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Actions of the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees, April 16, 2019

April 20, 2019 GMT

How they voted: Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting in regular session on April 16, 2019. Trustees Christina Cameron-Otero, Laurie Fragoso, John Paul Lusk, Marilyn Mathews, Robert Smith and Superintendent Mary McNeil were present. Trustee June Leivas was absent, no votes have been recorded for her.

The meeting convened in the district board room in Needles at 2 p.m. for an opportunity to receive public comment and an executive session. No comments were received; one student was expelled for one calendar year during executive session.

The meeting then reconvened at 5 p.m. in the Big River Community Center where M. Thomas representing the Needles Teachers Association and J. Terkeurst representing the California School Employees Association addressed the board.

NUSD informational item, reports from superintendent, board members, staff and Associated Student Body.

NUSD informational item, presentations and recognition: Superintendent McNeil provided an update on construction of Big River School.

NUSD action item: Approve a sales agreement with Lifetouch for approximately $6,700 exclusive of tax, set up or freight charges to produce the Needles High School yearbook.

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

NUSD action item: One of three versions of a potential school calendar for 2019-20 was approved. Chosen was Version A with a start date of Aug. 13. The last day of the school year is to be May 29, 2020.

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

NUSD action item: Approve the Williams Quarterly Uniform Complaint Summary for the first quarter of 2019. No complaints were recorded. The Williams settlement mandates California districts report complaints of shortcomings in instructional materials, facilities or teacher vacancies and mis-assignments.

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

NUSD action item: Approve one request for waiver of residential developer fees for construction of a personal family home by Travis Phillips.

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

NUSD action item: Approve Resolution 18-19-12 applying for a $1,484,051 temporary cash loan from the county Auditor Controller-Recorder. The periodic exercise provides a cash cushion for expenditures while districts await tax revenues. Cash is advanced on a per-expenditure basis once a district’s funds enter into cash deficit. The loans can be for no more than 85 percent of anticipated property taxes accruing to a district.

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

Related NUSD action item: Approve preparation of a certification form for the county confirming the board had acted to request the temporary cash loan.

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

NUSD action item: Approve county Form 1 confirming deletion of three former trustees from delegation to certify or attest to board actions.

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

NUSD action item: Adopt polices and procedures for Native American students conforming with requirements set by the Department of Education; indicate compliance with requirements for receipt of impact aid funds for students living on lands exempt from local property taxes such as Indian reservations.

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

NUSD action item: Approve $1.2 million budget for Needles Head Start in 2019-20; approve updated contract language with the county preschool services department. The amended budget was increased by $407,762.

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

NUSD action item: Approve implementation of a summer solar camp program for students in grades four through six. The program promoting science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, is to continue June 3 through 14. The camp is funded by the city of Needles and the Needles Public Utility Authority.

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

NUSD discretionary item: Discussion of placing a public relations advertisement for the district on a billboard. No action was taken.

NUSD action item, consent agenda including warrant, donation, enrollment and financial reports and approval of minutes.

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

Related consent agenda item: Personnel report.

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

NUSD action item, executive session: Public employee discipline, dismissal, release or information; negotiations.

No reportable actions were taken.

The meeting was adjourned in loving memory of Kimberly Cameron, a Fort Mojave Indian Tribe member who has passed away and who taught and shared tribal customs.

The next regular meeting is to be held on Tuesday, May 21, 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.