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Board of Education Regular Meeting
Rowland USD
November 12, 2020 4:30PM
Virtual Meeting https://rowlandschools-org.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_PyciqHeeSFaajZq81mYKXg For additional information, please visit www.rowlandschools.org.

I. OPENING (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
I.A. Call to Order (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
I.B. Roll Call and Attendance (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Julie Mitchell
I.C. Adoption of the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, November 12, 2020 (Action Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, November 12, 2020.

or

Adopt the Agenda of the Regular Board Meeting of Thursday, November 12, 2020, with the following corrections/modifications:

I.D. Public Comments on Closed Session Agenda Items Only - Written Requests to Address the Board must be received 30 minutes prior to the meeting by going to https://forms.gle/uyD8u1PebThvmzi2A and completing the form (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:
David M. Malkin, 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. Conference with Legal Counsel - Existing Litigation - Two (2) Cases Pursuant to Governmental Code §54956.9[d][1] (Procedural Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Case numbers: BC717144
BC718047

II.C. Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Dennis J. Bixler, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
II.D. Public Employment pursuant to Government Code, Section 54957 (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
Dennis J. Bixler, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Title:  High School Assistant Principal
II.E. Threat to Public Services or Facilities (Procedural Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

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

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

All in attendance will be led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag by a representative from Alvarado Intermediate School.

III.B. Closed Session Report (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
Quick Summary / Abstract:

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

III.C. Board Recognitions (Information Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
III.C.1. Recognize Board Member Donna Freedman for her Service (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board and Rowland Unified School District will recognize and thank Board Member Donna Freedman for her five years of dedication and service to the students, staff and community of Rowland Unified. Ms. Freedman's term of office ends on November 30, 2020.

IV. REPORTS (Committee Report Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
IV.A. Alvarado Intermediate School Spotlight Report (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Mr. Scott Cavanias, Alvarado Intermediate School principal, along with staff and students will provide a brief report highlighting what is going on at their organization.

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:
David M. Malkin, Board President
IV.C.1. Nogales High School (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Receive a Nogales High School Student Representative to the Board Report.
IV.C.2. John A. Rowland High School (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Receive a John A. Rowland High School Student Representative to the Board Report.
IV.C.3. Santana High School (Information Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Receive a Santana High School Student Representative to the Board Report.
V. PUBLIC COMMENTS (Procedural Item)
V.A. Written Requests to Address the Board must be received 30 minutes prior to the meeting by going to https://forms.gle/uyD8u1PebThvmzi2A and completing the form (Information Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, 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 - Board-Appointed Personnel Commissioner (Procedural Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
In accordance with Personnel Commission rule 2.1.2, the Board will hold a Public Hearing to receive input on the re-appointment of Judy Nieh as the Board representative to the Personnel Commission, to complete the three (3) year term, effective December 1, 2020.
Rationale:

The Rowland Unified School District is a "Merit District" and as such, a three-member Personnel Commission is required. Three Personnel Commissioners are seated on the Personnel Commission with one Commissioner chosen by CSEA, one from the RUSD Board of Education, and one commissioner agreed to by both. The current term of the Board appointed Personnel Commissioner position ends at 12 p.m. on December 1, 2020.

The Board announced during the Regular Board Meeting of September 10, 2020, for interested community members to contact the Rowland Unified District Office to submit an application. Information to solicit applicants was also posted on the District website. Judy Nieh, who currently holds the position, contacted the District to advise of her interest in reappointment. No other interests were received.

 
Attachments:
Notice of Public Hearing - Reappointment of Personnel Commissioner
VII. DISCUSSION/ACTION ITEMS (Action Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
VII.A. Personnel Commissioner Appointment (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Following the application and interview process, the Committee recommends the re-appointment of Judy Nieh to complete the three (3) year term as Board Representative to the Personnel Commission, effective December 1, 2020, through December 1, 2023.

Rationale:

The Rowland Unified School District is a "Merit District" and as such, a three-member Personnel Commission is required. Three Personnel Commissioners are seated on the Personnel Commission with one Commissioner chosen by CSEA, one from the RUSD Board of Education, and one commissioner agreed to by both. The current term of the Board appointed Personnel Commissioner position ends at 12 p.m. on December 1, 2020.

 
VII.B. AB 1200 and AB 2756 for Tentative Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

It is recommended that the Board receive the AB 1200 and AB 2756 from the Los Angeles County Office of Education in relation to the tentative agreements between the Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 for Fiscal Year 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.

Rationale:

The AB 1200 and AB 2756 provides full disclosure of the proposed agreement between Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 for negotiations for the Fiscal Years 2019-2020 and 2020-2021. The AB 1200 and AB 2756 demonstrate the financial implications of the proposed agreements on fiscal years 2020-2021, 2021-2022 and 2022-2023.

Government Code Section 3547.5 states:  “Before a public school employer enters into a written agreement with an exclusive representative covering matters withstanding the scope of representation, the major provisions of the agreement, including, but not limited to, the costs that would be incurred by the public school employer under the agreement for the current and subsequent fiscal year, shall be disclosed at a public meeting of the public school employer in a format established for this purpose by the Superintendent of Public Instruction.”

 
Financial Impact:

No financial impact.

VII.C. Tentative Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and the Californian School Employees and Its Rowland Chapter 133 (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
A Tentative Agreement has been reached between the Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years which provides for ongoing increases in the health and welfare benefits cap and a one-time payment of 3% based on current base salary placement.
Rationale:
A Tentative Agreement has been reached between Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 which conclude negotiations for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years. The terms of the Tentative Agreement include: 
  • Article XII: Salaries and Fringe Benefits: A one-time payment of 3% based on current base salary placement for all bargaining unit members in paid status as of July 1, 2020, and bargaining unit members in paid status as of October 1, 2020, who are not eligible for District wealth and welfare benefits shall receive and additional one-time payment of $400.00.
  • Article XII: Salaries and Fringe Benefits: Effective January 1, 2020, the District shall contribute $13,000.00 as its annual maximum contribution toward health and welfare benefit premiums for eligible members and an additional increase to $13,500.00 as its annual maximum contribution for toward health and welfare benefits for eligible members effective January 1, 2021.

Additionally agreed to improvements in contractual language in relation to the following contract articles: Article II: Bargaining Unit, Article III: Recognition, Article IV: Organizational Rights, Article VII: Leaves, Article X: Hours, Overtime and Layoff, Article XII: Salaries and Fringe Benefits and Article XIII: Early Retirement.

 
Financial Impact:

Multi-funded from the District's restricted and unrestricted General Funds.

Attachments:
Tentative Agreement betweeen RUSD and CSEA
VII.D. Memorandum of Understanding with California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 related to and COVID-19 and Return to Work (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 have negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding related to COVID-19 and returning to work.

Rationale:

Rowland Unified School District and the California School Employees Association and Its Rowland Chapter 133 have met and negotiated a one-time, non-precedent setting Memorandum of Understanding to provide information related to COVID-19 and returning to work.

 
Financial Impact:

No financial impact.

Attachments:
CSEA COVID-19 MOU #2
VII.E. Modify Graduation Requirements for the Class of 2021 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic (Action Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to modify Board Policy 6146.1 High School Graduation Requirements to waive the Community Activity Requirement (CAR) for the graduating class of 2021 due to the inability to engage in volunteer and service hours resulting from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Rationale:

On March 13, 2020, the Board adopted Resolution No. SO-19-20:16, Emergency Resolution Delegating Authority to Take Necessary Action to Protect Students and Staff from the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) as an emergency measure within the mandate and jurisdiction of the Board and is necessary for the immediate welfare of the schools and pupils thereof.

Following the resolution students were dismissed to continue their learning remotely through April 3, 2020, which was later extended through June 4, 2020.

On April 1, 2020, Governor Newsom and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced the recommendation to continue student dismissal through the end of the school year for the health and safety of everyone and in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. This recommendation was also supported by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and the Board adopted Resolution No. SO-19-20:17 formally extending the student dismissal through the end of the school year, June 4, 2020 and delegates authority to the Superintendent to modify or suspend the grading policy of the District, Board Policy 5121 and Administrative Regulation 5121.

Rowland Unified School District opened the 2020-2021 school year in a full Virtual Classroom model and will continue remote learning until Los Angeles County is allowed to reopen schools based on the California Department of Public Health monitoring data as outlined in the Blueprint for a Safer Economy or Winter Recess, whichever is later.

As a result of COVID-19 and school closure, all students have not been able to complete the required CAR hours as outlined in Board Policy 6146.1. Action on this item will waive the CAR hours as a requirement to graduate for the class of 2021.

 
VIII. CONSENT CALENDAR (Consent Agenda)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, 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, October 8, 2020, and the Board Study Session of Thursday, October 22, 2020 (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, October 8, 2020, and the Board Study Session of Thursday, October 22, 2020.

Attachments:
Draft 10-22-20 Board Study Session Minutes
Draft 10-8-20 Regular Board Meeting 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:
Donations 11.12.20
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 July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to receive the Quarterly Report on Williams Uniform Complaint for the period of July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.
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 mis-assignments, or facilities conditions) at any school filed from July 1, 2020, through September 30, 2020.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
Attachments:
Williams Report - 3rd Quarter
VIII.B.2. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Shelyn, Rowland, Jellick Elementary and Literacy Partners (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Ratify the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Shelyn, Rowland, and Jellick Elementary and Literacy Partners. The contract agreement is from September 25, 2020, through November 30, 2020.
Rationale:
Literacy Partners will provide K-6 teachers with two one day virtual custom professional development package in Reader's Workshop to support developing consistency as a school and District.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $24,000.00 from District Title II funds.
VIII.B.3. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Literacy Partners (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
Ratify the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Literacy Partners. The contract agreement is from October 23, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
On October 23, 2020 Literacy Partners provided professional development in foundational skills to support the learning loss mitigation efforts to close the achievement gap due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $3,000.00 from District Title II funds.
VIII.B.4. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Literacy Partners (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Literacy Partners. The contract agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 4, 2021.
Rationale:
Literacy Partners will provide six professional development days to assist in the development of Readers Workshop.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $18,000.00 from site Title I funds.
VIII.B.5. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Theodore Sagun (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Theodore Sagun. The contract agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:
Theodore Sagun will provide three 90-minute professional development days that will provide explicit and personalized support in math for 6th grade teachers based on interim assessment data.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,800.00 from District Title I funds.
VIII.B.6. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Nogales High School, and Disciplina Positiva (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Nogales High School, and Disciplina Positiva. The contract agreement is from November 13, 2020,  through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Disciplina Positiva will provide four remote parenting workshops, Phase 1: Dealing with my Teen's Academics, Mental Health and Routines during a Pandemic, Phase 2: Building a Resilient and Thriving Parent Community and Raising Capable Teens During a Pandemic, Phase 3: Teen Stages of Challenges, Resilience and Family Connection During a Pandemic, and Phase 4: Empowering Your Teens and Yourself Through Life Purpose, Goal Setting and Family Traditions During a Pandemic.  Each phase consists of four to six weeks of morning or evening classes in Spanish and English.
 
Financial Impact:

Not to exceed $40,000.00 from District Supplemental and Concentration funds.

VIII.B.7. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and S.T.A.R. Inc. (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the contract agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, and S.T.A.R. Inc. The contract agreement is from December 12, 2020, through April 6, 2021.
Rationale:

S.T.A.R. Inc. will provide Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) students in grades 4-9 extended enrichment district-wide.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $9,700.00 from GATE funds.

VIII.B.8. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Rowland Elementary and Bright Star Children's Theatre, LLC (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 Bright Star Children's Theatre, LLC. The contract agreement is from November 19, 2020, through December 17, 2020.
Rationale:

Bright Star Children's Theatre, LLC will provide two assemblies in a virtual setting on bully prevention and character education for students om TK-6.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $1,100.00 from Site Supplemental and Concentration funds.
VIII.B.9. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Telesis Academy and Scott Backovich Communications (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Telesis Academy and Scott Backovich Communications. The contract agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 6, 2021.
Rationale:
Scott Backovich Communications will be providing an Envolve School Engagement Workshop for the ASB and Leadership Ambassador students at Telesis Academy. The workshop will include leadership, teambuilding, and engagement training for student leaders.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $2,500.00 from site Title I funds.
VIII.B.10. Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Windtree Education (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Windtree Education.  The contract agreement is from November 14, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:

Windtree Education will provide five Creative Engineering Courses in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering for Gifted and Talented Education and Reclassified Fluent English Proficient students in grades 1-8.

 
Financial Impact:

Not to exceed $14,400.00 from District General funds.

VIII.B.11. 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 November 17, 2020, through May 30, 2021. 
Rationale:
Lucia Rocha Nestler will provide nine different 90-minute professional development workshops with K-6 teachers at Rorimer and Hurley Elementary centered around the Writers and Readers workshop and Bi-literacy.
 
Financial Impact:

Not to exceed $22,500.00 from District Title I funds.

VIII.B.12. Amended Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Nogales High School and Disciplina Positiva (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to amend the Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District, Nogales High School and Disciplina Positiva. The amended agreement is from February 19, 2020, through June 30, 2020.
Rationale:

Disciplina Positiva provided two parenting workshops, Phase 3: Challenges & Success and Phase 4: Healthy & Purposeful Relationships for parents at Nogales High School.  Each phase consisted of six weeks of morning or evening classes in Spanish and English.

The original contract was approved at the February 13, 2020 Board Meeting for the dates of April 8, 2020, through May 13, 2020.  The dates were changed in order to allow parents to attend both sessions and accommodate changes from in-person workshops to Zoom workshops due to COVID-19 distance learning.

There is no change in the financial impact.  

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $20,000.00 from site Title I funds.
VIII.B.13. Memorandum of Understanding between the Rowland Unified School District, Nogales High School and Parent Institute for Quality Education (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Rowland Unified School District, Nogales High School and Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). The Memorandum of Understanding is from December 3, 2020 through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:
Nogales High School has contracted with the Parent Institute for Quality Education to provide a series of five weekly training sessions which will empower parents to address the educational needs of their school-aged children. 

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $15,000.00 from site Title I funding.
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 CO-AR Design, Inc. for the Telesis Academy Modular Relocation Project (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and CO-AR Design, Inc. to provide architectural support services for the Modular Classroom Relocation Project for Telesis Academy, DSA A #03-120075. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 30, 2022.
Rationale:

Per Government Code Section 53060 District may contract with and employ any persons for the furnishing to the corporation or district special services and advice in financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, or administrative matters if such persons are specially trained and experienced and competent to perform the special services required. These services are considered a Special Service and do not require bidding.

CO-AR, Inc., shall prepare, but not be limited to, the provisioning of architectural services for the relocation of modular building to the Telesis Academy campus to be used as a STEM Laboratory.  This architectural support is needed throughout the bidding process to respond to the request for information from bidding contractors.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $10,000.00 from Capital Outlay Fund.
VIII.C.2. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and CO-AR Design, Inc. for the Nogales High School (CTEFP) Robotics Program Classroom (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and CO-AR Design, Inc. to provide structural engineering, architectural design services and construction support services for the Career Technical Education Facilities Program (CTEFP) Robotics classroom at Nogales High School. The agreement is from November 12, 2020, through June 30, 2022.

Rationale:

Per Government Code Section 53060 District may contract with and employ any persons for the furnishing to the corporation or district special services and advice in financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, or administrative matters if such persons are specially trained and experienced and competent to perform the special services required. These services are considered a Special Service and do not require bidding.

CO-AR, Inc., professional services are needed as this project will require the Division of State Architect submittals, Electrical Engineering and Structural Engineering designs for the Nogales High School CTEFP Robotics Program classroom project. CO-AR will prepare the specifications for the bidding process and will provide support services during the construction phase of this project.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $60,000.00 from General Fund .
VIII.C.3. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and CO-AR Design, Inc. for the John A. Rowland High School (CTEFP) Auto Shop Program Renovation (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and CO-AR Design, Inc. to provide structural engineering, architectural design services and construction support services for the Career Technical Education Facilities Program (CTEFP) Auto Shop Renovation Project at the John A. Rowland High School. The agreement is from November 12, 2020, through June 30, 2022.

Rationale:

Per Government Code Section 53060 District may contract with and employ any persons for the furnishing to the corporation or district special services and advice in financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, or administrative matters if such persons are specially trained and experienced and competent to perform the special services required. These services are considered a Special Service and do not require bidding.

CO-AR, Inc., professional services are needed as this project will require the Division of State Architect submittals, Electrical Engineering and Structural Engineering designs for the John A. Rowland High School CTEFP Auto Shop Renovation project. CO-AR will prepare the specifications for the bidding process for the various upgrades to the existing Auto Shop to bring it up to modern standards and will provide support services during the construction phase of this project.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $100,000.00 from General Fund .
VIII.C.4. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and J.E. School Consulting, LLC (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and J.E. School Consulting, LLC for the provision of services to assist in the funding approval and release of funds for the Career Technical Education Facilities Program Grants. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:

Per Government Code Section 53060 District may contract with and employ any persons for the furnishing to the corporation or district special services and advice in financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, or administrative matters if such persons are specially trained and experienced and competent to perform the special services required. These services are considered a Special Service and do not require bidding.

This agreement will help in securing Priority Funding Approval from the office of the Public-School Construction (OPSC). J.E. School Consulting, LLC specializes in obtaining and maximizing facility funding from the State.  J.E. School Consulting, LLC will assist the District in achieving its goal of the release and the acquisition of funding for the Career Technical Education Facilities Program for the John A. Rowland High School Auto Shop Program Renovation Project and for the Nogales High School Robotics Program.
 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $7,000.00 from General Fund .
VIII.C.5. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Alvarez & Associates-CPTED, Inc. (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Alvarez & Associates-CPTED to provision a physical security, access control and camera placement assessment. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:

Per Government Code Section 53060 District may contract with and employ any persons for the furnishing to the corporation or district special services and advice in financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, or administrative matters if such persons are specially trained and experienced and competent to perform the special services required. These services are considered a Special Service and do not require bidding.

Alvarez & Associates-CPTED, Inc., will be providing instruction and policy on the authorized use of security camera footage data and will revisit the physical security, access control and camera placement assessments of security cameras throughout the district. The assessment is needed to develop a complete scope of additional equipment that may be needed for additional camera security coverage. If needed, Alvarez & Associates-CPTED, Inc. will prepare computer image drawings of any additional camera placement recommendations for all structures and campus buildings.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $20,000.00 from General Fund.
VIII.C.6. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and DLEng2, LLC (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and DLEng2, LLC, to provision professional engineering services for Fire Alarm System Upgrades. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:

Per Government Code Section 53060 District may contract with and employ any persons for the furnishing to the corporation or district special services and advice in financial, economic, accounting, engineering, legal, or administrative matters if such persons are specially trained and experienced and competent to perform the special services required. These services are considered a Special Service and do not require bidding.

DLEng2, LLC, shall provide a variety of engineering services, but not limited to, electrical plans, the preparation of a complete set of fully automatic fire alarm system drawings and specifications for the bidding process of the fire alarm system upgrades for the various locations. The upgrades to the alarm system throughout the District are necessary to ensure the safety and security of staff and students.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $50,000.00 from Deferred Maintenance Fund.
VIII.C.7. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Mosyle Corporation (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Mosyle Corporation for the provision of a mobile device management solution. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through June 30, 2024.

Rationale:

Mosyle Corporation will provide a cloud-based management platform of all newly purchased Apple teacher devices.  This is needed to provide elevated access for teachers, offering self-help solutions to install and manage local software.  Teachers will benefit from this product by gaining faster access to the District approved software packages as well as the ability to install local printers on their own.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $36,000.00 from General Fund.
VIII.C.8. Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and IQ, LLC (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the Contract Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and IQ, LLC for the provision of a new Technology Department Work Order System. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through November 30, 2024.
Rationale:

IQ LLC will provide a new help desk and password assistance portal for all students, parents and staff.  This new work order system is needed to respond to the recent COVID pandemic technology requirements. This product will empower the Technology Services Department to provide remote support to users in need at home and on campus.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $77,000.00 from General Fund.
VIII.C.9. Cooperative Master Agreement, Omnia Partners Region 4 ESC, EPIC Business Essentials Contract No. R190301 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the Cooperative Master Agreement, Omnia Partners Region 4 ESC, Contract, No. R190301 for the purchase of office supplies, school supplies and related support services. The agreement is from November 13, 2020, through May 31, 2024.

Rationale:

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.

By utilizing Contract No. R190301, Omnia Partners Region 4 ESC, the District may purchase office products for classroom and office use from Office Solutions, Inc. who is an approved agent reseller and is part of the EPIC Business Essential Cooperative Group. Other public agencies in the State of California who desire to purchase classroom and office products using this bid shall be extended the same or lower pricing by virtue of the “cooperative” agreement.

Through this “cooperative” agreement 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.10. Memorandum of Understanding between the Rowland Unified School District and County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Rowland Unified School District and County of Los Angeles Department of Public Social Services (DPSS) to release confidential welfare information. The MOU began July 1, 2020.

Rationale:

The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding is to provide the County of Los Angeles School Districts with confidential welfare participant information to certify students for the free and reduce price meal program.

The District will request the release of confidential welfare participant information maintained by DPSS to support the privilege of funds under federal and state programs. DPSS will share information to enable the District to receive funds to assist persons located within its boundaries. Welfare and Institution Code Section 10850 and Chapter 19-004 of the State Department of Social Services Policies and Procedures Manual allows the release of such information to school districts provided a signed agreement is entered between the District and DPSS.

 
Financial Impact:
No financial impact.
VIII.C.11. Surplus Instructional Materials (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve staff to surplus instructional material 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 list is obsolete instructional material that have been deemed by school sites as outdated and no longer useable.  District policy requires that the Board declare books/textbooks as surplus materials used by school sites and departments and 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 Book List 11.12.20
VIII.C.12. 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 attachment.
Attachments:
Warrant Report 11.12.20
VIII.C.13. 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 attachment.
Attachments:
PO Report 11.12.20
VIII.D. Human Resources Consent Items (Consent Item)
Speaker:
Dennis J. Bixler, Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources
VIII.D.1. Amended Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and John Lucas (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:
The Board is being asked to approve the amended Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and John Lucas.  This agreement is from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.
Rationale:

As a professional expert on Special Education, John Lucas will provide technical assistance and support services to RUSD and its members on the area of special education finance.  The original contract was approved on May 14, 2020, for an amount of $100.00 per hour, not to exceed $5,000.00.  John Lucas's hourly rate has increased to $150.00, requiring an increase to the contract not to exceed $7,500.00 total.

 
Financial Impact:
Not to exceed $7,500.00 from Special Education funds.
VIII.D.2. Amended Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Doreen Lohnes (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

The Board is being asked to approve the amended Independent Contractor Agreement between the Rowland Unified School District and Doreen Lohnes. The term is for July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021.

Rationale:

Doreen Lohnes provides consultant services and professional guidance in order to keep in compliance with Special Education mandates and requirements.  

In addition, Ms. Lohnes will serve as the Interim Director of Special Education and SELPA while we are in the process of recruiting for the vacant position.  As such, the Board is being asked to amend the contract for an amount not to exceed $47,000.00.

 
Financial Impact:

Not to exceed $47,000.00 paid from Puente Hills SELPA funds.

VIII.D.3. Human Resources Action Report HR:20-21:4 (Consent Item)
Quick Summary / Abstract:

Approve Human Resources Action Report HR:20-21:4.

Attachments:
HR report Nov 12
IX. CONFERENCE SECTION (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
IX.A. Notice of Upcoming Public Hearing - Proposed Energy Conservation Services with Climatec LLC (Information Item)
IX.B. Board Members' Comments (Information Item)
X. RETURN TO CLOSED SESSION (IF NECESSARY) (Procedural Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, Board President
XI. ADJOURNMENT (Action Item)
Speaker:
David M. Malkin, 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: November 6, 2020, 5:12 PM

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