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									Board of Education 2009



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

January 27, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Jordan-Chanay Administrative Center, Tuesday, January 27, 2009. Board

members present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura Brown, Rev. Jimmy

Fisher, Mr. Herman Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, Mr. Richard Redus, and Mrs.

Tyra Tyler-Johnson.

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Rev. W. R. Norful, President.

Rev. Norful declared that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion,

discipline and/or resignation of employees or students.

The Board reconvened to the public session at 6:49 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the December 15

th

regular meeting and

the consent agenda was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace.

Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

A motion to extend the superintendent’s contract by one year through June 30,

2012, was made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried

with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in
the four (4) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed

were employment of certified personnel, employment of classified personnel,

resignation of classified personnel, and Family and Medical Leave request for

certified personnel.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was

made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of three (3) students. Two (2)

students were recommended for the remainder of the 2008-2009 school year,

and the last student was recommended for the remainder of the fall semester

that ended December 19, 2008, for the violations as printed.



A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was

made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with

all Board members present voting aye. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

January 27, 2009

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The Board heard the financial report for the period ending December 31, 2008,

presented by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Mr. Brown

reported that the district is working toward building a cushion to offset the decline

in state revenue of over $800,000 that will show up in June 2009 resulting from

the drop in student enrollment.

The superintendent recommended approval to solicit bids for the purchase of one

(1) new school bus in the range of $70,000 in the 2009-2010 budget for delivery

this summer 2009. According to the superintendent, the bus fleet consists of
about 38 to 40 buses that are run daily and that over the past ten years

approximately 33 or 34 new buses have been purchased.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was

made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all

Board members present voting aye.

The Board heard reports on the staff development meetings held January 16,

2009, given by Dr. Melvin Bryant, Deputy Superintendent, and Mrs. Mary

Morgan, Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Bryant told the Board about staff

development sessions that were conducted for the elementary staff at the

Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative in the A.M. and a training session

with Mr. Larry Bell at the Pine Bluff Convention Center in the P.M. Mrs. Morgan

shared with the Board the training the secondary teachers received from Mr.

Larry Bell and the JBHM consultants held at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

The Board heard progress reports from the teachers’ perspective concerning the

implementation of the JBHM Consultant Program this school year at Pine Bluff

High School and Jack Robey Junior High School. The reports were given by

Rev. T. R. Ramey, English teacher at Jack Robey Junior High, and Mr. John

Watson, Social Studies teacher at Pine Bluff High.

The Board and superintendent expressed appreciation to Mr. Watson and Rev.

Ramey for their informative and positive reports.

The Board heard an overview from the superintendent on some of the current

legislative issues currently being worked on in the 2009 Legislative Session.

Those issues mentioned were: (1) Early start of school to 8/12 or 8/11 if it falls

on a Monday; (2) Executive session allowed to discuss student expulsions; (3)

The proposed cigarette tax to fund state trauma centers; (4) Guidelines for the
state lottery education funds; (5) School Choice regulations; and (6) Charter

school initiative.

Before the Board considered the adoption of an Ethics Resolution in accordance

with Arkansas Code 6-25-105, Mr. David Brown and Mrs. Laura Brown were

excused from the meeting. The following Ethics Resolution was presented

recommended for approval by the superintendent as a precautionary measure: Pine Bluff Board of
Education Meeting

January 27, 2009

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Ethics Resolution

By the

Board of Directors

Pine Bluff School District

The undersigned, being all of the members of the Board of Directors of the Pine

Bluff School District (the “Corporation”), hereby adopt the following resolution by

unanimous consent and direct that this Consent Resolution be entered in the minute

books of the Corporation.

WHEREAS, Arkansas law provides that in limited and unusual

circumstances, a school board may do business with a local business

owned by a school board member, provided that the school board passes

an appropriate resolution at a legally held school board meeting, with the

interested parties, David Brown and Laura Brown, not present and not

voting, and these circumstances and conditions exist and have been met;

WHEREAS, David Brown serves as an officer, President, of the Arkansas

Mill Supply Company, and Richard Brown, spouse of Mrs. Laura Brown,

serves as an officer, Secretary, of the Arkansas Mill Supply Company.
WHEREAS, Arkansas Mill Supply Company is the only local supplier for

certain parts and materials utilized on a regular basis by the school

district.

WHEREAS, historically, the district has made annual purchases of

between $500 and $2,500 a year with Arkansas Mill Supply Company;

THEREFORE, let it be so resolved by the Pine Bluff School District, that

the district may continue to do business as usual with Arkansas Mill

Supply, provided that total annual expenditures do not exceed $4,999.99.

WITNESSED WHEREOF, the undersigned, being all of the members of

the Board of Directors of the Corporation, have executed this Consent Resolution

effective as of January 27, 2009.

Rev. W. R. Norful, Board President Doug Brown, Financial Secretary

____________________________ __________________________



Date: January 27, 2009 Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

January 27, 2009

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A motion to adopt the ethics resolution as submitted was made by Rev. Fisher

and seconded by Mr. Redus. Motion carried with all Board members present

voting aye.

Mr. David Brown and Mrs. Laura Brown returned for the remainder of the

meeting.

The Board heard a report from of the Pine Bluff Education Association President,

Ms. Anne Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell reported that the rally organized by AEA held

Saturday, January 24, 2009, at the State Capitol was well attended. The rally
addressed the soaring health insurance costs for public school employees.

Acknowledgement was also given to Mr. Anthony for providing the printed copies

of Certified Policy manuals for teachers as previously promised.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The superintendent shared with the Board the district’s cooperative effort

with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department to conduct First Responder

Training January 27, 28, and 29, from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. that is being

held at the Lakeside School building.

2) Recognition was given by the superintendent of the Spelling Bee results that

were submitted by Mrs. Sheryl Kearney, Director of the Gifted and Talented

Program.

3) The superintendent introduced and saluted Mrs. Margaret Nanak, Media

Specialist, for achieving National Board Certification. The program is a

three-year process which recognizes highly qualified teaching practices as

measured against rigorous standards by the National Board for Professional

Teaching Standards. As an added incentive, Mrs. Nanak will be the

recipient of a $5,000 cash prize. The Board and superintendent thanked

Mrs. Nanak for a job well done.

Discussion was held on the requirements for pre and post bus inspections for the

district Transportation employees following a question raised by Mr. David

Brown.



A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mrs. Brown and seconded by Rev.

Fisher. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:34 p.m. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

January 27, 2009

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APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

February 17, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Pine Bluff School District Administration Building, 512 S. Pine Street, Tuesday,

February 17, 2009. Board members present were: Mr. David Brown, Rev. Jimmy

Fisher, Mr. Herman Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, and Mr. Richard Redus. Mrs.

Laura Brown and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson were absent.

The meeting was called to order at 6:09 p.m. by Rev. W. R. Norful, President.

Rev. Norful declared that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline

and/or resignation of employees or students.

The Board reconvened to the public session at 7:12 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the January 27

th

regular meeting and the
consent agenda was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion

carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in

the eight (8) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed

were renewal of contracts for 2009-2010 for certified administrators, principals,

directors, coordinators, supervisors, and classified directors and coordinators;

employment of classified personnel, transfer of assignment of classified personnel,

assignment of additional duties for certified personnel, resignation of classified

personnel, retirement notice from classified personnel, Family and Medical Leave

request for certified personnel, and Family and Medical Leave request for

classified personnel. The name of Mr. Rodney Riles, Director of Technology

Services, was added to the printed list for renewal of contracts for 2009-2010 by

the superintendent.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mr. Brown and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

A notice of retirement was submitted to the Board from the superintendent

effective June 30, 2009. Mr. Anthony read a prepared letter addressed to the

Board. Mr. Anthony expressed his thankfulness to the Board for the opportunity to

serve the district as superintendent for the past ten and one-half years. The letter

as presented in its entirety is printed below:

Members of the Board of Education

Pine Bluff School District

1215 West Pullen Street Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

February 17, 2009
Page 2 of 7

Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

Dear Board Members:

After ten and one-half years (come June 30

th

), I am presenting my official notice of

retirement. I am very grateful for being privileged to serve as your superintendent the last

ten years.

Because of the excellent professional and personal relationship we have shared, we have

been blessed to accomplish great things for the students of this school district. The

following is a listing of several of our outstanding accomplishments: The removal of our

district from both Academic and Fiscal Distress in April/May 2000; the planning and

organizing of budget cuts of two million dollars in April 1999; the closing of five

elementary schools over an eight year span; the purchase by cash of thirty-three new school

buses; the restructuring of our debt service millage to add two mills of capitol outlay; the

passage of 4.5 new mills in 2006 to support a $29.4 million construction project which

included two new elementary schools, a new PBHS Academy and the renovation

of/additions to all other campuses.

Furthermore, I provided all the administrative support and completed all application forms

and expenditure/progress reports to secure an additional thirteen million dollars in

“partnership funds” from the State Department of Education.

Also, we purchased and renovated the basement and two floors of the old Arkansas Power

& Light Building for a little less than one million dollars (none of millage funds used) for

the new PBSD Administrative Center. We have built a $2.8 million dollar multi-purpose

complex and a state-of-the-art student center at Pine Bluff High School for a little less than
three hundred thousand dollars.

We have continued to search for and implement research-based strategies to improve

student achievement; and we have evidenced yearly gains, even though we have some of

our schools labeled as in need of improvement by NCLB standards.

Even though the district has lost two thousand (2,000) students over the last ten years, we

have been able to add eleven thousand ($11,000) dollars to the base pay of the teacher

salary schedule.

Finally, with all of the purchasing, building/renovations and other expenditures outlined

above, we will leave the district in an excellent financial position.

In closing, I want to thank you personally as a Board for the privilege to serve as your

superintendent. Therefore, I officially announce my retirement notice effective June 30,

2009.

May God continue to bless. . .

Sincerely,

Frank Anthony, Superintendent

Pine Bluff School District Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

February 17, 2009

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A motion to accept the superintendent’s retirement notice as submitted was made

by Mr. Horace and seconded by Mr. Redus.

Rev. Norful commented on behalf of the Board that the school district is indeed

indebted to Mr. Anthony for the leadership, dedication, and service he has given to

the district for the past ten years. Rev. Norful stated that Mr. Anthony’s notice of

retirement was reluctantly accepted by the Board and further stated that replacing

him as superintendent will be an almost impossible task. Rev. Norful
acknowledged that Mr. Anthony’s retirement would be recognized later in a more

formal way and that the Board wished him God’s speed.

The superintendent took the opportunity to thank the Central Office administrative

staff, the building administrators, faculty, and staff throughout the district for their

support to help get through some tough times.

Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Comments of appreciation for the superintendent were also heard from Rev.

Fisher.

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of one (1) student for the

remainder of the 2008-2009 school year and thereby enforcing the “Three StrikesYou’re Out” policy.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mr. Brown and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The Board heard the financial report for the month ending January 31, 2009,

presented by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Mr. Brown affirmed

that the report reflected an increase in the cost of professional development,

special education services, and in virtually every area during the month of January

as compared with January 2008. Even considering the increase in monthly

expenses, the district’s fund balance still shows a total in the “black” with plans to

continue that pattern for the remainder of the school year, according to Mr. Brown.

The Board made special presentations to recognize the outstanding services to

the school district and the community by two community members. The Lester

Silbernagel Award for 2007-2008 was presented to Dr. Robert Anderson, and the

Lester Silbernagel Award for 2008-2009 was presented to Mrs. Joyce Holloway.

Dr. Anderson and Mrs. Joyce Holloway were introduced and each was presented
with an engraved plaque and a printed resolution that was read by Rev. Norful

during the presentation. The resolutions as presented are printed below:

Pine Bluff Board of Education

Resolution Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

February 17, 2009

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The Pine Bluff School District recognizes with deepest gratitude the outstanding services

of Dr. Robert Anderson to the Pine Bluff Public Schools and names him the 2007-

2008 recipient of the

LESTER SILBERNAGEL AWARD

for meritorious service to education.

WHEREAS, Dr. Robert Anderson of Altheimer, Arkansas, is a graduate of Tennessee

State University with a degree in Elementary Education and Criminal Justice in addition to

a Masters Degree in Special Education along with a Ph.D. in Divinity; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Anderson is an educator, facilitator, lecturer, pastor, community

organizer, parental involvement specialist and family school resource provider and

international educator; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Anderson serves the citizens of Arkansas by serving as Chair on the

Arkansas HIPPY Board, on the Board of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Literacy

Institute, the Board of the Arkansas Literacy Council, the Department of Human Services

Board of Review for Programs and Foster Care, the Hunger and the Homeless Coalition,

the Vice Chair of the Emergency Management Unit for Arkansas and numerous other

Boards and committees locally including the Jefferson County Extension Service; and

WHEREAS, Dr. Anderson has made a concentrated effort to support, motivate, and

promote literacy in the Pine Bluff School District. As a devoted sponsor of the Pine Bluff
School District Literacy Program, he provides training and professional development and

supplies books along with other materials to parents and teachers.



THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the members of the Pine Bluff Board of

Education, that this resolution be entered into the minutes of the School Board Meeting on

February 17, 2009, in recognition of the contributions made by Dr. Robert Anderson

to the school district, community of Pine Bluff, and the citizens of Jefferson County,

Arkansas.

Signed by W. R. Norful, Sr., President, Pine Bluff Board of Education and by Frank

Anthony, Superintendent, Pine Bluff School District.

The award was accepted by Dr. Anderson, and he expressed remarks of

appreciation to the Board and Mr. Anthony for this recognition.

Pine Bluff Board of Education

Resolution

The Pine Bluff School District recognizes with deepest gratitude the outstanding services

of Joyce Holloway to the Pine Bluff Public Schools and names her the 2008-2009

recipient of the

LESTER SILBERNAGEL AWARD

for meritorious service to education. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

February 17, 2009

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WHEREAS, Mrs. Joyce Holloway’s dedicated support of the Pine Bluff School District has

spanned over thirty-six years. In 1973 she helped to initiate a steering committee along

with Mrs. Pat Reese and Mrs. Pat Brown to obtain approval from the school board to

establish the Pine Bluff School District’s Volunteers In Public Schools Program (VIPS).
WHEREAS, Mrs. Holloway initially began her support for the school district as a parent

and a dedicated volunteer. For many years she demonstrated her heart for public schools

by taking active roles in various capacities with the PTA at her three children’s schools, by

her sustaining membership and leadership of the Central Council PTA, and by her thirtysix years of
service on the Volunteers In Public Schools (VIPS) Board. Whether it was the

countless hours of school concession stand work, cataloging and delivering RIF books, or

serving at VIPS luncheons, no task proved to be too menial for Mrs. Holloway.

WHEREAS, in 1998 Mrs. Holloway embarked on another challenge of service with her

appointment to fill an unexpired term for Dr. Clifton Roaf on the Pine Bluff Board of

Education. In September 1999 after running a successful campaign, Mrs. Holloway was

elected to represent Zone 3 on the Pine Bluff School Board. As a dedicated member and

a past-president, Mrs. Holloway willingly served as the Board’s delegate to the Arkansas

School Boards Association at the annual conference for a number of years. She believed

that the Board’s highest concern was to first ensure the educational welfare and academic

performance of the students. Mrs. Holloway’s service on the Board ended with a decision

not to seek re-election in September 2008.

WHEREAS, Mrs. Holloway maintains her exemplary service for the district by continuing

to work as an active volunteer and a current member of the VIPS Board.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by members of the Pine Bluff Board of Education,

that this resolution be entered into the minutes of the School Board meeting on February

17, 2009, in recognition of the contributions made by Mrs. Joyce Holloway to the

school district and community of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Signed by W. R. Norful, Sr., President, Pine Bluff Board of Education, and by Frank

Anthony, Superintendent, Pine Bluff School District.

Mrs. Holloway was invited by the superintendent to sit at the Board table as an

“honorary” Board member for a few minutes. In acceptance of the award, Mrs.
Holloway gave remarks to express her appreciation for this recognition and the

support received during her service on the Board of Education.

On behalf of the Board, Rev. Norful congratulated both recipients and recognition

given for their service.

The Board heard reports on the staff development meetings held February 16,

2009, given by Dr. Melvin Bryant, Deputy Superintendent, and Mrs. Mary Morgan,

Assistant Superintendent. The report on the staff development sessions for

elementary staff held at the different school sites was given by Dr. Bryant. Mrs.

Morgan reported on the staff development in-service training conducted for the

secondary teachers at the individual school sites. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

February 17, 2009

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The Board heard an informative report on the JBHM Education Group program

given by Mr. Roy Balentine, JBHM Consultant. The district entered into a

partnership with JBHM Program earlier this school year to implement the

research-based program at Pine Bluff High School and Jack Robey Junior High

School to improve student achievement. Mr. Balentine mentioned appreciation for

the opportunity to work with Mr. Anthony and respect for Mr. Anthony’s grit and

determination that he exhibits daily to make sure that the students of the Pine Bluff

community get the very best educational opportunity possible. Additionally, Mr.

Balentine commended the parents, faculty, administrators, and school board

members on the students’ respectful behavior he had observed while working

each week on both campuses this year. Appreciation was also expressed by Mr.

Balentine for the district’s leadership and the levels of accountability in support of

the program which will go a long way to make the partnership a success. Mr.
Balentine gave the Board a detailed explanation of the documents used by the

consulting team in working with the principals and the instruments used in the daily

classroom observations. At the conclusion of his report, Mr. Balentine entertained

questions from the Board.

The Board and superintendent thanked Mr. Balentine for taking time to attend the

meeting to present an enlightening report to the Board.

The superintendent presented three proposals for the district’s copier lease

agreement for the Board’s consideration. The total monthly cost submitted from

Xerox was $24,137.00; Konica Minolta submitted a monthly cost of $25,104.00;

and Business World submitted a monthly cost of $22,564.80. The superintendent

provided a list with reasons for justification for a recommendation to award the bid

to Xerox. Among the reasons mentioned were: (1) The elimination of uncertainty

in equipment exchange; (2) The ten-year proven track record with the district; (3)

The total satisfaction guarantee provided by Xerox; and (4) The provision of an onsite technician by
Xerox to the district eight hours a day, forty hours a week; has

developed a professional rapport with staff and is familiar with schools and

location of equipment. The superintendent recommended awarding the contract to

enter into a five-year copier lease agreement with Xerox Copy Service for the

district’s copier equipment.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mr. Redus and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The Board heard a report from of the Pine Bluff Education Association President,

Ms. Anne Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell told the Board about the opportunity that she

and Mrs. Dorothy McFadden had to attend the Southeast Regional Leadership

Conference in Montgomery, Alabama, on January 30 – February 1, that was
sponsored by the Arkansas Education Association. Ms. Blackwell also shared that

she was the recipient of a NEA Foundation Award for Teacher Excellence

presented at a gala in Washington, D. C. on February 6, 2009. Appreciation was

expressed by Ms. Blackwell to Mr. Anthony and Mrs. Morgan for affording her the Pine Bluff Board of
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opportunity to attend the gala where she was able to network with teachers from

other states.

The Board congratulated Ms. Blackwell on her award.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The superintendent acknowledged Ms. Shayna Whiteside, a student at Pine

Bluff High School, who was elected as Secretary of the State FCCLA

organization. The FCCLA club sponsor at Pine Bluff High School is Ms.

Linda Callaway.

2) The issue of a common spring break for all schools in the state that is

currently being addressed at the Legislative Session was referenced by the

superintendent. The passing of a state tax on cigarettes which will support a

new statewide trauma system and health care was also mentioned.

3) The superintendent acknowledged his attendance at a committee meeting

earlier today that is working to propose restrictions and modifications to the

School Choice law.

Mr. Brown announced that at least five students in the Pine Bluff School District

who were selected for the All-State Choir and Orchestra at the recent auditions will

be performing with the All-State Choir and Orchestra this weekend in Hot Springs.
Rev. Norful acknowledged Mr. Anthony and the others who were responsible for

the completion of the work on the new Board meeting facility.



A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mr.

Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

March 17, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Pine Bluff School District Administration Building, 512 S. Pine Street, Tuesday,

March 17, 2009. Board members present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura

Brown, Mr. Herman Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, Mr. Richard Redus, and Mrs. Tyra

Tyler-Johnson. Rev. Jimmy Fisher was absent.

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Rev. W. R. Norful, President.

Rev. Norful declared that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline

and/or resignation of employees or students.

The Board reconvened to the public session at 7:07 p.m. following the executive

session.
A motion to approve the minutes from the February 17

th

regular meeting and the

consent agenda as printed was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace.

Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in

the nine (9) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed were

employment of classified personnel, resignation of certified personnel, resignation

of classified personnel, transfer of assignment of classified personnel, suspension

without pay for classified personnel, termination of classified personnel, retirement

notice from certified personnel, Family and Medical Leave requests for certified

personnel, and Family and Medical Leave request for classified personnel (with

the stipulation that the effective dates by the physician will be verified).

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mr. Redus and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all

Board members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of two (2) students for the

remainder of the 2008-2009 school year. The first recommendation was for an

eighth grade student at Jack Robey Junior High who was in possession of a

weapon on the campus. The second recommendation was for a tenth grade

student at Pine Bluff High School for his third suspension that fell under the

district’s “Three Strikes-You’re Out” policy.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all

Board members present voting aye. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting
March 17, 2009

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The Board heard the financial reports for the month ending February 28, 2009,

presented by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Printed copies of the

financial report were provided to the Board and for the public. In response to

questions from the Board, Mr. Brown explained that the district in anticipation of

the $800,000 shortfall this year is cutting expenditures to only necessary items

subject to approval by the superintendent, assistant superintendent, or the deputy

superintendent. Mr. Brown reported that the current tax collections were below

last year’s amount.

The superintendent recommended approval to operationalize the Reduction of

Force (ROF) Policy as needed before May 1, 2009. Pupil/teacher ratios, the

effects of the declining student enrollment patterns in the district, and maintaining

the district’s finances on track were stated as justification for the recommendation

by the superintendent. According to Mr. Anthony, the certified positions will have

to be acted on prior to May 1, and the classified positions have to be acted on

thirty days prior to the end of the contract.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all

Board members present voting aye.

The superintendent presented the results of the certified staff poll for the 2009-

2010 school calendar. The poll showed three-hundred thirteen votes were

received for Calendar Proposal #1 and twenty-one votes for Calendar Proposal

#2. The superintendent recommended the adoption of Calendar Proposal #1 for

the 2009-2010 school year. The Calendar Proposal #1 has the school year
starting on August 19 and ending on June 1, 2010.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation of Calendar #1 was

made by Mr. Horace and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with

all Board members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended approval of employing Pettit and Pettit as a

Professional Consultant Engineer to design and administer the installation of a

new HVAC system at the Trice Building at Pine Bluff High School during this

spring/summer 2009 pending approval of the partnership application with the

Arkansas Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Redus

and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The Board was addressed by Mr. Booker Franklin, Custodial Supervisor, who

praised Mr. Anthony for his leadership. Mr. Franklin expressed appreciation to Mr.

Anthony on behalf of the Auxiliary Services staff for his support during the past ten

years. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

March 17, 2009

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Rev. Norful expressed thanks from the Board to Mr. Franklin and voiced total

agreement with his remarks.

The Board heard a report from of the Pine Bluff Education Association President,

Ms. Anne Blackwell. Mrs. Blackwell reported that she is anticipating implementing

a plan to recognize a Teacher of the Year in the district by the end of the school

year.

The superintendent reminded Ms. Blackwell that he has promised his support of
her efforts.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The superintendent referenced that the district will be receiving benefits from

the Stimulus Package. Preliminary information indicates that the Title I

Program will receive an additional $2.2 million dollars from Stimulus funds,

and IDEA Special Education is in line to receive an additional $1.6 million

dollars for Special Education services. The superintendent reported there is

also another chance for additional revenue from a separate pool of Stimulus

money at the Governor’s discretion under the heading of State Fiscal

Stabilization Program that will address infrastructure for renovations and

repairs.

2) An announcement was made of the upcoming moving date of the district’s

administration offices to the new administration building at 512 S. Pine Street.

Mr. Anthony announced that the goal is to move over April 1 and April 2. The

Central Office will close at Noon on Wednesday, April 1. The Business Office

would be closed the afternoon of April 1 and all day on April 2 and will reopen

for business on Friday, April 3, 2009, at the new building.

Rev. Norful addressed one item concerning Mr. Anthony’s retirement. He stated

that he had been inundated with numerous phone calls asking why the School

Board was forcing Mr. Anthony to retire. In an effort to put the rumors to rest, Rev.

Norful stated that he wanted to make it transparently clear and that the School

Board did not ask Mr. Anthony to retire, nor did the School Board have any factors

that were negative against Mr. Anthony to ask him to retire. Rev. Norful stated

there has been no public or private meeting with Mr. Anthony to request that he
retire from the Pine Bluff School District. Rev. Norful acknowledged that the

superintendent has the full support of the School Board, and the School Board is

appreciative for what he has done. Retirement was a personal decision made by

Mr. Anthony. Rev. Norful refuted emphatically that the School Board forced Mr.

Anthony’s retirement.

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A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded

by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

April 21, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Pine Bluff School District Administration Building, 512 S. Pine Street, Tuesday,

April 21, 2009. Board members present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura

Brown, Rev. Jimmy Fisher, Mr. Herman Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, Mr. Richard

Redus, and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson.

The meeting was called to order at 6:02 p.m. by President W. R. Norful.
Rev. Norful declared that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline

and/or resignation of employees or students.

The Board reconvened to the public session at 7:20 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the March 17

th

regular meeting and the

consent agenda as printed was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Redus.

Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in

the nine (9) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed were

employment of certified personnel, employment of classified personnel,

resignation of certified personnel, resignation of classified personnel, retirement

notice from certified personnel, suspension without pay for classified personnel,

Family and Medical Leave request for certified personnel, and Family and Medical

Leave request for classified personnel.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made

by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all

Board members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of four (4) students for the

remainder of the 2008-2009 school year. Because these were the third

suspensions for all four students, each student falls under the district’s “Three

Strikes-You’re Out” policy.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made
by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The Board heard the financial reports for the month ending March 31, 2009,

presented by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Printed copies of the

financial report were provided to the Board and for the public. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

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The Board heard a report on the Parent/Teacher Conference Participation from

conferences at all schools on March 19, 2009, that was presented by the

superintendent.

The Board considered a proposal from the Board to amend the policy for naming

school properties (IX-W). The proposal would eliminate the present item number

six and remove the last statement from item number seven following the word

“naming”. The amended number seven would then become number six.

(Changes listed below.)

IX. W. Naming of School Properties

1. From time to time the Pine Bluff School District upon proper action by the

School District's duly elected Board Members may choose to cause certain

school district property(ies) to be identified by a designated name(s) selected

by the board.

2. The selection of a name(s), if any, and the property(ies), if any, which it will

identify shall be done solely at the discretion of the board. Any such selection

shall require a majority vote in accordance with existing policy.

3. It is contemplated district properties shall be named after an individual(s) to

honor that person(s), and that person(s) may be living or dead.
4. Prior to anyone being so designated, the following criteria shall be considered

and satisfied:

a. The designee shall have a direct and long term involvement with the

educational projects of the district.

b. The involvement shall be fundamental in nature.

c. The designee shall be considered a positive role model for youth.

5. The naming of buildings on a campus, rather than an entire school complex, to

honor a designee is not inconsistent with the intent of this policy and may be

done at the sole discretion of the board.

6. It is the general intent of this policy to name facilities generically, e.g. 34th

Street School, and to not name facilities specifically, e.g. Jack Robey Junior

High.



7. Only new facilities, as they may become property of the board, shall be

considered as candidates for specific naming. this in no way modifies the

stated intent in item 6.

A motion to amend the policy on naming of school property as proposed was

made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended approval of an amended school calendar for

2009-2010. In order for school districts to be in compliance with Act 1469 of 2009, Pine Bluff Board of
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the academic calendar must include five (5) make-up days, in addition to the

number of student-teacher interaction days required by the Standards for
Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts established by the

State Board of Education, for days unavoidably lost to exceptional or emergency

circumstances resulting from a contagious disease outbreak, inclement weather,

or other acts of God. In the proposed calendar amendment, the days of June 3-4,

and 7-9 were added as make-up days, if needed.



A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Redus

and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The Board heard a report on the NSBA Conference in San Diego, California, that

was attended by four Board members and the superintendent April 4-7, 2009. A

PowerPoint presentation outlining the Ten Themes for Improving Student

Achievement was provided by the superintendent.

The Board heard information concerning the American Recovery and

Reinvestment Act (Stimulus Funding) – Unprecedented Opportunities for Arkansas

Public Schools provided in a report by the superintendent. An announcement was

made by the superintendent of the allocation amounts for the Pine Bluff School

District: Title I, A ($2,735,753), IDEA, B ($1,408,125), State Stabilization Funds

($6,822,435), and Technology (undetermined amount).

A motion was made by Board member Jimmy Fisher to name the Pine Bluff

Administration Center, the “Frank Anthony Administrative Center” and seconded

by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. The vote was recorded as indicated by a show of hands

as follows: J. Fisher – aye, T. Tyler-Johnson – aye, L. Brown – aye, W. Norful –

aye; H. Horace – nay, R. Redus – nay, and D. Brown – nay.

Motion carried with four (4) Board members voting aye, and three (3) Board
members voting nay.

The Board heard a report from of the Pine Bluff Education Association President,

Ms. Anne Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell reported on the Spring Representative

Assembly for the Arkansas Education Association held April 17-18, 2009, in North

Little Rock. Ms. Blackwell mentioned and displayed two awards that the district’s

association received at the Assembly. The first award received was a certificate

and a $150.00 AEA purchase credit for maintaining 80% or higher membership,

and the second award was a first-place plaque for Exemplary Local Newsletter.

Ms. Blackwell read a list of many concerns and recommendations from teachers

that were addressed at the April 13

th

PBEA meeting. A printed copy of the

reported concerns and recommendations was also provided for each Board

member and the superintendent.

President Norful mentioned that all matters in Ms. Blackwell’s report should be

addressed by the appropriate administrators. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

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Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) Recognition was given to Roderick Bowman, a fifth-grade Oak Park student,

who was chosen as the Arkansas state finalist with “Artsonia—All Kids Can

Create.” The art teacher, Gloria Blaylock, and principal Shirley Washington

were also given recognition. Artsonia is a kids’ art museum where young

artists and students display their art in Washington, D. C. for the world to
view.

2) The superintendent recognized the following Pine Bluff High School FBLA

members who won the first place team trophy during the Battle of Chapter

competition at the Robinson Center in Little Rock, on April 7, 2009. Those

students were: Virginia Foster (11

th

grade), Bianca Mayo (11

th

grade), and

JaMarcus Purley (12

th

grade). The team received a first place team trophy

and will receive a $100 cash award. Each of the members received a gold

medallion.

3) Recognition was given to Christine Jacinto, a senior at Pine Bluff High

School, won second place with her entry in the 2009 Artistic Discovery

Congressional Art Competition. Congressman Mike Ross informed her that

her art work would be displayed in his congressional offices for all visitors to

see and enjoy.

4) The superintendent recognized Lynnae Garner, a junior at Pine Bluff High

School, received the following special awards at the Southeast Regional

Science Fair held in Monticello on March 12

th

: Overall First Place Winner,

Sigma Xi (Science Award) $100, UAM tuition scholarship, and all expense
paid trip to the International Science Fair in Reno, Nevada.

5) Recognition was given to Lynetta Davis, a senior at Pine Bluff High School,

for advancing to the semi-finalist round of the National Amateur Poetry

Competition, sponsored by Eber & Wein Publishing. Her poetry will be

published in a volume of contemporary poetry called “Verses and Visions.”

She is also eligible for a $2,500 grand prize.

6) The chess team at Pine Bluff High School won 3

rd

place in the Arkansas

Senior High Regional Tournament.

7) At the Arkansas Young Artist Association state competition, Christine Jacinto,

a senior at PBHS, won 1

st

place in the on-site charcoal division.

8) The superintendent saluted JaMarcus Purley, an honor student at Pine Bluff

High School, on becoming a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar. JaMarcus has a

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chosen from 20,500 applicants. The scholarship award in the amount of

$250,000 is renewable based on program guidelines, and any U.S.

accredited college or university of his choice may be attended. Currently,

JaMarcus plans to study engineering at Stanford University. This is the third

consecutive year for the district to have a Bill Gates Millennium Scholar

winner from Pine Bluff High School.
Rev. Norful added his congratulations to the Oak Park student Roderick Bowman,

art teacher Mrs. Gloria Blaylock, and principal Mrs. Shirley Washington, for

Roderick being chosen as an Arkansas finalist that results in his art to be on

display in Washington, D. C.

In addition, Mr. David Brown congratulated Mrs. Virginia Hymes, art teacher at

Pine Bluff High School, on the great teaching job she does to help her art students

enjoy success.



A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded

by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

May 19, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Frank Anthony Administrative Center, 512 S. Pine Street, Tuesday, May 19, 2009.

Board members present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura Brown, Mr. Herman

Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, Mr. Richard Redus, and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson. Rev.

Jimmy Fisher was absent.

The meeting was called to order at 6:09 p.m. by President W. R. Norful.
Rev. Norful declared that the Board would go into executive session for the purpose

of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline and/or

resignation of employees or students. Rev. Norful announced that a public comment

sign-up sheet was located in the back of the room for anyone wishing to address the

Board at the end of the meeting.

The Board reconvened to the public session at 7:11 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the April 21

st

regular meeting and the consent

agenda as printed was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion

carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in the

nine (9) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed were

employment of certified personnel for the 2009-2010 school year, employment of

classified personnel, resignation of certified personnel, resignation of classified

personnel, retirement notices from certified personnel, retirement notice from

classified personnel, reduction of force of certified personnel, suspension without pay

and probation for certified personnel, and Family and Medical Leave request for

certified personnel.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by

Mr. Redus and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of five (5) students for the

remainder of the 2008-2009 school year. One other student was recommended for
expulsion until the end of the 2009 Fall Semester for being in possession of a

weapon which is in violation of state law # 5-73-120.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by

Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by Mr. Redus. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The Board heard the financial reports for the month ending April 30, 2009, presented

by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Mr. Brown mentioned the efforts Pine Bluff Board of
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that been made to decrease expenditures to offset the anticipated loss in revenues in

State Aid in June. Mr. Brown responded to questions raised by Mr. David Brown

concerning the deficit in the Food Service budget that the district will have to absorb.

He explained that the deficit resulted from increased food costs based on projected

higher fuel costs. Printed copies of the financial report were provided to the Board

and for the public.

The Board heard an overview given by Mrs. Sharon Fletcher, Literacy Coordinator, of

a proposed, research-based Comprehensive Literacy Program for implementation in

all K-5 schools. Mrs. Fletcher provided a model of the proposed program with a

PowerPoint presentation for the Board’s information and consideration. Mrs. Fletcher

concluded her presentation with an introduction of the district literacy coaches who

were present: Ollie King – Greenville, Rosie Clayton – Thirty-Fourth Avenue, Beverly

Jones – Southwood, and Jerline Bullard – Broadmoor Elementary.

The superintendent provided additional specific information of the program. Mr.

Anthony recommended approval to implement the Comprehensive Literacy Program

in all K-5 schools beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.
A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Redus

and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The Board commended Mrs. Fletcher on her presentation.

The Board heard a review of the district’s Annual Accreditation Report given by the

superintendent. Mr. Anthony reported that all schools in the district were fully

accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education for the 2008-2009 school year.

The Board heard proposed handbook changes presented by Dr. Melvin Bryant,

Deputy Superintendent, and by Mrs. Mary Morgan, Assistant SuperintendentSecondary Education. Dr.
Bryant outlined the handbook changes for the elementary

schools in three categories: (1) Discipline consequences: There will be no division in

the level of consequences for violations of the discipline policy for grade levels. All

consequences will be consistent for grades Kindergarten – 5

th

. (2) Girls need to

wear studded earrings only – no large hoop earrings. Boys and Girls – No additional

fashion jewelry is needed during the school day. (3) A school insurance clarification

statement was added: The PBSD carries a school district’s legal liability policy which

covers wrongful acts of Board members and school employees performed in the

discharge of school district duties. Coverage applies to those losses which the

district becomes legally liable to pay. This policy does not cover PBSD students

playing on the playground or walking through school buildings. Parents are

offered an opportunity each school year to purchase an inexpensive insurance

policy that will cover their child while at school or while traveling to school

sponsored events or while traveling directly to and from school. Applications

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Mrs. Morgan presented the handbook changes for the secondary schools. There

were no changes for Belair/Southeast Middle School, Pine Bluff High School, or First

Ward Learning Center. Jack Robey Junior High School proposed the following

changes to the handbook: (1) Book Bags – Students will only be allowed to carry

mesh or clear backpacks on campus. All other backpacks will be confiscated. (2)

Promotion Policy from Grade 8 to Grade 9 – In order to be promoted, students in the

8

th

grade may be promoted to the 9

th

grade if they have passed three of the four

basic units of credit, which are math, English, science, and social studies. However,

to ensure a student’s future success, any student who fails math must attend

summer school in order to be promoted. No other courses may be substituted for

the basic courses. Students will not be considered ninth graders until all these

requirements are met.

The superintendent recommended approval of the handbook changes for the 2009-

2010 school year as outlined by Dr. Bryant and Mrs. Morgan.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mrs. Laura

Brown and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

Mrs. Mary Morgan presented the proposed changes to the Uniform Policy for the

2009-2010 school year recommended by the Uniform Policy Committee: (1) Shoes:
K-12 – Any style black, brown, navy, gray, or white shoe or tennis shoe. (The shoe

or tennis shoe must be all one color, and the logo only on the tennis shoe may be

any color.) (2) Belts: K-12 – Black, brown, khaki, or any of the allowable top colors

(navy, burgundy, gray, white, or hunter green). The belt must match the color of the

pants or top being worn. Exception: black or brown belt. (3) Ties or Bow ties: K-12

– Any kind.



The superintendent recommended the approval of the changes to the Uniform Policy

for the 2009-2010 school as submitted by the Uniform Policy Committee.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Herman

Horace and seconded by Mrs. Laura Brown. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The superintendent presented for approval the proposed salary packages for certified

and classified staff in the Pine Bluff School District:

Certified Staff –

1) One-time bonus of $1,000.00 – 2008-2009 (Stimulus/Stabilization Funds)

2) Add $275.00 to base salary – 2008-2009 (District Funds)

3) Add one step to salary schedule – 2009-2010 (District Funds)

Classified Staff –

1) 1% Raise – 2008-2009 (District Funds)

2) 3% One-time Bonus (up to $1,000.00)– 2008-2009 (Stimulus/Stabilization

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Total Costs by Category –
Stimulus Funds:

1) Certified (2008-2009) – $532,500.00

2) Classified (2008-2009) – $225,000.00

District Funds:

1) Certified (2008-2009) – $150,000.00

2) Classified (2008-2009) – $ 75,000.00

3) Certified (2009-2010) – $280,125.00

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation pending approval by the

Arkansas Department of Education and the Certified Personnel Policy Committee

was made by Mr. David Brown and seconded by Mrs. Laura Brown. Motion carried

with all Board members present voting aye.

The Board heard a report from of the Pine Bluff Education Association VicePresident, Ms. Sylvia Grady,
in the absence of the PBEA President, Ms. Anne

Blackwell. Ms. Grady announced the following items: (1) The PBEA Retirement

Reception is scheduled Thursday, May 21, 5:30 p.m. at the Pine Bluff High School

Student Center. (2) The Teacher of the Year applications for the district are now

available. (3) The latest issue of the local newsletter is scheduled for distribution on

June 1, 2009, by the PBEA.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board. The superintendent

mentioned a letter received from the Arkansas Chapter of the American Red Cross

which gave recognition to the staff and students of the Pine Bluff School District for

raising $5,542.00 during the 2009 Heroes Campaign for the American Red Cross.

Mr. Anthony saluted Mrs. Monica O’Briant for her efforts of organizing the district’s

campaign and the staff for the donations that amounted to one-third of the total

amount raised by the Red Cross.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:
1) The superintendent reported that the district’s Teacher of the Year committee

will be making the selection from applications submitted. Mr. Anthony

announced that the person selected as the Teacher of the Year will receive a

$1,000 award from the district, and hopes to make the announcement no later

than June 1, 2009.

2) The Together We Can Teacher Incentive/Appreciation Banquet scheduled

Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. at the Evergreen Packaging Training

Center, was announced by the superintendent.

3) Announcement was made of the Staff Development Day on June 1

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4) The superintendent reported that the committee has started to work on the

development of a narrative for the district’ Stimulus Plan. A tentative date of

June 16, 2009, was announced as the completion date.

5) Announcement was made that the Pine Bluff High School Graduation will take

place Friday, May 22, 7:00 P.M. at the Pine Bluff Convention Center.

6) Announcement was made of the dates for the upcoming summer school

programs: June 8 – July 10. The preschool summer program and the Catch-Up

Program (CUP) for Pre-K will be held at Forrest Park Preschool. The summer

program for grades K-5 will be held at Thirty-Fourth Avenue Elementary School

for those students who need remediation and help for promotion. First Ward

Alternate School will host two (2) three-week sessions for unit make-up/credit

recovery for secondary students. Mastery Math sessions will be held also this
summer. The College Preparatory Enrichment Program (CPEP) sessions for

ACT remediation will be held at Pine Bluff High School which may be moved to

the afternoons in order for more students to attend.

Mr. David Brown expressed gratitude to Mr. Anthony for finding the funds to give a

$1,000 award for the Teacher of the Year recipient. Mr. Brown made a suggestion to

name the Teacher of the Year Award for the Pine Bluff School District after the late

Mrs. Frances Perkins, a veteran teacher at Southeast Middle School who taught for

fifty-one years until her death in May 2008.

The superintendent concurred with Mr. Brown and recommended that the Teacher of

the Year Award be named “The Frances Perkins Teacher of the Year for the Pine

Bluff School District.”

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. David

Brown, and Mrs. Laura Brown seconded the motion. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.



A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr.

Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
June 16, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Frank Anthony Administrative Center, 512 S. Pine Street, Tuesday, June 16, 2009.

Board members present were: Mr. David Brown, Rev. Jimmy Fisher, Mr. Herman

Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson. Mr. Richard Redus and

Mrs. Laura Brown were absent.

The meeting was called to order at 6:06 p.m. by President W. R. Norful.

Rev. Norful declared that the Board would go into executive session for the purpose

of considering employment, appointment, promotion, demotion, discipline and/or

resignation of employees or students. Rev. Norful announced that the Board would

reconvene following the executive session.

The Board reconvened to the public session at 6:58 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the May 19

th

regular meeting and the consent

agenda as presented was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace.

Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in the

six (6) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed were

employment of certified personnel for the 2009-2010 school year, employment of

classified personnel, resignation of certified personnel, retirement notices from

certified personnel, resignation of classified personnel, and retirement notice from

classified personnel.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by
Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of three (3) students for the

remainder of the 2008-2009 school year. One other student was recommended for

expulsion until the end of the 2009 – 2010 Fall Semester for being in possession of a

weapon which is in violation of state law # 5-73-120.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by

Mr. Horace and seconded by Mr. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The Board heard the financial reports for the month ending May 31, 2009, and yearto-date reports for
the fiscal year through May 31, 2009, presented by Mr. Doug

Brown, Director of Business/Finance. The amount of revenues over expenditures

was $971,578.71 through May 31, 2009, was reported by Mr. Brown. Mr. Brown also

reported that the district would end the year in the black for Fiscal Year 08-09 even Pine Bluff Board of
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taking into account the expenditures for the raises that were given. He said the

district anticipates being funded for the reimbursement of bonuses that were paid to

all staff that totaled $735,000.00 through the Stimulus Program pending approval of

the district’s Stimulus Plan. Printed copies of the financial reports were provided to

the Board and for the public.

The superintendent recommended approval of the two-year projected budget for the

2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years as presented to be in compliance with the

Arkansas Department of Education’s regulations.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Rev. Fisher
and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended approval of the appointment of the official titles

and officers for the 2009-2010 school year: Financial Secretary – Doug Brown,

Director of Finance and District Treasurer – Doug Brown, Director of Finance.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Brown

and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present

voting aye.

The superintendent recommended approval of the extension of the insurance

coverage for buildings/content and for the vehicle fleet/equipment in the Pine Bluff

School District with the Arkansas Insurance Department Risk Management Division.

The policy is to be effective July 1, 2009, through July 1, 2010. According to invoices

presented and the superintendent’s statement, the premiums for the vehicle

fleet/equipment were $70,241.00, and $206,943.00 for the buildings/content policy.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Rev. Fisher

and seconded by Mr. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members present voting

aye.

The superintendent recommended approval to adopt the Resolution and the attached

Post-Issuance Compliance Policy Manual as printed.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. David

Brown and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended approval to employ First Security Beardsley

Public Finance as Financial Advisor for the period of three (3) years.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mrs. TylerJohnson and
seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board members
present voting aye. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

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The superintendent recommended approval to award the bid for Student

Athletic/Activity Accident Insurance for the 2009-2010 school year to the Dwight

Jones Agency of Nashville, Arkansas, for a premium of $35,693.46.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Horace

and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board members present

voting aye.

The Board heard a report given by the superintendent on the summer school

programs that are underway in the district: The CUP (Catch-Up Program) four-year

old program has twenty-eight students, and the extended pre-school program for

four-year old students that completed pre-school at Forrest Park has eighty students.

Both programs are paid for by either a grant or by a private donation. The

elementary program for grades 1-5 has 260 students enrolled and is located at

Thirty-Fourth Avenue Elementary. The programs included for the secondary

students are: Mastery Math for approximately eighty Algebra I/II and Geometry

students; credit recovery sessions for approximately ninety-four students who are

deficient in credits to be classified as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior that

are held at First Ward Alternate School. Mr. Anthony gave credit to Head Football

Coach Bobby Bolding for not having any ineligible students for athletics for this fall

participation for the first time this year. The C-PEP (College Preparatory Enrichment

Program) remediation program to help students improve scores on the ACT was

changed to afternoon sessions from 1:00 to 5:00 P.M. this year, has approximately

forty-one students participating. The C-PEP program held at Pine Bluff High School
is completed funded by the Arkansas Department of Education.

The Board heard a report from of the Pine Bluff Education Association President, Ms.

Anne Blackwell. Ms. Blackwell reported that the Personnel Policy Committee met on

May 29, 2009, at 1:00 P.M. at Broadmoor Elementary School to approve the bonus,

raises, and the addition of a step to the 2009-2010 school year salary schedule.

Appreciation to Mr. Anthony and the School Board was expressed by the PBEA. The

latest PBEA newsletter issue was distributed on June 1, 2009. The PBEA held a

retirement reception on May 21 at the Pine Bluff School Student Center to honor the

2009 retirees. Announcement was made of the attendance by Mrs. Dorothy

McFadden and Ms. Anne Blackwell at the Annual National Education Association

conference in San Diego, California, June 27 – July 7, 2009, where they will

represent the Arkansas Education Association.

Rev. Fisher invited the Board and audience to the dedication services on Sunday,

July 5, 2009, at the new Greater Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church located at

3700 W. 13

th

, at 3:00 P.M.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The superintendent reported that the Board has agreed to hold an Open House

of the Frank Administrative Center on June 30, 2009, 5:00 – 6:30 P.M. and

extended an invitation to the public to attend. Public notice of the event will also

be made the Pine Bluff Commercial at a later date. Pine Bluff Board of Education Meeting

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2) The superintendent acknowledged that Ms. LaRhonda Washington, VicePresident of the Pine Bluff
High School Student Council 2009-2010, was elected
as Governor of Girls’ State held recently in Conway.

3) An announcement was made of the new athletic classifications that will go into

effect 2010 – 2012. Pine Bluff High School will be competing in 7A/6A South

against the following school districts: Benton, Bryant, El Dorado, Lake

Hamilton, Little Rock McClellan, Sheridan, and Texarkana. The season will be

followed by both 6A state championship competition and 7A state championship

competition.

4) Announcement was made of a televised football game on Thursday, October 8,

2009, of the Pine Bluff High Zebras versus Lake Hamilton that will be broadcast

statewide on Channel 4 from Jordan Stadium in Pine Bluff. The superintendent

and Board encouraged everyone to attend the ballgame.

Rev. Norful reminded everyone that the Board is in the process of looking to hire

someone to fill the position of superintendent. Because of Mr. Anthony’s retirement

date of June 30, 2009, approaching, he said it will be necessary to name someone in

that position until a later date. Rev. Norful recommended to the Board that an interim

superintendent be named until such time as a new superintendent is hired by the

Board. Rev. Norful further recommended that the person recommended as Interim

Superintendent was Dr. Robert Handley. If approved, that person would also be

named as the Ex-Officio Secretary of the district.

A motion to name Dr. Robert Handley as the Interim Superintendent and Ex-Officio

Secretary of the Pine Bluff School District was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and

seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting

aye.



A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mr.
Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________ PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

June 30, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in special called session at the boardroom of

the Frank Anthony Administrative Center, 512 S. Pine Street, at the conclusion of the

public open house on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Board members present were: Mrs.

Laura Brown, Rev. Jimmy Fisher, Mr. Herman Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, and Mrs.

Tyra Tyler-Johnson. Mr. Richard Redus and Mr. David Brown were absent.

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of one item under Personnel

Action. The category listed was Non-renewal of Employment of classified personnel

for the 2009-2010 contract year.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by

Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Laura Brown. Motion carried with all

Board members present voting aye.

The Board heard a report from the superintendent of details of the proposed Stimulus

Plan to apply for funds from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The

amount of funds the Pine Bluff School District will receive, if the local Board approves

and once the plan is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education, was

outlined by Mr. Anthony using PowerPoint slides as follows: Title I, A - $2,735.753;

IDEA, B - $1,408,125; and Stabilization - $6,822,435. The superintendent outlined
ten projects that the district proposes to expend the Stabilization funds to: (1)

Contract with the JBHM consulting firm to provide intensive support to the six

elementary and two middle schools: $800,000.00; (2) Purchase surveillance

cameras in each building throughout the district and on school buses: $246,099.60;

(3) Purchase a computerized bus routing system to ensure an efficient, safe, and

timely delivery of students to and from school: $24,545.00; (4) Fund improvement

projects to improve the learning environments throughout the district: $407,289.00;

(5) Fund the use of The Comprehensive Literacy Model in each of the six K-5

elementary schools: $609,904.00; (6) Develop and implement a district literacy lab to

service principals, teachers, interventionists / tutors, and parents: $35,700.00; (7)

Create effective classrooms through the infusion of instructional technology:

$2,037,295.90; (8) Provide materials and supplies for each teaching station to

support teaching and learning: $353,139.57; (9) Provide a one-time bonus for the

2008-2009 and 2009-2010 school years to promote the retention and recruitment of

highly qualified teachers; (10) Provide a technology infrastructure that will support the

many technology projects being implemented with SFSF funds throughout the

district: $835,461.93. The superintendent outlined seven projects that the district

proposes to spend Title I funds: (1) To create effective K-5 classrooms through the

use of instructional technology: $1,411,371.16; (2) To modernize the outdated media

center on each of the six elementary and two middle school campuses by introducing

new technology to create a state-of-the-art media center and provide reading

resources to improve literacy skills: $173,034.00; (3) To provide equipment, materials

and supplies, and software for all campus parent centers to support parent

education: $14,760.00; (4) To upgrade the existing District Title I Parent Center to

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$38,725.00; (5) To set aside 20% of the Title I funding to provide Supplemental

Education Services for eligible students: $547,151.00; (6) To set aside 15% of the

Title I funding to develop and provide professional development for teachers in all

Title I schools: $410,362.95; (7) To provide materials and supplies for the literacy and

math instructional facilitators who provide support to the Title I schools: $140, 348.89.

The superintendent outlined eight projects that the district proposes to spend IDEA, B

stimulus funds: (1) To purchase a specialized bus to transport students with

disabilities to and from various locations, inside and outside of the district as

specifically described on the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP):

$63,150.00; (2) To implement professional development that is designed to ensure

that all staff is trained to meet the diversified needs of all students in the district with

disabilities: $65,000.00; (3) To purchase instructional equipment for every special

education classroom in the district: $712,933.00; (4) To implement the Community

Based Instruction (CBI) Classroom designed for self-contained students who need

intensive instruction in functional and daily living skills: $48,737.00; (5) To purchase

Internet on-line access to programs, licensure agreements, and software

technologies that will be utilized in the district to enhance the academic process,

thereby, improving student achievement for students with disabilities on all grade

levels in the academic instructional environment: $271,860.00; (6) To purchase

mobility lift systems in classrooms, bathrooms, and other areas on the campus that

will allow staff to lift orthopedically impaired and immobile students from their wheel

chairs safely: $69,960.00.

The superintendent recommended approval to execute the district’s Stimulus Plan
and approval to submit it to the Arkansas Department of Education.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mrs. Brown

and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board members present

voting aye.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by

Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________



DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

July 21, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Frank Anthony Administrative Center, Tuesday, July 21, 2009. Board members

present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura Brown, Rev. Jimmy Fisher, Mr. Herman

Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson. Mr. Richard Redus arrived

later during the executive session.

The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m. by Rev. W. R. Norful, President.

Rev. Norful announced that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointments, promotions, demotions,

discipline, and/or resignation of employees or students. Rev. Norful stated that the

Board would reconvene following the executive session. A public comment sign in
sheet provided for anyone wishing to address the Board at the conclusion of the

meeting was also pointed out by Rev. Norful.

The Board reconvened to regular session at 6:15 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the June 16th regular meeting, the June 30

th

special called meeting, and the consent agenda was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson

and seconded by Mr. Redus. Motion carried with all Board members present

voting aye.

Rev. Norful declared that the Board had received a resignation letter from Mr. Richard

Redus from the Zone 7 Board position that stated for personal family issues. A motion to

accept the resignation with regrets from Mr. Redus effective July 21, 2009, was made by

Mr. Horace and seconded by Mrs. Brown. (The time was stated by Rev. Norful as 6:14

P.M.) Motion carried with the remaining six Board members present voting aye. Rev.

Norful extended best wishes from the remaining Board members to Mr. Redus and offered

gratitude for his service to the Board, the Pine Bluff School District, and to the children of

the Pine Bluff community.

Mr. Redus thanked the Board, shook hands with the Board members as he bid them

farewell, and then left the meeting.

Interim Superintendent Handley recommended approval of all items as printed in the

six (6) categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed were

employment of certified personnel, employment of classified personnel, transfer of

assignment for certified personnel, resignations of classified personnel, maternity

leave for certified personnel, and suspension without pay of classified personnel. Pine Bluff Board of
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A motion to accept the interim superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was

made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

Rev. Norful welcomed Dr. Robert Handley to his first Board meeting as Interim

Superintendent and thanked him for consenting to come out of retirement and accept the

Board’s appointment to help out the district at this time.

In response, Dr. Handley thanked the Board for the opportunity.

The Board heard the financial report for the period ending June 30, 2009, presented

by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. A net operating profit of

$10,354.49 for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009, was reported. Mr. Brown

referenced a memo given to the Board that addressed the budget challenges that

will impact the district in Fiscal Year 2009-2010. The four factors referred to by Mr.

Brown that will negatively affect the 2009-2010 budget are listed as follows: (1) State

Aid reduction (averaged over two years) from loss of 210 students amounting to

$1,038,000; (2) Food Service Program operating loss – $175,000;(3) Retirement

matching increase for T-Drop participants from 6% to 14% will cost the district an

additional $150,000; (4) Cost of certified step increase – $546,250; and the total

negative impact for FY 10 amounts to approximately $1,390,250.

The Board heard an update on the status of the approval of funds in the Stimulus

Program from Mr. Brown. He told the Board that the district has been notified that

conditional approval of the district’s Stimulus Plan. According to Mr. Brown, the

district has received $68,000 in Title I monies which represents 5% of 50% of the

Title I allocation from the Arkansas Department of Education. Mr. Brown explained

based on information received from the State Department that the districts who
receive conditional approval can expect to receive a letter that will outline any

changes that need to be made to plans.

The interim superintendent recommended naming Mr. Doug Brown, Director of

Business/Finance, as the primary disbursing officer and the Interim Superintendent

Robert Handley as the alternate disbursing officer for the 2009-2010 school year.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation, in compliance with Act

671 of 2003, was made by Mr. Brown and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion

carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The Board heard a summary of the Annual Report of the Gifted and Talented

Program presented by Mrs. Sheryl Kearney, Director of the Gifted and Talented

Program. The 2008-2009 Gifted and Talented Program serviced approximately 153

First through Fifth Grade students who met one-half a day, one day per week for Pine Bluff Board of
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instruction from the three Gifted and Talented facilitators. Each Monday the three

facilitators visit the six K-5 schools to give whole group enrichment to the

Kindergarten students. Mrs. Kearney told the Board of several grants awarded to

the Gifted and Talented facilitators that totaled approximately $4,662.00. The G/T

Program identified one hundred seventy-nine students in grades 6-12 who had the

opportunity to take Pre-AP and AP classes. Mrs. Kearney reported that in May

there were 226 AP exams administered by the G/T faculty, but only eleven of those

students received a passing score of three to be eligible to receive college course

credit. Information on the competition teams Destination Imagination, Chess, and

Quiz Bowl was also included in the Annual Gifted and Talented Report from Mrs.

Kearney.
The Board heard a Pine Bluff Education Association report from Ms. Anne Blackwell,

PBEA President. Ms. Blackwell shared the news of the recent death of Mr. Calvin

Fairbanks, who served as the AEA Uniserve Director for the Pine Bluff School

District from July 2005 until February 2008. Ms. Blackwell provided the information

for the planned funeral services. A moment of silence was observed in the meeting

for Mr. Fairbanks. The attendance by Mrs. Dorothy McFadden and Ms. Blackwell at

the National Education Association’s Representative Assembly Program in San

Diego, California, held June 27-July 7, 2009, was mentioned by Ms. Blackwell. Mrs.

McFadden and Ms. Blackwell presented Rev. Norful with a San Diego souvenir cap

from their trip. Ms. Blackwell announced that she will represent the school district by

serving on the Arkansas Department of Education Teacher Evaluation Task Force

beginning July 24, 2009. Ms. Blackwell reported on the PBEA meeting and

discussed the concerns expressed by the teachers who attended the meeting.

Rev. Norful thanked Ms. Blackwell for her report and for the souvenir cap from their

trip. He assured her that the PBEA would be given answers to their questions. Rev.

Norful asked Ms. Blackwell and Mrs. McFadden they secure memorial flowers for

Mr. Fairbanks’s funeral on behalf of the Board and told them that he would be

responsible for the payment of the flowers.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Dr. Handley presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The construction project at the Trice Building at Pine Bluff High School is on

target for completion and will be instructionally ready by the first day of school.

2) The interim superintendent announced that bids have been solicited for

replacement of the security system at Oak Park Elementary School, and the

work is anticipated to be ready for the beginning of school.
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A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mr.

Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________

DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

September 1, 2009

(Re-scheduled from August 18, 2009)

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Frank Anthony Administrative Center, Tuesday, September 1, 2009. Board

members present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura Brown, Rev. Jimmy Fisher,

Mr. Herman Horace, Rev. W. R. Norful, and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson.

The meeting was called to order at 6:04 p.m. by Rev. W. R. Norful, President.

Rev. Norful announced that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointments, promotions, demotions,

discipline, and/or resignation of employees or students. Rev. Norful stated that the

Board would reconvene following the executive session. A public comment sign in

sheet was provided for anyone wishing to address the Board at the conclusion of the

meeting.
The Board reconvened to regular session at 6:58 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the July 21

st

regular meeting and the consent

agenda was made by Mr. David Brown and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion

carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Anthony recommended approval of all items as printed in the six (6)

categories printed under Personnel Action. The categories listed were employment

of certified personnel, employment of classified personnel, transfer of assignment for

classified personnel, resignations of certified personnel, resignations of classified

personnel, and Family and Medical Leave for classified personnel.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by

Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by Mr. Horace. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

A motion to approve the superintendent’s contract was made by Rev. Fisher and

seconded by Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson. The effective dates of the contract were

stated as August 1, 2009, through June 30, 2011 (23 months).

Motion carried with the following Board members voting aye for the motion - Mr.

Brown, Mrs. Brown, Rev. Fisher, Rev. Norful, and Mrs. Tyler-Johnson; and Mr.

Horace opposed the motion and voted nay.

The Board heard the financial report for the period ending July 31, 2009, presented

by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Mr. Brown reported that Pine Bluff Board of
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revenues and expenditures were down. He stated that the district is attempting to

contain costs in anticipation of the revenue continuing to decline.

The Board heard a special presentation by Deputy Chief Ivan Whitfield, Pine Bluff

Police Department, on the results of the fishing tournament held on Saturday,

August 29, 2009, at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Deputy Chief Whitfield

announced that Mr. Anthony won the fish-off between the other Jefferson County

superintendents. Deputy Chief Whitfield announced that Mr. Anthony was the

winner of the fish-off and he was there to present Mr. Anthony with fifty (50) tickets

to all UAPB home football games to be distributed to Pine Bluff High School

students. A frame containing pictures from the event was also given to Mr. Anthony

by Deputy Chief Whitfield.

The superintendent recommended approval of a change to adult cafeteria meal

prices retroactive to August 19, 2009, for the 2009-2010 school year. He stated that

the Arkansas Department of Education Child Nutrition guidelines require adult lunch

prices to be a minimum of $2.91. The proposed prices for adults would be raised to:

$1.50 – Breakfast and $3.00 – Lunch.

A motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. David

Brown and seconded by Mrs. Laura Brown. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The superintendent recommended approval of tuition agreements with the following

agencies for the Special Services Department of the Pine Bluff School District for the

2009-2010 school year: Jenkins, Residential Programs, Juvenile Detention Center,

Head Start (Special Education), and Early Childhood (Special Education).

A motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mrs. TylerJohnson and
seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.
The Board heard an overview of 2009 assessment results for Benchmark, EOC –

Algebra, Geometry, and Literacy that was presented by the superintendent through

a series of graphs and charts. Mr. Anthony referred to a previous news article that

reported that the Pine Bluff School District students scored higher in every testing

area with the exception of 4

th

Grade Literacy and 7

th

Grade Math which remained the

same. The superintendent explained the new Smart Accountability labels that

correspond with current levels of School Improvement but differentiate on whether

schools are missing AYP by a few subgroups or on a more systematic level. The

labels for the new Smart Accountability model were listed as follows: (1) Achieving

Schools – Schools that meet standards – Broadmoor Elementary and W. T. Cheney

Elementary; (2) Targeted Improvement Schools – Schools that do not meet

Adequate Yearly Progress in math and/or literacy and miss the AMO for the 25

percent or fewer students and do not miss the AMO for combined population

resulting in School Improvement Years 1-3. No schools in the district were in this

category; (3) Whole School Improvement schools – do not meet Adequate Yearly Pine Bluff Board of
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Progress in math and/or literacy and miss the AMO for combined population and/or

more than 25 percent of the subgroup resulting in School Improvement Years 1-3 –

Greenville Elementary and Southwood Elementary, year one, and Southeast Middle,
year two; (4) Targeted Intensive School Improvement – do not meet Adequate

Yearly Progress in math and/or literacy and miss the AMO for 25 percent or fewer

groups and do not miss the AMO for combined population resulting in School

Improvement Year 4 or more years – requires restructuring. No schools in the

district were in this category; (5) Whole School Intensive School Improvement – do

not meet Adequately Yearly Progress in math and/or literacy and miss the AMO for

combined population and more than 25 percent groups resulting in School

Improvement Year 4 or more years – requires restructuring. Schools in the district

that fall in the category are Belair Middle and Oak Park Elementary, year five, and

Thirty-Fourth Avenue Elementary, year four; and (6) State Directed School

Improvement Schools – schools that do not meet Adequate Yearly Progress in math

and/or literacy after Targeted School Improvement, Year 5 or Whole School

Improvement, Year 5. Schools in the district that fall into this category are Pine Bluff

High and Jack Robey Junior High.

The superintendent recommended approval to contract with the following

consultants and School Improvement Initiatives for the 2009-2010 school year:

Q-Write and JBHM – School Improvement Initiative.

A motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. David

Brown and seconded by Rev. Fisher. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.

The Board heard an overview presented by the superintendent of the district-wide

staff development training sessions held August 10-13, 17, and 18, 2009.

The Board heard a report from the Pine Bluff Education Association report given by

Ms. Esther Coleman, PBEA Vice-President, reporting in the absence of President

Anne Blackwell. Ms. Coleman reported on the upcoming election of teachers to the
Personnel Policy Committee and stressed the importance of this committee to the

teachers and to the district. Ms. Coleman reported the names of the new PBEA

officers that were installed on August 10, 2009, as follows: Esther Coleman – VicePresident, Louise
Sullivan – Secretary, and Pat Jones – Treasurer. Ms. Coleman

reported that the PBEA had conducted interviews of the individuals running for

School Board positions. Ms. Coleman said that the PBEA want to ensure that the

students are the number one priority and know that the School Board officials are an

integral part of ensuring that the students obtain the best education possible.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The superintendent reported on major maintenance projects completed in the

district the summer 2009: (1) The installation of a new HVAC system at the Pine Bluff Board of
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Trice Building at Pine Bluff High School, (2) Resurfaced the Trice Building

driveway, (3) Installation of new bleachers at the PBHS track field utilizing inhouse labor, (4) Installed a
new drainage system at Trice Building to prevent

flooding, (5) Remodeled the Little Theater at PBHS with new carpet, replaced

part of seats, paint, and new lighting; (6) resurfacing parking area and driveway

at Belair Middle and the driveway at Southwood Elementary. (7) Currently, the

W. T. Cheney Elementary main building is being reroofed and the canopy

leading from the main building to the cafeteria will be repaired. (8) Surveillance

cameras have been installed in every school.

2) Announcement was made of the football game between Pine Bluff High Zebras

against Lake Hamilton is scheduled Thursday, October 8, at Jordan Stadium,

and will be televised statewide on KARK-Channel 4. KARK has also offered a
free, 30-second commercial featuring the PBHS students to highlight the high

school.

3) Announcement of the arrangement with KCAT Radio—1340 AM to broadcast of

all Pine Bluff High School home and away football games this season. The

radio broadcast will also feature interviews with ‘Teacher of the Week’ and

‘Student of the Week’. For the first game’s broadcast, Mr. John Watson,

teacher from Pine Bluff High School, will be interviewed and recognized as the

‘Teacher of the Week’ and LaRhonda Washington will be the featured student

from Pine Bluff High School.



A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Rev. Fisher and seconded by Mr.

Horace. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:52 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________

DATE:____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

September 15, 2009

The Pine Bluff Board of Education met in regular session at the boardroom of the

Frank Anthony Administrative Center, Tuesday, September 15, 2009. Board

members present were: Mr. David Brown, Mrs. Laura Brown, Rev. Jimmy Fisher,

Mr. Herman Horace, and Mrs. Tyra Tyler-Johnson. Board President W. R. Norful

was absent.
The meeting was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by Rev. Jimmy Fisher, Vice-President.

Rev. Fisher announced that the Board would go into executive session for the

purpose of considering employment, appointments, promotions, demotions,

discipline, and/or resignation of employees or students. Rev. Fisher stated that the

Board would reconvene following the executive session. A public comment sign in

sheet was provided for anyone wishing to address the Board at the conclusion of the

meeting.

The Board reconvened to regular session at 6:26 p.m. following the executive

session.

A motion to approve the minutes from the September 1

st

regular meeting and the

consent agenda was made by Mr. David Brown and seconded by Mr. Horace.

Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

Superintendent Anthony recommended approval of one item as printed in one (1)

category printed under Personnel Action. The category listed was resignation of

classified personnel.

A motion to accept the superintendent’s recommendation as submitted was made by

Mr. Horace and seconded by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson. Motion carried with all Board

members present voting aye.

The Board heard the financial report for the period ending August 31, 2009,

presented by Mr. Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance. Mr. Brown reported

that revenues exceeded expenditures. In addition, he stated that revenues continue

to decline compared to last year.

The Board deviated from the regular Board meeting in order to allow the
presentation of the Annual Report to the Public by the superintendent. Mr. Anthony

summarized the report with the use of a PowerPoint slide presentation. The Annual

Report to the Public serves as an overview of the 2008-2009 school year, current

status, and expectations for the 2009-2010 school year. The superintendent

provided highlights from the following categories: District Review, Student

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Regulations and Programs, Major Accomplishments, Maintenance and

Transportation, Finance and Budget, Coca-Cola Contract Revenue/Expenditures,

School Board Training, and Recommendation. Printed copies of the whole report

were also provided for the Board and audience members.

The Board resumed the regular meeting and returned to the agenda.

The Board heard a comprehensive report from Mr. Albert Brown, State Director for

the JBHM Education Group. The district has for the second year contracted with

JBHM Educational Group for consulting services. Mr. Brown introduced Mr. Roy

Ballentine, JBHM Consultant/Specialist, and Dr. David Rainey, Assistant State

Director for JBHM and State Representative in the Arkansas House of

Representatives. This year the services with JBHM were expanded to include the

six (6) elementary schools and the two (2) middle schools. Mr. Roy Ballentine also

reported on the consulting services provided at Pine Bluff High School and Jack

Robey Junior High School during the 2008-2009 school year and the areas on which

will be focused during the current school year. Mr. Brown shared with members of

the Board printed copies of examples of achievement information from an

elementary school in St. Mary’s Parrish, Louisiana.
An announcement of the following upcoming calendar of events for the Arkansas

School Boards Association was made by the superintendent:

• New Board Member Institute – October 14, 2009 – Doubletree Hotel, Little

Rock, AR

• Fall Regional Meeting for Region 11 – October 20, 2009 – Rison High School

Cafeteria

• 2009 ASBA Annual Conference – December 9-11, 2009, Peabody Hotel,

Little Rock, AR

The superintendent recommended approval of the personnel policies for certified

and classified personnel and salary schedules for the 2009-2010 school year

pursuant to Arkansas Code Annotated §6-17-201 and §6-17-2301 to be filed with the

Department of Education no later than September 15 of each year.

A motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mrs. TylerJohnson and
seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members

present voting aye.



The superintendent recommended approval to contract with The Learning Institute

for Interim Formative Assessments in Literacy and Math for the 2009-2010 school

year.

A motion to approve the superintendent’s recommendation was made by Mr. Brown

and seconded by Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members present

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The Board heard a report from the Pine Bluff Education Association report given by

Ms. Anne Blackwell, PBEA President. Ms. Blackwell congratulated Mrs. Dorothy
McFadden on her selection as the Educator Award nominee by the PBEA for the

Thirty-First AEA Human and Civil Rights Banquet to be held on Thursday, November

5, 2009. As explained by Ms. Blackwell, this award is presented to the educator

who has made a notable contribution for the eradication of racial and professional

inequities in the education profession; worked to bring about improved inter-racial

relations and understanding; and identified and recognized by his/her profession

and/or her community for an outstanding civic or educational contribution or

achievement. Ms. Blackwell reported to the Board on several concerns expressed

by teachers at the PBEA meeting held the day before on Monday, September 14,

2009. Among the concerns mentioned by several teachers that attended the PBEA

meeting were various issues and problems they were having related to the

implementation of the JBHM consulting program. Ms. Blackwell requested on the

teachers’ behalf that the JBHM directives be given in writing concerning duties,

responsibilities, and all methods or instruments to be used in regard to teacher

evaluations and teacher improvements and be presented to teachers no later than

Friday, September 18, 2009.

Miscellaneous news items were shared with the Board.

Mr. Anthony presented the following items in the superintendent’s report:

1) The superintendent reported on the announcement by Governor Beebe on

September 14, 2009, of the appointment of the new Commissioner for the

Arkansas Department of Education, and that is Dr. Tom Kimbrell who has

served as Superintendent at Paragould and North Little Rock and has been the

Executive Director of the Arkansas Administrator’s Education Association.

2) Announcement was made of the scheduling conflict between the ASBA Region

11 meeting and the date for the regular Pine Bluff School Board meeting on
October 20. Mr. Anthony stated that the date of the school board meeting will

be rescheduled, and the date will be announced at a later date.

3) The superintendent announced that two schools were without electricity this

morning resulting from a thunderstorm. The power at Jack Robey Junior High

was out from 6:45 a.m. until shortly after 12:00 noon. Mr. Anthony stated those

students were kept at school in a structured environment, instruction continued,

and arrangements were made to provide sack lunches for the students. The

electricity was restored to Forrest Park Pre-School at approximately 10:00 a.m.,

and hot lunches were able to be prepared there. No other interruptions were

reported from the electrical outage.

4) Announcement of the football game scheduled on Thursday, October 8,

between the Pine Bluff High School Zebras and Lake Hamilton High School will

be televised statewide on KARK-Channel 4. The TV station has offered to Pine Bluff Board of Education
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furnish free a thirty-second commercial formulized by the Pine Buff High

students to display positive highlights of the Pine Bluff School District.

5) The superintendent announced receiving notice from Economics Arkansas of

the grant awards to two teachers in the district—Ms. Shelina Warren, Civics

teacher at Jack Robey Junior High, and Tonya Colen, a Gifted and Talented

teacher. Ms. Warren, who is a repeat recipient, will receive a $1,000 grant; and

Ms. Colen is the recipient of a $500 grant. The winners across the state will be

recognized at a luncheon at the Chenal Country Club in Little Rock early in

December, 2009.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by

Mrs. Brown. Motion carried with all Board members present voting aye.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.



APPROVED:_______________________________

ATTEST:__________________________________

DATE:____________________________________ PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Minutes of the September 24, 2009

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

The meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. in the boardroom of the Frank Anthony

Administrative Center, 512 S. Pine Street, Thursday, September 24, 2009, with

Vice-President Jimmy Fisher presiding. Board members David Brown, Laura Brown,

Herman Horace, and Tyra Tyler-Johnson were present. Board President W. R.

Norful was absent.

The purpose of the meeting was announced by Vice-President Fisher, which was to

consider the 2009-2010 Budget for the Pine Bluff School District.

The presentation of the proposed 2009-2010 Budget was given by the Director

Business/Finance, Doug Brown. The projected budget was outlined by Mr. Brown

listing beginning balances for Operating/Teacher Salary/Debt Service:

$10,778,683.81 and $1,714,469.78 for Federal Programs. The projected budget

listed Total Revenue (Operating, Teacher Salary, and Debt Service) at

$41,090,779.93; Federal Programs revenue as $5,739,013.27; and Food Service at

$2,304,286,89. The projected amount under Total Expenditures was $41,090,779.93

(Operating/Teacher Salary/Debt Service); Federal Programs - $7,453,483.05; Food
Service - $2,514,365.45. The projected ending Balances were listed as:

Operating/Teacher Salary/Debt Service - $10,778,683.81; Federal Programs - $0;

Food Service – ($210,078.56).

A time of questions and answers took place between members of the Board, Mr.

Doug Brown, and Superintendent Frank Anthony.

The superintendent recommended approval of the 2009-2010 Pine Bluff School

District Budget as presented.

A motion to adopt the 2009-2010 Budget as recommended by the superintendent

was made by Board member David Brown and seconded by Board member Tyra

Tyler-Johnson.

The motion to adopt the 2009-2010 Budget passed by a 6-0 vote.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Mrs. Tyler-Johnson and seconded by

Mrs. Laura Brown, which passed by a 6-0 vote.

The meeting was adjourned at 5:20 p.m.

APPROVED:_______________________________

W. R. Norful, President Pine Bluff Board of Education Special Called Meeting

September 24, 2009

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ATTEST:__________________________________

Doug Brown, Secretary



DATE:____________________________________



October is missing.
PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Minutes of the November 17, 2009

REGULAR MEETING

The Pine Bluff School Board met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, November

17, 2009, in the boardroom of the Frank Anthony Administrative Center, 512 S. Pine

Street. Members present were Donna Barnes, David Brown, Jimmy Fisher, Chandra

Griffin, Herman Horace, W. R. Norful, Tyra Tyler-Johnson, and Superintendent Frank

Anthony.

I. CALL TO ORDER

President W. R. Norful called the meeting to order.

II. EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board retired to executive session for consideration of the following

personnel items:

Employment of classified personnel, classified resignations, and certified

requests for Family and Medical Leave.

III. ELECTION OF OFFICERS: PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, RECORDING

SECRETARY-TREASURER, AND FINANCIAL SECRETARY (DIRECTOR

OF BUSINESS FINANCE)

Upon return to the open meeting at 7:01 p.m., Herman Horace nominated

Rev. Jimmy Fisher as President. Tyra Tyler-Johnson moved for nominations

to cease. Rev. Fisher was elected by the Board as President with a vote

of 7-0.

Herman Horace nominated David Brown as Vice-President, and Donna

Barnes nominated Herman Horace as Recording Secretary-Treasurer. The
Board voted 7-0 to elect David Brown as Vice-President and Herman

Horace at Recording Secretary-Treasurer.

A motion was made by Herman Horace and seconded by Donna Barnes

to elect Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance, as Financial

Secretary of the Board. The motion passed with a vote of 7-0.

[The gavel was turned over by W. R. Norful to newly-elected President, Jimmy

Fisher, to preside over the remainder of the meeting.]

IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by W. R. Norful and seconded by Herman Horace to

approve the minutes of October 27, 2009, and the consent agenda. The

motion passed with a vote of 7-0.

V. PERSONNEL ACTION

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of the personnel action

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was made by Herman Horace and seconded by Donna Barnes to approve

the list of Employment of certified personnel, Employment of classified

personnel, Classified promotion, Certified resignation, Classified

resignations, Certified request for Family and Medical Leave, and

Classified requests for Family and Medical Leave as presented. The

motion passed with a vote of 7-0.

VI. FINANCIAL REPORTS

Doug Brown, Business/Finance Director presented the September financial

report.
VII. APPROVAL OF LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT BUDGET APPLICATION FOR

THE PROVISION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION AND RELATED SERVICES

FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2009-10 – (Fulfillment of Arkansas Code Ann. 6-20-

310)

A motion was made by W. R. Norful and seconded by T y r a T y le rJohnson to approve the Local School
District Budget Application for the

Provision of Special Education and related services for School Year

2009-10 as a fulfillment of Arkansas Code Ann. 6-20-310. The motion

passed with a vote of 7-0.

VIII. APPROVAL OF T H E A R K A N S A S DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

ASSURANCE FOR PROGRAMS UNDER THE ELEMENTARY AND

SECONDARY EDUCATION ACT OF 1965, AS AMENDED BY THE NCLB

ACT OF 2001 – PUBLIC LAW 107-110

The superintendent submitted for approval the set of assurances for programs

under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by

the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act of 2001 – Public Law 107-110, and to

authorize the superintendent to sign the assurances as required by Section

9306 and submit an Arkansas Comprehensive School Improvement Plan

(application) to the Arkansas Department of Education as required by Section

9305.

A motion was made by Donna Barnes and seconded by W. R. Norful to

approve the set of assurances for programs under the Elementary and

Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended by the NCLB Act of 2001

– Public Law 107-110, as presented by the superintendent. The motion

passed with a vote of 7-0.

IX. INITIAL DISCUSSION OF REPAIRS TO THE PBHS TRACK AND THE
PRO’S ANC CON’S (COST FACTOR) OF INSTALLING ARTIFICIAL TURF

AT JORDAN STADIUM

The superintendent initiated a discussion to address the needed repairs to the

Pine Bluff High School track and the initial discussion of the pro’s and con’s,

preliminary cost factors, and funding methods for installing artificial turf at

Jordan Stadium. Mr. Anthony presented for discussion information on four

areas listed as advantages of synthetic turf: lower maintenance costs,

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X. AN OUTLINE AND OVERVIEW OF THE UPCOMING ASBA CONFERENCE,

DECEMBER 9-11, 2009

The superintendent presented an overview of the agenda for the upcoming

Arkansas School Boards Association Annual Conference, December 9-11,

2009, Peabody Hotel, Little Rock.

XI. PERSONNEL POLICIES COMMITTEE REPORT

PPC member Freddie Johnson announced that the Personnel Policies

Committee tentatively scheduled a meeting on Thursday, November 19, 4:00

p.m. at the AEA building on Olive Street.

XII. PINE BLUFF EDUCATION ASSOCIATION REPORT

A report from the Pine Bluff Education Association was presented by Ms.

Freddie Johnson, PPC member / PBHS English teacher. Items included in the

report were: (1) Announcement of recent death of Thirty-fourth Avenue

Elementary teacher, Mrs. Valerie Williams, followed by a request to observe a

moment of silence (2) The PBEA met on November 9, 2009. (3) The AEA
professional development meetings held on November 5-6 in Little Rock were

deemed a success. (4) Recognition of honor received by Mrs. Dorothy

McFadden, retired Pine Bluff School District teacher, at the Human and Civil

Rights Banquet as the Human and Civil Rights Advocate Award recipient for

2009. (5) The Personnel Policies Committee has scheduled a tentative

meeting for Thursday, November 19, 4:00 p.m. at the AEA building on Olive

Street. All PPC Members will be notified of any change to the meeting date or

time. (6) The PBEA Newsletter—“The PBEA Informer”—will be distributed in

December prior to the closing of school for Christmas holidays.

XIII. MISCELLANEOUS

No miscellaneous items were presented.

XIV. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Mr. Anthony reported the following:

• Accolades were given to Rev. Jimmy Fisher on having attained Master

Board Member status from the Arkansas School Boards Association for

earning at least 50 hours of professional development. Further recognition

of his achievement by ASBA will be made on December 10 at the Awards

Luncheon at 11:45 during the Annual ASBA Conference at the Peabody

Hotel Grand Ballroom in Little Rock.

• Announcement of an ACSIP monitoring team visiting the district from the

Arkansas Department of Education for two days to monitor five schools in

the district: Pine Bluff High, Jack Robey Junior High, Southeast Middle,

Belair Middle, and Oak Park Elementary.

• Recognition of a “Teacher of the Week” and “Student of the Week” at each

of the ten games during the football season, and each were interviewed by
KCAT Radio each week. All students received a plaque, a certificate, and

a drawing was held where one student won $100.00. All of the teachers

recognized were eligible to win a four to five-day trip to their choice of cities Pine Bluff Board of
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(Atlanta, Dallas, Washington D.C., New Orleans, St. Augustine FL, St.

Louis, Memphis, or Nashville), sponsored by KCAT Radio. Through the

efforts of Mr. Elijah Mondy with KCAT Radio and the superintendent,

arrangements were made for all ten teachers to win a trip to cover their

hotel stay.

• The district collaborated with the Arkansas River Education Service

Cooperative and the Arkansas Department of Health to provide flu clinics

at all ten schools for students and staff. Over the AEA days, all classrooms

in the schools in the district were sanitized using special sanitizer fogging

equipment while schools were closed.

• Announcement of improvements that have been made over the summer

and fall to Pine Bluff High School: Painting of the interiors of the Trice and

the Patterson buildings has been completed. The painting in the McGeorge

Building is nearly completed, new tile and floor molding was installed in the

Trice Building over the long weekend, and plans for renovations to be

made to the bathrooms in Trice will be done over the Christmas holidays.

Improvements have been made to the Little Theater using stimulus funds—

i.e. painting and new light fixtures. The installation of refurbished seats will

be completed over the Christmas holidays.

• The Pine Bluff High Zebras will participate in the second round of the State
6A Playoffs against the West Memphis Blue Devils, 7:30 p.m. on Friday,

November 20, 2009, at West Memphis.

XV. ADJOURNMENT

The Board voted 7-0 to adjourn, on a motion by W. R. Norful and second

b y Herman Horace. The meeting was adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

APPROVED: ______________________________

Jimmy L. Fisher, Sr., President

ATTEST: __________________________________

Doug Brown, Secretary

DATE: ____________________________________



PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Minutes of the December 15, 2009

REGULAR MEETING

The Pine Bluff School Board met in regular session at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December

15, 2009, in the boardroom of the Frank Anthony Administrative Center, 512 S. Pine

Street. Members present were Donna Barnes, David Brown, Jimmy Fisher, Chandra

Griffin, Herman Horace, Tyra Tyler-Johnson, and Superintendent Frank Anthony.

Board member W. R. Norful was absent.

I. CALL TO ORDER

President Jimmy Fisher called the meeting to order.

II. EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board retired to executive session for consideration of the following

personnel items:
Employment of certified personnel, certified resignations, certified requests for

Family and Medical Leave, and classified requests for Family and Medical

Leave.

III. APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND CONSENT AGENDA

A motion was made by Herman Horace and seconded by Donna Barnes

to approve the consent agenda. The motion passed with a vote of 6-0.

A motion was made by David Brown and seconded by Tyra TylerJohnson to approve the minutes of N o v
e mber 17, 2009. The motion

passed with a vote of 6-0.

IV. PERSONNEL ACTION

Superintendent Frank Anthony recommended approval of the personnel action

in the seven categories considered during the executive session. A motion

was made by Herman Horace and seconded by Donna Barnes to approve

the list of Employment of certified personnel, Certif ied resignation,

Certified requests for Family and Medical Leave, and Classified requests

for Family and Medical Leave as presented. The motion passed with a

vote of 6-0.

V. STUDENT EXPULSION

The superintendent recommended the expulsion of three (3) students for the

remainder of the 2009 Fall Semester. The first recommendation was for an

eighth grade student at First Ward Learning Center who started a fire in the

girls’ restroom on the campus. The second recommendation was for a ninth

grade student at First Ward Learning Center for shoving a staff member and

threatening a teacher and was his third suspension that fell under the district’s

“Three Strikes-You’re Out” policy. The third recommendation was for a ninth

grade student at First Ward Learning Center for making threats to other
students and staff member and was his third suspension that fell under the

district’s “Three Strikes-You’re Out” policy. A motion was made by Donna Barnes and seconded by
Herman Horace to approve the expulsion of the

students as recommended. The motion passed with a vote of 6-0.

VI. FINANCIAL REPORTS

Doug Brown, Business/Finance Director presented the September financial

report.

VII. SPECIAL RECOGNITION BY THE SUPERINTENDENT AND SCHOOL

BOARD

Special recognition was given to the Pine Bluff High School football team and

Head Coach Bobby Bolding for their successful season and for playing in the

State Final 6A Championship game and finishing as the State Runner-up 2009

in Football for Class 6A. Coach Bolding and several team members were in

attendance to present the State Runner-up 2009 Football Class 6A trophy to

the school district and to present the superintendent with the game ball.

VIII. REPORTS FROM THE ASBA ANNUAL CONFERENCE DECEMBER 9-11,

2009

Reports on the conference were given by the attendees: Donna Barnes,

Chandra Griffin, Herman Horace, and Jimmy Fisher.

IX. OUTLINE PROCEDURAL STEPS FOR THE AMENDMENT AND

SUBMISSION OF THE TEN (10) YEAR MASTER PLAN AND

PARTNERSHIP PROGRAM – REF: A.C.A. 6-21-806 (DUE DATE: 2/01/10)

The superintendent discussed the steps that will be followed to achieve

compliance:

• Public Hearing on the Facilities Ten (10) Year Master Plan – 1/19/10 –

7:00 p.m.
• Presentation of Master Plan Projects

• Adopt Resolution to Support the Ten (10) Year Master Plan

X. APPROVAL OF A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING AMENDMENT AND

RESTATEMENT OF RETIREMENT PLAN VIA ADOPTION OF VALIC

RETIREMENT SERVICES COMPANY GOVERNMENTAL VOLUME

SUBMITTER PLAN

Doug Brown, Director of Business/Finance, provided an explanation of the

current retirement annuity plans available for district employees and the IRS

regulations that precipitated the need for approval of the resolution as

presented. The superintendent recommended approval of the resolution

stated as follows:

WHEREAS, Pine Bluff School District #3 (hereinafter, the “Employer”), previously

established the Pine Bluff School District #3 Exclusive Benefit Governmental 401(a)

Nontrusteed Retirement Plan (hereinafter, the “Plan”) for the exclusive benefit of its

employees and their beneficiaries, which Plan was originally effective as of February

1, 1999; and

WHEREAS, the Employer retained the power to amend and/or terminate the Plan;

andWHEREAS, the Employer now desires to amend and restate the Plan by adopting the

VALIC Retirement Services Company Governmental Volume Submitter Plan

document; and

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Employer hereby amends and

restates that Plan, effective January 1, 2002, by adopting the document titled “VALIC

Retirement Services Company Governmental Volume Submitter Plan,” in the form

and substance as the document heretofore presented to the governing body of the

Employer; and
RESOLVED FURTHER, that the appropriate representatives of the Employer be, and

the same hereby are, authorized and directed to: (i) execute the adoption agreement

to the VALIC Retirement Services Company Governmental Volume Submitter Plan

document as approved; (ii) execute all other documents and to do other things as

may be necessary or appropriate to make the VALIC Retirement Services Company

Governmental Volume Submitter Plan document effective January 1, 2002, including

the execution of any amendments required by the Internal Revenue Service in order

to continue and maintain the qualified and exempt status of the Plan; and (iii) execute

any other documents required to obtain reliance on advisory letters issued to the

VALIC Retirement Services Company Governmental Volume Submitter Plan by the

Internal Revenue Service.

A motion was made by David Brown and seconded by Tyra TylerJohnson to approve the resolution
authorizing amendment and

restatement of retirement plan via adoption of VALIC Retirement

Services Company Governmental Volume Submitter Plan. The motion

passed with a 6-0 vote.

XI. APPROVAL TO ACTIVATE RELEVANT ONGOING DISTRICT-WIDE

COMMITTEES IN THE PINE BLUFF SCHOOL DISTRICT

• Professional Development District Committee

• The Individual Schools’ Task Force/Advisory Committee

• The Individual Schools’ Professional Development Committee

The purpose of establishing the three committees as outlined by the

superintendent was: (1) to fulfill the requirements of ACSIP and (2) provide an

opportunity for all teachers and administrators to have input into the planning

of on-going professional development. The composition for each

committee/task force/advisory committee was also outlined by the
superintendent.

A motion was made by Donna Barnes and seconded by Chandra Griffin

to approve the superintendent’s recommendation for immediate

implementation of the three committees as presented. The motion

passed with a vote of 6-0.

XII. CONTINUED DISCUSSION OF POSSIBLE PROPOSAL/PROCEDURES TO

REPAIR/RESURFACE THE PBHS TRACK AND SOME DIALOG ON THE

POSSIBLE INSTALLATION OF ARTIFICIAL TURF AT JORDAN STADIUM

The superintendent shared information on approximate cost of resurfacing the

track and told of his plans to come back to the Board in January with additional

information and a recommendation for approval. Additional facts and figures on the artificial turf for
the football stadium will also be brought back for

consideration at the January meeting.

XIII. PERSONNEL POLICIES COMMITTEE REPORT

Anne Blackwell, PBEA President, gave the report for PPC in the absence of

the Chairman. The election of officers was held at the last PPC meeting:

Chairman – Claudette White; Vice-Chairman – Freddie Johnson; and

Secretary – Irma Strong.

XIV. PINE BLUFF EDUCATION ASSOCIATION REPORT

Anne Blackwell, PBEA President, presented the report from the Pine Bluff

Education Association. The following items were included in the report: (1)

Concerns over some teachers still not having Smart Boards or printers. (2)

Supplies ordered in November using Stimulus Funds by teachers no word on

the status. (3) Questions raised about why Stimulus fund orders for

technology equipment are not being approved. (4) Questions raised about the

length of time the outside vendors will be working in the district. (5) PBEA
requesting a spreadsheet listing the stipends for all certified personnel and

requesting for an updated salary schedule to be placed on the website. (6)

Request for feedback on the list of concerns from teachers previously

submitted by PBEA. (7) Expressed appreciation for the establishment of

committees for staff development so the teachers can be provided more input.

(8) Concerns expressed for educational support personnel’s safety and wellbeing that are working in
school buildings in the evening while the heat (or airconditioning) automatically set to shut down at 3:00
p.m. (9) Copies of the

latest edition of the PBEA Newsletter were distributed to the board or

directors. (10) Appreciation was expressed for opportunity to work with the

board this year and looking forward to working together during the next year.

XV. MISCELLANEOUS

Miscellaneous items were printed for the Board’s information.

XVI. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Mr. Anthony reported the following:

• Announced two teachers as recipients of Economics Arkansas grant

awards– Tonya Colen, Gifted & Talented facilitator, and Shelina Warren,

Jack Junior High School Civics teacher—and shared recent front-page

news articles in which they were featured.

• Gave the final report for the Pine Bluff School District’s 2009 United Way

Campaign Drive: Employee Drive - $18,998.12; Kids Can Care -

$1,804.62. The total amount of $20,802.74 was a decrease of $1,603.40

from the 2008 campaign drive. Pillar contributors increased to four this

year up from one last year.

• Shared news article reporting the announcement by the Arkansas Board of

Education of three more school districts to be placed in the state’s fiscal
distress program. The Forrest City, Wickes, and Yellville-Summit school

districts were named in the article.

• Shared an announcement by Governor Beebe of the state launching a $10

million expansion of the Arkansas Works program linking career training

and educational opportunities. Forty-three (43) career coaches will be placed starting in January in
some of Arkansas’ highest poverty high

schools to provide career guidance to students. Seven career counselors

will be placed in Jefferson County.

• Announced that the district was awarded a $25,000 Academic Preparation

Grant by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

• Recognition of Cynthia Jackson, Pine Bluff High School Business

Education teacher, for receiving her National Board Certification.

• Recognition given to Board President Jimmy Fisher on his attaining Master

Board Member status from the Arkansas School Boards Association for

earning at least 50 hours of professional development. His award was

officially presented at the ASBA Awards Luncheon December 10 during the

Annual ASBA Conference held in Little Rock.

XVII. ADJOURNMENT

The Board voted 6-0 to adjourn on a motion by Donna Barnes and

second by Herman Horace. The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

APPROVED: ______________________________

Jimmy L. Fisher, Sr., President

ATTEST: __________________________________

Doug Brown, Secretary

DATE: ____________________________________

								
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