PCSSD - Board of Education Meeting Minutes: February 14, 2017

Board of Education Meeting Minutes: February 14, 2017

Meeting took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 6 p.m.

In Attendance:

  • Alicia Gillen,
  • Eli Keller,
  • Mike Kemp,
  • Brian Maune,
  • Linda Remele,
  • Shelby Thomas,
  • Tina Ward

Absent: None

  1. Call to Order

    • Dr. Remele called the meeting to order at 6 p.m. 
  2. Roll Call

    • All members present. 
  3. Pledge of Allegiance

    1. Alicia Gillen welcomed and introduced February student board member, Ashley Turner, a junior at Maumelle High School. Ashley then led the Pledge of Allegiance. 
  4. Public Comments

    1. Sylvan Hill High School students, Carson Anvis, Emily Snell, and Emily Dipper expressed their concerns and frustrations regarding the issues created by overcrowding at their school and the great need for expansion at the campus.
    2. Mills High School student, Michael Brown, expressed his concerns with the possible elimination of the Scholars Program.
    3. Ms. Melton addressed the board regarding the benefits her children had received as graduates of the Mills Scholar Program. 
  5. Certified P.P.C. Presentation

    1. Pam Fitzgiven presented information regarding setting procedures for the teachers' work day. She also addressed the issue of changing the language in the Certified P.P.C. policy dealing with vacancies on the committee. These two items will be added to the March agenda. 
  6. Classified P.P.C. Presentation

    1. Mr. Chesterfield was not present. 
  7. Reports

    1. Employee Recognition Awards Deb Roush presented a proposal for employee recognition awards. The Board will consider this proposal at the March board meeting. 
  8. School of Innovation Overview

    1. Dr. Tackett presented the components of Personalized Learning. He asked the board to approve a resolution enabling the district to move forward in the application process for School of Innovation at the March meeting. 
  9. 2017-2018 Expenditure Reductions

    1. Dr. Guess reviewed a summary of proposed expenditure reductions for 2017-2018. He suggested delaying a vote on this until the board heard the remaining presentations. After all presentations regarding the expenditure reductions were made, a vote was taken. Vote to approve
    • Motion by Shelby Thomas
    • Seconded by Mike Kemp
    • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas Opposed Tina Ward 
  10. Transformation of Mills University Studies High School Feeder Schools

    1. Ms. Rollans addressed the board regarding the history of the Mills University Scholars Program, along with information and statistics for the program. She asked the board to leave the program, along with the transportation, in place for at least one year. Dr. Tackett and Mr. Clayton shared the administration's desire to restore a 7-day period and the many advantages of students having daily contact with their teachers. Dr.Tackett reminded the board that he and Mr. Clayton must once again go before the State Board of Education to present a plan for bringing Mills out of academic distress. 
  11. Redesign of Instructional Facilitator/Interventionist

    1. Dr. Warren explained the new changes in the job descriptions for Instructional Facilitators. These changes include Instructional Facilitator's no longer being the test coordinators or the dyslexia interventionists. 
  12. Presentation re: Facilities Funding

    1. Mr. Truemper presented the Board financing options which included the three options that were discussed in January. Vote for Option 1
      • Motion by Brian Maune
      • Seconded by Alicia Gillen
      • In Favor:
      • Opposed: (None)
      • Abstained: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Vote to adopt resolution as provided for option 1, without increasing the millage.
      • Motion by Brian Maune
      • Seconded by Alicia Gillen
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward,
      • Opposed: (None) 
  13. Presentation re: Current Fringe Benefits Program

    1. Mr. Chad Holsclaw, J.T.S. Financial Services, discussed the current health insurance options provided by the District. Mr. Holsclaw also presented renewal options and recommended planning meetings with both Certified P.P.C. and Classified P.P.C. to discuss the options. 
  14. Action Items

    • No New Business 
  15. Comments from the Board

    1. Ms. Gillen suggested deferring the investigation of a strategic plan for the District until a later date. 
    2. Mr. Thomas encouraged all members to appeal to their communities for support in the upcoming special election.
    3. Mr. Keller expressed his concerns with the information reported tonight regarding students failing in the Mills feeder pattern. 
    4. Ms. Ward asked if the March board meeting could now be moved back to Tuesday, March 14th, the board concurred. 
    5. Dr. Remele reminded the board of the training with Kristen Garner and the P.P.C. committees on February 28th. She also encouraged them to attend Judge Marshall's hearing regarding staffing on March 14th, 1:30 p.m. 
  16. Comments from the Superintendent

    1. Dr. Guess discussed Senate Bill 298 which proposes to eliminate declining enrollment funding. He encouraged everyone to contact their senators to express their concerns. 
  17. Consent Agenda

    1. Vote to approve Consent Agenda
      • Motion by Alicia Gillen
      • Seconded by Mike Kemp
      • In Favor Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed (None) 
    2. Student Hearings The Board heard testimonies from the administration, student, and parent. The Board adjourned into Executive Session at 9:46 p.m. and reconvened at 9:58 p.m. Vote to uphold administration's recommendation to expel student
      • Motion by Alicia Gillen
      • Seconded by Mike Kemp
      • In Favor Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed (None) 
    3. Employee Hearings: No employee hearings 
  18. Adjournment

    • Alicia Gillen made a motion for the meeting to be adjourned. The Board adjourned at 10 p.m.