BARSTOW • Board member Ernest Vogt was absent. The Barstow Unified School District Board of Trustees discussed or took action on the following items Tuesday:
66 students earn perfect test scores • Students from Barstow High School and BUSD's elementary schools received certificates and congratulations from the school board for earning a perfect score on their California standardized tests for math, language arts and science.
Henderson Elementary School had the most students with perfect scores. According to BUSD Superintendent Susan Levine, 14 students from one fifth-grade classroom earned perfect math scores.
BUSD down 207 students from start of 2009-10 • Barstow student enrollment for the first month of the 2010-2011 school year is down by 207 students compared to the first month of the last school year.
According to district officials, 6,469 students were enrolled in BUSD schools at the beginning of the 2009-2010 year. This year student enrollment is at 6,262 students.
Student enrollment at Barstow High School has decreased this year by 104 students, said Tony Wardell, BUSD's assistant superintendent of business. Enrollment at Barstow Junior High School this year has decreased by 62 students. And 101 fewer students are attending Barstow elementary schools.
School board endorsement vote on Props 24 and 25 fails • The school board failed to reach a consensus on whether or not it should endorse California Propositions 24 and 25, which will be on the ballot Nov. 2. The school board voted 2-2 with Board Vice President Barbara Rose and Clerk Ace Acevedo voting in favor of the endorsement and member Mary Rodriguez and Board President Julie Clemmer dissenting.
If passed, Proposition 24 would repeal legislation that allows business to shift operating losses to previous tax years. It would also prevent businesses from sharing tax credits with affiliated businesses.
Proposition 25 would allow the state legislature to pass a budget by a simple majority rather than a two-thirds majority. It would also provide that if a budget isn't passed by June 15, legislators would permanently forfeit any pay for salaries and expenses each day until a budget is passed.
Even though the state needs to increase its revenue, Clemmer said Proposition 24 would make it harder for businesses to operate in California. Her worry is that the initiative will result in further revenue losses to California from businesses moving out of state.
Rose said she thought Proposition 24 is a good way of putting money back into schools.
Rodriguez said she was worried that if Proposition 25 passes, the budget will reflect the wishes of one political party over the other.
Paraeducator position at junior high eliminated • The school board voted 3-1 to eliminate a vacant paraeducator position at Barstow Junior High School. Rose dissented.
According to Jeff Malan, assistant superintendent of personnel services, the person who occupied that position retired recently. The savings to the district would be about $22,405.
Arabic-speaking paraeducator hired • The board unanimously approved of hiring a part-time paraeducator who would provide English language services to about 15 district students who speak Arabic.
The paraeducator would work 3.75 hours a day 210 days a year at Barstow Junior High School, Barstow High School and Skyline North Elementary School, Malan said. This position will cost the district about $12,312.