REGULAR MEETING BOARD OF TRUSTEES
WISEBURN SCHOOL DISTRICT
October 27, 2005
The Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Brian Call to Order
Meath, President, in the District Board Room.
Members present: Roll Call
Dennis Curtis Jo Anne Kaneda
Brian Meath Nelson Martinez
Israel A. Mora
Don Brann, Superintendent
Thomas Cox, Chief Business Official
The Pledge of Allegiance to the flag was lead by Matt Wunder.
Sarah Babiarz, Sarah Nitsos, and Alex Verduzco presented a report on the after-school Special Presentation
programs available to students in the Wiseburn School District. Their PowerPoint
presentation was supplemented by a ten-page handout detailing the various activities
available to students in the mid to late afternoon. These activities ranged from music
to sports and drama, and included reading/math intervention as well as the Boy
The presenters answered individual questions. Mr. Meath, on behalf of the Board,
thanked them for their excellent presentation and remarked on the wide variety of
interesting after-school activities.
Sheila LaCour announced that there had been a meeting between the Teaching From the Public
American History coaches from Lawndale School District and Wiseburn School
District. She noted that 24 Wiseburn teachers have agreed to participate during the
first year of this outstanding grant opportunity. That places Wiseburn solidly on target
on the implementation of the Teaching American History grant. Eventually, up to 75
teachers will be involved.
Sarah Nitsos invited the Board to several events she is hosting at Anza School in the
coming weeks. Matt Wunder invited the Board to Dana=s ASpooktacular@
celebration of Halloween.
Shelley Effler, speaking on behalf of CSEA and District Classified employees, stressed
the importance of Classified employees to the success of the District and the
community. She identified the various positions that Classified employees fill
throughout the District and profiled the typical employee.
Beverly Mulligan also stressed the importance of Classified employees in supporting
District programs and services and asked that this group be respected in negotiations
with the District.
Kristy Sharman explained to the Board the types of people that are serving in
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Tom Cox announced that earlier in the day the District had reached a tentative From the Chief Business
agreement with representatives of Classified employees through their CSEA bargaining Official
team. The substance of the Agreement parallels the recent settlement with
Dr. Brann reported on his successful meeting with the District=s four library clerks. From the Superintendent
He will be meeting quarterly with these important employees.
He also noted that he recently had a meeting with the new President of the Wiseburn
Dr. Brann distributed a brochure on the Music Center Education Division so that the
Board could see the wide range of services available, such as visiting artists, special
musical fairs, etc.
Dr. Brann reported that earlier in the day he had met with the sports leagues leaders
and the Los Angeles County Parks & Rec. staff. At this meeting a plan was developed
to incorporate the baseball diamonds and soccer fields at Del Aire County Park to
supplement the use of the Anza and Cabrillo fields as well as the Aviation fields in Del
Aire. The league leaders felt this combination would meet their upcoming needs after
the closure of the Dana fields in 2006 for the construction of the new Dana Middle
Dr. Brann distributed a copy of the 2004-05 Anza SI Council parent survey. Nearly
250 surveys were returned and tabulated by Neil Goldman. The survey results
indicated that Anza parents are overwhelmingly happy with the programs and services
offered. A significant gain in parent satisfaction was noted from an identical survey
done in 2001.
Mr. Meath moved and Mr. Martinez seconded that the minutes of the Regular Meeting M05.112
of October 13, 2005, and the Special Meeting of October 25, 2005, be approved. Minutes
Motion carried unanimously.
On a motion by Mr. Curtis, which was seconded by Ms. Kaneda, the Board voted M05.113
unanimously to approve purchase orders #94530-94763; commercial and payroll Purchase Orders
warrants; and miscellaneous receipts, as submitted. and Warrants
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted M05.114
unanimously to ratify/approve attendance at the following meetings or conferences, Conference Attendance
including provision of substitute teachers as needed, and transportation by car at 304
per mile, or lowest reasonable air fare as appropriate:
1. Sarah Nitsos (5th) at the MIND Institute AMIND Institute Conference@ in Long
Beach on Thursday, October 6, 2005, at a cost of approximately $100.00, to be paid
from Intervention funds.
2. Pat Duncan (BOOST) at the Southwest SELPA ADRDP Access Birth to 5:
Training for Assessors@ in El Segundo on Thursday, October 13, 2005, at a cost of
approximately $100.00, to be paid from Special Ed. Funds.
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3. Laura Givens (4th) and Catherine Koundakjian (3rd) at the CEEA ARaising Test M05.114
Scores: Meeting the California Standards Test CAT6 and CAHSEE Head On@ in Conference Attendance
Burbank on Tuesday, October 25, 2005, at a cost of approximately $303.00 for Ms. (cont=d.)
Givens and $100.00 for Ms. Koundakjian, to be paid from Title II and school site
4. Kristy Sullivan (2nd) at the Bureau of Education and Research ABest Strategies to
Teach Young Writers@ in Anaheim on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at a cost of
approximately $297.00, to be paid from school site funds.
5. Catherine Koundakjian (3rd) at the Children=s Success Foundation ATransforming
the Difficult Child@ in Norwalk on Wednesday, November 9, 2005, at a cost of
approximately $100.00, to be paid from school site funds.
6. Laura Givens (4th) at the CEEA ADealing with Disruptive Behavior in Your
Classroom@ in Buena Park on Monday, November 14, 2005, at a cost of
approximately $279.00, to be paid from Title II funds.
7. Corie Johnson and Jennifer Williams (1st) at the Bureau of Education and Research
AFirst Grade Conference@ in Anaheim on Monday, November 28, 2005, at a cost of
approximately $279.00 each, to be paid from Title II funds.
8. Dennis Yorimoto (7/8 Math) at the LACOE AClassroom Management and Student
Discipline Workshop@ in Downey on Friday, January 20, 2006, at a cost of
approximately $170.00, to be paid from SI funds.
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.115
unanimously to approve Contract #C05.22 with STAR Education Services to provide Contract #C05.22
54 hours of GATE services to 3rd - 5th grade students at Anza and Burnett Schools for STAR Education - GATE
the 2005-06 school year, at a cost not to exceed $16,552.00, to be paid from GATE Services
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.116
unanimously to approve an amendment to the Agreement with the City of Hawthorne Amendment to Agreement
to provide work experience to eligible youth, 14-21 years of age, enrolled in w/City of Hawthorne -
employment and training services under the Federal Workforce Investment Act (WIA). Federal Workforce Investment
The amendment extends the original contract through June 2007. Act
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.117
unanimously to ratify an amended Individual Service Agreement with Autism Autism Spectrum Therapies -
Spectrum Therapies, effective October 19, 2005 - January 10, 2006, at an additional Individual Service Agreement
cost not to exceed $3,900.00, to be paid from Special Education funds.
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.118
unanimously to ratify two Individual Service Agreements with Pediatric Therapy Pediatric Therapy Network
Network for occupational therapy clinic-based services, effective September 29, 2005 - Individual Service Agreements
June 22, 2006, at a cost not to exceed $5,600.00, to be paid from Special Education
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On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.119
unanimously to ratify the followng Substitute Teachers and assignment: Substitute Teacher
$ Kimberly Belitz, Wednesdays at Cabrillo from October 17 - December 14, 2005, at
the regular substitute teacher rate of $100.00 per day, to be paid from Title I and SI
funds. Roving sub for teacher planning time and articulation with specialists.
Replacing Nancy Harrison, who declined the assignment this year.
$ Karina Burrell, effective October 14
$ Anell Montano, effective October 21
$ Glenn Ruby, effective October 12
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.120
unanimously to accept the resignations of the following Classified employees: Resignations
$ Mary Neal, Anza Instructional Aide, resigning from two hours per week, effective
October 17, 2005. Ms. Neal voluntarily requested this reduction in her assignment
from ten hours to eight hours per week.
$ Lucy Rodriguez, Burnett Playground Aide, effective October 17, 2005. Ms.
Rodriguez accepted an Instructional Aide position at Cabrillo.
On a motion by Ms. Kaneda, which was seconded by Mr. Mora, the Board voted C05.121
unanimously to ratify employment/additional hours for the following Classified Classified Employment/
employees, to be paid from the Classified Salary Schedule: Additional Hours
$ Juanita Garcia, Substitute Instructional Aide, effective October 11, 2005. General
Fund, Range 6A. To substitute on an as-needed basis.
$ Candace Allison, Instructional Aide, an additional two hours per week, effective
October 17, 2005 - June 24, 2006. SI funds, Range 6A. To replace the two hours
voluntarily cut from Mary Neal=s assignment.
$ Lucy Rodriguez, Instructional/Playground Aide, not to exceed a weekly total of 12
hours as Instructional Aide and 7.5 as Playground Aide, effective October 17,
2005. Title I/SI funds, Ranges 4A and 6A.
$ Jennifer Hotta, Instructional/Playground Aide, not to exceed a weekly total of 12
hours as Instructional Aide and 7.5 as Playground Aide, effective October 14,
2005. Title I/SI funds, Ranges 4A and 6A. To replace Claudia Uitz, who
$ Lori Choquette, Instructional Aide, not to exceed 5 hours on October 11, 2005.
Special Ed. Funds, Range 6A. Attended a conference outside of regular working
$ Juanita Garcia, Playground Aide, not to exceed a total of 5 hours per week,
effective October 11, 2005. General Fund, Range 4A. Supervision during lunch
$ Ruben Sanchez, Instructional Aide, not to exceed a total of one hour on October 6,
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Karen Mohr, Assistant Principal at Dana Middle School, bid farewell to the Board and Dana Assistant Principal=s
the Wiseburn School District as she announced her departure to accept a principalship Farewell
at Beryl Heights Elementary School in the Redondo Beach Unified School District.
She thanked staff and the Board for their support and the opportunity to work in
Wiseburn for the past 22 years. She thanked Matt Wunder for his guidance as her
Principal and the entire Dana staff for making her experience here so satisfying. Ms.
Mohr said that while she=ll miss Dana, she=s looking forward to this new career
opportunity in Redondo Beach.
The Board held a brief recess from 8:10 - 8:20 p.m. Recess
The Board entered closed session at 8:25 p.m. and reconvened at 10:25 p.m. with no Closed Session
action to report.
Mr. Mora moved and Mr. Martinez seconded that the meeting be adjourned at 10:27 Adjournment
p.m. Motion carried unanimously.
The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held Thursday, November
10, 2005, at 7:00 p.m. in the District Board Room.
Jo Anne Kaneda
Clerk of the Board
Secretary to the Board
Certified as approved.
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