ORANGE COUNTY SPECIAL EDUCATION ALLIANCE
REVIEW COMMITTEE MINUTES
SPECIAL MEETING October 20, 2017
A. Call to Order: The meeting was called to order at 1:02 p.m. at
the Orange County Department of Education in Costa Mesa, California, in the
B. Roll Call: Present were the following: Frank Donavan, Chair,
Superintendent, Magnolia School District; Gregg Haulk, Superintendent,
Huntington Beach City School District; Terry Walker, Superintendent, Irvine
Unified School District; Jean Martin, Director, North Orange County SELPA;
Scott Turner, Director, South Orange County SELPA; Paul Lavigne, Director,
Greater Anaheim SELPA; Jennifer Fant, Harbottle Law Group; Jay Shinnefield,
Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo; Lysa Saltzman,
Counsel, Orange County Department of Education and Michele Kaufman,
Executive Assistant, Orange County Special Education Alliance.
C. Introductions: Gabriella Mafi, Superintendent, Garden Grove
Unified School District; Scott Scambray, Superintendent, Fullerton Joint
Union High School District; Amy Lambert, Director, Tustin Unified School
District SELPA, Doug Siembeda, Director, Huntington Beach Union High School
D. Approval of Agenda: There was a motion by Lysa Saltzman, Counsel,
Orange County Department of Education to approve the October 20, 2017
agenda, seconded by Terry Walker, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School
District. The motion to approve the agenda was unanimously approved.
E. Approval of Minutes: The minutes from the June 2, 2017 Review
Committee meeting were reviewed. There was a motion to approve the minutes
by Terry Walker, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District seconded by
Gregg Haulk, Superintendent, Huntington Beach City School District. The
minutes were unanimously approved.
F. Public Comments: There were no public comments.
G. Action & Discussion Items:
1.0 Professional Development Sub-Committee Report: Jean Martin,
Chair of the professional development sub-committee, shared that the
committee was planning a workshop focusing on the new dyslexia guidelines.
The all-day training will feature dyslexia specialists and will cover
topics including the types of dyslexia and special education data based
decision making. Details including the proposed budget will be shared at
the November 17, 2017 meeting.
1.1 Advocacy Sub-Committee Report: Scott Turner, Chair of the
advocacy sub-committee shared that Governorís proposed budget was coming
out soon. Also, the date for Legislative Sharing Day in Sacramento has been
confirmed for May 2, 2018.
1.2 Treasurer/Auditor Quarterly Report: Lysa Saltzman distributed
the current Alliance budget including ending balances and actuals. She also
shared that an outside audit through June 30, 2016 had been conducted and
the Alliance financials are in compliance. A hard copy of the audit was
available upon request.
1.3 Filling Review Committee Vacancies: Frank Donavan shared that
the Review Committee had two vacancies, Superintendent from Area 1 and
Business Official. A motion was made by Gregg Haulk, Superintendent,
Huntington Beach City School District, seconded by Terry Walker,
Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District, to nominate Gabriela Mafi,
Superintendent, Garden Grove Unified School District, to fill the Area 1
Superintendent vacancy expiring June 30, 2018. This motion was unanimously
approved. The Review Committee is still searching for a business official
to fill the current vacancy.
1.4 Discussion of AB490 Application Process and Criteria: Frank
Donavan shared that because the reimbursement applications for AB490
transportation support had exceeded the allotted budget for 2016-2017
school year the Review Committee had discussed reviewing the application
process and criteria for AB490 transportation support. It was recommended
that the budget remain at $10,000. If the issue continues, the Review
Committee will further examine the application process.
1.5 Alliance Summery Report Distribution: Frank Donavan shared that
the summary reports had been distributed at the Superintendentís retreat.
Digital copies will be sent by Michele Kaufman to remaining Review
Committee members and SELPA directors.
1.6 Discussion of Review Committee Meeting Schedule for 2017-2018:
Lysa Saltzman shared her concerns of having the budget proposal completed
and approved by March 23, 2018 which is the date of the Executive
Committee. It was recommended that a budget ad hoc committee be created at
the January 19, 2018 and that the March 23, 2018 Review Committee meeting
be changed from 1:00 pm to 10:30 am. This will allow the budget proposal to
be approved before the Executive Committee meeting at 1:00 p.m. There was a
motion by Terry Walker, Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District,
seconded by Jay Shinnefield, Attorney Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud &
Romo to approve the time change of the March 23, 2018 meeting. The motion
was unanimously approved.
1.7 District Support Applications: There were no district support
1.8 AB490 Support Applications: There were no AB490 support
H. Review Committee Members Comments: Frank Donavan welcomed new
Review Committee members Scott Turner, Paul Lavigne and Gabriela Mafi.
I. Public Comments: Scott Scambray, Superintendent, Fullerton Joint
Union High School District shared with the Review Committee information
regarding a dispute with the CDE.
J. Adjournment: There was a motion to adjourn by Terry Walker,
Superintendent, Irvine Unified School District seconded by Lysa Saltzman,
Counsel, Orange County Department of Education and was unanimously
approved. The meeting was adjourned at 1:38 pm. The next Review Committee
meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at the Orange
County Department of Education in the Board Room.
Posted By: Michele Kaufman
Article Added: 1/26/2018 2:14:29 PM