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Least-toxic pest management among items on Sept. 20 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


September 20, 2000



The Public Session will begin at 5:30 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.

1. CALL TO ORDER

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

3. RECESS TO CLOSED SESSION AS SCHEDULED

See Exhibit A
(Government Code Section 54954.5)

The Regular Public Session will resume at the end of the Closed Session in the Cafeteria at approximately
7 p.m.

4. OPENING PROCEDURES

4.1 Pledge of Allegiance
4.2 Welcome and Meeting Procedures
4.3 Presentation of Student School Board Member, Nancy Harrison, Middle College High School

Comments:
Nancy Harrison will serve as Student School Board Representative for Board of Education meeting dates of September 20, October 4, and October 18, 2000.

Recommendation:
For Information Only

4.4 Roll Call
4.5 Report of Closed Session
* 4.6 Agenda Review and Adoption (Public Comment)
4.7 Board Minutes: None

5. SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS AND AWARDS

* 5.1 Recognition of Catherine Guerra, Student of Pinole Valley High School

Comments:
Catherine Guerra participated and successfully completed the Summer Business Institute Program with the Academy of Business Leadership, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and expand the educational and career goals of at-risk high school students. This seven-week program is designed to give students an opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship, finance and business.

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only

* 5.2 Back to School Celebration – September 9, 2000

Comments:
The success of the recent Back to School Celebration was a result of the efforts of a large team of community and District volunteers. We ask the Board of Trustees to recognize all those individuals who planned, organized and carried out the many activities of this special event.

We give special thanks and recognition to the tireless efforts of George Harris III. Trustee Harris served as event manager and was the driving force behind the Back to School Celebration.

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only

6. 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 9. 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.

6.1 Linda Lewis-Blevins: Concern About Son’s Treatment at Pinole Middle School


BUSINESS ITEMS

7. CONSENT CALENDAR (Routine Matters)
Consent Calendar Items designated by "CC" 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. Questions regarding "CC" items may be referred to Mr. Sylvester Greenwood, Special Assistant, Community and Schools, at 620-2002.

*CC 7.1 Contracts for Professional Services

Comments:
Permission is requested of the Board of Education to approve contracts as of September 20, 2000.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.2 Formal Acceptance: Grants/Awards/Agreements

Comments:
Formal acceptance is requested from the Board of Education to accept grants/awards/agreements as
of September 20, 2000.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.3 Acceptance of Donations

Comments:
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has received donations as of September 20, 2000. The estimated values for any non-cash donation are those provided by the donor. Staff recommends acceptance of these donations.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.4 Summary of Payroll and Vendor Warrants

Comments:
Attached are the summaries of Payroll and Vendor warrants issued during the month of August 2000.

Total of payroll warrants: $ 3,935,306
Total of vendor warrants: $ 8,187,051

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval


*CC 7.5 Notification of Recommended Formal Claim Rejection

Comments:
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has received a claim for personal injury. The District’s risk management firm has investigated the claim and is requesting that the Board of Education authorize the rejection.

2000-2002 CLAIM REJECTED

School or Department Date of Occurrence Claimant Type of Loss Disposition ofSettlement

Highland Elementary School 3/30/00 DistrictStudent Personal Injury Rejected

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.6 Notification of Claim Approvals and Settlement Payments

Comments:
The West Contra Costa Unified School District has received claims requesting compensation for personal injury. The District’s risk management firm has investigated the claims for District liability and is recommending Board of Education approval of settlement payments.

2000-2001 CLAIM SETTLEMENTS

Plaintiff Defendant Settlement Attorneys Fees

Raychelle Dobbins WCCUSD $20,000.00

Marvin Dyson, Sr. WCCUSD $ 2,500.00

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.7 Approval of Fund-Raising Activities

Comments:
Planned fund raising activities for the 2000-01 school year are summarized as of September 20, 2000.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval


*CC 7.8 Adult Education Courses for 2000-2001 School Year

Comments:
The Adult Education Course List requires approval of the Board of Education in order for the West Contra Costa Unified School District to collect ADA.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.9 Agreement Between West Contra Costa Adult Education and Live Oak Living Center

Comments:
It is requested that the Board of Education approve the collaborative agreement between West Contra Costa Adult Education and Live Oak Living Center to provide clinical training for Adult Education’s Certified Nurses’ Assistant program.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.10 Digital High School Grant - Cycle 4

Comments:
Grant applications are required to have the Board of Education certify in open session that the majority of certificated staff at the school applying for Digital High School funds has indicated support for participating in the Digital High School Program. Attached are the results of the voting by staff at Middle College High School.

The Digital High School Education Technology Grant Program, authorized by Assembly Bill 64 specifies, “It is the intent of the Legislature that all high schools in the state become digital high schools’ by the end of the first year of the 21st century and that these schools fully integrate computers, networks, training, and software to achieve computer literacy in all pupils and faculty and to improve academic achievement.” The Department of Education has randomly selected Middle College High School for participation in the fourth application cycle.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.11 Agreement Between West Contra Costa Adult Education, Internship Students, and
Participating Employers

Comments:
To provide practical training for Adult Education teacher aides: career training in Disability Services:

CAP, George Miller Center, Las Trampas, Futures Explored, ALIVE, Cerebral Palsy, CIWP, Commercial Support Services

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.12 Resolution No. 38-0001: To Renew Contract Agreement with the Department of
Rehabilitation for Fiscal Year July 1, 2000, through June 30, 2001

Comments:
The State of California Department of Rehabilitation contracts with the District to provide vocational rehabilitation services to individuals with a substantial handicap to employment. Staff requests approval of Resolution No. 38-0001 to continue the cooperative program for the 2000-01 fiscal year.

Total Project: 1999-2000: $405,240 Total Project 2000-2001: $383,716

Dept. of Rehab. Program Costs: $159,64 $155,846
Reimbursed LEA Program Costs: 144,066 131,941
LEA contributed program costs: 101,310 95,929

Due to salary increases after Department of Rehabilitation approved initial budget the revised budget is as follows:

Total (REVISED) Project 2000-01: $425,336

Dept. of Rehab. Program Costs: 182,309
Reimbursed LEA program costs: 136,693
LEA contributed program costs: 106,334

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

*CC 7.13 Board of Education Support for AB2115

Comments:
AB 2115 is on Governor Davis’ desk awaiting his signature. The bill includes the following:

1. Requires new school construction projects to include automated fire detection, alarm and sprinkler
systems.
2. Requires school modernization projects to include automated fire detection and alarm systems.
3. Makes other changes related to school fire safety.

The Governor has until September 30, 2000, to sign the legislation into law.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval


8. ACTION ITEMS

* 8.1 Administrative Appointments 2000-2001

Comments:
The following administrative appointment will be reported for 2000-2001:

Elementary Principal

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

* 8.2 Board Policy

Comments:
The following revised Board Policies are presented for information and Board of Education approval:

BP 3553 Free and Reduced-Price Meals
BP 5113 Absences and Excuses
BP 6162-8 Research Partnerships

The first reading of the Board Policies was August 16, 2000.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

* 8.3 Board Policy, Administrative Regulation and Exhibits

Comments:
The following new Board Policy is presented for information and Board of Education approval:

BP 6162.8 Research Partnerships

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

* 8.4 Approval of the 1999-2000 (J-200) Unaudited Financial Report

Each year, the West Contra Costa Unified School District is required to file the annual unaudited financial repot (J-200) for all funds.

Staff request approval to file this report with the county superintendent.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

* 8.5 Contra Costa County School Boards Association and CIF Representative

Comments:
Attached is the CCCSBA Ballot for selection of a representative and alternative representative to the CCCSBA Board of Directors and also for a CIF representative.

Recommendation:
Recommend Approval

9. DISCUSSION ITEMS

* 9.1 Least-Toxic Integrated Pest Management

Comments:
Staff, Board of Education, and public discussion of the development of a policy of “Least - Toxic Integrated Pest Management” geared toward replacing the use of toxic chemicals with more environmentally benign alternatives. The development and implementation of such a policy would include biological pest control, structural modifications, and increased sanitation. Dr. Jeffrey Dickemann will review the basis of such a policy and model policies from other districts including San Francisco Unified’s “Least-Toxic Integrated Pest Management Policy.”

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only

* 9.2 Update on District Strategic Planning

Comments:
At the August 8-10, 2000, Administrator’s Academy, West Contra Costa Unified School District administrators were given the opportunity to work on their goals for 2000-2001 in relationship to the seven Strategic Priorities identified in the District Strategic Plan. Bill Chiment did a presentation on “Managing the Realities of Change.”

Eight leadership teams from Kennedy and Pinole Valley High Schools, Portola Middle School, Lake and Valley View Elementary Schools, Personnel Services, Instructional Support Services, and the Title I Department have signed up for a day and a half training with Bill Chiment on September 15-16, 2000. The leadership teams will take their respective groups through mini-strategic planning this year. A second group will receive training in January.

The Core Strategic Plan Team will meet on September 14, 2000, to review feedback from the community regarding our Strategic Plan and make any necessary revisions.

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only


* 9.3 Status Reports

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

Richmond Middle School
Hercules Middle/High School
Pupil Services Center
Facilities Master Plan

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only

* 9.4 Annual Report of Personnel Services Division

Comments:
Attached is the Annual Report of Personnel Services Division prepared by the leadership team of the division. There will be a brief presentation regarding the report.

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only

* 9.5 Board Policy and Administrative Regulation

Comments:
The following new Board Policy and Administrative Regulation are presented for information only:

BP 0100 Mission Statement and Core values
BP 0210 Strategic Priorities
BP 0400 Action Plans
AR 0420 School Plans/Site Councils
BP 0500 Accountability

The Board Policy, Administrative Regulation and Exhibits are presented for a first reading. The Board Policy will be reviewed again and considered for Board of Education action at the meeting of October 4, 2000.

Recommendation:
For Discussion/Information Only


10. UNFINISHED REQUESTS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD (continued from Item 6)

11. COMMENTS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION AND SUPERINTENDENT

12. 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 (*)



GLJ:sr
Agenda09.20


EXHIBIT A
(Government Code Section 54954.5)
CLOSED SESSION AGENDA

September 20, 2000

1. CONFERENCE WITH REAL PROPERTY NEGOTIATOR

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

a. Office for Civil Rights - Investigation: Discrimination Complaints

b. Discrimination Complaint

c. Potential Litigation - Report on Investigation: Discrimination Complaint

d. Potential Litigation - Breach of Contract

e. Potential Litigation - Bidding Procedures

f. Potential Litigation - Liability Claims: Unlawful Detainer

g. Potential Litigation - Eviction Proceedings

h. Potential Litigation - Huntington (Hercules Project)

i. Potential Litigation - Cortelyou and Cole

j. CRTA Protect v. West Contra Costa Unified School District

k. West Contra Costa Unified School District v. Robin and Darrel Cowan

l. Pending Litigation:

1. Douangmala v. WCCUSD
2. Kerreos/Tutass v. WCCUSD
3. Doe v. WCCUSD
4. Fuller v. WCCUSD
5. Tate v. WCCUSD
6. Gaines v. WCCUSD
7. Oden v. WCCUSD
8. Bynum v. WCCUSD
9. Doherty Truck Rental v. WCCUSD
10. Mann v. WCCUSD
11. Pupil Services Center v. WCCUSD

m. Anticipated Litigation/Initiation of Litigation
(Government Code Section 54956.9 (C): 1 Case re Education Code Compliance

1. Audit of 1996-97 Attendance

3. LIABILITY CLAIMS (Government Code Section 54956.95)

4. CONFERENCE WITH LABOR NEGOTIATOR

a. ATKINSON, ANDELSON, LOYA, RUUD, & ROMO/Paul Loya

b. Employee Organizations

- UTR

- Local One

- School Supervisors Association

- WCCAA

c. Unrepresented Employees

- Confidential and Management

5. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT

a. Elementary Principal

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

7. STUDENT DISCIPLINE (Education Code Section 35146)

a. Expulsions

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

9. REPORT OF CLOSED SESSION ACTIONS, if any.





Run dates: 2000-09-15 - 2000-09-20
 


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