The Gridley Unified School Board had a busy agenda last Wednesday which included the welcoming of Interim High School Principal Evelia Genera and Principal Joey Adame. Adame will begin January 2, 2014 and expressed his appreciation in being hired to come back to the town he grew up in. Adame went to Wilson School before moving to Biggs and was a Gridley Police Officer from 1993 to 1999 after serving as a probation officer for two years. Adame served as the Assistant Principal for the Madera County Office Of Education, Principal in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, Principal at West Fresno School District and is currently a Principal for the Morgan Hill Unified School District. “The API scores are phenomenal. I don't look at this as a job, more like a mission,” he stated. Adame still remembers the encouragement he received from Mrs. King when he was a child at Wilson Elementary and the power that encouragement meant to him. Genera travels from Woodland to work at Gridley High and is excited about her few days already spent at Gridley High. She served as the Principal at Woodland's High School and the Dean of Instruction before that at Woodland Community College. Board member Eric Waterbury stated he had checked the football field that day and inquired about brown spots in the grass. He was told by Sycamore School Assistant Principal Mikeial Williamson, who is also in charge of maintenance and operations in the district, that he felt the brown spots were caused by the lawnmower, not lack of water. Employees have stopped dropping the level of the mower which should help. The condition of the sprig grass at the end zone was discussed and whether this area would be ready for the first home game September 13 against Monterey. Repairs to the bleachers have been completed with a handicapped seating area and a lower fence for better viewing. The scoreboard has been changed from “Us” and “Them” to “Dogs” and “Guests,” according to Williamson. FFA officers Abigail Pfister and Tyler Wilkerson gave a presentation to the board reporting that Katie Paredes is this year's President, Pfister Vice President, Wilkerson Reporter, Secretary Samantha Waterbury, Treasurer Austin Howard, Sentinal Jack Becker and Historian Clara Rudd. The first regular meeting for Gridley FFA will be September 23, 2013 at 7 p.m. Board members approved a tentative agreement with the Certificated Administrators with revisions to the salary schedule at 2.03 percent retroactive to July 1, 2012. The Salary Schedule will will be converted from a 12 Step salary schedule to an 8-Step salary schedule with current steps 1-4 eliminated. The current Step five becomes the new Step 1 and current Step 12 becomes the new Step 8. The 2013-2014 Memorandum of Understanding with Butte County Office of Education Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Induction serves first and second year teachers in the district. In the past, funding form the State of California has been provided to districts for this required program for beginning teachers. GUSD has participated as a member of the Butte County BTSA Consortium for many years. Funds are no longer allocated to the districts or to the Butte County Office of Education giving the school districts responsibility to make a greater contribution to the cost. The district will pay $1,500 for each of the eleven teachers at a cost of $16,500 with a $2,000 per year stipend to BTSA support providers. Participating teachers will pay $250 enrollment fee each year. The Gridley School Board will meet Wednesday, September 18, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.