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August 1, 2011 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 1, 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, Member; Jay Rice, Member; Rebecca Wilson, Member, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary

 

Absent:  Eddie Hernandez

 

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 5:45 p.m.

 

The flag salute was led by Tracy Tucker.

 

President Giannetto reported there was action taken during Closed Session.

 

It was moved by Ms. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve Burton School District’s proposed modifications to the benefit plan for the management/confidential employees.

 

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. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR


 

Public Hearing on Burton 2011 Districting:

 

There were no responses from the audience during the Public Hearing on Burton 2011 Districting.

 

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

 

Discussion on the Proposal of Option A or B of Burton 2011 Districting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of 2010-11 Board Goals:

 

 

Dr. Mekeel stated that this was the first public hearing and conversation among the public and Board on the demographic study to comply with the Voting Rights Act that will elect future Board trustees by area rather than at-large.  Presented for discussion was Option A or Option B with Dr. Mekeel, President Giannetto, and Jay Rice stating they preferred Option A.  Former board member, John Burkey, liked Option B because he saw nothing detrimental in the plan.  Dr. Mekeel stated the maps for the options can be found on Burton’s website for the public to view. This item will be returned on August 15,2011 for public discussion and Board action.

 

Dr. Mekeel stated he did not see a goal that wasn’t important but maybe the Board had other goals they wished to address.  He felt the goals the Board composed several years ago still gave significant direction for the District.  There were no comments from the Board.  This item will be returned on August 15th for review and Board action.

 

 


 

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

Vice President Ruffa requested Items 8.2 and 8.3, Board Minutes, be removed due to lack of a quorum and returned to the August 15th meeting for approval.

 

It was moved by Mr. Rice, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Item 8.1, Accounts Payable, and Item 8.4, July 18, 2011 Board Minutes.

 

Motion passed:  4-0


It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Rice, to rescind Item 8.5b, the certificated employment of Rebakah Evans Moor and approve the certificated employment of Calvin Sisto, Item 8.5a, and the certificated employment of Heather Cano, Item 8.5c.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

      Approval of the 45Day Budget Revisions for FY 2011-12:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve the 45 Day Budget Revisions for FY 2011-12 as presented by Mrs. Jones.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

 

 

 

There were no items for Curriculum and Instruction.

 

11. BOARD POLICIES

 

 

Review of AR 3541.1, Business and

Non Instructional Operations (first reading):

 

 

 

 

The was a first reading of AR 3541.1 and will be returned on August 15th as a first reading with revisions requiring parents transporting students be fingerprinted  and guidelines for release of students to only a parent or guardian if not riding the school bus to a school event.

 


 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

There were no reports for Construction, Buildings and Grounds.

 

13. REPORTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

 

 

 

There were no reports by the Superintendent.

 

14. BOARD REQUESTED AGENDA ITEMS AND OTHER DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

Discussion on Changing Day of the Week for Board Meetings:

 

 

President Giannetto asked if the Board were interested in changing the board meeting day to Tuesday instead of Monday.  Dr. Mekeel stated Tuesday would be his preference in order to ensure the Board had all their material or questions in hand prior to the board meeting.  Ms. Ruffa and Mr. Rice suggested returning this topic to the next board meeting allowing for public input before changing the day.  President Giannetto asked for public comments on this topic and there were none forthcoming.

 

 

15. ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting adjourned at 6:27 p.m.