Happy Holidays!

The following is a summation of the November 14, 2007 school board meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by President Wisecarver with all trustees present.

Action taken in closed session was announced:

--approval of the Superintendent's goals for 2007-2008 (these goals are reflective of admininstrative and staff goals with the focus on student achievement for all students and continuing to provide outstanding academic, social and fine arts programs for all).

A student representative gave the student report for the middle school and shared all the activities the ASB/Leadership/WEB have been involved in and plans for the future.

CURRICULUM:

Curriculum Coordinator Mollie Acosta presented part 3 of 3 "Progress to meet Student Achievement Goals" with the focus on the Middle School plans for this year. The school sites in collaboration with the district support will provide an outstanding program for our students to give all students an opportunity to be successful and learn.

ADMINISTRATIVE:

The Trustees approved salary increases and contract language for both CSEA and CTA along with an increase for confidential and management at 3.9% total compensation for each group.

First Readings were held on Board Policies and Administrative Regulations:

5113--absences and excuses (revised to reflect the state's new accounting methods)

5113.1--Truancy (new) The district is developing a student attendance review board to address some chronic truancy problems and absences. This new policy supports and describes this new process and procedure.

Approval on the Federal Cross Cutting Application for our Water Well Project was recommended and supported. This is one more step in procurring funds for our grant. Additionally, the Board approved the Water Well Plans and Specifications from Provost and Pritchard Engineering for the project.

REPORTS:

FRONTIER SCHOOL: The project continues to be on schedule with playgrounds being designed and cement poured. Roofing is in the final stages, with paving of roads completed. The school has a "real" address now on North Mustang Drive!

REPLACEMENT WATER WELL PROJECT: A public hearing/feasibility meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 28 at 5:30PM in the elementary school cafeteria to share with the community the plans for the well and respond to questions, comments, etc. regarding the project.

PRINCIPALS REPORT: Both school principals reported on the first trimester benchmark assessments; school activities; and how well things are going at both campuses. The Board commended both on virtual conferences and field trips being utilized so effectively by their teachers...in fact Pioneer is number one in the nation for bringing this technology into our classrooms!

BOARD REPORTS: Trustee Rodriguez reported on how well the 8th grade trip to Sacramento went; her plans for running for the delegate position for KCSBA; and the annual president's dinner for KCSBA will be hosted by the Armona School District in January 2008.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 PM.

There will not be a second board meeting this month.

The next Board meeting will be on Wednesday, December 12 at 7:00 PM.

On behalf of the Pioneer Board of Trustees, I wish you and your families a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Respectfully submitted,

Diane J. Cox

Secretary to The Board


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