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August 16, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                                                       OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTONSCHOOL DISTRICT

August 16, 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; Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; Phillip Giannetto, Member; Eddie Hernandez, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/Secretary

 

Absent:   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:

 

 

Review of District Recruitment Practices:

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:20 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:50 p.m.

 

The flag salute was led by President Wilson.

 

President Wilson reported there was no action taken during Closed Session.

 

In response to the Board’s interest in the current recruitment practices, Mrs. Estrada highlighted different avenues currently being used.  Mr. Wilson stated he would like to see  site level and veteran district staff to participate in the screening process of job applicants, not just principals and vice principals.  He also expressed his interest in the continuation of Ventures used as part of the pre-screening process.  In response to Mr. Giannetto’s concern regarding late in the year hirings, the Board agreed to the idea that a pool of pre-screened applicants be generated. 

 

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:

 

 

The Board reviewed the 2009-10 Strategic Plan and added new objectives for 2010-2011.  This item will be brought back to the September 7th meeting (with the new objectives included) for a first reading.

 

 

 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

   

Approval of Consent Calendar:

 

Mr. Hernandez requested item 7.2 be pulled due to his absence from that meeting.  It was then moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Items 7.1 and 7.3 – 7.5 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Item 7.2 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

Abstain: 1

 


 

8.  SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

 

 

There were no presentations or hearings.

 

 

       

 

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

Budget Update:

 

Mrs. Jones reported there is still no state budget.  She then reported on the Federal Jobs Bill and the possible impact that would give 1.2 billion dollars to California to help save jobs.  It is similar to the stimulus funds received last year but there is an application  process and hoops to go through before funds are released.  She will keep the Board updated.

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Data Mining Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010-11 Board Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg reported on the concept of “data mining” as a means of extracting patterns from student performance data to identify the strategies and interventions needed to move student achievement forward.  She stated it is a very time consuming task and to accomplish it, Mr. David Shimer has been assigned this new district level responsibility on a half time basis.

 

Mrs. Kamberg reported there was lots of excitement at all the school sites on the opening day of school.  She stated Mrs. Hatwig and Mrs. Styles produced an attractive acrostic with the word GRATITUDE and distributed to district staff as a show of their appreciation for all they do.  Mrs. Kamberg proceeded to review the enrollment figures that indicated growth of 184 students districtwide.  She will provide the Board a new enrollment report by the end of the first week of school.  Mr. Hernandez inquired about the status of California’s application Race to the Top for federal funding.  She stated that California was one of the 18 states awarded and it would be mid September before information would be forthcoming on schools receiving funding.

 

Report on Burton Professional Academy for Leadership and Learning:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Resolution 11-03:

 

 

Mrs. Styles reviewed the trainings offered at the Burton Professional Academy during the 2009-10 school year (838 individual training last school year), the planned staff trainings for 2010-11, and the cost savings to the district by providing in-house training.  By offering AB430 training to other districts, there is the opportunity to raise $3,000 per participant.  Mr. Hernandez made the suggestion of producing a dvd to send to other school districts as a means of advertising Burton’s training opportunities.

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 11-03, in support of Robles-Wong vs. California, litigation challenging the State’s school finance system.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

11. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION

 

 

There were no items to be reviewed.

 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

 

There were no items to be reviewed.

 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

Dr. Mekeel reminded the board that SCA and BMS were holding their Open House this week.  He announced that Jacquie Meredith had been selected the 2010 Middle School Teacher of the Year by the Central California Chinese Cultural Center in partnership with TCOE.  She will be honored at a dinner on September 23, 2010 at the Chinese Cultural Center in Visalia.  He requested the Board to start thinking of nominations for the “Friends of Education” for the upcoming New Teacher Dinner scheduled for September 14, 2010.

 

 


 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

 

 

There were no requests.

 

 

15. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m.