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BESD addresses finances, teachers

March 14, 2001|By ANTHONY LONGORIA, Staff Writer

BRAWLEY — The Brawley Elementary School District's crisis response team, the district's financial outlook and prospective teachers were among the topics of discussion at Tuesday night's meeting here.

Patrick Buckus, the district's director of special education, presented information from meetings he participated in regarding the district's crisis response teams.

What is ironic, he said, is the meetings were prior to and during the recent shooting at Santana High School in Santee.

Buckus said district safety plans are thorough, though there is "room for improvement in school site plans."

A review of the district's table of organization regarding mental health support (school psychiatrists, staff, etc.) is needed, said Buckus.

Buckus told the board the district will meet with local law enforcement officials Thursday to discuss crisis issues.

Of the necessity of a crisis response team, board President Mary Slaughter said, "I know that none of us like to think about these things, but I think everyone ought to be prepared."

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District Director of Fiscal Services Leslie Marshall told the board the second period financial report reflected a positive fund balance and an expected $464,000 surplus.

The board approved the district's financial report.

The board was informed of two pending applications.

The first is an application submitted for the Teachers as Priority program, which provides incentives for prospective teachers. Assistant Superintendent Norma Kelly said the district would receive $46,000, which would allow for signing bonuses for new teacher hirees.

An application for a third year of participation in the community-based English tutoring program was submitted. The program provides free adult English tutoring for parents. BUHSD Director of Special Projects Terri Decker said 100 parents participate in the program, which offers classes at Hidalgo, Phil Swing and Witter elementary schools.

A second reading was done regarding the board's policy regarding Barbara Worth Junior High School's participation in the state's Immediate Intervention for Underperforming Schools Program.

According to the policy, the board will hire an external evaluator to monitor the school's performance and make recommendations for improvements.

Following the meeting, the board adjourned to closed session to discuss labor negotiations with the Brawley Elementary Teachers' Association.

Staff Writer Anthony Longoria can be reached at 337-3452.

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