LITTLE ROCK SCHOOL DISTRICT

810 WEST MARKHAM STREET

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS

 

 

MINUTES

SPECIAL BOARD MEETING

June 6, 2002

 

The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special meeting on Thursday, June 6, 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

Mike Daugherty

Katherine Mitchell

Sue Strickland

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:

 

None

 

ALSO PRESENT:

 

T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

Beverly Griffin, Recorder of the Minutes

 

I.          CALL TO ORDER

 

President Baker Kurrus called the special meeting to order at 5:07 p.m.  Five members of the Board were present at roll call; Dr. Mitchell arrived at 5:12 p.m. and Dr. Daugherty arrived at 5:15 p.m. 

 

 

II.            PURPOSE OF THE MEETING

 

The agenda for the special meeting follows:

 

I.                    Personnel Actions – Principal Assignments

 

II.                   Employee Hearings


 

 

III.                ACTION

 

A.  Personnel Actions – Principal Assignments

 

Dr. James reported that he had met with the Campus Leadership Teams at Pulaski Heights Middle School and McClellan High School regarding the recommended appointment of the new principals at those school sites. 
Dr. Daniel Whitehorn was recommended for appointment to the position of principal at Pulaski Heights Middle School and Mr. Larry Buck was recommended to the McClellan High School position.

 

Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the Superintendent’s recommendations; Ms. Magness seconded the motion and it carried unanimously, 5-0. 

 

After the vote, and after Dr. Whitehorn and Mr. Buck spoke briefly,
Dr. Mitchell arrived.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to suspend the rules to allow a second vote on the assignment of principals at PHMS and McClellan, so that Dr. Mitchell would have the opportunity to vote. 
Ms. Magness seconded the motion to suspend the rules and it carried unanimously. 

 

Mr. Kurrus restated Mr. Berkley’s original motion; it was seconded by
Ms. Magness and carried 6-0. 

 

B.  Employee Hearings

 

Ms. Magness made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of conducting employee hearings.  Ms. Strickland seconded the motion and it carried 6-0.

 

Dr. Hurley distributed a packet of information regarding the recommended termination of an employee.  After hearing from witnesses and the employee, the Board took a brief recess to deliberate at 6:40 p.m.  They returned at 7:05 p.m. and reported that no action had been taken during recess.  Ms. Magness made a motion to uphold the superintendent’s recommendation for termination.  Ms. Strickland seconded the motion, and it carried 7- 0.

 

The second hearing was for another employee.  After hearing from witnesses and the employee and the CTA, Ms. Magness made a motion to uphold the administration’s recommendation for termination.  Mr. Rose seconded the motion, and it carried 6-1, with Dr. Daugherty casting the “no” vote. 

 

Another employee requested a hearing before the Board on the administration’s recommendation for termination of her employment.  She did not appear for the hearing.  Dr. Hurley briefly reviewed the circumstances surrounding the recommendation for termination.  He asked the Board to uphold the administration’s recommendation and terminate the employment contract for this employee.  After reviewing the superintendent’s letter of termination, Mr. Rose made a motion to uphold the recommendation.  Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.

 

 

IV.            ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 10:30 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Berkley, seconded by Dr. Daugherty.

 

 

 

 

 

APPROVED:  06-25-02                                Original documents signed by: 

            H. Baker Kurrus, President

            Tony Rose, Secretary