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May 3, 2010 Minutes

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 3, 2010

 

1. OPENING CEREMONY

 

Call to Order:

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:18 p.m. in the Burton School District Board Room located at 274 N. Westwood Street, Porterville, California.

 

Present: Devin Wilson, President; Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; John Hodge, Member; Phillip Giannetto, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary

 

Absent:  Eddie Hernandez

             

2. OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON CLOSED SESSION ITEMS

 

The public was asked if there was anyone who wished to address the Board on Closed Session items. There were none forthcoming.

 

3. CLOSED SESSION

 

 

4. RECONVENEMENT

 

  

 

Pledge of Allegiance:

   

Report of Action Taken in Closed Session:

 

 

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:18 p.m.

 

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:51 p.m.

 

The flag salute was led by President Wilson.

 

President Wilson reported there was no action was taken during Closed Session. 

 


 

5. OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ABOUT ANY ITEMS WITHIN THE BOARD’S JURISDICTION BUT WHICH ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA

 

 

 

 

President Wilson asked if there was anyone present who wished to address the Board about items within the Board’s jurisdiction but not on the agenda.   Dr. Snavely, Superintendent of Porterville Unified School District, requested to address the Board at the appropriate time in the agenda regarding the Pathways Charter Academy.  President Wilson acknowledged his request.

 

 

6. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND VISITATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 

 

   

 

Mr. Wilson noted the baseball fields are starting to germinate and are looking better.

 

 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

    Approval of Consent Calendar:

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the consent calendar as follows:

1. A/P warrants #61022607-61022656

2. April 19, 2010 Board Minutes

3. Certificated Employee Request for Leave of Absence, Megan McDannald

4. Out of County Field Trip Requests:

a. May 7, 2010-BMS CJSF Trip to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

b. June 5-7, 2010-SCCA Adventure Club Travel to Owens Valley

 

 

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

8. SCHEDULE PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

 

Presentation of “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:

 

 

 

William R. Buckley Principal, Chastity Lollis, introduced first grade teacher, Mrs. Karen Blomstrand, as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award and also mentioned that Mrs. Blomstrand will be retiring at the end of this school year.

 

 

Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:

 

 

 

 

Student Recognition Awards:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing and Public Comment on the Proposed Petition to Establish the Burton Pathways Charter Academy:

 

 

William R. Buckley Classified staff member, Ms. Michelle Jordan, was introduced and presented the “You Make A Difference” award by Vice Principal, David Shimer.

 

Mrs. Lollis introduced certificated staff members Mrs. Blomstrand, Mr. Edwards, Mmes. Standifer and Britton who in turn introduced their students Jacob Sauceda, Brandon Morales, Xivida Cruz and Nick Taylor as the recipients of the William R. Buckley student recognition awards.  Mrs. Adams was scheduled to recognize her student, Yulissa Childez, who was unable to attend.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg stated the petition being presented will allow the public to address any concerns they might have.  President Wilson proceeded with opening the Public Hearing for public comments.  Superintendent of PUSD, John Snavely, introduced himself and expressed his concern at what he felt was a lack of communication between the two districts concerning Burton’s interest in

establishing the charter academy due to La Sierra High School Charter’s impending closure.  He stated they hadn’t had time to digest the full impact of Burton’s petition but was concerned about Burton’s perceived expansion into educating Porterville’s 9-12

community.  He felt it was not in the best interest of the community and would like to dialogue with Burton about any concerns that Burton felt Porterville was not meeting.  Dr. Snavely requested that the petition before the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hearing and Public Comment on CSEA’s Initial Bargaining Proposal for 2010-2011 for Negotiations with Burton School District:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Board tonight not be approved in order to allow additional dialog to occur between the two districts to better understand exactly what Burton’s plans are before moving forward.  President Wilson thanked him and asked for further comments from the public.  There were none.  President Wilson then closed the public hearing.

 

 

 

 

President Wilson opened the Public Hearing for public comment on California School Employees Association (CSEA) initial bargaining proposal for 2010-2011 with Burton School District.  There were no comments forthcoming.  President Wilson then closed the public hearing.

 

 

Hearing and Public Comment on the District’s Initial Bargaining Proposal for 2010-2011 Negotiations with California School Employees Association (CSEA):

 

 

 

 

 

President Wilson opened the hearing for public comments regarding the District’s initial bargaining proposal for 2010-2011 negotiations with CSEA.  There were no comments forthcoming.  President Wilson then closed the public hearing.

 

9. BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

Adoption of CSEA’s Initial Bargaining Proposal for 2010-2011 Negotiations with Burton School District:

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the adoption of CSEA’s initial bargaining proposal for 2010-2011 negotiations with Burton School District.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

 

Adoption of Burton School Districts’ Initial Bargaining Proposal for 2010-2011 Negotiations with CSEA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Resolution 10-18, 403(b) Payroll Administration Fee Remittance:

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the adoption of Burton School District’s initial bargaining proposal for 2010-2011 negotiations with CSEA.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Resolution 10-18, allowing TCOE to pay for administrative fees owed by the district to Third Party Administrators (TPA) and then make corresponding cash transfer from district funds in reimbursement to the County Superintendent. 

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

William R. Buckley Principal’s Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic and Professional Development Update:

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Lollis gave a PowerPoint report on her site’s 2009-2010 strategic interventions for the English Learners, Far Below Basic, Below Basic, and Basic students and reviewed the 2– 4th grade ELA and Math, 1st - 3rd trimester  benchmark results which reflected positive growth.  She stated implementation of school-wide incentives had very successful results with the students.

 

 

Mitzie Styles reported that Curriculum Council’s focus this year has been on “writing” to ensure all students are well prepared in this subject.  Curriculum Council has been busy revising rubrics, creating prompts, designing structures and incorporating the Jane Schaffer writing methods.  In support of these changes, Mrs. Styles has begun and will be providing future staff developments at all grade levels.

 

 

 

 

Approval of the Petition for the Burton Pathways Charter Academy:

 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg stated the correct name of the charter is Burton Pathways Charter Academy and that the petition before them had been amended on Page 13, Paragraph J, removing verbiage that the Community Day School was an option.  The Board discussed the merits of establishing the charter and felt it opened another avenue for those students that were not succeeding in the regular school setting.  The Board was very interested in keeping the communication going between Porterville and Burton school districts and establishing a means of better tracking students between the districts and sharing of resources. Three students and a teacher from La Sierra Charter were present to give testimony of the positive impact, success, and growth they had experienced as students and staff at La Sierra. It was then moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Burton Pathway Charter Academy petition noting the amendment to Page 13, Paragraph J.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

11. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION

 

Approval of BP/AR 6153 – School Sponsored Trips (second reading):

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve BP/AR 6153, School Sponsored Trips, reflecting revisions to out-of-state sponsored trips and language regarding chaperones and financial support by the Board. 

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

Mr. Hodge requested to revisit BMS wrestling teams’ M.O.U. and Mrs. Ruffa would like an update on the outcome of the team’s fundraising.

 

 

 

Approval of Resolution 10-19, In the Matter of Ordering a Regular Governing Board Member Elections:

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 10-19, in the matter of ordering a regular Governing Board Member election on November 2, 2010 for the purpose of electing three members to the governing board of the District with the selection of options C-i, D-i, and E-i of the specifications.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

Approval of 2010/11 Board Meeting Dates:

 

 

 

 

 

BP/AR 4161, Catastrophic Leave Program (first reading):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the 2010-2011 Board meeting dates.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

Mrs. Estrada stated that Burton did not have a policy in place on catastrophic leave and has found a need for one.  The policy being presented is a first reading for review and any suggested revisions.   This policy will be returned to the May 17th board meeting for review and recommended adoption. 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

Dr. Mekeel reported the state recently released nine hundred million dollars of project funding and that Burton should be in the pipeline to receive part of that funding.  He doesn’t expect to see any funds until the early part of summer.

 


 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg reminded the Board of the Staff Appreciation Luncheon scheduled for May 13, 2010 and encouraged the Board to attend if their schedules allowed.  

 

Mr. Hodge inquired about the status of kindergarten registration.  Mrs. Kamberg stated it is higher than expected.  WRB is at 115 and BES has over 100 with room for 120 kindergarten students.  He then asked if SCCA had an enrollment date. Mrs. Kamberg stated it is open enrollment at SCCA, and Mr. Huchingson had shared with her that he was encouraged with the good number of applications he has received so far.

 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS

 

 

      Enrollment Update:

 

 

May/June 2010 District Calendar of Events:

 

This was an informational item provided to the Board.

 

 

This was an informational item provided to the Board.

 

15. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION

The meeting adjourned to Closed Session at 8:00 p.m.

 

16. RECONVENEMENT

The meeting reconvened at 8:15 p.m.

 

17. ADJOURMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.