PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations, May 8, 2012

Summary of Board Operations, May 8, 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.

Old Business

  1. Revised Board Policy JE-R, Student Attendance. ADE Standards Assurance has requested that we include an exception for those students with IEPs and 504 plans in our revised Attendance Policy (per Commissioner’s Memo COM-12-013, dated 09.08.2011 and Standards Review Team, ADE). Approved
  2. Amend Board Policy DGA to authorize Electronic Transfer of Funds. As suggested by Commissioner’s Memo COM-12-036, provide authorization for the Electronic Transfer of Funds in compliance with Arkansas Code Annotated § 6-13-701 (e) (1) as amended by Act 989 of 2011. Second Reading. Approved
  3. Revision of Board Policy EF, Food Services. To bring board policy up to date with district practices which are USDA standards. All schools (not just Elementary) will meet all state and federal requirements necessary for participation in state and federal programs. Second Reading. Approved
  4. Revision of Board Policy EFC, Free and Reduced Price Food Services. To bring board policy up to date with district practices which are USDA standards. All schools (not just Elementary) will meet all state and federal requirements necessary for participation in state and federal programs. Second Reading. Approved
  5. Revision of Board Policy JLCF-E, Student Health Form. This is to update and revise into a more user-friendly format and to include State mandated information. Second Reading. Approved

Old Business - 5.23.12

  1. Amendment of Support Staff Allocations for 2011-2012. It is recommended that the 2011-2012 support staff allocations be amended to add an additional Bookkeeper/Accounts Payable position and freeze the Coordinator of Accounting and Auditing position vacated by the resignation of Leah Geary on May 18, 2012. Interviews were held on May 8, 2012, to fill the Bookkeeper/Accounts Payable vacancy created by the resignation of Lisa Hambrick in December, 2011. The additional Bookkeeper/Accounts Payable person would be hired from those interviews which would allow us to adequately staff the Accounts Payable Department immediately. The end of the fiscal year is an extraordinarily busy time for this department and we must take immediate steps to ensure that it is adequately staffed. Approved
  2. Amendment of Support Staff Allocations for 2012-2013. It is recommended that the 2012-2013 support staff allocations be amended to upgrade the Student Nutrition Technician, Grade 36 Support Staff Hourly Salary Schedule, to Student Nutritional Coordinator, Range 9 Support Staff PTS Salary Schedule. With the current meal pattern changing to the final regulations for the new meal patterns that must be implemented by 7/1/12, it is imperative the District has a person with a strong background in nutritional knowledge and expertise to take the responsibility for menu planning. Preferably this person would have a strong food production background to complement the nutrition expertise. The market rate for such an entry level individual would be a minimum of $50,000 and up; however, a very experienced person with food production or management level experience of this background may be in a salary range of $75,000 and up if we hired from the outside. By upgrading a current employee, Mr. Walker’s salary would be $40,982.24. Approved

New Business

  1. Revised 2012-2013 School Calendar. The 2012-2013 school calendar was revised to incorporate the change in teacher contract days from 192 to 190 days. Approved
  2. Lawnmowers for high school athletic departments to mow ball fields. The equipment currently used by the athletic departments is old and does not work well or is their own personal equipment. Cost $47,057.64 (Coca Cola Donation Fund). Approved
  3. PCSSD miscellaneous facility renovations: College Station Elementary, Landmark Elementary, Robinson Middle, Robinson High, Sylvan Hills Elementary and Sylvan Hills High. The facilities are in disrepair and require immediate attention to stop leaks, fix infrastructure and improve appearance. Approved
  4. 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. First Reading. No action required.
  5. 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. First Reading. No action required.
  6. 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. First Reading. No action required.
  7. PCSSD miscellaneous facility renovations: Harris Elementary, Murrell Taylor Elementary, Tolleson Elementary, North Pulaski High, Northwood Middle, Jacksonville Middle and Jacksonville High. The facilities are in disrepair and require immediate attention to stop leaks, fix infrastructure and improve appearance. Approved
  8. 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. First Reading. No action required.
  9. Computers. Purchase 200 additional PCs to complete the district-wide refresh/replacement. Cost $140,000.00 (Technology millage). Approved

New Business - 5.23.12

  1. Wireless Infrastructure for Jacksonville Middle School. This is to replace and upgrade Network equipment to support wireless infrastructure in support of teaching and learning. Approved

New Business - 6.4.12

  1. Approval and adoption of the Resolution regarding election zones. The 2010 decennial census has revealed that the current Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) Board of Directors election zones do not reflect the level of population balance required by the “one person, one vote” principle of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States constitution. Upon approval and adoption, the Resolution identifies the election zone shown in alternative 4a as the zones from which new members will be elected when the state takeover is terminated and school board elections resume. The new zone map and associated demographic information will be submitted to the Pulaski County Election of Directors so that the eventual election for PCSSD Board of Directors, and all subsequent elections until those following the 2020 census will be conducted using the rebalanced election zones shown in alternative 4a. Approved

Consent Agenda

  1. Summary of District Operations for May 2012. Approved
  2. Expulsions. Approved
  3. Personnel. Approved
    • May 16: Directors of Elementary and Secondary Education. Approved
    • May 23: Four Elementary Principals. Approved
    • May 25: Principal at Harris Elementary School. Approved
  4. Approval of Award of Bids. Approved
  5. Approval of Bills for Payment. Approved
  6. Approval of Financial Report. Approved
  7. Approval of Fiscal Distress Reporting Requirements. Approved

Hearing 1

On May 7, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers and Ken Turner conducted a hearing regarding the termination of Vincent Jackson, lead custodian at College Station Elementary. The meeting was held in the Pulaski County Special School District Administration Boardroom at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Jackson was charged with conduct unbecoming an employee. After all testimony and review of the documents, the hearing panel voted to uphold the superintendent’s recommendation for the termination. As Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, Dr. Tom Kimbrell sustained the panel’s findings.

Hearing 2

On May 10, 2012, a two-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair) and Gloria Rogers conducted a hearing regarding the termination of Carlton Allen, a warehouse attendant/food products delivery for the PCSSD. The meeting was held in the Pulaski County Special School District Administration Boardroom at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. Mr. Allen was charged with conduct unbecoming an employee. After all testimony and review of documents, the hearing panel voted to modify the superintendent’s recommendation for the termination of Mr. Allen as follows: Mr. Allen will be suspended for 30 days without pay. He will be re-tested following the suspension, and can return to work at that time if he successfully passes the drug test. Thereafter, he will be re-tested every 90 days. He will also be subject to random drug testing as per the District’s policy. If he tests positive at any time, he will resign from employment with the District. Mr. Allen will sign an acknowledgement indicating he has received notice of the District’s current drug testing policy, as well as the disciplinary action taken by the Board. As Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, Dr. Tom Kimbrell sustained the panel’s findings on each charge.