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October 19, 2009 Minutes

 
 
MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
 October 19, 2009
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 4:45 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; 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:
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:15 p.m.
 
The flag salute was led by Burton Elementary School student, Audrey Estrada.
 
 
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
 
Acceptance of Resignation from the Board of Trustees by Jay Rice:
 
 
 
 
 
Reports, Discussions and Visitations:
 
 
Upon motion of Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hodge, the Board accepted Mr. Jay Rice’s resignation from the Board of Trustees.
 
Motion passed: 3-0
 
Mr. Hodge reported he had an opportunity to visit Burton Elementary School’s open house held on Friday, October 16th. He was pleased to see the number of parents in attendance. He complimented Mr. White and his staff on a wonderful job.
 
Mr. Wilson commented on the parent study session held at SCA-R on October 13th.   He stated they met with a group of parents from throughout the community to hear their comments on what an ideal high school setting would look like. There were good ideas shared. The next meeting with parents is scheduled for Thursday, October 22nd.
 
Mrs. Ruffa stated the meeting opened up lines of communication from the parents that Burton needed.
 
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 #60966548-60966651
2.    October 5, 2009 Board Minutes
3.    Classified employment of Rosa Esquivel, Migrant Liaison
4.    Resignation from Classified employment of Mariela Ochoa, Migrant Liaison
 
 
Approval of Consent Calendar (cont’d):
 
 
 
5.    SCA-M out-of-county field trip request to the La Brea Tar Pits and California Science Center in L.A. on November 6, 2009
6.    SCA-M out-of-county field trip request to the William Saroyan Theatre in Fresno on Wednesday, May 12, 2010 to see the Broadway production of the Wizard of Oz
 
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:
 
 
Principal Marcus White introduced Ms. Jaclyn Zito, Kindergarten teacher at Burton Elementary, as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award.
 
 
Vice Principal Troy Hayes introduced Ms. Paula
Delk as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” Award.
 
 
Burton Elementary teachers Mmes. Zito, Martin, Hyder, McNutt and Barajas each introduced their students Cynthia Kasis, Audrey Estrada, Jonathan Nelms, Michiela Franco, and Destiny Hernandez as the recipients of the Student Recognition Awards.
 
Mr. Wilson took the opportunity to wish Mr. McNutt good look as one of the top finalists for the Great American Teacher title.
 
9. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
 
There were no reports for Business and Finance.
 

 
10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
 
Presentation on SCA-M Dual Immersion Program:
 
 
Principal Cheyenne Ruffa introduced Ms. Veronica Leon who gave a PowerPoint presentation of SCA-M’s Dual Immersion Program for grades K-4. She explained the program goals of developing fluency and literacy in two languages: Spanish and English and the structure and aspects of the program. Mr. Mendoza stated he will provide a report to the Board on test score results in the near future.
 
11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
Facilities Update:
 
Mr. Wilson expressed some concerns he had with the Little League baseball diamonds and Dr. Mekeel assured him the contractor will have the fields and diamonds ready for the baseball season by spring.
 
12. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT
 
 
There were no reports by the Superintendent.
 
13. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
 
 
       Change of Start Time for Closed Session:
 
 
 
Board Meeting Location:
 
 
 
Public Relations-Financial Issues:
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Board was in agreement to change the start time of Closed Session from 4:45-5:15 p.m. to 5:15 – 5:45 p.m.
 
The Board was in agreement to move all future board meetings back to the District Office Board Room for efficacy and less strain on district staff.
 
Dr. Mekeel stated the next community newsletter will be ready in January 2010 with the message focused on the economics of the district. The publication will be centered on the theme of saving people, programs and our commitment to training. It will highlight staff members that have been recognized in the community and the programs that have been maintained. Dr. Mekeel requested a message from the President to the community be included in the newsletter.
 
14. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 6:31 p.m.