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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, August 15, 2012, 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 15, 2012, at the board room located at Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, California. The meeting was called to order at 6:08 p.m.
Members:
PRESENT: Dr. Gary Elder, President; Lionel Dew, Vice President; Dr. Gabriel Stine, Clerk; Elise Brown and Karen Morgan (arrived at 6:50 p.m.)

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 #13-02, with Addendum(s)

Upon a motion by Elise Brown, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 4-0 vote (Karen Morgan was absent during the vote), the board took action to approve the personnel reports with addendums as presented.


3.

CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

District Representative: Jan Gonzales and Christi Goodloe
Employee Organizations: V.E.T.A. and C.S.E.A.


4.

LIABILITY CLAIMS UPDATE - Jan Gonzales


5.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT: Review interim superintendent's evaluation


REGULAR SESSION

6.

Pledge of Allegiance


7.

Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

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


8.

Review Board Protocol

Teamwork Section, #4: No one is to divide board members.


9.

Review of Basic #13

VESD Basic #13: We celebrate and recognize each other's accomplishments.


Communication Session

10.

Public Verbal Comments: None


11.

V.E.T.A. Report

Nancee Fine thanked the board for all they do. She complimented CSEA for the good work they are doing, and said VETA is ready to go to work for the children.


12.

C.S.E.A. Report

John Mickle reported on the conference he attended recently regarding propositions on the November ballot and they have come out of the gate strong. Phone banks were already done, and planning kickoff activities for precinct walking in a couple of weeks. CSEA will also be considering endorsements for school board candidates. Thanks to Mrs. Jan Gonzales, the district's opening day event went well. Many positive comments were heard regarding the training and the keynote speaker.


13.

Interim Superintendent's Comments

Mrs. Jan Gonzales complemented Dale Etter as the LED project is currently ahead of schedule. We have heard a lot of positive comments regarding opening day, dealing with change, and the classified staff trainings. Compliments go to all cabinet members as well as many other behind-the-scenes people. Today was the first contract day for teachers, and educational services provided a video for them regarding the Common Core Standards.


14.

Board Members Comments

(1) Karen Morgan complimented everyone on opening day event and said she really enjoyed it. It went smoothly, and it was a very pleasant experience, lots of fun and laughter. Dr. Elder's speech was very good and appropriate. (2) Elise Brown said she really enjoyed the opening day event. The little girl who sang and Teresa Savadra were really good. Welcome back to the staff; hopefully you are rested and ready to go. (3) Dr. Gabriel Stine commended everyone on the phenomenal opening day event. He was glad to see all five board member in attendance this year. Dr. Ernie Mendes was an excellent speaker and very entertaining. Dr. Stine requested a copy of the video that was shown with John Mickle and Windy Rash in their costumes. Dr. Stine asked about the CCSS video, and Mrs. Mills said that the video will be added to the VESD blog. It is official, Dr. Stine is running for the school board in the November election, along with Lionel Dew. (4) Lionel Dew gave a recap of the past school year, saying that he attended a memorial service for a student and visited students in the hospital who were injured. He also visited classrooms to share with students what education is all about. He told them that they are already important for two reasons: first their birth, and second their name. This contributes to their self-esteem. The district is off to a good start, and Dr. Elder's opening day remarks were refreshing, reflective and reassuring. Mr. Dew said that it is each person's performance that will sustain them, especially during a time of change. At the last board meeting, Mr. Dew voted no on an item regarding authority being given to a person other than an executive. He has submitted a statement to be attached to the minutes regarding his reasons for voting no. Mr. Dew stated that the board has ultimate responsibility and authority and should take great care in setting a precedent when making executive decisions, rather than making decisions that are willy-nilly. Mr. Dew gave his definitions of executives and executive decisions. (5) Dr. Gary Elder welcomed everyone to the new school year. He's just as excited to get started. Today is Dr. Elder's 21st wedding anniversary. Dr. Stine's 23rd anniversary is later this month. Dr. Elder apologized for leaving the opening day event early; he was on duty at University Prep's 7th grade orientation, so he needed to get back.


Information Items

15.

REVIEW AUGUST 22, 2012, SPECIAL BOARD MEETING AGENDA FOR SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PRESENTATIONS (Dr. Elder)

At the July 18, 2012, board meeting, the board requested that a special board meeting be scheduled to receive presentations from the various superintendent search firms: SB County Supt. of Schools, Dave Long & Associates, Leadership Associates, and Demeter Educational Consulting. The board reviewed the draft agenda for the August 22, 2012 special board meeting.


16.

RECEIVE COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS REPORT (Mrs. Mills)

The board received the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Report.


17.

RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING EMPLOYEE CONDUCT POLICIES (Mrs. Clark for Ms. Goodloe)

As requested at the July 18, 2012, board meeting, information regarding employee professional conduct policies was presented for the board's review.


18.

DISCUSS THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO MEMBERS TO THE VICTOR ELEMENTARY EDUCATION FOUNDATION (Mrs. Clark for Ms. Goodloe)

As discussed at the July 18, 2012, board meeting, Mr. Mike Nutter is unable to continue on the Victor Elementary Education Foundation at this time. Mrs. Janet Young, who recently passed away, was also one of the board's appointees. The board will need to appoint replacements as soon as possible. A list of possible appointees was presented for the board's consideration. Karen Morgan asked that Reulle Herron be added to the list. Each person on the list will be contacted to confirm their willingness to serve and availability to attend the monthly meetings. The board will be asked to approve two members at the next board meeting.


19.

RECEIVE ANNUAL CITIZENS OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE REPORT (Mrs. Betts)

The Citizens Oversight Committee Chairperson, Andrew Jaramillo, and committee member, Martha Brodie, presented an Oversight Committee Report to the board as required by Section 3.3 of the committee's bylaws.


20.

FIRST READING OF REVISED BOARD BYLAW 9400 (Dr. Elder)

At the August 4, 2012, special board meeting, several revisions to BB 9400 were discussed. These revisions were reviewed; the second reading is scheduled for September 5, 2012, and the final reading and approval is scheduled for the October 3, 2012, board meeting.


21.

RECEIVE REPORT ON DECILE 1-3 WILLIAMS MONITORED SCHOOL VISITS BASED ON 2009 API AND QUARTERLY WILLIAMS COMPLAINT REPORTS (Mrs. Gonzales)

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. In addition, the quarterly complaint reports for January-March and April-June were presented for the board's information.


Consent Items (Items 22-29)

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve all consent items as presented.

22.

Approve Minutes of the July 18, 2012, Regular Board Meeting and August 4, 2012, Special Board Meeting


23.

Approve District Warrants


24.

Approve Benefits Adjustment for Confidential Employee


25.

Approve Employment of Merrilee Ironside and Natalie Phillips as Speech Therapists on the Basis of a Variable Term Waiver


26.

Approve California Cadet Corps CACC Form 17, Delegation of School District Signature Authority


27.

Approve Revision to Conflict of Interest Code

This is the regular biennial review and revision of positions that are required to file a statement. Interim Superintendent was added and Supervisor of Facilities was deleted on page 5 of the code.


28.

Approve Donation for Park View in the amount of $200 from ECLS-K:2011 Research to be used for materials/supplies by K-1 teachers


29.

Donation for Irwin & The Academy from Life Touch

$493.01, to The Academy be used for uniforms $181.14, to Irwin to be used for uniforms


ACTION ITEM

30.

ACT TO APPROVE REVISED BOARD BYLAW 9400 RE BOARD PROTOCOLS (Dr. Elder)

The revised BB 9400 which the board reviewed at the July 18 and August 4 board meetings was submitted for the third reading and approval. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Lionel Dew, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve Board Bylaw 9400, as presented.


31.

ACT TO ADOPT RESOLUTION 12-13 IN SUPPORT OF PROP 30 AND 38 ON NOVEMBER BALLOT (Mrs. Gonzales)

California School Boards Association (CSBA) is requesting that school boards consider passing a resolution in support of both Prop 30 and Prop 38, a move that complements the historic vote taken May 20 by CSBA's Delegate Assembly. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson has also endorsed both measures. Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve Resolution 12-13, as presented.


32.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 12-14 ORDERING JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF DELINQUENT SPECIAL TAXES AND RETAIN COUNSEL (Mrs. Gonzales)

Government Code authorizes districts with CFD's (Community Facility Districts) to file foreclosure actions on behalf of the debt holders. Approval of Resolution 12-14 is required to start the foreclosure proceedings. Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP would act as our special counsel to prosecute the foreclosure actions and collect on behalf of the district the amounts due. Upon a motion by Lionel Dew, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board took action to approve Resolution 12-14 and retain counsel as presented.


Adjournment

Upon a motion by Elise Brown, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 7:50 p.m.


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