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

Board of Education Meeting Minutes: March 14, 2017

In Attendance: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward

Absent:  Brian Maune

Call to Order

Dr. Remele called the meeting to order at 6 p.m.

Roll Call

All members present except Mr. Maune. 

Ms. Ward introduced Justin Keith. Justin is a Jr. at Mills University High School and served as our March student Board member.

Pledge of Allegiance

Dr. Remele led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Public Comments

  1. Danny Bryan from Plant Planning addressed the Board concerning plans to RIF his job.
  2. The following individuals addressed the Board with concerns regarding the Forensics program at Mills University High School:
    Donavan Reeves, Leah Stewart, Bryce Doyle, Lauren Motley, Kayla Richardson, Thomas Semelka, A.D. Hillery, Corrie Green, Crystal Brannen, Patrick Laxson, and Micah Qualls.
  3. Senator Linda Chesterfield addressed the Board regarding her concerns with programs being dismantled at Fuller and Mills. She also expressed her concerns regarding the Southeast quadrant not being treated equally to other areas of the District. 

Certified P.P.C. Presentation

  1. Ms. Fitzgiven presented proposed language changes to the following certified personnel policies: Non-Instructional Duties, Lunch Duty, Supplemental Salary for Extra Duty, and Department Chairperson. She asked the Board to take action on the proposed changes. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to move these to the April Board Agenda for action.
  2. Presentation re: Non-Instructional Duties
  3. Presentation re: Lunch Duty
  4. Presentation re: Supplemental Salary for Extra Duty
  5. Presentation re: Department Chairperson

Classified P.P.C. Presentation

Mr. Chesterfield was not present.

Reports

  1. Financial Update
    • Denise Palmer presented the fund balances as of the end of cycle 7 and gave a brief overview of the 2017-2018 budget process.

Action Items - Old Business

  1. Presentation and recommendation re: Procedures for Teacher Workday and Faculty Meetings
    • Ms. Fitzgiven referred the Board to the presentation she made last month regarding Procedures for Teacher Workday and Faculty Meetings. After discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to take no action.
  2. Presentation and recommendation re: Employee Awards Program
    • Ms. Roush presented proposed changes to the Inspiration in Education Award Program regarding the Cabinet voting and recommending employees for this award and the award to be given at the recipient's place of employment. She also presented an example of the award to the Board.
  3. Vote to amend original proposal and approve revised proposal
    • Motion by Alicia Gillen
    • Seconded by Mike Kemp
    • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
    • Opposed: (None)
  4. Presentation and recommendation re: School of Innovation Resolution and Statement of Assurances
    • Dr. Tackett referred to his presentation last month regarding the process of applying for School of Innovation. He asked the Board to approve the Resolution and Statement of Assurances required to start the application process.
  5. Vote to approve Resolution and Statement of Assurances
    • Motion by Eli Keller
    • Seconded by Alicia Gillen
    • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
    • Opposed: (None)

Action Items - New Business

  1. Presentation and recommendation re: Auction of Fifteen (15) Transportation Buses
    1. Mr. Blake presented the Board with a history of transportation and buses in the District. He asked the board to approve the sale of surplus buses.
    2. Vote to approve sale of surplus buses
      • Motion by Mike Kemp
      • Seconded by Shelby Thomas
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
      • Opposed: (None)
  2. Presentation and recommendation re: Journeys 4-5 Reading (PCSSD)
    1. Dr. Warren asked the Board to approve the purchase of the Journeys Reading Program for students in grades 4-5. Students in grades k-3 currently use this program.
    2. Vote to approve Journeys Reading Program for grades 4-5
      • Motion by Alicia Gillen
      • Seconded by Eli Keller
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
      • Opposed: (None)
  3. Presentation and recommendation re: Establish BSN Sports as the District Vendor for purchase of Athletic Uniforms
    1. Mr. Ebbs presented proposals from BSN and Sportstop for athletic uniforms. Mr. Ebbs asked the Board to approve BSN as the vendor for athletic uniforms for the District.
    2. Vote to approve BSN as vendor for athletic uniforms
      • Motion by Mike Kemp
      • Seconded by Shelby Thomas
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
      • Opposed: (None)
  4. Presentation and recommendation re: Go Guardian Teacher
    1. Mr. Reid presented a proposal for the Go Guardian Teacher program and the benefits of this student monitoring program. He explained that the program is now being piloted at Robinson High School.
    2. Vote to approve purchase of Go Guardian program
      • Motion by Mike Kemp
      • Seconded by Shelby Thomas
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas
      • Opposed: Tina Ward
  5. Presentation and recommendation re: TV Installs
    1. Mr. Reid presented proposals for the purchase of T.V.s for any remaining media centers not currently having two.
    2. Vote to approve T.V. purchases
      • Motion by Mike Kemp
      • Seconded by Alicia Gillen
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas
      • Opposed: (None)
      • Abstained: Tina Ward

Comments from the Board

Dr. Remele reminded the Board that they will participate in graduations this year. The date for all graduations is May 20, 2017 at the Jack Stephens Center. Dr. Tackett will get specific times to the Board.

Superintendent's Comments

  1. Dr. Guess updated the Board on the status hearing held today with Judge Marshall. He also updated the Board on the progress of legislative bills.
  2. Dr. Guess explained the separate grant status regarding the ABC Pre-school program.
  3. Dr. Guess reminded the Board that Maumelle Middle School had just been released from focus status and there will be a celebration on Thursday, 4:00 p.m. at Maumelle Middle.
  4. Dr. Guess asked the Board to review the sample ballot provided to them regarding the special millage election and to turn in their names for the steering committee asap.

Consent Agenda

  1. Vote to approve Consent Agenda
    • Motion by Mike Kemp
    • Seconded by Shelby Thomas
    • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
    • Opposed: (None)
  2. Student Hearings
  3. Employee Hearings
    1. The Board heard testimony from the employee. The Board went into Executive Session at 8:42 p.m. and reconvened at 8:45 p.m.
    2. Vote to grant employee waiver
      • Motion by Alicia Gillen
      • Seconded by Eli Keller
      • In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Mike Kemp, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward
      • Opposed: (None)

Adjournment

The Board adjourned at 8:46 p.m.