LBUSD Board of Education Dec 11 meeting highlights

LBUSD held its monthly Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Dec 11. During the meeting, Board members Carol Normandin and Dee Perry took their Oaths of Office. All Governing Board members must take the oath or affirmation prior to entering upon the duties of their office. Dr. James Kelly, LBUSD’s newest Board member, was unable to attend and will be sworn in at the January 15 Board meeting.

The Board also elected its slate of officers as following: Jan Vickers, President; Carol Normandin, Clerk; James Kelly, Member; Dee Perry, Member; and Peggy Wolff, member. 

Additionally, the Board approved the 2019 meeting dates as follows: January 15, January 22 (Board Governance session), February 12, March 12, March 26, April 23, May 14, May 28, June 11, June 25, July 16, August 13, September 10, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 12 and December 10. 

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Board members Carol Normandin and Dee Perry taking the Oath of Office at Tuesday’s meeting

Also during the meeting, the Approval to Accept the 2017-2018 District Audit took place. Every year, the school district must file an audit report for the preceding fiscal year with the County Superintendent of Schools, the State Department of Education, and the Controller. 

The Laguna Beach Unified School District audit was performed by the independent auditing firm of Vavrinek, Trine, Day & Company, LLP. The audit determined that the District’s financial status remains positive and the firm highlighted the exceptional accounting practices in place in LBUSD. During the meeting, the Board of Education took action to approve the acceptance of the 2017-2018 District Audit. 

Another important item on the agenda at Tuesday’s meeting was the Approval of Positive Certification of First Interim Report. Local educational agencies are required to file two reports during a fiscal year (interim reports) on the status of the educational agency’s financial health. 

The interim reports must include a certification of whether or not the agency will be able to meet its financial obligations; the certifications are classified as positive, qualified or negative. A positive certification is assigned when the district will meet its financial obligations for the current and two subsequent fiscal years.

The Continuous Improvement: Approval of Career and Technical Education Incentive Grant (CTEIG) Expenditures was another agenda item. The California Career Technical Education (CTE) Incentive Grant program was established in 2015 as a state education, economic, and workforce development initiative with the goal of providing K-12 students with the knowledge and skills necessary to transition to employment and postsecondary education. 

LBUSD’s allocation of the grant for the 2018-2019 school year is $110,995; the funds are to be used for continued implementation and expansion of the CTE Program at LBHS.