MARCH 22, 2017 BOARD MEETING  

Board Meeting Agenda http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/576115885391746174.pdf

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

BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek 

I appreciated Rhonda Whalen's comments tonight. CUSD should never fund on-going expenses out of one-time funds. This District Runs on one-time funds.

Any Donation over $1,000 should be itemized. CUSD is hiding payments for teachers salaries, aids and librarians as "non-instructional materials".

Leonard Foundation donated $225,000.00 Teachers Salaries Las Palmas Elementary School.

Marblehead PTA $1,755.00 Art Masters Program

Oso Grande Elementary School $1,382.04 Classroom Material and Supplies

Palasades Elementary School PTA $18,795.05 5th Grade Science Camp

United Way $1,202.92 Instructional Assistants Tijeras Creek Elementary

Teamsters Local Union No 952 $500 Bus Driver Appreciation Day

Forster Ranch Education Foundation $25,300.00 5th Grade Field Trip Truman Benedict.

Clarence Lobo Booster Club $105.00 Substitute Coverage 5th Grade Science Camp

Clarence Lobo Booster Club $1,470.75 Teacher Co-Curricular Assignment 5th Grade Science Camp

Clarence Lobo Booster Club $17,585.00 5th Grade Science Camp

Education For Children Inc. donated $10,046.00 Instructional Materials and Supplies Las Flores Elementary School

Education For Children Inc. donated $12,766.46 Instructional Materials and Supplies Las Flores Middle School

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.

We have children taking art classes paid for by parents and taught by parents.

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.

2nd by ?

passes 6-0-1