BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES

Governing Board of the Los Angeles Unified School District

 

REGULAR MEETING ORDER OF BUSINESS

333 South Beaudry Avenue, Board Room

1:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Recessed to 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 17, 2004

 

Roll Call

 

 

Pledge of Allegiance

 

 

Adoption of Consent Items - Regular Meeting of December 14, 2004

 

   1.      Board of Education Report No. 174 – 04/05  ADOPTED

Early Childhood Education

(Authorization to Use Measures K and R Funding for Site Preparation for Housing of Ready for School Programs and Addition of Three Projects to the January 2004 New Construction Strategic Execution Plan)  Approves $720,000 in Measures K and R funding for site preparation as in-kind match of $298,000 in grant funding received for purchase of portable buildings to be used at 3 early childhood education sites.

 

   2.      Board of Education Report No. 191 – 04/05     ADOPTED

Office of the General Counsel

(Ratification of Actions Taken by the Office of the General Counsel)  Ratifies payments for attorney fees, settlements and judgments made by the General Counsel in the first quarter of fiscal year 2004/2005 under his delegated authority totaling approximately $1.7 million.

 

   3.      Board of Education Report No. 192 – 04/05    ADOPTED

Accounting and Disbursements Division

(Report of Warrants Issued)  Reports “A” and “B” warrants for the total amount of approximately $558 million.

 

Student Input   

 

Melissa Monzon from Banning High School, Candice Tawa from San Pedro High School, and Joy Maddox from Gardena High School

 

Public Notice of District’s Initial Negotiating Proposal (Received November 9, 2004)

 

4.      Initial Proposal to United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and Associated Administrators of              Los Angeles (AALA) Regarding Single Track and Multitrack Year-Round Calendars for the 2005-06 School Year


 

Receipt of Communications for Action at Next Board Meeting

(The Board will assign these items to Consent or Regular Calendar)

 

   5.      Board of Education Report No. 199 – 04/05    REGULAR

      Budget Services Division

(Adoption of District’s Appropriations Limit (Gann Limit) for 2004-05)  Approve resolution declaring that appropriation in the budget for 2003-04 is approximately $3.65 billion and for 2004-05 is approximately $3.79 billion and do not exceed the maximum appropriation limitation.

 

   6.      Board of Education Report No. 204 – 04/05    CONSENT

            Office of the Chief Operating Officer

(Renaming of Aliso High School to John R. Wooden High School)  Approving the renaming of the continuation school after former UCLA Basketball Coach John Wooden to coincide with the transition of the school to a small learning community of 200 students.

 

   7.      Board of Education Report No. 205 – 04/05     REGULAR

            Facilities Services Division

(Ratification of Contract Actions)  Approves ratification of advertised construction contracts for approximately $4.7 million and change orders for approximately $2.1 million; awards unadvertised and informal contracts awards totaling approximately $753,000, 9 architectural and engineering contracts totaling approximately $4.8 million and real estate agreements concerning Maxine Waters Employment Prep Center and new East Valley High School #1B.

 

   8.      Board of Education Report No. 206 – 04/05    REGULAR

            Facilities Services Division

(Amendment to the January 2004 New Construction Strategic Execution Plan for Measure R Adult Education Facilities Projects)  Approves expenditure of $16.5 million for purchase of 3 replacement sites for Adult and Career Education sites currently being leased.

 

   9.      Board of Education Report No. 207 – 04/05 PUBLIC HEARING    REGULAR

            Instructional Support Services            

(Huntington Park College-Ready Academy Charter High School Petition)  Approves a high school charter petition for five years that will serve 500 students in the Huntington Park area.

 

10.      Board of Education Report No. 208 – 04/05   WITHDRAWN PRIOR TO MEETING

 

11.      Board of Education Report No. 209 – 04/05    REGULAR

            Facilities Services Division

(Approval of a Revised Project Definition for Valley Region Elementary School No. 9 and an Amendment of the 2004 New Construction Strategic Execution Plan)  Approves plan to increase project scope from building a school for 625 students to 800 students with a cost increase from approximately $26 million to approximately $31 million.


 

12.      Board of Education Report No. 210 – 04/05    REGULAR

            Facilities Services Division

(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)  Approves a preferred site in order to conduct planning and feasibility studies for new construction.

 

13.      Board of Education Report No. 211 – 04/05    REGULAR

            Facilities Services Division

(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)  Approves a preferred site in order to conduct planning and feasibility studies for new construction.  The site is located partially in the City of Bell and partly in the City of Cudahy.

 

14.      Board of Education Report No. 212 – 04/05     CONSENT

            Facilities Services Division

(Ratification of Real Estate Leases, Licenses, and Other Agreements or Instruments that are Necessary or Incidental for the Use of Real Property) Ratifies real estate leases and other agreements executed by staff under delegation of authority and includes cases where the District is tenant and where the District is landlord.

 

15.      Board of Education Report No. 213 – 04/05    REGULAR

            Business Services Division

(Approval of Agreements) Approves agreement for master contract with Research Support Services  to provide evaluation of Beyond the Bell after school programs, agreement with Carl Warren and Company for liability claims management services and agreement with NEC Unified Services for phone services at 65 Early Ed Centers.

 

16.      Board of Education Report No. 214 – 04/05    REGULAR

            Specially Funded Programs

(Comprehensive School Reform Grant Application)  Approves three year grant applications developed in conjunction with school site councils at 26 specified schools to the California Department of Education for $200 per student to be used for school reform.

 

17.               Board of Education Report No. 215 – 04/05   PUBLIC HEARING        REGULAR

Specially Funded Programs         

(State Monitored Schools Notification for Immediate Intervention Underperforming Schools Program)  Approves acknowledgement of seven schools to be state monitored for failure to significant Academic Performance Index growth and that the Los Angeles County Office of Education will be the School Assistance and Intervention Team provider.

 

   18.      Board of Education Report No. 216 – 04/05   WITHDRAWN PRIOR TO MEETING

 


19.      Board of Education Report No. 220 – 04/05   REGULAR

            Educational Services

(Supplemental Service Providers Contract Amendment)  Approve amendments to individual contracts with 23 state approved providers selected by students and parents for educational services outside of regular school hours for a total not to exceed $18,295,000.

 

Adoption of Regular Calendar – Regular Meetings of November 9, 23, and Special December 7, 2004

 

REPORTS POSTPONED

 

20.      Board of Education Revised Report No. 137 – 04/05    ADOPTED AS AMENDED

            Facilities Services Division

(Measure R Charter School Expansion Policy)  Approves policy to give first priority for the use of $20 million of Measure R funds to provide furniture, fixtures and equipment to existing district charter schools or charter school operators who have been in operation for two years and specifies the second priority as providing funds to satisfy District Proposition 39 responsibilities to provide available District property for use by charter schools.

 

21.      Board of Education Revised Report No. 161 – 04/05      ADOPTED

Business Services Division

(Approval of Agreement)  Approves agreement for professional development and reading and writing curriculum materials for Local District 5 secondary schools for three years at a total cost $1.65 million

 

REGULAR

 

22.      Board of Education Report No. 150 – 04/05      ADOPTED

Budget Services and Financial Planning Division

(Initial Proposal to United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) and Associated Administrators of         Los Angeles (AALA) Regarding Single Track and Multitrack Year-Round Calendars for the      2005-06 School Year) Approves entering into negotiations with certificated bargaining units to establish specified school calendars.

 

23.      Board of Education Report No. 176 – 04/05   ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division

(Designation of the Site Located at the Northwest Corner of Division Street and San Fernando Road as the Preferred Site for the Location of the New Central Region High School No. 13 (Taylor Yard))  Approves a preferred site in order to conduct planning and feasibility studies for new construction.

 

24.      Board of Education Revised Report No. 177 – 04/05    ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division

(Ratification of Contract Actions)  Approves ratification of advertised construction contracts for approximately $5.4 million and change orders for approximately $900,000; awards unadvertised and informal contracts awards totaling approximately $700,000 and 5 architectural and engineering contracts totaling approximately $4.3 million.

 

25.      Board of Education Revised Report No. 179 – 04/05    ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division

(Approval of Full Day Kindergarten Implementation Plan and Amendment of New Construction Strategic Execution Plan)  Approves expenditure of $100 million of Measure R funds for construction, portable buildings, furniture and equipment to be used to implement the full day kindergarten program.

 

26.      Board of Education Report No. 180 – 04/05    ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division

(Amendment to the January 2004 Strategic Execution Plan Authorizing Staff to Proceed with the Expenditure of Measure R Bond Dollars for the Cost of Storm Water Management for Phase II Schools)  Approves expenditure of $15 million of Measure R funds for storm water management.

 

27.      Board of Education Report No. 181 – 04/05   POSTPONED TO 1/11/05

            Facilities Services Division

(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)  Approves expenditure of $57 million of Measure R funds for furniture, fixtures and equipment at new construction projects including $10 million for lockers at 20 schools and $47 million for student computer equipment.

 

28.      Board of Education Report No. 182 – 04/05    ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division

(Amendment to Add Westchester High School Charter School Project to the January 2004 Strategic Execution Plan for New Construction)  Approves authorization to allocate $69,000 of Measure R funds for renovations at Westchester High School space being used by Central City Charter High School.

 

29.      Board of Education Report No. 183 – 04/05     ADOPTED AS AMENDED

            Facilities Services Division

(Authorization for Staff to Enter into a Development Agreement for the Delivery of Central               Los Angeles Area New High School No. 2 and Los Angeles New Continuation High School      No. 1)  Approves entering into development agreement with Hansel Phelps Construction for delivery of completed schools at 1500 Washington Blvd., Los Angeles, for a guaranteed maximum price of approximately $99 million.

 

30.      Board of Education Revised Report No. 189 – 04/05    ADOPTED

            Business Services Division                           

(Agreements and Amendments)  Approves agreements with 7 contractors for approximately $4.6 million to provide professional services and amendments to agreements with 3 contractors for increases of approximately $1.5 million and authorizes negotiation and execution of 3 technology support agreements totaling approximately $26.7 million.

 


31.      Board of Education Report No. 193 – 04/05   ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division   

(Designation of the Site Located at the Northeast Corner of Saticoy Street and Ben Avenue as the Preferred Site for the Location of the Valley Region Elementary School No. 7)  Approves a preferred site in order to conduct planning and feasibility studies for new construction.

 

32.      Board of Education Report No. 194 – 04/05   ADOPTED

Facilities Services Division

(Designation of the Site Located on the South Side of Bromont Avenue and the North Side of 8th Street as the Preferred Site for the Location of the Valley Region Elementary School No. 8)  Approves a preferred site in order to conduct planning and feasibility studies for new construction.

 

33.      Board of Education Report No. 196 – 04/05 PUBLIC HEARING        ADOPTED

      Instructional Services Division

(Textbooks and Instructional Materials Certification Resolution)   Adopts a resolution declaring that for the 2004-05 school year all schools have sufficient textbooks in core instructional subjects after receipt of outstanding orders and outlines some specific deficiencies in other areas.

 

34.      Board of Education Report No. 197 – 04/05   ADOPTED

            Facilities Services Division

(Approval of Revised Measure R (Phase III) Funded Seat Allocations in Order to Define and Create New Construction Projects Which Comply with Provisions of the Settlement Implementation Agreement of Williams v. State of California)  Approves revision of new construction plan specifying the number of classroom seats to be constructed in each Local District to allow for conversion from the shortened education calendar year used in overcrowded areas to 180 day school year.

 

DIRECTS

 

35.      Board of Education Report 198 – 04/05 (Direct)     ADOPTED

            Business Services Division

(Various Purchasing Transactions)  Ratifies regular purchase orders and other transactions for approximately $11.5 million and approves purchase orders for lunch ticket and paper; authorizes and amendment of a work order with Techgnosis and approves a work order with Sabia Enterprises for project management to develop data systems for $289,120; and request authorization to award a purchase order with a yet to be determined provider for an enterprise wide license for document management software for an estimated $1.5 million.

 

36.      Board of Education Report No. 200 – 04/05 (Direct)  ADOPTED

            Pupil Services

(Student Reinstatements)  Approves reinstatement of 2 previously expelled students.

 

37.      Board of Education Report No. 201 – 04/05 (Direct)   ADOPTED AS AMENDED

            Pupil Services      

(Student Expulsions) )  Approves expulsion and appropriate placement of 10 students and the suspension of enforcement for 3 of the students, revokes the suspended enforcement of one student and conditionally enrolls a student expelled from an out of state school district.

 

38.      Board of Education Report No. 202 – 04/05 (Direct)   ADOPTED WITH SUBSTITUTE

            Office of the Chief Financial Officer                              RECOMMENDATIONS

(First Interim Financial Report for the 2004-05 Fiscal Year)  Approves Superintendent’s recommendation that the District file a “qualified” certification stating that the District is able to meet financial obligations for the current year but may not be able to meet obligations for the two subsequent years.

 

39.      Board of Education Report No. 203 – 04/05 (Direct)     ADOPTED

            Division of Risk Management and Insurance Services

(Liability Insurance) Ratifies employee reimbursement payments for losses of approximately $23,000; payment of claims for approximately $303,000; legal fees and allocated claims expenses totaling $247,000; and workers’ compensation claims in the amount of approximately $9.3 million.

 

40.      Board of Education Report No. 217 – 04/05 (Direct)   ADOPTED

            Human Resources

(Approval of Routine Personnel Actions) Approves 11,809 routine personnel actions such as promotions, transfers, leaves, terminations etc.

 

41.      Board of Education Report No. 218 – 04/05 (Direct)    ADOPTED

            Human Resources

(Special Education Waivers)  Authorizes the application for waiver of credential requirements for specific special education teachers

 

42.      Board of Education Report No. 219 – 04/05 (Direct)   ADOPTED

            Human Resources

(Approval of Non-Routine Personnel Actions)  Approves hiring of 10 individuals and the dismissal of 5 classified employees.

 

Board Members Motions

 

ACTION

 

43.      Mr. Lansing, Mr. Tokofsky, Ms. LaMotte - Structural Budget Deficit Action Plan (Noticed

            September 28, 2004) DISCUSSED IN BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE

POSTPONED TO 1/11/05

 

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.

 

44.      Ms. LaMotte, Mr. Tokofsky - Adherence to the Promotional Examination Process (Noticed

            September 28, 2004)     DISCUSSED AT HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

            POSTPONED TO 1/11/05

 

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.

 

45.      Ms. LaMotte, Mr. Tokofsky - Promotion and Transfer of Principals and Teachers (Noticed

            September 28, 2004)     DISCUSSED AT HUMAN RESOURCES COMMITTEE

            POSTPONED TO 1/11/05

 

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.

 

46.      Mr. Lauritzen, Mr. Tokofsky - Deferred District PHBAO Schools (Noticed October 26, 2004)

            DISCUSSED AT BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE     ADOPTED

 

Whereas, Funding for Targeted Instructional Improvement Grant (TIIG) is the court-ordered desegregation and voluntary integration program funding to reduce the harm of racial isolation;

 

Whereas, Calahan Elementary School, Lorne Elementary School, Mayall Elementary School, Plainview Elementary School, Holmes Middle School, and Lawrence Middle School have qualified as PHBAO schools, but received no PHBAO resources; and

 

         Whereas, New schools opening this year are receiving PHBAO resources; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles directs the Superintendent to fund the six schools that have qualified as PHBAO schools, and provide all TIIG resources that are allocated for PHBAO schools for fiscal year 2004-2005.

 

47.      Mr. Tokofsky – Class Size Reduction (Noticed November 11, 2004)  ASSIGNED TO

            CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION COMMITTEE – POSTPONED TO 1/11/05

 

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.

 

48.      Mr. Tokofsky, Ms. Korenstein – Motion to Welcome Global Green USA as an Advisor on the

            District’s Collaborative for High Performance Schools Policy   WITHDRAWN 

 

Whereas, The goals of the Collaborative for High Performance Schools (CHPS) are to reduce energy and water consumption, and provide better indoor and outdoor environments in order to increase student attendance and performance, promote teacher and staff retention, and lower operating costs;

 

Whereas, The Los Angeles Unified School District has, via two Board resolutions (High Performance School Construction Sustainability (2/13/01) and the Design and Construction of High Performance Schools (10/28/03), adopted the goals of CHPS for all new construction and modernization projects, including requiring that all new school facilities achieve a minimum of 28 CHPS points with a goal of 32 points;

 

   Whereas, An integrated and collaborative design process is essential to achieving these goals;

 

Whereas, Global Green USA, the U.S. Affiliate of Mikhail Gorbachev’s Green Cross International, is a recognized national leader on high performance buildings and is experienced in facilitating the collaborative design process;

 

Whereas, Global Green USA has secured a three-year grant from the Annenberg Foundation to promote High Performance schools in Southern California and through this grant has offered to provide the district with free services to assist in the implementation of the district’s Collaborative for High Performance Schools policy;

 

Whereas, The Board and the School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee would benefit from the expertise and assistance offered by Global Green, particularly in the area of evaluating and monitoring progress in achieving the CHPS policy; and

 

Whereas, Global Green also offers to further promote an integrated design process at the District by providing regular training to District staff, particularly design team managers as well as to the District’s outside contractors on the topic; now, therefore, be it

 

Resolved, That the Los Angeles Unified School District welcomes Global Green USA as an independent advisor to our efforts surrounding the Collaborative for High Performance Schools policy and as such must have timely access to our CHPS Scorecards, plans, specifications and drawings for new schools, and any other relevant material; and be it

 

Resolved further, That Global Green staff report directly to the Board of Education of the City of Los Angeles on an ongoing basis, and that they provide a written, independent evaluation of the District’s adherence to the goals established by the Collaborative for High Performance Schools and that such evaluation be included in the Facility Services Division’s quarterly report to the School Construction Bond Citizens’ Oversight Committee. °

 

Correspondence and Petitions

 

49.      Report of Correspondence   PUBLIC HEARING     APPROVED

 

Approval of Minutes     APPROVED

 

50.      11:00 a.m., Special Meeting, November 19, 2004

            10:30 a.m., Closed Session, December 2, 2004

 

Announcements

 

December 9, 2004, Curriculum and Instruction Committee rescheduled to December 21 at 10 a.m.

 

January 6, 2005, Human Resources Committee rescheduled to January 20 at 10 a.m.

 

Public Comment  

 

Adjournment

 

Please Note That The Board Of Education May Consider At This Meeting Any Item Referred from a Board Meeting Five Calendar          Days Prior To This Meeting.  (Education Code 54954.3(b)(3))

 

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