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October 18, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                                                       OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTONSCHOOL DISTRICT

October 18, 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: Devin Wilson, President; Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; Phillip Giannetto, Member; John Hodge, 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:

 

 

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


 

Site Visitations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Hernandez reported on his attendance at the New Teacher Dinner held on October 14th at the SCA campus and prepared by the students from the Pathway campus. He thought it was a great program and complimented the staff.  There was good representation by staff and guests and everyone seemed to have enjoyed themselves.

 

Mr. Wilson and Mrs. Ruffa attended the Wednesday afternoon breakout sessions at SCA and were impressed with the staff’s activities.  They witnessed a lot of heart-felt conversations and shared emotions. It was a great afternoon and they are excited to see how the year turns out.

 

Mrs. Ruffa complimented Debbie Estrada for her efforts in making the New Teacher Dinner a success. 

 


 7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Approval of the Consent Calendar:

 

Mr. Wilson requested Items 7.2 and 7.3 be pulled from the Consent Calendar and  Mr. Hernandez requested Item 7.1 of the Consent Calendar be pulled for further discussion.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Items 7.4 – 7.6 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

In Item 7.1, Mr. Hernandez questioned  payments to Champion Hardware for $726, Cherry Avenue Middle School for $175, and the $8,500 paid to Tri Co. Roofing.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Item 7.1, A/P warrants 61067172-61067261 and 61070378-61070460 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the September 7, 2010 board minutes, Item 7.2 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

Abstain: 2 (Hodge and Ruffa)

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the October 4, 2010 board minutes, Item, 7.3 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

Abstain: 2 (Hodge and Giannetto)

 

8.  SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

Presentation of “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:

 

 

 

Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:

 

 

 

Presentation of the Student Recognition Awards:

 

 

 

Mr. White introduced and presented Burton Elementary certificated staff member, Ms. Zenaida Lugo, Kindergarten teacher, with the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award.

 

Mrs. Lily Shimer introduced and presented Burton Elementary classified staff member, Luz Ybarra, with the “You Make a Difference” award.

 

 

Mr. White introduced Mmes. Lugo, Taylor, Rogers, Barksdale, and Lehmann who in turn introduced their respective students Sam Bradley, Adam Sandoval, Analysse Morales, Gemini Remigio, and Emily Adame as the recipients of the Student Recognition awards.

 

 


 

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

Budget Update:

 

Mrs. Jones announced the state budget was signed on Friday, October 8th, with no guarantees.  There may be more cuts coming after the elections in November. She stated the budget is made up of assumptions and referrals and is a short-term budget with Burton taking precautionary measures.

 

10.CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Farm Bureau Grant to Burton Pathways Charter High School:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BurtonElementary and Oak Grove Elementary Principals’ Presentations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

PowerPoint Presentation on Program Improvement Status in the District:

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg stated that Mrs. Mekeel wanted the Board to be aware of the Pathway campus receiving the garden grant from Tulare County Farm Bureau.  The funds will be used to improve the outside appearance of Pathways’ cafeteria. Mrs. Ruffa was interested in why other sites don’t apply for these grants.  Mrs. Kamberg stated that other sites have received the garden grants but the gardens are difficult to keep up and maintain.  There are higher priorities on the teachers’ plates right now.

 

 

Site Principals Marcus White and Treasure Weisenberger each presented a report on their site’s CST results, identifying areas of need, their goals for the upcoming year, and the programs and initiatives they will incorporate for the 2010-11 school year.

 

 

Mr. Mendoza reviewed the requirements of the federal program, NCLB (No Child Left Behind), and the annual yearly progress (AYP) our schools must meet in order to qualify for funds from the program.  He then explained how failure to meet target growth for two years will identify a school as a Program Improvement (PI) school and proceeded to review the process of how we address the problem of low

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

achievement, what the state and district does to support the PI schools, and the services that are offered to students and parents. Currently, Jim Maples Academy, Oak Grove Elementary, and Burton Middle School are in Program Improvement.  He stated that while it is painful (being very public) to have any of our schools in PI, we are not alone and better off than most school districts. 

 

11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones stated there is nothing new to report and that we are just waiting for the bond to happen so we can start construction.  Mr. Bush is ready to go and already conducting weekly meetings.  The word is there will be a release of money in November from the state and the SCCA project is at the front of the line.  The contractors are ready to go.

 

12. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

13. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Enrollment Report:

 

This is an informational item.

 

Dr. Mekeel stated a report on the Food Service Program and update on the Lunch Box Program will be on the November agenda.

 

He informed the Board that the request for a student representative to be present at the Board meetings will commence the start of the 2011/12 school year.

 

Mr. Hodge inquired about the status of the privacy statement that was missing from the free and reduced meal application to parents. Mrs. Jones stated it will be corrected for the coming year.

 

 

14. ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.