TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

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TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby blackturtle.us » Fri Dec 14, 2018 2:39 pm

Several members of the public were present at this meeting in addition to staff and board members. The open meeting started fifteen minutes late at 6:15 p.m. Meeting duration was about an hour. Highlights as follows.

1) Three board members were sworn in this evening. Skylar McCullar is beginning his second term and Priscilla Benadon and Cathy Heseman are beginning their first terms. They join Sandy Sprouse and Samantha MacLean with MacLean serving as board president.

2) Two items pertaining to coaching assignments removed from agenda without explanation.

3) Superintendent’s Report - Superintendent Tomes announced that six staff members will be attending ALICE (active shooter) training in January. He also talked a little about the retirement of the elementary principal, who has served in that capacity for 34 years.

4) Trona Teachers Association - Union president requested that monthly information pertaining to royalties be posted with the school board meeting agenda. Also reminded board to update the job posting for a math teacher at edjoin.org to reflect the agreement that year-for-year credit on salary schedule will be given to successful applicant.

5) Public Comments - A pastor from a local church requested that students attending the local church school be allowed to participate in the Trona HS sports program. He requested that a dialogue begin to develop an agreement to allow for this option.

6) Youth Sports Agreement - Discussion about an agreement for youth sports program (not a school program) to have access to weight room. The elementary office secretary explained that boys in the youth football league would benefit from weight training. She also said that she would ensure that the key to the weight room would not be copied or otherwise misused.

7) First Interim Financial Report - Although the district received an overall positive certification, the district was found to be deficient in several areas. Superintendent Tomes explained that small schools have an especially difficult time satisfying certain criteria on the report.

8) WASC (high school accreditation) - The HS principal explained the current status of the next round of accreditation. The WASC coordinator was also on hand to answer questions. Generally, at this point the high school is in good shape. Both the HS principal and the WASC coordinator plan on participating as members of WASC accreditation teams visiting nearby high schools. In fact, one will visit Bakersfield HS and the other will go to Barstow.

9) Board Travel Policy - The board discussed increasing the amount paid for meals when staff must travel to attend to school business. Currently there is a set amount for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The board would like to increase mealtime flexibility and increase the daily total allowance.

10) Winter Gathering - The board approved funding for the annual staff Christmas Party. However, officially the event must be referred to as the Winter Gathering since the county does not allow the terms Christmas or Party to be used in reference to school sponsored and financed events.

11) Additional Public Comment - Community member requested that adults be given access to the weight room. The board asked that a proposal be submitted in writing. [Community access was revoked years ago due to abuse of equipment and because the key to the weight room was copied by many community members. The expense to the district was substantial.]

NEXT MEETING: January 10th, 2019
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby camel » Fri Dec 14, 2018 7:22 pm

blackturtle.us wrote:10) Winter Gathering - The board approved funding for the annual staff Christmas Party. However, officially the event must be referred to as the Winter Gathering since the county does not allow the terms Christmas or Party to be used in reference to school sponsored and financed events.

All this political correctness fills my heart with sadness.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby wildrose » Sat Dec 15, 2018 7:41 am

Teacher Makes Racial Comments In Class
The comment was clearly not racial. That's lesson one. The district decided not to make a big deal over nothing. That's lesson two. Now if the media could just learn the difference between a racial comment and a comment that merely makes a reference to a foreign country, then lesson three would be complete.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby surfsteve » Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:02 am

Sticks and stone may break your bones but words will get you fired.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby camel » Sat Dec 15, 2018 9:08 am

camel wrote:
blackturtle.us wrote:10) Winter Gathering - The board approved funding for the annual staff Christmas Party. However, officially the event must be referred to as the Winter Gathering since the county does not allow the terms Christmas or Party to be used in reference to school sponsored and financed events.

All this political correctness fills my heart with sadness.

surfsteve wrote:Sticks and stone may break your bones but words will get you fired.

Ditto my previous comment. People who twist words around in order to make a big deal over nothing are FUCKING IDIOTS!!!!!!
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby desertrat » Sat Dec 15, 2018 10:09 am

Mel Brooks poster? Felony hate crime.
An obviously silly joke being treated as a hate crime. I agree with what camel said.
camel wrote:Ditto my previous comment. People who twist words around in order to make a big deal over nothing are FUCKING IDIOTS!!!!!!

I'm not sure if our leaders are spineless or stupid, but when you can't tell the difference between a joke and a hate crime there is a real issue. I sincerely hope that the student is able to successfully sue the living shit out of the authorities who are treating a silly joke as a hate crime.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby cactuspete » Sat Dec 15, 2018 11:22 am

wildrose wrote:Teacher Makes Racial Comments In Class
The comment was clearly not racial. That's lesson one. The district decided not to make a big deal over nothing. That's lesson two. Now if the media could just learn the difference between a racial comment and a comment that merely makes a reference to a foreign country, then lesson three would be complete.

People with a victim mentality tend to go out of their way to take things the wrong way. They construe something as racist when it clearly is not racist. Mexico has a dysfunctional economy. That is a known and indisputable fact. That's why many Mexicans want to become citizens of the USA. But if a person is not willing to work hard, then they might as well live in a country with a dysfunctional economy. The closest such country is Mexico. It doesn't take a genius to recognize that. The teacher could have done a better job making his point, but the intent behind what he said is quite clear and it is anything but racist. The racists are those people who took offense.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby twister » Tue Dec 18, 2018 8:49 pm

Ridgeview High School Students React to Derek Carr's Video Response
Maybe a little too much excitement over something a little too trivial, but still fun for the students.
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby CrustyOldFart » Sat Dec 22, 2018 12:54 pm

British School District to Teach Kids that Anyone Can Have Periods
More proof that libtards live in a fantasy world. They are actually claiming that boys who believe they are girls can have periods!
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Re: TJUSD Board Meeting - December 13, 2018

Postby mrfish » Mon Dec 24, 2018 7:31 am

Outrage after high school wrestler forced to cut his hair
First of all, using the n-word does not necessarily indicate racism. In certain situations it is rude to use the n-word, but it's the intent behind the use of the word that makes it racist or not. Secondly, requirements regarding hair length are encoded in the rules of wrestling. It was the responsibility of the wrestler to have a cap to contain the excess hair and he had to wear that to the weigh in which obviously he failed to do. Thirdly, the media and politically correct officials are making a big deal over nothing. The kid needed the haircut and so the referee did everything right as far as I'm concerned. Let the snowflakes STFU!
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