(l-r) Katie Hadley, Jeff Sweeney and Tony Prado
(l-r) Katie Hadley, Jeff Sweeney and Tony Prado
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Wow, as if we didn't have enough local news I received word this morning from several FUSD staff members and parents that this morning (Thursday, May 5, 2011) an email was sent out from Superintendent Jeff Sweeney announcing his retirement effective June 30, 2011. His email included the letter that he delivered to the school board presumably during closed session on Tuesday (May 3) night. Here is the text of his email to staff:
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Hi,

This is not a budget update, although there is some optimism coming from Sacramento. We will know better in two weeks after the May Revise. For now, we will wait and hope…

I wanted to share the following letter that I gave to the Board Tuesday night:

Dear FUSD Board of Education,

I wanted to thank you for the last five years of serving the Fillmore Unified School District. It has been a distinct pleasure working with you, the staff, the students, and the community.

I wanted to let you know that I plan on retiring effective June 30, 2011. I will carry with me lifelong memories of working with all of you.

Respectfully,

Jeff Sweeney

Superintendent

The brief note above does not begin to express the experience I have had working with you. I will share more in a future communiqué. Until then, I wish you enough…

Jeff

I Wish You Enough

I wish you enough sun to keep your attitude bright.

I wish you enough rain to appreciate the sun more.

I wish you enough happiness to keep your spirit alive.

I wish you enough pain so that the smallest joys in life appear much bigger.

I wish you enough gain to satisfy your wanting.

I wish you enough loss to appreciate all that you possess.

I wish you enough “Hello’s” to get you through the final “Goodbye.”

- – - written by Bob Perks
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This announcement comes after a tough year of budget reductions including the noticing of many employees. Sweeney as the top administrator in the District has at times been the target of complaints. According to Mr. Sweeney's contract his employment agreement is renewed and approved annually, so in terms of any side meeting any contract requirements this will be an easy shift.
Now what? According to FUSD Board policy (online at www.gamutonline.net ; login: Fillmore; password: public) BP 4111 pertaining to Personnel:

The Board of Education desires to employ the most highly qualified and appropriate person available for each open position in order to improve student achievement and efficiency in district operations.

BP 2121 Superintendent Recruitment and Selection:
The Board of Education recognizes that it has a direct responsibility to select and employ the Superintendent. Whenever it becomes necessary for the Board to fill a vacancy in the position of Superintendent, the Board shall work diligently to employ a person whose management and leadership abilities are most closely aligned with district needs.
The Board shall establish and implement a search and selection process that includes consideration of:

1. The district's current and long-term needs, including a review of the district's vision and goals
2. The desired characteristics of a new Superintendent, including professional experience, educational qualifications, leadership characteristics, philosophy of education, and other management, technical, interpersonal and conceptual skills, as well as the priorities the Board wants to place on different abilities, traits and levels of knowledge

3. The scope of the search, including whether to promote from within the district or broaden the search to include both internal and external candidates and, if external candidates will be considered, whether to conduct a statewide or nationwide search

4. The salary range and benefits to be offered

5. Basic elements to be included in the Superintendent's contract

6. Whether to hire a professional adviser to facilitate the process

7. How and when to involve the community in certain phases of the selection process
(the section of Board policy that relates to Citizen Advisory Committees cf. 1212 was not available online, I have requested that the text of it be emailed to me, I will post as soon as I can)

8. The best methods for advertising the vacancy and recruiting qualified candidates

9. The process for screening applications and determining how the screener(s) will be selected

10. Interview questions, processes and participants

11. How and when candidates' qualifications will be verified through reference checks

12. Other actions necessary to ensure a fair selection process and a smooth transition to new leadership

Even if a professional adviser is used to facilitate the process, the Board shall retain the right and responsibility to oversee the process and to review all applications if desired.

The Board shall select candidates to be interviewed based on recommendations of the screener(s) and the Board's own assessment of how candidates meet the criteria established by the Board.

The Board shall interview preliminary and final candidates in closed session and determine the most likely match for the district. (Government Code 54957)

The selected candidate shall hold both a valid school administration certificate and a valid teacher's certificate. The Board may waive any credential requirement, but shall not employ a person whose credential has been revoked by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing pursuant to Education Code 44421-44427. (Education Code 35028, 35029, 35029.1)

Before offering the position to the selected candidate or making any announcements, Board members may visit that candidate's current district, as appropriate, to obtain verification of his/her qualifications.

The Board shall deliberate in closed session to affirm the selection of the candidate and shall report the selection in open session. (Government Code 54957)

The Board shall conduct these proceedings in accordance with legal and ethical obligations regarding confidentiality and equal opportunity.
As necessary, the Board may appoint an interim superintendent to manage the district during the selection process.

Regarding the Contract with the Superintendent:
In approving employment contracts with the Superintendent, the Board of Education wishes to encourage the Superintendent's long-term commitment to the district and community while carefully considering the financial and legal implications of the contract in order to protect the district from any potentially adverse obligations.

The Board shall designate a representative to negotiate with the Superintendent on its behalf and shall consult legal counsel to draft the contract document.

The Board shall deliberate in closed session about the terms of the contract.

Terms of the contract shall remain confidential until the ratification process commences.

The Board shall ratify the Superintendent's contract in an open meeting, which shall be reflected in the Board's minutes. Copies of the contract shall be available to the public upon request.

The contract shall include, but not be limited to, provisions for salary and benefits, annual evaluations, term of the contract, and conditions for termination of the contract. The contract should also include general responsibilities and duties of the Superintendent.

The term of the contract shall be for no more than four years. (Education Code 35031)

During the term of the contract, the Board may reemploy the Superintendent on those terms and conditions mutually agreed upon by the Board and Superintendent. (Education Code 35031)

The Superintendent's contract shall be extended only by Board action and subsequent to a satisfactory evaluation of the Superintendent's performance.

In the event that the Board determines not to reemploy the Superintendent, the Board shall provide written notice to the Superintendent at least 45 days in advance of the expiration of the term of the contract. (Education Code 35031)

The Superintendent's contract shall include a provision specifying the maximum cash settlement that the Superintendent may receive upon termination of the contract. However, if the unexpired term of the contract is greater than 18 months, the maximum cash settlement shall be no more than the Superintendent's monthly salary multiplied by 18. The cash settlement shall not include any noncash items other than health benefits, which may be continued for the unexpired term of the contract up to 18 months or until the Superintendent finds other employment, whichever occurs first. (Government Code 53260, 53261)

(cf. 4117.5/4217.5/4317.5 - Termination Agreements)

If the Board terminates the Superintendent's contract upon its belief and subsequent confirmation pursuant to an independent audit that the Superintendent has engaged in fraud, misappropriation of funds, or other illegal practices, the maximum settlement shall be within the limits prescribed by law, as determined by an administrative law judge. (Government Code 53260)
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Next I'll post the stated duties of the Superintendent.

What kind of skills do you think the new superintendent should have?
Bilingual? experience with low income community? success in turning around low performing schools?
What is important to you in your superintendent?
Remember every resident within FUSD has a stake in this. Schools are the foundation of the community and create lifelong links within that community. The quality of schools also affects property values, what companies come to town, job availability, and so on.

Do you think the School Board should form a Community Advisory Committee to assist in the selection process of a new superintendent? I have read about other Districts actually having open town hall interview sessions with final candidates, where the community can meet the final two or three, ask them questions and chat.

here is a link to a PDF report from a district in Pittsburgh, I thought this was very interesting... the questions asked are insightful. http://www.aplusschools.org/SuperReport.pdf

Keep an eye out for full article about Mr. Sweeney's retirement in next weeks Gazette.

Attend the Rally for Education in front of FUSD offices on sespe street next wednesday, here's a link for more info: http://www.fillmoregazette.com/community/fillmorepiru-rally-education

 


 
Mrs. Swensen’s first grade class received a scientific treat when Erin Mulholland, a doctorate student from UCSB, came to share her scientific knowledge of “Sea Squirts” and conduct a Dry Ice Bubble Experiment with the class. The students were able to learn about the Scientific Process with their bubble experiment and hold squishy sea squirts too.
Mrs. Swensen’s first grade class received a scientific treat when Erin Mulholland, a doctorate student from UCSB, came to share her scientific knowledge of “Sea Squirts” and conduct a Dry Ice Bubble Experiment with the class. The students were able to learn about the Scientific Process with their bubble experiment and hold squishy sea squirts too.
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San Cayetano first graders get ‘hands-on’ experience with a dry ice bubble.
San Cayetano first graders get ‘hands-on’ experience with a dry ice bubble.
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Erin Mulholland holds up a “Sea Squirt.”
Erin Mulholland holds up a “Sea Squirt.”
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Community members and educators will assemble to rally in support of Fillmore Schools on May 11. Those attending will be encouraged to target their legislators in Sacramento with postcards urging them to pass a timely budget that protects education from another year of severe cuts. People are invited to bring their families, blankets, and lawn chairs at 3:00 to the grass in front of the District Office where they can join others from the community to show support for the students and staff whose education and jobs are threatened by the ongoing budget crisis. Hot dogs and drinks will be served. After eating, a march along the nearby sidewalks will give attendees another opportunity to express their concerns and raise awareness of the inadequate funding level for education in California. If the underfunding of schools continues students in the local elementary schools may face larger class sizes, while students in high school may have larger class sizes and fewer class choices. The academic school year will remain shortened. The California’s budget battle has left the Fillmore Unified School District with great uncertainty as it builds its budget for the 2011/2012 school year. The School Board has been forced to send pink slips out to many district employees. These pink slips have been received by numerous classified, certificated, and administrative district employees. As Fillmore Unified is the largest employer in Fillmore these pink slips could adversely affect the financial health of the City of Fillmore for years to come. Rally planners are looking for a large turnout of community members and school employees to target Sacramento for its failure to adequately fund schools.

 

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Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2011 5:30 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION 6:30 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING
627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA

5:30 p.m.
A. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
B. ROLL CALL
C. PUBLIC COMMENT ON CLOSED SESSION AND NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
D. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. If the Board does not complete Closed Session discussions at this time, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at the end of the regular meeting. DISCLOSURE OF ITEM(S) TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION Labor/Negotiations (Government Code 54957.6)
o Update; Direction to District Negotiators (Jeff Sweeney, Mike Bush, Todd Schieferle, Margaret Chidester) for negotiations with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Confidential Employees, and District Administration. Personnel Matters (Government Code 54957)
o Hiring, Evaluating, Discipline, Dismissal Public Employee Performance Evaluation: Superintendent (The Board and
Superintendent meet periodically to provide feedback to one another concerning
the achievement of goals.)
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).]

6:30 p.m.
E. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION Any Action From Closed Session
F. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
G. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
H. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS AND NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
I. STUDENTS FIRST Tim Hagel
J. WRITTEN CONTINUED »

 


 
Former state schools chief Jack O’Connell will speak
Jack O’Connell
Jack O’Connell

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - California Lutheran University will honor 690 students* receiving bachelor’s degrees at the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, in Mt. Clef Stadium.

The 534 students* receiving master’s and doctoral degrees will be honored during the Graduate Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday, May 13, in Mt. Clef Stadium.

Jack O’Connell, California’s former State Superintendent of Public Instruction, will address the graduates and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from CLU at both ceremonies.

As chief of the state’s public school system and leader of the California Department of Education from January 2003 to January 2011, O’Connell focused on closing the achievement gap, smoothing transitions between segments of education, and strengthening school accountability and assessment systems. He was a leader in the national effort to increase flexibility and fairness in the federal No Child Left Behind system.

The former high school teacher also worked to improve public education as a member of both the state Assembly and Senate, authoring numerous landmark education bills. The longtime legislator once received both the Republican and Democratic nominations for the Assembly. O’Connell grew up in Oxnard, graduated from Oxnard High School and returned to his alma mater to teach government. He currently serves as chief education officer for School Innovations and Advocacy in Sacramento and on the board of directors of Education Credit Management Corp.

Skyler Butenshon, an Astoria, Ore., resident who is majoring in music and minoring in philosophy, will speak on behalf of his fellow traditional undergraduate students at the undergraduate ceremony. Butenshon sang with the CLU Choir and Kingsmen Quartet, performed with the CLU Improv Troupe and in university productions, and studied in Oxford and other European cities while earning his degree.

Josefina Garong, a 46-year-old native of the Philippines who now lives in Oxnard, will speak on behalf of the Adult Degree Evening Program students at the undergraduate ceremony. Putting her education on the back burner as her children finished degrees and her husband earned promotions, the mother of three took nine years to complete her degree. She is now graduating magna [!@#$] laude with a bachelor’s degree in accounting.

*Number based on Registrar’s Office data on April 28, 2011.

 


 
Professor Sean Anderson
Professor Sean Anderson

Camarillo, CA. - Sean Anderson, Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies at CSU Channel Islands (CI), will be recognized at CI’s Honors Convocation on Friday, May 6, and receive the President’s Award for Innovations in Teaching and Learning. The award is given in recognition of an individual who has made unique and significant contributions to the teaching mission of the University.

To be eligible for the award a nominee must have taught at least two years at CI and be full-time faculty, either tenure-track or lecturer. The application packages are judged by reviewers from outside CI on the applicant’s impact on and involvement with students; his or her scholarly approach to teaching and learning; contributions to undergraduate education, community and profession and support from colleagues and students.

Anderson was selected for his use of innovative strategies in teaching by using technology and service learning projects, such as the use of the iTunesU application, podcasts and lab exercises including conservation role playing. He has engaged his students extensively in service learning projects in his course “Restoration in New Orleans,” giving his students the opportunity to travel to New Orleans to engage in ongoing research, construction and cultural activities. The course also deals with environmental justice and policy. Anderson’s course “Ecological Restoration Design and Construction” is taught in partnership with the National Park Service where students are given extensive hands-on experience. His work with his students is characterized by classroom components, coupled with strong real world experience to illustrate the academic principles.

Anderson, as a teacher-scholar, has published in the field of ecological restoration and has also contributed to the scholarship of teaching and learning, describing in various articles his efforts to design innovative leaning opportunities for his students.

Anderson will receive not only the President’s Award but will also be nominated by CI for the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. Professors of the Year Award, which honors those who excel as educators and influence the lives and careers of their students. Sponsored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) and The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, it is the only national program to recognize excellence in undergraduate teaching and mentoring.

President Richard R. Rush stated, “Dr. Anderson is an outstanding educator whose efforts in support of the mission and goals of the University have resulted in phenomenal student success. His enthusiasm for both his students and his academic field has been recognized both on and off campus, providing leadership for his colleagues through his innovations in teaching and practice.”

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) 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. CI’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.

 

At the April 26, 2011 Board meeting Superintendent Jeff Sweeney provided on paper the Mission, Vision and Goals for the District. It should be noted that all of this information is laid out in Board policies that are available to every member of the public at any time through the Districts website. Keep in mind that many of the policies have been updated recently and you would need to confirm with the District that the policy online is the most up to date version.

The Vision is what the District “looks like” when the Mission has been successful. A Vision is the ultimate goal that all actions are working towards. When the District is exactly the way described in the Vision, it means the Mission has been wholly successful.

VISION:
Rooted in tradition and committed to excellence, FUSD works collaboratively with parents and the community to empower students to succeed in an ever-changing world.

The Mission of an organization, company or school district is the underlying intention for all actions it takes as it works towards its Vision.

MISSION:
To ensure that each students will develop the skills and attitudes essential for success in school and in a diverse society, we are committed to:

-All students learning
-A competent and caring staff participating in decision-making
-Parents as partners
-Effective management of resources
-A safe, healthy and inviting environment
-Excellence in all we do

GOALS for 2010-2011 as laid out by the Board:

To improve the achievement of all students it the goal of all staff, parents, community members and board members within FUSD.
-Special focus will increase the academic achievement of English language learners.

In order to do this we will:
-Provide the highest quality staff for the students in the school district

-Special emphasis will be placed on the salary parity, positive, collaborative workplace environments, retaining quality staff, hiring highly qualified teachers and helping all staff improve and grow professionally through performance evaluation.

-Review and improve District and school discipline plans and procedures to increase the attendance of all students.

-Increase parent outreach, parent involvement, and parent education opportunities.

-Improve communication within the school district and with parents and community partners.

-Maintain clean, orderly and safe facilities for students and staff.

-Evaluate all facets of the instructional program, including the use of technology as an instructional tool, to ensure all curriculum is research-based and effectively implemented.

Do you think the District has met any of its goals? Which ones? Which ones has it failed to meet?

Assistant Superintendent, Director of Business Services Michael Bush, presented the following list to the Board and those in attendance. It is based on recommendations from the Superintendent.
All positions related to the items on this list have been noticed. See notes below the list regarding direction given by the Board that resulted in a few items being moved on the list and which should result in notices being rescinded.

Group A: Superintendent recommends cutting even if no reductions in budget required.
Group B: Superintendent recommends cutting if State reduction is $349 per pupil
Group C: Superintendent recommends cutting if State reduction is $620 per pupil
Group D: Superintendent recommends these items are “untouchable”. *I added the Group D designation for ease of reporting, this list was presented but with no Group designation.

(A note on the formatting, I am unable to make nice columns on the blog, so the top line tells you the 4 bits of info for each item, Expense, Savings, Group and # of Students impacted. The info you see for each "expense" is in that order following the item, sorry it is a bit confusing)

Expense Savings Group # of students impacted
Two FHS Teachers $ 155,374 A 988
(- Due to declining enrollment)
Director of Special Projects 70,330 A NA
FHS Asst. Principal 44,781 A 988
(Becomes part-time Dean)
FHS Health Clerk 31,334 A 988
5 Additional Furlough Days 550,000 B 0
Mechanic 77,145 B NA
Align Funding of Facility Mngment 64,548 B NA
Adjusted Site Budgets 31,000 B 3764
One Cabinet Position 150,000 C NA
Raise grades 4-5 by two 117,200 C NA
Raise secondary class size by one 117,000 C 1787
One Educational Services Coord. 100,000 C 3764
General Fund Support of Libraries* 86,653 C 3764
Elementary Music Teacher* 85,782 C 200
Counselor 83,796 C 799
One Cabinet Secretary 80,000 C NA
One Groundsman 64,216 C NA
One Custodian 60,000 C NA
Grade 4-5 Class Size Relief 46,880 C NA
Athletic Director/Clerk 45,487 C NA
Site Administration 807,396 D 3764
Class Size Reduction 580,890 D 1207
2 Vice Principals 235,133 D 1787
Raise Secondary Class Size by 2** 117,200 D 1787
Special Ed Coordinator 114,568 D 3764
Zangle Support 80,923 D NA
Data Specialist 79,059 D NA

Total District Reductions: $4,076,696

*Denotes item moved to Group D by Board on April 26th. Presumably positions affected that have been noticed will be reinstated.
**Denotes item moved from Group D to Group C
Note: Board agreed with all Group D, so all notices attached to those cuts will presumably be rescinded. Mr. Sweeney indicated this on April 26.
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written and performed by the DreamYard Preparatory High School SLAM Team. Spring 2011.

Here is a blurb about the school where the video was written/performed etc. Link to video on youtube is below.

DreamYard Teaching Artist - Renée Watson
Video - David Flores

www.dreamyard.com
www.dyprep.org
www.reneewatson.net
www.dflo.net

The DREAMYARD PREPARATORY SCHOOL cultivates Scholarship, Artistry and Character within its students to develop successful individuals and responsible citizens.

DY Prep provides a rigorous arts integrated curriculum that emphasizes problem solving and critical thinking while deepening students' understanding of all subject areas. All of our classes empower students with skills to engage the world creatively and pursue professional careers. Community, creativity and leadership inform a school culture that nurtures the growth of articulate and thoughtful adults. DY Prep is committed to providing the support and guidance that will allow each student to graduate with a Regents diploma, acceptance to a college or university, and a clear path toward a fulfilling and meaningful career.

DreamYard transforms Bronx public schools and communities through the power of project-based arts learning. As the largest arts education provider in the Bronx, DreamYard impacts the social and intellectual growth of thousands of Bronx students through safe, positive and creatively challenging programs.

DreamYard's professional artists partner with classroom teachers and community educators to help students learn in new ways and develop literacy and communication skills. Through year-long programs offered during the school day, after-school, on weekends and during the summer, DreamYard supports youth development, enhances life-long learning skills and promotes creative thinking and expression

Link to "PUBLIC EDUCATION" http://youtu.be/cp6u21F6Wiw

 

Camarillo, CA. - The third annual CSU Channel Islands (CI) Faculty-Student Research Forum will be held Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the John Spoor Broome Library on campus. The event, sponsored by SAGE Publications and the Division of Academic Affairs, is free and open to the public.

The Forum will highlight research, scholarship, creative activities and grants featuring faculty-student collaborative presentations, faculty research presentations and student research/capstone presentations. There will be 90 posters on display around the room. These represent the students’ final projects.

The program will provide original research and insights and many choices of topics. The 30 faculty-student presentations will cover topics as diverse as:

Congressional Appropriations Earmarks and Representation in American Politics
Psychosocial Adjustment and Recidivism in At-Risk Youth
The Urbanization of Wildlife: A Case Study Focusing on Humpback Whales within Breeding Grounds
Homeless Women in Ventura County
Solar Power Integration for California State University Channel Islands
Lost and Found: A Dance Film Short Collaboration
The forum was designed in response to CI’s desire to strengthen research activities as part of its academic foundation and to increase the number of faculty and student research activities. The faculty-student projects have encouraged community partnerships that enhance the research projects through resources, information and education. CI recognizes and encourages student and faculty research and scholarly projects, activities that are integral to CI’s mission and student learning.

Please follow the directional signs indicating event location and parking areas. Free bus service to and from the campus is also provided for attendees from the Camarillo Metrolink Station every 30 minutes. For exact times, check the schedule at www.goventura.org.

For additional information contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator at CSU Channel Islands, at 805-437-8548 or merissa.stith@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) 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. CI’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.

 
Last Thursday FHS held their annual API Celebration, which is designed to motivate students to do their best on the State Testing and to reward students for last years success. This year ASB worked really hard to make the API Celebration the best it's ever been. The biggest hit was the Video Game Truck; where students could play Just Dance, Rock Band, and other video games included inside the truck. We also had three jolly jumpers; a huge Obstacle Course, Tug-of-War basketball, and Jousting. Along with all the fun games, we gave out free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and chips. Also we had many local bands perform; including: All Roads To Canada, Beyond Our Valor, Umarra, and Amber Wilmont sang. Congratulations to Josh Overton, Teacher of the Year; Diane Wareham, Sub of the Year; Joe Woods, Staff of the Year, and Iruma Truillijo and Corey Cole, Scholar Athletes of the Year. Above, students enjoy Tug-of-War Basketball.
Last Thursday FHS held their annual API Celebration, which is designed to motivate students to do their best on the State Testing and to reward students for last years success. This year ASB worked really hard to make the API Celebration the best it's ever been. The biggest hit was the Video Game Truck; where students could play Just Dance, Rock Band, and other video games included inside the truck. We also had three jolly jumpers; a huge Obstacle Course, Tug-of-War basketball, and Jousting. Along with all the fun games, we gave out free popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and chips. Also we had many local bands perform; including: All Roads To Canada, Beyond Our Valor, Umarra, and Amber Wilmont sang. Congratulations to Josh Overton, Teacher of the Year; Diane Wareham, Sub of the Year; Joe Woods, Staff of the Year, and Iruma Truillijo and Corey Cole, Scholar Athletes of the Year. Above, students enjoy Tug-of-War Basketball.
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ASB members passed out consessions during the celebration.
ASB members passed out consessions during the celebration.
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Students enjoyed the Video Game Truck.
Students enjoyed the Video Game Truck.
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Ana Morino, API Coordinator, announced Teacher, Staff, Sub, and Scholar awards.
Ana Morino, API Coordinator, announced Teacher, Staff, Sub, and Scholar awards.
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Josh Overton recieved the Teacher of the Year Award from Ana Morino.
Josh Overton recieved the Teacher of the Year Award from Ana Morino.
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(l-r) Joe Woods, awarded Staff of the Year and Josh Overton, awarded Teacher of the Year.
(l-r) Joe Woods, awarded Staff of the Year and Josh Overton, awarded Teacher of the Year.
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Graduation Ticket Distribution, Budget Cuts
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT SPECIAL MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION TUESDAY, APRIL 26, 2011
5:30 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION 6:30 P.M. – SPECIAL BOARD MEETING 627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
5:30 p.m.
I. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
II. ROLL CALL
III. PUBLIC COMMENT ON CLOSED SESSION AND NONAGENDA ITEMS,
PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
IV. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. If the Board does not complete Closed Session discussions at this time, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at the end of the regular meeting. DISCLOSURE OF ITEM(S) TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION Labor/Negotiations (Government Code 54957.6)
o Update; Direction to District Negotiators (Jeff Sweeney, Mike Bush, Todd Schieferle, Margaret Chidester) for negotiations with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Confidential Employees, and District Administration. Personnel Matters (Government Code 54957)
o Hiring, Evaluating, Discipline, or Dismissal Public Employee Performance Evaluation: Superintendent (The Board and
Superintendent meet periodically to provide feedback to one another concerning
the achievement of goals.)
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).]

6:30 P.M.
V. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION Any Action From Closed Session
VI. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
VII. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
VIII. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS AND NONAGENDA ITEMS
This is the time and place to address the school board on any items on the open session agenda. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
6:45 P.M.
IX. ACTION ITEM
1. Approve Recommendation for Ticket Distribution CONTINUED »

 
 
Last week Fillmore Middle School celebrated Earth Day. Above, five students show how you can Reduce, Reuse,
and Recycle, and they also offered cupcakes.
Last week Fillmore Middle School celebrated Earth Day. Above, five students show how you can Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, and they also offered cupcakes.
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A robot made out of plastic bottles.
A robot made out of plastic bottles.
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Starts April 29th

Jumping rope is possibly the most beneficial exercise a person can do! The 6th graders at Fillmore Middle School are having a Jump-A-Thon on Friday, April 29th, after CST testing. Students are raising money through flat donations between now and April 29th. Money earned will go to new PE equipment such as: basketballs, footballs, soccer balls, and jump ropes; for our 6th grade students. If you are interested in donating or helping out, please contact Fillmore Middle School at 524-6070, e-mail hatwood@fillmore.k12.ca.us, or simply send a check to 543 “A” St. PO Box 697 Fillmore, Ca 93016. Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thank you!

 

Today, the following comment was submitted via email to all School Board Members, and to the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA) and the Fillmore chapter of California School Employees Association (CSEA),

FUSD Board Members, FUTA and CSEA Presidents,

I wanted to make this statement at tonight’s board meeting but business is taking me out of town. It’s regarding a proposal for the budget cuts that I believe all parties should seriously consider. I’m hoping one or more board members will ask Mike Bush to run a few scenarios with actual numbers to see what it looks like. Even if you don’t fully agree with or see challenges to the proposal, I believe it’s necessary to consider all options.

Thank you and here is the statement:

April 19th, 2011

My name is Scott Duckett.

I’m speaking tonight as a private citizen concerned about the budget cuts. At a recent board meeting, both board members and cabinet members requested that any ideas regarding budget cuts be brought forward. In response to that, I’d like to make a proposal. The proposal has been heard by at least one board member; however I want to make sure it’s heard by all board members and union leadership, and has an opportunity to be publically vetted. Before I tell you what the proposal is, I’d like to first tell you the top three reasons why this proposal should be considered.

The first reason to adopt this proposal is NOT ONE SERVICE TO ONE STUDENT WILL BE LOST. Not one athletic program, not one classroom, not one thing students enjoy now will be lost. The repeated goal of board members to keep the cuts as far as away from the students as possible will be realized.

The second reason to adopt this proposal is NOT A SINGLE DISTRICT EMPLOYEE WILL LOSE THEIR JOB. Nobody. Not one person. All layoff notices would be rescinded.

And the third reason to adopt this proposal is IT’S FAIR TO ALL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES. No one individual or group caused the budget cuts, and under this proposal, no one individual or group will be forced to take more cuts or lose their job. In other words, all cuts are equal across the entire district.

Here’s the proposal. Every district employee, from the Superintendent on down, takes an equal percentage salary cut. The exact percentage everyone takes depends on the size of the budget gap. I didn’t have actual numbers to work with, so I made some estimates. If salaries and benefits make up roughly 90% of the district’s $30 million dollar budget, that’s approximately $27 million in salaries and benefits. If everyone district wide took a 3% salary cut, the district would save $810,000. If everyone took a 5% cut, the district would save 1.3 Million. If everyone took a 7% cut, the district would save nearly $2 million dollars, and so on.

I understand this proposal is unique, and will come with its own unique set of challenges. But I believe going through another round of “budget cuts business as usual” will only result in the painful process where seeing now and that we’ve all witnessed over the past few years. It’s a process that results in cuts that are often unfair to individuals and groups within the district, it results in valued district employees losing their jobs, and ends with cuts being made that directly affect students.

Thank you.

 
Sessions will cover legal and practical responses
Mindy Puopolo
Mindy Puopolo

THOUSAND OAKS, CA. - A workshop on domestic violence and child abuse will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 6, at California Lutheran University.

Responses to Victimization: A Workshop Exploring Legal and Practical Responses to Family Violence and Victimization will be held in Lundring Events Center on the Thousand Oaks campus.

Ventura County District Attorney Greg Totten will give the keynote address at the luncheon.

Participants can choose five of 10 sessions to attend. Mindy Puopolo and Morris Eagle with CLU’s graduate psychology program will discuss the psychology behind domestic violence and Michael Gerson, an assistant professor of psychology at CLU, will cover the psychology behind child abuse. Catherine Duggan, director of the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office Victims’ Assistance Program, will talk about victims’ rights, and Sean Schoneman will make a presentation on Casa Pacifica’s work with abused and at-risk youth. Other topics will include community support for victims and the role of law enforcement in and the prosecution and investigation of domestic violence and child abuse.

The Partnership for Safe Families and Communities of Ventura County and CLU’s Criminal Justice and Legal Studies Department, Center for Equality and Justice, and Community Counseling & Parent-Child Study Center are sponsoring the workshop. CLU launched an Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Program in September.

Lundring Events Center is in the Gilbert Sports and Fitness Center, which is north of Olsen Road near Mountclef Boulevard.

The $40 registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, materials and a certificate of completion. Qualifying participants will receive continuing education units.

The deadline to register is Friday, April 29. To register, go to http://www.callutheran.edu/vvworkshop. For more information, contact Robert Meadows at (805) 493-3484 or Schannae Lucas at (805) 493-3391.

 
"Your childs education and the State budget" Michelle Kolbeck

Tonight FUSD School Board will meet and is slated to vote on graduation requirements. That is how they have listed the item on their agenda that has the potential to cut programs, reduce class requirements for graduation and combine programs. FUSD is grappling with the same budget issues as other districts although I think that FUSD has one large hurdle that it still has to overcome, a general lack of accountability and transparency. Over the past year the School Board has heard from several parents bringing issues ranging from concerns over special services, to the lack of parent involvement. School Board members have attended school site council meetings regarding issues of accountability and lack of clarity. If the District wants the community to understand the situation, they need to work harder and better at creating a welcoming environment for community members to be involved (you need not have a child in the District to be a stakeholder or to get involved) and for demonstrating accountability when mistakes are made.

Here is an editorial in the Ventura county Star written by a Santa Paula Elementary School Board member, it is brief, and doesn't go into much detail, but at least it is a school board member working at communicating with the Board and attempting to communicate with the public and Kolbeck openly encourages the public to volunteer and donate to schools. Districts must reach out, and the public is going to need to see a shift at FUSD to a system that is more welcoming and ready to work with the community.

An excerpt:

"At a recent elementary school board meeting it became apparent that the "state of the state" has finally come to roost in Santa Paula.

Even though the Santa Paula Elementary School District board had pink-slipped a quarter of the teacher staff in March (approximately 50 out of 200), the public had yet to feel the effects of the state of the California budget. This is because nothing really changed as their child still went to the same school, had the same teacher, had the same classmates, etc.

However, during the time allotted for public comments, the SPESD board listened to students, parents, community members and staff about their concerns for programs that may no longer be available to them next year.

Read more: http://www.vcstar.com/news/2011/apr/18/kolbeck-your-childs-education-and...
- vcstar.com

 
Fillmore Unified School District
Fillmore Unified School District

FILLMORE UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT REGULAR MEETING OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
TUESDAY, APRIL 19, 2011 5:30 P.M. – CLOSED SESSION 6:30 P.M. - REGULAR MEETING 627 SESPE AVENUE, FILLMORE, CALIFORNIA

AGENDA
5:30 p.m.
A. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
B. ROLL CALL
C. PUBLIC COMMENT ON CLOSED SESSION AND NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the Board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
D. CLOSED SESSION
The Board of Education will meet from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. to consider matters appropriate for Closed Session in accordance with Government Code Sections 3549.1, 54956.7 through 54957.7 and Education Code Section 35146. If the Board does not complete Closed Session discussions at this time, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at the end of the regular meeting. DISCLOSURE OF ITEM(S) TO BE DISCUSSED IN CLOSED SESSION School District Pupils (Education Code 35146)
o Expulsion Case Number 10-11-11
o Expulsion Case Number 10-11-12 Labor/Negotiations (Government Code 54957.6)
o Update; Direction to District Negotiators (Jeff Sweeney, Mike Bush, Todd Schieferle, Margaret Chidester) for negotiations with the Fillmore Unified Teachers Association (FUTA), the California School Employees Association (CSEA), Confidential Employees, and District Administration. Personnel Matters (Government Code 54957)
o Hiring, Evaluating, Discipline, Dismissal Public Employee Performance Evaluation: Superintendent (The Board and
Superintendent meet periodically to provide feedback to one another concerning
the achievement of goals.)
In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Superintendent's Office at (805) 524-6038. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the district to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. [In accordance with Government Code 54961 and Board Bylaw 9320(a).]

6:30 p.m.
E. RECONVENE TO OPEN SESSION Any Action From Closed Session School District Pupils (Education Code 35146)
o Expulsion Case Number 10-11-11
o Expulsion Case Number 10-11-12
F. CALL TO ORDER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
G. CLARIFICATION OF AGENDA AND TIME ALLOCATIONS FOR DISCUSSION ITEMS
H. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS AND NONAGENDA ITEMS, PETITIONS
This is the time and place to address the school board. State law prohibits the Board from acting on issues not included on the agenda; however, requests may be made for discussion of specific topics at subsequent meetings.
6:45 p.m.
I. STANDING REPORTS 10 minutes Student Representative’s Report 10 minutes Board Members’ Reports 10 minutes Superintendent’s Report
7:15 p.m.
J. ACTION CONTINUED »

 

Camarillo, CA. - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host the Third Annual Conference on Social Justice in Education, Saturday, April 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in CI’s John Spoor Broome Library. The event is free and lunch is provided.

The theme of the 2011 Conference is, “Making Choices: Crushed, Compliant or Creative?” It will showcase and discuss issues of social justice at work in the community, area schools, and institutions of higher education. Teachers, students, parents, administrators, counselors, youth advocates, activists and paraprofessionals are welcome, as are others connected to public school education in some way that have concerns about equity, access and accountability.

The conference will open with remarks from CI’s President Richard R. Rush, followed by Senior Associate Dean and Director of the School of Education, Dr. Gary Kinsey. Maricruz Hernandez and Oscar Hernandez, principals in the Oxnard High School District, will give the keynote presentation.

A lunch panel featuring Trudy Arriaga (Superintendent, Ventura Unified School District (VUSD), Arcenio Lopez (Mixteco/Indigena Community Organizing Project), Anna Izaguirre (First Steps Infant/Toddler program for Teen Parents, VUSD), Danna Lomax (teacher, VUSD) and Edlyn Pena (professor, CLU), will be followed by afternoon sessions with presentations by local leaders in social justice issues. Attendees will have opportunities to network and share ideas throughout the day.

The program is sponsored by CI’s School of Education, California Institute for Social Business, Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics, and the Center for Community Engagement. CLU’s Counseling and Guidance Department, Center for Equality and Justice, and Diversity and Education Excellence are also sponsors. Additional sponsors include Ventura County Community Foundation Social Justice Fund, Ventura Unified School District, McCune Foundation, Corwin Press, Sage Press, and Ventura County School Counselors Association.

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is strongly encouraged and available at http://education.csuci.edu/justice-conference/registration.htm. Free parking will be available in designated lots only; once on campus follow the directional parking signs. The full schedule of events can be seen on the same web page in early April. For information about the conference contact Merissa Stith, Events Coordinator at 805-437-8548 or mesissa.stith@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) 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. CI’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.

 
California State University Channel Islands
California State University Channel Islands

Camarillo, CA. - CSU Channel Islands (CI) will host a campus-community Free Electronics Recycling Day at the Sage Hall Parking Lot A2 on Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The CSU campuses are partnering with E-Waste, All Green Electronics Recycling, a premier E-Waste recycling company, to celebrate Earth Day by collecting community E-waste during the month of April. CI’s recycling day is free and open to anyone interested in disposing of E-waste in a safe and secure environment. There will be a convenient drive-thru drop off service as well as walk-up donations.

What is E-waste? It is anything with a plug and circuit board and includes items like an outdated laptop, a VCR, monitors, printers, TVs, stereos and other electronic equipment. It is NOT furniture, household hazardous waste or kitchen appliances. E-waste contains heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, cadmium, and zinc, which contaminate the soil and water. Improper disposal of E-waste accounts for 70 percent of all heavy metals found in landfills today. A recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency states that the E-waste in landfills will quadruple over the next five years.

Judy Botelho, Director of the Center for Community Engagement at the CSU Office of the Chancellor, said, “It is our hope that the E-waste events taking place on CSU campuses throughout southern and central California will not only provide a service to our local community, but that it will also encourage people to learn more about the ways they can be environmentally responsible on a local and global level.

The event is sponsored by CI’s Center for Community Engagement and partial proceeds from the event will benefit the center.

For information regarding recycling visit www.allgreenrecycling.com and for information on the Free Electronics Recycling Day at CSU Channel Islands contact Pilar Pacheco, Associate Director of the Center for Community Engagement at CSU Channel Islands at 805-437-8851 or pilar.pacheco@csuci.edu.

About California State University Channel Islands
CSU Channel Islands (CI) 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. CI’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.