South Carolina Public Charter School District
Board of Trustees
Meeting Minutes for April 14, 2011, at 10:00 am
South Carolina Public Charter School District Board Members
Mr. Don McLaurin Ms. Kathleen Bounds Mrs. Linzie Staley
Dr. Ron Epps Mrs. Terrye Seckinger
Dr. Barbara S. Nielsen (via phone)
Mrs. Laura Getty (via phone)
Mr. Joe McMullen and Mr. Tom Siler
South Carolina Public Charter School District Staff
Dr. Wayne Brazell Mrs. Paula Gray Mr. Mike Jackson
Mr. Clay Eaton Mr. William James Ms. Zenobia Ealy
Mr. Jonathan Butcher Dr. Wanda Whatley Mr. Robbie Compton
Others in Attendance
Butch Bowers, Esq.
Mary Carmichael, Executive Director, Public Charter School Alliance of South Carolina
Johnny Watson, Esq.; Alice Waring; Mel Walters; Whitfield Sims; Pastor and Mrs.
Smith; and Robert McFadden
I. Call to Order and Introductions
The meeting was called to order by Mr. McLaurin. Dr. Brazell introduced
Zenobia Ealy, a new staff member of the district.
Mrs. Staley presented the invocation.
III. Pledge of Allegiance
Dr. Epps led the Pledge of Allegiance.
IV. Roll Call – Ms. Bounds took the roll and the attendance is indicated above. A
quorum was present.
V. Approval of the Agenda for the April 14, 2011, Meeting
Ms. Bounds moved for approval of the agenda for the April 14, 2011, meeting.
The motion was seconded by Dr. Epps and carried with no objections.
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VI. Revocation Hearing-Young Entrepreneurial Vocational Academy (YEVA)
Johnny Watson, Esq. led the presentation for Young Entrepreneurial Vocational
Academy, along with Alice Waring, Mel Walters, and Whitfield Sims. Butch
Bowers, Esq. served as Legal Counsel for the Board. A Court Reporter was also
present to record the proceedings.
VII. Executive Session
The Board went into Executive Session for legal advice.
Executive session was concluded with no action taken by the Board.
Dr. Epps moved to hold the record open until May 10, 2011, for any information
YEVA may want to submit applicable to a decision regarding the revocation
hearing. The motion was seconded by Mrs. Seckinger and unanimously
approved. Mr. McLaurin stated that YEVA may submit financial data or
statements from any witnesses not currently present.
VIII. Approval of Minutes for March 10, 2011
Mrs. Seckinger moved, seconded by Mrs. Staley, to approve the minutes of the
March 10, 2011, meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
IX. Public Comments
There were no public comments.
X. Superintendent’s Report
A) School Updates
Dr. Brazell reported that Geneva’s Stars Preparatory Academy missed the March
1, 2011, deadline for facility plans. The school does have a plan, but the Office
of School Facilities has reservations about the ability to get the school ready in
time for an August opening. Elder Langhorne from Geneva’s Stars presented the
plan to the Board and requested that the Board grant an extension on the due
date and allow them to continue the process and open this year. Dr. Brazell
recommended that Geneva’s Stars Preparatory Academy delay their opening for
one year. Mrs. Getty moved to accept Dr. Brazell’s recommendation to delay the
opening of Geneva’s Stars Preparatory Academy for one year until 2012. Ms.
Bounds seconded the motion. After discussion, the motion carried.
Dr. Brazell stated that Palmetto State E-Cademy has requested permission to
add dual credit courses with Southern Wesleyan and middle school grades. Mrs.
Seckinger moved to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Dr. Nielsen.
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Mrs. Seckinger expressed her concerns about the structure, performance, and
operations of the school and does not feel that it is wise to expand at this time.
She would like to take a closer look at the school first. Dr. Nielsen stated that
she wants to see a totally new curriculum plan from Palmetto State E-Cademy.
Dr. Brazell stated that there would be no problem delaying this until Palmetto
State E-Cademy can come and submit their curriculum and budget plan and
present a comparison with the original Insight plan. The motion carried.
Dr. Brazell reported that S. C. Whitmore School has requested the addition on
dual credit courses with Limestone College. They were approved as a high
school so this addition is not a charter change and does not need approval by the
Board. Dr. Nielsen stated that prior to an agreement with Limestone College, the
accreditation of the school needs to be verified.
Dr. Brazell stated that Geneva’s Stars Preparatory Academy has requested a
change in their charter. They were approved for grades K-8, but are now
focusing on K-2. Dr. Epps moved to approve the request from Geneva’s Stars
Preparatory Academy to focus on grades K-2 during their initial year of operation
and to add a grade each year until they reach K-8. The motion was seconded by
Mrs. Seckinger. Ms. Bounds moved to amend the motion to include a fiscal
impact with the change in the number of students for viability of the change. The
motion was seconded by Dr. Nielsen. The amendment carried. The motion as
amended was then approved.
B) Legislative Update
Dr. Brazell reported that the budget line item for the district is expected to stay
and be included in the State’s budget. The interest from schools wanting to
come to the district is tremendous. He added that it currently appears that the
Charter School Bill has about a 50/50 chance of passing as well.
A) Budget Report
Mr. Jackson presented the budget report and reviewed. He stated that most of
the schools have deficits through February 2011 that will have to be resolved at
the year’s end.
B) Approval of Budget for 2011-2012 (First Reading)
Mr. Jackson explained the proposed budget for 2011-2012 and answered
questions. Dr. Epps moved to approve the budget for 2011-2012 for first reading
as presented. Ms. Bounds seconded the motion. The motion carried.
Dr. Brazell discussed possible new office space.
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XII. For Information
A) Accountability Report
Mr. Butcher presented this report for information and discussed highlights and
B) Enrollment Report
Mr. James discussed the enrollment report and stated that there were no
significant changes from last month.
XIII. For Approval
A) Review and Approval of Charters/Modifications
This item was handled during the Superintendent’s report.
Mr. McLaurin reminded the Board of the May 19, 2011, workday and thanked
Jonathan Butcher for his service to the district and wished him the best in his
Mrs. Seckinger moved to adjourn, seconded by Ms. Bounds. The meeting
adjourned without objection.
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