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					.                                                                           October 10, 2007

                                   REGULAR MEETING
                                       OF THE

                SANTA MARIA JOINT UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
                            BOARD OF EDUCATION

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Santa Maria Joint Union High School
District was held at the Support Services Center on October 10, 2007, with a closed
session at 5:30 p.m. and an open session scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Members present:
Garvin, Reece, Tognazzini, Walsh and Karamitsos. Absent: None.

Open Session

Dr. Garvin called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was adjourned to closed
session at 5:31 p.m. There were no closed session public comments.

Closed Session

The Board adjourned the closed session at 6:50 p.m. and reconvened for open session at
6:52 p.m.

Open Session
Dr. Garvin called the meeting to order and Student Representative Jessica Bartley led the
flag salute.

Closed Session Actions - Dr. Hearn reported the following closed session actions:

Pursuant to Government Code Section Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9, a conference
with legal counsel was held regarding action to be taken in connection with existing
litigation San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Case No. CV 060175, Brannon, Inc., dba
Smith Electric Service v. Lewis C. Nelson, etc. The Superintendent was provided direction
regarding court proceedings.

Student Matters – The Board reviewed 14 proposed expulsions, which were approved as
presented.

Certificated and Classified Personnel Actions. The board was asked to review and approve
routine hiring, transfers, promotions, evaluations, terminations, and resignations, as
reported by the Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources. These items were approved
as presented.

Conference with Labor Negotiators. The Board was provided an update on ongoing
negotiations with the Faculty Association (California Teachers Association) and the
Classified School Employees Association (CSEA) and discussed the status of negotiations.
Presentations – Physical Education: Lorene Yoshihara, Santa Maria High School
Physical Education Teacher, presented information about Senate Bill 78 and new
requirements for students to pass the state’s physical fitness performance test beginning
with the Class of 2011. The goal is to establish lifetime habits of physical activity fitness to
provide protection against diseases that result from sedentary living.
Effective July 1, 2007, a ninth grade student that fails to pass the physical fitness test will
be required to take four years of Physical Education (the district’s graduation requirements
include two, year-long courses). Students will get elective credit for the additional P. E.
classes they must take. Up to a two-year exemption for Physical Education can be
obtained if the student passes the test in ninth or tenth grade. An additional opportunity to
pass the test is provided during eleventh grade to exempt students from Physical Education
for the balance of high school if passed. Course descriptions for the entire district have
been examined, and classes have been developed to address fitness remediation.
A student must meet or exceed at least five of the six tests on the FITNESSGRAM, state
standards to evaluate fitness performance based on age and gender. The tests include a
one-mile run, a 20 meter (21 yards, 32 inches) Pacer lap run, walk test, body composition:
(skinfold and instrument measurements of fat), and body mass index (height and weight).
The following exercises are also part of the performance fitness test: curl-up, trunk lift,
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push-up, modified pull-up, flexed-arm hanging, sit and reach, and shoulder stretches.
Requirements are more difficult as students get older. Tests are administered March, April
and May, and the birth date of students can affect the level of fitness they are required to
meet.
Aerobic activity is the most important area of the fitness program and is associated with
reduced risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes, some cancer and
other health problems. In addition, a study conducted by the California Department of
Education shows a correlation between academic achievement and physical fitness of
California’s students.
In 2006-07, district ninth graders who took the fitness test and passed five of the six tests
included 561 at Righetti High school with 59.2 percent passing; 588 at Pioneer Valley with
51.9 percent passing; and 573 at Santa Maria High School with 39.6 percent passing.
As in the past, temporary exemptions will be available to pupils who are ill, injured, or
enrolled for one-half or less of the work normally required for full-time pupils. Pupils will still
be eligible for permanent exemptions if they are enrolled (a) in tenth grade one academic
year or longer and are 16 or older; (2) as a postgraduate pupil; or (3) in a juvenile facility.
Dr. Hearn noted that there are definitely issues related to providing additional P. E. classes
for students who do not pass the fitness standards. At this time, he had no idea of the new
law’s staffing implications and would have to observe the process to determine its impact
on staffing and electives. Lorene Yoshihara stated that work stations have been handled,
and updates of this year’s results will be provided. The impact of Senate Bill 78 probably
will not be known for a couple of years.
Presentations – EduSoft: A demonstration of software purchased to assist in student
intervention and assessment was postponed until the November 14, 2007, board meeting.
Superintendent’s Report: Update on Quarterly Meeting with City: Superintendents
and board members in the valley have been meeting with city officials for three years to
coordinate school needs with the city. This has been helpful in planning for facilities as the
city’s housing construction numbers are indicators of future school growth
At the September 26, 2007, meeting, it was learned that in 2004 there were 400 single
family units under construction. At this same time in 2005, there were 265; 2006, 127;
2007, under 200. In 2004, 1,300 construction permits were issued; in 2005, 1,121; in 2006,
1,175; and in 2007, just over 1,000. It was thought that the Bradley Ranch development
would be started in six to eight years, but that has been moved out 12-13 years because of
environmental impact reports and financial issues.
In 2003, growth projections for the 2009-2010 school year indicated that there would be
1,600 more students than the district’s current enrollment. This slowing of growth has
allowed more time to find a site and reduce the pressure to accept a less than desirable
site. The enrollment projection numbers indicate that over the next eight years, district
enrollment will not grow, although growth this year was more than originally thought.
Mr. Tognazzini stated that he had been a strong proponent of postponing another high
school because of declining population, but he was also concerned about having a high
school available when needed. Although the city data seems to support that decision, the
district needs to look for a site more seriously because growth figures could reverse in two
years. Dr. Hearn responded that he was not suggesting that the district rest in this pursuit.
The board had authorized hiring a realtor to find a suitable site for the fourth high school;
and while the agent had provided two preliminary reports to the district, they were not
substantive enough to discuss with the board at this time.
Dr. Garvin reported that the meeting with the city provided an opportunity for a good
discussion of sites and the price of land. Communication between the school districts and
the city was outstanding. He added that the number of home foreclosures has implications
for families and enrollment with over half of the foreclosures in the county in Santa Maria.
California has over 40 percent of the foreclosures in the country.
Mr. Tognazzini asked about the impact of the Orcutt Charter School on the high school
district. Dr. Hearn responded that he did not believe the charter school will have a
significant impact on the comprehensive high schools. It is thought that the greatest impact
will be on the Home School Program, High School at the College and Independent Study.
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Generally, a large percentage of students interested in the charter school would never have
enrolled in the high school district because they have been home schooled or attended
private schools.
Dr. Garvin added that Orcutt plans a K-12 charter but will start very small with K-3 and 7-9.
 Dr. Hearn replied that he did not think they could offer that configuration legally. An
elementary district is required by law to offer K-8 before offering grades 9-12.
Getting Our Money’s Worth - A presentation regarding the status of California schools
was postponed until the November board meeting.
Students’ Reports
Pioneer Valley High School – Jessica Bartley reported that September 20 was Parent-
Teacher Night; homecoming finalists have been chosen, and the Homecoming Dance is
scheduled on October 13; October 15-19, Peace Week; Senior Citizen’s Dance, October
21; Red Ribbon Week, October 22-26; Halloween Costume Contest, October 31.
Santa Maria High School – Erika Arce reported that ASB has a new advisor, Mrs. Cullen;
the Homecoming Dance is October 27; Peace Week, October 8-12; PTSC held a silent
auction to raise scholarship money; the Key Club and Future Business Leaders of America
are participating in the Grapes and Grain Festival. Key Club activities include the Fiestas
Patrias in celebration of Mexican Independence Day, and bowling with children from the
homeless shelter. FFA participated in opening and closing ceremonies at Cal Poly and will
attend a Green Hand Conference on October 16.
Righetti High School – Osaama Saifi reported that the Homecoming game was
September 28; Purple Wave Day, October 12; Campus Clean-Up, October 13; admissions
counselors from several universities have been conducting workshops in the Career
Center.
Delta High School – Ashley Reed was absent and alternate, Desiree Rock, reported that
students would attend a career exploration workshop at Allan Hancock College on October
12.
Principals’ Reports
Delta High School - Esther Prieto-Chávez, reported:

       Delta graduates, Robert Aguilar and Spenser Maxwell, were awarded the Associate
       Student Body Government Scholarship at Allan Hancock College.
       The Young Educated Latina Leaders (Y.E.L.L.) conference was held at Allan
       Hancock College with over 400 females attending. Delta senior, Lizeth Reyes won a
       computer.
       Nine students from Freshman Academy and 18 from Delta had perfect attendance
       for September, and two students, Pedro Diaz and Bernadette Gauna, were selected
       to have lunch with the principal.
       Two Independent Study meetings were scheduled for parents and students to
       review academic progress and status of credits.

Righetti High School - Steve Molina reported:

       Mr. Molina thanked the staff for making the September 25, Back-to-School Night a
       success. Over 600 free hot dogs were served to encourage parent participation.
       The College and Career Center has been sponsoring college visits during October.
       A Senior Parent Night is scheduled on October 11.
       The Righetti Administration office has a new “Information Wall” with brochures,
       campus maps, forms, schedules, etc. available.
       The Righetti PTSA and site Technology Committee has collaborated to develop the
       school’s web page. An outside provider will construct the web page in a user-
       friendly format available by the end of October.
       The District sponsored the Writing Institute Conference for Curt Greeley, and David
       Preston, Righetti teachers, as well as Steve Molina, principal. They will be working
       as a team to implement the writing strategies to improve student achievement in the
       core academic areas.


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       The Renaissance Assembly recognizing student achievement is scheduled on
       October 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.
       Domingo de Padres (Parent Sunday) will be held from 12:00-4:30 p.m. on October
       28, with registration on the cafeteria patio and entertainment provided by the RHS
       Marimba Band.         Three workshops by staff and college and community
       representatives will present information on teacher expectations, college/financial
       aid, PLATO lab, health issues, and effects of gangs, alcohol and drugs.

Santa Maria High School - Craig Huseth reported:

       The September 20 Open House was very successful.
       Student Mayra Hurtado was presented a laptop computer by the Santa Maria Valley
       Industry Education Council at the October 10 luncheon.
       Santa Maria High has 17 foreign exchange students.
       The Scheduling Committee is working on a schedule that banks minutes to allow
       teacher collaboration during the school day. This is in response to the Western
       Association of School and Colleges (WASC) Visiting Committee’s report and a major
       theme at the Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) conference.
       Mr. Huseth attended the QEIA conference on October 4 with four teachers, a
       California Teachers Association (CTA) representative, Jim Armstrong and Sue
       Whitefield. An overview of QEIA budget, staff development, School Site Council and
       data analysis was provided.
       A follow-up QEIA workshop was provided at a special staff meeting after school to
       discuss the above themes.

Pioneer Valley High School - Dee Ringstead reported:

       Pioneer Valley staff also attended the Writing Institute.
       The School Resource Officers were recognized at the Santa Maria Valley
       Business/Education luncheon on October 10.
       The district-wide Staff Development Day on September 17 was well received by
       teachers. Standards and assessment were topics of the day.
       Academic Awards Night is scheduled on October 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium
       with 178 students being honored for 3.8 GPA or above.
       About 100 parents are attending the Parent Institute every Thursday night. A
       graduation ceremony is scheduled on November 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria with
       the Ballet Folklorico performing.
       Staff continues to work on the Self Study report for the accreditation visit. The site
       visit is scheduled on March 2-5, 2008.
       October 12 is a minimum day. Students will attend a career workshop at Allan
       Hancock College.

Reports from Employee Organizations -- There was no Classified Association report.

Mark Goodman, Faculty Association President, reported that he had attended the Quality
Education Investment Act (QEIA) conference along with Santa Maria High School and
district staff.

Prior to the QEIA conference, Mr. Goodman had attended a Right Track conference, which
focused on Program Improvement (PI). There are so many districts in the first, second and
third year Program Improvement status that there will not be manpower enough to take
over the schools. The district needs to get out of Program Improvement status; but if it
implements some of the state programs and makes improvements, the state will probably
focus on schools that have not done anything.

It is late in the year, and the Association wants negotiations settled by October 22-24,
2007. Dr. Hearn stated that he also had the same interest.

Board Member Reports -- Dr. Karamitsos reported that she had attended four sessions of
the Masters in Governance workshop for Board members in Sacramento and Anaheim.
The sessions covered effective governance, setting direction, human resources and school
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be even better. She requested 15-20 minutes at the October 17, 2007, board meeting to
highlight the content of the workshops.

Dr. Garvin thanked principals for school calendars. He had attended open house at Santa
Maria and Righetti High Schools. He appreciated Righetti’s parent communications and
posting of assignments on the internet—the teachers are well organized. He knew that this
also occurs at the other schools, but he was most familiar with Righetti since he has a
student attending there.

Action Items – Instruction – New Course Approval

Mr. Armstrong stated that new Physical Education courses would align the district’s classes
with Senate Bill 78. The science and home economics labs are new courses designed to
provide students expertise in handling materials. They will be implemented next year. Dr.
Karamitsos asked if any of the classes involve students going into the community, and Mr.
Armstrong responded that they have not yet, but teachers are looking into that possibility.
Marian Hospital is currently involved in health career classes.

The following new courses were presented for approval:

District/ Physical Education Department

•      Physical Education Course 3
       Adventure/Outdoor Activities
       Aerobic Activities
       Aquatic Activities
       Dance
       Team, Individual & Dual Activities
       Weight Training & Fitness
•      Physical Education Course 4
       Advanced Adventure/Outdoor Activities
       Advanced Aerobics
       Advanced Aquatics
       Advanced Dance
       Advanced Team, Individual & Dual Activities
       Advanced Weight Training & Fitness

PVHS/Science and Home Economics Department

•      Lab Technician (Home Economics)
•      Lab Technician (Science)


A motion was made by Dr. Walsh, seconded by Mr. Tognazzini and carried with a 5-0 vote
to approve the new courses for listing in the Course of Study for the Santa Maria Joint
Union High School District.

General – Reduction in Force of Classified Staff

Effective November 15, 2007, the district must reduce the hours of certain classified
positions due to lack of work. John Robertson, Assistant Superintendent of Human
Resources, explained that bus assignments are based on seniority; causing some drivers
to have less work. The district must go through a legal process to issue a Notice of Layoff.
The following employee reductions were recommended:

Number of                                                     Total
Positions               Classification (& Funding)            Hours          Disposition

6                       Bus Drivers                           2.62           Reduce Hours
3                       Bus Attendants                        1.50           Reduce Hours




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A motion was made by Dr. Walsh, seconded by Mr. Tognazzini and carried with a 5-0 roll-
call vote to approve Resolution No. 4-2007-08, which authorizes the administration to
proceed with the recommended reduction in classified staff.

ROLL-CALL VOTE:
Dr. Reece           Yes
Mr. Tognazzini      Yes
Dr. Karamitsos      Yes
Dr. Walsh           Yes
Dr. Garvin          Yes

Business – Award of Bid for Santa Maria High School Stadium Replacement/
Renovation Project

The administration opened bids on October 8, 2007, for the Santa Maria High School
Stadium Replacement/Renovation Project (#06-013). The following bid recap and
administrative recommendation were presented at the meeting.

Bidder                     Base Bid             Alternate 1   Alternate 2   Alternate 3

Byrom Davey, Inc.          $2,994,415            $28,770       $ 6,500       $34,917
Ohno Construction Co.      $3,150,000            $36,500       $ 5,000       $28,000
Granite Construction       $3,245,756            $46,146       $10,270       $39,500

Alternate 1 = Asphalt under West Bleachers
Alternate 2 = Demolish Cellular Equipment Shelter
Alternate 3 = Asbestos Abatement of Press Box

Dr. Garvin expressed concern about the decision to remove $600,000 from the base bid for
the Santa Maria High School snack bar. Upgrading the snack bar is a matter of equity
among the three high schools. Dr. Hearn responded that the snack bar was not included in
the bond language. However, he was concerned as well, and he and Diane Bennett will
discuss possible alternative funding sources for the snack bar and report back at a later
date.

Ms. Bennett explained that timing is also an issue because the stadium bid was quite
involved, and the project needs to be finished for graduation next year. We did not want
the work delayed until alternative funding for the snack bar was found. The stadium bid
includes demolition and rebuilding of the home bleachers and refurbishing the visitor
bleachers as well as the turf and track.

Dr. Garvin hoped that the site architect would be involved in planning for the snack bar
project so it could be sent to the Department of State Architects for approval. Dr. Hearn
replied that he would like to bring a recommendation back to the board before involving the
architect.

A motion was made by Dr. Reece, seconded by Dr. Walsh and carried with a 5-0 vote to
award the bid for the Santa Maria High School Stadium Replacement/Renovation Project
#06-013 to the low bidder, Byrom-Davey, Inc. for the base bid of $2,994,415 plus the three
Alternates of $70,187 for a total amount of $3,064,602 to be paid from a combination of
C2004 Funds, Developer Fee Funds and Williams Settlement Funds.

Authorized Signature Forms

Annually, the District is required to review and update the “Authorized Signature Forms”
and Travel Reimbursement Rates that are kept on file with the Assistant Superintendent of
Business Services and the County Superintendent’s offices. These forms are used to verify
information and validate signatures on District documents. Due to changes in district
personnel, the signature forms were submitted for updating. The travel and reimbursement
rates did not change from the previous year.




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A motion was made by Mr. Tognazzini, seconded by Dr. Walsh and carried with a 5-0 vote
to approve the updated “Authorized Signature Forms” and “Travel Reimbursement Rates”
on file with the Assistant Superintendent of Business Services and for transmittal to the
County Superintendent of Schools.

Consent Items

A motion was made by Dr. Walsh, seconded by Dr. Reece and carried with a 5-0 vote to
approve the following consent items as presented. Dr. Karamitsos expressed her
appreciation for the reformatting of warrants by the Business Services Department.

A.    Approval of Minutes

      September 12, 2007 – Regular Meeting

B.    Approval of Warrants for the Month of September 2007

      Payroll and Benefits, All Funds                                    $4,749,773.20
      Commercial Warrants, All Funds                                      2,044,399.82

              TOTAL Payroll, Benefits & Commercial Warrants              $6,794,173.02

C.    Approval and Ratification of Purchase Orders

       Purchase                                                         Description/
       Order No.                Vendor           Amount                Funding Source

                                                                       PVHS
           070763       HUFCOR                  $28,600.00             Gymnasium
                        Bellflower, CA                                 Bleacher
                                                                       Modification
                                                                       School Facilities

           070878       LA Gym Equipment        $34,100.78             SMHS PE
                        Woodland Hills, CA                             Equipment
                                                                       AMP Block Grant



                        Total                   $62,700.78

D.    Pupil Personnel Matters

      1.      PVHS student #321358, 10th grade.
              For: Assault
              Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through June 15, 2008 with
              preferred placement in SMIS.

      2.      SMHS student #321137, 10th grade.
              For: Knife
              Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through June 15, 2008 with
              preferred placement in SMIS/Teen Court.

      3.      PVHS student #315502, 12th grade.
              For: Fight
              Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through June 15, 2008 with
              preferred placement in SMIS/Teen Court - Life Choices.

      4.      SMHS student #318657, 11th grade.
              For: Fight
              Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
              preferred placement in SMIS.


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    5.    PVHS student #320847, 10th grade.
          For: Fight
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS.

    6.    PVHS student #324598, 9th grade.
          For: Fight
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS.

    7.    PVHS student #324350, 9th grade.
          For: Possession of screwdriver, marijuana, lighter
          Recommendation: Expulsion through June 15, 2008 with preferred
          placement in FCS.

    8.    PVHS student #324390, 9th grade.
          For: Fight
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS/Teen Court.

    9.    SMHS student #324728, 9th grade.
          For: Fight
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS/Teen Court.

    10.   ERHS student #319513, 9th grade.
          For: Knife, brass knuckles, lighter
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS/Teen Court.

    11.   PVHS student #321204, 10th grade.
          For: Locking blade knife
          Recommendation: Expulsion through June 15, 2008 with preferred
          placement in FCS.

    12.   ERHS student #316988, 11th grade.
          For: Under the influence
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS.

    13.   PVHS student #315329, 12th grade.
          For: Fight
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through June 15, 2008 with
          preferred placement in RAD.

    14.   SMHS student #321551, 10th grade.
          For: Fight
          Recommendation: Expulsion through June 15, 2008 with preferred
          placement in FCS.

    15.   ERHS student #301236, 12th grade.
          For: Knife
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through December 31, 2007 with
          preferred placement in SMIS.

    16.   ERHS student #321344, 10th grade.
          For: Assault
          Recommendation: Suspended expulsion through June 15, 2008 with
          preferred placement in SMIS.




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E.   Approval of Gifts

     Pioneer Valley High School

                  Donor                        Recipient              Amount

      Central City Tool Supply         Girls Wrestling           $      100.00

      Juliana/Frank Clabough           Girls Wrestling                  100.00

      Craig Bernard, CPA               Girls Wrestling                  100.00

      Pacific Development              Girls Wrestling                  500.00

      Elks Rodeo                       Band                             500.00

      Max E. Johnson                   Fellowship of Christian          200.00
      Maxine A. Johnson                Athletes

      Community Bank                   FFA                               50.00
      of Santa Maria

      In-N-Out Burger, donated 200                                      330.00
      burger coupons

      Tonya Dias                       AVID 2010                      2,220.38
      donated lanyards ($490.11),
      television ($1,087.49), IPODs
      ($243.03), Nintendo ($399.75)

      Tire Pros                        Athletic Scholarships            100.00

                                       Dolores Doran                    100.00
      Dee Ringstead
                                       Scholarship

      Jeff Monteiro donated            Industrial Arts                  500.00
      Chipper/Shredder                 Department

      Dodger Stadium                                                   3,000.00
      Community Affairs donated 200
      game tickets

      Bob Brown / Tom Tucker
      Gunther’s Athletic Service                                        500.00
      donated PE Uniforms

      Albertsons donated 500 grocery                                    100.00
      bags for sorting projects

      Sgt. Denoyer
      Army National Guard donated                                     1 ,800.00
      1,800 student notebooks

      Coastal Voices                                                   1,896.90
      Esther Moon donated 3 risers

      TOTAL PIONEER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL                               $11,797.28




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     Santa Maria High School

                    Donor                       Recipient                    Amount

      Altrusa Club of the Central Coast     FFA                          $     1,500.00

      Class of 1957 - Gary C. Johnson       Athletics                          1,000.00

      American Dream Foundation                                                7,500.00

      S.M. FFA Boosters                     FFA                               10,000.00

      Tri W Enterprises, Inc.               Key Club                            500.00

      TOTAL SANTA MARIA HIGH SCHOOL                                          $20,500.00

     District


                Donor                             Recipient                   Amount

     Manny Semiatin,                        Donation of 10                     $100.00
     Social Security Office                 Reception Chairs
                                            to the District
     TOTAL DISTRICT                                                            $100.00

F.   Denial of Claims - None

G.   Authorization for Sale of Obsolete Equipment

     Education Code §17545 allows the district to sell personal property that is no longer
     necessary or suitable for school use. The district administration is requesting
     authorization to conduct a public auction through the Internet at interschola.com to
     sell equipment that is obsolete, surplus or damaged beyond repair to the highest
     responsible bidder.

     The obsolete equipment list is available in Appendix D. Each school and program
     will have an opportunity to request surplus property from the list. Notice of items for
     sale are posted at all district sites, on the internet at www.interschola.com and e-
     mailed to all staff.

H.   Approval of Travel

     1.     Santa Maria High School - National FFA Convention

            Marc DeBernardi, Santa Maria High School Agriculture Teacher, requested
            board approval to take graduate students to the National FFA Convention in
            Indianapolis, Indiana, and Washington D.C. on October 20-October 27, 2007.
            Thirteen students from Santa Maria FFA will be receiving the American FFA
            Degree on October 27 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. The following
            people plan to go on the trip: advisors Marc DeBernardi, Clemente Ayon,
            and Luis Guerra; graduate students Ashli Middleton, Kelsey Ferrari, Judd
            Avila, William Hanko, Fidel Suarez, Eric Gonzales, and Brendan Langley;
            parents and guests. The trip will be paid by fundraising, Agriculture Booster
            Club and Department.

     2.     Righetti High School - National FFA Convention

            Miguel Guerra, Righetti High School Agriculture Teacher, requested board
            approval to take students to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis,
            Indiana on October 20-October 27, 2007.



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             The following people will be attending the conference: Valerie Locarnini;
             Amy Guerra; Mickey Guerra; Caroline Adam; Kevy Souza; Cheyenee Jeffers;
             Mrs. Carolyn Adam, parent; Jimmy Pierce, running for national office
             representing California; Mr. and Mrs. Pierce, parents; Austin Ryan; John
             Velazquez; Anthony Reade; Lindsay Reade; Mrs. Reade; Ashley Monohan;
             Jim English, Righetti Agriculture Teacher receiving his Honorary American
             Degree; Mrs. English; Dayna Hammell; Mr. Guillermo Guerra, Teacher; Mr.
             Miguel Guerra, FFA Advisor; Mrs. Gabriela Guerra, female chaperone.

I.    Central Coast Articulation Group / 2007/08

      The purpose of the Partnership Agreement is to verify that Santa Maria Joint Union
      High School District will participate in the Central Coast Articulation Group for the
      2007-2008 school year. This agreement of partnership participation includes the
      following:

      1.     The District agrees to pay annual dues in the amount of $5,870.

      2.     The District agrees to release time for instructors to attend articulation
             meetings.

      3.     The District agrees to coordinate outreach activities with Allan Hancock
             College to Santa Maria, Righetti, Pioneer Valley and Delta High Schools (i.e.,
             class presentations and articulation meetings).

      4.     The District agrees to solicit grant funding and coordinate grants under the
             auspices of CCAG, specifically the current Tech Prep grant.

      The Board approved the expenditure of $5,870 for participation in the Central Coast
      Articulation Group for the 2007-2008 school year.

J.    Attendance Reports – Diane Bennett, Assistant Superintendent of Business
      Services, will be available to discuss the first month of attendance. The attendance
      report is presented on page 15.

K.    Building Report, Appendix D.
L.    Evaluator Competence

      Per Education Code §35160.5 and Board Policy 5551, the district is required to
      submit to the Board a list of administrators whose duties include the evaluation of
      certificated personnel. The district hereby certifies that the following administrators
      have demonstrated competence in instructional methodologies and evaluation for
      certificated staff they are assigned to evaluate.

      Jim Armstrong                       Shanda Hererra             Esther Prieto-Chavez
      Jim Boyle                           Tina Christen              Dee Ringstead
      Lee Davis                           Mark Pierce                David Hutton
      John Robertson                      Jose Iniguez               Kathleen Pritchard
      Peter Haws                          Chris Brown                Jeff Hearn
      Craig Huseth                        Steve Molina               Sue Whitefield
      Elyssa Rodriguez-Chavarria

      It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the list of administrators as
      having met the criteria for evaluator competence.

Open Session Public Comments

Righetti High School Teacher, Cat Petty, on behalf of the Shared Decision Making Council,
requested that the district consider adding restrooms in the 600 block of the Righetti
campus. Students and staff have increased with no restrooms added as the school
expanded. Teachers have one restroom for females and one for males in the 600 area. On
the whole campus, there are only three staff restrooms—one in the gym, administration
building and the 600 block. Both students and staff have to wait in line during the passing
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period and often cannot get into the restrooms during the time available. This is an
unhealthy situation although it meets the letter of the law under OSHA. The district is in
Program Improvement status and needs a conducive work environment. Staff should not
have to use student restrooms, and additional female stalls were recommended.

Dr. Hearn agreed that Ms. Petty is right on target, and he could not disagree with anything
she had said. A portable restroom was constructed at Santa Maria High School a few
years ago at south campus, which helped alleviate the problem there. The costs of adding
a comparable restroom at Righetti could be explored. It could cost $100,000 to $200,000,
depending on plumbing connections.

The Board agreed that the addition of restrooms needs to be investigated.

Next Meetings

A special meeting for a work/study session to discuss the assessment process, program
improvement and Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA) will be held on October 17,
2007, with a closed session at 5 p.m. and an open session at 6 p.m. at the Santa Maria
Joint Union School District Support Services Center at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa Maria,
CA 93455.

Unless otherwise announced, the next regular meeting will be held on November 14,
2007, with a closed session at 5:30 p.m. and open session at 6:30 p.m. at the Santa
Maria Joint Union School District Support Services Center at 2560 Skyway Drive, Santa
Maria, CA 93455.

Adjourn

There was consensus to adjourn the meeting at 8:22 p.m.



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Clerk/President/Secretary




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