The future of sustainability throughout the Santa Monica school district will be discussed at this week’s district school board meeting as a sustainability plan draft will be presented to staff and public alike. Construction updates, proposed revisions to numerous policies and more will be discussed as well.

In a presentation to be shown at the Thursday, September 20 board meeting, district staff will lay out their vision for a long-term sustainability plan.

To track sustainability performance, the district will measure metrics of total waste generation, diverting waste from landfills, e-waste recycling, and construction/demolition recycling.

The district’s sustainability efforts will additionally focus on areas including water, solid waste, transportation, making buildings and their operations green, energy efficiency, education and engagement, and material procurement.

Santa Monica is currently in the final stage of a three-phase approach in making the district greener; phase one was engaging with stakeholders and the community, phase two was the process of reviewing current sustainability programs and creating more goals and strategies, and phase three is to develop and execute said goals and strategies. On December 13, the Sustainability Plan will return for discussion. Final approval of the plan will be scheduled in early 2019.

In addition to sustainability plan discussions, the board will also be updated on construction occurring throughout SMMUSD.

The board will be updated on previously reported construction efforts such as Samohi and Malibu modernization as well as JAMS field and gym updates, synthetic turf installation and roof restorations.

Another item to be discussed (only discussed, no action items on the Thursday dais) will include a deep-dive update on district-wide academic performance. The data-driven presentation will analyze success and areas of improvement, looking at how students of different racial/ethnic, socioeconomic, and English proficient subgroups perform.

Proposed revisions on the dais will include prohibiting the collection of information in regards to a student or student’s family member’s citizenship or immigration status, reflecting law AB 699.

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