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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, February 10, 2010, 7:00 pm
Location:
Discovery School, 13247 Amethyst Rd, Victorville, CA


The regular board meeting of the Victor Elementary School District was held on Wednesday, February 10, 2010, at Discovery School of the Arts, 13247 Amethyst Rd., Victorville. The meeting began at 7:13 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance.
Members:
PRESENT: Karen Morgan, President; Dr. Gabriel Stine, Clerk; Dr. Gary Elder, Timothy G. Hauk, and Willie Davis Pringle

REGULAR SESSION

1.

Review VESD Basic #15:

The board reviewed Basic #15: Everyone honors agreements, schedules, and timelines.


2.

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

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


School Report

3.

DISCOVERY SCHOOL REPORT (Mr. Hill)

Principal Robert Hill presented the school's action plan to achieve the district mission, and students performed for the board.


Recess

The board took a recess from 7:45 to 8:07 p.m.

Communication Session

4.

Public Verbal Comments: None


5.

V.E.T.A. Report

(1) Nancee Fine reported on the upcoming Day of Recognizing Education planned for March 4 - something to look forward to. (2) Mrs. Fine shared information regarding an initiative that would introduce a two-tier system in the teachers retirement, reducing it to 30% from the current 70%. She cautioned everyone to be careful about signing this petition. (3) Communications Council was very productive and teachers appreciated the information presented at that meeting. (4) The foundation board has a program to acquire grant information. (5) The High Desert Employer-Employee Trust is working on bringing costs down. (6) Nancee reported on today's Strategic Planning Meeting and Dr. Thomas' state of education address.


6.

C.S.E.A. Report

(1) John Mickle reported that CSEA has been having busy times as well. The retirement incentive is on tonight's board agenda for the board's consideration. (2) John attended the internal assessor training which was very good. (3) Strategic Planning was awesome, with lots of good ideas. Maureen did a great job facilitating. (4) He appreciates all the opportunities the board and cabinet have provided, and he is proud to be a part of this district. (5) He appreciates all the work that cabinet and the board do, and he knows there are tough decisions ahead, to the economy. He asked that the board seriously consider bringing the reserve down to 3% before taking action no the budget cuts.


7.

Board Members Comments

(1) Gary Elder complimented Discovery for doing a good job and reported on today's strategic planning meeting. (2) Gabe Stine attended a very nice performance at The Academy yesterday. Dr. Stine expressed his condolenses to Apple Valley school board member Dennis Bender whose son Donnie passed away. Dr. Stine will be participating in a "Dancing with the Sunset Hills Stars" charity fundraiser and the Victor Elementary Education Foundation is one of the charities. (3) Willie Pringle said he had planned to attend strategic planning, but his mother has been in intensive care for the past two weeks. Mr. Pringle thanked Discovery School for their outstanding report and student performance. (4) Tim Hauk congratulated Mr. Hill on Discovery's test scores. The school staff is awesome and the Willy Wonka performance was great. (5) Karen Morgan said that in the next few months we will all need to pull together as the budget cuts are not only hurting those directly affected but also the ones that work with them. The board will do everything possible to make it as easy and painless as possible. The board supports the district and has confidence in Dr. Marsden. We are still a family, and there are still a lot of things we can do to help each other get through this.


8.

Superintendent's Comments

(1) Dr. Marsden complimented Mr. Hill for his leadership at Discovery School, and thanked him for continuing to propel the school forward with the leadership of the school staff. (2) Dr. Marsden thanked Nancee Fine and John Mickle for their leadership in these very tough times. (3) Dr. Marsden reported that Nancee Fine opened and introduced Dr. Gary Thomas at the county state of education address. Dr. Thomas complimented many of our VESD schools. (4) Strategic Planning had over 135 people in attendance today, including staff, parents, students, and community members. (5) Dr. Marsden announced that Sixth Street Prep School has achieved the Title I Award again this year. Also, West Palms Conservatory and Sixth Street Prep were notified that they will receive a validation visit for the California Distinguished Schools Award.


Information Items

9.

RECOGNIZE 2009 BOARD PRESIDENT AND CLERK (Dr. Marsden)

The board recognized Karen Morgan for serving as 2009 board president, and Tim Hauk for serving as 2009 board clerk.


10.

RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING COST OF PROVIDING CalPERS GOLDEN HANDSHAKE BENEFIT (Mrs. Sanders)

A part of the Classified Retirement Incentive includes the option of the PERS Golden Handshake. Government Code 20904 allows school employers to offer the Golden Handshake (2 year retirement incentive). This incentive will add 2 years of service credit to the member’s CalPERS account at the time of retirement. The first step in offering the Golden Handshake is to discuss the cost of providing this benefit at a public meeting at least two weeks prior to adoption of a board resolution. We will be reducing our workforce by at least 1% in order to demonstrate a savings over a period of time.


11.

RECEIVE 2008-2009 CHARTER ADA AUDITS (Mrs. Betts)

The district’s auditor, Jeff Nigro, CPA of Nigro, Nigro & White, has completed the 2008-2009 annual audit of ADA (average daily attendance) for Mountain View Montessori and Sixth Street Prep. Copies have been forwarded to the county and are available at the district office for review by any interested parties.


12.

RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING SALE OF LAND ON NISQUALLI ROAD (Mr. Etter)

Mr. Etter updated the board regarding the city's interest in buying district property for the Nisqualli overpass project.


13.

RECEIVE MONITORING REPORT (Dr. Marsden)

The board received the updated district Monitoring Report.


14.

FIRST READING OF NEW AND REVISED BOARD POLICIES (Dr. Marsden)

New and revised board policies were presented for the first reading. They will be brought back at the March 10 board meeting for the second reading, and for final approval at the April 7, 2010, board meeting.


15.

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.


16.

RECEIVE DISTRICT DASHBOARD REPORT (Mrs. Mikels)

The updated Dashboard Report was presented.


17.

RECEIVE DECEMBER 2009 SUSPENSION REPORT (Mrs. Clark)

During the month of December 2009, approximately 99.3% of the Victor Elementary School District's student population presented themselves with proper conduct.


18.

RECEIVE CONFERENCE REPORT (Mrs. Mikels)

The monthly conference report was reviewed with the board.


Consent Items (Items 19-26)

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all consent items listed below (items 19-26):

19.

Approve Minutes of the January 20, 2010, Regular Board Meeting


20.

Approve District Warrants


21.

Approve the 2009-2010 Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Program, Part II

Part II of the Consolidated Application for funding Categorical Aid Programs is submitted for board approval. The document was reviewed and approved by the District Advisory Council and the English Learner Advisory Committee.


22.

Act to Approve the Sale of Surplus Equipment and Designate Michael Benzien to Dispose of Said Equipment


23.

Approve Volunteers at Green Tree East, Liberty, Brentwood, Park View, Challenger, The Academy/Irwin and Village Schools



Green Tree East Volunteer: Paulinda Martinez


24.

Approve Donations for Endeavour School to be used for instructional materials:

$10,000.00 from the Endeavour PTA; and $440.96 from Burrtec Waste Industries, Inc.


25.

Approve Donations for Galileo Academy from Sue Kim and Paul Kang:

$100 to be used for instructional materials, and a $100 donation to the PTO for the 5th grade Cambria trip


26.

Approve Donation for West Palms Conservatory in the amount of $457.89 from Carl's Jr. to be used for instructional materials


Action Items

27.

ACT TO APPROVE VICTOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION FOUNDATION BYLAWS AMENDMENT TO INCREASE NUMBER OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS FROM SEVEN TO TEN (Mrs. Sanders)

The Victor Elementary Education Foundation Board of Directors would like to increase the circle of engagement by increasing the number of directors. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the amendment as presented.


28.

ACT TO APPROVE ONE OF TWO OPTIONS TO REPLACE WILLIE PRINGLE: (A) ORDER AN ELECTION, OR (B) PROVISIONAL APPOINTMENT, PER EDUCATION CODE 5091 (Dr. Marsden)

Willie Pringle has submitted his resignation indicating that March 10, 2010, will be his last board meeting. The first step for the board is to take action to approve one of two options for filling the vacancy: (A) Order an Election, or (B) Provisional Appointment, per Ed. Code 5091. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 4-0-1 vote (Willie Pringle abstained), the board approved the provisional appointment option for filling the board vacancy and authorized the superintendent to oversee the process.


29.

ACT TO APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH V.E.T.A. (Mrs. Sanders)

Through the collective bargaining process, the Victor Elementary Teachers Association and the District have reached agreement for the 2009/2010 school year. Articles for revision include Compensation, Work Year, Part-Time Assignments, Transfer, Assignment, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on Principals voluntarily returning to the classroom. The Interest Based Problem Solving process continues to serve us well as we work through each issue. The Association will bring these items for ratification by a vote of the membership on February 9, 2010. The AB1200 requirements have been met. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the agreement between VETA and VESD as recommended.


30.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 10-02, TIE-BREAKING CRITERIA FOR 2010-2011 CERTIFICATED LAY-OFFS (Mrs. Sanders)

Pursuant to provisions of Education Code section 44955, if there are two or more certificated employees who first rendered service to the district on the same date, the governing board determines the order of layoff on the basis of needs of the district and its students. In order to do this, criteria are necessary to determine how ties in seniority will be broken for employees with the same employment date. In consultation with VETA, we recommend adopting the following criteria: English Language Learner Authorization. If there are still ties after the criteria have been applied, then we recommend breaking the ties by lottery. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved Resolution 10-02, Tie-Breaking Criteria for Certificated Lay-Offs as presented.


31.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 10-03 RE CalSTRS GOLDEN HANDSHAKE (Mrs. Sanders)

A part of the Certificated Retirement Incentive that was approved by the board on January 20, 2010, included the option of the Golden Handshake, otherwise known as the 2-Year Retirement Incentive Program. The 2-year incentive will add 2 years of service credit to the member’s CalSTRS account at the time of retirement. Employers may offer one window period or multiple window periods. The employee must retire within one of the window periods and the incentive must be offered to all CalSTRS members eligible to retire. This board resolution will open two consecutive window periods for certificated employees to retire between February 11, 2010 and July 1, 2010. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the CalSTRS Golden Handshake Resolution 10-03 as presented.


32.

ACT TO APPROVE CLASSIFIED RETIREMENT INCENTIVE (Mrs. Sanders)

In consultation/negotiation with association representatives, the district has developed a retirement incentive plan for classified, confidential and classified management employees. Included in the plan is a resignation incentive option for classified employees with ten years at VESD. Mrs. Sanders clarified that employees may submit an optional letter of intent by April 1, and official notice by May 1, to retire by June 30, 2010. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the retirement/resignation incentive plan for classified, confidential and classified management employees as presented.


33.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 10-04, BOARD MEMBER ABSENCE (Dr. Marsden)

In accordance with Board Bylaw 9250, the board will consider excusing Timothy Hauk's absence at the regular board meeting on January 20, 2010, due to inclement weather/adverse driving conditions. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 3-0-2 vote (Tim Hauk and Willie Pringle abstained), the board approved Resolution 10-04 as presented.


FINANCING CORPORATION BOARD MEETING

34.

ACT TO ADJOURN FROM THE REGULAR MEETING AND OPEN THE FINANCING CORPORATION BOARD MEETING (Mrs. Gonzales)

The board will adjourn from the regular meeting of the Victor Elementary School District and open the Victor Elementary School District Financing Corporation Board Meeting. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to adjourn from the regular board meeting and enter the Financing Corporation Board Meeting.


35.

ACT TO APPROVE THE INCUMBENCY AND SIGNATURE CERTIFICATE OF THE FINANCING CORPORATION OF THE VICTOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT (Mrs. Gonzales)

Mrs. Gonzales will present the Incumbency and Signature Certificate of the Financing Corporation of the Victor Elementary School District. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Tim Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the Incumbency and Signature Certificate of the Financing Corporation of the Victor Elementary School District as presented.


36.

ACT TO ADJOURN THE VICTOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCING CORPORATION BOARD MEETING AND RETURN TO THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE VICTOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT (Mrs. Gonzales)

Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved adjourning from the Victor Elementary School District Financing Corporation Board Meeting and returning to the regular meeting of the Victor Elementary School District.


Recess

The board will take a brief recess before entering closed session.

CLOSED SESSION

The board recessed at 9:08 p.m. before entering closed session at 9:28 p.m.

37.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Certificated, Classified and Charter Personnel Reports #10-09 with Addendums

There were no items for approval on the personnel reports.


38.

APPROVE PUPIL SERVICES REPORT (Mrs. Clark)

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the Pupil Services Report, which included items A through H below:

A. Expulsion of student #229967
B. Expulsion of student #210629
C. Readmit student #228922
D. Readmit student #352098
E. Readmit student #352692
F. Readmit student #242977
G. Readmit student #314050
H. Readmit student #360395


Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

The board returned to regular session at 10:00 and reported out to the public on all actions taken in closed session above.

Adjournment

Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Timothy Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 10:08 p.m.


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