By CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA Reporter
While most Palisadian schools were in the midst of a week-long teacher strike, it was business as usual at Palisades Charter High School at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, January 15, as the trustees updated the public with the latest news coming from the administration.
School Principal Dr. Pam Magee commended the well-functioning programs that surround social and emotional wellness at Pali High, and appreciated what the school has at a time resources are under sharp scrutiny.
“We’re fortunate that we have not only one nurse on our campus, we have two,” Magee said.
“As you hear of schools that don’t have those resources, I’m really proud that we’ve committed to these things.”
Looking at areas where the school has struggled to keep up with rising demands, like transportation, Director of Operations Don Parcell reported that registration and financial assistance for school provided transportation has begun for the 2019-20 year.
For students who take public transportation, Parcell reported that Metro has added a second bus along its Pali High route due to the high demand and consistently full buses.
“Metro didn’t add the second bus just for us, they decided they’d let it stop here and get the extra fares, but still it is helpful to us,” Parcell said.
In addition to the Metro bus, the Big Blue Bus has agreed to run an express bus to Pali High starting in March that will run from the 4th Street bus stop in Santa Monica directly to Pali High, without any stops in between, with an estimated drop-off time of 7:35 a.m.
“That should cut that trip in half for people who are taking public transportation at least in a timely manner to get to those train stations,” he said.
Parcell will be monitoring the use of that bus and its effectiveness to determine if more is needed and will be taking it “one step at a time.”
The director of operations also informed the board that Social Sentinel, the social media monitoring system recently implemented by the school, is up and running with new adjustments being made on a daily basis to be most effective. When asked if any hits had been returned, Parcell said the system flagged a message over the weekend, but was determined a “false positive” and of no threat to the school.
The Board of Trustees will meet again on February 12.