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School Board Meeting Synopsis

August 25, 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)

Superintendent Performance Evaluation (Government Code 54957)

Conference with Legal Counsel - Pending Litigation
Government Code: section 54956.9 (b)(1)(3)(c) (What is this?)
Claimants: SLV CARES vs SLVUSD (What is this?)
Attorney: Tim Volkmann


There is a disagreement about whether a vote took place at the July 6 meeting to renew the attorneys' contracts. (I did not report on this as I usually don't take notes or report on what I expect will be routine matters.) There were three board members present, and the votes of all three would have been needed to make a majority of the board. At the least, there was a discussion as to what the vote would have been (everyone remembers this) and it was determined that the vote would not have passed, as Mr. Fultz would have voted against it. People also generally remember Ms. Weber suggesting it go on "routine and consent" for the following meeting, Mr. Fultz replying that he would pull it to a regular vote, and Ms. Weber deciding that it should come back for a third reading. Mr. Fultz remembers a formal vote, but this is not in the recollection of the other board and staff members present, nor is it in the minutes. There was a decision to meet with an attorney over the matter to make sure that proper procedures are followed for a disagreement of this type.

Community Input

Donna Zeal spoke about Patriot Day on Sept. 11 (a national event). A local event sponsored by the Friends of Santa Cruz Libraries, Mountain Community Resources, and the Valley Women's Club will take place at the Boulder Creek Library from 3-6 PM on Sept. 11. Students and adults are invited to write about and discuss three questions about being an American.

Michelle Hooker said she remembers a vote taking place on the attorney issue at the July 6 meeting, and also the discussion noted above between Ms. Weber and Mr. Fultz regarding the disposition of the matter.

Superintendent's Report

General positives about being ready for the beginning of the year. Talked about resolving conflicts between No Child Left Behind legislation and California State Education mandates. Continued emphasis on Baldridge education. After-school care at Quail Hollow set to start. Demolition at the Jr. High is complete, with BCE to start tomorrow. Bids close on Jr. High construction on 9/8, as well as the wetlands project. Final 04-05 budget approved (I assume this was by the state, since the county approved it previously, I think. I could be wrong on this.)


Ms. Sprenger and Mr. Bidmon will have some absences this fall. Discussion about whether this would require some adjustments - further discussion to take place later.

Meeting was adjourned at around 7 PM.