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Previous MeetingMay 15, 2012 04:00 PMNext Meeting
May 15, 2012
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” 

4:00 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 to be successful and responsible citizens.

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

Enhance the active partnership 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.

Develop a comprehensive and detailed five-year plan for the maintenance of current facilities to meet the educational needs of the students of the Palo Verde Unified School District.

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

Create, encourage, and support access for all students and staff toward outlets for positive behavior.


(D) Discussion Item
(V) Can Vote
(C) Consent Item
Unfold A.  OPEN SESSION   
         
1. Call to Order     
         
2. Roll Call     
  Mrs. Alice Dean, Member
Dr. Norm Guith, President
Mr. Alfonso Hernandez, Member
Mr. Robert Jensen, Clerk   
Mr. John Ulmer, Member
         
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. Public Employee Appointment         
  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957, the Board will discuss personnel matters.

A. Personnel Report

B. Certificated: Position of Superintendent
         
2. To Consider the Appointment, Employment, Evaluation of Performance, Discipline, or Dismissal of a Public Employee         
 

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957, the Board will consider the appointment, employment, evaluation of performance, discipline, or dismissal of:

Two (2) positions

Certificated: Teacher-Secondary

Classified: Instructional Aide

         
3. Labor Negotiations         
  Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957.6, Mr. Bob Bilek, Acting Superintendent/ Director of Human Resources, will discuss with the Board of Trustees the current status of negotiations with PVTA, CSEA and Teamsters Local 542.
         
4. Conference with Labor Negotiators         
  Agency Designated Representatives: Norman Guith and John Ulmer

Unrepresented Employee: Superintendent Candidate
D.  RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION   
E.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE   
F.  MOMENT OF SILENCE   
G.  REPORT ON ACTION TAKEN IN CLOSED SESSION   
Unfold H.  PROGRAMS AND PRESENTATIONS   
         
1. Student of the Month – Elementary Level (Grades K-6)         
  Mr. Jeremy James, principal of Felix J. Appleby Elementary, will introduce Miss Irene Tamayo who has been selected Elementary Student of the Month for May 2012. Miss Tamayo is currently a 6th grade student at Felix J. Appleby Elementary.
         
2. Student of the Month – Secondary Level (Grades 7-12)         
  Mrs. Lisa Schlehuber, principal of Blythe Middle School, will introduce Mr. Frank Hughes who has been selected Secondary Student of the Month for May 2012. Mr. Hughes is currently an 8th grade student at Blythe Middle School.  
         
3. Presentation of Monthly Attendance Trophy         
  The Business Services Department will present the monthly attendance trophy. In order for a school site to win they must at least meet the states average of 95% ADA to Enrollment percentage.
         
4. Presentation: Proposal for Construction of Shade Structure at PVVHS         
  Mr. Marty Braden, Director of Facilities and Operations, will present to the Board of Trustees regarding a proposal for construction of a shade structure at PVVHS.
         
5. Presentation: PVVHS and BMS Fence         
  Mr. Marty Braden, Director of Facilities and Operations, will present to the Board of Trustees regarding the proposed fence around PVVHS and BMS.
         
6. Presentation: Third Interim Report         
  Mrs. Val Braden, Director of Business Services, will present to the Board of Trustees regarding the PVUSD Third Interim Report.
         
7. Presentation: Recognition of Student Board Member         
  In honor for her participation as the 2011-2012 Student Board Member, Miss Tyne Brandon will be presented with a plaque of appreciation by Dr. Norman Guith, Board President.
I.  ADOPTION OF AGENDA   
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 Tyne Brandon, Student Board Member, will report on recent activities and items of interest.
         
3. Superintendent's Report         
 

Mr. Bob Bilek, Acting Superintendent/ Director of Human Resources, will report on recent activities and items of interest.

A.) Update: Interviews for PVVHS Assistant Principal, BMS Principal, and MWE Principal

B.) Summer Staff Development Plans: Mr. Malcolm Butler

C.) Update: Summer Swim Program

D.) Past and Future Activities

         
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         (C)  
  The Superintendent’s Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the minutes from the Regular Meeting held on May 1, 2012.
         
2. Personnel Report #2011-12-19         (C)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the current Personnel Report.
         
3. Approval of District Office Summer Hours         (C)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a modification to the District Office summer hours.  The proposed change to the hours would begin Monday, June 18, 2012 through Thursday, August 9, 2012. Normal business hours resume Monday, August 13, 2012.  The hours will be 10 hours per day Monday through Thursday with the offices being closed on Fridays.
         
4. Designation of Palo Verde USD CIF League Representative         (C)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the designation of Mr. George Dagnino as the Palo Verde Unified School District CIF League Representative for the 2012-2013 school year.
         
5. Purchase Order Listing for April 2012         (C)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees the Purchase Order Listing for April 2012. Total: $220,520.97
         
6. Amendment to the 2012-2013 District Calendar to Include Special Education Preschool Dates         (C)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a request to amend the 2012-2013 District Calendar to include a report date of September 10, 2012 and last day of instruction date of May 24, 2013 for Special Education Preschool students.
         
7. Memorandum of Understanding with RCOE: Student Tracker         (C)  
  The Curriculum and Instruction Department submits to the Board of Trustees a Memorandum of Understanding with the Riverside County Office of Education regarding district access and use of Student Tracker, a program developed by the National Student Clearinghouse for each of its comprehensive and continuation high schools.  There is no cost associated with this access, as the Riverside County Office of Education will facilitate the subscription fee related to the use of Student Tracker.  However, there are requirements by the district with regards to periodic and timely upload of student data for effective utilization of the program.
         
8. Ratification: BMS Student Body Statement for April 2012         (C)  
  Blythe Middle School submits to the Board of Trustees for ratification the BMS Student Body Statement for April 2012.
         
9. Approval: PVVHS Class of 2012 List of Potential Graduates         (C)  
  Palo Verde Valley High School Class of 2012 submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the list of Class of 2012 potential graduates. All students on the list are still subject to completion of all course requirements before graduation on Friday, June 1, 2012.  
         
10. Ratification of Contract: R. Spivey for DJ Services         (C)  
  Blythe Middle School submits to the Board of Trustees for ratification a contract with Robert Spivey for DJ services performed on April 20, 2012. Expense: $100 Funding: Blythe Middle School Associated Student Body Funds.
         
11. Palo Verde Valley High School Athletic Booster Club         (C)  
  Palo Verde Valley High School Athletic Booster Club requests from the Board of Trustees permission for formation. The objective/ purpose of the Booster Club is to raise awareness in the community for fellowship in the current athletic program and to support the athletic coaches and students in their endeavors so they can help enhance and sustain athletics at Palo Verde Valley High School.    
         
12. Ratification of Regular School Business         (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 Twin Palms from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison Inmate Groups: $2,250.00
b. Donation to Felix J. Appleby from Jesse Yankovich: $37.00
         
13. Approval of Consultant Agreement: Georgia Renne; Master Schedule Planning         (C)  
  The Curriculum and Instruction Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval, a consultant agreement with Georgia Renne.  This agreement provides for assistance to the elementary and secondary principals with the staging, planning and development of master schedules.  The term of the agreement is from June 6, 2012 through and including June 30, 2012.  Title I funds will facilitate the payment of this agreement. Expense: NTE $6,000
         
14. Extension of current agreement with Cornerstone Learning Technology for Online Summer School         (C)  
  The Curriculum and Instruction Department submits for approval by the Board of Trustees and extension to the current agreement with Cornerstone Learning Technology.  The agreement is necessary to provide for 25 additional concurrent users of the online credit recovery program.  The additional users will increase the total concurrent user amount to 35, which will be used to facilitate an online Summer School program.  The term of the extension is a 3-month period from June through August, 2012.  The cost of the additional 25 concurrent users is $5,000 ($200 per user).  Title I funds will be used to facilitate the cost of this agreement.  
         
15. Permission for Student Overnight Travel: TPHS Senior Trip         (C)  
  Twin Palms High School requests from the Board of Trustees permission for student overnight travel to attend Disneyland Grad Night in Anaheim, CA.  Approximately 30 students along with 1 female and 2 male chaperones will depart Twin Palms High School on May 25, 2012 at 9:00 am and return on May 26, 2012 by 7:30 am. Travel will be by rental and private vehicles.  Expense: $2,830 Funding: Donations to ASB funds.
         
16. Approval of Inter-District Attendance Agreement Between Desert Center USD and Palo Verde USD         (C)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval of an inter-district attendance agreement between  Desert Center Unified School District and Palo Verde Unified School District. The term of this agreement if from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013.
         
17. Permission for Student Overnight Travel: PVVHS JROTC Spring Encampment Activity         (C)  
  Palo Verde Valley High School Junior Reserve Office Training Corps (JROTC) Unit requests from the Board of Trustees permission for student overnight travel out of state to Prescott Pines, AZ to attend a required Spring Encampment activity. The camp is scheduled for May 28-31, 2012. The 15 cadets will be accompanied by three chaperones SSG Tony McBride, Instructor, MSG Melvin Walker Sr. Instructor, and Ms. Thashia Crawford McBride.
Unfold M.  ACTION ITEMS   
         
1. Expulsion Case #11-12-08      (V)  
  The Child Welfare and Attendance Department submits for action to the Board of Trustees expulsion case #11-12-08; Student #1003077.
         
2. Expulsion Case #11-12-09      (V)  
  The Child Welfare and Attendance Department submits for action to the Board of Trustees expulsion case #11-12-09; student #1002205.
         
3. Expulsion Case #11-12-10      (V)  
  The Child Welfare and Attendance Department submits for action to the Board of Trustees expulsion case #11-12-10; student #1001528.
         
4. Expulsion Case #11-12-11      (V)  
  The Child Welfare and Attendance Department submits for action to the Board of Trustees expulsion case #11-12-11; student #1001537.
         
5. Expulsion Case #11-12-12      (V)  
  The Child Welfare and Attendance Department submits for action to the Board of Trustees expulsion case #11-12-12; student #1002696.
         
6. Approval of Resolution 2012-09: Classified School Employee Week      (V)  
  Administration submits to the Board of Trustees for approval resolution 2012-09 to name May 20 through May 26, 2012 Classified School Employee Week.  
         
7. Approval of Third Interim Report 2011-2012 Fiscal Year         (V)  
  The Business Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval, the Third Interim Report which reflects the District's financial condition as of April 30, 2012.  The Third Interim Report consists of the District Report Submission checklist, Form 01I General Fund Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, Form AI Average Daily Attendance, Form RLI Revenue Limit, Cash Flow Worksheet, List of Assumptions and Technical Review Checklist and a summary of status of all other funds.  The District is required to submit a Multi-Year Projection to the County indicating the financial status of the district for the next three years.  The purpose of the Multi-Year Projection is to provide sufficient evidence that the District will be able to meet its financial obligation and fiduciary responsibility.
         
8. Approval: Board Goals for 2011-2013         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the Board Goals for 2011-2013.
         
9. Approval: 2012-2013 Transitional Kindergarten configuration         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the 2012-2013 Transitional Kindergarten configuration.  It is proposed that the PVUSD begin a Pilot Transitional Kindergarten program for the 2012-2013 school year. Students will be those with a November 1 through December 2 birth date. The program is expected to be one class and will be housed at Margaret White Elementary. The program will be implemented only with assurance of state funding.  
         
10. Approval: PVUSD Community Day School Grade Configuration         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a reconfiguration of grade levels for the PVUSD Community Day School. The Community Day School has been operated in a variety of configurations since its inception.  It is proposed that beginning in the 2012-2013 school year that CDS be reconfigured as a grade 7-12 school limited to students under 18 years of age. The program will be housed at the Twin Palms Alternative Learning Campus.  Staff will include one teacher and one instructional aide working under the administrative oversight of the Principal of Alternative Programs.  The curriculum will include a hybrid model of classroom teacher and online learning. The program must generate enough revenue to pay for staffing and materials. The program must be brought back to the School Board for a mid-year report to consider continued operation. Expense: Staffing cost estimated at $80,000 (teacher and instructional aide). Instructional material cost is limited to classroom materials and online "seats". The CDS has a classroom and a computer lab.
         
11. Approval: 2012 PVUSD Summer School         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval the 2012 PVUSD Summer School Configuration. It is proposed that PVUSD hold a Summer School program similar to the 2011 program; providing service to credit deficient seniors and juniors. The program will be placed at the Twin Palms campus and will be limited to the number of online "seats" available. Students would begin on Monday, June 11, 2012 and end on Thursday, July 12, 2012.
         
12. Approval: Home School/ Independent Study Program         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a proposed Home School/ Independent Study Program. It is proposed that PVUSD begin a secondary-level Home School/ Independent Study program to be located at the Alternative Learning Center (Twin Palms) campus. Initially the program will employ one teacher who will work under the guidance of the Principal of Alternative Programs. The teacher will organize and conduct the program, working the number of days negotiated for teachers through collective bargaining and with additional pay for extra duty, if any. The Home School/ Independent Study Program will be for student in grades 7-12. Students will be broken into two groups; middle school and high school, with sections of students in each groups. Students will be assigned grade-level work and assignments to be completed at home, including online work. Students will attend weekly classes together with other students in their section for an hour each visit. The teacher will review coursework, assign homework and study packets, and attend to other school-related details pertinent to students and their families.  If enrollment is moderately high, the program may add temporary staff such as a retired teacher interested in taking a section or more for a short time period. The program must pay for itself and a mid-year report of the program will be share with the Board. It is recommended that the program stop mid-year should it not generate sufficient revenue. Expense: Teacher, facility use, textbooks, and online "seats", the "seats" are shared with the Adult Education and Summer School program. Funding: TBD; the District is working with other districts to determine how their programs are funded in compliance with program guidelines.
         
13. Approval of New Position: Head Mental Health Support Counselor         (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a new position for Head Mental Health Support Counselor.  The position will cover personnel requirements needed for mandated Mental Health Services program beginning in 2012/2013 school year.  
         
14. Approve of Job Description: Head Mental Health Support Counselor         (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and final approval of the job description for Head Mental Health Support Counselor.  The purpose of this job description is to cover statute mandated services requiring Public school districts to provide mental health services to some of our special education students beginning 2012/2013 school year.  
         
15. Job Description and Title Modification: from Administrator on Special Assignment: Twin Palm/Community Day School/ Child Welfare & Attendance/ Adult Ed. to Principal of Alternative Programs: Twin Palms/Community Day School/Child Welfare and Attendance/ Adult Ed/ Online Learning (Secondary Level)/ Independent Study-Home School programs.         (V)  
  The Personnel Department submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and final approval the Job Description and Title Modification from: Administrator on Special Assignment: Twin Palm/Community Day School/ Child Welfare & Attendance/ Adult Ed. to: Principal of Alternative Programs: Twin Palms/Community Day School/Child Welfare and Attendance/ Adult Ed/ Online Learning (Secondary Level)/ Independent Study-Home School programs.
         
16. First Reading and Approval Updated Job Description: Teacher on Special Assignment; Independent Study-Home School         (V)  
  The Personnel Services Department submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and approval the updated job description Teacher on Special Assignment: Independent Study-Home School.
         
17. Approval: Palo Verde Valley High School and Blythe Middle School Fence         (V)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department requests from the Board of Trustees permission to install fencing around the perimeter of the Palo Verde High School and behind the Blythe Middle School. Installation of the fence is pending funding of the project. Expense: $49,295
         
18. Public Hearing for Placement of the Palo Verde Valley Community Day School         
  It is necessary to hold a public hearing to discuss the placement of the Palo Verde Valley Community Day School at the Alternative Learning Center adjacent to the Twin Palms High School Campus.  Cabinet and Bargaining Unit groups were contacted regarding the waiver request.  All were supportive or neutral. The effective date of placement will be the beginning of the 2012-2013 school year.

Public Hearing opened at:  ______________ pm

Those wishing to make a presentation may do so at this time.

Public Hearing closed at:  ______________ pm
         
19. Approval: Renewal of General Waiver Request to Relocate Palo Verde Unified School District Community Day School         (V)  
  The Superintendent’s Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a renewal of the general waiver request to keep the current Community Day School location on the Alternative Learning Center campus adjacent to Twin Palms Alternative High School.  
         
20. Public Hearing Regarding a Class Size Waiver at Margaret White Elementary         
  It is necessary to hold a public hearing to discuss a Class Size Waiver for third grade at Margaret White Elementary. Cabinet and Bargaining Unit groups were contacted regarding the waiver request.  All were supportive or neutral.

Public Hearing opened at:  ______________ pm

Those wishing to make a presentation may do so at this time.

Public Hearing closed at:  ______________ pm
         
21. Approval: Class Size Waiver for Third Grade at Margaret White Elementary         (V)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for approval a Class Size Waiver for third grade at Margaret White Elementary.
Unfold N.  DISCUSSION/INFORMATION ITEMS   
         
1. First Reading and Discussion: BP 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures         (D)  
  The Superintendent's Office submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading and discussion board policy 1312.3 Uniform Complaint Procedures.  Per CSBA, the mandated policy has been updated to reflect new law (AB 887 and SB 559) which expands the prohibited bases of discrimination subject to uniform complaint procedures (UCP) to include genetic information, gender expression, and gender identity. In addition, the updated policy will bring the District into compliance with FPM regulations.
         
2. Vandalism Report March 2012         (D)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion the Vandalism Completion Report for March 2012.
         
3. Work Order Report March 2012         (D)  
  The Facilities and Operations Department submits to the Board of Trustees for discussion the Work Order Completion Report for March 2012.
         
4. First Reading: Transitional Kindergarten Curriculum         (D)  
  The Curriculum and Instruction Department submits for a first reading the proposed curriculum for Transitional Kindergarten.  The Opening the World of Learning (OWL) Pre-K Comprehensive Kit, published by Pearson Education, provides an integrated curriculum in English and Spanish with ten domains of learning: Social and Emotional Development, Language and Communication, Emergent Literacy in Reading and Writing, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Fine Arts, Physical Development and Technology.  The cost for materials to support one class is approximately $3,600.  Instructional Materials Lottery funds will facilitate the cost.  Material will be on display in the District Office Board Room for 30 days.  A public hearing and final approval will be held at the June 19th, 2012 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.  
         
5. First Reading: Read 180 for Blythe Middle School         (D)  
  Blythe Middle School submits to the Board of Trustees for first reading the proposed curriculum for Scholastic's Read 180 for students who are more than two years below grade level.  Read 180 will replace Language! and High Point as the core interventions for our students.  The program covers reading, writing, spelling, and vocabulary and includes on-line software, literacy books, and textbooks.  The cost of the program for 100 students inclusive of all materials, training and support is $96,200.  Quality Education Investment Act (QEIA)Funds will facilitate the cost.  Materials will be on display in the district office board room for 30 days.  A public hearing and final approval will be held at the June 19, 2012 regular meeting of the Board of Trustees.
O.  OTHER BUSINESS   
P.  FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS   
Q.  ADJOURNMENT   
Unfold R.  CALENDAR   
         
1. Next Meeting     
  Regular Meeting: Tuesday, June 5, 2012
5:00 PM - Closed Session/ 6:00 PM - Open Session
District Administration Center
295 North First Street, Blythe, California 92225

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