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Language arts adoption, new middle school's boundaries on April 17 school board agenda


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WEST CONTRA COSTA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION


JOHN F. KENNEDY HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA
4300 CUTTING BOULEVARD
RICHMOND, CA 94804

April 17, 2002

The Board Meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Anyone wishing to address the Board regarding closed session items may speak at this time. The Board will then adjourn to Closed Session in the Teacher’s Cafeteria.

A. CLOSED SESSION

A.1 CALL TO ORDER

A.2 DISCLOSURE OF ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION (Government Code 54957.7)

A.3 RECESS TO CLOSED SESSION AS SCHEDULED

See Exhibit A
(Government Code Section 54954.5)

The Open Session will resume at the end of the Closed Session in the Cafeteria at approximately 7 p.m.
EXHIBIT A.
(Government Code Section 54954.5)
CLOSED SESSION AGENDA


April 17, 2002

1. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATOR

1. Negotiators: WCCUSD GENERAL COUNSEL/Alan S. Hersh
WCCUSD ASSOCIATE SUPERINTENDENT FOR BUSINESS AND OPERATIONS/Vince Kilmartin.

2. Property: New Pacific Properties (Victoria by the Bay). San Pablo Avenue between
Willow and Linus Pauling, Hercules, CA. Price and all terms of agreement.

3. Property: City of Hercules, Craftsman Drive, Hercules, CA. Price and all terms of agreement.

4. Property: Cortez, 627 So. 30th Street, Richmond, CA 94801

5. Property: Harbour Way North and Cutting Boulevard, Richmond, CA

6. Property: Approximately 17 acres, John Muir Way at San Pablo Avenue, Hercules, CA

7. Property: Approximately 8.23 acres (parcel 404-020-057), located in Hercules, CA


2. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL--EXISTING LITIGATION
[Government Code Section 54956.9(a)]

1. WCCUSD v. NMHC
2. CRTA Protect v. WCCUSD
3. Williams v. State of Calif., et. al.
4. LaCheim School v. WCCUSD
5. WCCUSD v. Sparks Roofing
6. Central Valley Builders Supply v. WCCUSD
7. WCCUSD v. BYL Phase V Associates
8. King v. WCCUSD
9. Blackman v. WCCUSD

3. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL-ANTICIPATED/POTENTIAL LITIGATION
[Government Code Section 54956.9(b)]

Five cases.



4. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL-INITIATION OF LITIGATION
[Government Code Section 54956.9(c)]

1. Audit of 1996-97 Attendance

5. LIABILITY CLAIMS (Government Code Section 54956.95)

6. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATORS

a. WCCUSD GENERAL COUNSEL/Alan S. Hersh

b. Employee Organizations

- UTR

- Local One

- School Supervisors Association

- WCCAA

c. Unrepresented Employees

- Confidential and Management

7. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT

a. Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services
b. Elementary Principal
c. Elementary Vice Principal
d. Middle School Vice Principal
e. Assistant Principal

8. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION (Government Code Section 54957)

9. STUDENT DISCIPLINE (Education Code Section 35146)

a. Expulsions

10. EMPLOYEE DISCIPLINE/DISMISSAL/TERMINATION (Government Code Section 54957)

11. REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION ACTIONS, if any.






B. OPENING PROCEDURES

B.1 Pledge of Allegiance
B.2 Welcome and Meeting Procedures
* B.3 Presentation Student School Board Representative Jennifer Archuleta, De Anza High School

Comments:
Jennifer Archuleta will serve on the Board of Education for meeting dates of April 17 and May 1, 2002.

Recommendation:
For Information Only

B.4 Roll Call
B.5 Report of Closed Session
* B.6 Agenda Review and Adoption (Public Comment)
B.7 Board Minutes: March 6, March 12, March 20, April 2, 2002

C. SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

* C.1 George A. Harris III, California School Boards Association (CSBA) Delegate

Comments:
Board Member George A. Harris III was recently elected to the CSBA Delegate Assembly and will serve as one of 120 members state wide. Delegates are the policymaking body and key link in CSBAs governance structure. The term of office is May 2002 through April 2004. Congratulations to Board Member Harris.

Recommendation:
For Recognition/Information Only

D. REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD (Education Code 35145.5; Government Code 54950 et seq.)
"Requests to Address the Board" is to provide members of the public an opportunity to speak to the Board about any matter not on the agenda but is under the jurisdiction of the Board. Approximately 30 minutes will be allocated for this item. If there are more requests to speak than can be heard within this time limit, Requests to Address the Board will continue after Item G. Individuals wishing to speak must submit a "Request to Address the Board" form prior to the beginning of this item on the agenda. There is a three-minute time limit for each address. No "yielding of time" or "substitutions of speakers" is permitted. The Board will automatically refer to staff any formal written requests that are brought before them at this time. Written matters may be placed on a future meeting agenda.

D.1 Barbara Van Zile: Problem of Discipline at the Middle School Level
D.2 Lavina Broughton: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Project


BUSINESS ITEMS

E. CONSENT ITEMS (Routine Matters)
Consent Calendar Items designated by "CI" are considered routine and will be enacted, approved, or adopted by one motion, unless a request for removal, discussion, or explanation is received from any Board member.

*CI E.1 Contracts for Professional Services

Comments:
Permission is requested of the Board of Education to approve contracts for professional
services as of April 17, 2002.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.2 Grants/Awards/Agreements

Comments:
Formal acceptance is requested from the Board of Education to accept grants/awards/agreements as
of April 17, 2002.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.3 Acceptance of Donations

Comments:
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has received donations as of April 17, 2002. The estimated values for any non-cash donation are those provided by the donor.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.4 Summary of Payroll and Vendor Warrant Reports

Comments:
The following payroll and vendor warrants were issued during the month of March 2002.

Total of Payroll Warrants: $ 10,559,751
Total of Vendor Warrants: $ 14,216,203

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval


*CI E.5 Approval of Routine Personnel Changes

Comments:
Routine personnel changes include actions to hire, promote, or terminate certificated and classified employees in accord with appropriate laws, established policies and procedures.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.6 Contracts with Employee Health and Welfare Providers

Comments:
Permission is requested of the Board of Education to approve the attached contracts between the district and the named firm.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.7 Resolution No. 60-0102: Endorsing the Contra Costa Youth Initiative

Comments:
The Countywide Youth Commission has served as the primary link between the youth population of the County and the Board of Supervisors. In an effort to continue to improve responsiveness and service to the youth of Contra Costa County, the Commission seeks to broaden its view and input that the body receives so that it may truly represent the voice of all youth in our County. Through a series of community forums and surveys, the Contra Costa Youth Initiative will endeavor to gain a more complete understanding of the hopes, dreams and issues confronting youth. The administration recommends that the Board of Education approve Resolution No. 60-0102 in support of the Contra Costa Youth Initiative.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.8 Resolution No. 61-0102: Declaring Results of Measure D School Bond Election Held on March 5, 2002

Comment:
State law requires the Board of Education formally declare the Measure D election results by an entry in the official minutes and to certify election proceedings to the County Superintendent of Schools.

Recommendation
Adopt the Resolution






*CI E.9 Waiver to Increase Resource Specialist Caseload for Ettine Godfrey at El Cerrito High School

Comment:
Request waiver of Education Code 56362(c) in order to increase Resource Specialist 1.0 to a maximum of 32 students due to the fact that the district has been unable to locate certificated RSP teachers who qualify for a state approved waiver, and students certified for RSP services have exceeded 28 at the school site. If this waiver is not approved, we will not be able to meet the legal mandates of IDEA.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CI E.10 Principal Coaches Consultant Services Approval

Comment:
Under the direction of the Regional Superintendent and in communication with the coach coordinator, the principal’s coach is to work as a “critical” friend to implement “7 Areas of Focus.” Coaches will support the principal expectations that include time in classrooms using walk protocol for feedback and dialogue.

7 Areas of Focus for School Improvement

1. Identify and implement a school-wide instructional focus.
2. Develop professional collaboration teams to improve teaching and learning.
3. Identify and use effective, research-based teaching practices.
4. Create a targeted professional development plan.
5. Re-align resources to support the instructional focus.
6. Engage families and community in supporting the instructional focus.
7. Create an internal accountability system linked to student learning goals that promote measurable gains for every student.

Recommendation:
Approval of Consultants to work with school principals to identify, provide and implement a school-wide instructional focus and to develop professional collaboration teams to improve teaching and learning.

Bayview School Noli-Porter Associates
Dover School Gibson & Associates, Inc.
Grant School ARC Associates, Inc.
Riverside School Ahlers & Long Associates
Montalvin Manor School Noli-Porter Associates

F. ACTION ITEMS

* F.1 Administrative Appointments 2001-2002

Comment:
The following administrative appointments will be reported for 2001-2002:
Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Services
Elementary Principal
Elementary Vice Principal
Middle School Vice Principal
Assistant Principal

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

* F.2 Boundary Committee’s Feeder School Recommendation for the New Richmond Middle School

Comment:
Staff concurs with the Boundary Committee’s recommendation that Scenario J be approved with the following modification:

· King and Nystrom become K-5 schools and the 6th grade be moved to Richmond Middle School to lower enrollment at King and Nystrom; and
· Washington be considered to be a K-5 school in September 2003.

Recommendation:
To approve the Boundary Committee’s Scenario J, with stated modification, as the recommendation for the feeder schools to the new Richmond Middle School.

* F.3 Year Round Schools Schedule Approval

Comment:
At the March 6, 2002 Board Meeting, issues related to the elimination of the Year-Round School (YRS) schedule for the 2002/03 school year were discussed. The recommendation to eliminate the YRS schedule has been withdrawn.

Recommendation:
To end Year Round Schools in the year 2003/04 and approve the development of a Modified Schedule for implementation district wide for the 2003/04 school year.

* F.4 Approval of School Calendar for 2002-2003

Comment:
All four labor groups (Local One, SSA, UTR and WCCAA) met and conferred about the school calendar. The school calendar for regular and year round schools for 2002-2003 will be presented.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

G. DISCUSSION ITEMS

* G.1 Language Arts Textbook Adoption

Comment:
Forty-five teachers and ten school administrators representing twenty-three elementary schools, four middle schools and two alternative schools participated in the district’s Language Arts Textbook Adoption Committee. Nine other committee members represented the Bilingual/ELD Services, Consolidated Programs, Curriculum, Professional Development and Summer School Departments. The Language Arts Textbook Adoption involves grades K-5, 6-8 and an intervention program.

Because the State Board of Education approved the Language Arts standard-based materials on January 9, 2002, the district began the adoption process. There were four meetings: March 11, March 18, March 25, and April 15, each lasting three and one half hours to four hours in duration. The adoption committee heard the presentations from the publishers and did a thorough comparison in grade level groups. The teachers and administrators individually evaluated the materials that were on display at the Alvarado Adult Education Center on Thursday, March 22; Friday, March 23; and Saturday, March 24.

The committee’s recommendations, which will be finalized on April 15,2002, will be presented to the Board of Education at its meeting.

Recommendation:
Information Only - Public Hearing

* G.2 Review of Audit of Police Services

Comment:
Staff will present information regarding the audit of Police Services. Staff will recommend the establishment of a task force to present recommendations to the Board.

Recommendation:
Information Only

* G.3 Resident Enrollment Verifications, Inter-district Transfer Verifications

Comment:
A description of current resident enrollment procedures and proposed changes for Resident Enrollment Verification including Declaration of Residence and Caregiver Affidavit will be discussed. A description of current Interdistrict transfer procedures and proposed changes in verification requirements will also be brought to the Board.

Recommendation:
For Information/Discussion Only

* G.4 Status Reports

Comment:
These are standing reports on the status of the following:

Richmond Middle School
Hercules Middle/High School Issues
Measure M Update
District Comprehensive Restroom Plan
New School Site City of Hercules – New Pacific Properties
Boundary Committee Update

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only

H. UNFINISHED REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD (continued from Item D)

I. COMMENTS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT

J. ADJOURNMENT
At 10:00 p.m., any items remaining on the agenda that require immediate attention will be moved to this time. All other items will be tabled to another, or the following Board meeting, in order to make fair and attentive decisions. The meeting will adjourn at 10:30 p.m. The meeting may be extended by a majority vote of the Board of Education.

The public may address items which are marked with an asterisk (*)

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Run dates: 2002-04-12 - 2002-04-17
 


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