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The Board approved a proposal for a geotechnical engineering investigation at the construction site for the Performing Arts Center at Fowler High School.
The Board approved selecting Ardent General to facilitate the modernization of Marshall Elementary School.
Fowler USD will be working with California Emerging Technology Fund to provide chromebooks free of charge to eligible students.
· Darlene Martin, Board President and Trustee Area 4
· Eugene Kandarian, Board Member of Trustee Area 5
· Henry Murrieta, Board Member of Trustee Area 1
· Art Rojas, Board Member of Trustee Area 3
· Mark Stockwell, Board Clerk of Trustee Area 2
District Office Staff/Administration
· Dr. Paul Marietti, Superintendent
· May Yang, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services
· Tamara Sebilian, Director of Educational Services and Accountability
· Gloria Regler, Director of Student Services present – she is retiring and was recognized
· Edith Cantu, Director of Human Resources
The Fowler Unified School District Board meetings are only held in-person. Board President Martin called the meeting to order for Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at Marshall Elementary School. Board members present included Darlene Martin, Eugene Kandarian, Henry Murrieta, Art Rojas and Mark Stockwell. Superintendent Dr. Paul Marietti and the District Office Staff and Administration were also present, including May Yang, Tamara Sebilian, Gloria Regler, and Edith Cantu.
The Board and Administration staff wore masks at their designated seating. There were more than 40 district staff members, family members of staff members, and community members present, who wore masks and sat six feet from each other. At the back of the cafeteria, hard copy meeting agendas and hand sanitizer were available. A table with awards and plaques for the Staff Recognition Reception was set to the side of the cafeteria, next to an additional table with cake and refreshments.
There was no public comment.
Staff Recognition Reception
The Board recognized retirees and staff members reaching 25 and 30 years of service milestones. In celebration, from 6:33pm to 6:51pm, Board members and Administration staff mingled with the employees and retirees being honored, along with their families and colleagues. Cake and coffee was served and the mood was cheerful.
At the conclusion of the Staff Recognition Reception, all but four individuals left from the gallery. Half of the Board members and district staff continued to wear masks.
The agenda stated the 2021-22 Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) item and the proposed 2021-22 District Budget will be brought before the Board for adoption at the next Board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
· Introduction of Fowler Academy Principal Candidate Tina Brar
· Notice of Public Hearing regarding the proposed 2021-22 Local Control and Accountability Plan
· Notice of Public Hearing regarding the proposed 2021-22 District Budget
The agenda stated the following: “Items listed under the consent agenda are considered to be routine and are acted on by the Board of Education by one motion. There is no discussion of these items prior to the Board vote unless a member of the Board, staff or public requests specific items be considered and discussed separately and/or removed from the consent agenda. Each item on the consent agenda approved by the Board of Education shall be deemed to have been considered in full and adopted as recommended.” The Council unanimously voted to approve the agenda items on the consent agenda, including:
· Minutes of the Organizational/Regular Meeting of May 12, 2021
· Fundraiser Request – FHS – Football – Car Wash
o Staff recommends approval of the Fowler High School fundraiser Request for the football organization to sell car wash tickets in an effort to raise funds for purchase of spirit wear.
· Fundraiser Request – FHS – Football – Gold Cards
o Staff recommends approval of the Fowler High School Fundraiser Request for the football organization to sell Gold Cards in an effort to raise funds for purchase of spirit wear and team dinner.
· Fundraiser Request – FHS – Football – Football Camp
o Staff recommends approval of the Fowler High School Fundraiser Request for the football organization in an effort to raise funds for purchase of football camp spirit wear for incoming 9th graders.
The Board unanimously passed the following action items:
· Mindsets Learning Quote Middle School Math & Science Summer Sessions
o Staff recommends approval of the Mindset curriculum for the Middle School Math and Science summer sessions.
· Proposed New FHS Courses
o Staff recommends approval of new courses at Fowler High School – ROP Small Animal Care and Management, AG Chemistry and Animal Science
· Cengage Learning Curriculum FHS new AG Chemistry & ROP Small Animal
o Staff recommends approval to purchase curriculum for Fowler High School new AG Chemistry and ROP Small Animal courses
· 2021-22 SY Presence Learning Contract
o Staff recommends approval of the 2021-22 SY contract to provide credentialed speech and language therapists for eligible students with speech and language services stated on their IEP. Services to be delivered through teletherapy.
· BSK Associates Geotechnical Engineering Investigation Proposal
o Staff recommends approval of the BSK Associates Proposal. GSK Associates to provide an updated geotechnical engineering investigation and Geological Seismic Hazard Report assessing the soil conditions at the construction project sites of the Performing Arts Center and Bus Transportation Center
· RMA GeoScience Proposal
o Staff recommends approval of the RMA GeoScience Proposal. RMA GeoScience to provide construction inspections and associated laboratory testing for the Fowler Unified School District Maintenance, Operations, Transportation (MOT), Facility construction project.
· Marshall Elementary School Modernization Project Bid Results
o Presentation of the Marshall Elementary School Modernization Project Bid Results and recommendation to select Ardent General to facilitate the project.
· California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) Agreement
o Staff recommends approval of the collaborative agreement with CETF to provide free chromebooks to identified eligible students within the district.
· MOT Project Inspector Hourly Rate Proposal
o Staff recommends approval of the Project Inspector Hourly Rate Proposal for upcoming Maintenance, Operations, Transportation (MOT) construction project.
· BSK Proposal Materials Testing Services
o Staff recommends approval of the BSK Proposal for Materials Testing Services for the Fowler High School Tennis Courts Resurfacing project.
· Accounts Payable Report 05/06/2021-05/19/2021
o Staff recommends approval of the Accounts Payable Report for the period of 05/06/2021 – 05/19/2021.
o Clarification was requested for an item “Green Turf Paint” in this report. May Yang responded it was backup for graduation ceremonies in case the grass is not doing well and is not green enough in the heat.
Superintendent Marietti reported that he received communication from the Principal at Fowler Academy Alternative Education Center confirming it has received either initial or probationary accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Board Members’ Report
Board President Martin reported that she has seen students and parents excited to return to concerts.
The Board went to Closed Session at 7:20 p.m. Agendized items included:
· Certificated/Classified Personnel Activity Report
· CSEA Negotiations
· Superintendent Evaluation
Next Regular Meeting: June 16, 2021 at 6:00PM at the Information Services Center (ISC), 624 E. Adams Avenue Room #4, Fowler, CA 93625
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