|MARCH 22, 2017 BOARD MEETING|
Every student is entitled to DISTRICT FUNDED Art, Music and Science programs that align with minimum state mandated Content Standards and Curriculum Frameworks, and is taught by a properly credentialed teacher.
I have stood before this Board many times and explained that it is illegal for CUSD to rely on fundraising and donations (one-time money) to pay for staff salaries, core educational programs like art, music, science (on-going expenses). Core educational programs must be funded by the District because they have a Constitutional obligation to provide EVERY student with an equal opportunity to achieve a quality education. Relying on fundraising and donations to pay for staff salaries and core educational programs creates wealth based inequities in the quality of education that students receive within the district, and is a violation of Assembly Bill 1575.
at 127:47 PUBLIC COMMENTS
at 130:44 Trustee McNicholas
Clark can you confirm that the Description on the Lenord Family Foundation states $225,000 for Teachers Salaries.
at 130:55 Clark Hampton
The Lenord Family Foundation has been donating to Las Palmas Elementary School for 10 years for Teachers Salaries for full day Kindergarten teachers. This really should be considered a grant.
at 131:42 Trustee McNicholas
I am trying to think of a way to explain that description.
at 132:09 Clark Hampton
We can get Trustees more information on this Grant.
at 132.09 Trustee McNicholas
And as far as I know Education for Children is a not-for-profit corporation.
at 132:20 Trustee Reardon
I brought this item up to staff last week when a parent in Ladera Ranch asked why they were not allowed to fundraise for class size reduction. That is a legitimate question. Our General policy is NOT to allow that. Las Palmas is a part of this district and it is subject to the same policies as everyone else.
at 133:19 Trustee Pritchard
I am sorry, but we have to go back Policy says you should appoint an acting clerk for only one meeting - why did you not appoint another Board member rather than the Superintendent.
at 134:20 Trustee McNicholas
Superintendent Vital is the Clerk of the Board
at 134:21 Trustee Pritchard
No - she is our employee - Secretary of the Board. I am cautioning.
at 134:37 Trustee McNicholas
We did pass those things that needed signing and at this point I can clarify that it is only for this meeting.
at 134:55 Trustee Pritchard
This is a little odd
at 135:27 Trustee McNicholas
Yes it is a little odd, We will learn better for next time.
Anything else back on the Donations issue?
Having been intimately involved in that ten years ago when we allowed individual school sites to raise their own money for class size reduction we found that was not fair because some schools had no ability to raise that kind of money. Then it became District wide fundraising for CSR. We been though this cycle- not sure we want to return to that.
We need a uniform policy.
at 136:22 Trustee Reardon
This matter has come up every year, and been commented on every year. Its time for us to actually solve the problem. Las Palmas is part of this school district
at 136:35 Trustee McNicholas
Clark is going to do some more investigation.
at 136:40 Clark Hampton
This is not fundraising - this is a lump some Grant that has been around for 10 years. We will research and return to the Board. But, this is not active fundraising.
at 137.11 Clark Hampton
Before we move on, just to be extra sure can we have a Trustee sign the emergency documents? Could the President appoint another Trustee to Co-sign the documents just to be on the safe side. There is no active fundraising in this matter.
at 137.25 Trustee McNicholas
Jim- I hereby appoint Trustee Reardon to CO-SIGN the Esencia documents in absence of our Clerk Patricia Holloway. Is that agreeable with the Board.
at 137:40 Trustee Jones
I just want to point out that Education for the Children was the original foundation after the CUSD Foundation that wanted to ensure that their schools had sufficient funding.
at 138:15 Trustee Reardon
We have foundations at some schools, not all. We have blurred the line between what is instructionally necessary at every school (District funded) vs what is "extra". We need instructional uniformity across the district irrespective of an individual school site's ability to raise additional money. There is an irony about someone in Ladera Ranch complaining about Las Palmas - a Title I school. There is an equity issue behind this.
at 139:32 Trustee McNicholas
Would someone like to move this item?
Moved by Lynn.
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