††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT

810 WEST MARKHAM STREET

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

 

 

MINUTES

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

April 11, 2002

 

 

 

The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2002, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.President Baker Kurrus presided.

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:

 

Baker Kurrus

Judy Magness

Tony Rose

Larry Berkley

Katherine Mitchell

Sue Strickland

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

 

Mike Daugherty

 

ALSO PRESENT:

 

T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

Beverly Griffin, Recorder of the Minutes

 

I.††††††††† CALL TO ORDER

 

Vice President Judy Magness called the special meeting to order at 5:03 p.m.Five members of the Board were present at roll call; Mr. Kurrus arrived at 5:17 p.m. and Dr. Daugherty was absent.Kathy Daneshmandi, teacher ex-officio representative from Cloverdale Elementary School, and Amy Blackwell, student ex-officio from Hall High School, were also present.

 

 

II.†††††††† PURPOSE OF THE MEETING

 

The agenda for the special meeting follows:

 

I.                     Personnel Actions

 

A.     McClellan Football Coach

B.     Summer School Principals

 

II.                   Student Hearing

 

 

III.                ACTION

 

Ms. Magness called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m.A quorum was stipulated without a roll call.Four members of the Board were present; Dr. Mitchell arrived at 5:15 p.m., Mr. Kurrus arrived at 5:17 p.m., and Dr. Daugherty was absent.

 

††††††††††† Personnel Actions

 

A.     McClellan Football Coach

 

Dr. James presented a recommendation to employ Bryan Hutson as the head football coach at McClellan High School.Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the Superintendentís recommendation, Ms. Strickland seconded the motion and it carried 4-0.

 

B.Summer School Principals

 

The Superintendent presented recommendations for summer school principalships at the middle and high school levels.Sherry Rogers was recommended to serve as the summer school principal at Pulaski Heights Middle School; Jerome Farmer was recommended for the position at Parkview High School.Mr. Berkley moved to approve the recommended assignments.Mr. Rose seconded the motion and it carried 4-0.

 

The Board recessed at 5:08 p.m. to conduct the agenda session.They reconvened at 6:15 p.m. to conduct a closed student hearing.

 

Student Hearing

 

Mr. Kurrus convened the hearing by noting that the Board had read information provided to them and that they were ready to hear facts related to allegations made against the student.Mr. Kurrus read the written report provided by the school administration. Following presentations of facts and statements from witnesses and the student, the Board took a brief recess and went into deliberations at 8:25 p.m.They returned from closed session at 9:05 p.m. and reported that no action had been taken in recess.

 

Mr. Berkley made a motion in favor of the findings of fact presented by Dr. Watson.Ms. Magness seconded the motion and it carried 4-0.

 

As for punitive action, the Board asked the Superintendent to recommend sanctions based on the background information presented.Specifically, that the student had no prior disciplinary sanctions, and had consistently good grades.
Dr. James recommended that the student be removed from his school and placed in an alternative setting for the remainder of this school year.Mr. Rose made a motion to uphold the superintendentís recommendation; Ms. Magness seconded the motion.

 

The attorney representing the student asked for the Board to consider allowing the student to remain at the CIC where he has been attending school since January.By consensus, the Board agreed to stipulate that Dr. Watson may determine the best placement options for the student.The motion, as amended, carried unanimously.

 

 

IV.†††††† ADJOURNMENT

 

 

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 9:15 p.m. on a motion by Ms. Magness, seconded by Mr. Berkley.

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED:04-25-02†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Original documents signed by:

††††††††††† H. Baker Kurrus, President

††††††††††† Tony Rose, Secretary