BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES
Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
1:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 9, 1999

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 November 9, 1999, in Room H-160,
Los Angeles City Board of Education Administrative Offices, 450 North Grand Avenue.

President Genethia Hudley Hayes called the meeting to order at 1:21 p.m.

The following Board Members were present: Ms. Valerie Fields, Ms. Julie Korenstein, Ms. Caprice Young and President Genethia Hudley Hayes. Ms. Victoria M. Castro arrived at 1:22 p.m., Mr. Mike Lansing arrived at 1:36 p.m., and Mr. David Tokofsky arrived at 1:27 p.m.

Student Member Ariana Bennett from Grant High School was present.

Superintendent Ruben Zacarias was present.

Ms. Caprice Young led the Pledge of Allegiance.

STUDENTS' CONCERNS

Student Member Bennett commented on the recent eruption of racial conflict reported by the media. She noted that the administration at Grant High School is working diligently to create a new culture; a new tone on discipline and respect; increase security measures and to build an environment with an emphasis on learning. She also expressed concern regarding the encroachment and redirection of school funds.

Dr. Zacarias congratulated Ms. Bennett and the student body at Grant for their efforts in resolving conflicts and misunderstandings.

SPECIAL REPORT

Mr. Richard K. Mason - Remarks Regarding Years of Service

Mr. Richard K. Mason, former General Counsel, expressed his gratitude and thanked Board Members and staff. He acknowledged Superintendent Zacarias and wished him the best. He recognized all of the women who work in classified positions who do a tremendous job but are often overlooked.

President Hayes presented Mr. Mason with a resolution signed by Superintendent Zacarias and all of the Board Members expressing their sincere appreciation for his many years of dedicated service.

Dr. Zacarias recognized Mr. Mason on behalf of the Board, staff, himself, and the countless numbers of children and employees, and presented Mr. Mason with the Superintendent's commendation.

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President Hayes modified the Order of Business.
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STUDENTS' CONCERNS (Continued)

Student member Pawan Kalra reported on the frequent absences of teachers at North Hollywood High School. Students are not learning and are having problems understanding due to the excessive absences of teachers. This problem has existed for the past two years and no one has taken action to resolve the situation.

President Hayes also acknowledged the presence of Student Member Alicia Herrera, who had no comments to share with the Board.-

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President Hayes resumed the Order of Business.-
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SPECIAL REPORT (Continued)

Proposed South Gate New High School Site

Superintendent Zacarias introduced the Honorable Henry Gonzales, Mayor of the City South Gate. Mayor Gonzales emphasized the importance of building new elementary and high schools in South Gate. The schools are in very bad conditions, overcrowded, bathroom facilities are deplorable, the cafeterias are unable to serve the hundreds of students enrolled; and there are no shelters when it rains or when it is too hot.

President Hayes called on the Honorable Hector De La Torre, Vice-Mayor of the City South Gate, who highlighted the process and issues surrounding the building of South Gate schools.

With the approval from the Board, a teacher and parents from the South Gate community spoke regarding the school issues.

Mr. Howard Miller, Chief Operating Officer, commented on his visit to Tweedy Elementary, South Gate Middle and South Gate High Schools and highlighted the urgent issues surrounding South Gate.

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President Hayes modified the Order of Business.
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REGULAR CALENDAR

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 2
Camino Nuevo Charter Academy Petition

Ms. Young moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Fields seconded the motion. At the request of the staff and with the approval of the maker and seconder, the report was amended as follows:

In Attachment A, Item 12-A, deleting the third paragraph.

On roll call, the report as amended was adopted, 6 ayes, Ms. Castro was absent.


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President Hayes resumed the Order of Business.
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PUBLIC NOTICE OF DISTRICT'S INITIAL NEGOTIATING PROPOSAL
(Received October 26, 1999)

Initial Proposal to United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and Associated Administrators of
Los Angeles (AALA) Regarding Traditional, LEARN, and Multitrack Year-Round Calendars for
the 2000-2001 School Year

President Hayes announced:

An opportunity is now given to those individuals who had requested to address the Board on the District's Initial Proposal to United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and Associated Administrators of Los Angeles (AALA) regarding traditional, LEARN, and Multitrack Year-Round Calendars for the 2000-2001 School Year.

A final opportunity to speak to the initial negotiating proposal will be given at the November 23, 1999, Board meeting to be held in Room H-160 (Board Room). To be placed on the speakers' list, individuals should call the Board Secretariat at Area Code (213) 625-6273 or (818) 997-2300,
ext. 6273, prior to 10 a.m. the day of the meeting.

Mr. Howard O. Watts addressed the Board on this item.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Mr. Howard O. Watts addressed the Board on the Credential Waiver Authorization.

Ms. Young moved the adoption of the following report designated as Consent Calendar items in accordance with Board Rule 61:

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 1

Mr. Lansing seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Ms. Castro and Mr. Tokofsky were absent.


REGULAR CALENDAR (Continued)

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 3
Ratification of Agreements and Amendments, Approval of Agreements for Personal/Professional
Services $250,000 and Over, Agreement for Voluntary Corrective Action, Agreements for Personal/Professional Services Aggregating Over $250,000, Amendments to Agreements for Personal/Professional Services, and Donation of Money

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President Hayes passed gavel to Ms. Fields and left the meeting.
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Ms. Young moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion.

Ms. Korenstein moved to amend the report by withdrawing Section (3) and Item B in Section (5),
Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Ms. Castro and Ms. Hayes were absent.

By general consent, the report as amended was adopted. Ms. Castro and Ms. Hayes were absent.


BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 4
Award of Advertised and Unadvertised Contracts, and Rejection of Bids

Ms. Young moved that the report be adopted. Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Ms. Hayes was absent.
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With the approval from the Board, the following speakers were allowed to address the Board regarding the Belmont Learning Center:

Ana Fernande Herlinda Doris
Brenda Balles Maria Rodriguez
Hannah Yacub Esther Soliman-
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NEW REPORTS

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 5
Student Expulsions

Ms. Castro moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Young seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Mr. Lansing and Ms. Hayes were absent.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 6
Student Reinstatements

Ms. Castro moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Young seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Mr. Lansing and Ms. Hayes were absent.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 7
Routine Personnel Actions

Ms. Young moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Castro seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Mr. Lansing and Ms. Hayes were absent.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 8
Liability Claims, Employee Reimbursement Program Payments, Self-Insured Liability
Program Payments, Self-Insured Workers' Compensation Program Payments,
and Rejection of Liability Claims

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

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 9
Various Purchasing Transactions

Ms. Castro moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Korenstein seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Mr. Lansing and Ms. Hayes were absent.
BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 10
Nonroutine Personnel Actions: Classified Employee Suspension-Dismissals, Rescission
of Suspension-Dismissal, and Rescission of Dismissals

Mr. Bryant Crook addressed the Board on the report.

Ms. Castro moved that the report be adopted. Ms. Young seconded the motion.

Mr. Tokofsky moved to amend the report as follows:

Postponing action on Item 2, Employee No. 642766, upon waiver of timeline by employee, and referring this matter to the Closed Session scheduled for November 23, 1999.

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

By general consent, the report as amended was adopted. Mr. Lansing and Ms. Hayes were absent.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 11
Approval of Three Contracts for Program Assessments Related to
Superintendent's Strategic Planning Initiative

At the request of staff, this item was postponed to the Regular Meeting of November 23, 1999.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT NO. 12
Certification of an Annuity Reserve Fund Board Member and Rescheduling of an Election

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

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS FOR ACTION

Ms. Korenstein moved a waiver of Board Rule 72 to allow action on the following motion regarding the Second Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting Los Angeles Unified School District Students College Scholarship Fund. Ms. Castro seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted.
Mr. Lansing, Ms. Young and Ms. Hayes were absent.

Ms. Korenstein moved:

Whereas, The Second Annual Golf Tournament, benefiting the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Students College Scholarship Fund, is scheduled for November 22, 1999;

Whereas The latest available figures indicate that approximately 53.9 percent of District graduating seniors attend two or four-year colleges or universities;

Whereas, The District's goal regarding student achievement includes increasing the transition rate from high school to post secondary education;

Whereas, The Second Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting LAUSD Students College Scholarship Fund Proceeds will provide financial support for those graduating District students in need, in order to further pursue their education; and

Whereas, A committee of business leaders and non-profit foundations was formed through the vision of Henry Jones, the District's former Chief Financial Officer, who continues to coordinate the Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting LAUSD Students College Scholarship Fund; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles recognizes and wishes to support the efforts of the Second Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting LAUSD Students College Scholarship Fund; and be it

Resolved further, That the Board of Education encourages the community, businesses and District employees to lend their support of the Second Annual Golf Tournament Benefiting LAUSD Students College Scholarship Fund on November 22, 1999.

Ms. Castro seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Mr. Lansing, Ms. Young and
Ms. Hayes were absent.-

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Vice President Fields modified the Order Of Business.-
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MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS

SPEAKERS

The following speakers addressed the Board on subjects indicated:

Mr. William Jones School Concerns

Mr. Mark Jolley Overcrowded Conditions

Ms. Anne Marie Ankers Overcrowded Conditions

Ms. Linda Guthrie Overcrowded Conditions

Mr. Victor Wightman Scandal Worse than Belmont

Mr. Andrea Hunter representing Harmony Against Special Programs to Promote Inter-Racial
Racism and Prejudice (HARP) Cultural Harmony Through Music and Education

Mr. Terry Hunter representing HARP in place of Special Programs to Promote Inter-Racial
Kirk Whalum Cultural Harmony Through Music and Education

Ms. Jessica Irias Positive Events

Ms. Flora Miller Positive Events

Mr. Gene Krischer representing Friends of the Facilities and Contracts
Children-

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Vice President Fields resumed the Order of Business.-
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Ms. Korenstein's motion regarding the Renaming of West Granada Hills High School, was postponed to the Regular Board Meeting scheduled on November 23, 1999, and assigned to the Facilities Committee for discussion:

Whereas, The West Granada Hills High School community has expressed an interest in renaming their school after Kirk Douglas, actor and philanthropist; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That Board Rule 1003 be waived to allow the school to bring forward their suggestion to the District Naming Committee for the renaming of the school.

Ms. Korenstein's motion regarding the Development of Policy Regarding Payments in Excess of Fair Market Value, was assigned to the Facilities Committee for discussion:

Whereas, State law requires that public agencies, when buying real property, make an offer to the owner no less than the appraised value of the property; and

Whereas, As the result of trends in the real estate market during the 1990's, many property owners hold properties where the loans they obtained to purchase the property exceed the current fair market value of the property; and

Whereas, If the Los Angeles Unified School District acquires a property where the owner owes more than the property is worth, the owner will lose the property without receiving any payment; and

Whereas, If not for acquisition by the District, the property owner could in many cases hold onto the property until equity in the property was once again established; and

Whereas, The apprehension that they may face financial ruin makes property owners more resistant to the District's efforts to obtain sites for new schools; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles hereby requests the Superintendent, through appropriate staff and consultation with other public agencies, to develop a policy for consideration by the Board which would allow for payments in excess of a property's fair market value in cases where outstanding purchase loans exceed the fair market value of the property.

Ms. Korenstein's motion regarding the Re-examination of School Site Size Standards, was assigned to the Facilities Committee for discussion

Whereas, The State Department of Education has responsibility for issuing guidelines regarding the characteristics of school sites and for approving proposed school sites;

Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District, as an urban school district, has great difficulty in acquiring school sites which meet the standards of the Department of Education;

Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District, in selecting sites for schools, must also be responsive to community needs and desires, as well as the Rodriguez Consent Decree;

Whereas, Many elected officials and community leaders have urged the District to build smaller schools; and

Whereas, It is evident that schools which are too large are not conducive to an effective instructional environment; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles hereby recommends establishing smaller size standards for elementary and secondary schools; and be it further

Resolved, That the Chief Operating Officer work with the State Department of Education to allow waivers on the minimum numbers of acres currently required for building elementary and secondary high schools.

RECEIPT OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR ACTION AT NEXT BOARD MEETING

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Business Services Division No. 1 - Ratification of Agreements and Amendments, Ratification of Agreement for Professional Services, Agreements for Personal/Professional Services Aggregating over $250,000, Ratification of Amendments to Agreements for Professional Services, Amendments to Agreements for Personal/ Professional Services, and Amendment to Agreement for Personal/Professional Services Aggregating over $250,000: Assigned to Regular Calendar

Facilities Services Division No. 1 - Award of Advertised and Unadvertised Contracts, Cancellation of Architectural Agreements, and Rejection of Bids: Assigned to Regular Calendar

Facilities Services Division No. 2 - Approval of Specific Site for Feasibility Studies for East Valley New High School No. 3 to Relieve Overcrowding at Monroe, Van Nuys and San Fernando High Schools: Assigned to Regular Calendar

Personnel Division No. 1 - Classified Employee Dismissals: Assigned to Regular Calendar

CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE

Office of the Superintendent No. 1 - Education Technology Staff Development Program for Grades 4 Through 8: Assigned to Consent Calendar

Division Instruction No. 1 - Approval of Districtwide Library Plan: Assigned to Consent Calendar

FACILITIES COMMITTEE

Accounting and Disbursements Division No. 1 - Capital Facilities Fund (Developer Fees) Operating Statement for the 1998-99 Fiscal Year: Assigned to Regular Calendar

Facilities Services Division No. 1 - Approval of a Specific Site for Feasibility Studies for Proposed New Primary Center to Relieve Overcrowding at Trinity Street and 28th Street Schools: Assigned to Regular Calendar

Facilities Services Division No. 2 - Approval of a Specific Site for Feasibility Studies for Proposed New Primary Center to Relieve Overcrowding at Langdon Elementary School: Assigned to Regular Calendar

Facilities Services Division No. 3 - Resolution of Intention to Create a Mello-Roos District: Assigned to Regular Calendar

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Ms. Castro moved the approval of the following presented Minutes of the Governing Board of the
Los Angeles Unified School District.

1:00 p.m., Regular Meeting, September 14, 1999
9:15 a.m., Closed Session, October 12, 1999 (two simultaneous meetings)
9:15 a.m., Closed Session, October 12, 1999 (two simultaneous meetings)
1:00 p.m., Regular Meeting, October 12, 1999
9:30 a.m., Closed Session, October 19, 1999
8:30 a.m., Closed Session, October 26, 1999
4:30 p.m., Special Meeting, October 28, 1999

Ms. Young seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. ÜMs. Hayes was absent.


REPORT OF CORRESPONDENCE


Vice-President Fields announced:

Before action is taken on the Report of Correspondence regarding correspondence from Delaine
Eastin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, concerning receipt of a notification of non compliance, Compliance Investigation Case Nos. S-0590-98/99, S-0612-98/99, S-0673-98/99 ,
S-0677-98/99, S-0727-98/99, S-0739-98/99, S-0015-99/00, S-0017-99/00, S-0024-99/00,
S-0043-99/00, S-0062-99/00, and S-0085-99/00, a public hearing must be held.

This constitutes a public hearing and those individuals who wish to address the Board on these items will be heard. Anyone who wishes to speak to these items 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.

There were no speakers.

Mr. Lansing moved that the report be approved. Ms. Castro seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. Ms. Hayes was absent.

MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS (Continued)

MOTIONS AND RESOLUTIONS (Draft Language)

Ms. Young, Ms. Fields, Ms. Hayes, Mr. Lansing, Ms. Korenstein, Mr. Tokofsky - Joint UTLA and District Working Group (Noticed October 26, 1999) was assigned to Legislative, Personnel & Policy Committee.

Whereas, It is the mission of the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide its students with the best possible education;

Whereas, One of the most important school site factors for improved student achievement is the quality of the classroom teacher and certificated support personnel who deliver educational services to students;

Whereas, The salary and benefits offered to District teachers has not been sufficient to attract and retain the caliber of teaching professionals desired by a world-class school district; and

Whereas, It is the commitment of the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles to provide all ofits employees, and especially those charged with educating the District's students, with the best possible working environment; now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That United Teachers Los Angeles does intend to create a working group, in concert with the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles, to answer the following question: How best can the District attract and retain the most qualified teachers and certificated support personnel;

Resolved further, That the working group consists of 10-12 members, half appointed by the President of United Teachers Los Angeles and half by the President of the Board of Education;

Resolved further, That this working group, once appointed, will report back to the UTLA Board of Directors and the Board of Education in January 2000 with recommendation on the following:

A joint legislative agenda
LAUSD budget recommendations
Other implementation measures; and be it

Resolved finally, that the working group will examine the following issues: Compensation, Class size/Overcrowding, Training and Professional Development, How to Best Serve the Los Angeles Unified School District' Student Population, Student Achievement, and Work Environment.

MEETING CONFERENCE AND CONVENTION MOTIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Ms. Castro announced:

The December 16 meeting of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee has been rescheduled from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Mr. Tokofsky announced:

The November 18 meeting of the Facilities Committee has been rescheduled from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m.

THIS WEEK IN EDUCATION

Ms. Castro announced that she attended a Community Safety Fair held at Stevenson Middle School, where District School Police, Los Angeles Police Department, the Highway Patrol and community groups participated in fingerprinting and photographing students for identification cards. She thanked the parents and community organizations that sponsored the fair. She noted on November 23, Hollenbeck Middle School will be hosting a Teatro group from Mexico which will share many of the country's traditions with students and parents. Ms. Castro congratulated Deputy Superintendent Ron Prescott, who received the Distinguished Educator Award from the California State University Charter School of Education.
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Ms. Korenstein moved that the meeting be adjourned. Mr. Tokofsky seconded the motion, which by general consent was adopted. The meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m. Ms. Hayes was absent.

APPROVED BY BOARD: December 14, 1999



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GENETHIA HUDLEY HAYES JEFFERSON CRAIN
PRESIDENT EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE BOARD

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