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LINCOLN CONSOLIDATED SCHOOLS BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING NOVEMBER 24, 2008 Place: Childs Elementary Cafeteria Time: 7:00 p.m. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT Kimberly A. Samuelson, President Gregory J. Gurka, Vice President James R. Paschal, Secretary* Kenneth D. Goetz, Treasurer Jeremy C. Keeney, Trustee Jennifer LaBombarbe, Trustee Jan S. Upston, Trustee *Arrived at 7:10 p.m. ADMINISTRATORS PRESENT Lynn Cleary, Superintendent Sylvester Rowan, Executive Director for Human Resources Cathy Secor, Director of Business Services Vicki Coury, Technology Supervisor John McGehee, High School Principal John Dignan, High School Assistant Principal OTHERS PRESENT Samatha Hyder, Genevieve Cobbs, David Jenvy, Aaron Riser, Hannah Elliott, Ava Myles, Aviva Neff, Heather Neff, Liz Williamson, Shelby Carpenter, Ibi Akinbola, Opeyemi Akinbola, Kim Phelps, Robin Moore, Lloyd Ingram, Ian Dunlop, Kay Dunlop, Sharon Miller, Mildred Williams-NAACP, Beth Boyle, Richard Oliver, Cheryl McKenzie, Janet Bell, Christine Chie, Joanne Proudman, Dennis Villegas, Maria Tapia-Villegas, Tanya Mitchell, D. Russell, Craig Brann, Chrysann McGregor, Greg Brown, Laurie Price, Edgar Brown, Donna Moffett, Loverta Chamberlain, Patricia Miller, Tracy Gamboe, Don Gamboe, Darrol Mackay, Karen & Roger Facer, Katie Moffett, Emily Cobb, Leslie Wallen, Sherry Smith, Karen Cook, Barb Clock, Elke Tucker, Marcia Cannon, Isobel Guck, Gretchen Guck, Tiffany Gillespie, Elizabeth Gillespie, Dawn Gillespie, Roxanne Mayville, Scott Opfermann, Chad Opfermann, Deb Ross, Darlene Bush, Kerri Reuter, Jim Harless, Kelli Ann Hume, Emily Gilstorff, Patrick Mackay, Carolyn Rushing, Leslie Schwegler, Cheryl Waldenmyer, Jackie Shock, Sandy Janowiak, Michelle Maskill, Hunter Wiles, Alexandria Sprout, Geri McClure, Julie Hyder, Lauren Neumann, Michael Vargo, Katie Vargo, Dianne Vargo, Maria Heningburg, Tim Riser, Kim Porter, Mary Tornquist, Linda Soper, Kimm Kenney, Deisha Myles, Maggie Mitchell, Amy Getz, Monica Getz, Jennifer Czachorski, Dorcas Aduroja, Bola Aduroja, Jessica Bible Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 2 1.0 CALL TO ORDER Mrs. Samuelson called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. 2.0 ROLL CALL Roll call showed all Board members present, with the exception of Jim Paschal, who arrived at 7:10 p.m. 3.0 ESTABLISHMENT OF QUORUM A quorum was established. 4.0 PLEDGE TO FLAG The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by Board and audience members. 5.0 ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Gurka that we accept the agenda as presented. Ayes: 6 Nays: 0 Motion carried 6.0 PRESENTATIONS 6.1 Human Resources Presentation Mr. Rowan offered a PowerPoint presentation outlining the role of the Human Resources Department. *Mr. Paschal arrived at 7:10 p.m. Mr. Goetz requested additional data regarding legal issues and claims, specifically volume as compared to prior years. Additional discussion of the evaluation process and timeline followed. Ms. Cleary advised an update on evaluations would be reported at the end of the school year. 6.2 Special Education Presentation Mrs. Burkett gave an overview of the Special Education Department, including performance to state indicators and board goals, enrollment, MME scores, and the new student support structure implemented as a result of the revised graduation requirements for students with disabilities. Discussion followed. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 3 6.3 Peer to Peer Presentation Lincoln staff Greg Brown, Chrysann McGregor, and Jessica Bible presented details of Peers Achieving Lifelong Success (PALS), a program that teaches students about children with disabilities. Mr. Goetz requested a follow-up presentation later in the school year. Ms. Cleary suggested that one of the PALS mentors participate in the follow-up presentation. 7.0 SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF REPORTS/CORRESPONDENCE 7.1 Superintendent's Report Ms. Cleary: thanked Ms. Shinavier, Mr. Nuzzo, and Mr. McGehee for attending the South Arbor high school recruiting night; reported she and several Lincoln administrators and faculty members will be presenting at EMU regarding Project Lead the Way on Tuesday; and clarified her recommendation to reduce the assistant band director position, stating only the classroom portion of the position has been eliminated, not the Schedule B funding for additional activities such as band camp, parades, etc. She encouraged audience and staff to contact legislators to express concern and solicit their help with school funding. 7.2 Executive Director for Human Resources’ Report No report. 7.3 Director of Business Services' Report 7.3.1 October 2008 Student Enrollment Report 7.3.2 October 2008 Food Service Report Board members were provided with the October 2008 Student Enrollment and Food Service Reports. Mrs. Secor noted the increase of 41 students over the September enrollment report, stating they would be included in the blended count later in school year. Mrs. Secor also referred to the expense portion of the October Financial Report, stating the increased expenses over theprevious year were a result of three payrolls occurring in the month of October 2008. 8.0 PUBLIC COMMENTS Michelle Maskill expressed support for the band program. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 4 Sandy Janowiak thanked the Board and Superintendent for making the difficult choices. She further acknowledged their efforts to generate additional revenue with new initiatives such as ECA, MIAT, etc. Mildred Williams requested a response to her letter presented in September relative to the high school principal position. Ms. Cleary advised the letter was returned undeliverable. Kelly Hume expressed support for the band program and concern over the misinformation surrounding the recommendation. Dorcas Aduroja encouraged thorough research of all budget reduction recommendations prior to presenting for Board action. Amy Getz voiced support for the band program. Robin Moore asked whether suggestions have been offered for continuing the quality of the current band program if the second band director is cut. Ms. Cleary encouraged her to contact her Tuesday morning. Kerri Reuter expressed support for the position staffed by Tracy Gamboe. Heather Neff expressed support for the band program. Spencer Danehy urged the Board to reconsider eliminating the assistant band director position. Aviva Neff expressed support for the band program. Jennifer Czachorski invited audience members to join the newly-formed grant writing committee, whose purpose is to generate additional funding to support district programs. 9.0 BOARD REPORTS/CORRESPONDENCE 9.1 Board Executive Committee Report Chair Samuelson reported the Board Executive Committee met on November 17. 9.2 Board Planning Committee Report Chair Goetz reported on the items of discussion at the November 24 meeting of the Board Planning Committee, which included the focus areas of the Planning Committee, policy update requirements, and areas of importance not covered by district goals. He asked Board members to contact him or any committee member with input on proposed or revised policies or areas outside of the five district goals. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 5 9.3 Board Performance Committee Report Chair Paschal advised he anticipates the Board Performance Committee will meet next week. 9.4 Reports/Correspondence Mrs. Samuelson acknowledged and congratulated high school student Shelby Carpenter for being chosen to represent Ypsilanti in the Michigan Junior Miss Scholarship Program. Mr. Keeney advised the topic of discussion at the upcoming WASB Roundtable will be lobbying. Mrs. Samuelson reported that she and Mr. Gurka met with Board members of the Ypsilanti and Willow Run districts to discuss how the three districts might consolidate services. 10.0 NEW BUSINESS 10.1 LEA Tentative Agreement Board members were provided with the terms of a tentative agreement with the LEA as follows: 2008-2009 • 0% Increase • MESSA Health Care 10/20 with no additional reimbursement effective December 31, 2008 2009-2010 • Wage Opener 2010-2011 • Wage Opener Contract language that has tentatively been approved includes the following: • Exchange a sick day for additional personal day • Access to all relevant curriculum materials • Special pay plan for severance/retirement payouts • One staff meeting per quarter for grade-level meetings • Balanced class language clarification • Language clean-up for homebound/homebased teacher pay • Split class language to work cooperatively • Notification if additional time is needed for counselors to work • Accountability for absences on professional development days • Department input on teaching assignments at high school • Timely notification if pay is adjusted up or down Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 6 It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Keeney that we approve the 2008- 2011 tentative agreement with the Lincoln Education Association as recommended. Ms. Cleary acknowledged and thanked LEA membership for considering the financial difficulties of the district during the negotiation process. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 10.2 Childs Sign Proposal Board members were provided with a proposal from the Childs PTO to re-face the existing sign with one that can be used for announcements. Discussion followed. Board action was deferred to a subsequent meeting. 10.3 Childs Transportation 2009-2010 Ms. Cleary requested Board discussion regarding the possibility of eliminating transportation to Childs beginning next year since Bemis Road is now paved. She advised the approximate cost for maintaining transportation is $42K for employee costs only. She acknowledged it would be necessary to increase the number of crossing guards on Bemis Road and within the neighborhoods, possibly utilizing grant funds. Further, students attending Childs through the lotto would be given the option of transferring to campus or providing their own transportation. Mr. Goetz reiterated prior concerns and considerations that must be addressed before transportation is eliminated. Mrs. Upston requested information on the anticipated cost for crossing guards. Mr. Paschal suggested additional consideration of walking route maintenance and the liability to the district. Ms. Cleary advised she would discuss these items when she next meets with Childs parents. There was consensus to authorize further investigation. Board members were asked to contact Ms. Cleary with questions. 10.4 Childs Security Cameras Board members were provided with a quote from IDN Hardware Sales in the amount of $11,800 for the purchase of security cameras at Childs Elementary utilizing bond funds. Ms. Cleary additionally recommended approval of the alternate, which would allow for future expansion in the interior of the building. She advised the system is currently used at the middle school and there are no monitoring fees. Discussion followed. Board action was deferred to a subsequent meeting. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 7 10.5 High School Security Cameras Ms. Cleary referred to prior Board discussion relative to security cameras at the high school. She suggested the purchase of a system similar to the one at Childs and the middle school that would require no monthly fees for monitoring. She further advised that the Board previously designated bond funds for this purpose; however, bids were never presented for approval. Mrs. Samuelson advised Board action will be requested at a subsequent meeting. 11.0 OLD BUSINESS 11.1 Minutes of Previous Meetings 11.1.1 November 10, 2008 Board Meeting 11.1.2 November 10, 2008 Closed Session Board members were provided with the minutes of the November 10, 2008 Board meeting and closed session. It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Gurka that we approve the minutes of the November 10, 2008 Board meeting and closed session as presented. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.2 Drama Department Trip Proposal Board members were provided with a proposal for drama students to attend the Mid-Michigan Theatre Festival at the November 10, 2008 Board meeting. It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Goetz that we approve the trip proposal for drama students to attend the Mid-Michigan Theatre Festival in January as presented. Mr. McGehee offered support for the trip in the absence of trip sponsors. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 8 11.3 Co-Op Hockey Board members were provided with a proposal to form a co-op hockey team with Milan Schools for the 2009 season at the November 10, 2008 Board meeting. It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Goetz that we approve the proposal to form a co-op hockey team with Milan Schools for the 2009 season as recommended. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.4 Bond Expenditures 11.4.1 Whiteboards Board members were provided with a recommendation to purchase 48 4’ X 8’ magnetic whiteboards for Brick Elementary at the November 10, 2008 meeting. It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Goetz that we utilize bond funds to purchase 48 4’ X 8’ magnetic whiteboards for Brick Elementary in the amount of $10,488 as recommended. Ms. Cleary confirmed the expense will be taken from bond funds. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.4.2 Audio Enhancement Systems Board members were provided with a recommendation to purchase 12 audio enhancement systems for fourth grade classrooms district- wide at the November 10, 2008 meeting. It was moved by Gurka and seconded by Keeney that we utilize bond funds to purchase 12 Achiever Pal audio enhancement systems in the amount of $16,020 as recommended. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 9 11.4.3 Dugouts Board members were provided with a recommendation for improvements to the softball/baseball fields at the November 10, 2008 meeting. It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Paschal that we utilize bond funds to install dugouts and fencing and grade and level fields in an amount not to exceed $40,000 as recommended. Discussion followed. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.5 School of Choice-Second Semester Ms. Cleary shared her recommendation that we re-open School of Choice with unlimited openings for the second semester. It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Goetz that we opt in to Schools of Choice for the second semester under Sections 105 and 105c with unlimited openings as recommended. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.6 Budget Reductions Board members were provided with recommended budget reductions at the November 10, 2008 Board meeting. Ms. Cleary explained revisions to her original recommendation, including maintaining the sixth grade band class as a part of the assignment and revising the title “payroll clerk” to “payroll/benefits disbursement specialist”. It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Gurka that we approve the amended budget reductions as presented. Ms. Cleary advised that while the sixth grade band class will not be reduced, it will be necessary to reduce a sixth grade general music class. Only the two team-taught classes at the high school and middle school would be impacted. She further recommended delaying the reduction of the payroll/benefits disbursement specialist until 2009-2010 to allow adequate time for the WISD to implement a paperless payroll. She shared the estimated annual cost for paperless payroll was $4,971, with an additional $825 for tech support. She further advised she has asked the WISD to provide a quote for outsourcing all Business Office functions to determine whether it would be cost effective. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 10 Additional discussion and Board input followed. Mrs. Samuelson expressed disappointment over the displays of unprofessional behavior witnessed during this process and apologized to parents and students for the misinformation they received, especially when instructional time was utilized to do so. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.7 Annual Summer Tax Resolution Board members were provided with the summer tax resolution at the November 10, 2008 Board meeting. It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Upston that we approve the Annual Summer Tax Resolution as presented. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.8 Budget Amendment Board members were provided with amendments to the 2008-2009 budgets at the November 10, 2008 meeting. I recommend approval as presented. It was moved by Paschal and seconded by LaBombarbe that we approve the amendments to the 2008-2009 budgets as presented. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.9 October 1-31, 2008 Check Register Board members were provided with the October 1-31, 2008 check register in the amount of $2,261,211.01. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 11 It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Gurka that we approve the October 1-31, 2008 check register in the amount of $2,261,211.01 as presented. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.10 October 2008 Financial Report Board members were provided with the October 2008 financial report. It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Goetz that we approve the October 2008 financial report as presented. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 11.11 Personnel Transaction Summary Board members were provided with the November 24, 2008 Personnel Transactions Summary, which listed: NAME POSITION/BUILDING STATUS Emmy Baker Teacher-HS Unpaid Educational Leave Andrea Ayotte Teacher-HS FMLA Richard Oliver Afternoon Custodian-HS Transfer Joshua Salley Day Custodian-BH Transfer It was moved by Keeney and seconded by Upston that we approve the November 24, 2008 Personnel Transactions Summary as presented. Ayes: 7 Nays: 0 Motion carried 12.0 CLOSED SESSION 12.1 Informal Superintendent Evaluation It was moved by Goetz and seconded by Paschal that pursuant to Section 8(a) of the Open Meetings Act, we enter closed session for the purpose of conducting the informal superintendent evaluation, not to return to open session. A roll call vote was taken. Minutes Board Meeting of November 24, 2008 Page 12 Ayes: 7 Upston, Goetz, Gurka, Keeney, LaBombarbe, Paschal, Samuelson Nays: 0 Motion carried 13.0 ADJOURNMENT Mrs. Samuelson declared the meeting adjourned to closed session at 9:05 p.m.
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