HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
OF THE MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 4
TUESDAY, APRIL 24, 2012
MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CURRICULUM SERVICES CENTER
BUILDING 2
549 North Stapley Drive, Mesa, AZ

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 38-431.03.A.5, Direction to Representatives of the School District Regarding Meet and Confer

2.  Pursuant to A.R.S § 38-431.03.A.1, Discussion of the Evaluation of the Superintendent

STUDY SESSION

1.  Review of Governing Board Calendar
The Board briefly reviewed its calendar.

2.  Review of Calendars for 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 School Years
Mr. Cox informed the Board that tonight is the second hearing on proposed calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years and asked that a final decision be made in the regular session.  President Peterson asked that the next time calendars are under review for adoption, that the pros and cons of start dates, semester breaks, end dates, etc., be shared with the public.

3.  Review of Recommendations for Arizona School Boards Association 2013 Legislative Priorities
Discussion was held on proposals for submission to the Arizona School Boards Association Legislative Committee for 2013.  Action on this item will take place in the regular meeting.

4.  Presentation on Student Meal Prices
Mrs. Zullo explained that the National School Lunch Program requires school food authorities (SFAs) participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure that enough funds are provided to school food service accounts for meals served to students not eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.  SFAs must review their paid lunch revenue annually to assure compliance.  Mrs. Zullo stated that the elementary lunch price would increase from $1.75 to $1.85, junior high from $2.25 to $2.35, and high school from $2.50 to $2.75, if the Board approves the new prices.  Action on this item will take place in the regular meeting.

5.  Review of Agenda Items
The Board briefly reviewed the agenda.

6.  Updates from Board Members/Superintendents
Dr. Cowan informed the Board that, with their approval of the personnel sheets in the open meeting, they would be approving transfers and hires of new administrators.

President Peterson gave a brief report on the National School Board Association (NSBA) conference he attended last week.

Ms. Sylvester and Mr. Lesar shared that they are working to assemble an interview team for the Chief Educational Technology/Innovation Officer (CETIO) position.  A possible recommendation could be presented to the Board at the regular meeting on May 22, 2012.

REGULAR MEETING

1.  Minutes
On the motion of Mrs. Udall, the Board unanimously approved minutes of a regular meeting held on April 10, 2012.

2.  Personnel Requests
A.  On the motion of Mr. Nichols, the Board unanimously approved the Certificated and Classified Personnel Requests, including an addendum.

B.  On the motion of Dr. Whiting, the Board unanimously approved the rehire of all certificated employees for the 2012-2013 school year, other than those designated as exclusionary or for nonrenewal on the list of excluded certificated employees.

C.  On the motion of Mrs. Udall, the Board unanimously approved the rehire of all classified employees for the 2012-2013 school year, other than those designated for exclusion on the list of excluded classified employees.

3.  Consent Agenda
On the motion of Mr. Hughes, the Board unanimously approved the consent agenda.

4.  Superintendent's Report
Dr. Cowan reported on the following:

Whittier Elementary School and Shepherd Junior High School were selected by the Arizona Education Foundation as 2012 A+ Schools.  The A+ program celebrates education and brings to light the positive stories and successes happening in public schools.  Schools are recognized for their superior ability to meet the needs of their student populations.

Governor Brewer's office has proclaimed April 22-28, 2012, as "The Week of the Young Child."  This is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families, and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.

Mountain View High School's Toro Marching Band has been selected to perform in the 2013 Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade.  This honor is bestowed on a select few bands annually and is a testimony to the outstanding music program headed by Scott Burgener.

Mesa teachers and principals have been invited to attend the Sally Ride Science Upper-Elementary and Middle-School Academies to be held in July.  The academies provide an excellent professional development opportunity in science, technology, engineering, and math.  One administrator and four teachers will attend each of the two academies, which are sponsored by Exxon-Mobil.

The Rhodes Junior High Jazz Ensemble, directed by Keith Kuczynski, placed first in the Elementary and Junior High Division at the Highland Jazz Festival.  This is the second year in  a row that the ensemble has received top honors in its division.  Rhodes was also awarded the highest score at the festival, which drew groups from 48 schools statewide.

The City of Mesa, in partnership with Mesa Public Schools, hosted a paper recycling challenge among all MPS elementary schools located in Mesa.  Participating schools were asked to track how much paper they recycled from April 2-13.  SHARP School recycled 881 pounds of paper.  On April 19, Charlie the Recycling Chimp was on campus to help present the award and two trees for planting at the school.

The City of Mesa, along with community volunteers, are assisting Mesa Public Schools in celebrating Arbor Day.  Twenty schools across Mesa were randomly selected to have a volunteer come to two of their third-grade classrooms on Friday, April 27, to read the Dr. Seuss book, The Lorax.

The Information Systems team has launched a mobile application for the MPS Portal.  Parents and students can now access the attendance and grades portion of the portal on smartphones and other mobile devices.  The application is available at the App Store and in the Android Market by searching for ParentVUE or StudentVUE.

Brimhall Junior High School's 20th and final anniversary celebration is set for April 27.  A reception from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. is open to current and former students, staff, families, friends, and neighbors.

Mesa Junior High School's 60th anniversary celebration is set for Saturday, April 28 from noon to 4:00 p.m.  The celebration will highlight the rich history and proud traditions of the school community.  Generations of students, staff, parents, and friends will gather to share many memories about learning, campus life, and the legacy of Mesa's first junior high.

5.  Recognitions
A.  Community Partnership Contributions

Mrs. Deb Pangrazi, Physical Education Department Specialist, provided an overview of the many district/community partnerships. Mrs. Pangrazi thanked representatives for their many contributions to Mesa school children and presented certificates to representatives from United States Tennis Association, Phoenix Children's Hospital-Kids Rock Star, The First Tee Longbow Golf Club, American Heart Association, Brunswick Zone, BlueCross BlueShield Walk On, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, and HOPSports.

B.  Volunteer of the Month
On behalf of the Governing Board and administration, Dr. Whiting presented a Volunteer of the Month award for April 2012 to Mary and Paul Whitlock, volunteers at Kerr Elementary School.

C.  Take Time for People
On behalf of the Governing Board and administration, Mr. Nichols presented the Take Time for People awards for April 2012 to the following:

Educators of the Month: Dr. Mary Christen, Special Education Teacher, Taylor Junior High School; and Wayne Manske, Counselor, Salk and Field elementary schools

Classified Employees of the Month: Julie Sanders, Health Assistant, Kino Junior High School; and Taleen Vezina, Office Technician, Curriculum and Instruction

D.  Students and Staff
Mary Evans, district National Academic League (NAL) commissioner, presented trophies to the winning NAL teams in Mesa.  The National Academic League is the super sport for academic athletes.  It combines important aspects of team sports, such as competitiveness, strategy, and team mentality, with problem solving, critical thinking, and scholarship skills.  The Taylor Junior High NAL team and coach Kay Warfield are this year's division champions, and they advanced to the elite eight of the national tournament.  The Mesa Academy team and Coach Reilly are this year's district and state champions, and they advance to the sweet sixteen division of the national tournament.

Mesa Public Schools had several first-place Arizona Science and Engineering Fair winners.  Sakthi Kumar was awarded the Junior High Grand Award, making her eligible to visit the International Fair in Pittsburgh as a Student Observer.  C.G. Schultz received the Association For Women in Science Award.  Dawn Knight, science teacher at the Mesa Academy, received the Science Teacher of the Year Award.  The Mesa Academy for Advanced Studies was named the Elementary School Grand Champions.

6.  Proclamation
On behalf of the Governing Board, Dr. Whiting read a proclamation in recognition of May 7-11, 2012, as Teacher Appreciation Week and May 8, 2012, as National Teacher Day.  The Board unanimously adopted the proclamation.

7.  Second Hearing on Calendars
A second hearing on proposed calendars for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years was held.

After discussion, and on the motion of Mr. Nichols, the Board unanimously adopted proposed calendar "A" for both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years.

8.  ASBA 2013 Legislative Priorities
On the motion of Mr. Nichols, the Board unanimously approved proposals for submission to the Arizona School Boards Association Legislative Committee for 2013 ASBA action.

The meeting adjourned at  8:39 p.m.