New "Education Specialist" Position
This year, Cypress School District began implementation of the Learning Center Model at King and Luther Schools. Learning Centers allow for increased flexibility for providing special education services and supporting struggling students. To support this new program, the Board approved hiring one person for a newly created "Education Specialist" position to work at Luther School for the remainder of the 2016/17 school year.
Portable Classroom Building at Cawthon School Site
The district currently leases the vacant Cawthon School site to Grace Christian School for their K-8 private school. Grace plans to add a daycare program, which will require additional classroom space. The Board approved the purchase of a new 24' x 60' portable building from Elite Modular at an estimated cost of $86,500. The cost for the building, as well as all work associated with its installation, will be reimbursed by Grace Christian School. Grace will own the building, but the District will retain ownership of any permanent upgrades made to the school site.
Districtwide Energy Efficiency Consulting Services
The Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) provides funding to schools for energy efficiency projects. In October 2015, the Board approved an agreement with Climate Resolve/Climate Smart Schools in the amount of $65,000 for consulting services to assist with preparation of the District's energy expenditure plan application. At the November 10 meeting, the Board authorized amending the agreement to expand the district's energy expenditure plan. This amendment brings the total contract cost to $84,902, which will be fully reimbursed by Prop 39 funds.
STEM and Arts Modular Classroom Installation and Luther Preschool SDC Relocation Project
The project to install new STEM and arts classrooms and relocate the district's preschool Special Day Class program from Landell to Luther was completed by M.P. South, Inc., at a total cost of $2,162,922. The Board accepted the project as of November 10, 2016, and authorized filing a Notice of Completion with the County of Orange.
Maintenance/Construction Unit Price Bid Master Agreement with M.P. South, Inc.
The Board awarded a unit price bid master agreement to M.P. South, Inc. for use on an as-needed basis for various maintenance/construction projects throughout the district. The basis for establishing the low bidder was analysis of pricing based on a sample project. The agreement term is one year and may be renewed for up to five years under the same terms. Each project initiated under this master agreement will be presented for Board approval.
Data System Infrastructure Improvements at District Office
The Board authorized use of an E-rate unit price bid master agreement with ICS Services, Inc., initially awarded in March 2015 and subsequently renewed in March 2016, for data system infrastructure improvements at the District Office at a total cost not to exceed $18,890.33.
Annual Organizational Meeting
As required by Education Code, the Board designated December 8, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., as the date and time for its annual organizational meeting. At this meeting, the Board will elect its slate of officers and set the schedule of regular Board Meetings for the upcoming year. In addition, recently elected Board Member Donna McDougall will take the oath of office.
In September, the Board held a Study Session to identify four primary areas of focus for the development of district goals. At the November 10 meeting, the Board formally adopted three- to five-year goals for the district in each identified focus area, as well as strategies for the 2016/17 school year to help accomplish these goals. Click
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2016/17 District Goals and Strategies.