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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, August 17, 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, August 17, 2011, at the board room located at Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, California. The meeting began at 6:00 p.m.
Members:
Dr. Gary Elder, President; Lionel Dew, Vice President (arrived at 6:15 PM, due to city council meeting); Elise Brown, Clerk; Karen Morgan (arrived at 8:40 PM due to San Bernardino County Committee on School District Organization meeting) and Dr. Gabriel Stine

Public Verbal Comments

1.

Receive Public Verbal Comments Regarding Closed Session Items: None


CLOSED SESSION

The board entered closed session at 6:01 p.m.

2.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Personnel Reports #12-02 with Addendum(s)

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 3-0 vote (Dew and Morgan absent), the board acted to approve all items listed on the personnel report as presented.


3.

ACT TO APPROVE PUPIL SERVICES REPORT

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 3-0 vote (Dew and Morgan absent), the board acted to readmit the following students:

A. Student #210629
B. Student #273123


REGULAR SESSION

The board adjourned from closed session and recessed at 7:05 p.m. and entered regular session at 7:10 p.m., beginning with the pledge of allegiance.

4.

Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

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


5.

Review of Basic #19

The board reviewed VESD Basic #19: We always seek ways to improve current systems and are proactive in seeking opportunities for innovation.


6.

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

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


Communication Session

7.

Public Verbal Comments: None


8.

V.E.T.A. Report: None


9.

C.S.E.A. Report: None


10.

Board Members Comments

(1) Gabriel Stine said he is looking forward to Opening Day. (2) Lionel Dew commended all staff for last year's success, and said he is looking forward to more progress, especially the kind of success that all stakeholders can experience. Mr. Dew added that we must have a vibrant society that can do great things around the world. (3) Elise Brown said she is looking forward to visiting the schools she missed last year. (4) Gary Elder welcomed everyone back. He reported on the meeting he attended with community leaders, and the African American Chamber of Commerce meeting. He complimented Jan Gonzales on the TV news story she did regarding transportation.


11.

Superintendent's Comments

Superintendent Dale Marsden said that prayers are going out for Janet Young and her family with the recent news of her illness. Janet's contributions to our district are vast. Dr. Marsden is looking forward to opening day. While he knows we have several challenges, the district API scores were excellent, and our schools ranked high with the county and state.


Information Items

12.

RECEIVE REPORT ON DECILE 1-3 WILLIAMS MONITORED SCHOOL VISITS BASED ON 2009 API (Mrs. Swearingen)

According to Section 1240 of the Education Code, the results of the quarterly county superintendent's visits to our district schools which were identified as Decile 1-3 schools (Williams monitored schools) based on 2009 API were presented to the board.


13.

RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING 2011-12 EARLY PRIMARY PROGRAM RESOLUTION (Mrs. Mills)

This resolution complies with Education Code 8970 and will allow the district to extend the amount of instructional time to students in kindergarten through third grade in order to assist each student in meeting state standards. The resolution will help us implement common minimum days in the district by extending the school day for all kindergarten students so their school day will be the same length as the school day for 1st-6th graders. In addition, we will continue extended day classrooms at some of our sites for the 2011-2012 school year. This item was presented for the board's information. It will be brought back for approval at the September 7, 2011, board meeting.


14.

FIRST READING OF REVISED BOARD POLICY BP 5113.1, TRUANCY AND CHRONIC ABSENCE (Mrs. Clark)

Board Policy 5113.1 has been revised to reflect changes in the law. The board had the opportunity to ask questions and give their input regarding this policy. This policy will be brought back to the board for the second reading at the September 7, 2011, board meeting, and for approval at the October 5, 2011, board meeting


15.

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

The proposed 2011-2015 Board Strategic Objectives and Goals were reviewed and discussed at length. They will be brought back as an information item at the Sept. 7th board meeting for further discussion.


16.

RECESS: The board recessed at 8:25 p.m. and returned to regular session at 8:35 p.m.


17.

REVIEW COMPLAINTS PROCESS (Mrs. Clark)

Mrs. Clark presented information on the district's complaints process for the board's review and discussion.


ACTION ITEM

18.

ACT TO APPROVE DISPOSAL OF TWO UNSAFE PORTABLES AT VILLAGE SCHOOL (Mr. Etter)

Complaints were received regarding mold in two storage rooms at Village School site. During an investigation, visible mold was found in the walls and carpet throughout both portable buildings. The JPA tested the portables and results showed high concentrations of mold particles in both portables.

In accordance with Education Code 17546(c), if the governing board, by a unanimous vote of those members present, finds that the property is of insufficient value to defray the costs of arranging a sale, the property may be donated or it may be disposed of.

Upon approval by the board, a company by the name All County Environmental & Restoration will be selected to properly dispose of the portables.

Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 4-0 vote (Morgan absent), the board authorized the disposal of two portable buildings for safety purposes.


Consent Items

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all consent items listed below (items #19-21):

19.

Approve Minutes of the July 27, 2011, Regular Board Meeting and August 9, 2011, Special Board Meeting


20.

Approve District Warrants


21.

Establish Eight New 1:1 Instructional Assistant Positions


CLOSED SESSION

The board recessed at 9:52 p.m. and entered the second closed session at 10:00 p.m. to complete items from the first closed session.

REGULAR SESSION - REPORT OUT TO PUBLIC ON CLOSED SESSION ACTIONS

The board returned to regular session at 10:59. There were no actions taken in closed session.

Adjournment

Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 11:00 p.m.


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