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November 16, 2009 Minutes

 
 
 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 November 16, 2009
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 5:17 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 and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary
 
Delayed Arrival: Phillip Giannetto
 
Absent: John Hodge
 
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:
 
 
 
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 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. Wilson reported he assisted in SCA-R’s high school drive-through dinner to raise money for technology. He stated they made $2,500-$3,000. There were 8-10 students helping and he felt it was the start of a great tradition for their school site.
 
7. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS
 
Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Wendy Jones introduced Mr. Tracy Tucker, Director of M.O.T., as the recipient of the “You Make A Difference” Award. She stated Mr. Tucker was recently recognized for 25 years of safe driving. Mr. Wilson complimented Mr. Tucker for always going the extra mile for the district. Because of Tracy, Burton campuses are a cut above the rest of other schools. He stated Mr. Tucker is well deserving of this recognition.
 
Presentation of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:
 
 
 
Presentation of “You Make a Difference” Award:
 
 
 
Presentation of the Student Recognition Awards:
 
 
 
Principal Chastity Lollis introduced Jeff Edwards, first grade teacher at WRB, as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award.
 
 
Mr. David Shimer introduced Mayra Romero, an ELL/Resource Aide at WRB, as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” Award.
 
 
Mrs. Lollis introduced staff members Mmes. Witzel, Hasnain, Kaye and Stinson who in turn introduced their students Adrian Galvan, Berenize Bermudez, Tyler Avila, and Solomon Denning as the recipient of the Student Recognition award. In Mrs. Taylor’s absence, Mrs. Lollis presented the student recognition award to Clarissa Reyes.
 

 
8.   CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
English Language Learner Results Presentation:
 
 
 
 
Presentation on the District-Wide Olweus Program:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Presentation on the 2009-10 Staff Development Plan:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Update on Special Friends Program:
 
 
Mr. Mendoza gave a PowerPoint presentation comparing ELL student data between the district’s English Language Development and  Dual Immersion Programs, grades 2– 4.
 
Mr. Mendoza presented data from 2007 and 2009 by gender and grade levels, of incidences and types of bullying experienced by Burton students. Information was gathered from a questionnaire taken by students from BES, WRB, OG, JMA, BMS 7th graders and SCA at the end of school last year. Mr. Wilson requested Burton playground aides receive Olweus training. Mrs. Ruffa suggested schools conduct rallies as a means of educating students on bullying.
 
 
Mrs. Styles, Director of Academic and Professional Development, reported on the planned professional development and trainings that will be provided to Burton’s new teachers, high school and K/6 teaching staff. Her department will be providing trainings in AB 430 for administrators and in SB 472, Thinking Map, and Speed of Trust to surrounding districts that will help generate district revenue.
 
Mrs. Daguman, Director of Special Education, reported she received a grant for funds for this year and next year for the Special Friends Program. It is an intervention program to help children in kindergarten to third grade that don’t like school. The program helps provide a positive connection with an adult at school and helps prevent problems down the road. There will be pre and post testing of the child in the program. The program will be held at the WRB campus this year.
 

 
9. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
 
Dr. Mekeel stated he received a call from our consultant, Tom Duffy, alerting us that OPSC is preparing a 15 day letter to be mailed to Burton within this coming week regarding the Redwood expansion project. He stated that this is a good thing because it means the project has gone through all reviews and is on the State Allocation Board’s agenda for funding approval in January. It would be summer before we would go out for bids. 
 
Dr. Mekeel stated he does not expect the Lombardi project application to go to the State Allocation Board until late spring of 2010 and the release of funds in November 2010.
 
Mr. Tucker reported he was in the process of obtaining estimates for fencing and curbing for the play fields at BES/JMA. He is waiting for the grass to go dormant and will try to deter use of the grounds as long as he can.
 
10. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
Update on Community Day School:
 
 
 
 
 
 
This was an informational item provided to the Board for their review. Mr. Mendoza confirmed the student enrollment is normal for this time of year. Mr. Wilson requested that the Board be kept informed of serious transgressions by means of the Friday Letter.
 
11. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
      
Enrollment Report:
 
This is a routine report provided to the Board.
 
12. PERSONNEL
 
 
Approval of PIP:
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto to approve the Provisional Internship for Ryan O’Neal, BMS Math teacher.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
13. CONSENT CALENDAR
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the Consent Calendar as follows:
1.    A/P Warrants #60975115-60975208
2.    November 2, 2009 Board Minutes
3.    Classified employment of Sarah Johnson and Douglas Cairns
4.    Resignation from Certificated employment of Diana Robinson
5.    BMS out-of-county field trip request to Washington, DC, March 26-31, 2010
 
 Motion passed: 3-0
 
 
14.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
 
Approval of the Monthly Budget Revisions for FY 2009/10:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the Monthly Budget Revisions for FY 2009/10 as presented by Mrs. Jones.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
15. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
 
Approval of Resolution 10-08, 2009-10 State Preschool Contract:
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 10-08, the 2009-10 State Preschool Contract, #CSPP-9673, for Oak Grove and William R. Buckley Preschools.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
Approval of the Revision of the Burton District Technology Plan:
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the 2009-10 E-Rate Supplemental Analysis Addendum to the EETT Technology Plan.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
16. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.