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Victor Elementary School District
Minutes
Regular Board Meeting
WED, June 27, 2007, 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, June 27, 2007, at Galileo Academy, 17000 Silica Rd., Victorville, California. The meeting began at 6:10 p.m. with a board workshop.
Members:
PRESENT: Dr. Gabriel Stine, President; Willie Davis Pringle, Clerk; Karen Morgan, Timothy G. Hauk, Dr. Gary Elder

6:00 - 7:00 P.M. BOARD WORKSHOP

The board received information from Dr. Tony Avina, representative from the California School Board Association, regarding the superintendent search process, and discussed services that will be needed.

7:00 P.M. - REGULAR SESSION

1.

Pledge of Allegiance

The board recessed at 7:00 p.m. and entered regular session at 7:13 p.m. beginning with the pledge of allegiance.


2.

Public Hearing on 2007-2008 Annual District Budget

The presented 2007-2008 district budgets have been available at the District Office since June 20, 2007. Adjustments to these budgets will be made after Governor Schwarzenegger signs the California State Budget. A public hearing was held to give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed budget. The hearing opened at 7:14 p.m. and closed at 7:15 p.m. There were no comments from the public.


3.

Public Hearing on AB825 Flexibility Transfer

Education Code 41500 allows districts to transfer up to 15% of AB825 Block Grants for any other programs for which the district is eligible for funding. Before funds can be transferred and used, a public meeting must be held. The hearing opened at 7:15 p.m. and closed at 7:16 p.m. There were no comments from the public.


Basic #19

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

Communication Session

4.

Public Verbal Comments: None


5.

V.E.T.A. Report

Nancee Fine reported on recent conferences she had attended including the county superintendents/CTA presidents advisory group and West Coast Effective Schools, and she thanked the board for their support.


6.

C.S.E.A. Report

Marsha Owens reported that the CSEA budget analysis was done recently and came back very positive. People are working hard at the sites during the summer.


7.

Board Members Comments

(1) Karen Morgan cheered on the all-stars baseball team that Ross Swearingen coaches. (2) Gary Elder thanked the staff for their hard work. (3) Willie Pringle thanked the staff for the outstanding work they do. (4) Timothy Hauk informed everyone of funeral services for high school Spanish teacher Mr. Vargas. (5) Gabriel Stine thanked the district for the tremendous education that his children have received. His second child just completed seven years in the district, and he still has one more in elementary school.


8.

Superintendent's Comments

Superintendent Ralph Baker thanked Mike Frost for the painting and maintenance projects being done throughout the district.


Information Items

9.

SECOND READING OF BOARD POLICY REGARDING ATTENDANCE AT BOARD MEETINGS, BB 9250 (Dr. Baker)

The board reviewed and discussed revised Board Bylaw 9250 regarding board member attendance at board meetings. This policy will be submitted for the board's third reading and approval at the July 25, 2007, board meeting.


10.

RECEIVE MAY SUSPENSION REPORT (Mrs. Miller)

During the month of May 2007, approximately 98.1% of the Victor Elementary School District's student population presented themselves with proper conduct. The board reviewed this month's suspension report.


Consent Items (Items 11-15)

Upon a motion by Tim Hauk, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the consent items as follows:

11.

Approve Minutes of the June 13, 2007, Regular Board Meeting


12.

Approve District Warrants


13.

Approve Site Plans


14.

Approve Donations to Challenger School: $186.36 from the Challenger Parent Teacher Organization to be purchase fruit bars; and $23.96 from Time Inc. Shared Services and $51 from Cartridge Express to be used for instructional supplies


15.

Approve Donations to The Academy:

$45.00 from Edison International Employee Contributions by Mark S. Landis and $45.00 from Edison International (employer matching funds) be used for instructional materials;
One computer valued at $989.00 donated by Thomas and Kathleen Ebeling;
Six trophies costing a total of $63.03 for the Academy Spelling Bee donated by Michael and Mindy Tsai


Action Items

16.

ACT TO APPROVE NEW AND REVISED BOARD POLICIES (Dr. Baker)

New and revised board policies are presented for the board's third reading and approval. Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the new and revised policies as presented.


17.

ACT TO APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH CSEA (Dr. Marsden)

Through negotiations, an agreement has been reached with CSEA for 2007-2010. It includes the following articles: Article 15 Safety; Article 16 Organizational Security; and Article 19 Term of Agreement. This agreement was reached by the ten district and CSEA negotiators using the interest-based bargaining approach and a neutral facilitator. By a majority vote of its members, CSEA ratified the contract on June 19, 2007, and it is now submitted for board approval. Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the agreement between CSEA and VESD as presented.


18.

ACT TO APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH VETA (Mrs. Young)

Through the collective bargaining process, the Victor Elementary Teachers Association and the district have reached agreement for the 2007/2008 school year. Articles for revision include Compensation, Benefits, Leaves, Part Time Assignments, Completion of Meet and Negotiate, as well as several Memorandums of Understanding on items of mutual concern. The Interest Based Problem Solving process continues to serve us well as we work through each issue. The Association has already ratified these agreements by a vote of the membership, and the AB 1200 requirements have been met. Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the agreement between VETA and VESD as presented.


19.

ACT TO APPROVE ANNUAL DECLARATION OF NEED FOR FULLY QUALIFIED EDUCATORS (Mrs. Young)

The Commission on Teacher Credentialing currently issues emergency permits at the request of employing districts. Only Emergency CLAD, BCLAD, Resource Specialist, Library Media and Clinical or Rehabilitative Permits may be requested. All Limited Assignment Teaching Permit requests will also need to be reported on the Declaration of Need. Many of our otherwise fully credentialed teachers may be applying for an Emergency CLAD Permit this year to be compliant. The District is attempting to place every ELL student in a class with a teacher who holds an EL authorization. The Emergency CLAD Permit is an option for teachers to properly have ELL students assigned to them while they are completing the coursework for a CLAD Certificate. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve and adopt the Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators as presented.


20.

ACT TO EMPLOY JONNI VINDIOLA, HEIDI TRENTHAM AND REBECCA GALVEZ AS SPEECH PATHOLOGISTS ON THE BASIS OF A VARIABLE TERM WAIVER (Mrs. Young)

The district actively seeks to employ fully credentialed speech therapists. Because of the statewide shortage in this profession, we have an ongoing need to find qualified candidates to fill our vacancies for speech therapists. Both Heidi Trentham and Jonni Vindiola are participating in the Victor Elementary School District Speech Pathologist Training Program. They are currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech, Language and Communication Disorders Program offered by NOVA Southeastern University. Rebecca Galvez is also currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Speech, Language and Communication Disorders Program offered by NOVA Southeastern University but is not part of the Victor Elementary School District Speech Pathologist Training Program. They all plan on completing their Masters Program within two to three years. Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve employment of Heidi Trentham, Jonni Vindiola, and Rebecca Galvez as Speech Therapists on the basis of a Variable Term Waiver for the Clinical or Rehabilitative Services Credential.


21.

ACT TO APPROVE USE/PURCHASE OF STATE ADOPTED SOCIAL STUDIES MATERIALS (Mr. Swearingen)

School sites were given the opportunity to select from four State approved Social Studies programs to teach the Social Studies standards. After review by teachers and parents, Scott Foresman Social Studies program was selected by grades K-5 and Harcourt Brace Social Studies program was selected by grade 6. Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Timothy Hauk, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the state adopted social studies materials as presented.


22.

ACT TO APPROVE 2007-2008 CONSOLIDATED APPLICATION FOR FUNDING CATEGORICAL AID PROGRAM - PART I (Mr. Swearingen)

Part I of the Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Programs is submitted for board approval. The document was reviewed and approved by the District Advisory Council and the District English Learner Advisory Committee. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the Consolidated Application Part I as presented.


23.

ACT TO APPROVE 2007-2008 DISTRICT ANNUAL BUDGET (Mrs. Betts)

Our district continues to be financially sound. This budget represents the estimate for the 2007-2008 fiscal year on projected revenue and expenditures from the Governor's May Revise. District staff will revise the budget within 45 days following the governor's approval of the State of California's annual budget. The revised budget will be presented to you at the first interim report. Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the 2007-2008 District Annual Budget as presented.


24.

ACT TO APPROVE RESOLUTION 07-06 (AB825) TO TRANSFER CATEGORICAL BLOCK GRANT FUNDS TO OTHER DISTRICT ELIGIBLE STATE PROGRAMS (Mrs. Betts)

Education Code 41500 allows districts to transfer up to 15% of AB825 Block Grants for any other programs for which the district is eligible for funding. Before funds can be transferred and used, the district must hold a public meeting and pass the attached resolution. Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Karen Morgan, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve Resolution #07-06 to transfer categorical block grant funds to other district eligible programs as presented.


25.

ACT TO APPROVE THE CREATION OF A NEW FUND 20 FOR GASB 45 - SPECIAL RESERVE FOR POST EMPLOYMENT BENEFITS (Mrs. Betts)

On May 9th, Resolution #07-03, Management Plan for other Post Employment Benefits, was approved by the board and it included a transfer of $100,000 from the General Fund (Fund 01) to Fund 20 to begin funding the district's GASB 45 liability. Administration is now requesting to open Fund 20 (Special Reserve for Post Employment Benefits) so that we can do the planned transfer at year end. Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve creating Fund 20, Special Reserve for Post Employment Benefits.


CLOSED SESSION

The board recessed at 8:20 p.m. before entering closed session at 8:25 p.m. The board took the following actions in closed session.

26.

PUPIL PERSONNEL REPORT: Act to approve the Pupil Personnel Report

Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Gary Elder, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the Pupil Personnel Report which included:

STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Readmission of student #307565.


27.

PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT/RELEASE/RESIGNATION: Certificated, Classified and Charter Personnel Reports 07-18

Upon a motion by Gary Elder, seconded by Karen Morgan and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board approved all personnel items except item "J" on the classified addendum which was removed. The board approved the following items:

CLASSIFIED ITEMS:Change of status for Concesa Wychico, 4 hour cook at Brentwood to be employed as the lead cook at West Palms Conservatory; change of status for Denise Allen back to her original position as lead cook at Del Rey (had previously accepted position as lead cook at West Palms); change of position for Jennifer Sharp from cook at Del Rey to library media clerk at West Palms; change of status for Dixie Adams from breakfast cook to custodian at Green Tree East; change of status for Alfred Mendoza, from custodian at Liberty to custodian at West Palms; change of status for Matthew Blume from 4.5 hour custodian to 8 hour custodian at Mojave Vista; change of status for Brian Mills to 8 hour day custodian at Del Rey; change of status for Cari Cobb from 4 hour school clerk at Brentwood to 8 hour receptionist/health attendant at Puesta del Sol; employment of Laura Falone as school clerk at Endeavour; and employment of Elizabeth Mondoza as 4 hour custodian at West Palms.

CERTIFICATED ITEMS: employment of Rebecca Galvez as speech therapist assigned to Pupil Services effective August 31, 2007; acceptance of resignation from Laura Marruffo, classroom teacher at Liberty School.

CHARTER ITEMS: Mountain View Montessori Charter School salary increases for (1) Tisha Gates, instructional aide with stipend in lieu of health benefits and (2) Elena Stafford, school secretary; and employment of Leticia Diaz, K-1 Classroom Teacher.


28.

ACT TO APPROVE INCREASE IN SALARY SCHEDULE FOR CONFIDENTIAL EMPLOYEES AND PSYCHOLOGISTS (Mrs. Young)

Upon a motion by Karen Morgan, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to approve the increase in salary schedule for confidential employees and psychologists as presented.


29.

CONFERENCE AND/OR ACT ON EXISTING LITIGATION: B.E. McMurray

Upon a motion by Willie Pringle, seconded by Karen Morgan and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to give Jerene Creason, assistant superintendent of administrative services, authority to sign the settlement agreement with B.E. McMurray.


Report Actions Taken in Closed Session

The board returned to regular session at 8:50 p.m. and reported all actions taken in closed session above out to the public.

Adjournment

Upon a motion by Timothy Hauk, seconded by Willie Pringle, and followed by a 5-0 vote, the board acted to adjourn at 8:51 p.m.


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