PCSSD - Board Meeting Minutes: May 8, 2018

Board Meeting Minutes: May 8, 2018

This regular meeting of the Pulaski County Special School District was held on Tuesday, May 8, 2018, in the Board Room of the PCSSD Administrative Building (925 East Dixon Rd.).

In Attendance:  Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward

Absent: Mike Kemp

  1. Call to Order

    • Dr. Remele called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.
  2. Roll Call

    • Members Present: Gillen, Keller, Maune, Remele, Thomas, Ward Members Absent: Kemp
  3. Pledge of Allegiance

    • Mr. Maune introduced Guest Board Student Zacharey Williams, a Jr. at RHS. Zacharey led the Pledge of Allegiance.
  4. Public Comments

    • Leslie Durbin and Dawn Bartels expressed their concerns regarding Science textbooks. Mr. Maune addressed their concerns and offered to meet and talk with them regarding the concerns.
  5. Certified P.P.C. Presentation

    • Pam Fitzgiven presented a proposal to reinstate certified allocations for the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Vote to reject proposal
      Motion by Eli Keller
      Seconded by Alicia Gillen
      In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas Opposed: Tina Ward
  6. Classified P.P.C. Presentation

    • Mr. Chesterfield was not present.
  7. Reports

    1. School Resource Officers
      • Major Carl Minden, Pulaski County Sheriff's Office, spoke regarding the possibility of providing S.R.O. to the Schools in the County.
    2. Construction Updates
      • Tom Csicisila gave construction updates for S.H.H.S. and R.M.S. He reported that site-work is on-going at S.H.H.S. and still on budget and schedule. Mr. Csicisila also reported that R.M.S. is in the final stages of construction punch and the finishing touches are on schedule for the month of July. Michael Hansberry reported that the classroom wings at Mills High School are in their final stages, the gym will be finished in the next few weeks and they are on schedule to open in August. He also advised that the Fuller demolition will begin after Memorial day weekend. Joe Lansden requested the Board's approval to release 4.5M to complete the conversion of the current Mills High School (future Mills Middle School).
      • Vote to approve release of 4.5M for conversion of current Mills High School
        Motion by Alicia Gillen
        Seconded by Shelby Thomas
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
    3. Financial Update
      • Denise Palmer gave a Financial Update as of the end of period 10 (April). She also presented an update on the preliminary budget with the staff cuts and a projected cash flow and legal fund balance.
  8. Action Items - Old Business

    1. Hiring Freeze
      • Dr. Warren asked the Board's pleasure regarding the Hiring Freeze for Central Office. Ms. Gillen maintained her original motion to keep the freeze in place for Central Office.
    2. Safety/Security Department Allocations for 2018-2019
      • Mr. Brewer presented Safety & Security Allocations.
      • Vote to approve Safety/Security Allocations
        Motion by Eli Keller
        Seconded by Shelby Thomas
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
  9. Action Items - New Business

    1. Summer Repair for Band and Orchestra Instruments for use in 2018-19
      • Vote to approve Summer Repair for Band and Orchestra Instruments
        Motion by Shelby Thomas
        Seconded by Eli Keller
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
    2. Chromebook Charging Towers
      • Vote to approve Chromebook Charging Towers
        Motion by Tina Ward
        Seconded by Alicia Gillen
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
    3. Purchasing five (5) New School Buses
      • This item will be moved to the June Board Meeting.
    4. 2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook Including Conduct and Discipline
      • Mr. Whitfield presented revisions for the 2018-2019 Parent/Student Handbook.
      • Vote to accept Handbook Revisions but to omit PACT/PASS everywhere mentioned
        Motion by Alicia Gillen
        Seconded by Eli Keller
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
    5. Purchase Service Contract: Marcia Harding, Education Management Consultant
      • Vote to approve Purchase Service contract for Marcia Harding
        Motion by Alicia Gillen
        Seconded by Shelby Thomas
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed: Eli Keller
    6. Adult Education Technology
      • Vote to approve Adult Education Technology
        Motion by Eli Keller
        Seconded by Shelby Thomas
        In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
  10. Comments from the Board

    • Ms. Gillen expressed her enthusiasm that both the Maumelle High School Boys and Girls Track teams are the 5A State runners-up. Maumelle High School Boys Soccer team is 5A West Soccer Champions and the Lady Hornets Soccer Team is conference runner-up. Mr. Maune advised that he had followed up on the original Science Textbook proposal and asked for more information regarding how the curriculum was selected. Ms. Ward wished all the teachers a Happy Teacher's Appreciation week. She also informed everyone that U.A.M.S. is offering FAST (signs of stroke) training and will come to schools.
  11. Superintendent's Comments

    • No comments.
  12. Consent Agenda

    • Ms. Gillen expressed her concerns regarding inconsistencies in Board meeting minutes.
    1. Certified Personnel
    2. Support Staff Personnel
    3. Mental Health Providers
    4. April 2018 Main Bank Reconciliation
    5. April 2018 Board Financials and AP Check Register
    6. Purchase Service Contract: World Services for the Blind (WSB)
    7. Purchase Service Contract: Elite Medical Staffing, Inc.
    8. Purchase Service Contract: Communication Plus Interpreter Services, Inc.
    9. Purchase Service Contract-Blair Therapy Services, Inc.
    10. Purchase Service: Arkansas Pediatric Facility Educational Services Tuition Agreement
    11. Purchase Service Contract: Personal Care Services/Lillie Herring, R.N.
    12. Minutes from 4-09-18 Board Meeting
    13. Minutes from 4-10-18 Board Meeting
    14. Minutes from 4-19-18 Board Meeting
    15. Minutes from 4-28-18 Board Meeting
    • Vote to approve Consent Agenda
      Motion by Shelby Thomas
      Seconded by Eli Keller
      In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:
  13. Adjournment

    • The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 p.m.
    • Vote to adjourn
      Motion by Shelby Thomas
      Seconded by Eli Keller
      In Favor: Alicia Gillen, Eli Keller, Brian Maune, Linda Remele, Shelby Thomas, Tina Ward Opposed:

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