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					BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS MOBILE COUNTY, ALABAMA REGULAR BOARD MEETING MARCH 25, 2008 6:00 P.M.

OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS ARE ON FILE IN THE CENTRAL OFFICE LOCATED AT 1 MAGNUM PASS, MOBILE, ALABAMA 36618

The Regular Meeting of the Board of School Commissioners of Mobile County, Alabama, was held at Robert E. Lee Intermediate School at approximately 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2008. BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Rev. Fleet L. Belle, President; Mr. Ken Megginson, Vice President; Dr. Judy P. Stout, Mrs. Hazel H. Fournier, and Mr. William S. Meredith, Commissioners. ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL PRESENT: Dr. Roy Nichols, Superintendent; Mrs. Martha Peek, Interim Deputy Superintendent of Academic Affairs; Ms. Dinish Simpson, Chief Financial Officer; Ms. Andrea Barbour, Dr. Lynda Carroll, Ms. Karen Mohr, Ms. Phaedra Fox, Dr. Carolyn Taylor, and Mr. Paul Tate, Assistant Superintendents; Mr. Tommy Sheffield, Executive Manager Facilities; Mr. David Akridge, Interim Executive Manager Information Technology; Ms. Pauline Scarborough, Dr. Sheila Martin, Executive Directors; Mr. Ed Johnson, Director of Budgeting; Ms. Nancy Pierce, Supervisor of Communications; Mr. William Duffy, Director of Security; and Mr. Frank Taylor, Board Counsel. OBSERVERS PRESENT: Deborah Altman, Dana Byrd, Mary Divincenzo, Monique Baugh, Natalie Hardegree, Kristy Anderson, Suzanne Bahr, Ashley Strickland, Jennifer Henderson, Ashley Harger, Sandra Brunson, Carolyn Dufour, Barbara Hudson, Ralph Joe, Tammy Smith, Vanessa Whitsell, Janice Bell, Wendy Hamilton, Carrie Dixon, Donna McGee, Pat Hicks, Michelle Robinson, Natholie Parker, Danny Goodwin, Tonya Knowles, Davis Walten, Broudie Russ, Tom Wright, Fay Wright, Larry Landrum, Barbara Knight, Sharon Smith, Debby Paul, Kenny Paul, Ronda Stacey, Dana Price, Niki Lynch, Kathy Copeland, Allison Blaylock, Mary Mitchell, Edward Waters, Daniel Stolee, Linda Gatewood, Jill Barfoot, Stephen Barfoot, Ashley Langley, Judy Adams, Angela Smith, Morgan Smith, Michelle McDaniel, E L Phillips, Leslie Love, Likecia Quitey, Bobby Mitchell, Judy Bowling, Lou Phelps, Teri Burns, Frances Holley, Jacklyn Kiper, Dona Raines, Athena Brazell, Callie Hudson, Jasmine Bell, Sandra Johnson, Tanya Allen, Shirley Cantrell, Erin Pugh, Donna Perkins, Aleida Johnson, Donita Lee, Jill Lanyard, Nancy Hagood, Donna Zellers, and Scherrie Brewer. MEDIA PRESENT: Rena Havner, Mobile Press Register; Steve Alexander and Jud Hulon, WKRG-TV Channel 5 CALL TO ORDER: Board President Belle called the Regular Meeting of the Board of School Commissioners to order.

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PRAYER AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Board President, Rev. Fleet Belle, offered prayer. The Satsuma High School ROTC Color Guard presented the flags and led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL CALLED MEETING OF MARCH 7, 2008, AND THE REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 26, 2008. Rev. Belle presented the item. Mr. Meredith moved to approve the minutes of the Special Called Meeting of March 7, 2008, and the Regular Meeting of February 26, 2008. Mr. Megginson provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. ADOPTION OF AGENDA: Rev. Belle presented the item. Dr. Nichols asked to add addendums; Action Item‟s: G.24 – Appointment of Certified Personnel-Behavior Specialist, and G.25 – RIF (Reduction In Force) Protocol. Action Item G.2 – John L. LeFlore Comprehensive High School was pulled. A change of wording to be made to Action Item G.8, by changing „Quitclaim Deed‟, to „Easement Agreement‟. Action Item G.8 – Easement Agreement between the Alabama Department of Transportation and the Board of School Commissioners. Also, strike the name on line 18 of Action Item G.21 – Resignations of Classified Personnel. Dr. Stout moved to approve adoption of the agenda as amended. Mr. Megginson provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. ENTERTAINMENT: Rev. Belle yielded the floor to Lee Intermediate Principal, Joyce Marks, who welcomed the Board and audience on behalf of Satsuma and Saraland communities. She presented the „Singing Gators‟, who sang three songs. The group was led by Mr. Kevin Yates.

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Mrs. Martha Peek presented students from Booth Elementary School, to show reading skills learned in ARFI (Alabama Reading First Initiative). After the students read, Ms. Kristen Sousa, Elementary Coordinator, and Ms. Ernestine Jackson, Resource Teacher, gave information regarding the ARFI initiative and introduced staff present. Mrs. Peek thanked Booth Elementary School, staff, and students, for their participation. BOARD MEMBERS/SUPERINTENDENT ANNOUNCEMENTS: Rev. Belle thanked Lee Intermediate Principal Joyce Marks and staff for having the Board at their school. He also thanked the Lee Elementary Singing Gators and Booth Elementary Readers and staff for their performances. Rev. Belle thanked Mrs. Hazel Fournier for 57 years of continuous service to the Mobile County Public School System. Mr. Megginson encouraged everyone to remember our veterans and show respect by flying the State and American Flags at each school and home. Dr. Stout gave high praises to the Maintenance and Security Departments that responded to the recent break in at Burns Middle School. Dr. Stout thanked Ms. Dinish Simpson for time and preparation spent regarding the budget presentation recently. Mrs. Fournier congratulated Satsuma High School Principal Deborah Altman on placing in the Top 10 percentage of students to pass the Alabama High School Graduation Exam in the state of Alabama. Mr. Meredith spoke regarding speakers present at the meeting and stated the Board takes each issue seriously and thanked them for being there. SCHEDULED CITIZEN‟S REQUESTS: Delegate 1: Michelle Cowan spoke regarding a performing arts center for Satsuma High School. Delegate 2: Bill Knapp spoke regarding a performing arts center for Satsuma High School. Delegate 3: Becky Shirley spoke regarding a performing arts center for Satsuma High School. Delegate 4: Ashley Lewis spoke regarding a performing arts center for Satsuma High School. Delegate 5: Cathy Taylor spoke regarding a fine arts building for Satsuma High School. Delegate 6: Fred Richardson spoke regarding the Fonvielle Elementary School principal. Delegate 7: William Glover spoke regarding the Fonvielle Elementary School principal. Delegate 8: Delegate 9: Omar Smith spoke regarding a new facility for Rain High School. Malcolm Woodard spoke regarding a new facility for Rain High School.

Delegate 10: Bonita English spoke regarding the original name for LeFlore Magnet School. Delegate 11: Patty Smith spoke regarding Eanes Middle School.

Delegate 12: Brandi Russ spoke regarding busing students to Shaw High School from Saraland.

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Delegate 13: Billy Bush spoke regarding busing students to Shaw High School from Saraland. Delegate 14: Emmanuel Phillips spoke regarding busing students to Shaw High School from Saraland. APPROVAL OF ACTION ITEMS – G.1 – RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING EXECUTION OF SWAP TRANSACTION WITH DEUTSCHE BANK AG; G.3 – 2008 ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SUMMER SCHOOL PROPOSAL; G.4 – 2008 HIGH SUMMER SCHOOL PROPOSAL; G.5 – CONTRACT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS OF MOBILE COUNTY AND MAXIM HEALTHCARE SERVICES, INC.; G.6 – AP SUMMER TRAINING AP INITIATIVE GRANT AWARD; G.7 – 2008 K-12 READING/LITERATURE TEXTBOOK ADOPTION RECOMMENDATIONS; G.8 – EASEMENT AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION AND THE BOARD OF SCHOOL COMMISSIONERS; G.9 – BAY GAS PIPE LINE PERMANENT EASEMENT ON SECTION 16/RUSSELL ROAD; G.10 – DUNBAR MAGNET SCHOOL TWO STORY CLASSROOM WING HVAC REPLACEMENT/REROOF; G.11 – OLD BAKER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DEMOLITION CHANGE ORDER #1; G.12 – LEINKAUF ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KITCHEN HOOD & WALK-IN COOLER/FREEZER; G.13 – HILLSDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL NEW WALK-IN COOLER/FREEZER; G.14 – INDIAN SPRINGS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW WALK-IN COOLER/FREEZER; G.15 – SCARBOROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL NEW WALK-IN FREEZER; G.16 – ORCHARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NEW WALK-IN COOLER; G.17 – EXTENDING THE SERVICE OF ACTING DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT FOR ACADEMIC AFFAIRS; G.18 – RESIGNATIONS OF CERTIFIED PERSONNEL; G.19 – APPOINTMENT OF CERTIFIED PERSONNEL; G.20 – RESIGNATION RESCISSION OF A NONPROBATIONARY CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE; G.21 – RESIGNATIONS OF CLASSIFIED PERSONNEL; G.22 – APPOINTMENT OF CLASSIFIED PERSONNEL; AND G.24 – APPOINTMENT OF CERTIFIED PERSONNEL-BEHAVIOR SPECIALIST: Dr. Nichols presented the items. Mr. Meredith moved to approve Action Items G.1, G.3 through G.22 and G.24, as amended. Mr. Megginson provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. ACTION ITEM – G.23 – TERMINATION OF A PROBATIONARY CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE: Dr. Nichols presented the item. ACTION ITEM – G.23 - SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Mrs. Fournier moved to suspend the employee without pay for 60 days instead of termination, in an effort to utilize progressive discipline. Dr. Stout provided a second to the motion. Board Counsel Frank Taylor recommended the Board go into Executive Session to discuss the matter.

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EXECUTIVE SESSION: Rev. Belle presented the item. Mr. Megginson moved the Board recess into Executive Session to discuss a person‟s good name and character. The session to last approximately 10 minutes. Attorney Frank Taylor stated, “The pending litigation exception applies to the planned executive session discussions.” Mrs. Fournier provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. The Board recessed at approximately 8:00 p.m. RESUMPTION OF THE MEETING: Rev. Belle presented the item. Mr. Meredith moved to end Executive Session. Dr. Stout provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. The Board resumed at approximately 8:15 p.m. ACTION ITEM G.23 – WITHDRAWAL OF SUBSTITUTE MOTION: Mrs. Fournier withdrew her substitute motion. APPROVAL OF ACTION ITEM – G.23 – TERMINATION OF A PROBATIONARY CLASSIFIED EMPLOYEE: Mr. Meredith moved to terminate the probationary classified employee listed under separate cover. Dr. Stout provided a second to the motion.

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Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mr. Meredith No – Rev. Belle, Mrs. Fournier Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. APPROVAL OF ITEM – G.25 – RIF (REDUCTION IN FORCE) PROTOCOL: Dr. Nichols presented the item. Dr. Stout moved to approve the RIF information listed on correspondence submitted. Mr. Megginson provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. CONSENT AGENDA: Dr. Nichols presented the item. Mr. Meredith moved to approve Consent Agenda Items H.1 through H.10, as amended. Mr. Megginson provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. BOARD MEMBERS/SUPERINTENDENT REQUESTS: Dr. Stout requested: 1). A list of job titles not on the RIF category list.

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ATTORNEY/CLIENT PRIVILEGE-GABBARD VS. JORDAN: Board Counsel Frank Taylor presented the item. Dr. Stout moved the Board appoint Chuck Harben to represent the Mobile County School Board, and authorize attorneys‟ to move forward with Mr. Harben‟s assistance, in negotiating the Gabbard vs. Jordan case. Mr. Meredith provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. ATTORNEY/CLIENT PRIVILEGE-TWO EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENTS FOR SUSPENSION WITHOUT PAY: Board Counsel Frank Taylor presented the item. Mr. Meredith moved the Board approve two employment agreements for suspension without pay. Mr. Meredith provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. ADJOURNMENT: Rev. Belle presented the item. Mr. Megginson moved the meeting adjourn. Mr. Meredith provided a second to the motion. Rev. Belle called for the vote. The votes were: Aye – Rev. Belle, Mr. Megginson, Dr. Stout, Mrs. Fournier, Mr. Meredith No – Abstain – Not Voting – Absent – Rev. Belle declared the motion carried. The meeting adjourned at approximately 9:08 p.m.

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_______________________________________________________ REV. FLEET L. BELLE, BOARD PRESIDENT

_______________________________________________________ DR. ROY D. NICHOLS, SECRETARY / SUPERINTENDENT

DATE APPROVED: ________________________________

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