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February 16, 2010 Minutes

 
 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
 OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 February 16, 2010
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m. in the Burton School District Board Room located at 274 N. Westwood Street, Porterville, California.
 
Present: Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; John Hodge, Member; Phillip Giannetto, Member; Eddie Hernandez, Member; and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary
 
Absent: Devin Wilson
 
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 Student Teaching Agreement with Rio Salado College:
 
 
 
 
 
Public Notice of District’s Initial Proposal to BETA Regarding Collective Bargaining Negotiations:
The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:15 p.m.
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:50 p.m.
 
The flag salute was led by Mrs. Ruffa.
 
Vice President Ruffa stated there was no action taken during Closed Session.
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Student Teaching Agreement with Rio Salado College.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
Mrs. Ruffa read the public notice of the District’s initial bargaining proposal for the 2010-2011 negotiations with BETA to the audience.   
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
 
 
Vice President Ruffa 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 and Mrs. Ruffa commented on how nice an evening they had at the  Champagne and Chocolate event and noted there was lot of community support. 
 
7. CONSENT CALENDAR
 
Approval of the Consent Calendar:
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
1. A/P Warrants #60999929-61000014 and   #61002779-61002816
2. February 1, 2010 Board Minutes
3. Classified employment of Maria Zamora
4. Retirement of Certificated employee, Roberta Seib
5. Release from probationary Classified employment, BEST Instructor, SCA-M
 
8. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS
 
Presentation of “Every Teacher    Succeeding” Award:
 
 
 
Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:
 
 
 
Mr. White introduced Mrs. Jenifer Sanders as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award.
 
 
Principal Marcus White introduced Vice Principal Troy Hayes who introduced Mr. Victor Macario as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” award.
 
Presentation of Student Recognitions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presentation of Special Recognitions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Public Hearing of the District’s Initial Proposal to BETA:
Principal Marcus White introduced staff members Mmes. Lugo, Wilson, Sanders, Sanchez and Mr. Bochat who in turn introduced students Emily Fischer, Lathan Hopf, John Perez, Issac Escobedo, and Alex Phipps as the recipients of the Student Recognition Awards.
 
Mrs. Jones presented special recognitions to her staff members Barbara Hayes, Lorie Hayes, Chris Mano and Holly Tucker for a job “well done” in the 2008/09 audit wherein there were no audit findings. Mrs. Jones stated in her 27 years of experience that has never happened.
 
 
Mrs. Ruffa opened the public hearing for comments from the public regarding the District’s initial proposal to the Burton Elementary Teachers Association. There were no comments. Mrs. Ruffa closed the public hearing.
 
9. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
 
Adoption of the District’s Proposed Initial Bargaining Proposal to BETA:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of Audit Report by Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Company:
 
 
Approval of the M.O.U. between BSD and Porterville Little League:
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the District’s proposed Initial Bargaining Proposal to BETA for 2010/2011.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
This item was tabled for the March 1, 2010 board meeting.
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the M.O.U. between Burton School District and Porterville Little League.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
Approval of Resolution 10-13, Participation in 2009-10 Mid Year TRANS:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of One-Time Utilities Fee Reduction:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Budget Update:
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve Resolution 10-13, participation in 2009/10 mid year TRANS offering from the California School Cash Reserve Program with $2.5 million being the maximum amount borrowed.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the one-time utilities fee reduction for the Porterville Storm Girls Basketball team.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
Mrs. Jones reported that nothing new had come from the state and to prepare for more cuts with the governor’s proposal.
 
 
10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
 
Approval of the 2010/2011 School   Calendar:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) for JMA, BMS, SCA and the Community Day School:
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Model 1 of the 2010/2011 school calendar.
 
Motion failed: 2-2
 
This item will be returned for further discussion at the next board meeting. Mr. Hodge would like to see Porterville’s calendar for next year and Mr. Giannetto would like to see the financial impact of lost ADA with Porterville and Burton having different schedules for Spring Break.
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) for JMA, BMS, SCA and the Community Day School.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
Approval of Resolution 10-14, Endorsement of March 4, 2010, Day of Action to Stand Up for Schools and California’s Future:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve Resolution 10-14, Endorsement of March 4, 2010, Day of Action to Stand Up for Schools and California’s Future, a statewide day of action to support public education, school funding and other essential community services.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
 
Dr. Mekeel reported he had received a four day letter from OPSC on the Lombardi project. This project will be headed for the State Allocation Board on February 27, 2010. It will be summer before the state has a credit rating reasonable enough to sell bonds.
 
12. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION
   
      Approval of BP/AR 2210-6173 (second reading):
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve BP/AR 2210-6173.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
Approval of Name Change of Summit Charter Academy-Redwood:
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the name change of Summit Charter Academy-Redwood to Summit Charter Collegiate Academy.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
 
 
       Enrollment Update:
 
This was an informational item provided to the Board.
 
15. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION
 
The meeting adjourned to Closed Session at 7:25 p.m.
 
16. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 8:15 p.m.
 
17. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:15 p.m.