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Archive for December 2008

December 18 Board Meeting Highlights

Closed session: The president withdrew the superintendent search item stating that he would call a special Board workshop meeting for this item. He reserved the right to include a closed session as a part of the workshop.

Communication: Oral reports were shared concerning the student advisory council, mid-year district accomplishments, the bond oversight committee and the independent audit.

Public comment: Members of the public presented ideas concerning the Board president selection and the open enrollment process.

Initiatives: The new Board reaffirmed the sense of the 12/2005 School Reform Resolution with the understanding that specific details and financial considerations are subject to review.

The revised community engagement plan concerning small school closure and other facilities review was presented. The Board provided further suggestions in terms of the outreach and content to strengthen the perception that this time the engagement will be genuine.

Seven schools presented their year 3 program improvement corrective plans. Some Board members directed staff to prepare more information beyond PowerPoint slides to empower Board oversight.

The Board convened as a budget committee of the whole and heard presentations concerning the State budget, the district budget process and the adoption of the First Interim Report.

Consent Agenda: Income agreements, bid awards, surplus materials, and change notices and warrants approved.

Reports: Enrollment and attendance reports for October and November received.

Written by scusdobserver

December 29, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Posted in Board Meeting

Roy Grimes unanimously elected board president

Ellyne Bell elected 1st Vice President
Patrick Kennedy elected 2nd Vice President
District news release
Current Board of Education Members
The December 11, 2008 Board meeting will be broadcast on Metro Cable Channel 14 on Monday, December 15 at 8:00 p.m. and on Tuesday, December 16 at 10:00 p.m.

Meeting Highlights

Transition:
Outgoing members honored by a 3-5 pm staff party, a 5:30- 6:30 final ”no action” closed session, a 6:30 to 8:00 public goodbyes including the former superintendent and all 08/09 board members.

Swearing in:
Very nice ceremony with lots of family and local area involvement reflective of the new board’s closer approximation of Sacramento’s diversity.

Organizational meeting:
Roy Grimes, Ellyne Bell and Patrick Kennedy all unanimously elected without a contest for president and 1st/2nd VP respectively. Roy Grimes formed new committees and appointed chairs.

Public comment:
Parent expressed concerns about a lack of stability in a teaching position.

Community engagement:
The January and February dates and sites for the 10 meetings to discuss school facilities possible rental income and probable closures was presented. The outreach and comment collection procedures were also presented.

Budget:
The First Interim Budget was presented with the staffs’ recommendation that the district state that it is in qualified financial status which means it cannot state that it will meet its financial responsibilities when projected two years out. Action on this will be on the 18th. The consequences of qualified status – mostly in terms of County oversight and Board responsibilities were shared.

The Revised Board approved budget was presented by the staff and unanimously accepted by the Board with a 70 million dollar increase in expenditures explained as categorical fund movement.

Consent Agenda:
Board approved reports on 09 Board meetings, Williams Act complaints, grants and personel transactions.

Written by scusdobserver

December 13, 2008 at 4:51 am