Board Agenda

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

The mission of the Fenton Charter Public Schools is to offer a high quality innovative education to all students in a safe, secure, nurturing environment where students, parents and staff become a community of learners achieving collaborative and successful outcomes.

FCPS:  8928 B Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA 91352 • (818) 962-3630

FACS:  11828 Gain Street, Lake View Terrace, CA 91342 • (818) 896-7482

SMBCCS:  1022 North Van Ness Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90038 • (323) 469-0971

FPC:  11351 Dronfield Avenue, Pacoima, CA  91331 • (818) 485-5900

STEM and FCLA:  8926 Sunland Boulevard, Sun Valley, CA  91352 • (818) 962-3636

 

REGULAR MEETING - BOARD OF DIRECTORS

June 18, 2020 – 4:30 P.M.

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://zoom.us/j/528616088
Meeting ID: 528 616 088

Instructions for Presentations to the Board by Parents and Citizens

 

The Fenton Charter Public Schools (“Charter Schools”) welcome your participation at the Charter Schools’ Board meetings.  The purpose of a public meeting of the Board of Directors (“Board”) is to conduct the affairs of the Charter Schools in public.  Your participation assures us of continuing community interest in our Charter Schools. 

 

MODIFIED MEETING PROCEDURES DURING COVID-19 (CORONAVIRUS) PANDEMIC:

 

As per Executive Order N-29-20 from Governor Newsom, the meetings of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will move to a virtual/teleconference environment using Zoom.  The purpose of the Governor’s executive order is to control the spread of Coronavirus and to reduce and minimize the risk of infection by “limiting attendance at public assemblies, conferences, or other mass events.”  The Governor’s executive order on March 20, 2020, waived the requirement for a majority of board members to physically participate in a public board meeting at the same location.  The intent is not to limit public participation, but rather to protect public health by following the Governor’s Stay at Home executive order and the Los Angeles County’s “Safer at Home” order.

 

Instructions for public comments at board meetings conducted via Zoom:

 

If you wish to make a public comment, please follow these instructions:

 

1.  A Google survey “sign-up” will be open to members of the public 30 minutes prior to the public meeting.  This survey will take the place of the “speaker cards” available at meetings. https://bit.ly/2wDdxrM

2. Speakers will fill in their names and select if they wish to address the board regarding a specific agenda item or a non-agenda item.

3. Speakers are asked to attend the board meeting virtually through the Zoom invitation link on the top of the agenda.

4. When it is time for the speaker to address the board, his/her name will be called by the Board Chair and the requesting speaker’s microphone will be activated.

5. Speakers should rename their Zoom profile with their real name to expedite this process.

6. After the comment has been given, the microphone for the speaker’s Zoom profile will be muted.

 

  

I. PRELIMINARY

 

A. Call to Order – Chairperson of the Board – Joe Lucente

 

B. Roll Call – Secretaries of the Board – Kelley Christenson and Veronica Palazzola

 

C. Approval of the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

The Chair will request any amendments to the agenda, and then approval.

 

D. Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting - Chair Lucente

 

Minutes of the May 21, 2020 Regular Meeting of the Board of Directors will be presented for approval. 

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

Any persons present desiring to address the Board of Directors on any proper matter.

 

Agenda items:  No individual presentation shall be for more than five (5) minutes and the total time for this purpose shall not exceed thirty (30) minutes per agenda item.  

 

Non-agenda items:  No individual presentation shall be for more than three (3) minutes and the total time for this purpose shall not exceed fifteen (15) minutes.  

 

Ordinarily, Board members will not respond to presentations and no action can be taken.  However, the Board may give direction to staff following a presentation.

 

B. Committee/Council Reports

 

1. Finance Committee: Sarah Ananta, Maria Patrón (FPC); Donald Ausherman, AJ Smith (SMBCCS); Jennifer Hines (FCLA); Dominica Yasuda (STEM)

Budget, Facilities and Safety Council:  Tony Peña, Marty Penner  (FACS)

 

2. Instruction Committee: Lisa Ibarra, Jacqueline Penner (FPC); Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto (SMBCCS); Yesenia Fuentes (FCLA); Alejandra Muñoz (STEM)

Curriculum and Assessment Council: Lee Melo, Christopher Torres (FACS)

 

3. Personnel Committee: Nina Ferman, Coco Salazar (FPC); Megan Stevenson, Tiene Hauck (SMBCCS); Kate Hetu (FCLA); Elisa Vallejo (STEM)

Human Resource and Personnel Council: Leanna Hendrix, Mercedes Meeks (FACS)

 

4. Parent/Community Advocacy Committee: Bridget Ruiz, Coco Salazar (FPC); Ariana Gomez, Evelia Manzo (SMBCCS); Lindsay Oquindo (FCLA);
Sydney Crowe (STEM)

School-Community Relations Council: Leticia Padilla Parra (FACS)

 

a. School Site Council:  Leticia Padilla Parra, Christopher Torres (FACS); Richard Parra, Sandra Valle (FPC); Karla Morales Jimenez, Bunny Wolfer (SMBCCS); Amarjeet Gonzalez (FCLA/STEM) 

 

b. English Learner Advisory Committee

 

C. Financial Business Manager’s Report:  Kristin Dietz, Vice President, EdTec - FCPS Financial Business Manager

 

The Financial Business Manager will present the April financial statements, cash flow position, and any variations in revenues and expenditures from the approved 2019-2020 budgets for all sites.

 

D. Directors’ Reports 

 

1. Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) – Mrs. Leticia Padilla Parra

 

2. Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS) – Mr. Cary Rabinowitz

 

3. Fenton Primary Center (FPC) – Mr. Richard Parra

 

4. Fenton STEM Academy (STEM) – Mrs. Jennifer Miller

 

5. Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) – Mrs. Jennifer Miller

 

E. Chief Academic Officer’s Report and LCAP Update – Dr. David Riddick

 

F. Executive Director’s Report:  Irene Sumida

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

All matters listed under the consent agenda are considered by the Board to be routine and will be approved/enacted by the Board in one motion in the form listed below.  Unless specifically requested by a Board member for further discussion or removed from the agenda, there will be no discussion of these items prior to the Board’s vote on them.  The Executive Director recommends approval of all consent agenda items. 

 

A. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 Homeless Education Policies for FACS, FPC, SMBCCS, FCLA and STEM  

 

B. Recommendation to approve Delta Dental and VSP plans for benefited employees

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

A. Recommendation to adopt COVID-19 Operations Written Report

 

B. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 budgets for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton Charter Leadership Academy and Fenton STEM Academy

 

C. Recommendation to approve Education Protection Act spending plans and resolutions for 2020-2021 school year

 

D. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 technology upgrades and software licenses

 

E. Recommendation to approve continued membership in CharterSAFE for Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs (ASCIP) for Property and Liability Insurance

 

F. Recommendation to approve continued membership in the California Charter Schools Association

 

G. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 final staff rosters, stipends for specific positions, recommendations for regular status, and FCPS employee contracts

 

H. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 salary schedules for all staff

 

I. Recommendation to approve expenditure for items above spending authority of Executive Director

 

J. Recommendation to approve Board of Directors for 2020-2021

 

K. Recommendation to approve revised Employee Handbook

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION 

 

  1. A.FCPS Board of Directors’ Meetings for 2020-2021

 

  1. A.Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

  1. A.Progress on expansion of FCLA and STEM

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

VII. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 4:30 pm via Zoom meeting.

 

 

 

Americans with Disabilities Act

 

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, disability-related modifications or accommodations, including auxiliary aids or services, in order to participate in the public meeting of the FCPS Board of Directors, please contact the main office of either Fenton Avenue Charter School or the Fenton Primary Center at (818) 896-7482.  Notification of 72 hours prior to the meeting will enable FCPS to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accommodations and accessibility to this meeting.  Upon request, FCPS shall also make available this agenda and all other public records associated with this meeting in appropriate alternative formats for persons with disabilities.

Item I.E.

UNAPPROVED MINUTES

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

 

May 21, 2020

 

A meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools was held on Thursday, May 21, 2020, at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom (https://zoom.us/j/528616088)

 

I. PRELIMINARY

 

A. Call to Order – Chairperson of the Board – Joe Lucente

 

The Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 4:33 p.m. by Chair Lucente.

 

B. Roll Call – Secretaries of the Board – Marie Kirakossian and Megan Stevenson

 

Board Members Present

Yvette King-Berg, Community Representative

Daniel Laughlin, Parent Representative

Joe Lucente, Community Representative

Jed Wallace, Community Representative

Walter Wallace, Community Representative 

 

Board Members Not Present

Diane Abeyta, Parent Representative

 

C. Approval of the Agenda – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the Agenda (Item I.C.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

D. Approval of Minutes

 

1. Minutes of Previous Regular Meeting – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the minutes of the April 16, 2020 Regular Meeting (Item I.D.1.) were approved as presented. 

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

2. Minutes of Previous Special Meeting – Chair Lucente

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the minutes of the May 5, 2020 Special Meeting (Item I.D.2.) were approved as presented. 

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

II. COMMUNICATIONS

 

A. Presentations from the Public – Chair Lucente

 

A Google survey “sign-up” was opened to members of the public 30 minutes prior to the public meeting.  This survey took the place of the “speaker cards” available at meetings (https://bit.ly/2wDdxrM).  

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

B. Committee/Council Reports 

 

Minutes of all meetings held by any committee and/or council were sent to the Board Members prior to this meeting.  

 

There were no further reports by committees/councils.  

 

C. Financial Business Manager’s Report 

 

Kristin Dietz, Vice President of EdTec, and Financial Business Manager, presented the following update:

 

  • ïConsolidated forecasted net income is now $1.05M, a decrease from the previous forecast of $152k due to the following:
    • oIncrease in salaries and benefits costs due to a higher number of supervision staff than originally budgeted for ($125k consolidated increase in expense)
    • oDecrease in SB 740 reimbursement per CSFA guidance ($68k decrease in revenue at FPC, STEM and FCLA)
    • oPrior year SMAA and UAR apportionment revenue received ($29k consolidated increase in revenue)
    • oIncrease in contracted Special Education costs tied to Program Development Grant ($49k increase in expense at FACS)
    • oCash balances and overall fiscal health remain very strong, and all sites continue to have positive cash balances.

D. Directors’ Reports 

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School (FACS) – Leticia Padilla Parra, Director, reported.

 

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School (SMBCCS) – Cary Rabinowitz, Director, reported.

 

Fenton Primary Center (FPC) – Richard Parra, Director, reported.

 

Fenton STEM Academy (STEM) – Jennifer Miller, Director, reported.

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy (FCLA) – Jennifer Miller, Director, reported.

 

E. Chief Academic Officer’s Report 

 

Fenton Charter Pubic Schools (FCPS) – Dr. David Riddick, Chief Academic Officer, reported.

 

F. Executive Director’s Report 

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools (FCPS) – Irene Sumida, Executive Director, reported.

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

    1. a.Recommendation to approve E-Rate Consulting Renewal Proposal for Fiscal Year 2020-2021 from Learningtech.org

 

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Consent Agenda (Item III.A.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION

 

    1. a.Recommendation to ratify the Executive Director and Finance Committee’s decision to return the Paycheck Protection Program SBA Loan

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Walter Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to ratify the Executive Director and Finance Committee’s decision to return the Paycheck Protection Program SBA Loan (Item IV.A.) was approved as presented.

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

    1. a.Recommendation to approve Resolution #42:  Authorization to Apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance under California Disaster Declaration DR-4482

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve Resolution #42:  Authorization to Apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance under California Disaster Declaration DR-4482 (Item IV.B.) was approved as presented.

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

    1. a.Recommendation to approve expenditure for item above spending authority of Executive Director

On MOTION of Jed Wallace, SECONDED by Daniel Laughlin and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve expenditure for item above spending authority of the Executive Director (Item IV.C.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

D. Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 Kaiser Permanente and Health Net plans for medical benefits for benefited employees for the 2020-2021 school year, and development of plan for employee contributions to medical insurance beginning in 2021-2022

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve 2020-2021 Kaiser Permanente and Health Net plans for medical benefits for benefited employees for the 2020-2021 school year, and the development of a plan for employee contributions to medical insurance beginning in 2021-2022 (Item IV.D.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

E. Recommendation to approve Unum for life, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and approve offering a variety of voluntary insurances

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Jed Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve Unum for life, long-term and short-term disability insurance, and approve offering a variety of voluntary insurances to employees (Item IV.E.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

F. Recommendation to approve Reduction in Force Policy

 

On MOTION of Yvette King-Berg, SECONDED by Walter Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Reduction in Force Policy and authorize the Executive Director to add the policy to the Employee Handbook prior to June 30, 2020 (Item IV.F.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

G. Recommendation to approve Ad Hoc Committee to nominate FCPS Board members for 2020-2021

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Yvette King-Berg and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve the Ad Hoc Committee to nominate FCPS Board members for 2020-2021 (Item IV.G.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

H. Recommendation to receive and file LAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit Reports for 2019-2020 School Year

 

On MOTION of Daniel Laughlin, SECONDED by Walter Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to receive and file LAUSD Annual Performance-Based Oversight Visit Reports for 2019-2020 School Year (Item IV.H.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

I. Recommendation to approve notice to authorizing district, LAUSD, to reserve the right of Fenton schools to leave LAUSD SELPA

 

On MOTION of Walter Wallace, SECONDED by Jed Wallace and CARRIED by a vote of 5 (YES) and 0 (NO), the recommendation to approve notice to authorizing district, LAUSD, to reserve the right of Fenton schools to leave the LAUSD SELPA (Item IV.I.) was approved as presented.

 

Aye: (5) Yvette King-Berg, Daniel Laughlin, Joe Lucente,

Jed Wallace, Walter Wallace

Nay: (0)

Abstentions: (0)

 

V. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

    1. a.Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

B. Progress on expansion of FCLA and STEM

 

C. Selection of Vendor to Provide Student Information Systems (SIS) software and other related support

 

D. Salary of Executive Director for 2020-2021 school year

 

These were information items only and no action was taken.

 

VI. ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Fenton Charter Public Schools will be held on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. via Zoom Meeting.

 

VII. ADJOURNMENT 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 6:13 p.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted:

 

 

 

___________________________ ___________________________

Marie Kirakossian Megan Stevenson

Secretary of the Board Secretary of the Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. B. 

 

Committee and Council Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.1.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Unapproved Minutes of the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council

 

June 5, 2020- Zoom Meeting

 

Call to Order: Martin Penner- Co-Chair

 

The Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council was called to order at 2:02 p.m. by Co-Chair Martin Penner.

 

Roll Call: Geina Addison, Secretary

 

Members Present: Geina Addison, Fanny Adnitt, Patricia Aparicio, Barbara Aragon, Christie Collins, Vanessa   Ettleman, Mary Ann McPherson, Leticia Padilla Parra, Martin Penner, Jessi Tello, Ann Velasco, Mimi Whang

 

Members Excused: David Valle 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Martin Penner– Co-Chair

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 7, 2020 meeting of the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Vanessa Ettleman, SECONDED by Mary Ann McPherson, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council from May 7, 2020 were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Martin Penner – Co-Chair

 

 

Item #2                       There were no presentations from the public.   

 

Old Business: There was no old business. 

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 FACS and FPC Material Revision Update (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 2), Leticia Padilla Parra, Director 

(Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Director Leticia Padilla Parra explained to the council that since the Material Revision to add sixth grade was not placed on the agenda for LAUSD’s June Board meeting, FACS will not be able to move forward with the addition of sixth grade next year. FACS intends to pursue the approval of the material revision for the following school year. 

 

Item #4 FACS Final Staff Roster 2020-2021 (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, Director

(Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Director Leticia Padilla Parra shared the final, updated staff roster for the 2020-2021 school year. Three sixth grade classes were removed from the roster and, with the approval of the reorganization committee, Cynthia Eschenfelder and Robin Brenneisen were moved back to fifth grade. There is currently one opening for 5th grade, as well as two openings for Education Specialists (Room 12 and Room 2). The positions will be posted on Edjoin and interviews will be scheduled. 

 

Item #5 2020-2021 Budget Preparation and Analysis, (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 2), 

Leticia Padilla Parra, Director

(Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Director Leticia Padilla Parra updated the council about the projected budget for the 2020-2021 school year. The budget is currently being revisited and there will be a reduction in funds due to the removal of the three anticipated six grade classes. The exact budget is uncertain as state and federal funding is not yet finalized. 

 

Item #6 iPad and Hotspot Distribution, (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, Director

(Informational Item)

 

This was an informational item only. Director Leticia Padilla Parra informed the council that there have been two previous iPad distribution days where parents who had filled out the use agreement were able to secure iPads for students. The Hotspot distribution is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9th from 8:00-9:30am at FPC. There are still a number of iPads available. If parents were unable to secure an iPad during the previous distribution events, they may do so during the upcoming Hotspot distribution. This includes fifth grade students as well in order to ensure that they have access to Fenton’s summer distance learning resources. 

 

 

Announcements: There were no announcements. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: To Be Determined

 

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Fanny Adnitt, SECONDED by Mimi Whang, and CARRIED, the Budget, Facilities and Safety Council adjourned at 2:22 p.m. The next regular meeting of the council is to be determined.

 

 

Respectfully Submitted by Geina Addison

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.2.

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Curriculum and Assessment Council

June 3, 2020

1:00 p.m. – Zoom Meeting

 

MINUTES

 

Call to Order: Lee Melo and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

The Curriculum and Assessment Council was called to order at 1:13 p.m. by Co-Chair Christopher Torres.

 

Roll Call: Cynthia Eschenfelder and Robin Brenneisen – Secretaries

 

Members Present: Barbara Aragon, Marya Asadurian, Robin Brenneisen, Jacqueline Claudio, Cynthia Eschenfelder, Otilia Lopez, Lee Melo, Leticia Padilla Parra, Cheryl Perkins, Jessi Tello, Christopher Torres, Rebecca Williamson

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Lee Melo and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Minutes from the April 29, 2020 meeting of the Curriculum and Assessment Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Otilia Lopez, SECONDED by Jacqueline Claudio, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Curriculum and Assessment Council from April 29, 2020 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Lee Melo and Christopher Torres – Co-Chairs

 

Item #2                       Any persons desiring to address the Curriculum and Assessment Council on any proper matter.

 

 

Old Business: No Old Business

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 FACS Final Staff Roster 2020-2021 (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared the staff roster for the 2020-2021 school year. Because the district did not place our submitted material revision on the June LAUSD Board Meeting agenda, we will not be moving forward with 6th grade for the 2020-2021 school year. The two affected teachers, Robin Brenneisen and Cynthia Eschenfelder, were placed back in fifth grade with the approval of the reorganization committee. This leaves one opening in 5th and two education specialist openings. 

 

On MOTION of Cynthia Eschenfelder, SECONDED by Rebecca Williamson, and CARRIED, the FACS Final Staff Roster 2020-2021 was approved.  

 

Item #4 2020-2021 Lead Teacher Selection Process (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1 and 2), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that due to the Materials Revision change, a 6th grade Lead Teacher position is no longer needed. Robin Brenneisen will accept her nomination for the 5th grade Lead Teacher position, sharing with nominated Lead Teacher for 5th grade, Barbara Ausherman, pending approval by the grade level. The focus lead position will no longer be an option for next year, but the focus for the school, Environmental Studies, might still be explored.

 

Item #5 2020-2021 Faculty and Classified Representatives Selection Process (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 2), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra will send a document with requirements and qualifications for faculty and classified representatives on Friday for nominations, which will be due by Monday, June 8th. The nominees will be contacted then, with ballots distributed via email Monday or Tuesday if the nominees accept their nominations. The selection process will be completed by the end of the school year on Friday, June 12th

 

Item #6 2020-2021 Council Membership and Council Chair Selection (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 2), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra will be sharing a document for the Council Membership selection process, which must take place after Lead Teachers are selected. It will be sent via email and will need to be submitted by Wednesday June 10th by 3pm. Teachers will be made aware of their placement by the end of the school year. 

 

Item #7 Vertical Instructional Alignment (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 2 and 5), Robin Brenneisen, 5th Grade Lead Teacher (Informational Item)

 

Ms. Brenneisen expressed the need for careful vertical alignment between grade levels, particularly in math, in response to the events of the 2019-2020 school year. In this model, grade levels would share with each other how thoroughly grade level topics were covered in the previous year, to assist in appropriately planning for the upcoming school year. This could also involve reaching out to second grade teachers at FPC to support the incoming 3rd graders. A PD webinar emphasized studying the grade level standards in regards to how each standard builds and grows as the students progress through their education. This focus would allow for stronger instruction, particularly with the inevitable focus on technology. 

 

Item #8 iPad and Hotspot Distribution (LCAP Goal 2, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra reminded the council of the previous iPad distribution dates (May 11th & May 29th). The next steps for FACS include determining how to ensure all of our students have access to the devices, as well as the resources that will be made available to them over the summer. Due to current local events, the planned Hotspot distribution had to be postponed for all schools. A new date has not yet been determined. 

 

Announcements: None.

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: To be determined.  

 

 

Adjournment: On the MOTION of Cynthia Eschenfelder, SECONDED by Rebecca Williamson, and CARRIED, the Curriculum and Assessment Council adjourned at 1:37 pm. 

 

Minutes submitted respectfully by Cynthia Eschenfelder and Robin Brenneisen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

 

 Instruction Committee

June 11, 2020

1:00 p.m. - Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 878 4882 6672

Password: SMBCCS

 

MINUTES

Call to Order: Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chair

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held in a Zoom Session on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:00 P.M.

 

Roll Call: Jennifer Flynn, Secretary

Present: Gaby Arroyo, Jennifer Nishimoto, Cassondra Barrett, Caroline Engel, Grisel Benn, Jocelyn O’Brien, Kimberly Kiser, Jazmin Luna, Lisa Morales, Cary Rabinowitz, Kyra Faulk, Fabiola Vega, Carmen Solis, Angela Boyd, Robin Rodriguez

Absent: Sasha Góngora

Non-committee members present: Walter Gomez and Monica Castaneda

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chair

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda. 

Approval of Minutes: Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 13, 2020 meeting of the Instruction Committee (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Kimberly Kiser SECONDED by Fabiola Vega  and CARRIED, the Minutes of the Instruction Committee meeting on May 13, 2020 were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public: Gaby Arroyo and Jennifer Nishimoto, Co-Chair

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public

 

Old Business:   

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Approval of Teacher Leadership Roles for 2020-2021, Cary Rabinowitz, Director, 

(LCAP Goal 3), (Motion to Approve)

Committee Chairs

Parent Advocacy Committee: Ariana Gomez and Evelia Manzo

Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson

Finance Committee: AJ Smith and Holly Putnam

Instruction Committee: Kimberly Kiser and Carmen Solis

 

Lead Teachers

Kindergarten - Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson

First grade – Emily Aaronson

Second grade – Jazmin Luna

Third grade – Kimberly Kiser and Carmen Solis

Fourth grade – Emma Colmenares

Fifth grade – Kyra Requiestas and Emma Kath

Sixth grade – Grisel Benn

SPED Lead – Beth Henschel

 

ELD Lead Teachers

Bunny Wolfer and Jennifer Flynn will share the position

 

Faculty Representatives

Megan Stevenson, Beth Henschel, and Marie Kirakossian 

 

Classified Representative

Antonio Garay

 

TA Representative

Sofia Hidalgo

 

Mr. Rabinowitz thanks the new Leadership Team members for their willingness to serve, and looks forward to a productive 2020-2021 school year. 

 

On MOTION of Fabiola Vega SECONDED by Cassondra Barrett and CARRIED, the Leadership Roles for the 2020-2021 school year were approved. 

 

Item #4 2020-2021 iPad Take Home Model, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-2), 

(Informational Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz shared that we will begin an iPad Take Home Model in the fall once all students have been enrolled and present at school. Students will be able to use the iPads in the classroom as well as at home in order to continue with our educational program. This model reinforces Santa Monica’s focus on technology, and furthers our drive to provide students with a rigorous and innovative curriculum. Students will be assigned their devices officially in the fall. Charging stations will be provided in each classroom, as well as loaner iPads for students who may forget theirs at home. Many other logistics regarding the use of the iPads at home and at school will need to be flushed out as we get closer to the beginning of the school year. 

 

Item #5 Summer Distance Learning Model, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (LCAP Goal 1, AMO 1-2),

(Informational Item)

Mr. Rabinowitz shared the Fenton Distance Learning Website: https://sites.google.com/fentoncharter.net/fcpsremotelearning/home

 

He detailed the resources that are available for families on the website, highlighting the extracurricular activities, resources for English Language Learners, and the specific grade-level activities. He encourages teachers to share the website with families so learning can continue over the summer. He thanks Jennifer Nishimoto, Gaby Arroyo, Jazmin Luna from Instruction Committee for working with the team to create the website. 

 

Item #6 2020-2021 Instructional Model and Considerations, Cary Rabinowitz, Director

(LCAP Goal 1, AMO1-2), (Informational Item)

 

As we move forward into the new school year, Mr. Rabinowitz acknowledges that students may have some learning gaps because of the time spent at home this spring. We will want to target the Essential Key standards in each grade level that build upon one another as we look to fill in those gaps. We want to make sure that students have a solid foundation in these key areas as they move forward. 

 

A potential model for the fall could have us teaching a group of students for half a day (from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.), and using the afternoon for enrichment and/or intervention for our students with higher needs. Dr. Riddick sent out an email asking for volunteers to help lead a FCPS Reopening Task Force. Mr. Rabinowitz encourages teachers who would like to contribute to volunteer to help plan for the fall. 

 

Announcements

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

Adjournment

 

On MOTION of Cassondra Barrett, SECONDED by Jazmin Luna, and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee adjourned at 1:20 p.m. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

Instruction Committee

June 11, 2020

 

Minutes

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, May 11, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom meeting link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/788539967 . 

 

Call to Order: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 1:09 p.m. by Chair, Alejandra Muñoz 

 

Roll Call: Paige Piper, Secretary 

Instruction Committee Members Present: Alejandra Muñoz, Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga, Paige Piper, Jennifer Miller, Romelia Lagunas, Ana Soto Gutierrez, and Jennifer Pimentel

Non-Committee Members: Yesenia Fuentes, Martha May, Raquel Contreras, Elisa Vallejo, Veronica Palazzola, Kate Hetu, Lindsey Western, Cecilia Quijano, Kelley Christenson, Dominica Yasuda, Maria Cordero, and Nicole Langlois 

Members Excused: 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

Approval of Minutes from May 5, 2020: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 5, 2020 meeting of the Instruction Committee.                 (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz , SECONDED by Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga  and CARRIED, the minutes from the May 5, 2020 meeting of the STEM Instruction Committee were approved.  

 

 

Presentations from the Public: Alejandra Muñoz, Chairperson

 

None

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Summer Distance Learning Resources, (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2)

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item) 

 

Mrs, Miller shared that on June 3rd, 2020 Dr. Riddick shared an email revealing the FCPS Summer Distance Learning website. The idea behind this website is that students can continue their learning throughout the Summer using their school provided iPad. Mrs. Miller will share the website with parents via the June 12th school newsletter. Mrs. Miller also encourages teachers to share this with their class during their Zoom meetings. Mrs. Miller shared that this site also serves as a type of “Virtual Open House” where parents can find and access review materials, and take a look at what they might expect in the coming grade level.  Mrs. Miller thanked the teachers and staff who worked to develop these websites.

 

Item #4 Parent Preference Survey, (LCAP 2, AMO 1),

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

On June 10th, 2020 Dr. Riddick shared an email sharing the results so-far from the parent preference survey. Mrs. Miller shared that about 1/3 of Fenton families have responded to the survey so far, and we hope additional families complete the survey to give as much stakeholder input as possible. According to Mrs. Miller, thus far, 41% parents have indicated that their preference is to return to a traditional instruction program, however this is unlikely given current CDE and CDC guidelines. The second choice of parents is the hybrid instructional model with 28%, demonstrating that parents have been happy with the virtual instruction that has been taking place during the school closure. The third choice, which resulted in 23%, was parents who prefer their student participate in an independent study model of instruction. While the parent preference survey does not confirm placement for Fall 2020, it does provide stakeholder information that will be used for the school to make decisions. The school will follow CDC and County guidelines when determining the instructional model used for the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

Item #5 2020-2021 Instructional Model, (LACP 1, AMO 1-2)  

Jennifer Pimentel, FCLA/STEM Administrative Coordinator (Informational Item)

 

On Monday, June 9, 2020 the CDE released a framework for reopening California schools. Dr. Riddick send an email to staff on June 10th, explaining what Fenton Schools may look like for the 2020-2021 school year, given the CDE guidelines and recommendations. Mrs. Miller reviewed Dr. Riddick’s presentation and proposed framework with the committee. The framework encompasses stakeholder input, and is similar to what FCPS has been discussing. There will be taskforce groups focused on determining what the school reopening looks like at Fenton schools. The taskforces are: Health and Safety, Instruction, Social Emotional Support Systems, Family & Community Engagement, and Operations. Mrs. Miller encourages interested individuals to sign-up for one or more taskforce.

 

Item #6 2020-2021 STEM Focus (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2)

Dominica Yasuda, STEM Focus Lead (Informational Item)

 

Dominica Yasuda shared her vision for implementing STEM during the 2020-2021 school year. Ms. Yasuda is hoping to have Zoom sessions with a variety of scientists, including: astronauts, Space X engineers, medical professionals, and Disney Imagineers to expose students to a variety of science careers. Additionally, the school would have a “Scientist of the Month” where they would research the contributions of a scientist, and make a model based on the individuals scientific contributions. Ms. Yasuda is also looking into the ability to participating in the  ExploraVision competition. Ms. Yasuda is committed to implementing STEM regardless of the instructional model for 2020-2021 school year. 

 

 

Announcements:

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Alejandra Muñoz, SECONDED by Paige Piper and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:46 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton FCLA Academy

Instruction Committee

June 11, 2020

 

AGENDA

 

A meeting of the Instruction Committee was held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 1:00 P.M. via Zoom meeting link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/788539967 . 

 

Call to Order: Alejandra Muñoz, Interim Chairperson

The Instruction Committee meeting was called to order at 1:07 p.m. by Interim Chair, Alejandra Muñoz 

 

Roll Call: Nicole Langlois, Secretary 

Instruction Committee Members Present: Maria Cordero, Yesenia Fuentes, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Martha May, Lindsey Western, Nicole Langlois, Raquel Contreras

Non-Committee Members: Alejandra Muñoz, Lilia Padilla-Zuñiga, Paige Piper, Dominica Yasuda, Cecilia Quijano, Kate Hetu, Elisa Vallejo, Veronica Palazzola, Romelia Lagunas, Ana Soto Gutierrez 

Members Excused: 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Alejandra Muñoz, Interim Chairperson

Approval of Minutes from October: Alejandra Muñoz, Interim Chairperson

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 5, 2020 meeting of the Instruction Committee.                 (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois , SECONDED by Martha May  and CARRIED, the minutes from the May 5, 2020 meeting of the FCLA Instruction Committee were approved. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Alejandra Muñoz, Interim Chairperson

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Instruction Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Summer Distance Learning Resources, (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2),

    Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that on June 3, 2020, Dr. Riddick emailed the organization the FCPS Summer Distance Learning website. Students will be able to continue distance learning throughout the summer now that all students have iPads and Hotspots. The website is included in the June 12th Newsletter Mrs. Miller will be sending out on the last day of school. Teachers are encouraged to share this with their students during their Zoom meetings. There was a team from many different positions and schools within the organization who worked on this comprehensive site, including our own Elisa Vallejo. Parents can preview and visit every grade level using this website. Mrs. Miller thanked the teachers and staff who worked to develop these resources.

 

Item #4 Parent Preference Survey, (LCAP 2, AMO 1), 

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

On June 10th, 2020, Dr. Riddick emailed the staff with results of how families responded in the Parent Preference Survey. We have about 1/3 of our families within the organization who have responded so far, and we hope additional families complete it to give as much input as possible. Mrs. Miller shared that 41% of parents are preferring a traditional model where students return to school full time, but that is very unlikely. The second choice of parents is the hybrid instructional model with 28%, demonstrating that parents have been happy with the virtual instruction that has been taking place during the school closure. The third choice, which resulted in 23%, of parents was the independent study model. While the parent preference survey does not confirm placement for Fall 2020, it does provide stakeholder information that will be used for the school to make decisions. The school will follow CDC and County guidelines when determining the instructional model used for the 2020-2021 school year.

   

Item #5 2020-2021 Instructional Model (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2),

Jennifer Miller, FCLA/STEM Director (Informational Item)

 

Information on the 2020-2021 Instructional Model was shared in an email from Dr. Riddick on June 10th. The CDE released a framework with guidelines from the CDC and other stakeholders. The framework is called “Stronger Together” and presents information that the Fenton schools have already begun to discuss. The Fenton organization will form a taskforce to focus on different areas that require decision-making  before school resumes in Fall 2020. The taskforces are: Health and Safety, Instruction, Social Emotional Support Systems, Family & Community Engagement, and Operations. Mrs. Miller encourages interested individuals to sign-up for one or more taskforce. These topics are already being discussed, but the taskforce will be an important part of decision-making based on information we continue to receive from the state and our authorizing district. Dr. Riddick has been asked to present this information to the LAUSD board on behalf of charter schools in California. 

 

Item #6 2020-2021 Leadership/SEL Focus (LCAP 1, AMO 1-2) 

    Kate Hetu, FCLA Focus Lead (Informational Item)

 

Kate Hetu, who will be the FCLA Focus Lead next year, shared her vision for the 2020-2021school year. She is committed to staying flexible, mindful, and focused on a strong Leadership Focus for the 2020-2021 school year. The school will implement a leadership spotlight where grade-levels will focus on 4 leaders a year and complete a study of the leader. Students will have learned about 28 leaders by the time they leave FCLA. Students will continue to focus on Service Learning. We will hold Schoolwide Initiatives such as Mutt-i-grees Madness, Kindness Week, and the Jester and Pharley Phund Read-a-thon. 

 

Yesenia Fuentes shared some information about her students who were able to complete their Service Learning Projects through Distance Learning. Many students focused on the current needs of their community and were able to share their projects through different digital platforms. 

 

Announcements: None

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Nicole Langlois, SECONDED by Lindsey Western and CARRIED, the Instruction Committee meeting was adjourned at 1:45 PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.3.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee

 

Thursday May 14, 2020

9:04 a.m.-Zoom Virtual Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82764601737
Meeting ID: 827 6460 1737 
Password: Personnel

 

AGENDA

 

Call to Order: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Roll Call: Zoe Weiss, Secretary 

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Shanjana Chowdhury, Rachel Cohen, Emma Colmenares, Jocelyn Condo, Tiene Hauck, Beth Henschel, Sandra Hernandez, Kristine Khachian, Marie Kirakossian, Bernadette Montajes, Cary Rabinowitz, Megan Stevenson, and Zoe Weiss

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Approval of Minutes:  Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the February 18, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

 

On MOTION of Beth Henschel of SECONDED by Marie Kirakossian and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: There is no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Staff Reorganization for 2020-2021 School Year (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

Thank you to teachers for completing the Personal Teaching History on time. The process has gone smoothly thus far. 

 

The reorganization committee is made up of faculty representatives, Personnel Committee co-chairs, Instruction Committee co-chairs, and the administration. They will be meeting this Friday, May 15th to discuss round one of reorganization. During round one,  the committee meets at each school to determine and post the initial staff roster. On Tuesday, May 19th they will reconvene for round two. During this round, the committee will discuss any requests for movement based on the posted roster. On Friday, May 22nd  the committee will meet for the third and final round, at which time they will discuss any requests for placements from outside the school.  

 

Item #4 COVID-19 Budgetary Impacts (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1-6), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

The current budget is based on a 5% cut of LCFF. This cut presented the school with a 450 thousand dollar loss in funding. Initial cuts were made, which added 200,000 dollars back into the budget. Some precautionary pieces have been put in place to ensure that the school is prepared for the more likely 10% cut. There will be a 20% cut to paraprofessional and supervision staff, which is about 2 staff members. This will probably happen naturally, as there is a high turnover for this job. The music teacher and science teacher have been asked to move back to the classroom. This doesn’t necessarily put money back into the budget immediately, but it is an ongoing precaution to make sure the school does not have to hire new teachers in the next few years. This is based on the budget projection. Staff will be updated as new evidence comes to light. 

 

Item #5 2020-2021 Potential Class Roster (LCAP Goal 3), Cary Rabinowitz, SMBCCS Director (Informational Item)

 

SMBCCS is projected to have 38 classroom teachers and an average class size of about 22-23.

Announcements:  

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: Monday June 1, 2020 at 9:00 am

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Beth Henschel, SECONDED by Kristine Khachian, and CARRIED, the

Personnel Committee adjourned at 9:15 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Avenue Charter School

Human Resource and Personnel Council

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Human Resource and Personnel Council

May 26, 2020

 

Call to Order: Leanna Hendrix, Council Co-Chair

 

The Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting was called to order at 3:19 p.m. by Council Co-Chair, Leanna Hendrix.

 

Roll Call: DeAnn Michiels, Secretary 

 

Members Present: Lizette Adkisson, Barbara Ausherman, Leanna Hendrix, Mercedes Cordoba Meeks, DeAnn Michiels, Leticia Padilla Parra, Barbara Aragón

 

Members Excused: David Valle, Karla Contreras, Karen Scharf, Louis Chernovsky

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Leanna Hendrix, Council Co-Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from May 5, 2020: Leanna Hendrix, Council Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 5, 2020 meeting of the Human Resource and Personnel Council (Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of DeAnn Michiels, SECONDED by Lizette Adkisson, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Mercedes Meeks, Council Co-Chair

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Item #2 Any person(s) desiring to address the Human Resource and Personnel Council on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Staff Reorganization for 2020-2021 (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Leticia 

            Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared the FACS 2020-21 staff roster. There will be nine 3rd grade teachers, eight 4th grader teachers, ten 5th grade teachers and three 6th grade teachers. One education specialist position currently needs to be filled and FACS is moving forward with the hiring process. However, filling the three open positions in 5th grade and one open position in 6th grade is currently on hold. This is due to our current hiring freeze, unknown enrollment numbers for 5th and 6th grade, as well as the unknown results of the material revision board approval set for June 2nd. 

 

Item #4 Budgetary Update (LCAP 3, AMO 1-6),      

Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared the Consolidated Forecast Update and it shows FACS with a negative ending balance of $5,307 for the 2019-20 school year. The 2020-21 Preliminary Budget Update shows FACS has a positive balance of $325,496. She expects this amount to be slightly lower moving forward with adjustments. 

 

Item #5 Recommendation of Teacher for Regular Status for the 2020-2021 School Year (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that 4th grade teacher Louis Chernovsky has been recommended for regular status and highly praised his growth as an educator. 

 

On Motion of Mercedes Meeks, Seconded by DeAnn Michiels, and CARRIED, the recommendation of teacher for regular status was approved.

 

Item #6 2020-2021 Lead Teacher Selection Process (LCAP Goal 3, AMO 1), Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that FACS will move forward with the traditional process for the selection of lead teachers. Packets will be emailed shortly, however clarification is needed first regarding whether the 6th grade lead teacher stipend amount will be $2,500 or $5,000 due to the small amount of 6th grade classes for the 2020-21 school year. The lead teacher selection process timeline has been fast-tracked. Nominations are due by Tuesday, June 2nd, applicants will present at the staff meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd, online voting will occur from June 3rd-4th, and the results will be announced on Friday, June 5th. 

 

Item #7 2020–2021 Focus Lead Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1),      

Leticia Padilla Parra, FACS Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Padilla Parra shared that FACS will select one focus lead for the 2020-21 school year to help integrate our school's environmental studies focus. This educational focus will remain in place regardless of the material revision outcome. The selection process of the focus lead will be fast-tracked and follow the same timeline as the selection of lead teachers. 

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting:  TBA

 

Adjournment: On MOTION of Mercedes Meeks, SECONDED by Barbara Ausherman, and CARRIED, the Human Resource and Personnel Council meeting adjourned at 3:52 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: DeAnn Michiels

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes

Personnel Committee

 

May 26, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020  at 8:30 a.m. via Zoom: Meeting ID: 827 0773 0155 -  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82707730155.

 

Call to Order:            Nina Ferman, Co-Chair 

 

The Personnel Meeting was called to order at  8:32 a.m. by Co-Chair, Nina Ferman.    

               

Roll Call:                   Sandra Lee, Secretary

 

Members Present: Nina Ferman, Coco Salazar, Karen Knapp, Sandra Lee, Nitima Angus, Lisa Ibarra, Jeanette Hernandez, Laura Holmes, Wendy Kaufman, Judy Lee, Cristina Moran, Richard Parra, Paola Ramirez, Shirley Saetang, Angelica Salceda, Sirui Thomassian, Sandra Valle

 

Members Excused: None

 

Members Absent: Laura Vasquez, Cedric Ramirez

       

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Coco Salazar, Co-Chair     

 

Item #8           Opening of Focus Lead Position, Richard Parra, FPC Director  

(Motion to Approve)

 

Item #9           Opening of Education Specialist Position, Richard Parra, FPC Director 

                       (Motion to Approve)

        

Approval of Minutes from January 16, 2020: Nina Ferman, Co-Chair

             

Item #1          Minutes from the January 16, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee    

                       (Motion to Approve) 

 

On MOTION of Angelica Salceda, SECONDED by Karen Knapp, and CARRIED, the minutes from the January 16, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #2                Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

                             

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:          None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3         FPC Final Roster 2020-2021 (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, FPC Director 

                       (Motion to Approve)

 

All rounds of staff reorganization have been completed and the final staff roster was shared on Friday, May 22, 2020.  All teachers have received their first choice.  FPC has one teacher opening in kindergarten and one teacher opening in second grade. Enrollment will be monitored through June to determine if additional teachers will need to be hired to fill the open positions.  Mr. Parra will look at enrollment numbers in the next few weeks, and discuss forming a hiring committee to start the hiring process. There is also an opening for an Education Specialist.

 

On MOTION of Nitima Angus, SECONDED by Sirui Thomassian, and CARRIED, the FPC Final Roster 2020-2021 has been approved.

 

Item #4           Recommendation of Regular Status for Sarah Lin (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mr. Parra shared that Sarah Lin has successfully completed both observations this school year and would like to recommend her to advance to Regular Status.

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Nitima Angus, and CARRIED, the Regular Status for Sarah Lin was approved.

 

Item #5           2020-2021 Lead Teacher Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1 and 2), 

Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item)

 

The Lead Teacher Selection Process will be emailed to staff. The process will remain the same as in previous years. Previously nominated FCPS Lead Teachers will continue as nominees.  Any additional nominees must be nominated by Friday, May 29, 2020. Candidates will submit their applications by Wednesday, June 3, 2020, and  staff will vote between June 4th and 5th via Survey Monkey. 

 

Item #6       2020-2021 Faculty and Classified Representatives Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 2), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item) 

 

Mr. Parra recommended that FPC maintain the current faculty representatives due to the shortened school year: Coco Salazar, Laura Holmes, and Nitima Angus. Mr. Parra will send an email to current representatives to see if they would like to continue with the role of Faculty Representative.  The request for nominations will only be sent out if someone no longer wants to continue as representatives.  Mr. Parra will send a link to vote after confirmation. 

 

Item #7 2020-2021 Committee & Committee Chair Selection (LCAP 2, AMO 2), 

                        Richard Parra, FPC Director (Informational Item) 

 

The 2020-2021 committee and committee chair documents were created as a Google Form and will be emailed to staff today.  The survey will be due on Monday, June 8, 2020.  Staff can select to join more than one committee, but will be limited to joining a maximum of two committees. 

 

Item #8           Opening of Focus Lead Position, Richard Parra, FPC Director  

(Motion to Approve)

 

FPC will open up a Focus Lead position to organize and implement the FPC Material Revision that was submitted. The Focus Lead stipend will be similar to that of a Lead Teacher. Two teachers can share the Focus Lead Position. The Focus Lead will help implement the new FPC focus of Communications and Technology for the upcoming school year. 

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Coco Salazar, and CARRIED, the opening of a Focus Lead position was approved.

 

Item #9           Opening of Education Specialist Position, Richard Parra, FPC Director 

                       (Motion to Approve)

 

FPC is still is need of a full time Education Specialist for TK, kindergarten, and 1st grade. Presently, Mrs. Cardenas is the only credentialed Education Specialist at FPC.  The position has been posted on EdJoin. Mr. Parra will email the Personnel Committee to assemble a hiring committee for the interviews. 

 

On MOTION of Wendy Kaufman, SECONDED by Jeanette Hernandez, and CARRIED, the opening of Education Specialist position has been approved.

 

Announcements: 

 

Mr. Parra shared that the campus has been professionally disinfected and the custodial staff will deep clean offices, handrails, doors, classes, the library, and conference rooms. 

 

Mr. Parra will develop a schedule allowing 10-12 staff per day to come to campus to clear their rooms and get classes ready, once it is safe to do so. This is optional.

 

The final iPad distribution will take place on Friday, May 29, 2020.  Families who did not complete a Use Agreement, but would like to receive an iPad will be able to complete the Use Agreements in person during distribution.  All families who have not picked up an iPad will have been notified about Friday’s distribution.  Tech is still awaiting the delivery of some Hotspots.  If Hotspots are ready, then they will be distributed on Friday as well. 

 

Mr. Parra will email teachers the Supply Request form for the 2020-2021 school year. About 75% of the supply requests can be fulfilled at this time with what is in stock. Mr. Parra will contact Ms. Ayala to determine when she can come in to start filling the supply requests. 

 

All staff are invited to follow FPC on Instagram and encouraged to invite their students’ families to do so as well.  Instagram has helped promote FPC and currently we have a giveaway of four full sets of FPC uniforms to parents who are sharing our enrollment flyer on their social media pages.  To enter the giveaway, parents must follow the instructions shared on Instagram and School Story. Winners will be selected once the raffle closes on Sunday, May 31, 2020. We also encourage staff to participate when possible in the FPC Daily Challenges on Instagram.

 

The office will be open on Wednesday, May 27 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM to pick up and drop off enrollment packets in person.

         

Next Regular Meeting: Wednesday, June 10, 2020.

Adjournment: By order of GENERAL CONSENSUS, the Personnel Meeting was adjourned at 9:17 A.M.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Sandra Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

May 26, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at 12:04 p.m. virtually on Zoom.

 

Call to Order: Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Roll Call: Julie Nguyen, Secretary 

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Chair, Elisa Vallejo.

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Elisa Vallejo, Kelley Christenson, Lauren Cappelli, Julie Nguyen, and Cedric Ramirez

 

Excused Members: Priscilla Gentry

 

Non-Committee Members: Kate Hetu, Stephanie Garcia, Krista Casanova, Brooke Schiffman 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Corrections: Item #4 has been removed from the agenda as it only pertains to Fenton Charter Leadership Academy.

 

Approval of Minutes from May 4, 2020:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 4, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve) 

 

On MOTION of Kelly Christenson, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Resignation of Sydney Crowe, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Sydney Crowe sent an email to submit her resignation that would occur at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Mrs. Sydney Crowe is a wonderful special education teacher at our school. She has decided to move closer to family. We wish her the very best and will always have a place for her at Fenton.

 

Item #4 Resignation of Lindsay Oquindo, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Item has been removed from the agenda.

 

Item #5 Recommendation of Regular Status Teachers, (LCAP 3, AMO 1)

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the following teachers have completed two years of successful formal observation lessons and will now move from probationary status to regular status: Julie Nguyen & Elizabeth Marquez. Mrs. Miller also recognized Brooke Schiffman for successfully completing her requirements as a probationary status educator, but will not be recommended for regular status for the 20-21 school year, as she will not be returning to Fenton next school year. 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelly Christenson, and CARRIED, the recommendation of regular status teachers has been approved. 

 

Item #6 Staff Roster for 2020-2021, (LCAP 3, AMO 1) 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Krista Casanova is now moving to Fenton STEM Academy as a second grade teacher. We also welcome Teresa Elvira to STEM as a Kindergarten teacher and Siranush Akopyan as a shared Educational Specialist Teacher with FCLA. We are excited to welcome them all to STEM. Fenton STEM Academy still has an opening in 5th grade as well as an opening for a Special Education Specialist. This roster was shared with the school on Friday, May 22nd, 2020. 

 

On MOTION of Kelly Christenson, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the staff roster for 2020-2021 has been approved.

 

Item #7 Hiring Committee for Open Positions, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that based on current openings, we will move forward with interviewing and hiring a special education teacher the final week of June 8th- June 12th. The Fenton Academies will hold off on hiring the other openings to see how enrollment looks like. There are also other Fenton schools that may be overstaffed with teachers who may fill those open spots. The hiring committee typically consists of: personnel committee chairs, administration from the schools, the lead teacher from the grade level that is hiring, and volunteers from the personnel committee. Mrs. Miller shared that the open positions have been posted on Edjoin and is currently building up a list of potential candidates to be interviewed.

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelly Christenson, and CARRIED, the hiring committee for open positions has been approved.

 

Item #8    2020-2021 Lead Teacher Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1)

Jennifer Miller (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller highlighted the changes that have been added. A lead teacher role for 6th grade is now included since The Fenton Academies will go up to 6th grade next school year. Special education is also included. Lead teachers support both schools at The Fenton Academies. Lead teachers cannot hold more than one role. Candidates must be nominated by colleagues at either schools. Nominations are due by May 28th at 8:00 a.m. to Jennifer Miller and applications will be due on May 29th by 2:00 p.m. to Jennifer Miller. Requirements for the lead teacher role application process will be modified due to the current climate. There will be a virtual zoom room presentation scheduled during the week of June 1st and online voting will take place directly afterwards. These meetings will be based on next year grade level teams. Candidates for lead teacher will present their vision for next year and why they are qualified. A link will be provided following these meetings for voting. Lead teachers will be announced to staff on June 8th and will be voting on by Personnel on June 11th. 

 

Item #9 2020-2021 Faculty Representative Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1)

Jennifer Miller (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the faculty representative is the liaison between the teaching staff & administration. The person who holds this role is usually calm, neutral, discreet, and an effective communicator of the needs of his or her peers. This is a non-compensated position. All that is needed is a nomination. Nominees will be informed and will either accept or decline the nomination. Once the candidates are identified, there will be a vote to select the faculty representative. Nominations will be submitted to Romelia Lagunas by June 9th at 8:00 a.m.

 

Item #10 2020-2021 Committee Chair Selection Process (LCAP 2, AMO 2)

Jennifer Miller, (Informational Item)

 

All faculty will rank their preference for the 2020-2021 committees and submit to Romelia Lagunas by June 1st. Faculty must select if they wish to stay on their current committee or switch to a different committee and mark if they would be interested to be chair or secretary. Once the committee preference forms are in, Mrs. Miller will meet with the current chairs of the personnel committee to build the committee roster. On June 3rd, eligible candidates to be chair will be highlighted. By June 9th  at 8:00 a.m., nominations must be submitted for the 2020-2021 committee chairs to Romelia Lagunas. Nominees will be contacted and be given the opportunity to accept or decline the role. That will be followed with a vote and committee chairs will be announced on June 11th. 

 

Item #11           2020-2021 Focus Lead Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1)

Jennifer Miller (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the focus lead will now support TK-6th grade. There will only be one focus lead per school for the 2020-2021 school year compared to two focus leads that we have now. The focus lead cannot hold a lead teacher role, but may hold other non-stipend leadership roles. All qualifications remain the same. The selection process will be the same as last year, in which staff will be able to read applications prior to competing an online vote. Nominations will be due by May 28th at 8:00 a.m. to Jennifer Miller and applications will by due on May 29th at 2:00 to Jennifer Miller. Applications will be emailed to staff on June 1st,voting will take place 

June 1st-5th and focus lead selections will be announced to staff on June 5th. 

 

Announcements: There are no announcements. 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

On MOTION of Kelly Christenson, SECONDED by Lauren Cappelli, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 12:40 p.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Julie Nguyen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

Personnel Committee

 

May 26, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Tuesday May 26, 2020 at 12:02 p.m., virtually on Zoom.

 

Call to Order: Kate Hetu, Chair 

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 12:02 p.m. by Chair, Kate Hetu.

 

Roll Call: Brooke Schiffman, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Kate Hetu, Stephanie Garcia, Krista Casanova, Brooke Schiffman, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, and Cedric Ramirez

 

Excused Members: Veronica Palazzola

 

Non-Committee Members: Kelley Christenson, Elisa Vallejo, Julie Nguyen, Alejandra Muñoz, Cecilia Quijano, and Lauren Cappelli 

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes from May 4, 2020:  Kate Hetu, Chair 

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 4, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve) 

 

On MOTION of Krista Casanova, SECONDED by Stephanie Garcia, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 Resignation of Sydney Crowe, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Crowe submitted a formal letter of resignation to The Fenton Academies. Mrs. Crowe will be resigning at the end of the 2019-2020 school year to move closer to family. The Fenton Academies thanks her for her extraordinary contributions to the schools and we wish her the best in the future!

 

Item #4 Resignation of Lindsay Oquindo,  

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Oquindo submitted a formal letter of resignation to FCLA. She will be resigning at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. She has accepted a job at a school closer to home. Mrs. Oquindo has been with FCLA since the second year of opening and the school is very appreciative of her contributions in helping to build FCLA to what it is today. We wish her well in her future endeavors! 

 

Item #5 Recommendation of Regular Status Teachers, (LCAP 3, AMO 1) 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

At FCLA, Mrs. Miller recommends the movement of Tania Casas, Mikki Raxlin, Bridget Badro, Abigail Gillmore, and Kaitlyn Silva from probationary status to regular status.  All teachers have completed two years of successful observations lessons and demonstrated eligibility for change in status. 

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Garcia, SECONDED by Krista Casanova, and CARRIED, the Movement of Teachers from Probationary Status to Regular Status was approved. 

 

Item #6 Staff Roster for 2020-2021, (LCAP 3, AMO 1) 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mrs. Miller shared the Staff Roster for the 2020-2021 school year. There are currently three teacher openings at FCLA, which include an opening for an education specialist, as well as an opening in sixth and third grade. Mrs. Casanova, formerly a second grade teacher at FCLA, will be transferring over to STEM to teach second grade. 

 

On MOTION of Krista Casanova SECONDED by Stephanie Garcia, and CARRIED, the Staff Roster for 2020-2021 was approved. 

 

Item #7 Hiring Committee for Open Positions, 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

In the coming weeks, the Hiring Committee will move forward with interviewing for the education specialist position. The Hiring Committee will consist of Administration, the Chairs of Instruction, Faculty Representatives, Lead Teachers, as well as volunteers from the Personnel Committee. Due to the current economic climate, the Hiring Committee will closely monitor enrollment before moving forward with other classroom teacher interviews. Mrs. Miller predicts the interviewing and hiring process for classroom teachers will continue over the summer. 

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Garcia SECONDED by Krista Casanova, and CARRIED, the Hiring Committee for Open Positions was approved. 

 

Item #8 2020-2021 Lead Teacher Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Mrs. Miller shared that the Academies received approval to move forward with selecting leadership roles for the 2020-2021 school year. This process typically lasts around five weeks, and is being condensed into three weeks. The Lead Teacher Selection Process will follow the same process as in prior years, with slight modifications due to our current closure. Nominees will submit a written application, as well as an example of lesson plans. The lead teacher candidates will present to their grade level team via Zoom. They will present their vision for the next school year. Afterwards, a link will be shared for online voting. All nominations and applications submitted before the school closure are still being counted. However, nominations for a Special Education Lead are needed since this position was not included in the original FCPS leadership plans. Grade Level Leads will receive a $5,000 stipend. It should be noted that only one person may only hold the Grade Level Lead role. The Grade Level Lead nominations are due to Mrs. Miller by Thursday, May 28th  by 8:00 a.m. The application is due to Mrs. Miller on Friday, May 29th  by 2:00 p.m. Grade level presentations and online voting will take place Monday, June 1st  through Monday, June 8th. 

 

Item #9 2020-2021 Faculty Representative Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

            Faculty Representative is another important leadership role within Fenton Charter Public Schools. The Faculty Representative represents the staff and is sometimes involved in personnel or conflict resolution matters. This individual must possess excellent communication skills, and be capable of sharing a viewpoint that is both neutral and objective. The Faculty Representative is the liaison between the teaching staff and administrators. This position holds similar job qualifications to other leadership roles and is school site-specific. The Faculty Representative must serve on both the Personnel Committee and the Reorganization Committee. The Faculty Representative is not a compensated position.  All nominations are due to Romelia Lagunas by Tuesday, June 9th  at 8:00 a.m. Voting will occur online June 10th -June 11th .  

 

 

Item #10 2020-2021 Committee Chair Selection Process (LCAP 2, AMO 2), 

Jennifer Miller, Director (Informational Item)

 

Committees are another important part of our charter that encourage teacher decision-making and parent input. Staff will be provided with a Committee Selection Form and should mark their committee preferences, as well as if they are interested in serving as a Committee Secretary or Committee Chair. Committee preference packets will be due to Romelia Lagunas by Monday, June 1st at 8:00 a.m. The Committee Chair Nominations will be due to Romelia Lagunas by Tuesday, June 9th at 8:00 a.m. Online voting will occur on June 10th and June 11th. Committee Chairs for the 2020-2021 school year will be announced on June 11th, 2020.  

 

Item #11       2020-2021 Focus Lead Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1)

Jennifer Miller (Informational Item)

 

            Mrs. Miller provided information on the 2020-2021 Focus Lead Selection Process These positions are necessary when looking at our charter petition and focus. At FCLA, the Focus Lead encourages a social emotional learning and leadership emphasis within the school. Next year, there will only be one Focus Lead position available per school. This position holds similar qualifications to other leadership roles. The candidates must demonstrate evidence of teaching practice in this area of focus. Focus Lead teachers will receive a $5,000 stipend. The position is school site-specific for nominations. Nominations are due Thursday, May 28th  by 8:00 a.m. to Mrs. Miller. If interested, nominees will submit a written application, which will be shared with staff members. This application is due to Mrs. Miller on Friday, May 29th  by 2:00 p.m. The applications will be shared with staff on Monday, June 1st . Online voting will take place between Monday, June 1st  and Thursday, June 4th.   Focus Lead positions will be announced to staff on Friday, June 5th and voted on by the Personnel Committee on Thursday, June 11th.

 

Announcements: There are no announcements.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD 

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Garcia, SECONDED by Krista Casanova and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 12:40 p.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Brooke Schiffman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee

 

Monday June 1, 2020

9:00 a.m.-Zoom Virtual Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83152277583
Meeting ID: 827 6460 1737 
Password: Personnel

 

Minutes

 

Call to Order: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Roll Call: Beth Henschel, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Shanjana Chowdhury, Rachel Cohen, Walter Gomez, Tiene Hauck, Beth Henschel, Kristine Khachian, Marie Kirakossian, Bernadette Montajes, Cary Rabinowitz, Megan Stevenson, and Zoe Weiss

 

Excused Members: N/A

 

Members Absent: Emma Colmenares, Jocelyn Condo, Sandra Hernandez

 

Non-committee Members Present: Monica Castaneda, Robin Rodriguez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Approval of Minutes:  Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the May 14, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian of SECONDED by Rachel Cohen and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: There is no old business.

 

New Business:

 

Item #3 Resignation of Nicole Reed, Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

Nicole Reed put in her resignation. She is going back to school to get her doctorate in clinical psychology. We appreciate her work in 5th grade and kindergarten.

Item #4 Staff Roster for 2020-2021, (LCAP 3, AMO 1) Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Cary Rabinowitz shared the 2020-2021 staff roster. It included the movement of some teachers. The room numbers were also included on the roster. The school tried to ensure the least amount of movement possible, due to the difficulty of being on campus at this time. However, some movement was necessary to keep grade levels together and move teachers closer to the main building. 

 

To note, SMBCCS property is owned by LAUSD. It is important we utilize all of the property owned by LAUSD, specifically the main building. SMBCCS owns the bungalows purchased a few years ago, which include rooms 46-51.

 

On MOTION of Zoe Weiss of SECONDED by Marie Kirakossian and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Item #5 Enrollment and Staffing Updates (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Information Item)

 

Mr. Rabinowitz shared that the roster is tentative due to budget and school re-entry unknowns. There are three open positions, which are on hold and not being filled right now. If budget allows, the highest priority to fill would be kindergarten, since those students continue with us. The 4th grade opening is the second priority to fill due to the class sizes. Right now it is 27 students per class. There is a possibility that a 4th/5th grade split class will be created if an additional teacher is not hired in 4th grade. First grade opening is the last priority to fill since right now the class sizes are at 24 students per class. 

 

Reorganization of students has been completed. Classes or groups of students were moved together to the next grade. Rosters will be sent to grade-levels for review. 

 

Item #6 2020-2021 Grade Level Lead Teacher Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

Most of the grade-levels are finalized as they were completed through the FCPS Lead Teacher process. Applications are due tomorrow. Lead Teacher nominees need to present to their grade level between June 3 and June 10. Once the presentation is completed, the voting process will begin for that grade-level. The stipend remains at $5000.

 

Item #7 2020-2021 Focus Lead Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1) Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

Focus Lead nominations are due June 3. Please use the link that was sent out by Mr. Rabinowitz on May 27. A meeting will be held on June 5 for the Focus Lead nominees. Voting will take place from June 8-10. The stipend is remaining at $5000.

 

Item #8 2020-2021 Faculty Representative Selection Process (LCAP 3, AMO 1),  Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

Nominations have been received for faculty representatives. We are encouraging the classified and TA representatives to complete nominations. Voting will take place on June 4-8 and due June 8 by noon.

 

Item #9 2020-2021 Committee Chair Selection Process (LCAP 2, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

The committee roster will be sent out today. The individuals who are eligible for the Chair position will be indicated on the form. The nominations are due June 4. Voting will take place from June 8-9. Mr. Rabinowitz encourages all those that have not been a chair before to consider it. 

 

Announcements:  

 

 

Next Regular Meeting: June 11, 2020 at 9:00 am

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Shanjan Chowdhury, and CARRIED, the

Personnel Committee adjourned at 9:31 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School

Personnel Committee

 

Thursday June 11, 2020

9:00 a.m.-Zoom Virtual Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83152277583
Meeting ID: 827 6460 1737 
Password: Personnel

 

Minutes

 

Call to Order: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Roll Call: Kristine Khachian, Secretary

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Shanjana Chowdhury, Walter Gomez, Tiene Hauck, Beth Henschel, Kristine Khachian, Marie Kirakossian, Cary Rabinowitz, Megan Stevenson, Zoe Weiss, Emma Colmenares and Sandra Hernandez. 

 

Excused Members: N/A

 

Members Absent: Rachel Cohen, Bernadette Montajes, Jocelyn Condo

 

Non-committee Members Present: Monica Castañeda, Robin Rodriguez

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Approval of Minutes:  Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #1 Approval of Minutes from the June 1, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Beth Henschel of SECONDED by Kristine Khachian and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson, Co-Chairs

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: There is no old business.

 

New Business: N/A

 

Item #3 Enrollment and Staffing Updates (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Informational Item)

 

There is a hiring freeze for general education. There is a kindergarten position open, which is the most important grade that we hope to fill. Our enrollment is looking strong. Currently, room three is occupied by RSP, however, if enrollment increases that room may be used as a kindergarten class. The second priority is fourth grade. If we don’t fill that position there may be a 4th and 5th grade split. Presently, room 46 is vacant and if it is closed, each first grade class will consist of 24 students. There is a possibility of a 1st and 2nd grade split, however, at this time, that may be unlikely. Mr. Rabinowitz thanks those teachers that are moving classes as they have been on campus working. There are two resignations from part time classified staff. This is a high turnover position as most are students and their schedules vary from semester to semester. 

 

Item #4 Approval of Grade Level Lead Teacher and Special Education Lead Teacher Selections for the 2020-2021 School Year (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Kindergarten - Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson

First grade – Emily Aaronson

Second grade – Jazmin Luna

Third grade – Kimberly Kiser and Carmen Solis

Fourth grade – Emma Colmenares

Fifth grade – Kyra Requiestas and Emma Kath

Sixth grade – Grisel Benn

SPED Lead – Beth Henschel

 

We appreciate their phenomenal work within our structure.

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Beth Henschel, and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #5 Approval of ELD Focus Lead Teacher for the 2020-2021 School Year (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

We have two strong teachers that have led us far this year, Ms. Wolfer and Ms. Flynn. They received many nominations to continue as SMBCCS’s ELD Focus Leads for the 2020-2021 school year and will share the role in 2020-2021 per our Vote of Confidence.

 

On MOTION of Kristine Khachian, SECONDED by Shanjana Chowdhury, and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #6 Approval of Faculty Representatives for 2020-2021 School Year (LCAP 3, AMO 1), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Megan Stevenson, Marie Kirakossian and Beth Henschel will continue in their roles as Faculty Representatives for 2020-2021 school year. Antonio Garay will serve as Classified Representative and Sofia Hidalgo will serve as TA Representative. 

 

On MOTION of Kristine Khachian, SECONDED by Zoe Weiss, and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Item #7 Approval of Committee Chairs for 2020-2021 School Year (LCAP 2, AMO 2), Cary Rabinowitz, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Parent Advocacy Committee: Ariana Gomez and Evelia Manzo

Personnel Committee: Tiene Hauck and Megan Stevenson

Finance Committee: AJ Smith and Holly Putnam

Instruction Committee: Kimberly Kiser and Carmen Solis 

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Beth Henschel, and CARRIED. The minutes were approved as submitted.

 

Announcements: 

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Marie Kirakossian, SECONDED by Beth Henschel, and CARRIED, the

Personnel Committee adjourned at 9:22 a.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton STEM Academy

 

Unapproved Minutes of the Personnel Committee

 

June 11, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 12:03 p.m. virtually on Zoom.

 

Call to Order: Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Roll Call: Priscilla Gentry, Secretary 

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 12:04 p.m. by Chair, Elisa Vallejo.

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Elisa Vallejo, Lauren Cappelli, Kelley Christenson, Julie Nguyen, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, Cedric Ramirez, Priscilla Gentry

 

Excused Members: None. 

 

Non-Committee Members: Veronica Palazzola, Brooke Schiffman, Kate Hetu, Stephanie Garcia, Krista Casanova, Cecilia Quijano

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from May 26, 2020:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 26, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve) 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  Elisa Vallejo, Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business: 

 

None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 2020-2021 FCLA/ STEM Grade Level Lead Teachers, (LCAP 3, AMO 1, 2) Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller presented the grade level, special education, and focus lead teachers to the committee for the 2020 - 2021 school year. Lead teachers were nominated and voted in by their peers, they also presented their professional portfolios to their grade level via Zoom. The Grade Level and Special Education Lead Teachers will be shared among the academies. The following teachers were nominated and voted into lead positions:  

 

TK/Kindergarten: Veronica Palazzola

First Grade: Kelley Christenson

Second Grade: Nicole Langlois

Third Grade: Lilia Padilla-Zuniga

Fourth Grade: Paige Piper

Fifth Grade: Alex Munoz

Sixth Grade: Elisa Vallejo

Special Education: Maria Cordero

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED the 2020 - 2021 Grade Level and Special Education Leads are approved.

 

Item #4 2020-2021 STEM Focus Lead, (LCAP 3, AMO 1, 2)

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller acknowledged and thanked the previous focus leads for their developments of the focus lead positions. After a peer nomination and voting process, the 2020 – 2021 Focus Lead will be Dominica Yasuda. 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED the 2020 – 2021 Focus Lead Teacher is approved.

 

Item #5 2020-2021 STEM Committee Placements and Committee Chair Selection, (LCAP 2, AMO 2)

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve)

 

Mrs. Miller proudly shared the Chairs for the 2020 – 2021 school year and noted there are newer teachers taking on leadership roles. Each committee tries to have representation across the grade levels. Staff from both schools (special education, psychologist) are placed on one committee, whereas Administration is placed onto multiple committees. The following teachers represent the Chair positions:

 

Personnel: Priscilla Gentry

Finance Dominica Yasuda

Parent Advocacy: Elizabeth Marquez

Instruction: Paige Piper

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED the 2020 – 2021 Committee Placements and Committee Chairs are approved.

 

Item #6 2020-2021 STEM Faculty Representative, (LCAP 3, AMO 1, 2)

Jennifer Miller, Director, (Motion to Approve)

Mrs. Miller presented the committee with Kelley Christenson as the Faculty Representative for the 2020 - 2021 school year. She received multiple nominations and was voted in by her peers. 

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Kelley Christenson, and CARRIED the 2020- 2021 Faculty Representative is approved.

 

Announcements:

Mrs. Miller thanked the committee Chair and Secretaries for their thoroughness and contributions for this school year.

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment:

 

On MOTION of Lauren Cappelli, SECONDED by Cedric Ramirez, and CARRIED, the Personnel Committee adjourned at 12:19 p.m.  

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Priscilla Gentry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the 

Personnel Committee

 

June 11, 2020

Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82707730155

Meeting ID: 827 0773 0155

Password: 125560

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. via Zoom: Meeting ID: 827 0773 0155.

 

Call to Order: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair    

 

The Personnel Meeting was called to order at 8:02 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.

 

Roll Call: Sandra Lee, Secretary

 

Members Present: Nina Ferman, Coco Salazar, Karen Knapp, Sandra Lee, Nitima Angus, Lisa Ibarra, Jeanette Hernandez, Laura Holmes, Wendy Kaufman, Judy Lee, Cristina Moran, Richard Parra, Laura Vasquez, Shirley Saetang, Angelica Salceda, Sirui Thomassian

 

Members Excused: None

 

Members Absent: Paola Ramirez, Cedric Ramirez, Sandra Valle

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Nina Ferman, Co-Chair     

 

There were no additions or corrections to the agenda.

 

Approval of Minutes from May 26, 2020: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 26, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee  

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Lisa Ibarra, and CARRIED, the minutes from the May 26, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public: Nina Ferman, Co-Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

Old Business: None

 

New Business:

Item #3 2020-2021 FPC Lead Teachers (LCAP 3, AMO 1 and 2), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve)

FPC completed a vote for lead teachers with a unanimous vote for the following Lead Teachers for the 2020-2021 school year: Coco Salazar for TK/kindergarten, Krystal Rodriguez for first grade, and Nitima Angus and Jacqueline Penner for second grade. 

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Laura Holmes, and CARRIED, the 2020-2021 FPC Lead Teachers have been approved.

Item #4 2020-2021 FPC Faculty Representatives (LCAP 3, AMO 2), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve) 

Staff unanimously voted to keep the same certificated faculty representatives for the 2020-2021 school year: Coco Salazar, Laura Holmes, and Nitima Angus.  Classified and TA Representatives still need to be selected. 

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Angelica Salceda, and CARRIED, the 2020-2021 FPC Faculty Representatives have been approved.

Item #5 2020-2021 FPC Committee Placements & Committee Chair Selection (LCAP 2, AMO 2), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve) 

Mr. Parra presented the 2020-2021 committee membership roster. A few staff still need to join committees. Mr. Parra will get clarification on which shared staff need to participate in the committees.  Several staff members did not receive their first choice in order to balance all committee rosters.  Staff in italic font are staff members who have selected to participate on two committees.  Committee secretaries will also be selected and/or approved at each committee’s first meeting.

 

On MOTION of Richard Parra, SECONDED by Nitima Angus, and CARRIED, the 2020-2021 FPC Committee Placements and Committee Chair Selection have been approved.

 

Announcements: 

 

Mr. Parra reminded staff that the office staff will complete the cumulative records. Students’ report cards should be completed and emailed to the front office so that they can be placed in the cums. Teachers will send digital copies of the report cards to parents via Class Dojo or email, with the exception of the TK/kindergarten parents who will pick up the report card during the TK/Kindergarten parade on Friday. If a parent wants a paper copy, teachers should put the report card in an addressed envelope for the front office to send out. Mr. Parra will be sending parents messages with updates regarding report cards, class rosters, and reopening of the school.

 

Dr. Riddick is creating a FCPS Reopening Task Force per LACOE and LEA recommendations to develop a plan on how to reopen all Fenton schools according to state and district guidelines. Currently, the following staff members have already signed up or plan to sign up to join the committee: Nina Ferman, Sirui Thomassian, Lisa Ibarra, Wendy Kaufman, Nitima Angus, Karen Knapp, and Coco Salazar. Mr. Parra encourages staff to participate in the committee. The Reopening Task Force will be discussing health and safety, social emotional supports, family and community engagement, operations, and instruction.  The task force will be discussing essential academic standards that are foundational for each grade level, intervention, and reducing academic assessments. The reading intervention program can serve as the foundation for the discussion. 

 

Mr. Parra will speak with IT Manager, Jason Gonzalez, regarding upgrading staff laptops.

 

Ms. Salazar and Mrs. Ferman thanked everyone for their participation on the Personnel Committee, with a special thanks to Karen Knapp and Sandra Lee for serving as Secretaries.

 

A special thank you to Cristina Moran, Rosa Benkovic, Laura Vasquez, Maria Reyes, Lorena Reyes, and Mimi Whang for helping with the students’ report cards and closing cumulative records for all teachers.  

 

Next Regular Meeting: TBD

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Nina Ferman, SECONDED by Richard Parra, and CARRIED, the Personnel Meeting was adjourned at 8:23 A.M.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Sandra Lee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

Personnel Committee

 

June 11, 2020

 

A meeting of the Personnel Committee was held on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. virtually on Zoom. 

 

Call to Order: Kate Hetu, Chair 

 

The Personnel Committee meeting was called to order at 12:01 p.m. by Chair, Kate Hetu.

 

Roll Call: Brooke Schiffman, Secretary 

 

Personnel Committee Members Present: Kate Hetu, Stephanie Garcia, Krista Casanova, Brooke Schiffman, Veronica Palazzola, Jennifer Miller, Jennifer Pimentel, and Cedric Ramirez

 

Excused Members: None.

 

Non-Committee Members: Kelley Christenson, Elisa Vallejo, Julie Nguyen, Priscilla Gentry, Lauren Cappelli, and Cecilia Quijano.

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

There were no additions/corrections to the agenda. 

 

Approval of Minutes from May 26, 2020:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the May 26, 2020 meeting of the Personnel Committee (Motion to Approve) 

 

On MOTION of Veronica Palazzola, SECONDED by Krista Casanova, and CARRIED, the minutes were approved as submitted. 

 

Presentations from the Public:  Kate Hetu, Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Personnel Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:

 

None

 

New Business: 

 

Item #3 2020-2021 FCLA/ STEM Grade Level Lead Teachers, (LCAP 3, AMO 1, 2) Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

The 2020-2021 Grade Level Lead Teachers at FCLA and STEM were announced. Veronica Palazzola will serve as the TK/Kindergarten Lead Teacher. Kelley Christenson will serve as the First Grade Lead Teacher. Nicole Langlois will serve as the Second Grade Lead Teacher. Lillia Padilla-Zuniga will serve as the Third Grade Lead Teacher. Paige Piper will serve as the Fourth Grade Lead Teacher. Alejandra Muñoz will serve as the Fifth Grade Lead Teacher. Elisa Vallejo will serve as the Sixth Grade Lead Teacher. Maria Cordero will serve as the Special Education Lead Teacher. Congratulations to these teachers!

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Garcia, SECONDED by Krista Casanova and CARRIED, the 2020-2021 FCLA/STEM Grade Level Lead Teachers were approved. 

 

Item #4 2020-2021 FCLA Focus Lead, (LCAP 3, AMO 1, 2)

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mrs. Miller formally recognized and thanked the former Focus Leads at FCLA for their work and dedication to the leadership focus. During  the 2020-2021 school year, Kate Hetu will serve as the FCLA Focus Lead. Congratulations, Ms. Hetu!

 

On MOTION of Krista Casanova, SECONDED by Veronica Palazzola and CARRIED, the 2020-2021 FCLA Focus Lead Teacher was approved. 

 

Item #5 2020-2021 FCLA Committee Placements and Committee Chair Selection, (LCAP 2, AMO 2)

Jennifer Miller, Director (Motion to Approve) 

 

The 2020-2021 Committee Placements and Committee Chairs have been finalized. The administrative team met with the Chairs of the Personnel Committee to organize committee placements for the upcoming school year. There was a lot of thought and consideration behind placements and the outcome is a balanced representation throughout the committees. Most staff received their first preference of committees. 

 

In addition, the 2020-2021 Committee Chairs were announced. The following individuals met the qualifications and accepted the position: Jennifer Hines will be the Chair of the Finance Committee. Stephanie Garcia will be the Chair of the Personnel Committee. Yesenia Fuentes will be the Chair of the Instruction Committee. Bridget Badro will be the Chair of the Parent Advocacy Committee. A Committee Placement Roster will be sent out to all staff.

 

On MOTION of Stephanie Garcia SECONDED by Veronica Palazzola, and CARRIED, the 2020-2021 FCLA Committee Placements and Chairs were approved. 

 

 

Item #6 2020-2021 FCLA Faculty Representative, (LCAP 3, AMO 1, 2)

Jennifer Miller, Director, (Motion to Approve) 

 

Mrs. Miller presented the Faculty Representative for the 2020-2021 school year. Veronica Palazzola, a founding teacher of FCLA, was voted in by her peers and will continue serving as the Faculty Representative for the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

On MOTION of Krista Casanova, SECONDED by Veronica Palazzola, and CARRIED the

2020- 2021 FCLA Faculty Representative was approved.

 

Announcements: 

 

Mrs. Miller formally thanked the 2019-2020 Committee Chairs and Secretaries for their 

contributions this school year. Their thoroughness and commitment was greatly appreciated!

 

Next Regular Meeting: 

 

This was the final Personnel Meeting of the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Adjournment: 

 

On MOTION of Krista Casanova, SECONDED by Cedric Ramirez, and CARRIED, the

Personnel Committee adjourned at 12:19 p.m.

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Brooke Schiffman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.B.4.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Fenton Primary Center

 

Unapproved Minutes of the

Parent Advocacy Committee

 

May 28, 2020

 

A meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee was held on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 8:00 a.m. via Zoom Meeting ID: 869 8944 7130

 

Call to Order: Coco Salazar, Co-Chair 

 

The Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting was called to order at 8:03 a.m. by Co-Chair, Coco Salazar.    

 

Roll Call: Diana Lucas, Secretary

 

Members Present:   Coco Salazar, Bridget Ruiz, Diana Lucas, Gurpreet Gill, Karen Knapp, Sarah Lin, Juan Gomez, Paola Ramirez, Richard Parra, Cindy Soto, Christina Peña, Sirui Thomassian, Wendy Kaufman

 

Members Excused:  Felix Carrillo, Nina Ferman

 

Members Absent: Tony Peña

 

Additions/Corrections to the Agenda:  Coco Salazar, Co-Chair     

 

Item #9 Mutt-i-grees Training Opportunity via Virtual Connections, Wendy Kaufman, FPC Administrative Coordinator (Informational)

 

Approval of Minutes from February 27, 2020: Bridget Ruiz, Co-Chair

 

Item #1 Minutes from the February 27, 2020 meeting of the Parent Advocacy Committee. 

(Motion to Approve)

 

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Diana Lucas, and CARRIED, the minutes of the Parent Advocacy Committee Meeting of February 27, 2020, were approved as submitted.

 

Presentations from the Public:  Coco Salazar, Co-Chair

 

Item #2 Any persons desiring to address the Parent Advocacy Committee on any proper matter.

 

There were no presentations from the public.

 

Old Business:

 

There was no Old Business.

 

New Business:

Item #3 End of the Year Awards (LCAP 2, AMO 1 & 2), Wendy Kaufman, FPC Administrative Coordinator (Motion to Approve) 

Mrs. Kaufman reported that Ms. Vasquez has emailed the awards and perfect attendance list.  Teachers can present these awards at one of their Zoom meetings prior to the end of the school year.  Medals and pins will be distributed when school resumes.  Having a Distance Learning Award for those students who have either participated or completed the distance learning work was also suggested.  Teachers can create the award if they choose to and if Distance Learning continues for next year, one may be included for the next school year to encourage students to participate. 

On MOTION of Bridget Ruiz, SECONDED by Karen Knapp, and CARRIED, the End of the Year Awards were approved.

Item #4 End of the Year Spirit Week (LCAP 2, AMO 1 & 2), Coco Salazar, FPC PAC Co-Chair (Motion to Approve)

The activities for the End of the Year Spirit Week will take place on the last week of school.  Each day’s activity will also be part of the FPC Daily Challenges on Instagram.  Teachers will be send the End-of-the-Year Spirit Week flyer to share on Class Dojo. 

Each day’s theme is as follows: 

Monday, June 8 – Pajama Day 

Tuesday, June 9 – Hawaiian Day

Wednesday, June 10 – Sports Team Day

Thursday, June 11 – Disney Day

Friday, June 12 – FPC Spirit Day

On MOTION of Bridget Ruiz, SECONDED by Juan Gomez, and CARRIED, the End of the Year Spirit Week was approved.

Item #5 Ordering and Purchase of Homework Supplies (LCAP 3, AMO 3), Richard Parra, FPC Director (Motion to Approve) 

Supplies for the upcoming school year will be ordered.  Mr. Parra will send out the 2020-2021 Supply Request form so that teachers can make their requests.

On MOTION of Karen Knapp, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, Ordering and Purchase of Homework Supplies were approved.

Item #6 Reading is Fundamental (LCAP 3, AMO 3), Coco Salazar, FPC RIF Site Coordinator (Motion to Approve)

 

The Reading is Fundamental (RIF) application for next year has been submitted.   The fee for student participation in the RIFSoCal Motivational Reading Program will be paid through the Student Funds Account.  Because the final book pickup/distribution for this school year did not take place due to the school closures, two sets of books will be picked up during the first book pick up of the upcoming school year.   The distribution of these books will be determined at a later date once it is determined what school will look like for next school year.

On MOTION of Cindy Soto, SECONDED by Juan Gomez, and CARRIED, participation in Reading is Fundamental has been approved.

Item #7 Virtual Career Week 2020-2021 (LCAP 3, AMO 2), Paola Ramirez, FPC Counselor (Motion to Approve) 

Mrs. Ramirez shared that our organization wide Virtual Career Week will take place the week of June 1st.   All staff were e-mailed the link to the Google Site that FCPS Counselors have been working on.  Mrs. Ramirez encourages teachers to incorporate them into one or more of their lessons during the week of June 1st.  The links sent can also be posted on Class Dojo for families to reinforce at home. The website is translatable into a number of languages.

On MOTION of Sirui Thomassian, SECONDED by Gurpreet Gill, and CARRIED, Virtual Career Week has been approved.

Item #8 Closing Bulletin (LCAP 3, AMO 6), Richard Parra, FPC Director  (Informational Item) 

Mr. Parra shared that the Closing Bulletin will be emailed to all staff.  Teachers can begin working on CUM comments and email them to him.  Comments will be printed on clear labels by the Office Staff.  Dr. Riddick will send out information regarding the 3rd Reporting Period grades.  Lastly, Mr. Parra shared that he will be sending a sign-up sheet for teachers who want to come on campus (which is optional) following the guidelines provided.  It will be a two-block daily schedule: 8:30-11:00 and 11:30-2:00 and teachers may sign up for four blocks.

Item #9 Mutt-i-grees Training Opportunity via Virtual Connections (LCAP 3, AMO 2, Wendy Kaufman, FPC Administrative Coordinator (Informational)

 

Mrs. Kaufman shared that the North Shore Animal League is working with Cesar Milan in putting together a training for students and teachers via Zoom with teachers' dogs at home.  The training will take a maximum of 20 teacher participants and may continue into summer.  Teachers can reply to Mrs. Kaufman’s e-mail if they are interested in participating. 

 

Announcements:  

 

Next Regular Meeting: No further meetings this year.

 

Adjournment: By order of GENERAL CONSENSUS, the Parent Advocacy Committee meeting was adjourned at 8:43 a.m.    

 

Minutes respectfully submitted by: Diana Lucas

Item II.B.4.a.

Item II.B.4.b.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There were no meetings scheduled for the School Site Councils or English Learner Committees

 this month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. C. 

 

Financial Business Manager’s Report

(See presentation slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. D. 

 

Directors’ Reports

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.1.

FENTON AVENUE CHARTER SCHOOL (FACS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

June 18, 2020

 

The mission of Fenton Avenue Charter School is to further instill the joy of learning by creating an environment that promotes confident, self-reliant, interdependent learners who become productive, contributing citizens of the community.

 

State Charter Number:  30

 

3rd

4th

5th

Total

2019-2020

Annual 

ADA

189

221

216

626

97.45%

General Information on Enrollment and Attendance:

 

 

Enrollment at Fenton Avenue Charter School is 626 students with ADA at 97.45%. FACS continues seeking ways to increase our enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year including additional banners, as well as distribution of flyers and postcards. Currently, interested families are encouraged to complete a survey on the FACS website using the Enroll Now button. Once the school obtains the family’s contact information, the parent receives a phone call to confirm that the school has received their information. The FACS front office is now open Monday – Friday to parents seeking to enroll at the school. 

 

Instruction

 

2020-2021 School Year Teacher Leadership Roles: The staff members below have been nominated and confirmed by their peers to fill very important leadership roles at Fenton Avenue Charter School in the 2020-2021 school year. Thank you to the staff members listed for taking on these important roles! 

 

Lead Teachers

 

Special Education 

Jackie Claudio

3rd Grade

  Christopher Torres

4th Grade

 Lee Melo

5th Grade

 Robin Brenneisen McNutt

Council Co-Chairs

 

Human Resource and Personnel Council

Mercedes Meeks and Leanna Hendrix

Curriculum and Assessment Council

 Christopher Torres and Lee Melo

Budget, Facilities, and Safety Council

 Marty Penner and Tony Peña

School-Community Relations Council

 Tiffany Walker and Angel Garcia

 

Representatives

 

Faculty Representative

Mercedes Meeks

Classified Representative

Karla Contreras

Teacher Assistant Representative

Abraham Zubia

 

Summer Distance Learning Resources: Dr. Riddick with the support of FCSP staff created a valuable site for our students to access during the summer months. The resources on this site are intended to provide our students with a variety of learning activities for summer. The content includes resources from staff across the Fenton Charter Public Schools. It contains a variety of resources across grade levels and subjects. The activities include a variety of platforms including apps, websites, and non-digital suggestions. Fenton Charter Public Schools distributed iPads and Hotspots for students to use throughout the summer. 

https://sites.google.com/fentoncharter.net/fcpsremotelearning/home

 

 

Personnel

 

FCPS Reorganization: The reorganization of FCPS certificated staff has been completed. The FACS Reorganization Committee met to review the packets, and assigned staff for the 2020-2021 school year. Fenton Avenue is pleased to welcome Evelyn Neglia to FACS from SMBCCS. She has filled an open 3rd grade position. Fenton Avenue Charter School currently has one opening for a 5th grade teaching position, as well as two education specialist position openings. 

 

 

Parent Advocacy and Community Outreach

 

Student Hotspot Distribution: The student Hotspot distribution for FACS took place on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 at Fenton Primary Center. This was possible thanks to the FCPS Tech Team with the support of staff from all valley Fenton schools. The teamwork of all involved made the drive through process organized and seamless. 

 

FCPS Parent Preference Survey: FACS families were asked to complete the FCPS Parent Preference Survey. The purpose of the survey is to measure parent interest on the variety of possible school models upon reopening.  Currently, the results show a large percentage of families would prefer a hybrid model over a completely distance learning model. The survey was shared with families via Bright Arrow text message and email, and well as via a Class Dojo message sent by teachers.

 

Upcoming Events:

 

6/17 FCPS Reopening Task Force Meeting (11:00am)

6/18 FCPS Board Meeting

Item II.D.2.

SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD COMMUNITY CHARTER SCHOOL (SMBCCS)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

June 18, 2020

 

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School promotes academic achievement in a collaborative environment that creates self-confident, self-reliant learners who will become positive contributors to their communities.

 

State Charter Number:  446

 

 

ENROLLMENT, ATTENDANCE, RECRUITMENT

 

 

TK

K

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

6th

Total

2019-2020 Annual ADA %

21

124

119

121

140

134

136

79

874

97.70

 

Enrollment Updates

Main Office staff returned to Santa Monica’s campus on Monday, June 8th to prepare enrollment packets for families and schedule appointments.  We saw a surge in enrollment in our first week back with many families picking up packets and 20 new families returning paperwork for Kindergarten.  The new enrollment application on Fenton website’s has been very useful helping to both schedule appointments and track interest.  All families are being asked to complete the application prior to their appointment or upon receiving an enrollment packet.

 

Santa Monica projects approximately 870 students in the new year.  Recruitment is underway.  Mailers will be distributed to the community throughout the summer, banners will arrive soon in both Spanish and English and social media is used on a weekly basis to advertise the school.  Teachers have submitted approved student videos and pictures and families have submitted testimonials for use on online.  The school will continue to work closely with Strategic Media to find other innovative ways to “get the word out” about SMBCCS.

 

 

INSTRUCTION

 

Teacher Leadership Roles for the 2020-2021 School Year

Santa Monica has confirmed teacher leadership assignments for the 2020-2021 school year.  We have several teachers continuing in their positions from the prior year and some new faces.  Thank you to staff for participating in the process to determine each of our positions and for your professionalism in meeting all required deadlines along the way:

 

Grade Level and SPED Leads

TK/Kindergarten: Tiene Hauck, Megan Stevenson

1st Grade:  Emily Aaronson

2nd Grade:  Jazmin Luna

3rd Grade:  Kimberly Kiser, Carmen Solis

4th Grade:  Emma Colmenares

5th Grade:  Emma Kath and Kyra Requiestas

6th Grade:  Grisel Benn

Special Education:  Beth Henschel

 

ELD Leads

Jennifer Flynn and Bunny Wolfer

Committee Co-Chairs

Instruction:  Kimberly Kiser and Carmen Solis

Finance:  Holly Putnam and Andrew Smith

Personnel:  Megan Stevenson and Tiene Hauck

Parent Advocacy:  Ariana Gomez and Evelia Manzo

 

Faculty Representatives

Marie Kirakossian, Beth Henschel, Megan Stevenson

2020-2021 iPad Take-Home Model

Plans are in place to implement an iPad Take-Home Model in the Fall for all students TK-6th grade.  Students will be assigned an iPad in the new year and be responsible for transporting their iPad between home and school.  This model reinforces Santa Monica’s focus on technology, and furthers our drive to provide students with a rigorous and innovative curriculum that thrives both inside and outside of the classroom.   The school is working with our partner 9Dots to submit The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation Grant; A $15,000 grant that will be used to purchase charging stations for all classrooms.  Further plans include creating a “loaner system” for students who may forget theirs device at home and adding email consent forms to summer packets to ensure newly enrolled students receive permission to have Google Mail accounts.

 

Summer Learning Resources for Families

As we continue to weather the COVID-19 health crisis, Fenton has gathered resources and guidance from the field on remote learning. Families are encouraged to visit Fenton’s Distance Learning Summer Resources website for information to keep kids learning, safe, and healthy.  The site includes resources for grade spans Pre-K/K, 1st/2nd, 3rd/4th, and 5th/6th.  The site also offers materials and activities that are  subject-specific, focused on extracurriculars, Special Education students, Technology Support and Computer Science.  Families also have access to teacher websites via this site.  Thank you to Dr. Riddick and FCPS staff, including several Santa Monica staff members for their assistance in creating this valuable and ongoing resource.

 

 

PERSONNEL

 

Staffing Updates and Changes for the 2020-2021 School Year

Staff Reorganization is complete at Santa Monica Blvd. Community Charter School.  The school currently has a teacher opening in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 4th grade.  Our Upper Special Day Class position was filled in April by Christian Hidalgo who has worked at Santa Monica in several roles and who brings a great deal of experience to the position.  At the end of this year, Santa Monica said farewell to Nicole Reed (Kindergarten), Evelyn Neglia (First Grade), and Siranush Akopyan (Music).  

 

Mrs. Reed was hired for the 2017-2018 school year and taught 5th grade and Kindergarten at Santa Monica.  She was an important piece of our team and provided staff with many resources applicable to Distance Learning during our closure.  Mrs. Reed has resigned and will begin pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology in the new school year.  We wish her the best of luck in her journey.

 

Evelyn Neglia will teach 3rd grade at Fenton Avenue Charter School in the 2020-2021 school year.  Mrs. Neglia has worked with the Fenton organization for 22 years, transferring to Santa Monica for the 2015-2016 school year. She was a valued member of our teaching staff and will surely be an asset at FACS.

 

Mrs. Akopyan will move into an Educational Specialist role at the Fenton Academies in the 2020-2021 school year.  Mrs. Akopyan has worked at Santa Monica in various roles for many years, but most notably as the school’s Music Teacher since 2002.  Mrs. Akopyan is an integral part of our teaching staff and the backbone of the Arts program at Santa Monica guiding our Chorus for many years and the school’s orchestra prior to the divestiture in 2012.

 

 

COMMUNITY RELATIONS

 

FCPS Parent Preference Survey

Families were provided access to the FCPS Parent Preference Survey via phone blast and the Class Dojo platform.  The goal of the survey is to measure school community interest on a variety of potential school re-entry models.  Early results show a large percentage of families would prefer a hybrid (in-school/online) model over a purely online model.

 

Hotspot Distribution – Tuesday, June 16th

Santa Monica will hold its final device distribution on Thursday, June 18th providing Hotspots to Preschool through 2nd grade students as well as older students that may have missed their distribution date earlier in the year.  All distributions have gone very well since our closure thanks to our many volunteers and the leadership of our technology team.  This distribution was delayed until the week after our final week of school to ensure the safety of our families given the many protests occurring in late May and early June in the Hollywood area.

 

5th Grade Farewell Ceremony and Preschool and 6th Grade Culmination Car Parades

Santa Monica is excited to hold a 5th Grade Farewell Car Parade as well as a Preschool and 6th Grade Culmination Car Parade on Thursday, June 18th.  These events were postponed from their original date of Friday, June 12th to ensure the safety of our families given the many protests occurring in late May and early June in the Hollywood area.  Thank you to staff attending these events volunteering their time during their first week of summer vacation.

 

 

FACILITIES AND SAFETY

 

COVID-19 Plexiglass Installation

The school is working with DeFoe Furniture for Kids to install plexiglass dividers in our main office and administrative offices as a safety measure and in accordance with guidance we are receiving from local and state departments around the reopening schools.  We are also surveying the campus for additional installation needs.

 

Summer Tile Flooring Installation

Santa Monica plans to continue refreshing the floor tile in classrooms over the summer break.  We have almost completed the entire school and will concentrate in the main building in the coming weeks.

 

Installation of New Canopies on Campus

New canopies have been installed in our Kindergarten yard as well as at Gate B on our Main Yard.  Previous canopies had torn and needed to be updated.  Thank you to our maintenance team for their assistance with this project.

Upcoming Events:

 

6/16 Hotspot Distribution

6/17 FCPS Reopening Task Force Meeting (11:00am)

6/18 Student Culmination Car Parades

6/18 FCPS Board of Directors Meeting 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.3.

FENTON PRIMARY CENTER (FPC)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

June 18, 2020

 

The mission of the Fenton Primary Center is to cultivate a love of learning by fostering an environment that promotes self-discovery, independence and an awareness of the connectedness between self and others.

 

State Charter Number:  911

 

General Information on Enrollment and Attendance:

 

Fenton Primary Center’s Ending Enrollment (TK-2):

 

Transitional Kindergarten

Kindergarten

1st Grade

2nd Grade

Total

Cumulative ADA

19-20

44

218

201

220

683

97.85%

 

Enrollment and Recruitment

Fenton Primary Center has had to find creative ways to enroll for the new school year during this difficult time of COVID-19 and recent civil unrest in our community. Future parents were asked to pick-up and drop-off applications during meal distribution from 11:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The school has advertised on Instagram and has sent various emails and phone messages to current parents to share with families and friends regarding enrollment. The week of June 8th FPC opened its office from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. to process enrollment applications. Currently, FPC has approximately seventy completed applications for kindergarten and thirty applications for transitional kindergarten. The school’s goal is to receive two-hundred kindergarten applications by the end of July. During the past three months the office staff has done an amazing job of processing and reviewing enrollment applications. The office staff also live in the community and have helped recruit students via laundromats, markets, and social media. 

 

Compliance 

FPC has been working on closing the school year for students and teaching staff. The students have had their final lessons the week of June 8th. The school’s office, along with processing new enrollment forms, has been busy helping teachers close out cumulative records and preparing final report cards. All students have received their last report card and next year’s grade and room placement digitally or by mail.

 

On Wednesday, May 27th, the Directors along with Dr. David Riddick, Irene Sumida, and Joe Lucente participated in a presentation from Mr. Bob Levy, Procopio Law Firm, regarding changes and guidance on reopening of schools. This is critical planning to help guide the reopening of our school. With guidance and well-written procedures from Irene Sumida, staff were allowed on campus beginning on June 8th on a staggered schedule to clean rooms and close out the school year. Custodial staff have also been busy disinfecting and keeping the campus clean.

 

Plexiglass and COVID Compliance

The school has worked on a list of areas that will need to change due to compliance after COVID. Plexiglass is a solution to avoid the spread of COVID by protecting employees from close interactions that need to be made in the main office, nurse stations, and the cafeteria counters. The school will have Defoe begin the installation in the main office as soon as possible. 

 

Instruction

Fenton Primary Center ended the year with Zoom lessons provided for students up to the last day of school on June 12, 2020. A special group of teachers and administrators created an online summer program that will allow children to log in to various academic activities. A special thanks to Lisa Ibarra and Wendy Kaufman for being part of the group of developers of the summer programs. 

 

All teachers at FPC have done an amazing job during the past three months with distance learning. Parents have made positive comments regarding our teachers and distance learning. One parents said “Your school is amazing! My son’s kindergarten teacher has meetings daily and help my son during office hours to help answer any questions. My nephew attends a nearby school and they only have one lesson a week via Zoom.” – Kindergarten Parent  

 

Over the past three months, FPC teachers held Zoom lessons, office hours, and intervention via Zoom daily. Parents had an abundance of support from each teacher. The school also provided parents and students support from our special education support staff during classroom lessons. The support staff met the needs of our students such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, adapted physical education, counseling, and additional academic support. 

 

Teacher Reorganization

FPC has completed its teacher reorganization process. FPC is pleased to announce all teachers received their first choice of grade and school they would like to teach next school year. FPC would also want to acknowledge the following staff:

 

Max Schafer Mr. Schafer has been an educator for over 38 years. He spent 23 years at Fenton. He announced his retirement back in February. Unfortunately, FPC could not provide him with a retirement party. The school did organize a Zoom celebration for him on June 10th. He received various gifts from staff. Congratulations to Mr. Schafer on his retirement!

Alison Brett – Mrs. Brett has been FPC’s Art Specialist since the opening of the FPC building in 2013 and prior to that was an art specialist at Fenton Avenue Charter School. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts Mrs. Brett will no longer be at FPC next year. She provided our students with art instruction and her art lessons will definitely be missed.

Barbara Filichia -  Mrs. Filichia has been FPC’s Music Specialist since the opening of the FPC building in 2013 and prior to that was a music specialist at Fenton Avenue Charter School. Unfortunately, due to budget cuts Mrs. Filichia will no longer be at FPC next year. She provided our students with music instruction, performances, and chorus. She will definitely be missed by the FPC community.

 

Lead Teacher Selection – In June, FPC went through the Lead Teacher selection process. Teachers nominated and selected lead teachers for each grade. The following teachers have been selected:

 

Kindergarten: Coco Salazar

1st Grade: Krystal Rodriguez

2nd Grade (shared): Nitima Angus and Jaqueline Penner

 

School Governance Committee Selection – Since our last Board meeting, FPC went through the selection of committee members. The four committees are Instruction, Personnel, Finance and Safety, and Parent Advocacy. Each full-time exempt employee is required to participate in one of the four committees. The staff completed a survey and most employees received their first choice of committee. FPC had nine employees who requested to be on two committees. The following have volunteered to be the Co-chairs of the committees:

 

Finance and Safety Committee: Sarah Ananta and Maria Patron

Instruction Committee: Lisa Ibarra and Jacqueline Penner

Personnel Committee: Coco Salazar and Karen Knapp

Parent Advocacy Committee: Bridget Ruiz and Gurpreet Gill

 

 

Personnel

Faculty Representatives – Fenton Primary Center also spent the past few weeks selecting their Faculty Representatives. All certificated staff had an opportunity to vote for their Faculty Representatives for the 2020-2021 school year. The following were selected:

Coco Salazar

Laura Holmes

Nitima Angus

 

 

Parent Advocacy and Community Outreach

iPads and Hotspot Distribution: FPC students were given the opportunity to retrieve their Hotspots on Tuesday, June 9th. About 50% of our students, who qualified for a hotspot, picked it up on distribution day. Some parents who could not make it to the previous distribution days have come by the office to pick up their Hotspot and iPads during the week. Ipads and Hotspots will be available for those students that are eligible for device. Parents are welcome to pick up at the main office Monday through Friday during the month of June.

 

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Culmination Parade: The FPC TK/Kindergarten teachers organized a drive-through culmination for all TK and Kindergarten students on Friday, June 12th. The teachers organized all the student belongings in bags and folders and handed them out to all students. It was a great, well organized, event for our students. Lead Teacher, Coco Salazar did an amazing job of preparing and organizing the event with her colleagues. All teachers participated and over 75% of the students came by. 

 

Meal Distribution Will Continue through Summer: The FCPS free meal program will continue distribute meals at Fenton Primary Center daily from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. throughout the summer. All our students are eligible to pick-up breakfast, lunch, and supper. It is a great opportunity to continue to feed our students and provide a basic need for our community.  

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

6/15-8/11 Student Summer Break

8/7-8/11 PD Day 1, 2, and 3

8/12 First Day of School

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.4.

FENTON STEM ACADEMY  (STEM)  

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

June 18, 2020

 

The mission of the Fenton STEM Academy: Elementary Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is successful student engagement and achievement through the implementation of a curriculum that interconnects science, technology, engineering, and math across all disciplines, including art, music, language arts and social studies.  

 

State Charter Number:  1605

 

Enrollment 

 

TK/Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Total

2019-2020 

Annual

ADA

62

61

47

49

42

49

310

97.60%

 

Enrollment

 

With combined outreach efforts including website enrollment access, opening of the main office for enrollment appointments, and communication to current families through the weekly parent newsletter, Fenton STEM Academy continues to receive a steady flow of enrollment applications and is on track to meet the 2020-2021 enrollment target of 375 students. Families have expressed great interest and faith in the Fenton Charter Public Schools organization. Although the instructional model may be somewhat unknown, parents trust that Fenton will establish a successful plan and this ambiguity has not halted enrollment or interest. 

 

Instruction

 

Teacher Leadership Assignments for the 2020-2021 School Year: Fenton STEM Academy finalized all leadership roles and assignments for the upcoming school year. The following individuals participated in a rigorous process including peer nominations, a formal presentation to staff, and vote of confidence from school stakeholders. Pending FCPS Board approval, we are pleased to announce the following teacher leaders:

 

Grade Level Lead Teachers (FCLA/STEM)

TK/Kindergarten – Veronica Palazzola

First Grade – Kelley Christenson

Second Grade – Nicole Langlois

Third Grade – Lilia Padilla Zuniga

Fourth Grade – Paige Piper

Fifth Grade – Alejandra Muñoz

Sixth Grade – Elisa Vallejo

Special Education – Maria Cordero

 

Focus Lead

Dominica Yasuda

 

Faculty Representative

Kelley Christenson

 

Committee Chairs

Finance - Dominica Yasuda

Instruction - Paige Piper

Personnel – Priscilla Gentry

Parent Advocacy – Elizabeth Marquez

 

STEM Vision for 2020-2021: Fenton STEM Academy continues to maintain its commitment to preparing students for future stem related careers and college programs. Led by the STEM Focus Lead: Dominica Yasuda, STEM will continue to implement unique and innovative features tied to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Several STEM programs will continue in the new year, along with many new learning opportunities. The following highlights will serve as the framework for the STEM Focus:

 

    • ïMonthly STEM Challenges will continue to take place by grade level throughout the year. These challenges are aligned to grade level ELA or Mathematics lessons and infuse standards across multiple subject matter. Students are expected to solve real-world problems using the Engineering Design Process. Lessons are taught within a “5E” Instructional model, which helps students build their own understanding from experiences and new ideas.

 

    • ïStudents will be provided opportunities to interact with experts in the field in an effort to connect learning to real world application. Zoom meetings with a Disney Imagineer, SpaceX scientist, and Biomedical Engineer have been secured for the coming year. Students will have opportunities to hear about job requirements, character traits for success, and personal stories, as well as engage in a Q & A session. 

 

    • ïPotential competitions, such as the ExploraVision Invention competition will be pursued in an effort to provide our students and staff opportunities to collaborate and create inventions that lead to real products. 

 

    • ïIn addition, grade levels will be assigned a Scientist of the Month. Selected scientists will be chosen to highlight diversity and provide equitable representation. Providing our students with a balanced curriculum and units of study will continue to be a focus for Fenton STEM Academy. 

 

Professional Development & Community Needs: Over the last several months our children have experienced unprecedented events with the COVID-19 global pandemic, economic impact, school closure, and civil unrest. As Fenton educators, our concerns are centered on our students and how they understand the situation unfolding before them. In partnership with our students’ parents, it is the mission of our schools to educate the youth of our community both academically and socially. We are committed to ensuring we provide the opportunities for our students to thrive as literate, thoughtful, tolerant, inclusive, problem solving students. Our educators and leadership are working tirelessly to prepare for the emotional needs of our students. We are committed to establishing schools where children learn to engage in positive relationships with others, that they value their similarities with their peers, and celebrate their differences. We know our students will need us now in more ways than ever before. Fenton STEM Educators will work hard to reflect and analyze teaching practices and curriculum to ensure an anti-bias, trauma informed, and restorative justice learning environment is in place for all students. Future professional development will be centered on these areas. We are committed to meeting the needs of our students and responsible for shaping the society in which they will inherit.  

 

Personnel

 

Final Staff Rosters: Staff Reorganization has been completed for the 2020-2021 school year. Fenton STEM Academy educators were placed in grade level assignments based on preference, experience, and enrollment considerations by the FCLA/STEM Reorganization Committee. The school currently has one opening for a classroom teacher and one opening for an Education Specialist. All open positions will be filled prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

School Community

 

Hotspot Student Distribution: Fenton STEM Academy students were provided the opportunity to retrieve mobile hotspots and remaining iPads at Fenton Primary Center on Tuesday, June 9th. Eligible families participated in a drive through distribution thanks to the hard work of our incredible technology team. Providing access to technology is critical to continue distance learning efforts throughout summer. 

 

FCPS Parent Preference Survey: Fenton STEM Academy parents were informed of the FCPS Parent Preference Survey through the weekly newsletter and Bright Arrow messenger system. Parents were surveyed to gauge preference regarding various scenarios for reopening. These scenarios include an option for full-time distance learning, full-time in person attendance, or a hybrid including both. The majority of families prefer a model which includes an online component. This is a testament of the incredible work of our educator’s online instruction. Parents have expressed great appreciation and gratitude for the level of instructional delivery, accountability, and presence of our teaching staff throughout the school closure. 

 

FCPS Summer Learning Resources: Fenton STEM Academy families were informed of the FCPS Summer Learning Resources through the weekly newsletter and Bright Arrow messenger system. The content on this website is a compilation of resources from staff across the Fenton Charter Public Schools. The recently distributed iPads and Mobile WiFi Hotspots will be wonderful tools for students to continue distance learning throughout the summer. This site contains a variety of resources across grade levels and subjects. There are activities through a variety of platforms including apps, websites, and non-digital suggestions. Thank you to Elisa Vallejo representing Fenton STEM Academy with her contributions to this comprehensive learning tool for families!

 

Final Thoughts on 2019-2020: The last day of school came and went without the annual traditions of students marching to dismissal with overflowing backpacks of class projects, big smiles from class celebrations, and a feeling of accomplishment as they ended one grade level and prepared for the next. Instead it ended quietly and in the virtual world, with teachers zooming from empty classrooms as they read aloud a favorite book from the classroom library and carried their laptops around the classroom to show students one last time their beloved learning environment. We know this was not a normal way to end our year and it will be forever marked in our memory. There have been moments of joy and sadness. The start of 19-20 brought us a successful material revision, outstanding oversight visits, a WASC review, and incredible internal test scores. On Friday March 13th, we raced off campus thinking it would be an extended Spring Break, never knowing that was the last day we would host students and staff in our building. Classrooms appear to be a time capsule. The calendar is stuck on mid-March, projects are in the middle of completion, workbooks are half completed, evidence of a year still in progress. 

 

The last 3 months have produced levels of innovation, creativity, perseverance, and community unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Our students, staff, and parents have risen to the challenge. Although not perfect, we have learned along the way and discovered new programs and procedures that are likely to stay in place long after the pandemic ends. We have a chance to be more innovative than ever before with our instructional program. Thankfully we have the right people for the job! The talent, spirit, and dedication of the Fenton staff will carry us through. I look forward to navigating our new normal together and know we will be successful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

6/17 FCPS “Task Force” Meeting

6/18 FCPS Board Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.D.5.

FENTON CHARTER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY (FCLA)

DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

June 18, 2020

 

The mission of Fenton Charter Leadership Academy is to nurture the development of responsible, thoughtful citizens in an increasingly interdependent global society by creating environments in which students are challenged to explore, to create, and to make decisions while actively participating in and being accountable for their learning.  

 

State Charter Number:  1613

 

Enrollment 

 

TK/Kinder

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

5th

Total

2019-2020 

Annual

ADA

46

54

65

59

58

40

322

97.60%

 

Enrollment

 

With combined outreach efforts including website enrollment access, opening of the main office for enrollment appointments, and communication to current families through the weekly parent newsletter, Fenton Charter Leadership Academy continues to receive a steady flow of enrollment applications and is on track to meet the 2020-2021 enrollment target of 380 students. Families have expressed great interest and faith in the Fenton Charter Public Schools organization. Although the instructional model may be somewhat unknown, parents trust that Fenton will establish a successful plan and the unknown has not halted enrollment or interest. 

 

Instruction

 

Teacher Leadership Assignments for the 2020-2021 School Year: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy finalized all leadership roles and assignments for the upcoming school year. The following individuals participated in a rigorous process including peer nominations, a formal presentation to staff, and vote of confidence from school stakeholders. Pending FCPS Board approval, we are pleased to announce the following teacher leaders:

 

Grade Level Lead Teachers (FCLA/STEM)

TK/Kindergarten – Veronica Palazzola

First Grade – Kelley Christenson

Second Grade – Nicole Langlois

Third Grade – Lilia Padilla Zuniga

Fourth Grade – Paige Piper

Fifth Grade – Alejandra Muñoz

Sixth Grade – Elisa Vallejo

Special Education – Maria Cordero

 

 

Focus Lead

Kate Hetu

 

Faculty Representative

Veronica Palazzola

 

Committee Chairs

Finance - Jennifer Hines

Instruction - Yesenia Fuentes

Personnel – Stephanie Garcia

Parent Advocacy - Bridget Badro

 

Leadership Vision for 2020-2021: 2020-2021 will be a year of creativity, flexibility, and commitment. Regardless of any potential obstacles, it is critical FCLA maintains a strong leadership focus. Led by the FCLA Focus Lead: Kate Hetu, FCLA will continue to implement unique and innovative features tied to developing young leaders. Several leadership programs will continue in the new year, along with many new learning opportunities. The following highlights will serve as the framework for the FCLA Leadership Focus:

 

    • ïService Learning has been a defining aspect of FCLA for the past three years. Giving students real life opportunities to make a difference in their community is an excellent way to build future leaders and teach young children leadership qualities such as empathy, commitment, and activism. Whether it’s done in person or via technology, students take pride in knowing that their voice and their actions can make a positive difference. 

 

    • ïFenton Charter Leadership Academy will also continue to implement school-wide initiatives. Mutt-i-grees Madness, Kindness Week, and the Jester and Pharley Phund Read-a-thon are just a few examples of how FCLA has worked together to achieve a common goal and make an impact in an important cause. In the coming year, we will continue to identify needs within our school and community and take action! 

 

    • ïIn addition, grade levels will be assigned four leaders a year and complete an in-depth study of the leader. The leaders will intentionally highlight the accomplishments of BIPoC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color). It’s critical that students learn about the inspiring narratives that have often been left out of history. This next school year will be different than ever before, but preparing the future leaders of our world will continue to be at the forefront of what we do!

 

Professional Development & Community Needs: Over the last several months our children have experienced unprecedented events with the COVID-19 global pandemic, economic impact, school closure, and civil unrest. As Fenton educators, our concerns are centered on our students and how they understand the situation unfolding before them. In partnership with our students’ parents, it is the mission of our schools to educate the youth of our community both academically and socially. We are committed to ensuring we provide the opportunities for our students to thrive as literate, thoughtful, tolerant, inclusive, problem solving students. Our educators and leadership are working tirelessly to prepare for the emotional needs of our students. We are committed to establishing schools where children learn to engage in positive relationships with others, that they value their similarities with their peers, and celebrate their differences. We know our students will need us now in more ways than ever before. Fenton Charter Leadership Educators will work hard to reflect and analyze teaching practices and curriculum to ensure an anti-bias, trauma informed, and restorative justice learning environment is in place for all students. Future professional development will be centered on these areas. We are committed to meeting the needs of our students and responsible for shaping the society in which they will inherit.  

 

Personnel

 

Final Staff Rosters: Staff Reorganization has been completed for the 2020-2021 school year. Fenton Charter Leadership Academy educators were placed in grade level assignments based on preference, experience, and enrollment considerations by the FCLA/STEM Reorganization Committee. The school currently has two openings for a classroom teacher and one opening for an Education Specialist. All open positions will be filled prior to the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year. 

 

School Community

 

Hotspot Student Distribution: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy students were provided the opportunity to retrieve mobile hotspots and remaining iPads at Fenton Primary Center on Tuesday, June 9th. Eligible families participated in a drive through distribution thanks to the hard work of our incredible technology team. Providing access to technology is critical to continue distance learning efforts throughout summer. 

 

FCPS Parent Preference Survey: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy parents were informed of the FCPS Parent Preference Survey through the weekly newsletter and Bright Arrow messenger system. Parents were surveyed to gauge preference regarding various scenarios for reopening. These scenarios include an option for full-time distance learning, full-time in person attendance, or a hybrid including both. The majority of families prefer a model which includes an online component. This is a testament of the incredible work of our educator’s online instruction. Parents have expressed great appreciation and gratitude for the level of instructional delivery, accountability, and presence of our teaching staff throughout the school closure. 

 

FCPS Summer Learning Resources: Fenton Charter Leadership Academy families were informed of the FCPS Summer Learning Resources through the weekly newsletter and Bright Arrow messenger system. The content on this website is a compilation of resources from staff across the Fenton Charter Public Schools. The recently distributed iPads and Mobile WiFi Hotspots will be wonderful tools for students to continue distance learning throughout the summer. This site contains a variety of resources across grade levels and subjects. There are activities through a variety of platforms including apps, websites, and non-digital suggestions. Thank you to Elisa Vallejo representing Fenton Charter Leadership Academy with her contributions to this comprehensive learning tool for families!

 

Final Thoughts on 2019-2020: The last day of school came and went without the annual traditions of students marching to dismissal with overflowing backpacks of class projects, big smiles from class celebrations, and a feeling of accomplishment as they ended one grade level and prepared for the next. Instead it ended quietly and in the virtual world, with teachers zooming from empty classrooms as they read aloud a favorite book from the classroom library and carried their laptops around the classroom to show students one last time their beloved learning environment. We know this was not a normal way to end our year and it will be forever marked in our memory. There have been moments of joy and sadness. The start of 19-20 brought us a successful material revision, outstanding oversight visits, a WASC review, and incredible internal test scores. On Friday March 13th, we raced off campus thinking it would be an extended Spring Break, never knowing that was the last day we would host students and staff in our building. Classrooms appear to be a time capsule. The calendar is stuck on mid-March, projects are in the middle of completion, workbooks are half completed, evidence of a year still in progress. 

 

The last 3 months have produced levels of innovation, creativity, perseverance, and community unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Our students, staff, and parents have risen to the challenge. Although not perfect, we have learned along the way and discovered new programs and procedures that are likely to stay in place long after the pandemic ends. We have a chance to be more innovative than ever before with our instructional program. Thankfully we have the right people for the job! The talent, spirit, and dedication of the Fenton staff will carry us through. I look forward to navigating our new normal together and know we will be successful.

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events: 

 

6/17 FCPS “Task Force” Meeting

6/18 FCPS Board Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. E.

 

Chief Academic Officer’s Report and LCAP Update

(See presentation slides)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

II. F.

 

Executive Director’s Report

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item II.F.

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS (FCPS)

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

June 18, 2020

 

The mission of the Fenton Charter Public Schools is to offer a high quality innovative education to all students in a safe, secure, nurturing environment where students, parents and staff become a community of learners achieving collaborative and successful outcomes. 

 

CCSA:

California Charter Schools Association Responds to

Killing of George Floyd, Continued Violence Against African Americans

Los Angeles - California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) President and CEO Myrna Castrejón issued the following statement today in response to this week’s killing of George Floyd and continued violence against African Americans: 

“The killing of George Floyd by a white police officer is just the latest and ugliest reminder that racism and violence continues to be a festering wound upon our society. The images of Mr. Floyd suffering on that street, his life waning under the officer’s knee, provoked nausea and personal despair. 

“The pain and anger being felt by our brothers and sisters in the Black community is unfathomable. Here is what I do know: We cannot look the other way. Silence is not an option. Silence is complicity. In the past 30 days alone, we’ve learned of and seen multiple horrible racial/ist incidents explode upon our national consciousness: Ahmaud Arbery killed during a jog in a Georgia neighborhood. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT providing health care during a pandemic, killed during a police raid of her home in Louisville, Kentucky. Christian Cooper, bird watching in Central Park, threatened by a white woman willing to weaponize his race against him during a call to police.   

“It is simply not enough to say, ‘I’m not racist…,’ which is unfortunately often followed by the treacherous ‘but’ at the end of that phrase. Being an ally in this fight against racism and injustice requires meaningful action, reflection, and a commitment to do better individually and collectively.  It’s up to all of us to do something. Call Minneapolis, Louisville and Georgia authorities to demand justice. Donate to organizations fighting for civil rights. Work in our schools to transform spaces where community and understanding may live. Don’t tell. Show. Learn. Dignity and humanity demand it. 

“CCSA is making a $10,000 contribution to the Equal Justice Initiative, an organization that fights for criminal justice reform, racial justice and provides public education on the history of racism and inequality in our country.

“In the days ahead, let’s all do the necessary emotional and intellectual work to better understand privilege—it’s not just white and it’s not just race.

“We mourn with the families of Mr. Floyd, Ms. Taylor and Mr. Arbery, and stand in solidarity with the African American community across the country in demanding justice.”

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Statement in Response to George Floyd's Death

 

 

 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement:

 

This is a time of great pain for our nation. Last week we watched in horror as a video was released showing George Floyd, an unarmed and nonviolent black man, being killed while in police custody. Then we watched as America erupted in anger and outrage. Protesters took to the streets in all 50 states and pain was raw, palpable, and on full display.

 

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools stands with the African American community and condemns this unjust killing. We mourn the loss of George Floyd’s life and the lives of so many others who came before him – named and unnamed. Sadly, the history of our country is filled with incidents like this that shake us to our core and threaten the ideals we hold most sacred as Americans.

 

In the spirit of healing and bringing forth positive change, today we announce a $10,000 contribution to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment, and racial inequality. This gift matches the donation made by the California Charter Schools Association, and we encourage others who support charter schools or work directly in the sector to make a contribution if they are able to do so.

 

Charter schools serve 3.3 million students. A disproportionate number are black and brown, and attend schools in communities like the one where Mr. Floyd was killed.

As an organization, education is the way we bring about change in the world. We fundamentally believe in the power of a high-quality education to change the trajectory of a child’s life. Further, we believe that when adults know more and know better, they can do better for students and the greater community.

 

We send our deepest sympathy to the family of Mr. Floyd, and hope his unfortunate death is the last one like this.

 

 

State:

 

As we end the 2019-2020 school year, we await definitive direction from the State for reopening procedures and protocols.  What will be allowable for ADA funding purposes will be critical as Fenton determines the steps to reopening and prepares students and families for the new school year.

 

District:

 

During the past month, selected charter school leaders and District leaders have convened to discuss reopening efforts.  Dr. Riddick joined the group at the last Zoom meeting and shared Fenton’s plans for reopening.  He represented Fenton in outstanding fashion, reflecting the thoughtful steps the organization has taken and continues to pursue as we end the most unusual 2019-2020 school year and prepare to open the 2020-2021 school year.  The District has committed to partnering with charter schools for the mass purchase of PPE and other resources, as well as sharing the variety of instructional options their 700 sites will offer. 

 

FCPS:

 

The Material Revisions submitted for FACS and FPC were not placed on the June agenda for the LAUSD Board of Education.  This ended the hoped for addition of 6th grade to FACS in 2020-2021, and the reconfiguration of both schools moving forward to meet the requests of parents seeking one campus for all their elementary-age children.  This is especially difficult for our students in the Help Group/FACS partnership as they will now have no choice but to move on to a middle school, perhaps even a non-public school, for 6th grade.  We had hoped to provide another year of inclusive service on a general education campus and ultimately ensure a more restrictive environment would not be necessary.  Moving forward, we will keep the board and staff apprised of next steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

III. CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS

 

All matters listed under the consent agenda are considered by the Board to be routine and will be approved/enacted by the Board in one motion in the form listed below.  Unless specifically requested by a Board member for further discussion or removed from the agenda, there will be no discussion of these items prior to the Board’s vote on them.  The Executive Director recommends approval of all consent agenda items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item III. A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 Homeless Education Policies for FACS, FPC, SMBCCS, FCLA and STEM 

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 has been reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015.  The Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan has been supplemented with an Addendum to the LCAP at the state level, which describes how federal funds are to be expended in support of goals expressed in the LCAP. 

 

ANALYSIS

 

Title I, Part A, ESEA sections 722(g)(1)(I), 722(g)(1)(J)(i), 722(g)(1)(C), 722(g)(3)(E), and 722(g)(1)(J)(iii), defines the regulations of the Homeless Education Policy for schools participating in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act.  

 

Each year, the policies for each school must be approved by the Board of Directors.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the 2020-2021 Homeless Education Policies for FACS, FPC, SMBCCS, STEM and FCLA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: 2020-2021 Homeless Education Policies for FACS, FPC, SMBCCS, STEM and FCLA

Item III.B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve Delta Dental and VSP plans for benefited employees

 

BACKGROUND

 

Benefited employees receive medical, dental and vision benefits from Fenton.

 

ANALYSIS

 

At the May 21st meeting of the Board of Directors, medical benefits for the 2020-2021 school year were approved with Kaiser Permanente and Health Net continuing as the two insurance carriers.  Rates for Delta Dental and VSP have been received and are displayed below:

 

2020-2021 Dental Plans

 

DELTA DENTAL OF CALIFORNIA (DELTA) 

 

Type of Plan

Monthly Payment

1 Party (Active or Retiree)

$50.37

2 Party (Active or Retiree)

$92.85

Family

$151.21

 

DELTA CARE DENTAL  

 

Type of Plan

Monthly Payment

Actives

 

1 Party

$22.12

2 Party

$36.59

Family

$53.87

Retirees

 

1 Party

$31.35

2 Party

$55.50

Family

$60.28

2020-2021 Vision Plan

 

VISION SERVICE PLAN (VSP) 

 

Type of Plan

Monthly Payment

1 Party (Active or Retiree)

$10.10

2 Party (Active or Retiree)

$18.14

Family

$26.20

 

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve Delta Dental and VSP plans for benefited employees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IV. ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR ACTION 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to adopt COVID-19 Operations Written Report

 

BACKGROUND

On March 4, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order, Executive Order N-56-20, that empowers schools to focus on responding to COVID-19 and to provide transparency to their communities.

The order extends the deadlines for local educational agencies to submit Local Control and Accountability Plans (LCAP), which are multi-year planning documents tied to budget projections. By law, LCAPs must be developed in collaboration with parents, students, teachers, and community groups. Given the COVID-19 pandemic, school leaders are appropriately focused on managing the immediate needs of their students and families.

Local educational agencies will publish a written report to their communities explaining how they are responding to COVID-19. They will be required to explain steps they have taken to deliver high-quality distance learning opportunities, provide school meals in non-congregate settings, and arrange for supervision of students during ordinary school hours. They will also be required to explain the steps they have taken to meet the needs low-income students, English learners, and foster youth. The report will help provide transparency and accountability to communities.

The executive order also waives required physical education minutes and annual physical fitness testing that requires on-site instruction. Academic assessments were previously waived under a separate order.

ANALYSIS

 

Given the uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact California’s response has had on a local educational agency’s (LEA’s) ability to meaningfully engage with stakeholders, Executive Order N-56-20 was established. This Executive Order extended the deadline for adoption of the 2020–21 LCAP from July 1, 2020, to December 15, 2020.

 

The COVID-19 Operations Written Report must be adopted at a public meeting of the LEA’s governing board or body. To the extent practicable, LEAs should seek stakeholder feedback to inform the development of the COVID-19 Operations Written Report consistent with the stakeholder engagement process used to develop its annual budget.

The December 15th due date is consistent with an LEA’s requirement to complete a first interim budget report.

    • School districts and county offices of education must complete first interim reports on or before December 15 of each year.
    • A charter school is required to submit a first interim budget report to its chartering authority and the county office of education on or before December 15 of each year.
    • By completing the 2020–2021 LCAP in conjunction with the first interim budget report for fiscal year 2020–2021, LEAs will have an opportunity to develop the LCAP in alignment with a more informed understanding of the 2020–2021 school year budget.

While the COVID-19 Operations Written Report does not need to be approved by the county superintendent of schools or the Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Written Report must be submitted in conjunction with the submission of the adopted annual budget.

Once adopted by the local governing board or body, the COVID-19 Operations Written Report must be prominently posted on the homepage of the LEA’s website.

The deadline to adopt a budget for the 2020–2021 fiscal year was not delayed. The budget approval and oversight process has not changed.

    • School districts and county offices of education must adopt a budget on or before July 1 of each year. (California Education Code [EC] 42127 and EC 1622, respectively).
    • Charter schools must submit a budget to its chartering authority and the county office of education on or before July 1 of each year. (EC 47604.33).

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors adopt the COVID-19 Operations Written Report as presented.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: FCPS COVID-19 Operations Written Report; Executive Order N-56-20; LACOE’s Report to the Community in Response to COVID-19 Executive Order N-56-20 Guidance

Item IV.B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 budgets for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton Charter Leadership Academy and Fenton STEM Academy

 

BACKGROUND

 

As per the California State Constitution, the legislature, Assembly and Senate, must pass the Budget Bill by June 15th of each year.  If the Budget Bill is not passed by this date, the legislators are unpaid until they reach agreement. Once passed, the bill moves on to the Governor for signing.  The Governor decides to either sign or veto the Budget Bill. 

 

ANALYSIS

 

As required by law, the legislature sent the final budget to the Governor by June 15, 2020. Due to the fiscal uncertainty created by the pandemic and resulting recession, it is expected that revisions to the approved budget will be necessary in the fall as the delayed tax revenue receipts are calculated and the extraordinary costs of the response to COVID-19 continue.

  

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the 2020-2021 budgets for Fenton Avenue Charter School, Fenton Primary Center, Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School, Fenton Charter Leadership Academy and Fenton STEM Academy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  2020-2021 Budgets for FACS, FPC, SMBCCS, FCLA and STEM (See Fenton Charter Public Schools Multi-Year Budget Proposal presentation)

Item IV.C. 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve Education Protection Account spending plans and resolutions for 2020-2021 school year

 

BACKGROUND

 

Proposition 30, The Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act of 2012, approved by the voters on November 6, 2012, temporarily increased the state’s sales tax rate for all taxpayers and the personal income tax rates for upper-income taxpayers. The measure was to end in 2018, but with the passage of Proposition 55 (The California Children’s Education and Health Care Protection Act of 2016) on November 8, 2016, the increased tax rates for upper-income taxpayers (individuals earning more than $263,000 and couples earning more than $526,000) will end in 2030.  Proposition 55 did not extend the Proposition 30 sales and use tax (SUT) increase, and that portion of the tax expired on December 31, 2016.  

 

The revenues generated from Proposition 30/55 are deposited into a state account called the Education Protection Account (EPA).  School districts, county offices of education, and charter schools (LEAs) receive funds from the EPA based on their proportionate share of the statewide revenue limit amount.  

 

Proposition 30/55 provides that all K-14 local agencies have the sole authority to determine how the funds received from the EPA are spent, but with these provisions:

 

• The spending plan must be approved by the governing board during a public meeting.

• EPA funds cannot be used for the salaries or benefits of administrators or any other administrative costs.  

• Each year, the local agency must publish on its website an accounting of how much money was received from the EPA and how the funds were expended.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The Fenton schools have been allocated the following amounts in EPA funding:

 

 

 

 

FACS

FPC

SMBCCS

STEM

FCLA

Amount Available for this Fiscal Year:

Education Protection Account

$1,000,882

$1,103,283

$1,334,659

$73,500

$74,480

Expenditures:

 

 

 

 

 

Certificated Salaries

 

 

 

 

 

Teacher Salaries

$1,000,882

$1,103,283

$1,334,659

$73,500

$74,480

Administrator Salaries

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Classified Salaries

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Employee Benefits

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Books and Supplies

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Services and Other Operating Expenses

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Capital Outlay

$0

$0

$0

$0

$0

Total Expenditures

$1,000,882

$1,103,283

$1,334,659

$73,500

$74,480

 

It is proposed that EPA funds be used to cover salary costs of non-administrative certificated staff.

 

The attached documents list how EPA funds will be expended by the five schools, and will be placed on the FCPS website as required by law after Board approval of the spending plan.  This plan also separates the EPA allocation and verifies that the funds are not expended on administrative salaries or costs.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the EPA spending plans and resolutions for 2020-2021. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments:  EPA spending plans and resolutions for FACS, SMBCCS, FPC, STEM and FCLA

Item IV. D.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 schedule of technology upgrades and software licenses 

 

BACKGROUND

 

The IT Manager, Jason Gonzalez, has conferred with the Directors, Chief Academic Officer and Executive Director to identify technology and software needs for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The attached document lists the various projects planned for each site, and the FCPS office.   Due to the uncertain budget, projects reflect the bare minimum in terms of upgrades and replacement.  Additionally, the Board is asked to review the options under review by the IT Manager, CAO and Executive Director as we not only plan for the 2020-2021 school year, but estimate costs moving forward each year in a situation potentially far worse than the Great Recession.  The path chosen by the Board will determine future costs, and the future direction of technology at the Fenton schools.  

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors thoroughly review and then approve the technology option determined to be the most viable for the schools moving forward during a very uncertain time, and software licenses for each Fenton school and the FCPS office for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  Options for Technology Upgrades and List of Software Licenses

Item IV. E.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve continued membership in CharterSAFE for Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs (ASCIP) for Property and Liability Insurance

 

BACKGROUND

 

As per our charter renewals, all Fenton schools are required to carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance in accordance with provisions of the California Labor Code adequate to protect the organization from claims that may arise from our operations pursuant to the Workers’ Compensation Act.  Workers’ Compensation Insurance coverage must also include Employers Liability coverage.

 

Additionally the school must carry Property and Liability Insurance which includes coverage for Crime Insurance, Cyber Liability, Professional Educators Errors and Omissions Liability coverage, Sexual Molestation and Abuse coverage, Employment Practices Legal Liability coverage and excess/umbrella insurance.  The Fenton schools have been a member of the Alliance of Schools for Cooperative Insurance Programs (ASCIP) Joint Powers Authority (JPA) since FACS first converted to charter.  ASCIP was the only JPA that welcomed Fenton and Vaughn as members, upon Joe Lucente’s urging, and both organizations have remained with ASCIP ever since.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The Fenton schools have been members of CharterSAFE for Workers’ Compensation Insurance since 2012.  Premiums have remained cost effective, and customer assistance and support are consistently excellent.  The premium for 2020-2021 is $230,769.

 

For Property and Liability (P & L), Fenton has remained with ASCIP since 1993.  In this new world of AB 218 (Child Sexual Assault), catastrophic wild fire devastation, and COVID-19, P & L insurance has seen a dramatic increase as insurance carriers leave California and options are few.  The rates for 2020-2021 will see an increase over 2019-2020 rates, with the excess layer of insurance from SELF presenting the greatest increase.  The total premium last year was $155,887 and will increase by 5% with a higher increase from SELF due to the current environment.

 

RECOMMENDATION

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve continuing to purchase Workers’ Compensation Insurance and Employer’s Liability coverage from CharterSAFE and Property and Liability Insurance (which includes all the insurances listed above) from ASCIP.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment:  CharterSAFE 2020-2021 Member Proposal; ASCIP coverage

Item IV.F.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve continued membership in the California Charter Schools Association

 

BACKGROUND

 

The California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) was established in 2003 as the membership and advocacy organization serving California charter schools.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

After years of maintaining the membership dues at the same level ($5.00 per student), the Board od Directors of CCSA approved an increase to be phased in over two years:  in 2017-2018, membership dues were increased by $3.00 to $8.00 per student, and in January 2019, dues were increased an additional $2.00 per student to $10.  Fenton’s membership cost for 2020-2021 will be approximately $30,000 and Board approval is required for this action.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve continued membership in the California Charter Schools Association at a cost of $10 per student and an approximate total cost of $30,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV. G.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2020-2021 final staff rosters, stipends for specific positions, recommendations for regular status, and FCPS employee contracts

 

BACKGROUND

 

By May of each school year, the Fenton schools typically have completed interviews, observations and final hiring.  The 2019-2020 school year has not been ‘typical’ and as we end the school year, many of our timelines and procedures have been set aside as we contemplate all the “what ifs” for 2020-2021.  For this reason, although there are nine teaching positions open for general education teachers, the positions will remain open until there is more clarity regarding the new school year.  Openings for Education Specialists, however, have been posted as federal regulations establish strict limits on the number of Students with Disabilities who may be served by each Education Specialist.  

 

Although the new year is uncertain, the Fenton schools will move forward with the variety of roles that encourage and build leadership within the organization.  The positions listed below will continue moving forward.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Leadership Roles 

 

Lead Teachers

 

The Board is reminded that the Lead Teacher role was created in 1998 as Fenton Avenue Charter School grew to fifty-four teachers, twenty-seven of whom were credentialed through the Emergency Permit process.  In order to ensure a well prepared teaching staff assisted by experienced mentors, we created the Lead Teacher position to combine the roles of mentor teacher and grade level chairperson.  The stipend was intended to be a small token of appreciation to recognize dedicated staff members, not a monetary incentive to accept the role. The stipend increased to $5,000 due to the number of teachers who were new to the profession and required mentoring.  Although there are far fewer inexperienced teachers at any of the schools, providing the same stipend of $5,000 is warranted due to the continuity and leadership provided by the Lead Teachers.  (For sixth grade at any site, the stipend is $2,500 due to the number of teachers at the grade level.)  All Lead Teachers attend all Leadership Team meetings and regular meetings of the Board of Directors.

 

Focus Leads

 

The position of Focus Lead was first created at FCLA and STEM acknowledging the challenge of continuously maintaining an integrated curricular focus area such at Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Leadership while simultaneously differentiating the two schools located on one campus.   The concept was also implemented at SMBCCS to call attention to new innovative practices (Instructional Technology and STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) and an area that continues to be an area of concern throughout the state of California:  English Language Development (ELD). The position of Focus Lead will continue in 2020-2021 at FCLA and STEM as originally intended.  SMBCCS will have one focus area only: English Language Development.  All Focus Leads receive a stipend of $5,000 (unless the position is shared) for leading professional development and ensuring continued work in the focus area. 

 

Faculty and Classified Representatives

 

The Faculty and Classified Representatives positions were created by Fenton and first written into the 2003 charter petition.  Viewed as a means of ensuring that even the “quietest” voice would be heard, the positions are not attached to any level of monetary compensation, as the role includes a significant voice within the governance system (they are the secretaries of the Board).  All representatives must be seen as taking on the position to assist their peers; not for financial gain or power.  They are the objective, unbiased voice of the employees they represent.  Faculty Representatives act as the “Secretaries of the Board” on a rotating basis at each board meeting.

 

Council and Committee Chairs

 

As with the representatives, Council and Committee Co-Chairs must be unbiased and objective as they serve as liaisons to the governing board.  Initially, they were the governing board, and hence the need for total objectivity and therefore no monetary compensation has ever been attached to these positions.

 

2020-2021 FCPS Leadership Team

 

Position

FCPS

 

 

 

 

Executive Director

Irene Sumida

 

 

 

 

Chief Academic Officer

David Riddick

 

 

 

 

Instructional Coach

Angie Castellana Ferri

 

 

 

 

Position

FACS

SMBCCS

FPC

STEM

FCLA

Directors

Leticia Padilla Parra

Cary Rabinowitz

Richard Parra

Jennifer Miller

 

Assistant Directors

Barbara Aragón

and

Jessi Tello

Monica Castañeda,

Walter Gomez 

and

Robin Rodriguez

Sirui Thomassian and

Wendy Kaufman

Jennifer Pimentel

and

Cecilia Quijano

 

Lead Teachers

 

$5,000 per grade level, TK/K-5 and Special Education; $2,500 if shared

 

$2,500 for 6th grade

3rd grade:  Christopher Torres

4th grade: 

 Lee Melo

5th grade:  

Robin Brenneisen McNutt

Special Ed.:

Jacqueline Claudio

TK/K:

Tiene Hauck 

and

Megan Stevenson

1st grade:

Emily Aaronson

2nd grade:

Jazmin Luna

3rd grade:

Kimberly Kiser

and

Carmen Solis

4th grade:

Emma Colmenares

5th grade:

Emma Kath

and

Kyra Requiestas

6th grade:

Grisel Benn

Special Ed.:

Beth Henschel

TK/K:

Coco Salazar

1st grade:

Krystal Rodriguez

2nd grade:

Nitima Angus and

Jackie Penner

Special Ed.:

TBD

TK/K:

Veronica Palazzola

1st grade:

Kelley Christenson

2nd grade:

Nicole Langlois

3rd grade:

Lilia Padilla Zúñiga

4th grade:

Paige Piper

5th grade:

Alejandra Muñoz

6th grade:

Elisa Vallejo

Special Ed.:

Maria Cordero

 

Focus Leads

$5,000; $2,500 if shared

 

ELD:

Jennifer Flynn 

and

Bunny Wolfer

 

Dominica Yasuda

Kate Hetu

Faculty Representatives

Mercedes Meeks

Beth Henschel,

Marie Kirakossian, and

Megan Stevenson

Nitima Angus,

Laura Holmes, and

Coco Salazar

Kelley Christenson

Veronica Palazzola

Classified Representatives

Karla Contreras

Antonio Garay

TBD

Cedric Ramirez

 

TA Representative

Abraham Zubia

Sofia Ramos Hidalgo

TBD

TBD

 

Council/Committee Co-Chairs

Budget, Facilities and Safety:

Tony Peña 

and

Marty Penner

Finance:

Holly Putnam 

and

AJ Smith

Finance:

Sarah Ananta

and

Maria Patron

Finance:

Dominica Yasuda

Finance:

Jennifer Hines

 

Curriculum and Assessment:

Lee Melo

and

Christopher Torres

Instruction:

Kimberly Kiser

and

Carmen Solis

Instruction:

Lisa Ibarra

and

Jackie Penner

Instruction:

Paige Piper

Instruction:

Yesenia Fuentes

 

Human Resource and Personnel:

Leanna Hendrix

and

Mercedes Meeks

Personnel:

Tiene Hauck

and

Megan Stevenson

Personnel:

Karen Knapp

and

Coco Salazar

Personnel:

Priscilla Gentry

Personnel:

Stephanie Garcia

 

School-Community Relations:

Angel Garcia

and

Tiffany Walker

Parent Advocacy:

Ariana Gomez 

and

Evelia Manzo

Parent 

Advocacy:

Gurpreet Gill

and

Bridget Ruiz-Acevedo

Parent Advocacy:

Elizabeth Marquez

Parent Advocacy:

Bridget Badro

 

SSC and ELAC: 

TBD

SSC and ELAC:

 TBD

SSC and ELAC: TBD

SSC and ELAC: TBD

SSC and ELAC: TBD

 

Regular Status

 

Teachers who have successfully completed two years of service are being recommended for regular status by the Directors of their respective schools.  Moving from probationary to regular status allows teachers to apply for leadership positions and also move over a column each semester, rather than yearly, for purposes of salary advancement.

 

Certificated Staff Recommended for Regular Status

 

FACS

FPC

SMBCCS

STEM

FCLA

Louis Chernovsky

Sarah Lin

Shanjana Chowdhury

Elizabeth Marquez

Bridget Badro

 

 

Rachel Cohen

Julie Nguyen

Tania Casas

Jocelyn Condo

 

Abigail Gillmore

Emma Kath

Kaitlyn Silva

Tashi Miller

Ana Gutierrez

 

Christy Namkung

Sofia Carias

 

Roshani Solanki

 

 

Zoe Weiss

 

 

Employee Contracts

 

Employee contracts were written for all current employees and distributed the last day of the instructional calendar – June 12, 2020.  The content of the contracts have not changed since their original development in 2017 by our personnel attorney at Procopio, Cory, Hargeaves and Savitch LLP, Robert Levy. The fully executed contracts will be returned to employees after board approval, which is included in this action item.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the changes in titles and schedules, final staff rosters, granting of stipends for specific leadership positions, approval of regular status, and contracts for employees.   As additional openings exist, or may open during the summer break, the Board is asked to approve giving hiring discretion to the Directors of each site with input from the Executive Director and Chief Academic Officer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: 2020-2010 Staff Rosters for FACS, FPC, SMBCCS, FCLA and STEM

Item IV.H.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve salary schedules for all employees

 

BACKGROUND

 

Since converting to independent charter status, Fenton Avenue Charter School has continued to use the services of the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) for payroll and accounts payable.  Remaining with LACOE over the past twenty-five years has provided not only a reliable payroll and accounting system, but has also ensured that STRS and PERS calculations and contributions for all employees who are members of these pension plans have been accurately maintained.  

 

As a charter management organization with five schools and 500 employees, Fenton is now viewed as a district and as such, salary schedules for all positions were requested by LACOE.  This practice began in the 2018-2019 school year, but with LACOE’s much needed updating of its HR and payroll systems, salary schedules and specific titles with corresponding job descriptions are now a requirement.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The salary schedules reflect entry-level placement (the minimum rate at the time of hire) as well as regular increases to hourly or annual rates, which are indicated by “STEPs”.  

 

For each job category, there is also a maximum rate, which similar to the minimum rate, is aligned to the responsibilities of the job.  Once at the maximum STEP, the employee will not receive an increase unless a revision to the entire schedule is approved by the Board (e.g., an across-the-board salary increase).

 

STEPs are not to be confused with years of service, as there is no correlation.  Moving to the next STEP is based on the employee’s evaluation in any given year, and if the Board authorizes “STEP” (or in the case of teachers, “STEP and COLUMN”) increases for the new school year.  There is no automatic movement from year to year.  If a STEP increase is authorized by the Board, the employee must also have completed the required number of work days (150 instructional days for teachers; 164 work days for those on the 201-day calendar; 183 work days for those on the 224-day calendar; 203 work days for those on the 249-day calendar) in order to move to the next STEP.

 

Some titles and salary schedules were revised to better reflect the responsibilities of employees.  Those changes were approved at the April 18, 2019 board meeting. 

 

Due to the challenging 2020-2021 budget, no changes to the approved salary schedules is recommended.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the revised 2020-2021 salary schedules for all certificated and classified employees, and authorize the movement to the next ‘STEP’ for employees who qualify.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachments: Teacher Salary Table; Other Certificated Staff Salary Schedule; Classified Salary Schedule – Full-Time Employees - Salaried, Classified Salary Schedule – Full-Time Employees – Hourly; Classified Staff Salary Schedule – Part-Time Employees – Hourly; Explanation of Salary Schedule (Teachers)

Item IV. I.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve expenditure for item above spending authority of Executive Director

 

BACKGROUND

 

The Executive Director has the authority to approve expenditures up to $25,000.  All expenditures over $25,000 must be approved by the Board of Directors.  

 

ANALYSIS

 

The following expenditure exceeds the Executive Director’s spending authority, and the Board is asked to review and approve the item:

 

Installation of Bullet Resistant Entry Partition, NSD Bullet Resistant Door at Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School:  $59,878.00

 

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year, the Board Chair, Facilities Manager and Executive Director walked all Fenton sites to identify specific repair, replacement and upgrading needs.  One area of concern was the vulnerability of the main entrance of each school.  Various options for bulletproofing school entryways were explored along with associated costs.  

 

We found no guaranteed or perfect solutions, but moved forward with the installation at the main entry point of Fenton Avenue Charter School.  Additionally, the door leading into the Director’s office and immediately off the main access point was replaced with bulletproof material.  

 

The office staff initially found the partition separating them from all visitors to be less than conducive to welcoming parents to the school, but the pandemic has provided a different perspective of the value of the separation and the microphone used to communicate with anyone at the counter.

 

Because the security of the main office at SMBCCS is still a concern, and after the experience of the pandemic, it is recommended that the main office of SMBCCS be secured in the same manner as the installation at FACS.  Security issues will be addressed as well as distancing school staff from visitors.

 

The total cost of the project is estimated at $59,878.00 and includes the following:  removal of existing counter; installation of new aluminum framing Cat 1 resistant glass; new resistant counter; transaction area ADA compliant resistant door (leading to Assistant Director’s office); speaker holes in glass; and Cat 1 speaker covers.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the expenditures for Fenton Avenue Charter School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Estimate from Glass Builders

Item IV.J.

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve 2019-2020 Board of Directors 

 

BACKGROUND

 

Terms of office for the following board members will expire on June 30, 2020:  

 

Daniel Laughlin

Jed Wallace

Walter Wallace

 

ANALYSIS

 

An Ad Hoc Board Selection Committee chaired by the Board Chair, and including all Faculty and Classified Representatives, worked with the Executive Director to determine the following recommendation for the Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 school year:

 

Board Member

Term

Diane Abeyta

Parent Representative;

Term Expires:  6/30/2021

Yvette King-Berg

Community Representative 

Term Expires:  6/30/2021

Daniel Laughlin

Parent Representative

Term Expires:  6/30/2022

Joe Lucente

Community Representative

Term Expires:  6/30/2021

Jed Wallace

Community Representative

Term Expires:  6/30/22

Walter Wallace

Community Representative

Term Expires:  6/30/2022

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the slate of Directors recommended by the Ad Hoc Board Selection Committee.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item IV.K.

 

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Recommendation to approve revised Employee Handbook

 

BACKGROUND

 

At the May 21, 2020 regular meeting of the Board of Directors, the Reduction in Force (Layoff) Policy was approved by the Board and the Executive Director was directed to have the policy included in the Employee Handbook.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The revised handbook includes the reduction in force (layoff) policy and all State and federal guidelines related to employees have been updated to reflect the most current regulations.

 

Here are the list of additions and revisions:

 

    • ïPages 5-6:  Addition to “I. E. Unlawful Harassment”
    • ï Page 6:  Addition to “I. F. Retaliation”
    • ïPage 7-9:  Addition to “I. G. Complaint Procedure—Discrimination, Unlawful Harassment, Retaliation”
    • ïPage 9:  Addition to “I. H. Open Door Policy”
    • ïPage 10:  Addition to “I. I. Workplace Anti-Violence Policy”
    • ïPage 11: Addition to “II. A. Prohibited Conduct”
    • ïPage 20:  Addition to “II. D. 4. Searches”
    • ïPage 24-25:  Addition to “II. D. 5. Prohibited Use”
    • ïPage 33:  Deletion to “II. I. Employee Dress Code”
    • ïPage 49:  Addition to “IV. F. Lactation Accommodation”
    • ïPage 69-70:  Addition to “VI. D. New Parent Leave Act”
    • ïPage 73:  Addition to “VI. G. Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Medical Leaves of Absence”
    • ïPage 75-76:  Revision to “VI. G. Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Medical Leaves of Absence”
    • ïPage 79:  Addition of “VI. O. School and Daycare Leave”
    • ïPage 80:  Addition to “VI. P. Time Off to Vote”
    • ïPage 82:  Revisions to “VI. W. Leave for Bone Marrow and Organ Donors”
    • ïPage 85-87, 89:  Revisions to “VII. D. Retirement”
    • ïPage 89-91:  Addition of “VIII. Reduction in Force (Layoff ) Policy” (with change from 45 days to 30 days notice as per attorney’s recommendation)

RECOMMENDATION

 

It is recommended that the Board of Directors approve the revised Employee Handbook.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attachment: Revised Employee Handbook (Redline); Revised Employee Handbook - FINAL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.  ITEMS SCHEDULED FOR INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.A.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: FCPS Board of Directors’ Meetings for 2020-2021

 

BACKGROUND

 

A schedule of meetings dates for regular board meetings is presented at the end of each school year to ensure board members are able to fully participate in all meetings. 

 

All board meetings will be held at the FCPS Boardroom as the live broadcast of the meetings allows all staff members to hear all proceedings and traveling to any of the school sites is no longer necessary.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The 2019-2020 board meeting dates were used as a guide in developing the 2020-2021 schedule of meetings, and board members are asked for input regarding these dates. 

 

Proposed Board Meeting Dates for 2020-2021

 

July 23, 2020

 

August 20, 2020

 

September 17, 2020

 

October 22, 2020

 

December 3, 2020

 

January 28, 2021

 

March 4, 2021

 

April 15, 2021

 

May 20, 2021

 

June 17, 2021

 

All board meetings are scheduled for Thursdays, and begin at 4:30 p.m. 

If the schools reopen, meetings will resume at the FCPS Offices:

 

Fenton Charter Public Schools Offices

Boardroom

8928B Sunland Boulevard

Sun Valley, CA  91352

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item only and no action is required. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item V.B.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Update on FCPS OPEB Trust

 

BACKGROUND

 

The FCPS OPEB Trust was formally established at the East West Bank and an investment portfolio created on March 28, 2016.  The portfolio was transferred to Cathay Wealth Management on October 30, 2017.

 

ANALYSIS

 

The President of the Trust, Walter Wallace, and Secretary of the Trust, Joe Lucente, will provide an update, which includes the end-of-year true up of the OPEB Trust account:

 

Location

Amount$

Fenton Avenue Charter School

$149,978

Fenton Primary Center

$94,476

Santa Monica Boulevard Community Charter School

$136,828

Fenton STEM Academy

$41,000

Fenton Charter Leadership Academy

$45,856

Fenton Charter Public Schools

$50,359

TOTAL

$518,497

 

The amounts listed above will be transferred to the OPEB Trust account at East West Bank on June 5, 2020, and were subsequently transferred to the OPEB Investment Account at Cathay Wealth Management.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item only and no action is required. 

 

 

 

 

Item V.C.

 

 

FENTON CHARTER PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

June 18, 2020

 

TO: Fenton Charter Public Schools

Board of Directors

 

FROM: Irene Sumida

Executive Director

 

SUBJECT: Progress on expansion of FCLA and STEM

 

BACKGROUND

 

The facility located on the same property as the Academies and adjacent to the FCPS Business Office was leased and is being renovated in preparation for the addition of 6th grade during the 2020-2021 school year.

 

ANALYSIS

 

Board Chair Joe Lucente will present an update on progress to date.

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

This is an information item only and no action is required.