HUSD school notes

■ By Mary Ann Morris / Editor

Board member Joe Wojcik resigns
Hemet Unified School District Governing Board member Joe Wojcik has resigned his seat effective Aug. 2 in Trustee Area 3 because he has moved out of the district, according to a news release by HUSD.
He has been a trustee for more than 10 years with the board and his term expires in 2018. He is a partner in the law firm of Davis, Wojcik and Duarte, with offices in Hemet and Temecula.
The board will begin the process to fill the vacancy for Trustee Area 3 at the Aug. 15 meeting.

HUSD leadership attends NISL training
Management personnel from Hemet Unified School District underwent a two-day training course using tools from the National Institute for School Leadership (NISL) to gain insight on how to better support the needs of its students.
According to HUSD Public Information Officer Alex Sponheim, the goal is to get staff in the mindset of questioning why things are done a certain way.
“Each site is different and has different areas of opportunities,” said Sponheim. “Are we doing these things or processes because that’s the way it has always been done or is it because it is in the best interest of our students?”
The superintendent, assistant superintendents, directors and a few board members worked with California State Coordinator Janice Case to discuss areas of improvement and the future of the district. According to Sponheim, they looked at what other high performing schools throughout the country were doing and what strategies and processes they could implement that would fit the demographics of HUSD students, and how to align coherence throughout the entire district.
For example, staff within the district is working to ensure HUSD students graduate college and career ready. In order to achieve this goal, all opportunities and support systems need to be explored to ensure the success of student learning, said Sponheim.
Additional training included reviewing case studies and discussions about how to implement specific strategies in HUSD schools.

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