June 25, 2002


The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held its regularly scheduled meeting at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2002, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.  President Baker Kurrus presided.




Baker Kurrus

Judy Magness

Tony Rose

Larry Berkley

Micheal Daugherty

Katherine Mitchell

Sue Strickland








            T. Kenneth James, Superintendent of Schools

            Beverly Griffin, Recorder of Minutes





President Baker Kurrus called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.  Five members of the Board were present at roll call; Ms. Strickland arrived at 6:13 p.m. and Dr. Mitchell arrived at 6:40 p.m.  Rebecca Brown, teacher at Fair Park Elementary School, served as ex-officio representative to the Board for the month of June.  The student representative from Parkview Magnet High School did not attend.




Mr. Kurrus made brief opening remarks and welcoming comments.  He asked Dr. Daugherty to assist with the citations, recognitions and partnerships.




A.                Superintendent’s Citations


Dr. James recognized the District’s retirees and expressed appreciation for their many years of service to the LRSD.  Just prior to the board meeting, a reception was held in the administration office lobby and retirees were presented with certificates of appreciation and a token gift.


The teacher ex officio representative, Rebecca Brown, from Fair Park Elementary School, was presented with a certificate of appreciation for her service during the month of June.  The student representative did not attend. 


B.            Remarks from Citizens


Bennie Johnson, representing the District’s security officers, addressed the Board regarding salary issues.  He serves on the LRCTA bargaining team for security officers and indicated that these employees feel they are entitled to retroactive pay from provisions in their last agreement.  In addition, he has been working in the senior high summer school at Parkview and he complimented Jerome Farmer and Ken Moore for the good job they are doing at Parkview.


C.            Little Rock Classroom Teachers Association


Mary Jane Cheatham was present to represent the CTA, but did not have a report.


D.        Joshua Intervenors


No report.





A.            Remarks from Board Members


Ms. Magness encouraged the audience to vote for the bond issue to improve the Hilton on University Avenue.  It will become the Peabody hotel, and the improvements will improve the University and I-630 corridor. 


Dr. Daugherty and Mr. Kurrus echoed Ms. Magness’ comments, and Mr. Kurrus noted that twenty million dollars will be spent in the improvement of this property.  It will mean an increase in the tax base, therefore an increase in the revenue collections. 

B.                Desegregation Update


Mr. Babbs reported that student registration continues throughout the summer months.  It is important to remind parents of kindergarten students and other students who are new to the District that they need to register as soon as possible.  The compliance committee continues to meet weekly in preparation for the July 22 – 26 hearings. 


C.                Budget Update


Dr. Stewart reported that the business office staff is still working to close the books for the 2001-02 school year.  All budget requests have been submitted and are being entered into the system.  They are continuing to look at revenue projections, but there is nothing new to report at this time. 


D.                Construction Report: Proposed Bond Projects


Mr. Eaton reported for Mr. Goodman; the construction report was printed as a part of the Board’s agenda.   Significant changes since the last month’s report included the bidding for construction and renovation at Mabelvale Middle School, and at all five high schools.  He also reported that asbestos abatement in the schools would be complete by the end of the year. 


E.                Internal Auditors Report


The Internal Auditors’ Report was printed as part of the Board’s agenda. 
Mr. Becker was present, but provided no additional information.


F.                 Technology Update


Ms. Neal was present and briefly reviewed the report printed in the Board’s agenda.  She reported that the District’s telephone system would switch off of the Alltel network onto the statewide network next week.   It is hoped that there will be no significant problems.  Ms. Neal noted that the four original magnet schools are installing media retrieval systems over the summer.  Teachers will be able to download instructional materials directly from the Internet. 




A.                Minutes


Minutes from the regular meeting of the Board of Directors held on May 23, 2002 and from a special meeting held on June 6, 2002 were presented for review and approval.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the minutes as presented.  Mr. Rose seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


B.                Board Meeting Dates, 2002-03


Proposed meeting dates for the 2002-2003 school year were provided for the Board’s review and approval.  District policy sets the regular meetings to be held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month, except when those dates conflict with holidays.  Ms. Magness moved to approve the proposed schedule.  Mr. Berkley seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.





A.                Second Reading:  Revisions to Instructional Policies - -
IKACA – Parental Visits and Conferences
IKC – Class Rankings / Grade-Point Averages, with Regulations
IKEC – Award of Credit, with Regulations
IKF – General Education Graduation Requirements


Second reading approval was requested for instructional policies, IKACA, IKC, IKEC, and IKF.  Changes to these policies were proposed in order to bring our policies into compliance with state accreditation standards.  It was noted that many of the changes incorporate language directly from the state standards.  First reading approval was granted in May. 


Dr. Daugherty made a motion to approve the policies on second reading. 
Ms. Magness seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.



B.                Report:  K – 2 Literacy Assessment Results


Dr. Lesley provided a summary of the results of the pre-kindergarten through second grade literacy program.  The report provided a three-year comparative review of the assessments which are administered by classroom teachers in the fall, and again in the spring.  The results of this assessment provide a measurement for determining students who are not making progress in learning to read. 


The results of the report were positive in that the majority of the students are learning to read; significant improvement is noted in kindergarten and grade two, and there is a narrowing of the achievement gap.   Dr. Lesley noted that the state Benchmark exams that our students will take in the spring of 2004 will be evidence of success in reading achievement and improvements.



C.                 2002 – 2003 Federal Programs


Dr. Lesley provided a summary report on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) “No Child Left Behind” initiative.  The District’s implementation plan was printed in the Board’s agenda.  It was noted that the District will be required to reallocate its’ federal funds to meet the new requirements, and use local funds to support the improvement of low-performing schools.  Additional information will be provided once the state laws have been approved and published.  The District’s plan will be submitted to the ADE no later than July 1.



D.                ESEA, Title 1 – 2002-03 District Plan
ESEA, Title V – 2002-03 Application


Mr. Adams prepared and presented the Title I District Plan and the Title V Application for 2002 –2003.  The Title I funding allocation in the amount of  $4,874,994, is to be used to improve educational opportunities for children, with emphasis on improvement in literacy, mathematics, and parent involvement.  Title V allocations are $202,431, based on the enrollment of eligible students in the LRSD including private schools within the District.  These funds are to be used to support dropout prevention programs, literacy programs for parents, technology training, library services and instructional / media materials.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the submissions as presented.  Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.



E.                Grant Proposal:  Teaching American History Program


The U. S. Department of Education requested proposals for the Teaching American History program.  The LRSD, in partnership with the UALR Department of History, Colonial Williamsburg, National History Day, the Central High School National Historic Site and Kagan Professional Development, prepared the application.  The three-year request was submitted on June 3, 2002, in the amount of $995,953.  If received, these funds will provide professional development for all fifth, eighth and eleventh grade American history teachers.   Mr. Rose made a motion to approve the submission of the Teaching American History grant.  Ms. Magness seconded the motion and it carried 7-0.





A.                Personnel Changes


Routine personnel items were provided for the Board’s review and approval.  In addition, Dr. Mitchell made a motion to suspend the rules in order to consider the appointment of principals to Southwest and Henderson Middle Schools.  On the motion to suspend the rules, Ms. Magness seconded, and it passed unanimously.


On the routine personnel items, Ms. Magness made a motion to approve the items as presented and Mr. Berkley seconded.   The motion carried 7-0.


Dr. James introduced David Smith as his recommendation for the position of principal at Southwest Middle School.  Marvin Burton was recommended to the principalship of Henderson Health Sciences Magnet School.  Mr. Smith and Mr. Burton were selected by interview committees which presented their top three candidates to the Superintendent for consideration and final approval.  Mr. Smith and Mr. Burton were present and expressed appreciation for the opportunity to serve as the educational leader of these schools.  Dr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the appointments, Ms. Magness seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. 


B.                Administrative Salary Review


All employee groups have been working under a three-year salary agreement which provided an annual increase in the amount of 2.875%.  Dr. James requested and recommended approval for the same 2.875% increase to be given to all cabinet level administrators who are not covered by one of the bargaining unit agreements.  Dr. Mitchell made a motion to approve the Superintendent’s recommendation.  Mr. Berkley seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.


C.                Executive Session


At 7:20 p.m., Ms. Magness made a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing compensation issues for the Superintendent.  Mr. Berkley seconded the motion and it carried unanimously. 


The Board returned from executive session at 7:55 p.m. and reported that no action had been taken.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to increase the Superintendent’s salary by 2.875%, as has been approved for all other employees.  Dr. Daugherty seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.




A.                Donations of Property


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








Central High School


$1,500 cash for Incentive Program


Donnie Pointer / Coca-Cola Bottling Company


Fair High School


Polaris 400 4 x 4 four-wheeler, valued at $2,800 for dragging baseball and football fields


George Heer


Forest Heights Middle School


$70.00 cash to athletic department


$261.00 cash to athletic department


Bubble gum soap powder, valued at $75.00 to athletic department


Scott and Nancy Silfies


Martin and Melissa Thoma


Larry Shelman


Forest Park Elementary School


$500.00 cash to be used to publish the yearbook


Howard McCain / Superior Bank


Pulaski Heights Elementary School


$2,500 cash to be distributed between the library, kindergarten, resource classrooms and student incentives


Lisenne Rockefeller


Rockefeller Elementary School


Multiple donations for purchase of books on autism for the school library


June & Charles Cahlgren ($20.00)

Joyce A. Bjork ($20.00)

Beverly Alberson ($25.00)

Tracie and Robert Hood ($25.00)

Brett and Nancy Wulek ($25.00)

Scott and Roberta Wheeler ($25.00)

Janie Hall ($25.00)

Todd and Kari Auld ($35.00)

Steven T. Wujek ($100.00)


LRSD Health Services


Dental education kits, valued at $136.00 each.  Total value $4,896.00


Nursing Textbooks, valued at $4,000 to be used as reference and resource for school nurses and for students in the health magnet programs


Delta Dental Plan of Arkansas\



Baptist Health School of Nursing




Printer table, valued at $100.00


Arkansas HIPPY office


LRSD Social Studies Dept / Middle School libraries


25 books, Telling Your Arkansas Stories, valued at $250.00


Arkansas Department of Heritage



DONATIONS:  (continued)







Teacher of the Year Banquet sponsorships / donations



Friday, Eldredge & Clark ($500.00)

Moses Tucker Real Estate ($50.00 gift certificate)

Tipton & Hurst ($25.00 gift certificate)

Barnes & Noble Bookstore ($50.00 gift certificate)

Staples (color jet printer and desk set)

John Riggs IV ($100.00)

Downtown Athletic Club (3-month membership)

Twisters (2 tickets to football game)

Dell Computer Corporation (Dell laptop computer)



B.            Financial Report


Mark Milhollen was present and briefly reviewed the summary report printed in the Board’s agenda.  He noted that eleven months of activity is included in this report and that the financial services staff will begin closing out the year once they can close the month of June.  The final report will be provided as soon as possible after the end of the fiscal year.  Ms. Magness made a motion to approve the financial reports as presented.  Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.





No report or action presented.



X.                 DISTRICT OPERATIONS


A.     Proposed Budget for Annual School Election


Arkansas statute (Code §6-13-622) requires the Board of Directors of local school districts to publish their budget not less than sixty days prior to the annual school election.  The proposed budget for the 2003-2004 school year was presented for the Board’s review and approval for publication.  Mr. Berkley made a motion to approve the budget as prepared and presented.  Dr. Mitchell seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.



XI.               CLOSING REMARKS


A.     Superintendent’s Report


Dr. James reported on summer school enrollment and attendance.  He also reminded Board members that he would be attending the annual Milken Awards ceremony in Los Angeles in early July, and that Mabelvale Middle School teacher, Connie Green, would be receiving her award at that time. 




The Board convened an executive session for the purpose of hearing an employee appeal.  Attorney Clay Fendley was present to review the District’s recommendation for non-renewal of the coaching contract of an employee.  The employee was represented by Attorney Mark Burnette. 


Mr. Fendley provided background and summary documentation supporting the recommendation to non-renew the coaching duties of this employee, who was an Assistant Football Coach at a high school.  It was noted that this action would not have any effect on the employee’s employment as a civics teacher. 


After hearing from witnesses and the employee, the Board recessed for deliberations at 10:40 p.m.;  they returned at 10:55 p.m. and reported that no action had been taken.  Dr. Daugherty stated that the evidence presented was not conclusive and he moved that the Board not support the recommendation for non-renewal.  Mr. Berkley seconded the motion and it carried 7-0.




There being no further business before the Board, Dr. Mitchell moved to adjourn at 11:05 p.m.  Mr. Rose seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.





APPROVED:  _07-25-02__                         Original documents signed by: 

            H. Baker Kurrus, President

            Tony Rose, Secretary