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.
- Talented and Gifted Fall Enrollment Report – Laura Shirley, Director of Talented and Gifted Program(s)
- Revision of Board Policy JIC-E, Student Conduct – Second Reading. Approved
- Amendment to Board Policy IKA, IKA-R, Grading Assessment System – Second Reading. Approved
- Amendment to Board Policy IKF, Graduation Requirements – Second Reading. Approved
- Employee Benefits. The District reached an agreement with the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers and the Pulaski Association of Support Staff employees changing the way employee benefits are handled in the District effective April 1, 2012. This change will be a cost saving measure for the District. Approved
- Additional Money for Employees. The District reached an agreement with the Pulaski Association of Classroom Teachers and the Pulaski Association of Support Staff employees that there would be no additional money given to employees of the District for the 2011-2012 school year. Approved
- Employee Disclosure Statements. Approved
- 2012-2013 District’s School Calendar. The 2012-2013 school calendar was developed in cooperation with the Little Rock and North Little Rock School Districts in an effort to implement a coordinated calendar for student contact days, holidays and vacations. Approved
- Auction of Items from Jacksonville Elementary School. This would generate funds by auctioning off items from the closed school (Jacksonville Elementary) and clean out the school for potential sale. Approved
- Sylvan Hills High School Restoration Renovations: Change Order No. 1 – Harco Constructors. The old plumbing line design had the manifold drain intersecting the sewage trunk at an elevation that was too high for new fixtures to function. The wall had to be removed and a new drain line had to be run. Cost $9,137.70. Approved
- Bill Clinton Elementary School Roof System Replacement: Change Order No. 2. This will provide a new intercom cabinet (72 station capacity) for the school. The price for the intercom cabinet including installation is $11,018. The funds for this change order are being taken out of the contingency funds on this project so there is no change in the contract sum. This will fix the communications issue for the school. Approved
- Summary of Districts Operations for December 2011: Approved
- Expulsions: Approved
- Personnel: Approved
- Approval of Award of Bids: Approved
- Bid 12-011 Band Uniforms (NPHS) – (Rebid) – Frauhauf Uniforms - $40,069.84
- Bid 12-012 Purchase of Used Dump Truck – Inmon Truck Sales - $68,000.00
- Approval of Bills for Payment: Approved
- Approval of Financial Report: Approved
- Approval of Fiscal Distress Reporting Requirements: Approved
On December 14, 2011, beginning at 1:25 p.m. in the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight, Chair, Mary McClendon and Ken Turner conducted a student hearing at the request of the student’s parents/guardians to appeal the hearing officer’s recommendation.
On November 18, 2001, a ninth grade student at Mills High School was recommended for expulsion for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year. The student was charged with striking a teacher in violation of Rules 404 (assault and battery), 307 (disorderly conduct) and 102 (defiant behavior) of the Pulaski County Special School District student handbook. Present at the hearing were: Judy Wilber, General Counsel; Dr. Brenda Bowles, Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Pupil Service; Dr. Veronica Perkins, Principal at Mills High School; Jackie Calhoun, Assistant Principal at Mills High School, Latasha Johnson, Therapist; Duane Clayton, Dean of Students: Howard Cameron, Teacher; Mr. Merriweather, Security; and mother of the student. The hearing panel reviewed and considered the evidence and upheld the recommendation for the expulsion of the student for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year.
Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings.