PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations, June 12, 2012

Summary of Board Operations, June 12, 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.
June 19, 2012

New Business

  1. A.C.A. 6-14-102 request that election be conducted by absentee ballot and early voting only. There are no contested races and no other ballot issues with the exception of the local tax rate which is not being changed. Approved
June 18, 2012

New Business

  1. Network infrastructure and server. The network infrastructure will provide capacity in the warehouse for the relocation of Purchasing, Student Nutrition Services and Security departments. The consolidation of these personnel will generate future operational savings. The scope of this project includes but is not limited to cabling, switches, cabinets, phones and licensing. Also, a server is needed for the central office to increase data and file storage. The existing equipment has been out of compliance and at end of life for three years. The existing server is eight years old and has been maxed out since 2009-2010. The new server will support existing user data and files with the scalability and capability to support the district for a minimum of five years. Approved
June 15, 2012

New Business

  1. Change Order #1 reference: Baldwin and Shell Master Contract. Replace boards and subfloor with better oak to match existing floor at Fuller Middle gym. Approved
  2. Change Order #1 Multiple Locations. This change order adds parking lot asphalt overlay and striping at College Station Elementary and Cato Elementary, and drainage/flood control at College Station. Change order is within available funding allocation. Approved
  3. Robinson High School ground cover to prevent erosion. Additional ground cover necessary to stop erosion and sedimentation waterways. Approved
  4. Robinson High School Erosion Control change order to add plumbing and electrical for irrigation system. System is necessary to sustain vegetative growth to prevent erosion. Approved
June 11, 2012

Old Business

  1. Personnel. Approval of personnel recommendation submitted in order to staff the District approved allocated positions for 2012-2013. Approved
June 12, 2012

Reports

  1. Fourth Report of Scholastic Audition Action Reports

Old Business

  1. Revision of Board Policy IKA, Grading Assessment System. This will clarify guidelines to be used in computing and reporting grades to parents for each grading term. Second Reading. Approved
  2. Revision of Board Policy IKA-R, Grading Assessment System. This will clarify guidelines to be used in computing and reporting grades to parents for each grading term. Second Reading. Approved
  3. Revision of Board Policy IKAB, Report Cards/Progress Reports. This will clarify guidelines to be used in computing and reporting grades to parents for each grading term. Second Reading. Approved
  4. Revision of Board Policy KFB/KFC,R,E, Community Use of School Facilities. The deletion of fee schedule from board policy is consistent with November 2011 board approval to manage details by business procedure. Costs associated with rental of facilities far exceed what Pulaski County Special School District charges for rental. This change aligns the rental fee schedule with costs of renting facilities. A revised fee schedule will be included in the Business Procedure manual and will more closely align costs and fees. Second Reading. Approved
  5. Amendment of certified staff allocations for 2012-2013. It was recommended that the 2012-2013 certified staff allocations be amended to add an additional .5 FTE Vision Facilitator. Due to the increase in the number of students who require vision services, an additional .5 FTE Vision Facilitator is needed to meet the needs of our students. Vision services include instruction, monitoring, orientation and mobility. Approved

New Business

  1. Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) Extending Children’s Mathematics. The University of Arkansas at Little Rock/Math Science Education Partnership – Teacher Education provides training for PCSSD teachers in CGI – Years 1, 2, 3 and Extending Children’s Mathematics. The professional development training is an ongoing process. Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI math) is an approach to teaching mathematics that uses a student’s own mathematical thinking as the basis for instruction. Approved
  2. ExploreLearning Gizmos and Reflex Math. ExploreLearning will lead to improvement of teaching and learning in mathematics and science in PCSSD elementary schools. Gizmos drive conceptual understanding of math and science in grades 3 through 5. Gizmos include inquiry based lessons, assessment and reporting and are accessible from home by both teachers and students. Gizmos may be used in a computer lab, in small groups, whole groups, or interactive whiteboard. Reflex enables students to fully master their basic math facts and provides a foundation that will lead to future success in higher-level mathematics. Reflex math is accessible to students at home. Approved
  3. Proposed Budget of Expenditures Together with Tax Levy for Fiscal Year Beginning July 1, 2013, to and including June 30, 2014. A.C.A. 26-80-102 requires the Board of Education to approve a proposed budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Approved
  4. Kiwanis Activities, Inc. and Pfeifer Kiwanis Camp Contract Agreement with PCSSD. The PCSSD has been in contract with the Pfeifer Camp for over 20 years. Pfeifer Camp will provide four sessions of the ACE program during the school year. ACE is a residential, educational program for upper elementary students who are not performing as well in school as they should be. Approved
  5. Mental Health Services Agreements. State law requires school board review and approval of School-Based Behavioral Health. The mental health services providers for the 2012-2013 school year in the Pulaski County Special School District are: The Pointe Outpatient Behavioral Health Services; Families, Inc.; The P.A.T. Center; Centers for Youth and Families, Inc.; Life Strategies Counseling, Inc.; Therapeutic Family Services; Pathfinder, Inc., DaySpring Behavioral Health Services; UAMS Strive Program, and Youth Home. Approved
  6. Miscellaneous facility renovations – Fuller Middle School. Facilities are in disrepair and require immediate attention to stop leaks, fix infrastructure and improve appearance. Approved
  7. Miscellaneous facility renovations – Mills High School. Facilities are in disrepair and require immediate attention to stop leaks, fix infrastructure and improve appearance. Approved
  8. Change Order #2 – Sylvan Hills High School. Extend new flooring material into vestibule area for four restrooms. Approved

Consent Agenda

  1. Summary of District Operations for May 2012. Approved
  2. Expulsions. Approved
  3. Personnel. Approved
  4. Approval of Award of Bids.
    • BID 12-015 Upgrade Intercom Systems – Advance Cabling Systems. Approved
    • Quote VB12-005 Library/Classroom Furniture – The Outlet Store. Approved
    • Request for Sole Source Approval – Hickory Hills Quilts. Approved
    • RFP 12-015 Real Estate Broker – Flake & Kelly Commercial. Approved
    • CWI Digital Systems, Inc. (TIPS/TAPS Vendor #4111909). Approved
  5. Approval of Bills for Payment. Approved
  6. Approval of Financial Report. Approved
  7. Approval of Fiscal Distress Reporting Requirements. Approved

Hearing 1

A hearing in the matter of recommended nonrenewal of certified personnel employment contracts, pursuant to the Arkansas Teacher Fair Dismissal Act was held on June 12, 2012, beginning at 5:44 p.m., in the auditorium of Maumelle High School, 100 Victory Lane, Maumelle, Pulaski County, Arkansas. A three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers and Ken Turner conducted the hearing. 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 employees. After all testimony and review, at 9:23 p.m. the hearing panel confirmed the above mentioned proceedings were continued and to resume at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2012. This hearing was requested by a large number of certified employees in response to the non-renewal of their employment contracts. On June 19, 2012, the three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers, and Ken Turned continued the hearing. This hearing was held in the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. Counsel from the previous hearing held on July 12, 2012 remained the same. After hearing all testimony and review of evidence, the hearing panel voted unanimously that reasons one and two set forth by the superintendent for the recommended non-renewal were true, and that the superintendent’s recommendation to non-renew the contracts of certified personnel who requested the hearing should be accepted. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings.

Hearing 2

On June 14, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Mary McClendon and Ken Turner conducted a hearing requested by Jill Shannon, teacher at Robinson Middle School, to appeal the non-renewal of her contract effective July 1, 2012. This hearing was held at the July Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The reason for the actions was the result of changes in the program needs at Robinson Middle School for the 2012-13 year. 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. After all testimony and review, the hearing panel voted 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.

Hearing 3

On June 14, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Mary McClendon and Ken Turner conducted a hearing requested by Samuel Brown to appeal the non-renewal of his supplemental coaching contract effective July 1, 2012. This hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The non-renewal notice included that beginning the 2012-13 school year his supplemental contract would be reduced from Rage 13 (head basketball senior high) to Range 9 of the Supplemental Salary Schedule as head freshman girls basketball coach. Mr. Brown had been paid at the Range 13 level since 2004 because of an agreement, in letter form, written by former superintendent Dr. Don Henderson. 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. After all testimony and review of documents, the hearing panel voted to uphold the superintendent’s recommendation to place Mr. Brown on the salary schedule where his coaching position assigns him – Range 9. The panel found the letter between Mr. Brown and Dr. Henderson was an agreement made in a demotion. There was no evidence of the school board action that justified the additional pay. The panel also found that a letter from a superintendent is not a binding contract, and if it was, there was no provision in law that allows for a contract of more than three years. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings.

Hearing 4

On June 14, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Mary McClendon and Ken Turner conducted a hearing requested by Teressia Phillips, teacher at Jacksonville High School, to appeal the non-renewal of her contract effective July 1, 2012. 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. After all testimony and review of documents, the hearing panel voted 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.