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									                                                               Charlotte, North Carolina
                                                               December 11, 2001


                      REGULAR MEETING OF THE
             CHARLOTTE-MECKLENBURG BOARD OF EDUCATION

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education held a Regular Board Meeting on
December 11, 2001 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Education Center. CMS TV-
Channel 21 televised the meeting.

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

Absent:         There were no absences.

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

Call to Order

Chairperson Griffin called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. and led the Board and
members of the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. Griffin welcomed
newly elected Board of Education members, Dr. Kindberg and Mr. Gauvreau, to the
meeting.

When asked by Mr. Griffin if he had comments, Mr. Gauvreau made the following
comments. "Tonight I'm grateful for the faith of the voters of District 1 and the public at
large. It is indeed an honor and a privilege to be able to serve. I thank all of you that I've
been working with over the past few years. Many of those persons are in this school
district. It is my pleasure and absolute privilege to be here. I thank you all very much. I
want to take the opportunity to thank Mr. Simmons and Ms. Mange for their prior service
your help, encouragement, and for your love. You are like family. You are some of the
finest people I have ever known. And there is Anelle Houck, my advisor and friend, who
is always here but can't be here tonight because of illness. We miss you. Thanks to the
church members and friends for their prayers that I can't do without. Finally to the CMS
staff, you are absolutely incredible. Thank you for accepting me into your school family.
You work miracles with our children everyday. To Dr. Smith and my fellow Board
members, thank you for raising the bar for all students. Thank you for working for
equitable distribution of resources to make it possible. Dr. Smith, thank you for your
incredible educational and leadership skills. Thanks to Mr. Griffin for your long-term
commitment to every child; to Mr. Lassiter, for your business acumen; to Dr. Rembert, for
your valuable knowledge base; to Ms. Griffin, for your compassion; to Dr. Leake for your
sense of history; and to Mr. Dunlap for your common sense approach. Dr. Kindberg and
Mr. Gauvreau will bring valuable tools to the table. All are needed. Let us commit
ourselves now, as a Board, to use our God-given talents and work together to focus on the
goals that unite us. Where we must disagree, let us treat each other with understanding,
integrity and respect. Then, we can provide the leadership to create an urban school system
that is a model for the nation. This is a pivotal time in our history, a time filled with
opportunity and fraught with peril. We risk a divided community where failure at some
schools is totally acceptable or we will bring this community together reaching across
racial, ethic, cultural and district lines to create success in every school. I believe we can
not rest until we create at every school a desired choice for students and make every
classroom an engaging place to learn in academics and character. We must involve parents
and support teachers to effectively educate all students. We need all of you including faith
groups, neighborhood organizations, businesses, non-profit organizations, governmental
leaders, and committed citizens from all areas of our county to come together, as never
before, to make it possible. I choose to believe that we, as a Board, and as a community,
will choose the road less traveled so that no child is left behind."

Ms. Griffin said, "I spent a fair amount of time trying to think about what I wanted to say
tonight as I am getting ready to start my second four-year term on the Board. I thought
about trying to be funny, clever or insightful but I decided that after four years, you all
know me too well to be able to pull that off. I will stay true to form and try to be brief. I
will tell you the three things that I feel strongly about. I'm thankful, I'm committed, and I'm
optimistic. I'm thankful to my family. Service on this Board requires a tremendous amount
of time and energy. Unfortunately, it is usually our family members who are the ones to
suffer. My family has been tremendously supportive and understanding. It would not be
possible for me to serve without their support. Although my family had a great debate
about it, it resulted in an unanimous decision that I would run for a second term on the
School Board. None of my family could be here tonight. My parents are in Winston-Salem
and are celebrating my father's 86th birthday tonight; my husband, Robert, and my children,
Charlie and Mary, are at basketball practice. It was a hard decision they had to make about
whether to go to basketball practice or the School Board Meeting. I think they have their
priorities straight. I hope Charlie's coach is listening. My daughter, Susan, is at Temple
University taking graduate exams. My son, Jay and my daughter, Ann, are at Duke
University taking exams this week. Given the choice, most likely all three of them would
probably rather be here. They didn't have a choice. I'm looking forward to the holidays
because I will have my parents, children, brothers and sisters and their children together for
the holidays. That will be a great blessing indeed. I'm thankful to my campaign
committee. We didn't have to put up a single sign or raise a single dollar; however, they
were willing to help me. That means a great deal to me. I know that none of them are here
tonight either but my campaign chairman's daughter, Emily, is here. She is getting her
hours in for Myers Park High School. Emily, you can stand in for the rest of the group.
I'm very thankful to Dr. Smith and his incredible staff. You work so hard and so long with
such passion. You make our jobs easy. I've come to respect each and every member of
your staff and I want to thank them publicly for their continuous and firm support for
public education. I have a renewed sense of commitment as I sit here tonight. When I
began to serve on this Board, I had no idea what I was getting into. This time, I am going
into it with my eyes wide open. The past four years were four of the most tumultuous years
in Charlotte's history. There were times when I was very discouraged and frustrated. The
decision to run again was not easy. This time, I make this commitment with my eyes wide
open and I pledge to all of you that I will give my best. We will try to make sure that we
have an excellent school choice for every child and that every school has what it needs to
succeed. I believe that we have a School Board, a Superintendent, a staff and a community
that are dedicated to excellence for all children. I truly believe that Charlotte is a place that
can prove that urban education can work. I believe with all my heart that public education
is the right path to excellence for every child. The job won't be easy but I believe we are
on our way. If we continue to work together, I believe that we can get it done. Thank you."

Dr. Kindberg said, "The view is a little different here and a little different from what I
expected. Let me start by thanking the voters of District 6 for your support and your faith
in me. I've got some very big shoes to fill. On behalf of those voters of District 6, I'd like to
thank Mr. and Ms.Tom Kakadelis for their tireless service and dedication over the last six
years. As I said, I have some awfully big shoes to fill. Ms. Kakadelis did leave some things
in the drawer for me including some Advil. I don't know if that was a message. Let me
thank the friends and campaign workers who supported me during these last months. It has
been a real learning experience since I had not run for anything since my high school
Student Council. My campaign manager had never run for anything either. We've been
making this up as we have gone along. I particularly need to thank my campaign
committee that includes Mr. Norm Gundel, Mr. Jeff LaPointe, Mr. Mike Murdock, and Mr.
Brady Teague. I could not have done it without you. I would like to thank my family. My
husband, Eric, is here tonight. He has already told me that he is not taking any of those
phone calls and that they are mine. My son and daughter are taking exams this week. My
son is at UNCC and my daughter is at Berkley. Her last exam is the end of this week and
she will graduate. We have to thank the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools for preparing her
to go to Berkley. Let me thank the students, parents, teachers and staff in our schools for
what your are doing everyday. You are the reason we are here and you are the ones who
are doing the work. Parents, you need to realize that Dr. Smith works for the Board and
we work for you. That is why we are here: to work for you and to ensure success for every
child. My campaign slogan was "Working together for student achievement." My
commitment is to work together with each Board member and to focus on three areas:
student achievement for all students; well-run operations, especially in the budget and
resource area where we already have some good things underway; and commitment to the
new student assignment plan to ensure that it is a good plan for every child. Charlotte-
Mecklenburg Schools have made significant progress in student performance and in
appropriate facilities. We, as a community, owe this Board, Dr. Smith and his staff a
tremendous vote of thanks because they have set our feet on the right path. We are aimed
in the right direction. We have been recognized nationally for progress in educating all
students and for programs that include Bright Beginnings, AVID, AP, and IB. The list
goes on and on. Dr. Smith has been recognized as the Superintendent of the Year for the
State of North Carolina. We are on the right path and I am delighted to be part of that. My
vision and my commitment to you, my new colleagues, is that we will continue to work
together because when we work together as a community, we can accomplish great things
for our children and for our future. Thank you."

Mr. Griffin thanked the Board of Education members for their comments.

Election of Board Chairperson and Vice Chairperson

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Smith, as Board Secretary, to preside over the election of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Chairperson. Dr. Smith opened the floor for
nominations for Chairman. Dr. Leake nominated Mr. Griffin for Chairman. Ms.
Woods seconded the nomination. There were no other nominations. Upon motion by
Dr. Leake, and seconded by Ms. Woods, the Board voted unanimously to close the
nominations. The Board voted 5 to 4 to appoint Mr. Griffin as Chairman of the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.

Mr. Griffin opened the floor for nominations for Vice Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Board of Education. Mr. Dunlap nominated Dr. Rembert for Vice Chair. There were
no other nominations. Upon motion by Mr. Dunlap, and seconded by Dr. Leake, the
Board voted unanimously to close the nominations. The Board voted 5 to 4 to appoint
Dr. Rembert as Vice Chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education.

Mr. Griffin said, "Most of you know that I have served on the Board for a number of years.
I tend not to jot things down because I like to shoot from the hip. I wanted to make sure
that I say a few things. We have a challenge for the future. There is a lot of spirit in this
room. This room was packed a few moments ago with people who were festive and
celebrating the services of our two departing members and welcoming two new members
and this entire new Board of Education for 2001-02 and beyond. That spirit simply
exemplifies that the Charlotte-Mecklenburg School District is truly on the verge of doing
something great. All of you have said that in your remarks. You have talked about the
Superintendent and the staff. Certainly all of the ingredients or elements for an educational
renaissance are in place. We talk about it each and every day. There is vision, there is
leadership, and there is talent. There is commitment. There is a keen recognition that we
must all work together both in the private and public sector with all members of this Board
for our children's future. Several months ago, I came out of the hospital with a hospital
band on my wrist to answer the Superintendent's call. Dr. Smith told me that we had just
received a decision from the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. I put my clothes on with my
hospital band on my left wrist and I came down to have a press conference. There were
wall-to-wall folk outside. Everybody wanted to see what the School Board was going to
do. We voted not to initiate an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. That day, I spoke about
the next chapter in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools history. As a product of the school
system, I am very proud of its accomplishments and the opportunity for greatness that lies
ahead of us. We stand right at the threshold as people come to visit, based on our
reputation of greatness. To prove for once and for all that public education can work, Ms.
Griffin and I can work for all students in a fantastic manner. As a member of the Board of
Directors for the Council of Great City Schools and a member of the Board of Directors
for the Council of Urban Boards of Education, nationally, I can tell you that school
districts around this country are desperate for examples of school systems with high
standards and for school systems that can deliver high quality education to all students and
not just a few. We demonstrate that each and every day. It passes over folks' heads
sometimes because the media does not accent the positive. But to have all of your high
schools AP certified and to have only 10% of your African-African population or well over
20% of the African-Americans who scored three or better on their AP exams is
tremendous. To have the Director General of the IB Program come to Charlotte because of
what is happening in Charlotte in the International Baccalaureate Program, speaks volumes
to what we have accomplished in this district. When others know it, perhaps more of us at
home will know it. The events of September 11th have made all of us reflect on what is
important to each of us. Some of you know that I carried a rifle in Vietnam and saw a lot
of young folk give their lives for this country and for our freedom. It was worth it because
of the hopes and dreams of the people and the individual citizens of this great nation. It is
my hope and my dream that we can come together as one family committed to a single
mission. I always talk about the vision statement and the mission and that is simply to
ensure that all of our students acquire the knowledge, skills and values to live rich and full
lives as productive and enlightened citizens of our society. As in any family, we don't
always have to see eye to eye on every issue. I welcome independent thought and debate. I
work for a law firm and I get paid to do that. On the other hand, when a crisis presents
itself, I expect us to come together as a tightly woven military unit to resolve whatever
problems confront us. Too long we have expected too little from too many. We still have
too many students who have dropped out or who have low expectations. There is too wide
of an achievement gap among some of our students. I am absolutely optimistic that the
doom and gloom forecasts will not paralyze this Board or me or this community. We have
a talented Superintendent, a committed staff and a committed Board of Education. We will
start the journey by making sure that adequate supplies and materials, and competent and
caring teachers are there for all of our students. We will get that equity status report. We'll
get that dashboard. We will get the resources for this community to make it happen for all
of our children. I, as one Board member, as one citizen, as one native of Charlotte, North
Carolina, am prepared for greatness. I hope that the rest of you will come and join me on
this successful journey."

Dr. Rembert thanked Mr. Griffin and she said, "I, too, would like to thank my colleagues
on the Board for the confidence that you have shown in my ability to serve you in a
different role. My intent, of course, would be to serve you effectively no matter where I sit
on this Board because that is what I pledge to do. For those who had the confidence and
trust in my ability to serve in a different role, I thank you for that. I certainly hope to do
every thing I can to maintain that trust and confidence. For those who may not have had so
much trust and confidence, I hope that I can earn that from you. It is my desire and my
hope to work effectively with each one of you on this Board. Each member brings
different gifts and talents and I benefit from that. That helps me to be a more effective
individual and more effective professional. I hope that I can offer something that will
benefit you as we serve together. I look forward to moving forward with all of you and Dr.
Smith and his highly capable staff as we do something that no urban school district has
done in America; that is to serve all of our children very effectively creating opportunities
in every school so that every child can be successful. I think that we have the capacity. I
think that we have the resources and I know we can exercise the will. I look forward to
being a part of that happening in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Thank you."

Recognition/Information

Recognition of recipient of the National Association of Partners in Education's Little
Debbie Award for Partnership Leaders

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Leake to recognize Ms. Debbie Antshel, Director of Volunteers
and Partnerships, as a recipient of the National Association of Partners in Education's Little
Debbie Award for Partnership Leaders. This annual award honors two persons from the
business sector and two from the education sector for their leadership role in developing
partnerships that help students reach local, state and/or national standards through systemic
change. Ms. Antshel received her award on November 1st at the Little Debbie Awards
Banquet in Anchorage, Alaska. Ms. Antshel has worked in CMS for fours years. Under
her leadership, the volunteers and partnerships department has seen more than 33,000
volunteers share their time and talent with CMS. That adds up to more than 10,000 hours
that these volunteers help prepare students for greatness. When asked whether she had
comments, Ms. Antshel recognized the Board for its vision and direction that they have
provided in the area of partnerships. Ms. Antshel stated that it is an honor to work with Dr.
Smith. Ms. Antshel recognized Ms. Nora Carr, Assistant Superintendent for Public
Information, for her tremendous sense of energy and inspiration. Ms. Antshel recognized
and thanked Ms. Sherri Belfield, Partnership Coordinator; Ms. Pat Robson, Volunteer
Coordinator; and Ms. Darlene Heater, Events Coordinator. She thanked her husband, Mr.
Henry Antshel, and her family for their continued support. A video was shown of Ms.
Antshel in many of her roles with CMS.

Recognition of November Building Services Quality Customer Service Maintenance
Employee of the Month

Mr. Griffin called on Ms. Griffin to recognize Mr. Johnnie Crank as the recipient of the
Building Services Quality Customer Service Maintenance Employee of the Month for
November. Mr. Crank has been employed by CMS for 20 years and currently serves as a
Plumber II in the Building Services Department. Mr. Chip Irby, supervisor for Mr. Crank,
stated that Mr. Crank is a team player who is well known and respected throughout the
school system. Mr. Crank thanked Dr. Smith and members of the Board of Education. Mr.
Crank received a monetary award, a certificate and a plaque.
Recognition of November Building Services Quality Customer Service Custodial
Employee of the Month

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Kindberg to recognize Mr. Clarence Pressley as the Building
Services Quality Customer Service Custodial Employee of the month for November. Mr.
Pressley has been employed by CMS for one year and nine months as a custodian at South
Mecklenburg High School. Mr. Calvin Carr, Mr. Pressley's supervisor, said that Mr.
Pressley is always helpful and is a role model for other employees. Mr. Pressley arrives at
work consistently and on time. Mr. Pressley thanked Mr. Carr, Dr. Smith, and members of
the Board of Education. Mr. Pressley received a monetary award, a certificate and a
plaque.

Recognition of Building Services Quality Customer Service Maintenance Employee of the
Year 2001

Mr. Griffin called on Mr. Gauvreau to recognize Mr. Ray McClure as the 2001 Building
Services Quality Customer Service Maintenance Employee of the Year. Mr. McClure is
currently an Electrician II and has worked for CMS for 22 years. Mr. Chris Mueller, Mr.
McClure's supervisor, said that Mr. McClure is courteous and never grumbles about a job
that needs to be done. Mr. McClure expressed his appreciation to the Board. He received
a monetary award, a certificate and a plaque.

Recognition of Building Services Quality Customer Service Custodial Employee of the
Year 2001

Mr. Griffin called on Mr. Dunlap to recognize Mr. Tony Sadler as the Building Services
Quality Customer Service Custodial Employee of the Year 2001. Mr. Sadler is the Head
Custodian at Hawk Ridge Elementary School and has worked for CMS for 15 years. Ms.
Rosemary Sheppard, principal at Hawk Ridge Elementary School, said that Mr. Sadler is
very conscientious of safety standards and procedures and he keeps his staff well informed
of the expectations for following school and system policies. Mr. Sadler thanked the
Board. He recognized his wife, Ms. Wendy Sadler, Ms. Sheppard, and Ms. Vanessa
Ashford, assistant principal at Hawk Ridge Elementary School. Mr. Dunlap thanked Mr.
Sadler for his hard work for CMS. Mr. Sadler received a monetary award, a certificate and
a plaque.

Public Hearing on Proposed Policy JLF: Reporting Child Abuse, Neglect and
Dependency/Child Protection

Mr. Griffin announced the time set-aside for the public hearing on proposed Policy JLF:
Reporting Child Abuse, Neglect and Dependency/Child Protection. Ms. Woods stated that
the revisions to the policy were made to strengthen the language to make it an obligation of
every school employee to report child abuse or neglect within a specific timeframe. When
no one appeared to speak, Mr. Griffin closed the public hearing.
Action Items

Approval of Administrative Personnel

There were no recommendations for personnel appointments; however, Dr. Smith
announced the following principal transfers:

   Mary Byers-Hall from Hawthorne Middle School to Wilson Middle School
   Kathy Smith from Wilson Middle School to Lebanon Road Elementary School
   Mark Robertson from Lebanon Road Elementary School to Barringer Academic Center

When asked by Ms. Griffin when other principal transfers and appointments would be
made, Dr. Smith said that he would have the information within a short time. Ms. Griffin
stated that this information would be important to parents because they are making their
school choices. Dr. Leake asked when Mr. Robertson would begin at Barringer Academic
School. Dr. Smith reported that Mr. Robertson would begin as soon as Ms. Smith returns
from sick leave early in February 2002.

Recommend approval of proposed 2002-03 Calendar

Mr. Griffin called on Ms. Betsy Williamson, Chairperson of the Calendar Committee, to
present the recommendation for the 2002-03 School Calendar. Ms. Williamson stated that
all school staffs were polled as to their calendar preference. The recommendation for the
2002-03 School Calendar is Calendar B (a copy of the School Calendar will be kept in the
Board Clerk's file).

Upon motion by Dr. Leake, and seconded by Ms. Griffin, the Board voted
unanimously to adopt School Calendar B as the 2002-03 School Calendar.


Report/update on Second Ward Master Plan

Mr. Griffin called on Dr. Smith for the Facility and Finance Committee's recommendation
for the Government District Center Proposal. Dr. Smith asked Dr. Eric Becoats, Chief
Officer, Demographics and Planning, to first present a report on the Second Ward
improvements project because the information is directly related to the Government
District Proposal.

Dr. Becoats introduced Mr. Brad Davis, LandDesign Inc., who presented a brief update on
the status of the Second Ward Master Plan. Mr. Davis said the Second Ward Master Plan is
a long-range plan and is important to the development of the Center City Project. The goal
of the project is to create a livable and memorable Second Ward neighborhood through a
mix of land uses and unique infrastructure with housing types that combine to welcome
and support a diverse population. Mr. Davis said there had been numerous meetings with
stakeholders and others who would be impacted by the plan. He reviewed the
recommendations of the 2010 Plan and sited the 2010 Guiding Principles. Maps were
shown of the historic area of Brooklyn dating to 1959. Mr. Davis reported about numerous
components that included residential; parking; neighborhood parks; and retail. He
suggested that the Board of Education consider the relocation of the Metro School and the
construction of a new high school. Mr. Davis presented three concepts for the relocation
of the Metro School and new high school campus. He stated his opinion that the relocation
of the Metro School could result in a more efficient facility and would utilize less land.

Several Board members expressed concern about Mr. Davis' statements regarding a
proposal to move the Metro School and to relocate the Aquatic Center. Mr. Lassiter said
that he was confused because Mr. Mark Hahn, Director of Mecklenburg County Real
Estate Services, had shared a Government District Plan that was different from the report
submitted by Mr. Davis. Mr. Lassiter asked Mr. Davis if he was aware of the Board of
Education's 10 million dollar design contract for the Metro School. Mr. Davis said he
hoped that the Board of Education would decide to limit capital improvements on the
Metro School. Mr. Lassiter stated that Mr. Davis should reconsider the proposal for
Second Ward as the Board of Education had no plans to relocate the Metro School. Mr.
Lassiter said that the Aquatic Center is of Olympic quality and is extremely valuable to the
Metro School and the Center City. Dr. Smith stated that he wanted to make it clear that the
Board of Education had made a commitment to keep the Metro School at its current
location.

Recommend approval of Facility Committee's recommendation for Government District
Proposal

Dr. Smith called on Mr. Lassiter to present information about the Facility and Finance
Committee's recommendation regarding the Government District proposal. Mr. Lassiter
reported that Mr. Mark Hahn had met with the Facility and Finance Committee to present
the Government District Plan. The Board of Education Facility and Finance Committee
reached consensus on several guiding criteria as follows:

   The CMS Education Center should remain in the Center City of Charlotte.
   Cost Considerations are of Critical Importance.
   Any redevelopment of the properties owned or controlled by CMS in the Second Ward
    area should be done in such a way that is (a) sensitive to the historic character of the
    area and (b) compatible with the operation of Metro School and the Aquatic Center.
   With some renovations, the existing Education Center would be satisfactory for CMS'
    purposes for the foreseeable future.
   In the spirit of cooperation with County and City plans, however, a new Education
    Center could be located within the Government District at a facility owned and
    managed by the Board of Education if a compelling case can be made that (a) this will
    provide for a more vibrant Center City and (b) such a relocation can be accomplished
    in a cost effective manner.
   The selection of a site for a relocated Education Center should be made from an
    existing inventory of government-owned property, at no additional cost to the taxpayer.
    The selected property should then be deeded to the Board of Education.
   The preponderance of the costs associated with the relocation of the Education Center
    should come from proceeds generated by the sale of the current site.

The Committee made the following recommendations:
 Option A - Remain at current location with some renovation of the current facility.
 Option B1 - Construct a new, reduced scope Education Center on a site adjacent to the
   Government Center on property to be owned, managed and deeded to the Board of
   Education.
 Option B2 - Construct a new, reduced scope Education Center at the existing County
   Parking Deck site on Davidson Street on property to be owned, managed and deeded to
   the Board of Education.

Upon motion by Mr. Lassiter, and seconded by Dr. Rembert, the Board voted
unanimously to approve the Facility and Finance Committee's recommendations for
the Government District proposal.

Requests from the Public

At the time set aside for requests from the public, Mr. Charles Alexander thanked the
Board of Education members for their leadership. He wished the newly elected Board
members well. Mr. Alexander said he had seen Dr. Leake at many public functions and
commented that she was friendly to everyone. When no other person appeared to address
the Board of Education, Mr. Griffin closed the time set side for requests from the public.

Approval of increased threshold for capitalization of fixed assets

Dr. Smith recommended that the Board of Education increase the threshold for
capitalization of fixed assets to $5,000 on all school purchases effective July 1, 2001. Dr.
Smith explained that the new guidelines had been encouraged by the State Treasurer;
Federal Government; Government Finance Officers Association; Local Government
Commission; and by Deloitte and Touche, the external auditors for CMS.

Upon motion by Mr. Lassiter, and seconded by Dr. Leake, the Board of Education
voted unanimously to increase the threshold for capitalization of fixed assets to $5,000
on all school purchases effective July 1, 2001.

Approval of the 2001-2002 Local Option Goals for Alternative Schools

Dr. Smith called on Dr. Susan Agruso, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional
Accountability, to present information about the 2001-02 Local Option Goals for
Alternative Schools. Dr. Agruso explained that the State Board of Education policy
requires that alternative schools participate in the ABCs accountability program. Their
evaluation will be based in part on achievement information and in part on the degree to
which the schools meet the goals established in their school improvement plan. The Board
of Education is required to approve the plan.
Dr. Leake thanked Dr. Agruso for the report. Dr. Leake said she is concerned because
children who are enrolled in alternative schools continue to be housed in strip malls. Dr.
Leake said she would like Dr. Smith and his staff to research property on Freedom Drive
that the House of Prayer had used for several years for the possible use of an alternative
education facility. Mr. Griffin said that the support of the public must be gained to gather
support for an alternative education facility. Dr. Leake said she would like more
information on whether there are improvements in the behavior of students who attend the
alternative schools. Dr. Rembert said she would like to see data about students who have
returned to regular classes and who are able to experience success. Dr. Argruso reported
that all of the CMS alternative schools met their state ABCs goals.

A discussion followed a motion made by Dr. Rembert, and seconded by Ms. Woods,
that the Board approved the 2001-02 Local Option goals for Alternative Schools.

Dr. Leake made a substitute motion that schools to amend the 2001-02 Local Option
goals to include a provision that schools not be held accountable for parental
involvement. Dr. Smith stated that the goals do call for school staff to promote parental
involvement. The substitute motion failed for lack of a second.

The Board voted 8 to 1 to approve the 2001-02 Local Option goals for Alternative
Schools.

Consent Items

A discussion followed a motion by Dunlap, and seconded by Ms. Woods, to approve
the consent agenda.

Ms. Griffin stated that she had questions about consent agenda item III.B.3 and III.E. Ms.
Griffin said her questions were about the items regarding the Phillip O. Berry Academy of
Technology. Consent agenda item III.B.3. was a recommendation for the approval of
additional construction services for Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology. Mr. Louis
Mosley, Building Services, explained that consent agenda item III.E. referred to a request
for a transfer of funds from 1996 Bonds that would be needed to cover the unexpected
expenses that resulted from the default by a mechanical contractor at Phillip O. Berry
Academy of Technology. He explained that there have been many change orders and that
funds are needed for delays in construction. Mr. Maurice Green, General Counsel, added
that the Board hopes to recoup the funds through legal litigation and that the source of
funds for the requested transfer is from the 1996 Bond Referendum. Ms. Griffin expressed
concern that school renovation projects funded by the 1996 Bond Referendum would not
move forward as planned. Dr. Rembert asked what the implications for the opening of the
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology would be if the transfer of funds was not
approved. Mr. Mosley said that a reliable contractor was now in place that would get the
project back on schedule if the transfer of funds was approved. Mr. Mosley stated that
should the replacement contractor be lost and we had to rely on the Surety to complete the
work, then the opening of the school would be delayed by at least a year. When asked by
Mr. Lassiter to clarify the recommendation, Dr. Smith stated that the recommendation is
the transfer of 6.5 million dollars and the source of funds is 1996 and 1997 Bonds. Dr.
Smith stated that the scope of the project had not changed; however the mechanical
contractor had defaulted. When asked by Mr. Gauvreau if the Board would recover some
of the funds, Mr. Green said it would be reasonable to expect to recover at least the Bond
that is about 3.3 million dollars. Mr. Green cautioned the Board that litigation has the
potential to take considerable time. Mr. Griffin stated that monies would have to be moved
to ensure that the Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology would open in August. Ms.
Woods stated that she was uncomfortable approving the transfer of funds from 1996 Bonds
because they were earmarked for other school renovations. When asked by Ms. Woods
why action was not taken sooner regarding the needed funds, Dr. Smith stated that staff
members had exceeded his expectations and had taken every precaution to ensure the
success of the enormous project. Dr. Smith said that staff members had no control over the
lack of performance by the mechanical contractor. Dr. Smith said he believed the monies
could be recovered and that the school would open on time Mr. Dunlap said that this is not
the first time a contractor has defaulted and that the Board must move ahead so that the
school would open on time. Mr. Lassiter asked for an update about remaining work for the
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology and whether it would be feasible to postpone
other phases of the project such as the football stadium to release a portion of the monies
needed towards the deferred mechanical contract. Mr. Lassiter stated that he is not in favor
of postponing the needed work at schools that are requested by 1996 Bonds.

Ms. Woods recognized Ms. Sharon Frazier, music teacher at University Park Elementary
School, who was in the audience and represents many educators who bring creative
opportunities for CMS student through grant requests such as in consent agenda item III.G,
From Page to Stage: Arts Enriching Literature through Puppetry.

Upon motion by Mr. Lassiter, and seconded Mr. Dunlap, the Board voted
unanimously to divide the question with respect to consent agenda items III.B.3 and
III.E that related to the Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology.

Upon motion by Mr. Dunlap, and seconded by Ms. Griffin, the Board voted
unanimously to approve all consent agenda items except items III.B.3. and III.E.

Upon motion by Mr. Dunlap, and seconded by Dr. Leake, the Board voted 6 to 3 to
approve consent agenda item III.E.

Upon motion by Dr. Leake, and seconded by Mr. Dunlap, the Board voted 6 to 3 to
approve consent agenda item III.B.3.

Approval of Minutes

   November 7, 2001                 Special Meeting/Board Retreat
   November 13, 2001                Regular Meeting
   November 15, 2001                Closed Session
   November 27, 2001                Regular Meeting
Approval of Construction Items

The following construction items were approved:

   Approval of construction contracts for Tryon Hills Elementary School and Starmount
    Pre-K programs. The contracts will provide Pre-K licensing upfit. The total use of
    funds is $85,326 and the source of funds is 1996 Bonds.
   Approval of additional construction services for Merry Oaks Elementary School.
    Contracts will provide additional general construction work due to unforeseen
    conditions and the designer will be responsible for that portion of the costs applicable
    to their product. The total use of funds is $11,367,661 and the source of funds is 1996,
    1997, and 2000 Bonds.
   Approval of additional construction services for Phillip O. Berry Technical Academy.
    Contracts will provide additional mechanical construction services. The total use of
    funds is $43,215,938 and the source of funds is 1997 Bonds, 1991 Bonds, and External
    Funding - Public Library.
   Approval of a design contract for University Park Elementary School. Contractor will
    prepare plans for services pertaining to the roof replacement at University Park
    Elementary School. The total use of funds is $27,400 and the source of funds is 1997
    Bond Roofing Program.
   Approval of construction contract for Northridge Middle School. Contractor will
    complete preventative maintenance roof repairs on 21 mobile classrooms at Northridge
    Middle School. The total use of funds is $50,658 and the source of funds is 2001-02
    Capital Replacement Roofing Program.
   Approval of authorization for the Superintendent and the Deputy Superintendent in
    consultation with the Board Chairperson, or in his absence, the Vice-Chairperson, to
    award construction contracts and additional construction services until the next Board
    of Education meeting scheduled on January 8, 2002. To meet the scheduled
    goals/objectives of the current capital program, provide the Superintendent
    authorization to award construction services during the period of December 12, 2001,
    to January 8, 2002. The awards would be made provided the amounts are within the
    approved project budgets and meet the attached criteria. Projects awarded would be
    brought back to the Board of Education for information and ratification at the next
    regularly scheduled meeting.

Approval of requests for pupil reassignment

The Board approved 28 reassignment requests in Category I; denied approval for 20
reassignment requests in Category II; and there were no requests for release in Category
III.
Approval of October 2001 Budget Amendments

The Board approved the October 2001 Budget Amendments as required by the FY 2001-
02 Budget Resolution, Section IV (A), (B) and (C), adopted October 9, 2001, a report of
budget amendments to the Board of Education on a monthly basis.

Approval of Capital Project Ordinance Amendments as required by N.C. Public School
Law §115C-433

November 2001 Capital Project Ordinance Amendments were approved by the Board of
Education, as required by N.C. Public School Law §115C-433.

Adoption of 2001 September and October Personnel Report

The Board of Education adopted the 2001 September and October Personnel Report that
listed all September and October licensed and non-licensed hires.

Approval of the Supplementary Funding Request for From Page to Stage: Arts Enriching
Literature Through Puppetry

The Supplementary Funding Request for From Page to Stage: Arts Enriching Literature
Through Puppetry was approved by the Board of Education. The funding requested from
the Boyer Center is $10,000. The dates of the project are from June 2002 - March 2003.

Reports and Information Items

2002-2003 Student Assignment Plan

Dr. Smith called on Dr. Becoats to present an update on the 2002-03 Student Assignment
Plan. Dr. Becoats reported that there were over 20,000 attendees at the December 1st
Showcase of Schools. He said that 47, 082 students had returned their Choice Plan
applications. Dr. Becoats emphasized the January 18th deadline to return all Choice Plan
applications. He encouraged all parents and students to return their applications before the
holidays. Dr. Leake stated that the Showcase of Schools had been a great success. Dr.
Smith encouraged parents to make sure the applications are in before winter break.

2000-2001 Bright Beginnings Data

Dr. Susan Agruso, Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Accountability, presented
data about Bright Beginnings. All kindergarten students are given the Kindergarten Entry
Profile. Dr. Agruso reported that overall the performance of students from Bright
Beginnings improved in fall 2001 compared to fall 2000. In addition, the performance of
students from Bright Beginnings is higher than eligible non-participants and all other CMS
kindergarten students. After reviewing the Kindergarten Entry Profile Assessment
Components, Dr. Agruso reported that the number of Bright Beginning students has
expanded to 3,000. The assessment has been revised to include a greater emphasis on
phonemic awareness; oral language; language comprehension; and numeracy.
Mr. Gauverau stated that he would like to see a report that would compare data for all
years since the inception of the Bright Beginnings Program.

Board Members Report

Ms. Woods reminded Board members of the January 10th Elected Officials Summit.

Dr. Leake said that she had a wonderful time at the Winter Parade at Lake Wylie
Elementary School.

Mr. Griffin recognized Dr. Smith as the recipient of the North Carolina Superintendent of
the Year by NCASA. He will travel to San Diego, California, on February 16th to compete
for National AASA Superintendent of the Year.

Mr. Griffin recognized Mr. Phil Kirk, North Carolina State Board of Education Chairman,
who was present in the audience. Mr. Kirk said he had enjoyed visiting two CMS Schools
of Excellence. He congratulated Dr. Smith for his recent award.

Superintendent's Report

TV Channel 21 newsclips were shared. The newsclips included information about the
Choice Plan, the Olympic Torch Relay, the Choice Plan Application Centers, CMS
Maintenance Services, Choice Plan Marketing, sports activities, and diversity programs.

Adjournment

Upon motion by Mr. Dunlap, and seconded by Dr. Rembert, the Board voted
unanimously to adjourn the Regular Meeting.

The Regular Meeting adjourned at 10:55 p.m.



                                             ___________________________
                                             Chairman

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                                             Clerk to the Board

Approved by The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education
January 15, 2002 Regular Board Meeting

								
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