From the Governing Board's October 28, 2014 Meeting:

--Paul Pettine and Patricia Alpert of the Carpinteria Education Foundation presented checks to each of the schools, pursuant to approved grant requests. Most of the grants were for additional classroom technology. Thanks to a very successful Carp-a-Cabana event, a total of $41,700 in grants were awarded at the meeting. Board members expressed their appreciation to CEF for all of its work on behalf of Carpinteria schools.
--In his update, Paul Cordeiro promoted the November 17 Annual Community meeting to be held at Carpinteria HS (6:00 pm, Cafeteria). The meeting will focus on Measure U, changes in California's public education system, and THRIVE Carpinteria Cradle-to-Career.
--Bob Keatinge reported to the Board on recent test results including:(1) California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE); (2) California English Language Development Test (CELDT), and; (3) California Standards Test (CST) for science, grades 5, 8 and 10. Mr. Keatinge's presentation is available upon request.
--The Board accepted a grant payment of $70,000 from the J.S. Bower Foundation in support of the Carpinteria Children's Project (CCP).
 
From the Governing Board's November 12, 2014 Meeting:
 
--The Board recognized (with Dr. Maria Fisk presenting) Donna Jordan of Carpinteria Beautiful for organization's support of the Main (Carpinteria Children's Project) campus beautification. Not in attendance was Jane Gama Reed of the Montecito YMCA which also supported the effort.
--Principals Jamie Persoon and Leslie Gravitz, supported by parents and staff, gave an overview of their Single Plan for Student Achievement. The Board subsequently approved each of the school's plans.
--Director Maria Fisk, Preschool Director Holly Harvan and Assistant Superintendent Cindy Abbott gave an update on the Carpinteria Children's Project. Dr. Fisk and Ms. Harvan reviewed the CCP's myriad services including infant-toddler programs, preschools, and numerous services and parent education programs. Dr. Fisk and Ms. Abbott also updated the Board on the CCP budget, which is in the black.
--In his update, Paul Cordeiro expressed his gratitude to all of the people who worked hard on the Measure U campaign to attain overwhelming passage on November 4. He thanked Campaign Chairs Marybeth Carty and John Franklin, Voter Contact Coordinator Beth Cox, Board members, Cindy Abbott and the numerous parent and community volunteers who gave hours to the effort.
--Cindy Abbott summarized "next steps" following voter-approval of Measure U, including selection of a bond oversight committee, Board decisions on construction management and selection of architects. Much must be accomplished before any projects commence.
 
The Board's next regularly scheduled meeting is November 25, 5:30 pm, City Hall.