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August 15, 2011 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

August 15, 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, Jay Rice, Member; and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary

 

Absent:  Eddie Hernandez

              Rebecca 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 5:15 p.m.

 

The meeting reconvened to Open Session at 5:45 p.m.

 

The flag salute was led by Officer Rivera.

 

President Giannetto 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 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.  A parent in the audience took the opportunity to say that the opening day of school seemed to go well with no upset parents.  She just wanted to say “great job.”

 

 

Mr. Beecher introduced SCCA’s student representative to the Board, Jasmine Arthur, who was in the audience to observe the board meeting.  She stated that she was really excited to be on the team.

 

6. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR


 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing on Resolution 12-02, BSD to Submit to the State Board of Education a General Waiver Request:

 

 

 

 

 

President Giannetto asked the public if there were any comments regarding the proposed selection of Option A or B in regards to the Federal Voting Rights Act which would conform all future trustee elections to be identified districts.  There were no comments forthcoming.  

 

 

 

 

President Giannetto asked for public comments regarding Resolution 12-02, wherein Burton School District is seeking a waiverpertaining to the requirement that the establishment of trustee areas and adoption of a by-trustee area be put to a vote by the electors of the District.  There were no comments forthcoming.

 

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

 

Approval of Resolution 12-01, Proposal of Option A or B of Burton 2011 Districting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Resolution 12-01to select Option Ain the matter of selecting a trustee area plan to change the district’s method of election to By-Trustee Area elections.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 


Approval of Resolution 12-02, BSD to Submit to the State Board of Education a General Waiver Request:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Board Goals for 2011/12:

 

 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve Resolution 12-02, to submit to the State Board of Education a waiver in the matter that a                   

decision to establish by-trustee area elections be

submitted to District voters.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

It was moved by Mr. Rice, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the current Board goals with no changes for 2011-12.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

8. CONSENT CALENDAR

 

 

Approval of Consent Calendar:

 

Mrs. Ruffa requested Items 8.2 and 8.3, Board minutes for June 27, 2011, be tabled due to lack of a quorum.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Giannetto, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Items 8.1, Accounts Payable Warrants.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

It was moved by Mr. Rice, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve Items 8.4 – 8.8 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

9.  BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

      Budget Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approval of Purchase of Two Blue Bird Buses:

 

Mrs. Jones reported the Governor added $4 billion more to the General Revenue.  Trigger Language was enacted that automatically implements reductions to K-12 education if state revenues aren’t met.  If the state’s revenue falls $1-$2 billion short of their estimate, there is the possibility of future cuts to child care, community colleges, and transportation.   If the reductions are implemented, AB114 authorizes school boards to reduce the school year by 7 days and there is the possibility of the reinstatement of additional referrals.  Schools have been advised to monitor their cash flow and to hope for the best and plan for the worst which Burton is already doing.

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Rice, seconded by Mrs. Ruffa, to approve the purchase of two Blue Bird buses through the Lower Emission School Bus Program with the district responsible for $38,308.50.

 

 

 

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

Review of CST Results:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrollment:

 

 

 

Mr. Shimer presented a PowerPoint report of the 2011 CST results by school site in ELA and Math for grades 2-12 including high school Science and History.  His report showed state, county and district growth averages and percentages of advanced and proficient students.  He concluded his report showing district growth patterns from 2009-2011 by grade level and how Burton compares to state trends in Language Arts and Math.

 

Mrs. Kamberg reported that Burton is up 80 students from last year, not accounting for the “no shows.”  She will enroll students at different sites where there are openings before she adds more staff. 

 

11. BOARD POLICIES

 

 

Review of AR 3541.1, Business and

Non Instructional Operations (first reading):

 

 

 

 

This was a first reading of AR 3541.1 with the requested 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.  This policy will be returned on September 6th for final review and recommended approval.

 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

Approval of Amendment of Agreement for Architectural Services:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve the Amendment to Agreement for Architectural Services between Burton School District and Perkins+Wills wherein the limit requiring sub consultants provide errors and omission insurance is  $1 million.

 

Motion passed:  3-0

 

Update on SCCA and Lombardi Projects:

 

Mrs. Jones reported that the Lombardi project is 22% completed and the SCCA project is 26% completed at this time.  They are on schedule.  Dr. Mekeel stated he thinks the gym at SCCA will be ready by the middle of February 2012 and the academic building in a couple of months after that, possibly April.  He is looking at late June or early July 2012 on the completion of the Lombardi project.

 

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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August District Calendar of Events:

 

 

Dr. Mekeel requested that this item be tabled until the September 6th board meetings due to two of our board members were absent.  Mr. Giannetto asked if there were any comments from the public about changing the meeting day.  A parent expressed her concern on how this change would effect other school meetings already scheduled for the year. 

 

Mrs. Kamberg reminded the Board there were several Open House events happening during the first week of school.

 

 

15. ADJOURNMENT:

The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.