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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, May 25, 2011, 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, May 25, 2011, at the board room located at Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, California. The meeting began at 6:07 p.m.
Members:
PRESENT: Dr. Gary Elder, President; Lionel Dew, Vice President; Elise Brown, Clerk; Karen Morgan (arrived at 6:14 p.m.) and Dr. Gabriel Stine

Public Verbal Comments

1.

Receive Public Verbal Comments Regarding Closed Session Items: None


CLOSED SESSION

2.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Personnel Reports #11-14 with Addendum(s)

Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved Personnel Reports #11-14 with Addendum(s) as presented.


REGULAR SESSION

The board recessed at 6:56, and entered regular session at 7:02 p.m. beginning with the pledge of allegiance.

3.

Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

The action taken in closed session above was reported out to the public.


4.

Review of Basic #15

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


5.

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

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


Communication Session

6.

Public Verbal Comments: None


7.

V.E.T.A. Report

(1) VETA President Nancee Fine recognized the classified staff for participating in the rally at the Orange Show in San Bernardino and thanked Dr. Marsden for also participating. (2) Mrs. Fine reported on her recent trip to Sacramento where she spoke with legislators regarding the school funding crisis. She is hoping that VESD will have the tools needed to be able to meet the needs of the students. She was particularly impressed with Steve Knight, who was straightforward and honest in his communication. (3) Schools are on the downhill side of testing, and looking forward to great results.


8.

C.S.E.A. Report

CSEA President John Mickle said he's glad to stand side-by-side with the certificated staff for the same cause. There have been many nights of phone banking, and trying to contact our legislators. John is somewhat relieved to hear the governor's budget message, but the tax extensions still need to get passed. Mr. Mickle thanked the board and superintendent for all their support.


9.

Board Members Comments

(1) Karen Morgan reported on the Brentwood Morning Insight Meeting she attended which was fantastic. She encouraged everyone to go and see the very talented students at Brentwood. Mrs. Morgan also reported on the County Committee on School District Organization which reviewed redistricting school district boundaries in the high desert due to the population increase. It is a very long process. (2) Elise Brown said it was good to hear that Dr. Elder's wife is doing much better. Mrs. Brown visited Sixth Street Prep School yesterday. She got to sit in on a history lesson and student performance. Mrs. Brown taught 2nd and 4th grades for 15 years each, and she enjoyed seeing the focused, orderly and fantastic students at Sixth Street Prep. (3) Lionel Dew thanked the staff for getting back to him for the many requests for information he has made, as he wants to be productive and make good decisions as a board member. Mr. Dew commented on Dr. Reddy's new senior wellness center in Apple Valley, saying it is admirable that Dr. Reddy is giving back to the community. Mr. Dew recognized that there are many graduates throughout the high desert that got their start in VESD schools, and he's confident that the district will continue to give students a good start. (4) Dr. Gary Elder thanked everyone for their well wishes, cards, flowers and prayers for his wife Tammy. She is feeling better.


10.

Superintendent's Comments

(1) Dr. Dale Marsden reported on Lake County's recent visit to our district's special education classes and the Desert Mountain SELPA program. (2) Dr. Marsden received an invitation to contribute an article to the Executive Leadership magazine, and he's hoping for a 2-5 page spread to be published in the September issue. (3) Dr. Marsden will be going to Sacramento with the Victorville Chamber of Commerce Legislative Action Committee on June 1 and 2, and he's looking forward to continuing conversations with legislators from his previous visit. (4) Congressman Buck McKeon visited Brentwood School recently to recognize them for being named a Lighthouse School. (5) Dr. Marsden and cabinet members have been visiting sites and presenting at staff meetings giving updates on the budget and allowing for questions and dialogue. (6) Dr. Marsden said that many districts are going to have to spend the next decade trying to rebuild relationships with their certificated and classified staff. He is so glad that we will not have to do that in our district as we've been able to maintain good communication. He thanked John Mickle and Nancee Fine and their teams for maintaining open and frank dialogue.


Information Items

11.

REVIEW PROPOSED 2011-2015 BOARD STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES AND GOALS (Dr. Marsden)

The proposed 2011-2015 Board Strategic Objectives and Goals will be reviewed and discussed by the board. Dr. Marsden handed out copies of the proposed board objectives and goals for each board member to write their ratings for each goal and return for cabinet to review and revise at their July trimesterly meeting.


12.

SECOND READING OF NEW BP 3100, FUND BALANCE POLICY (Mrs. Betts)

This new policy was presented at the May 11, 2011, board meeting for the first reading and input. It will be brought back for the final reading and approval at the June 8, 2011, board meeting.


13.

DISCUSS TERM LIMITS FOR MEMBERS OF THE CITIZENS' OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE (Mrs. Gonzales)

The board reviewed the bylaws and Ed Code and discussed the term limits for members of the VESD Citizens' Oversight Committee. Mrs. Gonzales asked if any further steps need to be taken, and the board members did not indicate any need for further action.


14.

REVIEW OF 2010/2011 END OF YEAR FINANCIAL REPORT - THIRD INTERIM (Mrs. Betts)

Due to filing a qualified Second Interim Financial Report, we are required to file an End of Year Financial Report (Third Interim) under Ed Code section 42131(e). The Third Interim Report provides the county with projections of our fund and cash balances through June 30, 2011, for the period ending April 30, 2011. Mrs. Betts reviewed the third interim report with the board members and allowed for questions and answers. Board members complimented the staff for their outstanding work on the budget.


15.

RECEIVE INFORMATION AND DEMONSTRATION OF ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (Mr. Etter)

Mr. Dale Etter, facilities director, presented a demonstation on the district's Energy Management System.


16.

DISCUSS APPOINTMENT OF ONE MEMBER TO THE VICTOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION FOUNDATION BOARD OF DIRECTORS (Mrs. Swearingen)

The board discussed prospective candidates for appointment to the Victor Elementary Education Foundation Board of Directors. Jon Gargan and Michael Stevens were suggested. Mrs. Swearingen asked the board to give her any other suggestions, so that she can assist with the board's appointment.


17.

RECEIVE WILLIAMS COMPLAINT SUMMARY REPORTS (Mrs. Clark)

The board received two Williams Settlement Quarterly Reports for the following periods: October-December 2010 and January-March 2011. There were no Williams related complaints during these two quarters. Mrs. Clark gave clarification on the process for handling other types of complaints.


Consent Items (Items 18-27)

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve all consent items listed below (items #18-27).

18.

Approve Minutes of the May 11, 2011, Regular Board Meeting


19.

Approve District Warrants


20.

Approve an accessory trade for surplus cell phone equipment and designate Bill Klopping to dispose of said equipment and handle said transaction


21.

Approve Mountain View Montessori Charter School 2011/2012 Calendar

This calendar is similar to the district's school calendar, except for parent-teacher conference week (Nov. 28-Dec. 2 instead of Oct. 3-7).


22.

Approve Resolution 11-08 to Excuse Gary Elder's Absence at the May 11, 2011, Board Meeting


23.

Approve Donations for Green Tree East to be used for instructional materials:

Herff Jones in the amount of $453.28;
Box Tops for Education in the amount of $193.40


24.

Approve Donation for Puesta del Sol from Coca-Cola in the amount of $37.30 to be used for instructional materials


25.

Donation for Discovery School from Explorer Parent Support Group of $500 to be used for K-Kids field trip transportation on June 16, 2011


26.

Approve Donation of a $50 gift card from Target and a $25 gift card from Stater Bros. to be used for the district's Career Day event


27.

Approve Volunteers for Lomitas Career Academy and Endeavour School


Action Items

28.

ACT TO APPROVE REVISED BOARD POLICY BP 2210 (Dr. Marsden)

The board reviewed board policy BP 2210, Admin. Leeway in Absence of Gov. Board Policy. Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the revised BP 2210 as presented.


Adjournment

Upon a motion by Elise Brown, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 8:45 p.m.


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