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CAPISTRANO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT 
33122 Valle Road
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675 
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING  
Closed Session 4:00 pm 
Regular Meeting 7:00pm
 
September 12, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting: INFORMATION/DISCUSSION/ACTION

AGENDA ITEM #29  PRESENTATION REGARDING 2018-2019 DISTRICT GOALS:

Board Agenda page 670

Board Audio at 1:46:40

THIS IS AN INFORMATION/ DISCUSSION ITEM ONLY NO ACTION WAS TAKEN

CUSDWatch Comment

Board Audio at 2:27:49

This was an information item only- so why did Superintendent Kristal Vital asked the Board to confirm that they are in FULL SUPPORT OF THESE GOALS ... so that Staff can move forward on all the Goals presented?

BIG RED FLAG

CUSD is moving forward with their local dashboard which is intended to collect the social emotional and health data of students. This is a privacy violation because they do not get Parental Consent. They get "student informed consent"

See CUSDWatch: Research Practice Partnership with UC Irvine and Marco Forster Middle School

 

Staff Presentation:

Overview

Board Audio at 1:46:40

Kirsten M. Vital, Superintendent and the Executive Cabinet.

Teaching and Learning

Engage students in meaningful, challenging, and innovative educational experiences to increase post-secondary options for all students

2018-19 Goal: Develop a balanced multi-year efficiency plan that continues to prioritize funding to students and classrooms.

2018-19 Goal: Build the capacity of the organization, including measurable system, personnel, and operational improvements that are aligned with LCFF goals.

Communication

Communicate with, and engage students, parents, employees, and community members in Districtwide and community-specific decisions 

2018-19 Goal: Continue to increase engagement with internal and external stakeholders and community members to provide a forum for two-way dialogue. 

Facilities

Optimize facilities and learning environments for all students

2018-19 Goal: Continue to increase engagement with internal and external stakeholders and community members to provide a forum for two-way dialogue.

BUSINESS SERVICES

Board Audio at 1:50:30

CUSD wants a 2020 School Facility Bond 

CUSD Facilities has $380 million in just fix it needs.

CUSD wants to set up a Transportation business to generate revenue by servicing other districts.

EDUCATION SERVICES

Board Audio at 1:59:47

Multi-Tiered System of Supports

10,000 English Language Learners (20% of CUSD students)

September 2018 to December 2018 – Principals will read and discuss "The Principal", by Michael Fullan

CUSDWatch Comment

California without any discussion, adopted the Canadian Model of education: Class size does not matter- Differentiated instruction does not matter- all that matters is Professional Development. 

This model is failing students. The Supreme Court in Canada has made Canadian schools go back to lower class sizes.

Beware of the California Labor Management Initiative

 

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Board Audio at 2:07:43

MTSS

CUSDWatch Comment

MTSS is similar to Floridas Promise Program which seeks to reduce Suspension and Expulsions with other counseling services and interventions outside the legal/prison system. This approach failed Nikolas Cruz and the staff and students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla

 

HUMAN RESOURCE SERVICES

Board Audio at 2:13:03

Increase Employee Evaluations

Strengthen Relationships with Bargaining Units

Professional Development

CUSD has an in-house program that clears Administrator Credentials.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Board Audio at 2:18:38

Increase visibility through Social Media

Increase Communication with the Community- External Communication

CUSDWatch Comment

This is the beginning of a "Bond Marketing" Campaign

Increase Communication with District employees- Internal Communication

Increase attendance in District Staff Meetings

Trustee Discussion

Board Audio at 2:25:06

AGENDA ITEM #30  PRESENTATION – UPDATE ON GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION

Board Agenda page 715

Board Audio at 2:27:49

THIS IS AN INFORMATION/ DISCUSSION ITEM ONLY NO ACTION WAS TAKEN

PRESENTATION

Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services

Vision Statement:

“The CUSD GATE program has an unwavering commitment to provide gifted students with an instructional program that meets their unique and diverse educational needs so that all students are challenged to reach their full potential. The program is based on current research and best practice in order to maximize student academic growth, recognize and enhance individual strengths, and nurture social and emotional development.”

Program Model 1

Board Audio at 2:30:48

Cost: $50,000 per year for Testing (NNAT) + One-time $51,000 Teacher Training

Multiple measures and opportunities for identification revised and clearly posted

  • Cluster model at Elementary Schools
  • Differentiation of instruction/enrichment
  • Teacher training leading to GATE certification for cluster teachers
  • Parent education - 3 parent nights with guest speakers
  • District administrator oversees GATE

STAFF RECOMMENDS MODEL 1 

Program Model 2

Board Audio at 2:32:29

Model 1 plus:

GATE site representative with compensation

Academy of Inquiry and Talent Development

  • Elementary—after school
  • Middle school—elective
  • Community partnerships

Estimated Costs:

Ongoing:

$ 50,000 Assessments/materials/ education nights

$ 25,000 site compensation

$ 90,000 after school hours

$ 240,000 sections

One-time:

$ 51,000 Teacher Training

Estimated Total: $406,000

 

Program Model 3 

Board Audio at 2:33:35

Gate Magnet School

GATE magnet schools at one or more locations

● District level GATE TOSA

● Teachers with release time to work with GATE students and develop Individualized Learning Plans (ILPs) Estimated Costs:

Ongoing: $ 50,000 Assessments/materials/education nights

$ 25,000 site compensation

$ 90,000 after school hours

$ 240,000 sections

$ 60,000 for one sub day per month

$ 120,000 TOSA Unknown costs - transportation, additional training, school marketing, materials, etc

One-time:

$ 51,000 Teacher Training

Estimated Total: $ 636,000 + unknown costs

GATE IDENTIFICATION

3rd graders scoring 96%-97% on NNAT in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 “grandfathered”

plus new opportunities in 4th and 5th grade for students to re-test. 

plus ELA scores

plus Portfolios 

6th and 7th GRADE ACCELERATED 

Needs to be worked out.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL NEEDS

 Needs to be worked out.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT

Board Audio at 2:39:46

BLUE CARD Stephanie (?)

Advocate on behalf high achieving students that are not GATE Identified.

CURRENT 6th GRADE CLASS

Test Pilot for NNAT but currently do not have access to Middle School Accelerated Classes.

 

TRUSTEE COMMENTS

Board Audio at 2:45:30

Student Advisor Mona  Amirseyedian: She was in Accelerated classes in 7th Grade and is taking 5 AP classes now. She took the NNAT but did not score high enough to be GATE Identified. 

Peers in the GATE program said the program was in name only and the only benefit was the ability to get into accelerated classes in 6th grade. 

Board Audio at 2:47:22

Trustees discuss what GATE was and what it should be.

GATE Identified vs High Achievers, Differentiated Learning and Access to Accelerated Learning.

Pathways for moving from a normal track to an accelerated track when they are socially and emotionally and academically ready.

SUPERINTENDENT COMMENT

Board Audio at 2:50:56

Cluster in Elementary, In Middle you are in or out, then in High School you can be in any classes you want.

CUSDWatch Comment

When "Local Control" was implemented, California essentially eliminated Categorical programs. At the same time, California adopted the Canadian Model of Education (Michael Fullan) which believes that class size and differentiated learning do not matter. Only Professional Development for Educators matters. So CUSD Staff (without Board Approval) began eliminating GATE and Accelerated programming in an effort to bring everyone down to the same level. They did this by throttling entrance into Accelerated Math in the 6th Grade and limiting Gate Identification. Under Parent Pressure since 2016- CUSD is being forced to bring back GATE.

Listen to Board Audio November 16, 2016 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #31 GATE PROGRAM

Warning to Parents- STAFF Still continues to march down the "Michael Fullan" path as evidenced by the Districts Goals stated in Agenda Item #29 presented just before this Item.

Hanover Research Partnership Agreement Extension.

 

AGENDA ITEM #31 FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 6172, GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION PROGRAM

Board Agenda page 735

Board Audio at 3:21:57

THE BOARD GAVE DIRECTION TO STAFF TO MAKE MINOR CHANGES AND BRING THE POLICY BACK AT THE NEXT  MEETING (OCTOBER 10, 2018) ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR

PRESENTATION

Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services

PUBLIC COMMENT

Board Audio at 2:39:46

BLUE CARD Debbie James, Parent Member Task Force, Parent of two GATE Identified students in the MIP Program.

Teacher Training is very important - Magnet School would not work for students in immersion program. Gifted students should not be segregated - 

TRUSTEE COMMENTS

Board Audio at 3:28:08

Discussion re: Difference between GATE Identified/Gifted and High Achievers.

Discussion: the word Talented

 

 

 

Decommissioning Project: 3.6 million cubic feet of construction debris shipped out on an annual basis over 7 - 10 years. 3/4 of that will be ordinary waste, 1/4 low level RAD waste.

California Edison does not want to be part of the Demolition and is trying to back out. CUSD is concerned who will be the responsible party.

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING Wednesday September 26, 2018 5:00pm District Offices 

AGENDA ITEM #32  RESOLUTION NO. 1819-16, RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES REGARDING THE DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT FOR SAN ONOFRE NUCLEAR GENERATING STATION UNITS 2 AND 3 DECOMMISSIONING PROJECT  

Board Agenda page 739

Board Audio at 3:43:25 

More Information

TRUSTEES VOTED TO BRING THIS RESOLUTION BACK TO THE SEPTEMBER 26, 2018 SPECIAL BOARD MEETING WITH FRIENDLY AMENDMENTS

Motion to reconsider the Resolution with Friendly Amendment by Trustee Gary Pritchard

Second by Trustee Patricia Holloway

Motion Passes 5-1-1 (Trustee Martha McNicholas No) (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent)

PRESENTATION

This Item was brought to the Board by Amy Hanacek, CUSD Trustee Area 1; and Patricia Holloway, CUSD Trustee Area 3

On August 28, 2018 CUSD made comments on a DRAFT Environmental Impact Report for the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) Units 2 and 3, Decommissioning Project. The Item seeks the approval of a Resolution compelling a need for further analysis and/or mitigation on air quality, hazards and traffic.

PUBLIC SPEAKERS

Board Audio at 3:47:38

Manual C. Camargo, Principal Manager Decommissioning at Southern California Edison

Described the environmental permitting process.

The commencement of major decommissioning requires two actions under CEQA:

1) EIR by State Lands Commission and

2) Costal Development Permit from the Coastal Commission

CUSD Commented on the Draft EIR and that is echoed in CUSDs' Proposed Resolution.

Industrial Waste Transportation 

For SONGS Units 2 & 3 there will be 3.6 million cubic feet of construction debris shipped out on an annual basis over 7 - 10 years. 3/4 of that will be ordinary waste, 1/4 low level RAD waste. The NRC Nuclear Regulatory Commission governs the the "disposal" of the waste. The Department of Transportation separately governs the transportation. 

Board Audio at 3:51:18 

Kelli Gallion, Manager, Emergency Planning at Southern California Edison 

Emergency Plan for Release of Radioactive material

Emergency Plans remain in place today. Local Jurisdictions work together. As long as there is spent fuel on site there is will always be an emergency response team on sight that will notify local jurisdictions within 15 minutes electronically and notify each local agency verbally within 60 minutes.

Emergency - Transportation accident plans that are currently in place.

San Onofre is not authorized to issue protective action orders. That is under the jurisdiction of the Counties and the Cities. 

Board Audio at 3:55:25

Gary Hedrick, San Clemente Green

Serious Near Miss

In referring to the "Incident" at San Onofre Gary Hedrick made reference to correspondence with David Lochbaum, Director of Nuclear Safety for the Union of Concerned Scientists. Warned that the Industry is trying to relax regulations and oversight and that contingency plans are difficult because the possible incidents are to broad and diverse.

TRUSTEE DISCUSSION 

Board Audio at 3:59:03

Discussed terms of Resolution.

Discussed the fact that part of the decommissioning project includes the demolition of the entire plant except for the actual temporary nuclear storage. This includes 3.6 million cubic feet of construction debris shipped out on an annual basis over 7 - 10 years. 3/4 of that will be ordinary waste, 1/4 low level RAD waste.

Discussed the fact that Southern California Edison does not want to be part of the Demolition and is trying to back out. CUSD is concerned who will be the responsible party.

Board Audio at 4:03:47

Motion by Trustee Martha McNicholas to Continue the Item until October 10, 2018 after the Special Board Meeting/Study Session on September 26, 2018

[Long Discussion]

Board Audio at 4:13:39

Second by Trustee Jim Reardon

Vote 3-1-0 (Yes- Trustee Patricia Holloway, Trustee Amy Hannacek, Trustee Gila Jones) (No Trustee McNicholas)

Trustee Gary Pritchard weights his options (off mic or barely audible.) (Trustee Bullockus Absent)

Not enough votes to pass because Trustee Bullockus was absent.

Board Audio at 4:14:40

Discussion of Friendly Amendments to Pass the Resolution

See: Amended Draft Resolution 

Board Audio at 4:22:30

Motion to Continue the Board Meeting by 30 minutes Trustee Gila Jones

Second by Trustee Patricia Holloway

Motion Passes 6-0-1 (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent) 

Original Motion was at Board Audio at 4:03:47

Motion by Trustee Martha McNicholas to Continue the Item until October 10, 2018 after the Special Board Meeting/Study Session on September 26, 2018

Board Audio at 4:

Original Motion Denied 4-2-1 (No: Trustees Gary Pritchard, Trustee Amy Hanacek, Trustee Patricia Holloway, Trustee Gila Jones) (Yes: Trustee Martha McNicholas, Trustee Jim Reardon) (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent)

Board Audio at 4:34:25

Motion to reconsider the Resolution with Friendly Amendment by Trustee Gary Pritchard

Second by Trustee Patricia Holloway

Motion Passes 5-1-1 (Trustee Martha McNicholas No) (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent)

CUSDWatch Comment

From DanaPointer

See: Whistle blower video

"On 3 August 2018, a 100-ton canister filled with highly radioactive nuclear waste was being “downloaded” into a temporary transport carrier to be moved a few hundred yards from inside the plant to a storage silo buried near the world-famous San Onofre beach. As the thin-walled canister was being lowered into the transport cask, it snagged on a guide ledge four feet from the top. Crane operators were unaware that the canister had stopped descending and the rigging went completely slack, leaving the full weight of the heavy canister perched on that ledge by about a quarter-inch."

"Had the ledge not held for the hour or more it took workers to realize and address the error, the thin-walled canister of highly toxic nuclear waste would have fallen 18 feet to the ground below."

 

 

PRIVACY RIGHTS

AGENDA ITEM #33 FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 5022, STUDENT AND FAMILY PRIVACY RIGHTS

Board Agenda page 744

Board Audio at 4:36:13

The proposed revision of Board Policy 5022, Student and Family Privacy Rights, brings this policy in alignment law. The policy revisions define how parents are notified, when information is collected and when it would be released.

DO TO THE LATENESS OF THE EVENING THIS ITEM WAS MOVED TO NEXT REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2018 MEETING

Motion to Postpone by Trustee Patricia Holloway

Second By Trustee Jim Reardon

Vote 5-0-1 (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent)

It is recommended the Board President recognize Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services, to present this item

Contact: Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services

Following discussion, it is recommended the Board of Trustees approve Board Policy 5022, Student and Family Privacy Rights.

CUSDWatch Comment

CUSD is spending millions of dollars on data management systems. By executive order, President Obama created a loophole in the FERPA law which allows 3rd party for profit companies to have access to a students personally identifiable data. 

CUSD actually has an "Application to Conduct Research" which allows CUSD to monetize student data.

Privacy rights are being destroyed.

See: CUSDs Application to Conduct Educational Research

CUSD sights CSBA as legal authority for Board Policy  and should not be sighted as legal authority for Board Policies.

CALL TO ACTION TAXPAYERS AND PARENTS

CUSD spends hundreds of thousands of dollars for memberships in Associations like CSBA. All of the organizations have political action pacs which often advocate against the interests of students and taxpayers. Ask CUSD to stop spending student money to fund political advocacy organizations like CSBA.

CSBA Advocacy Position

 

PRIVACY RIGHTS 

AGENDA ITEM #34 FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 5131.1, USE OF INDIVIDUAL STUDENT RECORD INFORMATION FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT DATA DISAGGREGATION

Board Agenda page 748

Board Audio at 4:36:13

DO TO THE LATENESS OF THE EVENING THIS ITEM WAS MOVED TO NEXT REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2018 MEETING

Motion to Postpone by Trustee Patricia Holloway

Second By Trustee Jim Reardon

Vote 5-0-1 (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent)

It is recommended the Board President recognize Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services, to present this item

Contact: Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services

Following discussion, it is recommended the Board of Trustees approve Board Policy 5131.1, Use of Individual Student Record Information for Academic Achievement Data Disaggregation

PRIVACY RIGHTS

AGENDA ITEM #35 FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 5132, RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION

Board Agenda page 751

Board Audio at 4:36:13

THIS ITEM WAS MOVED TO NEXT REGULAR MEETING OCTOBER 10, 2018 MEETING

Motion to Postpone by Trustee Patricia Holloway

Second By Trustee Jim Reardon

Vote 5-0-1 (Trustee Judy Bullockus Absent)

Contact:

Contact: Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services

Staff Recommendation:

It is recommended the Board President recognize Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services, to present this item. Following discussion, it is recommended the Board of Trustees approve Board Policy 5132, Release of Directory Information

 

AGENDA ITEM #36  SECOND READING – BOARD POLICY 6145.3, PUBLICATIONS

Board Agenda page 757

Board Audio at 1:30:05

Board Audio  at

TRUSTEES GAVE DIRECTION TO STAFF TO BRING THIS BACK FOR A THIRD READING

Staff Presentation:

Dr. Susan Holliday, Associate Superintendent, Education Services. 

Blue Cards:

Board Audio at 1:31:26

Riley Goodfellow, student San Juan Hills, former editor of the Express News at San Juan Hills.

Expressed concern over policy language changes... "Appropriate for a public School Setting". 

She also expressed concerns over bylines in Editorials vs Opinion pieces.

Reference Ed Code 48907- needs a list of what is appropriate and what is not.

Trustee Comments:

Trustee Jim Reardon

Board Audio at 1:33:42

Thought that at the first reading of the policy Trustees gave direction to staff to settle the issue of bylines.

Trustee Discussion

What needs a byline and what does not that opinion pieces should be bylined, editorials should not.

How this ties to the Freedom of Speech policy.

What is "appropriate for a public school setting".

FIRST READING

July 25, 2018 CUSD BOT Meeting Agenda Item #56 FIRST READING – BOARD POLICY 6145.3, PUBLICATIONS:

Board Agenda page 1010  

Board Audio at 56:40  

More Information

No action was taken this Policy will be brought back for a SECOND READING

Board Audio at 58:25 Comment Trustee Amy Hanacek re: Clarification of approval of "Editorial" comment. 

Discussion re: who approves content of school newspaper 

Board Audio at 1:01:11 Comment Trustee Gary Pritchard Faculty Advisors - Student Editors -Publication Staff- who determines content.

Board Audio at 1:02:23 Comment Trustee Martha McNicholas definition of "editorial".

Board Audio at 1:03:03 Comment Trustee Jim Reardon "Editorials" are the opinion of the Publication they are not bylined Opinion Pieces are bylined

Board Audio at 1:03:40 Comment Patricia Holloway limits on advertising no drugs  use the word "Controlled Substances"

No action was taken this Policy will be brought back for a SECOND READING

 

CUSDWatch Comment 

California Education Code 48907

(a) Pupils of the public schools, including charter schools, shall have the right to exercise freedom of speech and of the press including, but not limited to, the use of bulletin boards, the distribution of printed materials or petitions, the wearing of buttons, badges, and other insignia, and the right of expression in official publications, whether or not the publications or other means of expression are supported financially by the school or by use of school facilities, except that expression shall be prohibited which is obscene, libelous, or slanderous. Also prohibited shall be material that so incites pupils as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.

This issue came up when the San Juan Hills High School Express Newspaper printed an expose on sex. "Relationships & Sex in High School"

Is a school newspaper an appropriate venue for an expose on Relationships & Sex in High School that feature headlines like "Popping the Cherry of the Virginity Myth" and "Do I look Slutty?" and "Let's Talk about sex, baby... 

Board Audio at 0:00:24 Sally White- President of the CUEA (Teachers Union) spoke on behalf of the Teacher/Advisor that oversaw the Stallion Newspaper.

She expressed her concern about an e-mail that was sent out regarding a Face Book post regarding San Juan Hills High School Newspaper article on Relationships & Sex in High School.

She learned about it from her daughter and a friend who said that there were hundreds of angry responses on the Ladera Ranch Face Book page regarding the article and that hundreds of angry parents with pitch forks were ready to storm the school.

She met with the member. She wanted this to be resolved as quickly as possible to avoid controversy.

An investigation was initiated and a decision was made a few hours later.

Her concern.

Both the students and this advisor have been thrown under the bus while their first Amendment Rights have been down played. I was told by Staff this afternoon that this teacher who was named by the District is out on Administrative leave and that this District has already decided that he violated Board Policy. This is a confidential personnel matter. I was called and asked not to make this a public matter. To late. We are not the ones that took this public. My concern is that we now have a teachers who understands that their district and their administrators will not have their back if there is any controversy at a time when parents find controversy in everything. This does not feel like the spirit of collaboration. We would have appreciated a call BEFORE this unfortunate e-mail was sent out.

March 14, 2018 Special Board Meeting 

Board Agenda

Board Audio at 0:00:00

Board Audio at 0:00:24 PUBLIC COMMENTS 

 

AGENDA ITEM #37 FIRST READING - BOARD POLICY 4313, MANAGEMENT/ SUPERVISORY/ CONFIDENTIAL SERVICE DAYS

Board Agenda page 762

Board Audio  at

THIS ITEM WILL BE BROUGHT BACK ON THE CONSENT CALENDAR 

Contact:

Tim Brooks, Associate Superintendent, Human Resource Services

Staff Recommendation:

It is recommended the Board President recognize Tim Brooks, Associate Superintendent, Human Resource Services, to present this item.

CUSDWatch Comment

 

AGENDA ITEM #38 

RESOLUTION NO. 1819-12, PRELIMINARY 2017-2018 FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (UNAUDITED ACTUALS)

Board Agenda page 765

Board Audio at 4:40:03

THIS IS A DISCUSSION/ ACTION ITEM

Contact: Clark Hampton, Deputy Superintendent, Business and Support Services

Staff Recommendation It is recommended the Board President recognize Clark Hampton, Deputy Superintendent, Business and Support Services, to present this item.