TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

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TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby blackturtle.us » Fri Jun 09, 2017 9:23 am

This meeting lasted approximately two hours and there were lots of people in attendance. Here are the highlights as I recall them:

1) Student Report - Of particular interest is a fieldtrip which the ASB will be going on. They will participate in "team building" activities and will learn about how to properly conduct a meeting and other things such as the Brown Act.
2) Trona Teachers Association (TTA) - Board informed of a proposed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the use of computer surveillance equipment in the classroom which the district will review and which will be negotiated between the TTA and the district.
3) Superintendent's Report - Several items mentioned including Senior Trip, Kindergarten Graduation, the video surveillance MOU, a couple of retirements, and various renovation and remodeling projects to be completed during summer recess. The board was reminded that asbestos issues could potentially complicate some of the projects.
4) Public Comments - There were a lot of people who wanted to address the board this month. All were concerned about the selection of a cheer coach. Ten individuals addressed the board. Approximately half spoke on behalf of one person and the other on behalf of another person. There was a letter with twenty-five signatures mentioned, but not presented to the board, and for the most part different people simply expressed their preferences for one person or the other. However, there was one issue which was particularly troubling. Apparently one of the cheer coach candidates had sent an extremely inappropriate text message to one of the students on the cheer squad. That coach admitted that she had sent the text, but instead of acknowledging how inappropriate it was for her to send the message, she attempted to excuse her behavior in a manner which was utterly unconvincing and made it seem that she failed to comprehend the seriousness of what she had done. The message was read out loud for the board and it was extremely graphic with a long list of slang terms for anal sex being used. Basically, it was the kind of thing that would have gotten a teacher fired without question.
5) While reviewing recent expenditures, board members asked about charges from a company called onPoint. This company has installed lots of computer and audio/visual equipment for the district. It has also remodeled a few classrooms and it provides training for teachers on how to use the equipment it has installed. The board was concerned about the amount of money being paid to this company and wanted to know if they were getting a reasonable return on their investment. They also had heard that teachers were not completely satisfied with the company. In response to their concerns the superintendent, the elementary principal, the high school principal, and the TTA president spoke. On balance the company was portrayed as providing good service, but some of the training provided has been mediocre.
6) Cheer Coach Selection - This item was tabled and will be discussed at a meeting scheduled for this evening (June 09).
7) Sixth Grade Camp - A lengthy discussion regarding how to get the most out of Sixth Grade Science Camp with lots of input from those in attendance. Fund raising efforts, student behavior at camp, fairness and equity, etc. were all addressed during the discussion.
8) Free Lunch - After a somewhat lengthy discussion regarding the costs of providing free lunch, the board voted to provide free lunch for all students next year. Free breakfast is already provided, but now free lunch will also be available.
9) Dress Code - This discussion was tabled due to the length of the meeting up to this point and will be discussed next month.
JULY MEETING: July 13, 2017
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby twister » Fri Jun 09, 2017 3:28 pm

blackturtle.us wrote:4) Public Comments - There were a lot of people who wanted to address the board this month. All were concerned about the selection of a cheer coach. Ten individuals addressed the board. Approximately half spoke on behalf of one person and the other on behalf of another person. There was a letter with twenty-five signatures mentioned, but not presented to the board, and for the most part different people simply expressed their preferences for one person or the other. However, there was one issue which was particularly troubling. Apparently one of the cheer coach candidates had sent an extremely inappropriate text message to one of the students on the cheer squad. That coach admitted that she had sent the text, but instead of acknowledging how inappropriate it was for her to send the message, she attempted to excuse her behavior in a manner which was utterly unconvincing and made it seem that she failed to comprehend the seriousness of what she had done. The message was read out loud for the board and it was extremely graphic with a long list of slang terms for anal sex being used. Basically, it was the kind of thing that would have gotten a teacher fired without question.

I'm aware of the drama involving cheerleading at the high school. I've seen some of the online postings and heard a few stories.
:roll2: Lots of drama! People need to get a life!!!
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby mrgreen » Fri Jun 09, 2017 8:14 pm

twister wrote:
blackturtle.us wrote:4) Public Comments - There were a lot of people who wanted to address the board this month. All were concerned about the selection of a cheer coach. Ten individuals addressed the board. Approximately half spoke on behalf of one person and the other on behalf of another person. There was a letter with twenty-five signatures mentioned, but not presented to the board, and for the most part different people simply expressed their preferences for one person or the other. However, there was one issue which was particularly troubling. Apparently one of the cheer coach candidates had sent an extremely inappropriate text message to one of the students on the cheer squad. That coach admitted that she had sent the text, but instead of acknowledging how inappropriate it was for her to send the message, she attempted to excuse her behavior in a manner which was utterly unconvincing and made it seem that she failed to comprehend the seriousness of what she had done. The message was read out loud for the board and it was extremely graphic with a long list of slang terms for anal sex being used. Basically, it was the kind of thing that would have gotten a teacher fired without question.

I'm aware of the drama involving cheerleading at the high school. I've seen some of the online postings and heard a few stories.
:roll2: Lots of drama! People need to get a life!!!

Sending obscene material to a minor? Isn't that an actual crime for which one could be arrested? How is this person being considered for a job working with children?
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby wildrose » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:01 am

Teacher Fired For Saying “Vagina"
If a teacher can be fired for merely referring to a body part, then it would seem that referring to a sex act would be even more likely to result in an employee being fired. Without knowing all the details of this case it's hard to know what should be done, but it does sound serious and should not be swept under the rug.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby wildrose » Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:04 am

blackturtle.us wrote:8) Free Lunch - After a somewhat lengthy discussion regarding the costs of providing free lunch, the board voted to provide free lunch for all students next year. Free breakfast is already provided, but now free lunch will also be available.

Great decision! All students should be properly fed while at school. Even if they have irresponsible parents, at least this means that children will be provided with something nourishing to eat for at least part of the day on the days that school is in session.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby dzrtdwg » Sun Jun 11, 2017 6:37 am

Speech gets student disqualified from class president race
This could have been posted to the "Racism and Hypersensitivity" thread also, but since it involves a high school student I decided to put it here. Hopefully he sues the hell out of the administrators for over-reacting to his satirical speech.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby MojaveMike » Sun Jun 11, 2017 9:39 am

Sam Harris Drops the Red Pill on IQ
A problem for the educational establishment is that facts are not often politically correct...

BTW, and not completely off-topic, someone left this as a comment to this video:
"I divide my officers into four groups. There are clever, diligent, stupid, and lazy officers. Usually two characteristics are combined. Some are clever and diligent -- their place is the General Staff. The next lot are stupid and lazy -- they make up 90 percent of every army and are suited to routine duties. Anyone who is both clever and lazy is qualified for the highest leadership duties, because he possesses the intellectual clarity and the composure necessary for difficult decisions. One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent -- he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief." Von Hammerstein
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby ergot » Sun Jun 11, 2017 10:32 am

blackturtle.us wrote:However, there was one issue which was particularly troubling. Apparently one of the cheer coach candidates had sent an extremely inappropriate text message to one of the students on the cheer squad. That coach admitted that she had sent the text, but instead of acknowledging how inappropriate it was for her to send the message, she attempted to excuse her behavior in a manner which was utterly unconvincing and made it seem that she failed to comprehend the seriousness of what she had done. The message was read out loud for the board and it was extremely graphic with a long list of slang terms for anal sex being used. Basically, it was the kind of thing that would have gotten a teacher fired without question.

I was wondering how a coach could be so stupid and then I read this:
MojaveMike wrote:"One must beware of anyone who is stupid and diligent -- he must not be entrusted with any responsibility because he will always cause only mischief." Von Hammerstein

:laugh:
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby panamint_patty » Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:44 am

Students' Trump shirts altered in high school yearbook
If this was done by a student without the knowledge of a school employee, then this is not that big of a deal. But if this was the work of a school employee (or if a school employee was aware that a student had done this), then this is a big deal and something needs to be done.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - June 08, 2017

Postby tronagirl » Wed Jun 21, 2017 7:04 am

Counselor Quits After Being Accused Of Rigging Student Body Elections At Murrieta High School
It sounds like the counselor kept his/her position as counselor, but resigned as ASB advisor. If that's the case, then the headline is very misleading.
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