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July 20, 2010 > Milpitas USD July 13 Board of Education Meeting

Milpitas USD July 13 Board of Education Meeting

By Alexandra Roberts

Tax Measure B and Senior Exemptions:
Milpitas seniors, age 65 and up, were notified via local media, senior centers, library bulletin board postings and flyers that they could apply to be exempted from paying the new, annual $84 per parcel, Measure B Tax. According to Superintendent, Dr. Karl Black, 604 seniors were approved for the exemptions, by the close of receipt of applications. The results of the Measure B election, held on June 8 were also unanimously approved by the board, with 7,002 "yes" votes and 2,889 "no" votes. Measure B will be in effect for five years. It is expected that Measure B will generate about $1.3 to $1.4 million per year in added revenue for Milpitas schools.

School Boundary Change:
Because the new Fairfield Apartment complex is being constructed halfway between existing Spangler and Zanker school boundaries, rezoning of the Spangler boundary was proposed, to follow Tasman Avenue. The current Spangler boundary follows an old Hetch Hetchy pipeline rather than street. The boundary change to Tasman will assure that all school age children residing in the new Fairfield Apartment complex will be able to attend Spangler. The boundary change was unanimously approved by all board members.

New Director of Technical Education Services:
Former Milpitas High School teacher, Scott Keller, was introduced and sustained as MUSD's new, Interim Director of Technical Services. He replaces Dick Rose, who recently retired as Director. Prior to leaving, Rose worked with Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Cheryl Jordan, to revise and update technical service job descriptions so as to accurately reflect changing needs. For example, some job descriptions still include references to maintenance of mainframe computer systems that no longer exist.

Approval of District's 2008-2011 Strategic Plan:
Dr. Black reported on the District's 5-point strategic plan for MUSD schools as follows:
1) Close learning and achievement gap
2) Revise and implement new district-wide technology plan
3) Increase funding
4) Improve external and internal communications
5) Create an emotionally, physically and intellectually safe environment.

Security Patrol Services for Milpitas High School (MHS):
With a fixed budget of $101,000 per year, lengthy debates ensued among board members over the merits of renewing security services for MHS with the current contractor, Parks Patrol & Investigation, Inc., versus hiring in new contractors, who provided lower bids. While Parks offered a $2 per hour lower bid than last year, their reduced contract bid was still higher than those offered by two other security companies. When Parks began providing security service for MHS, four years ago, the existing budget covered employment of five security personnel. Over the years the number of personnel has been reduced to three. Board member Foulk argued in favor of retaining Parks' three "more experienced personnel," in preference to bringing in an unknown contractor with an unproven service record. The board approved by four-to-one, going with new provider, Code 3 Security Services, for a test period of one year.

Budget and Contract Resolutions:
Board action taken on May 25 to reduce the 2011-12 budget by $3,079,985 was unanimously rescinded by the Board. Adoption of Resolution 2011.4 in support California Senate Constitutional Amendment 6 (Simitian), which would reduce the two-third vote requirement for passage of parcel taxes, was unanimously approved. Also approved were Student Nutrition Awards to Foster Farms and Chef's Choice Produce, a contract with Santa Clara County's Regional Technology Center for QSS System Services and Network Services, and Seneca Center for provision of a therapeutic learning environment for a special education student.

Also unanimously approved was MUSD's entry into an agreement with American Express Corporate Services and its "Cash Back Program." Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Phuong Le, explained to the Board that if bills are paid in a timely manner, AMEX's Cash Back Program could get them 1 percent annual return on their purchases.

Various other contract approvals include: adoption of Resolution 2011.8, approving the cooperative contract with San Jose District of the Department of Rehabilitation, Vocational Rehabilitation Program, an agreement with Progressus Therapy, LLC, for provision of services by speech-language pathologists for July 1, 2010 through June 20, 2011, approval of Student Teacher Agreement with Santa Clara University from July 1, 2010 to July 30, 2013, and a Child Support Services request to submit a community grant application to Wal-Mart, for the "Raising a Reader" program.

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