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Meeting Minutes for 05/12/2015

Canyon Elementary School District
P.O. Box 187, Pinehurst Road, Canyon, California 94516
Office (925) 376-4671 fax (925) 376-2343 email canyones@canyon.k12.ca.us
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Governance Team
Governing Board Members: Geronimo Bernard (Member) Brian Coyle (member),
Ian Llewellyn, (Clerk), Karen Pickett (Vice President),Jim Smith (President)
Administration: Gloria Faircloth, Superintendent, Chief Business Official

Minutes
Tuesday, May 12

I. Call to Order at ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬______ p.m., (7:00 p.m.)
Roll call: Geronimo Bernard, Brian Coyle, Gloria Faircloth, Ian Llewellyn, Karen Pickett, Jim Smith (Other persons attending are also invited to give their names, but this is optional. No one shall be required to provide a name in order to attend the meeting.)

Designated taker of minutes______________ and timekeeper________________.

II. Adoption of the Agenda (as written or as amended). Members of the public may request that the order of items on the agenda be changed. The Board may delete or change the order of items, but the only new items that may be added are those that involve a need for immediate action and that came to the Board’s attention less than 72 hours before the meeting.

If amended: moved by:_____ seconded by: _____, ayes:___, nays____, abstain___, absent___, motion_________.

III. Patriotic Observance

IV. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Approval of Minutes of Meeting of March 10 and April 14, 2015 Meetings. If amended: Moved by: _______, seconded by:_______, ayes:____, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion __________.

V. Recognitions

A. To the CEF for the successful auction. It was great fun and well done.

VI. Public Comment (This is the time for the public to comment on items that are not on the agenda. Board members or staff may respond briefly or ask for clarifications, but no Board action will be taken.)

Comments limited to 3 minutes per speaker.

VII. CEF/CATSS Report

VIII. Board Mail

IX. Reports
a. Superintendent’s Report
1. Facility
2. Budget
3. Employment
4. After School Program
5. Lunch Program

b. Principal’s Report
1. Staffing
2. Curriculum

c. Board Policy Project

d. Other Reports and Requests by Board Members

X. Discussion Items

XI. Action Items

2015 05 12 A. Approve Batch Warrant Numbers:

31015, 51015, 71015, 71615, 15517, 32015, 72615, 15527, 03015, 33015, 53015, 15537, 04015, 54015, 74015, 74615, 15547, 35015, 55015, 75015, 15557, 06015, 36015, 56015, 15567, 76615, 57015, 77015, 77615, 15577, 38015, 58015, 78015, 78615, 15587, 09015, 39015, 59015, 79015, 15597, 10015, 40015

Moved by: _______, seconded by:_______, ayes:____, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion __________.

2015 05 12 B. Williams Quarterly Complaint Form – No complaints were filed.

Moved by: _______, seconded by:_______, ayes:____, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion __________.

XII. Closed Session: Personnel Evaluation

XIII. Report Out on Closed Session:

XIV. Adjournment at ______________ p.m. to next regular Board meeting on Tuesday,

Agenda Prepared: By Jim Smith and Gloria Faircloth

Sign in Sheet for May 12, 2015 Meeting

Meeting Minutes for 04/17/2015

Canyon Elementary School District
P.O. Box 187, Pinehurst Road, Canyon, California 94516
Office (925) 376-4671 fax (925) 376-2343 email canyones@canyon.k12.ca.us
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
Friday, April 17, 2015

Governance Team
Governing Board Members: Geronimo Bernard (Member) Brian Coyle (member),
Ian Llewellyn, (Clerk), Karen Pickett (Vice President),Jim Smith (President)
Administration: Gloria Faircloth, Superintendent, Chief Business Official
Minutes
Friday, April 17, 2015
2:00 p.m.
I. Call to Order at ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬______ p.m., (2:00 p.m.)
Roll call: Geronimo Bernard, Brian Coyle, Gloria Faircloth, Ian Llewellyn, Karen Pickett, Jim Smith (Other persons attending are also invited to give their names, but this is optional. No one shall be required to provide a name in order to attend the meeting.)

Designated taker of minutes______________ and timekeeper________________.

II. Adoption of the Agenda (as written or as amended). Members of the public may request that the order of items on the agenda be changed. The Board may delete or change the order of items, but the only new items that may be added are those that involve a need for immediate action and that came to the Board’s attention less than 72 hours before the meeting.

If amended: moved by:_____ seconded by: _____, ayes:___, nays____, abstain___, absent___, motion_________.

III. Patriotic Observance

IV. Public Comment (This is the time for the public to comment on items that are not on the agenda. Board members or staff may respond briefly or ask for clarifications, but no Board action will be taken.)

Wishing Chris Kerrigan the best of luck.

Letter from Angel and Scot Clifford was read.

V. Closed Session: Personnel Discipline, Dismissal or Release of Public Employee

VI. Report Out on Closed Session

Personnel issues discussed. No action taken.

XII. Adjournment at 3:00 p.m. to Closed Board meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Minutes Approved As Written: Date:________________

Jim Smith, President

Ian Llewellyyn

Meeting Minutes for 04/14/2015

Canyon Elementary School District
P.O. Box 187, Pinehurst Road, Canyon, California 94516
Office (925) 376-4671 fax (925) 376-2343 email canyones@canyon.k12.ca.us
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Governance Team
Governing Board Members: Geronimo Bernard (Member) Brian Coyle (member),
Ian Llewellyn, (Clerk), Karen Pickett (Vice President),Jim Smith (President)
Administration: Gloria Faircloth, Superintendent, Chief Business Official
Minutes
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I. Call to Order at ¬¬¬¬¬¬7:00 p.m.,
Roll call: Geronimo Bernard, Brian Coyle, Gloria Faircloth, Ian Llewellyn, Karen Pickett, Jim Smith (Other persons attending are also invited to give their names, but this is optional. No one shall be required to provide a name in order to attend the meeting.)

Designated taker of minutes: Ian Llewellyn and timekeeper Geronimo Bernard.

II. Adoption of the Agenda (as written or as amended).

If amended: moved by:_____ seconded by: _____, ayes:___, nays____, abstain___, absent___, motion_________.

III. Patriotic Observance

McGraw Hill 5th grade books have a simplistic view of Native American history.

IV. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Approval of Minutes of Meeting of * Meeting. If amended: Moved by: _______, seconded by:_______, ayes:____, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion tabled.

V. Recognitions

To Montana Rane for installing new secure browsers for standardized testing.
To all who participated in Women’s History Night.

VI. Public Comment

The idea: Bring in outside resources for lab/sciences. Some parents want to look at Wednesday schedule.

VII. CEF/CATSS Report

The CEF is on target for the goals set.

VIII. Board Mail

IX. Reports
a. Superintendent’s Report

1. Facility

Parent work days scheduled for July 11 and 26.

2. Budget
Will discuss budget at the June 9 Board Meeting. Board will meet
again the week of June 16.

3. Employment

4. After School Program

5. Lunch Program

b. Principal’s Report
1. Staffing
Letter of resignation attached to report from Christopher Kerrigan.

2. Curriculum

3. SSC LCAP survey

The LCAP survey indicates the parents are largely satisfied with how things are going.

c. Board Policy Project

d. Other Reports and Requests by Board Members

Ian Llewellyn: “Please have the county clean up large eucalyptus logs along Pinehurst between the school and post office.”

X. Discussion Items

XI. Action Items

Resolution 2015 04 14 A. Recess Policy

Canyon Elementary School will not deny or limit any student recess time unless there are reasons for concerns about the safety of the student involved, the safety of other students or concerns about damage to school facilities or materials
Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Karen Pickett, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 04 14 B.

Out of District Transfer Request for Rane Children (new)

Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Karen Pickett, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

XII. Adjournment at 8:11 p.m. to next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, May 12, 2015.

Minutes Approved As Written: Date:__________________

Jim Smith, President

Karen Pickett, Clerk

Meeting Minutes for 03/10/2015

Canyon Elementary School District
P.O. Box 187, Pinehurst Road, Canyon, California 94516
Office (925) 376-4671 fax (925) 376-2343 email canyones@canyon.k12.ca.us
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Governance Team
Governing Board Members: Geronimo Bernard (Member) Brian Coyle (Vice President),
Ian Llewellyn, (Member), Karen Pickett (Clerk),Jim Smith (President)
Administration: Gloria Faircloth, Superintendent, Chief Business Official

Minutes
Tuesday, March 10

I. Call to Order at ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬7:00 p.m.,
Roll call: Geronimo Bernard, Brian Coyle, Gloria Faircloth, Ian Llewellyn, Karen Pickett, Jim Smith (Other persons attending are also invited to give their names, but this is optional. No one shall be required to provide a name in order to attend the meeting.)

Designated taker of minutes: Ian Llewellyn and timekeeper: Brian Coyle.

II. Adoption of the Agenda as written.

If amended: moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Brian Coyle, ayes: 5, nays____, abstain___, absent___, motion approved.

III. Patriotic Observance

“The Iron Cage” by Brian Coyle

IV. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Approval of Minutes of Meeting of February 10, 2015 Meeting. Moved by: Brian Coyle, seconded by: Karen Pickett, ayes: 5, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion approved.

V. Recognitions

To all the Parents who have supported in-class activities and recent field trips. Many Thanks!

VI. Public Comment (7:10)

Concerns were expressed about recess policy wording.

VII. CEF/CATSS Report (7:20)

No report.

VIII. Board Mail

IX. Reports (7:30)
a. Superintendent’s Report
1. Facility

2. Budget
Gloria is attending budget meetings for next
Canyon School STRS is going up 18.13% in 2019/2020.

3. Employment

4. After School Program

5. Lunch Program
We need to increase lunch fees for students from $2.75 to $3.00 and
adults from $3.50 to $.3.75 next year.

b. Principal’s Report (7:45)
1. Staffing

2. Curriculum

Testing will be done in May. March 12 will be Pi day at Canyon School. Women’s history night will focus on Women and the environment. Science fair in May 25, “Open House.”

c. Board Policy Project

d. Other Reports and Requests by Board Members

X. Discussion Items (8:00)

A. Changing Board Meeting times to begin at 5:00

a. We will keep the meeting start time at 7 p.m.

XI. Action Items (8:10)

Resolution 2015 03 10 A. Adopt Board Policy 3314: Payment for Goods and Services.
Moved by: Brian Coyle, seconded by: Ian Llewellyn, ayes: 5, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 03 10 B. Approve 2nd Interim Report
Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes: 5, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 03 10 C. Approve Recess Policy: Canyon Elementary School will not deny or limit any student recess time for disciplinary reasons unless there are reasons for concerns about the safety of the student involved, the safety of other students or concerns about damage to school facilities or materials.

Moved by: _______, seconded by:_______, ayes:____, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion tabled to next meeting.

We are changing the recess policy language and will bring the policy to vote at the next Board meeting.

Resolution 2015 03 10 D. Approve Quarterly Uniform Complaint Report
Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes: 5, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion approved.

XII. Closed Session: Personnel Evaluation (8:15)

XIII. Report Out on Closed Session:

The Board voted unanimously to give the K-1-2 teacher permanent status.
XIV. Adjournment at 9:38 p.m. to next regular Board meeting on April 14, 2015.

Minutes Approved As Written: Date: ________________

Jim Smith, President

Karen Pickett, Clerk

Meeting Minutes for 02/10/2015

Canyon Elementary School District
P.O. Box 187, Pinehurst Road, Canyon, California 94516
Office (925) 376-4671 fax (925) 376-2343 email canyones@canyon.k12.ca.us
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Governance Team
Governing Board Members: Geronimo Bernard (Member) Brian Coyle (member),
Ian Llewellyn, (Clerk), Karen Pickett (Vice President),Jim Smith (President)
Administration: Gloria Faircloth, Superintendent, Chief Business Official

Minutes
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
5:00 p.m.
I. Call to Order at ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬5:00 p.m., (5:00 p.m.)
Roll call: Geronimo Bernard, Brian Coyle, Gloria Faircloth, Ian Llewellyn, Karen Pickett, Jim Smith

Designated taker of minutes: Ian Llewellyn and timekeeper: Geronimo Bernard.

II. Adoption of the Agenda (as written or as amended).

Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes: 5, nays____, abstain___, absent___, motion approved.

III. Patriotic Observance

IV. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Approval of Minutes of January 13, 2015 Meeting. Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Brian Coyle, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain: 1, absent:_____, motion approved.

V. Recognitions

A. Thanks to Jeff Pratt, Ollie Walker, Ethan Allen, Dean and Louise, and Kevin Nisbet for Rebuilding the Apse.

VI. Public Comment

Recess policy = free play time for students.

How are campus grounds being used for private lessons? The teachers carry their own insurance policy!

VII. CEF/CATSS Report

Auction is on April 19 in Oakland at Uptown Body & Fender. No treasury report given.

VIII. Board Mail

IX. Reports
a. Superintendent’s Report
1. Facility

Gabion Repair: Gloria met with Mark Silva, EBMUD. We need a permit from Fish and Game.

2. Budget

Policy for paying for good and services.

3. Employment

Canyon School District “Condition of Employment” needs to be updated.

4. After School Program

5. Lunch Program

b. Principal’s Report
1. Staffing

Lily Storm is doing a great job. English and Math is going smoothly.

2. Curriculum

Common Core Curriculum is still challenging.

c. Board Policy Project

d. Other Reports and Requests by Board Members

X. Discussion Items

A. Recess Policy

Social Education knows that recess is healthy for students.

B. Policy 3314 For District Payments

Payments for good and services policy 3314 needs to be an action item at the next meeting.

XI. Action Items

A. Resolution 2015 02 10 A. Approve Academic Calendar for 2015-2016 School Year.
Moved by: Geronimo Bernard, seconded by: Ian Llewellyn, ayes: 5, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent:_____, motion approved.

XII. Adjournment at 5:3 p.m. to next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

Minutes Approved As Written: Date:_____________

Jim Smith, President

Karen Pickett, Clerk

Meeting Minutes for 01/13/2015

Canyon Elementary School District
P.O. Box 187, Pinehurst Road, Canyon, California 94516
Office (925) 376-4671 fax (925) 376-2343 email canyones@canyon.k12.ca.us
REGULAR SESSION OF THE GOVERNING BOARD
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Governance Team
Governing Board Members: Geronimo Bernard (Member) Brian Coyle (member),
Ian Llewellyn, (Clerk), Karen Pickett (Vice President),Jim Smith (President)
Administration: Gloria Faircloth, Superintendent, Chief Business Official

Minutes
Tuesday, January 13, 2015

I. Call to Order at ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬7:00 p.m.

Roll call: Geronimo Bernard, Brian Coyle, Gloria Faircloth, Ian Llewellyn, Karen Pickett, Jim Smith (Other persons attending are also invited to give their names, but this is optional. No one shall be required to provide a name in order to attend the meeting.)

Karen Pickett was absent.

Designated taker of minutes: Ian Llewellyn and timekeeper: Geronimo Bernard.

II. Adoption of the Agenda (as written or as amended).

If amended: moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes:4, nays____, abstain___, absent: 1, motion approved..

III. Patriotic Observance

“We are Charlie” “Freedom of Speech”

IV. Approval of Minutes of Previous Meetings

Approval of Minutes of Meeting of December 9, 2014 Meeting. If amended: Moved by: Brian Coyle, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent 1, motion approved.

V. Recognitions

A. To all who attended the work day of January 10, 2015.
B. To Patrick Riley for his years of service on the Canyon School water system and his oversight of the recent upgrades.

VI. Public Comment (This is the time for the public to comment on items that are not on the agenda. Board members or staff may respond briefly or ask for clarifications, but no Board action will be taken.)

VII. CEF/CATSS Report

The Auction is scheduled for April 19. $21,000 is in the bank.

VIII. Board Mail

IX. Reports
a. Superintendent’s Report
1. Facility

A great work day. We need a bid to complete the bathroom floors.
Work in/on the water building/system is almost complete.

Montana is working on a grant for getting more bandwidth for the school.

2. Budget

The governor’s budget was announced. It looks good.

3. Employment

Logan Baird was hired to substitute teach and sub in After care when needed.

4. After School Program

5. Lunch Program

The cost of lunch may increase next year.

b. Principal’s Report
1. Staffing

The math and music teacher is well loved.

The K-1-2 class is going well.

2. Curriculum

The common core is still presenting challenges.

c. Board Policy Project

d. Other Reports and Requests by Board Members

X. Discussion Items

A. Recess Policy – That restricting students from recess is appropriate only for reasons of health or safety and is not appropriate as a means of discipline.

There will be more discussion on this topic at the next staff meeting and the next board meeting.

XI. Action Items

Resolution 2015 01 13 A. Adopt policy on co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Moved by: Geronimo Bernard, seconded by: Brian Coyle, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 01 13 B. Adopt the Independent audit report for the 2013/14 school year.
Moved by: Brian Coyle, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 01 13 C. Approve 3rd year contract for Audit Services.
Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Geronimo Bernard, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 01 13 D. Approve Interdistrict Attendance Request for Murdock Children (renewal)
Moved by: Geronimo Bernard, seconded by: Ian Llewellyn, ayes: 3, nays: 1, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

Resolution 2015 0 13 E. Approve Interdistrict Transfer application for Stiles Child (New).
Moved by: Ian Llewellyn, seconded by: Brian Coyle, ayes: 4, nays:_____, abstain:_____, absent: 1, motion approved.

XII. Closed Session for Personnel Evaluation

XIII. Report Out on Closed Session

Evaluation of personnel was given and no action was taken.

XIV. Adjournment at 9:15 p.m. to next regular Board meeting on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.

Minutes approved as written: Date:_____________

Jim Smith, President

Karen Pickett, Clerk

A New Website and Online Community

I hope that everyone had a fantastic summer. I can’t wait to learn about all the experiences.

Over the summer, I redesigned the school website and developed it to be mobile device friendly. While the site retains it’s old rustic look, it offers the school and community a new tool. It’s called Critter!

Critter is a private online community for school parents, teachers, staff, and Canyon community members. Registrants will set up and maintain a profile, join discussion groups, and participate in online conversations.

Some of Critter’s features resemble Facebook, including a news feed, status updates, and private messaging.

If you’re a part of the school community, don’t hesitate to get started and register.

🙂 Eric, School Webmaster