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Votes of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees, Dec. 11, 2018

December 21, 2018

How they voted: Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting in regular session on Dec. 11, 2018. Trustees Christina Cameron-Otero, Laurie Fragoso, June Leivas, John Paul Lusk, Marilyn Mathews, Robert Smith and Superintendent Mary McNeil were present.

Installation and oath of office for board members John Paul Lusk, Laurie Fragoso and Robert Smith was administered by Dr. McNeil. Lusk and Fragoso ran unopposed for their seats; Smith was appointed to the seat of Michael ‘Shane’ Braux as it became open.

NUSD action item, election of officers: Lusk will serve as president, Cameron-Otero as vice president, Smith as Clerk, Mathews as elector. Dr. McNeil, as superintendent, serves as chief executive officer and secretary pursuant to education code.

Report from executive session: three student requests to return to Needles High School will come before the board in the January meeting. One student was expelled until August. No reportable action was taken on personnel, negotiation or litigation items.

Presentations to the Needles High School cross country, volleyball and football programs and the football and cross country programs at Needles Middle School are to be heard in either the January or February meeting.

NUSD action item: First interim report, certification of ability to meet financial obligations.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve statement of facts roster of public agencies filing form for certification of election of board president and district clerk and file with county and state; certify board minutes granting trustees permission to certify or attest to board action.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve 2019 board meeting dates and locations.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve calendar of board development workshops with Dr. Kegham Tashjian.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Nominations for California School Boards Association delegate assembly and ballot.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Resolution 18-19-09 to submit a funding application to the sate for a one-time grant to improve facilities for full day kindergarten; request state for hardship funding of a matching grant component.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve consulting contract with Caldwell, Flores, Winters Inc. for state aid services for full day kindergarten.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve contract with Elba Mercado for Spanish translation services for special education meetings and documents, not to exceed $1,600 for school year 2018-19.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve Administrative Regulation 3311 updating cafeteria bid procedures to comply with current rules and regulations.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve county superintendent annual report on Williams settlement compliance for SY 2017-18; county findings during visitation last school year. The Williams settlement requires schools to report overall condition of facilities, number of teacher mis-assignments and vacant teacher positions, and the availability of textbooks or instructional material.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve Williams settlement final report and facility inspection tool for each school site.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve student teaching affiliation agreement with Grand Canyon University to allow GCU students to participate in student teaching internships, etc. through June 30, 2021.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item: Approve final completion of service project agreement with Robinson Electric.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

NUSD action item, consent agenda including warrant, personnel, donation, enrollment and financial reports; approval of minutes of Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13.

Cameron-Otero-Y, Fragoso-Y, Leivas-Y, Lusk-Y, Mathews-Y, Smith-Y

The next regular meeting of the board is to be held on Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019, in the NUSD Support Office on Erin Drive. Executive (closed) sessions begin at 5 p.m., public sessions at 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

Key: Y is a yes vote, N is a no vote, A is abstain from voting.

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