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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, September 10, 2014, 6:00 pm
Location:
District Office, 12219 2nd Ave., Victorville, CA


The regular board meeting of the Victor Elementary School District was held on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, at the district office, 12219 Second Ave., Victorville, California. The meeting began at 6:05 p.m.
Members:
Present: Karen Morgan, President; Joyce Chamberlain, Vice President; Elise Brown, Clerk; Dr. Gabriel Stine and Dr. Gary Elder

Public Verbal Comments

1.

Receive Public Verbal Comments Regarding Closed Session Items: None


CLOSED SESSION

The board entered closed session at 6:06 p.m.

2.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Act to Approve Personnel Reports #15-03 with Addendum(s)

Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 4-1 vote (Gary Elder abstained), the board approved the personnel reports with addenda as presented.


3.

REVIEW PUPIL SERVICES REPORT (Mrs. Benitez)

The board reviewed the pupil services report which included the readmission of student #97046, student #280971, and student #229967.


4.

CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

District Representative: Maureen Mills
Employee Organizations: V.E.T.A. and C.S.E.A.


5.

RECEIVE LIABILITY CLAIMS UPDATE (Mrs. Betts)


6.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT: Review superintendent's contract


REGULAR SESSION

The board adjourned from closed session at 7:00 p.m. After a brief recess, the board entered regular session at 7:04 p.m.

7.

Pledge of Allegiance


8.

Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

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


9.

Review Board Protocol

Respect – Decorum #9: Grandstanding or “playing to the audience” is inappropriate behavior at board meetings.


10.

Review of Basic #21

VESD Basic #21: Everyone is responsible for continuing to improve his or her personal competence.


Communication Session

11.

Public Verbal Comments

Mr. Clayton Moore, candidate for the VESD school board, introduced himself and shared his experience and desire to run for a seat on the board.


12.

V.E.T.A. Report

Mrs. Beth Fehrs, VETA President, reported that back-to-school nights are in full swing at schools. Teachers are looking forward to having board and cabinet members at the new teachers reception on Sept. 26.


13.

C.S.E.A. Report

Ruben Santos presented the CSEA report, and thanked the board and cabinet for all they do. He also expressed appreciation to his department, Vince Maciel, Don Lester, and Patty Plaxton for all their help in dealing with various issues. Special thanks to Rhonda Heathcoat for the wealth of knowledge she brings to the CSEA e-board.


14.

Superintendent Comments

(1) Mrs. Jan Gonzales reported that site visits have started, and she is meeting with 15-20 upper grade students at each school; so far she could not be more pleased with the input she has received regarding student safety at schools. Students have shared that they are feeling very prepared for junior high. (2) The Quality Works program has been selected for a site visit to validate the application for the Golden Bell Award. (3) The Strategic Study group which includes members from Quality Works, Budget Committee, District Advisory Committee, and the District English Learners Advisory Committee, is developing a plan for the year. (4) Special thanks to Joe Pont for coordinating the high desert fitness challenge event.


15.

Board Members Comments

(1) Elise Brown welcomed everyone to the board meeting and said she hopes everything continues to go fantastic in the district. (2) Joyce Chamberlain thanked Rhonda Heathcoat and Ruben Santos for their service. She is thrilled and proud that Quality Works committee program has been selected as a finalist for the Golden Bell Award. (3) Gary Elder agrees with Ruben Santos that Rhonda Heathcoat is a great employee. She represents the district well at the district office front desk, and always answers incoming phone calls within three rings. The VESD culture is awesome. Dr. Elder complimented Clayton Moore and wished him well. (4) Gabriel Stine welcomed everyone back. (5) Karen Morgan thanked the district for starting the new school year on such a positive note, and said she is pleased to hear so many good things happening around the district. She said she is glad to have two deputies at the district this year to ensure safety. She is hoping that the November 4th election will be a good day as it is her birthday, and she is hoping to be re-elected.


Information Items

16.

REVIEW 2013/2014 UNAUDITED FINANCIAL REPORTS (Ms. Jauregui)

The district has completed closing the financial books for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. The financial reports (unaudited) were reviewed.


17.

RECEIVE MONTHLY CONFERENCE REPORT (Ms. Clark)

The monthly conference report was presented.


Consent Items (Items 18-24)

Upon a motion by Gary Elder, seconded by Joyce Chamberlain, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all consent items listed below (items 18-24)

18.

Approve Minutes of the August 13, 2014, Regular Board Meeting

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


19.

Approve District Warrants


20.

Approve Revised Board Meeting Schedule


21.

Approve Revised Conflict of Interest Code

The Conflict of Interest Code has been updated to reflect changes in positions: (1) Interim Superintendent - deleted; (2) Director of Safety, Operations, and Transportation - job title change; and (3) Purchasing Manager - job title change.


22.

Approve Volunteers for Sixth Street Prep, Mountain View Montessori, Liberty, Irwin Academy, Endeavour, Mojave Vista, West Palms, Park View, Discovery, Endeavour, Lomitas, and Village schools


23.

Approve Donation for Del Rey School from Target in the amount of $152.15 to be used for school supplies and uniform shirts for Del Rey students


24.

Approve Donation for Brentwood School of $680.83 from Target to be used towards technology


ACTION ITEMS

25.

ACT TO APPROVE PUPIL SERVICES REPORT (Mrs. Benitez)

Upon a motion by Gary Elder, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the pupil services report which included the readmission of student #97046, student #280971, and student #229967.


26.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 14-21, ADOPTING THE GANN LIMIT (Ms. Jauregui)

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 as information. Submitted for board consideration was Resolution #14-21 adopting the GANN Limit thereby complying with Education Code Sections 1629 and 42123. Upon a motion by Gabriel Stine, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved Resolution 14-21 as presented.


27.

ACT TO NOMINATE CSBA DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE (Mrs. Gonzales)

California School Boards Association (CSBA) is accepting nominations for Director-at-Large Asian/Pacific Islander, and Director-at-Large Hispanic. Any board member may nominate board members from CSBA member districts or county offices of education. The board considered taking action, and declined to make a nomination.


28.

ACT TO ESTABLISH ONE SPECIAL EDUCATION INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANT POSITION (Mrs. Mills)

To better serve the needs of the students within the Victor Elementary School District, we determined there is a need to establish one Special Education Instructional Assistant position. The initial placement will be at Galileo. Upon a motion by Joyce Chamberlain, seconded by Gabriel Stine, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved the establishment of one special education instructional assistant position effective September 11, 2014.


Adjournment

Upon a motion by Gary Elder, seconded by Elise Brown, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board adjourned at 7:58 p.m.


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