Ceres Unified School District

Governing Board Meeting
Agenda and Recommendations

December 7, 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 - BoardDocs Training
    3. Study Session - Board Policy 0100 - Philosophy
    4. 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. Student Discipline/Expulsions (Education Code 35146)
      Attachments: EX06-17/18, EX07-17/18 and EX08-17/18
    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 Pete Kirchhoff of Youth for Christ

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

  1. COMMENDATION/SCHOOL PRESENTATION SECTION
    1. Recognition of American Heritage Scholarship Award Winner - Whitmore Charter High School
    2. Recognition of Students Earning a Perfect Score on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)
    3. Ceres High School Presentation - Student Perspectives: Where We've Been, Where We're Going
      Those who have received commendations or made presentations will have an opportunity to be excused at this time.
  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
    1. Opportunity for the Board and administration to adjust the published agenda.
  3. 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.
  4. Report Out of Closed Session
  5. 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.
  6. ACTION SECTION
    1. Consideration of Student Expulsions Explanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) The following Student Expulsions are being submitted for consideration: EX06-17/18, EX07-17/18 and EX08-17/18.
      Recommended Action:Approve the Administrative Panel's recommendations.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by: Jose Beltran Director, Child Welfare and Attendance
    2. First Interim Report and Criteria & Standards Review for Fiscal Year 2017-2018Explanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) Interim reports are required by the State in December and March. The interim report and corresponding Criteria & Standards Review for December 2017 are attached as backup. The following explanation of the attachment is provided for clarification:
      1)
      The "2017-18 First Interim" document contains a summary of revenues, expenditures, and changes in the General Fund budget. The first two pages are a summary of the restricted and unrestricted accounts that make up the General Fund. The next pair of pages contain a summary of the unrestricted accounts. The fifth and sixth pages contain a summary of all of the projects that make up the restricted portion of the General Fund.
      2)
      The Interim Report format contains the Original Budget (A) representing the budget adopted by the Board in June 2017, the Board Approved Operating Budget (B) representing revisions approved by the Board in November, Actuals Year to Date (C) representing expenditures through October 31, 2017, and Projected Year Totals (D). Columns E and F are not relevant at this time.
      3)
      The "2017-2018 First Interim General Fund School District Criteria and Standards Review " document contains specific criteria and standards used to review the interim report. Where the District did not meet the criteria and standards, an explanation is provided.
      4)
      Based on the information contained in the Interim Report, staff recommends that the Board declare a Positive Certification. A "District Certification of Interim Report" must be signed by the President and Superintendent certifying that the District will be able to meet its financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year.
      Attachment: 2017-2018 1st Interim ReportRecommended Action:Approve the First Interim Report and Criteria and Standards Review.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    3. Classified and Certificated Bargaining Agreement CertificationsExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) Government Code 3547.5 requires that the Superintendent and Chief Business Official of a school district certify and provide projections that show that a district is able to afford any negotiated settlement. The required certifications are attached with the financial information demonstrating that the District can afford the increase amount.Attachments: Bargaining Agreement Certification - Certificated and Bargaining Agreement Certification - ClassifiedRecommended Action:Authorize a 1.0 percent one-time bonus, effective July 1, 2017, and increase the District contribution to health benefits in the amount of $29.00 per month effective with the September 30 payroll, as per the attached certifications.

      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    4. Negotiated Tentative Agreement with CSEA Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining) On October 20, 2017, representatives from the Ceres Unified School District (CUSD) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter #140 met to establish the Tentative Agreement for the 2017-2018 Re-Openers Contract.

      CSEA membership voted and approved the Tentative Agreement between CUSD and CSEA. Please refer to the attached Tentative Agreement with new contract language underlined and in bold print and deleted/removed contract language crossed out (crossed out).
      Attachment: 2017-2018 Re-Openers Tentative Agreement Recommended Action: Approve the negotiated 2017-2018 Re-Openers Tentative Agreement.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:David VissDirector, Personnel Services Denise Wickham, Ed.D.Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    5. Confidential, Classified Management and Certificated Administration Compensation and Benefits for 2017-2018 Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining) The District is recommending the following adjustments be made for non-represented groups for the 2017-2018 school year. All non-represented employees (excluding the Superintendent) who are employed for the entire period between October 1, 2017, and December 31, 2017, and are currently employed when this agreement is ratified, shall be entitled to a one-time payment equal to 1.0% of their annual salary. Payments to confidential employees shall be made by February 28, 2018. Payments to classified management employees and certificated administrators shall be made by March 31, 2018. In the event that the funds allocated to the District are increased, the one-time payment shall increase proportionally. Effective with the September  30, 2017, payroll the District will contribute $748.89 per month ($8,986.68 per complete year) for all full-time unit members toward the purchase of District-approved insurance plans. Recommended Action:Approve the compensation adjustments for non-represented employees as detailed above.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Scott Siegel, Ed.D.Superintendent
    6. Committee on Assignment and Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining)Under Title 5 Regulations, Section 80005 (b) concerning the Authorization for Single Subject Teaching Credentials and the Subject Areas for Service in Departmentalized Classes, employing agencies have the authority  to assign teachers, with their consent, to teach subject-matter classes which do not fall within their authorized subject areas provided that the employing agency determines the teacher has the requisite knowledge and skills pursuant to Education Code 44258.7 (Committee on Assignment) for "elective" subjects and Education Code 44258.3 (Ad Hoc Committee) for "core" subjects.

      Annually the need arises for a few teachers to teach "elective" subjects outside their credential area. These teachers have full credentials in their primary subject areas, have completed a credentialing program, have consented to the teaching assignment, and have the knowledge, coursework, and/or experience to teach the "elective" subject(s). For the 2017-2018 school year, CUSD has teachers who are teaching an "elective" outside their primary credential subject area(s). These electives include lntro to Spanish, lntro to Video Production, Yearbook, Computer Art, Health, Drama, Gateway to Technology, lntro to Manufacturing, Driver's Education, Video Production, Computer Graphics, Digital Photography, Advanced Digital Photography/Graphics, Advanced Video Production, lntro to Engineering Robotics, Computer Programming, Animation, Strength/Fitness, Into to Green Manufacturing, Advanced Video Photography, Manufacturing Electricity, Manufacturing Drafting, Manufacturing Industries and Computer Software Engineering.

      We also have teachers teaching a "core" subject outside their primary credential area(s). These teachers have full credentials in their primary subject area(s), have completed a credentialing program, have consented to the teaching assignment, and their principals have attested to their subject matter competence by at least two of the following  criteria: classroom observation by subject matter specialist(s), oral interviews regarding curriculum  framework and courses of study to be taught, observation of demonstration lesson(s), presentation by the teacher of curricular portfolios, or written examinations.

      As provided by Board Policy and pursuant to the Education Codes indicated above, the Committee on Assignment and Ad Hoc Committee members, consisting of Site Principals, Deputy Superintendent of Personnel, Director of Personnel, Curriculum and Instruction Representative and the CUTA President, met on November 28, 2017, and are recommending for Trustee approval the attached list of teachers.

      Attachment: Committee on Assignment (COA) and Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations Recommended Action:Approve the Committee on Assignment and Ad Hoc Committee Recommendations.

      Referred to Board of Trustees by:David VissDirector, Personnel ServicesDenise Wickham, Ed.D.Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    7. Provisional Internship Permit Explanatory Statement: (Human Resources/Collective Bargaining) Staff is requesting that the following CUSD teachers be employed on a Provisional Internship Permit:

      Audrey Mack – Kindergarten Teacher – Don Pedro Elementary – Program: San Joaquin Teacher’s College
      Ivette Ramirez – Kindergarten Teacher – Caswell Elementary – Program: San Joaquin Teacher’s College

      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
    8. General Obligation Bond Series 2008 RefundingExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities)The District’s financial advisors and staff are recommending that the District refinance all or a portion of the outstanding capital appreciation Series 2009B and Series 2010A Bonds to take advantage of low interest rates currently available. These bonds were issued to help finance various construction projects throughout the District. By refunding these bonds at a lower interest rate the savings would allow the District to issue the $15,000,000 of remaining bond authorization while also maintaining the expected property tax rate below $60 per $100,000 of assessed value and saving the tax payers significantly over the life of the bond. The necessary resolution is attached, along with all pertinent information and the preliminary official statement.
      Attachments: POS and BondResADOPTION-RefundingRecommended Action:Approve Resolution No. 08-17/18 authorizing the refunding of the general obligation bonds noted and approve the form of the attached documents.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    9. General Obligation Bond, Election of 2008, Series 2017 IssuanceExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) A municipal election was held in the District on November 4, 2008. The issuance and sale of general obligation bonds was approved to provide for planning, design and construction of a new junior high school and the construction of new classrooms, modernization projects and other improvements to facilities of the District in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $60,000,000 payable from the levy of an ad valorem tax against the taxable property in the District. Subsequently the District has issued an initial series of $15,000,000 (Series 2009A), a second series of $14,999,576.95 (Series 2009B), and a third series of $14,999,718.15 (Series 2010A) all from the aggregate principal amount for the purpose of raising money for the projects and other related and authorized costs. The District wishes at this time to authorize the issuance and sale of the fourth and final series of general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $15,000,000 (Series 2017) from the aggregate principal amount for the purpose of raising moneys for the types of projects approved and authorized by the general obligation bonds.Attachments: POS and BondResADOPTION-NewMoneyRecommended Action:Approve Resolution No. 09-17/18 authorizing the issuance and sale of the District’s General Obligation Bonds, Election 2008, Series 2017, in an amount not to exceed $15,000,000, and to approve the form of the attached documents.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    10. Annual Auxiliary Organization Application 2018 - Business ServicesExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities)Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 1230 require that school-connected organizations shall obtain the written approval of the Superintendent or designee prior to soliciting funds and that requests for fundraising authorization shall be submitted annually to the Board. The 2018 applications are attached for review. Attachment: Auxiliary Organization Applications 2018Recommended Action:Approve the annual applications for 2018.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    11. Single Plans for Student Achievement (Annual Revision)Explanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) Education Code 64001 requires schools utilizing Consolidated Application (categorical) funds to maintain a Single Plan for Student Achievement, with goals based on analyzing verifiable student performance data from the state. These plans are to be reviewed and revised, as needed, each year by the school’s site council. Any material changes are to be approved by the Board. Attachments: Adkison SPSA 17; Beaver SPSA 17; Carroll Fowler SPSA 17; Caswell SPSA 17; Don Pedro SPSA 17; Hidahl SPSA 17; La Rosa SPSA 17; Lucas SPSA 17; Sam Vaughn SPSA 17; Sinclear SPSA 17; Virginia Parks SPSA 17; Walter White SPSA 17; Whitmore Charter SPSA 17; Westport SPSA 17; Blaker Kinser SPSA 17; Mae Hensley SPSA 17; Chavez SPSA 17; Ceres High School SPSA 17; Central Valley HS SPSA 17; Argus SPSA 17; Endeavor SPSA 17Recommended Action:Approve the revised Single Plans for Student Achievement for Adkison, Beaver, Carroll Fowler, Caswell, Don Pedro, Hidahl, La Rosa, Lucas, Sam Vaughn, Sinclear, Virginia Parks, Walter White, Whitmore Charter School of Technology, Westport, Blaker-Kinser, Mae Hensley, Cesar Chavez, Ceres High School, Central Valley High School, Argus, and Endeavor.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Ashley GrimProgram Specialist, Educational ServicesAmy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    12. Nomination for CSBA Delegate AssemblyExplanatory Statement: (Community Leadership, Engagement and Advocacy) The California School Boards Association (CSBA) has issued a call for nominations for its Delegate Assembly. Trustee Faye Lane, an incumbent delegate whose term expires on March 31, 2018, is eligible for re-election and has expressed an interest in serving an additional term.

      CSBA’s Delegate Assembly is a vital link in the association’s governance structure. Working with local districts, county offices, the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Delegates ensure that the association reflects the interests of school districts and county offices of education throughout the state.

      Individuals elected to the Delegate Assembly will serve a two-year term from April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2020. They must attend two Delegate Assembly meetings per year (May 19-20, 2018 in Sacramento and November 28-29, 2018 in San Francisco (preceding CSBA's Annual Education Conference). Any CSBA member board is eligible to nominate board members within their geographical region or subregion, and may nominate as many individuals as desired.

      1. Nominations and biographical sketch forms for each nominee must be postmarked no later than Sunday, January 7, 2018.
      2. CSBA member boards will take action to elect nominees between February 1-March 15, 2018.
      3. Election results will be posted on CSBA's Website by Sunday, April 1, 2018.

      The CSBA call for nominations, a nomination form for Mrs. Lane, and a list of Delegates in each region whose terms expire in 2018 are attached.
      Attachments: Call for Nominations, Nomination Form and Expiring TermsRecommended Action:Nominate Faye Lane for re-election to the CSBA Delegate Assembly.Referred to Board of Trustees by: Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent
  7. 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.
    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. Modern Language OfferingsExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement) Educational Services staff will present information about new Modern Language course offerings at the high school for the 2018-2019 school year. 
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    5. EL Progress Indicator - California DashboardExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement)Educational Services staff will present information about the English Learner Progress Indicator as part of the California School Dashboard. 
      Referred to Board of Trustees by:Amy Peterman, Ed.D.Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
    6. Title IX ReportExplanatory Statement: (Student Learning and Achievement)Staff will present information regarding Title IX and presenting the 2016-2017 expenditure allocations for Central Valley High School and Ceres High School delineated by gender.
      Attachment: Title IX ReportReferred to Board of Trustees by:David VissDirector, Personnel Services
      Denise Wickham, Ed.D.Deputy Superintendent, Personnel Services
    7. Facility Projects UpdateExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities) Staff will update the board on the status of construction projects around the District.
      Referred to Board of Trustees by: Dan Pangrazio Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
    8. Ceres Unified School District Foundation 2016-2017 Financial Audit ReportExplanatory Statement: (Finance/Facilities)The Ceres Unified School District (CUSD) Foundation, in operation since 2004, is a non-profit organization created to provide supplemental resources to the educational programs outlined in the CUSD Strategic Plan, as well as scholarships to graduating students. Annually, the Ceres Unified School District Foundation conducts an audit of the previous fiscal year’s financials. The attached audit report for the 2016-2017 year is provided for Information and Study.    
      Attachment: Ceres Unified SD Foundation 2017 Final Audit ReportReferred to Board of Trustees by:Dan PangrazioAssistant Superintendent, Business Services
    9. Board Policy October 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 the California School Boards Association (CSBA) recommendations, a draft copy of the October 2017 Updates and Proposed Revisions will be made available for Board Member review at the December 7, 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: October 2017 Updates and Proposed Revisions - DraftReferred to Board of Trustees by: Scott Siegel, Ed.D. Superintendent

ADJOURN TO THE CERES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT FINANCE CORPORATION MEETING

RE-OPEN THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE CERES UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF TRUSTEES

  1. RESEARCH
    1. Research Items
      "Legislative Analyst predicts healthy state revenues for California schools, community colleges," EdSource, November 16, 2017
      Attachment: Research item Legislative Analyst predicts
  2. 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.