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November 1, 2010 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTONSCHOOL DISTRICT

November 1, 2010

 

1.OPENING CEREMONY

 

Call to Order:

 

The meeting was called to order at 5:18 p.m. in the Burton School District Board Room located at 274 N. Westwood Street, Porterville, California.

 

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

 

Delayed Arrival:  Devin Wilson

 

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 5:18 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Setting the Date for the Annual Organizational Meeting:

 

 

 

 

Mr. Hernandez reported on the Government 101 for School Districts training Mrs. Ruffa and he attended in Visalia on October 19th covering topics in boardsmanship and the Brown Act.  He stated there are many changes to the Brown Act.  Of particular interest to him was the review on the posting of the agendas and the ability of the public to have access to it.  He felt that was an area Burton needed to address.  Mrs. Ruffa stated the training was the best she had attended and suggested the Board members try to attend this training next year.

 

Mr. Wilson reported on his participation in SCA’s Spook Fest and the participation by a lot of parents in the preparation for the spaghetti dinner.  Everything went well.

 

Mr. Giannetto reported on his attendance to WRB’s Carnival Night.  There were many in attendance and everyone had a good time.

 

Mr. Hodge reported he had met with Dr. Mekeel regarding the legal issues coming from the federal government, one being the Anti Bullying Campaign.  Dr. Mekeel will be sharing this information in the next parent newsletter.  Mrs. Ruffa stated that she had recently attended a dinner with the topic being gang prevention and intervention, something that is not currently happening in Porterville.  She stated Tulare County Office of Education will help fund the material costs to send informational flyers home notifying parents of an upcoming gang prevention event.  She stated she hoped, as a district, we can get on this anti bullying campaign sooner than later.

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the date of December 6, 2010 for the Annual Organizational Meeting.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

 

7.  CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

 

Approval of Consent Calendar:

 

Mrs. Ruffa requested Item 7.4, Out-of-County Field Trip Requests, be pulled from the Consent Calendar for discussion.

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve Items 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve Item 7.4 (a-c), Out-of-County Field Trip Requests on the condition that the current board policy be followed in regards to appropriate parent-to-student ratio.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

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:

 

 

 

Mrs. Miller introduced and presented Jim Maples Academy certificated staff member, Mr. Darren Faust, Science Specialist, with the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award.

 

 

Mrs. Miller introduced Vice Principal Crystal Milinich who introduced Jim Maples Academy classified staff member, Vanessa Musquiz, Secretary, as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” award.

 

 

Mrs. Miller introduced Mmes. Behrens, Alvarado, Norville, and Fleischman who in turn introduced their respective students Tristan Berrones, Phillip Lopez, Dylan Burkey, and Glessilda Cabanban as the JMA recipients of the Student Recognition awards.

 

Public Hearing and Comment on the CSEA Modification of Tentative Agreement:

 

Public Hearing and Comment on the BDLA Modification of Tentative Agreement:

 

WRB Site Presentation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMS Site Presentation:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing and Comment on the CSEA Modification of Tentative Agreement:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing and Comment on the BDLA Modification of Tentative Agreement:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This item was moved to later in the agenda.

 

 

 

This item was moved to later in the agenda.

 

Mrs. Lollis gave a PowerPoint report on William R. Buckley’s ELA and Math proficiency levels, STAR ELA and Math results by grade level, and their achievement of an academic performance (API Score) of 848.  Mr. Shimer then reviewed their planned strategic interventions and staff developments for the 2010/11 school year.

 

Principal Pengilly along with Vice Principal Stephen Bradley gave a PowerPoint report on Burton Middle School’s 7th and 8th grade performance results in ELA and Math, identified sub groups proficiencies and their plans for active interventions and goals for 2010/11.

 

 

 

President Wilson opened the Public Hearing on the modification to the CSEA tentative agreement.  There were no comments forthcoming from the public.  President Wilson closed the Public Hearing.  This item will be returned to the November 15th board meeting for recommended approval.

 

 

 

President Wilson opened the Public Hearing on the modification to the BDLA tentative agreement.  There were no comments forthcoming from the public.  President Wilson closed the Public Hearing.  This item will be returned to the November 15th board meeting for recommended approval.

 

 

       

 

  9. BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

Public Disclosure of the Financial Impact of Salary Settlement (AB2756) between BSD and CSEA and BDLA:

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones reported Burton had received funding under the Federal Job Funding Act approved by President Obama for the purpose of saving jobs.  The District wishes to restore concessions taken away earlier this year from CSEA and BDLA with the one time dollars.  The enclosure tonight is for public review and comment and will be brought back to the November 15th meeting for recommended approval.

 

    Approval of the Virtualization Platform Bid:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Update:

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the quote from CDW-G in the amount of $51,918.88 for purchase of a virtualization platform. 

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

Mrs. Jones stated there are no changes to the state budget.  Everything is still tentatively scheduled and coming to us as approved on October 8th.

 

10.  CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

Report on After School Education and Safety Program (ASES):

 

 

 

 

Mr. Mendoza reported that Burton Middle School had received a three year after school grant from the state in the amount of $150,000 and SCA had received extra funding in the amount of $37,500 for this year.  He was excited to report that he is currently talking to the Boys and Girls Club of America who can offer huge resources for our after school programs. He has gone through a process already to meet with them and see what they will offer.  He stated it may be a great

 

 

 

 

adventure and hopes to form a partnership with them.  He will be meeting with them in the near future and report back to the Board the results of the meeting.  Mrs. Kamberg reported that the Boys and Girls Club of America is also looking at establishing a teen center on the west side of town.

 

Olweus Bully Prevention Program:

 

 

 

 

 

 

High School Student Representative:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Mendoza, in response to an interest by the Board, reported on an upcoming training scheduled for the middle schools in regards to anti-bullying.  Mr. Byars from the TCOE will be training the middle school staff.  All new administrators are invited to attend.

 

Dr. Kamberg briefed the board on the status of establishing the process for a high school student representative to attend the board meetings.  Starting in January, an appointed high school student representative from one of the campuses will attend the board meetings,  lead in the flag salute, and report any upcoming events or activities at their campus.  In the Spring of 2011, a selection process will begin for interested students to apply and be interviewed for the student representative position.   The position will be fully implemented in the 2011/12 school year.

 

11.  BOARD POLICIES

 

       Review of BP/AR/E 5145.11, Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement:

 

 

 

This was a first reading of BP/AR/E 5145.11, Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement.  It will be returned to the November 15th meeting for final review and recommended approval.

 

 


 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

Approval of Resolution 11-07, to Adopt and Addendum of the Previously Certified Initial Study and Negative Declaration of the Redwood Middle School Expansion:

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 11-07 to adopt the addendum of the previously certified initial study and negative declaration of the Redwood Middle School Expansion.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS BY THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

Recommendation of Selection for County Committee Members for 2010:

 

 

It was the consensus of the Board to not make a selection for a County Committee Member due to a lack of information regarding the candidates.

 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Update on Nutrition Services Program:

 

Mrs. Hatwig reviewed Food Services financial history for the last three years which reflected a healthy profit for the 2009/10 school year.  Mrs. Kamberg stated there is no other district around that has that kind of reserve.  Mrs. Hatwig described her department’s talents in menu planning, proud of the fact that her team prepares 75% of the menus from scratch and create their own recipes emphasizing lower fat and sodium content, higher in vitamins and minerals, and lots of fresh fruit and vegetable choices.  She reviewed the Lunch Box point-of-sale system and the technical support she is receiving stating the monthly reports are very user friendly.  In the future, parents will be able to pay for lunches on line, view monthly menus on the webpage and have access to the free/reduced meal application information. When Mr. Hernandez asked about the privacy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment Report:

 

November District Calendar of Events:

statement missing on the application form, Mrs. Hatwig assured him the problem was corrected. He also was interested in knowing when the students’ photos would be on their application.  Mr. Burkey stated his staff is scheduled for training on November 9th and would then be able to give the Board a more definite date at the next board meeting. Mrs. Hatwig was very excited about the new Culinary Arts Program and the amount of participation by students.  It has been very successful and rewarding to her staff and students. Mr. Hodges felt the program has been a wonderful experience for everyone over all.

 

This is a standard informational item.

 

This is a standard informational item.

 

 

15. ADJOURNMENT

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.