January 23, 2003


The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held its regularly scheduled meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23, 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

Micheal Daugherty

Baker Kurrus

Katherine Mitchell

Sue Strickland










            T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

            Beverly Griffin, Recorder of Minutes





Board President Judy Magness called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.  Six members of the Board were present at roll call; Dr. Daugherty arrived at 5:40 p.m. 
Tamika Wordlow, student from J. A. Fair High School, served as the ex officio representative for the month of January; the teacher representative, Krystie Bailey, M. L. King Elementary School, was absent. 




Immediately following roll call, Ms. Magness asked the Board to consider a motion for an executive session.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to move into executive session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters.  Mr. Rose seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.  The Board returned from executive session at 5:35 p.m. and reported that no action was taken. 


Ms. Magness introduced the Mabelvale Magnet School choir, directed by Mr. Dewayne Banks.  The choir performed two selections:  All Night / All Day, and It’s Up to You to Be the Best You Can Be. 




A.                Superintendent’s Citations


Dr. James announced that Hall High School and Henderson Middle School had been selected to receive 21st Century Community Learning Center grants to establish after-school and summer enrichment programs.  These grants will provide funding for five years, and will total up to $1 million.


The superintendent announced that a tenth grade Central High School student, Yang Dai, scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.  Yang was one of three students in Arkansas who achieved a perfect score, and was one of 58 students nationally to be recognized for this honor.  Yang and her family will be invited to attend the February Board meeting to acknowledge and celebrate her achievement. 


The January ex-officio representative to the Board was recognized with a certificate of appreciation, Tamika Wordlow, student at Fair High School. 


B.                Partners in Education – New Partnerships


Debbie Milam presented certificates in recognition of one new business / school partnership.  Mr. Rose made a motion to accept the new partnership, Mr. Kurrus seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.


The new partnership was:


Rockefeller Elementary and Early Childhood Magnet School, represented by Ann Mangan, in partnership with Little Rock Job Corp, represented by Willie Jones and Tim Foley



C.            Remarks from Citizens


No remarks.

D.            Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association


Clementine Kelley was present, but did not make a presentation.


E.                Joshua Intervenors


No report.


F.                 PTA Council


Ginny Kurrus, president of the Little Rock PTA Council, addressed the Board regarding PTA plans and activities for the up-coming legislative session.  She announced that February 4, 2003 was Public Schools Day, and that a rally would be held on the steps of the state capitol beginning at 11:30 a.m.  In addition, Senator Jim Argue will address PTA representatives from across the state at 9:00 a.m. that day at the Arkansas Poultry Federation building. 


Ms. Kurrus announced that the PTA had adopted a resolution asking the Arkansas Department of Education to provide clarification of requirements of No Child Left Behind and plans for the implementation of these requirements.  A copy of that resolution had been provided to Ms. Magness for the Board’s review. 


The annual Founders Day luncheon will be held on February 11, at noon at Fellowship Church on Napa Valley & Henson Roads. 





A.                Remarks from Board Members




B.                Desegregation Update


Mr. Babbs reviewed activities from the Student Assignment office, including a summary of transfers related to NCLB legislation.  Open enrollment dates were announced:  January 27 – February 7, 2003.  Open houses, or “Check Us Out” activities are January 22 – 24.


C.                Budget Update


Dr. Stewart reported that the final tax settlement funds had been received late in December and that the amount of revenue received from these taxes had been less than expected and projected in our original budget reports.  He noted, however, that Pulaski County Collectors are doing a good job with delinquent tax collections, so we can expect additional funds to be received as the taxes are paid.  He noted that we are still cautious about the state revenue expectations.


D.                Construction Report: Proposed Bond Projects


Mr. Goodman’s report was printed in the agenda, but he was not present.  Dr. Stewart offered to respond to questions from the Board, and reported that interior renovations at Central were in progress.  Bids on this project came in lower than expected so it is hoped that they will be completed under-budget.  Architect’s drawings for the Dunbar project are being reviewed; bidding will begin in a few weeks.  The Technology Center will also be bid within a few weeks. 


Construction on Wakefield is in the design phase; the architect is revising preliminary plans for review by Wakefield staff.  It is hoped the building will be complete by June 2004.


E.                Internal Auditors Report


Mr. Becker’s report was provided as an addendum to the agenda.  He was present, but provided no additional information.


F.                 Technology Update


Ms. Neal provided a brief summary in addition to the report printed in the Board’s agenda.  She noted that we had been notified that e-rate funds had been mailed, but they had not been received as of the date of this meeting.  It is expected that we will receive $1.6 million.





A.                Minutes


Minutes from the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held on December 19, 2002, were presented for review and approval.  Dr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the minutes as presented; Mr. Kurrus seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


B.                Personnel Changes


Routine personnel items were printed in the agenda and were submitted for the Board’s review and approval.  Dr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the personnel items as presented; Mr. Rose seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.


C.                Student Calendar, 2003-04


The proposed student calendar for the 2003-2004 school year was presented for review and approval.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the calendar as submitted.  Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried 7-0.


D.                Superintendent’s Evaluation and Contract Extension


The Board met in executive session earlier in this meeting.  Ms. Magness reported that Dr. James had received an exceptional evaluation and that the Board officially recognized his excellent leadership abilities.  Mr. Rose made a motion to extend the superintendent’s contract by one year; Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.





No items for review / approval.




No items for review / approval.




A.                First Reading:  Policy DGD - - Visa Purchasing Card (Pro-Card)


The administration presented Policy DGD - - Visa Pro-Card guidelines for implementation for first reading approval.  The activation of a charge card for purchases which total less than $1,000 will be piloted with a select number of schools and departments, with full implementation phased in over the next school year.  This program will reduce the costs associated with the requisition and purchase order process for small-dollar purchases. 


Mr. Paradis responded to questions from the Board regarding training and accountability procedures.  Mr. Berkley moved to approve the policy on first reading.  Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.



B.                Agreement Between the City of Little Rock and the LRSD --  Use of Facilities


The District has worked with the City of Little Rock Department of Parks and Recreation to formulate a five-year commitment to promote joint use of District and city properties.  No additional funding is required for implementation of the agreement.  Dr. Mitchell moved to approve the agreement; Mr. Rose seconded the motion.  It carried unanimously.


C.                Donations of Property


The Board was asked to approve acceptance of recent donations to the District. 
Tamika Wordlow, student ex-officio representative, read the listed donations.  
Dr. Mitchell made a motion to accept the donations as listed; Mr. Rose seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.  Donations are listed in the following chart:









Jefferson Elementary School


Pizza, valued at approximately $100.00 for the faculty and staff


Harold Beckwith


McClellan Community High School


$150.00 cash for the boy’s baseball program


$50.00 cash for the boy’s baseball program


$250.00 cash for the boy’s baseball program


$100.00 cash for the boy’s baseball program


$ for the boy’s baseball program


Alvin Smith / State Farm Insurance



Dr. Lee Hinson, DDS



Tom Dillon / Dillon Enterprises, Inc.



Everett Martindale, Attorney



Staley, Inc.


Metropolitan Career & Technical Center


2003 Dodge Durange, valued at $27,329.00 for the automotive technology program


Daimler-Chrysler Corp. through partnership with AYES




24 office cubicle workstations valued at approximately $400.00 per unit.  Total value approximately $9,600.00


U of A Cooperative Extension Service


LRSD Child Welfare Fund


$110.00 cash to be used to purchase school clothing for students


Bale Elementary school Peer Helper Service Project



D.                Financial Report


Mr. Milhollen reviewed the budget summary and noted that the December report was on target with the original projections for expenditures.  In addition, he briefly highlighted the investment summary reports, and responded to questions from the Board.  Mr. Kurrus moved to approve the financial reports as submitted.  Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.




No items for review / approval.


X.                 DISTRICT OPERATIONS


No items for review / approval.


XI.               CLOSING REMARKS


A.     Superintendent’s Report


Dr. James reminded the Board that their conflict of interest statements are due to the Pulaski County Clerk by January 31, 2003. 


In addition, he reviewed recent SREB training sessions with staff and reported that he had participated in a conference call to plan and review up-coming (in March) sessions.  School teams are working hard on their individual school plans  and have provided very positive feedback on the training. 


A luncheon is planned in February for the Public Education Foundation and guest speakers will include Claiborne Demming and Walter Hussman.  Board members will receive invitations. 



XII.             ADJOURNMENT


There being no further business before the Board, Mr. Berkley moved to adjourn at 6:40 p.m.   Mr. Rose seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.




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

                        Judy Magness, President

                        Larry Berkley, Secretary