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Previous MeetingMarch 16, 2011 05:30 PMNext Meeting
Regular Board Meeting
325 S. Peck Ave., Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


Preliminary Information

5:30 PM Closed Session

6:30 PM Regular Open Session

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, for those requiring special assistance to access the Board meeting room, to access written documents being discussed at the Board meeting, or to otherwise participate at Board meetings, please contact the Board Secretary, Nancy Bogart, at 310-318-7345, ext. 5902, for assistance. Notification at least 48 hours before the meeting will enable the District to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to the Board meeting and to provide any required accommodations, auxiliary aids or services.

Writings related to a Board meeting agenda item that are distributed to at least a majority of Board members less than 72 hours before a noticed meeting, and that are public records not otherwise exempt from disclosure, will be available for inspection at the District office, 325 S. Peck Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Such writings may also be available on the District’s website. (Government Code §54957.5 (b)).


With regard to presentation/action and discussion items, members of the audience may request to speak on any item(s), prior to action by the Board. Speakers will have one (1) minute to address the Board.

(D) Discussion Item
(V) Can Vote
(C) Consent Item
Unfold A.  CALL TO ORDER (5 minutes)   
1. Recess to Closed Session (5:30)     
2. Reconvene Open Session (6:30)     
3. Pledge of Allegiance     
4. Report from Closed Session     
5. Approval of Agenda         (V)  
1. Public Comment     
  The purpose of this section is to permit any person in the audience to make a statement to the Board of Trustees on items on the Agenda.  Persons are limited to three (3) minutes for their communication, unless the Board deems otherwise.  The President will conclude the Public Comment after a reasonable length of time and proceed with the Agenda.  The Board may, at its discretion, permit statements on items not on the Agenda, but pertaining to the school district, if appropriate and not an impediment to the efficiency and orderliness of the meeting; no action shall be taken on any item not appearing on the Agenda.
2. Recognition     
  Amy Howorth will be honored for her service to the Manhattan Beach Unified School District for the past 8 years.  A reception will be held immediately following.
3. Board Member Announcements     
4. Student Board Member Announcements     
  Sierra Bloodgood and Emily Goldenberg, Student Board Members, will discuss student topics at Mira Costa High School, elementary schools, and events and activities in the District.  Dana Sheckter will report on activities at Manhattan Beach Middle School.
1. Projected Enrollment, 2011-2012     
  Enrollment by school for the past 5 years will be presented, along with projected enrollment for 2011-2012 by grade level.
2. Decision-Making Process to Select a Lease, Lease-Back Contractor to be Responsible for the Mira Costa High School Measure BB Construction and Modernization.      (D)  
1. Second Interim Financial Report as of January 31, 2011         (V)  
1. Approve addition of the novel The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton, to the District-approved Core Literature list, as requested by the English Department at Manhattan Beach Middle School      (V)  (C)  

The English Department at Manhattan Beach Middle School requests the approval of The Outsiders, by S.E. Hinton, as part of the core curriculum for eighth grade students.

2. Approve new Advanced Placement Environmental Science course as recommended by Mira Costa High School      (V)  (C)  

Approval is requested for implementation of an Advanced Placement Environmental Science course for grades 10-12 at Mira Costa High School. This year long, elective course, is designed to facilitate students' learning about the environment through firsthand observations gained through opportunities to test concepts and principles, explore specific problems with a depth not easily achieved otherwise, and to gain an awareness of the importance of confounding variables that exist in the "real" world.

3. Approve Mira Costa High School Marine Science overnight field trip to the Channel Islands on board the SSV Tole Mour      (V)  (C)  

Students from the Mira Costa High School Marine Science class along with four MBUSD-employed chaperones (two male and two female) will travel to the Channel Islands aboard the SSV Tole Mour on April 16 - April 20, 2011. The purpose for this travel is for students to experience in-situ identification of organisms and hands-on oceanographic research.

4. Ratify amendment to District Master Contract for 2010/11 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic School (NPS) Services with Personal Coaching Systems.      (V)  (C)  
  Ratification is recommended of the Amendment to the District Master Contract with Personal Coaching Systems.
5. Ratify amendment to Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2010/11 school year, with Rosa Lizarraga.      (V)  (C)  
  Ratification is recommended of the Amendment to the agreement with Rosa Lizarraga.
6. Ratify Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2010/11 school year, with Valerie A. Kelly, Psy.D., MSN, RN.      (V)  (C)  
  Ratification is recommended of Agreement with Valerie A. Kelly, Psy.D., MSN, RN.
7. Approve List of Impacted Elementary Schools      (V)  (C)  
8. Approve California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) Waiver of Test Passage for four (4) Special Education Students      (V)  (C)  
1. Personnel Assignment Orders and Other Personnel Actions      (V)  (C)  
1. Approve the proposal with Ninyo and Moore, for a Hazardous Materials Survey and Assessment of the Maintenance and Operations Yard.      (V)  (C)  
2. Reject claim for damages, from Andrea Tytell, Attorney at Law, on behalf of a minor.      (V)  (C)  
3. Declare as indefinite for 2011-2012, Management, Confidential and other unrepresented employee salaries.      (V)  (C)  
4. Accept Developer Fees report for the month of February 2011.         (V)  (C)  
Unfold I.  BOARD BUSINESS (30 Minutes)   
1. Adopt new Board Policy and review Administrative Regulation 5118, Open Enrollment Act Transfers.         (V)  
2. Review Board Exhibit 6141.5 Advanced Placement/Honors/Accelerated Information     
3. Approve Minutes         (V)  
  Approve minutes of the special board meeting of January 24, 2011; the regular board meeting of February 2, 2011, and the regular board meeting of February 16, 2011.
1. Race to Nowhere     
2. Board Vacancy     
3. MCHS Athletic Fields Master Plan Committee     
K.  PUBLIC COMMENTS (5 minutes)   
Unfold N.  CLOSED SESSION AGENDA-5:30 p.m.   
1. Conference with district labor negotiator Steve Romines regarding CSEA negotiations, per Government Code section 54957.6.     
2. Conference with district labor negotiator Steve Romines regarding MBUTA negotiations, per Government Code section 54957.6.     
3. Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957: Public Employee Performance Evaluation - Superintendent of Schools     
4. CONFERENCE WITH LEGAL COUNSEL--EXISTING LITIGATION (Subdivision (a) of Section 54956.9)     
  California School Boards Association et al. v. Schwarzenegger et al., Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Case No. B228680.


Adopted Goals of the Board of Trustees for 2010-2011

  • Examine our existing academic programs and explore best practices that may have potential for our students
  • Maintain transparent, responsible, focused and collaborative budgetary and financial practices
  • Develop excellent communication practices with our employees and our community
  • Celebrate and enhance the excellence of Mira Costa High School.


Other Info

 Official Attendees

 Goal Scorecard

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