PCSSD - Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: Dec. 17, 2013

Certified Personnel Policy Committee Minutes: Dec. 17, 2013

Superintendent’s Board Room
Present: Chairperson Pam Fitzgiven, Robert Austin, Joyce Bender, Judy Stockrahm, Janice Warren, Jackie Smith, and Dr. Guess

I. Call to Order: 4:48 p.m. 

II. Approval of Minutes and Agenda:

  1. Austin moved to accept December 17 agenda. Warren seconded. Motion carried.
  2. Austin moved to accept November 12, 2013 minutes with a correction in spelling of “rationale”. Bender seconded. Motion carried.
  3. Bender moved to accept November 20, 2013 minutes. Austin seconded. Motion carried.

III. Adult bullying:

Fitzgiven distributed a copy of Senate Bill 892, House Bill 2000—now AR laws, and referenced our student handbook’s definition of “bullying” (as seen on inside of back cover) and suggested the language between the bills and handbook be merged to address adult bullying in our District. She stressed the importance of having specific language in our policies that addresses adult bullying. After some discussion, a motion was made to address language in January at our regular PPC meeting. IV. Collegial Respect: Fitzgiven shared an example and stressed that no one should experience this. She recommended we bring back information in January, to write language for this. Warren stated that we should have succinct language that puts us all on the same page. A motion was made to address language in January at our regular PPC meeting.

Motion: In January, we will write language addressing collegial respect and adult bullying to be added to the policies. Motion made by Ingram. Austin seconded. Motion carried.
Yes Votes: Austin, Bender, Fitzgiven, Ingram, Smith, Stockrahm, Warren
No Votes: None
Not Voting: None

V. Protocol:

Austin pointed out that protocol is vague and confusing. He stressed that there is no clear definition of when Central Office can be notified of excessive student absences. He adds that Mills High has been told not to address Central Office but to go through the principal first. Warren stated that there is a chain of command to follow:

  1. Principal
  2. Elementary: Warren; Secondary: Tackett
  3. Deputy Superintendent
  4. Superintendent.

Fitzgiven asked, “What if the employee doesn’t feel comfortable going to the principal first, can they then go to Tackett or you Warren without suffering disciplinary action?” Warren stated that the person can go to them, but pointed out that disciplinary action can take place if it is a repeated offense of not following protocol-- it would be considered insubordination.

VI. No Credit:

Austin shared that there is not a student no-credit list and that Dr. Perkins indicated he should bring the issue to the PPC. Austin shared with the Committee Perkins’ comments to him, that a no-credit list isn’t necessary since a student with excessive absences would be failing anyway. He also pointed out that Mills is not in compliance with the law by distributing copies of the law and referring to the Student Handbook in regard to a no credit list and grades. Warren stated that she would address the issue personally with Tackett so that this issue can be resolved. Austin stated one possible solution to this would be for Tackett to request a copy of the student no-credit lists for all high schools.

Dr. Guess asked to address the Committee before adjournment. Fitzgiven granted his request.
Dr. Guess discussed the email he sent out today regarding desegregation. He stated that facilities and monitoring are together, “We are pleased with where we are. We are asking for a stipulation with the Joshua Interveners. We are asking a magistrate to tell us what we need to do for Special Education. We need to continue working on scholarships. Our goal is Unitary Status.” And with this Guess stated he would like to see us have neighborhood schools again.

VII. Adjournment: 5:42 p.m.

Minutes submitted by: Judy Stockrahm, M.Ed., Certified PPC Secretary