Robotics Training for Vessels Staff
The Board ratified an agreement with the Orange County Department of Education for supplemental training in Lego Robotics for Vessels fifth and sixth grade teachers as a supplement to the district's implementation of the California Next Generation Science Standards framework. The total cost for this training is $375 and will be reimbursed by the Vessels PTA.
Thinking Maps Professional Development for Teachers
Agreements with Thinking Maps were approved for teacher training in expository/informative writing during the 2019/20 school year. This is the third and final phase of training in the Write From the Beginning and Beyond program. The total cost for this training is $10,800.
Low-Performing Students Block Grant Plan
The California Department of Education provides funds to districts serving students identified as low-performing on state English language arts or mathematics assessments who are not otherwise supported by programs for English learners, foster youth, low-income students, or students with disabilities. The goal of the grant is to address the persistent achievement gap in California's public schools and to provide additional resources to support evidence-based practices and systemic change. The state has allocated $300 million for 2018/19, and each district receives $1,976 per identified student. As a condition of receiving grant funds, the Board approved a plan to improve evidence-based services for identified students.
Special Education Evaluation Services
Education Code permits districts to contract with outside agencies for student services that cannot be provided by district staff. The Board approved agreements with Autism Diagnostic & Intervention Connections and Psychological & Educational Assessment Center for student evaluation services at a total cost of $7,000.
2018/19 Comprehensive School Safety Plans
Updated Comprehensive School Safety Plans for the district's six schools were approved by the Board. These plans may be viewed on the district's
School Maintenance Projects
The Board approved filing notices of completion for the following projects:
2018 Multiple Campus HVAC Project at the Arnold, Damron, King, Landell, and Swain sites by M.P. South, Inc. The project came in under budget by $31,479.41, resulting in a final cost of $73,431.59
Proposition 39 EEP3 Lighting Renovation Project at Landell by M.P. South, Inc. The total project cost was $47,003.78.
Facilities Master Plan
On January 31, the Board held a study session to discuss district facilities needs. Subsequently, at the February 14 regular meeting, the Board approved the 2018/19 update to the Facilities Master Plan (FMP), which includes needs for the District Office, including the Maintenance/Operations, Transportation, and Technology department, and possible plans to reopen and modernize a closed school. Projects approved under this plan will be undertaken as funding sources become available. The updated FMP is available on the district
Public Hearing and Resolution No. 189-11 Authorizing Request for Waiver of Surplus Property Competitive Bidding Procedures
The Board was asked to consider a resolution declaring its intention to seek a waiver of the competitive bidding requirements from the State Board of Education for the surplus district office property located at Orange and Moody. A public hearing was held to provide members of the community an opportunity to address the Board on this subject. There were no speakers, and the Board subsequently voted to adopt the resolution.
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. Trustees Bonnie Peat and Lydia Sondhi were unable to attend the January 17, 2019, Board Meeting due to hardship. The Board adopted resolutions authorizing full compensation for both Trustees for the month of January 2019.
Updated Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws
The following updated Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws were adopted by the Board:
BP/AR 0420 School Plans/Site Councils
BP/AR 0450 Comprehensive Safety Plan
BP/AR 0460 Local Control and Accountability Plan
AR 1220 Citizen Advisory Committees
AR 3311.1 Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Procedures
AR 3543 Transportation Safety and Emergencies
AR 4200 Classified Personnel
AR 5113 Absences and Excuses
AR 5131.41 Use of Seclusion and Restraint
BP/AR 5141.52 Suicide Prevention
BP/AR 5144 Discipline
BP/AR 5148.3 Preschool/Early Childhood Education
BP 6170.1 Transitional Kindergarten
AR 6173.2 Education of Children of Military Families
AR 6183 Home and Hospital Instruction
BB 9322 Agenda/Meeting Materials
BB 9324 Minutes and Recordings
All Cypress School District Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws can be viewed