March 28, 2017

The Board Report highlights action items from the meetings of the Palo Alto Unified School District (PAUSD) Board of Education (BOE).  This electronic publication is intended to be a brief and timely reference for PAUSD stakeholders to the Board actions. Please visit the Board Meetings and Materials section where you can find the presentations and documents attached to each item.  The two student Board members have preferential vote, which are recorded in the minutes. 

Action Items from the March 14, 2017, Regular BOE Meeting:

3. Approval of Consent Calendar

These items are considered routine and will be approved in one action without discussion.  If a Board member requests an item be removed from the Calendar or a citizen wishes to speak to an item, it is considered under Action Items.  

A. Approval of Consent Calendar
Recommendation for the Board to approve all items of the Consent Calendar as presented or amended.

B. Certificated Personnel Items
Recommendation for the Board to approve the certificated personnel actions as presented. 

C. Classified Personnel Items
Recommendation for the Board to approve the classified personnel actions as presented.

D. Approval of Minutes - Feb. 14, 2017 - Regular Board Meeting
Recommendation for the Board to approve the minutes for the February 14, 2017, Regular Meeting.

E. Approval of Minutes - Feb. 14, 2017 - Special Board Meeting
​Recommendation for the Board to approve the minutes for the February 14, 2017, Special Meeting.

F. Approval of Minutes - Feb. 28, 2017 - Regular Board Meeting
Recommendation for the Board to approve the minutes for the February 28, 2017, Regular Meeting.

G. Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC) Replacement Member
Recommendation for the Board to appoint a new member to COC for the remainder of the vacated two-year term.

H. 2016-17 Second Interim Financial Report
Recommendation for the Board to give a positive certification to the County that the District can meet its financial obligations and approve the budget revisions in the projected year totals. 

I. Approval to Award Contracts for Special Testing and Inspection, Inspection of Record (IOR), and Construction Management Services for Gunn High School Central Building Project.
Recommendation for the Board to award the contracts to Ninyo & Moore, Construction Inspection Services, Inc., and fs3|Hodges.

J. Authorization to Expend $195,000 to Maintain SmartBoard Projection Systems
Recommendation for the Board to authorize the expenditure to replace projectors and install SmartBoards

K. Acceptance of Elementary SPSA Plan
Recommendation for the Board to approve the elementary school SPSAs for Addison, Barron Park, Briones, Duveneck, El Carmelo, Escondido, Fairmeadow, Hays, Hoover, Nixon, Ohlone, Palo Verde, and Greendell. 

Outcome: The Board voted 5-0 approving the Consent Calendar with the exception of item F, which was pulled. 

5. Action/Discussion/Information Items
A. Middle School Mathematics Textbook Adoption

Staff made a presentation to the Board regarding middle school textbook adoption. 

Outcome: This item was for discussion only. The Board will consider action at a future meeting. 

B. District Equity Plan

It was recommended to the Board to approve the District Equity Plan.

Outcome:  After its discussion, the Board decided to vote on this item at a future meeting to allow additional time for revisions to the plan. 

C. Appointment of Independent Auditors (Chavan and Associates, LLP, and Christy White Accountancy) for the 2016-17 Audits

The Board discussed the appointment of independent auditors for the district's financial audit. 

Outcome: This item was for discussion only. It will come back to the Board as part of the Consent Calendar at a future meeting. 

D. Authorization to Bid Summer Maintenance Items for Multiple Roofing Repairs and Energy Efficient (Lighting) Projects

The Board discussed authorizing summer projects at Barron Park, Duveneck, Escondido, Fairmeadow, Greendell, Briones, Nixon, Ohlone, Palo Verde, Hays, Jordan, and the District office, and then consider action at a future meeting. 

Outcome: This item was for discussion only.  It will come back to the Board as part of the Consent Calendar at a future meeting. 

E. Renaming Schools Advisory Committee (RSAC)

The Board heard the following recommendations:

1) Charge an Advisory Committee to recommend prior to January 1, 2018, at least three new names for David Starr Jordan Middle School and for Terman Middle School incorporating the community values of Board Policy (BP) 7310 as well as the values of integrity, innovation, and inclusion into the naming criteria, and

2) Provide funding for a curriculum team to develop a unit of study regarding California’s and Palo Alto’s role in the Eugenics Movement for inclusion in the secondary history curriculum beginning in the second semester of the 2017-18 school year.

Outcome: The Board voted 5-0 to move this item to a Continuation Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 17, at 1PM. 

The March 14, 2017, Regularly Scheduled BOE Meeting adjourned at 10:44 PM.  The next Regular Board Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday March 28, 2017.  Learn more in the Board Meetings and Materials section. 

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