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March 1, 2010 Minutes

 
 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 March 1, 2010
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 5:10 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
 
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:
 
 
Approval of Resolution 10-15, Non Re-Election of Certificated Probationary Employees:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of Resolution 10-16, In the Matter of the Release/Reassignment of Certificated Administrators:
 
 
 
 
The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:10 p.m.
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:50 p.m.
 
The flag salute was led by Mr. Wilson.
 
President Wilson reported there was no action taken during Closed Session.
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 10-15, the non re-election of certificated probationary employee, Carlos Tejada.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve Resolution 10-16, in the matter of the decision for release and reassignment of certificated administrator, Rita Verde.
 
Motion passed: 5-0   
 
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. There were none forthcoming.
 
6. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND VISITATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
 
Mr. Hodge reported on his attendance at the California Teachers Association Board of Trustees Recognition Dinner held February18, 2010. He stated the speaker was quite humorous and engaging. The president of CTA did an outreach about what they expect of board of trustee members. There were 12 points they discussed and it was quite enlightening.  
 
Mr. Wilson attended the SCA Wednesday’s Response to Intervention to witness the process the teachers used for evaluating students. He stated it was dynamic. He encouraged other board members to attend if possible.
 

 
 
7. CONSENT CALENDAR
 
    Approval of the Consent Calendar:
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
1. A/P Warrants #61004950-61004985
2. February 16, 2010 Board Minutes
3. Classified employment of Jose Trujillo
4. Resignation from Classified employment of Marissa Musquiz
5. Resignations from Certificated employment of Myrna Munoz (Rivas), Spencer Stinson, Rebecca Grayson, Abigail Sywyk, and Robert Osak
6. Release from Certificated Management employment of Kim Chao, Learning Director
7. Out of County Field Trip Requests:
a. SCA third graders travel to California Science Center in L.A. on March 24, 2010
b. BES kindergarteners travel to Fresno Chaffee Zoo on April 30, 2010
c. JMA students travel to Johns Incredible Pizza in Bakersfield on June 1, 2010
 
Motion passed: 5-0
3.        
 
 
8. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
Approval of Audit Report for FY 2008/09 by Vavrinek , Trine, Day (VTD)and Company:
 
 
 
Mrs. Jones introduced Ms. Samantha Moore from VTD who proceeded to review the 2008/09 audit report. She stated there were no findings related to the audit to report and that is a testament to the financial service department on how good a job they are doing. Mr. Wilson took the opportunity to congratulate Mrs. Jones and her department for their outstanding performance and expressed the Board’s appreciation. It was then moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the 2008/09 audit report as presented by VTD.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
Approval of Request for Financial Support for the BMS Wrestling Team and Travel to Danville, Illinois:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of the Second Interim Financial Report for FY 09/10:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Pengilly introduced Coach Reneau who then introduced the four wrestling students that qualified for the Middle School Duals in Danville, Illinois. Mr. Reneau highlighted each of the students accomplishments and stated this request for approval of the field trip and funding would provide a once in a lifetime experience for the students. After much deliberation by the Board and after hearing comments from the audience, the Board
recommended the team conduct fund raisers and to contact community organizations that  could possibly contribute funds to help cover the $2,000 they needed. The District will draft a memorandum of understanding between the District and Burton Middle School Wrestling Team for the purpose of reimbursing the District the funds advanced to the team. The M.O.U. will be presented at the March 15th board meeting for review and Board approval.
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, for the District to finance the total $2,000 requested for financial support.
 
Motion failed: 2-3
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to loan the $2,000 requested, see what fund raising the team cam accomplish and draft a M.O.U. as a means of the BMS team repaying advanced funds. Mr. Hernandez stated the M.O.U. should provide the “opportunity to forgive” and to “pay back in kind.”
 
Motion passed: 4-1
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Second Interim Financial Report for FY 2009/10 as presented by Mrs. Jones.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
Approval of Monthly Budget Revisions:
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the Monthly Budget Revisions as reported by Mrs. Jones.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
 
9. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
   
Approval of School Calendar for 2010/2011:
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the Model 1 School Calendar for 2010/2011.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
 
10. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
 
Dr. Mekeel stated there were no new updates and that we are waiting for the state to have a credit rating good enough to sell bonds.
 
11. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
BOT/BOD Special Board Meeting:
 
Dr. Mekeel stated there will be a special BOT/BOD Board meeting on Monday, March 8, 2010, starting at 5:45 p.m. in the district office board room.
 
12. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
 
 
District Calendar of Events for March 2010:
      
 
       Enrollment Update:
 
 
This was an informational item provided to the Board.
 
This was an informational item provided to the Board.
 
Mr. Hodge inquired if Burton should have a warehouse to store a large number of supplies. Mrs. Jones stated that we do not have a warehouse and that we primarily use one vendor, Office Depot. They bid throughout the state of California and provide us the best price out there. They also give Burton a rebate at the end of the year which helps offset the cost of supplies for next school year. They have been very driven on keeping us informed on prices. She meets with vendors
 
 
 
every year and Staples couldn’t offer us anything better than what Office Depot gives us.
 
 
 
Mr. White invited the Board to attend tomorrow’s event at BES, Reading Across America. 
 
13. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.