BOE to vote on Sandy Hook Promise agreement

MARTINEZ, Calif. – Martinez Unified School District Board of Education will vote Monday whether to participate in the Sandy Hook Promise “Know the Signs” program that are designed to improve school safety.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) for two elements of the program, “Start with Hello” and “Threat Assessment and Intervention,” will be up for vote Monday.

A third segment, “Say Something Anonymous Reporting System” will be introduced to the Board Monday for consideration at a future meeting.

Sandy Hook Promise, named for the Newtown, Conn., school that lost 20 children and six adults to a shooter who eventually killed himself, was developed to prevent gun-related deaths from crime, accidents or suicide, to provide parents, schools and communities with tools to help at-risk individuals and to promote gun safety.

Also on Monday’s agenda is a presentation by Helen Rossi, assistant district superintendent, on elementary school specifications that look at how school buildings support children’s education.

Tom Doppe, director of educational services, will give a report on how Martinez schools measure up to the state standards in the recently-released California School Dashboard Report.

Under the meeting’s consent calendar, the Board will consider declaring multiple electronic items from John Swett Elementary School and Martinez Adult Education as surplus e-waste and approving an Alhambra High School student government overnight trip to Disneyland to celebrate Grad Night.

It also will hear Julia Coyne’s report on the SkillsUSA National Championships in Louisville, Ky.

The Board of Education will meet in a closed session at 6:15 p.m. Monday to consider the expulsion of a student. The regular meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the District Board Room, 921 Susana St.

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