Ceres Unified School District

Governing Board Meeting
Agenda and Recommendations

August 31, 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 - Conference Room C
    1. Public Comment
    2. Study Session - 2016-2017 CAASPP Results
    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, CSEA and Unrepresented Employees
    3. Reconvene to Open Session

    New Employee Reception to be held at 6:40 p.m. in the Argus/Endeavor Multiuse Room, followed by introductions to the Board at 7:00 p.m.

  3. PUBLIC MEETING - Preliminary Proceedings -7:00 pm - Argus/Endeavor Multiuse Room, 2555 Lawrence St., Ceres
    1. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag
    2. Invocation by Pastor James Burbank of Grace Community Christian Church
  4. COMMENDATION/SCHOOL PRESENTATION SECTION
    1. Recognition of New Employees
      Those who have received commendations or made presentations will have an opportunity to be excused at this time. The meeting will resume in the District Office Board Room.
  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 Hearing on Instructional Materials Sufficiency for 2017-2018 Explanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) As required by Education Code 60119, a public hearing regarding the Instructional Materials Program for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 must be held to adopt a resolution stating that each student in the District has, or will have prior to the end of the year, sufficient textbooks or instructional materials in each subject consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework adopted by the State Board of Education.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    2. Public Hearing for Ceres Unified School District Sunshine Proposal to California School Employees AssociationExplanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining) At the Board of Trustees meeting held on August 10, 2017, the District presented its sunshine proposal for negotiations (re-openers) between the District and CSEA for the 2017–2018 contract year. The District is proposing to open the attached contract articles for negotiations.  The public hearing will provide an opportunity for public input on the District’s sunshine proposal to CSEA.
      Attachment: District Sunshine Proposal to CSEAReferred to Board of Trustees by:David VissDirector, Personnel ServicesDenise Wickham, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    3. 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. Instructional Materials Sufficiency for 2017-2018Explanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement)As required by Education Code 60119, a public hearing regarding the Instructional Materials Program for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 was held earlier in the meeting. The attached resolution states that each student in the District has, or will have prior to the end of the year, sufficient textbooks or instructional materials in each subject consistent with the content and cycles of the curriculum framework adopted by the State Board of Education.Attachment: Instructional Materials Sufficiency 2017 pdfRecommended Action:Adopt as presented Resolution No. 01-17/18 regarding sufficiency of instructional materials.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    2. Provisional Internship Permit Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining)Staff is requesting that the following CUSD teachers be employed on Provisional Internship Permits:

      LeeAnn J. Chiara – Resource Specialist – Ceres High School
      Maikou Vang – Science Teacher – Ceres High School
      Leticia Vidal – Severely Handicapped Teacher – Sinclear
      Jessica L. Wersky – Art Teacher – Central Valley High School

      The District is required to submit to the Commission on Teacher Credentialing permit applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Upon successful completion of a credential program, each of these individuals will be eligible to obtain a preliminary credential.Recommended Action: Approve the Provisional Internship Permits.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Denise Wickham, Ed.D. Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    3. Variable Term Waiver Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining)Staff is requesting approval of Variable Term Waivers for Rachel Horrocks and Delia Rasho to teach as Speech-Language Pathologists. They both possess strong backgrounds working with students of varying disabilities and speech impairments.

      The Commission on Teacher Credentialing requires Board approval for the issuance of Variable Term Waivers. Ms. Horrocks is enrolled in a SLP Program at CSU Northridge. Ms. Rasho is currently working on enrolling in a SLP Program.  They will work diligently to complete all the requirements to obtain their credential within a reasonable time.
      Attachments: Horrocks Variable Term Waiver and Rasho Variable Term WaiverRecommended Action: Approve the attached Variable Term Waivers.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Denise Wickham, Ed.D.Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    4. Resolution No. 02-17/18 Supporting the Renewal of a 1/8 Cent Sales Tax to Fund the Stanislaus County LibraryExplanatory Statement: (Community Leadership, Engagement and Advocacy)The dedicated 1/8 cent sales tax that supports Stanislaus County libraries is up for renewal on November 7, 2017. These funds represent a significant portion of the library's budget. The tax was last renewed in 2012, when the CUSD Board of Trustees adopted Resolution No. 11-11/12 in support of renewing the 1/8 cent sales tax. The attached resolution again supports renewal of a dedicated 1/8 cent sales tax to fund local libraries.
      Attachment: Resolution No. 02-17/18Recommended Action:Adopt as presented Resolution No. 02-17/18 Supporting the Renewal of a 1/8 Cent Sales Tax to Fund the Stanislaus County Library.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Scott Siegel, Ed.D.Superintendent
    5. Resolution Regarding Board Remuneration for Allowed AbsenceExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) Board Bylaw 9250 and Education Code 35120 establish the following with regard to Board member remuneration for attendance at regular meetings: Any member who does not attend all Board meetings during the month is eligible to receive only a percentage of the monthly compensation equal to the percentage of meetings he or she attended, unless otherwise authorized by the Board in accordance with law. A member may be compensated for meetings he or she missed when the Board, by resolution, finds that the Board member was performing designated services for the district at the time of the meeting or was absent because of illness, jury duty, or a hardship deemed acceptable by the Board.

      Trustee Faye Lane was not present at the regular meeting of August 10, 2017, due to illness. The attached resolution provides for Mrs. Lane's full compensation for the month of August as allowable by law. Attachment: Resolution No. 03-17/18Recommended Action:Adopt as presented Resolution No. 03-17/18.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent
    6. Board Policy May 2017 RevisionsExplanatory 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 May 2017 updates and proposed revisions was made available for Board Member review and first reading at the June 29, 2017 meeting, with a clean copy of the proposed revisions presented for a second reading at the August 10, 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 can 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.Attachment: May 2017 Proposed RevisionsRecommended Action:Approve as presented the May 2017 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' Reports 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. Central Valley High School Six-Classroom Addition, Building M - California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Requirement Explanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) In 1998 the Ceres Unified School District adopted the Ceres Unified School District New High School Project Final Environmental Impact Report (1998 FEIR) (SCH No. 98071117). The project defined and analyzed in the 1998 FEIR includes the following elements:
      • A high school designated to accommodate 1,500 to 2,000 students
      • Buildings: classrooms, administrative offices, a cafeteria/multi-purpose room, performing arts complex, and a gymnasium
      • Outdoor facilities: baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, swimming pool, basketball and tennis courts
      • Lighted football/track stadium to seat approximately 3,500 spectators
      • On-site parking adequate to accommodate anticipated parking demand

      The project studied in the 1998 FEIR did not include details on the precise number, location, or square footage of proposed classroom buildings. The project analyzed in the 1998 FEIR has since been developed and is now the location of Central Valley High School.

      The District is proposing the construction of one new building (Building M) on the Central Valley High School Campus on a soccer field south of the agricultural shop. Building M would contain six classrooms, with a capacity for 180 students. All 180 students that would utilize Building M are currently enrolled at Central Valley High School. Therefore, the project would not increase enrollment at Central Valley High School beyond the current estimate of approximately 1,830 students. Because enrollment would not increase, and current school enrollment is below the assumed enrollment of 2,000 students that was considered in the 1998 FEIR, the project would not result in any new significant impacts or an increased level of environmental impacts beyond those analyzed in the 1998 FEIR. Therefore, no new CEQA documentation is necessary for the project.

      Because the project has been analyzed as part of the 1998 FEIR, the project would be required to adhere to all mitigation measures and findings included as part of adoption of the 1998 FEIR. Potentially applicable mitigation measures include building landscaping (Mitigation Measure AES-1(e)), buildings set back at least 40 feet from Central Avenue and Service Road (Mitigation Measure AES-1(d)), fugitive dust control measures (Mitigation Measure AQ-1(a)), general dust controls (Mitigation Measure AQ-1(b)), acoustical shelters during construction (Mitigation Measure N-1(a)), limited construction hours (Mitigation Measure N-1(b)), classrooms orientation (Mitigation Measure N-4(a)), and classrooms noise design features (Mitigation Measure N-4(b)). Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    5. Adult EducationExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement)Staff will present information on the Adult Education Program mission, enrollment, courses offered, budgets, and special projects.Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dallas PlaaDirector, Educational OptionsJay SimmondsAssistant Superintendent, Student Support Services
    6. Board Policy July 2017 Revisions - First Reading (Draft)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 CSBA recommendations, a draft copy of the July 2017 Updates and Proposed Revisions will be made available for Board Member review at the August 31, 2017 meeting. An edited copy of the proposed changes will be presented for a second reading at an upcoming meeting.

      If you have need to refer to the present CUSD Board Policy in reviewing this material, Board Members can 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.
      Attachment: July 2017 Updates and Proposed RevisionsReferred to Board of Trustees by: Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent
  11. RESEARCH
    1. Research Items

      "California wants to simplify its $2 billion-a-year college aid programs," EdSource, August 22, 2017

      "California's public universities struggle with rising college eligibility," EdSource, August 17, 2017
      Attachments: College aid programs and College eligibility

  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.