Property & Liability and Workers' Compensation Insurance: The district participates in public risk-sharing pools for its property & liability and Workers' Compensation insurance. The Board ratified 2020/21 annual contributions of $278,605 for property and liability insurance and $420,344 for Workers' Compensation insurance.
Annual Agreement Renewals
: A number of routine agreements for services to support district programs and other business were renewed. Details regarding these agreements can be found in the
Board Memberships for 2020/21: The Board voted to renew its membership in the Orange County School Boards Association at an annual cost of $250. Additionally, the Board renewed its membership in the California School Boards Association and Education Legal Alliance at a total cost of $11,075.
After School Education and Safety Program Grant: The district has participated in the state's After School Education and Safety grant program in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club since 2007. The Board approved receipt of a new three-year grant in the amount of $399,508.20 and an agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Anaheim-Cypress for the continued operation of Club King through June 2023.
State Preschool Program: The Board approved an agreement with the California Department of Education and receipt of $575,485 for continuation of the district’s State Preschool Program for the 2020/21 school year.
Renaissance Learning Assessment and Instructional Programs: A three-year agreement with Renaissance Learning was approved for the Star 360 assessment suite and Accelerated Reader, myON, myON News, and Freckle instructional programs at a total cost of $324,000.
Student Counseling and Support Services: An agreement was approved with Outreach Concern for counseling and mental health services for students at all six schools during the 2020/21 school year at a total cost of $135,000.
Student Breakfast and Lunch Price Increase: Federal regulations require that school districts participating in the National School Lunch Program analyze their school meal prices each year to ensure that 1) they are not charging less for school meals than it costs to produce them, 2) Federal funds intended for free and reduced-price meals are not subsidizing paid student meals, and 3) schools have adequate funding to provide nutritious meals for all students. As a result, the breakfast price will increase from $1.35 to $1.45 and the lunch price will increase from $3.00 to $3.10 for the 2020/21 school year.
Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators: In order to meet district staffing needs, it is sometimes necessary to file for short-term teaching authorizations with the state for individuals who are not fully credentialed in the specialty areas to which they are assigned. The Board adopted the District's 2020/21 declaration, which indicates the potential need for two Limited Assignment Permits in the area of special education and one English Learner Authorization emergency permit.
Resolution to Reduce Certificated Staff: The Board elected to remove this item from the agenda, pending passage of the state budget. This resolution would have eliminated 1 administrative position, 3 music teacher positions, and 25 general education teacher positions due to the current state budget crisis and anticipated cut to district funding.
Resolution to Lay Off Classified Personnel: The Board adopted a resolution to lay off 175 classified employees in anticipation of a reduced need for school-based classified staff if students are unable to return to the classroom when school resumes in August, as well as to reduce budget expenditures due to the state budget crisis and loss of state funding.
Resolution to Lay Off Child Development Teachers: The Board also adopted a resolution to lay off four State Preschool positions in anticipation of a reduced need if students cannot physically return to the classroom in August.
Resolution Reserving Right to Initiate Additional Employee Contract Negotiations for 2020/21: Due to the uncertainty of the state budget, the Board adopted a resolution allowing the district to reopen negotiations to enact salary and/or benefit adjustments for certificated and classified employees, if necessary.
Biennial Trustee Election: Cypress School District will have two open Board seats (Trustee Area A-Nakamura and Trustee Area B-Kern) on the November 3, 2020, ballot. The Board adopted a resolution ordering an election to fill these seats and consolidation with board member elections for the Anaheim Union High School District and North Orange County Community College District, in accordance with Education Code.