Excerpts from the Special Meeting of the Cypress School District
Board of Trustees held on August 26, 2019
A Special Board Meeting was held to discuss options for the district's administrative headquarters, including the possibility of purchasing a commercial office building. The Board visited a property at 5816 Corporate Avenue to determine if it would meet the district's needs and whether or not there would be Board interest in submitting an offer. The Board directed staff to move forward with making a nonbinding offer. 
Excerpts from the Special Meeting of the Cypress School District
Board of Trustees held on September 10, 2019
Real Estate Purchase: The Board approved an agreement for the purchase of a commercial office building located at 5816 Corporate Avenue in Cypress for relocation of the district's administrative headquarters. The purchase price is $7,775,000.00. 

Inspections: The following agreements for inspection services for the Corporate Avenue office building were approved:
  • S&S Commercial Environmental Services, Inc. – Environmental site assessment, $1,950
  • Smith Family Exterminating – Termite inspection, $250
Excerpts from the Regular Meeting of the Cypress School District
Board of Trustees held on September 12, 2019
Pledge of Allegiance: Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 660 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Scouts participating were Nicholas Castro, David Juarez, and Jayden Sanchez.

School Presentation - Clara J. King Elementary School: Teacher Colleen Ferreira provided an update on the PATHS (Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies) curriculum at King. Teachers Cara Patton and Jennifer Christofilis reviewed the Resilient Mindful Learner Cohort training they received through the Orange County Department of Education, and teacher Randy Eliot demonstrated a mindfulness exercise involving a group of fifth and sixth grade students and the audience. Students participating were Nicholas Castro, Jonathan Cha, David Juarez, Ayusma Joshi, Abigail Rooney, Jayden Sanchez, and Sandra Youseff
Introduction of New Employees: The following employees were introduced to the Board: 

Nicole Cesena, Education Specialist, Arnold
Jessica Cruz, Teacher-Grade 4, King
Rocchina Dennison, Paraeducator/SH-PT, Arnold
Vanessa DeSantis, Principal, Arnold
Ana Diaz, Paraeducator/SH-PT, King
Amal Duwaik, Central Kitchen Senior, Landell
Amanda Lozano, Teacher-Grade 6, Landell
Raquel Mendes, Food Service Senior, Morris
Jacob Murray, Teacher-Grade 1, Morris
Jaime Needham, Teacher-Grade 6, Arnold
Aleksandra Nikolic, Student Activity Supervisor, Landell
Sarah Romero, Student Activity Supervisor, Landell
Su Jin Youn, Teacher-Kindergarten, King
Renewal Agreements: The following routine agreements were approved for renewal:

  • Central Drug System, Drug testing required for school bus drivers, 1, 2019-June 30, 2020, $792 

  • Fortnet Security, Inc. (FSi), iBoss web filtering program and Chromebook device management, 9/23/2019-9/23/2022, $39,500

  • Fortnet Security, Inc. (FSi), Palo Alto WildFire internet firewall for network safety, 11/9/2019-11/09/2022, $41,999

Sufficiency of Instructional Materials: As required by Education Code, the Board held a public hearing to receive input regarding the adequacy of instructional materials in our schools. No speakers addressed the Board. Thereafter, the Board adopted Resolution 190-03 affirming a finding of sufficient instructional materials for the 2019/20 school year.

Staff Professional Development: An agreement with Illuminate Education was approved for staff professional development on the IO Assessment system that houses data collected from state and local assessments administered to students across the district. The cost for this training is $1,700.

Red Ribbon Week: The Board adopted Resolution No. 190-04 in support of Red Ribbon Week, October 20-26, 2019. 

Week of the School Administrator: Resolution 190-05 was adopted recognizing October 7-11, 2019, 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.

Updated Job Descriptions: District and union representatives regularly review classified job descriptions to determine if updates and/or salary adjustments are warranted. Updated job descriptions for the positions of Paraeducator-Instruction, Paraeducator-Behavior (Full-Time), and Paraeducator-Behavior (Part-Time) were approved with no change in salary.

New Classified Job Description: A job description was approved for the newly created Student Activity Supervisor-Coach position at King with placement on range 9 of the classified salary schedule. This position will be responsible for developing game programs, training junior coaches, and implementing PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) elements for conflict resolution to create and maintain a positive, safe, and inclusive playground culture.
Morris Drainage Improvement Project: The Board approved an agreement with Ghataode Bannon Architects for architectural and engineering services to design a storm drain pumping system for Morris. The total cost will not exceed $36,000.

Playground Equipment at King and Luther: The Board authorized contracting with Dave Bang Associates for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment for the daycare/preschool yards at King and Luther at a cost of $35,017.43 for King and $46,040.04 for Luther. Installation is scheduled for this fall. 

Summer Maintenance Projects: The Board approved filing a notice of completion for multiple summer projects completed by M.P. South, including asphalt, roofing, HVAC, painting, and drainage work across the district. The total cost for these projects was $758,346.77. 

Gann Limit: The 1979 "Gann Initiative" requires districts to formally adopt an annual appropriations limit based on appropriations from the previous fiscal year with adjustments for changes in cost of living, population, and other factors. The Board adopted Resolution 190-06 establishing the district's actual appropriations limit for 2018/19 of $28,587,009 and the estimated limit for 2019/20 of $28,773,231. 

2019/20 Unaudited Actuals: As required by Education Code Section 42100, the Board certified its review of the district's final revenue and expenditure figures for 2018/19. General Fund revenues for 2018/19 totaled $44,876,906 versus total General Fund expenditures and transfers out of $44,560,037. The General Fund closed 2018/19 with an ending balance of $10,097,281. 

Board Compensation for Missed Meetings: Per Board Bylaw 9250, the Board must take action to authorize full compensation for any Board Member who was absent from a meeting. Resolutions were adopted authorizing full compensation for the month of August for Trustee Brian Nakamura, who was unable to attend the August 15, 2019, Special Board Meeting, and Trustee Bonnie Peat, who was unable to attend the August 26, 2019, Special Board Meeting.  

Updated Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws: The following updated Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws were adopted by the Board:

BP 1112 Media Relations
AR 3320 Claims and Actions Against the District
BP 3551 Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund
AR 3551 Food Service Operations/Cafeteria Fund
AR 4117.7/4317.7 Employment Status Reports
BP 4119.24/4219.24/4319.24 Maintaining Appropriate Adult-Student Interactions
BP 4218 Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action
AR 4218 Dismissal/Suspension/Disciplinary Action
BP 5123 Promotion/Acceleration/Retention
BP 5136 Gangs
AR 5136 Gangs
BP 6174 Education for English Learners
AR 6174 Education for English Learners
BP 6179 Supplemental Instruction
BB 9321 Closed Session
BB 9321.1 Closed Session Actions and Reports

All Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws may be viewed here.
District Goals: The Board discussed the district's proposed goals for the 2019/20 school year.

Goal 1: Provide a data-driven, evidence-based instructional program that effectively addresses the educational needs of all students and supports high levels of academic achievement and student success. (District Priority Area 1: Student Achievement) 

Goal 2: Promote student innovation and creativity through the development of STEM and music programs that serve all students. (District Priority Area 2: STEM & Music) 

Goal 3: Foster a positive district climate by building strong internal and external relationships to support student achievement. (District Priority Area 3: District Climate) 

Goal 4: Effectively manage resources to maximize student success while maintaining the financial health of the district. (District Priority Area 4: Resource Management) 

Goal 5: Pursue options for modernizing the district office facilities in order to maintain a strong district infrastructure to support student achievement. (District Priority Area 4: Resource Management) 

It was recommended that the phrase "student achievement" in Goal 3 be changed to "student success." The revised goals, along with strategies for achieving those goals, will be presented for Board approval at the October meeting.
Additional information from the Board Meeting is available  here .
Regular Meeting: October 10, 2019 - Open Session 7:00 p.m.
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Brian Nakamura - Bonnie Peat - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D. 
Anne Silavs