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School Board Meeting Synopsis

December 8 , 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)

Oath of Office

Lea Dakota and Susan Weber were sworn in to their offices on the Board of Trustees (Ms. Weber for her second elected term) by the Honorable Jeff Almquist. They pledged, among other things, to "defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic". [ed. note - The imagination reels...]

Community Input

There was no general community input at this meeting.


Our outgoing board member, Jeff Bidmon, was recognized for his eight years of service to our district on the board. The Superintendent presented him with an Award of Excellence, and the Jeff Calden, the head of the SLVTA, presented him with a certificate and a gift certificate. I would like to add that I have been very impressed with Mr. Bidmon's wisdom and leadership abilities, particularly during his tenure as President of the board during the year of the school closures. He will be missed, and I wish him all the best.

Superintendent's Report (with more recognitions)

Ms. Haff reported that BCE does not have to submit to the scheduled State Compliance Review. The State reviewed their academic growth and is waiving the site visit.

Cheers for the SLV Girl's Cross Country team! They won the state championship.

Cheers to Eric Leetham for being one of five first clarinetists in the CCS Honor Band.

The high school will have an Open House for the new buildings on December 14.

SLVUSD has received a listing in SchoolMatch's "What Parents Want" awards.

Mr. Loehr was recognized for his leadership in our complex bond project.

The school principals were recognized for their outstanding leadership.

Cake Was Consumed

Action Items

Annual Organizational Business

- Election of the 2005 Board President - Barbara Sprenger
- Election of the 2005 Board Clerk - Linda Kyrnitszke
- Annual Election of the Superintendent as the Secretary to the Board
- Appointment of representatives to various district, community, and county committees and councils.

Approval of First Financial Interim Report

Ms. Henden presented our first Interim Financial Report. It includes a "planned spending down of the reserve" in a previously planned and controlled way. She reminded us of the continuing declining enrollment and declining number of teachers required. Meanwhile, utilities and supplies costs are up. We are waiting for more information on the State budget and how it will affect us next year. Our Child Nutrition Services program is not meeting its sales targets.

On the positive side, we again received a Positive Financial Solvency Certificate from the County Office of Education.

Approval of School Site Plans

Approval of Bid Opening and Acceptance

One bid has been received to lease classroom space at the Quail Hollow building. Before the bid is accepted, a public hearing will take place.

Meeting was adjourned at around 8:20 PM.