Bogota School Board Advances Safety and Redistricting Initiatives

The Bogota School Board recently focused on enhancing student safety by installing vape detectors in all high school and middle school bathrooms and locker rooms. Superintendent Damian Kennedy announced the completion of the installation, with 15 detectors in the high school and eight in the middle school. In addition to safety measures, the Board discussed the ongoing planning for redistricting within the district, addressing community and staff concerns, and Kennedy’s plans to host upcoming meetings to discuss the redistricting process.

During the meeting, Kennedy also highlighted the arrival of new kitchen equipment at the high school made possible by the Healthy Meal Incentive Grant. This upgrade included a new range, freezer, cooler, and warmers, with the old, still-functioning equipment being repurposed to Steen School and the middle school. In a move towards sustainability, an electric vehicle (EV) charger was installed at the recreation center, with the final inspection pending before the district’s electric bus can be operational.

The Board celebrated the five-year anniversary of the pre-kindergarten program with an invitation extended to the original pre-K class and their families for an event at Steen School. The middle school’s Winter concert was also announced for January 22nd.

In terms of infrastructure and community engagement, the Board has added new committees to review construction, referendums, and to enhance community engagement and PTO relations. This expansion of committees is aimed at managing the increasing enrollment and the necessity for redistricting. The Board acknowledged the need for more hands-on management to prevent potential issues during the implementation of the voter-approved referendum aimed at the district’s progress.

Additionally, the meeting covered routine approvals of minutes, educational resolutions, personnel actions, finance, and building and grounds resolutions without debate or opposition.

The Board also expressed gratitude for a new sign for the 18 and 21 programs, aimed at enhancing community understanding of these initiatives. Recognition was given to a student athlete, Michael Liel Jr., for being nominated as student athlete of the week, and a new proclamation making January Muslim Heritage month was discussed as a step towards inclusivity.

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Damian Kennedy
School Board Officials:
Frank Miranda, Bisi Ruckett, Adriana Alcalde, Idalia Alvarez, Robert Alvarez, Jose Chavez, Susan Cruz, Marco Navarro, Trina Rivera Olivo

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