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LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT

810 WEST MARKHAM STREET

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

 

 

MINUTES

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

October 10, 2002

 

The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special session immediately following the regular agenda meeting on Thursday, October 10, 2002, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.President Judy Magness presided.

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

Judy Magness

Larry Berkley

Tony Rose

Mike Daugherty

Baker Kurrus

Sue Strickland

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

 

Katherine Mitchell

 

ALSO PRESENT:

 

T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

Beverly Griffin, Recorder of the Minutes

 

I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER

 

President Judy Magness called the special meeting to order at 5:43 p.m.She stipulated a quorum without roll call; Dr. Mitchell was absent.In addition, the ex officio representatives to the Board were present:Shana Reese, student from McClellan High School and Christiana Swindle, teacher at Geyer Springs Elementary School.

 

II.††††††††††† PURPOSE OF THE MEETING

 

The special meeting was called for the purpose of approving the Districtís Compliance Plan.


 

III.††††††††††† ACTION

 

Compliance Plan

 

The LRSD Compliance Team worked with the Districtís attorneys to prepare a plan for implementing the Courtís compliance remedy as set forth in the September 13, 2002, opinion from Judge William Wilson.It was noted that the compliance plan was submitted to ODM and Joshua, and the team will address any concerns or questions that they have.

 

Dr. James reported that the program evaluation requirements outlined in the 2002-03 program evaluation agenda will be completed utilizing District or grant funds.Contracting external consultants to complete additional program evaluations will be determined by the RFP process and the cost for these evaluations is unknown at this time.

 

Attorneys Chris Heller and Clay Fendley were present to respond to any questions from the Board.Mr. Fendley briefly reviewed the document presented for the Boardís approval and reminded them of the timeline for becoming fully unitary.It was noted that we have until June 30, 2004 to be fully released from federal court supervision, or will be required to begin repayment of the $20 million loan.

 

Mr. Kurrus moved to approve the compliance plan as presented with regulation IL-R1 (IL-R2 was removed from the table by consensus).In addition to the motion to approve, Mr. Kurrusí motion stipulated that the District continue to seek constructive comment from ODM, Joshua and Knight and that those comments or concerns be made available for the Boardís review.Mr. Rose seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

 

IV.††††††††††† ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 6:15 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Rose, seconded by Mr. Kurrus.

 

 

APPROVED:_††† 10-24-02†††† _††††††††† ††††††††††† Original documents signed by:

††††††††††† Judy Magness, President

††††††††††† Larry Berkley, Secretary