly said in the statement. “As an instructional leader, I was brought to the district to ensure every single student that walks through our doors is prepared for success at the post-secondary level. I am committed to achieving that goal.”

The school board tasked Streshly with the goal of creating a district culture that always seeks to challenge the status quo and implementing more innovative ways to serve its students, Thomsen said in the press release.

"Through this committee, we will come together as a district family to ensure that every single one of our students will be able to compete in the Silicon Valley economy,” he said.

The committee will be made up of 10 to 20 people, including school board members, teachers, classified staff, administrators, students and the superintendent’s staff. The committee will recommend reforms to the superintendent by the end of spring, and the school board will ultimately vote on the recommendations, Pulido said.

The committee's first meeting will be in January. The group will determine how often it meets, and their meetings will not be open to the public.

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