Mountain View Whisman School District

Board of Trustees - Regular Meeting

1400 Montecito Avenue

November 21, 2019

6:00 PM

(Live streaming available at


As a courtesy to others, please turn off your cell phone upon entering.


Under Approval of Agenda, item order may be changed. All times are approximate.

I.CALL TO ORDER (6:00 p.m.)
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by students from Graham Middle School.
B.Roll Call

Present: Blakely, Conley, Gutierrez, Wheeler, Wilson


C.Approval of Agenda
A motion was made by Jose Gutierrez and seconded by Devon Conley to to approve the agenda, as presented.

Ayes: Blakely, Conley, Gutierrez, Wheeler, Wilson

II.SCHOOL SHOWCASE - Graham Middle School
Graham Middle School presented  LAUNCH, its new STEAM elective wheel funded by the LIGHT Award program.
No members of the public wished to address the Board concerning items on the Closed Session agenda.
The meeting was adjourned to Closed Session at 6:14 p.m.
A.Student Discipline Matter (60009769) Education Code 35146 and 48912
B.Potential Litigation
1.Significant exposure to litigation pursuant to subdivision (d)(2) of section 54956.9: one case
1.Conference with Labor Negotiators (Government Code 54957.6)

Agency designated representatives:   Ayindé Rudolph, Carmen Ghysels, Swati Dagar, Acantha Ellard, Ryan Santiago, Jonathan Pearl

Employee Organization:  Mountain View Educators Association

D.Public Employee Discipline/Dismissal/Release
The meeting was reconvened at 7:28 p.m.
A.Closed Session Report
Ms. Wilson reported that the Board of Trustees took no action in Closed Session.
The following items will be handled with one action; however, any item may be removed from consideration by individual Board Members or the Superintendent.  
A motion was made by Ellen Wheeler and seconded by Devon Conley to approve all items on the Consent Agenda, as presented.

Ayes: Blakely, Conley, Gutierrez, Wheeler, Wilson

A.Personnel Report
1.Personnel Report to the Board of Trustees
1.Minutes for November 7, 2019
C.Board Policy No. 5116.1, Intradistrict Open Enrollment
D.Crittenden Middle School and Cooper Reroof Project Change Order No. 1 Joseph Murphy Construction Group
E.Notice of Completion – Mountain View Whisman School District Office New Construction Project
F.Approval of Payroll Report and Accounts Payable Warrant List for the Month of October 2019
A.Employee Organizations
No member of the employee organizations was present to address the Board of Trustees. 
B.District Committees
Jose Gutierrez recognized the work being done by Heidi Smith and the parents on DELAC.
Dr. Rudolph recognized the coding class previous mention was part of the TechSmart, MVEF, Google, and  MVWSD Grant. Dr. Rudolph also congratulated Trustee Blakely on receiving the ATHENA award from the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Rudolph also gave an update on the Terra Bella Project.

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.


Notes on Community Comments on Agendized Items
The staff presentation to the Board will occur first for each item.  The Board will then ask clarifying questions.  Afterwards, the community will be invited to comment.  Any person wishing to speak will be granted up to three (3) minutes at the time the item appears on the agenda.  Comments will be taken for up to 10 minutes, with extra time allowed for translation, as needed.  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 his/her name for the record.  We ask that you speak from the podium so that we may better hear you.  At the conclusion of remarks or after 10 minutes has elapsed, the public comment portion is closed for that item and the Board will return to their own deliberations and comments.  Please see the Board's "Welcome" brochure for more specifics on how Board meetings are run.  The Board is grateful to have district personnel in the audience.  These personnel may be consulted during the Board's discussion on any item.

The following member of the public addressed the Board.

  • Gary Wesley,  regarding security cameras 
  • Steven Nelson, regarding adding a priority sentence for roof and HVAC replacement.
A.Resolution No. 01-112119, Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District Ordering an Election, and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order (10 minutes)
A motion was made by Jose Gutierrez and seconded by Laura Blakely to to approve and adopt Resolution No. 01-112119, Resolution of the Board of Trustees of the Mountain View Whisman School District Ordering an Election and Establishing Specifications of the Election Order as amended to add the word "would" to the fourth paragraph of the resolution.

Ayes: Blakely, Conley, Gutierrez, Wheeler, Wilson

The following member of the public addressed the Board:

  • Gary Wesley
A.Stressors and Mental Health K-12 (45 minutes)
The Board of Trustees heard a report on Stressors and Mental Disorder by Eduardo Bunge Ph.D.
B.Master Facilities Plan (90 minutes)

The Board of Trustees heard the short and long term goals of the Growth and Master Facilities Plan.

C.Planning for Annual Organizational Meeting (10 minutes)

The Board of Trustees discussed potential leadership opportunities that would be further discussed at the December 12 Board of Trustees meeting.


D.Determination of Two Members of the Board of Trustees to Serve on the Policy Committee (10 minutes)

The Board of Trustees discussed and decided Ellen Wheeler and Devon Conley serve on the Heath and Wellness Policy Committee.


Ms. Wheeler:

1. Attended the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Eagle Park.

2. Attended part of the Annual Meeting of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and heard their plenary speaker, Jose Antonio Vargas (who referenced the school named after him “just down the street”).

3.  Attended the regular monthly meeting of the Santa Clara County School Boards Association meeting which featured a presentation and discussion about adolescent mental health by MFT Tracey Greene. Tracey is also a parent of graduated MVWSD students.

4. Attended the November meeting of Challenge Team, which featured speakers on teen suicide.

5. Met with Dr. Rudolph for my regular monthly 1:1 meeting.

6. Met with a district parent regarding Shoreline Redevelopment Area funding and its potential effect on future student population growth.

7. Met with former MVLA trustee Joe Mitchner.

8. Met with former MVWSD trustee Bill Lambert.

9.  Attended the performance of “Shrek Jr.” by Crittenden students. (Great show!)

10. Attended the regular quarterly meeting of Artspiration at the Santa Clara County Office of Education where we saw a data presentation of the percentage of Santa Clara County 6th – 12th grade students who take an arts class. (MVWSD is about in the middle of the districts.)

11. Attended the November PTA meeting at Crittenden Middle School.

12. Participated in the Vargas Chipotle fundraiser.

13. Met with a community member regarding volunteer opportunities for MVWSD students.

14. Attended the meeting of local school board trustees convened by Assemblymember Marc Berman.

15. Attended the annual Chamber of Commerce luncheon where they honored MVWSD trustee and active Chamber member with their Athena Award. Kudos!

A.Future Board Meeting Dates

December 12, 2019 - First Interim Report

January 9, 2020 - Audit reports

January 23, 2020 - SARC approval

February 6, 2020 - Governor's 2020-21 Budget

XIV.ADJOURNMENT (10:00 p.m.)
The Board adjourned at 10:49 p.m.





The open session will be video recorded and live streamed on the District's website (




As a courtesy to others, please turn off your cell phone upon entering. 




Persons attending Board meetings are requested to refrain from using perfumes, colognes or any other products that might produce a scent or chemical emission. 




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 or interpretation 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.


El Distrito Escolar de Mountain View Whisman esta dedicado a proveer acceso y comunicacion a todas las personas que deseen asistir a las reuniones de la Junta. Se pide que aquellas personas que planean asistir a esta reunion y requieren de asistencia especial llamen a la Oficina del Superintendente al (650) 526-3552 con por lo menos 48 horas de anticipacion del horario y fecha de esta reunion, para asi poder coordinar los arreglos especiales.


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 1400 Montecito Avenue during normal business hours. 

Los documentos que se les proveen a la mayoria de los miembros de la Mesa Directiva sobre los temas en la sesion abierta de este orden del dia estaran disponibles para la inspeccion publica en la Oficina del Distrito, localizada en el 1400 Montecito Avenue durante las horas de oficinas regulares.