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May 17, 2010 Minutes

 

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING
OF THE
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
May 17, 2010
 
1.OPENING CEREMONY
 
Call to Order:
 
The meeting was called to order at 5:33 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; Phillip Giannetto, Member; Eddie Hernandez, 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
 
 
4. RECONVENEMENT
 
  
 
Pledge of Allegiance:
   
Report of Action Taken in Closed Session:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators:
 
 
The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:33 p.m.
 
 
The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:45 p.m.
 
The flag salute was led by President Wilson.
 
President Wilson reported action was taken during Closed Session. It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to dismiss a probationary classified employee effective May 7, 2010. 
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
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.   Mr. Thomas Bear requested and was granted the opportunity to read a statement in response to a public comment made by Mr. Hodge that Mr. Bear considered inappropriate. President Wilson then asked if there was anyone else that wished to address the Board. There were none forthcoming.
 
6. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND VISITATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
 
   
 
Mr. Hernandez reported on his visit to Sacramento to attend the Race to the Top Conference held last week and the opportunity to meet Secretary of Education, Bonnie Reiss. He stated the conference was an “eye opening” experience for him. He also had the opportunity to attend SCA’s Multicultural Day last Friday and was amazed at the student’s accomplishments. He felt it was a very enjoyable experience for him and all the parents that attended. He encouraged the Board to try and attend next year’s event.
 
Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Ruffa attended the staff recognition and retirement luncheon held last week. Mrs. Hatwig and her staff provided a great menu. Mr. Wilson stated it is sad to see some of our long time teachers retiring from the district. 
 


 
7. CONSENT CALENDAR
 
    Approval of Consent Calendar:
 
Mr. Giannetto requested that Item 7.1 be pulled to discuss later in the agenda with Item 9.3. Mr. Hernandez requested that Item 7.2 be pulled.
 
It was then moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve Items 7.3 and 7.4 of the consent calendar as follows:
 
7.3 Approval of the resignation from classified   employment of Yolanda Vasquez
7.4 Approval of the JMA out-of-county field trip to Fresno to attend a Roger Rockas Musical and Dinner
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Item 7.2, the May 3, 2010 Board Minutes:
 
Motion passed: 4-0
Abstain: 1
 
8. SCHEDULE PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS
 
Performance by BMS Choir:
 
 
 
Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:
 
 
Mrs. Steigleder introduced the BMS girl’s choir who gave a special presentation and sang “Agnus Dei” for the Board and audience.
 
 
Middle School Principal, Michelle Pengilly, introduced Burton Middle School Classified staff member, Ms. Juana Ceballos, ELL Resource Aide, as the recipient of the “You Make A Difference”.
 
Presentation of “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:
 
 
 
 
 
Mr. Ryan O’Neal, Burton Middle School 7th/8th grade math teacher, was introduced by Vice Principal, Stephen Bradley, and presented the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award.
 
Student Recognition Awards:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mrs. Pengilly introduced certificated staff members Ms. Womack, Messrs. Lujan, O’Neal, Silva and Ms. Batsch who in turn introduced their students Danielle Bogle, Jorge Martinez, Maribel Mendez, Mason Pengilly and Alexis Watson (absent) as the recipients of Burton Middle School’s student recognition awards. 
 
Item 10.2, BMS Principal’s Update, was advanced on the agenda as the next item.
 
9. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
 
Burton Middle School Principal’s Update:
 
 
 
 
 
Oak Grove Elementary Principal’s Update:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SCCA Student Presentation-Last Pitch of the Climb:
 
 
 
Mrs. Pengilly gave a PowerPoint report highlighting BMS’ areas of accomplishments, what BMS has to offer to the community, plans for the future, areas of growth, and areas of need. 
 
Principal Weisenberger and Vice Principal Milinich presented a PowerPoint report highlighting Oak Grove’s benchmark progress for third trimester standards in ELA and Math, Grades 2 -4, years 2008 – 2010, with all areas reflecting significant growth. They also reviewed their intervention strategies with the implementation of focus students,(students that are far below basic, below basic, basic, and English learners) by incorporating Road to the Code and Waterford intervention curriculum. They reviewed their staff development plans and school-wide incentives and activities. 
 
Item 10.1 SCCA Student presentation was advanced on the agenda as the next item.
 
 
With Milo Jenkins providing background guitar, several students from SCCA’s Adventure Club highlighted their year long activities and the many accomplishments and opportunities they have experienced as participants in the club.
 

 

 
10. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS
 
Presentation on Status of District and School Websites:
 
 
In response to the Board’s interest in having the school and district websites revamped, Mr. Michael Burkey presented a look at his efforts in meeting that request. With the assistance of Matt McCracken, the Board was given a look at the newly designed websites (hosted by School Loops) where their attractiveness, ease of use, and the ability to update were demonstrated. Mr. Burkey stated that all sites are a work in progress, and he will add links when the information from the sites becomes available. Each school site will be responsible for maintaining and keeping their site’s website updated. The Board was very pleased with the eventual ability to see their child’s grades, homework assignments, attendance, and school menus.
 
 
11. BUSINESS AND FINANCE
 
Review of M.O.U. between BSD and BMS Wrestling Team:
 
 
 
 
 
The Board reviewed the M.O.U. with BMS wrestling team with Mr. Hodge expressing his  interest in the District possibly forgiving the $2,000 that was fronted for their out-of-state trip. By consensus of the Board, they agreed that if the District forgave one group, they would need to be consistent throughout the district and not just for a selected few individuals. Mrs. Ruffa requested a future update by the wrestling team on the results of their fundraising efforts. Mrs. Jones commented that this agenda item was strictly an item for review.
 

 
Approval of Resolution 10-20, In the Matter of Establishing Charter School Fund-Special Revenue Fund #2:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Approval of Budget Revisions for FY 2009/10:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve Resolution 10-20, to create Fund #091 for the revenues and expenditures generated by the Burton Pathways Charter Academy.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
 
 
Prior to approval of the budget revisions, Mr. Giannetto expressed his concern on approving the purchase of two pickup trucks (as part of the Consent Calendar, Item 7.1) in this year of financial crisis and the message it might send to the public. Mrs. Jones and Mr. Tucker explained this purchase fell within last year’s Board approved Operations budget and through cost-saving measures undertaken by Mr. Tucker and his department, Tracy was able to reallocate those savings to go towards the purchase of two used pickup trucks to replace one truck that was 23 years old and the other truck that was 19 years old. The cost of the trucks did not require the bidding process. Dr. Mekeel stated he has always given his directors the discretion to use their department’s budget to run their divisions. He believes it is prudent to allow the directors, where they can, be creative to save and then spend their budget in other areas. He does not think it is an ill-advised way to spend. If it were outside their budget, automatically that would have been an item for the Board’s approval. Dr. Mekeel continued that the Board’s questions speak to an interest of “trust.” He stated they need to define for him what they want. He asked if they would like items at a certain dollar level within the Consent Calendar brought to their attention. 
 
 
Dr. Mekeel requested the Board give him their best thoughts on this issue and to let him know this week if changes should be made so he could provide a summary of options for a change of practice or direction.
 
It was then moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Item 7.1 of the Consent Calendar.
 
Motion passed: 3-1
Abstain: 1
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the Budget Revisions for FY 2009/10.
 
Motion passed: 4-1
 
Mrs. Jones stated there is no change based on the January Governor’s proposal. We will lose an additional $200 per ADA which she has already planned for up to this point. Legally, we have to develop a budget by June 30, 2010.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Budget Update:
12. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
 
Approval of Race to the Top M.O.U.:
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Wilson, to approve the Race to the Top M.O.U.
 
Motion passed: 5-0
 
13. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION
 
Approval of BP/AR 4164, Catastrophic Leave Program (second reading):
 
 
 
 
It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the second reading of BP/AR 4164, Catastrophic Leave Program.
 
Motion passed: 4-0
Abstain: 1
 
 
Review of BP/AR 6020, Parent Involvement (first reading):
 
     
 
This was a first reading for review and any suggested revisions to BP/AR 6020, Parent Involvement. It will be brought back for final review and approval on June 7, 2010.
 
 14. CONSTRUCTION. BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS
 
 
Dr. Mekeel informed the Board that on June 26th the State Allocation Board will be meeting to possibly change the circumstances of funding 415 million dollars. There is the possibility they will not take the next project in line but go by project readiness within 60 days. If this happens, Burton would have a good chance of being funded by the end of July.
 
15. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS
 
 
Enrollment Update:
 
 
This is an informational item.
16. ADJOURNMENT
The meeting adjourned at 9:36 p.m.