Review Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 6/22/2022 - 6:00 PM
Category: Business/Action Items
Type: Action
Subject: 18.6 Review and Potential Approval of Bel Air Elementary School order with Lee & Low Books for Level Readers **Original 15.19 moved during Agenda Approval
LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) Goal:
Goal 1:
All students will receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with equitable and high expectations, access to technology, and instruction in the California State Standards that prepare them for college and career.
File Attachment:
BAES Lee & Low Books Quote.pdf
Summary: In January of 2021, Bel Air was the recipient of the Early Literacy School Block Grant (ELSBG). For the past year and a half, Bel Air grant lead participants have engaged in a variety of trainings, meetings, as well as professional development, and an accredited course focused on early literacy and vocabulary development. During the past school year, Bel Air has implemented a variety of assessments in order to help improve our instruction through Dibels, iReady, Core Phonics, and Wonders in order to provide data for our student’s areas of need. Teachers and administration did this through several PDSA Cycles of Inquiry. Through this process, the data has shown a need for a more explicit phonics based curriculum. Next school year we have decided to implement Fundations as an early literacy program in addition to our Wonders curriculum. This program allows for more resources to guide students through the process of reading and writing with books.

Access to leveled readers is a large contributor to the success of all our students to propel them forward in their reading development and practice. Unfortunately, not all our classrooms at Bel Air are equipped with leveled readers, and those that are, are not culturally relevant or reflective of our school’s demographics. When 96% of our students are Latino/Latina, African American, Native American, Asian, or Pacific Islander, we need to provide books that represent who they are. Kids are more interested in reading when the content is more interesting to them. With diverse leveled readers, we will be able to provide a source that is heavily needed in each classroom to support their academic growth, and also provide content that they can relate to, which builds self esteem and their value of self worth when learning.
Funding: Title 1 – Site Based Funds -3070
Fiscal Impact $43,203.19
Recommendation: Move to approve Bel Air Elementary School order with Lee & Low for Level Readers
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Michele McKimmie - Administrative Assistant
Signed By:
Marji Calbeck - Director of Elementary
Signed By:
Jennifer Sachs - Chief, Educational Services
Signed By:
Mika Arbelbide - Director of Fiscal Services
Signed By:
Dr. Adam Clark - Superintendent
Vote Results:

Original Motion
Member Cherise Khaund Moved, Member Linda Mayo seconded to approve the Original motion 'Move to approve Bel Air Elementary School order with Lee & Low for Level Readers'. Upon a Roll-Call Vote being taken, the vote was: Aye: 4 Nay: 0.
The motion Carried 4 - 0
Cherise Khaund     Yes
Linda Mayo     Yes
Erin McFerrin     Yes
Keisha Nzewi     Yes