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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, August 18, 2010, 6:00 pm
Location:
Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, CA


The regular board meeting of the Victor Elementary School District was held on Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at the board room at Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, California. The meeting began with closed session from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The board recessed at 7:00 p.m. and reconvened to regular session at 7:20 p.m.
Members:
PRESENT: Karen Morgan, President; Dr. Gabriel Stine, Clerk; Dr. Gary Elder, Timothy G. Hauk, and Allen G. Williams

CLOSED SESSION (6:00-7:00 PM)

1.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Certificated and Classified Personnel Reports #11-02 with Addendums

Upon a motion by Allen Williams, seconded by Timothy Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the Certificated and Classified Personnel Reports and Addendums as presented.


REGULAR SESSION (7:00 PM)

The board adjourned closed session and recessed at 7:00 p.m. The board entered regular session at 7:20 p.m., beginning with the pledge of allegiance.

2.

Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

The actions taken in closed session above were reported out to the public.


3.

Review of Basic #3:

The board reviewed VESD Basic #3: The Professional Guidelines for Common Courtesy are the standards for our conduct.


4.

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

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


Communication Session

5.

Public Verbal Comments: None


6.

V.E.T.A. Report

(1) Nancee Fine apologized for missing the July board meetings as she was at national and state teachers association meetings. She reported on those meetings, saying that most of the topics centered around politics because there are many state and local elections that are so critical this year. (2) Nancee is excited to begin teaching 4th grade at Del Rey School this year. (3) She is incredibly happy to have the rehired teachers back. The focus needs to be on doing what is best for students, and ensuring the children get what they need.


7.

C.S.E.A. Report

Debra Blake reported that the classified staff is excited to start the new year, and they are looking forward to working in a positive manner to deal with new challenges.


8.

Board Members Comments

(1) Karen Morgan welcomed Ron Passo, candidate for VESD board, who was in the audience. (2) Gary Elder reported that University Prep School starts tomorrow. UPS did very well on the state tests. (3) Gabe Stine wished all the VESD board candidates good luck in the upcoming election. (4) Allen Williams complimented cabinet for the amazing job they did with the recent management planning session. He thanked Christi Swearingen and Debra Blake for answering his personnel questions. He also thanked Nancee Fine for always being there for him. (5) Mr. Williams also attended Congressman Buck McKeon's fundraiser event and was able to put in a plug for school funding. (6) Tim Hauk said that Buck McKeon voted no on the school funding. He cleared the air regarding his reasons for withdrawing his candidacy from the four-year seat, and going for the two-year seat instead. The main reason is that he may be retiring in a couple of years and moving out of the area. (7) Karen Morgan attended the management planning session too, and said it never ceases to amaze her when she sees the quality of the employees in the district. She was pleasantly surprised that everyone was upbeat and enthusiastic. They were creative in tackling the issue of lower staff levels, and there was no complaining - just comraderie, fun, and a family feeling. Christi Swearingen and cabinet did an excellent job, and Karen appreciated the opportunity to attend. (8) Karen Morgan also reported on the SANDABS meeting she attended today, saying it was mainly regarding funding and if and when it might come. She appreciates everyone's upbeat positive attitude, and she knows the staff will work together to make things better.


9.

Superintendent's Comments

(1) Dr. Dale Marsden said it was good to meet Mr. Ron Passo, and he asked that if anyone has contact information for Elise Brown, please send it to him. (2) Dr. Marsden complimented Debra Blake and Brian Porter for all their hard work in moving 12 tons of books out to the schools. (3) Thanks to Lori Clark for her work on the management planning session, and thanks to all who put together operational training for the principals. (4) Lori Clark introduced Laurien Dusharme, new head of school at Mountain View Montessori Charter School. Ms. Dusharme said she is impressed with the district's support of the school, and glad to be part of the team. (5) Dr. Marsden announced that the board will begin review of the book, The Genius in All of Us, at the next board meeting. The next book, Hundred Percenters, will be reviewed after that. (6) The meeting with the representative from Calif. School Services went well. Our district received high compliments and we are looking forward to getting the report. Compliments to Debbie Betts and her staff for all their hard work.


Information Items

10.

FIRST READING OF REVISED BOARD POLICY BP 5117, INTERDISTRICT ATTENDANCE (Mrs. Mills)

The board reviewed the proposed revision to BP 5117, Interdistrict Attendance. The second reading is scheduled for September 8, 2010, and final reading and approval will be on October 2, 2010.


11.

DISCUSS POSSIBILITY OF ADDING VICE PRESIDENT POSITION TO THE BOARD (Mr. Hauk)

The board discussed the possibility of adding a vice president position to the board and asked the superintendent to present a draft board policy at the next board meeting.


12.

RECEIVE UPDATE ON SCHOOL AND DISTRICT PRELIMINARY TESTING RESULTS (Mrs. Mills)

Preliminary results were shared with the board.


13.

REVIEW 2010-2011 LEARNING FOR ALL PLAN (Mrs. Mills)

The board reviewed the new formula for the Learning for All Plan for 2010-2011.


14.

PRESENTATION OF BABY BASICS VIDEO (Mrs. Clark)

The Baby Basics video was presented for the board's information.


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 WORKERS COMPENSATION QUARTERLY REPORT (Mrs. Gonzales)

The quarterly report was shared with the board.


Consent Items (Items 17-19)

Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all consent items as presented (items 17-19 below):

17.

Approve Minutes of the July 28, 2010, Regular Board Meeting

(click on Minutes in the left column, then select date)


18.

Approve District Warrants


19.

Approve Interdistrict Attendance Agreements with Charter Oak USD and Bellflower USD (Los Angeles County)


Action Items

20.

APPROVE 2010-2011 BOARD STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND GOALS (Dr. Marsden)

The 2010-2011 Board Strategic Objectives and Goals were presented and discussed at the July 28, 2010 board meeting. Revisions were made and the final document was submitted for the board's review and approval. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the 2010-2011 Board Strategic Objectives and Goals as presented.


21.

ACT TO APPROVE FINDING THAT NO BENEFIT WOULD ACCRUE TO THE DISTRICT BY REBIDDING ON THE IRWIN/ACADEMY PROJECT (Mr. Etter)

Due to the error of the local newspaper, the public contract code was not complied with but since other actions were taken by the district, i.e. advertising in the trade journals, the board was requested to make a finding that no benefit would accrue to the district by rebidding the matter and affirm the award of the previously approved contracts. Upon a motion by Gary Elder, seconded by Allen Williams, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the finding that no benefit would accrue to the district by rebidding the Irwin/Academy project and affirmed the award of the previously approved contracts.


Adjournment

Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Allen Williams, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to adjourn at 8:29 p.m.


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