BOARD OF EDUCATION SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING Board Room 708 S. Miller Street Santa Maria, CA October 22, 2008 CALL TO ORDER: President Riloquio called the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education to order at 5:30 p.m. and adjourned to Closed Session. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT: STAFF PRESENT: Bruno Brunello, Mary Jane Diaz, Ike Ochoa, Jody Oliver and David Riloquio None David Francis, Phil Alvarado, Joanne Cameron, Matt Beecher and Maggie White
The Board returned to Open Session at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Riloquio reported the following: I. CLOSED SESSION AGENDA A. CERTIFICATED AND CLASSIFIED PERSONNEL CHANGES (The Board will be asked to review and approve a number of routine transfers, reassignments, promotions, evaluations, terminations, resignations, and hiring as reported by the Assistant Superintendent.) GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 54957
Mrs. Diaz moved and Mr. Ochoa seconded the motion to RATIFY THE CERTIFICATED AND CLASSIFIED PERSONNEL EMPLOYMENT RECOMMENDATIONS as presented in Item A. Motion carried. B. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATORS Government Code Section 54956.8 Property: Acquistapace property Agency Negotiator: Timothy M. Cary and Matt Beecher Possible Action
The Board gave direction. C. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION Government Code Section 54956.9(a); 1 case. Santa Maria-Bonita School District et al. v. CPH Harvest Glen Gardens, et al. Case Number 1249641 Possible Action
The Board gave direction.
CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION Government Code Section 54956.9(a); 1 case. Capital Pacific Homes, Inc. et al. v. Santa Maria-Bonita School District et al. Case Number 1250510 Possible Action
The Board gave direction. E. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION Government Code Section 54956.9(a); 1 case. Santa Maria Elementary Education Association CTA/NEA v. Santa Maria-Bonita School District, et al. Case Number 1272182 Possible Action
No action was taken. F. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL ANTICIPATED LITIGATION Initiation of litigation pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(c) 1 case. Possible Action
No action was taken. G. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION Government Code Section 54956.9(a); 1 case. Santa Maria-Bonita School District vs. Swenson Advisors, LLP Case Number 37-2007-00067435-CU-PN-CTL Possible Action
No action was taken. H. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL EXISTING LITIGATION Government Code Section 54956.9(a); 1 case. In re Harold Leo Clark III -- United States Bankruptcy Court – Central District of California Case Number RS05-12468MJ Possible Action
No action was taken.
GENERAL FUNCTIONS A. Pledge of Allegiance & Inspiration – Students from Linda Corley’s 5th/6th grade class at Ontiveros School led the Pledge of Allegiance. They then recited the Preamble to the United States Constitution as a chant. They also recited all the capitals and all of the states of the United States, and the countries and capitals of Central and South America from memory. They finished by chanting their class mantra which is: “I am somebody. I am happy. I am beautiful. I am hopeful.
Every day in every way I am getting better. Respect me. I am somebody. Mrs. Corley believes in me. My parents believe in me. I will always believe in myself.” B. C. Board Calendar – Reviewed by Mr. Riloquio Public Comments 1. 2. D. Comments on Agenda Items: None Comments on Non-Agenda Items: None
Mrs. Diaz reported that the Peace Week events in the community went very well. She noted that the 2008 Peace Builder Award was given to Chuck and Margie Halsell. The Halsells helped one of the district’s former students, Travis Hurd, when his home needed remodeling to make it more accessible due to his handicap. The Halsells also have an Alzheimer’s care center that is remarkable. The Halsells provide wonderful community services for families in need. She thanked Maggie White for representing the district on the Peace Week committee. Mr. Brunello noted that Maggie White is a leader at the Peace Week events and in working with the schools and teachers on Peace Week activities. She does a superb job and is an asset to the district, he said. He attended the “Empty Bowls” Food Bank fundraiser. The turnout was great. The Food Bank does a wonderful job which is very important because 20% of children come from families below the poverty level. He learned that one in three families in Santa Barbara County does not know where its next meal will come from. He also worked at the recent Special Olympics event where students played softball and soccer games and participated in a bike ride. The students were from all over the county and beyond. He reminded the Board Members about the CSBA dinner on October 30th. Mr. Riloquio attended some Peace Week events. He participated in the El Camino Junior High Career Day representing his employer Rabobank, and it was exciting to speak to the 7th and 8th graders. The students had interesting questions. He partnered with a speaker from Olive Garden and he learned that different types of businesses have many similarities. He attended the Special Olympics. The students were an inspiration to all of us. All of the Special Olympics athletes did their best and all were rewarded for their efforts. He also attended the ASES Lights On program at Battles School. He was impressed to see so many parents there supporting their children and he was impressed with the ASES program itself. He heard from parents who are very grateful for the ASES program. He also attended the McTeacher’s Night fundraisers for Robert Bruce and Tunnell. The restaurants were very busy! There was no place to park nearby. It was great to see the teachers and other staff serving and working in the restaurants. Hats off to the McDonald’s restaurants in Santa Maria for showing so much support to our teachers and schools. Superintendent Francis reported: He also noted that Maggie White is an asset to the district and community regarding Peace Week. He also participated in the El Camino Career Day. He was paired with Phil Alvarado. He visited Arellanes K-6, Taylor, Miller, Alvin and Arellanes Junior High. He is visiting classrooms at Sanchez School on Thursday.
Mr. Francis noted that last week was the kick off of a grand experiment at Alvin School. Thanks to Dr. Patrick Faverty, who has contacts at Apple Computers, the district was able to provide 36 ITouch handheld devices and two laptop computers to students in Tom Stoddard’s 6th grade class at Alvin to see if the students will have better access to technology. The class is one of three classes in the United States which is using the ITouch systems. It has been the superintendent’s dream for a long time to have affordable, state-of-the-art technology in the hands of students. The units are $200 or less, which is cheaper than a laptop. This is an experiment to see if it will enhance and increase learning and part of a research project with UCSB. As the year goes on, the Board will hear updates about the program. Mr. Francis noted that he’s very excited about it. E. Approval of Agenda as Presented
Mr. Brunello moved and Mr. Ochoa seconded the motion to APPROVE THE AGENDA as presented. Motion carried. III. CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Ochoa moved and Mrs. Oliver seconded the motion to APPROVE THE CONSENT AGENDA, as presented. Roll Call vote. 5 Ayes. Motion carried. 300 - PAYMENT OF WARRANTS (See Addendum #1) 301 - AUTHORIZATION TO FILE NOTICE OF COMPLETION – VERNON EDWARDS CONSTRUCTORS, INC. – BID 17-07/08 – RESTROOM RENOVATION (See Addendum #2) 302 - AUTHORIZATION TO FILE NOTICE OF COMPLETION – VERNON EDWARDS CONSTRUCTORS, INC. – BID 16-07/08 – FIRE ALARM UPGRADE (See Addendum #3) IV. ACTION ITEMS 110 - SELECT DATE FOR THE ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING ANNUAL GOVERNING BOARD
Mr. Brunello moved and Mrs. Oliver seconded the motion to SELECT WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2008, AT 6:00 P.M. FOR THE BOARD’S ANNUAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING, as presented in Item 110. Motion carried. (See Addendum #4) 111 - APPROVAL OF LEA PLAN ADDENDUM AND DISTRICT ASSISTANCE INTERVENTION TEAM UPDATE Superintendent David Francis and DAIT consultant Dr. Patrick Faverty from the Lowell Institute presented information on the DAIT process. The district is in the DAIT corrective action because it failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two years in a row with all significant student subgroups. However, there has been continued academic improvement, and the district has many students close to scoring proficient. The DAIT process will focus on providing our teachers with the resources and professional development needed to help move students from basic to proficient. The district’s mission is to exit Program Improvement within two years, build
leadership, serve students by need through response to intervention, and involve parents in their children’s education. Director of Curriculum and Instruction Stephanie Miller answered questions from the Board about assessments, professional development, teaching strategies, differentiated instruction and other issues. She also showed an inspirational video from a staff development session in Texas about believing in students’ abilities to succeed. Mrs. Oliver noted that the child in the video was an inspiration to her. She’d like everyone at the school sites to view the video. Mr. Ochoa moved and Mr. Brunello seconded the motion to APPROVE THE LEA ADDENDUM AND ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THE D.A.I.T. UPDATE AND PRESENTATION, as presented it Item 111. Motion carried. (See Addendum #5) 210 - RESOLUTION 08-11: DECLARATION OF OCTOBER 23-31, 2008, AS RED RIBBON WEEK Mrs. Oliver moved and Mrs. Diaz seconded the motion to ADOPT RESOLUTION 08-11: DECLARATION OF OCTOBER 23-31, 2008, AS RED RIBBON WEEK FOR THE SANTA MARIA-BONITA SCHOOL DISTRICT, as presented in Item 210. Roll Call vote. 5 Ayes. Motion carried. (See Addendum #6) 320 - AWARD OF BID 08-08/09 – ENERGY RETROFIT OF 18 DISTRICT SCHOOL SITES Matt Beecher, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, explained that the low bid is within the budget available for this project which is funded through a loan from the California Energy Commission. Ed Fassiotto, Coordinator of Maintenance and Operations, noted that the work will take place during the Thanksgiving week break and winter recess at the schools when students and staff are not present. Mrs. Diaz moved and Mr. Brunello seconded the motion to AWARD BID 08-08/09 FOR THE ENERGY RETROFIT OF 18 DISTRICT SCHOOL SITES TO SMITH ELECTRIC SERVICE IN THE AMOUNT OF $262,257.00, UPON PRESENTATION OF BONDS, as presented in Item 320. Motion carried. (See Addendum #7) The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
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