HIGHLIGHTS
OF THE GOVERNING BOARD MEETING
OF THE MESA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 4
TUESDAY, JUNE 13, 2017
MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS CURRICULUM SERVICES CENTER
BUILDING 2
549 N. Stapley, Mesa, AZ

REGULAR MEETING

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

2.  Review of Governing Board Calendar
The Board briefly reviewed the calendar through August 2017.

3.  Update on Meet and Confer
Dr. Holmes provided an overview of the changes made to the wording in some articles of the Working Conditions Document for both the Mesa Education Association (MEA) and Mesa Education Support Personnel Association (MESPA). He also reviewed the nine percent insurance costs, prescription medicine plan revisions, and the $10 and $10.50 minimum raise impact to the budget. 

4. Budget Update
Mr. Thompson provided an updated 2017-2018 Maintenance and Operations Budget (M & O) sheet, and a 2017 legislative special budget funds sheet. He reviewed the costs of providing a 1.31 percent raise to all employees and the costs for additional staffing.

Mr. Thompson also reviewed the additional teacher compensation defined in the Governor’s budget. An increase of 1.06 percent will net an average $450 per teacher. He stressed that only teachers with a classroom roster are eligible for these funds. Per the Auditor General, the District must publish online and notify all teachers of the meeting when the approval for these funds is to be addressed.

Mr. Thompson reviewed the results-based-funding that will provide additional funding in the 2017-2018 school year to 14 District schools per achievement results during the spring of 2016. These funds must be allocated directly to the school site and not supplant monies budgeted or received. Recent guidelines will require staff at these schools to decide how these funds are used.

5.  Updates from Superintendents
Dr. Cowan informed the Board that there are a few Community Curriculum Advisory Committee vacancies that need to be filled by the Board.

Dr. Cowan also informed the Board that the title of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction will be changed to Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning.

Mr. Smith stated that he is interested in serving as a lobbyist on behalf of the District/Board.

Dr. Lesar informed the Board that the assistant superintendents are working on incentive goals and appeals. These funds will be paid on July 13, 2017.

6.  Minutes
On the motion of Mrs. Miner, the Board unanimously approved minutes of a regular meeting held on May 23, 2017.

On the motion of Mr. Smith, the Board unanimously approved minutes of a study session held on June 6, 2017.

7.  Personnel Requests
On the motion of Mr. Peterson, the Board unanimously approved the certificated and classified personnel requests, including an addendum.

With the approval of the personnel requests Dr. Cowan introduced the following new administrators:

  • Justin Vargas – Adams/Kerr Elementary Schools Dean of Students
  • George Martin – Superstition High School Principal

8. Consent Agenda
On the motion of Mrs. Sears, the Board unanimously approved the consent agenda according to the recommended action for each item.

9.  Adoption
On the motion of Mr. Smith, the Board unanimously approved the adoption of the Prescription Medication Plan Design.

10.  Compensation
On the motion of Mrs. Miner, the Board unanimously approved the Compensation Plan for the 2017-2018 school year.

11.  Second Hearing
A second hearing was held on Policy GBBD – Leaves and Absences. Dr. Holmes briefly reviewed the changes to this policy.

On the motion of Mr. Smith, the Board unanimously approved this policy.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

1. On the motion of Mrs. Miner, the Board unanimously agreed to enter executive session at 6:16 p.m., pursuant to A.R.S. §138-431.03(A)(1), Discussion of the Superintendent's Evaluation.

The executive session ended at 8:34 p.m.

The meeting adjourned at 8:35 p.m.