Excerpts from the Regular Meeting of the Cypress School District 
Board of Trustees held on October 10, 2019
Pledge of Allegiance: Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 676 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Scouts participating were Noa Asato, Jack Landua, Henry Mack, and Manav Nikhil.

School Presentation: Juliet Morris Elementary School: Sixth grade students provided an overview of a project they are working on in which they learn about the culture, traditions, and other facts about different countries. Students participating were Ahad Azmi, Bryon Brown, Chris Chi, Olivia Choi, Emily Chung, Abbygail Kang, Eva Kim, Joseph Kim, Teddy Ko, Sean Lee, Miram Masanja, Jennifer Oh, and Luke Stephan.
Renewal Agreements: The following routine renewal agreements were approved by the Board:
Swank Movie Licensing - Public performance site license, 12/11/19-12/10/20, $3,162
Thinking Maps - Learning Community site license, 11/23/19-11/22/20, $21,570
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - 100 additional Reading Counts! licenses, 7/1/19-6/30/20, $400
Language Network, Inc. - Interpretation/translation services, 7/1/19-6/30/20, Not to exceed $2,000

Employee Health Insurance: The district contracts with the California Schools Voluntary Employees Benefits Association (VEBA) for its employee health insurance. The Board approved renewing the contract with VEBA for the upcoming 2020 plan year. The renewal rates reflect the following increases from 2019: Kaiser HMO +4.29%, United Healthcare HMO +1.58%, United Healthcare PPO +9.76%.

Maintenance/Construction Unit Price Bid Master Agreement: The Board approved the renewal of a master agreement with M.P. South, Inc. for maintenance and construction improvement projects throughout the district. Individual projects will be performed on an as-needed basis following Board approval.

Disney Musicals in Schools Program at Vessels: The Segerstrom Center for the Arts Disney Musicals in Schools program is designed to create sustainable musical theater programs in public elementary schools. Vessels was selected to participate this school year. The Board approved an agreement with Segerstrom Center for the Arts at a not-to-exceed cost of $1,500, which will be reimbursed by the Vessels PTA.

English Language Development Program: The Board approved a license agreement with Rosetta Stone for access to the Foundations for K-12 e-learning program designed to build fundamental language skills in up to 24 languages. The total cost for the 2019/20 school year is $16,250.

Developer Fee Justification Study: Developer fees are levied against construction projects for the purpose of funding construction or reconstruction of school facilities. Fee limits are set by Government Code and are adjusted every two years according to inflation. Because the district's currently established fees are lower than the amount authorized by law, the Board approved an agreement with Cooperative Strategies, LLC to perform a developer fee justification study for fiscal years 2019/2020, 2021/2022, and 2023/2024. The cost for this study will not exceed $5,148.

Property Management Services for Corporate Avenue Building: On September 10, 2019, the Board approved the purchase of a commercial office building located at 5816 Corporate Avenue in Cypress for the district’s new administrative headquarters. At the October meeting, the Board approved an agreement with Pan American Properties to provide property management services for the portion of the building not occupied by the district. Pan American will be paid 4% of the total monthly gross receipts, or $1,000, whichever is greater, for their services.

Architectural Services for Corporate Avenue Building: An agreement with Ghataode Bannon Architects was approved for planning services associated with relocation of the district’s current administrative offices to the Corporate Avenue building. The total cost for these services will not exceed $26,500.

Organizational and Efficiency Review: To ensure the highest level of organizational performance, the Board approved an agreement with School Services of California to perform a comprehensive review of systems, procedures, and practices in the Business Services and Human Resources departments. The cost for this review is $27,800 plus expenses relative to completion of the project.

2019/20 District Goals and Strategies: The Board adopted updated goals for the 2019/20 school year, along with strategies for achieving those goals. 2019/20 District Goals and Strategies
Local Indicators for California School Accountability System: Tandy Taylor, Director of Instructional Services, provided the Board with a report of district progress on the following local indicators: Basic Conditions for Learning, Implementation of State Academic Standards, Parent and Family Engagement, School Climate, and Access to a Broad Course of Study. Reporting district progress to the Board of Trustees at a public meeting enables the district to achieve Met status on the California School Dashboard for 2019.

Williams Legislation Uniform Complaints, First Quarter 2019/20: The Board received a report indicating the district received no complaints during the first quarter of the 2019/20 school year regarding deficiencies related to instructional materials, emergency or urgent facilities conditions that might pose a threat to the health or safety of students or staff, or teacher vacancy or misassignment.

Process for Electing Board Officers: The Board reviewed its process for annually electing Board officers, which takes place during the organizational meeting in December.
Additional information from the Board Meeting is available  here .
Regular Meeting: Thursday, November 14, 2019 - Open Session 7:00 p.m.
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Brian Nakamura - Bonnie Peat - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D. 
Anne Silavs