• LGUSD Board Meeting - January 29th

    The following agenda can be found on the LGUSD website here:
    (apologies for the wide open spacing, the formatting isn't allowing me to make it any prettier)

    Regular Board Meeting
    January 29 - 6:30 p.m.

    Thomas P. O’Donnell District Office Board Room
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    Superintendent
    Dr. Diana G. Abbati

    Board Members
    Kathleen Bays
    Scott Broomfield
    Emi Eto
    Leigh-Anne Marcellin
    Tina Orsi-Hartigan


    Members of the public are always welcome at meetings of the Board of Trustees except for closed sessions. Individuals wishing to address the Board regarding an agenda item may do so before the item is under consideration, assuming the item falls within the Board's jurisdiction. Individuals may address the Board on non-agenda items during public comment at regular board 'meetings only. At special board meetings, individuals may comment only on agenda items.

    1. CALL TO ORDER - 5:00 p.m.

    1.1
    Roll Call


    1.2
    Approval/Amendment of the Closed Session Agenda


    2. CLOSED SESSION

    2.1
    Public Employee Performance Evaluation pursuant to Government Code §54957; Superintendent's Mid-Year Evaluation


    2.2
    Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release pursuant to Government Code §54957


    3. REGULAR SESSION - 6:30 p.m.

    3.1
    Flag Salute


    3.2
    Report Out of Closed Session


    3.3
    Approval/Amendment of Agenda


    3.4
    Public Comment

    This is the opportunity for members of the public to address the Governing Board on any item described in this notice or any other issue. In accordance with the Brown Act, unless an item has been placed on the published agenda, there shall be no action taken. The Board may: 1) acknowledge receipt of the information, 2) refer to staff for further study, or 3) refer the matter to the next Board meeting agenda.



    3.5
    Superintendent's Report


    4. CONSENT AGENDA (ACTION)

    Information concerning the consent items listed below has been forwarded to each Board member prior to the meeting for study. All items on the consent agenda will be approved with one motion which is not debatable and which requires unanimous vote for passage. If any member of the Board, the Superintendent, or the public so requests, an item shall be removed from the section and placed on the regular order of business following the approval of the consent agenda.





    4.1
    Minutes


    4.1.1
    Special Board Meeting, October 18, 2012

    Minutes 101812.pdf



    4.1.2
    Special Board Meeting, October 30, 2012

    Minutes 103012.pdf



    4.1.3
    Special Board Meeting, November 6, 2012

    Minutes 110612.pdf



    4.1.4
    Regular Board Meeting, November 13, 2012

    Minutes 111312.pdf



    4.1.5
    Organizational & Regular Board Meeting, December 4, 2012

    Minutes 120412.pdf



    4.2
    Service Contracts

    The service contracts as of January 29, 2013 are presented to the Governing Board for approval and action. It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Business Services/CBO and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the service contracts as presented.



    4.2.1
    Service Contracts, January 29, 2013

    Service Contracts 0129213.pdf



    4.3
    Personnel Report

    The personnel report as of January 29, 2013 is presented to the Governing Board for approval and action. It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the personnel report as presented.



    4.3.1
    Personnel Report, January 29, 2013

    Personnel Report 012913.pdf



    4.4
    Warrant Registers

    It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Business Services/CBO and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the Warrant Registers for November and December 2012 for the payment of invoices for goods and services as presented.



    4.4.1
    Warrant Register for the Month of November 2012

    Warrant Register 113012.pdf



    4.4.2
    Warrant Register for the Month of December 2012

    Warrant Register 123112.pdf



    4.5
    Disposal of Obsolete Textbooks and Materials

    In order for the District to dispose of the textbooks and materials, the Governing Board must declare them surplus in accordance with the provisions of the Education Code. It is the recommendation of the Director of Curriculum and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the disposal of obsolete textbooks and materials as presented.



    4.5.1
    Disposal of Obsolete Textbooks and Materials List, January 29, 2013

    Disposal Obsolete Textbooks 012913.pdf



    4.6
    Quarterly Report on the Williams Uniform Complaints

    It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the Quarterly Report on the Williams Uniform Complaints as presented.



    4.6.1
    Quarterly Report Williams Uniform Complaints, October 1 through December 31, 2012

    Qtr Rpt Williams Uniform Complaints 012913.pdf



    4.7
    Adoption of Local Education Authority (LEA) Plan

    It the recommendation of the Director of Curriculum and the Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR that the Governing Board adopt the LEA Plan as presented.



    4.7.1
    LEA Five Year Plan 2013-2018

    LEA PLAN 012913.pdf



    4.8
    Adoption of Los Gatos Union School District K-8 Math Philosophy

    It the recommendation of the Director of Curriculum and the Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR that the Governing Board adopt the Los Gatos Union School District K-8 Math Philosophy as presented.



    4.8.1
    LGUSD Math Philosophy, January 29, 2013

    Math Philosophy 012913.pdf



    4.9
    School Accountability Report Cards (SARC) 2011-12

    It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the School Accountability Report Cards for 2011-12 as presented.



    4.9.1
    SARC - Blossom Hill - January 29, 2013

    SARC Blossom Hill 012913.pdf



    4.9.2
    SARC - Daves Avenue - January 29, 2013

    SARC Daves Avenue 012913.pdf



    4.9.3
    SARC - Lexington - January 29, 2013

    SARC Lexington 012913.pdf



    4.9.4
    SARC - Louise Van Meter - January 29, 2013

    SARC Van Meter 012913.pdf



    4.9.5
    SARC - R.J. Fisher - January 29, 2013

    SARC R J Fisher 012913.pdf



    4.10
    Certificated Seniority List for the 2012-13 School Year

    It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the Certificated Seniority list for the 2012-13 school year as presented.



    4.10.1
    Certificated Seniority List for the 2012-13 School Year

    Certificated Seniority List 012913.pdf



    4.11
    Resolution #13-12-13, Revised California Uniform Public Construction Cost Accounting Act (CUPCCAA)

    It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Business Services/CBO and the Superintendent that the Governing Board adopt resolution #13-12-13 as presented.



    4.11.1
    Resolution #13-12-13, CUPCCAA

    Resolution 13_12_13.pdf



    4.12
    Acceptance of Bequests, Gifts of Money or Property on Behalf of Los Gatos Union School District

    It is the recommendation of the Assistant Superintendent-Business Services/CBO and the Superintendent that the Governing Board approve the bequests as of January 29, 2013.



    4.12.1
    Bequests List, January 29, 2013

    Bequests List 012913.pdf



    5. STRATEGIC INITIATIVE #5 - IMPROVING DISTRICT OPERATIONS (DISCUSSION/ACTION)

    5.1
    PUBLIC HEARING, 6:30 p.m., Initial Collective Bargaining Proposals from the Los Gatos Union Classified Employee Association to the Los Gatos Union School District and from the Los Gatos Union School District to the Los Gatos Union Classified Employee Association (INFORMATION)

    The public hearing is an opportunity for the public to provide input to the Governing Board regarding the initial collective bargaining proposals.



    5.1.1
    Notice of Public Hearing - January 29, 2013

    Notice of Public Hearing 012913.pdf



    5.2
    Initial Collective Bargaining Proposals from LGUCEA to LGUSD and from LGUSD to LGUCEA for the 2012-2013 School Year (INFORMATION/DISCUSSION)

    Marla Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent-Educational Services/HR, will present the initial collective bargaining proposals from LGUCEA to LGUSD and from LGUSD to LGUCEA. This is for informational purposes only. No action will be taken.



    5.2.1
    Initial Collective Bargaining Proposals LGUCEA, January 29, 2013

    Initial Collective Bargaining Proposals LGUCEA 012913.pdf



    5.3
    Audit Reports for the 2011-12 Fiscal Year (ACTION)

    Stephen Roatch, President of Stephen Roatch Accountancy Corporation, the District's audit firm, will present the audit report for the 2011-12 fiscal year. He will also present the financial and performance audit for the Measure E General Obligation Bond Building Fund for the year ended June 30, 2012.



    5.3.1
    Audit Report for 2011-12

    Audit Report 11_12 012913.pdf



    5.3.2
    Financial Audit Report-Measure E General Obligation Bond as of June 30, 2012

    Financial Audit Report Measure E 11_12 012913.pdf



    5.3.3
    Performance Audit Report-Measure E General Obligation Bond as of June 30, 2012

    Performance Audit Report Measure E 11_12 012913.pdf



    5.4
    Financial Advisory Subcommittee Reports (INFORMATION/DISCUSSION)

    The chairpersons of the Financial Advisory Committee (FAC) Budget, Communications, and Facilities subcommittees will present their progress and action plans to the Governing Board for discussion. No action will be taken.



    5.4.1
    FAC Subcommittee Reports - January 29, 2013

    FAC Report 012913.pdf



    5.5
    Architectural Presentations and Appointment of District's Architect (DISCUSSION/ACTION)

    At the November 13, 2012 meeting the Governing Board directed District staff to send out Request for Qualifications for a new District Architect. Members of the Financial Advisory Committee (FAC) Facilities Subcommittee reviewed the eight proposals that were submitted and interviewed four architect firms. Two firms, as recommended by the committee, will be present their proposals to the Governing Board for discussion and action.



    5.5.1
    Architect Presentations - January 29, 2013

    Architect Presentations 012913 .pdf



    5.6
    Measure E Program and Lexington Construction Update (INFORMATION/DISCUSSION)

    Martin Fregoso, Assistant Superintendent-Business Services/CBO, will provide an update to the Governing Board on the Measure E Program and Lexington construction project. This is for information only and no action will be taken.



    5.6.1
    Measure E Program Update, January 29, 2013

    Measure E Update 012513.pdf



    5.7
    Budget Update - Governor's January Budget Proposals (INFORMATION/DISCUSSION)

    Martin Fregoso, Assistant Superintendent-Business Services/CBO will provide an update to the Governing Board on the District's financial landscape as the result of the Governor's proposed budget for fiscal year 2013-14. This is for information only, no action will be taken.



    5.7.1
    Budget Update - January 29, 2013

    Budget Update 012513.pdf



    6. STRATEGIC INITIATIVE #1 - IMPROVING STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT (DISCUSSION/ACTION)

    6.1
    Technology/Curriculum Three-Year Plan Process Update (INFORMATION/DISCUSSION)

    Maggi Reser, Director of Technology, Assessment & Accountability, will provide an update to the Governing Board on the process for developing a three year technology/curriculum integration plan. This is for information only, no action will be taken.



    6.1.1
    Technology/Curriculum Three-Year Plan Process Update - January 29, 2013

    Tech Curriculum Three Year Plan 012913.pdf



    7. BOARD ITEMS

    7.1
    Subcommittee Reports of the Board of Trustees


    7.2
    Correspondence


    7.2.1
    California Department of Education - November 30, 2012

    CA DEPT ED 113012.PDF



    7.2.2
    Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs - December 20, 2012

    ASCIP 122012.PDF



    7.3
    Board Comments


    7.4
    LGUSD Governance Calendar


    7.4.1
    Governance Calendar 2012-13, January 29, 2013

    Governance Calendar 12_13 012913.pdf



    7.5
    Future Meetings


    • Special Board Meeting, February 5, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.
    • Board Workshop, February 12, 2013 @ 6:00 p.m.
    • Regular Board Meeting, February 26, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m.
    • Regular Board Meeting, March 12, 2013 @ 6:30 p.m.
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The second wave of iPad thefts at Fisher, over the holiday break, isn't anywhere on this agenda, but the news is out there in the community. Why is our school district not being upfront about what is going on? Why does our tech hardware keep disappearing? What are they going to do to fix the problem? And when are they going to come clean with the public? It's our money, you know. And it looks like they are buying more? great!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      No one is hiding a thing, and insurance is paying for the replacement equipment. Same as before.

      Really, this issue seems to be a Fisher problem, since the other schools don't seem to have repeat thefts. So why isn't Lisa Frasier being open about the thefts? Clearly, there is a criminal element at Fisher, or even in that classroom. Have they conducted lie detector tests of the teachers, staff and students? Supposedly they were locked, but if that is like the gates at Fisher, I would laugh.

      Perhaps you should ask the Police what they are doing and why they can't keep our schools secure?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The first theft was covered in local weekly free paper, but this is the first I've heard of another. Where was the coverage? How many iPads has Fisher lost so far this year? This is so sad.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The superintendent decides who can say what in the district. It's that simple, folks.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Yes, she loves to dictate. Don't cross her or she will start trash talking you to anyone who will listen.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      The SARC reports once again show that we spend approx $1500 more PER CHILD at Lexington, every year. That's the entire parcel tax of 5 households, every year, going to just fund the additional expense of Lexington. What are they doing with that extra money? And do voters really want that to go on for eight more years? I don't get it - if dollars are so tight, how can the district justify the additional dollars spent on one group of elementary kids vs the rest?
    1. Joe Madden's Avatar
      Joe Madden -
      To Unregistered 10:50:

      There is a bigger issue here than the difference between Lexington and other schools. Sure, Lexington kids get $1500 more per child. That seems reasonable to me, since it's a smaller school. But kids in Compton get $4,600 more per child than the kids at Blossom Hill.

      Once again, our school district is faced with the prospect of landing at the absolute BOTTOM of the per-pupil funding in the state. We need to recognize as a community that the State will not come through for our kids. We need to think as if our schools are semi-private, and find ways to build a world-class education without State funding.

      Let's not squabble over pieces of a shrinking pie as Los Gatos gets the shaft. That's counterproductive. Instead let's put our energy into creating a locally sustainable education system.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Joe, you have a great point. For the elementary district, we are now going to be faced with only renewing a $290 parcel tax, so those revenues will be flat. Our community has demonstrated that it will only give about $1m a year in donations without more "proof in the pudding." How do we increase the local funding to our schools?

      I have spoken to a lot of people who still are not convinced that their donations go to making a world-class education system, so they will only donate the minimum. How do you change their viewpoint?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      The SARC reports once again show that we spend approx $1500 more PER CHILD at Lexington, every year. That's the entire parcel tax of 5 households, every year, going to just fund the additional expense of Lexington. What are they doing with that extra money? And do voters really want that to go on for eight more years? I don't get it - if dollars are so tight, how can the district justify the additional dollars spent on one group of elementary kids vs the rest?
      Yeah, let's get those in-bred, half-wits outta here!
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Yeah, let's get those in-bred, half-wits outta here!
      My, someone's sensitive today!

      Those that opposed Lexington (myself included) always did so based on economics ... the per pupil spending at Lex is way, WAY out of line with those at the other schools. The per pupil expenses at BH, VM and DA will continue to decrease as population at our schools increase because the cost of administration, teachers and support staff is being spread over a large number of children. At Lex you have a share of of DO admin, principal, secretaries, teachers, Spanish teacher, nurse and whatever else spread over 168 kids. It is not economic, never was and never will be based on max anticipated size, to operate Lex. So, while Joe has a point that we need to keep perspective on how we can improve the district financing, there is always going to be that per pupil economic disparity that many taxpayers resent having to subsidize year in year out, myself included. Diana and the BOT had the ability to level the playing field for all children and didn't. We as taxpayers will be paying this heavy burden until or unless we move or become seniors and can opt out!

      Now, if the District and BOT are wondering why the polls, surveys and donations are not rah rah rah with more dollars at this point in time, then maybe they should have some hindsight about their own decision making.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      Yeah, let's get those in-bred, half-wits outta here!
      Nobody said anything disparaging, or indicated the kids at Lex deserve a nickel less than everyone else. By the same logic, nobody seems to notice when the 1450-ish kids at the other schools get several nickels less. One is no better or worse than the other, and it seems that for her $200K salary Diana should be able to figure out a way to make things more equitable financially.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      How could Diana understand the need for any kind of equity between schools when all she's ever run is a school of about 500 kids? Besides, she's too busy worrying about how to build her status with an overblown gym project that has nothing to do with need and everything with building her resume as a fundraiser in wealthy communities.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      What do you think the Lex parents would do if the shoe were on the other foot and their kids were having $1500 less spent per student? I bet they'd call the media, their representative and the ACLU! I am crying FOUL on Diana and
      the BOT for their fiscal mismanagement.

      Speaking of which, Diana mentioned a FCMAT audit back in October. Where is the report? I bet she keeps it under wraps until after the PT vote.

      Glad to see that the District have improved transparency.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      How could Diana understand the need for any kind of equity between schools when all she's ever run is a school of about 500 kids? Besides, she's too busy worrying about how to build her status with an overblown gym project that has nothing to do with need and everything with building her resume as a fundraiser in wealthy communities.
      Don't forget the school board, past and present. Are they doing anything to fix this? No, Kathy and Tina, and Scott, along with Doug and Chris, allowed this mess to continue for years. Too early to judge the new ones, but one is from Lex. Good luck with that.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      One thing's for sure. The most effective way to encourage change is to post on this abandoned blog. Sorry, I just got hit by a tumbleweed.
    1. Keeponposting's Avatar
      Keeponposting -
      Hmmm, sure seems like you read it... Of course, if nobody posts on this blog it would make life a heck of a lot easier on a few people. I'm not really interested in making life easy for those particular folks at the expense of our town and our kids.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      I think the blog site is useful. I hear about news here much more easily than trying to find out about the schools, local crime, and town issues anywhere else. THe local paper is a joke.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      And the Patch website doesn't even cover LG schools or the proposal for low income housing in LG. Of course they have plenty of articles on how pets are dressing up as 49ers and how to improve your SEO results.
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Hey, I did not get a chance to go to the last LGUSD BoT meeting. Were the new board members there? Are there any changes in direction with two new people on the BoT?
    1. Unregistered's Avatar
      Unregistered -
      Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
      What do you think the Lex parents would do if the shoe were on the other foot and their kids were having $1500 less spent per student? I bet they'd call the media, their representative and the ACLU! I am crying FOUL on Diana and
      the BOT for their fiscal mismanagement.

      Speaking of which, Diana mentioned a FCMAT audit back in October. Where is the report? I bet she keeps it under wraps until after the PT vote.

      Glad to see that the District have improved transparency.
      Yes, there was a proposal from Diana A to have FCMAT perform an organizational review. The Board did not approve it, so it didn't happen. It's not something that happened that she is keeping under wraps. Personally, I think the community should make more noise about this and insist that the Board have an audit or review done.
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