Monday's Modesto City Schools Board of Education meeting will cover a range of issues, including the 2009-10 budget, revisions to the student conduct code and a discussion about increasing the board's travel budget.
Hold a public hearing and approve the 2009-10 budget; it must be adopted before June 30. The 170-page document proposes $244.5 million in revenues and $253.8 in expenditures for a $9.3 million shortfall. Other funding sources and carry-over funds will backfill that gap and leave the district with $13.1 million left over.
But that sum shrinks to $3.9 million in the 2010-11 fiscal year.
In closed session, consider approving a new principal for Wilson Elementary School. Trustees will review evaluations for the district's three associate superintendents of curriculum and instruction.
Trustees will consider revising the contracts of the three associate superintendents and the deputy superintendent of human resources to reflect their 1 percent pay cuts and three furlough days. Administrators are taking the cuts to share in funding shortfalls like other employee groups in the district.
The revisions call for extending three contracts one additional year, through 2011, but Associate Superintendent Pat Portwood's contract would remain the same and expire in 2010.
Portwood was on vacation this week and Superintendent Arturo Flores was not in the office Friday. A message left on his cell phone Friday afternoon was not returned.
Consider approving revisions to the student conduct code for all grades. The code provides direction to school administrators in determining consequences for serious disciplinary offenses such as fighting, drug use and vandalism. It informs parents and students about expectations of behavior.
The policy would be updated to include new laws on cyberbullying. The revisions clarify search and seizure authority of school administrators. The new wording encourages good judgment and common sense when a search is considered.
Discuss the board's travel budget. For 2009-10, $6,500 has been set aside for travel and expenses related to conferences for trustees. Three of the seven trustees plan to attend the annual California School Boards Association workshop in December in San Diego, according to a staff report. Registration, hotel, transportation and other reimbursable costs will absorb most of that budget, leaving little for other conferences or training for any new board members elected in November.
Trustees will direct staff about maintaining the budget, lowering it or increasing it.
Consider revisions to board policy that would allow adults access to Regional Occupation Programs on high school campuses during the school day. Schools usually keep a tight rein on visitors on campus, but the new policy requires the ROP classes to design a visible identification for adult students when they are on a campus.
Consider approving changes to board policy outlining advertisements on school or district property and school or district Web sites.
Current policy addresses only the ads on fences of high school baseball diamonds. "Since then, numerous cost-effective means of advertising have been developed, including temporary banners, digital displays and ads on Web sites," according to the staff report.
Allowing the ads can bring in revenue for schools. Any ads would need to be approved by the student body organization and principal. Web site ads would need approval by the superintendent's Cabinet. Ad contracts couldn't be longer than a year.
Ads could not be placed on school buses or campus marquees, and ads for tobacco, drugs, alcohol, soft drinks, non-nutritional food or businesses owned by district employees would not be allowed, according to the changes.
Monday's meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the district office boardroom, 425 Locust St.
Bee staff writer Michelle Hatfield can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 578-2339.