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Controversial teacher reassigned
Patty Polifrone to begin teaching sixth-grade language arts in the fall
A former fourth-grade teacher at Huff, who left the school last spring after some parents complained that she was "verbally abusive" to her students, will be returning to the district this fall to teach sixth graders.
The district has confirmed that Patty Polifrone will begin teaching language arts and social science at Graham Middle School when school resumes in August.
Parents told the Voice in March that they had been complaining for months about Polifrone's teaching style to Mountain View Whisman Elementary School District administrators. Polifrone left the class following the complaints, and administrators said only that she was on "personal leave."
At the time, during a school board meeting at Huff, parents said they did not want Polifrone to return. Some said their children were scared to go to her class. But others defended the teacher, saying their children had learned a lot from her and she was a "strict teacher but fair."
Following the meeting, Polifrone left Huff. Administrators said that legally they were not able to discuss the case. School Principal Sharon Burns sent out a letter saying only that "it was a difficult decision for all involved."
After a trustee asked about the teacher during a school board meeting on June 4, administrators confirmed that Polifrone will be returning to the district this fall.
Posted by district parent,
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2009 at 5:19 pm
Mountain View Whisman School District
Board of Trustees Meeting
Tuesday, June 16
at the district office board room at 750 San Pierre Way (near Stevenson Park and Theuerkauf School)
5:30-7:30pm --- closed session (to talk about personnel issues)
7:30pm --- meeting resumes open to the public
agenda items include approval of 2009-10 budget (what student programs will be cut, what will be saved?)
also a Study Session starting at 8:55pm on the architectural consulting services related to the district's proposed Facilities Master Plan....which is being paid for with money from the General Fund, MONEY THAT COULD BE SPENT ON STUDENTS
Please note the meeting is on Tuesday night, not Thursday.
Mountain View Whisman School District
Education for the World Ahead
Board of Trustees ̶ Regular Meeting
750-A San Pierre Way
June 16, 2009
Demonstrate, daily, a relentless commitment to the success of every child.
Academic Excellence « Strong Community « Broad Worldview
Any person wishing to speak on any item on the agenda will be granted up to three (3) minutes at the time the item appears on the agenda, or in the case of a non-agendized item, may do so under Community Comments. Comments for each agendized item will be taken for 10 minutes, with extra time allowed for translation, as needed. Please see the Board's "welcome" brochure for protocol. Prior to addressing the Board, each speaker is requested to complete a speaker card (located on the counter near the door), give it to the Superintendent's Executive Assistant and state their name for the record. Persons addressing the Board are asked to speak from the podium provided for that purpose.
Under Approval of Agenda, item order may be changed. All times are approximate.
I. CALL TO ORDER 5:30pm
B. Roll Call
C. Approval of Agenda
II. OPPORTUNITY FOR MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE 5:35pm
BOARD CONCERNING ITEMS ON THE CLOSED SESSION AGENDA
III. CLOSED SESSION 5:40pm
A. Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release
B. Student Discipline (Education Code 48900)
C. Public Employment: Principal
D. Public Employee Performance Evaluation: Superintendent
IV. RECONVENE OPEN SESSION
A. Closed Session Report
V. COMMUNICATIONS 7:35pm
A. Employee Organizations
1. Mountain View Educators Association
2. California School Employees Association
B. Community Comments
This is the time reserved for community members to address the Board on items that are not on the agenda. The Board and Administration welcome this opportunity to listen; however, in compliance with the Brown Act, the Board is not permitted to take action on non-agenda items.
Speakers are requested to complete a speaker card and state their name for the record.
If there are additional comments after 10 minutes have elapsed, this item may be continued after all the action and discussion items are completed.
VI. REVIEW AND DISCUSSION
A. Mountain View Educators Association (MVEA), CTA/NEW Initial Proposal 7:45pm
dated June 5, 2009
The Board will hold a Public Hearing regarding MVEA's Initial Proposal for a successor collective bargaining agreement with the District.
The Board will hold a Public Hearing regarding MVEA's Initial Proposal.
VII. REVIEW AND ACTION
A. Approval of Final Budget for 2009-10 7:50pm
The Board will consider approval of the Budget for the 2009-10 school year.
The Board will hold a Public Hearing on the budget for the 2009-10 school year.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve the Budget for the
2009-10 school year as presented.
B. District Revised Initial Proposal to the California School Employees Association 8:20pm
(CSEA), Chapter 812
The Board will consider approval of a revised district initial proposal to CSEA.
The Board will hold a Public Hearing on the revised Initial Proposal to CSEA.
RECOMMENDED ACTION: That the Board approve the revised District
Initial Proposal to the California School Employees Association, Chapter 812,
VIII. CONSENT AGENDA
The following items will be handled with one action; however, any item may be removed from consideration by individual Board Members or the Superintendent. Copies of the applicable documents have been sent to the Board and will be available at the meeting.
A. Personnel Report
Certificated: 3 requests for leave of absence, one new hire, two returns to assignment
Minutes for the meetings of May 7, 21 and 28 and June 4 and 8, 2009
D. Consolidated Application for Funding Categorical Aid Program, Part I
E. Administrative Regulation No. 1312.1, Complaints Against District Employees (Second Reading)
F. Crittenden Middle School Request for Title I School-wide Program Status
The District has received the following gifts:
· 250 tickets to Sleeping Beauty, donated by Peninsula Youth Theatre:
· Books, donated by Kathleen Gerds;
· Chairs, donated by Rob Nagle;
· $37.50, donated by Kaiser Permanent Community Giving Campaign;
· $2,327, donated by VeriSign;
· $400, donated by John Novat;
· Office supplies, donated by Deborah Mallon.
A. Board and Superintendent Updates
1. Board Members
2. Board President
a. Administrative/Student Services
b. Educational Services
c. Business Services
X. STUDY SESSION 8:55pm
The Board will discuss program versus facilities input into the School Facilities
Improvement Plan. Preparation for summer work by Bill Gould Design will be addressed.
XI. CLOSING COMMENTS
XII. ITEMS FOR FUTURE AGENDAS
XIII. FUTURE BOARD MEETING DATES
August 20, 2009
September 3 and 17, 2009
October 1 and 15, 2009
November 5 and 19, 2009
December 10, 2009
XIV. ADJOURNMENT 10:00
The Mountain View Whisman School District is dedicated to providing access and communication for all those who desire to attend Board meetings. Anyone planning to attend a Board meeting who requires special assistance or English translation is asked to call the Superintendent's Office at (650) 526-3552 at least 48 hours in advance of the time and date of the meeting.
Documents provided to a majority of the Governing Board regarding an open session item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the District Office, located at 750-A San Pierre Way during normal business hours.
El Distrito Escolar de Mountain View Whisman esta dedicado a proveer acceso y comunicación a todas las personas que deseen asistir a las reuniones de la Junta. Se pide que aquellas personas que planean asistir a esta reunión y requieren de asistencia especial llamen a la Oficina del Superintendente al (650) 526-3552 con por lo menos 48 horas de anticipación del horario y fecha de esta reunión, para así poder coordinar los arreglos especiales.
Los documentos que se les proveen a la mayoría de los miembros de la Mesa Directiva sobre los temas en la sesión abierta de éste orden del día estarán disponibles para la inspección pública en la Oficina del Distrito, localizada en el 750-A San Pierre Way durante las horas de oficinas regulares.
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
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