June 10, 2004
Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special session
immediately following the regular agenda meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June
10, 2004, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham
Little Rock, Arkansas. President Tony Rose presided.
Morris L. Holmes, Interim Superintendent
Beverly Griffin, Recorder of Minutes
I. CALL TO ORDER
President Tony Rose called the special meeting to order at 6:20 p.m. All members of the Board were present at roll call.
II. PURPOSE OF THE MEETING
The agenda for the special meeting consisted of the following action items:
A. Personnel Items
B. Student Handbook Addendum
C. Executive Session
Beverly Williams, Director of Human Resources, presented proposals from eight employee groups not covered under the recent PN contract negotiations of the Classroom Teachers Association. This included Building Engineers, School Nurses, Clerical and Administrative (LRAEOP, meet and confer), Maintenance Employee (meet and confer), Principals and Assistant Principals, Custodians and Instructional Aides, Psychological Examiners / School Psychology Specialists, and All Other Employee Groups.
The Board asked Mark Milhollen if he had reviewed the impact of these increases on the budget and any possible effects on the fund balance. He responded by assuring the Board that new revenue would be used to maintain the 2003-04 school year fund balance, and that it was expected that with increases in expected new revenue, the LRSD would be able to maintain or increase the ending fund balance.
Mr. Rose suggested it would be a fairer process if maintenance employees were given an increase in the amount of 12%, and principals and other administrators 8%. He questioned the fairness of across the board, 10% raises.
Dr. Mitchell made a motion to accept the proposals presented and to provide a 10% salary increase to all employee groups. Mr. Kurrus seconded the motion, and it carried 6-1, with Mr. Rose voting “no.”
B. STUDENT HANDBOOK ADDENDUM
Dr. Watson presented a revision to the 2004-05 Student Handbook. As directed by the Board in the May 20, 2004, regular meeting, additional input was requested regarding sanctions for possession and/or use of pagers, cellular phones or other electronic communications devices. As a result of consultation with members of the handbook committee, an additional sanction for “second offense” was added, a three-day in-school suspension.
In addition, the policies and procedures regarding physical education waivers were removed from the handbook due to a change in the Arkansas statute governing curriculum requirements and elimination of the waiver.
Ms. Strickland moved to approve the revisions as presented by Dr. Watson. Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
C. EXECUTIVE SESSION
At 7:04 p.m., Mr. Day moved for an executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel issues. Mr. Berkley seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
The Board returned from executive session at 8:20 p.m. and reported that no action was taken.
Mr. Day moved for adjournment, Ms. Strickland seconded. The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.
APPROVED: _ 06-24-04 __ Originals Signed by:
Tony Rose, President
R. Micheal Daugherty, Secretary