The Turlock Unified School District Board of Trustees will hold their first public meeting of 2015 on Tuesday evening to continue labor negotiations with teachers, consider adding two college course at the high schools, and honor several local teachers.
The Board’s first public meeting of the year will begin at 6 p.m., however the board will immediately go into a closed session to continue labor negotiations with the Turlock Teachers Association, California School Employees Association, Turlock Classified American Federation of Teachers, and several unrepresented employees.
Public comment regarding the closed session item will be permitted after the roll call and if the closed session item is not complete by 6:30 p.m., the Board of Trustees will reconvene after the regular board meeting.
At the opening of the public meeting, William Cooke and Catherine Smith, both 8th graders from Dutcher Middle School, will provide the inspiration and lead the flag salute, respectively, as the Character Counts award recipients for the character trait of “fairness.”
The Board of Trustees will also be honoring several teachers at Tuesday’s meeting, including Elias Ruiz, the Dutcher Middle School teacher who saved a man from drowning in the Tuolumne River in December.
Sixteen TUSD staff members will also be recognized and congratulated by the Board of Trustees for being nominated for the Stanislaus County’s “Employees Making a Difference” award.
On the consent calendar are six donations that staff has recommended the Board of Trustees accept. The donations are for the District Ag Farm from North American Pipe in the amount of $12,279.98 for PVC pipe for entire project for the learning laboratory; from FF& J Architects in an amount valued at $17,325 donating architectural services for the schematic plans for the house; from Darrale Patrias Electrical in an amount valued at $3,341.37 donating electrical labor for the house; from Stanislaus Plumbing in an amount valued at $2,400 donating plumbing labor for the house; and from A. L. Gilbert & Company in an amount of $500. The Board of Trustees will also consider a $500 donation from Julie Malmberg for the Turlock High School Girls’ Golf team.
The Board of Trustees will also consider approving the following on the consent calendar:
An out-of-state trip for Turlock High School NJROTC students who have qualified to compete in the 2015 JROTC Air Rifle Championships in Phoenix, Feb. 18 to 25.
A Personal Services Contract with Gallo Center for the Arts to provide one performance of "Only 13" at Dutcher Middle School on Feb. 11.
The Personal Services Contract for Cunningham Elementary School with Great Valley Museum to provide four assemblies for first and third grade students.
A joint partnership with California State University, Stanislaus to offer one three-unit lower division course at Pitman High School (PHIL 2400) and one at Turlock High School (ETHS 2050) from Jan. 27 to May 15.
The TUSD Board of Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the TUSD Professional Development Center, located at 1100 Cahill Ave.