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May 16, 2011 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

May 16, 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; 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:

 

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

 

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

 

The flag salute was led by President Giannetto.

 

President Giannetto reported that during Closed Session, the Board took action to dismiss a probationary classified employee effective May 3, 2011.  It was moved by Mr, Rice, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to release a probationary classified employee.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

 

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 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. 

 

Mrs. Cheyenne Ruffa reported that her site had to reschedule their Multi Cultural event due to weather conditions.  It will be the same night as their Open House, May 23rd, from 5:30-8:00 p.m.  The classrooms will be open from 6-6:30 p.m.

 

Mrs. Behrens, a parent from Summit Charter Academy, introduced herself to the Board.  She complimented the SCA staff on the wonderful job they are doing but was concerned about the increasing class sizes due to the budget constraints caused by the state’s budget crisis.  Her concern as a parent was that more students will be falling behind as class sizes increase.  Mr. Giannetto thanked her for all her positive comments and agreed that money is tight and everybody is doing what they can with what they have.  He then asked if anyone else wished to address the Board.  There were none forthcoming.

 

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

 


 

Visitations:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Messrs. Giannetto, Hernandez and Ms. Ruffa reported on the Step Up Gang Prevention Conference they attended and felt it was a huge success.  The District was very supportive of it.  There will be future conferences to help inform parents on how to be more aware of gang activity in our community and how to combat it.  They hope more parents will participate in future forums to learn how they can make a difference.

 

 

Ms. Ruffa attended JMA’s Open House and stated she had a good time.  Their band concert sounded great.

 

Mr. Hernandez was a volunteer at the SCCA/Pathway Junior/Senior Prom and he stated it was good to see both campuses come together.  It was a very successful event and good to see the two campuses interact with each other.  He thanked the staff for putting on such a wonderful event for the students.   

 

 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Rice, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Items 7.1 – 7.3 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

8.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

 

Approval of Agreement for Special Services with Caves and Associates:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of 2010/11 YTD Budget Revisions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve the agreement for Special Services between the Burton Elementary School District and the firm of Caves and Associates effective July 1, 2011 – June 30, 2013.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the 2010/11 YTD Budget Revisions as presented by Mrs. Jones.

 

 

 

Budget Update:

 

Mrs. Jones reported on the information recently received from School Services of California.  We will not be receiving an additional $350/ADA cut which was our worse case scenario.  They believe $6.6 billion dollars have been found in other revenues to offset the cut. It is contingent on passage of the DMV and sales tax extension. The Governor is recommending flat funding and no additional dollars taken away schools. We are planning our budget with the latest information from the May Revise.

 

 

9. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

 

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant:

 

Mrs. Pengilly briefed the Board on the $5000 grant received from Lowes which funds will be used to provide recyclable containers around their campus and a new rubber track.  She stated the funds must be used for a recyclable program. 

 

 

10.  BOARD POLICIES 

 

 

Approval of BP 0520-BB 9323

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve the second reading of BP/AR 0520- BB 9323.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones reported that everything is moving along as planned.  Mrs. Ruffa asked if we were in receipt of all the DSA approvals required on the elementary school which Mrs. Jones responded the few that we don’t have are on their way.

 

 

       

 

12. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

 

 

Public Interview for Selection of Provisional Appointment to the Board of Trustees:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oath of Office:

 

 

 

 

Selection of Board Representative to Vote in 2011 Election of County Committee Members:

 

 

 

Board candidates Wilson, Winchester and Mae were each asked a series of questions and each took turns in responding.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to appoint Ms. Rebecca Wilson to the Board of Trustees.

 

Motion tied:  2-2

 

It was then moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to appoint Mr. Tommie Mae to the Board of Trustees.

 

Motion tied:  2-2

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to appoint Rebecca Wilson to the Board of Trustees.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

President Giannetto administered the Oath of Office to the newly appointed Board of Trustee member, Rebecca Wilson.  She then took her seat with the Board at the dais.

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to select Mr. Hernandez to replace Mr. Hodge as the representative to participate in the 2011 Election of Members to the County Committee on School District Organization.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

Abstain: 1

 


 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

There were no reports to the Board by the Superintendent.

 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Enrollment Update:

 

District Calendar of Events for May-June 2011:

 

Board Requested Items:

 

This is a standard report to the Board.

 

 

This is a standard informational item.

 

The Board requested the following items for future topics of discussion:

1. A joint meeting with SCA

2. Update on the Learning Center

3. Update on the lawn at JMA

4. Status on the Probation Officer for next   year

5. Discuss the Board’s student recognition     program

6. School site assignments for Board members

 

15. ADJOURN TO CLOSED SESSION

 

 

16.  RECONVENEMENT:

 

 

17. ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting adjourned back into Closed Session at 7:50 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened into Open Session at 8:10 p.m.

 

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.