PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations, October 2012

Summary of Board Operations, October 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.

Reports

Elementary Racial/Gender Composition Report—Learning Services Secondary Racial/Gender Composition Report—Learning Services Talented and Gifted Fall Enrollment Report—Learning Services 2011-2012 Desegregation Monitoring Report and 2012-2013 Monitoring Plan—Learning

New Business

The Learning Institute Service Agreement. The Learning Institute (TLI) will create, deliver, and process curriculum-aligned interim assessments, warehouse student assessment information, and provide curriculum, professional development, and technical support services to PCSSD during the 2012-2013 school year. Assessments will be created for mathematics in grades 1-8, Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry. TLI will create four reading and four writing assessments for grades 2-11. ApprovedBusiness Communications, Inc. Jacksonville High School through the SIG 1003(g) funding is in the final stages of completing the process to become a wireless campus. This is the final portion of the BCI transaction of $350,603.59 that began during FY12. The final portion to complete the BCI order is for $83,289.59. ApprovedRepair Adkins Pre-K Building Fascia and Soffit. The fascia has rust holes and peeling paint and the pre-laminated beams and soffits have evident rot. Paint will not stick to surface and replacement of the system is the only avenue to repair the damage. ApprovedReorganization. Appoint Superintendent Jerry Guess as ex officio financial secretary; Chief Financial Officer William Goff as treasurer; and Allen P. Roberts, P.A.; Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates and Woodyard; Bequette and Billingsley as General Counsel. ApprovedRecommendation of six vehicles for state auction. Maintenance needs to dispose of six existing fleet vehicles to replace units 14, 23, 34, 75, 88 and 90. Each of these units has over 200,000 miles, is over 12 years old and has had over $10,000 in repairs. At this time each unit would cost more to repair than the book value. ApprovedPurchase of six new vehicles for Maintenance Department. The Maintenance Department needs to replace Units 14, 23, 34, 75, 88 and 90. Each unit has over 200,000 miles, is over 12 years old and has over $10,000 in repairs. At this time each of these units would cost more to repair than the blue book value. ApprovedRevision of Board Policy EBCC, EBCC-R, and EBCC-R1. Second Reading. This revision will bring the board policy up to date with district practices and provide safety and consistency in all schools. ApprovedApproval of Statement of Assurance.Did not require board approval.Auction of Vehicle Unit #5. Unit #5 is a 1988 Chevrolet extended cab. It is 24 years old and has multiple mechanical issues. The repairs to have this vehicle in a safe and operational condition would cost more than the vehicle is worth. ApprovedEngagement Letter for Arbitrage Calculation. Services will consist of computing rebatable arbitrage, if any as required by Section 148(f) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended and in accordance with applicable Treasury Regulations. Approved

New Business (October 30, 2012)

Approval of the ACSIP Plans for schools, the PCSSD District ACSIP Statement of Assurances. Approved

Consent Agenda

Summary of District Operations for September, 2012: September 11 and September 28 Agendas – Approved Expulsions – Approved Personnel – Approved Bills for Payment – Approved Financial Report – Approved Fiscal Distress Reports – Approved

Hearings

(1) On October 15, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers and Brenda Dixon conducted a hearing regarding the termination of Patricia Hamilton, a substitute bus driver. The recommendation for this termination was in accordance with Ark. Code Annotated 6-17-1701, at seq. This hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. Ms. Hamilton represented herself and Mr. Paul Brewer, Chief Executive Officer/Executive Director of Human Resources, represented the District. After all testimony and review of evidence, the 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 conclusions and decision to uphold the recommendation of termination. (2) On October 15, 2012, a student expulsion was held for an eighth grade student at Sylvan Hills Middle School, who had been recommended for expulsion for the remainder of the semester. The hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The student was to be permitted to enroll in the Pulaski County Learning Center beginning second semester. The student was charged with fighting and refusing to cooperate with school staff. A three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight, Gloria Rogers and Brenda Dixon conducted the hearing. The hearing panel reviewed and considered the evidence and recommended the following: The student be permitted to attend the Learning Academy immediately with the stipulations (a) that she be provided assistance from mental health either through the district or by the mother making sure she goes to counseling, (b) that she will be on probation for one academic year, (c) that she be placed on a time and attendance plan, meaning she will not miss more than three school days in any 9-week grading period, (d) that she will be at school on time each day, (e) she must earn a passing grade in each of her subjects for the year. The student and parent will sign a contract developed by Mr. Clark, the principal of the Learning Academy, agreeing to the stipulations stated. Mr. Clark will provide Dr. Bowles, Assistant Superintendent of Equity and Pupil Services, either a written or verbal confirmation each month on the progress of the student. If the student fails to comply with any of the stated provisions of the contract for the academic year, she will be recommended for immediate expulsion for the remainder of the current academic year. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings. (3) On October 15, 2012, a student expulsion was held for a ninth grade student at Pulaski County Learning Academy, who had been recommended for expulsion for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. The hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The student was charged with writing an inflammatory letter to a teacher at the school. A three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight, Gloria Rogers and Brenda Dixon conducted the hearing. The hearing panel reviewed and considered the evidence and voted to uphold the administration’s recommendation for the expulsion of the student for the remainder of the 2012-2013. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings. (4) On October 25, 2012, a student expulsion was held for a ninth grade student at Jacksonville High School, who had been recommended for expulsion for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year. The hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The student was charged with attacking another student in class. A three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight, Gloria Rogers and Ken Turner conducted the hearing. The hearing panel reviewed and considered the evidence and voted to uphold the administration’s recommendation for the expulsion of the student for the remainder of the 2012-2013. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings.