Tuesday March 13th Fillmore’s Sierra High School’s Street Law class visited the Ventura County Government Center. During their visit students were able to visit multiple courtrooms as well as conduct a few mock trials. Photos courtesy Kim McMullen.
Tuesday March 13th Fillmore’s Sierra High School’s Street Law class visited the Ventura County Government Center. During their visit students were able to visit multiple courtrooms as well as conduct a few mock trials. Photos courtesy Kim McMullen.
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Written by William Chavez

Sierra High School’s Street Law class attended a field trip to the Ventura County Government Center on March 13, 2018. During their visit the class was able to enter several courtrooms and observe several matters. One case involved an attempted murder trial. The prosecutor was taking direct examination of a forensic ballistics expert. Another case involved a breach of contract issue between a bank and an individual. In that matter the parties were settling the case before the judge.

Thereafter, the class conducted a mock trial in Courtroom 22. Students role-played the prosecuting attorney, defense counsel, judge, defendant, bailiff, witnesses, and the jury. Prior to the mock trial, the Honorable Frederick Bysshe visited with the students and discussed his career in the justice system and responded to questions from the students.

“Street Law” is a curriculum from Georgetown University’s Law Center. In this class, students explore a wide range of legal principles necessary for adult life in the United States, and to understand their practical application. Our students have studied Criminal Law and Procedure, Torts, Contracts and Constitutional Law. The field trip to the Government Center and Courts was a great opportunity for our students to see the practical side on how the court system functions and speak with individuals who work within the system. Counselor Kimberly McMullen and teacher William Chavez accompanied the class.

 


 
Last week Fillmore High School held College and Career Day for 11th and 12th grade students. The students had the opportunity to speaks with colleges, technical jobs, military, small businesses, etc. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
Last week Fillmore High School held College and Career Day for 11th and 12th grade students. The students had the opportunity to speaks with colleges, technical jobs, military, small businesses, etc. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Last week at Mountain Vista Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Program celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday. The school along with other school across the US held a dress up days for the entire week, and on Friday, March 9th the Mountain Vista Principal and students dress as their favorite Dr. Suess book character. Pictured right is Mountain Vista principal a Mountain Vista student in Stripes with Harry Potter fanatics and the school librarian smiling for a photo. Picture below is Fillmore Unified School District Superintendent Adrian Palazuelos who read to the some of the students at Mountain Vista to celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday. Photos Courtesy Loriann Boon, Kelly Myers, and Sandra Cano Mountain Vista Elementary School Principal.
Last week at Mountain Vista Elementary School celebrated Read Across America Program celebrated Dr. Suess’ birthday. The school along with other school across the US held a dress up days for the entire week, and on Friday, March 9th the Mountain Vista Principal and students dress as their favorite Dr. Suess book character. Pictured right is Mountain Vista principal a Mountain Vista student in Stripes with Harry Potter fanatics and the school librarian smiling for a photo. Picture below is Fillmore Unified School District Superintendent Adrian Palazuelos who read to the some of the students at Mountain Vista to celebrate Dr. Suess’ Birthday. Photos Courtesy Loriann Boon, Kelly Myers, and Sandra Cano Mountain Vista Elementary School Principal.
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The City of Fillmore is looking for volunteers to help with Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday September 15th from 9am-12pm. The Coastal Clean Up volunteers will meet at Sheills Park & take a short walk over to our Sespe Creek bed to do our part in keeping our waterways clean. For more information/to register 805-524-1500 ext. 713 OR email recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us


 

Applications are now available for the FILLMORE WOMEN'S SERVICE CLUB Educational Scholarships.

Any graduating High School Senior going to a Public or Private School, who RESIDES within the Fillmore Unified School District and is continuing on to a College or University can apply. Applications are available at Fillmore High School in the Career Center at the school, or you can call Susan Banks at 805-524-2020.

DEADLINE IS MONDAY APRIL 9TH., 2018

TRADE AND ARTS SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are now available for the FILLMORE WOMEN'S SERVICE CLUB Trade and Art Scholarships.

Any graduating High School Senior going to a Public or Private School, who RESIDES within the Fillmore Unified School District and is continuing on to a Trade School or a Community College to pursue a career. GRADES are not a factor. Applications are available at Fillmore High School Career Center or you can call Susan Banks at 805-524-2020.

DEADLINE IS MONDAY APRIL 9TH., 2018

DIANA ROJO EDUCATIONAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

REQUIREMENTS: A desire to continue education General Self Esteem, Interests & Activities Scholastic Record and Motivation Toward Goals.

Any graduating High School Senior going to a Public or Private School, who RESIDES within the Fillmore Unified School District and is continuing on to a College or University can apply. Applications are available for Fillmore High School in the Career Center at the school, or you can call Susan Banks at 805-524-2020.

DEADLINE IS MONDAY APRIL 9TH., 2018

FILLMORE ADULT WOMEN'S SCHOLARSHIP

Applications are now available for Adult Women, 25 years or older, planning to return to college or Trade school or are currently attending such a school. Applications are available from Susan Banks, 805-524-2020 The DEADLINE is Monday April 9th, 2018.

This Scholarship is for the educational improvement of women in the work force who reside within the Fillmore Unified School District to better the lives of their families and our community.

WE ARE ON THE WEB AT: WWW.FILLMOREWOMENSSERVICECLUB.COM

 

Are you ready to Trunk-or-Treat?! Calling all groups, clubs and organizations that are interested in partaking in a FREE family-friendly Halloween activity! On September 24th the Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting an informational meeting at City Hall in the Council Chambers from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We invite you to join us on Monday September 24th to answer any questions and accept registration for spots available at our Trunk-or-Treat event.
Registration packets are available for pick up at City Hall on the 2nd floor in the Parks and Recreation Department. Feel free to call 805-524-1500 ext. 713 or recreation@ci.fillmore.ca.us for more information.


 

Family, friends, and the community are invited to attend as the first graduates from Ventura County Library’s Career Online High School receive their diplomas. During the graduation ceremony on Tuesday, March 20, at 7pm, in the Topping Room of the E.P. Foster Library in Ventura, six graduates in cap and gown will share their stories and their plans for the future.

Career Online High School (COHS) is offered by the Ventura County Library’s READ Adult Literacy Program in partnership with Gale, a Cengage company. COHS provides adults the opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate by utilizing the flexibility of the Internet to accommodate busy adult schedules.

Career Online High School is one of several programs offered through the Ventura County Library READ Adult Literacy Program, and is an ongoing program accepting signups throughout the year. To learn more about the READ Adult Literacy programs and ways you can help, call (805) 677-7160.

The EP Foster Library is located at 651 E. Main Street in Ventura, and free parking is available in the parking lot located behind the library. This event is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Nancy Schram, Ventura County Library Director at (805) 256-8535

 


 
Last week students from Fillmore High School visited Occidental College. Field trips like this are to motivate the freshmen and expose them to higher educational opportunities.
Last week students from Fillmore High School visited Occidental College. Field trips like this are to motivate the freshmen and expose them to higher educational opportunities.
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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

NEGOTIATIONS UPDATE
February 27, 2018

The Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) met with representatives from the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 to negotiate. Negotiations were held at the District Office (627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, California) beginning at 9:20 AM.

Present for the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association:
Jennifer Beal Fillmore Middle School
Tammy Ferguson San Cayetano Elementary School
Donna Wojciechowski Heritage Valley Independent Study
Marisa Martinez Fillmore Middle School
Kelley Hess Fillmore Middle School
Kassie Chambers Rio Vista Elementary School
Heather Milam Mountain Vista Elementary School District
Kristin Dewey San Cayetano Elementary School

Present for the Fillmore Unified School District:
Andrea McNeill, Chief Business Officer
Stefan Cvijanovich, Asst. Superintendent, Human Resources and Pupil Support
Todd Schieferle, Director of Human Resources
Dr. Adrian Palazuelos, Superintendent

Articles discussed today were as follows:
 Article 5: Salaries
o FUSD provided FUTA with a counterproposal
o FUTA provided FUSD with a counterproposal
 Article 6: Hours of Employment
o FUSD provided FUTA with a counterproposal
 Article 8: Extra Pay Positions
o FUSD provided FUTA with a counterproposal
o FUTA provided FUSD with a counterproposal
 Article 11: Evaluation Procedures
o FUSD and FUTA agreed to and signed a Memorandum of Understanding on February 7, 2018 to create a joint evaluation committee including a timeline for implementation
 Article 19: Class Size
o FUTA provided information on their decision to remain status quo with Article 19 (except Article 19.1.5)

Today’s negotiations session ended at 3:22 PM. FUSD and FUTA have held three negotiation sessions during the 2017-2018 school year.

Negotiations Sessions
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

The next negotiations session for FUTA and FUSD is Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

 

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Trees have always helped define the CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) campus, which has just been recognized as a 2017 Tree Campus USA university.

“The canopies of trees throughout the campus add to the serenity of our campus,” said Director of Facility Support Raudel Banuelos. “I feel that the trees play a very important part of what attracts students to our campus along with the outstanding curriculum, faculty and staff.”

This is the sixth year CSUCI has won a Tree Campus designation, which means CSUCI meets the five core standards for effective campus forest management: a tree advisory committee; a campus tree-care plan, dedicated annual funding for the campus tree program; an Arbor Day observance and a student service-learning program.

The environmental honor comes from the Arbor Day Foundation program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

“Students are eager to volunteer in their communities and become better stewards of the environment,” said Matt Harris, chief executive of the Arbor Day Foundation. “Participating in Tree Campus USA sets a fine example for other colleges and universities, while helping to create a healthier planet for us all.”

During the 2017 Earth Day celebration on April 21, CSUCI students worked with CSUCI’s grounds crew to plant five new strawberry trees and 10 Western Redbuds in the Central Mall. The students learned how to properly transplant a tree and all trees took root and are growing.

CSUCI tree advisory committee members have a five-year tree maintenance plan for fiscal year 2018/19 to safeguard against tree limb fall hazards in high-traffic areas.

CSUCI continues to practice good stewardship toward the environment by planting native trees such as coast live oak, valley oak, toyon shrubs and western sycamore. In addition, the campus continues to observe water conservation practices and reduces the use of pesticide.

CSUCI is among 344 campuses across the United States that have earned this recognition.

The Arbor Day Foundation has helped campuses throughout the U.S. plant thousands of trees and Tree Campus USA colleges and universities have invested more than $48 million in campus forest management last year. More information on the program is available at: https://www.arborday.org/programs/treecampususa/.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CSUCI) is the only four-year, public university in Ventura County and is known for its interdisciplinary, multicultural and international perspectives, and its emphasis on experiential and service learning. CSUCI’s strong academic programs focus on business, sciences, liberal studies, teaching credentials, and innovative master’s degrees. Students benefit from individual attention, up-to-date technology, and classroom instruction augmented by outstanding faculty research. CSUCI has been designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is committed to serving students of all backgrounds from the region and beyond. Connect with and learn more by visiting CSUCI’s Social Media.

 


 
On Saturday, February 17th the Fillmore High robotics team “Flash Drive” competed against Valencia High School.
On Saturday, February 17th the Fillmore High robotics team “Flash Drive” competed against Valencia High School.
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Jose Alamillo – Stanislaus State
Melissa Assphor – Cal State Channel Islands
Lindsey Brown – Northern Arizona, Boise State, Washington State,
University of Weber
Elizabeth Castandeda – University of Colorado Denver, Arizona State
University
Kasey Crawford – Dixie State
Alexia Rangel – Cal Lutheran University
Allison Recancoj – Vanguard University
Jairo Rios – Saint Mary’s College
Michael Sanchez – Humboldt State
Cali Wyand – Montana State University, University of Montana, Fairleigh Dickinson
Adrian Escobar – Cal State Channel Islands
Maria Fernandez – Cal State San Bernardino, Cal State Channel Islands
Veronica Garcia – Western Washington University, Washington State, Cal State Channel Islands
Marian Gonzalez Padilla – Northern Arizona University, Hawaii Pacific University, University of Providence, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Concordia University
Sydnee Isom – Northwestern College
Efrain Perez – Cal Lutheran University
Maria Padilla – Mount Saint Mary’s University
Rosalina Ortega – Cal State Channel Islands
Ian Morris – San Diego State, Humboldt State, University of Oregon
Ashley Montano – Cal State Channel Islands

 
Last week Mountain Vista Elementary held their Annual Spelling Bee. It is one of the most competitive spelling bees held at Mountain Vista. This year’s winner was Adrian Fuentes (left) and runner- up Aurora Arellano. The spelling bee went for 18 rounds with Adrian spelling “parenthetical” as his winning word. Good luck Adrian who will move onto the next round which will be held at Cal State University Channel Islands. Photo Courtesy Kelly Myers of Mountain Vista Elementary School.
Last week Mountain Vista Elementary held their Annual Spelling Bee. It is one of the most competitive spelling bees held at Mountain Vista. This year’s winner was Adrian Fuentes (left) and runner- up Aurora Arellano. The spelling bee went for 18 rounds with Adrian spelling “parenthetical” as his winning word. Good luck Adrian who will move onto the next round which will be held at Cal State University Channel Islands. Photo Courtesy Kelly Myers of Mountain Vista Elementary School.
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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

The Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) met with representatives from the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 to negotiate. Negotiations were held at the District Office (627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, California) beginning at 9:50 AM.

Present for the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association:
Jennifer Beal Fillmore Middle School
Mary Jordan CTA Regional UniServ Staff
Tammy Ferguson San Cayetano Elementary School
Donna Wojciechowski Heritage Valley Independent Study
Marisa Martinez Fillmore Middle School
Kelley Hess Fillmore Middle School
Kassie Chambers Rio Vista Elementary School
Heather Milam Mountain Vista Elementary School District
Kristin Dewey San Cayetano Elementary School

Present for the Fillmore Unified School District:
Andrea McNeill, Chief Business Officer
Stefan Cvijanovich, Asst. Superintendent, Human Resources and Pupil Support
Todd Schieferle, Director of Human Resources
Dr. Adrian Palazuelos, Superintendent

Articles discussed today were as follows:
Article 5: Salaries
o FUSD provided FUTA with proposals
o FUTA provided FUSD with a counterproposal
Article 6: Hours of Employment
o FUSD provided FUTA with a counterproposal
o FUTA provided FUSD with a counterproposal
Article 8: Extra Pay Positions
o FUSD provided FUTA with a counterproposal
o FUTA provided FUSD with a counterproposal
Article 11: Evaluation Procedures
o FUSD and FUTA agreed to and signed a Memorandum of Understanding to
create a joint evaluation committee including a timeline for implementation
Article 19: Class Size
o FUTA remaining status quo with the exception of Article 19.1.5
Article 17: Leaves
o FUTA expressed an interest to sunshine Article 17

Today’s negotiations session ended at 3:07 PM. FUSD and FUTA have held two negotiation
sessions during the 2017-2018 school year.

Negotiations Sessions
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

The next negotiations session for FUTA and FUSD is Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

 
About four years ago the FHS Band rented a U-Haul to transport the band’s equipment and instruments to each competition. After years of hard work and fundraising they were able to purchase their own trailer. This past Thursday the Band revealed the FHS decals and the new trailer.
About four years ago the FHS Band rented a U-Haul to transport the band’s equipment and instruments to each competition. After years of hard work and fundraising they were able to purchase their own trailer. This past Thursday the Band revealed the FHS decals and the new trailer.
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La Reina, Oxnard and Westlake High Schools Invited to Compete

Three additional local high schools will join the winner of the Ventura County Academic Decathlon in the statewide competition to be held in March in Sacramento. Calabasas High School was guaranteed a spot in the state competition after winning at the county level. And now, La Reina, Oxnard and Westlake High Schools have been invited to participate as “at-large” competitors. At-large teams are selected to fill open spots in the state contest based on how well they scored in their county competitions.

“Having four high schools represent Ventura County in the California Academic Decathlon is a great honor,” said Ventura County Superintendent of Schools Stan Mantooth. “It’s a testament to the hard work and countless hours of preparation students and coaches dedicate to the competition.”

The California Academic Decathlon will be held on March 23 and 24 in Sacramento. The winner of the state competition heads to the United States Academic Decathlon. Ventura County teams have made it to the nationals six times, placing second in 2000 and 2002, and taking first place in 1999, 2003, 2008 and 2009. A list of past winners is available here.
More About the Academic Decathlon

The Ventura County Academic Decathlon, coordinated by the Ventura County Office of Education, is an opportunity for local high school students to compete against like teams of students countywide. Students compete in ten academic events: essay writing, speech, interview, art, economics, language and literature, mathematics, music, science and social science. This year’s competition was held on January 27 and February 3.

High schools fielding teams this year were: Adolfo Camarillo High School, Buena High School, Calabasas High School, Channel Islands High School, Fillmore High School, Hueneme High School, La Reina High School, Moorpark High School, Newbury Park High School, Oak Park High School, Oxnard High School, Pacifica High School, Rancho Campana High School, Rio Mesa High School, Royal High School, Santa Susana High School, Simi Valley High School, Thousand Oaks High School, Ventura High School and Westlake High School.

A unique aspect of the competition is that it’s designed to include students from all academic backgrounds. A team consists of nine full-time students from the 9th through 12th grades at the same high school. Each team is comprised of three students whose grade point average falls into the “A” category, three students in the “B” category and three students in the “C” category. More information about the Ventura County Academic Decathlon is available here.

About the Ventura County Office of Education
The Ventura County Office of Education provides a broad array of fiscal, training and technology support services to local school districts, helping to maintain and improve lifelong educational opportunities for children, educators and community members. VCOE also operates schools that serve students with severe disabilities and behavioral issues, provides career education courses, and coordinates countywide academic competitions including Mock Trial and the Ventura County Science Fair. Learn more at: www.vcoe.org.

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

Comprehensive School Safety Plan
Information presented by Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Pupil Support, Stefan Cvijanovich

Approve Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA)
Board approved the Single Plans for Student Achievement for all district schools.

Notice of Completion for Roof Restoration
The Board approved a Notice of Completion for roof restoration projects completed by Midstate Sheet Metal, Inc.

Extension of Contract for Dr. Adrian Palazuelos
The Board announced the recent positive evaluation of the Superintendent and unanimously approved a contract extension for Dr. Adrian Palazuelos to continue as Fillmore USD Superintendent through June 30, 2021.

Personnel Recommendations
The Board approved all personnel recommendations including new hires, promotions, resignations, and leaves.

 
Last week Fillmore High School hosted an Anti-Bullying assembly in the gym for each grade level, where they learned about how they can help stop bullying and what they can do if they see it happening. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
Last week Fillmore High School hosted an Anti-Bullying assembly in the gym for each grade level, where they learned about how they can help stop bullying and what they can do if they see it happening. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Last week during lunch at Fillmore High School the US Marine Corps set up a Pull Up Challenge for the students to compete as well as learn about the Marines. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
Last week during lunch at Fillmore High School the US Marine Corps set up a Pull Up Challenge for the students to compete as well as learn about the Marines. Photo courtesy Katrionna Furness.
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Pictured above are San Cayetano Elementary 3rd - 5th grade students who participated in the this year’s school Spelling Bee which took place Monday, January 29th. 3rd grade students: Saul Fraga-Sandoval, Kamila Maldonado, Paul Pacheco, Ricardo Quilo, Sienna Altamirano, Luis Navarro. 4th grade students: Giovanni Alcala, Jose Alcarez, Emma Victor, Jesse Cavazos,  Jirhet Cruz, Jonas Ramirez. 5th grade students: Nadia Palazuelos, Diana Santa Rosa, Presley McLain, Nolan McKeen.
Pictured above are San Cayetano Elementary 3rd - 5th grade students who participated in the this year’s school Spelling Bee which took place Monday, January 29th. 3rd grade students: Saul Fraga-Sandoval, Kamila Maldonado, Paul Pacheco, Ricardo Quilo, Sienna Altamirano, Luis Navarro. 4th grade students: Giovanni Alcala, Jose Alcarez, Emma Victor, Jesse Cavazos, Jirhet Cruz, Jonas Ramirez. 5th grade students: Nadia Palazuelos, Diana Santa Rosa, Presley McLain, Nolan McKeen.
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(l-r) are 2nd place runner up Presley McLain and 1st place winner Nadia Palazuelos, who will compete at the Ventura County Spelling Bee Final in March.
(l-r) are 2nd place runner up Presley McLain and 1st place winner Nadia Palazuelos, who will compete at the Ventura County Spelling Bee Final in March.
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Congratulations to all San Cayetano 3rd -5th grade students who were eligible to participate in the school Spelling Bee, which was held Monday, January 29th. After several elimination rounds the final contestant standing to represent San Cayetano is 5th grade 1st place was winner Nadia Palazuelos. Our 2nd place runner up was Presley McLain. Nadia will move on to the next round to compete at the County level. The Ventura County Spelling Bee final will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on March 3, 2018, at California State University Channel Islands. The county champion will fly to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Spelling Bee.

Submitted by Tricia Gradias, Principal, San Cayetano School.

 
On Tuesday, January 30th Fillmore High School parents graduated from Fillmore High School’s 1st Aid for Mental Health Program, completing their 3rd and final class. They learned about mental illnesses and how to recognize them, and resources available to help.
On Tuesday, January 30th Fillmore High School parents graduated from Fillmore High School’s 1st Aid for Mental Health Program, completing their 3rd and final class. They learned about mental illnesses and how to recognize them, and resources available to help.
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The Fillmore Unified School District (FUSD) met with representatives from the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 to negotiate. Negotiations were held at the District Office (627 Sespe Avenue, Fillmore, California) beginning at 9:00 AM.

Present for the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association:
Jennifer Beal - Fillmore Middle School
Tammy Ferguson - San Cayetano Elementary School
Donna Wojciechowski - Heritage Valley Independent Study
Marisa Martinez - Fillmore Middle School
Kelley Hess - Fillmore Middle School
Kassie Chambers - Rio Vista Elementary School
Heather Milam Mountain - Vista Elementary School District
Kristin Dewey - San Cayetano Elementary School

Present for the Fillmore Unified School District:
Andrea McNeill, Chief Business Officer
Stefan Cvijanovich, Asst. Superintendent, Human Resources and Pupil Support
Todd Schieferle, Director of Human Resources
Dr. Adrian Palazuelos, Superintendent

Articles discussed today were as follows:
•Article 5: Salaries
Tabled to February 7, 2018
•Article 6: Hours of Employment
FUTA provided FUSD with a proposal
•Article 8: Extra Pay Positions
FUTA provided FUSD with a proposal
•Article 11: Evaluation Procedures
FUSD provided a draft Memorandum of Understanding to create a joint evaluation committee
•Article 19: Class Size
FUSD provided FUTA with a proposal
Today’s negotiations session ended at 1:25 PM

The next negotiations session for FUTA and FUSD is Wednesday, February 7, 2018