PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations July 2011

Summary of Board Operations July 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.


Minutes of June 13 emergency board meeting and June 14 regular board meeting. Approved


  1. 2010-2011 Division of Equity and Pupil Services Monitoring Compliance Report. Approved
  2. 2010-2011 Division of Equity and Pupil Services Annual Discipline Report Summary. Approved

Old Business

Revision of 2011-2012 Calendar: The 2011-2012 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. Due to Advanced Placement testing the week of May 14, 2012, the staff development day originally scheduled on May 14, 2012, needed to be moved to February 13, 2012. Approved

New Business

  1. Carpet Installation in Fuller Media Center: This carpet was replaced due to a leak in the media center. The installation of this carpet was part of the renovation at Fuller to recruit and retain students in the TAG Specialty Program which is a program used to desegregate the schools in the southeast quadrant. The funding source was from Desegregation Funds with cost of $8,826.49. Approved
  2. Cancellation of Expansion of Read 180: The decision to not expand the Read 180 program is due to the District being in fiscal distress and to expand the Read 180 program would cost an additional $500,000. Approved
  3. Appointment of Disbursing Officer: Anita Farver, CFO, was appointed disbursing officer for the District. Arkansas Law requires the District to designate a disbursing officer. Phyllis Stewart served in that capacity temporally following the state taking control of the District. Approved
  4. Meal Price Increase: In an effort to bring food service costs in line with revenue, the price of all meals was increased by $0.10. Approved
  5. Relocation of STAR Program: In order to reduce District operating costs, the STAR Program was relocated to the Jacksonville High School campus. Students in the program will operate on a different schedule from other high school students. No transportation will be provided. The cost of savings will be approximately $300,000. Approved
  6. Ingenuity Grant(s) awarded to College Station Elementary School: This grant will assist in providing students with science experience through the Quirkies Science and Literacy Program designed to make science hands-on and interactive. Recommendation was made to approve the awarding of the Ingenuity Grant(s) and authorize the Chief Financial Officer to amend the current budge to add the new grant funds to the budget. Approved
  7. Approval of former Superintendent James Sharpe Settlement: Approved
  8. Approval of Board Policy, IHBSA, Service Animals in District Facilities: Approved
  9. Fuller Middle School Exterior Repairs & Painting: $175,000.00 cost out of desegregation funding to complete following work: add awning to entryway to keep patrons out of rain, add concrete entry and accessible ramp to front and fix emergency vehicle access in front of building, paint cafeteria, hallways and renovate all bathrooms, fix flooring, ceiling asbestos and partitions. Approved
  10. Sylvan Hills High School Interior Painting & Bathroom Renovations: $395,000.00 cost out of desegregation funding to complete following work: paint cafeteria, hallways and renovate all bathrooms, fix flooring, ceiling asbestos, and partitions. Approved
  11. District Calendars and Handbooks / Resolution: This was a onetime fee of less than $1,500.00 to design calendar for distribution to 17,500 students since the District does not have a designer on staff. Approved
  12. Video Services for Star Academy / Resolution: The District does not have a videographer on staff and a promotional video for Star Academy was necessary. The cost was $1,500.00. Approved

Consent Agenda

  1. Expulsions: Approved
  2. Personnel : Approved
  3. Award of Bids: Approved
    • SB-1101 Carpeting – Fuller Media Center/Floor Coverings of AR
    • VB-1107 Trailer Gas Jet Cleaning System/Falk Plumbing
    • VB-1105 Student Handbooks/Sherwood Printing
  4. Approval of bills for payment: Not included for June 2011
  5. Approval of financials: Not included for June 2011