By Theresa Harrington
Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 7:49 pm in Education.
Board President Sherry Whitmarsh reported that trustees discussed litigation, negotiations and the readmission of one student during closes session. She said the board did not discuss the general counsel’s evaluation or the superintendent’s evaluation, but they hope to go back into closed session at end of tonight’s meeting.
District resident John Parker objected to the contract amount of item 9.,11, saying it was excessive. Trustee Gary Eberhart pulled this from the consent calendar and Trustee Cheryl Hansen pulled item 9.2, the minutes of the Jan. 23 meeting.
Trustees approved other consent items.
9.11 Mitchell Stark talked about the scope of the Ygnacio Valley High gym project. Said additional info could be brought back. Superintendent Steven Lawrence suggested not to exceed contract. Motion for contract with Hamm and Associates not to exceed $20,522 if it goes to DSA and commensurate reduction in fees if it doesn’t. Carries 5-0.
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9.2 Hansen asked that minutes be more comprehensive. Eberhart said it would need to be brought back as an agenda item.
1. John Parker: moment of silence for former teacher Johnny Applegate, who passed away.
Several students, teachers and a parent addressed vote of no confidence in MDHS Principal Kate McClatchy.
District Organizations: A classified union rep asked district to restore the hours that were cut, in light of the district’s reserve of $38 million above what is required.
Superintendent Steven Lawrence reported that another bond refunding will come at the next meeting and that more 2010 Measure C bonds may be sold. He also reported that the board would likely hold a special meeting Feb. 21 or Feb. 22 to act on a waiver for the Clayton Valley HS charter’s financial impact. Whitmarsh reminded Lawrence the board plans a Strategic Planning session Feb. 22 and he suggested that both meetings could be held on the same evening.
Lawrence also pointed out that MDEA President Mike Langley will retire at the end of the school year and commended him for his service.
14.1 Walnut Creek Sister Cities International Program: unanimously approved
14.2 New board policy – Transitional Kindergarten: unanimously approved
14.3 Revision to Administrative Rule 5111 – Admission: unanimously approved
14.4 Resolution determining district needs for 2012-13 and adopting criteria for determining order of seniority for those certificated employees with the same date of first paid probationary services. Unanimously approved.
14.5 Williams QAuarterly Summary Report.
No complaints filed.
14.6 Clayton Valley HS attendance area
Unanimously approved as presented.
14.7 Public Input and Informational Meetings for Board and Superintendent
Board unanimously agreed to hold one meeting at each of the district high schools and in Bay Point by May 15.
14.8 School calendar
14.9 Gifts and Bequests – Trustees agreed with policy change. It will be brought back for a vote.
14.10 Progress Report: Trustees agreed with idea. It will be brought back for a vote.
14.l1 Graduation requirements: Trustees had a lengthy conversation about this item, which was raised by Hansen. Lawrence said district saved $1.1 million with lower grad requirements and elimination of summer school. Hansen said she is hearing horror stories about the impacts and wants more discussion in the future. Trustees agreed to discuss again in March, after staff gathers more information.
Trustees reported on their recent activities, then meeting was adjourned in memory of Applegate.
FEB. 7 UPDATE: Here is a link to the audio recording of the meeting: http://www.mdusd.org/boe/Documents/audio/2012/February%206%202012%20-%20amplified.mp3