PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations August 2011

Summary of Board Operations August 2011

On June 20, 2011 the Arkansas Department of Education removed the Pulaski County School Board of Education and Superintendent, Dr. Charles L. Hopson and took control of the District.  Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education, will serve as the PCSSD Board of Director.  Former Superintendent Bobby Lester and Phyllis Stewart, ADE, were appointed as liaisons for the District by the Department of Education. Dr. Jerry D. Guess was selected as the Superintendent of the Pulaski County Special School District, effective July 1, 2011.  The following summary of PCSSD Operations were recommended by Superintendent Guess and approved by Dr. Kimbrell.

Reports:

  1. 2010-2011 Division of Equity and Pupil Services Health Services Report. Approved

New Business

  1. Change in annuity plan for former Superintendent Charles Hopson: The annuity language in Dr. Hopson’s employment contract called for the employer contribution to be made to a 403(b) annuity plan; the 403(b) plan does not provide for employer contributions. A written agreement was necessary to re-direct those employer dollars to a 401(a) plan. A After the Letter Agreement was signed by all parties, the $10,000 contribution from the District will be placed in an existing account with VALIC on behalf of Dr. Hopson. Dr. Hopson is agreeable to the change. Approved
  2. Purchase of volleyball equipment for Maumelle High School: Bison VB system and Bison VB judges stands for holding of net and stands for judges. Approved
  3. Purchase of 9th grade girls basketball uniforms for Maumelle High School: Approved
  4. Purchase of 9th grade boys basketball uniforms for Maumelle High School: Approved
  5. Purchase of Sr. High and JV Girls basketball uniforms for Maumelle High School: Approved
  6. Purchase of Sr. High and JV Boys basketball uniforms for Maumelle High School: Approved
  7. Purchase of Sr. Girls High School basketball uniforms for Maumelle High School: Approved
  8. Purchase of cheer uniforms for Maumelle High School: Approved
  9. Purchase of wrestling mat for Maumelle High School: Approved
  10. Resolution that no polling places be opened for the September election: The rationale was that the Board (Dr. Tom Kimbrell) adopt a resolution that no polling places be opened for the September election and that the election be conducted by absentee ballot and early voting.
  11. Consultant Contract for Bobby Lester: The consultant, Bobby Lester, will devote best efforts to such position as consultant and an independent contractor to the District and will perform such duties and furnish advice and assistance to the District as requested by the Superintendent regarding the general business and operation of the District. The consultant would be on “as needed basis” at $100.00 per hour. Approved
  12. Consultant Contract for Donald M. Stewart: The consultant, Donald M. Stewart, will devote best efforts to such position as consultant and an independent contractor to the District and will perform such duties and furnish advice and assistance to the District as requested by the Superintendent regarding the general business and operation of the District. The consultant would be on “as needed basis” at $100.00 per hour. Approved
  13. Employment Agreement Contract for Charles D. Knight to serve as Chairman on the hearing panel effective July 1, 2011: The employee agrees to work for the District to serve as Chairperson of the impartial hearing panel appointed by the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education for the purpose of hearing matters that involve the District, including but not limited to student disciplinary appeals and employee hearings and grievances. Employee will hear the evidence, make findings of fact and recommendations, and transmit the same in writing to Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education for consideration in making a final decision. The employee would be paid $75.00 per hour. Approved
  14. Employment Agreement Contract for Mary A. McClendon to serve on the hearing panel effective July 26, 2011: The employee agrees to work for the District to serve as a member of the impartial hearing panel appointed by the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education for the purpose of hearing matters that involve the District, including but not limited to student disciplinary appeals and employee hearings and grievances. Employee will hear the evidence, make findings of fact and recommendations, and transmit the same in writing to Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education for consideration in making a final decision. The employee would be paid $60.00 per hour. Approved
  15. Employment Agreement Contract for Kenneth Turner to serve on the hearing panel effective July 25, 2011: The employee agrees to work for the District to serve as a member of the impartial hearing panel appointed by the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education for the purpose of hearing matters that involve the District, including but not limited to student disciplinary appeals and employee hearings and grievances. Employee will hear the evidence, make findings of fact and recommendations, and transmit the same in writing to Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education for consideration in making a final decision. The employee would be paid $60.00 per hour. Approved
  16. Revision of Board Policy GBEC(D), GBEC(D)-R, and GBEC(D)-E – Staff Health and Safety, Drug and Alcohol Testing: Currently the only employees tested for drugs and alcohol are security guards, bus drivers, any employee required to transport students by school bus and employees required to maintain a commercial driver’s license. It is recommended that all employees who drive a vehicle owned or leased by the District or who receive compensation from the District for driving a vehicle should be included in the drug and alcohol testing policy. Approved

Consent Agenda

  1. Summary of Districts Operations for July 2011. Approved
  2. Personnel : Approved
  3. Award of Bids: Approved
    • Milk for 2011-12 School Year will be purchased from OSP Contract – Coleman Dairy
    • RFP 11-025 Non-Carbonated Beverages – Awarded Pepsi
    • Bid 11-027 Chips – US Food Service
    • Bid 11-024 Kitchen Utensils and Supplies – Awarded to low bid meeting spec
  4. Approval of bills for payment: Not included for June 2011
  5. Approval of financials: Not included for June 2011