LTUSD Board Meeting |

LTUSD Board Meeting

Sarah Gonser

For a handful of South Lake Tahoe business owners, belonging to a community means more than just advertising in the yellow pages. The real rewards, they explained to Lake Tahoe Unified School District board members Tuesday, come after you’ve rolled up your sleeves and gotten involved in the nitty gritty details.

“My intentions are to be a part of this community,” said Donna Barker, owner of South “Y” Shell. “So my husband and I have made a point each year to sit down and figure out where our priorities lie, and, as parents and business owners, education is our focus.”

Barker and four other business owners have joined the Tahoe Valley Elementary School-Business Partnership which funds the Homework Club, a program providing space, structure, discipline and adult assistance for children to do their homework.

“Some of these kids live in motels and might not be able to find the time or place to do their homework,” said Tahoe Valley principal Jackie Nelson. “The club has provided this for them so they don’t fall behind as they would otherwise.”

Last year, eight businesses contributed $4,750 to the club. This year, contributions have reached $1,450.

However, business partnerships don’t necessarily require financial contributions, Jeff Gouge, assistant general manager at Embassy Suites Resort, told board members.

For the last two years, 400 eighth-graders at South Tahoe Middle School have been applying for jobs at the resort as part of their Wide World of Work program. Students learned about job interviews and how to write cover letters and resumes.

“Quite honestly, some of these resumes and applications are far better than what we get from people applying for real jobs,” Gouge said. “Basically, students learn how to apply for a job in the real world and they get the chance to work side-by-side with hotel employees for two days.”

In other action, the board passed a measure ensuring that each kindergarten through third grade pupil receives a full set of the core reading program instructional materials approved by the State Board of Education in 1996.

The board also reviewed first revisions of board policies concerning discipline and punishment, suspension and expulsion and weapons and dangerous instruments. The policies are being updated to reflect current state guidelines.

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