Ceres Unified School District

Governing Board Meeting
Agenda and Recommendations

April 13, 2017

District Office Board Room - 2503 Lawrence Street, Ceres, California

Persons wishing to address the Board on any school related issue, are invited to do so, either when the item is presented on the agenda, or under the "Public Comments" section. In the interest of time and order, presentations from the public are limited to three (3) minutes per person, and the total time for items shall not exceed twenty (20) minutes. An individual speaker's allotted time may not be increased by a donation of time from members of the public in attendance. If you wish to speak under Public Comments, please complete a Public Comment card and turn it in to the Superintendent's Assistant. The Board requests complaints or charges against an employee be held in Closed Session. Please note that Government Code Section 54954.2(a) limits the ability of Board Members to respond to public comments. More Specifically, Board Members are limited, but not required, to give a brief response to public statements or questions regarding non-agenda items. Individuals who require disability-related accommodations or modifications to participate in the Board meeting should contact the Superintendent in writing.

  1. OPEN SESSION - 5:00 pm - District Office - Conference Room C
    1. Public Comment
    2. Study Session - Impact of Added Administrative Support at Sites
    3. Adjourn to Closed Session
  2. CLOSED SESSION - Conference Room C
    1. Public Employee - Discipline/Dismissal/Release (Government Code Section 54947)
    2. Conference With Labor Negotiator (Government Code Section 54957.6)
      1. Agency Designated Representatives: Scott Siegel, Denise Wickham and David Viss
        Employee Organizations: CUTA and CSEA
    3. Student Discipline/Expulsions (Education Code 35146)
      Attachments: EX036-16/17 and EX037-16/17
    4. Reconvene to Open Session
  3. PUBLIC MEETING - Preliminary Proceedings - 7:00 pm - Board Room
    1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
    2. Invocation by community member Evan Elliott
  4. COMMENDATION/SCHOOL PRESENTATION SECTION
    1. Recognition of Ceres High School Artists for Hensley Junior High School Logo Designs
    2. Recognition of Stanislaus County Academic Decathlon Winners - Ceres High School
    3. Fowler Elementary School Presentation - Technology Empowering the Main Thing
      Those who have received commendations or made presentations will have an opportunity to be excused at this time.
  5. APPROVAL OF AGENDA - District Office - Board Room
    1. Opportunity for the Board and administration to adjust the published agenda.
  6. HEARING SECTION
    1. Public Comments - Opportunity for Citizens to Address Items Not on the AgendaPersons wishing to address the Board on any school related issue not listed elsewhere on the agenda are invited to do so under the "Public Comments" item. Please note that Government Code Section 54954.2(a) limits the ability of Board Members to respond to public comments. More specifically, Board Members are limited, but not required, to give a brief response to public statements or questions regarding non-agenda items.
  7. Report Out of Closed Session
  8. Consent Agenda - Consolidated Motion The purpose of the Consent Agenda (Consolidated Motion) is to expedite action on routine agenda items. These Items will be acted upon with one motion, second and approval of the Board, unless a member of the Board or public wishes to pull the item for individual discussion and action. All matters listed under Consent Agenda are those on which the Board has previously deliberated or that can be classified as routine items of business. An administrative recommendation on each item is contained in the agenda supplements. There will be no separate discussion of these items prior to the time the Board of Trustees votes on the motion unless members of the Board, staff, or public request specific items to be discussed or pulled from the Consent items. If a member of the public wishes to speak to an item on the Consolidated Motion, please complete a Public Comment card and turn it in to the Superintendent's Assistant prior to the Board taking action.
  9. ACTION SECTION
    1. Consideration of Student Expulsions Explanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) The following Student Expulsions are being submitted for consideration: EX036-16/17 and EX037-16/17.
      Recommended Action:Approve the Administrative Panel's Recommendations.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by: Jose Beltran Coordinator of Child Welfare and Attendance
    2. Instructional Materials Adoption Explanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) Representatives from each of the CUSD secondary schools have met to review and evaluate textbooks for adoption. The courses for which books were reviewed include:
      1. Advanced Placement English
      2. Advanced Placement Statistics

      The subject area adoption groups met to review and evaluate textbook options and narrowed the choices of potential texts. The members then had an opportunity to review the remaining samples, have students preview the materials and provide access for parents to investigate the programs. They then met as a group to review all teacher, student and parent input and made a recommendation for adoption to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.
      1. Advanced Placement English:
        1. The Language of Composition; Reading, Writing, Rhetoric
        2. 50 Essays; A Portable Anthology
      2. Advanced Placement Statistics:
        1. STATS Modeling the World
        2. Test Bank and Resource Guide
        3. Test Prep Series

      The Curriculum and Instruction Committee met on March 14, 2017. The committee is comprised of primarily teachers representing each site, instructional coaches and elementary and secondary principal representatives. The committee reviewed the recommendations by subject area adoption group and approved the recommendation to adopt and implement the textbooks selected.

      Samples of the texts were provided in the Board Room for review at the March 23, 2017 meeting.
      Recommended Action:Approve the recommendation by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee to adopt the instructional materials listed above.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Jessie Ceja, Ed.D.Coordinator, Educational ServicesKirsten SaintDirector, Curriculum and Instruction
      Debra Bukko, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    3. English Language Arts-English Language Development Instructional Materials AdoptionExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) Representatives from each of the CUSD schools have met to review and evaluate English Language Arts and English Language Development instructional materials for adoption. The courses for which books were reviewed are:
      1. K-12 English Language Arts
      2. K-12  English Language Development

      The Instructional Materials Adoption Committee met to review and evaluate instructional materials options and narrowed the choices of potential materials. All English Language Arts/English Language Development teachers then had an opportunity to review and use the potential materials and to solicit input from students and parents. After careful review of all feedback, a recommendation for adoption of the following instructional materials was made to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee.   

      Primary Adoption:
      1. K-6 Benchmark Advance
      2. 7-12 CollegeBoard SpringBoard

      The Curriculum and Instruction Committee met on March 14, 2017. The committee is comprised of primarily teachers representing each site, instructional coaches and elementary and secondary principal representatives. The committee reviewed the recommendations and approved the recommendation to adopt and implement the instructional materials selected.


      Samples of the instructional materials were provided for review at the March 23, 2017 meeting. 
      Recommended Action:Approve the recommendation by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee to adopt the English Language Arts-English Language Development instructional materials listed above.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Jessie Ceja, Ed.D.Coordinator, Educational ServicesKirsten SaintDirector, Curriculum and Instruction
      Debra Bukko, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    4. Certification of Instructional Materials SufficiencyExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) In compliance with Education Code Section 60422(a) and California Code of Regulation (CCR), Title 5, Section 9531(a) each LEA governing board must certify each pupil in the district, in kindergarten through grade 12, was provided with standards-aligned instructional material in each of the following areas for the 2016-2017 school-year which were approved by the board.
      1. Mathematics
      2. Science
      3. History-social science
      4. English/language arts, including the English language development component of an adopted program

      The governing board shall also make a written determination as to whether each pupil enrolled in foreign language or health courses had sufficient textbooks or instructional materials in those subjects. The governing board shall also determine the availability of laboratory science equipment as applicable to science laboratory courses offered in grades 9-12 inclusive.

      The certification form is attached for the signature of the Board President.
      Attachment: Certification of Provision of Standards-Aligned Instructional Materials for 2016-17Recommended Action: Approve certification of textbook sufficiency for 2016-2017.

      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Debra Bukko, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    5. Curriculum and Instruction Program Specialist Job Description Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining)
      The attached updated Curriculum and Instruction Program Specialist job description accurately reflects the essential functions and responsibilities associated with this position so that the District is able to provide services for students and staff. The salary range for the Administrative position will remain unchanged.
      Attachment: Curriculum and Instruction Program Specialist Recommended Action:Approve the revised job description for the Curriculum and Instruction Program Specialist position.

      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Denise Wickham, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    6. Resolution to Enter into a Contract Without Advertising for or Inviting Bids to Provide for Security System Equipment, Installation, and MonitoringExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) Staff is requesting adoption of the attached resolution authorizing the District to enter into a contract with Sonitrol, Inc. It is crucial that the District be allowed to obtain a contract outside of the competitive bidding process in order to avoid hardship to the District, its students, employees and educational programs at the schools. Sonitrol, Inc. provides advanced real-time audio monitoring capabilities not replicated by other security systems currently used or available.Attachment: Resolution-Sonitrol Inc-04.13.17Recommended Action:Adopt as presented Resolution #11-16/17.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
    7. Bid for the Concrete Grinding and Polishing at Hidahl Elementary SchoolExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) On January 12, 2017, the Board approved the call for bids for this project. On April 4, 2017, the bid opening was held for this project. One bid was received from Concrete Restoration with the base bid amount of $126, 450 plus additive alternates.
      Attachment: Bid Recap-Concrete Floor Grinding-Polishing-Bldg 300-Hidahl Elem. 04.04.17Recommended Action:Award the bid to Concrete Restoration as outlined on the attachment.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
    8. Bid for the Stadium Lighting at Central Valley High School Explanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) On November 10, 2016, the Board approved the call for bids for this project. On April 4, 2017, bids were opened for the Stadium Lighting at Central Valley High School. Three bids were received and the low bidder is JL Bray and Son, Inc. with a bid of $751,000.00.Attachment: Bid Recap-Stadium Lighting-Central Valley HS 04.04.17Recommended Action:Staff recommends the Board award the bid to JL Bray and Son, Inc.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
    9. Child Nutrition Lunch Rate Increase Explanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities)The USDA and State weighted meal price average requirement for a “paid” student should be $2.86 (the difference between the free and paid reimbursement rate). CUSD is currently at a $2.41 weighted meal price average; however, the USDA allows districts to raise prices gradually each year to reach the required weighted average meal price. Staff is proposing to increase the Child Nutrition prices for “paid student” lunches as follows:

      Paid Elementary Lunch = $2.20 (current rate $2.15)
      Paid Secondary Lunch = $2.75 (No change)

      These rates will increase our weighted meal price average from $2.41 to $2.46 to gradually move towards the compliance weighted meal price average of $2.86.
      Recommended Action:Approve the paid rate increases for student lunches.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
    10. CUSD Board Policy December 2016 Revisions Explanatory Statement: (Policy and Judicial Review) In the process of maintaining and updating our Board Policies and Administrative Regulations to comply with current law and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) recommendations, a draft copy of the December 2016 updates and proposed revisions was made available for Board Member review and first reading at the March 2, 2017 meeting, with a clean copy of the proposed revisions presented for a second reading at the March 23, 2017 meeting. The proposed revisions are being presented at this meeting for approval.

      If you have need to refer to the present CUSD Board Policy in reviewing this material, Board Members may access the current policies through the CSBA Online service. Others may call the school office at (209) 556-1500, to request access to the policy.

      Staff will be present to answer questions.
      Attachments: December 2016 Proposed RevisionsRecommended Action:Approve as presented the December 2016 Board Policy Revisions.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by: Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent
    11. CUSD Board Policy December 2016 Special-issue Revisions Explanatory Statement: (Policy and Judicial Review) In the process of maintaining and updating our Board Policies and Administrative Regulations to comply with current law and the California School Boards Association (CSBA) recommendations, a draft copy of the December 2016 special-issue updates and proposed revisions was made available for Board Member review and first reading at the March 2, 2017 meeting, with a clean copy of the proposed revisions presented for a second reading at the March 23, 2017 meeting. The proposed revisions are being presented at this meeting for approval.

      If you have need to refer to the present CUSD Board Policy in reviewing this material, Board Members may access the current policies through the CSBA Online service. Others may call the school office at (209) 556-1500, to request access to the policy.

      Staff will be present to answer questions.
      Attachments: December 2016 Proposed Special-issue RevisionsRecommended Action:Approve as presented the December 2016 Special-issue Board Policy Revisions.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by: Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent
  10. INFORMATION & STUDY
    1. Superintendent's ReportThis is an opportunity for the Superintendent to report on current events, research and activities, and to add personal comments.
    2. Board ReportThis is an opportunity for the Student Representatives' Report and for Board Members to report on current events, research and activities, and to add personal comments. Ceres High School will be first to report.
    3. Association Report This is an opportunity for the two employee associations to report on current events, research and activities, and to add personal comments. CUTA will be first to report.
    4. AB 288 - Concurrent Enrollment Agreement with Modesto Junior CollegeExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) Recently a bill titled AB 288 was passed that allows high school students to work with local community colleges to start career pathways. AB 288 allows Ceres Unified School District high school students to be dually enrolled in Modesto Junior College courses while still in high school - receiving college credit for qualified high school courses. In order for Ceres Unified School District teachers to qualify to teach concurrently with the district and Modesto Junior College they will be required to possess a Masters Degree in the field they are teaching or have field experience approved by Modesto Junior College. Qualifying teachers will be required to apply for a teaching position with Modesto Junior College. Upon board approval of the draft agreement between Ceres Unified School District and Modesto Junior College, Ceres Unified will then collaborate with Modesto Junior College on developing mutually accepted expectations for grading and course outlines. Ceres Unified School District teachers who are approved and qualified will be paid by Modesto Junior College for the extra duties required by Modesto Junior College.

      At this point, the draft contract agreement with Modesto Junior College includes the following secondary classes, given that they match up with current career pathways at Modesto Junior College; Ceres Unified School District concurrent courses are not limited to this list: Manufacturing/Engineering, Animal Science, Agriculture, Maintenance Machinist and Welding Manufacturing Technology.

      The contract with Modesto Junior College is being brought for review at this meeting and will be brought for action at a subsequent meeting.
      Attachment: CCAP Agreement
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Jay SimmondsAssistant Superintendent, Student Support Services
    5. Annual Review and Update of 2016-2017 Site Safety PlansExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) Education Code 32286 requires that every school shall review and update its School Site Safety Plan by March 1, each year. The Plan must be reviewed by the School Site Council, which is encouraged to recognize there are three essential components of a successful comprehensive strategic action program for preventing school violence, and to consider incorporating each of these into the School Site Safety Plan.
      Attachments: Adkison, Argus, Blaker-Kinser, Carrol Fowler; Caswell, Central Valley High, Ceres High, Cesar Chavez, Don Pedro, Hidahl, La Rosa, Lucas, Mae Hensley, Beaver, Sam Vaughn, Sinclear, Virginia Parks, Walter White, Westport and Whitmore Charter
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Jay SimmondsAssistant Superintendent, Student Support Services
  11. RESEARCH
    1. Research Items
      "The steep road to resource equity in California education," Ed Trust-West, April 6, 2017
      Attachment: Research Item Resource equity
  12. ADJOURNMENT

Any documents that are public records and are provided as backup to open session items on this agenda are accessible to the public on the Website www.ceres.k12.ca.us, with the exception of documents provided at the time of the meeting. Documents that are public records, and are provided at the time of the meeting to a majority of the Governing Board regarding an open session item, will be made available for public inspection upon request to the Superintendent's Executive Assistant, who is seated to the Trustees' right at the Cabinet table during Governing Board meetings held in the District Office Board Room, 2503 Lawrence Street, Ceres.