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September 7, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

                                                                       OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTONSCHOOL DISTRICT

September 7, 2010

 

1.OPENING CEREMONY

 

Call to Order:

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:25 p.m. in the Burton School District Board Room located at 274 N. Westwood Street, Porterville, California.

 

Present: Devin Wilson, President; Eddie Hernandez, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/Secretary

 

Late Arrival:  Phillip Giannetto

 

Absent:   John Hodge

                Lisa Ruffa              

 

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 5:25 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:46 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of 2010-2011 Strategic Plan:

 

 

Mr. Hernandez had the opportunity to attend SCA’s board meeting wherein they addressed the problem of traffic congestion in the morning and afternoon.  He stated they are being very proactive and are in the process of developing a plan to relieve some of the congestion.

 

This was a first reading of the 2010-2011 Strategic Plan for review and comments.  It will be returned to the September 20, 2010 board meeting for a second reading and recommended approval.

 

 

 7. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

 

Presentation of “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:

 

 

 

 

Presentation of the “You Make a Difference” Award:

 

 

 

 

Student Recognitions:

 

 

Mrs. Cheyenne Ruffa introduced Certificated employee, Ms. Elizabeth Madrid, SCA Kindergarten Dual Immersion teacher as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award.

 

 

Mrs. Cheyenne Ruffa introduced Classified employee, Mrs. Kelly Dennis, as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” Award.

 

Mrs. Ruffa introduced SCA staff members Mmes. Cannella, Salsedo, Guerrero and Mr. Banuelos who in turn introduced their students Mallory Dennis, Arelli Adams and Jayleen Mercado as the recipients of Summit Charter Academy’s Student Recognition awards.  Third grade student, Syler Lenares, was not in attendance to receive his award.

 

 

       

 


8.  CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Update on District Enrollment:

 

 

 

 

 

 

PortervilleChamber of Commerce Directory:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Open Enrollment Act: 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg reported on the latest enrollment figures as of last Friday reflecting growth in both our non charter and charter schools.  She stated they are holding tight on the K-2 class size reduction.  She is not expecting to add any more teachers at this time. 

 

Mrs. Kamberg stated that Burton will have the opening section in the publication of the Chamber of Commerce Directory and that the directory should be published early October.  Mr. Wilson, in reviewing Burton’s advertisement, requested to see an update on the status of Burton’s Olweus Program.  He is interested in reviewing the student surveys which is a component of that program.

 

Mrs. Kamberg reported on the Open Enrollment Act (effective April 14, 2010) which provides students enrolled in a low achieving school the option to enroll in a different school with a higher API than the student’s school of residence. The formula used for the Open Enrollment Act placed JMA as one of the low achieving schools.  A letter will be sent out this week informing JMA parents of the Open Enrollment Act and their right to enroll their student in a different school with a higher API.  

 

Gang Resistance Education and Training

(G.R.E.A.T.):

 

Mr. Mendoza introduced Officer Mariko Williams from the Porterville Police Department who will be introducing the G.R.E.A.T. Program to 5th and 7th grade Burton students.  This will program will provide training to students to develop skills to help avoid delinquent behavior, youth violence and gang membership.  Mr. Wilson liked the idea of teaching kids how to say “no” and was interested in having someone who has turned their life around talk to our students at some point.

 

Mr. Giannetto arrived at 6:32 p.m.

9.  CONSENT CALENDAR

 

Approval of Consent Calendar:

 

Mr. Hernandez requested Item 7.1 be pulled for clarification on a payment to CDE in the amount of $14,072.68.

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve items 7.2 – 7.4 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Item 7.1 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

10. BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

Approval of Unaudited Actuals for FY 2009-10:

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the Unaudited Actuals for FY 2009-10.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

Approval of Resolution 11-05, Establish Estimated Appropriations Limit for 2010-11 and Actual Appropriation Limit for 2009-10:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of FY 2009/10 Budget Revisions:

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of the Attendance Incentive Program:

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Resolution 11-05, to establish estimated Appropriations Limit for 2010-11 and actual Appropriation Limit for 2009-10.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the FY 2009/10 budget revisions.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the Attendance Incentive Program.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

11. BOARD POLICIES AND ADMINISTRATION

 

Review of BP/AR1150-BB/E 9270:

 

This was a first reading of BP/AR1150-BB/E 9270 for review and comments.  The policies will be returned to the September 20, 2010 meeting for final review and approval.

 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

 

Dr. Mekeel said he hoped to see state funds released in late October or November and be under construction on at least one of Burton’s projects by the first the year.

 

Mr. Wilson had an interest in the status of the Grounds Maintenance Program for this year.  Dr. Mekeel suggested returning this item to the next Board meeting to review the original plan and costs. 

 


 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

 

There were no reports by the Superintendent.

 

 

 

 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

 

 

There were no requests.

 

 

15. ADJOURNMENT

 

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:14 p.m.