Napa County Teacher of the Year Jennifer Marinace received a warm acknowledgement by the St. Helena Unified School District’s Board of Trustees last Thursday at the board’s meeting in Vintage Hall.

Marinace who teaches English at the Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, was chosen on Sept. 5 as the Teacher of the Year by the Napa County Office of Education, and the board of trustees were given a video presentation in which Marinace described her love of teaching and her appreciation of the team of teachers and parents who support her activities at the school.

Marinace was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a token the board’s appreciation, and it was noted that Marinace was chosen from more than 400 countywide nominations. She is now nominated to the California Department of Education’s Teacher of the Year award processes.

Present at the trustees meeting were Cindy Smith, Jeannie Kerr, Maria Haug, Jeffrey Conwell, Lisa Pelosi, and ASB Representative Samar Rabin as well as the school district’s superintendent, Mary Lou Wilson and chief academic officer, Chris Heller.

Other activities at the board meeting included the introduction of the Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Associated Student Body (ASB) officers followed by the introduction of the St. Helena High School ASB officers.

The meeting included a “Communications” agenda item in which a board member report presented the 2017-2018 calendar of Ag Department and Future Farmers of America chapter.

Wilson also provided an update to the board on the meetings of a number of subcommittees, including Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and the Parent Survey.

Other items presented from the board’s agenda included Principal Reports from the high school, middle school, elementary school, and primary school.

The board’s consent agenda included: approval of minutes from the Aug. 10 board meeting, the high school parent group’s budget, approval and ratification of field trips, and other items, all accepted by consent.

There were reports from Human Resources regarding the approval of seven instructors to teach; salary schedules for executive cabinet positions as well as contracts for individual executive staff, and approval of tentative collective bargaining agreements with the St. Helena Teachers’ Association.

Agenda items were set for a board meeting on Oct. 12 that included student presentations, a report on technology, classified and certified seniority, a long term maintenance plan, Elementary School math update, district of choice program update, and board policies update.

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Tom Stockwell is currently a staff writer for the St. Helena Star. He is an author of fiction and non-fiction books and has been a working journalist for a variety of technical publications as well as a consultant for numerous wineries in the Napa Valley.