PCSSD - Summary of Board Operations, September 2012

Summary of Board Operations, September 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.
September 11, 2012

Reports

  1. Annual Recruitment Report – Equity and Pupil Services
  2. 2012-2013 Student Assignment Report– 1st Semester – Equity and Pupil Services
  3. Counseling Services Report – Learning Services/Counseling Services

New Business

  1. Recommendation of Buses for Auction. This will remove buses from the fleet because of age and poor condition. The cost to maintain these buses increases each year and operational efficiencies allow PCSSD to decrease the fleet size. Approved
  2. Replace Loop Hot Water Boiler at Robinson High School. Approved
  3. Annual Discovery Education Subscription. The annual subscription to standards-aligned multi-media resources for all teachers and students, including video, audio, interactive, images, writing prompts, assessments, lesson plans, and other educational content. Approved
  4. FTE Assistant Principal for Crystal Hill Elementary School. This is due to the increase in enrollment to over 830 students. Approved
  5. Update of Read 180 and System 44 Programs at Jacksonville Middle, Sylvan Hills Middle, and Harris Elementary Schools. To update the Read 180 and System 44 programs at Jacksonville Middle School, Sylvan Hills Middle School, and Harris Elementary School. Approved
  6. Antivirus Annual Renewal Software. Enterprise wide desktop/server security and antivirus software. Approved
  7. Purchase MacBooks for College Station Elementary School Mac Lab. Approved
  8. Purchase of HP ProBook Laptop Carts for Robinson High, Robinson Middle, Jacksonville Middle, Northwood Middle, and North Pulaski High Schools. Approved
  9. Approval of Firewall Annual Renewal. Approved
  10. Arnold Drive Elementary Restroom Repair. This is to replace floors, wall surface, partition, ceiling and fixtures in four (4) group restrooms. Restrooms are in poor condition and need a major overhaul. Approved
  11. Added Position of Assistant Director: Student Nutritional Services. This position will provide expert assistance to the Director to accomplish goals needed to comply with all USDA and ADE rules and regulations. Approved.
  12. Approval of Purchasing and Warehouse Operations Reorganization (New Job Description for a Lead Warehouse Attendant and Approval of Two Additional Warehouse Attendants). Approved
  13. Athletic Expenditures for 2011-2012 and Budgeted Athletic Expenditures for 2012-2013. Approved

Consent Agenda

  1. Summary of District Operations for August 2012: August 14 and August 21. Approved
  2. Personnel. Approved
  3. Award of Bid – Bid 13-013 Ice Cream: Blue Bell Creameries. Approved
  4. Bills for Payment. Approved
  5.  Financial Report
    1.  August 2012. Approved
    2.  Updated June 2012. Approved
  6.  Fiscal Distress Reports
    1.  August 2012. Approved
    2.  Updated June 2012. Approved

Hearing

On September 7, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers and Ken Turner conducted a hearing regarding the termination of Timothy L. Minton. The reason for this action was “conduct unbecoming a professional teacher”. 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 hearing testimony from the witnesses and reviewing the documents presented, the panel, by majority vote, made specific written conclusions that each of the reasons set forth in the recommended termination by former Superintendent McGill and adopted by current Superintendent Guess were true and the panel upheld the 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.
August 14, 2012

Old Business

  1. Amendment of Certified Allocations for 2012-2013. Recommendation that the 2012-2013 certified allocations be amended to add an additional Program Administrator, Range 11, 244 days to replace two (2) RTI Coordinator positions, Range 10 192 days which will be riffed. All program administrators will be doing Response to Intervention; therefore, District does not need RTI coordinators. Approved

New Business

  1. Roof Repair at Northwood Middle School. Focused repairs necessary to stop leaks. Approved
  2. 2012-2013 Budget. Approved
  3. Application for Permit to Issue Bonds/Approval of Financial Advisory Services Agreement. Approved

Hearing

On September 27, 2012, a three-member panel consisting of Danny Knight (chair), Gloria Rogers and Ken Turner conducted a Level III grievance hearing filed by Linda Perry, a Central Office employee. Ms. Perry received a verbal warning that was documented in her personnel file from her supervisor, Dr. Robert Clowers, Executive Director of Accountability, for conduct unbecoming a professional employee. Dr. Jerry Guess, Superintendent, heard the grievance at Level II and determined there was enough evidence to support leaving the verbal warning as documented in Ms. Perry’s personnel file. This hearing was held at the Pulaski County Special School District boardroom located at 925 East Dixon Road, Little Rock, Arkansas. The district and Ms. Perry were represented by counsel. After all testimony and review of evidence, the panel voted unanimously to support the Superintendent’s decision and deny the grievance. Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Commissioner of Education, acting in the stead of a school board, sustained the panel’s findings.