Excerpts from the Regular Meeting of the Cypress School District 
Board of Trustees held on September 13, 2018
Pledge of Allegiance
Cub Scout Pack 683 led the Pledge of Allegiance. Scouts participating were Kendon Douglass, David Juarez, and Jayden Sanchez.
School Presentation: Clara J. King Elementary School
Ann Nguyen, Program Director of Playworks Education Energized, provided an overview of the Playworks program at King School. In addition, Playworks Coach Alysia Jewett led King students who work as Junior Coaches in some of the activities they do during recess to support inclusive, positive play. Junior Coaches participating were Grace Cha, Jitender Cruz, Niall Dunagan, Joshua Kim, Rowland Marshall, David Rezkalla, Mark Sadek, and Alexus Santos.
Introduction of New Employees
The following newly hired employees were introduced to the Board: Ivonne Abuebeid, Mary Azizian, Lupe Carerra, Sharon Eom, Keith Fernandez, Brittany Gaus, Michelle Ignacio, Silvija Kerekes, Emily Maples, Kimberly Nguyen, Maria Ochoa, Ana Roa, Lucy Tasnady.
Class Act Program at King
The Board approved an agreement with the Pacific Symphony for King's 13th year of participation in the Class Act program, which provides students the opportunity to explore a new composer and theme each year. The composer for 2018/19 is Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and the theme is Symphonic Storytelling. The cost for all King students to participate this year is $4,200, which is paid from the school's Title I funds.

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 2019 plan year. The renewal rates reflect the following increases from 2018: Kaiser HMO +3.07%, United Healthcare HMO +4.38%, United Healthcare PPO +4.40%.

Public Hearing on Sufficiency of Instructional Materials for the 2018/19 School Year 
As required by Education Code, the Board held a public hearing to provide parents, teachers, bargaining unit leaders, and community members an opportunity to provide input regarding the adequacy of instructional materials in our schools. No speakers addressed the Board. Following the hearing, the Board adopted Resolution 189-04 affirming a finding of sufficient instructional materials for the 2018/19 school year.

GATE Professional Development for Teachers
An agreement was approved with Dr. Jennifer Krogh to provide teachers participating in the district's GATE Certification Program with ongoing professional development including onsite collaboration and coaching as well as online technical support during the 2018/19 school year. The cost will not exceed $8,120. 

Contracted Speech Therapist
To accommodate the number of students requiring speech-language services, the Board approved contracting with Pacific Coast Speech Services for a speech therapist two days a week for the remainder of the 2018/19 school year at a maximum cost of $51,800.

Red Ribbon Week
The Board adopted Resolution No. 189-06 in support of Red Ribbon Week, October 22-28, 2018. 

Contract Agreement with California School Employees Association, Chapter 325
On August 21, 2018, the California School Employees Association, Chapter 325 (CSEA), and district negotiating teams reached a tentative contract. The Board approved the contract agreement which includes the following: 
  • 1.5% salary increase effective July 1, 2018 
  • Increased personal necessity sick leave days from seven to ten days per year
  • One additional bereavement day added when the interment or death of a child, spouse, or parent occurs outside California or in excess of 500 miles within the state
  • Clarification that carry-over of vacation days applies only to 12-month employees
  • Elimination of references to service fee payments
  • Printed copies of the agreement are issued upon request only

Management and Confidential Employee Salary Schedules
Consistent with the collective bargaining agreement with the Association of Cypress Teachers approved on May 10, 2018, and the California School Employees Association, Chapter 325, approved on September 13, the Board approved a 1.5% salary increase, effective July 1, 2018, for management and confidential employees. Additionally, salaries on the confidential employees' salary schedule were adjusted to be comparable with other similar districts in Orange County.

Employment Contract for Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
The Board approved an amendment to the employment contract for the Assistant Superintendent, Business Services which reflects placement at Step V of the Management Employees' Salary Schedule with a longevity increment as set forth on the salary schedule based on his years of credited district service.

Week of the School Administrator
Resolution 189-05 was adopted recognizing October 8-12, 2018, 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.

Meal and Snack Service for Boys and Girls Club of Cypress 
The Board approved an Interagency Agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Cypress allowing the Child Nutrition Services department to provide meal and snack service under the National School Lunch Program and Seamless Summer Feeding Option for the 2018/19 school year. 

Annual Prequalification of Construction Contractors 
In accordance with Public Contract Code Sections 20111.5 and 20111.6, the Board adopted Resolution No. 189-08 implementing an annual prequalification process for construction contractors.

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 189-07 establishing the District's adjusted 2017/18 Gann Limit at $27,772,698 and the 2018/19 estimated limit at $27,829,470. 

2017/18 Unaudited Actuals
As required by Education Code Section 42100, the Board certified its review of the district's final revenue and expenditure figures for 2017/18. The General Fund closed with an ending balance of $9,780,412. General Fund revenues totaled $41,713,360 versus total General Fund expenditures and transfers out of $42,377,394, resulting in a decrease to the General Fund of $664,034.

Adopt 2018/19 District Goals and Strategies
The Board adopted updated goals for the 2018/19 school year, along with strategies for achieving those goals.  2018/19 District Goals and Strategies

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

BP 0415 - Equity
BP 1020 - Youth Services
BP/AR 1330 - Use of School Facilities
BP 1400 - Relations Between Other Governmental Agencies and the Schools
BP 2210 - Administrative Discretion Regarding Board Policy
BP/AR 3312.2 - Educational Travel Program Contracts
BP/AR 3320 - Claims and Actions Against the District
BP 3515.21 - Unmanned Aircraft Systems (Drones)
BP 4140/4240/4340 - Bargaining Units
AR 4157.2/4257.2/4357.2 - Ergonomics
BP/AR 4161.3 - Professional Leaves
BP/AR 4261.3 - Professional Leaves
BP/AR 5112.5 - Open/Closed Campus
AR 5141.32 - Health Screening for School Entry
BP 6163.4 - Student Use of Technology
BP/AR 6174 - Education for English Learners
BB 9310 - Board Policies

All Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Board Bylaws may be viewed here.
Additional information from the Board Meeting is available  here .
Regular Meeting: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Candi Kern - Sandra Lee - Donna McDougall - Brian Nakamura - Lydia Sondhi, Ph.D. 

Anne Silavs