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December 14, 2009 Minutes

 
 
MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 December 14, 2009
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 5:20 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 5:20 p.m.
 
4. RECONVENEMENT
 
 
 
Pledge of Allegiance:
 
Report of Action Taken in Closed      Session:
 
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:45 p.m.
 
The flag salute was led by Devin Wilson.
 
 
President Wilson stated there was no action taken during closed session.
 
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. Mr. Fred Beltran introduced himself to the Board and explained why he was in support of the Board appointing Board member candidate, Eddie Hernandez, to the Board of Trustees. President Wilson thanked him and then asked if there was anyone else that would like to speak up in support of the candidates. There were none forthcoming.
 
6. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS AND VISITATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of Amended October 19, 2009 Board Minutes:
 
Board member Hodge stated he attended JMA’s winter band concert and the students were great. It was nice to see parents in attendance to watch the performance.
 
Mrs. Ruffa, along with BES students, observed a computer course presentation at Burton Elementary. 
 
Mr. Giannetto stated he had an opportunity to tour some of the WRB and BMS classrooms. He stated the teachers are amazing.
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the October 19, 2009 amended board minutes to reflect the Board’s complete conversation and direction to provide for the provisional appointment for the open seat in lieu of a formal election for the replacement of the fifth Board member.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
 
7. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS
 
Public Interview for the Selection of a Provisional Appointment to the Board of Trustees:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Oath of Office:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rene Acevedo, Thomas Bear, Jowayne Hardin, and Eddie Hernandez took turns responding to five questions presented to each of them by President Wilson as part of the open session interview process for the provisional appointment to the Board of Trustees.   The Board then openly discussed the merits of each candidate among themselves. Mr. John Hodge then made the motion to nominate Mr. Rene Acevedo for the provisional appointment to the Board of Trustees. The motion died for lack of a second. It was then moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Wilson, to select Mr. Eddie Hernandez for the provisional appointment to the Board of Trustees.
 
Motion passed: 3-1
 
President Wilson administered the Oath of Office to Mr. Eddie Hernandez for the provisional appointment to the Board and welcomed him as the new member of the Board of Trustees.
 
8. BOARD OF TRUSTEES ANNUAL REORGANIZATION
 
 
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to select Mr. Devin Wilson to serve as President of the Board of Trustees.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
It was moved by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to select Mrs. Ruffa to serve as Vice President of the Board of Trustees.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Wilson, to select Mr. Phil Giannetto to serve as the Clerk of the Board of Trustees.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
It was moved Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Wilson, to select Mr. John Hodge to serve as the Board’s representative to vote in the 2010 Election of County Committee Members.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 

 
9. CONSENT CALENDAR
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
1. A/P Warrants 60985672-60985712
2. Certificated employment of Andrea Wilkins-   Sharp, Home School Teacher, SCA-R
3. Classified employment resignations of Joy Girado and Arely Lozano
 
Motion passed: 4-0
Abstain: 1
 
10. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
Approval of Monthly Budget Revisions for FY 2009/10:
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the Monthly Budget Revisions for FY 2009/10 as presented by Mrs. Jones.
 
 Motion passed: 5-0
 
11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
Approval of Fencing Estimate for the Outfield Fence and Concrete Mow Strip for the BES Project:
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the fencing bid for a 6’ outfield fence with a concrete mow strip in the amount of $23,539 to Valley Fence for the Burton Elementary field project.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
 
 
12. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:30 p.m.