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October 5, 2009 Minutes

 
 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 October 5, 2009
 
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 4:45 p.m. in the Summit Charter Academy-Redwood cafeteria located at 15550 Redwood Street, Porterville, California.
 
Present: Devin Wilson, President; Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; John Hodge, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary
 
Absent: Jay Rice
               Phillip Giannetto
 
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 4:45 p.m.
 
4. RECONVENEMENT
 
 
Pledge of Allegiance:
 
Report of Action Taken in Closed      Session:
 
Approval of District Intern Agreement with Chapman University:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of Student Teaching Agreement with Chapman University:
 
 
 
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:15 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. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the District Intern Agreement with Chapman University.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the student teaching agreement with Chapman University.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
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 any items within the Board’s jurisdiction but not on the agenda. There were none forthcoming.
 
6. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND VISITATION OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
 
 
 
Mr. Hodge reported he had an opportunity to meet with Marcus White at the BES campus and they had a very productive conversation.
 
Mr. Wilson stated the grass is coming in nicely at the BES/JMA playgrounds and noticed the trees were planted. 
 
7.   CONSENT CALENDAR
 
Approval of Consent Calendar:
 
 
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
 
1.    A/P Warrants #60963929-60963960
2.    September 21, 2009 Board Minutes
3.    Classified employment of Jamie Hunt, Caitlin Hill, and Mariela Ochoa
4.    Resignation from Classified employment of Natalie Rosenberger
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 

 
 
 
8. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS
 
Presentation of “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:
 
 
 
Presentation of “You Make a Difference” Award:
 
 
 
Presentation of Student Recognition Awards:
 
 
Mrs. Kamberg, in Mr. Huchingson’s absence, introduced Mrs. Emily Bajwa as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award.
 
 
Mrs. Kamberg stated the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” award was Ms. Anita McCoy who was unable to be in attendance.
 
Mrs. Kamberg introduced Mr. Jenkins, Mmes. Bajwa and Boyer who in turn introduced students Veronica Herrera, Rogelio Ascencio, Shane Hernandez, Christian Scow and Sabrina Hernandez as the recipients of the Student Recognition awards.
 
9. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
 
State Budget Update:
 
 
 
Mrs. Jones provided a video by School Services of California on the state budget update. Overall the state budget outlook is weak. It is short of expectations and expenditure savings have not yet materialized. The picture is bleak. People are not spending money so sales taxes are weak. There are a lot of concerns about recovery. Next school year there is a possibility we will need to make some more cuts. Our tough economic times are not over. As a precaution, we need to be very conservative in our programs. Dr. Mekeel stated we are being very proactive. The cabinet is meeting and looking at ways to maintain our people, programs, and trainings. We may need to cut another $750,000 and have already come up with some general ideas.   We will have to use
some of our reserves. The Board requested that the community be kept informed of what Burton has accomplished and will be required in the future to maintain the district budget.
 
Approval of Monthly Budget Revisions for FY 09/10:
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the monthly budget revisions as presented by Mrs. Jones.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
 
Presentation on “Notice of Improvement Status:
 
 
In response to the district’s receipt of “Notice of Improvement Status” from the state in the areas of Title 1 (PI-Year 3), Title II (CMIS), and Title III (PI-Year4), Mmes. Kamberg, Estrada, and Mr. Mendoza reported on their corrective action plan and the timeline to carry out each element of the plan.
 
11. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION
 
Review of BP/AR 3110-3440 (second reading):
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the second reading of BP/AR 3110-3440.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
Facilities Update:
 
Dr. Mekeel reported Wendy and he had met with the district’s facility consultants to hear about a recent meeting they had with the Office of Public School Construction. He stated they were successful in having $355,000 eliminated from the district’s contribution to the pending two facility projects. In addition, there is an application now in progress that would further support the district’s financial needs by nearly $500,000. This application will repay the district for the costs incurred in placing seven portables at various schools this past summer. Having the right consultants working on our behalf has saved the district nearly $850,000. As the Board remembers, we were needing nearly $2,400,000. Dr. Mekeel stated we are nearly half way there.
 

 
13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
 
Dr. Mekeel reported on Hoss McNutt’s selection as a finalist for the very prestigious recognition of the Great American. He stated we are very excited that this recognition has come to one of our teachers. Mr. McNutt has received a lot of local attention and there was an article about him in the Fresno Bee this weekend. We are very proud and excited for him.
 
14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
 
 
       Enrollment Report:
 
This is an informational item for the Board.
 
The Board requested to be updated on the following topics:
1.    Change start time of “Closed Session”
2.    Board meeting location
3.    Results of Olweus survey
4.    Trainings scheduled to support the new training center
5.    Public relations-financial issues
6.    Dual immersion data
7.    Class configuration K-6
8.    Guns and weapons in school
 
15. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.