08/27/2019 – NMUSD Board of Education Meeting

08/27/2019 – NMUSD Board of Education Meeting

Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to our last summer board meeting. Roll call Mrs. Snyder. Miss Metoyer.
Here. Miss Fluor.
Here. – [Sherri] Miss Black. Miss Yelsey.
Here. Miss Andersen.
Here. Mrs. Barto. This looks like a new computer too. Here. Excellent. Do we have any public comments
on closed session items? Nope. We have no public comments
on closed session items. So we are going to recess to close. Thank you, sorry. So much to do, so little time. Willy Wonka had a good quote. We did not have any closed
session readout required. I don’t have to ask anyone to sit down because you’re all sitting,
that’s so nice, and– Turn off their cell phones. Yeah that would be nice, I could say that. Set your cell phones on stun, so that. Because sometimes what
your cell phone sings is way more may interesting and On silent, not stun.
We’ll stop and listen to it. She’s stunned when it stuns her. We’ll do our moment of reflection and Pledge of Allegiance. Mrs. Barto, would you? Thank you very much. (gavel bangs) – [All] I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Oops, sorry. Alrighty, this is our last summer meeting. We squeezed it out as late last as we can. I need a motion to adopt
the agenda, whoops. – [Karen] So moved. Thank you. Before someone seconds it. – [Dana] Second. Okay, after someone seconded I want the board to know that
the staff pulled item 15A.8. So that will not be part of it. Is the motion amended to include that? Yes. Is the second okay with that? Pulled or put off? Some other, they’ve pulled it. It’s a ghost. Yeah, pulled it completely. So it was moved by Mrs. Black. Seconded by Mrs. Yelsey? – [Dana] No the other way
around, but that’s okay. Okay moved by Mrs. Yelsey,
seconded by Mrs. Black. Thank you for noticing that. All those in favor of
approving the agenda? – [All] Aye. Opposed? Okay seven, O. And adoption of the minutes
for July 16th and August 13th. – [Dana] So moved. – [Karen] Second. This time it was moved by Mrs. Black and seconded by Mrs. Yelsey. All those in favor? – [All] Aye. Opposed? Okay, seven O. Introduction of new staff. May I introduce? Mrs. MacNab, would you mind
coming up to the podium and explaining why you
get to be here today? Thank you very much. Thank you for having me. Good evening, my name is Liz McNab and I’m the District Coordinator for Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, who represents this
District in Sacramento, in the California State Assembly. And we are honored to
join you this evening to award the Principals with
Certificates of Recognition on behalf of the State Assembly. We’re so proud to partner with the Newport-Mesa Unified School District to promote and recognize the hard work of these educators in our community. And it’s also kind of
especially neat for me because Mr. Ryan Longacre was my
daughter’s fifth grade teacher so I personally know one of
the awardees tonight. And I congratulate them all
so thank you for allowing me to present these certificates on the Assembly Woman Petrie-Norris’s behalf. – [Charlene] Thank you. And procedure for those
of you in the audience is Mrs. Olson is gonna do her
magic and Mrs. MacNab will sit over to the side and
present wards, so it’s all good. Mrs. Olson. Well thank you very much. Well it has been a busy
spring and summer for us. And we are absolutely so fortunate to bring on board some new faces, very talented folks with
extensive experience. But I’m gonna start tonight with those who are very familiar with you, and familiar to the audience
I’m sure many of them. As we introduce our new
Principals for this year. So first of all as Michael Wagner is making his way up to the podium. Michael walks in a room, everybody smiles. And he has such a calmness about him, and a warmth that just is incredible. So in the past year he’s been acting as the Principal at Back Bay, Monte Vista. He’s been part of the
family there for 13 years in various roles, including that as a teacher and an Assistant Principal. I think it almost goes without saying that his leadership and commitment to the students and
staff of that community is just absolutely incredible. And so we welcome him to the Principalship of Back Bay, Monta Vista. (audience applauding) Thank you. Thank You President Metoyer, school board members, Dr.
Navarro, and members of cabinet. I’m so honored to be here today It’s a super proud moment for me. And I got my wife and
one of my daughters here. – [Charlene] Excellent, great, oh perfect. (audience applauding) I think my other daughter
had soccer tonight. I have two Freshman, A Freshman gonna start college soon, and then a Freshman in high school. Lot of high school going on
in my life all over the place. I look forward to my new role as a leader of Back Bay and Monta Vista High School. I’m so thrilled, I’m so happy
to have this opportunity. I thank you all so much. I have had so much support
out of the people in this room that I could never pay you guys all back. And I really appreciate it. And I really hope I can live
up to all your expectations. Thank you. (audience applauding) Well also familiar to all
of us, is Terry Clark. And I’ll have Terry make
her way up to the podium. Terry has been with us for 15 years as a teacher, a peer coach previously. And many of us recognize her
as the Assistant Principal at Newport Heights,
Whittier, College Park, and I think I’m missing
one actually Terry. Lincoln. – [Leona] Lincoln. And again her experience and knowledge of our communities is just
so valuable to all of us, but particularly this year as she is going to take a new role at Newport
Heights as the Principal. And we believe that it’s
going to be just a smooth transition from one spot to the next. Thank you. (audience applauding) Good evening President
Metoyer, board members, Dr. Navarro, executive
cabinet, and community. I’d like to start by saying thank you. Thank you for continuously inspiring me to be the best leader that I can be. Thank you for cultivating the leader in me over my 15 year journey
throughout Newport-Mesa. And thank you for believing
in me as the new leader at Newport Heights Elementary. I’m thrilled to have
the honor of partnering with the teachers, staff, and community to cultivate a place where
students build friendships, show their creativity, stretch their minds and strengthen their skills,
and build their foundations for positively impacting
the community and beyond. Yesterday at our Welcome Back staff PD we focused on our personal
and professional why. It was both illuminating and
beautiful, particularly as a site leader, as well
as for me, Terry Clark. Along with being a proud
Newport-Mesa Principal, I’m a proud Newport-Masa mom. My why is my two boys. And at the end of the day I
wish for them to be proud of me, and to see me as a positive role model. And it’ll be a bonus if you do too. (laughing) Thank you. – [Charlene] Do you have family, Terry do you have family here? I do have my family here. I have my husband, Brian. I have my two boys Bradley, who’s an incoming kindergartener. I have my son Spencer, who is an incoming second grader, both at Woodland. And my mother and
father-in-law, Tom and Judy. – [Charlene] Oh cool. (audience applauding) They are very excited to be here. Thank you. – [Charlene] You’re
welcome, I didn’t see them. Did they stand up? No.
Come on, stand up. – [Leona] Second grader,
second grader stand up. – [Charlene] Second grader stand up. Okay we have the whole family is there. So moving along, and also one of our own is moving up into a Principalship. So I’m gonna ask Ryan
Lockhart to come on up. (audience applauding) Ryan almost needs no introduction as he too has been with us
for 14 years as a teacher. And I think most of us really
recognize the work that he did as a teacher on special
assignment at TOSA, and the impact that he had
throughout the district. And because of that work he
was then a Principal with us, or sorry an Assistant Principal with us at College Park, and Mariners. And I guess we should say
that you are returning home to California, which is
where he was teaching. And so we are so thrilled to have Ryan step into that position this year. (audience applauding) President Metoyer, members of the board, Dr. Navarro, executive
cabinet, and community. I so appreciate this opportunity to share how incredibly thrilled and excited I am. Before I say anything more
I’d like to acknowledge that my husband, Luis Torres
is here in the back. (audience applauding) Also, a school administrator
so, our poor pets. I think we’ve just put a
house key around their collar and taught them how to
use the microwave and we’re gonna hope for the best. But seriously to be opening a school for the very first time is
incredibly thrilling. But to be doing that at a
place, as Leona mentioned, where I taught, a place
where I know there is such an incredible team in
place, is just icing on the cake. So I am so looking
forward to the work ahead. It’s an honor, so thank you so much. (audience applauding) So we are very very proud. And don’t start the tears, as they speak. But it’s so nice to see people
come up, and watch them grow, and move into these
positions of leadership, and to continue to work in that area, and bring others along with
them and build that capacity. So congratulations to all of them. So we also have a very nice balance though of bringing in an outside perspective. So I’m gonna ask Eugene Kwong
to come up to the podium. He didn’t know what order he
was coming up so surprise. So Dr. Kwong has 17 years,
again extensive experience in education, and much of that
has been as a math teacher. – [Charlene] Yay. Most recently, yes, most recently. We have a math position
for you available too. Most recently he served the community of Lawndale High School
as an Associate Principal. So his depth of experience really does go deep in many venues– (coughing) Surrounding high school programs. I think what is also unique is
Eugene has been a WASC chair, which is not an easy position to hold, bringing people together to
evaluate other school programs, so extremely beneficial to us. So he does have the reputation,
and we’ll see if it’s true, of being dedicated and
positive and very passionate about those he serves, so welcome. And Dr. Kwong is our Principal
at Costa Mesa Middle School. (audience applauding) Thank you so much for that warm welcome President Metoyer, members of the board, Dr. Navarro, executive
cabinet, distinguished guests. I’m extremely grateful and
honored for this opportunity to serve in the Newport-Mesa
Unified School District. I’m really looking
forward to partnering with the Costa Mesa middle School
and High School community as we continue to build
programs and systems to help support all the students
that we have in Costa Mesa. So I really appreciate this
opportunity, I’m very grateful. – [Charlene] Well do you
have family with you? My two girls, six and eight,
and my wife are at home. We had a soccer banquet last night so they have to do some homework tonight. I was like, can’t bring them out. – [Charlene] ‘Cause school
has already started right? They three weeks ago over
at elementary so yeah. – [Charlene] Well welcome, thank you. Thank you. (audience applauding) I do want to mention
that Eugene brought his new family, or part of it,
Jake Haley in the back. – [Charlene] Also a math teacher, yes. And he speaks, his language
capability is exciting. Yes, he does speak Mandarin. – [Charlene] And there’s a
Mandarin program at Mesa, so that’s perfect fit,
so that’s exciting too. So then joining us on in
the elementary realm is, first of all we have Cindy Padroso. So I’ll ask Cindy to come to the podium. There’s a little bit of a pattern here. 17, 18 years of experience. So Cindy also has 18 years of experience as an educator in multiple roles. She has a little bit
of a unique background in the fact that she
was a bilingual teacher teaching Spanish, she
was a resource teacher, and then a literacy coach. So it’s just a really lovely
collection of experiences in order to lead a school such as Wilson, which is where she is going
to be our new Principal. She’s most recently been in– Pamona.
Pamona. Pamona, it says Pamona, it really does. (all laughing) (all talking at once) Have a little grace, I never had to introduce so many people. Cindy you’re not transferred yet. So poor Cindy. But she was most recently an
Administrator for Ocean View School District for their
early learning program. Again, just a really nice base that she’s bringing to a Principalship at Pomona. She is noted for her dedication. And I’m sure you’re
gonna notice her energy. – [Karen] Great, congratulations. Thank You President, board members, Dr. Navarro, and executive cabinet. So I had a little chat with Leona today and she said don’t be nervous. Well it didn’t really
work but I am thrilled to be here, excited to be part of the Newport-Mesa family,
and of course Pomona. And today, or actually yesterday, I had the pleasure of meeting
my staff for the first time. And standing in front of
them as the new leader was, was fun. And I was pleased,
however, to share my story and my why for being in
education, and why I was here. And I thought it was a
wonderful opportunity for them to connect and understand that building relationships
is crucial for me, and incredibly important to start there. Because I plan to build
those relationships with my family, my students,
and kind of start from there. I want to thank my family for being here, my boys in particular for
putting on button-down shirts. My husband Jimmy in the
back, who’s videoing me, my two boys, I have Luke who
is the little man over there. He’s going into second
grade, and my oldest Jake, who’s going into middle
school which is also a very frightening time in my life. And just got a phone,
and also videoing me. So with that, I’m pleased to be here, and be part of the team. And I look forward to a
wonderful year, thank you. Well moving right along. – [Charlene] Pick another school. Yeah I’ll pick another school. So joining us, very excited
to introduce everyone to Carol Furman so I’m gonna ask Carol to make her way to the podium. Mrs. Furman educator for
20 years, and again she too has a depth of experience and a breadth. She’s taught at the elementary level, she’s been nine years as a
Principal, both at elementary and middle school, so
certainly understands that vertical articulation
that we need so desperately. She has she has successfully
lead in Ocean View they’re magnet school, as
well as a title one school. So she again, we’re talking about just great knowledge that and skillset that she is bringing to our district. So she is coming from Ocean View. And she is known for
building relationships through the work, yet focusing
on student achievement. So welcome Carol as the
Principal of Harbor View. (audience applauding) Thank you. That was so good. President Metoyer, board
members, Dr. Navarro, cabinet, and all of our wonderful guests. That introduction was amazing, thank you. I’d like to first introduce
my guests tonight. My mom, Marian is here as well
as her very good friend Jan, who is the former employee
of a Newport-Mesa. She she’s lots of friendly
faces in the room. If you haven’t heard the story
already, I’ll tell it now. And you might hear it again. My mom has been telling me
over the past few weeks, reminding me that she thinks
this selection was meant to be. And we call it the third
Harbor View because I went to a Harbor View school, an elementary school
down in San Diego County. And then I was a teacher
at the Harbor View School in Ocean View, and I’m the Principal of the Harbor View School here. – [Charlene] Oh wow. I’d like to think that
this was meant to be. And I am truly honored that you selected me for this position. I have been absolutely impressed
by the level of excellence, the level of professionalism
of the staff here at Newport-Mesa, most
especially my colleagues. The Administrators in this
district are so committed, so hard working, and really
at the center of everything they do is student success,
both academic and social. And I am so honored and
excited to be joining this wonderful group
of esteemed individual. So thank you so much for selecting me. I am honored to be here,
and I look forward to a year of success and excellence. – [Charlene] Thank you, and welcome. Thank you. (audience applauding) So our next guest and
introduction is Jennifer Heckert. So I’m gonna ask Jennifer
to come on up to the podium. Dr. Heckert brings with
her 22 years of experience. Again, extensive
experience, in fact she has even had the role as a
District level Director in the area of intervention
systems and student achievement. And she had a desire to return
and get closer to the kids, and really make the difference
by connecting their directly. With a Master’s in
Linguistics, and a Doctorate in Special Education,
how’s that for a combo? – [Charlene] Oh cool. – [Martha] We’re living right. It’s a wonderful
combination, and it gives her extensive knowledge about inclusion, as well as PBIS, and
language, and literacy, and responsive teaching so we
really do welcome Jennifer. And I’m gonna get this one right. Yes Jennifer is the Principal at Wilson. (audience applauding) President Metoyer, Dr.
Navarro, and board members. Thank you very much reminded me. Executive cabinet, and guests. I’m so happy and so thrilled to be here. And it’s really true what Leona just said, that I really feel that my
goal, and really journey, was to be working directly with students. And I really feel that I’ve
achieved that right now. And I’m so happy right now. I’ve achieved two things really, recently, that I’ve got this wonderful
wonderful job where I have an opportunity
right now to work directly with a wonderful community,
and wonderful staff who I met all of them yesterday, started working on great goals together. And our theme this year is
kindness begins with me, and relationships matter. And we started talking about
that already yesterday, and it was just so thrilling
and exciting to be able to talk with them about that,
and just feeling the energy in the room so we’re
all feeling very excited and very motivated, so I’m very thrilled and so excited and grateful
for this opportunity, and really looking forward
to collaborating with you, everybody here, and the
staff, and the community, and seeing all the great
things that we can do for the students at
Wilson and the community. So thank you so much for this opportunity. I have a 13 year old
son, he’s starting school tomorrow, eighth grade in Long Beach. So he’s home getting ready,
get your lunch packed. No, I’m not gonna make him do that. We held him out a little bit. So he’s starting school
tomorrow in Long Beach. So he’s not here tonight but I will definitely tell him about what happened. So thank you again for the opportunity. (audience applauding) I think the biggest challenge
most of our new people have is pronouncing my name,
so good job everybody. Because it doesn’t look like it sounds. And I’ve always said
that the French language just puts letters in randomly that don’t have the sound they’re supposed to. I really appreciate it, and
you passed the first test. So that’s very exciting. And Leona on behalf of the
board we’re really happy that we have now enemies with Ocean View. And Emily Long is not gonna
be speaking to us for a while. Oh well. But we always go for the best. Oh well. Thank you all, and welcome to you all. And you have a school
to set up, so we know. So if you slip out when you
need to, we are not offended. So we wanted to give you that heads up. Nobody’s writing down, oh you’re leaving. As thrilling as this may be, it’s okay. Thank you. Excellent job, can you breathe now? You may do that yes, absolutely. Alrighty. Mr. Lee-Sung. Not sure how to segue that one. That is an amazing group of
leaders, I think we did well. Okay, Dr. D’Agostino. Okay, so we are giving a safety update. And I want to say that I
believe this is a great topic to start the new year because
safety has to be on our minds. Unfortunately this summer there were some very tragic incidents that
happened in other states. We had a fourth of July
surprise with a major earthquake in Southern California. So these are all reminders that we do need to stay vigilant in terms
of our safety practices. So I think this is a good
opportunity for us to review what we’ve done in
safety and to highlight some of the areas that we’ve added
some new safety practices. So Dr. D’Agostino and I put
this presentation together. And we will share this with you tonight. So this is a slide I
want to start with that I’ve shared with the
board about a year ago. And I think it frames the
work that we’ve been doing, that our first and highest priority is safety for all students, and staff. And we do this by being
proactive and prepared. And we work towards partnerships. And you’re gonna see some
great examples tonight of some recent things that we’ve done to strengthen and deepen
those partnerships. This is the next slide that I shared about a year ago, and the outcomes. So what does this mean, and
what do we want to end up with? And one of the most important
things is that first bullet is that everybody feels
empowered and not fearful. And certainly it is very easy
to start feeling the fear when we hear about what’s happening in other places and these incidents. But we need to stay empowered by making sure we have our safety practices and we practice them,
and keep improving them. Also that everyone has ownership
and accepts responsibility. This is not Russell’s job, or Phil’s job, this is all of our jobs. And finally that we build
that caring environment. And I can’t tell you how pleased I am with what we’ve been doing in
this district for many years. But we have taken it to a new level. What we did in our leadership advance, what we saw today with our
teacher professional development, what’s being done at our student level, and what has come out
of a horrible situation with the Newport Harbor, the cup incident, the party cup incident, but we
are a better district for it. And I think it goes right into what we’re doing with safety as well. I want to just briefly mention this, and I’ve shared this in
several presentations, including our Safety Committee with our association leaders, with
our safety coordinators. I’ve shared this wherever I could. And people tend to sometimes when they think of safety, they think of one item. And they say school should
have metal detectors. School should have fences,
and this is, I’m not kidding. Someone said we should have
barbed wire around our fences. And they come up with all these things that they hear, that people try to sell. But this study, I think,
makes a very important point. That it’s not one thing,
that it is many things that creates a safe environment. And so we found this about a year into what we were doing with our safety, and I went through a group of leaders, and we started checking off
the actions that we’re doing in this district with what
this study was saying. And we’ve covered all the bases, and we continue to improve
in each of these areas. And you’re gonna see some
examples of that in just a moment. So what’s new, and also what’s old? So the areas that are new we put in red, and some of the old ones and ongoing ones will be in the regular black print. So in the area of building a culture of safety, respect, and kindness. And again I’m so pleased
to hear our new leaders, our new Principals coming
up and talking about what they’re doing with their staff. What we really have our
focus and attention on is building kinder, more respectful, and overall more safe environments not only in our schools
but also in our workplaces. So here are some examples. First of all Dr. Navarro
has made it a standing item in our cabinet meetings
that we talk about safety. We make sure that’s
always at the forefront. We also have spent a great deal of time in our Principal meetings
on safety issues. Challenge success, we brought
that to the district, to CDM. It is going well. We got a request from Principal Scott that she wanted this to
continue into the school year. And we absolutely supported
that in their efforts. And I’m going to turn the next few bullets over to Dr. D’Agostino. Good evening President Metoyer, board members, and Dr. Navarro. Thank you so much for having us tonight. Yes I think that it was
very deliberate that Russell put the culture piece as our
lead discussion item tonight. Because really we have talked
about we are making schools harder by making sure that they are softer and more approachable,
and relationship oriented. And the people that
we’re hiring are driven by that vision for building relationships, and collaboration, and collegiality. The emotional behavioral
support piece as you know has been a cornerstone for
student services for some time. Our social workers, our psychologists, our school counselors,
our social work interns, our psychologists interns,
as well as some new positions we’re considering for 2019, 2020 such as a child welfare and
attendance investigator, which is flying right
now, which will be working in collaboration with student services. We will also be looking
at behavior specialists and counselors at the elementary level. So this idea of getting to know kids, this idea of connecting with kids, putting faces to names,
and knowing their story. This is a critical component
for safety in the district. As you know suicide prevention falls under student services as well this year. We have suicide prevention information on every single student
ID in the district. That is seven through 12. And so not only is that,
obviously for students, we’re creating an awareness for students who might be thinking they themselves, self harming behavior,
or suicidal ideation, but it creates this awareness on the back of every student ID and and
puts students in the know to help possibly connect other
students to staff, et cetera. PBIS, we’re continuing to be
in the sustainability mode of PBIS, which is now prompting us to ask where do we go from here? And so with bullying
prevention, and our restorative practices training,
this is the next level. We plan on doing some extensive training with our K-12 Principal leadership. Meetings in the area of
bullying, how we identify it, how we investigate it, how we document it. That’s gonna be critical for
us this year in 2019, 2020. And our restorative practices training, which was a part of the
leadership advance this year, was very well received, something that Principals had been asking for. So we have started to
work with Sarah Coley in a greater capacity,
as you know she was hired because of her restorative
practices expertise. And so we will be working
with some pilot schools, five pilot schools this year in the area of restorative practices
training, specifically honing in on circle’s, effective questions, formal conferences, and
things of that nature. And then Human Relations
activities and training, and the Human Relations task force. Those two pieces as you know are critical. Student Services is
working with Dr. Baumeister in those areas and and we’re very excited about the work product
that’s coming out of there. This next category is
enhancing our partnerships. And we have incredible partnerships. Here are some examples,
Phil I think this is. Yeah I’ve got the first
three bullets here. As you know we’ve had a
long standing partnership with the school resource officers, and the school resource officer program. We continue to meet regularly with the school resource officers. In fact Russell will
be talking to you about a joint meeting we had
about reunification. It was very refreshing to see
both school resource officers from Costa Mesa and
Newport Beach together. They’re actually doing more, they’re actually doing more work together across agency than we’ve ever seen before. The multi training
exercise with Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, we’re working on those. We had a, this summer,
Newport Beach SWAT Team was at East Bluff Elementary
and did some tactics and strategic practicing of how to access the campus, how to clear the campus. And we’ll be talking more
about this, but Costa Mesa did an extensive active
shooter drill on August second, which we’re very proud of. And then my third point here is the unified command planning. Newport Beach and Costa
Mesa, but Newport Beach in particular is working very
hard through Officer Dudash to work with us to create
more planning in the areas of not just active shooter, but
what if we have to evacuate? What if there’s a tsunami? What if there is an earthquake? Like Russell said we had one
on the Fourth of July that was quite problematic for
people in the Inland, Empire in schools in the Inland Empire. We’re not immune to that. So the fact that our
law enforcement agencies are working with us on
this is quite refreshing, and we’re very proud of that. Something that we’ve been doing now for about a year and a half
is we’ve continued to have these joint safety committee meetings. And Brett has been part
of that, Pam has been part of that, NMAA has been part of that. And it allows us to share safety items. They’re a great sounding board. I’ve brought ideas to
them to get feedback. And we have a commitment to continue into this new school year. This is something I don’t think
I’ve mentioned to the board but it’s been going on for many years. And it’s a safety and health committee that they meet quarterly. And there is a representative
from every school site that comes, usually it’s
the safety coordinator. And I will tell you this is a
great group of dedicated folks who are the person at
the site who is saying we have to take care of this, we have to replenish the emergency bin, make sure the drills are done, and working very closely
with the Principals. So we will continue to do that. And I’ve been attending those meetings. And I find it to be a
wonderful group of individuals. School preparedness Academy is new. We have had two sessions right at the end of last school year where we had at least one representative from every school site, full day training with Brenda Emmerich from the city of Costa
Mesa Fire Department. And she has modified a training that she’s been doing for years for our
purposes for school personnel. And it has been very well
received, it’s hands-on, it gives folks not only great skills that they can use at a
school, but anywhere. And so we continue that and we trained all of our site administrators
and district administrators this past summer, and we will continue to do that into the new school year. In fact I have spaces
for all the board members because I think one of you
had asked to participate. So I’m holding a space for all of you if you’d like to participate. – [Charlene] Oh good, thank
you, just give us the date. Another area that we have
really taken advantage of is building that partnership
with city emergency personnel, not Fire Department
and Police but there is a safety person at the
city of Newport Beach, Katie Inge, who has a fabulous operation. She’s been there a number of years. We’ve been building that relationship. I’ve gone to tour their facilities. And again building the
communication and sharing ideas. The same thing with
the city of Costa Mesa. A gentleman there has recently been hired this past year, Jason Dempsey, who is also doing a
great job with the city. So we’ve been definitely
nurturing those relationships. I do want to share this, you’re gonna be hearing more about this, but the standard reunification
method is something that was developed by the
I love you guys foundation. And the concept is we need to have a standardized reunification. If we’re trying to
match parent to student, it shouldn’t matter
what school they go to. The sign should look the same, the terminology should look the same, the setup should look the same, the form should look the same. So we have adopted this. We have official approval by
the I love you guys foundation to do this, and we were
moving forward with that. What was so great about this
was that a few weeks ago our SROs were at a conference, and they discovered this foundation. And they came back and they said we would really love to
have you guys adopt it. And we said we already are. But it’s great to have the
city, and the personnel, and the fire department
all on the same page. And so we’re moving forward with that. And we’re looking at
even expanding that to further protocols that were
created by this foundation. Physical environments,
with safety in mind. As you know last year, so
we’re moving into year two of our standardized visitor
management system with Raptor. We have been doing
ongoing fencing projects. And when those are done it’s
done with safety in mind. And Tim Holcomb and his
staff do a fabulous job. They’re not just redoing
it to make it look nice. They’re making it look nice, and they’re doing it with safety in mind. And this summer we have two
projects that were started. One at Ensign, and one at Corona del Mar High School, Middle School. With your support we have added AED’s now at all of our elementary schools. They are installed, they are activated, and we have a contract to maintain them. We will be offering training
for all of those sites to make sure that if
anybody wants to voluntarily learn to be trained they can do so. And as you know we’ve had them at the secondary sites for a number of years. The next category is
proactive and prepared, the training drills and supplies. So as you know, we’re
mandated by law to do drills. But we actually do more
than what’s mandated. And we’re doing them in various scenarios. We make sure that our emergency
supplies and equipment are updated, we will
continue to participate in the great shakeout, which
is October 17th at 10:17. And something new is
we have added training for all of our emergency
operation center team members with the Orange County
Sheriff’s Department. So we physically go up to Loma Ridge, which is the County
Emergency Operations Center. And we get to see their setup
and we get to learn from them. And if we’re all talking
the same language, all experiencing the same training, we’re gonna be that much better prepared. I already mentioned the
School Preparedness Academy. We will be doing communication drills. Dr. D’Agostino, Annette Franco,
and myself will be planning a communication drill
for the entire district. We’re planning this for early October before the great shakeout. And when I say district
communication drill, that’s to every parent,
and every staff member. So we’re thinking big, but we
need to practice that process. Something that the board
approved the last board meeting, that we are doing a pilot at
three of our elementary schools to try out a curriculum that teaches the run, hide, fight in a different way, in an empowering way that’s
not going to scare kids. Which is always a parent’s concern is I don’t know if I want
my child being taught those techniques because it’s scary. But that’s exactly what
H.E.R.O. is designed to do, is to teach the skills
through an empowerment lens, age appropriate, the skill
set they need to have. And Phil I think you have the next few. We’ve been working with
Jeff Kuno, which is our Field Agent here locally
with the FBI for some time. This year we’re gonna
institute in services, we’re going to be applying
the threat assessment protocols a little bit more proactively. And that is to, to look at those variables and to then apply them
a little bit more widely having more discussions
with school Principals. I really don’t want to go
into greater detail publicly about what we’re going to be doing but safe to say that with the
threat assessment protocols we typically get a,
particularly get an incident or some language and then we respond to it by applying the protocols
in terms of assessing it. We’re looking at ways where
we can be more proactive in more of a screening type
way to possibly identify students or individuals who
might be at risk for possible behavior that we want to
address more proactively. So that’s something I’m
working on in student services. We are also the,
multi-agency training with the Newport Beach and Costa Mesa police departments, we
mentioned that earlier. That’s something that we’re gonna continue to do to grow that relationship. And then again the command planning, which is gonna be very critical. What I found in the Costa
Mesa active shooter drill that we did on August second is the speed by which they approach a site. And so that transitioning from the incident commander being a school official to being a police officer,
or a commander in the field is gonna be critical for
us to understand and know. And then also how do we unify our command? Because we will still have a command staff with a sight principle
and district leadership. So working in those
areas to understand that a little bit better, is our
big focus for this coming year. All right and very quickly communication. We have a safety website. Annette Franco has built a safety website dedicated just to that. We have an internal written communication system in terms of safety bulletins. I just sent that out to
our Principals and all of our administrators to make
sure that they’re reminded. Even though I issued the
bulletin a year and a half ago. It’s gotta be on the
forefront of their mind. This hasn’t changed so because
we have a numbering system I can archive them and send them out at the beginning of each year,
and add to them as necessary. We have a minimum standard
for walkie-talkies. We cannot rely on one
communication system. We have to have redundancy. So we still have the good old fashioned radios in the event of emergency. We use blackboard in the event of non-emergency type of communications. And Titan is our emergency communication system district wide. And finally, this is a
slide I shared before, but I just want to emphasize
the last point again. It’s not about hardening. It is about building that
caring, welcoming environment. We’re all stewards of
safety in our school sites. And I believe we’ve done some great work, and we will continue to do great work. ‘Cause safety, we can never be done. – [Charlene] Great thank you. Mrs. Fluor you had a question? I have three, because I folded the pages. The first one is the AEd’s. At the high school level I
know they’re on multiple sites. They’re at multiple places, so there’s at least three or four of them. – [Russell] Correct. At the elementary schools is just one? We just have one at
this point, and they are in the multi-purpose room,
multi-purpose room and we got a recommendation from the AED company, as well as our local fire department, that said you want to
put that in a place where you’re likely to have the most access, the greatest number of folks,
and so that was the location. Second one is who are the pilots on the H.E.R.O?
H.E.R.O. The three schools, that is
Kaiser, Lincoln, and Paulo Rena. – [Charlene] That’s three, you said five. Three, I’m sorry did I say five? I meant to say three. I said five for the schools that are going to be part of the practice this Friday. We’ve got two private schools. – [Charlene] Thank you,
got my numbers mixed up. And finally, this is just a comment. It always cracks me up because
you can send out emails and then they don’t respond, you think, did they get that Email or
not, and what’s going on? And whether they read it. Do you track whether, can you actually, do you feel that they’ve,
they opened this? Can you track that they’ve
actually opened the Email up? – [Russell] I’m sure there’s
a way, I’m sure there’s a way. – [Karen] I’m ’cause sending it out, and sending out an email. The issue is because I know our Principals are really really responsible. But sometimes you get so much
that you just don’t see it. And you know this is archived, these are reference materials. Some of this is stuff
that has been embedded. But I will tell you
there’s a couple things that I will say I need
you to respond back to me. And we literally have a little checklist. and we make sure that they’re responding. So on certain key things, I
can’t do this all the time, but certain key things I will say everybody needs to respond to me. And then Susan, my assistant,
really does the checklist. – [Karen] Thank you. – [Charlene] Miss Anderson. Thank you this is great. I am excited about a lot of these updates. I just had a question about Raptor. I know last year there was some difference on different school sites. Some were more lax, some
were a lot more forceful. Is that part of the safety
email to the Principals? Is everyone kind of more regulated now? That’s a good point. I don’t want to hear what you just said but that will prompt me to
make sure that everybody is doing it at the standard level. Because it should not be different okay. So thank you for bringing
that to my attention. This is the best time to revisit, these are the district protocols. – [Charlene] That was my question too. And sign in, and when an ID is taken, and how that’s scanned. We actually took a lot
of time to put together a very detailed handbook that
not only has the procedures on how to use the system,
but how we as a district are applying the protocols
in using the system. Mrs. Barto. Did you have more Mrs. Anderson? You didn’t give me numbers. You didn’t tell me, I have 14, no okay. Go ahead, mine’s a short one. Yes I just wanted to make sure that was for staff as the same as for visitors. Because I think that’s one of the things, I know like for me going
to different school sites. I realized, I may be treated
differently than a parent. So that was part of– And that’s by design. The protocol is if we
are district employees, with a district badge,
we do not need to present our photo ID and have it
run through the system. What we do is we show the
ID and then we do sign-in, because we have to maintain logs of anybody who comes to visit the campus. – [Charlene] Just so you know that that’s not standardized either. Some places have me sign
in, and some places don’t. And you know, I will tell
you the temptation is, and we talked about welcoming. And this is the balance that
I think the staff members at the front office struggle with. They know us, they know you. But they should be saying
would you please sign in even though you’re the Board President, or the Superintendent. And I always go, I always show my ID. I always make sure that we sign in. But again this is a
great time to make sure they’re all following the same– – [Charlene] And I say I
want credit, I was here. I want them to know I was here. Or if there’s an earthquake,
that’s always my thought. What if I’m here, there’s an earthquake, and no one knows to find me? I mean really those are the
things that we all need to know. I just wanted to make sure
too that we have checklists. I love checklists, and I feel like we have so many things that
we’re giving Principals, particularly at the beginning of the year. So if a campus, particularly as we have so many new Principals as well to see do they all have walkie-talkies? Are things systematized? If there’s a parent who
gets really aggressive do we know overall every campus
is doing the same protocol? Is there a safety
training that is in place? These are awesome and they’re more kind of like district wide
rather than site specific. We didn’t coordinate this. But a checklist exactly what
we’re working on right now. And I’ve had several meetings because we took a sample checklist
from another source, and we’re crafting it into our
terminology and our language. In fact I have a meeting with Dr. Jochum and Mary Grasga because
there were some terms in their area that I need to clarify. That’s the last piece, because
I had a group of Principals and Assistant Principals
together to give input on that. And we’re very close to using that for the first time this year. But it’s a very detailed checklist. And it’s exactly what you’re
describing, and I’d be happy to share it with the
board once it’s finalized. Thank you.
Wonderful. And will there be a part of that that’s ready for the
first, the start of school? It probably won’t be, not for
the start of the school year but it will be issued early in the fall. And our deadline that we have
given to all the Principals to complete their school
plan is October 15th. So that’s the date that’s on the checklist right now, October 15th. – [Ashley] Thank you. Okay, Micheelle’s turn. I have two, one, I was reading Wired. Blackboard had a pretty
notable hack by a high school student, I think you
guys might know about it. But just I think that Awesome
actually applied a patch. Just want to make sure that that’s on everyone’s radar that Follette patched it, that it’s a relatively hackable software. So just a note. Thank you for sharing,
I’m not aware of that. Okay, so something to look
into since it’s not essential. And it wasn’t like a data breach. He was just sending messages, so it’s not something that
is high alert concern, but something for us to
make sure we’re on top of. And then the other one was
to see if we could have a tour of the Newport Beach Center yes. Yeah, thank you, and
that is on my to-do list. You did make that suggestion. I actually mentioned that to
Katie Inge when I went to visit that expect a bigger group
the next time we come, okay. But it is, it’s a fabulous
facility they have there. And she’s done a great job
of organizing everything. And I stole a couple of
my good ideas from her. – [Michelle] Thank you. Thank you.
Wonderful report. Did any of our community comments have to do with the safety thing. Because I would just assume. Everybody okay if I do that ? – [Karen] Yeah, absolutely. Okay perfect. Thank you very much, be on call in case. Brett Dowdy it has
something to do with safety. So I figured if he has a question this is the more appropriate
time to bring it up. So Mrs. Metoyer, members of the board, Dr. Navarro, members of the community. I’m Britt Doughty, President of the Newport-Mesa Federation of Teachers. We have come before the
board at multiple times in the recent past few
years regarding specific safety issues related to
employees and their facilities. And we want to make sure
that while everything that has been articulated tonight, are really robust systems
and we’ve made huge strides as we operate as a district,
we have to always remember the most basic issues are the ones that sometimes fall through the cracks. And so we’ve had employees
come to the board and talk to you about rodents, talk to you about sewer
odors in classrooms, they have talked about different pieces, and Parts have reported it the right ways, have done everything that
they should, and it took a very long time for those
issues to be resolved. So we have areas for improvement. What we’ve noticed this
summer is that there have been some different construction projects done, or things done on campuses. And unfortunately we have
discovered some asbestos in some small places and
it’s being taken away safely, and responsibly, and professionally. But the problem was is that
we had teachers show up to do something in their classroom and their classroom is sealed
off, and they don’t know why. And they are scared. And they don’t have the answers and information that they needed. And we didn’t know on the front side. And so there are some gaps here. So we have some room for improvement. We do a lot of things very
well, but we also want to just remind everyone
that the most basic pieces of facilities, when we’re doing things, and we’re doing it right,
let’s make sure that we keep people in the information loop so that they’re not worried,
they know that it’s being done professionally, and being done well, and it’s getting taken care of. – [Charlene] Thank you. I just want to point out that if there is asbestos present, we cannot wait. We must immediately address the issue. Mr. Holcomb can you just give
a little background on that? One of the ways that
asbestos is dealt with safely is to, the one way of
course is to remove it. And there’s an expense to remove asbestos. The other way that asbestos
has been treated safely, since it was identified as
something to be concerned about back in the 70’s, is
to leave it in places. And that’s basically
called encapsulating it so that it can’t become airborne, and therefore isn’t a threat to people. All types of government agencies, private companies, et cetera,
because it would have cost far too much to remove all
of the asbestos that had been used as building materials in
buildings over the decades, have taken the approach of
when it is safely encapsulated, to leave it safely
encapsulated until such time that you have a necessity to
disturb it, at which point you address it in the proper
protocol to remove it. And so, as we sometimes
do maintenance projects, or in the case of the most recent cases, we are cleaning after the construction, and the air conditioning
projects some of our carpets were getting to the
place to where they were kind of coming apart as
they were being cleaned. We stopped and said okay
now we need to actually replace the carpet in this classroom. And we need to do it
now, and we need to do it under asbestos containment procedures. So it really comes
sometimes out of the blue. We have a plan for
asbestos, dealing with it when we do a modernization project or something that we’re planning for. But every now and then we end up abating asbestos on short notice because we’re doing maintenance
that necessitates it. But in that case wouldn’t a simple email, or a text to the principle, by the way we found this in room 14. And the Principal would know,
and then the Principal could– Remember that we’ve been
yeah, just as you said. Over the course of the summer, we’ve been. Principals have been coming back in the last short little bit. And teachers will be coming back. So staff does communicate
with the site administrator when the site administrator is available about what’s going on in their campus, including the air conditioning projects and the ancillary things
that go along with that, such as carpeting and
those types of things. I’m not one of those sight administrators so I don’t know how easy it is or how necessary a Principal feels it is if they know the schedule is for the work to be completed before a
teacher returns to advise them. I didn’t think the problem was
identified as don’t fix it. I think it was, gee the
teacher might not have been flipped out if the Principal said, oh by the way your room is
getting updated for safety. You won’t be able to get
in it for a couple weeks. They’re doing everything the right way but you can’t get in. I mean I know that when I was a Principal, I knew what teachers wanted to come back. And I was back off and on all summer, and they knew if I was on
campus they could be on campus. So it could happen,
it’s just a matter of– I think the issue is whether you get the opportunity to
speak with the Principal. Right, that’s all, and
I’m sure that’s all. Dr. Doughty was talking about. Mrs. Fluor? I guess the question is, is
because I encountered this myself with the campuses over, when you’re doing air
conditioning, for example. I was having a couple of meetings at Monte Vista High School. It was very clear that I had no access, couldn’t park in the parking
lot because it was closed off, and there was no access to the
site because it’s walled off. So on those campuses that
were having air-conditioning I thought that the campuses were closed, that there was really
no, you couldn’t get in to your classroom, you
couldn’t get in to anything. In fact in Monte Vista they were actually, when they came back they
were actually working not even in the office because there was very limited access, you couldn’t
get into your classrooms. You’re right, particularly
at our HVAC campuses one of the things that
Mr. Rasney worked out with the site administrators
of those campuses before the summer was
what the schedule of work was going to look like for the summer. Similarly Mr. Bignick put
together a spreadsheet for each one of the sites,
telling them the work that would be occurring,
that was scheduled to occur, not the things that all
of a sudden came up, but the things that were being scheduled to occur over the summer. And the purpose of all of
that was because there’s a lot of work that happens on a
campus during the summer. And so it doesn’t work to just drop into your classroom during the summertime. It needs to be coordinated, as Mrs. Metoyer mentioned
when she was a Principal, coordinated with the Principal,
those types of things. Because there’s just a lot of work that’s happening on campuses in the summer. So I guess Dr. Navarro one of the things that should probably go on that checklist that you’re working on is, when we’re doing construction
safety is of major importance because we don’t want things
happening with our employees when you’ve got safety
hazards, the people on. They’re working, they’re hammering, they’re doing all sorts of things. So I guess the issue is
that making sure that we communicate, that our
Principals communicate to the staff that access would be limited, that you really shouldn’t be on campus. I know when I was a teacher we all loved to be in our classrooms during the summer because it was sort of quiet
and we can really prepared. But, especially on those sites
that are facing construction, even now when we’re
talking about the fencing, we really need to have
some real clear protocols of access to the campus
for our staff safety. Actually the protocol is that they do not have access to the campus. Because when the contractor comes on, it’s their campus not ours. Got it. So it’s really under their control. So they are told they are not to come. Okay. For their safety. Okay so that was all. Thank you so much. You were busy, not that you’re not ever, but we’ve made some great additions. Dr. D’Agostino is really working well with hard to make sure that the
whole child is taken care. Because if we have healthy children, that’s a great deterrent
to bad safety concerns. Alrighty our informal
reports, Dr. Navarro. Yes I just wanted to recap
some statements I made at our opening workshop for
our leaders, when we had the classified and the certificated
management team together. And it was great to see our new Principals, they were there. But I wanted to warn them that
they’re working alongside, and you heard them say
this, some extremely bright, ambitious, and well seasoned leaders who really know, they’re
experts in their fields. And my point was that we
have all this great talent. But my other point was is, you get nowhere with great talent if you
don’t have great teamwork. And so my call to them was to remember they’re here for a mission,
and their mission is to raise the bar for all students. And as long as we’re all in the same boat rowing in the same direction,
we’re gonna get places. But if people start rowing in different directions, what happens to that boat? It starts going in circles
and you get nowhere. I also wanted to make sure that they knew the elements that are
going to get us there, to focus on student progress monitoring, to focus on the elements
that create momentum for effective improvements in schools, such as capacity building,
not pointing fingers or saying, but what do we
know, how can we get better. Working together as a
team, making sure you’re doing everything for all
students, and making sure that you’re assessing your
progress as you go along. And then of course working with our most challenged and challenging students, and creating an environment
on each of our campuses that is accepting and understanding, and moving away from
excluding kids from classrooms as a disciplinary strategy
because those kids who are not in class are not learning. And the state’s not gonna give us extra money to make up those lost minutes. So we have a huge challenge. It’s not easy, but it’s important that we’re all focused
in the same direction. And I think that that’s gonna be, something I’m always gonna
be reminding them all year. That’s good, thank you. Miss Olsen, sorry I Mrs. you sometimes. I get my Misses and Mrs.
messed up all the time. You didn’t put me at a different school, like I did a teacher. (all laughing) So thank you for that. So yes again, I’m excited
to share with you something a little bit new that we did
this past summer to start up. And that was our new teacher training. And I have to tell you,
one it was a wonderful example and demonstration of collaboration amongst all of the departments. Vanessa Gaily did an amazing job putting things together
alongside with Megan Brown. And that’s where it started. And then it kind of went out from there. What do some of our folks need? And so we had a little bit of Ed-tech. We had a little bit of student services, a little bit of special education. It was just a really great two days for the first time that we’ve
done this in a very long time. We used it, part of the
catalysts behind this was, and you see you see in
tonight’s consent items is the MOU for an orientation
for our certificated staff. So the MOU is with NMFT
to provide an orientation so that they can have contact
with members directly. We do it from the HR
perspective in our focus. And that’s what I’ll just
speak to directly is that for our purposes we modeled it after our successful CSEA orientation. So talking about what it
is to be a good employee, talk about the benefits as an employee, being mindful of your
professional reputation, which you might recall that document that we’ve shared in the past, and the board policy of
professional standards. So just some of those little nuances that, to take the time to talk about what does that look like,
what does that sound like? And then NMFT had their their time, and spoke very well about
how it all works together. So it was a really, really
wonderful first experience with that, so we look forward
to doing that in the future. But thank you to all the
departments for working so hard together to make that happen. – [Charlene] It was fun. Thank you for inviting us to lunch. Thank you Megan. Good evening. Mrs. Zaresny is with her team, very busy at our schools
that are receiving HVAC even laid into this evening. The projects have gone very well. This is our most ambitious summer yet, including seven schools, one of which is a middle school which is really in essence the equivalent of doing
eight elementary schools in the span of a little
bit over 50 work days. So there’s a lot of work
that’s been going on, and it’s gone as I say very, very well. We did end up with a new
contractor because we added a couple more schools this
year than we’ve had before. Contractor that hadn’t
worked in our schools before, and hadn’t worked with us and he has struggled a little more than some of the other contractors with the projects. He’s very close to completing, but they’re still out
there following up on him, trying to make sure that he
finishes up the last few things that he has at some of his schools. But also considering that
a number of our schools have had new Principals, that
we met earlier this evening appointed that have had air conditioning. As they’ve assumed their
new responsibilities that has gone very, very well. The communications between
the facility’s office and the new Principals has
gone fantastically well. And considering all of what’s going on I’m very pleased that it
looks like we’re gonna be in great shape for the
start of school next week. – [Charlene] Okay, everybody
knock on wood, yes. As a part of our end of year process, your auditors are here. And I say your auditors,
and I do that on purpose to highlight that special relationship because they report directly to you. And so they should be
meeting with the Board President here I think this week. – [Charlene] Tomorrow. Good. It’s a team of, you have a team of four there who’s been your all week, and they will be here all week. And they’re doing top-to-bottom look at everything in the world. – [Charlene] Oh good. That’s a good thing. And so it’s a big job, and
you can be assured that your interests are being
protected and looked at by some professionals
that do very good work. – [Karen] Do we have a special area that we’re emphasizing this year? In the past we’ve had, we’ve looked at specifically
related to maintenance and operations, or we’ve looked at some of the departments specifically. This year were highlighting ASB’s Again? Spending a little bit more time. – [Martha] Spending a little bit more. Well we thought that was every year. We haven’t found a a fail
safe, or whatever they say. – [Charlene] I don’t think we ever will. Because it is that organic, ASB. It’s right wonderful to have that support. And I have a Human Relations update. Kind of what we did on
our summer vacation. And as you know Russell
and Phil talked about the Human Relations being a bigger part, or a smaller part of a larger district wide safety initiative. The Human Relations
Task Force had a mission of creating safer more
respectful and kinder schools. Some of the things that
happened over the summer, actually just prior to summer. June 7th and 11th, all
the Juniors and Seniors from Newport Harbor High School visited the Museum of Tolerance. On June 24th and 25th,
so that was the Monday and Tuesday that school was out, we had teachers from Corona del Mar, Ensign, and Newport Harbor
visit the Museum of Tolerance to examine racism and
prejudice around the world with an emphasis on the
history of the Holocaust. On June 29, 30, and 31
we had 40 student leaders from Corona del Mar and Newport Harbor attend a three day workshop
presented by the ADL providing them tools to
combat the bigotry and hate. And at our leadership
advance on August 11th the district Principals,
Directors, Assistant Superintendents, the
Superintendents, and yourselves attended training on implicit
bias an becoming an ally. And the kind of overarching
theme of that training day was creating a culture of kindness. And I picked up on
something that Dr. Navarro said a little bit earlier
in his message to all the district leaders
about raising the bar. One of the things he said that
a focus this year would be on creating an accepting and
understanding environment. So again that’s a focus on with
our district for this year. August 26th, and 29th, which
means yesterday and Thursday all four of our
comprehensive high schools. Corona del Mar, Costa Mesa,
Estancia, and Newport Harbor will be receiving the same training. I know we didn’t think
Estancia was but they did jump on the training, they are having it– Oh great.
Oh good. So all four of our
comprehensive high schools are gonna be receiving that training. As you know on Tuesday July 16th, as I was traveling the Alaska Highway, the Human Relations Task Force presented their phase one recommendations to you. Many of these, I think
actually all of these are on those recommendations. The task force will be
meeting again September 11th to continue the work on
refining these recommendations after receiving input from the
cabinet and the Principals. We’ll also be bringing
teachers and students to that meeting to share
out to the committee about the trainings that they’ve been to. One of the things we talked
about at our last meeting is, there are two important components of this that have to be vetted through cabinet and through our
Principals, time and money. So all of these things are good things but there’s a finite amount of time. So we have to leverage the best things and the things that fit
the best for our campuses. So we’re gonna be taking
those recommendations, running in through cabinet
and the Principal’s, and then bringing it
back to the committee. So that will kind of be
our work moving forward. Our next community
workshop will be Wednesday, September 18th and the
topic will be conflict resolution, and de-escalating conflict. So that’s a pretty good topic. And another topic, pursuing
victory with honor, our yearly training will be October 14th. Again we’ll have Rob
Yegot, the Commissioner of SCEA’s Southern Section coming out to work with all of our
coaches and parents. So October 14th pursuing
victory with honor. – [Charlene] And it was September 18th? The Conflict Resolution? Yes. – [Charlene] Thank you. So my report encompasses
what happened today. But the reality of it is
the work that we’ve done really since the spring of last year culminated in today’s
activities for teachers. Every single one of our
certificated teachers participated in a
professional development, content specific professional
development today. It’s a huge undertaking. And Dr. Navarro mentioned teamwork, and Leona mentioned collaboration. We just keep getting better at it. And we kind of force ourselves
to do things differently. One of the the PD’s that
I’ll highlight today is the elementary PD, which was actually a mini conference that was put on for all of our K-6 teachers
at Costa Mesa High School. It was a collaboration
between Student Services, Ed Services, really bringing together both the social-emotional
behavioral aspect of things, as well as the academic, really leveraging our third year of adoption of language arts and math materials. But the focus of today
was really academically around language arts and text. The amount of work that
goes into pulling off a conference like this is enormous. And we really modeled it after something Janeth Mishney brought into the district in the digital fellow days. And she was integral along with Dr. Surr, Sarah and her team in
putting this together. All K-6 teachers went through
five different sessions, and also had a keynote speaker, which I’ll talk about in a minute as well. Some of the titles I think, speak to the training they received. Ed-tech did a training called Gettin’ Digi with it. We also had our, the other important part about this day was it
was really teacher led. We had teacher leaders, all of our TOSA’s, as well as we recruited
some other teacher leaders in our district to do these
hour long presentations and developments for teachers. Another title was Read
it, Speak it, Write it, the Power of Planning
for Performance Tasks. Since that’s a big portion of what we’ll do with assessment this year. Student Services brought
in a behavior piece called Breaking Bad
Behavior, which was great. And then also there was a component around speaking and listening called
So You Think They Can Speak, using Academic Language in the Classroom. So it just gives you a
flavor of getting people on the same page K-5 in those areas. Also tying it all together with our theme of relationships, social,
emotional, and academic, we did have a keynote speaker come in. Dr. Hector Montenegro
came in and really brought both the social-emotional
aspect of teaching and the academic, both very important really to the forefront of
people’s minds and spoke about the enormous responsibility
we have as educators, and specifically as teachers
who touch and see those kids every single day to
create that environment that’s safe for kids on an emotional, level as well as an academic level, to both take risks and learn. And when I talked to a few people who heard that, a few words came out. One it was very practical,
but also inspiring. And it really did do a nice
job, I think, bringing our focus together of relationships
as well as achievement. I just I got a text earlier in the day from a teacher and her response was, the keynote speaker today
was better than fantastic. And I went, there was a
keynote speaker today. So that’s, unsolicited compliments
are the best in my book. Yeah and that’s really the feeling that we got from teachers in general. Obviously always things
to improve but the teams that put it together both
from our support staff, Classified as well as Ed
Services, Student Services Team, it was just an amazing day for teachers. Secondary real quick we
kicked off the History-Social Studies adoption with implementation work. We’ve also kicked off
the illustrative Math High School Adoption process,
starting to build that lens. And then really are
starting to focus in again on the ELA, ELD aspects for secondary. And in that realm, and then science is still building and learning. – [Charlene] And the kids
haven’t gotten here yet, the teachers are getting tired. So this is our board meeting right before the start of school. So I think we’d be
remiss not to acknowledge the work that’s done during summer. And I always like to share this story because I think everyone can relate to it, at least the 12 month employees. I still have family and friends who say, oh were you off for the summer? – [Charlene] I know right? And you know the dirty look? That’s the moment you give
them the dirty look because during the summertime there’s
tremendous amount of work, and people that get things ready for that first day when
our kids come back. And all the hiring that HR
did, not only with the leaders, there are employees throughout our ranks that are being hired
throughout the summer. MNO getting all of our classrooms ready, the deep cleaning that goes on, and making the grounds look great. You heard Tim talk about
the construction projects, absolutely amazing what they’ve undertaken and will accomplish. John talking about the PD that’s happened, and the amount of
planning and preparation, not only for this week or today, but for the entire year. Also our Principals, our site Principals, getting their sites ready,
and all the preparations, and the checklists that
they have to go through to get everything ready for the first day. Our IT Department and our
Educational Technology Department, all the work they do on the backend, that we don’t even see that
world, to get things ready for folks to have the first day of school. Our business office, closing the books. That is the busiest time
of the year for them. And let’s not forget our clerical folks. They are the backbones,
they get all the details and everything taken care of. So it truly does take an amazing team. This is an amazing team here. And ready or not, we’re gonna
be ready, here they come. – [Charlene] Here they
come, fabulous, thank you. Good evening. So I want to focus on a couple
things where Student Services has really gotten our nose under the tent. So the whole camel’s inside now. And that was through the
leadership advance that we had. And I know a lot of you, most of you, were able to attend the first day. And then the second day. So the first day we also
had a restorative practices presentation that really laid
some foundation for the year of where we’re going with with kids. And then day two was really
a lot of student services. And we were able to focus in on, under Special Education, our
Informal Dispute Resolution. So we’re trying to work with families before things escalate,
and how we do that, and really where the
Principals role is in that. And that seemed to go over really well. People seemed excited
to be able to use that. We talked about multi-tiered
systems of support, spent a lot of time with
the site administrators, especially on the role of behavior and social-emotional
learning in those tiers. And knowing that we
have more work to come, but that the district, the board has really supported a lot
of resources in this area. And so we thank you for that. Then I was able to spend
some time with Leona, and we co-presented on
a complaint process, and really talked about
complaining versus complaints. And again kind of using
that tiered structure of how can you be proactive
in setting things up to avoid complaints, and then what happens when you do they do get to that level? And having people feel
equipped to deal with that. We also did training on
trauma, and the second kids who come in with trauma
at the secondary level, and I think that was very
powerful and we’ve already, Kristen Henry did that one and
she’s already kind of gotten the hey, can you come
and present that for us? Can you come and do this? So we know it’s an issue that will make a difference for kids,
because if it doesn’t make a difference for kids, we don’t want to spend time on it,
and we know this well. And then for the Elementary Principals they get a preview of
the presentation today that was given to all
the elementary teachers on the Breaking Bad Behavior in classroom. And we’ve heard how
disruptive kids can be, and how they impact learning,
not only for themselves, but oftentimes for their
peers in the classroom. We’ve heard teachers saying
I don’t have the tools to deal with some of these things. So we were thrilled, as John was saying, it was really a collaborative effort. And I think this is our first time being in front of elementary teachers. So we had our two special
ed behavior specialists, our inclusion specialist,
and autism specialist, and they led, among all of
them they led 14 sessions. And everybody did, I think, in
terms of how that worked out. But we were just very
excited to, like I said, get that nose under the
tent and be in there. Now we’re here, now you
can’t get rid of us. But we’re really excited about what’s gonna happen for
kids in those areas. See and people think we
get summers off, yeah. Alrighty, moving along. Community input on action items. That’s my cue. Yes. This is an opportunity for the public to address the board on action
items, consent calendar, resolution consent calendar,
discussion action calendar. Per board policy 9323, each individual speaker will have three minutes. Speakers may not cede unused
minutes to other speakers, and there is a maximum of 20
minutes of comments per item. With board consent, the
President may increase or decrease the time
allowed for public comment, depending on the topic and the number of persons wishing to speak. The board staff or members of the public may request that a specific
item on the consent be removed to discussion action. Request to move consent items
must be received prior to the time the board takes
action on the consent calendar. All comments are recorded in
full on meeting video record. When addressing the board it is helpful if you state your name and
address for the record. Dr. Doughty. – [Dana] Somebody turn the air on. So hello again. There’s a handout that I’m passing across for all of you on the board. This is a publicly available
document through a CPRA. If members of the community are interested they can contact me about
it to expedite the process. These were related to items that you had on your closed session
scheduled earlier today, related to an unfair labor
practice that was filed. And this is also related to– – [Charlene] Is this on the consent calendar of the discussion? This is also related to the
attorney who is involved with this, is his contract is
up for ratification tonight. So these are kind of combined together. – [Charlene] It was on closed session. Wasn’t that on closed session, and that would have been discussed then. Then I can hold my comments
until the end of the evening. Okay, thank you. Oh so then, hello, I’ve got a job to do. I need a motion and a second to approve the consent calendar. – [Karen] There’s no other comments? There were no other comments. Oh perfect. So moved, with the– Removal of 15, yeah. 15A.8. Okay it was moved by
Mrs. Fluor, and seconded by Mrs. Black, amended by removing 15A.8. Any discussion? All those in, ah yes, quick discussion. Oh I’m sorry there’s buttons,
look at all the buttons. Mrs. Barto you didn’t have a button. But you had your mouth open
like you were gonna talk. I want to talk about, now
all the numbers moved. So once I, the crossing
guards at Newport Coast. It would be crossing guard.
15A.9 Thank you, 15A.9. So easy, right after the one that was cut. So, just because I get questions on this all the time from the community, I was just hoping for some clarification of how our relationship with
the crossing guards work, just for the community’s edification. Sure sure. So crossing guards, as we
normally think of them, are to cross the street,
the public streets. And we don’t get involved
in crossing guards to cross the public streets. That is a responsibility
of the two cities. We still use the term
crossing guard because it’s the same type of behaviors
that this individual does. It’s the same company actually
that the cities often hire. But this is actually with
regard to a situation at our parking lot at Newport
Coast Elementary School. It’s on our property, and
because of the stream of traffic that comes there at
that particular school, the foundation at that
school said we think that it would be good to
have someone stand out here and help to direct the traffic
as it’s coming into the lot, and around the lot to keep students safe. So the district has employed
this company for, I think somewhere around eight to 10
years now for this service. – [Michelle] Thank you. – [Karen] Perhaps you
can get a copy of the, just show how the flow
goes because it’s so weird how people enter the
egress and ingress of that. Just get us a site plan
’cause it’s a weird way that they get in and out of that. Yeah because people are always like, oh how come their foundations paying? It’s a different thing. Because they’re on a hill for one thing, the sight line’s up the hill. – [Charlene] And they had to make a road. A number of issues. – [Karen] If you try
crossing, those poor folks. At that time of the morning. And I have no idea whose
light came on first. But Mrs. Yelsey I haven’t heard from you. So you can go first. I just wanted to make
a comment about BF.15, B.12 approving a contract with the Freedom Committee of Orange County. And I’m just so proud of the district for continuing to do this. And for some people who may
not know how this started. As part of this agreement, we first did the Living History Program, which is what the Freedom
Committee is involved in, at Corona del Mar High School. They’ve been doing it
for I think 18 years now under the direction of Denise Wyler. And Denise was employed at
the time at Corona del Mar. Her position was then taken away. Eliminated, not taken away. She was not a district employee. She was the foundation. But anyway, we didn’t
want to lose that program and she really wanted to continue it. So that’s when the district took it on to have a program throughout the district, not just at Corona del Mar High School. And I’m really proud to say it’s at every high school and
every middle school now. But it’s growing at all the
schools, I appreciate that. And I just wanted to highlight, even though we work with
the Freedom Committee, and that is all these
veterans that come in, Denise really runs the
show at all the schools. And she does a tremendous job, and I just wanted to highlight that. So it’s an amazing program. Not many other school
districts do a living history program like this where our students get to really meet with
World War II veterans, between now, but a lot
of them are involved, as they currently are, that’s it. Active duty active personnel yes. And it was just reminded me. I was on Sunday, at a speech
where Gary Sinise was speaking. And I don’t know, if you don’t
know you should look it up, all the things, he was Lieutenant Dan. Everybody knows that. But he’s been very
involved with our military. Amazing, by the way. And World War II veterans. And builds houses for quadriplegics, and takes Gold Star Families
to Disneyland every year. I mean he really does amazing things. And he made a comment that he
doesn’t feel there’s enough, enough teaching about World
War II in our schools anymore. And I just think we do a good job of that. We could do better but
I think it’s a huge part of the program because
the 10th graders who were a part of this, at least a Corona del Mar, different ages at different schools, remember this for the rest of their lives. And I just wanted to highlight that. Just in case your Uncle
So-And-So wasn’t part of a war that you could talk
to, you get the opportunity. And they’re delightful people, and their comments back are such like. If a child asks them a question, they’ll answer the question. And then they look at me and
went, was that bad to say? Was that too graphic? I said no, it was real. It was real what happened
to you so that’s, and you didn’t use bad
words or things like that. But it was like, well
I said I was shot down. That could scare them. No that’s okay. And it really is a
culmination of individuals from the Costa Mesa area, Jack Hammond was instrumental in starting it. And they don’t normally
go to our districts, but they go across, and
they’re reaching 20, and 30,000 students a year
and it’s an amazing program. And it’s not, even though
it was focused originally on World War II, again
there are, we have veterans that go in and speak
to kids from all over. And we’ve been very fortunate to have some of the oldest
living World War II vets. But it’s amazing the
cross-section that participate. And our own board member participates as part of the members. Dave Brooks is a member
of the Freedom Brigade. Miss Anderson. Thank you. I have a question about 15C.1. I was just wondering, it’s under
of workers comp consultant. And it sounds like we’ve been working with this group for like a decade. And I was wondering if we
were using them temporarily as we’re looking for a manager, or what that process looks like. You are correct. We have worked with this
company for quite some time. I will share with you in
the last couple of years many of our, this particular agreement is surrounding accommodations
for workers comp. So when we are trying to
return someone to work. In the last couple of years
we within HR, as well working with Miguel have conducted
many of those on our own, without the assistance of a consultant. A consultant comes in
when we need somebody who has a little bit more expertise than we do, and mediates amongst both. So we have not used them very much. In fact, last year we used them, I do believe that the invoice is $3,000. So we do not anticipate using
them very much, and utilizing and building our own skill
set as much as possible, and just bringing them
on the extreme cases. – [Ashley] Okay what kind of like. I was trying to figure
out what, what would they help remediate, or how would they? So within an accommodations meeting what you are looking for is what are the restrictions or
limitations of an employee. Sometimes because of workman’s comp, sometimes just because of
just unfortunate situation. And so when they bring the limitations and restrictions to
you, then it is up to us to see if we can reasonably accommodate. And so we want to make sure that we are looking at all of our options. Sometimes we don’t agree. And when we don’t agree
we bring in someone from the outside to try
to mediate between us. – [Ashley] Thank you. Any other? Okay we have, it was moved by Mrs. Fluor, and seconded my Mrs.– Oh, I’m sorry I have one more question. Oh you do have one more, okay. I was noticing for 15A.10, and I don’t know where this
is necessarily directed. That on here we have a two year
contract for Spencer Covert. And I was just wondering if,
one of the things I think, I have a lot of questions
about legal services. One thing I would like
us to maybe consider is starting to do one year
contracts for a variety of purposes, but then I
just wanted to know too, it looks like there’s a $500,000 max. And then over three years, I mean that would be
over a million dollars. So what, why is that such a high amount? What would we anticipate
that being potentially? And then why do we have a two year rather than a one year contract? So one of the reasons why
we have a two year agreement is because it’s been the
practice in the district to enter into two year
agreements generally with regard to legal services. So it’s certainly an option
that the district could look at. Every agreement that we do,
particularly with a firm like Parker and Covert, that
has been District’s counsel for many many years,
it’s more board items, more times to make sure that
we keep accounting up to date, and we have a purchase order in place. It’s just more mechanics involved. That’s something that we certainly could look at if the board would like us to. The amount, one of the
reasons for the amount being a little bit higher
maybe that it has been in some past years is because there is, a couple of years ago when the district had an accident that involved OSHA, we brought in an OSHA specific attorney underneath Parker and Covert. And so that particular attorney’s services are also included in the
grand total amount for this. And some of it is very routine, but there are a number of filings. It’s very much like a court process. So there’s a whole lot
of notes that we receive that have to be filed,
have to be responded to, and so there’s hours that
are involved in all that that was not part of the district’s prior experience prior to that. Can I just piggyback on that, unless? So if, just because we have a
two year contract with them, if we decide we want to use someone else, we can just use someone else, correct? The contracts allow for termination if the district chose not to do it. They are really in essence
on call available services. So staff as well can choose to use one particular attorney or
another based on their expertise. The district has different law
firms basically on the bench, so to speak, available
for its legal needs. – [Vicki] So we’re not
restricted to using them if we decide we want to use someone else? – [Fred] No buy you do– – [Charlene] We have a
list of other people. And we don’t have to use
all of the amount, we can– – [Vicki] I would hope not, yeah. And also one of the benefits to having a two year contract is you cement the cost for two years. Whereas in about a year you’re gonna be probably paying a higher rate. Well, it actually changes. That was part of my question for asking. Because the two year
contract has a rate increase. So there really isn’t
a benefit for us having a two year contract
because as part of the, as the contract is written right now it’s bumped up for next year,
that was a concern that I had. In this case it really
is a matter of practice. It’s a practice lots of districts use. It’s a practice that
this district has used. The law would allow us
to go out to five years. Two years has been a nice
number that says we don’t do it too often, we don’t do it
too infrequently either. Okay thank you. Mrs. Black? Yeah I just wanted to point out that in most all of our
contracts, not everyone, that we go on retainer type
contract with any business, but we always put in not to exceed. So if we do, we have to
come back to the board. And in for unforeseen
things and I like that in most all of our contracts, unless it’s a finite bill that happens. So I do appreciate that,
just pointing that out. And they went up 10 dollars,
for just the partners, for the 2021 year, the rest of
the rates remained the same. Mrs. Fluor. How many attorneys firms do we have? I mean I can name off about five or six, and do they all have
similar contract provisions? I don’t know the exact number. I could find out for you. I would say that’s about
right, wouldn’t you Mr. Trader? Around a half a dozen firms, for different types of specialties. My understanding is when we
approve them they’re basically a two, they are usually
a two year contract. Some of them are three year. And there again they’re
for specific things. We have a specialist, we have
Newman, who’s really great, and Larson, and we have LLR, what is it? Go for it Mrs. Fluor. But we have about a half a dozen that we utilize on basically a case by case basis on who’s the best one to
represent us in that area. Whose expertise? That’s correct. We’re not looking for the
cheapest in this case. We’re looking for the best. Do we a list of, I love lists. We don’t publish a list, we don’t have one sitting on a shelf
somewhere, it’s not something that would be difficult to create. But if it’s like six
firms that would be easy. It wouldn’t be different to create. You have them all, because we’ve approved them throughout the year. I would love to go through and do that. I would like to request again. We’ve spoken about a few times. But I would like a list
of all of our attorneys that we, all of the firm’s,
and the litigation logs. So what are the open matters? What are we looking at? Because I feel like,
particularly when we have three that are ratified these are
things that were already kind of decided before we got to them. So the one that’s on here
for Bergman is for one year. I don’t know that it
benefits us to do contracts. So yeah I would love a litigation report. With regard to the latter part
of what you just spoke to. And maybe Dr. Navarro
is going to speak to it. With regard to litigation
matters there you have occasion when counsel can
speak to you in closed session about litigation matters, but otherwise we don’t typically keep a matter. That would be a public
record available to folks regarding the litigation
that the district. I think it could be a closed session item. I think with so. So we did give you an active litigation item previously, recently. I don’t know that that was all of it, and it wasn’t all of our firms that were– It was active litigation,
regardless of which firm it was. Oh okay. So it was active litigation. You have to have an attorney in there who presents it in closed session to you. It could have been any
attorney that we work with but it was the attorney
that we brought in. And they discussed all
the open cases with you. – [Ashley] Okay, perhaps
we can talk about it again in closed, because I
think there’s more information. – [Dana] Not confident,
so we need to present it. They’re confident that we’re
not disclosing all of it. – [Karen] They believe. You just haven’t, hopefully
you never have to, hire an attorney because
of what they cost you. Seeing no more lights. It was moved by Mrs. Fluor,
seconded by Mrs. Barto. All those in favor of approving the consent calendar say aye. – [All] Aye. All those opposed? Okay, seven zero. Now we have the resolution
consent calendar. And this is a roll call
vote on the entire list. Move adoption resolution
0208.19, establishment and maintenance of school
district site revolving cash. Adoption of resolution
0308.19 gann limit for 2018-19 and it’s estimated gann limit for 2019-20, resolution Oh 0408.19
authorization to close all district depository
accounts at Home Street Bank and transfer remaining funds
to Farmers and Merchants Bank. So is there a second? – [Dana] Second. Thank you, and does
anyone need Mr. trader to discuss any of these? Nope.
No. No. Okay good. It’s clear on here. Okay perfect. I’m refamiliarizing myself with it. That’s why I was watching, I
could hear the gears turning. All those in favor of approving the resolution consent calendar? – [Fred] It’s a roll call vote. Oh it’s a roll call vote. You said that before. Mrs. Metoyer?
Yes. Mrs. Fluor?
Yes. Mrs. Black?
Yes. Mrs. Yelsey?
Yes. Miss Anderson?
Yes. Mrs. Barto?
Yes. Mrs. Snell?
Yes. I’ll get this job’s
nailed by December just, I guarantee it. Alrighty, now the fun
part, a recommendation. Mrs. Clark you are, you came. I know, this is a recommendation
for the public hearing for the Personnel Commission
appointee, Mrs. Clark. Do I need to her to talk
or can I just open it up? – [Sherri] You just open it up. Okay. Thank you.
Thank you. The hearing is opened. And Mr. Weyman is in the audience. Very patiently. Already there are no comments,
no cards, no consent. The hearing is closed. That was a thrill. Thank you for sitting here all this time. So we opened the hearing at
7:49 and closed it at 7:49. Okay, and our next step is a vote next board meeting, because we can’t. Oh the next item is the vote. I told you I’ll get this job. That’s what happens when
you give me three weeks off. Move approval to reappoint Kenneth Weyman as the board’s representative
to the Personnel Commission. Seconded. It was moved by Mrs. Fluor,
and seconded by Mrs. Yelsey. Are there any comments other
than thank you so much? Thank you so much for continuing to serve. Yes, alrighty. And this is not a roll call
vote, this is a voice vote. All those in favor, aye. – [All] Aye. Opposed? Does Ken want to say anything? Yay, would you like to say anything? – [Ken] Just that it’s a
privilege to represent you on the commission, the
commission’s a hard working group. You got that right. Thank you, we’re glad to have you, yay. (audience applauding) What no cupcake, I wanted my cupcake? I know, we’ll run out and get you one. Mr. Drake, approve
secondary textbook adoption. Yes at our last board meeting, July 16th you approved for public
display two textbooks. One is an AP chemistry
book published by Cengage. And the other one, I’m gonna
hatchet the pronunciation ’cause it’s the French textbook as well. So they were on display since the 16th and are before you this
evening for approval. – [Charlene] Mrs. Fluor. – [Martha] I just have a question. – [Charlene] Do we have to move it and second, and then you can talk? – [Fred] Yes. Yes, I need a motion.
So moved. – [Charlene] Okay second. – [Michelle] I’ll second. – [Charlene] Thank you Michelle. – [Martha] How many people
came and saw, and viewed, other than the board members here? Yeah I believe one, and
she is to your right. Two, yeah. – [Martha] Thank you. – [Charlene] It’s a very nice
book actually, easy to read. Alrighty. I have to tell you, I had no clue to what there was in the French book. All those in favor? – [All] Aye. Opposed? Thank you, a seven O. And that was it. Community input on non-agenda items. It’s summer time so I’m
sorry to be sighing. This is an opportunity
for the public to address non-agenda topics within the subject matter jurisdiction of the board. Per board policy 9323,
each individual speaker will have three minutes,
speakers may not cede unused minutes to other speakers, and there is a maximum of 20
minutes of comments per topic. With board consent the President
may increase or decrease the time allowed for public
comments depending on the topic and the number of
persons wishing to speak. In compliance with board policy and the Ralph M Brown Act the
board is not permitted to take action on non-agenda items. When addressing the board
is very it’s very helpful if you state your name and
address for the record. Thank you. Dr. Terry Welsh. Hello my name is Terry Welsh, and I’m President of the
Banning Ranch Conservancy and this is the first time I’ve had the honor to address this board. And I’m gonna speak about, no
surprise here, Banning Ranch. And for those of you who don’t know, Banning Ranch is that
large 400 acre oil field on the far west side of
Costa Mesa, Newport Beach. If you go down 17th Street and keep going west as far as you can go, you’ll come to the
entrance of Banning Ranch. Now Banning Ranch is an active oil field. They’re pumping oil right now as we speak, although not as much, less than 10%, of what they did during the glory days. Now whenever I talk about Banning Ranch the first thing I want
to tell people is that Banning Ranch is the largest parcel of unprotected coastal open space remaining in Southern
California south of Ventura. That’s not to say it’s the largest parcel of coastal open space,
there’s larger ones, Crystal Cove State Park, Bolsa Chica. But these are publicly
owned and protected, whereas Banning Ranch is
privately owned and not protected. Its fate is yet undecided. Because Banning Ranch has
served as an oil field for the last 80 years it has escaped the dense residential development that is so characteristic
of the surrounding area. And while not pristine,
it has amazing habitat with endangered, threatened,
and special status species. Banning Ranch also has documented evidence of Native American people living
there for over 3,000 years. Now 20 years ago I started the effort to preserve Banning Ranch as open space. And during that time I’ve
probably chaired 400 meetings. The mission of the
Banning Ranch Conservancy is the preservation,
acquisition, conservation and management of the entire Banning Ranch as a permanent public open space, park, and coastal nature preserve. The overwhelming majority of Banning Ranch is owned by a partnership consisting of an oil company and some investors, But a smaller portion, 11 acres, is owned by the Newport-Mesa
Unified School District. This is a parcel that’s
right at the end of Whittier. It’s a vacant area,
sometimes used for storage. But on the western portion of this parcel there’s some of that
rare habitat I mentioned, vernal pool habitat,
burrowing owl habitat. Now we’ve approached the
School Board in the past but I would like to say
tonight in front of all of you, and for the record,
should the Newport-Mesa Unified School District
ever decide to sell this surplus Banning Ranch property, the Banning Ranch Conservancy
would be very interested in purchasing it, and making it part of the future Banning Ranch
Park and Preserve, thank you. – [Charlene] Thank you very much. Steve Ray. Get my legs situated so they don’t fall. Good evening. I’m Steve Ray, the Executive Director of the Banning Ranch Conservancy. Yes, Terry and I are ganging
up on you tonight a little. So I hope you’ll pardon that. It’s great to be here with you. I have spoken before this board together, although some of you are new since then. So welcome to the board. And as you know Mrs. Barto,
we are in your district and right next to Mrs.
Anderson’s district. We have a lot of things that we have looked to the school
board for in the past. And I’m here tonight to make
two offers to you, okay. Offer number one. As Terry mentioned our mission
statement is to preserve, acquire, conserve, and
manage Banning Ranch. And at this point I think
it is safe to say that any future development on Banning
Ranch, those days have ended. That’s not gonna happen. Banning Ranch is going
to remain open space. We are now engaged in the
effort to acquire Banning Ranch. That’s a large task, it’s
401 acres of coastal space. So it’s not going to be cheap. But we are working very
diligently to do that. And we have made some
great progress toward that. Once we acquire the
property our intent then is to clean it up, to restore it
to full native plant health. We’re gonna put some amenities
on it for the public, because we’re going to open it to the public and bring people in. And we are going to establish
a lot of education programs. That is our major goal there
for the future of Banning Ranch is the education, environmental education. You have a requirement under the state’s environmental education initiative to engage in environmental education. My first offer is that we are gonna, we want to help you with this, and coordinate this with our programs. We have brought in a new
Education Director, Miss Kay Howe, who has just been working
on the development of the curriculum for the state of Hawaii. And so we have a very
very qualified person working with us to do this. And she would be here tonight, but she’s off at a conference right
now, you know how that goes. So we want to work with you and your staff to develop education programs
between the school district and Banning Ranch that we can
coordinate and work together. That’s offer number one. Offer number two, on April,
or I’m sorry September 12th you are going to be appearing
before the Coastal Commission regarding a fence that you put in. And you have a permit to
remove that fence before then. We’re gonna support that. But further beyond that, under that permit you are required to remove the fence. And you can hire a company
to remove the fence and the concrete posts and everything. But you’re also required to
take care of the grounds, the plants and everything else there. We would like to offer to do that for you. Now we will ask you to
pay for the plants, maybe. But we would will bring expertise. And if I had more time I could tell you a little bit about our expertise. – [Charlene] Okay, thank you so much. Thank you very much, so two offers. We look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much. Charlene Ashindorf. Good evening President,
trustees, Dr. Navarro. I am Charlene Ashindorf,
Costa Mesa resident, and I serve as chair of
the Cultural Arts Committee for the city, I serve
proudly for the Visual and Performing Arts
Commission for this district. But I’m here today representing the Parks, Arts, and Community Services Commission which I have been recently appointed as the liaison to the district. So in that role I hope that
there will be communication with myself to the Parks
Commissions for partnership. And also I would also
like to thank the district in another successful
summer of Smart Camp. That’s another fine
example of a partnership that our city and the district
provides to our students. Finally I’d like to invite
you to two special events. One is coming up on
September sixth and seventh. It’s Art Venture, it’s
the city of Costa Mesa’s signature art event,
second year we will be hosted at Sagerstrim Center for the Arts. And we have a special student section, and we have teachers who’ve been involved over the last five
years to bring their art to this high end event,
Friday night at 7 o’clock. There will be refreshments, awards, and special entertainment. So I do hope that you will attend. And then on a lighter
note, about 81 years ago the city of Costa Mesa
had a Scarecrow Festival. And I served on the 60th
Anniversary Committee to bring that, to resurrect the Scarecrow Festival, and it’s coming back. But let me tell you what
happened 89 years ago, because none of you were alive then. Well. – [Charlene] I feel like that sometimes. But, at that time, when
the festival kicked off there was one scarecrow that was kidnapped from Newport Boulevard,
and several days later she turned up in Tijuana. So we’re hoping that
doesn’t happen this year. But I do want you to save the date. I have invitations to all
of you, spread the news. It will be October 19th and 20th, again at the Orange County,
at Goat Hill Junction in conjunction with the
Orange County Model Engineers. We hope that you’ll include some teachers, perhaps the board would love to. – [Charlene] What, scarecrow? Build a scarecrow, invite the students, it’s a great community event. – [Charlene] It would be fun. – [Michelle] I participated last year. I know you did. Hope to see you back. Thank you so much.
Thank you Charlene. It’s a good idea, good idea. Yeah no, my brain is
now in scarecrow mode. Mr. Snell. I think I have some old Cub
Scout scarecrows in my garage. Thank you for not putting
me on right after Terry. (laughing) Thank you, good evening
everyone, welcome back. I have three separate
subjects to address tonight. And coincidentally, I’m glad
you’re here, Steve and Terry. Good to see you here. The first thing I want
to do is publicly thank Mrs. Yelsey for the
depth of her involvement in the task force process,
you’re making a difference. So thank you. The second subject is just my personal recap of the meeting from last week. I raised the subject of
establishing a baseline of activity so that we could determine whether we’re failing or succeeding, and I got an update from Dr. Barameister before the meeting. Thank you very much for that. I’m very pleased that
that’s in progress now. I also raised the subject
subject of a contingency plan. Maybe a plan B, in case
plan A doesn’t work. So instead of having to go all the way, start all over again,
maybe we can at least have a few things we can adjust,
we can try in case we’re not. And I raised the subject
also of district oversight. I don’t think it’s clear to
the task force exactly who is going to be carrying out all
of these specific tactics, whether it’s Dr. Barameister,
or on the site level. So if someone could make that clear to us that would be greatly appreciated. I think that’s a kind of
disconnect that we need. Third, in October group
of Newport Harbor students in the Field Studies Club is
traveling to Zion National Park during which they will see
quote many different ecosystems in very close proximity,
discuss the energy flow and inhabitants of each
ecosystem, and how radically different they have developed
being so close to each other. I’m a member of Costa Mesa
Fairview Park Steering Committee and we’re responsible for the preservation and protection of Fairview
Park, which is one of the last urban wilderness
parks in the entire country. I just want to let you know that while the trip to Zion is worthwhile, Fairview Park offers ecosystem opportunities without the time and expense of travel. Fairview Park has 40 acres
of coastal sage scrub, a freshwater marsh, a
magnificent riparian habitat, and a total of five ecosystems
including seven vernal pools that are overseen by the US
Fish and Wildlife Department. There are seven plants
listed as rare or endangered, you won’t find them anywhere
else in Orange County. And we recently welcomed a return of a burrowing owl to Fairview Park. So while the Zion trip is worthwhile, I hope that somebody can let all of the students know that we have this extraordinary world right
here in our backyard. Okay thank you. – [Martha] That was great. – [Charlene] Wonderful,
thank you very much. Mr. Doughty, Dr. Doughty,
sorry I just took three years of really hard
work and just messed it all up. So good evening again. So I have a handout for all of you. And I hope that you are able
to peruse it at your leisure. And basically I just wanted
to give you a bit of an update related to this complaint,
because I know it was on the closed agenda items earlier today. The fundamental issue was how the benefits fund receives its money to go in. And what we wanted to
make sure that you had, where one document is the charge that was given by our
Federation, and the specific item of the contract I
highlighted for you so that you can reference it, in article 13.2. The second document is
the district response. And what we found most
troubling is that the district response in writing
states that the contract has not been followed for multiple years. And so we find that to be problematic. And we hope that the board is
able to give some directions so that our contract is
honored, because it’s a contract that you have developed
with us over many years. Secondly, we were not able to
reach settlement when we had a settlement meeting about
a week and a half ago. So this is going to move forward through the PERB process, which
is the legal process. We did attempt to use
the grievance process, which is an internal
process to reach resolution. That process did not go to the level three when we asked for it to go to that route. So we have to use PERB. We do not have binding
arbitration in our contract. So therefore when we have serious matters of concern related to our contract, we are required to go to
PERB if we’re going to defend the contract of something
of this magnitude. So it’s very unfortunate that there is an increase in legal expenses, but that is the reality of where things are. So we hope that this will give
the attention needed by you as you give guidance
to the administration. And we look forward to enforcement of our contract down the road. – [Charlene] Thank you. Dennis Ashendorf. I know, there wasn’t 45
five people before you. Maybe next month. Good evening. My name is Dennis Ashendorf,
I live in Costa Mesa. It’s a pleasure speaking to you tonight. I wanted to thank the
administration for its response to embarrassing, unfortunate
things that have occurred in our district over
the last several years, that they were fairly forthright, we held meetings, we were transparent. And the real beneficiary
aren’t the actual incidents, but the school board
itself, because your lives were made easier because
the administration did a reasonably good
job with the populace. Compare that to Garden Grove. You had a Principal that
received information of video that could have been many
copies of, didn’t bring it up. We then went through hell in our district under a lesser problem, I might add then solutes of that level. Did he contact us? I’ll pretend he didn’t,
I assume he didn’t. Later they have diversity training, sensitivity training,
mandatory for the district. Did it bring up anything
like this, any focus at all? Nothing. Their administration
failed on every count okay. Ours did not. The result though is
that their school board probably thinks the issue
is about Nazis, not at all. The issue confronting that district is now the administration. Because unless they severely
discipline the Principal, what I mean by that is
dismissal with cause, out the door, after hours, walked away where other administrators see that and then have a little touch
of fear for the future. Every administrator in
Garden Grove will say hey I can get away with anything. Geez all I have to do
is apologize and say hey Simon Wiesenthal Center showing up, and I’m all good after the fact. So by having a reasonable administration your job becomes better, easier, because it’s very doubtful
whether Garden Grove will do that which is what’s necessary to be done. Thank you very much. Thank you very much, Dr. Navarro. Have a good day. Thank you Dennis.
Thank you. Okay. Board member reports. You remember reports. Anybody remember where I left off? – [Martha] Where we been? – [Dana] No really. I know I started, but I moved up. Oh I don’t know, remember ’cause she did– I tried to move– I think it’s Ashley. Ashley started, haven’t you started? Karen have you started? You can start, yay, whoo hoo you’re first. Well just a lot has
happened over this summer. And a lot of it has been mentioned today. So I just want to thank
all the employees again who worked so hard over the
summer to get everything done, from the summer school
which was fantastic, to all the projects that went on. And it was nice having a little bus tour of the projects over the
summer, including Estancia. And we even saw where the
new theater is planned to go, which was not the intent initially. But architects come in
some time and have vision, obviously that’s why
they’re paid the big bucks, to find a place that
no one ever thought of. So it’s all very exciting. It was great to see the
Corona del Mar fields like raised level, the
construction is starting there. I think everybody at the school
is super excited about that. So I look forward to
that over the next year. We went to Davis, saw a lot of new, just cosmetic projects and
learned at that point that all the lights in the
district were replaced this summer with LED lights,
which is fabulous I think. They require less maintenance
and they look better. And they’re easier to read,
see under, so that’s terrific. But anyhow well that was great. And then some of us, we were
all invited, but some of us attended yesterday at Costa
Mesa for the teachers. Their zone had Michele Borba, who wrote Unselfie Common Speak. And she talked about how kids
today don’t have empathy, and what we need to do,
and was a fabulous speaker, and gave some great
examples to the teachers who were in attendance,
little things to do things in their classrooms that could help. Some of her research has taken her around the world, I
found really fascinating. So it was a great event,
but just simple things like a teacher having
H&H, you either get a hug or a handshake when you
walk in the classroom. And it just reminded me that
there was a teacher at CDM who was retired, he still
comes to sub or watch basketball games all the time, Dave Sizer. And my daughter, who’s now in her 30’s, had him for math, he was a math teacher. And if you ask her of all the teachers she had in high school,
who was her favorite. And it was Mr. Sizer, not just
because he taught math well but because he shook the hand of everybody who walked in that room every day. And that’s what she remembers. And I think what these empathy,
and what we’re trying to do is create that kind of
atmosphere in the schools. In fact Michele, in her
speech, said to these teachers what do you want your
kids to remember on the last day of school about you? And I think that’s the kind
of thing we want to have, where kids remember something really special about their teachers. And it usually has nothing to do with what they learned in the classroom, hopefully they’re learning a lot. But it’s more what they bring emotionally and socially to them, so
it was really special. Anyway that’s my report. Mrs. Black. I too had a great summer touring and I actually got to go with Mrs. Barto’s son to visit Costa Mesa’s summer school. And I’m not being flip about it, because he asked some
interesting questions. And it was really great. But also other tours and
visits as everyone else. But I in particular want to
thank the city of Newport Beach because they really rallied
around Ensign’s project with the H, I don’t know what
you guys call it but the AC. No I call it the air
conditioning projects. But before that we had some
different transportation issues. The curb in front was painted. And so it kind of forced
visitors and staff to park, push into the neighborhoods and became a daily phone call for me, which is great. And I have to say Principal Sciacca, and Dr. Navarro, and Mr. Holcomb, and the city transportation,
and city manager, everybody worked together and so keeping our fingers crossed that it will be done before schools out,
we’ve been promised that. And then we need to tear
down the garages at Ensign. So I know that Mr. Holcomb’s
not looking at me right now because he knows, he’s looking for a date. I’m listening. I’m kidding, I know you’re listening. No, but you’ve been such a
great sport and so helpful. I really appreciate that. Anyway, and look forward
to everybody safely making it back safe and sound, and seeing our little kiddos in school. Thank you. Mrs. Fluor. Yeah, I am just amazed at our communities, from our staffs to our families. We’ve had a number of tragedies
within our school district, and we just had a recent one, with a recent graduate
from Corona del Mar. And yet every single
time a tragedy occurs, this district pulls together. This district, our staff pull together. We lost Tony Vasi from Back Bay, they all, we pulled together. Our families pull together
and we offer that support and comfort that is so desperately needed. So I really am just amazed at that. Again, our staffs need to be commended, especially in the
maintenance and operations. What you have done is just amazing. And the unbelievable part is that, been on a couple of the campuses, they’re clean at the end of the day. It’s like they do construction
and then everything is put away nice and
neat for the next day. So it doesn’t look like it’s been trashed. There’s not crap all over the place. The people that we have hired have done an amazing job of respecting the site, and also respecting the
community within there working, so that it’s a nice, just
my compliments to that. If I could say Mrs. Fluor,
thank you very much for that. And it is indeed a lot of hard work that’s well earned by both our facilities, and maintenance and
operations departments. We have gotten more done in maintenance and operations this
summer with Mr. Bendik. He just walked out.
In the back, he just left. – [Charlene] I know he
missed all the good stuff. He’s gonna have to watch the tape. Missed us saying the
nice things about him. But he got here in January and focused on getting as much done as
could possibly get done with last year’s remaining budget. And then focused to meet a pretty sizeable challenge this summer. And as you’ve seen a lot of wonderful things are happening at our schools. And the two departments,
facilities and maintenance, are working better together everyday. And better than any of the times since I’ve been here, which is wonderful to see them continuing
to communicate well. And IT, all three of them are working more closely than ever before. And if not already,
pretty soon I would say among the best that I’ve
ever worked with anywhere. It’s very good. It’s just fabulous and
again, Charlene mentioned the Smart Program, unbelievable. That program is just grown. And as well as I’m looking forward to what’s going to be happening
with the theater program at Corona del Mar, they’ve
had a wonderful summer theater with the East Bluff Community Program. And that’s just gonna
get bigger but again, a lot of effort was taken
between our district and the partnership that we have. And hopefully we can expand that. I think the important thing
that we all took away from Michelle Borba also at that meeting was that kids as young as five
years old are entering our school district with mental
health issues and trauma. That’s scary, that our five year olds. And that one thing that
she really talked about was that we need to teach our kids, actively teach and model
mindfulness and empathy. And empathy being the key because kids don’t know what empathy is anymore, and that we need to actively
teach it and role model it. So that was fabulous. And the last one is kudos to the summer literacy program, unbelievable
John, that program. I’ve seen that program go up and down. But now what you’re offering
the high school students in terms of the multicultural
and appreciating their actual history and their culture. It was just phenomenal
to have a conversation with those students and the teachers. Who knew that we had a math teacher, a fabulous math teacher,
oh science teacher at Costa Mesa High School
who is fully bilingual in Spanish, and he was
teaching these students a great role model one, and was able to communicate and really instill. And it’s a great partnership with the Cal State Fullerton
people, unbelievable. And I hope that that type of a program can be embedded throughout our schools because the celebration of culture we had. There was a couple of Russian students, some Chinese students, Hispanic
students, there was Polish. It was just a phenomenal
graduation, it was just fabulous. One of the teachers said
to me she felt guilty taking the money, so
I wrote down her name. (all laughing) But again just phenomenal,
and just kudos to our district because we’ve done some
great things this year. And it’s all thanks to you all. Mrs. Snell. Hello Dolly. We went to see the
summer play Hello Dolly. It’s a little strange to see
little kids doing Hello Dolly. But it was good. And actually, I’m embarrassed to say, I thought I had seen that
play before, I hadn’t. So it was very exciting. I didn’t know what’s gonna happen. I didn’t know how it
ended so it was very good. Annette is here. I just want to thank miss Franko for putting out all the
information you have put out. The Principal announcements
with the pictures were great. The stuff about the board,
the summer programs, the stay connected cards
great, and most recently the highlights of what
Newport-Mesa offers. So you’ve been working hard and
I’m just sharing everything. Oh really, okay well pass it on. Under your leadership to Adriana. Yeah, I’m loving it. And Mr. Ray, those are
great opportunities. And I hope we can, I don’t
know enough about the details. It’s always kind of, I
know what we’re supposed to take the fence down, and
we’ve been talking about that. But it would be great to
meet, or you guys meet. I’m not high enough to meet with. (laughing) Like the President, or the Vice President. Because I would be interested in, and that’s very interesting. We haven’t really discussed it since the new board members have been on board. So thank you for coming. Would you do me a favor? I don’t know where I went,
probably on vacation in my mind. Would you repeat what you
want us to talk about? Oh, the Banning Ranch. Banning Ranch, thank you. Get back into it, school’s starting. I said school’s starting,
and I’m going on a vacation. Mrs. Snell?
Yes. You know, Mrs. Yelsey didn’t mention it but we’ve done things
over at Banning Ranch. Do you want to maybe recap it? Actually the Costa Mesa
High School Marine Science– Oh uses them? Yeah and I think Environmental Science. Both have used that facility
in the past for their research. Yes, but I was really speaking to the offers that they made. And I know we need to go through and– Absolutely, but I was
sort of speaking abut what they brought up tonight, okay. What else did I want to say? Oh and kudos to M and
L, I think we all see a huge difference in
what we’re getting back in updates, and I look forward to my tour. I think Martha’s coming with me. I don’t know are you actually coming? Yeah, so we’re looking forward
to our little tour as well. So thanks for all the
hard work you’ve all done all summer while some
of us have been playing. More than others. No bitterness here. Mrs. Barto. Okay so I went on the bus
tour of the facilities. That was so great. I was really impressed by
the attention to detail down to the, probably
because I have young boys, the carpet by the door has a two step, like extra stretchy carpet,
like scratchy carpet, so no dirt gets in the actual
classroom within two steps. And I need that in my
house on most occasions. But just every detail was
thought of with children in mind. And I really appreciated that. Watching the HVAC come along, I want a second how clean it is. Last week my kids asked if
they could go back to school. So we went and rode around
their school figuring we’d see some air conditioning,
and it was so quiet. There were a ton of people
there, there a ton of cars. But they were all working
and it was so quiet that the kids are like oh, is
they’re even air conditioning? And you can see people
working in the classroom but it was so well contained and cleaned. So that was really nice to see. I wasn’t able to go to the Unselfie talk. I really wanted to, so I bought the book. So it’s on my nightstand. And additionally I went
to the NMTFS training with Miss Anderson in Long Beach. It was really great to see so
much of the staff there too. And it was really well done and put on. I finished two of my
Masters in Governance, so checking them off the list it was good. And then I attended the tour of the summer Language Academy with one
of my children who did have some really interesting
questions, if I do say so myself. And then the professional
development was well done. Probably my favorite highlight was the new teacher lunch and
meeting some teachers who have been TOSA’s and they’re
gonna be in the classroom, and people who are just
brand new to the district, particularly in Mandarin
and how excited they were to get started and work in our district. That was another one. Ocean View is not speaking to us again. And it was great because
I got to try some of the cafeteria food that our kids eat. And there are a couple things that my kids have asked me to make, and I had no idea what they’re talking about
from the description. So I tasted them I’m like okay now I can, cheese pockets, I know
exactly what they mean. And then just wanted to second my interest in working with Mr. Ray and
the Banning Ranch Conservancy. Mrs. Anderson. Yes, I also attended the
multi tier system support conference in Long
Beach, it was phenomenal. I’m so excited about the way
that our district is going to incorporate more
social-emotional learning. We have so many kids
that they come to school, and there’s so much going on at home, and they’re not able to learn unless we’re really getting to know
them and care for them well. And so I love the know my face,
know my name, know my story. I think that’s so important. And to have that across the district with all of our teachers is huge. I also loved the leadership training for certificated management,
that they were able to do the implicit bias training,
and becoming an ally. The conversations that I heard and just what was written down and
the participatory factor of that, I think a lot
of people learned a lot. And it was really amazing
and wonderful to see. And I loved, like at my group we had people from all different levels. So to have Principals,
to have board members, to have administrators all having different conversations was great. And Russell led a section to where people were able to share about their heritage. And I think that’s one of the
things that is so important. We need to continue to
have those conversations so people really get to know
each other on a deeper level. So thank you for doing that. And then also October
second the Orange County Health Department and
the city of Costa Mesa are having Walk to School Day. And so that’s something too
that there’s a lot of efforts in our city to get the word out that kids can have safe ways to walk
to school, and just get out. We have so many kids that we
want them to be more active and not be playing video games all day. So October second is that day. And then I’m also very excited. Banning Ranch is near
and dear to my heart. I live in that neighborhood. And so I would love to see
and hear more opportunities for us to partner with you, so thank you. Miss, did we start with you? My turn, yay. We’re gonna have to get Charlene some– A little bit longer, the coughing is a little worse than I thought. But you’re okay, you’re okay. Smart Camp was fabulous. I went to every musical
performance that we had. As Mr. Fitzpatrick always reminds us, look what we can do when
we have your children four days a week, for four
hours a day, at minimum. Some of them were there
for six because they were our Smart Program, and
then Smart Kids afterwards. And he’s absolutely right, it’s phenomenal what the kids do and how they perform. And you’re just so proud. And I was at the first one we had. And it was really exciting that beginning strings did not play Hot Cross Buns, not that it doesn’t serve a purpose. Or Twinkle Twinkle. Yes and it’s almost like
going to see a live production of The Music Man at the very end. He’s looking at the parents
in the back of the room are all but going, that’s my boy! It’s so exciting, but they’re so good. So that was wonderful. I presented a class act memento from our, the Pacific Symphony
did a class act evening at the Performing Arts Center, at the Pacific Amphitheater on Star Wars. They show the movie and
they play all the music. So it’s just fascinating. They also gave out light sabers. So to see, yes may I hold it up? Because I didn’t keep one. They also held up light sabers. And the audience got no instruction. And it was just fascinating
that in the dark in this entire theater
all the light sabers are dark, the audience is dark. All of a sudden Luke
goes (mimics light saber) And everybody’s light saber
went (mimics light saber) And all these red, green,
blue, yellow light sabers in the audience as soon
as Luke’s went away, they all went away, and it
was just so fun to watch. And that’s the type of
program that class act brings to our school district. Our partnership is in
four different schools. They encourage us to have
more schools participate. And I know that they loved
to not have them all be a Newport Beach school, so
we need to help find a way to make sure that we can get some more of our schools in Costa Mesa. Aren’t they in Victoria? Yes they’re in Victoria,
Victoria was a charter member. And the other three schools
are in Corona del Mar, Newport Beach, and Newport Coast. And we lost our other Costa Mesa school. So I know they’d love to have
another Costa Mesa school. So we can look into that. I am really excited to
hear, and meet officially, all of our new Principals, and
was comforted in hearing how their goals are to build
relationships because that’s where it starts, that’s
where the leadership starts. So well done. Just officially, Walk
to School Day is also on the day of our State of
the Schools breakfast. It will be a busy morning
’cause they will be up at six. Yes, yes it’s O dark 30. Are you walking? (laughing) And we have our all staff luncheon tomorrow at Costa Mesa High School. The district received a letter from the Orange County Department
of Education on August 15th. I actually I did, and
you did as the President, thanking us for our submission of our LCAP plan, and that the met approval. But the second paragraph
is the one I wanted to say. The regard the district holds for the LCAP development process is
evident in the effect that Newport-Mesa Unified
School District has put forth in providing a highly
transparent plan summary, included a detailed
dashboard data explanation. The Newport-Mesa School District included many promising initiatives,
such as utilizing intervention systems to provide learning opportunities that promote the holistic
development of all students and continue deprive
provide social-emotional and mental health services
including social, bless you, social workers, drug
interventions, and psychologists to address the social-emotional
behavioral needs to promote student and family well being. We would like to extend
our thanks to your staff for the exceptional effort
invested in developing the LCAP, and for its timely submission. And that just goes to
show how, yeah yay us. We truly have embedded social-emotional. It’s not this department,
and this department, and this department, we know we bleed all over each other and it goes together. Whole people have all of these things. So I’m just very very proud of us. And I look forward to an
exceptionally exciting opening that I won’t be here for. Because I’m whisking away
one of our former Principals and trying to keep her as
far away from the school so she doesn’t feel sad
that she’s not here. Oh darn, someone has to do it. Alrighty, do we have any crop up dates? I do. Okay. We are back in session. Most of the majority, well all
of the other four districts that are in our in our
JPA are back in session. I want to thank personally Dr. Navarro. The five Superintendents
of the schools have met and we have adopted a bridge agreement. And we are well on our way
to a long term agreement, with the understanding
that we’ve come up with, the Superintendent’s have
actually worked this out. In the past we’ve had a hybrid system. We’ve had just our district
employees teaching ROP classes. We’ve had ROP contracting
with the district to teach ROP classes, and
then we’ve had teachers that are ROP hired, and ROP teachers. And we are eliminating that in the near future,
the one year agreement. And that there will only be ROP teachers that’ll be teaching ROP classes
so there won’t be a hybrid. With the understanding that it’s about a $27,000 cost per section,
which is mid range. Because some of our real highly technical school classes are much higher than that. But Dr. Navarro and the
other four districts seem to be comfortable with that concept. And then it will be, and we’ll
have the ultimate flexibility of which we’re really
moving towards a service, a service model for the
in bell schedule classes. We’re still dealing with the
after bell scheduled classes. But looking at it from
an ADA point of view, and working that out so I really
want to thank Dr. Navarro. Because that’s gonna be a major, major shift in terms of funding. Legislative update miss, we’re you done? Yes. Oh I’m sorry, you breathed. I thought that’s all there was. Legislative update, Mrs. Barto. So August 12th was when
things are back in session. The last I saw the charter school bills that we looked at, what
we were interested in, have gone back to the
floor and I don’t know that they’ve passed yet, they still
have some more revisions. They’re very very different than when we started watching
them in the first place, not necessarily in the
direction that we would like. There’s less local control written in. So I’ll keep you updated
as stuff goes through. – [Martha] Yeah I have a
couple of questions on that. Okay. Can you track us? I think one, based on to
my meetings, my attending the meetings at the Orange
County Department of Ed, there’s been a lot of traction
on the Healthy Kids Act and what school districts are doing, and what they’re not doing,
and what the leeway is. And so could we get an update
on the Healthy Kids Act? There’s a lot of
misinformation that has been promulgated out there. And I think we need to
be really on top of it because there’s a lot of,
the things that we I heard at the Orange County Department
of Ed from some parents was like, are you
kidding, that’s not in it. So if you could just get that. And then the other one
that’s a major concern is the ethnic studies that’s been pulled because of how horribly
written it was and how, frankly it was really pretty biased. And it was supposed to be
adopted and it was just horrible. And so I think we need to really– We abandoned it. I think we need to really have a watch. It hasn’t been abandoned,
it has not been abandoned. It’s so bad. They approved officially the curriculum. And so now it’s been pulled. It’s gonna be rewritten? It’s gonna be rewritten
but at the same time I think we really need
to pay attention to it because it will impact our
kids because they really want to add another graduation requirement. So where does that fit into,
where does that fit into– – [Fred] How can we have one more? Yeah how can we add another
class, another graduation, more units, and basically
we’re taking away electives from our students. So I think we just need to
just put it on our file, and just keep monitoring what it is. Because it was pretty
poorly, poorly written. I think it was outright terrible. Yes well, and we’re on top of that. Hold on I’m sorry. (coughing) I could answer the Healthy Kids Act if you wanted to know
the answer to that one. Oh good thanks, I can cough. So the law as it passed is unchanged, but the framework was recommended. And it’s still recommended. It hasn’t got any further than that, but a lot of districts have
moved to adopt that framework. Okay. Move to adjourn. That would be really good except there’s just two more reports, sorry. Costa Mesa Youth Sports met, and there’s. Yeah you missed one, I know. And by the way I’m gonna
be gone for the next one. So you two have to go, thank you. And it was again another
wonderful meeting. And we had some discussion
with the city people about where things stood, and
how this was stopping and that was stopping because we had our, you had our right before that. So we had representatives
there that we’re talking about. Oh thank you, thank you. Brain fade, see it’s terrible. And basically we have another meeting. There’s a lot of inactivity because our fields are down timed. And they really want, we’re
so excited and hopeful. And then we’re not. So that was our update it was
another wonderful meeting, and the cooperation like
can we help you with this? No we’ll help you with that. Because we have, the Chargers left, and we have this weekend I
think, or was it last weekend? A huge soccer tournament
at Costa Mesa High School on the, it’s not at the High School, it’s at Jack Hammett field. It’s this weekend, yeah
and it’s ginormous. So we’re looking forward to
when the fields get their extra parking because that
will be helpful for them. And did we have a
Schools Foundation report that met on August eighth? See it’s not just me, August eighth. School Foundation.
School Foundation. Yes there was. Can you probably? – [Martha] October second. Yes the breakfast, we
talked about the breakfast, the final plans for the breakfast,
you’re absolutely right. You know I wrote notes,
but it was so early that I forgot that I
even had that meeting. You didn’t bring them with you today? I did bring them with me. We got our invitations. And I just wanted to let our
newest board members know that we all get our own ticket
’cause it’s our own donation. Because there’s some things
that we’re invited to that are part of our
responsibilities to go to. And this is one of our
things that we do ourselves. Because all the schools. All the schools do– And the tickets are, it’s Estancia. Back at Estancia. – [Karen] It’s at Estancia, because Corona del Mar’s working. No they rotate, it was at
Corona del Mar last year. No it was at Costa Mesa last year. Okay, anyway. It was at CDM last year. It’s time– It’s at Estancia– This must be the fifth
one, wouldn’t you say? And it’s 32 dollars
because we have 32 schools. So I thought that was
always a nice thing to say. And then Mrs. Snell moved for adjournment. Do we have an agreement? I’ll second that. (gavel bans)
We’re adjourned then.

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