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April 7, 2015
To be held in the District Administrative Center
295 North First Street
Blythe, California 92225

 

  
Preliminary Information

PALO VERDE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

“Improving Learning…Together” 

5:00 P.M. (Closed Session) 

6:00 P.M. (Open Session)

PVUSD BOARD GOALS

Provide a positive, safe and healthy environment for all students and staff. 

Improve student achievement through articulation of curriculum across grade-levels and school sites, focusing on academic proficiency to prepare students for graduation and to be successful and responsible citizens.

Create a balanced budget and allocate funds to educate students to the best of our abilities in keeping within fiscal and educational restrictions and limitations.

Recruit and retain qualified and competent personnel with good communication skills who are student focused.

Enhance the active participation with Palo Verde Unified School District through improving external communication with the community and all key stakeholders by creating a culture of ownership and responsibility to our schools based on trust and mutual respect.


(D) Discussion Item
(V) Can Vote
(C) Consent Item
Unfold A.  OPEN SESSION   
         
1. Call to Order     
         
2. Roll Call     
  Mrs. Alice Dean, Clerk
Dr. Norm Guith, Member
Mr. Alfonso Hernandez, Member
Mr. Robert Jensen, Member  
Mr. John Ulmer, President
Unfold B.  PUBLIC COMMENT/HEARING SESSION   
         
1. Public Comment/ Hearing Session     
  Session limited to comments/ hearing pertaining to agenda items at this time. See "Hearing Session" item below for guidelines.
Unfold C.  CLOSED SESSION   
         
1. Pupil Personnel         
  The Board will review student suspensions and expulsion case(s) #14-15-26.
         
2. Personnel Matters     
  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957, the Board will discuss personnel matters.

A. Personnel Report
         
3. Labor Negotiations     
  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6, Mr. Jeremy James, Director of Human Resources, will discuss with the Board of Trustees the current status of negotiations with PVTA, CSEA and Teamsters Local 542.
D.  RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION   
E.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE   
F.  MOMENT OF SILENCE   
G.  REPORT ON ACTION TAKEN IN CLOSED SESSION   
H.  ADOPTION OF AGENDA   
Unfold I.  PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS   
         
1. Student of the Month - Elementary Level (Grades K-7)     
  Mrs. April Smith, principal of Margaret White Elementary School, will introduce Miss Naomi Lindbergh who has been selected as the Elementary Student of the Month for April 2015. Miss Lindbergh is currently a 6th grade student at Margaret White Elementary School.
         
2. Student of the Month - Secondary Level (Grades 8-12)     
  Mrs. Brandy Cox, principal of Palo Verde Valley High School, will introduce Miss Audrey Castillo who has been selected as the Secondary Student of the Month for April 2015. Miss Castillo is currently a 12th grade student at Palo Verde Valley High School.
         
3. Presentation: Student Winners of the Water Conservation Poster Contest     
  Ms. Ashley Hudgens, representing First Solar, will present to the Board of Trustees the winners of the recent Water Conservation Poster Contest.
         
4. ANNOUNCEMENT: Recognition of 2016 School Site Teachers of the Year and 2016 District Teacher of the Year.     
  The Palo Verde Unified School District wishes to recognize the following 2016 Teachers of the Year selected from each school site:

Ruth Brown Elementary: Betty Miller
Margaret White Elementary: Darlene Mancinelli
Felix J. Appleby: Dorothy Schneider
Blythe Middle School: Paula Soto
Palo Verde Valley High School: Arnold Pelicano
Twin Palms High School: Ken Fletcher

Congratulations to All!!!

Jeremy James will announce the 2016 Palo Verde Unified School District Teacher of the Year nominee.  This individual will represent our District in the 2016 Riverside County Teacher of the Year selection process.
         
5. Presentation: Blythe Juvenile Intervention - Youth Accountability Program (YAT)     
  Mrs. Brandy Cox, principal of Palo Verde Valley High School, will present to the Board of Trustees regarding a proposed two month trial of the Blythe Juvenile Intervention - Youth Accountability Program (YAT).
Unfold J.  HEARING SESSION   
         
1. Hearing Session     
  This is an opportunity for community members to address the Board on agenda and non-agenda items.  Those wishing to speak are to complete the form located on the back table and present it to the secretary prior to the meeting.  Speakers are limited to three minutes each and each subject to twenty minutes except by consent of the Board of Trustees.

Neither Board members nor staff members will respond during the public hearing.  Speakers who ask questions will be informed by the President that responses may be referred to the Superintendent for investigation or resolution.  Speaking time is limited to three minutes per speaker, twenty minutes total.

If necessary answers will be given:

a.  by telephone after research

b.  by mail after research

c.  at the next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees as an agenda item

The Board also would like to remind anyone who wishes to lodge a complaint against a District employee that there is an existing Board adopted policy in effect specifically for this purpose.  This policy contains a comprehensive procedure for reviewing and investigating public complaints, which includes a right of appeal to the Board.

This process provides a much more thorough opportunity for the complainant and the employee to be heard and the merits of the complaint to be properly investigated.  Anyone who wishes to receive a copy of this policy may contact the Superintendent’s Office.
Unfold K.  REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS   
         
1. Board Member Report     
  The Board of Trustees will report on recent activities and items of interest.
         
2. Student Board Member Report     
  Miss Kasandra Rascon, Student Board Member, will report on recent activities and items of interest.
         
3. Superintendent's Report     
  Dr. Mike Davitt, Superintendent, will report on recent activities and items of interest.
         
4. Reports of Associations     
  Representatives from local PVTA, CSEA and Teamsters 542 may make presentations on their respective organizations at this time.
Unfold L.  CONSENT ITEMS   
         
1. Minutes      (V)  (C)  
  The Superintendent’s Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the minutes from the Regular Meeting held on March 17, 2015.
         
2. Personnel Report #2014-15-15         (V)  (C)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the current Personnel Report.
         
3. Ratification: Head Start Board Report for February, 2015      (V)  (C)  
  Palo Verde Head Start submits to the Board of Trustees for ratification the Head Start Board Report for February, 2015. This report is a requirement of Head Start Performance Standards Appendix A+.
         
4. Ratification: Purchase Order Listing Report for February, 2015      (V)  (C)  
  The Business Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for ratification the Purchase Order Listing Report for February, 2015. Total fiscal impact for February was $279,571.41.
         
5. Permission for Student Overnight Travel: TPHS Class of 2015 Senior Trip to Magic Mountain         (V)  (C)  
  The Twin Palms High School Class of 2015 requests from the Board of Trustees permission for student overnight travel. The TPHS PTO has organized a trip to Magic Mountain on Friday, May 29, 2015, with a departure time of 12:30 p.m. and a return time of 10:00 a.m. on May 30, 2015. At this time, the senior group is expected to be approximately 40 students and three chaperones, which include the school principal and two additional district approved volunteers. Expense: $5,320 which will include the price of the entrance tickets for Magic Mountain, school bus transportation, and hotel room for the driver. Funding: Combination of TPHS PTO fundraisers and out-of-pocket cost per student.
         
6. Permission for Student Out of State Travel: Margaret White Elementary      (V)  (C)  
  Margaret White Elementary School Fifth and Sixth grade requests from the Board of Trustees permission for student out of state travel to the Harkin Theater in Yuma, Arizona.  The trip is scheduled for Friday, April 24th. Approximately 164 students will be traveling by district bus and will be chaperoned by approximately 15 teachers and district approved volunteers. Expense: $3,350 Funding: Student Fundraisers
         
7. Approval: Blythe Juvenile Intervention Program 2 Month Trial Program      (V)  (C)  
  Palo Verde Valley High School requests from the Board of Trustees approval to participate in a two month trial of the The Youth Accountability Program (YAT) beginning April 8, 2015 to June 8, 2015.  The Youth Accountability Program ("YAT") existed and functioned in Blythe until 2010. The proposal is to implement a 2 month "Juvenile Intervention Program" until the funding and personnel become available to continue the full 6-month "YAT" program. The broader goal is to target the "601" candidates, usually 7th to 10th grade students, before they reach the criminal side with a "dual-track" approach of deterrence and encouragement. The program would be open to "602" referrals as long as no case has been filed by the District Attorney's Office. The more specific goals include increasing school attendance and preventing crime through parent orientation, supervision and education.
         
8. Approval of 14/ 15 Agreement Number IN-9223: Riverside County Superintendent of School Agreement for training on CCSS and Implications for Teachers of Students with Disabilities         (V)  (C)  
  The Special Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval contract #IN-9223 with Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. The contract is to allow Riverside County to provide training on Common Core State Standards and Implications for Teachers of Students with Disabilities during the 2014-15 fiscal year. Expense: Not to Exceed $10,800 Funding: LCFF
         
9. Approval of Consultant Agreement: 15/16 Pacific Audiologics for Hearing and Vision Screening Services      (V)  (C)  
  The Special Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval an agreement for consultant services with Pacific Audiologics for the 2015-16 school year. The agreement is for hearing and vision screenings of district students at the rate of $1,650.00 per day for five (5) days for a total of $8,250.00. An additional $150.00 download and printing fee brings the total agreement amount not to exceed $8,400.00. The term of the agreement is from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Funding: LEA Medi-Cal
         
10. Approval of Agreement #C-1004580 Modification #1: Facility and Support Services Agreement; Blythe Community School         (V)  (C)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval Modification #1 to Agreement #C-1004580 with Riverside County Superintendent of Schools. PVUSD provides support services to the Blythe Community School. The term of this contract is effective for five (5) years from August 6, 2014 through June 30, 2019. The modification provides for a fiscal increase of $1,500 to bring the NTE amount to $14,133 per year (income).
         
11. Ratification of Regular School Business      (V)  (C)  
  The Superintendent’s Office submits for ratification from the Board of Trustees, contracts and services approved during the normal course of business under $15,000.:

a. Donation to Head Start from K. Thomas: $30
b. Donation of classroom supplies to Head Start from R. Alba: $12
c. Donation of books and curriculum to Head Start from S. Kuykendall: $100
d. Donation to PVUSD Teaching Staff from McDonald's of Blythe: est. value $980
Unfold M.  ACTION ITEMS   
         
1. Expulsion Case #14-15-26      (V)  
  The Child Welfare and Attendance Department submits to the Board of Trustees for action expulsion case #14-15-26; student #1006106.
         
2. Approval: Amendment of 2015 Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Calendar         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval an amendment to the Board of Trustees Regular Meeting Calendar. In order to allow more time for the 2015-16 budget process, an additional Regular Board of Trustees meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, June 30, 2015 and has been added to the calendar.
         
3. Second Reading and Approval: Updated BP 5144.1 Suspension and Expulsion/ Due Process      (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for second reading and approval updated board policy 5144.1 Suspension and Expulsion/ Due Process. Per CSBA this mandated policy has been updated to reflect new law (AB 420) which prohibits districts from expelling any student, and from suspending students in grades K-3, for disruption or willful defiance. The policy was also revised to include material formerly in AR related to board authority to expel and to delete material related to requiring parents/guardians to attend a portion of the school day when their child is removed from class for specified behaviors.
         
4. Approval: Deletion of BP 0420.1 School-Based Program Coordination.      (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval, the deletion of board policy 0420.1 School-Based Program Coordination. Per CSBA the policy is being deleted since School-Based Program Coordination was effectively eliminated by the local control funding formula (LCFF).
         
5. Approval of Resolution #201415-15: Encumber Funds for the Following Fiscal Year in Galaxy and One Source Financial Systems      (V)  (C)  
  The Business Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval resolution 201415-15; an authorization to issue purchase orders prior to July 1 for the following fiscal year in both financial systems Galaxy and One Source. This would be limited to those unique circumstances where there are requirements for items or services needed immediately after the beginning of the fiscal year 2015-2016.
         
6. Approval of Agreement: 15/ 16 All Source Recruiting Group, dba Ardor Health Solutions to Obtain Two Speech Language Pathologists         (V)  
  The Special Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval an agreement with All Source Recruiting Group, dba Ardor Health Solutions. The purpose of this agreement is to obtain two Speech and Language Pathologists to provide professional therapy services, participate in IEP meetings, complete IEPs, complete necessary reports, track and monitor all services and participate in meetings and trainings. The term of this contract is from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.  Expense: $85/Hr; NTE 40 Hrs/Wk at 10 Hours/Day; NTE 148 Days/Year as lined out during the 2015-16 school year. (NTE: $125,800 SLP #1; NTE: $125,800 SLP #2) Funding: Special Education
         
7. Approval of Contract IN-9157: 14/15 M. Mullion, ROP Agriculture Instructor Services         (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval, contract IN-9157 with Riverside County Superintendent of Schools for the services of Mark Mullion, ROP Agriculture Instructor to serve the students of Palo Verde Valley High School. The District agrees to pay 50% of the total instructor's salary and fringe benefits. The District's portion is not to exceed $31,507.00. The term of the agreement is from August 18, 2014 through June 30, 2015.
         
8. First Reading and Final Approval: Revised Job Description - Early Childhood Education; Program Specialist/Educational Coordinator.         (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and final approval the revised job description for Early Childhood Education - Program Specialist/ Educational Coordinator. The purpose of the revision is to update the description to reflect current practices.
         
9. Approval of Changes to Salary Schedule 212; Effective July 1, 2015      (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval changes to salary schedule 212; effective July 1, 2015.
         
10. Approval of Modifications to Existing Classified Salary Schedules 104 & 111         (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval, modifications to existing classified salary schedules 104 and 111 to reflect negotiated settlement salary schedule extension to add rows 18-20 BOT Approved on March 17, 2015.
Unfold N.  DISCUSSION/INFORMATION ITEMS   
         
1. Discussion and Information: Elementary Physical Education Course of Study Adoption (First review)      (D)  
  The Curriculum and Instruction Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion and information a first review of the proposed Elementary Physical Education course of study adoption for grades K-8. Sample materials from four publishers were reviewed by teachers and the course of study chosen is SPARK PE. The materials will now be on display in the District Office Board Room for 30 days for Community Review. It is anticipated that the curriculum will be presented for a second review and adoption at the regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on May 26, 2015.
         
2. Information: Desired Results Community Bulletin for Palo Verde Head Start      (D)  
  Palo Verde Head Start submits to the Board of Trustees as an informational item the Desired Results Community Bulletin for Winter 2014-2015. The data is based on a parent survey and shows that 84% of parents reported being "very satisfied" with the overall program and 16% reported being "satisfied". 81% of parents reported that the program allowed them to either accept a job, keep a job, accept a better job or attend education or training. Palo Verde Head Start is proud of this accomplishment and thanks the District for their sponsorship and support.
         
3. First Reading and Discussion: Updated BP 3100 Budget      (D)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and discussion updated board policy 3100 Budget. Per CSBA the policy has been update to reflect new law (AB 2585) which eliminates the option to develop the district budget using the "dual budget" process and to include material formerly in AR which addresses board responsibilities related to budget adoption and review. The section on "Budget Criteria and Standards" has been updated to reflect new title 5 regulations (Register 2015, No. 2) which address the calculation of "increased and improved services" for LCFF expenditures and to reflect NEW LAW (SB 858) which limits the maximum amount of funds that may be held in district reserves and ending balances under certain conditions.
         
4. First Reading and Discussion: Updated BP 4121 Temporary/ Substitute Personnel      (D)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and discussion updated board policy 4121 Temporary/ Substitute Personnel. Per CSBA the policy has been updated to reflect new law (AB 1522) which requires districts to grant paid sick leave to all employees who work 30 or more days per year, including temporary and substitute employees, unless the district has adopted a collective bargaining agreement that expressly provides paid sick leave for such employees and contains additional specified provisions.
         
5. 3rd Quarter 2014/2015 Williams Settlement Report      (D)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion/ information the 3rd Quarter 2014/2015 Williams Settlement Report.
         
6. Discussion: Work Order Report January, 2015      (D)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion the Work Order Completion Report for January, 2015.
         
7. Discussion: Work Order Report February, 2015      (D)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion the Work Order Completion Report for February, 2015.
         
8. Discussion: Vandalism Report January, 2015      (D)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion the Vandalism Completion Report for January, 2015.
         
9. Discussion: Vandalism Report February, 2015      (D)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion the Vandalism Completion Report for February, 2015.
O.  OTHER BUSINESS   
P.  FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS   
Q.  ADJOURNMENT   
Unfold R.  CALENDAR   
         
1. Next Meeting     
  Regular Meeting: Tuesday, April 21, 2015
5:00 PM - Closed Session/ 6:00 PM - Open Session
District Administration Center
295 North First Street, Blythe, California 92225

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