BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

333 South Beaudry Ave., Board Room

12:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 11, 2005

 

The Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, acting as the Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District, met in regular session on Tuesday, January 11, 2005, at the Los Angeles City Board of Education Administrative Offices, Board Room, 333 South Beaudry, Los Angeles, California.

 

President José Huizar called the meeting to order at 1:41 p.m.

 

The following Members were present:  Ms. Marlene Canter, Ms. Julie Korenstein, Mr. Jon Lauritzen, Mr. David Tokofsky and President José Huizar.  Ms. Marguerite Poindexter LaMotte arrived at 1:50 p.m. and Mr. Mike Lansing arrived at 2:10 p.m.

 

Ms. Canter led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

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President Huizar modified the Order of Business.

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BOARD MEMBER MOTIONS

 

ACTION

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on Mr. Huizar’s motion regarding Support Increasing Financial Aid Applications Among District Students:

 

     Ms. Judy Campbell

 

      Mr. Antonio Reveles

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved:

 

Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District is the second largest district in the                                                               country responsible for educating over 700,000 students;

 

Whereas, The priorities of the District are to promote high academic achievement and a college-going culture in every school;

 

Whereas, A fundamental principle in sustaining a college-going culture is the belief that college is an achievable goal for all students;

 

Whereas, The cost of a college education is beyond the means of many families;

 

Whereas, 72 percent of District students are first generation college-bound;

 

Whereas, Sources of financial aid are available; and

 

Whereas, It is the role of the college counselor to make available information about financial aid and assist seniors with financial aid applications; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles declares full support of College counselors and school staff efforts to focus their work toward raising awareness and encouraging all eligible seniors to apply for financial aid;

 

Resolved further, That high school campuses will continue to work with Advancement Via Individual Determination  (AVID), community-based organizations, and college and university representatives to assist students with financial aid applications; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That the Los Angeles Unified School District will continue its partnership with

UNITE LA, the Mayor’s Office, and the California Student Aid Commission to conduct Cash for College financial aid workshops to increase opportunities for students.

 

Ms. Canter seconded the motion.

 

Following discussion and by general consent the motion was adopted.   Mr. Lansing was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lansing recorded an aye vote on the motion.

 

Special Reports and Presentations

 

Introduction of Vivien Hao, new Director of Partnership

and Adopt-A-School

 

Mr. Timothy Buresh, Chief Operating Officer, introduced Ms. Vivien Hao, the new Director of the Partnerships and Adopt-a-School Program.  Ms. Hao briefly addressed the Board. 

 

Board Members welcomed Ms. Hao to the District.

 

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President Huizar resumed the Order of Business.

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Consent Calendar

 

The following speakers addressed the Board regarding Board of Education Report No. 204-04/05:

 

      Mr. Jay Kessler

 

      Ms. Alexis Pfister

 

      Ms. Gabby Sheppard

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved the adoption of the following reports designated as Consent Calendar items in accordance with Board Rule 61:

 

Board of Education Report No. 204 – 04/05

Renaming Aliso High School to John R. Wooden High School

 

Board of Education Report Revised No. 212 – 04/05

Ratification of Real Estate Leases, Licenses, and Other Agreements or Instruments

that are Necessary or Incidental for the Use of Real Property

 

Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.

 

 

 

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President Huizar modified the Order of Business.

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Regular calendar

 

regular

 

Board of Education Report No. 209 – 04/05  
Approval of a Revised Project Definition for Valley Region Elementary School No. 9
and an Amendment of the 2004 New Construction Strategic Execution Plan
 
Board of Education Report No. 210 - 04/05  
Designation of the Site Located on the East side of Calhoun Avenue Between
Vanowen Street and Hart Street as the Preferred Site for the Location of the
New Valley Region Elementary School No. 9
 

The following speakers addressed the Board on Board of Education Report No. 210-04/05:

     

      Mr. John Mayer

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President Huizar passed gavel to Ms. Canter and left the meeting.

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      Ms. Yolanda McCollister

 

      Mr. Joseph Volpi representing Kings College and Church shared his time with Mr. Max Lile

 

      Mr. Daniel Weisman

 

Ms. Canter moved that Board of Education Report Nos. 209 and 210-04/05 be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion.

 

Mr. John Creer, Development Manager, and Mr. James McConnell, Chief Facilities Executive, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the reports were adopted.  Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the reports.

 

Board of Education Report No. 227 – 04/05

Complete the Installation of Portable Classrooms with Measure R Funds

and Update the Existing Facilities Strategic Execution Plan and Access

Compliance for Portable Classrooms

 

Ms. Constance Rice, Vice Chair of the Bond Oversight Committee, briefly addressed the Board on the report and requested that a retreat meeting between the Board and the Bond Oversight Committee be scheduled immediately.

 

Mr. Kevin Reed, General Counsel, Mr. McConnell, and Mr. Jim Delker, Acting Deputy Chief Facilities Executive, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Superintendent Roy Romer briefly commented on the report.

 

Following discussion and at the request of staff, this item was postponed.

 

 

 

BOARD MEMBERS MOTIONS (Continued)

 

 INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

 

Mr. Tokofsky, Ms. Canter, and Ms. LaMotte announced their intention to present the following motion regarding the Tsunami Relief Fundraising Campaign:

 

Whereas, More than 160,000 people have lost their lives and over 6.5 million are now homeless and hungry in southeast Asia and northeastern Africa due to the December 26 tsunami;

 

Whereas, Entire communities have disappeared, infrastructures have been destroyed, and families torn apart with millions suffering unimaginable trauma, this crisis will take at least a decade and several billion dollars to overcome;

 

Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District has, in the past, contributed to international disaster relief efforts;

 

Whereas, Students can benefit from a District charitable drive through lessons about compassion, empathy, community, science and geography;

 

Whereas, The Los Angeles area is home to people from around the world, it is likely that families and friends of many District students and employees are impacted and need help; and

 

Whereas, One of the core beliefs of the District is that children are the world’s greatest resource and consequently, priority should be given to them and funds directed toward those agencies that directly serve children; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved That, the Board of Education extends its sympathies to the people whose lives will be forever affected by the devastation, and to the hundreds of thousands of Los Angeles community residents who have family and friends in the areas affected; and be it

 

Resolved further, That the Board requests that the Superintendent and staff immediately develop a fundraising and outreach mechanism that would allow for all schools and employees to participate in raising money and material to aid those affected by the tsunami, particularly the children.

 

With the consent of the Board, the following speakers addressed the Board on the motion:

 

      Mr. Hanggiro Setiabudi, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia

 

      Mr. Gamini Pemasiri, Cousul Consulate General of Sri Lanka

 

      Student Member Lisa Hart from Granada Hills High School

                                                                                        

Superintendent Romer, Mr. Chuck Burbridge, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, and Mr. Reed responded to questions from Board Members

 

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Vice President Canter resumed the Order of Business.

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Student Input

 

Student Member Lisa Hart from Granada Hills High School stated that her school has benefited from becoming a charter school.  She spoke about some of the programs and events taking place at her campus, such as the Recycling Program, Pep Rally, Earth Day, and the Tsunami Relief Fund Raising.

 

Student Member Mike Mansour also from Granada Hills High School spoke about their attendance policy and briefly explained how it is implemented.  He commented on the vending machine sales and some of the healthy changes that have taken place on campus.  He shared that they have a new I.D. Card Paying System, which acts as an ATM card, and how it benefits everyone involved.   He concluded by stating that students are still concerned regarding the overcrowding in classes.

 

Student Member Stephanie Perry, from El Camino High School stated that her campus has a very diverse student body.  She said that there are over 100 clubs and a wide rage of academic enrichment classes for every level of study, including 30 Honors and Advanced Placement classes.  She also shared that the school has a variety of programs for college bound students, extra curricular activities, and an outstanding sports program.  She proudly mentioned that they are currently the National Academic Decathlon Champions, and are working very hard towards another victory this year.  She shared her feelings on student participation in a club or organization, and stated that in her case participation made the high school experience a more positive one.  Ms. Perry mentioned a problem with trash on campus, and she shared some of the techniques/slogans that they use to address this problem at her school; a second problem was the financial hardship incurred by the school due to changes in the District’s snack policy.  Ms. Perry concluded by sharing that she attended a monthly Student Body Presidents meeting where the snack topic was addressed by District staff.

 

Board Members thanked the student representatives for their participation.

 

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Vice President Canter modified the Order of Business.

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Receipt of Communications

 

Board of Education Report No. 235-04/05 - California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High School Charter Petition:  Assigned to Regular Calendar

 

Mr. Jefferson Crain, Executive Officer of the Board, announced:

 

The Board is in receipt of the California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High School Charter Petition.  This constitutes a public hearing on the petition, and those individuals who wish to address the Board on this item will be heard.  Anyone who wishes to speak to this report should go to the recording booth at the back of the Board Room and fill out a speaker’s card.  Those individuals will be heard after the speakers already on the list.

 

Dr. Roberta Benjamin from the Charter Office made a brief presentation to the Board on the particulars of the charter.

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on the report:

 

      Mr. Ref Rodriguez, California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High

       School Charter

 

      Ms. Jacqueline Elliot, California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High

       School Charter

 

     


Ms. Lisa Termain, California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High

       School Charter

 

      Ms. Veronica de Leon, California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High

       School Charter

 

      Mr. Roger Diaz, California Academy for Liberal Studies Early College High

       School Charter

 

Following discussion, Mr. Crain announced:

 

The Board will take final action to either approve or deny the petition at the Board meeting on January 25, 2005.  Should the charter petition be denied, the petitioner may submit the petition directly to the Los Angeles County Office of Education or directly to the state for action.

                 

Special Reports and Presentations  (Continued)

 

Birmingham Football Team All City Champion

 

Mr. Lauritzen introduced the Birmingham High School coaching staff and presented the football team with a certificate of recognition for winning its second City Championship title.  Mr. Eddie Felix, Team Captain, All League, All San Fernando Valley, and First Team All City Player of the Year, addressed the Board, shared his higher education plans, and thanked the Board for its support of athletics.

 

Ms. LaMotte extended her congratulations to the players for their accomplishments.

 

REGULAR CALENDAR (Continued)

 

REGULAR

 

Board of Education Report No. 211 – 04/05

Designation of the Site Located at the Northwest Corner of Live Oak Street

and Atlantic Avenue as the Preferred Site for the Location of the New South Region

Elementary School No. 3 and Early Education Center No. 1

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on the report:

 

      Mr. Guillermo Roacho shared his time with Mr. George Diaz

 

      Ms. Magali Rodriguez addressed the Board in place of Ms. Lupe Gonzalez

 

      Mr. Ed Rodriguez addressed the Board in place of Ms. Maria Villanueva

 

      Ms. Lucila Gonzalez addressed the Board in place of Ms. Maria Gonzalez

     

      Ms. Lourdes Gonzalez

 

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President Huizar assumed the Chair.

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      Mr. Po Chow

 

      Ms. May Liu

 

      Mr. Nelson Oliva, Economic Development Consultant

 

 

 

Mr. Tokofsky moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.

 

Public Comment

 

The following speakers addressed the Board on the subjects indicated:

 

      Ms. Zella Knight                                                      District Advisory Council

 

      Mr. Peter Pauladino                                                 Special Education Concerns

 

      Mr. Leonard Rose                                                    Healthy Diet and Exercise

 

      Mr. Abolgahassem Abraham Sadegh                       Public Comment and Intern Program

 

      Ms. Bertha Orrostieta                                               Education

 

      Mr. William Morrison                                             Middle School No. 5, North Western Ave.

 

      Mr. Bill Hooey                                                         Middle School No. 5, North Western Ave.

 

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President Huizar resumed the Order of Business.

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Receipt of Communications (Continued)

 

Board of Education Report No. 224-04/05:  This item was withdrawn prior to Board Meeting.

 

Board of Education Report No. 225-04/05 - Results from Information Technology Division’s Third Request for Proposal for Bench Contract Services:  Assigned to Regular Calendar.

 

Board of Education Report No. 228-04/05 - Ratification of Contract Actions:  Assigned to Regular Calendar.

 

Board of Education Report No. 229-04/05 - Adoption of Single Track and Multitrack Year-Round Calendars for the 2005-06 School Year:  Assigned to Consent Calendar.

 

Board of Education Report No. 232- 04/05 - Accounting and Disbursements Division Report of Warrants Issued and Request to Reissue Stale Dated Warrants:  Assigned to Consent Calendar.

 

Board of Education Report No. 236-04/05:  This item was withdrawn prior to Board Meeting.

 

Board of Education Report No. 237-04/05 - Authorization to Enter into an Agreement to Increase Square Footage at 1241 South Soto Street, Los Angeles (Adult Education-Roosevelt Community Adult School):  Assigned to Regular Calendar.


REGULAR CALENDAR (Continued)

 

POSTPONED ITEMS

 

Board of Education Report No. 108 – 04/05, Section I and Attachment A – Sykes Healthplan Service Bureau, Inc., Contract No. 0400273-2

Amendment to Agreement for Professional Services

 

This item was withdrawn at the request of staff.

 

Board of Education Report No. 181 – 04/05

Amendment to the January 2004 Strategic Execution Plan Authorizing

Staff to Proceed with the Expenditure of Measure R Bond Dollars and Measure R

Bond Interest Proceeds for Furniture and Equipment Enhancements Including Additional

Lockers at New Middle and High Schools on Multitrack Calendars for Phase I

and Phase II New Construction Projects

 

Ms. Korenstein moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. Canter seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Guy Mehula, Deputy Chief Facilities Executive, Mr. Buresh, and Mr. Jim Cowell, Director of Construction, New Construction, responded to questions from Board Members

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved to postpone the report.  Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

REGULAR

 

Board of Education Report No. 199 – 04/05

Adoption of District’s Appropriations Limit (Gann Limit) for 2004-05

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 205 – 04/05

Ratification of Contract Actions

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Mark Hovatter, Director of Facilities Contracts, responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 206 – 04/05

Amendment to the January 2004 New Construction Strategic Execution Plan for

Measure R Adult Education Facilities Projects.

 

Ms. Korenstein moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 207 – 04/05

Huntington Park College-Ready Academy Charter High School Petition

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Ms. Canter and Mr. Tokofsky were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 213 – 04/05

Approval of Agreements

 

Dr. Mikala Rahn, representing Public Works, Inc., addressed the Board on the report.

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion.

 

Ms. Anne Fischer, Chief Procurement Officer, and Mr. Reed responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Ms. Canter, Ms. Korenstein, and Mr. Tokofsky were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Canter, Ms. Korenstein, and Mr. Tokofsky recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 214 – 04/05
Comprehensive School Reform Grant Application
 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion.

 

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President Huizar passed gavel to Ms. Canter and left the meeting.

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Mr. Harry Gerst, Director of SB-IX, Public Schools Accountability, Dr. Maria Gutierrez-Ott, Senior Deputy Superintendent, and Dr. Benjamin responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Ms. Korenstein and

Mr. Huizar were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Korenstein and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 215 – 04/05

State Monitored Schools Notification for Immediate Intervention

Underperforming Schools Program.

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Gerst responded to questions from Board Members.

 

Following discussion, and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Ms. Korenstein and

Mr. Huizar were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Ms. Korenstein and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 
Board of Education Report No. 220 – 04/05
Supplemental Service Providers Contract Amendment
 

Ms. LaMotte moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which

on roll call was adopted 4 ayes, 1 abstention, Mr. Lansing.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar

were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 231 – 04/05
Submittal of Revised Work Experience Education Plan and Application

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Tokofsky requested that staff provide the number of students enrolled in these programs.

 

By general consent, the report was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

DIRECT

 

Board of Education Report No. 222 – 04/05 (DIRECT)

Student Reinstatements

 

Mr. Tokofsky moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 223 – 04/05 (DIRECT)

Student Expulsions

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 226 – 04/05 (Direct)

Liability Insurance Claims

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Ms. LaMotte seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 230 – 04/05 (Direct)

Various Purchasing Transactions

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion.

 

Ms. Marilyn Wells, Director of Food Services, and Mr. James Alther, Director of Strategic Planning Implementation, E-Rate and Measure K Programs, responded to questions from Board Members. 

 

Following discussion and by general consent, the report was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and

Mr. Huizar were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen recorded an aye vote, and Mr. Huizar recorded a no vote on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 233 – 04/05 (Direct

Nonroutine Personnel Actions

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar were absent. 

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board of Education Report No. 234 – 04/05 (Direct)

Routine Personnel Actions

 

Ms. LaMotte moved that the report be adopted.  Mr. Lansing seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar were absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Lauritzen and Mr. Huizar recorded aye votes on the report.

 

Board Members Motions (Continued)

 

ACTION

 

Mr. Lansing, Mr. Tokofsky, and Ms. LaMotte's motion regarding a Structural Budget Deficit Action Plan (Noticed September 28, 2004, and discussed at the Audit, Business and Technology Committee) was postponed.

 

Whereas, The Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles have implemented one-time budget solutions amounting to nearly $1.3 billion over the last two years in order to balance its fiscal year budget;

 

Whereas, One-time solutions such as elimination of unfilled positions and redirection of funding have run their course and will not be an option for the Board in fiscal year 2005-06;

 

Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District faces an impending structural deficit conservatively estimated to be $500,000,000, due to anticipated costs of health benefits, deferred maintenance, workers’ compensation and reserves related to economic uncertainties, emergencies, paid leave/vacation time and replacement of aging equipment; and

 

Whereas, The Superintendent and the Board must address this structural deficit immediately to ensure greater flexibility in drafting short and long term fiscal solutions as well as to avoid the real potential of becoming insolvent and going into receivership; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles directs the Superintendent of Schools to develop short and long term fiscal solutions to the District’s ongoing structural deficit for presentation to the Board at a Committee of the Whole meeting in December 2004; and be it

 

Resolved further, That such solutions include a range of potential actions the Board may take to address the structural imbalance in the short and long term.

 

Ms. LaMotte and Mr. Tokofsky's motion regarding Adherence to the Promotional Examination Process (Noticed September 28, 2004, and discussed at the Human Resources Committee) was postponed.

 

Resolved, That the Los Angeles Unified School District implement and utilize a merit based promotional examination system for all certificated promotional administrative classifications with five or more positions, and who are members of the Associated Administrators of Los Angeles;

 

Resolved further, That any circumvention of this motion by means of Administrative          Regulations 4213 and 4214 receive approval by the majority of the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles;

 

Resolved further, That the Board directs the Superintendent to bring back within 60 days a proposal for an examination process, which would include:

 

  An assessment center

 

   Confidential tracers

 

   A ranked list incorporating a rule of five

 

         A process by which qualified candidates on an existing list would be integrated into newly established lists; and be it finally

 

Resolved, That if this proposal is not acceptable, the Superintendent must submit a proposal to the Board to eliminate all promotional examinations and allow local and general superintendents to make all administrative assignments.

 

Ms. LaMotte and Mr. Tokofsky's motion regarding Promotion and Transfer of Principals and Teachers (Noticed September 28, 2004, and discussed at the Human Resources Committee) was postponed.

 

Whereas, There has been no policy directing the promotion and transfer of principals and teachers from low performing schools (API 1-3) to central district positions after school has officially opened at the beginning of the school year;

 

Whereas, One of the goals of this District is to eliminate the achievement gap;

 

Whereas, Removing teachers and principals for promotions once school has begun disrupts the teaching-learning process for the school and adversely affects the academic performance and achievement level of the school;

 

Whereas, Long-range planning is imperative in effectively operating our schools; and

 

Whereas, If a waiver is granted, the assigned principal will not leave the school until a permanent principal has been assigned; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That assignments, which require the transfer of a principal or teacher, must be made prior to the opening of school to minimize disruption to the school’s learning environment; and be it

 

Resolved further, That this motion may be waived only after an exhaustive search has been done for personnel whose transfer would not negatively impact the instructional or operational environment of the school.  Waivers must be approved by the local district and general superintendents and a school-community meeting hosted by the local district must be called to communicate the proposed change.

 

Mr. Tokofsky, Ms. Canter, and Mr. Lauritzen's motion on Class Size Reduction (Noticed

November 11, 2004, and assigned to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee) was postponed.

 

Whereas a previous Board of Education, on April 30, 2002, voted 4-3 to choose to increase class size by 2 students in each of grades 4-12 in order to balance a budget;

 

Whereas, the Board instructed the Superintendent on November 12, 2002, to report in 60 days to the Board about returning class size in grades 4-12 to 2001-2002 norm levels;

 

Whereas, the Board also asked for the above Superintendent's report to cover other key class size issues such as science lab class size, PE class size and funding for other class size issues;

 

Whereas the Superintendent and Board are on record supporting small learning communities and "its personalization of learning”; and

 

      Whereas many secondary teachers now teach 200 students daily; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education hereby now reduce class size in grades 4-12 by 2 students at the mid-term 04-05.

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles directs the Superintendent to create a comprehensive data matrix for the reduction of class size in grades 4-9 and report back to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee by February 15, 2005; and be

 

Resolved further, That said matrix shall include cost estimates for reductions varying from 2 to 5 students at each grade level, and which take into account constraints on classroom and playground space, additional teaching staff, current Predominately Hispanic, Black, Asian, and Other (PHBAO) class size, Concept 6 phase-out and other relevant issues.

 

Correspondence and Petitions

 

REPORT OF CORRESPONDENCE

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved that the recommended disposition of the items of correspondence as indicated in the report be approved.  Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. 

Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Huizar recorded an aye vote on the report.

 

Miscellaneous

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved the approval of the following minutes of the governing board of the Los Angeles Unified School District:

     

      9:00 a.m., Special Meeting, December 14, 2004

      1:00 p.m., Special Meeting, December 17, 2004

 

Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Huizar recorded an aye vote on the approval of the minutes.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Mr. Lauritzen moved:

 

That Ms. Julie Korenstein, Member of this Board, be found absent from the Special Closed Session Meeting on January 6, 2005, due to illness.

 

Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.  Mr. Huizar was absent.

 

Later in the meeting, Mr. Huizar recorded an aye vote on the motion.

 

Ms. LaMotte stated:

 

There will be a meeting of the Special Committee on Legislation and Intergovernmental Affairs on Thursday, January 13, at 3:30 p.m., in the Board Room.

 

Mr. Lauritzen stated:

 

The Curriculum and Instruction Committee will meet on Thursday, January 13, 2005, at 10:00 a.m., in the Board Room.

 

Ms. Korenstein stated:

 

The School Safety, Health, and Human Services Committee will meet on Thursday, January 13, 2005, at 1:00 p.m., in the Board Room.

 

Mr. Tokofsky stated:

 

The January 6, 2005, meeting of the Committee of the Whole regarding Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Synopsis and Update has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 18, at 3 p.m.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

Mr. Lansing moved that the meeting be adjourned in memory of 4 individuals who passed away recently, Giovanni Reyes, student at Gardena High School; Eddie Franklin, student at Eshelman Elementary School; Ms. Rita Walters, wife of Mr. Steve Walters, Principal of San Pedro High School; and Toshiaki Dojiri, Principal at 15th St. Elementary School.

 

Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion and also asked that the meeting be adjourned in memory of

Mr. Harpley Barber, husband of Mrs. Peggy Barber, in the Government Relations Office, and from the same office, Ms. Nancy Copeland's father who recently passed away.

 

Ms. LaMotte asked that the meeting be adjourned in memory of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights leader whose birthday would be observed on Monday, January 17, 2005.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:34 p.m.  Ms. Korenstein was absent.

 

APPROVED BY THE BOARD:  April 12, 2005

 

 

 

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                        JOSE HUIZAR                                                      JEFFERSON CRAIN

                         PRESIDENT                                      EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE BOARD

 

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