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SANTA CLARA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

1290 Ridder Park Drive

San Jose, California 95131

 

BOARD AGENDA

January 15, 2014

Regular Meeting #2131

San Jose Room

 

Teleconference Location:

Residential Address

275 E. Center Street, #705

Anaheim, CA  92805

 

5:00 p.m. (PST)

 

OPEN SESSION 5:00 p.m.  (San Jose Room)

 

1.         CALL TO ORDER  

A.  Roll Call (Including Action on Absences if Necessary)

            B.  Adoption of Agenda

            C.  Pledge of Allegiance

 

2.         EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH:  Juana Lazaga-Kaanapu, Teacher, Severe Disabilities, Special Education, Gateway

 

3.         PUBLIC COMMENTS OF PERSONS DESIRING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD OR TO PRESENT PETITIONS

            At this time members of the public may address the Board on any issue within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board or agenda item.  Members of the public may also address the Board on an agenda item before or during the Board’s consideration of the item.  No action can be taken on an item not on the agenda at this time, but may be referred to the administration or put on a future agenda.  In accordance with Board Bylaw 9323, individual remarks will be limited to 3 minutes each, unless otherwise stipulated.

 

CLOSED SESSION (Board Room)  

 

4.         The Board will hold a Closed Session to consider the following item: 

           

A.    Conference with Legal Counsel—Anticipated Litigation

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(2) ― Four Cases

   

B.     Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation

(Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1))

Sharma et al. v. Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Clara et al., Sacramento Superior Ct. Case No. 34-2013-80001396

 

C.     Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation

(Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1))

County of Santa Clara et al. v. Milpitas Economic Development Corp. et al.,

Sacramento Superior Ct. Case No. 34-2013-80001436

 

D.    Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation

(Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1))

Santa Clara County Office of Education et al. v. Successor Agency to the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Sunnyvale et al.,

Sacramento Superior Ct. Case No. 34-2013-80001627

 

E.     Conference with Legal Counsel – Existing Litigation

(Government Code Section 54956.9(d)(1))

Santa Clara County Board of Education vs. Dr. Walter Charles Weis, Santa Clara County Superior Ct., Case No. 1-12-CV-237595

   

OPEN SESSION Immediately Following Closed Session ― Approximately 6:30 p.m. (San Jose Room)  

 

5.         Report of actions taken in Closed Session

 

6.         PUBLIC COMMENTS OF PERSONS DESIRING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD OR TO PRESENT PETITIONS

            At this time members of the public may address the Board on any issue within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Board or agenda item.  Members of the public may also address the Board on an agenda item before or during the Board’s consideration of the item.  No action can be taken on an item not on the agenda at this time, but may be referred to the administration or put on a future agenda.  In accordance with Board Bylaw 9323, individual remarks will be limited to 3 minutes each, unless otherwise stipulated.

 

7.         CORRESPONDENCE   

            Correspondence addressed to the Santa Clara County Board of Education.  Correspondence addressed to individual board members will be mailed to them directly.

 

·         Letter, December 16, 2013, Nigro & Nigro, PC, RE:  Audit of Financial Statements  

·         Email, December 23, 2013, Gemma Abels, Subject:  Navigator Schools

·         Email, December 29, 2013, Taryn Kitchen, Subject:  Stop Rocketship

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Carol Ring, Subject: Please deny Rocketship’s petition to open five charter schools

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Aly Trivedi, Subject: Please oppose Rocketship Charter Schools in Morgan Hill

·         Email, January 7, 2014, H. Weiman, Subject:  Stop Rocketship now

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Ann Baker, Subject:  Take Action Now.  Stop Rocketship now.

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Chris Simenstad, Subject: Deny the charter chain please

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Brett Bymaster, Subject:  Rocketship & Navigator Morgan Hill petitions

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Dan Mikkelsen, Subject:  Please oppose Rocketship charter expansion

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Hannah MacLaren, Subject: Morgan Hill and Rocketship

·         Email, January 7, 2014, Shari Elmer, Subject:  Rocketship in Morgan Hill

·         Email, January 8, 2014, Dr. Meg White, Subject:  Stop Rocketship Now

·         Email, January 8, 2014, Roxana Marachi, Subject:  Research Perspectives on Rocketship

·         Email, January 8, 2014, Tom Gallagher, Subject:  No to Rocketship

·         Email, January 8, 2014, Nancy Morimoto, Subject:  Concerned about Rocketship Charters Expansion to Morgan Hill

·         Email, January 8, 2014, Elena Hernandez, Subject: Approval of Morgan Hill Navigator Charter School

·         Email, January 9, 2014, Joseph Di Salvo, Subject:  I read this article on edweek.org

·         Email, January 9, 2014, Jona Denz-Hamilton, Subject:  Navigator Vote

·         Email, January 9, 2014, Sarah Stone, Subject:  Please do not allow Navigator Charter Schools to open in Morgan Hill

·         Email, January 9, 2014, Glen Webb, Subject: Navigator Appeal

   

8.         SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

9.         CONSENT ACTION ITEMS   

 

      *    A.    Request Approval of Minutes of Special Board Meeting of December 9, 2013 (#2129-S2)

 

      *    B.    Request Approval of Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of December 11, 2013 (#2130)

 

      *    C.    Request Approval of Minutes of Special Board Meeting of December 11, 2013 (#2130-S1)

 

      *    D.  Request Adoption of Second Reading of Revised Board Policies 0420, 5141.27, 6144, and 6162.6     

                   On November 13, 2013, the Policy Development Subcommittee met and approved the revision       of BP 0420—School Plan/Site Councils, BP 5141.27―Food Allergies/Special Dietary Needs,      BP 6144—Controversial Issues, and BP 6162.6—Use of Copyrighted Materials.  Administration recommends adoption of Second Reading of Revised Board Policies 0420, 5141.27, 6144, and 6162.6.  (Toni Cordova)

 

      *    E.   Request Adoption of Second Reading of Revised Board Policies 5145.3 and 1312.3       

                    The California Department of Education (CDE) conducted a Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) visit at SCCOE on December 2, 3 and 4, 2013.  The monitoring visit covered certain federally funded programs including but not limited to Title I, Title III and Perkins Funding. During the visit, it was determined that two of the SCCOE Board Policies are not compliant with current federal regulations. This determination resulted in a finding. The two affected policies are:  Non-Discrimination/Harassment Board Policy 5145.3 and Uniform Complaint Procedures Board Policy 1312.3.  The changes to the policies reflect mandated language that reflects provisions of state and federal law.  Administration recommends adoption of Second Reading of Revised Board Policies 5145.3 and 1312.3 (Toni Cordova)

   

      *    F.   Request Approval of Contract Exceeding $100,000       

                   The Head Start program is requesting the approval of a contract exceeding $100,000 for the replacement of the HVAC system at the Rouleau site.  Head Start funds will be used for this project.  Administration recommends approval of contract exceeding $100,000 for Premier Builders, Inc.  (Dr. Mary Ann Dewan)

 

      *    G.  Request Approval of Acceptance of Career Technical Education (CTE) Teach Grant       

                   CTE Teach is a program that provides new teacher support to CTE teachers in K-12 districts, ROCP’s, community college and charter schools. Teachers from all districts and ROP’s in Santa Clara and San Benito counties are eligible to participate in the CTE Teach program. The program will provide teachers with support and resources in the areas of classroom management, teaching strategies, curriculum development and project based learning methodologies.  The term of this grant is January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 and is for the amount of $2,000.  Administration recommends approval of acceptance of CTE Teach Grant.  (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

      *    H.  Request Approval of Submission for a Non-Competitive Grant Application to The David and Lucile Packard Foundation       

                   A non-competitive grant is being offered by The David and Lucile Packard Foundation to support statewide and local birth through third grade strategic planning and implementation activities.  If funded, the Santa Clara County Office of Education will receive $200,000 to implement birth through third grade efforts.  Administration recommends approval of submission for a non-competitive grant application to The David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  (Dr. Mary Ann Dewan)

 

      *    I.     Request Approval to Submit the Annual Non-Competitive Head Start/Early Head Start Grant Application and Addendums for 2014-15   

                    The Early Learning Services Department has received notification from the Administration of Children and Families, Health and Human Services Department that the Santa Clara County Office of Education is eligible to apply for the annual Head Start/Early Head Start grant in the amount of $21,274,905.  This grant will serve 2,268 preschool children and 88 toddlers in Santa Clara and San Benito Counties.  These funds will be available May 1, 2014 and will cover program operations through April 30, 2015.  Administration recommends approval to submit the annual non-competitive Head Start/Early Head Start grant application and addendums for 2014-15.  (Dr. Mary Ann Dewan)

 

      *    J.     Request Approval to Submit Applied Materials Foundation Grant Application   

                    A Look at Learning (A.L.L.) is a comprehensive professional development and coaching system for teachers.  The system has extensive tools, facilitator guides and video resources aligned to California Standards for the Teaching Profession.  The Sobrato Family Foundation supports SCCOE’s A Look at Learning system.  As a condition to continue to receive the Sobrato Family Foundation Grant, the A.L.L. project must raise $245,000 in matching funds by July 2015. The SCCOE will request the Applied Materials Foundation to fund a portion of A.L.L. project expenses in the areas of project evaluation and implementation.  Administration recommends approval to submit Applied Materials Foundation Grant Application.  (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

      *    K.    Request Approval of Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Programs Advisory Committee

                    Career Technical Education (CTE) is an important component of a student’s total education.  The Regional Occupational Program (ROP) is a school-to-career delivery system for high school students and adults in California.  The Advisory Committee is needed to meet accountability requirements set by the California State Department of Education.  Additionally, the Advisory Committee assists with curriculum review, verification of labor market needs and placement, and strengthens the relationship between business, industry and the community.  Administration recommends approval of the Career Technical Education/Regional Occupational Programs Advisory Committee.  (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

      *    L.    Request Acceptance of Donations

                    Donations were made to the Student Services Branch and Educational Services Branch.  Administration recommends acceptance of donations.  (Dr. Xavier De La Torre)

                     

10.       ACTION ITEM

 

      *    A.  Decision on the Charter Petition for Morgan Hill Prep – A Navigator School  (90 mins.)  

                  The Santa Clara County Office of Education, Office of Innovative Schools (OIS), received a charter petition from Morgan Hill Prep – A Navigator School, on November 1, 2013.  The petition was denied by the Morgan Hill Unified School District board of Education on October 8, 2013 and has been submitted to the Santa Clara County Board of Education on appeal.   A public hearing was held on November 20, 2013.  The Board must “either grant or deny the charter within 90 days of receipt of the petition.”  (Ed. Code, §47605, subd. (b).)  By mutual consent, the Board will act on the Petition during its January 15, 2014, meeting                    (Toni Cordova)

  

      *    B.  Request Appointment to RDA Oversight Board   (15 mins.)

                  On February 22, 2012 and March 7, 2012, the Santa Clara County Board of Education made nine RDA Oversight Board appointments.  Over the past two years, in our effort to centralize the appointments, SCCOE staff has replaced a few of the prior appointments.  Administration recommends approval of the primary and alternate appointments as presented to the Board. (Micaela Ochoa)

 

11.       INFORMATION ITEMS

 

      *    A.    Santa Clara County Office of Education 2012-2013 Annual Financial Audit Report (15 mins.)

                    In accordance with Board Policy 3460 an annual audit of the books and records of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) was conducted for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.  (Micaela Ochoa)

 

      *    B.    Update and Information on School District Consolidation Report (15 mins.)

                    A request was made by Board Members Beauchman and Di Salvo to redesign the consolidation analysis by School Services of California in order to focus on five consolidation scenarios recommended by the Civil Grand Jury in 2010 and to incorporate the recent school funding changes of the Local Control Funding Formula and determine whether or not new legislation is needed to make district consolidation more feasible.  Staff will provide information regarding the consolidation analysis by School Services of California, potential legislative changes and timelines.  (Suzanne Carrig)

     

      *    C.    Discussion on Annual Board Self-Evaluation ― Board Bylaw 9400(a)  (10 mins.)

                    The Santa Clara County Board of Education shall, as directed by the County Board President, annually conduct a self-evaluation in order to demonstrate accountability to the community and ensure that its governance of the Santa Clara County Office of Education effectively supports student achievement and the attainment of the County Office’s vision and goals.  (Dr. Xavier De La Torre)

 

      *    D.    Appointments to County Board Committees 2014    (5 mins.)

                    The Board President will present the appointments to the County Board Committees for the 2014 calendar year. 

 

            E.    County Board of Education Members Report  (10 mins.)

                   The members of the Board may give reports on any activities related to their duties as members of the Santa Clara County Board of Education.

 

12.       FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

Requested items by Board members may be addressed at this time.

·         Quarterly Update on Universal Preschool, Feb 19 (Vice President Green)

·         Update on Memorandum of Understanding on Alpha Middle School, Feb 19 (Vice President Green)

·         Update on the Alternative Education Department’s After-Hours Family Mental Health Services Pilot, June 18 (Member Mah)

·         Come Back Kids program (Independent Study) — Riverside COE (President Beauchman)

·         Update on Alternative Education Lunch Services (Member Di Salvo)

·         Kids in Common (Vice President Green)

·         STRIVE and Collective Impact (Member Di Salvo)

 

 

13.      ADJOURNMENT

 

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for February 5, 2014.  For Board agendas and meeting minutes please see our Web site at www.sccoe.org.