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July 19, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

July 19, 2010

 

 

  1. OPENING CEREMONY

 

Call to Order:

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:15 p.m. in the Burton School District Board Room located at 274 N. Westwood Street, Porterville, California.

 

Present: Devin Wilson, President; John Hodge, Member; Lisa Ruffa, Member; Eddie Hernandez, Member; Phillip Giannetto, Member and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary

 

  1. 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:

 

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:15 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:45 p.m.

 

The flag salute was led by President Wilson.

 

President Wilson reported 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.  There were none forthcoming.

 


 

 

6. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND VISITATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strategic Plan Update:

 

Mr. Hernandez shared that he participated in the graduation ceremony of the current class of Leadership Porterville and highlighted Mrs. Debbie Estrada’s participation and contribution to this highly regarded community leadership program.

 

Mr. Hodge shared that he is working with Mrs. Mekeel and her lead teacher in developing the scholarship grant around both the “stories of service” and the “spirit of 45.”  Students from the Burton Pathways Charter High School will be filming community members who have served during the Second World War as well as community leaders who have been identified as having provided extraordinary leadership in their communities during their life times Mr. Hodge is very excited to join with Mrs. Mekeel in the endeavor.

 

Dr. Mekeel shared with the Board that this document is being provided to the Board as a first reading.  Respective staff members responsible for one or more of the program elements in this document have reviewed their portions of the strategic plan and have provided the Board with their comments.  The Board is being asked to review this document and the comments provided and to determine what activities and goals would remain as part of our strategic plan and what new activities and goals might need to be added.

 

The Board will remember that this is one document that assists the staff and superintendent in focusing our human and material resources in areas of significant importance to our Board.  Internally, the strategic plan assists all department heads in working towards the Board’s identified interests.  At our first meeting in August, the

 

 

   

 

 

 

Board will spend time discussing this action plan and will help staff develop the editing and/or the including of new goals that will

Become our focus for the coming year.

7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

   

Approval of Consent Calendar:

 

Mr. Hernandez asked that Item 7.1 be pulled and Mr. Hodge asked that Item 7.3 be pulled, both for further discussion.

 

Mr. Wilson asked for a motion to accept Items 7.2, 7.4 and 7.5.  It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve those consent items. 

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

Mr. Wilson asked the Board to review Item 7.1 for discussion.  There were several items in the accounts payables that the Board sought greater clarification.  Mrs. Jones responded as those questions were identified.  At the conclusion of those inquiries, Mr. Wilson called for the motion.  It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Item 7.1, Accounts Payable, of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

Mr. Wilson asked the Board to review Item 7.3.  Mr. Hodge spoke on behalf of this item to welcome our newest principal, Steven Beecher (SCCA), to the district.  Other Board members spoke to welcome Mr. Beecher.   At the conclusion of those comments, Mr. Wilson called for the motion.  It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to ratify the hiring of Mr. Beecher as the principal of SCCA.

 

Motion passed:  5-0


 

8.  SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

 

 

There were no items to be addressed.

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

Approval of Point-of-Sale System from Lunchbox:

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Resolution 11-01, Joint Powers Agreement for Legal Services from Tulare County Counsel for 2010-2012:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of the Piggyback Bid with the Waterford Unified School District for the Purchase of a Blue Bird Bus:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the purchase of the Point-of-Sales System from LunchBox.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 11-01, Joint Powers Agreement for legal services from Tulare County Counsel for 2010-2012.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the piggyback bid with Waterford Unified School District for the purchase of a Blue Bird bus from A-Z Bus Sales.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

Mrs. Jones briefly shard that the state legislature and the Governor are not yet ready to move forward with a budget for the current year.  Until the budget is adopted, the district will continue to utilize the budget the Board adopted in June and will be ready to respond with budget revisions once the Governor’s budget has been determined.

 


 

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Approval of Resolution 11-02, State Preschool Contact:

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Resolution 11-03, In Support of Robles-Wong vs. California, Litigation Challenging the State’s School Finance System:

 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve Resolution11-02 State Preschool Contract #CSPP-0662.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

 

 

After a lengthy discussion, it was then moved by Mr. Hernandez to support Resolution 11-03.  The motion died for lack of a second.

 

Mr. Wilson asked that the Board take time over the coming weeks to educate themselves on why this resolution was provided to California school districts by the California School Boards Association.  Mr. Wilson asked that this item be returned for discussion at the next regularly scheduled board meeting.

 

11. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION

 

 

There were no items to be reviewed.

 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

SCA-M Update:

 

Mrs. Jones shared with the Board that the accounting “close out” of the first phase of SCA-Mathew produced a bill from the Office of Public School Construction of nearly $84,000.  The state had determined that not all of the funding for the project was actually expended and therefore the district would need to return that amount to OPSC.

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones asked Chris Mano, Director of Accounting, to review the claim and to make a determination if the billing was correct.  The Board was reminded that Chris was in the Burton School District during the construction of SCA-Mathew and this proved to be critical in determining that the billing was in error.  Mr. Mao provided the State with documentation that all by $1,400 was actually expended during this project.  The auditing of this project by our district auditing team confirmed this information; a savings to the district of nearly $83,000.

 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

Student/Staff Recognitions:

 

The Board determined after a lengthy discussion that it is best served by the original design for these recognitions and asked the superintendent to continue with our past model.  Further, the Board asked that the superintendent carry a message to his principals to streamline the length of time taken for these recognitions.

 

 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

 

There were no requests.

15. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION

 

 

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 7:20 p.m.

 

16. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION

 

 

The Board reconvened to Open Session at 7:35 p.m.  There were no actions taken in Closed Session.


 

 

17. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.