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July 18, 2011 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

July 18, 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; Rebecca Wilson, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/Secretary

 

Absent:  Jay Rice

 

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 there was action taken during Closed Session.

 

It was moved by Ms. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve Burton School District’s Modified Proposal to BETA for 2011-12.

 

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.  There were none forthcoming.

 

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


 

2010-11 Board Goals:

 

 

The Board agreed to review the 2010-11 Board Goals for any additions or revisions and to address them at the August 1, 2011 Board meeting for the purpose of updating their Goals for 2011-12.

 

Mr. Hernandez took the opportunity to congratulate Mr. Michael Burkey on his graduation from Leadership Porterville.

 

Mr. Hernandez gave a report of his recent attendance at a Step Up meeting stating that the next community meeting is scheduled for September 15th.  In conjunction with the Porterville Police Department and City of Porterville Parks and Leisure, they will be focusing on educating parents and kids to help deter gang involvement and activity in and out of school and by providing more support to the neighborhood families.  They are looking at hosting a Thursday night movie night in order to dialog with parents on how they can assist them.  It is an ongoing endeavor with a lot of potential.  Mr. Hernandez stated he will keep the Board informed of future happenings.

 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

President Giannetto requested that Item 7.6, Resignation of Classified Employment, be pulled.

 

Mr. Hernandez requested Items 7.2 and 7.3, Board Minutes, be pulled due to a lack of a quorum and that these items be returned to the August 1st meeting as an action item.

 

 

Mr. Hernandez requested Item 7.7, SCCA Field Trip, be pulled for clarification.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Ms. Ruffa, to approve Items 7.1, 7.4 and 7.5 of the Consent Calendar

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to rescind Item 7.6(a), the resignation of Angelina Leon from classified employment and to approve Item 7.6(b),

the resignation of Anita McCoy from classified employment.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

After asking questions pertaining to the purpose of the field trip and the chaperones attending, it was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Item 7.7, SCCA field trip to Monterey Bay.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

8.  SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

      Burton 2011 Districting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Decision by Board of Directors of SCA to Revoke Student’s Attendance at SCA:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mekeel requested the Board look at the two options of the proposed boundaries provided by National Demographics Corporation concerning the selection of Trustee districts as it pertains to the Federal Voting Rights Act.  He stated one of the options is scheduled to be adopted next month.  He requested they begin to form their opinion about which option, A or B, would be agreeable to the majority of the Board.  He stated the community will have the opportunity to participate in the process and will be notified by letter and by a public notice being published in the local newspaper of the upcoming meetings.  Dr. Mekeel stated he hoped there will be community input.  The Board will vote on their choice at the August 15th board meeting.

 

 

 

Mr. Ginder, parent of student Chris Ginder,  introduced himself and requested the Board hear his request to rescind SCA’s Board of Directors decision the revoke Chris’s attendance at SCA.  After listening to Mr. Ginder’s presentation and reviewing documentation submitted, the Board of Trustees decided to uphold the Board of Directors’ decision.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Ms. Wilson, to approve SCA’s Board of Directors decision to revoke Chris Ginder’s attendance at SCA.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

Abstain: 1

 

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

Clarification of the 2011-12 Budget Adoption:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of the Increase to Lunch Prices:

 

 

 

In Mrs. Jones absence, Mr. Chris Mano provided more clarification to Mr. Burkey’s concern at the June 27th board meeting at what appeared to be a reduction in district reserves from the 2011-12 years as compared to the two subsequent years.  Mrs. Jones wanted to provide better clarification to her terminology in the responses she provided.  Mr. Burkey thanked him for the clarification.

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mrs. Wilson, to approve the lunch price increase of $.10 for the 2011-12 school year.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

     

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

Approval of the Porterville Police Department School Resource Officer Contract:

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Giannetto, to approve the Joint Funding Cooperative Agreement with the City of Porterville for a fulltime School Resource Officer.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

11. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

Update:

 

Dr. Mekeel reported that we are 30 days behind on both sites (SCCA and Lombardi) driven by rain delays.  Lombardi site is 6-8 weeks behind but everything is still on track to clear before the schools are needed.  There is an issue with moving a SCE power pole off of privately owned property on the Lombardi project.  The move would cause a two month delay and $24,000 at our expense.  The owner is asking for $3,000 in payment for the easement, which is beyond the fair market value of $500-$600.  Our attorney is working on the settlement.  The architect of record has been released from the firm.  Their team is trying to respond to the RFI’s and they are much more attentive.  There are still design issues we are struggling with.  Dr. Mekeel stated he is anxious to get through this contract but one saving feature has been the relationship with Bush Construction. 

 

 

12. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

Response to Grand Jury Report:

 

Dr. Mekeel stated he will forward the response to the Grand Jury’s findings if the Board was in agreement with his writings.  The Board had no questions.

 

 

13. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

 

 

 

There were no Board requested agenda items or other discussion item.

 

 

 

 

14. ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.