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SANTA CLARA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

1290 Ridder Park Drive

San Jose, California 95131

 

BOARD AGENDA

September 4, 2013

Regular Meeting # 2125

San Jose Room

5:00 p.m.

 

 

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:   Gerry Lopez, Migrant Education Manager, Student Services Branch

 

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.       Subject Matter:  Inter-District Transfer Appeal Filed on Behalf of Student

Resident District:  Ravenswood City School District (San Mateo County)

Desired District:  Mountain View Whisman School District  

 

 

 OPEN SESSION   Approximately 6:45 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.

 

·         Email, dated August 16, 2013, Serge Bonte, Subject: 2 modest (and ecumenical) suggestions for your “Universal Preschool Initiative”

·         Email, dated August 16, 2013, forwarded by Grace Mah, Subject: BCS Letter to LASD Requesting Joint Meeting Regarding Facilities Use Agreement

·         Email, dated August 16, 2013, forwarded by Grace Mah, Subject: Bullis Charter School_Message from Ken Moore, BCS Board Chair

·         Letter, dated August 19, 2013, San Jose City Mayor Chuck Reed, RE:  support of Alpha Public School’s request for a middle school charter from the Alum Rock Union School District

 

8.         SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

9.         CONSENT ACTION ITEMS 

 

      *    A.    Request Approval of Minutes of Regular Board Meeting of August 21, 2013 (#2124)

 

      *    B.    Request Adoption of Resolution Declaring October 11, 2013 as “College Day”

                    As part of an effort to promote a college going culture and increase college attainment for first generation students, a broad-based coalition of organizations have organized “College Day.”  The goal of College Day is to create and strengthen a college-going culture of high expectations, academic achievement and college knowledge.  Administration recommends adoption of resolution declaring October 11, 2013 as College Day.

 

      *    C.    Request Approval to Accept Kaiser Permanente’s Violence Prevention Grant

                    Kaiser Permanente offers one year funding in the area of violence prevention.  The SCCOE seeks to provide the Olweus Bullying Prevention training to five schools in Santa Clara County.  The implementation of this program will foster a caring school climate where youth will feel connected and engaged in learning.   Administration recommends approval to accept Kaiser Permanente’s Violence Prevention Grant.  (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

      *    D.    Acceptance of Donations

                    Donations were made to the Office of the Superintendent, Student Services and Educational Services Branch.  Administration recommends acceptance of donations.

 

      *    E.    Request Approval of Revised Parent Notification Letters of English Learner Student Classification and Program Options for 2013-14 (Addendum to the SCCOE Master Plan for Services to English Learners – Forms EL 5.3, EL 5.5 and EL 5.6)    

                    California Education Code (52164, et al) requires that all programs provide a process for identifying and assessing those students who might need the services of an English Learners program if they have a primary language other than English. Federal Title III, No Child Left Behind provisions and State Requirements mandate that the parents of English Learners (attending regular instructional programs and those receiving special education services) be

                    notified of their student’s classification as an English Learner (EL) or as a Fluent English Proficient (FEP) student.  Administration recommends approval of revised Parent Notification Letters of English Learner Student Classification and Program Options for 2013-14 (Addendum  to the SCCOE Master Plan for Services to English Learners – Forms EL 5.3, EL 5.5 and EL 5.6)      (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

     *      F.     Request Approval of Revised Reclassification Criteria of English Learner Students with Disabilities for 2013-14 (Addendum to the SCCOE Master Plan for Services to English Learners – Form EL 15.1)   

                    California Education Code, Section 303(b) and the Federal Title III Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Learners require that LEAs reclassify English Learner pupils (ELs) to proficient in English by using a process and established criteria in a manner consistent with federal statutes and regulations. Administration recommends approval of  Revised Reclassification Criteria of English Learner Students with Disabilities for 2013-14 (Addendum to the SCCOE Master Plan for Services to English Learners – Form EL 15.1)      (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

10.       PUBLIC HEARING

 

     *      A.    Public Hearing on the Charter School Petition for Alpha Middle School (60 mins.)

                    On July 26, 2013, the Innovative Schools Office of the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) received a petition from Alpha Middle School seeking approval to open Alpha Middle School 2.  This petition was submitted on appeal from the Alum Rock Union Elementary School District (District), having been denied by the District’s Board of Education on July 2, 2013.  California Education Code Section 47605 requires that “no later than 30 days after receiving a petition…the governing board of the school district shall hold a public hearing on the provisions of the charter, at which time the governing board of the school district shall consider the level of support for the petition by teachers employed by the district, other employees of the district, and parents.” The Education Code further requires that the “governing board of the school district shall either grant or deny the charter within 60 days of receipt of the petition, provided, however, that the date may be extended by an additional 30 days if both parties agree to the extension.”  The item has been placed on the Sept 18, 2013 Board agenda for a vote.   (Toni Cordova)

 

 11.              INFORMATION ITEMS

 

      *    A.  City of San Jose Council Agenda – June 18, 2013, Item 11.3   (30 mins.)

                  City of San Jose Councilmember, Donald Rocha, is interested in establishing reasonable land use regulations for new schools sites.  He has recommended that staff from the City coordinate with the Santa Clara County Office of Education in developing these regulations to ensure that both the City’s land use goals and the County’s goal of promoting high-quality education are met.  Councilmember Rocha will present information to the Santa Clara County Board of Education relative to his recommendation.  (Toni Cordova)

 

      *    B.   Update on Fiscal Oversight of Gilroy Unified School District (GUSD) (20 mins.)

On February 1, 2013, Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Xavier De La Torre, declared the District a lack of going concern and appointed Ms. Nimrat Johal as the Fiscal Advisor to the District to perform the duties prescribed by California Education Code (EC) 42127.6.  On March 20, 2013, Ms. Johal provided, to the Santa Clara County Board of Education (SCCBOE), a summary of the District’s fiscal position.  During this oversight, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) provided the District a loan to help them with cash flow issues. On June 30, 2013, the District repaid the $3.8 million loan that it had received from SCCOE. The District closed the books for fiscal year 2012-13 with a positive fund balance and cash position. Ms. Johal will provide an update of the current status of the District.  (Micaela Ochoa)

 

      *    C.   Migrant Education Program Update (20 mins.)

                  The goal of the Santa Clara County Office of Education—Migrant Education Program is to ensure that all migrant students reach challenging academic standards and graduate with a high school diploma (or complete a GED) that prepares them for responsible citizenship, further learning, and productive employment.  (Dr. Angelica Ramsey)

 

      *    D.    First Reading Revised Conflict of Interest of BB 9270 and E 9270   

                    On August 21, 2013, the Policy Development Subcommittee met and approved the revisions to Board Bylaw (BB) 9270 and Exhibit € 9270.  The revisions reflect changes in accordance with the California School Board Association (CSBA) model which provides for a resolution in adopting a conflict of interest code as an Exhibit to the Policy.  In addition, language was added to BB 9270 and E 9270 to ensure that we address the statutory requirements for review and approval by the County Board of Supervisors.

 

             E.   County Board of Education Members Report  

                    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.

·         Update on Revolution Foods, Jan 15 (Member Di Salvo)

·         Strategic Planning Group, Nov/Dec (President Mah)

·         Strategic Plan Progress, 2nd Meeting of the Month starting Sept 18

·         Quarterly Update on Universal Preschool, Nov 13 (Member Green)

·         SCCOE Comparability Study  (President Mah)

·         STRIVE and Collective Impact (Joseph Di Salvo)

·         Discussion on Strategic Plan with Respect to Serving Districts and Supporting Charter Schools (Member Green)

·         Alternative Education Department (AED) Academic and Counseling Resources Over Weekends (Member Di Salvo)

 

13.       ADJOURNMENT

 

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for September 18, 2013.  For Board agendas and meeting minutes please see our Web site at www.sccoe.org.