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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, November 18, 2009, 7:00 pm
Location:
Lomitas Career Academy, 12571 First Ave., Victorville, CA


The regular board meeting of the Victor Elementary School District was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2009, at Lomitas Career Academy, 12571 First Avenue, Victorville, California. The meeting began at 7:08 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance.
Members:
PRESENT: Karen Morgan, President; Timothy G. Hauk, Clerk; Dr. Gary Elder, Dr. Gabriel Stine, and Willie Davis Pringle

REGULAR SESSION

1.

Review VESD Basic #12:

The board reviewed VESD Basic #12: Think well of yourself and take pride in your professional dress, personal appearance and personal health.


2.

Review of VESD Way - Psychological Health (Dr. Marsden)

The board reviewed the Psychological Health component of the VESD Way.


School Report

3.

LOMITAS CAREER ACADEMY REPORT (Mrs. Williams)

Principal Kenisha Williams and staff presented the school's action plan to achieve the district mission.


Communication Session

4.

Public Verbal Comments:

Representatives from the Victor Valley College Foundation presented the annual Distinguished Service Award to Linda Mikels, principal at Sixth Street Prep School.


5.

V.E.T.A. Report

(1) Nancee Fine reported on the Health Trust meeting she attended with Jan Gonzales where she learned about getting the best care at the best prices. Members concerns have been listed and charted. (2) Nancee attended a call to action on high school dropouts meeting, and learned about things we can do during age 0-36 and through 6th grade to help. (3) The webinar on international studies re world issues in education was informative. Project based education is gaining momentum around the world. (4) Nancee enjoyed the Baldrige presentation by Dale Marsden and Linda Mikels at yesterday's Rotary Meeting. She's looking forward to this tool being used throughout the community. (5) Alliance for Education meeting was also very informative. (6) There have been some bumps, dips, and valleys in negotiations, as the governor and state are becoming creative. Nancee is confident we will get through it and we will become stonger through the process in maintaining our VESD culture.


6.

C.S.E.A. Report: None


7.

Board Members Comments

(1) Dr. Gary Elder thanked Dawn Hamrick for registering him for the Whole Brain Conference even though it was full with a waiting list. Also, thanks to Don Lester for helping him get the car to go to the conference. (2) Dr. Elder congratulated Sixth Street Prep on their Blue Ribbon Award. (3) University Prep School students Tanya Kim, Raquel Cardenas, Chris Rand, Cindy Todorovich, Daniel Mondoza and Megan Malingkas were introduced by their teacher Dr. Elder. (4) Tim Hauk reported on the fund raiser event for Gary Thomas, saying there was a very good turnout. He also attended the celebration dinner for Sixth Street Prep's Blue Ribbon Award. (5) Willie Pringle welcomed everyone to the board meeting. He thanked VETA and Nancee Fine for the nice retirement cards. He enjoyed the Blue Ribbon Award ceremony for Sixth Street Prep School - Congratulations to Linda Mikels and the entire staff! (6) Gabe Stine thanked Lomitas for the wonderful presentation and thanked the Victor Valley College Foundation representatives for attending the board meeting to present the award to Linda Mikels. (7) Karen Morgan had lunch with Ralph Baker, and he said to pass along compliments to Dale Marsden and cabinet on the great things they are doing. He had kind words for Lomitas and the rest of our schools as well. Karen said VESD will be in Dr. Baker's heart forever. (8) Karen Morgan said she has every confidence in all of our schools. She enjoyed Lomitas' school report tonight, especially the SEAL program.


8.

Superintendent's Comments

(1) Dr. Dale Marsden complimented the Lomitas staff, saying success breeds success. Ms. Williams comes in with leadership behind her, which speaks volumes of the Lomitas staff for supporting their new principal and the new career academy. The staff has seen their school of choice from concept to reality, and it's just a matter of time before Lomitas receives more awards. Staff needs to write a book on the SEAL program. (2) Dr. Marsden introduced Mr. Sumpter who was in the audience along with four of his students from Chapman/Brandman University (including two VESD teachers Kori Moran and Diana Green). Mr. Sumpter commented on the different atmosphere at the VESD board meeting compared to the Nov. 4th Hesperia School District board meeting they attended. He also said that Linda Mikels and Sixth Street Prep School have proven that anybody can learn and be successful. Mr. Sumpter added that his son was a former student at Lomitas, and one of the current Lomitas teachers was a former student of his. (3) Dr. Marsden reported on the excellent presentations made in San Francisco to Standard & Poors and Moody's for our general obligation bond rating. Hoping to hear the outcome by Nov. 20. (4) Dr. Marsden visited the Central School District (K-8) with long-serving superintendent Sharon Nagel, and asked about how their district handled recent financial difficulties. Dr. Gary Thomas has facilitated this type of sharing between districts. They were able to be successful because of solid relationships. As Nancee Fine said, we will become more efficient and stronger because of our solid relationships. (5) Dr. Marsden was invited to present at the Burning Bush Church in Victorville last Sunday. He received a very warm welcome and it was a pleasure to share with the congregation about what's going on in our district. (6) As Sir Ken Robinson of Great Britain has said, most people have no idea how talented students are and therefore don't expect enough of children. It is affirming to hear that our district is going in the right direction, and it is evident that Lomitas is on the cutting edge.


Recess

The board recessed at 8:00 p.m., and returned to regular session at 8:24 p.m.

Information Items

9.

RECEIVE DASHBOARD REPORT (Mrs. Mikels)

The board received the updated Dashboard Report.


10.

RECEIVE REPORT ON DECILE 1-3 WILLIAMS MONITORED SCHOOL VISITS BASED ON 2006 API (Mrs. Gonzales)

According to Section 1240 of the Education Code, the results of the county superintendent's visits to our district schools which were identified as Decile 1-3 schools (Williams monitored schools) based on 2006 API were presented to the board.


11.

REVIEW CHAPTER 8 OF BOOK, "DISRUPTING CLASS" (Dr. Marsden)

The board reviewed Chapter 8 of the book, "Disrupting Class - How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns," by Clayton Christensen, 2008 Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts.


Consent Items (Items 12 - 15)

Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all consent items listed below (items 12 - 15):

12.

Approve Minutes of the November 4, 2009, Regular Board Meeting


13.

Approve District Warrants


14.

Approve Volunteers at Irwin/Academy, Galileo, Mojave Vista, West Palms, Green Tree East, Puesta del Sol and Brentwood Schools


15.

Approve Donation for Del Rey School from the Wal-Mart Foundation for $500 to be used for instructional materials for students


Action Items

16.

ACT TO APPROVE REVISED BOARD POLICY 4319.21 (Dr. Marsden)

The revised BP 4319.21, Professional Standards, is presented for the board's third reading and approval. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the revised BP 4319.21 as presented.


17.

ACT TO APPROVE DECEMBER 9, 2009, AS ANNUAL ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING (Dr. Marsden)

The Education Code requires that governing boards hold an annual organizational meeting between December 4 and December 18, 2009. The board president and clerk shall be elected at the organizational meeting, as well as the voting representative. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved December 9, 2009, as the annual organizational meeting.


18.

ACT TO APPROVE SALARY DECREASE FOR MANAGEMENT EMPLOYEES (Mrs. Sanders)

Certificated and classified management employees of Victor Elementary School District have come to an agreement on salary reduction for 2009-2010. They have agreed to a salary reduction of 6.8% for a period of 12 months. Upon a motion by Gary Elder, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the salary decrease for certificated and classified management employees of Victor Elementary School District for a period of 12 months beginning with the Dec. 30, 2009 and Jan. 1, 2010 paychecks. The board added that this is honorable, and a great example of teamwork.


19.

ACT TO NOMINATE CSBA DELEGATE ASSEMBLY REPRESENTATIVES (Dr. Marsden)

Nominations for CSBA's Delegate Assembly will be accepted at this time. Any CSBA member board is eligible to nominate board members within their geographical region or subregion. Our district is in subregion 16B. The board had no nominations at this time.


CLOSED SESSION

The board recessed at 8:46 p.m. before entering closed session at 9:00 p.m.

20.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Certificated, Classified and Charter Personnel Reports #10-06 with Addendums

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Timothy Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the personnel reports with addendums as presented.


21.

APPROVE PUPIL SERVICES REPORT WITH ADDENDUM (Mrs. Clark)

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Timothy Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all items on th ePupil Services Report below as presented:

A. Stipulated Expulsion for student #274508
B. Expulsion of student #261968
C. Expulsion of student #228935


Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

The board returned to regular session at 9:52 p.m. The actions taken in closed session above were reported out to the public.

ACTION ITEM

22.

ACT TO APPROVE ADDENDUM TO SUPERINTENDENT'S CONTRACT - REDUCTION IN SALARY

Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Timothy Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved and addendum to the superintendent's contract reflecting a 6.8% reduction in the superintendent's salary.


Adjournment

Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 9:55 p.m.


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