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School Board Meeting Synopsis

January 6, 2004

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Note from Laura About These Synopses (Basically, I report on what I think will be most interesting to community residents. Consult the minutes for a more complete listing of what happened in the meeting.)

Closed Session

The board had no report out of closed session, which was listed on the agenda as follows:

Labor Negotiations Compensation for Represented and Unrepresented Employees (Government Code 54957.6)

Confidential Student Issues (Ed. Code 35146)

Conference with Legal Counsel - Pending Litigation
Government Code: section 54956.9 (b)(1)(3)(c) (What is this?)
Claimants: SLV CARES, Michelle Hooker, L. Crews McCulloch, Janice Marshall, and Martin McKendry Vs San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District (What is this?)

Community Input

Nancy M. reported that she checked out the BCE campus after the most recent storms, and reports that there are problems with the retaining walls and mold. She said that the science curriculum is compromised due to lack of space. She feels that these problems will contribute to poor test scores, low enrollment, and the future solvency of the District, and chastised the Board for letting these things occur.

Action Items

Felton Campus Septic Systems Upgrade/Wetlands Project

For more information, see the synopsis of the December 2nd meeting.

More discussion re: septic. Apparently, the proposed upgrade should pay for itself in 10 years due to savings on the energy bill of approximately $18,000 per year. It was confirmed that the costs of the upgrade will come from the interest on the bond money. Due to state budget cuts, we are receiving only 33% of the usual deferred maintenance budget, and there is no extra money in the general fund. Bond counsel was consulted on this matter.

The Wetlands will be built to withstand a 100-year flood, with room to spare. If perchance a 200-year flood should occur, the engineer said it would flood onto the football field.

The "Wetlands"-style septic upgrade was approved by the Board 5-0.

All other matters at the meeting were routine.

Meeting was adjourned at around 6:34 PM.

Comments from Laura:

Record Speed.