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October 4, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                                                       OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTONSCHOOL DISTRICT

October 4, 2010

 

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: Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; Eddie Hernandez, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/Secretary

 

Delayed Arrival:  Devin Wilson

 

Absent:   Phillip Giannetto

               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

 

 

4. RECONVENEMENT

 

  

Pledge of Allegiance:

   

Report of Action Taken in Closed Session:

 

 

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:20 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

 


 

Site Visitations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Hernandez reported on his tour of the William R. Buckley campus with Mrs. Lollis. He was impressed with Mrs. Lollis’ efforts in improving the morale and camaraderie with her staff.   

 


 7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

Approval of the Consent Calendar:

 

Mr. Wilson stated that Item 7.2, the September 7, 2010 board minutes, would be postponed for approval until the next board meeting due to a lack of a quorum to approve them.

 

It was them moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Items 7.1 and 7.3 – 7.6 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

 

8.  SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

 

Presentation of “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:

 

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:

 

 

 

Summit Charter Collegiate Academy Principal,  Steve Beecher, introduced Certificated staff member, Ms. Verlene McDonald, Resource Specialist, as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award.

 

 

Mr. Beecher introduced Summit Charter Collegiate Academy Classified staff member, Mr. Basilio Arroyo, as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” award.

 

Student Recognitions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Beecher introduced Mr. Johnson, Ms. Alvarado, Ms. Podczaszy, and Mr. Jenkins who in turn introduced their students Ian Cribbs (absent), Shane Sanchez, Lorissa Holguin, and Sabrina Thompson as the recipients of the Student Recognition awards.  In Mr. McNutt’s absence, Mr. Beecher introduced Dallas Newboles as a recipient.

 

 

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

 

Budget Update:

 

Mrs. Jones distributed a copy of the Fiscal Report announcing the Governor and legislative leaders had reached an agreement on how to close the state’s $19 billion budget gap.  Legislative members plan to sign the budget this coming Thursday, October 7th.  She stated that once the November elections are over, the legislative members plan to go into an emergency session to revise the budget. Mrs. Jones will hear more of the details next week and report them at the October 18th board meeting.

 

 

10.CURRIUCLUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

BurtonElementary and Oak Grove Elementary Principals’ Presentations:

 

 

PowerPoint Presentation on Program Improvement Status in the District:

 

 

This item was postponed until the October 18th board meeting.

 

 

This item was postponed until the October 18th board meeting.

 

 

11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

Approval of the Grounds Maintenance Plan:

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Option 2 for maintenance of the Little League fields at BES at an expense of $5,600.  The Board asked that contact be made with the Little League to honor their contract by cleaning up the fields before Maintenance begins their work on the grounds.

 

 

 

 

 

 

12. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mekeel reported that Burton is still in a holding pattern and there is nothing to report until we know what the budget is doing.  Wendy is in conversation with the attorneys and David Bush to begin the pad work.  Mr. Bush would like to get started on the pads in the next 60 days.

 

 

13. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October Calendar of Events:

 

Enrollment Report:

 

Mr. Hernandez requested that the Board entertain the idea of bringing on a student representative to the Board.  Dr. Mekeel stated there is a process to go through with the two high schools in order to select a representative.  He felt the process could be accomplished by the end of this semester.  He would bring some ideas to the Board at the next meeting.

 

This is an informational item.

 

This is an informational item.

 

 

14. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION

 

 

 

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 6:38 p.m.

 

 

15. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION

 

 

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 6:47 p.m.

 

 

16. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 6:47 p.m.