Excerpts from the Regular Meeting of the Cypress School District
Board of Trustees held on March 8, 2017

Flag Ceremony

Girl Scouts from Troop 2800 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Participating Scouts included Mikayla Bowman, Mia Bribiesca, Rebecca Bramlett, Laura Wakayama, Jessica Stone, Mia McMurray, Ella Pace, Krisha Parekh, and Elke Travis.



Book Donation by Kiwanis Club of Cypress
Kiwanis President, Lydia Sondhi, and several Club members presented a gift of four new books for each school library. 
  • The Borrowers by Mary Norton
  • Look at Me! The Art of the Portrait for Children by Claudia Strand
  • Nuts by Paula Gerritsen
  • Want to be in a Band? by Suzzy Roche & Giselle Potter


Morris Student Presentation

Kimberly Wong, Keiran Edmunson, and Kaylin Chan from Morris' IMPACT service group shared several "Morris News" video announcements filmed on campus.

The broadcasts can be viewed on the MorrisMustangNews YouTube page.

STEM Program Update
Adam Kelly and Melinda Steele, STEM Teachers on Special Assignment, provided the Board with an update on the district's STEM program and the Next Generation Science Standards.
Public Hearing Regarding Collective Bargaining Negotiations with California School Employees Association (CSEA), Chapter 325
Prior to commencement of collective bargaining negotiations, Government Code requires that the public be provided an opportunity to address the Board regarding initial union and district proposals. A public hearing was held regarding the district's initial proposal to CSEA, which includes contract articles on Wages, Hours of Employment, and Leaves.

PARS Supplementary Retirement Plan Rescinded
On January 19, 2017, the Board adopted a resolution to establish a supplementary retirement plan and offer a voluntary retirement incentive to non-management certificated employees. The number of responses to the offer was not sufficient to meet the district's financial objectives, and the plan was therefore rescinded.

My School Locator Application
The Board approved an agreement with DecisionInsite for My School Locator, a web-based map application that displays school boundaries and identifies the home school associated with a specific address.  The application will be made available on the district website. The cost for a one-year license is $895.

Architect Agreement for District Office Property
Following the February 16, 2017, Study Session regarding the District Office property, the Board directed staff to develop an architectural proposal. At the March meeting, the Board approved an agreement with Ghataode Bannon Architects to develop plans at a cost not to exceed $34,000.

Parking Expansion at King School
To accommodate the new State Preschool Program recently opened on the King campus, the Board authorized construction of an expanded parking area. The work will be performed by M.P. South, Inc., utilizing a previously awarded master agreement, at a cost of $94,129.50.

2016/17 Second Interim Financial Report
School districts are required by the state to submit two interim financial reports each fiscal year and certify if the district will (positive certification), will not (negative certification), or might (qualified certification) meet its financial obligations for the current fiscal year and the two succeeding fiscal years. The Board approved filing a positive certification for the district's Second Interim Financial Report.

California School Boards Association Delegate Assembly
Each year, as a member of the California School Boards Association, the Board has an opportunity to elect members to the organization's Delegate Assembly.  This year, the Board cast five votes for nine openings in Region 15, which represents school districts in Orange County.

Trustee Area Election Maps
Dr. Justin Levitt of National Demographics Corporation presented four additional draft trustee area maps reflecting greater parity of population between trustee areas. Following review and discussion of the maps, the Board selected three maps to be presented at two public hearings planned for April and May.  

Draft Map 2b
Draft Map 2c
Draft Map 3b
Additional information from the Board Meeting is available here
Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Open Session 7:00 p.m.
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Donna McDougall - Brian Nakamura - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D.

Anne Silavs