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									                                                                                Charlotte,
North Carolina
                                                                                November 12,
                               2002


                          REGULAR MEETING OF THE
                 CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education held a Regular Board Meeting on November 12,
2002 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Education Center. CMS TV Channel 3 televised the
meeting.

Present:        Arthur Griffin, Jr., Chairperson;
                Wilhelmenia I. Rembert, Vice Chairperson;
                John W. Lassiter, Member At Large;
                Larry Gauvreau (District 1); Vilma D. Leake (District 2);
                George Dunlap (District 3); Louise Woods (District 4);
                Molly Griffin (District 5); and B. Lee Kindberg (District 6).

Absent:         There were no absences.


Also present at the request of the Board were James L. Pughsley, Superintendent; Frances
Haithcock, Associate Superintendent for Education Services; Greg Clemmer, Associate
Superintendent for Operations; other members of the Executive and Senior Staffs; Maurice
Green, General Counsel to the Board; and Susan Hanks, Clerk to the Board.

Call to Order

Chairperson Griffin called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Allan Pham, an eighth grade
Vietnamese student at Eastway Middle School, who carries a 4.0 GPA and is presently enrolled
in the Center for Leadership and Global Economics Magnet Program, led the Board members
and the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Allan’s mother, Ms. Pham, who was present in the
audience, also led the Board members in the Pledge of Allegiance in past years as a student at
Eastway when it was a junior high school. Mr. Griffin thanked Allan for his assistance, and he
recognized Ms. Terri Cockerham, principal of Eastway Middle School.
Recognition/Information

Recognition of Time Warner Cable, IBM, Best Integration Technologies, and Seurat for their
support of the Computer Access for Neighborhoods Project (C.A.N.)

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Rembert who provided the recognition of Time Warner Cable, IBM,
Best Integration Technologies, and Seurat for their support of the Computer Access for
Neighborhoods Project (C.A.N.). Dr. Rembert recognized Ms. Debbie Antshel, Director of
Partnerships and Volunteers, for her diligent work towards building great partnerships for CMS.
Dr. Rembert reported CMS is extremely fortunate to have over 38,000 volunteers who supported
CMS students last year. CMS also had over 1,040 partners who brought their expertise, talents,
wisdom, resources and time to assure that all children can and will succeed. In many instances,
CMS has businesses that have contributed an outstanding number of hours and resources to
provide leadership roles in serving children and developing supportive programs focused on
accomplishing the Superintendent’s Goals 2002. Mr. David Auger and Ms. Sue Breckenridge,
representatives from Time Warner Cable, were the first partners to be recognized. Through their
work, support was given to provide internet connections to thirty-five sites in strategic
neighborhoods throughout Charlotte. Mr. Auger and Ms. Breckenridge have a passionate belief
that access to the information highway should be available to everyone. It is Time Warner’s goal
to tackle the digital divide issues in this community. Because of Time Warner’s generosity,
students will now have a resource close to home to do research, obtain tutorial services in
computer skills, math and reading and develop their capacities in a safe environment during non-
school hours. Ms. Breckenridge said special recognition should be extended to Ms. Roberta
Farmer of Time Warner who has played a significant role to ensure each of the C.A.N. sites is
operational. This was not an easy task considering that many sites were not cable-ready. Dr.
Rembert recognized Mr. Scott Donaghy and Mr. Tony Darden, representatives from Best
Integration Technologies, who provided the leadership for the past year in the coordination of the
sites; pick-up and delivery of donated computers; help-desk services for all sites for the
maintenance of the equipment; monthly meetings for the site coordinators; training of site
coordinators and the development of outcome measurements for each site. They have been
actively involved in this program since its inception two years ago. Dr. Rembert introduced Mr.
Aaron Means and Ms. Linda Benkert who joined the C.A.N. team due to their personal and
professional commitment to reduce the digital divide in Charlotte. Mr. Means has gone from site
to site to assess needs and leverage the much needed resources to become operational. Ms.
Benkert has taken on the task of maintaining the data on a monthly basis. IBM has received
recent recognition for becoming the first corporate C.A.N. site. They developed a Cyber Camp
for CMS students who need tutorial assistance in computer skills. The first Cyber Camp was
started in July working with Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology students. Dr. Rembert
recognized Mr. Mark Boyajian, the representative from Seurat, who served as a liaison with the
e-Learning Committee of the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce. Although Mr. Boyajian was not
able to be present at the meeting, Dr. Rembert expressed her appreciation for his many hours of
support and service to this project. Ms. Breckenridge thanked Ms. Antshel and staff members for
their work. Mr. Griffin thanked everyone for their assistance to make these activities available
for families and children.
Recognition of October 2002 Building Services Quality Customer Service Maintenance
Employee of the Month

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Kindberg to recognize Mr. James Oliver as the Building Services
Maintenance Employee of the Month for October 2002. Mr. Oliver is an Electrician II Specialist
for the Electrical Department and has worked for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for twenty-
eight years. His supervisor, Mr. Chris Mueller, reported that Mr. Oliver is a positive role model.
Mr. Oliver thanked Dr. Pughsley and Board members for the recognition. He received a
monetary award, two certificates and a plaque.

Recognition of October 2002 Building Services Quality Customer Service Custodial Employee
of the Month

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Leake to recognize Ms. Angela Biddings as the October 2002 Building
Services Quality Customer Service Custodial Employee of the Month. Ms. Biddings has been
employed by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for six years and is currently a Head Custodian I at
Hornets Nest Elementary School. Mr. Rick Camp, her supervisor, was not able to be present;
however, Mr. Marvin McCauley, area supervisor, was present for the recognition. Mr. McCauley
thanked Dr. Pughsley and the Board for recognizing Ms. Biddings because she did an
outstanding job in the face of great obstacles over the summer during renovations including new
flooring, finishing projects, and moving furniture, equipment and books. Dr. Leake recognized
Ms. Millie Snyder, principal at Hornets Nest Elementary School. Ms. Biddings received a
monetary award, two certificates and a plaque.

Action Items

Approval of Administrative Personnel

Dr. Pughsley recommended the appointment of Ms. Karen Thomas as Director of Guidance and
Student Services. Ms. Thomas received a Masters of Education in Counseling and Psychology
from Harvard University in 1978 and a Bachelors of Administration in Psychology from West
Virginia University in 1976. She recently served Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as the
Coordinator of Program Development, Guidance and Student Services. Upon motion by Dr.
Leake, and seconded by Ms. Woods, the Board voted unanimously to approve the
administrative appointment of Ms. Karen Thomas as Director of Guidance and Student
Services.

Dr. Pughsley recommended the appointment of Ms. Gina H. Smith as Director of Exceptional
Children Educational Services. Ms. Smith received a Masters of Education in Speech Pathology
from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1982. She received a Bachelors of
Administration Degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1981. Ms. Smith
holds a North Carolina Certification for School Administrator – Principal; Speech Language
Pathologist; and Program Administrator (Exceptional Children). She most recently served as the
Speech Language Program Specialist for Exceptional Children for Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Schools. Upon motion by Mr. Dunlap, and seconded by Mr. Lassiter, the Board voted
unanimously to approve the administrative appointment of Ms. Gina Smith as the Director
of Exceptional Children Educational Services.
Approval of proclamation proclaiming November 18-22, 2002 as International Education Week

Mr. Griffin called on Mr. Gauvreau for the recognition of a proclamation proclaiming November
18-22, 2002 as International Education Week. Mr. Gauvreau reported this is a partnership
between the US Department of Education and each state in the union that promotes and
celebrates the benefits of international education worldwide. CMS students speak eighty-three
languages and are from one hundred and two different countries. There are also many CMS staff
members from other countries. It is important that we support and focus our attention not only on
longtime resident students and their families but also on the newcomers to Charlotte-
Mecklenburg. The formation by Dr. Pughsley of the International Services Team and the
International Service Advisory Council will support the school district in understanding more
about international issues and people. Mr. Gauvreau recognized Ms. Barb Pellin, Assistant
Superintendent for Student, Family, and Community Services; Mr. Haywood Homsley, Director
of Family and Community Services; Mr. Rahman Kahn, Executive Director of Diversity; and
Ms. Terry Cockerham, Principal of Eastway Middle School. Mr. Gauvreau made a motion,
seconded by Dr. Rembert, to approve the following proclamation proclaiming November
18-22, 2002 as International Education Week:

                                        Proclamation
                                International Education Week

Whereas, research has shown that students from the international community do better
when their culture is supported; and

Whereas, parents of the international community become more involved when the
community schools recognize, respect, and value culture; and

Whereas, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System through its Goals 2005 states its
commitment to high student achievement and recognizes the important connection to the
international community; and

Whereas, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System encourages promotion and
celebration of the benefits of international education; and

Whereas, we live in a global community where all communities must work as partners; and

Whereas, developing and strengthening international education programs is believed to
enhance student achievement; and

Whereas, investment in international education and exchange is an investment that must
be made in the present in order to secure the future; and

Whereas, The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System encourages policies and programs
that prepare our students for a global environment and acknowledge the importance of
building connections and our international partners; and
Whereas, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System becomes an ambassador when we
interact with our global neighbors; thus, giving our children the skills they will need to
succeed in a global society; and

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed, that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education does
hereby declare the week of November 18-22, 2002 as International Education Week in the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and asks all students, parents and community members to
join in the recognition and celebration

Mr. Gauvreau recognized the following students and administrators who were present at the
meeting to participate in International Education Week by displaying flags from many countries:

School                  Contact               Students                   Flag
Beverly Woods           Nancy Hicks           Kyla Risko                 El Salvador
Elementary School       Loretta Buck          Nicholas De la Canal       Ethiopia
                                              Rachel MacIntosh           Sudan
                                              Jaclyn Mazzuco             Moldova
Winding Springs         Marie McDonald        Reggie Brittle             Somalia
Elementary School       Myrna Meehan          Briana Robinson            Honduras
                                              Alexandria Dibble          Congo
                                              Jeremy Moore               Columbia
                                              Christian Johnson
Kennedy Middle          Elaine McKeithan      Cherise Gettys             Guinea Bissau
School                                        Canisha Bouis              South Vietnam
                                              Candace Butler             Guatemala
                                              Tori Benjamin              Yemen
                                              Whitney Butler             Kuwait
                                              Jenny Collins              Croatia
Eastway Middle          Marlene Deal          Megan Crawley              Bosnia-Herzegovina
School                                        Demarcus Lloyd             Jordan
                                              Erica Ervin                Afghanistan
                                              Candi Porter               Cameroon
                                              Bianca Porter              Hong Kong
Garinger High School    Debra Johnson         Matthew Crawley            Egypt
                        Jo Ella Ferrell       Kate Sturdivant            Pakistan
                                              Ana Hernandez              South Africa
                                              Suzy Konan                 Nicaragua
                                              Christopher Isenhour       Democratic
                                                                         Republic Congo
Olympic High School     Sheila Lester         Ciara North                Ivory Coast
                                              Richard Hill               Mexico
                                              Erica White                Liberia
                                              Na’Keisha Williamson       Yugoslavia

At this time, Mr. Gauvreau called on Mr. Kahn who thanked Dr. Pughsley and Board members
for recognizing International Education Week 2002. Mr. Kahn reported former President Bill
Clinton originally began International Education Week in 2000. President Bush, Mr. Colin
Powell, Secretary of State, and Mr. Rod Paige, Secretary of Education, are continuing the vision
of making all citizens, global citizens. Mr. Kahn stated when a person walks down the halls of
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on any given day, they might see students from one hundred and
two different countries speaking one of the eighty-three languages. Mr. Kahn delivered greetings
in the many of the languages used throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In addition, our
staff members are not only coming from outside Charlotte, but from around the world. It is
critical that we continue to focus on education for longtime resident students and their families,
but also newcomers to this great country and city. Mr. Kahn said, “Let us continue as a district to
recognize, respect, and value the diversity that we have among us.”

The Board voted unanimously to approve the proclamation proclaiming November 18-22,
2002 as International Education Week.

Approval of proclamation proclaiming November 11-17, 2002 as Education Week

Mr. Griffin called on Ms. Griffin for the recognition of a proclamation proclaiming November
11-17, 2002 as Education Week. Ms. Griffin introduced Mr. Chad Beaver who is a senior at
Butler High School and is currently enrolled in the Teacher Cadet Program that helps students
get a feel for life as a teacher. After Chad graduates, he hopes to attend Elon University to
become a high school educator. He is working towards receiving the Teacher Fellows
Scholarship that will help pave the path for becoming a teacher. Chad is interested in teaching
high school band as his passion is for the band and orchestra. He is taking four music classes, is a
student assistant, serves as captain and sectional leader of the marching band, and presides as
charter president of the Tri-M National Music Honor Society. This is a service club that brings
music into the school and surrounding community. Chad is also involved in the National
Academic Honor Society, Kiwanis Key Club, and Future Teachers of America (FTA). By
participating in the FTA and Teacher Cadet Program, he hopes to attract more students to the
career of teaching. Upon motion by Ms. Griffin, and seconded by Mr. Lassiter, the Board
voted unanimously to approve the following proclamation:

                                         Proclamation
                                        Education Week

Whereas, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with
the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility, and
equality; and

Whereas, by equipping young Americans with both practical skills and broader intellectual
abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to, a productive future; and

Whereas, education employees – be they custodians or teachers, bus drivers or librarians –
work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism; and

Whereas, schools are community linchpins, bringing together the adults and children,
educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common enterprise;

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed, that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education does
hereby proclaim November 11-17, 2002 as the 81st annual observance of Education Week.
Ms. Griffin thanked Chad Beaver for his participation in the observance of Education Week. Mr.
Griffin commented he would like more students to participate in Future Teachers of America.

Approval of proclamation proclaiming November 2002 as North Carolina Indian Heritage Month

Mr. Griffin called on Ms. Woods who reported that Governor Mike Easley has proclaimed the
month of November as American Heritage Month in the State of North Carolina. Ms. Woods
introduced members of American Indian Women, Inc. of Metropolitan Charlotte who, in
observance of this celebration, are hosting the Third Annual American Indian Cultural Arts
Festival for students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on November 14-15, 2002 at the
Charlotte Museum of History. Members present were Ms. Roxanne Lippard, Ms. Diane Harden,
and Ms. Carol Clark. Members who were unable to attend were Ms. Wanda Carter; Ms. Chris
Lockee; Ms.Della Hartis; Ms. Judy Lowery; Ms. Dana Lowery Ramseur; and Ms. Rosa Revels
Winfree. Ms. Diane Harden invited everyone to attend the upcoming activities. Upon motion by
Ms. Woods, and seconded by Dr. Rembert, the Board voted unanimously to approve the
following proclamation proclaiming November 2002 as North Carolina Indian Heritage
Month:

                                        Proclamation

Whereas, November has been proclaimed North Carolina Indian Heritage Month in the
State of North Carolina by Governor Michael F. Easley; and

Whereas, American Indian Women, Inc. of Metropolitan Charlotte, in observance of this
time of celebration, is hosting the 3rd Annual American Indian Cultural Arts Festival for
students in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools on November 14-15, 2002 at the Charlotte
Museum of History; and

Whereas our school system joins the state of North Carolina in continuing the tradition of
setting aside one month to celebrate the state’s first inhabitants; and

Whereas, as we celebrate the fascinating history and time-honored traditions of American
Indians in North Carolina and the nation, we look to the future – a future that allows each
child to dream and hope; and

Whereas, we affirm our support for the American Indian student population in our schools
and encourage our school personnel to observe this month with appropriate programs,
ceremonies, and activities; and

Now, therefore, be it proclaimed, that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
hereby declares the month of November 2002, as North Carolina Indian Heritage Month in
the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and joins other community groups and state
organizations in celebrating the many contributions, past and present, of the Native people
of this state and nation.
Approval of waiver for Midwood High School

Upon motion Dr. Rembert, and seconded by Ms. Woods, the Board voted unanimously of
those present to approve a continuation waiver request for Midwood High School to grant
credit based on mastery of performance objectives with off-cycle testing.

Approval of Planning Liaison Committee Organizational Structure

Dr. Pughsley called on Dr. Eric Becoats, Assistant Superintendent for Planning and
Development, to present an overview of the Planning Liaison Committee Organizational
Structure as follows:

Explanation:

On January 10, 2002 elected officials from the City of Charlotte, Mecklenburg County,
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville and Matthews
attended the Mecklenburg County Elected Official’s Summit. Mint Hill and Pineville were not
represented at the summit. It was evident that there is a desire to have more opportunities for
officials to come together to discuss issues and to build relationships.

The UNC Charlotte Urban Institute facilitated the meeting and developed a summit report. One
of the recommendations was that the Planning Liaison Committee have an opportunity to serve
as the lead group in facilitating improved communication and cooperation among the elected
bodies in Mecklenburg County, but that the committee’s structure needs to be formalized to give
it credibility.

A sub-committee of the Planning Liaison Committee developed an organizational structure,
which was reviewed by the full Planning Liaison Committee.

On September 27, 2002 the Planning Liaison Committee reached a consensus on the structure
and requested that the recommendation move forward to the Mecklenburg Board of County
Commissioners, the Charlotte City Council, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education and
to the six town’s elected boards for their adoption.

The recommended structure includes:

      Goal: To provide a vehicle to facilitate communication, collaboration and cooperation
       between participating governments with an emphasis on planning in the broadest sense.

      Authority: The Planning Liaison Committee obtains it legitimacy through its parents but
       has no policy decision authority.

      The committee does have the authority to request appropriate staff to do research, provide
       information and studies, or to carry issues/projects forward.

      The committee retains the authority to recommend that elected bodies consider policies.
      Membership: The elected bodies appoint their respective representatives; three
       representatives each from the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners, the
       Charlotte City Council, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education; one
       representative from each of the Town Boards of Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville,
       Matthews, Mint Hill and Pineville; and the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of the
       Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.

      Official Representatives shall be elected officials.

      Officers: The Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning
       Commission shall serve as the Chairperson and Vice-chairperson of the Planning Liaison
       Committee.

      Voting Process: The committee should try to reach consensus on issues.

      In the event there is a desired/necessary vote, each elected body will be limited to the
       legal number of appointed members.

      Agenda: Any committee member may request an agenda item.

      Agenda items should be issues of substance that are of concern/interest to all.

      Communication: Each represented body should have a formal policy for reporting back to
       their respective members.

      Administrative Support: Provided by Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission.

Board members Arthur Griffin, Lee Kindberg and Louise Woods serve on the Planning Liaison
Committee. Dr. Eric Becoats will attend the Planning Liaison Committee meetings and serve as
staff contact. When Dr. Leake sought clarification regarding the authority of the government
entities, Mr. Griffin replied these entities are separate bodies with no operational authority
regarding decisions by the Committee. Ms. Woods further clarified the entities can only discuss
issues and offer recommendations. Board members expressed an interest for a more formal
reporting process. Upon motion by Ms. Woods, and seconded by Dr. Leake, the Board voted
unanimously to approve the Planning Liaison Committee Organizational Structure.

Approval of citizen appointments to the Equity Committee

Mr. Griffin expressed his thanks to Board members for submitting their recommendations of
citizen appointments to the Equity Committee. Upon motion by Ms. Griffin, and seconded by
Ms. Woods, the Board voted unanimously to appoint the following Equity Committee
Members to serve three-year terms which shall begin on December 1, 2002, as Reverend
George Cook; Ms. Kay Cunningham; Mr. Julian Wright; Mr. Michael Kasper; Reverend
John Walker; Ms. Paulette Higgins; Mr. Richard Helms; Ms. Ellen Martin; Mr. Greg
Metcalf; Rabbi James Bennett; and Mr. Jose Hernandez-Paris.
Consent Agenda

A discussion followed a motion by Mr. Lassiter, and seconded by Dr. Kindberg, to approve
the consent agenda. Dr. Leake sought clarification regarding consent agenda item III.B.5
regarding the replacement of a plumbing contractor at the new Endhaven Lane Elementary
School. Mr. Griffin explained there was a concern with a plumbing contractor who defaulted
and, therefore, the plumbing contractor was replaced. Regarding consent agenda item III.G., Ms.
Woods expressed her excitement regarding a supplementary funding request from US
Department of Health and Human Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Local
Asthma Demonstration Project for Improving the Health, Education and Well-Being of Young
People through Coordinated School Health Programs.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the following consent agenda:

Approval of Minutes

   October 24, 2002                   Closed Session
   October 17, 2002                   Closed Session

Approval of Construction Items

The following construction items were approved:

       Approval of additional design services for Metro School. Contract will provide additional
        design services due to an increase in scope involving the construction of a new facility in
        lieu of renovation of the existing facility. The total use of funds is $21,075,764 and the
        source of funds is 2000 and 1997 Bonds.
       Approval of construction contract for McClintock Middle School. Contract will provide
        construction services to install a fire sprinkler system, fire alarms, and intercom, replace
        tile and grid, and renovate the administrative area, kitchen, and cafeteria. The total use of
        funds is $3,863,910 and the source of funds is 1996 and 1997 Bonds.
       Approval of construction contract for J.M. Alexander Middle School. Contract will
        provide construction services to complete a science and classroom wing addition; add fire
        alarm, sprinkler, and security systems; and site improvements for new bus parking lot and
        sidewalks. The use of funds is $3,754,706 and the source of funds is 1996 and 1997
        Bonds.
       Approval of roof contract for mobile units at Hawk Ridge Elementary School. Contractor
        will complete preventative maintenance roof repairs on five mobile classrooms. The use
        of funds is $20,972 and the source of funds is 2002-03 Capital Replacement.
       Approval of construction contract for the replacement of the plumbing contractor at new
        Endhaven Lane Elementary School. Contract will provide construction services to
        complete remaining plumbing work due to default of original contractor (United
        Plumbing). CMS legal counsel has prepared an agreement to be reimbursed by Great
        American Insurance Company for any additional costs over the original contract amount.
        The use of funds is $11,000,000 and the source of funds is 2000 Bonds.
Approval of lease and sub-lease for property adjoining Barringer Elementary School

The Board of Education approved a lease and sub-lease agreement for property adjoining
Barringer Elementary School. Two school buildings are currently located at the Barringer
Elementary School. A portion of the old school will be demolished, but will be used for swing
space through at least 2004. Until then, space is limited on the site. Two adjacent property
owners have agreed to allow CMS to use some of the adjoining property for a grass play area.

Approval of July-September 2002 Budget Amendments

The Board of Education approved the July-September 2002 Budget Amendments as required by
the FY 2002-03 Budget Resolution, Section IV (A), (B) and (C), adopted October 8, 2002, a
report of budget amendments to the Board of Education on a monthly basis.

Approval of depositories/signature authorization

The Board of Education approved depositories/signature authorization of Ms. Sheila Shirley,
Finance Officer, on the bank accounts of the Board of Education. Board approval of facsimile
signatures and bank depositories is addressed in Sections 115C-439 and 115C-448, respectively
of the North Carolina School Budget and Fiscal Control Act. Also, the Board of Education
approved the officers (principal and school treasurer) and depositories for all school activity,
club, and athletic funds as listed by schools on file in the Finance Officer’s Office.

Approval of supplementary funding request from US Department of Health and Human
Services/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for Local Asthma Demonstration Project
for Improving Health, Education and Well-Being of Young People through Coordinated School
Health Programs

The Board of Education approved a supplementary funding request for the for Local Asthma
Demonstration Project for Improving the Health, Education and Well-Being of Young People
through Coordinated School Health Programs. Funding requested from US Department of
Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is $971,823.

Reports/Information Items

Report on Teacher Cadet Program

Dr. Pughsley called upon Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources,
who reported the Teacher Cadet Program is collaboration between the Human Resources
Department, the Curriculum and Instruction Department, and Ms. Ann Clark, Regional
Superintendent for High Schools. Dr. Jenkins reported the program is built on the belief that
young people can be attracted to teaching careers if given the opportunity to study
education and teaching in a challenging classroom environment. Students are actively involved
in content application, observations and teaching. Ms. Clark reported four schools are
involved in the program including Butler High School, North Mecklenburg High School, South
Mecklenburg High School, and Vance High School. The course is an available elective for all
CMS high schools. Training is required for the teacher assigned to teach the Teacher Cadet
Course. Ms. Clark recognized Mr. Scott Kelly, a South Mecklenburg High School teacher for
The Teacher Cadet Program, and students from the school who participate in the program. Dr.
Jenkins called on Ms. Clark to provide information regarding the philosophy for the Teacher
Cadet Program. Mr. Kelly said this program gives the students a pre-college look at teaching as a
career. He stated there are five units of study including The Learner, The School, Teacher and
Teaching, History and Government, and Professional Growth. Students will observe teachers at
the elementary, middle and high school levels. Ms. Clark stated the goal is to expand the
program from the four high schools to all CMS high schools. She encouraged Board members to
call the high school of their choice and engage these students to participate in events throughout
the district. Ms. Clark recognized Ms. Katherine Tinsley, President of Future Teachers of
America, at Vance High School. Ms. Clark stated a relationship has been formed between the
FTA and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. Ms. Clark stated she is excited about the
Teacher Cadet Program. Ms. Griffin said she was delighted with the program, especially as part
of the honors program. Dr. Rembert congratulated staff for implementing the Teacher Cadet
Program. Ms. Woods stated she was excited about the program. She stated she had heard a
presentation from Guilford County Schools regarding a program that allows fifth graders to tutor
second graders. When asked by Ms. Woods whether staff had emphasized teaching careers
where there are teaching shortages, Ms. Clark replied the CMS Teacher Cadet Program does not
target specific shortages at this time. Both Mr. Griffin and Mr. Dunlap said they were proud
CMS has this program. Mr. Griffin expressed a desire for staff to follow the students involved in
this program over the course of their school years.

Report on Oversight Committee Charge and update of timeline for the Long-Range School
Facilities Master Plan

Dr. Pughsley called on Dr. Eric Becoats, Assistant Superintendent for Planning and
Development, to provide a report on the Oversight Committee Charge and an update of the
proposed timeline for the Long-Range School Facilities Master Plan (a copy will be kept in the
Clerk’s file). Dr. Becoats reported every eighteen months staff provides an update for Board
members on the Long-Range School Facilities Master Plan. The Citizen’s Advisory Committee
will be involved with the process. Dr. Becoats reviewed the following Oversight Committee
Charge and the proposed timeline (a copy of the proposed timeline will be kept in the Clerk’s
file). Dr. Becoats outlined the following information regarding the Citizen’s Advisory
Committee:

I.     Establishment of the Committee

The Board of Education hereby establishes the Citizens Advisory Committee for updating of the
CMS Long-Range School Facilities Master Plan. The purpose of the Committee is to provide
feedback to staff and oversee the citizen involvement component for the update of the School
Facilities Master Plan.

The Committee will consist of ten members. The Board will nominate four members of the
Committee, including the chair. The Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners and the
Charlotte City Council will appoint three members each. Designations of members to the
Committee shall occur no later than December 20, 2002.
II.    The Charge to the Committee

In carrying out its purpose, the Committee will take the following steps:

       1. Review the Board of Education’s plans, policies and procedures as they relate to
          school facility training.

       2. Review staff’s recommendations to the Board of Education as they relate to:
              The detailed geographic projections necessary to support the plan;
              The need for new seats taking into account the 1997 and 2000 Bonds, COPS,
                and potential 2002 Bond additions and sites;
              The updated new construction, school replacement and renovation program,
                especially for older facilities, to establish and maintain common education
                standards throughout the system.

       3. Coordinate, with staff, the public involvement and review process, to be completed
          no later than April 2003.

       4. Prepare and present a written summary to the Board of Education on the Committee’s
          response to the proposed Master Plan and the process used to develop it.

When asked by several Board members to clarify the authority of the Citizens Advisory
Committee, Dr. Becoats replied the charge to the committee is to review Board policies and staff
recommendations. Dr. Kindberg requested the small towns in the unincorporated areas of
Mecklenburg County receive fair representation. Mr. Griffin reminded Board members that the
committee serves in an advisory capacity. When Dr. Leake sought clarification regarding other
advisory committees, Mr. Griffin asked Dr. Leake to meet with Ms. Carole Hamrick, Board
Services Manager, to obtain information regarding the history of other advisory committees.

Report on the 2003 District NAEP

Dr. Pughsley called on Dr. Susan Agruso, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional
Accountability, to discuss CMS participation in National Assessment of Education Progress
(NAEP) for grades four and eight. The NAEP measure is a Congressionally-mandated national
assessment that began in 1969 and measures what students know and can do in key subject areas.
Trial district assessments since 2002 have been accomplished in New York City, Atlanta,
Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. Five new school districts will participate in the 2003 District
NAEP including Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Boston, Cleveland, Albuquerque, and San Diego.
Fifty-one elementary school fourth graders and twenty-eight middle school eighth graders will
participate in reading and mathematics for CMS. Students will be tested at the end of January
2003 through the beginning of March for ninety minutes on one school day. NAEP staff
administers the assessment. National, state and district results will be available in September
2003; however, the results will not reflect schools or students. Mr. Griffin commented valuable
information would be provided resulting from CMS participation in the 2003 District NAEP. Mr.
Lassiter suggested a longitudinal analysis based on prior state testing. He also requested
additional data to compare the fourth graders who began at CMS in the Bright Beginnings
Program versus the control group. Dr. Agruso agreed to look at the data as it becomes available.
Dr. Kindberg stated she would like staff to ensure students take the test seriously. When asked by
Ms. Woods whether the curriculum had been aligned to the 2003 District NAEP, Dr. Agruso
replied the curriculum is not yet 100 percent aligned to the NAEP. Mr. Griffin stated the test
results would initially be a snapshot; however, this snapshot will give Board members and staff
an idea regarding how well CMS is performing.

Report/first reading of proposed Human Resources policies and related policies

Mr. Griffin reported staff from the Human Resources and Legal departments had worked
together to update the Human Resources policies. Most of these proposed policies relate to
human resources; however, in the process of analyzing these policies, staff also reviewed and
included proposed changes to other related policies. Each Board member was provided with a
notebook (a copy of the notebook will be kept in the Clerk’s file) with a compilation of the
Human Resources policies and proposed administrative regulations as listed below for the first
reading:

Policy GA          Employee Classifications
Policy GAA         Interning Personnel
Policy GB          Employment at Will
Policy GBA         Equal Opportunity
Policy GBAA        Harassment of Employees
Policy GBAC        Employment Eligibility of Board Members
Policy GBC         Compensation Administration
Policy GBEA        Conflicts of Interest
Policy GBEB        Standards of Conduct
Policy GBEBB       Harassment of Students by Employees
Policy GBEBD       Weapons Possession by Employees
Policy GBED        Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products by Employees
Policy GBGA        Employee Health Certificate
Policy GBGAA       Bloodborne Pathogens
Policy GBGAB       Medical Impairment of Employees
Policy GBGB        Inspection of Property
Policy GBGD        Worker’s Compensation/On-the-Job Safety
Policy GBGE        Legal Defense and Indemnification of Employees
Policy GBI         Political Activity
Policy GBJ         Personnel Records
Policy GBJA        Confidentiality of Information
Policy GBJC        Employee References/Releases to Third Parties
Policy GBK         Grievances by Employees
Policy GBKA        Appeals to the Board of Education by Employees
Policy GCBC        Overtime and Holiday Work Pay
Policy GCBD        Benefits Overview
Policy GCBDA       Insurance Benefits
Policy GCBDB       Tax Advantaged Benefits/Other Non-Leave Benefits
Continuation of Human Resources policies and proposed administrative regulations as listed
below for the first reading:

Policy GCC         Leave Benefits
Policy GCCAA       Sick Leave
Policy GCCAB       Personal Leave Days
Policy GCCAC       Parental Leave
Policy GCCAD       Military Leave
Policy GCCAE       Professional Leave
Policy GCCAG       Civil Responsibility Leave
Policy GCCAH       Leave for Parental Involvement in Schools
Policy GCCAI       Voluntary Shared Leave
Policy GCCAJ       Educational Leave
Policy GCD         Holidays
Policy GCE         Recruitment and Selection
Policy GCFC        Licensure and Credentialing Requirements
Policy GCMB        Attendance by Employees
Policy GCMBA       Inclement Weather
Policy GCMD        Assignment of Non-Instructional Duties
Policy GCQC        Resignation
Policy GCR         Outside Employment
Policy BIF         Legal Defense and Indemnification of Board Members
Policy BIFA        Settlement and Payment of Claims, Awards and Judgments
Policy EEBA        School Owned Vehicles
Policy EGA         Information and Electronic Communication Systems
Policy EGD         Information Security
Policy JBA         Harassment of Students by Employees
Policy JICG        Smoking and Use of Tobacco Products by Students
Policy JICI        Weapons Possession by Students

Ms. Woods, Chairperson for the Personnel and Policy Committee, stated the work on these
proposed policies culminates years of work by Legal and Human Resources staff members. Mr.
Green stated Mr. Landis Wade and Mr. Bryan Barger, attorneys with Helms Mulliss and Wicker,
provided assistance to update these policies. Dr. Barbara Jenkins, Assistant Superintendent for
Human Resources, and staff members worked diligently to provide assistance. Many of the
policies are mirrored for students. Mr. Griffin reported that Mr. Green and Dr. Jenkins would be
available to discuss specific policies with Board members. Ms. Woods reported there would be a
public hearing regarding these policies at the November 26, 2002 Regular Board Meeting. The
Board would vote on these policies at the December 10, 2002 Regular Board Meeting.

Report/first reading of proposed Policy JFAA, “Admission of Resident Students:

Mr. Griffin recognized Ms. Woods for the first reading of proposed Policy JFAA, “Admission of
Resident Students.” The proposed revisions to Policy JFAA will bring the Board of Education’s
admissions procedures into compliance with McKinney-Vento federal legislation that mandates
certain educational opportunities for homeless students. A public hearing will be held at the
November 26, 2002 Regular Board Meeting. Ms. Woods stated the Board should also review
regulations to Policy JFAA.

Report/first reading of proposed Policy JFAC, “Reassignments and Transfers”

Mr. Griffin recognized Ms. Woods for the first reading of proposed Policy JFAA,
“Reassignments and Transfers.” The proposed revisions to Policy JFAC remove the prohibition
against allowing reassignments or transfers to magnet schools; allow reassignment hearings to be
conducted either by a review of the record or an “in person” hearing; add the effect on students
in existing Wait Pools to the factors that Board members are required to consider in making
reassignment decisions; and add a new section to incorporate the transfer options permitted
under the “No Child Left Behind Legislation.” Ms. Woods suggested staff broaden the policy to
consider legal guardians as well as parents. Mr. Lassiter agreed more direction is needed
regarding legal guardians. Ms. Griffin requested staff should be aware and sensitive to hardship
cases regarding transfer requests. When Mr. Dunlap sought clarification regarding the Board’s
role in appealing a school assignment, Mr. Griffin stated the Board members would continue to
hear student reassignment appeals. Board members agreed they should continue to be a part of
the appeal process. Mr. Griffin stated members of the Personnel and Policy Committee could
continue to find tune Policy JFAC.

Report on upcoming construction and related Board projects

Dr. Pughsley called on Mr. Guy Chamberlain, Assistant Superintendent for Building Services, to
report on upcoming construction and related Board projects. Mr.Chamberlain outlined projects
under construction, projects under design, and 2002 Bond Projects. New school projects under
construction for 2000 Bonds are new Endhaven Lane Elementary School and new Lambeth
Drive Middle School. New projects for the 1997 Bonds are the new Mint Hill Middle School and
new Steele Creek Middle School. Replacements schools under construction for 1997 and 2000
Bonds are First Ward, J.H. Gunn, Selwyn, and Sterling elementary schools. Baseline standards
projects under construction are as follows: Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School (1997 and
2000 Bonds); Merry Oaks Elementary School (1997 and 2000 Bonds); Myers Park Traditional
Elementary School (1997 and 2000 Bonds); Oakhurst Elementary School (1996 and 2000
Bonds); Oaklawn Elementary School (1996 and 2000 Bonds); Piedmont Open Middle School
(1997 and 2000 Bonds); and Thomasboro Elementary School (1997, 2000 Bonds and COPS).
New school projects in design include new South Middle School and new North Elementary
School (2000 Bonds). Replacement schools include Marie G. Davis Middle School (1997 and
2000 Bonds) and the Metro School (2000 Bonds). Schools in Design for Baseline Standards
Projects include Ashley Park Elementary School (1996 Bond and COPS); Billingsville
Elementary School (2000 Bond); Eastover Elementary School (1997 and 2000 Bonds); Eastway
Middle School (1996 and 2000 Bonds); Midwood (1997 and 2000 Bonds); Morgan School (1997
and 2000 Bonds). New School 2002 Bond Projects include the following: new North and new
Mint Hill elementary schools; new North Middle School and new South High School. The A/E
selection process will be used for all of these schools. Replacement Schools are Hickory Grove,
Pinewood and Windsor Park elementary schools. The design/build process will be used for these
schools. The A/E Selection Process will be used for the following Baseline Standards Projects:
Cotswold, Dilworth, Huntingtowne Farms, Oakdale, Sharon, Tuckaseegee, and Winterfield
elementary schools. Mr. Griffin thanked the community for their support for the 2002 Bonds.
Mr. Griffin reported there are ongoing discussions regarding the issuance of the 2002 Bonds
between the Board of Education and the Board of County Commissioners. Dr. Rembert stated
she would like to know more regarding plans for the issuance of 2002 Bonds by the Board of
County Commissioners. Mr. Griffin stated these questions couldn’t be answered at this time;
however, more information would be forthcoming. Mr. Dunlap said he hoped the Board of
County Commissioners would see the wisdom in moving forward with the 2002 Bond
allocations. Mr. Griffin said he hoped the needs of children would prevail. Mr. Griffin thanked
Mr. Chamberlain for the presentation.

Reports from Board Members

Ms. Woods asked Board members to place issues in writing if they would like the Personnel and
Policy Committee to address specific Board policies. She attended an event to celebrate the
opening of the Sedgefield Middle School cafeteria and media center. She complimented Mr.
Lawton Grier, principal at Sedgefield Middle School, for his hard work at the school.

Dr. Leake commended Mr. John Matthews, former CMS baseball coach, who had been named
National Coach of the Year. She reported she had enjoyed attending events at Walter G. Byers
and Barringer elementary schools and Marie G. Davis Middle School; a senior citizen’s group;
and a luncheon for CMS custodial services. She also attended events at Highland Mill
Montessori School and participated in many other activities throughout the school district.

Mr. Gauvreau reported there had been a birthday party for his daughter, Gretchen Gauvreau, at
Huntersville Elementary School. He wished Gretchen a happy birthday.

Mr. Griffin extended his thanks to Belk’s Department Stores for their recent employee discount
for CMS employees.

Report from Superintendent

Dr. Pughsley provided a brief report regarding the nation’s first Leaders in Learning and Liberty
Awards presented by TIAA-CREF (Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College
Retirement Equities Fund) and the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Dr. Pughsley reported each
of the seven recipients received a personal monetary award in the amount of $2,000 and a $1,000
contribution to the school of their choice. Dr. Pughsley extended his appreciation to TIAA-CREF
for the model program.

Adjournment

Upon motion by Ms. Woods, and seconded by Dr. Leake, the Board voted unanimously to
go into Closed Session for the following purposes:

   To consult with its attorneys regarding matters in which it is necessary to preserve the
    attorney-client privilege between the Board of Education and its attorney, pursuant to
    Section 143-318.11(a)(5) of the North Carolina General Statutes;
   To establish and instruct the Board’s staff and negotiating agents concerning the
    position to be taken by or on behalf of the Board in negotiating the price and other
    material terms of contracts or proposed contracts for the acquisition of real estate
    property by purchase, option or exchange, pursuant to Section 143-318.11(a)(5) of the
    North Carolina General Statutes; and
   To hear and discuss a personnel matter and a matter of alleged misconduct, pursuant to
    Sections 143-318.11(a)(6) and (a)(7) of the North Carolina General Statutes.

The Regular School Board Meeting adjourned at 9:25 p.m.

The Board returned to Open Session at 11:15 p.m.

Upon motion by Mr. Lassiter, and seconded by Dr. Leake, the Board voted unanimously of
those present to:

       Approve the acquisition of Mecklenburg County Tax Parcel Numbers 069-096-33,
        34, 35, and 36 adjoining Northwest School of the Arts for a total purchase price of
        $243,150.00.
       Authorize the acquisition by eminent domain of Mecklenburg County Tax Parcel
        Numbers 069-096-31 and 32 adjoining Northwest School of the Arts, and authorize
        CMS staff, with the advice of General Counsel, to take all actions necessary and
        appropriate to acquire said Mecklenburg County Tax Parcels in accordance with
        negotiation instructions previously given by the Board of Education.

By consensus, the Board voted unanimously of those present to adjourn the Open Session. Dr.
Leake and Mr. Dunlap were not present for the vote.

The Open Session adjourned at 11:20 p.m.


                                                   ___________________________
                                                               Chairman


                            ___________________________
                                                                 Clerk to the Board


Approved by The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
January 28, 2003 Regular Board Meeting

								
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