CONSENT CALENDAR

April 19, 2017 Meeting Agenda: http://capousd-ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1455438848279/2226792177017631293.pdf

April 19, 2017 Board Meeting Audio:  http://cusd.capousd.org/cusdweb/audio2016-17/CUSD_BoardAudio_April-19-17.mp3

Board Meeting Audio at 32:39

Trustee Holloway pulled Item #16

Trustee Hatton-Hodson pulled Item #3, #25, #26

Trustee McNicholas pulled Item #11

The PUBLIC pulled Item #2, #3,  #4,  #6, #15

at 34:04 Motion to approve the balance by Trustee Hatton-Hodson. Second by Trustee Holloway.

The Board Approved Items #5, 7, 8, 9, 10 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 21- 24 27 28

Roll Call Vote passes 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard Absent)

CONSENT CALENDAR: These Items are NOT DISCUSSED unless the Item is pulled by Staff, Board or Public.

"All matters listed under the Consent Calendar are considered by the Board to be routine and will be enacted by the Board in one motion in the form listed below. There will be no discussion of these items prior to the time the Board votes on the motion unless members of the Board, staff, or the public request specific items to be discussed and/or removed from the Consent Calendar. The Superintendent and the staff recommend approval of all Consent Calendar items."

IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT CUSD RULES BY CONSENT CALENDAR. THAT IS HOW STAFF HAS BEEN ALLOWED TO RUN THE DISTRICT AND TAKE ACTIONS THAT ARE ONLY BOARD APPROVED BECAUSE TRUSTEES ARE FORCED TO RELY ON STAFF TO DIGEST WHAT IS USUALLY AN 800 PAGE AGENDA. THIS BOARD MEETING AGENDA HAS 40 ITEMS AND IS 540 PAGES LONG. THIS IS THE FIRST AGENDA THAT I WAS NOT ABLE TO READ AND DIGEST PRIOR TO THE BOARD MEETING. TRUSTEES SHOULD HIRE A TRUSTED FULL TIME STAFF PERSON THAT DOES NOT ANSWER TO SUPERINTENDENT VITAL OR DISTRICT STAFF. A PERSON THAT CAN READ, RESEARCH AND DIGEST EACH OF THESE CONTRACTS- POLICIES AND ISSUES PRIOR TO THE MEETING AND ANY VOTE. TRUSTEES HAVE FULL TIME JOBS- THEY DO NOT HAVE TIME TO READ THE MATERIAL, DIGEST THE MATERIAL, LISTEN TO TAXPAYERS AND MAKE INFORMED DECISIONS THAT ARE IN THE BEST INTEREST OF STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS. THE UNIONS IN COLLUSION WITH DISTRICT STAFF AND SUPERINTENDENT VITAL RUN CUSD WITHOUT BOARD IN-PUT. TRUSTEES ARE THERE TO GIVE "AFTER-THE-FACT" APPROVAL TO THE ILLEGAL ACTS OF STAFF.

STUDENTS AND TAXPAYERS ALWAYS LOOSE. 

Example: Clark Hampton and Kristen Vital should be fired for cause over the Esencia K-8 land purchase where CUSD took it upon itself to gift the Ranch $23 million in taxpayer dollars. District Staff received the Appraisal in Oct 2016. Staff chose NOT to share that appraisal with Trustees until it was time to vote on its approval at the February 22, 2017 Board meeting. The Item had did not have a price in it. Citizens had to ask to have the Item amended to reflect a price. The Item was amended to reflect a price of $34 million ($2.4 million per acre). Prior to this Item the estimated value was always disclosed to be $21 million ($1.5 million per acre). Clark Hampton and Kristen Vital (Negotiators for this Purchase) valued the land as if it had 100 homes on it. Staff had hoped to slide this through on consent with the inflated price, hoping no one would notice that the price had changed from $21 million to $34 million. In an emergency meeting Kristen Vital agreed to sign the paperwork accepting this price because Board Clerk Patricia Holliday was not present. Kristen knew (or should have known) that she was not authorized to act as Board Clerk. Superintendent Vital signed the documents - picked up an overnight bag and walked out of the meeting without her absence being noted on the record. Sometime after that Trustee Pritchard pointed out the fact that he did not feel the documents were valid with Kristen Vital acting as Clerk. There was some discussion and Trustee Reardon agreed to "CO-SIGN" the documents. This MOU was NEVER shown to the Public before they voted. Two days after the meeting Staff added the MOU to the agenda listing as if it had been part of the meeting (a Brown Act Violation). The signed document posted for the Public had been altered. There was one signature - not two, and the signature was unintelligible. This matter has been turned over to the District Attorney.

The Esencia K-8 Land purchase should never have been put on the Consent Calendar without a price.

Both Kristen Vital and Clark Hampton should be FIRED FOR CAUSE. 

Business and Support Services

Agenda Item #2 Donations of Funds and Equipment page 1 of 450

Total Donations $158,667.34

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Board Meeting Audio at 35:08

This Item passed 6-0-1 without comment from Trustees (Trustee Pritchard was absent)

Moved by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by Trustee Hannacek.

BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek

CUSD relies on fundraising and donations to pay for on-going expenses that should be funded by CUSD. When you rely on Taxpayers to fund on-going expenses with permanent donations it is a TAX on the PUBLIC. 

We have been fundraising for Art Music and Science since 2007-08. Some schools (like Ladera Ranch) are having to cut back their programs because their fundraising can no longer keep pace with employee compensation increases (ie block music teachers). Average compensation for teachers has gone from $95,000 to $111,000 over the past four years and fundraising cannot keep pace.

It is CUSD's responsibility to provide District Funded Art Music and Science. Relying on fundraising and donations to pay for core educational programs creates wealth based inequities with in CUSD that are unconstitutional. Every child is entitled to equal opportunity to a minimum education.

Any Donation over $1,000 should be itemized. CUSD is hiding payments for teachers salaries, aids and librarians with general categories such as materials and supplies.

Illegal Donations:

$91,950 was donated for Computers and technology. CUSD's Technology Plan is to have Taxpayers fundraise and donate for new computers every three years. 

Disney Worldwide Services Inc. donated $2,000 to Aliso Niguel for "Classroom Materials and Supplies" 

Capo HS Foundation donated $5,850 for Curriculum Site Licenses.

George White Elementary School Booster donated $1,170 for Science Camp

Malcom PTA donated $10,100 5th Grade Science Camp

Ladera Ranch Education Foundation donated $1,097.49 Software for testing kindergarteners

Oso Grande PTA $1,087 + $9,642.50 to Oso Grande Elementary for Computer Lab Assistants

Dataflair Technology Services donated $100 for Decorations for School Counselor Showcase Event PLAY TO PLAY?

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING FUNDRAISING AND DONATIONS

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.

 

Agenda Item #3 Purchase Orders and Commercial Warrants page 4 of 450

Total Purchase Orders: $2,409,626.14

Total Warrants: $10,433,075.38

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Board Meeting Audio at 37:14

This Item passed 5-0-1-1 (Trustee Hatton-Hodson recused herself, Trustee Pritchard was absent) 

Moved by Trustee Jones

Second by Trustee Reardon

This item was pulled by Trustee Hatton - Hodson because of the DA's Conflict of Interest investigation of her relationship with ACSA. 

Page 11 of 540 CUSD made a $180 payment to the ACSA Education Foundation.

In her comments she stated the amount but not the company.

BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek

PAUL C MILLER CONSTRUCTION- Approval of this contract is listed as Agenda Item #6 so it has not been approved by Trustees yet staff has placed the following POs on the agenda as Agenda Item #6 PRIOR TO BOARD APPROVAL.

P0# 5619 Fund 89 SJHHS $112,893.42

P0# 5619 Fund 89 SJHHS $9,162.92

P0# 5619 Fund 98 SJHHS $63,481.69

P0# 5619 Fund 93 SJHHS $17,966.52

TOTAL $203,504.55

Trustee Reardon stated that that these PO's were for a different Project Building D whereas the new contract is for Building J. 

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PO#365596 "SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW FIRM" - What is their name? $15,000

Conferences: $10,774.99

General Fund: $10,714.99 Staff receives Grant Money earmarked for Professional Development but they always spend General Fund Money on Professional Development. They should fund Art Music and Science for every students BEFORE Professional Development.

Fund 69: $60.00

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PO #365573 Autism Partnership Foundation  $175.00

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PO #365643 CA School Employees association $1,900.00

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PO #365652 CSADA $1,085.00

PO #365654 CSADA $235.00

PO #365672 California Interscholastic $315.00

PO #365698 Thinking Maps $1,200.00

PO365699 OCDE $60.00

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PO #365700 School Serviced of California $205.00

PO #365741 CAHPERD $740.00

PO #365743 OCDE $600.00

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PO#365752 UC Regents $675.00

PO #365795 Workability $2,145.00

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PO #365808 OCDE $255.99

PO #365814 Solution Tree $649.00

PO #365833 ABC USD/Special Education -Teach $25.00

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PO #365853 CASBO $510.00

Consultants: $47,319

PO #365675 CSM Consultants $30,000.00

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PO #365778 Discovery Science $12,920.00

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PO #365847 Kagen Professional Development $399.00

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PO #365851 Language Network Inc $1,500.00

Po #365852 Exceptional educational Services $2,500.00

Legal Fees: $84,000

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PO#365595 Brian R. Sciacca $5,000

PO #365596 Special Education Law Firm $15,000

PO #365597 Law Office of T. Whiteleather $64,000.00

 

Agenda Item #4 Independent Contractor, Professional Services, Field Service and Master Contract Agreements: Page 56

3 New Agreements: $9,550

11 Amendments: $738,850

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Board Meeting Audio at 40.01

BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek

BETHANY REDDINGER page 61 of 540

$250 for 2 hours Professional Development on Classroom Management. Title II funds should not be used for Professional Development. CUSD has Grant Funding that must be spent on Professional Development and Staff is still using large sums of money from the General Fund and now Title II Funds.

I was corrected at the meeting- Title II Funds are meant to be spent on Support for Educators in Title I Schools

see: ESSA Title II and Support for Educators Frequently asked Questions

DECISION INSITE page 64 of 540

Decision Insite is being hired to look at redistricting boundaries because of the Rancho Mission Viejo development which will bring (when complete) 50,000 new residents, and currently CUSD has not built any new schools.

http://ranchomissionviejo.com/faq/

The Ranch is representing to all new buyers that their children will be going to Las Flores K-8 until Esencia K-8 is built and Tesoro will be their high school. 

Right now the Ranch students are being bused to Los Flores & Tesoro. Once the current phases of Esencia are sold out. The school district is going to change their home school to San Juan Hills. That is why CUSD is adding 628 new seats to that campus with the construtcion of a new 24 classroom modular building. CUSD is adding capacity to SJH but is denying taxpayers in Telega seats at SJH even though their Mello Roos paid for that school. The same is happening to Ladera Ranch Mello Roos taxpayers who are being denied seats at Tesoro so that CUSD can accommodate the Ranch students.

CUSD should be honest with Taxpayers. 

Kristen Vital stated that 94% of students got their School of Choice. Every Talega Resident who wanted a seat at SJH got a seat.

* She made no mention of Ladera Ranch students who wanted a seat at Tesoro but did not get one.

PROJECT DIMENSIONS, INC page 78 of 540

This is a an amendment to a $175,000 contract provide professional real estate consulting services, including but not limited to, strategic planning services, advisory services, consulting services, entitlement services and project management services.

HATCH & CESARIO ATTORNEYS AT LAW page 98 of 540

This is a an amendment to a $75,000 contract Legal Services.

Staff is stating that the amendment is to increase the contract by $125,000 from $175,000 to $300,000. Staff also extended the dates to July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

DENNIS PATRICK HANNAH page 106 of 540 

This is a an amendment to an existing $18,470 contract to provide semi-annual testing for AHERA at various district sites.

Staff is stating that the amendment is to increase the contract amount by $35,530 (from $18,470 to $54,000)

This money is being paid from from the General Fund. It Should be taken out of 1999 Measure A bond funds which were specifically earmarked for asbestos abatement and still contain about $5 million. It should also be noted that the Grand Jury sited CUSD for failure to remove all asbestos. Staff, without Board Approval responded to the Grand Jury that it lacked sufficient funding to remove asbestos and would need 20 more years to do so. See: January 25, 2017 Board Meeting Agenda Item #14 page 429 explanation

ALBUM AGENCY page 127 of 540

Staff is stating that the amendment is to increase the contract from $175,000 to $300,000, but it looks like Staff has altered this contract to back date it to July 1, 2016 and extend it to June 30, 2017

This is a an amendment to a $86,450 contract to provide various communications and marketing services, including Re-Imagined Schools, strategic sessions on campus, reviewing existing profiles, designing a bi-fold brochure improving existing School Loop websites and optional ongoing design for promotional materials

Staff is stating that the amendment is to increase the contract from $86,450 to $127,270

CUSD is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to brand schools - new logos - web sites social media. It started with 7 elementary schools. There is nothing of real substance changing for student education- but there is a lot of spending on marketing and branding to change the image of some schools in the hopes that the District can save these small under enrolled schools from being converted to Charter Schools. 

When CUSD does not have money to fund core educational programs like Art- Music-Science then they should not be spending General Fund Dollars on Marketing and Professional Development.

 

Agenda Item #5 Approval of Bid No. 1617-19, Milk and Dairy Products - Hollandia Dairy, Incorporated page 150

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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Board Audio: None

For 2017-18 Contract with Hollandia Dairy (Lowest Bidder) $796,208.90

$ .0300 - 1/2 & 1/2 Creamer 3/8 oz 

$ .1109 - 100% Apple Juice 4 oz

$ .1520 - 100% Orange Juice 4 oz

$ .1580 - Fat Free Chocolate Milk 8 oz

$ .1650 - Cream Cheese 3/4 oz cup

$ .1675 - 1% Low Fat Milk 8oz

$ .3690 - Sidekick Slushies 4.4 oz

$2.00 - 1% Low Fat Milk 1/2 Gallon

$2.25- 1 Quart of Yogurt 

$2.85 - Cottage Cheese 1 Quart

$352.50 - Feta Cheese 8 pounds 

 

Agenda Item #6 Award Bid No. 1617-20, Tesoror High School Building D to Paul C. Miller Construction Co. Inc. page 158 

The Board voted to approve 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard absent)  

Moved by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by Trustee Reardon

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Board Meeting Audio  at 44.01

This Item was already explained in a discussion of Item #3 - Staff Said that these PO's were for a different Project Building D whereas the new contract is for Building J. 

BLUE CARD Dawn Urbanek

PAUL C MILLER CONSTRUCTION- Approval of this contract is listed as Agenda Item #6. Staff placed PO's for approval on Agenda Item #2. What if the PO's get approved, but Trustees do not approve this contract?

P0# 5619 Fund 89 SJHHS $112,893.42

P0# 5619 Fund 89 SJHHS $9,162.92

P0# 5619 Fund 98 SJHHS $63,481.69

P0# 5619 Fund 93 SJHHS $17,966.52

TOTAL $203,504.55

 

 


Agenda Item #7 AWARD OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NO. 3-1617, LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM - SCHOOL LOOP: page 189

Contract Period July 1, 2017 - June 30, 2018. Price $79,760.00.

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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Board Audio: None

A BLUE CARD  SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED

The Item does not contain the Bids from the 9 companies.

Staff asked the Board to approve the award of this contract to Learning Management System - School Loop for $79,760.00

In reviewing the Documents Staff is telling the Board that it received 9 proposals from firms (there is no documentation to support that). The BIDS's are missing from the documentation. 

There is an interesting letter from School Loop which indicates that CUSD had a close relationship with the founder of School Loop Mark Gross.

"Nearly 12 years ago, you gave a teacher with some code, a big heart, and big dreams a chance to serve your community with School Loop."

 

 

Agenda Item #8 AWARD OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NO. 4-1617, ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES - MULTIPLE VENDORS: page 190

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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The following Firms are a bench of architectural Firms that staff is asking for Trustees to Approve. These 9 were selected from a pool of 18. The total list of 18 was not provided to the Public. No projects have been identified yet. When a firm is selected for a particular project a subsequent addendum will be submitted to the Board for approval.

1. ATI Architects and Engineers
2. Davy Architects
3. Ghatoade Bannon Architects LLP
4. HMC Architects  
5. LPA, Inc.
6. MGPA Architecture, Inc.
7. PBK Architects, Inc.
8. PJHM Architects, Inc.
9. WLC Architects, Inc

 

Agenda Item #9 AWARD OF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS NO. 1-1718, E-RATE CATEGORIES ONE - DATA TRANSMISSION SERVICES AND INTERNET ACCESS AND TWO INTERNAL CONNECTIONS EQUIPMENT AND SERVICES 2017-2018 - MULTIPLE VENDORS: page 192

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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The total estimated fiscal impact for all categories before any E-Rate discounts across the 2017-2018 through 2019-2020 school years is a maximum of $4.5 million; however, actual expenditures may vary based on availability of funding and District needs. The District receives a 49 percent discount on E-Rate purchases; therefore, the total fiscal benefit from the $4.5 million expenditure is $8.9 million.

The projects will be funded by a combination of permitted CFD funds, Developer Fees, and the general fund. 

*Note: The estimated cost of Common Core Implementation nation wide is $80 billion and in the State of California is $9.2 billion. 

Public Policy Institute: California's Transition to CCSS The State's Role in Local Capacity Building CUSD has had flat funding of less than $8,300 for 14 years straight by 2021. Where is the funding for recurring technology spending going to come from? Fundraising and Donations? Many Districts are using Bond funds to implement Common Core. In the November elections 187 of 206 school measures passed. That represents nearly $50 BILLION in future property taxes for California residents. 162 of those measures were Prop 39 bonds. Source: California School Bonds Clearinghouse

 

 

BUILDING "J"

Agenda Item #10 CHANGE ORDER NO. 2, BID NO. 1617-01, SAN JUAN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING J PROJECT: page 193

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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CHANGE ORDER NO. 2, BID NO. 1617-01, SAN JUAN HILLS HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING J PROJECT: Approval of Change Order No. 2, Bid No. 1617-01 for the San Juan Hills High School Building J Project related to additional unforeseen underground issues and the acceleration of schedule activities in an effort to recover project time lost due to rain delays. This change order consists of additions, deletions, or other revisions that are now being presented to the Board of Trustees for approval. All such changes in the work are performed under applicable conditions of the change in contract documents. The original contract sum was $8,495,000. The new contract sum including Change Order No. 2 is $8,658,101.64 funded by Developer Fees, CFD 90-2, CFD 98-2 and CFD 2004-1. 

Agenda Item #11 CALIFORNIA MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTRACT NO. 4-11-78- 0003C AWARDED TO ROBERTSON INDUSTRIES, INCORPORATED FOR PLAYGROUND SURFACING AND RELATED SERVICES: page 249

This item was pulled by Trustee McNicholas but it was the wrong Item #.

The Board voted to approve this Item without discussion 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard absent)  

Moved by Trustee Hannack.

Second by Trustee Readon.

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Board Meeting Audio at 44:30

A BLUE CARD  SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED

There is no supporting documentation for this Item on the District Web Site.

 

 Agenda Item #12 CALIFORNIA MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTRACT NOS. 4-15-56- 0059A AND 4-08-72-0003G AWARDED TO ARIZONA CONTINENTAL FLOORING COMPANY FOR FLOORING MATERIAL AND RELATED SERVICES: page 274

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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Board Meeting Audio: None

 

Agenda Item #13 CALIFORNIA MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTRACT NO. 3-14-70- 2535C AWARDED TO SASCO FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS HARDWARE AND RELATED SERVICES: page 313

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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Board Meeting Audio: None

Brands:

  • Belden
  • Berk-Tek
  • Commscope
  • Corning
  • CPI
  • General Cable
  • Hubbell
  • Leviton
  • Ortronics
  • Panduit Data Commun-Equipment
  • Wire-Cable (Various)
 

Agenda Item #14 CALIFORNIA MULTIPLE AWARD SCHEDULE CONTRACT NO. 3-12-70- 2247E FOR VARIOUS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY GOODS AND SERVICES AWARDED TO CARAHSOFT TECHNOLOGY CORP: page 328

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Board Meeting Audio: None

This item was approved in the Consent Calendar without discussion

Brands

  • Adobe
  • EMC
  • F5 Networks
  • Fireeye
  • Hewlett Packard (HP)
  • Imation
  • SAP
  • Red Hat
  • Symantec Hardware-Computer Software
   

CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION 

Agenda Item #15 is related to the CCP/Health as a Graduation requirement issue. Trustees have made several requests for Staff to bring this issue to the Board so that the Board could decide whether or not CCP should be a CUSD requirement to graduate. Trustee McNicholas made this request again at the April 12, 2017 Special Board Workshop re: High School Graduation.

Staff continues to ignore these requests. As such, on behalf of students I am going to make a formal Citizen's request to place this Item on the next Board Agenda based upon the following information:

The State of California does not require students to take CCP to graduate. This is unique to CUSD no other schools require CCP.

The State of California does not require Health as a stand alone class to graduate. The three required units of Health can be embedded into PE.

CCP is not a CTE class and will not count as an elective A-G course.

CCP makes it hard for students to complete A-G requirements because CCP/Health wastes one block for a full year which could be used to complete an A-G class.

CCP hurts CUSD College Going Rates!

CCP hurts CUSD Graduation Rates! 

CCP forces students to skip a foreign language or to take summer school or zero period if they want to take an elective.

Why does CUSD continue to PUSH CCP when their own studies show it is ineffective? 

CCP does NOT transfer to any college and adds nothing to a students transcript; and in fact adds downward pressure to a weighted transcript.

It seems that the ONLY reason to keep this class is for purposes of student data mining... CUSD embeds Naviance Family into CCP with no ability for parents to OPT OUT.  Naviance Family's Terms of Service Agreement require Districts to have families OPT IN. CUSD is in violation of the Terms of Service Agreement with Naviance Family.

If CUSD would eliminate CCP as a graduation requirement and embed Health into PE every student would have one full year of additional coursework - CUSD would not have chronic problems with impacted schedules forcing students to take zero period or summer school.

Forcing EVERY student to take a full year of CCP/Health impacts every freshman schedule and is especially harmful to CUSD's best and brightest students who plan to apply to a four year selective University because it forces students who need to complete their A-G's or a Foreign Language to have to take zero period or summer school to complete the academic course requirements needed to graduate.

CUSD Staff has never been able to articulate why this graduation requirement was implemented and why CUSD is so insistent on keeping CCP as a Graduation requirement when it is so harmful to students.

IT IS TIME FOR TRUSTEES TO ELIMINATE CCP AS A GRADUATION REQUIREMENT

Source: 

http://capousd.ca.schoolloop.com/file/1218998819331/1218998864154/6554846561788520336.pdf

  

Using Credit Referrals to provide opportunities for students to complete Health and or CCP in summer is inappropriate and costly to tax payers.

Summer Options Include:

ACCESS - Independent Study Non-College Prep "Credit Recovery" 

HEALTH ONLY- ACCESS is a public school program operated by the Orange County Department of Education, Alternative Education Division.  There are no tuition fees for its services. California Taxpayer pays for these classes when it should be coming out of CUSD's Budget

The ACCESS student population is unique in that it encompasses a wide range of youth, including students in group homes or incarcerated in institutions, students on probation or homeless, students who are parents or working full-time, students participating in a home schooling program, and students who are referred by local school districts.

Pacific Coast High School - College Prep "Credit Recovery" in English Math and Social Science  and "Original Credit in Health, Economics and PE

HEALTH ONLY - This is a separate High School. CUSD needs to un-enroll a student from CUSD and enroll them in Pacific Coast High School. There are no tuition fees for its services. California Taxpayer pays for these classes when it should be coming out of CUSD's Budget

Health (Non-college prep) Online This course involves students surveying issues in health, noting good health practices and decision-making skills. Major units are nutrition, medicines and drugs, diseases and disorders, sexual health, community and environmental, health, consumer health, safety and emergency care, including First Aid and CPR.

Since CCP is not a State Mandated Graduation Requirement OCDE does not offer CCP as a Summer School Course. The only option for CCP is CUSD Credit Recovery using Apex Learning.

CUSD Credit Recovery

CCP ONLY -  This is through CUSD using APEX (Marc Patterson at Board Workshop - CCP is done on Naviance Family?).

 

Student Data Mining

Naviance has traditionally been a tool used by High School Juniors and Seniors to track their College Applications and help match students to colleges. 

Naviance is NOT A CLASS.

CUSD has made a unique decision to embed Naviance Family  into CCP- a class required for graduation which means, students cannot OPT OUT.

This violates Naviance Family's terms of service agreement with CUSD, which requires school districts to OPT students IN.

"Naviance, Inc. relies on Clients to provide consent for collection of that data on behalf of the parents or legal guardians, as agreed to in advance by Clients."

CUSD has made a unilateral decision to collect personally identifiable data on every single student in CUSD with no ability to OPT OUT.

Naviance has been expanded and includes Naviance Family. It is now being used from TK- 12th grade.

Does College and Career Ready really start in TK?

CUSD is the only District that is using Naviance, not as a College Tool, but as a required class for graduation by embedding it into CCP and other Core Educational classes. Naviance does personality testing which under FERPA usually requires parents to "OPT IN". By embedding Naviance into classes that are required for graduation, there is no OPT IN and in fact students have no real way to OPT OUT. This curriculum choice is odd and is unique to CUSD and actually puts students behind in their A-G completion rates by requiring CCP/Health to Graduate. Most Districts imbed the three required units of Health into PE or Social Studies and do not make CCP a graduation requirement which frees up one full year of course work to complete and A-G class.

CUSD's relationship with Naviance is concerning and should be looked at closer.

 

Keeping CCP as a Graduation Requirement Hurts Students but Benefitted Teachers During the Great Recession and Continues Today.

Saving Teaching Jobs & Maximizing Compensation

During the great recession (Starting 2007-08), CUSD was forced to cut $152 million dollars from it's budget (about 32%). In an effort to balance it's budget, CUSD laid off almost all of it's School Counselors. By 2011, CUSD had decreased the number of School Counselors to 16 for the entire District- 1,056 students per School Counselor.

The American School Counselor Association recommends a ratio of 1 Counselor to 250 students.

CUSD replaced the School Councilors with "Academic Advisors" and initiated CCP classes (College and Career Planning Classes) as a means of compensating for the laid off School Counselors.

A school "Counselor" is required to have equivalent to the completion of an earned Master of Arts or higher degree in psychology, counseling, or guidance, and hold a valid California Pupil Personnel Services Credential authorizing service as a "School Counselor". 

"Academic Advisors" are classified staff that are required to have a minimum 2 years of college level course work in education and a valid Driver License.

In 2011, the average compensation for a Certificated School Counselor was $108,392.

The average compensation for a classified employee designated as an "Academic Advisor" was $53,567.

CUSD was able to cut it's salary expenses in half by hiring less qualified staff, and implementing CCP as a required class for graduation. 

CUSD's reporting of Support Staff was intentionally meant to mis-lead the Public. SARC reports reported the number of "Academic Advisors" as "School Counselors", while on reports to CDE showed that most support staff had been laid off due to budget cuts. THE PUBLIC HAD NO IDEA STUDENTS WERE NO LONGER RECEIVING ADEQUATE PUPIL SUPPORT.

CUSD implemented CCP and made it a requirement for graduation to ensure that EVERY student would be trained in basic computer skills and have some access to an academic counseling without needing a live Counselor.

The downside of this solution was that CCP/Health made it very difficult for high achieving students (students on track to enter a four year selective University) to complete their A-G requirements.

In an effort to compensate for declines in A-G Completion rates, CUSD worked very hard to get CCP classified as a CTE class (College Technical Education class). This would allow students to use the CCP class as an elective A-G course.

CTE classes require a special Teaching Credential. 

Unfortunately, all of the Certificated teachers teaching CCP were not adequately credentialed to teach a CTE class- hence the "challenge to staff" (see slide above). 

17 CCP Teachers

18 Health Teachers

The combined current compensation of these 35 teachers is over $4.5 million dollars with average compensation per teacher of $130,000.00 per year.

Aliso Niguel High School

CCP: 11 sections - 2 Teachers

Lora (Abedi) Harvey - CCP $126,448.60 Credential CCA Computer Concepts & Applications Grades 9 and below 

John Chubb CCP/Football Coach $121,116.80. Unable to verify teaching credential

Health: 11 Sections - 3 Teachers

Aaron Kokx Health/Varsity Basketball Coach $139,851.60 Credential Health Science and Introductory Science

Lisa Ezratty 3 sections $145,055.60 Credential Health Science (Examination) and Physical Education Eamination

? Not Identified on School Web Site

Capo Valley High School

CCP: 7 sections - 3 Teachers

Christina Lee: AVID Coordinator/CCP $112,254.60 Unable to verify Credential

Kent Baker: Drawing/IB Visual/Art of Animation/CCP $94,901.70 Credential Art- Drafting- CTE Teaching Credential -Preliminary

Erin Girard: Choir/CCP/Sound Design & Engineering $94,256.40 Credential Music

Health: 7 Sections - 2 Teachers 

Steve Yancy: Health/Head Coach Boys Swimming and Water Polo Unable to verify Credential

? Not Identified on School Web Site

Dana Hills High School

CCP: 9 Sections - 3 Teachers (Web Site shows 4)

Craig Dunn: PE/CCP/Boys Cross Country $112,149.90 Credential Physical Education Exam

Kenneth Workman: PE/CCP $141,502.60 Credential Physical Education

Glen Forster: CCP/AP Computer Science $143,450.60 Credential Computer Concepts and Applications- Mathmematics

Douglas Gustafson: Social Science/CCP $73,664.80 Credential Social Science

Health: 7 Sections - 2 Teachers

Lindsey Lee: PE/Health $97,631.40 Unable to Verify Teaching Credential

? Not Identified on School Web Site

San Clemente High

CCP: 10 Sections - 2 Teachers 

? Not Identified on School Web Site

Health: 10 Sections - 3 Teachers

Chris Watkins: PE/Health $24,824.96 Unable to Verify Teaching Credential

Dion Kerhoulas: Credential Political Science- Physical Education

? Not Identified on School Web Site

San Juan Hills High

CCP: 6 Sections - 3 Teachers 

Charles Briggs: CCP $142,270.60 unable to verify Credential

? Not Identified on School Web Site

Health: 8 Sections - 4 Teachers

Aaron Flowers: Head Football Coach/Athletic Director/Health $135,796.60 Credential Sociology- Health Science Examination

Mitzi Kincaid: Head Girls Volleyball Coach/Health & PE $133,473.40 Credential Health Science (Examination) Physical Science (Examination)

Sharon Spiers: PE/Health $127,771.60 Credential US Government/Civics - English- Health Science (Examination)- Physical Education (Examiniation)

? Not Identified on School Web Site

Tesoro High

CCP: 7 Sections - 2 Teachers 

Chad Trotter: AP Computer Science/CCP/Academic Intervention $116,742.60 Credential Computer Concepts and Applications English (Examination)

Craig Cunningham: Technology Teacher $137,673.60 Cannot verify Credential 

Health: 7 Sections - 2 Teachers 

John Gripe: Department Chair PE/Health Unable to verify Credential Credential $139,412.60

Deanna Gross: Credential Health Science (Examination)- Physical Science (Examination)- Introductory Physical Education- English $129,770.40

Agenda Item #15 AGREEMENT TO REFER STUDENTS TO ALTERNATIVE COMMUNITY AND CORRECTIONAL SCHOOLS AND SERVICES FOR JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST 2017. Page 329

Item passes 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard Absent)

Move by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by Trustee Reardon

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BLUE CARD - Dawn Urbanek

The Only Students that should be "referred out" are people that flunked CCP or Health. CUSD should not "refer" out rising freshman who have never had CCP or Health- that is not "CREDIT RECOVERY"

ACCESS is a public school program operated by the Orange County Department of Education, Alternative Education Division. 

Pacific Coast High School - College Prep "Credit Recovery" in English Math and Social Science  and "Original Credit" in Health, Economics and PE. 

ACCESS & PCH are OCDE schools. California Taxpayers are paying for these classes when CUSD should be funding CCP and Health classes for every student. CUSD is suppose to reimburse OCDE but the CUSD's LCAP is not showing reimbursement. This is being verified.

see OCDE ACCESS FAQ's 

APEX is an online Program through CUSD. 

CUSD is forcing 25% of its Freshman class to take CCP and/or Health over the summer through OCDE at OC taxpayer expense. 

 

I should have read these numbers to Trustees - They missed my point regarding the referrals.

Superintendent Vital's comments lead Trustees to believe that I did not understand the difference between APEX and ACCESS.

In 2014 # of students:

214 Health Through Access 

553 Health Through PCH

In 2015 # of students:

125 Health Through Access 

402 Health Through PCH

530 APEX

* Since CCP is not a Ca graduation requirement it can only be taken through CUSD- not ACCESS or PCH 

Agenda Item #16 BROADENING THE COURSE OF STUDY – NEW SECONDARY COURSES: page 331

Item passes 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard absent)

This Item was pulled by Trustee Holloway.

Motion by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by Trustee Holloway

Trustee McNicholas commented on the prerequisite for the Environmental studies class - 3 years of integrated math? CUSD does not offer that class - page 346. Staff needs to fix that.

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A BLUE CARD  SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED

Speaking on behalf of high achieving students that plan to attend a competitive 4 year college- Superintendent Vital has stated on the record that District Staff WITHOUT BOARD APPROVAL made the unilateral decision to eliminate funding for accelerated learning programs - "GATE" and for example- CUSD is the only District that does not offer a Geometry Honors Class.

CUSD Staff has made a policy decision to focus on STEM and hands on learning which (without accelerated math proficiency) means you are preparing students for a skill/job after high school. That is fine but you must ALSO provide opportunity for CUSD's "Best and Brightest" and not limit students to Community College or a job after high school. If students take these "CTE" classes in place of their Foreign Language requirement. They may find (without proper guidance) that they are not qualified to enter a 4-year selective university which requires 2 years of a foreign language. 

 

 

 

RED FLAG: City OF SAN CLEMENTE

Agenda Item #17 RESOLUTION NO. 1617-72 FOR ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATION OF CLASS CLOSURE CSPP CONCORDIA ELEMENTARY MARCH 13 AND 14, 2017 DUE TO CLASSROOM VANDALISM: page 385

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Board Discussion

Concordia Preschool classroom was found to be vandalized on Monday March 13, 2017. The closure impacted 2 class sessions on March 13 and one session on March 14, due to a crime scene investigation and cleanup efforts

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Agenda Item #18 RESOLUTION NO. 1617-73 FOR ACCEPTANCE OF FIRST AMENDMENT TO AGREEMENT NO. FCI-SD2-04 WITH CHILDREN AND FAMILIES COMMISSION OF ORANGE COUNTY: page 387

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Board Discussion

A BLUE CARD SHOULD HAVE BEEN PULLED ON THIS ITEM- It appears to be increasing payments made on an agreement for services that are retroactive?

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HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IS COSTING CUSD MORE AND MORE MONEY EVERY YEAR.

Employee Compensation (Salaries, Pensions and Benefits) are 89% of CUSD's budget. On top of that, they are spending millions on Conferences, Travel, and Professional Development,

CUSD is spending more on Professional Development than it does on Books and Supplies.

CUSD receives a Teacher Effectiveness Grant that must be spent on Professional Development and Title II money that must be spent on Professional Development. 

CUSD lacks sufficient funding to provide every student in the District with District funded Art, Music and Science. As such, CUSD should NEVER use General Fund Dollars or Title I money for Professional Development.

In this Board meeting alone CUSD spent:

Agenda Item #3

$10,774.99 on Conferences (all but $60 from the General Fund)

$47,319 on Consultants (all from the General Fund)

Agenda Item #4

$250 OnSight Professional Development - 2 hours on classroom Management (Title II Funds) Proper Funding

Agenda Item #21

$26,000 OnSight Professional Development Professional Learning Communities  (Educator Effectiveness Grant) Proper Funding

Agenda Item 22

$16,600 Professional Development - Transforming School Culture ($11,300 Marco Forster Title I Funds + $5,300 Educator Effectiveness Grant) 

TOTAL IMPROPER USE OF GENERAL FUND MONEYS AND TITLE I FUND MONEYS $69,333,99

http://www.ed-data.org 

CUSD lacks sufficient funding to provide every student with District funded Art, Music and Science.

Until CUSD can provide EVERY STUDENT with District funded Art, music and Science, CUSD should NEVER use General Fund Dollars or Title I money for Professional Development.

Parents are starting to complain that Teachers are out of the classroom way to many days. CUSD is paying teachers not to teach.

A day at a conference is a day a student is without their teacher.

When a teacher attends Professional Development Training during the school year that means they are not in their classroom teaching. Students at best get 180 days of instruction from their teacher.

CUSD has a 180 school year, but many instructional days are filled by subs...

180 - 10 days for sick leave = 170 

170 days - 2 days for professional days minimum per teacher = 168

*Some teachers have missed as much as 17 days of teaching.

 if your child is in a 3/4 or 4/5 combo class add 80 minutes per week with a sub. 

and if you're teacher happens to be a Union Rep subtract another 5 days 

170 days - 5 = 165 days + days for professional development

Teachers Contract: http://www.cuea.org/a_Version_03/contract/2015-17_Contract.pdf

Instructional time: page 5

K:  292 minutes a day
Grades 1-3:   285 minutes per day
Grades 4-5:   392 minutes per day
Middle School Grades 6-7-8 SHALL NOT EXCEED 1,400 minutes weekly
High School Grades 9 - 10- 11- 12 SHALL NOT EXCEED 1,400 minutes weekly 

*If your child is in a 3/4 or 4/5 combo class their teacher will be out of the classroom 80 minutes each week for instructional planning time. That is a guaranteed sub 80 minutes each week.

Leaves: at page 10

Sick Leave: Each full time unit member shall be entitled to 10 days paid leave of absence per school year for illness or injury. 

Professional Leave: page 39 
No less than 2 days 

Association Release Time:  page 44

50 days (no more than 5 per employee)


Professional Development is Expensive - one example...

At the September 14, 2016 BOT meeting Trustees approved 165 teachers to attend a three day conference to learn about Cognitively Guided Instruction. see:

http://disclosurecusd.blogspot.com/2016/09/board-agendas-should-accurately-reflect.html

On September 28, 2016 the CUSD Board of Trustees was asked to approve substitute pay for 165 teachers to attend this Conference.

When a teacher attends Professional Development Training during the school year that means they are not in their classroom teaching. Students at best get 180 days of instruction from their teacher. This one Conference drops those days of instruction down to 177. Because of this single conference, students had 3 days of instruction from a substitute teacher.

The cost to attend:

This particular training session was $900 per person. CUSD sent 165 people = $148,500.00

These teachers still got paid even though they were not teaching.

The District had to hire a substitute teacher at a cost of $105 per day X 6 days X 165 people = $103,950

This single Conference alone cost CUSD $252,450.00 in conference fees and sub pay.

The CUEA guarantees every educator  a minimum of 2 days of Professional Leave, but the District can provide more. Some parents have started to complain about the number of days teachers are not in the classroom.

Teachers That Miss More than 10 days of School are Chronically Absent and that Hurts Student Achievement

Roll Call - The Importance of Teacher Attendance
http://www.nctq.org/dmsView/RollCall_TeacherAttendance

Using school district data for 40 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas for the 2012 – 2013 school year,1 we found:

• On average, public school teachers were in the classroom 94 percent of the school year, missing nearly 11 days out of a 186-day school year (the average school year length). Teachers used slightly less than all of the short-term leave offered by the district, an average of 13 days in the 40 districts.

• 16 percent of all teachers were classified as chronically absent teachers because they missed 18 days or more in the school year, accounting for almost a third of all absences.

• In spite of previous research to the contrary, this study did not find a relationship between teacher absence and the poverty levels of the children in the school building.2

• Districts with formal policies in place to discourage teacher absenteeism did not appear to have better attendance rates than those without such policies, suggesting that the most common policies are not particularly effective. 

 

Agenda Item #19 AFFILIATION AGREEMENT WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON: page 394

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Board Discussion

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Agenda Item #20 CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY FULLERTON MASTER TEACHER PAYMENT: page 400

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Board Discussion

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Agenda Item #21 PURCHASE AGREEMENT – SOLUTION TREE, INC: page 402

This Item was passed on the Consent Calendar without Discussion

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OnSight Professional Development

Cost $26,000 out of Teacher Effectiveness Grant. + Cost of a Sub for every teacher at $105.00 per day + teachers are paid for the day. This contract does not specify how many teachers will be attending.

CUSD claims it has insufficient funds to offer DISTRICT FUNDED art, music or science yet it spends millions of dollars on Professional Development for all levels of staff.

Speaker Luis F. Cruz, Troy Gobble, Joe Cuddemi and Jon Yost to disseminate information on PLC at Work on Friday November 1, 2017. 

Professional Learning Communities

1. Create a collaborative culture.
2. Sustain successes districtwide.
3. Align your resources and time to focus on results.
4. Increase student achievement.

Web Site

Luis F. Cruz, PhD,- is former principal of Baldwin Park High School, located east of Los Angeles, California. He has been a teacher and administrator at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

Troy Gobble- is principal of Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Illinois. He previously served as assistant principal for teaching and learning at Stevenson.

Joe Cuddemi-  Joe Cuddemi, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. He has served as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings

Jon Yost- is associate superintendent of curriculum and instruction for Sanger Unified School District in California. He has worked in public education at the elementary, secondary, and district levels.

 

 

Agenda Item #22 PURCHASING AGREEMENT – SOLUTION TREE, INC: page 404

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OnSight Professional Development

Transforming School Culture Anothy Muhammad September 21 and 22, 2017.

Anthony Muhammad, PhD, is a much sought-after consultant. A practitioner for nearly 20 years, he has served as a middle school teacher, assistant principal, and principal, and as a high school principal. 

Cost $16,600 + Cost of a Sub for every teacher at $105.00 per day + teachers are paid for the day. This is two days. This contract does not specify how many teachers will be attending.

$5,300 Teacher Effectiveness Grant.

$11,300 From Marco Forester TITLE I Funds 

Title I money should NEVER be spent on Professional Development. 

CUSD claims it has insufficient funds to offer DISTRICT FUNDED art, music or science yet it spends millions of dollars on Professional Development for all levels of staff.

 

Agenda Item #23  Resignations/Retirement/Employment - Classified Staff page 406

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Total ASB Funded Positions $68,241.50 These are paid for with Student Fees. When the minimum wage goes from $10 to $15 per hour the fees will need to increase from $68,241.50 to $103,362.25 to pay for the Same ASB positions. 

WILL MINIMUM WAGE KILL ASB PROGRAMS LIKE IT IS KILLING AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS?

There is growing concern that the increase in minimum wage is affecting After-School Programs

https://edsource.org/2016/some-after-school-program-providers-say-flat-funding-may-cause-them-to-close/562521

The unintended consequences of people who spend "other people's money".

 


Agenda Item #24 Resignations/Retirement/Employment - Certificated Staff page 417

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Professional Development:

page 419 of 540

Attend PCL Meeting:

8 hours X $30 = $240 x 3 teachers = $720

Attend CGI training

12 hours X $30 = $360 x 2 teachers = $720

page 420 of 540

Attend Summer PL Academy

1 hour X $30 = $30 x 2 teachers = $60

page 420 of 540

Attend Staff Meeting - CUSD pays extra for teachers to attend staff meetings?

6 hours X $30 = $180 x 6 teachers = $1,080

 

GENERAL FUNCTIONS

Agenda Item #25 Approval of the February 22, 2017 Regular Board Meeting page 431

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This item was pulled by Trustee Hatton-Hodson.

She meant to pull Agenda Item #27 because she was not here for for that meeting.

Move to approve by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by Trustee Holloway

Item #26 and #27 were approved by a vote of 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard absent)

Agenda Item #26 Approval of the February 22, 2017 Special Board Meeting page 442

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This item was pulled by Trustee Hatton-Hodson.

She meant to pull Agenda Item #27 because she was not here for for that meeting.

Move to approve by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by Trustee Holloway

Item #26 and #27 were approved by a vote of 6-0-1 (Trustee Pritchard absent)

Agenda Item #27 Approval of the March 15, 2017 Special Board Meeting Minutes page 444

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Discussion on how to now pull Item #27. 

Motion to reconsider Item #27.

Motion by Trustee Hatton-Hodson

Second by?

Statement as to why: Trustee Hatton-Hodson and Trustee Holloway were absent from the March 15, 2017 Board meeting.

Motion to approve the Minutes by Trustee Readon

Second by Trustee Hanacek

4-0-1-2 

Agenda Item #28 Approval of the March 15, 2017 Special Board Meeting page 446

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