MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
March 8, 2010
Call to Order:
The meeting was called to order at 5:45 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; Eddie Hernandez, Member; and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary
Randy Daniel, Chair; Dan Holloway, Vice Chair; Tamra Behrens, Member; Sheila Boyer, Member; Patrisia Espinoza, Member; Amy Hanson, Member; Dave Huchingson, Principal, SCCA; Cheyenne Ruffa, principal, SCA
2.OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON CLOSED SESSION ITEMS
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The public was asked if there was anyone who wished to address the Board on Closed Session items. There were none forthcoming.
3. BOT/BOD ANNUAL UPDATE
President Wilson opened the meeting and thanked everyone present for attending. He stated the meeting tonight was to discuss the direction that the Summit Charter schools are going. Randy Daniel, SCA Chair, stated he hoped the District shared the hopes and dreams for SCA schools as well.
The meeting was then turned over to SCA’s Principal, Cheyenne Ruffa, who proceeded with a PowerPoint report reviewing
the five areas of their petition’s program emphasis: acquisition of a second language, integrated Fine and Performing Arts with
Academics, Experiential/Project-Based Learning, technology infused into curriculum delivery, and parental support and involvement at school, home and in the community. She stated that SCA is a work in progress. The Board was interested in how they integrated the use of laptops, smart boards and mobi pads into their curriculum, the status of SCA’s extended day and individual learning plans, future class sizes, and discussed the Dual Immersion Program and the importance of it bridging over to Redwood. Mr. Wilson suggested the petition be revised by marking through the items that no longer applied to their petition. Dr. Mekeel suggested reviewing the petition and to rewrite it by the end of this year.
SCCA Principal, Dave Huchingson, proceeded with his PowerPoint report addressing the progress of their campus and the plans for next year. He defined the academy’s purpose which was to prepare students for college. He continued with an overview of happenings at that campus and then concluded with a description of the expectations of becoming an International Baccalaureate school. The Board asked questions concerning special needs students, revising the petition to reflect SCA is a “school of choice” with an academic requirement of a “C” GPA, the development of a website, student recruitment and the possibility of developing a recruitment video, expanding SCA to a third site, forming a Booster Club and SCCA’s new school sign and mascot.
Dr. Mekeel summarized the meeting by stating the petition is well written but needs to be edited and updated to reflect current practices and remove the practices that are no longer used and replace with those they are now focused on. Develop a website for both sites along with a commitment to other schools by the end of this year. The size of SCA is an issue and the Lombardi property could be the location of a third school for them. He suggested that the Board begin thinking about how to develop the grade level span and return before the end of the year to discuss how they would like the grade separation to look. He concluded by stating the Board of Trustees and Board of Directors are the unifying thread that will keep the dream moving forward.
The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.