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REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Central USD
April 10, 2018 6:00PM
CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL-EAST CAMPUS WAYNE "HONDO" HODGE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER 3535 NORTH CORNELIA AVENUE, FRESNO, CA 93722 6:00 P.M. CLOSED SESSION IN THE BOARD ROOM 7:00 P.M. OPEN SESSION IN THE PAC

A. CALL MEETING TO ORDER
Minutes:
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm by President Granda.
B. ATTENDANCE
Minutes:
All Board Members were in attendance.
C. ADOPT AGENDA
Actions:
Motion
Passed with a motion by Mr. Phillip Cervantes and a second by Mr. Rama Dawar.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
D. CLOSED SESSION
Minutes:
Closed Session was called at 6:00 pm.
D.1. STUDENT DISCIPLINE - Education Code Section 48900 et. seq.
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Case# 17-18-058
Case# 17-18-060
Case# 17-18-063
Case# 17-18-065
Case# 17-18-066
Case# 17-18-068
Case# 17-18-069
D.2. CERTIFICATED PERSONNEL REPORT - Government Code Section 54957
Quick Summary / Abstract:
A) Assignments - 1
B) Voluntary Transfers - 13
C) Resignations - 3
D) Leave of Absence - 1
E) Substitutes - 7
Actions:
Motion
Passed with a motion by Mr. Rama Dawar and a second by Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
D.3. CLASSIFIED PERSONNEL REPORT - Government Code Section 54957
Quick Summary / Abstract:
A) Assignments - 9
B) Retirements - 3
C) Resignations - 4
D) Promotions - 6
E) Workability - 1
F) Substitutes - 5
Actions:
Motion
Passed with a motion by Mr. Phillip Cervantes and a second by Mr. Rama Dawar.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
D.4. EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE / DISMISSAL / RELEASE / LITIGATION / COMPLAINTS - Government Code Section 54957
Minutes:
No action.
D.5. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS - Government Code Section 54957.6
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Agency designated representatives: Jack Kelejian, Assistant Superintendent - Human Resources
Employee organization: CUTA and CSEA
Minutes:
No action.
D.6. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL - ANTICIPATED LITIGATION - Government Code Section 54956.9
Quick Summary / Abstract:

4 CASES:

  1. #RMA-001572
  2. #RMA-001592
  3. #ED-2017/18-004
  4. #BD-2017/18-005
Rationale:
Legal and/or damage claims for Property and Liability matters are handled through the District's Self-Insurance Joint Power Association (JPA). California Risk Management Authority (CRMA). Upon receipt of a property or liability claim, the District forwards the claim to CRMA for review. CRMA makes a determination to accept or reject and provide the District its recommendation.

Confer with, or receive advice from, legal counsel regarding possible litigation.
 
Comments:
CRMA is recommending the attached claims be denied. The subject claims are included and are on file in the District's Business Office.

Confer with, or receive advice from, legal counsel.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending the Board deny claims against the District, and confer with, or receive advice from, legal counsel regarding all cases.
Actions:
Motion
Motion to deny Claims against the District - Case 1 and 2 - #RMA-001572 and #RMA-001592 Passed with a motion by Mr. Rama Dawar and a second by Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Minutes:
No action on Case 3 - ED-2017/18-004
No action on Case 4 - BD-2017/18-005
E. 7:00 P.M. - RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION AND REPORT FINAL ACTIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION, IF ANY
Minutes:
Open Session was reconvened at 7:00 pm, and President Granda reported that all Closed Session items would be continued to the second Closed Session at the end of the meeting tonight.
F. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Jack Kelejian, Assistant Superintendent - Human Resources
Minutes:
The flag salute was led by Jack Kelejian.
G. NATIONAL ANTHEM
Quick Summary / Abstract:
El Capitan Middle School Choir - Jacob Bailey, Director
Minutes:
El Capitan Middle School Choir performed the Star Spangled Banner.
H. PRESENTATIONS/REPORTS
H.1. SCHOOL ACTIVITIES PRESENTATIONS
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Sumeet Kaur - Central High School - West Campus
Minutes:
Sumeet Kaur from West campus shared that, on Kids Day March 6th, students raised over $5000 for Valley Children's Hospital. Ag students have represented CHS very successfully as well. Fresno-Central FFA will have its 85th annual spring banquet. ASB leadership students planned Chicken Week before spring break and encouraged students to stay involved. It was a successful event and everyone had fun. In sports, our track team won many awards. Cheer & pep won Valley championships.
H.2. STUDENT RECOGNITION
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Central High School Competition Pep Team
Central High School Competition Cheer Team
Central High School Boys Basketball Team
Minutes:
CHS Athletic Director, Rayshawn Hightower, introduced the teams and shared that our winter sports continued some of the same success we enjoyed in the fall. Our CHS Competition Pep Team won the Division 3 CIF Valley championship; our CHS Competition Cheer Team won the Division 1 CIF Valley championship. Our CHS Boys Basketball team won Valley CIF Division 1 for a "3-peat", winning in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The teams shook hands and were congratulated by the Board and Cabinet for their success.
H.3. EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATION HIGHLIGHTS
H.3.a. CENTRAL UNIFIED TEACHERS ASSOCIATION (CUTA)
Minutes:
CUTA President, Judee Martinez reported that there was a site rep meeting yesterday. The high school teachers reported that the "See Something, Say Something" rallies were hugely successful. Teague had and assemble and author, Karen Adler was the featured speaker. She gave each student two free books. Kevin Bracy visited Steinbeck and Tilley. One of our young students at Liddell is a winner of the Young Authors' Faire. Herndon-Barstow reported they were happy to have Dr. Boatright in attendance at their Open House.
H.3.b. CALIFORNIA SCHOOL EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION (CSEA)
Minutes:
Nothing to report.
I. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Persons wishing to address the governing board on any item may do so at this time. A maximum of 20 minutes total is set aside for persons wishing to address the Board, with a maximum of 3 minutes per person. If you wish to address the Board, please fill out a request form provided on the table near the entrance, and submit it to the Clerk of the Board prior to the meeting. If you wish to address the Board on an agenda item, please do so when that item is called. Items requiring lengthy discussion may, at the Board’s discretion, be scheduled as a specific agenda item at future meetings. Speakers are requested to state their name and to address comments to the Board of Trustees. The Board is governed by the Brown Act and may briefly respond to public comments but take no action except on items scheduled on the agenda.
Minutes:
David Gonzalez, a senior at Central High, called for a policy change re: recycling on campus and in buildings. CHS needs a recycling policy on campuses to be an example of what a school should be.
J. CONSENT AGENDA
Quick Summary / Abstract:
In order to promote efficient meetings, the Board may bundle a number of items and act upon them together by a single vote through the use of a consent agenda.  Consent agenda items shall be items of a routine nature and items for which Board discussion is not anticipated and for which the Superintendent recommends approval. When any Board member requests the removal of an item from the consent agenda, the item shall be removed and given individual consideration for action as a regular agenda item. (Board Bylaw 9322)
Actions:
Motion
Passed with a motion by Mr. Ruben Coronado and a second by Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
J.1. APPROVE MINUTES OF THE PREVIOUS BOARD MEETING
Recommended Motion:
Approve Minutes of the March 6, 2018 Special Board Meeting and the March 13, 2018 Regular Board Meeting.
Attachments:
Minutes of the March 13th Board Meeting
Minutes of the March 6th Special Board Meeting
J.2. APPROVE OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS AND DAY TRIPS OVER 150 MILES (K. Davis)
Rationale:
Requests for overnight field trips and day trips more than 150 miles must obtain prior approval from the Central Unified School District Board of Trustees.
 
Comments:

The following requests for overnight field trips and day trips over 150 miles are attached:

  • CHS MECHA – Los Angeles, CA (04/03/2018)
  • CHS Choir – San Francisco, CA (04/06/2018)
  • CHS Swim & Dive – Walnut, CA (04/13/2018)
  • Pershing/FFA  - Anaheim, CA (04/22/2018)
  • CHS FCCLA – Fresno, CA (04/28/2018)
Financial Impact:
  • CHS MECHA – MECHA – Cost to District: $2,100
  • CHS Choir – ABS Fundraising – Cost to District: $4,600
  • CHS Swim & Dive – Athletics & Boosters – Cost to District:$3,500
  • Pershing/FFA - Ag Incentive - Cost to District: $2,975.36 Cost per student: $480 ($120 x 4 students)
  • CHS FCCLA – ABS Funds/CTEIG – Cost to District $8,200
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending approval of the overnight field trips and day trips over 150 miles.
Attachments:
CONSENT 4-10-18
K. ACTION ITEMS
K.1. STUDENT DISCIPLINE CASES
Comments:
Case# 17-18-058
Case# 17-18-060
Case# 17-18-063
Case# 17-18-065
Case# 17-18-066
Case# 17-18-068
Case# 17-18-069
Actions:
Motion
Passed with a motion by Mr. Rama Dawar and a second by Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
K.2. INFORMATION/ACTION REGARDING SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH (R. Coronado)
Rationale:
The vacancy of the Superintendent has necessitated a discussion of search options to fill the position.
 
Comments:

The Board of Trustees will be discussing the following options: 

  1. District Search Using Normal Recruitment Process
  2. Third Party Consultant
  3. Timeline for the Search
Recommended Motion:
Discussion/Direction at Board's discretion.
Actions:
Motion
Mr. Coronado motioned that staff bring a job description for the Superintendent back to the April 24, 2018 Board Meeting and the Board take action on the Superintendent Search. Passed with a motion by Mr. Ruben Coronado and a second by Mr. Richard Solis.
Vote:
No Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
No Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Minutes:
Mr. Kelejian discussed 2 major avenues for a superintendent search: One option is to hire an outside consulting firm to do the search. The other option is to use Human Resources and in-house services. To hire a firm involves getting the info to the public and identifying the right firm. There are costs associated with hiring a firm. Each firm has a style of hiring. There are usually multiple phrases of hiring with a firm. That same process can be handled in-house to start identifying job announcements, accompanied with an updated job description. Identify a timeline when the position should be posted. We'd use the same platform which many districts use such as EdJoin, social media, CSBA, ACSA. In the meantime, hold stakeholder input meetings, poll focus groups, use existing advisory groups, conduct town hall meetings. There's a screening process, interview process, then if the Board chooses a candidate, then a decision on a timeline.
Mrs. Cox said there's another option that hasn't been discussed which is to do nothing. In years past, we've had interim superintendents for up to a year. The community has stated it doesn't have faith in the current board. It seems pointless to do a superintendent search as there's turmoil in the community. This community has clearly stated it has no faith in this board. This board needs to prove itself and make it through the recall and a November election. If board members find their way back to the board, then the board can go forward with a search. This board has no business making a long-term decision that can be turned over at the end of the summer or in November. There's a risk of cost to the district for the search, or a new superintendent who may leave a job to come here and may get terminated. It's a poor decision for the board to do that until we know if this is the board of the future.
Mr. Coronado said, "It's my opinion this board was elected by voters to perform the duties and is required to fill the position of the superintendent and we must do our job." Mr. Granda agreed that since there's an open position, they are required to fill it due to a time crunch.
Bernice Bailey spoke and said she agreed with Mrs. Cox whole-heartedly. She said she was confused and asked why this item is listed as an action item when these items are first listed as information items before coming back two weeks later as action items. The public is supposed to be informed before something returns for action. She asked the board not to go forward until after the November election. The community has lost faith in 5 board members. We do not trust you to act in the best interest of the students. As Mr. Coronado stated, you were elected by the community, but you're not listening to the community. Filling this position now is not the will of this community. Those who elected you told you what they want--they want Mr. Sutton. Who would apply for this job knowing this board doesn't listen to its constituents and the community wants to bring back Mr. Sutton? Certainly not a qualified candidate. Anyone hired is short-term and all candidates know that up front. We have an interim superintendent, Mr. Porterfield, who is currently doing the job and he has two awesome assistant superintendents. If you really want to do what is right for Central Unified, you will listen to your constituents, change your attitudes, and bring back Mr. Sutton now. If you're not willing to do that, I ask that you please wait until the November elections. Please don't waste money on a search. In closing, we thank Terry Cox and Richard Atkins for keeping the education of our students a priority in Central Unified. Thank you.
Jeff Yribarren thanked Mrs. Cox for her words as they echo what he was about to say. He said the Board made a decision a couple months ago without warning and reason. The board fired Mr. Sutton despite overwhelming support and feedback. You sit up here and continue to go forward. There's a miscarriage of our voters' trust. Mr. Coronado, you say you're voted to work in our best interest, but you can't use that as a shield. No one has listened and I have been to several meetings. There have been many meetings and the Board isn't listening. We are a united community and we're going to act. It's obvious you won't bring back Mr. Sutton. So let's talk about where we are now. We have Mr. Porterfield, who is someone you all have trust in who knows the district intimately and doing a wonderful job and can get us past this referendum that you force the community to have based on your decision. There's a Referendum for a recall election which will recall one of the Board members who voted to fire Sutton, and the November election with 3 Board members who voted to fire Sutton. Give the community a chance to weigh in this issue with our votes. Let's not bring someone else now and take them from their jobs and ruin their lives. This community is set on fixing the wrong that you all committed. Maybe there's something we don't know, so please, give us a vision. But you're not.
Cesar Granda: He said the board appreciates the comments from the public; however, we need to proceed with the search. He asked Mr. Kelejian what is needed from the board for the District to do the search on its own. Mr. Kelejian said direction is needed from the board about whether to go outside or do it internally. For this position, there's commonly a posting window which is 3-4 weeks, open until filled. Typically a certificated or classified management position is posted for 2 weeks. There are also posting deadlines. Mrs. Cox asked if it's possible to have someone filled by June 30? Mr. Kelejian said "possible" is a relative term based on what can be done, like a 2-3 week posting which would close in early May. Then there's a candidate screening. It would be an aggressive timeline. Mrs. Cox wondered what the board's intention is: to get the best candidate or to just get it done? She said it should be the best candidate. Mr. Granda said a typical management position typically takes 2-3 weeks. A position like this needs longer and to embed a town hall meeting. Mr. Kelejian said community input should be considered. Mr. Granda said we would do that in two weeks by our next meeting, May 8. If we have candidates, we can look at May 8 as a possible target. Mr. Kelejian said a closing date is dependent on the initial open date. If we post the position next week, we would take 14 days after before closing. Mr. Kelejian said we'd need parameters beyond the timelines on what the announcement would look like. Mrs. Cox said we don't have a current job description, so we can't post it tomorrow. It would take another board meeting. Mr. Kelejian said we do need to update the job description. Mr. Granda said we don't have to wait for another meeting and can provide direction. Mrs. Cox said we need to know who we're hiring, so a job description has always been approved by the Board. If you look at the Board Policy, it's always approved by the Board. Mr. Kelejian said there's a Board meeting on April 24 which is when the job description can be brought back to the Board. The board should send comments or items to add to the job description. For instance, is administrative experience required? Is a masters or doctorate required? Generally the job description is broad and the stakeholder input that's more specific can be in the questions. Mrs. Cox asked what the recommendations are for Town Halls? Mr. Kelejian said focus groups include the community. Mr. Granda said 4/24 is when the job description can return and timeline for town halls. Motion and Second by Coronado/Solis 6-1 (Cox voted no) to direct staff to bring a Job Description by 4/24 as an action item.
Edit to original minutes: "After confirming with the audio of the April 10, 2018 meeting, I would like my vote to be reported out as a No Vote on Item K2. I did not make a verbal vote, anticipating a Roll Call Vote, on this item plus the final vote count was not reported out. Cesar you can confirm this if you listen to the 4-10-18b audio recording starting at time stamp 40:50. You stated "And just for processing we will take a Roll-Call Vote", never happened. Nor was the final vote count reported out. I request "for the record" that on the 4-10-18 minutes, my vote should be shown as a NO vote and at the April 24th meeting that this infraction be reported out.
Sincerely, Richard Atkins - Central Unified School Board Member, Area 4" The vote was changed to reflect this request.
Attachments:
Superintendent Job Description
K.3. APPROVE AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE PERMIT (K. Porterfield)
Rationale:
Per Education Code 42633, the Governing Board of each school district shall be responsible for filing or causing to be filed with the County Superintendent of Schools the verified signature of each person, including members of the Governing Board, authorized to sign orders in its name.
 
Comments:
Administration is requesting the Interim Superintendent-Chief Business Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Fiscal Services Director or a majority of the Governing Board are authorized to sign orders in the name of the district.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending the Board approve the Authorized Signature Permit.
Actions:
Motion
Administration is recommending the Board approve the Authorized Signature Permit. Passed with a motion by Mr. Phillip Cervantes and a second by Mr. Rama Dawar.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Attachments:
Authorized Signature Permit
K.4. ACCEPT GIFTS TO DISTRICT (K. Porterfield)
Comments:
  1. McKinley Elementary School received a donation of $5.00 from Zackory Amos and $96.00 from Foundation for Central Schools for ASB General Admin Account; a donation of $350.00 from PG&E-Angela Moore-Employee Giving Program for ASB Cheer Account; and a donation of $150.00 from The Roman Catholic Bishop of Fresno for ASB Field Trips Account.
  2. Saroyan Elementary School received a donation of $2,985.00 from Saroyan Parent Faculty Club for Transportation to Mission and Sierra Outdoor School.
Financial Impact:
None.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending the Board accept Gifts to the District.
Actions:
Motion
Administration is recommending the Board accept Gifts to the District. Passed with a motion by Mr. Phillip Cervantes and a second by Mr. Cesar Granda.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Attachments:
Gifts to the District
K.5. RATIFY FUND TRANSFERS FOR FEBRUARY 2018 (K. Porterfield)
Rationale:
Revenue and expenditures are transferred between funds on a routine basis to reimburse expenses charged to one fund which ultimately should be charged to another fund. One such case is categorical funds reimbursing or receiving charges from transportation. Another typical transfer is local bond funds or developer fees expenses being moved against State facility revenues, once apportioned.
 
Comments:
Included is a list of fund transfers that have been processed for submission to the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools.
Financial Impact:
None, transactions merely move expenditures from one fund to another without an impact on the district's net ending balance.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending the Board Ratify Fund Transfers for February 2018.
Actions:
Motion
Administration is recommending the Board Ratify Fund Transfers for February 2018. Passed with a motion by Mr. Ruben Coronado and a second by Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Attachments:
Fund Transfers February 2018
K.6. RATIFY WARRANT LIST FOR MARCH 2018 (K. Porterfield)
Rationale:
The warrant list for March 2018 is included. A copy of the list is also available in the Business Office for review by the general public.
 
Comments:
The warrant list includes 819 warrants, valued at $6,102,681.84.
Financial Impact:
Funds have been encumbered from appropriate budgets as listed.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending the Board Ratify the Warrant List for March 2018.
Actions:
Motion
Administration is recommending the Board Ratify the Warrant List for March 2018. Passed with a motion by Mr. Rama Dawar and a second by Mr. Richard Solis.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Attachments:
Warrant List - March 2018
K.7. REVIEW/RATIFY CONTRACTS (K. Porterfield)
Rationale:
A copy of each contract to be ratified is included.
 
Comments:
  1. California Teaching Fellows Foundation - CHS-E & CHS-W Tutors (CHS)
  2. California Teaching Fellows Foundation - Summer Literacy
  3. Clovis Unified School District - Sierra Outdoor School (River Bluff)\
  4. Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) - Scout Island (Special Education)
  5. Sonitrol - Liddell Exterior Paint Project (Facilities)
  6. Sonitrol - Saroyan Exterior Paint Project (Facilities)
  7. Sonitrol - Steinbeck Exterior Paint Project (Facilities)
Financial Impact:
Contracts have been budgeted for school year.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is requesting the Board ratify contracts for the school year.
Actions:
Motion
Administration is requesting the Board ratify contracts for the school year. Passed with a motion by Mr. Richard Atkins and a second by Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Attachments:
1) CA Teaching Fellows Foundation - HS Tutors
2) CA Teaching Fellows - Summer Literacy
3) Clovis Unified School District
4) FCSS-Scout Island
5) Sonitrol
6) Sonitrol
7) Sonitrol
K.8. APPROVE REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP) FOR GENERAL LEGAL SERVICES CONCERNING PUBLIC EDUCATION LAW (K. Porterfield)
Rationale:
On the direction of the Board a RFP was issued November 20, 2017 soliciting proposals for general legal services concerning public education law. Proposals were due December 8, 2017, at 2:00 pm.
 
Comments:
Interviews were scheduled with the respondents on February 23, 2018. Montoy Law Corporation / Aleshire & Wynder LLP was the only firm that attended the scheduled interview and was selected for recommendation.
Financial Impact:
Legal Services are funded by the General Fund.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is requesting the Board Approve Request for Proposal (RFP) for General Legal Services Concerning Public Education Law.
Actions:
Motion
Administration is requesting the Board Approve Request for Proposal (RFP) for General Legal Services Concerning Public Education Law. Passed with a motion by Mr. Ruben Coronado and a second by Mr. Richard Solis.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Attachments:
Montoy Law Corporation/Aleshire & Wynder, LLP. Proposal
L. INFORMATION ITEMS
L.1. RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING MEASURE C OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP NOMINATION (K. Porterfield)
Rationale:

Proposition 39, the regulation under which the 2016 Measure C General Obligation Bond was passed, requires a Citizen’s Oversight Committee be appointed by the Board of Education to monitor bond expenditures and ensure bond revenues are allocated in compliance with the voter measure.    Membership is composed of members that fulfills the following categories:

  • Active in business organization representing the business community
  • Active in a senior citizens' organization
  • Active member of a bona-fide taxpayer organization
  • Parent or guardian of a Central Unified School District Student
  • Parent of guardian in the Central Unified School District PTA or school site council
  • At-Large community member
 
Comments:

The following District citizen wishes to be considered for appointment to the committee:

  • William "Alex" Belanger - Active in a business organization representing the business community
Financial Impact:
None.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending this item be placed on the April 24, 2018, Board Agenda for Action,
Minutes:
Moved to consent.
Attachments:
1. William "Alex" Belanger
2. Bond Oversight Committee Members
L.2. RECEIVE INFORMATION AND HOLD PUBLIC HEARING ON AUGUSTUS ACADEMY FOR CREATIVE ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY CHARTER SCHOOL (K. Davis)
Rationale:
Pursuant to the Charter Schools Act of 1992 (Ed. Code § 47600 et seq.) and Board Policy 0420.4, a charter school petition proposing to operate a charter school that will operate within the geographic boundaries of the District may be submitted to the District’s Governing Board after meeting specified signature requirements.  The Governing Board is required to hold a public hearing and either grant or deny the charter petition following receipt by the Governing Board of the charter petition.
 
Comments:

Timeline for review of petition:

  • March 13, 2018: Receive petition filed for Augustus Academy for Creative Arts and Technology 
  • April 10, 2018:  Conduct  public hearing to determine the level of support for the petition
  • May 8, 2018:  Approve/ Deny the request to approve the petition
Financial Impact:
Staff time to review petition.
Recommended Motion:
Administration recommends this item return to the May 8, 2018 Board Meeting for action.
Actions:
Motion
Motion to open a Public Hearing Passed with a motion by Mr. Phillip Cervantes and a second by Mr. Rama Dawar.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Motion
Motion to close the Public Hearing Passed with a motion by Mr. Rama Dawar and a second by Mr. Richard Solis.
Vote:
Yes Mr. Richard Atkins.
Yes Mr. Phillip Cervantes.
Yes Mr. Ruben Coronado.
Yes Mrs. Terry Cox.
Yes Mr. Rama Dawar.
Yes Mr. Cesar Granda.
Yes Mr. Richard Solis.
Minutes:
Brian Ellsworth: I'm a 48% percent and when we adopted our daughter and had her tested, she was found to be severely dyslexic. An IEP and teachers were supportive. It's discouraging to hear a child with good accommodations and teachers who still says, "I'm not that intelligent." A child who feels that way has no self-esteem and is depressed. In this academy, my daughter has more confidence and never is down on herself.
Barbara Morales is a credentialed teacher with experience in general and SPED. She has decided to sign on as a teacher with Augustus Academy because of everything she sees. Her own daughter struggled and it turns out, she has dyslexia. She has been in the educational program with Ms. English and her daughter has changed.
Jacob Bailey: He said he's part of the 52% and so are most of his family members. Clarification questions: he was curious about where the two case studies come from and he wanted to know how the creative arts portion works.
Cassandra Valdivia: A parent of the program. Her son struggled in school from TK-5th grade. It was hard to see him read the same books over and over and still not be able to read. He was diagnosed with dyslexia and he started tutoring w/Barton. Her son has transformed from a frustrated student to putting together complex train sets.
Rebecca Duenes, a Nurse who has 3 school-aged children, two of which attend Herndon-Barstow. She knew her son was different as he was struggling and had difficulty learning. He needed one-on-one multi-sensory teaching.
Jerry English: Father of Kelly and is a career educator. He is a profound dyslexic and has never been a great speller. Reading is laborious. A free and public education in CA works for less than half the population. Augustus Academy is friendly to dyslexics.
Paige Barnhart: 14-year-old dyslexic student. Around 2nd grade, she realized that spelling, reading, & writing were very difficult. Her mother pulled her out to homeschool her and she believes the Augustus Academy is a great place for dyslexics--it's like a family.
This item will return to the May 8th meeting for the Board to consider next steps.
Attachments:
1) Augustus Academy PowerPoing
AACAT-Articles of Incorporation
AACAT-Bylaws
AACAT-County Conflict of Interest Code
App-A Parent Sig
App-A Teacher Sig
App-I Letter of Intent
Augustus Academy for Creative Arts & Technology 5-year budget
Augustus Academy LCFF calculator
Augustus Master Agreement 2018
Notice of Public Hearing - Augustus Charter School
L.3. RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS AND DAY TRIPS OVER 150 MILES (K. Davis)
Rationale:
Requests for overnight field trips and day trips more than 150 miles must obtain prior approval from the Central Unified School District Board of Trustees.
 
Comments:

The following requests for overnight field trips and day trips over 150 miles are attached:

  • CHS History Day – Rocklin, CA (05/04/2018)
  • Harvest Elementary – Sonora, CA (05/14/2018)
  • Madison Elementary – Los Angeles, CA (05/24/2018)
  • Harvest Elementary ASP – San Francisco, CA (05/31/2018)
Financial Impact:
  • CHS History Day – LCFF, SLIP – Cost to District $4,655.22
  • Harvest Elementary – Fundraising - $12,000 ($150 x 80 students)
  • Madison Elementary – ASP Grant & Fundraiser $540 ($5 x 108 students)
  • Harvest Elementary ASP – ASP Funding $1,800 ($20 x 90 students)
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending this item be placed on the April 24, 2018, Board Agenda for Action.
Minutes:
Moved to consent.
Attachments:
INFO 4-10-18
L.4. RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING THE 2018-2019 PRELIMINARY DATES FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS ATTENDING 6th GRADE SIERRA OUTDOOR SCHOOL (K. Davis)
Rationale:
The Sierra Outdoor School is a voluntary co-curricular trip that supports 6th grade science standards and incorporates character building activities.
 
Comments:

The following schools and dates have been reserved for 6th graders to participate in the Regional Learning Center Camp at Sierra Outdoor School for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • Liddell Elementary - September 24 - 28, 2018
  • Herndon-Barstow Elementary - October 3 - 5, 2018
  • Houghton-Kearney Elementary - March 4 - 6, 2019
  • River Bluff Elementary - March 4 - 7, 2019
  • Saroyan Elementary - March 13 - 15, 2019
  • Harvest Elementary - May 13 - 15, 2019
Financial Impact:
  • Liddell Elementary – Fundraising/ASB $23,940 (90 students x $266)
  • Herndon-Barstow Elementary – Fundraising/ASB $9,350 (50 students x $187)
  • Houghton-Kearney – Fundraising/ASB $5,236 (28 students x $187)
  • River Bluff Elementary – Fundraising/ASB $21,660 (95 students x $228)
  • Saroyan Elementary – Fundraising/ASB $14,025 (75 students x $187)
  • Harvest Elementary – Fundraising/ASB $14,025 (75 students x $187)
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending this item be placed on the April 24, 2018, Board Agenda for Action.
Minutes:
Mrs. Cox asked why the cost varies at each school. Mrs. Davis said costs vary based on how many days students are at camp and the types of additional activities. Mrs. Cox asked how many of these are funded through parent paying or how much the district is providing. Mrs. Davis said for each of these trips, they are all through the student body. To open this up now, it gives schools to begin fundraising. These are typically paid for by fundraising. Mrs. Cox asked how many scholarships are available for students in need? Mrs. Davis said she doesn't know exactly but they check on why students aren't going. We try to make sure there is a private follow-up, but sometimes parents aren't comfortable with students going away overnight. Mrs. Davis said she can reach out and get more info. Mrs. Cox said all schools used to do this and now we're down to 6. Do the other schools that can't afford or fund raise, do they have alternate activities? Most sites are doing some type of trip. For many, the amount of chaperones required to go overnight outweighs the opportunity. Some schools say the parents don't want the kids to go on overnight camp trips. Mr. Coronado asked about the other 8 schools--do they get money from Title 1 or supplemental concentration grants? Which schools don't go because there's no money or if the fundraising is difficult? Could you bring back the info alongside with the info you're bringing for Mrs. Cox? Mrs. Davis will give the Board more info. Moved to action.
Attachments:
SoS Contracts 18-19
L.5. RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING EMPLOYEE OUT OF STATE TRAVEL (K. Davis)
Rationale:
Per Board Policy 3350, all out-of-state travel for which reimbursement will be claimed shall be approved in advance by the Central Unified School District Board of Trustees.
 
Comments:

The following requests for out-of-state travel are attached:

  1. Code.Org TeacherCon Computer Science Training
  2. Young Entrepreneurs Academy
Financial Impact:
  1. Code.org: Approximately $1,000 per participant = $5,000 (Title II)
  2. Young Entrepreneurs Academy $420.00 (CHS)
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending that this item be placed on the April 24, 2018 agenda for approval.
Minutes:
Moved to consent.
Attachments:
1) Code.org TeacherCon Computer Science Training
2) Young Entrepreneurs Academy
L.6. RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING ADOPTION OF SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS (K. Davis)
Rationale:
In accordance with Board Policy 6161.1 Selection and Evaluation of Supplemental Materials, staff reviews materials in order to determine that such materials are an effective learning resource to help students achieve grade-level competency and that the materials meet criteria specified in law. Textbooks, technology-based materials, and other educational materials shall be aligned with academic content standards and the district's curriculum to ensure that they effectively support the district's adopted courses of study.
 
Comments:
"Why Try?" is a supplemental program that teaches coping strategies focused on cognitive-behavior techniques in order to address social emotional and self-regulation skills of our most at risk students. This supplemental program will be used with our elementary Opportunity students and is recommended for Tier 2/3 intervention as needed.
Financial Impact:
Approx. $2,500 - Lottery/Instructional Materials fund
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending this item be placed on the April 24, 2018 board agenda for approval.
Minutes:
Moved to action.
Attachments:
Supplemental Materials - Why Try?
L.7. RECEIVE INFORMATION REGARDING A PUBLIC HEARING AND APPROVAL OF APRIL'S QUARTERLY WILLIAMS' UNIFORM COMPLAINT PROCEDURE (K. Davis)
Rationale:
In 2004, in what has become known as the Williams’ Lawsuit Settlement, it was acknowledged for the first time that the state has an obligation to provide California public school students a minimum level of educational necessities: (1) qualified teachers (2) clean, safe, and functional school facilities, and (3) adequate textbooks. The Williams’ Settlement has also established a standard of accountability mechanism for reporting in these three areas. All school districts are required to hold quarterly public hearings and to approve the uniform complaint procedure at that time. A report is then sent to the County Superintendent’s office.
 
Comments:
Principals and departments will compile information for the quarterly report. The information will show if there are deficiencies reported for any of the above three areas. A lack of reported deficiencies indicates that there are sufficient materials for every student, our teaching staff is highly qualified to teach where they are assigned, and our schools are safe, clean and functional. This information will be reported at the April 24th Board Meeting.
Financial Impact:
Continued state support with compliance.
Recommended Motion:
Administration is recommending that the Board hold a public hearing on April 24th, 2018 and approve April's Quarterly Williams’ Uniform Complaint Procedure.
Minutes:
Moved to the April 24th meeting for a Public Hearing and action.
Attachments:
Notice of Public Hearing
Williams' for April
M. ADVANCE PLANNING
Minutes:
Mr. Porterfield recommended, due to schedule conflicts, switching the board meetings in July. Make the 7/24/18 meeting a placeholder and hold a regular meeting on 7/10/18. The Board agreed.
Attachments:
Board Calendar
N. SUPERINTENDENT/BOARD COMMUNICATIONS
Minutes:
Mr. Porterfield reported on the Janessa Ramirez Fundraiser on April 21st. April 17th is the spring reception dinner for the Fresno County Trustees. CHS Theatre arts presents Ordinary Days 4/12-14 in the PAC. Monday, April 16th is the Autism Awareness Support Night. Mr. Coronado asked why soccer is not at elementary schools. How much would it cost to get them back in elementary? Mrs. Cox said it's been many years since she asked that same question and was told it was because there was not enough interest in school-based soccer teams.
Mr. Atkins mentioned that on Friday, the 20th is the Wrestling fundraiser at the Dante Club.
O. ADDITIONAL CLOSED SESSION (as needed)
Rationale:
Continuation of discussion and action, as needed, on items not completed during first Closed Session.
 
Minutes:
Closed session was called again at 8:44 pm.
P. RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION AND REPORT FINAL ACTIONS FROM CLOSED SESSION, IF ANY
Minutes:
Open Session was reconvened at 10:08 pm. Mrs. Davis reported on actions taken during Closed Session.
Q. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND CLOSING COMMENTS
R. NEXT MEETING
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The next regular board meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. for Closed Session and 7:00 p.m. for Public Session in the Central High School-East Campus Performing Arts Center.
S. ADJOURNMENT
Minutes:
The meeting was adjourned at 10:10 pm.
T. MISCELLANEOUS
T.1. THANK YOU LETTERS
Attachments:
Thank You Letters
4/10/2018 6:00:00 PM ( Original )
PresentMr. Richard Atkins
PresentMr. Phillip Cervantes
PresentMr. Ruben Coronado
PresentMrs. Terry Cox
PresentMr. Rama Dawar
PresentMr. Cesar Granda
PresentMr. Richard Solis

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