December 19, 2002
The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held its regularly scheduled meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2002, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. Vice President Tony Rose presided.
T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools
Beverly Griffin, Recorder of Minutes
I. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
Board Secretary Larry Berkley called
the meeting to order at 5:37 p.m. Five
members of the Board were present at roll call; Mr. Rose arrived at 5:45
Ms. Magness was absent. Melissa Chaney, teacher representative from Jefferson Elementary School, and David Mitchell, student from Central High School, served as ex officio representatives for the month of December.
II. PROCEDURAL MATTERS / WELCOMING COMMENTS
Mr. Berkley greeted the audience and announced a performance by I. J. Routen, who introduced a group of the District’s music specialists. Cynthia Grant, Clois Bell, Kelly Keck, and Ms. Routen played recorders, and explained that all elementary students would learn how to play this instrument in their general music class.
III. REPORTS/RECOGNITIONS/PUBLIC COMMENTS
Dr. James introduced Katherine Wright Knight and announced her selection as the National Education Association Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence. She received the award at a December 13 celebration of teaching in Washington D.C.
Brittney Williams, a junior at Parkview Magnet High School, submitted the artwork that was selected for the 2002 LRSD holiday card. A framed copy of the card was presented to Brittney, and the original artwork was framed and will be hung in the Superintendents office.
Five LRSD teachers have completed the requirements for National Board Certification: Sharon Boyd-Struthers, Rockefeller Elementary School; Timothy Eubanks, Parkview Magnet High School; Ruth Eyres, J. A. Fair High School; Catherine Koehler, Baseline Elementary School; and Judy Meier, Rockefeller Elementary School. These teachers received a Superintendent’s citation in recognition of their achievement.
Gilliam Glasco and Earnest Sweat, seniors at Parkview Magnet High School, were recognized for their selection this past summer as officers at Arkansas Girls and Boys State. Gilliam was Governor at Girls’ State and Earnest was Lieutenant Governor at Boys’ State. They received a certificate of recognition for their accomplishments and congratulations from the Board and Superintendent for achieving these honors.
Jeff Fuell and Kenneth Patterson, students at Parkview Magnet High School, were recognized for having their artwork selected for use on U. S. Postal Service commemorative stamps celebrating the life of civil rights leader Daisy Bates. Copies of their artwork were on display in the boardroom during and after the meeting.
The December ex-officio representatives to the Board were recognized with a certificate of appreciation, Melissa Chaney, teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, and David Mitchell, student at Central High School.
B. Partners in Education – New Partnerships
Debbie Milam presented certificates in recognition of new business / school partnerships as noted below. Dr. Mitchell made a motion to accept the new partnerships, Mr. Berkley seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
The new partnerships were:
Brady Elementary School, represented by Ada Keown, and Shelly Oliver, in partnership with Bank of the Ozarks, represented by Amy McDuffie
Metropolitan Career and Technical School, represented by Mike Peterson and Rodney Echols, in partnership with:
Landers Chevrolet, Gwatney Chevrolet, Chenal Parkway Buick-GMC, Parker Automotive Group, Landers Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge/Jeep (representatives of each of these dealerships were present but full names not provided)
Metropolitan Career and Technical School, represented by Mike Peterson and Rodney Echols, in partnership with Little Rock Job Corp, represented by Tim Foley and Willie Jones
Mitchell Academy, represented by Wanda Varady, in partnership with Allen Kerr Insurance Agency, represented by Allen Kerr and Victoria McGee
Mitchell Academy, represented by Wanda Varady, in partnership with Greater Little Rock Optimist Club and with Kinko’s Downtown, no representatives present
C. Remarks from Citizens
Frank Martin congratulated Katherine Knight, and the other teachers who were recognized for their varied achievements earlier in this agenda. He stated that he was proud of these teachers and their accomplishments, and noted that they were all members of the CTA. He wished the Board and administrators a good holiday and stated that he was looking forward to a cooperative and productive new year.
E. Joshua Intervenors
IV. REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Dr. Mitchell expressed appreciation to all teachers, administrators, parents and other involved community members and wished them all a happy holiday.
Mr. Rose announced that he had attended his first VIPS Board meeting and thanked the members for the vital services they provide to the District, stating that their contributions are “essential to our success.”
Dr. Daugherty echoed Mr. Rose’s comments and recognized the importance of the VIPS office staff and commended the Director, Ms. Milam.
Dr. James provided a summary report of school choice applications received as a result of NCLB transfer requests. In addition, he announced the dates of open enrollment the last week of January.
Mr. Goodman was present and responded to questions regarding the construction projects that would continue during the winter break. His report was printed in the Board’s agenda.
Mr. Becker’s report was printed in the agenda. He was present, but provided no additional information.
Ms. Neal’s monthly update was printed in the agenda. As highlights, she reported that the e-mail changeover had gone fairly smoothly, with only a few minor problems. The new network systems at Metro will go on-line in January and training will be provided. Plans are being submitted for the purchase of new computer hardware and they are being reviewed as they come in. E-rate applications are due in February, and the update of the District’s technology plan will be completed for the Board’s review and approval in February or March 2003.
Minutes from the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held on November 21, 2002 were presented for review and approval. Ms. Strickland made a motion to approve the minutes as presented; Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
B. Personnel Changes
Routine personnel items were printed in the agenda and were submitted for the Board’s review and approval. Dr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the personnel items as presented; Mr. Kurrus seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
Dr. Lesley presented a proposed Strategic Plan for parent
involvement. The background information
indicated that the District’s collaborative action team for parent involvement sponsored
several planning workshops and gained valuable input from community, parents,
and students in the development of this Plan.
Dr. Daugherty moved to approve the Parent Involvement Strategic Plan as submitted. Mr. Berkley seconded the motion and it carried 6-0.
Marie McNeal, Director of Social Studies, presented the recommendations for elementary school social studies textbooks. Samples of the selected texts were provided for the Board’s review and comment. Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the selections of the review committee; Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
Danny Fletcher was present to review the selections of the Art and Music Textbook Committee. Copies of the materials were provided for the Board’s review. Dr. Mitchell moved to approve the selections. Ms. Strickland seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
In the fall of 2000 and in the fall of 2001, the Board reviewed the first and second year evaluations of the Alternative Language Program for limited-English proficient students. These were presented for the Board’s formal review and approval in November 2002, in accord with Judge Wilson’s “compliance remedy” for release from federal court supervision. The evaluation for the 2001-02 school year was submitted for review and approval at this time. Dr. Lesley was present to respond to the Board’s questions. Dr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the 2001-02 ALP evaluation. Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
Bonnie Lesley, Vanessa Cleaver, Dennis Glasgow and Marcelline Carr were present to review the findings of the Little Rock Comprehensive Partnership for Mathematics and Science Achievement evaluations. The NSF grant was awarded in 1998, providing funding to improve the achievement of students in mathematics and science. All of the evaluation reports had been previously presented for the Board’s review, but formal action was not taken to approve these reports before they were submitted to the NSF.
Five sets of reports were presented for the Board’s approval at this time: the CPMSA Strategic Plan for1998-99; the CPMSA program evaluation for 1998-99 with feedback reports and attachments; the CPMSA program evaluation to NSF for 1999-2000 with feedback reports and attachments; the CPMSA program evaluation to NSF for 2000-01, with feedback reports and attachments; and the CPMSA program evaluation to NSF for 2001-02,with feedback reports and attachments.
Mr. Berkley requested a comparative data report on NSF grant recipient’s math and science achievement data. He then moved to approve the reports as submitted. Ms. Strickland seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
No items for review / approval.
A. Mann Middle School Easement
The administration presented a request from the City of Little Rock for a quitclaim deed to property surrounding Mann Magnet Middle School. Dr. Mitchell moved to approve the requested easement of property, Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
B. Donations of Property
The Board was asked to approve acceptance of recent donations to the District. David Mitchell, the student ex-officio representative, read the listed donations. Dr. Daugherty made a motion to accept the donations as listed; Mr. Berkley seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously. Donations are listed in the following chart:
Central High School
Sharp Viewcam camcorder and Panasonic videotapes, valued at $525.00
Chicot Elementary School
$500.00 cash to be used to purchase trophies and incentive awards for students who score proficient in math and literacy on the 2002 Benchmark exams
$1,000 cash to be used to provide literacy materials
J. A. Riggs Tractor Company
Wal-Mart Store #124
Four felt banners, valued at $80.00 to be used in the Christmas program
Arkansas Childrens’ Hospital Auxiliary
LRSD HIPPY Program
$25.00 cash to be used for the HIPPY Parent Appreciation event
Jennifer June, HIPPY Advisory Board Member
LRSD School Welfare Fund
$259.60 to be used to purchase school clothes
Otter Creek Elementary Peer Helper Service Project
Dr. Stewart reported on budget issues and the recent Lakeview lawsuit. He noted that the fact that the State Supreme court had refused to hear an appeal of the Lakeview case would have a positive impact on state school financing. Mr. Kurrus moved to approve the financial reports as submitted. Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
IX. SCHOOL SERVICES DIVISION
No items for review / approval.
X. DISTRICT OPERATIONS
No items for review / approval.
XI. CLOSING REMARKS
Dr. James reported that he had attended a joint Senate and House legislative session where there was general discussion regarding the restructuring of the smaller school districts in the state. He noted that fourteen districts in Arkansas have fewer than 200 students, and ninety-six districts have fewer than 500 students.
He promised to monitor this year’s legislative session and report any significant issues as they arise. He stated that it was a safe assumption that some of the smaller districts within the state would be forced to consolidate as the legislature looks at ways of reviewing the state standards and realigning the instructional environments in the smaller school districts. The State Chamber of Commerce is expected to make a recommendation in this regard.
There being no further business before the Board, Ms. Strickland moved to adjourn at 8:00 p.m. Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
APPROVED: _ 01-23-03 Original documents signed by:
Judy Magness, President
Larry Berkley, Secretary