PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations, August 2012

Summary of Board Operations, August 2012

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 in the stead of PCSSD Board of Education. 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.
August 14, 2012

Reports

2011-2012 Health Services Report – Equity and Pupil Services 2011-2012 Annual Discipline Report Summary – Equity and Pupil Services 2011-2012 Monitoring and Compliance Report – Equity and Pupil Services

New Business

  1. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) FY11 Grant. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) awarded PCSSD grant funds for three years beginning July 2011. The funds, totaling $540,000, were given to provide intensive literacy support to both Northwood Middle School and North Pulaski High School. The grant utilizes both READ 180 and System 44 curriculum programs from Scholastic, Inc. to confront the problem of adolescent illiteracy. Scholastic, Inc. will provide upgraded software from the Enterprise Edition to Next Generation. This upgrade allows for more alignment with Common Core State Standards and more opportunities for student writing. Scholastic will provide intensive, on-site coaching to teachers in the READ 180 classes along with the English/Language Arts department. As part of the upgrade, Scholastic will have technical personnel in the district to assist our technology staff with the software upgrade, licenses and servers. Cost for the upgrade to READ 180 Next Generation (for 2 school sites), technical visits and intensive coaching support is $64,974.00. This funding is included in the approved budget for year 1 (ending August 31, 2012) from the Department of Defense Education Activity FY11 grant award. Approved
  2. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) FY Grant - Support. The Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) awarded PCSSD grant funds for three years beginning July 2011. The funds, totaling $540,000, were given to provide intensive literacy support to both Northwood Middle School and North Pulaski High School. The grant utilizes both READ 180 and System 44 curriculum programs from Scholastic, Inc. to confront the problem of adolescent illiteracy. Scholastic, Inc. will provide on-site coaching support for both general education and special education teachers. They will hold 3 training days for teachers, administrators and district staff. Scholastic will examine fidelity indicators and conduct mid-year and end-of-the year growth analysis. Teachers at both school sites will have the opportunity to receive graduate level course work in literacy strategies/research based practices. Technical support plans will be in place for both schools to utilize an online interactive teaching system projected on the teacher’s SMARTboard. Cost for these services from Scholastic, Inc. is $92,555.00. This funding is included in the approved budget for year 2 (beginning September 1, 2012) from the Department of Defense Education Activity FY11 grant award. Approved
  3. Renaissance Learning, Inc. This is to provide new district-wide software subscription for Learning Services. Approved
  4. Arkansas Leadership Academy School Support. The Arkansas Leadership Academy School Support will assist Harris Elementary School (a Priority School) to plan for improved student achievement and school improvement. Some staff of the school will participate in the Arkansas Leadership Academy Institutes. A School Capacity Builder from the Arkansas Leadership Academy will work with the school to improve achievement. The following school will work with the Arkansas Leadership Academy School Support: Harris Elementary. Harris Elementary will replace Maumelle High School which was costing $42,411 which was approved by the PCSSD Board on July 10, 2012. A refund of unexpended funds for Maumelle High School in the amount of $22,546 will be provided by ALA to PCSSD. Cost for ALA School Support for Harris Elementary after applying the ALA refund of $22,546 is $45,454. Approved
  5. Proposal for Demolition of Water Tower (Robinson High School) – Deltic Timber. The water tower was abandoned over 20 years ago. The demolition is a benefit to Pulaski County Special School District and Deltic Timber. Approved

Consent Agenda

  1. Summary of District Operations for July 2012. (July 10, 2012 and July 23, 2012) Approved
  2. Personnel. Approved
  3. Award of Bids
    1. Genesis Datacom, LLC. Approved
    2. Apple, Inc. Approved
  4. Bills for Payment. Approved
  5. Financial Report. Approved
  6. Fiscal Distress Reports. Approved

Hearing

On August 23, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers and Ken Turner conducted a hearing requested by Carolyn Island, a bus driver, regarding the change of contract. This hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. Jay Bequette, Bequette and Billinglsey, P.A., was counsel on behalf of the Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD). Mark Burnette, Mitchell, Blackstock, Barnes and Snedden, was counsel on behalf of the employee. Ms. Island was notified that in accordance with the Arkansas Public School Employee Fair Hearing Act. Ark. Code. 6-17-1701, et seq., that beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, the amount of her contract for the Auto Tech off-route miles would be changed from $9.00 per trip ($18.00 round trip) to $6.50 per trip ($13.00 round trip). The reason for this action was the pay for Auto Tech off-route miles is being aligned with ROTC and Culinary Arts off-route miles. After all testimony and review, the hearing panel voted unanimously to uphold the superintendent’s recommendation. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings.
August 21, 2012

New Business

  1. Restroom(s) Repair at Sylvan Hills High School – Harco Constructors, LLC. To replace rotten cabinets, rusted fixtures and rusted stalls from bad water damage caused by leaking ceiling. To repair roof and structural issues on walls and supports. Approved
  2. Athletic Activity Insurance. This will provide insurance coverage for student athletes and activity groups. Approved
  3. School Improvement Grant for Jacksonville High School. {SIG 1003(g)} The Arkansas Department of Education awarded PCSSD’s Jacksonville High School grant funds for three years beginning June 2011. The funds, totaling $6,000,000, were given to provide intensive literacy and math support through technology to Jacksonville High School. The grant utilizes both READ 180 and System 44 curriculum programs from Scholastic, Inc. to confront the problem of adolescent illiteracy. Scholastic, Inc. will provide upgraded software from the Enterprise Edition to Next Generation. This upgrade allows for more alignment with Common Core State Standards and more opportunities for student writing. Scholastic will provide intensive, on-site coaching to teachers in the READ 180 classes along with the English/Language Arts department. As part of the upgrade, Scholastic will have technical personnel in the district to assist our technology staff with the software upgrade, licenses and servers. Cost for the upgrade to READ 180 Next Generation, technical visits and intensive coaching support is $44,635.00. This funding is included in the approved budget for year 2 (ending June 30, 2013) from the Arkansas Department of Education School Improvement Grant 1003(g), under Title I. Approved
  4. PlascoTrac System. Jacksonville High School wishes to purchase a PlascoTrac system to keep track of tardiness as well as In School Suspension. The system will help the school in the following areas:
    • Consistency with discipline policy
    • Build accountability
    • Bell to bell teaching
    • Clear hallways
    • Positive reinforcement
    • Positive change in school culture and climate
    Approved
  5. iPad Learning Labs. Jacksonville High School wishes to purchase two additional iPad carts with 30 iPads in each cart. Two 13” MacBook computers will be purchased to use with each cart. iPads will be used in the classroom as a learning tool to provide interaction for students and teachers in a technology enhanced environment. Approved
  6. Safari Montage System. Jacksonville High School wishes to purchase the Safari Montage system to showcase student achievement and school highlights. Approved
  7. Wireless Generation Mclass and Burst: Reading. mClass: Next Generation - It is our intent to greatly affect diverse student learning needs, by connecting formative assessment data with sophisticated, skills-based grouping and high-quality curricula. Burst:Reading provides K-3 teachers with detailed, 10-day sequences of intervention throughout the year, aligned with their students’ specific literacy needs. Teachers bring the lessons to life using innovative materials and their unique ability to engage and inspire their students. The mCLASS®:Math assessment offers an all-in-one, research based solution which includes: efficient screening measures of skill proficiency, diagnostic interviews for probing students’ mathematical thinking, and progress monitoring tools. With extensive instructional guidance based on results and ongoing professional development for teachers, it is the most complete and useful solution for assessing and teaching math in grades K-3. Approved

Consent Agenda

Personnel. Approved