CLASS IN SESSION: Students at Roosevelt Elementary School learn about the Cool Tools program. (File photo)

Enrollment, parent involvement and suspension and expulsion rates are among the expected topics of discussion at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s education board meeting Tuesday.

It will be the entity’s first meeting since the addition of Ralph Mechur, who was appointed to fill Ben Allen’s vacated seat following a five-hour meeting Thursday night.

The board will hear an update on enrollment from DecisionInsite, a private company it enlisted to project figures for the 2015-16 school year based on previous numbers as well as census data. The projections will be used to determine staffing needs for next year, according to the district.

DecisionInsite has said that SMMUSD enrollment could jump to 12,500 by 2016.

Staff has not recommended any changes to the interdistrict attendance policy, but the board will review it ahead of the annual permit application process.

Another discussion will revolve around the district’s Local Control Accountability Plan, which was approved by the school board in June and by the county’s Office of Education in August. The plan was created in response to the establishment of the state’s new school finance system.

Parent involvement and suspension/expulsion rates will be highlighted in the LCAP progress report, according to the district.

The board may also consider adopting a resolution to designate Jan. 30 as the Fred Korematsu Day of Civil Liberties and the Constitution.

Korematsu was a Japanese-American citizen who challenged his arrest and conviction in the wake of World War II internment orders.

The board will also weigh approval of a 2013-14 audit report, which was conducted by Christy White Accountancy Corporation. There are no adjustments or notable findings, according to the district.

The board is expected to hear updates from students at Santa Monica, Malibu and Olympic high schools as well as reports from representatives from the Classroom Teachers Association, SEIU, PTA Council and the local education foundation.

School Accountability Report Cards for 2013-14 will be posted on the district website upon board approval. The reports, which include information about test scores, demographics, professional development, facilities and equipment, are mandated by state law as part of the No Child Left Behind Act.

The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at district headquarters, 1651 16th St.

Contact Jeff Goodman by phone at 310-573-8351, via email at or on Twitter.

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