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					                       Minutes of Mississippi Board of Education Meeting

                                          June 20, 2008

The regular meeting of the Mississippi Board of Education was held at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June
20, 2008, in the 4th Floor Boardroom of the Central High School Building, 359 North West Street,
Jackson, Mississippi. Board members present were: Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, Mr. Hal
Gage, Dr. O. Wayne Gann, Ms. Rebecca Harris, Mr. Claude Hartley, Mr. Bill Jones, Mr. Charles
McClelland, Ms. Rosetta Richard, and Dr. David Sistrunk.

I.     The meeting was called to order by Mr. Claude Hartley, Chair.

II.    Mr. Charles McClelland led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and Dr. O. Wayne Gann
       gave the invocation.

III.   On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
       unanimously approved the minutes of the meeting of May 15-16, 2008.

IV.    On a motion by Dr. O. Wayne Gann, seconded by Mr. Hal Gage, the Board voted
       unanimously to approve the agenda as presented.

V.     Mr. Hartley stated that he would reserve the Chair’s report for the end of the meeting.

VI.    Approval of Action Items
       (Items below are numbered to correspond to the items as discussed on Thursday, June
       19, 2008)

03.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the reports which contain student, fiscal and personnel data subject to State
       Board of Education policy on withholding Mississippi Adequate Education Program Funds
       for the 2008-09 School Year (Policy No. 4904) (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

04.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the appointment of Mr. Stanley Blackmon to serve as the Interim Conservator
       for the Hazlehurst City School District (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

05.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the contract for Conservator for the Hazlehurst City School District (copy
       attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)
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06.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the contract for Conservator for Jefferson Davis County School (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

07.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the contract for Conservator for North Panola School District (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

08.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the contract with Day, Certified Public Accountant to serve as the financial
       advisor for the Jefferson Davis County School District for FY 2009 (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

09.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the contract with Billy R. Watson to serve as the financial advisor for the Tate
       County School District for FY2009 (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

10.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the contract with Suzanne E. Smith, CPA, to serve as the financial advisor for
       the Hazlehurst City School District for FY2009 (copy attached).
      (Office of Educational Accountability)

11.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
approved the contract renewal with the Office of the Attorney General to provide the full-time
equivalent of three attorneys and the half-time equivalent of one attorney to perform legal
services and one full-time administrative assistant to perform support services for legal staff for
the State Board of Education for FY2009 (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

12.    On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Rebecca Harris, the Board unanimously
       approved the grant awards for Special Projects appropriated by the Mississippi
       Legislature, House Bill 513 (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

13.    On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
       unanimously approved the grant awards to local school districts currently participating in
       the School Nurse Intervention Program (copy attached).
       (Office of Business and Support Services)

14.    On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
       unanimously approved the FY2009 Financial Allocations for Vocational-Technical
       Programs and Services (copy attached).
       (Office of Business and Support Services)
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15.   On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
      unanimously approved the additional sites and allocations for the Agricultural and
      Environmental Science and Technology program initiative (copy attached).
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

16.   On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
      unanimously approved the contract renewal with Magee Enterprises, Inc., to provide the
      Instructional Management System for the Agriculture and Environmental Science and
      Technology program (copy attached).
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

17.   On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
      unanimously approved the contract with Xap Corporation to provide a Career Information
      Delivery System for the Mississippi Department of Education (copy attached).
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

18.   On a motion by Ms. Rosetta Richard, seconded by Mr. Charles McClelland, the Board
      unanimously approved the contract modification with NCS Pearson, Inc., to continue to
      provide technical services and products for the Mississippi Curriculum Test, Second
      Edition (MCT2) for FY2009 (copy attached).
      (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

19.   On a motion by Ms. Rosetta Richard, seconded by Mr. Charles McClelland, the Board
      unanimously approved the award grants to one regional service center and two
      consortiums to provide on-site technical assistance to local school districts as a part of
      the modified Mattie T. Consent Decree and Implementation Plan (copy attached).
      (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

20.   On a motion by Ms. Rosetta Richard, seconded by Mr. Charles McClelland, the Board
      unanimously approved the methodology for awarding discretionary funds from the Office
      of Special Education (copy attached).
      (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

21.   On a motion by Ms. Rosetta Richard, seconded by Mr. Charles McClelland, the Board
      unanimously approved to award a contract to JFW Consulting, LLC to provide services to
      conduct an outside independent evaluation of the MVPS to determine its effectiveness in
      achieving its stated goals and to plan for future success (copy attached).
      (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

22.   On a motion by Ms. Rosetta Richard, seconded by Mr. Charles McClelland, the Board
      voted unanimously to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process to revise the
      Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards, 2008 (copy attached).
      (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)
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23.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
      unanimously approved the contract modification with the Mississippi Community College
      Foundation to deliver Alternate Route Teacher Certification Training (copy attached).
      (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

24.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
      Board unanimously approved to enter into an agreement with the Mississippi Community
      College Foundation to continue to administer the Alternate Route Administrator Program
      known as the Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership for the 2008-2009
      school year (copy attached).
      (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

25.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
      Board unanimously approved the grant renewal with the University of Mississippi for the
      Mississippi Teacher Fellowship Program (copy attached).
      (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

26.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
      Board unanimously approved the one-year grant to the Mississippi University for Women
      to operate the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science for the 2008 – 2009
      school year (copy attached).
      (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

27.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
      Board unanimously approved the Educational Leadership Master's Program at
      Mississippi University for Women as recommended by the Commission on Teacher and
      Administrator Education, Certification and Licensure Development (copy attached).
      (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

28.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
      Board unanimously approved the bachelor's and master's level programs in Early
      Childhood Education at Jackson State University to be added to the current list of
      accredited pre-school programs in Child Development in the state, allowing graduates of
      the bachelor's and master's programs to become eligible for licensure in Child
      Development Pre-K-K (copy attached).
       (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

29.   On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
      Board unanimously approved to adopt a policy for implementation of a fee to be charged
      for room and board at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science and
      Mississippi School of the Arts (copy attached).
      (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)
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30.    On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
       Board unanimously approved the grant modification to Mississippi School Boards
       Association to conduct the Basic Education Course for local school board members (copy
       attached).
       (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

31.    On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
       Board voted unanimously to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process to approve
       the Health Education Institute for Supplemental Endorsement and Approved Program as
       recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification
       and Licensure Development (copy attached).
       (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

32.    On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the Board
       voted unanimously to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process to approve a new
       endorsement code for Secondary Vocational Special Populations Coordinator as
       recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification
       and Licensure Development (copy attached).
       (Office of Quality Professional and Special Schools)

33.    On a motion by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, seconded by Ms. Rosetta Richard, the
       Board voted unanimously to begin the Administrative Procedures Act process to approve
       Licensure Requirements for the Eight New Vocational Redesign Career Pathways as
       recommended by the Commission on Teacher and Administrator Education, Certification
       and Licensure Development (copy attached).
       (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

34.    On a motion by Dr. David Sistrunk, seconded by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, the Board
       unanimously approved appointments of personnel for specific offices and positions and
       the setting of salaries for these personnel pursuant to the reorganization of the
       Department of Education as approved by the Board at its May 2008 meeting (copy
       attached).
       (Office of the State Superintendent)

35.    On a motion by Ms. Rebecca Harris, seconded by Dr. O. Wayne Gann, the Board
       unanimously approved the contract for Consultant for the Hazlehurst City School District
       (copy attached).
       (Office of Educational Accountability)

VII.   On a motion by Dr. O. Wayne Gann, seconded by Dr. David Sistrunk, the Board
       unanimously approved the following consent items (copies attached):

A.     Approval of National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) dues of
       $24,021.00
       (Office of the State Superintendent)
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B.    Approval to contract with the Department of Finance and Administration, Capitol Police,
      for the provision of security services at the Mississippi Department of Education, Central
      High School Building
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

C.    Approval to contract with Securitas Security Services USA, Inc., for the
      provision of security services for the Mississippi Department of Education, Greymont
      Building
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

D.    Approval to contract with Murle Kitchen to assist with management of the Statewide
      Purchasing Program
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

E.    Approval of Statewide Child Nutrition Purchasing Program's FY2008 Financial Statement
      and FY2009 Fee Structure
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

F.    Approval of a new school site for the Long Beach School District
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

G.    Approval of request of the Canton Public School District to contract for pupil
      transportation services
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

H.    Approval of request of the West Point School District to contract for pupil transportation
      services
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

I.    Approval of contract between the Mississippi Department of Education and the American
      Council on Education, General Educational Development (GED) Testing Service for the
      GED Option Program
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

J.    Approval of contract with Melior-Delaware, Inc., to allow access to online training and
      education services and a Learning Management System for the implementation of
      Healthcare and Automotive Technical Online Training
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

K.    Approval of contract with Mississippi Public Broadcasting
      (Office of Business and Support Services)

L.    Approval to modify contract with NCS Pearson, Inc., for the Mississippi Writing
      Assessment in grades four, seven, and ten for FY2009
      (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)
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M.      Approval to award five contracts for Mississippi Virtual Public School (MVPS) full-time
        online teachers to provide services to organize and implement an instructional program
        that results in students achieving academic success in accordance with MVPS state
        policies and laws
        (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

N.      Approval of the Brookhaven School District Interlocal Agreement to provide instructional
        services for the Mississippi School of the Arts during the 2008 – 2009 school year
        (Office of Quality Professionals and Special Schools)

O.      Approval of Education Commission of the States (ECS) dues of $67,700.00
        (Office of the State Superintendent)

P.      Approval to contract with University of Southern Mississippi (USM) to provide services for
        train-the-trainers for Entry/Career Level Administrators for FY09
        (Office of Instructional Programs and Services)

Q.      Approval of Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) dues of $37,992.00
        (Office of the State Superintendent)

VIII.   Recognition Ceremony was held as follows:

           James Edwards and Kevin Whitehead
            2008 Mississippi Auto Skills Challenge Winners

           Biloxi School District
            Transportation Department
            National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence’s Blue Seal T

           Dr. Bounds recognized Steve Williams, Joy Milam and Regina Ginn for their service to
            education in Mississippi and extended congratulations from the Department and the
            State Board upon their retirement from state service effective June 30, 2008.

IX.     State Board of Education

           On a motion by Dr. O. Wayne Gann, seconded by Mr. Charles McClelland, the Board
            unanimously approved State Board meeting dates for Fiscal Year 2009 (copy
            attached).

           Mr. Bill Jones reported that he recently accepted an invitation to tour the DuBard
            School for Language Disorders at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mr. Jones
            presented an informational packet to the Board containing the history, mission and
            services available through this facility for profoundly speech-impaired children.
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         Ms. Rosetta Richard reported that she attended two days of the Mississippi Rising
          Summer Conference held in Biloxi during the first week in June.

          Ms. Richard also noted that she recently attended the NASBE Certification for
          Governmental Affairs Committee meeting and participated in discussions on the No
          Child Left Behind legislation.

         Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet reported that she recently toured two high schools in El
          Paso, Texas, to review Exemplary School Counseling Programs in those schools.

          Ms. Caillavet also attended the Mississippi Rising Summer Conference in Biloxi.

         Mr. Charles McClelland reported that he attended a sub-committee meeting of the
          Blue Ribbon Committee on Redesigning Teacher Preparation, and he will be prepared
          to make a recommendation on this initiative to the State Board and IHL by the end of
          the summer. Mr. McClelland stated that the full committee will meet on June 30 to
          discuss the proposed recommendation.

         Mr. Claude Hartley and Mr. Charles McClelland noted that they attended the
          Mississippi Rising Summer Conference in Biloxi.

         On a motion by Mr. Bill Jones, seconded by Ms. Sondra Parker Caillavet, the Board
          unanimously approved Ms. Rosetta Richard to attend the Obesity Conference July 10-
          11, 2008, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

X.    On a motion by Mr. Hal Gage, seconded by Dr. O. Wayne Gann, the Board voted
      unanimously to adopt a resolution honoring Senator Grey Ferris for his support for and
      commitment to education in Mississippi and to express gratitude and respect for his life
      (copy attached).

XI.    The meeting adjourned at 9:10 a.m.


Approved:


_____________________________           ________________________________
Claude Hartley, Chair                   Hank M. Bounds
Mississippi Board of Education          Executive Secretary
                                        Mississippi Board of Education
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