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April 4, 2011 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

April 4, 2011

 

 

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: Phillip Giannetto, President; Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; Eddie Hernandez, Member; John Hodge, Member, Jay Rice, Member; Breanna York, Student Representative; 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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

BMS Wrestling Team:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Student Teacher Placement Agreement:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CSEA’s Initial Bargaining Proposal for Negotiations with Burton Elementary School District:

 

 

 

 

The meeting adjourned into Closed Session at 5:15 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:46 p.m.

 

The flag salute was led by Oak Grove Principal, Treasure Weisenberger.

 

President Giannetto reported the Board took action during Closed Session and were unanimous in their decision to release a probationary classified employee.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

Coach Reneau took the opportunity to introduce the members of the BMS wrestling team and thanked the Board for their support this year.   He stated the team had a very successful season and ended up being Valley Champs for the third year in a row. Out of the 18 wrestlers he took to the state competition, 16 medaled. All 10 of his junior high wrestlers placed and they came in second in the state. Eighth grader, Andrew Nelms, took first place state champ in his category.

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Hodge, to approve the renewal of an existing Student Teacher Placement Agreement with Point Loma Nazarene University effective March 2011 through August 2014.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

 

President Giannetto asked if there were any comments on CSEA’s Initial Bargaining Proposal for negotiations with Burton Elementary School District. There were none forthcoming.

 

Mr. Giannetto advanced “Scheduled Presentations and/or Hearings” as the next item on the agenda.

 

5.  SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

Presentation of Oak Grove’s “Every Teacher Succeeding” Award:

 

 

 

Presentation of Oak Grove’s “You Make a Difference” Award:

 

 

 

Presentation of  Oak Grove Student Recognitions Award:

 

 

 

 

 

Principal Weisenberger introduced Ms. Dee Sams as the recipient of the “Every Teacher Succeeding” award.

 

 

Vice Principal Lily Shimer introduced Ms. Susan Neal as the recipient of the “You Make a Difference” award.

 

 

Principal Weisenberger introduced Oak Grove staff members Rosa Luna, Erin Poe, Barbara Gaffrey, Dee Sams and Cassie Rios who in turn introduced their students Clarice Sanchez,

Brysn Hornsby, Liam Fleming, Stephanie Uribe, and Daniel Cervantez as the recipients of the Student Recognition Awards.

 


6.  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 Giannetto 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.

 

7. REPORTS, DISCUSSIONS, AND VISITATIONS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of the 2011/12 School Board Meeting Dates:

 

 

 

 

Letter of Resignation from John Hodge:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Staff Recommendation to Appoint for Board Vacancy:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of Names Submitted for the New Elementary School:

 

 

 

Mr. Hernandez reported on the dinner held at Pathway’s Starlight Café he and his guests attended on March 24th.  He stated that his guests were so impressed with the dinner provided by staff and students that they donated supplies to Pathway’s upcoming campus graduation.  Mr. Hernandez stated it was a great dinner. He also recently attended a “Step Up” gang prevention conference and found it to be very informative.  There is another conference scheduled for May 5th and he would like this information shared with parents and students when more information becomes available.

 

Mrs. Ruffa also attended Pathway’s dinner at the Starlight Café and stated it exceeded her expectations.  It was a great night.

 

Pathway Student Representative, Breanna York, thanked Mr. Hernandez for the graduation donations for Pathway’s upcoming graduation. She then reported April 9th is their yard sale and stated all donations are welcomed.  They are in the process of planning breakfast for the graduating seniors and have plans for a spaghetti dinner in the near future.

 

 

Mr. Rice reported he had attended the dinner at the Starlight Café and thought it was great.  He had also visited the Oak Grove and WRB campuses and they looked good.  He plans to tour SCCA and SCA this coming week.

 

Mr. Hernandez reported on his recent breakfast with Mr. Ruiz of Ruiz Foods.  Mr. Ruiz encouraged Mr. Hernandez to have our two high schools apply for grants that his company offers to graduating seniors.

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the 2011/12 board meeting dates with a noted correction.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Rice, to accept the letter of resignation from Mr. John Hodge, member of the Board of Trustees.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

Abstain: 1

 

Mr. Giannetto then presented Mr. Hodge with a plaque in gratitude and recognition of his years of service as a member of the Board of Trustees.

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the staff recommendation to “appoint” for the Board vacancy due to Mr. Hodge’s resignation.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

Abstain: 1

 

 

The Board was given another opportunity to review the names submitted to date for naming the new elementary school.  Mr. Giannetto requested that SCA-Lombardi Campus be added to the list of names for consideration.  Dr. Mekeel stated he will bring this item back as an action item at the first board meeting in May.

 

 

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve Items 7.1 – 7.3 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

 

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

 

Approval of FY 2010-11 Monthly Budget Revisions:

 

 

 

 

 

Budget Update:

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the 2010-11 Monthly Budget Revisions as presented by Mrs. Jones.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

Mrs. Jones reported that the Governor is at an impasse with Republican legislatures; they don’t want to move on putting the extension of sales tax on the ballot.    They will sign the Governor’s proposed budget if he approves 53 items of their demands.  Right now they are deadlocked.  The biggest issue is the continued deferrals.

 

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

 

Approval of Step-Up Grant Agreement:

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve the Step Up Agreement with the County of Tulare Youth Commission and Burton Middle School.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

       

 

11.  BOARD POLICIES

 

 

Approval of BP/AR 5022, Student and Family Privacy Rights (second reading):

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hodge, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the second reading of BP/AR 5022, Student and Family Privacy Rights as presented by Mr. Mendoza.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

12 . CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

ProjectUpdate-New Elementary School

And Redwood Middle School:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones reported there was some damage to trenches at the new school site due to the rain that hit at the end of last month.   They are in the process of correcting the damage now.  A communication line was hit at SCCA and as of today, they have made that repair so the fire alarm is working as of Friday. They are stepping up and working out everything.  Things are moving forward. 

 

 

14.  REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

There were no reports or announcements made by the Superintendent.

 

15. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Enrollment Report:

 

16. ADJOURN

 

 

This is a standard informational item.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:06 p.m.