Excerpts from the Regular Meeting of the Cypress School District
Board of Trustees 
held on November 13, 2017
Pledge of Allegiance
Cub Scout Pack 673 led the Pledge of Allegiance.  Scouts participating were  Richard Doan, Aiden Gonzalez, Erik Hsieh, Dylan Ho, Sean Ho, Evan Schuster, and Shaun Tamayo.
School Presentation - Steve Luther Elementary School
Luther Student Council officers shared why we celebrate the Veterans Day holiday each year. Following their presentation, Transitional Kindergarten students performed America the Beautiful (with sign language) and Albuquerque Turkey.  Student Council Officers presenting were  Kuhu Gupta, Mikayla Luu, Joshua Mitry, Julianne Rosas, and Jason Walters. Singers were  Violet Abutal, Arizbeth Aguirre, Amelia DeVry, Ayva Echaves, Kendall Guillen, Emilia Jauregui, Hunter Karr, Levi McCormick, and Kennia Ramos.
Staff Presentation - Smarter Balanced Assessments
Julie Gautreau, Coordinator of Assessment and Technology, provided the Board with a follow-up report on the 2017 administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments which included results of the district's significant ethnic groups as well as special education, English learner, and socioeconomically disadvantaged student populations.
Maintenance/Construction Unit Price Bid Master Agreement
The Board approved renewal of a master agreement with M.P. South, Inc. for maintenance and construction improvement projects throughout the district.  Individual projects will be performed on an as-needed basis and presented for Board approval in the form of a purchase order or contract.
Super Co-Op
The district participates in the Super Co-Op, a cooperative organization that assists school districts in obtaining food products from the USDA Foods program at the best possible price.  The Board approved renewing membership in the Co-Op for the 2018/19 school year. The annual membership fee is $450.
Luther Playground Upgrade Project
In June 2017, the Board approved replacement of the playground equipment at Luther by Dave Bang Associates. The upgrade project was completed at a final cost of $103,413.97, and the Board authorized filing a notice of completion with the County of Orange.
Consultant for Public Relations Administrative Support
The Board approved an agreement with Lynn Davis, a public relations consultant, to provide support on issues related to the exchange of a portion of the district office property. His services will be utilized on an as-needed basis through June 30, 2019, at a maximum cost of $38,000.
Consultant Agreement for Appeal to State Allocation Board
State matching funds for the Luther modernization project were recently approved by the State Allocation Board, but at the 2012 rate rather than the 2017 rate, resulting in a loss of over $200,000.  The Board approved a consultant agreement with Thomas Duffy, a lobbyist with Murdoch, Walrath & Holmes, to assist the district in appealing the award amount. The total cost for Mr. Duffy's services will not exceed $10,000.
Board Compensation for Missed Meeting
Per Board Bylaw 9250, the Board must take action to authorize full compensation for any Board Member who was absent from a meeting. Trustee Sandra Lee was unable to attend the October 12, 2017 Regular Board Meeting due to hardship. The Board adopted Resolution 178-07 authorizing full compensation for Trustee Lee for the month of October 2017.
Establish Annual Organizational Meeting
As required by Education Code, the Board formally selected December 14, 2017 as the date for its annual organizational meeting. At the organizational meeting, the Board elects officers and representatives and sets the schedule of meetings for the upcoming calendar year. 
Local Indicators for California School Accountability System and California School Dashboard
Tandy Taylor, Director of Instructional Services, provided the Board with a report of district progress on the state's four local indicators: Basic conditions for learning (qualified teachers, textbook sufficiency, and safe/clean facilities), Implementation of academic standards, School climate, and Parent engagement. Reporting district progress to the Board of Trustees at a public meeting enables the district to achieve "Met" status in these four areas. 
Additional information from the Board Meeting is available here
Special Meeting - Facilities Master Plan
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 5:00 p.m.

Regular Meeting
Thursday, December 14, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Donna McDougall - Brian Nakamura - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D.

Anne Silavs