Palo Alto Unified School District Board Meeting

August 25th, 2015


Call to Order

Open Session / Reports

A. Approval of Agenda Order

B. Superintendent’s Report

C. Student Board Member Reports





Approval of Consent Calendar

A. Certified Personnel Actions

It is recommended the Board approve the certificated personnel actions as presented.

B. Classified Personnel Actions

It is recommended the Board approve the classified personnel as presented.

C. Approval of Warrants

It is recommended the Board approve the June and July 2015 warrants as presented.

D. Approval of Strong Schools Bond Change Orders

It is recommended the Board approve the June July 2014 change orders as presented.

E. Approval of Minutes October/November 2014

It is recommended the Board approve the minutes of the special meetings of October 28 and November 12, 2014. This item will be pulled from the consent calendar and voted on only by Baten Caswell, Emberling, and Townsend, as Godfrey and Dauber were not on the Board at that time.

F. Approval of Minutes January through June 2015

It is recommended the Board approve the minutes of regular and special meetings for January 13, 20, and 27; February 10, 17, and 24; March 10, 20, 24, and 31; April 1 and 21; and June 23, 2015.

G. Board Policy Updates

It Is Recommended the Board approve Board Policies and Regulations as presented and discussed at the June 23, 2015, special meeting. BP 6151 – Class Size was optional and returned to the BPRC to determine if it is necessary. BP6162.5 – Student Assessment was optional and determined not to be necessary by the Superintendent, as requested by the Board during their review. Three other policies were not discussed at the June 23 meeting due to time constraints. Those policies are presented as item 18 on this agenda.

H. Approval of Job Descriptions

It is recommended the Board approve job descriptions for two potential positions for the 2015-16 academic year: Program Evaluation Coordinator and Equity Administrator.





Open Forum





Action / Discussion / Information Items

A. Hanover Research Results – Course Alignment

Hanover Research and staff members will present a variety of reports to the Board. Participation by Hanover will be via Skype. Reports cover best practices; course alignment in English Language Arts, History and Social Sciences, and Mathematics; survey analysis; course alignment focus groups; grade level findings; and an Executive Summary and document review Executive Summary.





B. Board of Education Goals for the 2015-16 Academic Year

The Board will discuss the goals for the 2015-16 academic year with action to be considered at a
future meeting. Draft goals are included in this packet. However, the Board is conducting a
special meeting on August 21 that includes discussion of the draft goals. Any changes requested
to the document from that discussion will be documented and copies provided at this meeting. Draft of District Goals 2015-16





C. Addendum to Certificated Personnel Actions: Appointment of Associate Superintendent, Educational Services

The Board will consider action to approve the appointment of Mr. Markus Autrey as Associate Superintendent, Educational Services.





D. Amendment to Superintendent’s Contract

The Board will consider possible changes to the Superintendent’s contract. McGee Contract Amendment





E. Declaration of Need: Emergency, Limited Assignment, and Short Term Staffing Permits for Certificated Employees

The Board will discuss approving the Declaration of Need for 2015-16 as presented.





F. Teaching Assignments for Departmentalized Subjects

The Board will discuss authorizing six teachers, who have met coursework requirements, to teach in those single subject areas as presented.

G. Renewal of Student Teaching and Intern Agreements

The Board will discuss authorizing staff to enter into student teaching/internship agreements with 26 institutions on an as needed basis as presented.





H. Acceptance of a Grant Award in the Amount of $23,485,682.76 from the Peery Family Fund and Approval of Agreements Related to the Play Athletic Center

It is recommended the Board ratify the Superintendent’s action in executing three agreements: the Grant Award Agreement, The Escrow Agreement, and the amendment to the Lease/Leaseback Agreement.





I. Appropriation of Funds from State Bond Funding to the Palo Alto High School Bond Reserve

The Board will discuss the appropriation of $3,000,000 from State Bond Funding to the Palo Alto
High School Bond Reserve in the same amount.





J. Board Policy Updates

The Board held a special meeting on June 23, 2015, to discuss Board Policy and Administrative
Regulation updates from the California School Boards Association. Due to time constraints, three policies were not discussed at that time: BP 6163.1 – Library Media Centers; BP 6184 – Continuation Education; and BB 9250 – Remuneration, Reimbursement and Other Benefits.
The Board will discuss these policies, suggest changes, and consider approval at a future meeting.





K. Resolution 2015.16.01 – Excused Absence of Board Member

The Board will consider adopting a resolution excusing Board Member Godfrey from attendance at this meeting.

Board Members’ Reports / Correspondence / Board Operations / Recognition

A. Reports

B. Correspondence

C. Operations

D. Acknowledgements and Recognition

E. Board Calendar



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