Parcel Tax Oversight Committee
Meeting Minutes September 17, 2007


Approved on February 4, 2008.


In Attendance
Committee Members:                 Carmen Bryant, Mike Cobb, Jim Cochran, Greg                                         Fowler, Steve Sherman, Kevin Stone
Staff:                                         Craig Goldman
Ex Officio:                                 Ellen Wheeler (standing in for Gloria Higgins)
Absent:                                     David Greene


1.  Call to Order and Review of Agenda

Meeting called to order at 6:39 PM.

Item 6, Reporting of 2006-07 Unaudited Actuals and 2007-08 Budget, was moved up in the agenda to follow Review and Approval of Minutes.

Jim Cochran asked that supporting materials be distributed in advance of the meeting to allow adequate time for review.

2.  Welcome New Members and Introductions

Committee welcomed new members, Jim Cochran and Steve Sherman.

3.  Public Comment

No members of the public addressed the committee at this time.

4.  Review of Minutes

Committee reviewed minutes for the April 30, 2007 meeting. 

Motion:  Approve minutes for April 30, 2007 as submitted.  Motion carries 6/0/0.

5.  Reporting of 2006-07 Unaudited Actuals and 2007-08 Budget

Mike Cobb reported on his May 17 presentation to the Board of Trustees. The Committee’s report was accepted by the Trustees.

Craig Goldman reported on the discussions following the presentation.  Trustees had an extended discussion of the class-size reduction plans.  It was felt that the program needed to be better than what had been implemented in the 2006-07 year. Due to enrollment it was not possible to achieve the class-size goal of 27/28.

27/28 class size was implemented where possible with an intervention program in other schools. The program is off to a better start this year because hiring started earlier and the intervention positions offered a .5 position which is more attractive.

It was suggested that a comparison of the two approaches be done this year.

Kevin asked which schools were able to implement reduction.  Castro, Bubb, and Huff have implemented class-size reduction.

6.  Review of 2006-07 Unaudited Actuals

Craig Goldman distributed a handout on the 2006-07 actuals. The budget for the year was $1.7 million with expenditures of $1.55 million.

There was an extended discussion of the report format compared to similar reports for past years.

Motion:  Table a vote on accepting the 2006-07 actuals pending a revision in the report format.  (Sherman / Cochran)  Motion carried 6/0/0.

7.  Update on 2007/08 Parcel Tax Programs

Craig Goldman distributed a report on 2007-2008 programs.  After discussion of the format, it was requested that future reports break out information on the specific programs as the committee has viewed them over the past two years.

8.  Presentation of District Goals

Craig Goldman provided the District’s power point presentation covering recent actions and activities, as well as strategic goals.  Points covered in the presentation included:

  • Overview of funding sources
  • District issued its first annual report in March
  • Development of a new strategic plan
  • Ongoing training of staff in Continuous Improvement

9.  Update on Recent Board Action

Ellen Wheeler reported a consulting firm has been hired to survey the community on the extension of the parcel tax.  The results of the survey and proposals for the extension will be discussed in future Board meetings.  No date has been set for a vote on the extension.

10.  Future Agenda Items

  • Revisit 2006-07 Actuals
  • Review 2007-2008 budget as of the first interim point
  • Review draft report on 2006-2007 actuals

11.  Set Date of Next Meeting(s)

Next meeting is January 28th, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.  Following meeting will be May 5, 2008 at 6:30.

12.  Adjourn

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35 p.m.