Mrs. Wikle stated that this is the first meeting that follows the Board's adoption of the new policy for presentations from members of the public. Mr. Robinson presented an overview of the new policy and the processes to follow for members of the public wishing to present comments to the Board Members during School Board meetings.
At this time, Dr. Stewart presented the following changes to the agenda to be approved during the Adoption of the Agenda:
1) Consent Item #9 -Recommendation to Dismiss Ms. Kimberly Evans, Teacher, Lealman Avenue Elementary School. Dr. Stewart stated that Ms. Evans has requested an administrative hearing; and, therefore, his recommendation should be changed to Alternative #2, as follow: Suspend Ms. Evans without pay effective January 11, 2012, pending the conclusion of the hearing process and direct the Office of the General Counsel to submit the request to the Division of Administrative Hearings for processing.
2) Consent Item #2 - Approval of Personnel Recommendations. Dr. Stewart requested that the date for Rebecca A. Moore, page 46, be corrected to read January 3, 2012, not 2011.
3) Consent Item #16 - Approval of Agreement With the City of Clearwater Permitting the Continued Use of the City-Maintained Recreation Complex Located on School Board Property Adjacent to Clearwater Intermediate School. Dr. Stewart stated that a revised Attachment A was provided to the Board, Attachment A-1.
4) Add Nonconsent Item #2 - Recommendation for Waiver of Statutory Exemptions from Government-in-the-Sunshine Law Applicable to School Board Internal Auditor Request for Proposals
Mrs. Cook requested that the following addition to the agenda be made: Add a section titled, Comments to Numbered Agenda Items, to follow III. Introductions of Professional and Community Organization Reps and precede IV. Adoption of the Agenda.
Mrs. Wikle, as Chairperson, stated that she has found good cause to amend the agenda, as requested.
At this time, the Board heard from the following members of the public:
Cindy Ehrenzeller - Nonconsent Item #1, Request Approval of School Opening and Closing Times for 2012-2013 - Addressed the Board to encourage the Board Members to continue the shortened school day each Wednesday as they take action on the proposed bell times for schools for the 2012-13 school year.
Earl Presley - Nonconsent Item #1 - Requested that the Board not take action to approve the bell schedule for Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School; that they meet with the parents who will be affected prior to the application process; that they honor the contractual obligations for students, parents and teachers agreed to under the fundamental school guidelines; and, that they conduct discussions regarding the cost of transporting these students. Mr. Presley submitted a package of petition forms requesting that the Board change the current start time at Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School to an earlier time for the 2012-13 school year and do so before the school acceptance period ends.
Pam Haengel - Nonconsent Item #1 - Addressed the Board to speak against the continuation of the 9:30 a.m. bell time for Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School.
Gregory Premer - Nonconsent Item #1 - Addressed the Board to speak against the continuation of the 9:30 a.m. bell time for Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School. Mr. Premer also shared his disagreement with the Board closing his neighborhood school, Gulf Beaches Elementary, and spending money to renovate Curtis Fundamental Elementary School.
Mark Klutho - Consent Items #11, #17 and #20 - Mr. Klutho also commented on the added Nonconsent #2 item, Recommendation for Waiver of Statutory Exemptions from Government-in-the-Sunshine Law Applicable to School Board Internal Auditor Request for Proposals.
Joe Morgan - Consent Item #4, Approval of Field Trip Bid Selections - Questioned who pays for the students' field trip to New York, Consent Item #4. Dr. Stewart responded that the school and the students raise those funds. Mr. Morgan, mentioning that the roof of Palm Harbor University High School is burgundy, suggested that the district consider painting them with a more reflective color.