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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, September 7, 2011, 7:00 pm
Location:
Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, CA


The regular board meeting of the Victor Elementary School District was held on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at the board room located at Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, California. The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. with the pledge of allegiance.
Members:
PRESENT: Dr. Gary Elder, President (arrived at 7:45 p.m.); Lionel Dew, Vice President; Elise Brown, Clerk; Karen Morgan(arrived at 7:05 p.m.) and Dr. Gabriel Stine

REGULAR SESSION

1.

Review of Basic #20

The board reviewed VESD Basic #20: Think safety first. Everyone is responsible for creating a safe, secure, and accident free environment.


2.

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

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


Public Hearing

3.

PUBLIC HEARING FOR INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS FOR 2011-12 (Mrs. Mills)

In accordance with AB 2600, the district is required to hold a public hearing to ensure that each pupil in the Victor Elementary School District has sufficient textbooks and instructional materials. The hearing was opened at 7:03 p.m. and closed at 7:04 p.m. There were no comments from the public.


Communication Session

4.

Public Verbal Comments: None


5.

V.E.T.A. Report:

Nancee Fine, President of VETA, said she hopes everyone had a good summer. School is on and it's busy; looking forward to a good year.


6.

C.S.E.A. Report

Debra Blake said the schools look great. Thank you to the business office for their assistance with the new Illuminate program. Negotiated a little during the summer, and really value the relationship CSEA has with the district. Thank you, we are off to a great year.


7.

Board Members Comments

(1) Elise Brown welcomed staff back and said she hopes they had a nice restful summer. She has already visited three schools since the beginning of the year. (2) Gabriel Stine welcomed everyone back. He attended his daughter's last back-to-school night at the Academy. Dr. Stine commended the maintenance and grounds staff as the schools look great. (3) Karen Morgan welcomed everyone back. She is looking forward to a good year. (4) Lionel Dew said the district is a good district, and acknowledged the staff and fellow board members for doing a good job as they face challenges.


8.

Superintendent's Comments

Dr. Dale Marsden reported that our API scores are continuing to increase. Staff are excited and sharing best practices. He is looking forward to a good year and it won't be without challenges. Dr. Marsden complimented all staff and Deputy Winegar for the work they do.


Information Items

9.

RECEIVE BRIEFING ON DISTRICT SECURITY (Mr. Lester)

Don Lester and Dale Etter presented information regarding the district's security.


10.

RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE LEARNING FOR ALL PLAN (Mrs. Mills)

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Elise Brown and followed by a 4-0 vote, this information item was moved to the end of the agenda when Gary Elder would be present. The district Learning for All Plan was presented and discussed at that time.


11.

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

Board Policy 5113.1 has been revised to reflect changes in the law. This policy is scheduled to be brought back to the board for the third reading and approval at the October 5, 2011, board meeting.


12.

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

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Elise Brown and followed by a 4-0 vote, this information item was moved to the end of the agenda when Gary Elder would be present. The proposed 2011-2015 Board Strategic Objectives and Goals were reviewed. They will be brought back at the October 5, 2011, board meeting for approval.


13.

REVIEW 2010/2011 UNAUDITED FINANCIAL REPORTS (Mrs. Betts)

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Elise Brown and followed by a 4-0 vote, this information item was moved to the end of the agenda when Gary Elder would be present. The district has completed closing the financial books for the 2010/2011 fiscal year. The financial reports (unaudited) were presented for the board's review.


14.

RECEIVE WORKERS COMPENSATION REPORT (Mrs. Gonzales)

The workers compensation report will be reviewed with the board.


15.

REVIEW PRINCIPAL SELECTION TIMELINE (Mrs. Mills for Ms. Goodloe)

The following is the timeline for selection of Principals for Endeavour School of Exploration and West Palms Conservatory:

Job Posting, September 9, 2011 - September 19, 2011

Screening/Interviews, week of September 26 through September 30


RECESS:

Gary Elder arrived and the board recessed at 7:45 p.m. The board returned to regular session at 7:54 p.m.

Consent Items

Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve all consent items listed below (items #16-22).

16.

Approve Minutes of the August 17, 2011, Regular Board Meeting


17.

Approve District Warrants


18.

Approve and Adopt Resolution 11-15, Determining Availability of Textbooks and Instructional Materials for 2011-2012


19.

Approve Employment of Alinda Kniss as a substitute speech therapist on the basis of a variable term waiver


20.

Approve Donations for Puesta del Sol School:

$10.00 from Robert Elkins, $13.32 from Coca Cola, $24.50 from the Harris family to be used for instructional materials; and eight digital cameras, memory cards and a battery charger for our photography elective from Eastman Kodak Company


21.

Approve Donation for Village School from Wells Fargo in the amount of $500 to be used for instructional technology


22.

Approve Volunteers for Liberty, Discovery, Park View, West Palms, and Sixth Street Prep schools


ACTION ITEM

23.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 11-16, ADOPTING THE GANN LIMIT (Mrs. Betts)

Education Code Sections 1629 and 42123 specify that each year District Governing Boards shall identify their annual estimated appropriations limits for the current year and their actual appropriations limits for the preceding year. The state approved software was used in calculating the two GANN limits. A copy of the worksheet was included for the board's information. Resolution 11-16 was presented for the board's consideration in adopting the GANN Limit thereby complying with Education Code Sections 1629 and 42123. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve Resolution 11-16 adopting the GANN Limit as presented.


24.

ACT TO APPROVE 2011-12 EARLY PRIMARY PROGRAM RESOLUTION 11-17 (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. Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve Resolution 11-17 as presented.


25.

ACT TO NOMINATE CSBA DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE (Dr. Marsden)

CSBA is accepting nominations for Director-at-Large, American Indian and Director-at-Large, Black. Any board member may nominate board members from CSBA member districts or county offices of education. Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve the nomination of Charles Ramsey, board member from Contra Costa School District.


INFORMATION ITEMS MOVED FROM BEGINNING OF AGENDA

The board discussed information items 10, 12, and 13 that were moved from the beginning of the agenda so that Gary Elder may participate.

CLOSED SESSION

The board recessed at 8:55 p.m. and entered closed session at 9:10 p.m.

26.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Personnel Reports #12-03 with Addendum(s)

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve all items on the personnel reports as presented.


27.

ACT TO APPROVE PUPIL SERVICES REPORT

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve:

A. Readmit student 229433
B. Readmit student 299864


REGULAR SESSION - REPORT OUT TO PUBLIC ON CLOSED SESSION ACTIONS

The board returned to regular session at 10:22 p.m. and reported out to the public on all actions taken in closed session above.

Adjournment

Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 10:23 p.m.


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