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Previous MeetingSeptember 08, 2015 05:30 PMNext Meeting
Regular Board Meeting
Rowland Unified School District
1830 S, Nogales Street, Board Room
Rowland Heights, California 91748

 

  
Preliminary Information

RUSD MISSION STATEMENT:  The mission of the Rowland Unified School District, the progressive international community united in learning, is to empower students so that each actualizes his or her unique potential and responsibly contributes to a global society, through a system distinguished by rigorous academics, innovative use of technology, creative exploration, and nurturing learning experiences.

BOARD VISION:    The Rowland Unified School District promotes, expects, and accepts nothing short of excellence.  We have a collective commitment to be the best school district in California.

MEETING TO START AT 5:30 P.M.

REGULAR BUSINESS PORTION OF MEETING TO START AT 7:00 P.M.

Public Documents Available for Review in Superintendent’s Office.

Please turn off all electronic devices, including pagers and cell phones, before the Board meeting.

Individuals requiring disability-related accommodations may contact Yvonne Palazuelos in the Office of the Superintendent (626) 854-8304 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Role of the Board:  The Governing Board is elected by the community to provide leadership and citizen oversight of the District's schools.  The Board works with the Superintendent to fulfill its major role, including:

  1. Setting a direction for the District;
  2. Providing a basic organizational structure for the RUSD by establishing policies;
  3. Ensuring accountability; and
  4. Providing community leadership on behalf of the District and public education.

(D) Discussion Item
(V) Can Vote
(C) Consent Item
Unfold I.  OPENING SESSION   
         
1. Call to Order      (D)  
         
2. Roll Call and Attendance      (D)  
         
3. Adoption of the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Tuesday, September 8, 2015.      (D)  (V)  
         
4. Public Comments on Closed Session Agenda Items Only      (D)  
 

Written Requests to Address the Board.

NOTE:  Remarks are limited to three (3) minutes, unless extended further or limited by vote of the Board.  A maximum of twenty (20) minutes, unless extended by the Board, is allocated for each subject discussed.  Ordinarily, Board Members will not respond to presentations and no action can be taken.  However, the Board may give direction to staff following a presentation.

Unfold II.  CLOSED SESSION   
         
1. Pupil Expulsion      (D)  
         
2. Meet with Chief Negotiator, Dennis J. Bixler, and discuss negotiations pursuant to Government Code, Section 3549.1 and/or Section 54957.6, regarding the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) and the California School Employees Association (CSEA) [Collective Bargaining]

     (D)  
         
3. Conference with Legal Counsel Pursuant to Government Code, Section 54956.9(b)(1)      (D)  
 

Conference with Legal Counsel Pursuant to Government Code, Section 54956.9(b)(1) 

Anticipated Litigation:  One (1) Case, Government Code, Section 54956.9(b)(1)

         
4. Public Employment (Government Code, Section 54957)      (D)  
 

Public Employment (Government Code, Section 54957)

Title:  Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services

         
5. Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release (Government Code, Section 54957)      (D)  
Unfold III.  RETURN TO OPEN SESSION   
         
1. Flag Salute      (D)  
 

All in attendance will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag by Board Member, Mrs. Heidi L. Gallegos.

         
2. Closed Session Report      (D)  
  Report on any action taken in Closed Session.
         
3. Board Recognition      (D)  
 

Recognition of students, parents, staff, and community members for their achievements or service in and to the Rowland Unified School District.

Recognize and thank ARE President Shay Lohman and the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) for providing the refreshments at tonight's Board meeting. 

Unfold IV.  REPORTS   
         
1. Superintendent's Report      (D)  
         
2. Student Board Representatives' Reports      (D)  
 

Receive the Student Board Representatives' Reports from Nogales, Rowland, and Santana High Schools.

         
3. 2014-2015 Unaudited Actuals - Director of Fiscal Services' Report      (D)  
 

Oral Presentation:  2014-15 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report

 Director of Fiscal Services, Eric Hart

The Rowland Unified School District is a single-adoption district which adopts the budget once per year.  In order to maintain compliance with AB1200, the Board of Education must be presented, for approval, the 2014-15 unaudited actuals on or before September 15th of each year, and then provide it to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, who will provide this information to the State. The unaudited actuals are required to be reported using the California Department of Education’s SACs software. The full reports are available for review in the Fiscal Services office. No fiscal impact.

Unfold V.  PUBLIC COMMENTS   
         
1. Written Requests to Address the Board      (D)  
  NOTE:  Remarks are limited to three (3) minutes, unless extended further or limited by vote of the Board.  A maximum of twenty (20) minutes, unless extended by the Board, is allocated for each subject discussed.  Ordinarily, Board Members will not respond to presentations and no action can be taken.  However, the Board may give direction to Staff following a presentation.
Unfold VI.  HEARING SESSION   
         
1. Public Hearing - Public Hearing - Initial Proposal from the Rowland Unified School District to the California School Employees Association and Its Chapter 133 for the 2015-2016 school year.      (D)  
 

To hold a Public Hearing on the Initial Proposal from the Rowland Unified School District to the California School Employees Association and Its Chapter 133  for the 2015-2016 school year to receive public input. 

Hearing Opened at _____________ p.m. 

Call for Discussion.

Hearing Closed at _____________ p.m.

         
2. Public Hearing - Initial Proposal from the California School Employees Association and Its Chapter 133 to Rowland Unified School District for the 2015-2016 school year.      (D)  
 

To hold a Public Hearing on the Initial Proposal from the California School Employees Association and Its Chapter 133 to the Rowland Unified School District for the 2015-2016 school year to receive public input.

Hearing Opened at ____________ p.m. 

Call for Discussion.

Hearing Closed at ___________ p.m.

Unfold VII.  DISCUSSION/ACTION   
         
1. Public Employee Employment: Title - Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services      (D)  (V)  
         
2. 2014-2015 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report      (D)  (V)  
 

Receive and approve 2014-2015 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report as presented.

The Rowland Unified School District is a single-adoption district which adopts the budget once per year.  In order to maintain compliance with AB1200, the Board of Education must be presented, for approval, the 2014-15 unaudited actuals on or before September 15th of each year, and then provide it to the Los Angeles County Office of Education, who will provide this information to the State. The unaudited actuals are required to be reported using the California Department of Education’s SACs software. The full reports are available for review in the Fiscal Services office. No fiscal impact.

         
3. Board Policy-BP 5123 Promotion/Acceleration/Retention      (D)  (V)  
  Receive for second reading and approval, Board Policy 5123 Promotion/Acceleration/Retention.
         
4. Board Policy - BP 6158- Independent Study      (D)  (V)  
  Receive for second reading and approval, Board Policy 6158 - Independent Study.
         
5. Surplus Furniture - Yorbita Elementary School Storage      (D)  (V)  
 

Consider Approval to declare surplus furniture as surplus and authorize staff to dispose of it in a manner compliant with the California Education Code 60510 and hazardous material disposal laws. Items listed are either damaged and/or non-repairable or replaced due to the closing of school site.

         
6. Initial Proposal from the Rowland Unified School District to the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) for the 2015-2016 school year.      (D)  (V)  
 

Pursuant to California Government Code, Section 3547, it is recommended the Governing Board adopt the initial proposal for collective bargaining between Rowland Unified School District and the Association of Rowland Educators. Topics to be negotiated include Article VIII-Class Size, Article VII-Hours, Duties, and Work Year, Article XI-Transfer Procedures, Article XIV-Salary Schedules and Rules, and Article XVIII-Health and Welfare Benefits.

         
7. UPDATED Course of Study & Textbook Adoption - AP United States History      (D)  (V)  
 

The AP U.S. History course itself focuses on developing students’ understanding of American history from approximately 1491 to the present. This past year the A.P. Board redesigned the May test addressing concerns that had been expressed from educators, historians and interest groups resulting in a totally new course framework that teachers will now begin utilizing to prepare for the upcoming tests. Houghton Miffin has published a 16th edition textbook which includes numerous changes to reflect those now presented on the test.
 

Unfold VIII.  PUPIL PERSONNEL   
         
1. RUSD Student 15-16:01 - Expulsion      (D)  (V)  
 

Approve the Expulsion of RUSD Student 15-16:01 with conditions, from all schools and programs of the Rowland Unified School District, with placement at Los Angeles County Program Opportunities for Learning, effective September 8, 2015 to January 11, 2016.

Unfold IX.  CONSENT CALENDAR   
         
1. To approve and/or ratify items on the Consent Calendar. NOTICE: All matters listed under Consent Calendar are considered by the Board of Education to be routine or sufficiently supported by prior or accompanying reference materials and information not requiring additional discussion. They will be enacted by a motion as referenced below. There will be no separate discussion of these items prior to the time the Board of Education votes on the motion, unless Members of the Board, staff, or public, request specific items be discussed, added to, or deleted from the Consent Calendar for separate action. Members of the public may request that a specific item be removed from the Consent Calendar by completing the "Written Request to Address the Board" form/card and presenting it to the Secretary of the Board, in accordance with Board Bylaw 9322. All Consent items are indicated by the designation (c) after the item title.      (D)  (V)  
Unfold X.  GENERAL FUNCTION CONSENT ITEMS   
         
1. Approval of Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of August 11, 2015      (C)  
 

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

         
2. Approval of Minutes of the Special Board Study Session Meeting of August 25, 2015      (C)  
 

Approve the Minutes of the Special Board Study Session Meeting of Tuesday, August 25, 2015.

         
3. Resolution - Constitution Week, September 17-23, 2015 and Constitution and Citizenship Day, September 17, 2015      (C)  
 

Adopt a Resolution recognizing "Constitution Week," from September 17 to 23, 2015, and recognizing Thursday, September 17, 2015 as "Constitution and Citizenship Day" and encouraging schools to have appropriate activities to acknowledge this annual national celebration.

         
4. Resolution - Week of the School Administrator, October 11 to 17, 2015      (C)  
 

Adopt and approve the Resolution declaring October 11 to 17, 2015 as "Week of the School Administrator" and joining with the State of California in applauding and commending all school leaders and administrators for their support of, and contributions to, the quality education and successful student achievement exhibited in the Rowland Unified School District.

Unfold XI.  EDUCATIONAL CONSENT ITEMS   
         
1. 2015-2016 Instructional Minutes and School Schedules for Elementary and Secondary Schools      (C)  
 

Approve the 2015-2016 Instructional Minutes and school schedules for elementary and secondary schools.

         
2. Oswalt Academy Outdoor Science School Trip, Angelus Oaks, California, October 12-16, 2015      (C)  
 

Approve the request from Stanley G. Oswalt Academy to send the 6th grade students to Camp High Trails Outdoor Science School, October 12-16, 2015, in Angelus Oaks, California.

         
3. Rowland High School Raider Regiment Las Vegas Invitational, Las Vegas, Nevada, November 6-8, 2015      (C)  
  The Marching Band Open Series (MBOS) Las Vegas Invitational is an opportunity to demonstrate excellence, to receive invaluable input and feedback, and to evaluate the achievement of our students and the progress of our program on a national level.  The Rowland Raider Regiment is proud to represent Rowland High School at this positive high level competition against bands/color guards from the southwestern states.
         
4. Research Request from Stephen E. DeFrancis      (C)  
 

The research request is submitted by Mr. Stephen E. Francis, doctoral candidate for Azusa Pacific University, and will consist of a survey of  employees. The research will explore how general education teachers perceive inclusion for autistic students based on the levels of supports needed. The study further investigates what schools and local agencies are doing to identify specific supports and trainings that have been successful for general education teachers. Results will be utilized to assist school districts in improving staff development provided to general education teachers that have inclusion students in their classroom. The study will consist of a survey of several school districts in the San Gabriel Valley. The anonymity of all participants will be protected.

         
5. Expenditure from School-to-Career Funds in Support of Annual Connections to the Future Event      (C)  
 

The 21st Annual Connections to the Future event will give our students the opportunity to engage in dialogue and network with community and business representatives.  Our senior seminar students in the Career Certification Program will also benefit from the luncheon keynote speaker Ellen Gordon Reeves, a workplace and career expert who has lent her expertise to CNN’s Your MoneyUS News and World Report,  ABC Money Matters, and other media outlets.   Ms. Reeves will speak to and advise our students in developing an understanding of behavior and knowledge expectations for the career paths in which they are interested and for professional career paths in general. 

Unfold XII.  ADMINISTRATIVE CONSENT ITEMS   
         
1. Resolution No. 09-08-15-AS-2 Cash Borrowing/Temporary Transfer      (C)  
 

Adopt Resolution No. 09-08-15-AS-2 Cash Borrowing for Temporary Transfers within Funds of the District. 

In the normal operation of school business, it becomes necessary that the District’s General Fund or other funds may require temporary additional cash to meet its payment obligations.  If a fund does not have enough cash available, it may need to borrow cash from another fund.  Any temporary transfer of funds from one fund to another must be paid by the end of the fiscal year it occurred in, if transacted in the first eight months of the fiscal year, or by the end of the following fiscal year, if transacted in the final four months of the fiscal year.  There is no fiscal impact from performing cash transfers as the net effect of the transactions is zero.  In addition, no fund shall have transferred out more than 75% of cash funds available.

         
2. Transfer of Funds      (C)  
  As part of normal operation of the District’s Nutrition Service program, the Cafeteria Fund collects and maintains balances for each student.  A normal part of providing these funds is to extend an opportunity for student accounts to go negative at times during the year.  As described in the regulation for allowable costs of Cafeteria Funds 2 CFR, Part 225, Appendix B, Item 5, the use of Cafeteria Funds to cover losses from uncollectable accounts, also known as bad debt, is strictly prohibited and are unallowable costs that must be paid for by a non-federal funding source. The Districts practice is to repay the Cafeteria Fund for these unallowable costs at the close of the fiscal year through a transfer of funds from the General Fund to the Cafeteria Fund to cover these cost with non-federal funds.

The unrestricted General Fund will transfer $3,852.20 to the Cafeteria Fund to cover unallowable costs due to bad debt.
         
3. Resolution No. 09-08-15-AS-1 "GANN" Limit      (C)  
  Adopt Resolution No. 09-08-15-AS-1 the "GANN" Limit.

The GANN Limit is intended to constrain the growth in state and local government spending by linking year-to-year changes in expenditures to changes in inflations and ADA. Established in 1979 following the enactment of Proposition 13 and subsequently amended by Proposition 111, the GANN Limit has become a largely pro forma calculation that no longer constrains governmental expenditures. This is because the limit has grown significantly faster than appropriations subject to the limit. Current law in Education Code section 42132 requires that on or before September 15 of each year, the governing board of each school district adopt a resolution to identify the appropriations limit for the district for the preceding fiscal year. The State’s SACS software provides the GANN Limit calculation as part of the unaudited actuals information.

No fiscal impact to the District.
         
4. Approval and Ratification of Warrants      (C)  
 

Approve and/or ratify the Warrants as listed on the attached.

         
5. Approval and/or Ratification of Consultant Services and Others      (C)  
  Approve and/or ratify the Contracts/Agreements of Consultant Services and Others as listed on the attached.
         
6. Approval and Ratification of Purchase Orders      (C)  
  Approve and/or ratify the Purchase Orders as listed on the attached.
         
7. Approval of Conference Attendance      (C)  
 

Approve the Conference attendance as listed on the attached.

Unfold XIII.  HUMAN RESOURCES CONSENT ITEMS   
         
1. Human Resources Action Report HR 15-16:02      (C)  
  Approve Human Resources Action Report HR 15-16:02
Unfold XIV.  CONFERENCE SESSION   
         
1. Informational Report of Conference Attendance      (D)  
  Receive for review and discussion the Informational Report of Conference Attendance as attached.
Unfold XV.  BOARD MEMBERS' COMMENTS   
         
1. Board Members' Comments      (D)  
 

Board Members' Comments

Unfold XVI.  RETURN TO CLOSED SESSION (If Necessary)   
         
1. Return to Closed Session      (D)  
Unfold XVII.  ADJOURNMENT   
         
1. Adjournment      (D)  (V)  

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