Excerpts from the Regular Meeting of the Cypress School District
Board of Trustees held on September 13, 2017
School Volunteer Emily Lu
Emily Lu, a student at Beckman High School in Irvine, was recognized by the Board for volunteering her time and talent to paint school logos and murals at Landell, Luther, Morris, and Vessels. Emily was also presented with a certificate from the office o f Assemblymember Sharon Quirk-Silva.

Landell Presentations
Studen ts and staff from Landell demons trate d ways kindergarten, second, fourth, and fifth grade students are learning about computer coding.
Boy Scout and Landell alumnus Tyler Lum shared information about his Eagle Scout project at Landell in which he raised over $6,000 to construct an outdoor STEM classroom seating area and a self-watering planter.  The Board thanked Tyler for his contribution and presented him with a certificate of appreciation.  Scouts Michael Gallager and Bennett Cousins also received certificates for their work on the Landell outdoor classroom area.
2016/17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Julie Gautreau, Coordinator, Assessment and Technology, provided the Board with information regarding district results of the 2016/17 California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP).
Class Act Program at King
The Board approved an agreement with the Pacific Symphony for King's 12th year of participation in the Class Act program, which provides students the opportunity to explore a different composer and theme each year. The composer for 2017/18 is Ludwig van Beethoven, and the theme is "Trials to Triumph."  The $3,510 cost is paid from the school's Title I funds.
Sufficiency of Instructional Materials
As required by Education Code, the Board held a public hearing to provide parents, teachers, bargaining unit leaders, and community members an opportunity to share information regarding the adequacy of instructional materials in our schools. No speakers addressed the Board. Following the hearing, the Board adopted Resolution 178-02 affirming a finding of sufficient instructional materials for the 2017/18 school year.
GATE Certification Program for Teachers
An agreement with Dr. Jennifer Krogh was approved for an ongoing GATE certification program for upper-grade teachers, providing a second year of training for teachers who began the program last year and initiating a new round of training this school year. The total cost for 2017/18 will not exceed $19,300 and will be paid from Educator Effectiveness state grant funding. 
Red Ribbon Week
The Board adopted Resolution 178-05 in support of Red Ribbon Week, which will take place October 23-31, 2017.
Week of the School Administrator
Resolution No. 178-06  was adopted recognizing October 9-13, 2017, as "Week of the School Administrator."  In April each year, the Board also adopts resolutions recognizing "Day of the Teacher" and "Classified School Employee Week." These resolutions represent the Board's appreciation for the mutual efforts of all personnel in support of instruction in the Cypress School District.
Bus Transportation for Outdoor Science School
The Board awarded a contract for bus transportation for sixth grade outdoor science school to Certified Transportation Services, Inc. 
Integration of Student Information Systems
An agreement with the San Joaquin County Office of Education was approved for the development and support of a system that will allow coordination of information between the district's Aeries Student Information System and its Special Education Information System. The initial development cost is $4,000, and the annual maintenance fee, which is based on special education enrollment, will be approximately $675. 
Contract for Janitorial Supplies
As allowed by Public Contract Code, the Board authorized use of a California Multiple Award Schedule (CMAS) contract for janitorial supplies awarded to Advantage West Government Product Solutions. Use of such a contract provides access to discount volume pricing.
Lease of Damron Elementary School Site
The district currently leases the vacant Damron school site to Del Sol School, a private special education K-12 school. The agreement requires a 24-month termination notice. In order to provide the district with greater flexibility to adjust to changing community needs, the Board authorized issuance of a notice of termination letter.
Exchange of Real Property
Following the Board's decision in May 2017 to consider proposals for the exchange of 3.7 acres of surplus District Office property, the district issued a request for proposals. Melia Homes, Inc. was selected as a result of the competitive bid process. At the September meeting, the Board adopted a resolution authorizing execution of an exchange agreement with Melia Homes whereby the surplus district property would be exchanged for another property valued at $12,500,000.
Completion of Data Network Upgrades at King, Morris, and Vessels
Data network upgrades were performed at King, Morris, and Vessels to provide 10GB speed and capacity. The Board approved filing notices of completion for these projects. The final project costs were: King $30,492.56, Morris $28,272.90, and Vessels $35,778.56. The district will seek reimbursement for a portion of these costs through the US Department of Education's E-Rate program.  Similar projects at Arnold, Landell, and Luther were completed in August.
Gann Limit
The 1979 "Gann Initiative" requires districts to formally adopt an annual appropriations limit based on the previous year appropriation with adjustments for cost of living, population, and other factors. The Board adopted Resolution 178-04 establishing the District's adjusted 2016/17 Gann Limit of $26,973,167 and the 2017/18 estimated limit of $27,772,698.
2016/17 Unaudited Actuals
As required by Education Code Section 42100, the Board certified its review of the district's final revenue and expenditure figures for 2016/17. The General Fund closed with an ending balance of $10,444,446. Total General Fund revenues totaled $40,973,766, versus total General Fund expenditures and transfers out of $40,993,399, resulting in a decrease to the General Fund of $19,633.
Agreement with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP for Communication Services
The Board approved entering into a retainer agreement with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP to provide communication assistance in the event of an emergency or other special circumstance.  Expenses will only be incurred if and when services are utilized.
2017/18 District Goals and Strategies
The Board adopted updated goals for the 2017/18 school year, along with strategies for achieving those goals. Click here to view the  2017/18 District Goals and Strategies.
Additional information from the Board Meeting is available here
Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Donna McDougall - Brian Nakamura - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D.

Anne Silavs