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December 2018

Greeting Families and Community Members,

We are making progress in the John Swett Unified School District. Our school bond measures are progressing, our efforts at improving climate and culture within our schools are beginning to have some effect, and students are actively engaged in learning. 
School Bond construction has started at John Swett High School. We are currently demolishing the second floor of the classroom wing in order to make way for newly renovated classrooms and restrooms. The renovations will result in new, state of the art classrooms, ready for 21st century learning. This will include infrastructure for interactive technology, more spacious classrooms, a learning wall in each room, air conditioning, and other improvements. We will also install new bathrooms and fixtures, improved privacy stalls for students, and up-to-date water/hydration stations on every floor. We are also moving forward with our plans for Carquinez MIddle School. This includes working through the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) process, submitting plans for the second increment of the project, and selecting a lease lease-back partner. As always, community input on our District's bond projects are important. Please feel to reach out with questions and let us know your point of view. If your are curious about the plans and layouts for our new middle school (and the remodel of our high school), please visit our website at and follow the links to our school bond projects and facilities information under the "District" tab on the website.
Our academic programs are also thriving. Our Career Academy enrollment is at an all time high. Our machine and woodshop classrooms are full, our Computer Assisted Design (CAD) classes are at maximum capacity, and students are acquiring the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century workplace. We have also received additional funding and support from our industry partners to help fund our programs. Both C & H Sugar and Phillips 66 have made substantial donations to our Career Academy. In addition, Phillips 66 just approved a grant for $50,000 to fund chromebooks and carts to help increase student access to online learning resources. As a result of this generous donation, we will have a 1:1 computing ratio in our middle school, and more chromebooks and carts in our elementary and high school. Thank you to Aimee Henry for helping us to obtain these additional funds!
This month will also bring about changes to our School Board. Brian Colombo is leaving the Board after 12 years of service to our students and community. We thank him for all that he has done to improve our District. Jerry Parsons will be taking his spot on the Board as a Trustee. Welcome Jerry. We are truly fortunate to have a committed group of School Board Trustees who truly care about the safety and welfare of our students. They are dedicated, hard working, and continuously strive to improve outcomes for our students. Thank you to Debbie Brandon (Board President), Barbara Vargen-Kotchever (Board Clerk), Shane Reinhart, Marina Ramos, Brian Colombo (outgoing), and Jerry Parsons (incoming). Your service is appreciated.

Your thoughts and viewpoints about our schools is important. We want to hear from you. I am available by cell phone at (925) 639-7408 or by email at If you ever have a problem or concern, please feel free to reach out to me personally and I will help get things resolved. 
Charles Miller, Ed. D.
John Swett Unified School District
Office: 510-245-4300 x2105
Cell: 925-639-7408