February 13, 2003


The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special session immediately following the regular agenda meeting on Thursday, February 13, 2003, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.President Judy Magness presided.




Judy Magness

Tony Rose

Larry Berkley

Mike Daugherty

Baker Kurrus

Katherine Mitchell




Sue Strickland




T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

Beverly Griffin, Recorder of the Minutes




President Judy Magness called the special meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. She stipulated a quorum without roll call. Mr. Rose arrived at 6:10 p.m. and
Ms. Strickland was absent. In addition, the ex officio teacher representative was present: Kathleen Cargill, from Mabelvale Elementary School. The student representative did not attend.





The special meeting was called for the purpose of approving several program evaluations. Employee hearings, which had been scheduled and listed on the agenda, were cancelled.



Information on Completion of Eight Program Evaluations for Submission to Federal Court


Dr. Lesley presented a summary and background information on the requirement to submit program evaluations to the federal court, stipulated in the September 2002 ruling. These reports are due to the federal court no later than March 15, 2003.


A total of fourteen program evaluations were to be completed. Six of these were completed and were approved by the Board in November and December 2002:


o       ESL, 1999-2000, 2000-01, and 2001-02

o       CPMSA/NSF Grant, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2001-02

o       Collaborative Action Team

o       Southwest Middle School Partnership with SEDL

o       Charter School, 2000-01

o       Pre-K-2 Literacy Program, Year 2 Evaluation, 1999-00, 2000-01,


Eight additional program evaluations have been completed, and four of those were presented for action at this meeting:


o       Vital Link

o       Onward to Excellence

o       Campus Leadership Teams

o       HIPPY


The final four evaluations will be presented for the Boards approval at the February 27 regular Board meeting:


o       Middle School Transition

o       Lyceum Scholars

o       Elementary Summer School

o       Extended Year


Dr. Steve Ross, from the University of Memphis, served as a consultant for the District during the process of completing these evaluations. He was present at this meeting to review the guidelines for completing the evaluations. In addition, he provided brief summary reports on each of the evaluations presented for action. Dr. Larry McNeal, President of Quality Education and Management Associates also attended the meeting but was not called to make a presentation.


III.                ACTION


A.     Vital Link


Dr. Ross completed the review of the Vital Link program in collaboration with Debbie Milam, Director of VIPS, and Dr. Ed Williams from Planning, Research and Evaluation. The Vital Link program was discontinued by the District during 2000-01, and no real evaluative criteria was established prior to the programs inception. Students completed a survey upon completion of their participation, and the evaluation was based on the results of this survey.


Mr. Berkley moved to approve the third party review for submission to the court as required by the courts order. Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion and it carried 5-0.


B.    Onward to Excellence


Onward to Excellence was a grant-funded two-year school improvement initiative at Watson Elementary School. It was discontinued at the end of the grant period in 2001. In addition to Dr. Ross, Mike Oliver, Principal at Watson Elementary School, Ed Williams, from the Planning, Research and Evaluation Department, and Dr. Charles Watson from the Arkansas Department of Education, participated in the completion of the evaluation. Data was insufficient to determine if the program impacted student achievement.


The Board was asked to approve the program review for submission to the federal court. Mr. Berkley made the motion, Dr. Mitchell seconded, and it carried unanimously.


C.    Campus Leadership Teams


Campus Leadership Team participants completed surveys that measured their personal experiences with the CLT process. The surveys were not intended to serve as an evaluation of the initiative, but provided basic data for review by the evaluators. In addition to CLT members, principals and Central Office administrators also provided survey response data.


The administration requested the Boards approval for submission to the Court. Dr. Daugherty made the motion for approval, Mr. Berkley seconded the motion, and it carried 5-0.




Unlike the other program evaluations presented at this meeting, the HIPPY program had been evaluated previously and a preliminary study was conducted in July 1999. The program was re-evaluated in 2002 and copies were provided for the Boards review. In addition to Dr. Steve Ross, District personnel also assisted in the evaluation; Ed Williams, Planning, Research and Evaluation, Ken Savage, Computer Information Systems, and Marian Shead-Jackson, HIPPY Program Coordinator.


Mr. Berkley moved to approve the evaluation report for submission to the federal court. Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.





Ms. Magness requested a motion to convene an executive session for the purpose of discussing a personnel issue. Dr. Mitchell made the motion, Mr. Berkley seconded and it carried unanimously.


The Board returned from executive session at 6:53 p.m. and reported that no action had been taken.


V.                 ADJOURNMENT


There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 6:53 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Rose, seconded by Mr. Berkley.





APPROVED: _ 02-27-03 __ Original documents signed by:

Judy Magness, President

Larry Berkley, Secretary