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December 7, 2009 Minutes

 
 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 December 7, 2009
 
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: Devin Wilson, President; Lisa Ruffa, Vice President, Phillip Giannetto, Member; John Hodge, 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
 
 
The meeting was adjourned to Closed Session at 5:17 p.m.
 
4. RECONVENEMENT
 
 
 
Pledge of Allegiance:
 
Report of Action Taken in Closed      Session:
 
 
Approval of Resolution 10-09, Certificated Staff Early Retirement Incentive:
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:50 p.m.
 
The flag salute was led by Devin Wilson.
 
 
President Wilson stated there was no action taken during closed session.
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 10-09, the certificated staff early retirement incentive as presented by Mrs. Estrada. The potential cost savings to the district could be $37,594 per retiree.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
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
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Screening and Selection of Board Applicants for December 14, 2009 Interviews:
 
Board member Hodge reported on his visitation to BES awards assembly and complimented Principal White on his new assembly set up.
 
Mr. Wilson attended the Porterville Christmas Parade and was pleased to see many of our parents and students in attendance.
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the Board member applicants Rene Acevedo, Thomas Bear, Jowayne Hardin, and Eddie Hernandez to be interviewed on December 14, 2009 for the provisional appointment of a Board member to the Burton School District Board of Trustees.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
7. CONSENT
 
Approval of Consent Calendar:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge to approve the following items on the Consent Calendar:
 
1. A/P warrants #60980650-60980694
2. November 16, 2009 Board Minutes
3. Classified employment of Amanda    Rodriguez, BEST Instructor
4. Release of Probationary Classified Employee
5. WRB out-of-county field trip to the Pantages   Theater in Los Angeles, January 30, 2010
6. WRB out-of-county field trip to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo on April 19, 2010
7. BES out-of-county field trip to the LaBrea Tar Pits on May 18, 2010
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Giannetto took the opportunity to thank the administration for their continued support of student field trips with the budget as tight as it is. Dr. Mekeel stated many school districts have completely cut student field trips from their budgets.
 
Mr. Hodge requested Item 7.5 be pulled for clarification of the educational benefit to the students for the SCA-R out-of-county field trip request to Death Valley on January 4-7, 2010. Mr. Jenkins explained his students have studied and written a screen play built around the elements of science and nature that exists in Death Valley and have even written four songs on the role of the National Park Service. The students will perform songs and a play in the environment that led to their artistic creation. Mr. Jenkins invited the Board to his students’ performance at Borders in Visalia on December 12th at 2:00-4:00 p.m.
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve SCA-R out-of-county field trip request to Death Valley on January 4-7, 2010.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
8. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS
 
Presentation of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:
 
 
 
 
Presentation of “You Make a Difference” Award:
 
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Kamberg introduced SCA-R music teacher Stephen Smith who was then presented by President Wilson with the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award.
 
 
Mr. Milo Jenkins introduced Mr. Bo Orosco, Day Custodian at SCA-R, as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” Award.
 
Presentation of the Student Recognition Awards:
 
 
 
Mmes. Podczaszy and McDonald and Mr. Jenkins introduced their students Maggie Rivas, Jake Dhanens, Jocelyn Ortiz, and Belen Flores as the recipients of the “Student Recognition” awards. Student Gladys Lopez was not in attendance.
 
9.   BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
Approval of the First Interim Financial Report:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Report on Revenue and Expenditures and Developer Fees for 2998-09:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the First Interim Financial Report for 2009-10 as presented by Mrs. Jones.
 
 Motion passed: 4-0
 
 With the state deficit growing, Board member Hodge expressed an interest in having our advocacy groups voice our concerns with the state budget and its impact on education. Dr. Mekeel will draft a letter to our elected officials and look into scheduling a date to travel to Sacramento to meet with our legislators.
 
 
Mrs. Jones reported on the Capital
Facilities Fund (Developer Fee) revenues and expenditures for FY 2008-09. She stated the fees help pay for facilities that are needed as the district grows. Expenditures from the fund are restricted and are used as they relate to planning, facilities, and furnishing for increased enrollment. She stated this is a required annual report and for the Board’s information.
 
10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
 
Approval of Revision of SCA Petition:
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the revision of SCA’s
Petition allowing for enrollment of home school students.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
 
Approval of Resolution 10-10, Amendment 01 of State Preschool Contract:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presentation of Assessment Results:
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Resolution 10-10, Amendment 01 of the Preschool Contract CSPP-9673.   Mrs. Kamberg stated there is no change in the contract amount but the language in the contract has changed.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
Mrs. Kamberg presented data on the first round of benchmark results for 2009 first trimester. The report was provided in a table format by grade level for ELA, text level, writing samples, and math. The results will be utilized in the intervention programs at many of the sites and to set student achievement goals in both language arts and mathematics in preparation for the California State Tests.
 
11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
 
Dr. Mekeel reported he was working through our consultants to respond to the 15 day letter. He stated we are still putting those pieces together. Tomorrow will be the signing of the document that clears all the questions on the 15 day letter.  We will receive approval for Redwood campus first.   In January he hopes to present the board with the bids for the cost of the preparation of the Redwood track facilities. Mr. Tucker is working with Web and Son in an effort to reduce some of the costs to keep it in the $100,000 range. 
 
10. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
Update on California Voting Rights:
 
 
 
 
Dr. Mekeel informed the Board the County Committee will be meeting with our Board in the next couple of months to talk to them about the proposal to change our board election system. He stated nothing will be done formally until the census has been completed in 2012.

 
11. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
      
December Calendar of Events:
 
Enrollment Report:
 
This is a routine report provided to the Board.
 
This is a routine report provided to the Board.
 
14. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION
The meeting adjourned to Closed Session at 7:44 p.m.
 
 
15. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION
3.       The meeting reconvened to Opens Session at 9:40 p.m.
4.        
 
16. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 9:40 p.m.