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Board of Education Regular Meeting
Rowland USD
April 08, 2021 4:30PM
Virtual Meeting https://rowlandschools-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_mQBQIb2ORKWHWBV7Tw-PBQ For further information, please visit www.rowlandschools.org.

I. OPENING (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
I.A. Call to Order (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
I.B. Roll Call and Attendance (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Julie Mitchell, Ed.D., Superintendent and Secretary to the Board
I.C. Adoption of the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, April 8, 2021 (Action Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, April 8, 2021.

or

Adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, April 8, 2021, with the following corrections/modifications:

I.D. Public Comments on Closed Session Agenda Items Only - Written Requests to Address the Board (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

PLEASE NOTE: The public is welcome to provide comment to the Board. Remarks are limited to three (3) minutes, unless extended or limited by vote of the Board. A maximum of twenty (20) minutes, unless extended by the Board, is allocated for each subject discussed. The Brown Act open meeting regulations under which the Board must operate do not allow Board Members to comment on non-agenda items or information you may bring up that are not on the agenda. Additionally, no action can be taken. However, the Board may give direction to Staff following a comment.

II. CLOSED SESSION (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Recess to Closed Session.

Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957, the Board may adjourn to Closed Session at any time during the meeting to discuss staff/student personnel matters, negotiations, litigation, and/or the acquisition of land or facilities.

II.A. Meet with Chief Negotiator, Dennis J. Bixler, and discuss negotiations pursuant to Government Code, Section 3549.1 and/or Section 54957.6, regarding the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) and California School Employees Association (CSEA) [Collective Bargaining] (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Dennis J. Bixler, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
II.B. Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Dennis J. Bixler, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
II.C. Threat to Public Services or Facilities (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Julie Mitchell, Ed.D., Superintendent and Secretary to the Board
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Consultation with: Julie Mitchell, Ed.D.
                             Superintendent of Schools

III. OPEN SESSION (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board will return to Open Session.
III.A. Flag Salute (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

All in attendance will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag by Kimberly Cortes Roque, Rorimer Elementary School.

III.B. Closed Session Report (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Report on any Board Action Taken in Closed Session, pursuant to Government Code 54957.7.

IV. REPORTS (Committee Report Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
IV.A. Rorimer Elementary School Spotlight Report (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Dr. Munguia, Rorimer Elementary School principal, and Mr. Buckmier, along with students Jannessa Parede and Jamin Castillo, will provide a brief report highlighting their school.

IV.B. Superintendent's Report (Information Item)
Speaker:
Julie Mitchell, Ed.D., Superintendent and Secretary to the Board
IV.C. Student Board Representatives' Reports (Information Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
IV.C.1. Santana High School (Information Item)
Speaker:
Mel Garcia, ASB Member, SHS
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Receive a Santana High School Student Representative to the Board Report.
IV.C.2. Nogales High School (Information Item)
Speaker:
Yohana Lopez, ASB Executive President, NHS
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Receive a Nogales High School Student Representative to the Board Report.
IV.C.3. John A. Rowland High School (Information Item)
Speaker:
Joseph Tseng, ASB Speaker of the House, RHS
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Receive a John A. Rowland High School Student Representative to the Board Report.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS (Procedural Item)
V.A. Written Requests to Address the Board (Information Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

PLEASE NOTE: The public is welcome to provide comment to the Board. Remarks are limited to three (3) minutes, unless extended or limited by vote of the Board. A maximum of twenty (20) minutes, unless extended by the Board, is allocated for each subject discussed. The Brown Act open meeting regulations under which the Board must operate do not allow Board Members to comment on non-agenda items or information you may bring up that are not on the agenda. Additionally, no action can be taken. However, the Board may give direction to Staff following a comment.

VI. PUBLIC HEARING (Information Item)
VI.A. Public Hearing - Sunshine Proposal from the Rowland Unified School District to the Association of Rowland Educators for the 2021-2022 school year (Procedural Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The purpose of the Public Hearing is to provide members of the public the opportunity to be aware of and to comment on the initial proposal for negotiations between Rowland Unified School District and the Association of Rowland Educators for the 2021-22 school year.

Topics to be negotiated include Article I: Term, Article VII: Hours, Duty and Work Year, Article VIII: Class Size, Article XIII-Health and Welfare Benefits, Article XIV-Salary Schedules and Rules and The District proposes to create a new contractual article for the purpose of establishing a new online school as an option for students beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

Members of the public wishing to provide comment on the initial proposal may do so during this public hearing. 

Public Hearing opened at __________ p.m.

Public Hearing closed at ___________ p.m.

Attachments:
ARE Sunshine PH
VII. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS (Action Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
VII.A. Textbook Adoption - Science (Grades 6-8) (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the adoption of the California Inspire Science textbooks for all students in grades 6-8.  The adoption will be implemented at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year. 
Rationale:

To align curriculum to the 2013 NGSS and 2016 Science Framework, this adoption will provide updated instructional materials for teachers and students to engage in relevant teaching and learning within the context of the three science dimensions:  Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Cross Cutting Concepts.

Grade 6 Framework Alignment, NGSS 2020
California Inspire Science Integrated G6 English 978-0-07-701949-5
California Inspire Science Integrated G6 Spanish 978-0-07-682523-3
Inspire Science G6 Collaboration Kit Units 1-4 Bundle 978-0-07-687216-9

Grade 7 Framework Alignment, NGSS 2020
California Inspire Science Integrated G7 English 978-0-07-701926-6
California Inspire Science Integrated G7 Spanish 978-0-07-682611-7
Inspire Science G7 Collaboration Kit Units 1-4 Bundle 978-0-07-687217-6

Grade 8 Framework Alignment, NGSS 2020
California Inspire Science Integrated G8 English 978-0-07-702002-6
California Inspire Science Integrated G8 Spanish 978-0-07-682620-9
Inspire Science G8 Collaboration Kit Units 1-4 Bundle 978-0-07-687218-3

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $950,000.00 from District general funds. 
VII.B. Course Adoptions - IB Mathematics (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to adopt the courses International Baccalaureate Mathematics: Application and Interpretation HL (Higher Level) and International Baccalaureate Mathematics: Application & Interpretation to be implemented at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
Rationale:

The International Baccalaureate (IB) updated their math curriculum and pathways in 2019 to remain relevant and rigorous while addressing the needs of mathematics to reflect the current world application.  This new curriculum focuses on developing skills of analysis, abstraction and generalization, risk awareness and statistical literacy, algorithmic thinking, modeling and inquiry. The two course proposals included in this adoption would update the existing IB math courses to align with the new IB curriculum and examination.  The two courses are part of the applications and interpretation pathway; the first course is at the standard level (SL) and the second course is at higher level (HL).   Each of these courses would replace the existing courses at their respective level.

The students will use the currently adopted textbooks and support materials.
 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
VII.C. Course Adoption - Biology of the Living Earth (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to adopt the course Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Biology of the Living Earth to be implemented at the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year.
Rationale:

At the recommendation of Rowland Unified School District teachers and district administration following a two year collaborative course writing process with biology teachers from Nogales, Rowland, and Santana, the Board is being asked to adopt the course information and description for Biology of the Living Earth for RUSD students in grade 9.

Students will study ecology with an emphasis on the interdependence between biotic and abiotic factors on Earth. They will explore the dynamics of matter and energy flow through ecosystems, describing the cycling of matter in two important life processes: photosynthesis and cellular respiration, while also, emphasizing the nonliving parts of these cycles that further create balance in this narrative.

The students will use the currently adopted McDougall Littel Biology textbook until we move into a full science textbook adoption to be completed during the 2021-2022 school year.

 
Financial Impact:

No financial impact at this time.

VII.D. Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Declaration of Need for Fully Qualified Educators is an annual requirement in the event there is a need to employ a teacher and a highly qualified fully credentialed candidate cannot not found. The Declaration of Need enables the district to employ a teacher who is completing their requirements for a credential.

Rationale:
The District is required to annually estimate how many and what type of emergency permits may be required in the upcoming school year by adopting a Declaration of Need. Individuals hired pursuant to this declaration will typically serve as substitute teachers eligible for long-term assignments or temporary teachers finishing English Language Learner Authorization programs or teachers completing Special Education Added Authorization programs, interns, or teachers filling difficult to fill positions.
 
Financial Impact:

No financial impact.

Attachments:
DecofNeedMar2021
VII.E. Rowland Unified School District's Initial Proposal for Bargaining with the Association of Rowland Educators for Purpose of Negotiations (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Pursuant to California Government Code, Section 3547, it is recommended the Board of Education adopt the initial proposal for collective bargaining between Rowland Unified School District and the Association of Rowland Educators. Topics to be negotiated include Article I: Term, Article VII: Hours, Duty and Work Year, Article VIII: Class Size, Article XIII-Health and Welfare Benefits, Article XIV-Salary Schedules and Rules and The District proposes to create a new contractual article for the purpose of establishing a new online school as an option for students beginning in the 2021-22 school year.

Rationale:
Pursuant to California Government Code, Section 3547, prior to the beginning of collective bargaining, parties are required to provide the public an opportunity to be informed of the topics of negotiations. Following adoption of the district's initial proposals for bargaining, negotiations may commence. 

 
Financial Impact:
The financial impact of agreements reached through negotiations will be reviewed publicly by the Board of Education and the Los Angeles County Office of Education prior to Board approval of agreements reached through negotiations. 

Attachments:
RUSD Initial Proposal to ARE
VII.F. Association of Rowland Educators Initial Proposal for Bargaining with the Rowland Unified School District for Purpose of Negotiations (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

It is recommended the Board of Education receive the initial proposal for collective bargaining from the Association of Rowland Educators (ARE) to the Rowland Unified School District.Topics to be negotiated include Article I: Term, Article VII: Hours, Duties, Work Year, Article VIII: Class Size, Article XIII: Health and Welfare Benefits, Article XIV: Salary Schedules and Rules, Article XVII: Grievance Procedures, Article XXI: Concerted Activities, Article XXIV: Site Based Decision Making.

Rationale:
Pursuant to California Government Code, Section 3547, prior to the beginning of collective bargaining, parties are required to provide the public an opportunity to be informed of the topics of negotiations. Following receipt of ARE's initial proposals for bargaining, negotiations may commence.
 
Financial Impact:
The financial impact of agreements reached through negotiations will be reviewed publicly by the Board of Education and the Los Angeles County Office of Education prior to Board approval of agreements reached through negotiations.
Attachments:
ARE Initial Sunshine
VII.G. 2021-2022 Board of Education Meeting Schedule (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to review and discuss the draft Board of Education meeting schedule for 2021-2022.

Rationale:
Regular meetings of the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education are typically held in the Board Room of the Central Administration Office, 1830 S. Nogales Street, Rowland Heights, on the second Thursday of each month for regular business. Calls to order and Closed Sessions begin at 4:30 p.m. with the Regular Business Meetings beginning at 6:00 p.m. 

Additional dates, typically the fourth Thursday of the month, may be used for Study Sessions, which, if held, will begin at 4:30 p.m. 
 
Attachments:
DRAFT 2021-2022 Board Meeting Dates
VII.H. Resolution No. SO-20-21:13, Teacher Appreciation Week & Day of the Teacher, May 2021 (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to adopt a resolution proclaiming the week of May 2 through 8, 2021, as Week of the Teacher and Wednesday, May 12, 2021, as Day of the Teacher.

Rationale:

The California Department of Education encourages schools to recognize National Day of the Teacher, which arose out of legislation co-sponsored by the California Teachers Association and the Association of Mexican American Educators. Senator Joseph Montoya wrote the bill and it was adopted in 1982.

 
Attachments:
Resolution - Teacher Week and Day of Teacher 2021
VII.I. Resolution No. SO-20-21:14, National School Nurse Day, May 12, 2021 (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to adopt a resolution proclaiming Wednesday, May 12, 2021, as National School Nurse Day.

Rationale:

Rowland Unified School District joins the California Department of Education and the California School Nurses Organization in declaring Wednesday, May 6, 2020, as “National School Nurse Day” in order to salute the vital role that school nurses play in the success of our public schools and the health of our children.

 
Attachments:
Resolution - National School Nurse Day 2021
VII.J. Resolution No. SO-20-21:15, Classified School Employees' Week, May 16 - 22, 2021 (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to adopt a resolution proclaiming May 16 through 22, 2020, as Classified School Employees' Week.

Rationale:

Pursuant to California Education Code Section 45460, the California Department of Education encourages schools to recognize Classified School Employee Week annually on the third full week in May.  All public schools shall annually observe the week in recognition of classified school employees and the contributions they make to the educational community, and observance shall be integrated into the regular school program.

 
Attachments:
Resolution - Classified Employees Week 2021
VIII. CONSENT CALENDAR (Consent Agenda)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Rationale:
NOTICE: All matters listed under Consent Calendar are considered by the Board of Education to be routine or sufficiently supported by prior or accompanying reference materials and information not requiring additional discussion. They will be enacted by a motion as referenced below. There will be no separate discussion of these items prior to the time the Board of Education votes on the motion, unless Members of the Board, staff, or public request specific items be discussed, added to, or deleted from the Consent Calendar for separate action. Members of the public may request that a specific item be removed from the Consent Calendar by completing the "Written Request to Address the Board" form/card and presenting it to the Secretary of the Board, in accordance with Board Bylaw 9322. All Consent items are indicated by the designation (c) after the item title.
 
VIII.A. General Function Consent Items (Consent Item)
VIII.A.1. Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, March 11, 2021, Special Board Meeting of Tuesday, March 16, 2021, and Study Session of Thursday, March 25, 2021 (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Julie Mitchell, Ed.D., Superintendent and Secretary to the Board
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Approve the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, March 11, 2021, Special Board Meeting of Tuesday, March 16, 2021, and Study Session of Thursday, March 25, 2021.

Attachments:
Draft 3-11-21 Regular Board Meeting Minutes
DRAFT 3-16-21 Special Board Meeting Minutes
DRAFT 3-25-21 Board Study Session Minutes
VIII.A.2. Gifts/Donations (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Accept the gifts/donations made to the District as listed on the attached, and send the appropriate letters of appreciation.

Attachments:
PO Report 4.8.21
VIII.B. Educational Consent Items (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Dr. Matilde Zamora, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services
VIII.B.1. Quarterly Report on Williams Uniform Complaint for the Period of January 1, 2021, through March 31, 2021 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to receive the Quarterly Report on Williams Uniform Complaint for the period of January 1, 2021, through March 31, 2021.
Rationale:
As a result of the Williams Settlement Legislation Requirements, the local School Boards must submit a quarterly report to the county superintendent on the nature and resolution of complaints regarding insufficient textbooks and instructional materials, properly credentialed teachers, and safe, clean and maintained facilities.

There were no Williams complaints (regarding textbooks and instructional materials, teacher vacancies or misassignments, or facilities conditions) at any school filed from January 1, 2021, through March 31, 2021.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
Attachments:
Williams Quarterly Report 3rd Qtr
VIII.B.2. Memorandum of Understanding between the Rowland Unified School District and Mount San Antonio Regional Consortium (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
As part of the requirements of AB 104, school districts that offer adult education programs must be part of a consortium. Rowland Adult & Community Education (RACE) is part of the MT. SAC Regional Consortium for Adult Education. As part of the consortium, a MOU must be approved between the Consortium and the District. The term of this MOU is from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.
Rationale:

The consortium has been designated by the California Department of Education and California Community Colleges to fulfill the goals, objectives, and activities outlined in the California Adult Education Program (CAEP) Regional Plan for adult students 18 years or older. AB 104 State Law authorizes consortia to use CAEP funds in Seven Instructional Areas:

  1.  Elementary and secondary reading, writing, and mathematics (basic skills).
  2.  English as a second language and other programs for immigrants.
  3.  Workforce preparation for adults (including senior citizens) entering or re-entering the workforce.
  4.  Short-term career technical education with high employment potential.
  5.  Pre-apprenticeship training activities coordinated with approved apprenticeship programs.
  6.  Programs for adults with disabilities.
  7.  Programs designed to develop knowledge and skills that enable adults (including senior citizens) to help children succeed in school.

The Memorandum of Understanding between Mount San Antonio Regional Consortium for Adult Education and the Rowland Unified School District outlines the roles and responsibilities by which each party will abide for the three year MOU.  

There will be no fiscal agent, hence members will be responsible to report their expenditures for each of the fiscal years to Mount San Antonio College, who in turn will submit the necessary fiscal reports to the State as part of the requirements of AB 104. The District receives approximately $1.7 million in CAEP funding for the District's adult education program.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
Attachments:
MOU
VIII.B.3. Master Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Special Education and Provo Canyon School (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to ratify the Master Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Special Education and Provo Canyon School. The contract agreement is from March 30, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Non Public School (NPS) placement and services are offered to Rowland Unified School District Special Education students who require a level of support that goes beyond the scope of District placement options.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $53,000.00 from Special Education Funds.
VIII.B.4. Sub-Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Rancho Santiago Community College (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Rowland Unified submitted a K12 Strong Workforce Program Pathway Improvement Funds request for application titled, "Enhancing Career Pathways for all Students," in the Spring of 2020 and was successful in receiving funding for the District CTE Programs.

The K12 Strong Workforce Program Pathway Improvement legislation specifies that funds are provided to, “create, support, or expand high-quality career technical education programs at the K12 level that are aligned with the workforce development efforts occurring through the Strong Workforce Program.”

Rationale:

The Enhancing Career Pathways for all Students program will be an opportunity to improve, upgrade and expand the existing Career Pathways for our District 9-12 students by providing work-based learning opportunities that connect classroom learning with real-world applications; develop additional pathway transition opportunities from high school to post-secondary education and provide professional development opportunities for teachers, faculty and other support staff.

The grant amount is $885,000 for a 30 month period which commences on January 1, 2021 and concludes on June 30, 2023. The District, as part of the agreement, must invoice the Rancho Santiago Community College District (RSCCD) 70% for advance payment upon execution and approval of the agreement which is $619,500. The District must match the grant on a $2 to $1 match.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,770,000.00 from the District General Fund. The K12 Strong Workforce Program Pathway Improvement grant provides the District with $885,000.00 in new CTE funding.
VIII.B.5. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Telesis Academy and Mad Science of Los Angeles (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Telesis Academy and Mad Science of Los Angeles. The contract agreement is from April 12, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Mad Science of Los Angeles will provide eight one hour virtual after-school enrichment sessions to students in grades 1-6. Students were able to sign up to participate and there are 84 students participating. Students will conduct experiments and participate in science based activities at home during distance learning.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $11,000.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.6. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Northam Elementary and Cruz and Associates Consulting Inc (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Northam Elementary and Cruz and Associates Consulting Inc. The contract agreement is for April 20, 2021.
Rationale:
Dr. Cruz will facilitate a virtual workshop to empower families to be active and engaged participants in their child's education.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,800.00 from site Title I funds.
VIII.B.7. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Giano Intermediate School and EDalchemy Inc (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Giano Intermediate School and EDalchemy Inc. The contract is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:

Richard Parkhouse of  EDalchemy Inc. will provide two virtual sessions of professional development for Giano Intermediate staff members. The goal of this work is to focus on recalibration of the schoolwide belief system and core values, and implement best practices for the achievement of all students.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $4,000.00 from Site Title I funds.
VIII.B.8. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Killian Elementary School and Virtual Camp High Trails Outdoor Science Camp (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Killian Elementary School and Virtual High Camp High Trails Outdoor Science Camp. The contract is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:
Students in grade six will participate in virtual outdoor science and ecology classes, based on California State Standards that are taught from detailed lesson plans in an interactive and experimental way.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $2,100.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.9. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Killian Elementary School and Boss Graphics (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Killian Elementary School and Boss Graphics.  The agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:

Boss Graphics will design and paint a mural on the front of the Killian campus.  This mural will replace the current one which is over 21 years old that does not reflect the current logo.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $6,125.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.10. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland High School and Daeun Jung (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland High School and Daeun Jung.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Daeun Jung, an instructor from Korean Education Center will provide a presentation on Traditional Folklore Korean Dance and Music to seven Korean classes/periods.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $420.00 from Korean Grant Funds.
VIII.B.11. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Talewise (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Talewise.  The contract agreement is from April 12, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Talewise will provide two 45 minute virtual assemblies named "Aliens: Escape from Earth" which is a science and storytelling program for grades TK-6.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $450.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.12. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Minh Le (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Minh Le.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Minh Le from The Author Village will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades TK-6 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,500.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.13. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Grace Lin (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Grace Lin.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Grace Lin from Pacyworks Studio Inc. will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades TK-6 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,500.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.14. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Jellick Elementary and Grace Lin (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Jellick Elementary and Grace Lin.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Grace Lin from Pacyworks Studio Inc. will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades 1-6 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,500.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.15. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Jellick Elementary and Phil Bildner (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Jellick Elementary and Phil Bildner.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Phil Bildner from The Author Village will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades 1-6 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,500.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.16. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Blandford Elementary and Molly Idle (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Blandford Elementary and Molly Idle.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Molly Idle from The Author Village will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades TK-1 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $800.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.17. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Blandford Elementary and Deborah Ohi (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Blandford Elementary and Deborah Ohi.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Deborah Ohi from The Author Village will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades 2-3 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $800.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.18. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Blandford Elementary and Tracey Baptiste (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Blandford Elementary and Tracy Baptiste.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Author Tracy Baptiste from The Author Village will provide a virtual author visit to students in grades 4-6 to support Readers Workshop and literacy identity.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $800.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.19. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Alvarado Intermediate and Cindy Rosa (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Alvarado Intermediate and Cindy Rosa.  The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Cindy Rosa, who has experience as a school counselor, math specialist, and behavioral interventionist will provide three professional development sessions to staff that will focus on students dealing with trauma, restorative practices, and best practices for differentiation in the classroom (virtual and in person).
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $4,500.00 from site funds.
VIII.B.20. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Lucia Rocha Nestler dba I Love to Read in Spanish LLC (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Lucia Rocha Nestler dba I Love to Read in Spanish LLC. The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021. 
Rationale:
Lucia Rocha Nestler, an expert in biliteracy will provide a five day summer institute based on balanced literacy with an emphasis around the work of our focus area in Writer's Workshop specifically addressing the needs of our dual immersion teachers.
 
Financial Impact:

Not to exceed $30,000.00 from District Title I funds.

VIII.B.21. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Special Education and Educational Professionals of Central California, LLC (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Special Education and Educational Professionals of Central California, LLC. The contract agreement is from April 9, 2021, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Raul Tejeda of Educational Professionals of Central California, LLC will conduct an Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE) on a student in the area of Psycho-Educational.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $4,300.00 from Special Education Funds. 
VIII.B.22. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Special Education and United Secure Youth Transport, LLC (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to Ratify the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Special Education and United Secure Youth Transport Agency, LLC. The contract agreement is from March 30, 2021, through June 30, 2021. 
Rationale:
United Secure Youth Transport Agency, LLC will provide one chaperone to transport a student who receives service through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) to an out of State Residential Center (RTC).
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $5,000.00 from Special Education Funds.
VIII.B.23. Settlement Agreement, Rowland Unified School District Office Administrative Hearings Case No. 2020120605 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Approve the Comprise and General Release Settlement Agreement, Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Case No. 2020120605.
Rationale:
The Compromise and General Release Settlement Agreement contains mutual agreements for compensatory education services along with attorney fees for a Special Education student.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $45,950.00 from Special Education Funds.
VIII.B.24. Settlement Agreement, Rowland Unified School District Office Administrative Hearing Case No. 2021010481 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Approve the Comprise and General Release Settlement Agreement, Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) Case No. 2021010481
Rationale:
The Compromise and General Release Settlement Agreement contains mutual agreements for compensatory education services along with attorney fees for a Special Education student.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $12,700.00 from Special Education Funds.
VIII.C. Administrative Consent Items (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Alejandro Flores, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services
VIII.C.1. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Hess and Associates, Inc. (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Hess and Associates, Inc. The agreement is from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2024.

Rationale:

Electronic Time and Attendance (ETA) is the District’s current absence reporting software for Certificated and Classified monthly employees.   The contract is due for renewal for software maintenance services provided by  Hess and Associates, Inc.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $14,750.00 per year from General Fund.
VIII.C.2. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and San Gabriel Valley Food Services Cooperative Purchasing Group (SGV Co-Op) (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement (annual membership) between the Rowland Unified School District and San Gabriel Valley Cooperative Purchasing Group (SGV Co-Op) for the 2021-22 school year. The agreement is from July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

Rationale:

The SGV Co-Op is a group of independent school food service directors from the Los Angeles County/San Gabriel Valley who have agreed to purchase perishable and staple foods, supplies and distribution of USDA commodities in cooperative bidding for our mutual benefit via formal bids and/or Requests for Proposal (RFP).  All items purchased under the SGV Co-Op are funded by the Cafeteria Fund.  The group is referred to as the "San Gabriel Valley Food Services Cooperative Purchasing Group" and/or the "SGV Co-Op," hereinafter referred to as the Co-Op.

Membership to the Co-Op will allow Rowland Unified School District to purchase perishable and staple foods, supplies and distribution of USDA commodities in cooperative bidding for the mutual benefit of its members.

The list of vendors and RFP documents that supply the District are available for review in the Nutrition Services Department and comply with Public Contract Code 20111.

 
Financial Impact:

No financial impact.

VIII.C.3. Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Ruth Richard Food Center Plumbing Re-Pipe Project (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the issuance of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the Plumbing Re-Pipe Project at the Ruth Richard Food Center.

Rationale:

In order to procure the service at the lowest possible figure, the governing board shall, whenever an expenditure of more than $200,000.00 is involved, secure bids through formal bidding procedures from pre-approved contractors pursuant to California Uniform Public Construction Cost Account Act (CUPCCAA) PCC Sections 22030 and 22032(c).

As part of the continuing upgrade of the District’s maintenance plan, the District would like to issue an RFP, for the re-piping of the Ruth Richard Food Center.  The existing plumbing system is showing signs of deterioration and has exceeded its life expectancy.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
VIII.C.4. Piggyback Bid, Hemet Unified School District, School Furnishings, Office Furnishings & Accessories, Bid No. FAC 2020-08 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Hemet Unified School District, School Furnishings, Office Furnishings & Accessories, “piggyback” Bid No. FAC 2020-08, for the purchase of office and classroom furniture. This “piggyback” agreement is from April 9, 2021, through March 22, 2022.

Rationale:

Consider approval to purchase office and classroom furniture from Office & Ergonomics Solutions utilizing “piggyback” Bid No. FAC 2020-08, Hemet Unified School District.  Other public agencies in the State of California who desire to purchase furniture using this bid shall be extended the same or lower pricing by virtue of “piggyback” agreement.

Public Contract Code Notwithstanding Sections 20118, (“piggyback” statute) Sections and 20111, the governing Board of any school district, without advertising for bids, if the board has determined it to be in the best interest of the district, may authorize by contract, lease requisition, or purchase order, any public corporation or agency, including any county, city, town, or district, to purchase materials, supplies, equipment, and other personal property for the district.

Through this “piggyback” bid the Rowland Unified School District will receive significant savings on volume purchases and will comply with Public Contract Code Section 20118.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
VIII.C.5. Cooperative Agreement, City of Ontario, Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Improvement Project, Bid No. PUBWRKS18-001 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Cooperative Agreement, City of Ontario, Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Improvement Project, Bid No. PUBWRKS18-001, for the purchase of energy efficient equipment, supplies and incidental installation. This agreement is from April 9, 2021, through September 28, 2022.
Rationale:

Consider approval to purchase energy efficient equipment, supplies and incidental installation from Climatec, LLC utilizing the “cooperative agreement” Bid No. PUBWRKS18-001, City of Ontario.  Other public agencies in the State of California who desire to purchase these types of supplies and equipment utilizing this bid shall be extended the same or lower pricing by virtue of the “cooperative” agreement.

Under Public Contract Code Notwithstanding Sections 10298 (a) The director may consolidate the needs of multiple state agencies for goods, information technology, and services, and, pursuant to the procedures established in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 12100), establish contracts, master agreements, multiple award schedules, cooperative agreements, including agreements with entities outside the state, and other types of agreements that leverage the state’s buying power, for acquisitions authorized under Chapter 2 and Chapter 3. State and local agencies may contract with suppliers awarded those contracts without further competitive bidding.

Through this “cooperative agreement” bid the Rowland Unified School District will receive significant savings on volume purchases and will comply with Public Contract Code Section 10298(a).

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
VIII.C.6. Notice of Completion – Rowland High School Shade Structure Installation Project (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to accept as complete the installation of Shade Structures at Rowland High School and to authorize the recording of a Notice of Completion.

Rationale:

The Commercial Claim Section of the Office of the Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools requires that any contract work done for a specified job which exceeds $25,000.00 must have the approval of the Notice of Completion from the Board.

The installation of eight Division of State Architect (DSA), Project #03-12-0805, approved Shade Structures have been installed in the courtyard area, south of the ASB Building at Rowland High School. The installation of the shade structures was necessary to provide shade for student activities and their lunch period. The installation was completed on March 19, 2021, by U.S. Shade & Fabric Structures, Inc.

 
Financial Impact:

Not to exceed $201,045.39 from Special Reserve Capital Outlay Projects Fund.

VIII.C.7. Surplus Equipment (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve staff to surplus equipment which has been deemed obsolete by school sites and/or departments and no longer of value to the overall educational program.

Rationale:

Items on the attached lists are obsolete equipment which has been deemed by school sites to be not upgradeable, no longer working, or replaced due to modernization/new construction. District policy requires that the Board declare surplus this equipment used by school sites and departments and to authorizes staff to dispose of it in a manner compliant with California Education Codes 17545, 60510, 60510.1 and 60521.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
Attachments:
Surplus List 4.8.21
VIII.C.8. Approval and Ratification of Warrants (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Alejandro Flores, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Approve and/or ratify the Warrants as listed on the attached.
Attachments:
Warrant Report 4.8.21
VIII.C.9. Approval and Ratification of Purchase Orders (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Alejandro Flores, Assistant Superintendent, Administrative Services
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Approve and/or ratify the Purchase Orders as listed on the attached.
Attachments:
PO Report 4.8.21
VIII.D. Human Resources Consent Items (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Dennis J. Bixler, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
VIII.D.1. Practicum Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Capella University (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being presented an agreement between Rowland Unified School District and Capella University's School of Nursing and Health Sciences for a Practice Access Agreement. This partnership agreement outlines program standards and conditions which must be met for practicum approval. This agreement will provide an avenue for RUSD School Nurses to obtain approved university practicum hours toward a Masters Degree while working assigned duties in RUSD.
Rationale:
This Practicum Agreement between RUSD and Capella University will enable nursing students to obtain practicum hours toward a Masters Degree while being supported and supervised by qualified District staff. The term of this agreement is from March 10, 2021 through August 1, 2022.
 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
VIII.D.2. Human Resources Action Report HR:20-21:9 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Approve Human Resources Action Report HR:20-21:9.

Attachments:
HR report 4.8.21
IX. CONFERENCE SECTION (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
IX.A. Board Members' Comments (Information Item)
X. RETURN TO CLOSED SESSION (IF NECESSARY) (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
XI. ADJOURNMENT (Action Item)
Speaker:
Cary C. Chen, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Adjournment of the Regular Board Meeting of the Rowland Unified School District Board of Education.
Disability Information:
Individuals requiring disability-related accommodations may contact the District Office at (626) 965-2541 at least 48 hours before the meeting.

Published: April 2, 2021, 12:01 PM

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