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Board Meeting Highlights

The following is a selective narrative of issues discussed and business transacted at recent board meetings. For detailed meeting minutes or to view the recorded meeting, please go to our BoardDocs website and select the meeting of your choice.

 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Student Board Member Announcements:
    • Leia Woods reported on activities and events taking place at MBMS.
    • Emma Clarke and Joe Staszkow spoke about activities and events available to Mira Costa students.
  • Dr. Matthews introduced Daniel Pestle who will be the new Vice Principal at Mira Costa High School. The Board approved his appointment unanimously.
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda.
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • SoCalROC Board Meeting
    • Reminder to vote in the General Election
    • The Board committee on Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion is accepting applications for membership. Anyone interested should apply by October 30.
    • MBX Advisory Meeting
  • Public Disclosure ("Sunshining") of the Initial Contract Proposal from the Board of Trustees of MBUSD to the California School Employees Association (CSEA) Chapter 126. The District is planning to open Article 2: Hours and Overtime, Article 4: Grievance Procedure, Article 5: Transfers, and Article 11: Vacation and Holiday. CSEA's initial proposals were sunshined on September 9. There will be a public hearing on both sets of proposals at a future Board meeting.

Action Items

  • Measure C - MBMS Music Program Facility Expansion. Kevin Fleming from DLR went over this presentation. The Board approved moving forward with Option B, with direction to provide a list of ripcord options in the event of unforeseen costs.
  • Board approved an agreement for special services with Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost, LLP.

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD Schools in 2020-21. Dr. Matthews shared this presentation. Elementary school principals Dr. Gerger, Ms. Steinberg, and Ms. Krzmarzick shared information about the high needs hybrid reopenings at their respective schools. In response to a parent survey sent out by Dr. Matthews this week, between 75% and 80% of parents would send their students to school in person for hybrid instruction if MBUSD opened tomorrow (based on 4,731 responses). Details of the survey can be found in the presentation. Current responses to the HR survey indicates a similar response from staff, with 75% of staff who have responded indicating that they are able to return to work in person (though only 44% of certificated staff have responded to date).
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the October 7, 2020 Board Meeting.
  • Board adopted revisions to Board Policy 6115 Ceremonies and Observances and reviewed Administrative Regulation 6115 Ceremonies and Observances.
  • Board adopted revisions to Board Policy 6020 Parent Involvement and reviewed Administrative Regulation 6020 Parent Involvement.

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • SoCalROC Board Meeting

Action Items

  • Board approved the implementation of the High Needs Hybrid plan as presented by staff.
    • Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo shared that we will begin with between 35 and 40 students next week.
    • Teams are looking at the needs of each student to determine which students should participate as the number of cohorts grows.
    • Assessments will begin next week at all grades levels. There are a variety of types of assessments that students may need, including psychoeducational, academic, occupational therapy, etc.
  • Ms. Cochran opened a public hearing regarding the sufficiency of instructional materials. There was no public comment submitted regarding this, so the hearing was closed. Board approved Resolution 2020-36, Resolution Regarding Sufficiency of Instructional Materials, and Resolution 2020-37, Certification of Provision of Standards-Aligned Instructional Materials.
  • Board approved the formation of a board committee on Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion. Ms. Cochran appointed herself and Jen Fenton to sit on this committee until new board committee assignments are assigned in December.
  • Board ratified Purchase Order M21-104 with Southwest School & Office Supply for 3,000 desk shields.
  • Board approved Amendment No. 6 to the Lease-Leaseback Agreement with Balfour Beatty for Measure EE.
  • Board approved additive change order to Agreement with Balfour Beatty for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex.
  • Board ratified District Master Contract for 2020/21 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic Agency (NPA) Services with Star of California dba ERA Ed.

Discussion Items

  • TK-2 Waiver Process. Dr. Matthews shared this presentation on the current status of the TK-2 waiver process.
    • Board discussed various cohort models in the event MBUSD is granted the waiver.
    • Dr. Matthews discussed the parameters of the waiver and noted schools with a higher percentage of students eligible for the Free and Reduced Meal Program are given priority.
    • MBUSD is collecting all of the required elements of the waiver and is meeting with unions next week to discuss.
    • The Board stressed the need to keep the community updated on the status of MBUSD's applications.
  • MBUSD Schools in 2020-21. Dr. Matthews updated the Board on the status of athletic training at Mira Costa. Board also discussed the current role of the college counselors in the College & Career Center.
  • Measure C Update. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard invited Mr. Kevin Fleming of DLR to review this presentation that provided options for music expansion project at MBMS. Board expressed general favor for Option B but asked that DLR confirm that this option is viable prior to the October 21 Board meeting.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the September 23, 2020 Board Meeting.
  • Board adopted the minutes of the September 30, 2020 Board Workshop and Special Meeting.
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 6154 Homework/Makeup Work.
  • Board voted to change the currently scheduled October 21, 2020 Board Workshop to a Regular Meeting.

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - BOARD WORKSHOP AND SPECIAL MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Board Workshop: Equity, Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion
  • Public Comment – Public was provided a Google form link to submit comments and questions. Dr. Whittaker Stopp facilitated the workshop and shared comments received in advance as well as comments and questions submitted live.
  • Dr. Matthews shared this presentation, reminding participants that this conversation began over five years ago when the Clinton family home was firebombed, and reviewing major points in that discussion then and now.
  • Katrina O'Connor, Speech & Language Pathologist at Pacific Elementary, spoke about the work that has been taking place in recent months, including the equity team that has met every two weeks throughout the summer and fall.
  • MBUSD teachers Anna Gralnik (5th grade, Pennekamp) and Diana Sieker (MCHS English) shared how equity, social justice, diversity, and inclusion is being incorporated into curriculum and how it is influencing decisions regarding the selection of core literature in the secondary schools.
  • Ms. Cochran introduced Jenna Ahmed (10th grade), Hannah Gedion (11th grade), and Jasmine Tintut Williams (MCHS '14) who spoke about the curricular work of Diversify our Narrative Club at Mira Costa. Students are working with MCHS teachers to build inclusive resources for the History and English departments.
  • Ronald Clinton, Meera Nagpal, Tooba Wasi, and Tanner Yamada, Mira Costa alumni, who are part of the MBUSD Community Panel for Equity, shared their experiences and their group's recommendations.
  • The Board discussed next steps toward this board goal.

Action Items

  • Board adopted the Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • Measure MB Citizens' Oversight Committee meeting
    • DELAC Committee meeting
    • El Camino College Board of Representatives upcoming election
    • Special Education Advisory Committee meeting
    • Board Workshop re: Equity, Social Justice, Diversity, and Inclusion on September 30, 2020

Action Items

  • Board approved Consolidated Application for 2020-2021.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-35 in support of the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SoCalROC).
  • Board ratified GLAAS Master Contract for the 2020-2021 school year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic Agency and School Services.

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD in 2020-2021. Dr. Matthews shared this presentation on the current status of Phase 1 and plans as the District moves to Phases 2 and 3. The Board expressed the need to re-open schools for students most in need of in-person services.
  • Providing Support for Multi-Tiered Systems of Support and MBMS and Other Schools. Dr. Matthews and Cabinet discussed the Special Education Executive Summary and the theme within that report that addressed the need for MBUSD to support intervention and support for students through MTSS. Dr. Matthews advised that bringing in personnel who understand the needs in this area could support this goal. The Board requested additional information at a future meeting.
  • Public Hearing and Discussion: MBUSD Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. Ms. Cochran opened the public hearing. There was no public comment submitted on the item, so the hearing was closed. The Board and Dr. Matthews agreed that public comments about starting the high-need hybrid should be included in the LCAP. The Board discussed the draft Plan and Dr. Matthews said he will incorporate feedback into the final draft that will be presented for approval on September 30.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the September 9, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board approved the MCHS Visual Arts school connected organization.

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda.
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • SoCalROC update
    • Welcome back to school
    • Upcoming general election
    • District work related to equity, diversity, social justice, and inclusion
  • Public Disclosure ("Sunshining") of the Initial Bargaining Proposal from the CSEA to the MBUSD Board of Trustees - Dr. Webb shared initial proposed contract modifications from CSEA (classified employees union) and indicated that a public hearing will take place at a subsequent Board meeting.

Action Items

  • Board adopted Goals for 2020-21.
  • Board approved the 2019-20 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report.
  • Board approved revisions to the 2020-21 MBUSD budget.
  • Board approved modifications to the scope of the Measure EE (MCHS Athletic Complex) project.
  • Board approved Solar Power Agreement with CollectiveSun for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-33 Authorizing Assignments in Accordance with California Education Code.
  • Board renewed the contract of Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD in 2020-2021. Dr. Matthews shared this presentation and updated the Board on work being done throughout the district as schools prepare for Phase 2 with regard to instruction, food and nutrition, students with special needs, and athletics.
  • MBUSD Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan. Dr. Matthews provided an overview of the requirements and process involved in developing this plan, which has to be adopted by our Board of Trustees by September 30, 2020.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the August 26, 2020 Board meeting.
  • The Board Workshop previously scheduled for September 16 was re-scheduled to September 30, 2020.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda.
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • First day of school
    • SoCalROC update
    • Ongoing work regarding equity, diversity
    • Women's Equality Day
    • Gratitude towards school staffs for distance learning efforts

Action Items

  • Board approved Student Services school counseling agreement for 2020-21 with South Bay Children's Health Center.

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD in 2020-2021. Dr. Matthews and cabinet members provided updates on:
    • Operational Safety Protocols
    • Details on distance learning
    • Professional development on effective distance learning strategies
    • Although L.A. County schools may not apply for waivers for elementary schools to open at this time, staff will discuss the conditions under which MBUSD could apply for a waiver, and the elements of such an application
    • EDP and MB Preschool Surveys
    • The first week of school
    • Updates from the State and Los Angeles County
  • Discussion of Board Goals for the 2020-21  School Year. Dr. Matthews shared this draft of goals for 2020-21. The Board discussed the proposed revisions and made suggestions for further revision. The Board plans to finalize the goals at its September 9 meeting.
  • Measure EE Update. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard shared a brief update on the Measure EE status. The Board requested final budget information and cost information for a number of elements to help them be prepared for decisions at the next Board meeting.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the August 12, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board approved 38 School Connected Organizations (see agenda for list).

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 2 pm); Batch 2 (submitted from 2 pm to end of meeting).
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • Encouragement to sear face coverings and wash hands
    • Gratitude for ongoing discussions in community regarding social justice and equity issues as they pertain to MBUSD
    • Student Board members Emma Clarke and Joe Staszkow reported on important upcoming dates relative to the Mira Costa school year

Action Items

  • Dr. Matthews shared this presentation, after which the Board voted to re-open MBUSD's Extended Day Program (EDP) for age 3 through grade 5, contingent upon approval by LA County.
  • Board approved Air Tutors contract for services agreement for Mira Costa High School and Manhattan Beach Middle School students.
  • Board ratified Purchase Order T21-2021 for 300 Chromebook laptops from DHE Computer Systems under NCPA.

Discussion Items

  • Re-opening MBUSD Schools. Dr. Matthews and his cabinet shared this presentation and led a discussion of the various elements of MBUSD's Distance Learning plan as they relate to learning management systems, personnel, safety protocols, special education, and more.
  • Measure EE Update. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard provided an update on the solar/photovoltaic project and the Measure EE budget.
  • Developing Board Goal on Equity, Diversity, Social Justice, and Inclusion. The Board shared this presentation and discussed the desire to include equity, diversity, social justice, and inclusion in the District's goal setting process.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the July 29, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board adopted dates for 2021 Board meetings. Those meeting dates can be seen here.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 2 pm); Batch 2 (submitted from 2 pm to end of meeting).
  • Board member announcements
    • Dr. Matthews welcomed our 2020-21 Student Board Members, Emma Clarke and Joe Staszkow

Action Items

  • Dr. Matthews shared this presentation, after which the Board approved Phases 1-5 as presented.
  • Board approved an agreement with SchoolsPLP for the 2020-21 school year, contingent on a satisfactory review of the system's technology and support components by MBUSD's IT and educational services teams.
  • Board approved the intent to open MB Preschool, contingent on a number of conditions that will need to be met.
  • Board approved a solar energy system over the Main Gym, with no other projects, for approximately $720,000.
  • Board approved additional and extended CA services under the agreement with Gensler Architects for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex project.
  • Ms. Cochran opened a public hearing for which there was no public comment submitted. After closing the hearing, Board approved the agreement for billing of direct assessments with the Los Angeles County Assessor's Office for Measure MB.
  • Board approved Food & Nutrition Services contract and agreements for SY 2020-2021.
  • Board approved the Annual Declaration of Need with the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the July 22, 2020 Board meeting.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 2 pm); Batch 2 (submitted from 2 pm to end of meeting).
  • Board member announcements - Board members reported on the following:
    • Parcel tax survey
    • Equity, inclusion, and social justice discussions in the City of Manhattan Beach and MBUSD
    • CIF plan to have two seasons in the 2020-21 school year
    • Re-opening waivers

Action Items

  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-32 authorizing the issuance of 2020 Series B General Obligation Bonds authorized under Measure C, and publicly reviewed the Preliminary Official Statement and Bond Purchase Contract.
  • After a presentation by DLR, Board approved the direction for Pennekamp plans. MBMS plans will be considered at a future meeting.
  • Board approved Amendment No. 5 to the Lease-Leaseback Agreement with Balfour Beatty for Measure EE.
  • Board approved open purchase orders for Maintenance and Operations.
  • Board approved 2020-21 purchase orders for utility services.
  • Board approved a job description for Distance Learning Teacher on Special Assignment.

Discussion Items

  • Re-opening MBUSD Schools. Dr. Matthews and his cabinet reviewed this presentation and discussed the Governor's Order for distance learning, a phase-in plan from distance learning to hybrid learning to a full return to school and parameters for distance learning. Staff reviewed the results of a parent survey and thte Board gave input as staff prepares for a recommendation on July 29, 2020.
  • Examine Re-opening Options for Preschool, Extended Day Program (EDP), and Supervised Child Care Options. Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo and MBUSD Children's Services Director Kim Johnson led a discussion following this presentation on the potential for an expanded child care program that could support the needs of working families. The Board asked for the re-opening of Preschool to come back to the July 29, 2020 meeting as an action item.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the July 8, 2020 Board meeting.

Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 1 pm); Batch 2 (submitted from 1 pm to end of meeting).
  • Board member announcements - Ms. Cochran announced that she appreciates ideas being presented by the MBUSD equity-based reform team and said that she, Ms. Fenton, and Dr. Matthews have been meeting with this group.

Discussion Items

  • Re-opening MBUSD Schools. Dr. Matthews shared that the goal is to bring options being discussed by the Steering Committee to the Board on July 22 with the goal of having the Board approve a final re-opening plan on July 29. He noted that we have been waiting for an Order from the L.A. County Department of Public Health, but it has not been issued. In the Steering Committee and Subcommittees, over 100 people have been meeting to discuss what various models could look like, focusing first on distance learning. Dr. Matthews noted that everyone wants to re-open our schools, but everyone wants to do so safely for our students and our staff. Board and Cabinet members reported on discussions taking place in the various subcommittees.
  • Continued Discussion of Board Goals for the 2020-21 School Year. Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo shared a presentation on Social Justice Standards. This framework includes anchor standards broken into four domains, each with their own grade level expectations. The domains focus on identity, diversity, justice, and action. The Board discussed the importance of embedding these standards into our Board Goals and into the community.
  • Public Hearing on Inter-Fund Borrowing in 2020-21 State Budget. Ms. Cochran opened a public hearing, as required in conjunction with current Education Code provisions that increase limits to inter-fund borrowing. There was one public comment. Hearing was adjourned and a resolution authorizing temporary inter-fund cash borrowing was subsequently adopted by the Board.

Action Items

  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-31 authorizing temporary inter-fund cash borrowing under Ed Code Section 42603.1.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-30, Intention to Eliminate/Reduce Classified Positions in the event of distance learning.
  • Board approved an amendment to the Superintendent's contract.
  • Board, with thanks, approved Manhattan Beach Education Foundation Grants in 2020-21.
  • Board appointed Mr. Carlos Vigon to the Measure MB Citizens' Oversight Committee for the current term through March 2021.
  • Board approved bus transportation service agreements for the 2020-21 school year.
  • Board approved Student Services special employment agreement for 2020-21 school year with Mark David Levine, M.D., Professional Corp. dba Community Psychiatry.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the June 29, 2020 Board meeting.

Monday, June 29, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 9 am); Batch 2 (submitted from 9 am to end of meeting).
  • Board members reported on:
    • CSBA Meeting re: Implicit Bias and Institutional Racism
    • CSBA Meeting re: CIF and Athletics Planning
    • Re-opening Subcommittee Meetings
    • CIF Discussion and challenges associated with lack of guidelines
    • Ellen Rosenberg advocating for release of LADPH guidelines
    • Thanked Sarah Bradshaw of CSBA for coordinating meetings with various officials and entities

Discussion Items

  • Re-opening MBUSD Schools. Dr. Matthews shared information from the mbusd.org Reopening our Schools webpage. Information about the Steering Committee and the Elementary and Secondary Subcommittees is linked to that page. He noted that the Order from the LA County Department of Public Health, which was initially planned for release last Monday, June 22, has not yet been released. The District needs this document, along with additional information included in the state's Budget Act, to understand the rules and guidelines for reopening. The District still intends to bring a proposed plan to the Board in late July.
  • The Impact of Reopening Schools on Classified Staffing. Dr. Matthews and Dr. Webb shared that if the District remains in a distance learning model in the fall, there are a number of positions that would not be able to complete their core responsibilities. Because the law requires a 60-day timeline for classified layoffs, the District may need to make recommendations in this area in advance of having clear re-opening guidelines. The Board discussed the Budget Act's requirement that districts not lay off employees who are food services workers, custodial workers, and transportation workers.
  • Begin Discussion of Board Goals for the 2020-21 School Year. The Board began discussions of its goals for 2020-21. The traditional goal planning workshop (typically held in June) will be held in August, once plans for the year become clearer. Dr. Matthews shared that the Board Goals guide the work of the District. He indicated the importance of strengthening the Board's goal relative to inclusion and of focusing on explicitly articulating an anti-racist goal, bias training, LGBTQ equity, and developing a culture where students feel safe reporting concerns and confident.
  • Public Hearing on the 2020-21 MBUSD Annual Budget. Ms. Cochran opened a public hearing on the Annual Budget. There was no public comment submitted regarding the hearing besides the comments submitted regarding the Budget. Ms. Cochran adjourned the hearing.

Action Items

  • After this presentation by Dr. Murakawa-Leopard, Board adopted the 2020-21 Budget.
  • Board adopted the Manhattan Beach USD Written Report to the Community.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-22, Resolution of the Board of Trustees of MBUSD Requesting the Issuance of 2020-2021 Tax and Revenue Anticipation Notes for the District by the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-28 Requesting Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles to establish tax rate for bonds of the MBUSD expected to be sold during FY 2020-21, and authorizing necessary actions in connection therewith.
  • Board ratified purchase order #26453 for the College Board invoice for the MCHS AP Exam costs.
  • Board approved increased purchase order E20-058 for Air Tutors.
  • Board approved the purchase of Renaissance Freckle, Renaissance Star Math, Renaissance Star Reading, and Renaissance-U for the 2020-21 school year.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the June 17, 2020 Board meeting.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 2 pm); Batch 2 (submitted from 2 pm to end of meeting).
  • Board members reported on:
    • Educational funding advocacy/CARES act funding
    • CSBA/DPH discussion
    • Measure MB Citizens' Oversight Committee
    • SoCalROC
    • Re-opening Steering and Subcommittees
    • Success of the MCHS Graduation Ceremony
    • MCHS's new literary magazine, PaperCut
    • South Bay return-to-school plans

Action Items

  • Board approved Resolution 2020-27, Intention to Eliminate/Reduce Classified Positions - Library Resource Specialist.
  • After some discussion, Board approved Resolution 2020-26, Intention to Eliminate/Reduce Classified Positions - Instructional Assistant, Music (1.0 FTE).
  • Board approved Resolution 2020-25, Intention to Eliminate/Reduce Classified Positions, MakerSpace Program Technician.
  • After some discussion, Board approved the following with regard to the Mira Costa Athletic Complex: a revised sewer connection, the installation of photovoltaics (solar) on the roof, and the installation of an LCD panel in the main gym.
  • Board approved the selection of TBWBH and FM3 to provide strategic planning services.
  • Board approved the MBMS Kitchen Floor Replacement project.
  • Board approved the purchase of 500 Lenovo Chromebooks to support for the MBMS 2020-21 incoming 6th grade class.
  • Board approved Emergency Resolution 2020-24 for the repair of the flood damaged Mira Costa High School auditorium.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-23 to Authorize Temporary Inter-Fund Cash Borrowing.
  • Board approved Student Services Special Agreement for 2020-21 School Year with Debra Burianek, LMFT.
  • Board approved Student Services Special Agreement for 2020-21 School Year with Wendy Cheng, MS, BCBA.
  • Board approved Student Services Special Agreement for 2020-21 School Year with Nelefar Aminzadeh, Med, BCBA.
  • Board approved Student Services Special Agreement for 2020-21 School Year with Firefly Behavioral Health, Inc.
  • Board approved Student Services Special Agreement for 2020-21 School Year with Alyne Kassardjian, M.S., BCBA.

Discussion Items

  • Developing the 2020-21 MBUSD Annual Budget. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard reviewed this presentation which addressed the uncertainties related to the 2020-21 budget. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard reported that the Legislature has approved a budget act but is continuing to negotiate with the Governor. There is currently quite a distance between the Legislature's proposal and the Governor's. She noted that MBUSD will need to plan for the worst and hope for the best. This could mean (1) making reductions based on the possibility of ongoing distance learning, and (2) making reductions based on the Governor's budget -- and then hoping that we can rescind those reductions before the start of the school year. In any case, MBUSD will also need to begin planning for reductions for 2021-22 in the not too distant future.
  • Re-opening Schools in 2020-21. Dr. Matthews reviewed this presentation and discussed current and forthcoming guidance. Steering Committee and Subcommittee members were announced, and Dr. Matthews reported that it is anticipated that LA Department of Public Health may release its re-opening order as soon as Monday, June 22.
  • MBUSD Written Report to the Community. Dr. Matthews explained that in lieu of an LCAP this year, districts must publish a written report to their communities explaining how they are responding to COVID-19. This plan will be brought to the Board for approval at its next meeting.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the June 3, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board adopted the minutes of the June 8, 2020 Elementary Town Hall meeting.
  • Board adopted the minutes of the June 9, 2020 Secondary Town Hall meeting.
  • Added Regular Board Meeting June 29, 2020 at 5:00 pm and Special Board Meeting the morning of June 30, 2020. Canceled Goal Setting Workshop previously scheduled for the morning of June 17, 2020 and the Special Meeting previously scheduled for the morning of June 18, 2020.
 

Wednesday, June 3, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Board and staff recognized MBUSD employees who will retire in 2020. Dr. Webb invited principals to share their thoughts and praises of the retirees. The PowerPoint presentation can be seen here.
  • Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo presented the names of MBUSD employees awarded with Southwest SELPA Community Advisory Committee (CAC) Awards. The PowerPoint presentation can be seen here.
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees, read aloud at the meeting, and posted to the agenda. Batch 1 (submitted prior to 1 pm); Batch 2 (submitted from 1 pm to end of meeting).
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell updated the Board on events taking place at Mira Costa High School, especially as they pertain to the Class of 2020. Ms. Powell thanked Dr. Dale and Dr. Hofreiter for involving students in discussions about graduation hopes and plans. She also spoke to a respectful and inspiring senior class conversation taking place related to Black Lives Matter. The Board and cabinet thanked Mr. Darcy and Ms. Powell for their service to the Board and congratulated them as they move on to college.
  • Board members reported on:
    • Peaceful protest regarding racial injustice at MB Pier on June 2. Ms. Peel spoke of her feeling of outrage at the ongoing killings of unarmed African Americans, and noted that members of the Manhattan Beach community could speak out, advocate, and work against racial injustice
    • Choir Banquet that took place June 2 via Zoom
    • MCHS Bands' virtual concert that will take place on their YouTube channel June 4
    • Discussion with Board members from Marin regarding re-opening challenges
    • The success of MBEF's Manhattan Wine Auction
    • SoCalROC board meeting and report from School Services
    • MCHS BSU students who organized successful protest

Action Items

  • Board appointed Dr. Kristopher Vegas as Director, Special Education. Dr. Vegas thanked the Board and expressed his eagerness to join the MBUSD community.
  • Board approved Final Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) for Meadows and Robinson Elementary Schools.

Discussion Items

  • Update on the 2020-21 Budget. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard discussed the budget proposal released by the California legislature June 3. The state budget needs to be approved by June 15, so the MBUSD board will need to discuss at its June 17 meeting and get Board direction prior to adopting the MBUSD budget at the end of June. Board and staff discussed the possibility of exploring the feasibility of going to the voters of Manhattan Beach for an increase in the parcel tax at the November general election. The Board directed staff to come with recommendations at the June 17 meeting. Board discussed the need to add a special meeting June 24, 2020.
  • Re-opening Schools in 2020-21. Dr. Matthews reviewed results of the surveys recently conducted with teachers, parents, classified staff, and secondary students relative to distance learning and returning to school in the fall. He recommended that MBUSD host two town halls the week of June 8 and appointing two steering committees to work together toward a recommendation.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the May 20, 2020 Board meeting.
 

Friday, May 29, 2020 - SPECIAL MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications

Action Items

  • Board adopted MBUSD Resolution 2020-21: Adoption of Administrative Law Judge's Decision - Certificated Layoff.
 

Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell shared with the Board events taking place at Mira Costa High School, especially as they pertain to the Class of 2020. Ms. Powell also read the MBMS report submitted by Mira Kaldawi.
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees and posted to the agenda.
  • Board members reported on:
    • Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
    • District English Language Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
    • Medical Advisory Board (MAB)
    • Ad Hoc meeting with City of MB
    • MBEF Board Meeting and Wine Auction
    • Teacher Appreciation
    • Advocacy for school funding

Action Items

  • Board adopted MBUSD Resolution 2020-17: California Day of the Teacher.
  • Board adopted MBUSD Resolution 2020-16: Grading During Emergency School Closures. Dr. Matthews shared the results of recent surveys regarding grading policies.
  • Board re-appointed six members of the Measure C and Measure EE Bond Oversight Committees whose terms were set to expire: Mr. John Bushman, Mr. Tim Flake, Mr. Michael Kiely, Mr. Charles McPeak, Mr. Steve Nicholson, and Mr. Larry Zimbalist.
  • Board appointed Mr. Ray Joseph to the Measure C and Measure EE Citizens' Bond Oversight Committees.
  • Board adopted Resolutions 2020-15 Designation of Applicant's Agent Resolution for Non-State Agencies, and Signature Authority for California State Agencies (Cal-OES 130).
  • Board approved Tangram Purchase Order B20-159 for classroom furnishings for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex.
  • Board approved selection of Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. to provide geological and soils mitigation measures at Grand View Elementary School site.
  • Board approved Solar Energy Option for the Mira Costa HS Athletic Complex.

Discussion Items

  • COVID-19 Impact on MBUSD. Board members, Dr. Matthews, and his cabinet (Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Webb) discussed the impact of COVID-19 on MBUSD. The Board of Trustees agreed to close schools officially for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Matthews' presentation can be seen here.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the April 15, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board deleted MBUSD Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5118 Open Enrollment Act Transfers (made obsolete as it was based on schools' APIs).
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 5116.1 Intradistrict Open Enrollment and reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5116.1.
 

Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Board, Cabinet, and site Principals recognized the Manhattan Beach USD PTA Presidents and their service to our schools.
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell shared with the Board events taking place at Mira Costa High School, including ASB elections and AP testing which begins May 11. They reported that seniors are finding alternate ways to celebrate each other, i.e. @miracostaseniors on Instagram and a Commitment video.
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Comments were shared with the Trustees and posted to the agenda.
  • Board members reported on:
    • Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)
    • District English Language Learners Advisory Committee (DELAC)
    • Medical Advisory Board (MAB)
    • Ad Hoc meeting with City of MB
    • MBEF Board Meeting and Wine Auction
    • Teacher Appreciation
    • Advocacy for school funding

Action Items

  • Board adopted MBUSD Resolution 2020-17: California Day of the Teacher.
  • Board adopted MBUSD Resolution 2020-16: Grading During Emergency School Closures. Dr. Matthews shared the results of recent surveys regarding grading policies.
  • Board re-appointed six members of the Measure C and Measure EE Bond Oversight Committees whose terms were set to expire: Mr. John Bushman, Mr. Tim Flake, Mr. Michael Kiely, Mr. Charles McPeak, Mr. Steve Nicholson, and Mr. Larry Zimbalist.
  • Board appointed Mr. Ray Joseph to the Measure C and Measure EE Citizens' Bond Oversight Committees.
  • Board adopted Resolutions 2020-15 Designation of Applicant's Agent Resolution for Non-State Agencies, and Signature Authority for California State Agencies (Cal-OES 130).
  • Board approved Tangram Purchase Order B20-159 for classroom furnishings for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex.
  • Board approved selection of Cogstone Resource Management, Inc. to provide geological and soils mitigation measures at Grand View Elementary School site.
  • Board approved Solar Energy Option for the Mira Costa HS Athletic Complex.

Discussion Items

  • COVID-19 Impact on MBUSD. Board members, Dr. Matthews, and his cabinet (Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Webb) discussed the impact of COVID-19 on MBUSD. The Board of Trustees agreed to close schools officially for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year. Dr. Matthews' presentation can be seen here.
Board Business
  • Board adopted the minutes of the April 15, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board deleted MBUSD Board Policy and Administrative Regulation 5118 Open Enrollment Act Transfers (made obsolete as it was based on schools' APIs).
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 5116.1 Intradistrict Open Enrollment and reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5116.1.

 

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • Mary Clare Powell read Mira Kaldawi's student update on distancing learning taking place at MBMS.
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell shared with the Board the ways in which students and their teachers are adapting to distance learning in the wake of the COVID-19-induced closure of school campuses.
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. Submissions were posted to the agenda in two batches: Batch 1 (submitted prior to 12:00 pm April 15) and Batch 2 (submitted between Noon and 6:00 pm April 15).
  • Board members reported on:
    • MBX Summer School
    • MBEF Wine Auction
    • MBEF Grants
    • SoCalROC Status
    • PTA/District Advisory Council
    • Manhattan Beach City Council
    • U.S. Census

Action Items

  • Board approved a donation agreement with Robinson Elementary PTA for shade structure installation.

Discussion Items

  • COVID-19 Impact on MBUSD. Board members, Dr. Matthews, and his cabinet (Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Webb) discussed the impact of COVID-19 on MBUSD. Board members and student board representatives agreed to close schools officially through May 15 and indefinitely after that. Board members are seeking stakeholder feedback and will discuss Board Policy 5121 on May 6. Dr. Whittaker Stopp, Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo, and Dr. Murakawa-Leopard provided updates on how their respective departments are managing with the Safer at Home order. Dr. Matthews' presentation can be seen here.
  • MBUSD 2020-2021 Budget. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard reviewed this presentation on the impact of the Safer at Home orders across the state of California and its profound effect on local and state businesses. All experts predict that this effect will result in lower revenues for the state of California, which will impact the amount of revenue that districts across the state receive in the 2020-21 school year and beyond, and possibly in 2019-20 as well. Board members discussed that, given the budget situation, MBUSD is not in a position where it can rescind previously planned reductions.
Board Business
  • Board voted to appoint a board subcommittee to examine the K-12 music program in the Manhattan Beach Unified School District. The committee will be comprised of two board members, five MBUSD music teachers, three music booster presidents (or their designee), one MBUTA representative, two MBUSD administrators, three site administrators, and one MBEF representative.
  • Board adopted the minutes of the March 25, 2020 Board meeting.
  • Board adopted revised MBUSD Board Policy 5131.2 Bullying, and reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5131.2 Bullying.
  • Board reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5125 Student Records.

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING (via Zoom broadcast on MBUSD YouTube Channel)

Announcements/Communications
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell shared with the Board the ways in which students and their teachers are adapting to distance learning in the wake of the COVID-19-induced closure of school campuses.
  • Public Comment – Public comment was collected online. A printout of submissions can be accessed here.
  • Board members reported on:
    • Challenges the COVID-19 virus is creating for our communities.
    • Killian Hines (student) is State of California's Reflections winner for special artists in Literature; his entry now goes to the National level.
    • MBEF Wine Auction, previously scheduled for May 31, will be held online.

Action Items

  • Board adopted Emergency Resolution 2020-14: Resolution Delegating Authority to Take Necessary Action to Protect Students and Staff from the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Board approved additional services under the agreement with Gensler Architects for the Mira Costa Athletic Complex Photovoltaic Feasibility Study and Site Design Work.
  • Board approved Notice of Completion for San Marino Roof Co., Inc. for work under the Summer 2019 Roofing project.

Discussion Items

  • COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Impact on MBUSD Update. Board members, Dr. Matthews, and his cabinet (Deputy Superintendent Dr. Dawnalyn Murakawa-Leopard, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Katherine Whittaker Stopp, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo, and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Webb) discussed the impact of COVID-19 on MBUSD with respect to teachers, students, employees, operations, food and nutrition, maintenance, special education, budget, and professional development. Dr. Matthews' presentation can be seen here and Dr. Stopp's can be seen here.
Board Business
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-20, Funding for Children with Disabilities.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING

Announcements/Communications
  • Student Recognition - PTA Reflections chairperson Lindsey Fox and Board president Jennifer Cochran presented Certificates of Recognition to this year's winners.
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell updated the Board on events and activities taking place at MCHS.
  • Public Comment – The following citizens addressed the Board:
    • Wendy Walsh re: special education teacher Jennifer Maslar
    • William Wippich re: special education teacher Jennifer Maslar
    • Sandesha Singh re: budget reductions affecting elementary programs
    • Angela Jones re: elimination of zero period in 6th grade and effect on students with special needs
    • Shawn Chen re: layoff process
    • Shea LeRosen re: budget reductions affecting elementary programs
  • Board members reported on SoCalROC, MBMS Math Club, Camp Expo, SELPA Awards, MCHS Scholar Quiz, Measure 13, and MB City Council meeting.

Action Items

  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-10, Release of Temporary Certificated Employees.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-9, Non-Reelection of Probationary Certificated Employees.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-8, Reduction/Elimination of Particular Kinds of Services; Notice to Affected Employees.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-11, Establishment of Criteria for Order of Layoff and Reemployment Following Layoff of Certificated Employees with Same First Date of Paid Service in a Probationary Position.
  • Board approved Second Interim Budget Report for 2019-20.
  • Board approved CMAS agreement with Milcon Systems, Inc. for playground resurfacing at Meadows, Pacific, and Pennekamp.
  • Board ratified amendment  to District Master Contract for 2019-20 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic Agency (NPA) Services with Albert Knapp & Associates.

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD Preparations in the Case of an Infectious Disease Outbreak. Dr. Matthews led a discussion regarding the status of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), preparations and preventative practices, measures being taken at our schools to keep surfaces virus-free, and preparation measures being taken in the event that the LA Department of Public Health recommends school closure.
Board Business
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-07, Resolution Ordering Governing Board Member Election.
  • Board elected six representatives to the CSBA Delegate Assembly, Region 24.
  • Board adopted the minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of February 26, 2020.
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 6145.6 International Exchange and reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 6145.6 International Exchange.
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 6179 Supplemental Instruction.

 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING

Announcements/Communications

  • Mira Kaldawi updated the Board on events and activities taking place at MBMS.
  • John Darcy and Mary Clare Powell updated the Board on events and activities taking place at MCHS.
  • Public Comment – The following citizens addressed the Board:
    • Theresa Tower re: budget reductions and elementary P.E.
    • Ezra Holland re: budget reductions and elementary P.E.
    • Peter Somberg re: budget reductions
    • Jennifer Laws re: budget reductions and MBEF endowment
    • Cathey Graves with Kathy Crawford re: budget reductions and counseling
    • Hilary Mahan re: budget reductions and MBEF
    • John Dargan re: Measure C
    • Kelly Ifergan re: budget reductions
    • Andrea Custer re: budget reductions and instrumental music programs
    • Dessa Meyer re: budget reductions and music education
    • Madeline Kaplan re: budget reductions and elementary P.E.
  • Board members reported on legislation advocacy, various committee meetings and school events they attended this month.

Action Items

  • Board voted in favor of making the following reductions to the 2020-2021 MBUSD budget:

Program/Position

Current Staff (FTE)

Approved Reduction

(FTE)

Final Reduction Savings

Eliminate 6th grade Zero Period

 

0.167

$16,596

Class Size Increases in Grades 6-12

 

7.8

$775,125

P.E. (Elementary)

4.2

1.9

$195,433

Library Resources Specialists

5.5

2.8

$148,472

Certificated Librarian (MCHS)

1

1

$125,465

Counseling

6.3

1.5

$136,925

MakerSpace

3.1

3.1

$116,457

Reduce Staffing for enrollment

 

11

$1,093,125

Elementary Arts

1

1

$99,375

Music Assistants

3.7

1.5

$79,005

Reading Specialists

3.8

0.8

$79,500

Science Specialists

4.2

1.7

$164,963

Program Specialist

2.4

0.4

$39,750

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

1

1

$73,200

TOSA: Literacy/Tech/Math

3

3

$298,125

Special Education Coordinator

1

1

$131,443

Elementary Music Teachers

3.5

0.5

$54,346

       
   

40.167

$3,627,304.18

  • Board approved Change Order to Agreement with Balfour Beatty for the Pacific Elementary Modernization project.
  • Board approved Notice of Completion for Balfour Beatty for the Measure C Pacific Elementary School modernization project.
  • Board approved Deductive Change Order to Agreement with Balfour Beatty for the MCHS HVAC Modernization Project.
  • Board approved Notice of Completion for Balfour Beatty for the Measure C Mira Costa High School HVAC modernization project.
  • Board approved the updated Measure C Budget and Preliminary GMP's for Grand View, Meadows, and Robinson Elementary Schools.
  • Board approved three new course proposals at Mira Costa for 2020-21: Painting 2, Drawing 2, and Climate Fiction (Senior English Seminar).
  • Board adopted Comprehensive School Safety Plans for all seven school sites.
  • Board approved the employment of C. Hillbrand as Moderate/Severe Teacher on Provisional Internship Permit.
Board Business
  • Board approved the minutes of the February 5 board meeting.
  • Board reviewed Administrative Regulation 5131, Conduct.
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 5117 and reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5117, Interdistrict Permits, making it possible for students whose grandparent(s) reside in Manhattan Beach to apply for an interdistrict permit.
  • Board reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5141.26, Tuberculosis Testing.

 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING

Announcements/Communications

  • Student Presentation:
    • Mira Costa Muscle (MCHS a capella group composed of seven young men) performed "My Girl" and "Life Coulc be a Dream."
  • Public Comment – The following citizens addressed the Board:
    • Carrie Wetsch re: special education progress
    • John Dargan re: Measure C
    • Monica Wood re: elementary P.E. and budget reductions
    • Kate Rammalo re: zero period at MCHS
    • Heather de Roos re: budget reduction suggestions
    • Nicole Shepley re: budget reductions
    • Shawn Chen re: budget reductions
    • Heather Willman re: budget reductions and the arts
    • John Dargan re: budget reductions and the music programs
    • Jim Conley re: budget reductions and problem solving
  • Board members reported on various committee meetings and school events they attended this month.
  • Mary Clare Powell and John Darcy updated the board on activities taking place at MCHS.

Discussion Items

  • Report Summary by Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) on the Tri-Agency Study Session on Youth Health Issues. Lauren Nakano of Beach Cities Health District shared the Final Report Summary of the Tri-Agency Study Session on Youth Health Issues. The report includes action steps for each agency as well as a recommendation to develop ideas for inter-agency cooperation, including the creation of a policy work group.
  • Follow-up Discussion on 2020-21 Budget. Dr. Matthews led a discussion with board members regarding the 2020-21 budget and options for areas of reduction.
  • Measure C Program Update. Kevin Fleming of DLR presented revised budget figures on Measure C projects throughout the district. Board members requested a more detailed, more itemized, and expanded list of options to be presented at the next Board meeting.
  • Special Education Study Response. Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo shared a presentation of stakeholders' feedback regarding the Executive Summary discussed at the December 4 Board Workshop. She explained that the Special Education Study Update purpose is twofold: (1) Provide information about feedback received from constituent groups; and (2) Discuss next steps in utilizing the Special Education Study.

Action Items

  • Board approved PO T20-1915 for Renewal of Microsoft License Agreement
  • Board approved the Job Description for Director of Special Education.
  • Board approved District Master Contract for 2019/20 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic School (NPS) Services with Anderson Center for Autism.
  • Board ratified Master Contract for 2019/20 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic School (NPS) Services with Utah Youth Village dba Alpine Academy.
Board Business
  • Board voted to re-appoint Bruce Greenberg as MBUSD representative to the Manhattan Beach Parks and Recreation Commission.

 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - REGULAR MEETING

Announcements/Communications

  • Student Recognition:
    • Brian Fan, parent coach for the "Space Panda" team, a group of five 5th and 6th grade students from Pennekamp and MBMS, introduced the students who competed in the recent L.A. Region First LEGO League championship tournament.
    • Two Grand View 5th graders shared information about a fundraising project taking place at their school to raise money for wildlife affected by the Australia wildfires.
  • Mira Kaldawi updated the board on activities taking place at MBMS.
  • Public Comment – Shawn Chen addressed the Board regarding (1) the naming of Fisher Gymnasium (item #C.10); and (2) the adoption of Edgenuity (item #E.10).
  • Board members reported on various committee meetings and school events they attended this month.
  • Mary Clare Powell and John Darcy updated the board on activities taking place at MCHS.

Action Items

  • Board voted to accept the 2018-19 External Audit Report.
  • Board approved purchase order #B20-144 for Wenger Corporation.
  • Board approved the Notice of Completion for Best Contracting Services, Inc. for work under the Summer 2019 Roofing Project.
  • Board approved the Notice of Completion for R & R Roofing & Waterproofing, Inc. for work under the Summer 2019 Roofing Project.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-5 in Support of Proposition 13: Public Preschool, K-12, and College Health and Safety Bond Act of 2020.
  • Board approved the LCAP Federal Addendum.
  • Board approved the revised Naming Agreement with Kinecta Federal Credit Union.
  • Board ratified District Master Contract for 2019/20 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic Agency (NPA) Services with Albert Knapp & Associates.
  • Board approved School Accountability Reports Cards (SARCs) for 2018-2019.
  • Board approved the naming of the 3-court gymnasium within the Mira Costa Athletic Complex: Fisher Gymnasium.

Discussion Items

  • Follow Up Discussion on the Budget Workshop. Dr. Matthews led a discussion regarding feedback and recommendations that arose from the January 15 Budget Workshop.
Board Business
  • Board changed the date of the first March MBUSD Board Meeting from March 11 to March 4.
  • Board revised MBUSD Board Policy 5136, Gangs, and reviewed revised MBUSD administrative regulaion 5136, Gangs.
  • Board adopted revised MBUSD Board Policy 5145.3, Nondiscrimination/Harassment.
  • Board reviewed E 6153 (Field Trip Request Form): Exhibit to Board Policy 6153, School Sponsored Trips.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - REGULAR MEETING

Announcements/Communications

  • Mira Kaldawi updated the board on events and activities taking place at MBMS.
  • Public Comment – The following citizens addressed the board:
    • Diana Skaar, parent, re: Resolution 2020-3 (safe gun storage).
    • Donna Finkelstein, LAUSD high school counselor, re: Resolution 2020-3 (safe gun storage).
    • Carrie Wetsch, parent, re: special education in MBUSD.
  • Mary Clare Powell and John Darcy updated the board on activities taking place at MCHS.
  • Board members reported on various committee meetings and school events they attended this month, and upcoming legislation that affects education.

Action Items

  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-2: A Resolution Calling for an Accurate and Complete Census Count.
  • Board adopted Resolution 2020-3: A Resolution Supporting Safe Gun Storage.
  • Board ratified the Facilities Management Agreement with MBX.
  • Board approved the First Interim Budget Report for FY 2019-20. To see the full report, click here. To see Dr. Murakawa-Leopard's presentation regarding the report, click here.
  • Board approved the 2019-20 School Plans for MBMS and the five MBUSD elementary schools, and approved the Mira Costa High School Single Plan for Student Achievement.

Discussion Items

  • Follow Up on the Special Education Board Workshop. Board and staff discussed opportunities and challenges that arose from the Special Education workshop that took place December 4, 2019, such as the recommendation to hire a Special Education Director, and to analyze staffing needs in Special Education in order to increase efficiency and improve operational processes.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Test Results. Dr. Whittaker Stopp shared a presentation on the 2019 AP results at Mira Costa High School.
Board Business
  • Ms. Komatinsky, Ms. Fenton, Ms. Cochran, Ms. Peel, and Dr. Matthews reported on the CSBA Annual Education Conference that they attended in San Diego December 5-6, 2019.

 

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

Election of Officers of the Board

  • Jennifer Cochran was elected to serve as President of the Board of Trustees from the organizational meeting of December 11, 2019 to the organizational meeting in December, 2020.
  • Jen Fenton was appointed Vice President of the Board of Trustees, to serve from the organizational meeting of December 11, 2019 to the organizational meeting in December, 2020.
  • Sally Peel was elected Clerk of the Board of Trustees for the same term as President and Vice President.

Other Business of the Organizational Meeting

  • Dr. Matthews was appointed as Secretary to the Board of Trustees.
  • Meeting dates for 2020 were approved (click here).
  • Resolution 2020-1, Certification of Signatures, was approved.
  • Sally Peel was appointed to serve as the Board representative to the Los Angeles County School Trustees Association from December 2019 through November 2020.
  • Ms. Peel (as Board Clerk) was elected to serve as the representative to the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization.

 

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • The Board recognized Mira Costa student Mason McEwen, an aspiring photographer whose work was recently displayed at the Art Department's Open House.
  • Dr. Matthews introduced Dr. Suzanne Webb, new Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources.
  • Mira Kaldawi updated the board on events and activities taking place at MBMS.
  • Public Comment – The following citizens addressed the board:
    • Shawn Chen, MCHS teacher and MBUTA president, re: legal fees.
    • Diana Skaar, Pennekamp parent, re: gun violence prevention.
  • Mary Clare Powell and John Darcy updated the board on activities taking place at MCHS.
  • Board members reported on various committee meetings and school events they attended this month.

Action Items

  • The appointment of Dr. Suzanne Webb as Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources was approved.
  • Board approved a Stadium Way Naming Rights Agreement with Kinecta Federal Credit Union.

Discussion Items

Board Business
  • Board reviewed Exhibit E(1) 1330 (Facility Fee Schedule): Exhibit to Board Policy 1330, Use of School Facilities.
 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • Public Comment
    • Shawn Chen, MCHS teacher and MBUTA president, commented on the increase in legal fees.
    • Bruce Greenberg, representative to the MB Parks and Recreation Commission, shared that the Parks Master Plan is being updated and asked the the public take their time to submit their thoughts on the Parks Survey.

Action Items

  • Public hearing and approval of tentative agreements between MBUSD and CSEA and its Chapter 126.
  • Approved Amendment No. 4 to the Lease-Leaseback Agreement with Balfour Beatty for Measure EE.
  • Accepted, with thanks, MCHS Baseball boosters' field improvement donations made to the District.
  • Approved increase of purchase order A20-015 for Keller Anderle LLP.
  • Approved Board Resolution 2019-24 authorizing the use of piggyback agreement for acquisition of fitness equipment under purchase order B20-141 for the MCHS Athletic Complex.
  • Approved Board Resolution 2019-25 establishing the compatibility, uniformity, and standardization for cabling material for MBUSD.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Agreement for 2019/20 school year, with Debra Burianek, LMFT.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2019-20 school year, with Nelefar Aminzadeh, MEd, BCBA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
  • Ratified District Master Contract 2019-20 school year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic School (NPS) Services with Syracuse RTC dba Elevations RTC.

Discussion Items

Board Business

  • Adopted revised Board Policy 1112, Media Relations.
  • Reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 4117.7/4317.7, Employment Status Reports.

Items for Future Board Discussion

  • Field Trip Policies.

 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • Public Comment
    • Diana Sieker, Nicole Wachell, Shawn Chen, and Shannon Vaughan, English teachers at Mira Costa, addressed the Board regarding freshman class sizes.
    • Lindsay Fox, parent, spoke regarding the achievement gap and lack of diversity in MBUSD.
    • Ugene Dozier, parent, spoke regarding concerns about experiences of African American students in MBUSD.

Action Items

  • Public Hearing and Approval of Resolution 2019-22, Resolution Regarding Sufficiency of Instructional Materials, and Resolution 2019-23, Certification of Provision of Standards-Aligned Instructional Materials.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2019/20 School Year, with Amanda Jacopetti, MS, BCBA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2019/20 School Year, with Hillary Taylor, MA, MFT, BCBA.

Discussion Items

  • Physical Fitness Test Results. Dr. Whittaker Stopp shared a presentation on the Physical Fitness Test Results.

Board Business

  • Adopted revised Board Policy 0460 and reviewed Administrative Regulation 0460, Local Control and Accountability Plan.
  • Adopted revised Board Policy 4030 and reviewed Administrative Regulation 4030, Nondiscrimination in Employment.
  • Adopted revised Board Bylaw 9323, Meeting Conduct.
  • Adopted revised Board Bylaw 9323.2 and Board Bylaw Exhibit 9323.2, Actions by the Board.
  • Adopted revised Board Bylaw 9324, Minutes and Recordings.
  • Board Workshop/Town Hall - October 14. Dr. Matthews reported that in lieu of a Board Workshop regarding vaping, the District will participate in the Town Hall panel organized by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi on Monday, October 14 at MBMS.
  • Tri-Agency Study Session on Youth Health Issues - October 30: MBUSD, the City of Manhattan Beach, and BCHD are planning to meet to discuss issues around promoting health citizens and healthy youth and to develop an action plan.
Superintendent/Cabinet Information
  • Dr. Matthews shared that he and Dr. Whittaker Stopp traveled to New Trier High School in Illinois and had an opportunity to work with other consortium districts.

 

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • (this Action item was moved to the top of the agenda) Board approved the appointment of Dr. Irene Gonzalez-Castillo as Assistant Superintendent, Student Services effective October 1, 2019.
  • Matthews welcomed Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo to MBUSD. Dr. Gonzalez-Castillo introduced herself to the Board and introduced members of her family in attendance.
  • Murakawa-Leopard and Pacific Principal Rhonda Steinberg applauded Mr. Ed Jozefecick, Director of Operations, for his heroic acts discovering the source of a fire alarm in the early morning weekend hours two weeks prior. Pacific PTA presidents presented him with a gift of thanks.
  • Student Board Members reported on events and activities occurring at MBMS and MCHS.
  • Public Comment
    • Ali Steward of BCHD informed the Board of the upcoming Walk-to-School Day and the Families Connected Speaker Series.
    • A number of parents and students addressed the Board regarding the Badminton team at Mira Costa.
    • Carrie Wetsch invited families with students of special needs to attend the upcoming SEAC meeting on September 24.

Action Items

  • Approved Notice of Completion for Commercial Roofing Systems, Inc. for the Meadows Elementary Portables Summer 2019 Roofing project.
  • Approved payments to the Division of the State Architect for Plan Review for Grand View Elementary, and Pennekamp Elementary Modernization Projects.
  • Ratified Independent Contractor Agreement for 2019/20 School Year, for the Provision of Transportation Services with Durham School Services, L.P.
  • Ratified GLAAS Master Contract for the 2019/20 School Year for Nonsectarian, Nonpublic Agency and School Services.

Discussion Items

  • California Healthy Kids Survey. Dr. Whittaker Stopp briefed the Board on results of the CHKS administered to 7th, 9th, and 11th grade students in the spring of 2019.

Board Business

  • The Board and staff discussed possible dates and topics for future Board Workshops.
  • Adopted revised MBUSD Board Policy 3100, Budget, and reviewed the corresponding Administrative Regulation revisions.

 

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • Public Comment – John Dargan addressed the Board regarding the 2018-19 budget.

Action Items

  • Following this presentation by Dr. Murakawa-Leopard, Board approved the 2018-19 Unaudited Actuals Financial Report.
  • Approved Resolution 2019-21 Adopting the Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Grand View Elementary Renovation Project and approved the Notice of Determination.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2019/20 school year with Robert Shields, LCSW, PPSC.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2019/20 school year with Alpha Interpreting Agency.
  • Ratified Student Services Special Employment Agreement for 2019/20 school year with Gelbart and Associates.
  • Board approved amendment to Superintendent’s contract establishing Superintendent’s salary, effective July 1, 2019.

Discussion Items

  • California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) Results. Dr. Whittaker Stopp reviewed 2019 MBUSD CAASPP scores as they compared with the previous five years’ scores.

Board Business

  • Adopted revised Board Policy 5132, Dress and Grooming, and reviewed revised Administrative Regulation 5132.
  • Board approved two revised School Connected Organizations.
Items for Future Board Discussion
  • The Board discussed the need for workshops. Topics and dates will be discussed at a future meeting.
 

Wednesday, August 22, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • The Board thanked Ms. Locklear and Dr. Lucas for their dedicated service to MBUSD and wished them well as they move on to L.A. County Office of Education and Lynwood USD, respectively.
  • Public Comment – Several parents spoke regarding 4th grade class sizes at Robinson. The Board was able to address the issue later in the meeting because it was part of the agenda item discussing enrollment in 2019-20.

Action Items

  • Design Development plans for MB Preschool, Grand View Elementary School, and Pennekamp Elementary School were approved.
  • Board approved the final draft of the 2019-20 Board Goals.
  • Approved payments to the Division of the State Architect for Plan Review for the MB Preschool, Robinson, and Meadows modernization projects.
  • Approved DLR architectural and engineering fee adjustment proposals for Measure C projects.
  • Approved agreement with Silver Creek for the procurement of classroom buildings for Grand View and Pennekamp.
  • Approved Food and Nutrition Services Contracts and Agreements 2019-20.
  • Approved purchase of 42 Apple MacBook Pro computers for MCHS staff.
  • A public hearing was held regarding certification of parcel tax rate for 2019-2020 assessment, and Board approved the Agreement for Billing of Direct Assessments with the L.A. County Assessor’s Office for Measure MB.
  • Approved agreement for special services with Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.
  • Approved Notice of Completion for Balfour Beatty for the security fencing project.
  • Approved purchase orders for utility services.
  • Approved revisions to the 2019-20 budget.
  • Approved Student Services school counseling agreement for 2019-20 school year with South Bay Children’s Health Center.
  • Approved Resolution 2019-20 authorizing assignments in accordance with Education Code.
  • Approved purchase of Chromebooks and Google Chrome Management Console licenses for MCHS Algebra 1.
  • Approved Technology Integration and Support Plan Agreement between MBUSD and PlanetBravo, LLC for the 2019-20 school year.

Discussion Items

Board Business
  • Forty-nine (49) School Connected Organizations were approved by the Board.
  • Board adopted revised Board Policy 3510 regarding Green School Operations.
Items for Future Board Discussion
  • Analysis of partial day absences, especially at the secondary level.
 

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • Mark Leyman, Parks and Recreation Director of the City of Manhattan Beach, updated the Board on plans for the new children’s play area at Polliwog Park. To see the artists’ rendering of the proposed play area design, click here.
  • Public Comment – A number of people (students, parents, staff members, alumni) addressed the Board regarding the choral program at MBMS. The Board thanked those who spoke but could not address the issue because it was not on the agenda.

Action Items

  • Design Development plans for MB Preschool, Grand View Elementary School, and Pennekamp Elementary School were presented by DLR. Board asked that DLR return at a future meeting and provide more detail, especially with regard to the project budget. The Board will vote on this at their August meeting.
  • Approved open purchase orders for Maintenance and Operations.
  • Approved Consolidated Application for 2019-2020.
  • Approved Air Tutors Contract for Services Agreement for MCHS students.

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD Board Goals for the 2019-20 School Year. Dr. Matthews shared a draft of new goals for 2019-20 based on discussion at the June 24 Board Workshop. A discussion ensued and staff will present an updated draft for discussion and possible adoption at the August Board Meeting.

Board Business

  • A number of board policy revisions were adopted and updated administrative regulations were reviewed.

Items for Future Board Discussion

  • The next scheduled Board Meeting is August 14, 2019. However, two Board Members will not be available that day. Staff will poll the Board and Cabinet to determine a better alternate date. Any date change will be publicized in advance.

 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Announcements/Communications

  • Ali Steward, Director of Youth Services for Beach Cities Health District, spoke about health awareness, efforts to promote social emotional health, and many other components of the community-wide Partnership for Youth Coalition. MCHS students Ella Scalabrini and Amanda Costley spoke of their involvement with the Youth Advisory Board and plans for the upcoming year. To see the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Action Items

  • Approved MBUSD participation in Beach Cities’ Partnership for Youth Coalition.
  • Approved Envision AGA Algebra 1 8-year license for 8th and 9th grades.
  • Approved purchase of 500 Chromebooks (for implementation in 6th grade 2019-20).

Discussion Items

  • MBUSD Board Goals for the 2019-20 School Year. Dr. Matthews shared last year’s goals and explained that the Board will meet on June 24 to discuss goals for 2019-20. He encouraged public review and input.
  • Public Hearing on the Local Control Accountability Plan. Ms. Cochran opened a public hearing on the LCAP. Dr. Matthews shared information about areas of growth and areas of need. Board members and the members of the public who were in attendance asked questions and provided comments on the data presented. After discussion, Ms. Cochran closed the public hearing.
  • Public Hearing on the 2019-20 MBUSD Annual Budget. Ms. Cochran opened the hearing. Dr. Murakawa-Leopard shared a presentation that indicated a challenging fiscal period in the next few years. Board members and the members of the public who were in attendance provided comments and asked questions regarding projections and facts included in the presentation. After discussion, the public hearing was closed.