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PAUSD Board of Education Voting Records

Original post made by Lynn Magill on Oct 13, 2007

Below I have outlined the PAUSD Board of Education Voting Records for Calendar years 2004 and 2005 when Barton, Kroymann, Lowell, Price & Townsend were members. I could do the same for the next period in which Lowell, Mitchell, Price, Tom and Townsend are members, but I want to wait and see if the Weekly editors cut this post before I spend the time. They shouldn't, because this material is presented without bias and copied directly from board meeting minutes available to any member of the public.

Since the vast majority of school board votes are 5-0, I only included those motions where the votes were split. I did not include absences, since everyone was absent at one time or another, except when the vote was split between the remaining board members. If there was an abstention, I did count that as a split vote.

The format I used below is Meeting Date, Agenda Topic, Motion, packet date, and page number where the motion occurred. I tried to provide a link to the packet, but got an error when I first posted that I had too many URLs. Please note that it is important to look at the discussion surrounding a motion to get a better idea of why members voted as they did.

Generally, there is a two meeting rule for board actions. At the first meeting on an agenda item there is a discussion, and at the second the board takes action, unless the two-meeting rule is waived, which does happen on more routine items. The links below show the packet where the action is documented. To find the discussion for an action, you need to find the minutes for the previous regularly scheduled meeting. This isn't easy, and I haven't taken the time to do it.

I have talked to Dr. Skelly about making the board meeting minutes more easily accessible to the community, and I hope that by the time of the next election, the process of documenting voting records won't be so tedious.

PAUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION SPLIT VOTES, CALENDAR YEARS 2004 & 2005
All school board meeting packets available at: Web Link

1/27/04 Mandarin Chinese Immersion MOTION: It was moved by Townsend to accept this program to begin in August 2004 without the displacement of staff members and with the same mandates as the Spanish immersion program. Barton seconded. Board discussion followed. Townsend withdrew her motion. The issue died for lack of motion or support. See 2/24/04 packet, p. 28.

5/11/04 Adoption of Middle School Mathematics Instructional Materials MOTION: It was moved by Townsend, seconded by Lowell, and motion carried 3-2 to adopt Concepts and Skills (Grades 6-8) by McDougal Littell, with Barton and Price dissenting. See 5/25/04 packet, p. 15.

5/25/04 Proposed School Calendars for 2005-06 and 2006-07 MOTION: It was moved by Barton and seconded by Kroymann to approve the 2005-06 and 2006-07 calendars as presented. Motion failed on a vote of 2-3, with Price, Lowell, and Townsend dissenting. See 6/8/04 packet, p. 18.

6/22/04 Proposed School Calendars for 2005-06 and 2006-07 MOTION: It was moved by Barton, seconded by Townsend, and motion carried 4-1, with Price voting no, to adopt the proposed school calendars for 2005-06 and 2006-07. See 8/24/04 packet, p. 24.

8/24/04 Nutrition Policy MOTION: It was moved by Townsend, and seconded by Kroymann, to approve the K-12 Nutrition Policy as proposed with the following additions:
"1.g. . . . and 35% sugar by weight with the exception of fresh fruits and vegetables, and nuts and seeds."
Implementation: This policy is to be implemented except as noted in the administrative regulations and is to be effective immediately for K-8, allowing the high schools to delay implementation until July 1, 2005.
Motion carried 4-1, with Price opposing. See 9/14/04 packet, p. 12.

12/14/04 Certification of Election Results – November 2, 2004 MOTION: It was moved by Kroymann, seconded by Price, and motion carried 4-0 to accept the Statement of Votes and Certificate of Election Results and declared the totals to be the final results of the November 2, 2004, election, with Townsend abstaining. See 1/25/05 packet, p. 15.

2/8/05 Support for Adequate School Funding Resolution 2004-05.14 MOTION: It was moved by Kroymann, seconded by Price, and motion carried 4-0 with Townsend abstaining, to adopt Resolution 2004-05.14 in Support for Adequate School Funding. See 6/14/05 packet, p. 32.

2/8/05 Request for and Consent to Consolidation of Elections MOTION: It was moved by Lowell and seconded by Price to select officers at large, to have tie votes determined by lot; to limit ballot language to 400 words; to share the cost between the District and the candidate; and that the fee shall be paid in advance to the Registrar. Motion carried 4-1 with Townsend dissenting. See 6/14/05 packet, p. 83.

7/1/05 Action Taken in Closed Session MOTION: It was moved by Lowell, seconded by Kroymann, and motion carried 4-1 to appoint Dr. Marilyn Cook to Associate Superintendent of Educational Services, with Price dissenting. See 10/11/05 packet, p. 16.

8/23/05 Action Taken in Closed Session MOTION: It was moved by Kroymann, seconded by Price and motion carried 3-1 to place a teacher on compulsory leave of absence without pay effective August 19, 2005, with Lowell abstaining. (Townsend absent) See 10/11/05 packet, p. 19.

Comments (8)

Posted by Parent, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2007 at 3:47 pm

That's great. Thank you! More of the same would be appreciated.


Posted by k, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 13, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Thanks, Lynn!


Posted by RWE, a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 13, 2007 at 6:43 pm

"Adoption of Middle School Mathematics Instructional Materials MOTION: It was moved by Townsend, seconded by Lowell, and motion carried 3-2 to adopt Concepts and Skills (Grades 6-8) by McDougal Littell, with Barton and Price dissenting. See 5/25/04 packet, p. 15."

To what degree were teachers involved in this decision? Does anyone know?


Posted by Lynn Magill, a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 14, 2007 at 12:36 pm

Below are Board of Education split decision voting records for the 2006 calendar year, when Lowell, Mitchell, Price, Tom and Townsend were members. Stay tuned for 2007.

Same format as the original post on this thread: Meeting Date, Agenda Topic, Motion, packet date, and page number where the motion occurred.

PAUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION SPLIT VOTES, CALENDAR YEAR 2006
All school board meeting packets available at: Web Link Click on "archives" on the left side tool bar to access previous years' packets.

3/14/06 Revision of PAUSD Board of Education Policy on School Size MOTION: Townsend moved to approve a school size range of 600-650 for middle schools and a school size range of 1,200 to 1,950 for the high schools. Motion died for lack of a second. See 4/25/06 packet, p. 19.

3/14/06 Revision of PAUSD Board of Education Policy on School Size MOTION: Townsend moved to approve a high school range of 1,200-1,950. Lowell offered a friendly amendment that as enrollment reached 1,800 it would trigger staff to look at the number of students who might consider alternative programs of their choices. Callan noted staff is looking at what the proposal would be for Board priorities. Mitchell preferred an up or down vote. Lowell's amendment failed.
Tom seconded Townsend's motion. Motion carried 3-2, with Price and Mitchell voting no. See 4/25/06 packet, p. 19.

4/25/06 Approval of Agenda Order MOTION: It was moved by Mitchell and seconded by Price to amend the agenda order for IV.D., Mandarin Immersion, from action to discussion. Motion carried 4-1 with Townsend voting no. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 11.

5/9/06 Approval of Agenda Order MOTION: It was moved by Price, seconded by Mitchell, and motion carried 4-1 to move item IV.Q. to IV. A. (Resolution 2005-06.17 – Endorsement of Measure C – Foothill and De Anza College Bond) with Townsend opposing. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 29.

5/9/06 Resolution 2005-06.17 – Endorsement of Measure C – Foothill and De Anza College Bond MOTION: It was moved by Price and seconded by Tom to approve Resolution 2005-05.17 – Endorsement of Measure, Foothill De Anza College Bond. Townsend expressed concern that no one was in attendance from Foothill / De Anza College Board. Motion carried 4-1 with Townsend abstaining. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 30.

5/9/06 School District Priorities for 2006-07 MOTION: It was moved by Mitchell to approve the recommendations 1-7 with language changes as noted, with below the line set of recommendations (library, technology, residency, per pupil allocation) to be discussed June 9 as part of the budget update. Townsend seconded the motion. Motion carried 4-1 with Price opposing. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 37.

5/9/06 Proposal to Implement a Mandarin Immersion Choice Program MOTION: It was moved by Townsend to accept staff's recommendation on Mandarin Immersion as stated. Tom shared Price's concerns and wanted to continue to pursue a world language program for elementary students. Mitchell seconded the motion. Motion carried 3-1-1 with Price voting no and Lowell abstaining. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 41.

5/9/06 Proposal to Implement a Mandarin Immersion Choice Program MOTION: Mitchell moved to support the grant application; motion seconded by Townsend. Motion carried 3-1-1 with Price voting no and Lowell abstaining. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 41.

6/13/06 Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Charter School Funding MOTION: It was moved by Mitchell, seconded by Tom, and motion carried 4-1 to approve the MOU for Charter School Funding, with Townsend voting no. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 66.

6/19/06 Action Taken in Closed Session MOTION: It was moved by Mitchell, seconded by Tom, and motion carried 4-0 to deny the second student record challenge, with Townsend recusing herself. See 9/12/06 packet, p. 68.

8/22/06 Proposed Salary Increase and Mileage Stipend for Substitute Teachers MOTION: It was moved by Price and seconded by Townsend to adopt the salary increase and mileage stipend for substitute teachers. Motion carried 3-1, with Lowell voting no. (Tom absent) See 11/14/06 packet, p. 18.

10/24/06 Interim Security MOTION: It was moved by Mitchell, seconded by Price, and motion carried 4-1 (with Townsend voting No) to authorize staff to enter into a contract with a private security company to provide roving security services on District campuses until such time that the District's security plan can be implemented. See 12/12/06 packet, p. 19.

11/28/06 Approval of Agenda Order MOTION: Price moved to approve the agenda order, with the exception of moving the management process item up to follow the calendar item, as it was related to the third party process being developed with the Organizational Development Committee. She believed this item ought to take place earlier, as it affected staff, who were in attendance. Tom agreed this was an important topic, however the most important information was covered at the last meeting. Motion died for lack of a second. See 1/9/07 packet, p. 8.

11/28/06 Approval of Agenda Order MOTION: It was moved by Townsend and seconded by Tom to approve the agenda order as presented. Motion carried 4-1, with Price voting no. See 1/9/07 packet, p. 8.

11/28/06 Proposed School Calendars for 2007-08 and 2008-09 MOTION: It was moved by Price to adopt Calendar A for two years. Motion died for lack of a second. See 1/9/07 packet, p. 12.

11/28/06 Proposed School Calendars for 2007-08 and 2008-09 MOTION: It was moved by Townsend, Lowell seconded with a friendly amendment to develop a process for additional research for the planning of the next calendars to adopt the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 Calendar B school calendars. Motion carried 3-2. (Price and Mitchell opposed.) See 1/9/07 packet, p. 12.

12/12/06 Election of Officers MOTION: It was moved by Lowell and seconded by Tom to elect Townsend as the 2007 Board of Education President. Motion carried 4-1, with Price voting no. See 2/13/07 packet, p. 12.


Posted by OhlonePar, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Oct 14, 2007 at 6:58 pm

Lynn,

Thank you for work on this. I really appreciate having it here.


Posted by Grateful, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 14, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Lynn: Thank-you, thank-you,thank you. It is so nice to simply have voting facts. This is a ton of work you are doing, and we appreciate it. All that bickering was old.

Pity that no investigative reporter was interested in doing this for us.


Posted by Lynn Magill, a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 16, 2007 at 8:04 am

Here is the last installment of Board of Education split decision voting records. These are for the 2007 calendar year up through the 9/25/07 meeting, the last one for which minutes have been posted as of today's date.

Same format as the original post on this thread: Meeting Date, Agenda Topic, Motion, packet date, and page number where the motion occurred.

PAUSD BOARD OF EDUCATION SPLIT VOTES, CALENDAR YEAR 2006
All school board meeting packets available at: Web Link Click on "archives" on the left side tool bar to access previous years' packets.

1/30/07 Mandarin Immersion Feasibility Study and Recommendations MOTION: Lowell moved to approve Recommendation #1: Develop an implementation plan for a FLES program in PAUSD elementary schools to include an analysis of time required to each grade level, curriculum recommendations, overall time available in the school day, staffing needs, negotiations implications, administrative time required, total cost estimates, community support, and funding sources. Tom seconded. Motion carried 4-1. (Price opposed) See 3/27/07 packet, p. 49.

1/30/07 MOTION: Mitchell moved to approve Recommendation #3: Develop an implementation plan for a three-year single strand pilot of a dual Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program using the 80:20 model. This single strand pilot could begin in the fall of 2007 with two K/1 classes at Ohlone School (eliminating the inflexibility of a traditional single strand) and would follow the instructional model and philosophy of Ohlone. The program would be reviewed yearly, and during the third year of implementation, the final size and location of the program would be determined. She added to the recommendation that this was not a commitment to explore a middle school MI program and there would be a moratorium on additional choice programs being reviewed. After Board discussion, Mitchell agreed to a friendly amendment for a 2/3:1/3 student ratio English speakers:Mandarin speakers. Townsend seconded. Motion failed 2-3. (Tom, Price, Lowell voting No) See 3/27/07 packet, p. 49
(Note: Discussion of this topic and the original text of Recommendations 1, 2 & 3 can be found on p. 27 of the same packet)

2/6/07 Planning for Enrollment Growth MOTION: Lowell moved to approve Recommendation 2, re-written as follows: That at the elementary level, Barron Park, Juana Briones, Fairmeadow, and Nixon be expanded to accommodate school size maxima appropriate for the sites as set by Board policy. It is further recommended that Ohlone be exempted from the current school size policy, allowing that school to accommodate up to 520 students at Level 1. On April 24, 2007, as part of the 20-Year Facility Master Plan, information regarding exemptions for the school size policy regarding Nixon and Fairmeadow would be brought to the Board for consideration. Attendance boundaries should be adjusted to take into account these capacities considering the ten variables and keeping the Los Altos Hills residents together. Tom seconded. Motion carried 3-2 with Mitchell and Price voting no. See 3/13/07 packet, p. 55.
(Note: Discussion of this topic and the original text of Recommendation 2 can be found on p. 26 of the same packet)

2/13/07 Authorization to Bid the Purchase and Installation of Four Modular Classroom Buildings MOTION: Lowell moved to authorized staff to solicit bids for the purchase and installation of modular classrooms for the 2007-2008 school year. Tom seconded. Discussion occurred before the vote. Motion carried 3-1 with Mitchell voting no and Price absent. See 3/13/07 packet, p. 63

3/6/07 Memorandum of Understanding Between Palo Alto Unified School District and Los Altos School District MOTION: Price moved to vote on this item tonight with the mentioned changes incorporated. Tom seconded. Motion carried 4-1 with Townsend opposing. See 5/22/07 packet, p. 12.

3/6/07 Memorandum of Understanding Between Palo Alto Unified School District and Los Altos School District MOTION: Lowell moved to adopt the item with the following change: Paragraph 2 would be changed from: If a student is a resident of PAUSD and the Town of Los Atlos Hills, and attends LASD's Bullis-Purissima Elementary School on an interdistrict transfer, PAUSD shall transfer funding to LASD. PAUSD will transfer funding for up to forty (40) such students. For students that transfer in or out of Bullis-Purissima during the school year, this funding will be provided in a prorated amount.
To read: If a student is a resident of PAUSD and the Town of Los Altos Hills, and attends LASD's Bullis-Purissima Elementary School on an interdistrict transfer, PAUSD shall transfer funding to LASD for the school year in which this agreement is in effect at the start of the school year. For students that transfer in or out of Bullis-Purissima during the school year, this funding will be provide in a prorated amount. Mitchell seconded. Motion carried 4-0 with Townsend abstaining. See 5/22/07 packet, p. 12.

3/13/07 Action Taken in Closed Session. During closed session, the Board moved and voted to appoint Scott Laurence to the position Assistant Superintendent. The vote was 4-1 with Price voting no. Townsend reviewed Laurence's 21-year history with the District and congratulated him on his new position. See 4/17/07 packet, p. 22.

5/8/07 Student Nutrition Services Plan MOTION: Lowell moved to approve Option One, with additional items to be added on May 22. Price seconded. Motion carried 3-0. (Tom and Mitchell abstained.) See 6/26/07 packet, p. 35.
(Note: For details on Option One and Option Two, please see 5/22/07 packet, p. 115)

5/22/07 Student Nutrition Services Plan MOTION: Price moved to authorize staff to renew the contract with Chartwells consistent with the provisions of this report for 2007-08 fiscal year, and to direct staff to implement Steps 1-8 listed in the Board item. In addition, she recommended the Board approve an additional $.25 per meal increase. Townsend said she did not feel Step 8, regarding closing high school campuses, was realistic. Kawahata said students would consider this a loss of their freedom for financial benefit. Lo said the students would take this as an attack against their freedom and would cause an uproar. Townsend said she would like to remove Step 8. Lowell proposed a friendly amendment to remove Step 8 and keep the $.25 increase. Motion carried 4-1. (Mitchell voting No) See 6/26/07 packet, p. 49.
(Note: See 5/22/07 packet, p. 111 & 112 for Steps 1-8. Step 8 is: PAUSD will begin a serious dialog immediately with all relevant stakeholders regarding closing the high school campuses during the lunch break for 9th and 10th graders during the 2008-2009 school year.)

5/22/07 Revised Mandarin Immersion Implementation Timeline MOTION: Townsend moved to approve the implementation of a dual immersion Mandarin / English program to begin with two classes of K-1 students at Ohlone Elementary School in the fall of the 2008-09 school year. This program would follow the Ohlone instructional model and philosophy, and would be integrated into the life of the school. Motion died for lack of second. See 6/26/07 packet, p. 55.

6/5/07 Revised Mandarin Immersion Implementation Timeline MOTION: Mitchell moved to approve the implementation of a dual immersion Mandarin/English program to begin with two classes of K-1 students at Ohlone Elementary School in the fall of the 2008-2009 school year. This program will follow the Ohlone instructional model and philosophy and will be integrated into the life of the school. Townsend seconded. Lowell asked if any of the bulleted items above the recommendation should be part of the motion. Cook said that by approving the program, the Board was approving all of report. Lowell suggested a friendly amendment stating that this recommendation does not provide any intention or direction that there will be a middle school program for MI students. Motion carried 4-1. (Price voting No) See 6/26/07 packet, p. 71.


Posted by Thank you!, a resident of Midtown
on Oct 16, 2007 at 1:45 pm

AWESOME! Thanks, Lynn. I just saw on another thread that I guess the PA Weekly is going to publish a voting record! I am sure that is thanks to you.


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