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September 19, 2011 Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR BOARD MEETING

OF THE

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

BURTON SCHOOL DISTRICT

September 19, 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: Lisa Ruffa, Vice President; Eddie Hernandez, Member; Jay Rice, Member; Rebecca Wilson, Member; Jasmine Arthur, Student Representative, and Dr. Gary Mekeel, Superintendent/ Secretary

 

Absent:  Phillip Giannetto

              

 

2. OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD ON CLOSED SESSION ITEMS

 

Vice President Ruffa asked if there was anyone present 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 Jasmine Arthur.

 

 

Vice President Ruffa 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

 

 

 

Vice President Ruffa asked if there was anyone present who wished to address the Board about items within the Board’s jurisdiction but not on the agenda.  Mr. Mendoza reported that Burton was very successful with students getting their DTaP vaccine.  He stated as a district, we are doing very well meeting the deadline. Dr. Kamberg commended Kathleen Daguman and her nursing staff and Mr. Mendoza on the success of their task.

 

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

 

 

Mr. Hernandez reported on his morning  visit to the Mathew campus.  He attended the breakfast program and was surprised with the number of students participating.  He stated he was impressed with our staff.  He was concerned about the traffic issue and stated he wants to continue nurturing the relationship with the Nazarene Church for letting us use their parking lot.  He also reported that the Step Up community meeting held at the Alder Apartments was a success.  They had a good response from the parents and students.  The next one will be moving into the Porterville area.  He explained the conference provides information to parents and their children on how stay out of gangs and the services available to them.  

 

Mrs. Ruffa acknowledged Mr. Hernandez’s recent service award that he received from the Daughters of the Revolution for his involvement in the community.  Mr. Hernandez stated he was humbled by it but it is wonderful to be appreciated.

 

7. CONSENT CALENDAR


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Hernandez requested Item 7.1, Accounts Payable be pulled for clarification of a payment.

 

Mrs. Ruffa requested Item 7.5 be pulled for clarification of a field trip.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve Items 7.2 – 7.4 of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

After clarification regarding the well testing at SCCA and the future use of the well and the International Baccalaureate registrations for Cheyenne Ruffa and Treasure Weisenberger, it was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve Item 7.1, Accounts Payable.

Motion passed:  4-0

 

Mrs. Ruffa requested Item 7.5 be pulled for clarification on why SCA has the same two field trips but on different dates.  Mrs. Kamberg explained it is bundled with fund raising efforts and those are the teachers going as a team.

 

It was then moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Mr. Rice, to approve Items 7.5(a-e), Field Trips, of the Consent Calendar.

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

SCCA’s Student Representative, Jasmine Arthur, reported on College Night participation, SCCA’s Spirit Week on campus, and the Relay for Life.  They will be holding a Dance for Hope and all proceeds will be donated to the Relay for Life team.  They are currently working on plans for participation in the next Step Up conference.

 

8. SCHEDULED PRESENTATIONS AND/OR HEARINGS

 

Burton Briefings-BES and JMA

 

 

BES Principal, Mrs. Shimer, and JMA Principal, Mrs. Miller, each presented their site’s student CST data results, their 2011-2012 goals and planned intervention for students.  They each reviewed their English Learner achievement levels as well as school-wide performance.  Mr. Hernandez noticed the trend of the white sub group declining in certain areas at JMA.  Mrs. Miller stated she was aware of that and stated all the data is meshed together and it is hard to pinpoint a certain reason why a group is declining.  The teachers are setting goals for next year and hope to see all positives.

 

9. BUSINESS AND FINANCE

 

 

Budget Update:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones reported 2012 will be a very tough year throughout California and the nation.  August reports show revenue has fallen three months in a row.   The so called recovery hasn’t happened and we are preparing ourselves.  We might not come out as well as we have in the past.  The good news is the President has announced another American Jobs Act proposal that would provide $447 billion to jump start the economy.  About $35 billion would be to retain teachers and support staff with California receiving $3.6 billion.  This would help us if the “state trigger” takes effect.  There will be a lot of activity the next couple of months with the state and federal government planning next year’s budget combined with an election year.  Mrs. Jones stated that she can not tell how it is going to turn out.

 

10. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

 

California Science and Math Professional Development Grant:

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Kamberg stated it is the interest of the President of the U.S. for schools to focus on science and math in order to produce more mathematicians and scientists; thus, Burton partnered with other local school districts and submitted a grant to the California Consortium of Mathematics Education (C2 Me) for $1 million each year for three years to provide professional development to 3rd-9th grade math teachers.  Teachers would receive 60 hours of intensive training through Fresno Pacific University.  Once the grant is retired, it is our intention to continue with a coach in math.  Successful grants will be identified in January 2012.

 

11. BOARD POLICIES

 

 

BP/AR 5117, Inter-District Form (second reading):

 

 

 

 

 

 

BP 5030, Student Wellness (first reading):

 

 

 

It was moved by Mr. Hernandez, seconded by Ms. Wilson, to approve the second reading of BP/AR 5117, Inter-District Form.  The form was updated and also translated into Spanish. 

 

Motion passed:  4-0

 

 

This was a first reading of BP 5030 for review and any recommended revisions. It will be returned for a second reading and recommended approval on October 3, 2011. 

 

 

BP 5145, Questioning and Apprehension by Law Enforcement (first reading):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review of BP/AR 1113- BB 9150 (second reading):

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Mekeel recommended leaving the policy as written and to return it to the next board meeting on October 3, 2011, for discussion and final approval.  Our Probation Officer, Officer Rivera, will be introduced to the community by means of the quarterly newsletter, student handbooks and District web site.

 

It was moved by Mrs. Ruffa, seconded by Mr. Hernandez, to approve the second reading of BP/AR 1113 - BB  9150 with the exception of BP 5145.11.

 

Motion passed:  5-0

 

12. CONSTRUCTION, BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Jones reported there are no changes and that everything is on schedule.  Things are moving forward with walls at the Lombardi site going up at the end of the month or the first of October.  The road will be done shortly.  SCCA is moving along as planned.

 

Mr. Hernandez was concerned with the recyclables accumulating at the project sites and suggested notifying the project manager.  Staff think it is the people using the sites after school.  Wendy will check into it first thing.

 

 

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:

 

 

 

It was the consensus of the Board to move forward with changing the regularly scheduled board meetings from the 1st and 3rd Mondays of the month to the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month.  Closed Session would remain at 5:15 p.m. and Open Session at 5:45 p.m.  The change would take effect the first meeting in November.  This item will be returned to the October 3, 2011 meeting for board approval. 

 

 

Enrollment:

 

CSBA Conference:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is an informational item.

 

Messrs. Rice and Hernandez and Ms. Wilson confirmed they will be attending the CSBA Conference December 1-3, 2011.  Ms. Ruffa wasn’t sure but will check her calendar for any conflicts and let Ms. Schuler know on Tuesday.

 

 

 

15. ADJOURNMENT

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.