Regular School Board Meeting              Agenda              July 26, 2011

I.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at  5:00 PM  on July 26, 2011 at  the School Administration Building, 301 Fourth Street SW, Largo, FL.

 

Attendee Name

Organization

Title

Status

Arrived

Deborah Beaty

Pinellas County Schools

Adm. Assistant  and Clerk to the Board

Present

 

Julie M. Janssen Ed.D.

Pinellas County Schools

Superintendent

Present

 

James Madden

Pinellas County Schools

Deputy Superintendent

Present

 

James Robinson

Pinellas County Schools

General Counsel

Present

 

Fred Matz

Pinellas County Schools

Chief Financial Officer

Present

 

Robin Wikle

Pinellas County Schools

Vice Chairperson

Present

 

Lew Williams

Pinellas County Schools

Board Member

Present

 

Terry Krassner

Pinellas County Schools

Board Member

Present

 

Peggy O' Shea

Pinellas County Schools

Board Member

Present

 

Janet Clark

Pinellas County Schools

Board Member

Present

 

Carol Cook

Pinellas County Schools

Chairperson

Present

 

Linda Lerner

Pinellas County Schools

Board Member

Present

 

II.              7:00 PM - TIME CERTAIN - PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET

III.              Invocation by Pastor M. J. Glymph, Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, Largo, Florida

Mrs. Cook, prior to the invocation, announced that Mrs. Wikle will participate in this meeting via telephone.

 

The Invocation was delivered by Pastor Glymph.  This was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

IV.              Pledge of Allegiance

A.              National Anthem

Following the Pledge of Allegiance, a video was shown of the district's Choral and Orchestra Teachers performing the National Anthem at the 2009 All-County Middle & High School Concert.

B.              Moving Forward With Pinellas County Schools - STEM TEC Summer Institute

A video was shown highlighting the district's STEM TEC Summer Institute initiative.

V.              Introduction of Professional and Community Organization Reps

Ms. Zahn introduced the following individuals: Kimberly Black, PCTA; Marshall Ogletree, PCTA/PESPA: Cindy Ehrenzeller, PCCPTA; Pat Prisco, Pinellas Arts for a Complete Education Coalition; Ron Matus, The St. Petersburg Times; and, Marcus Grayson, Channel 10.

 

Ms. Zahn reviewed the process to be followed by the audience for participation at School Board meetings and guidelines to be followed for all members of the audience during these proceedings.

VI. Adoption of Agenda

Dr. Janssen requested the following changes to the agenda:

1) Consent Item #28 - Remove this item from the agenda

2) Consent Item #7 - Ms. Leone has requested an Administrative Hearing.  Therefore, the Superintendent's recommendation was changed to Alternative #2, Suspend Ms. Dianne Leone, Teacher, East Lake High School, without pay effective August 15, 2011, 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.

 

PULL:  Consent Items #2, #15, #18, #19, #27, #29, and #30

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

SECONDER:              Peggy O' Shea, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

VII.              Special Order Agenda

1.              Recognition of Mr. Dan Smith, Teacher Countryside High School & DBSys for Commitment to the Computers4Kids Program, Presented by Mr. John N. Just, Assistant Superintendent, MIS

Mr. John Just, Assistant Superintendent, explained that Computers4Kids was started in response to Pinellas County School Board Members desire for a program that would provide less-fortunate students in Pinellas County Schools with  computers for home use.  Through a partnership between the Pinellas Education Foundation, local IT vendor DBSys and the school district and the hard work of students,  retired district-owned equipment is refurbished; and, new software is provided through donations from DBSys.  To date, thirty-six computers have been completely refurbished by students and donated to Doorways students, 5000 Role Model members, and to the local Girls Clubs. 

Mr. Dan Smith, Business Education teacher at Countryside High School, was presented to the Board in recognition of his efforts and supervision of the refurbishing of these pieces of equipment.  Mr. Just also recognized a representative from DYSys who was greeted and thanked by the Board.

Mr. Smith was greeted and congratulated by the Board Members.

 

2.              The Following Person Has Been Appointed to an Administrative Position and Will be Introduced at the July 26, 2011 Meeting of the Board.   Sandra Kemp, Administrator, Professional Standards

Dr. Janssen introduced the following newly appointed administrator:

Sandra Kemp, Administrator, Professional Standards

Ms. Kemp was greeted and congratulated by the School Board Members.

 

VIII.              Unfinished Business

1.              Recommend Adoption of the Recommended Order of the Administrative Law Judge to Dismiss Mr. Robert A. Evans, Bus Driver, Transportation Department

Dr. Janssen provided a brief overview of this item.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

 

2.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendments to Policies (This is the Second Reading and There Have Been Changes Since the First Reading.)

Dr. Janssen provided a brief overview of this item.

The following member of the audience addressed the Board:

Mark Klutho - Stated that policies are a "farce" in this district and that the Board does not even understand the language.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

3.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendments to the Code of Student Conduct (Policies 5500, 5500.03, 5500.04, 5500.07, 5500.08, and 5500.11) (This is the Second Reading and There Have Been Changes Since the First Reading.)

Dr. Janssen provided a brief overview of this item.  Dr. Janssen stated that this is the second reading; and, that there have been some changes as a result of Board direction.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

 

4.              Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 2120 - SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY (This is the Second Reading and There Have Been Changes Since the First Reading.)

Dr. Janssen provided a brief overview of this item.  Dr. Janssen stated that this is the second reading; and, that there have been some changes as a result of Board direction. 

The following member of the audience addressed the Board:

Mark Klutho - Stated that the use of the word, accountability, is a joke.  Mr. Klutho stated that he passed Anona Elementary School on his way to tonight's meeting and that the district continues to put brown roofs on buildings.  Mr. Klutho referenced an article in a Newark paper which reported that the decision there was made that their new roofs will be white to order to conserve energy. 

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

IX. Consent

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Peggy O' Shea, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

1.              Approval Minutes:  to Approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of June 14, 2011; And, the Workshop of June 23, 2011

Approved, as submitted.

2.              Request Approval of Personnel Recommendations

This item was pulled by a member of the audience, as well as by Mrs. Lerner and Mrs. Wikle.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #1.

3.              Request Approval of a Career Technical and Adult Education Fee/Tuition Increase for Certificate, Applied Technology, and Adult General Education Programs as Provided in Florida Statute 1009.22 Effective August 1, 2011

Approved, as submitted.

4.              Request Approval of Field Trip Bid Selections

Approved, as submitted.

5.              Request Approval of Yearbook Bid Selections

Approved, as submitted:

Bauder Elementary

Tallahassee, FL

October 12-13 2011

 

Osceola Middle

Washington, D.C.

September 23-25, 2011

6.              Request Approval of the Recommendation to Accept the Stipulation of Agreement to Suspend Mr. Louis Gyselinck, Jr., Electronics Technician, Maintenance Department, Walter Pownall Service Center (WPSC), for Five (5) Days Without Pay

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

7.              Request Approval of the Recommendation to Dismiss Ms. Dianne Leone, Teacher, East Lake High School

An Administrative Hearing was requested by Ms. Leone. 

Therefore, the Board, in their adoption of the agenda, approved Alternative #2 as follows:  Suspend Ms. Dianne Leone, Teacher, East Lake High School, without pay effective August 15, 2011, 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.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

8.              Request Approval of the Recommendation to Dismiss Mr. Armando Pardal, Teacher, Garrison Jones Elementary School

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

9.              Request Approval of Budget Amendment No. 9 (May 2011) to the District’s 2010/2011 Budget

Approved, as submitted.

10.              Request Approval of the Financial Statements for the Month Ending  May 31, 2011 for Fiscal Year 2010-2011

Approved, as submitted.

11.              Request Approval of District Budget Flexibility Resolution

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

12.              Request Approval of Food Service Petty Cash and Change Funds for 2011/2012

Approved, as submitted.

13.              Request Approval of Petty Cash Funds for 2011/2012

Approved, as submitted.

14.              Request Approval of High School Beverage Program Change Funds for 2011/2012

Approved, as submitted.

15.              Request Approval of the Following Special Projects:

This item was pulled by a member of the audience, as well as by Mrs. Krassner.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #2.

16.              Request Approval of the Local Educational Agency (LEA) 5-Year Plan

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

17.              Request Approval of Interagency Agreement for Data Sharing with the  Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County, Inc.

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

18.              Request Approval of Renewal of Student Services Agreement Between The  United Methodist Cooperative Ministries/Suncoast, Inc. and the School Board of Pinellas County

This item was pulled by a member of the audience.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #3.

19.              Request Approval to Renew Health Education Agreement Between  Pinellas Pregnancy Center, Inc. and the Pinellas County School Board

This item was pulled by Ms. Clark.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #4.

20.              Request Approval of the Recommendations of The  Referendum Work Group for the Expenditure of Referendum Funds

Approved, as submitted.

21.              Request Approval of a Distribution Easement to Progress Energy on the Site of Ozona Elementary School

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

 

22.              Request Approval of the Acquisition of the Commercial Property Located at 150 Missouri Avenue North, Largo, Florida for Expansion of the Largo High School Site to Facilitate Construction of a New Replacement School for Largo High School

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

23.              Request Approval of a Quit Claim Deed to Transfer ­­­­­0.105 Acre of the Dunedin Highlands Middle School Property to the Dunedin Palms Homeowners’ Association, Inc.

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

24.              Request Approval of Renewal of the Joint-Use-Of-Facilities Agreement with the City of Largo

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

25.              Request Approval of Renewal of the Agreements with Five (5) Referee Associations Permitting the Use of Board Facilities for Meetings

Approved, as submitted.

Name of Association --  Sport

Pinellas Area Referees -- Basketball

Pinellas Soccer Officials Association -- Soccer

SOA-Wrestling, Inc. -- Wrestling

Suncoast Umpires Association -- Baseball

Sunshine Football Officials Association -- Football

(Copy/copies to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

26.              Request Approval of Interlocal Agreement with Pinellas County Emergency Management and the School Board of Pinellas County, Florida for the Use of Seminole Vocational Education Center

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

27.              Request Approval of Amendment No. 2 to the Facility Energy Management Agreement Between Energy Systems Group, LLC (ESG) and Pinellas County Schools

This item was pulled by a member of the audience.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #5.

28.              Request Approval of Agreement with Walbridge for Design/Build (D/B) Services in Connection with the Installation of a Free Standing Cold Storage Freezer and Dry Storage in the Amount of $50,900 at the Walter Pownall Service Center

This item was withdrawn from the agenda by the Superintendent during the adoption of the agenda.

29.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 1 with Alspach Construction & Electric Company for Above Ceiling Repairs.  This Change Order Will Increase the Project Cost by $207,920 with No Extension at Palm Harbor Middle School.

This item was pulled by a member of the audience.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #6.

30.              Request Approval of Change Order No. 9 with Stiles Construction Company, Inc. for the Cancelled Class Size Reduction (CSR) Permanent Relocatable Classrooms and Maintenance Funded Projects. This Change Order Will Reconcile Project Accounts in the Amount of $2,598,936.

This item was pulled by a member of the audience.  Please refer to X. Consent Agenda - Items Pulled #7.

31.              Request Approval of 2010/2011 School Safety and Security Self-Assessment

Approved, as submitted.

32.              Request Approval of Reimbursement of Isolated Transportation for A.U. During the 2010/2011 School Year

Approved, as submitted.

33.              Request Approval of Auction for 52 Surplus Buses and One Warehouse Truck

Approved, as submitted.

34.              Request Approval of Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Interagency Cooperation in Child Protection Investigations

Approved, as submitted.

35.              Request Approval of Bids to Vendors at Prices in Bid Documents in Accordance with Bid Policies and Statutes

Approved, as submitted.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

 

X.              Consent Agenda - Items Pulled

1.              Motion To:              Consent Item #2 - Approval of Personnel Recommendations

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

This item was pulled by the following member of the audience:

Francenia Strayhorn - Addressed the Board to say that she's been teaching at Gulfport Montessori; and, that her name appears in the Personnel Recommendations, page 123 of the agenda book/page 55 of the personnel packet, as a transfer from Gulfport to Lynch Elementary; and, that she does not believe that this transfer is in the best interest of students.  Ms. Strayhorn stated that she believes actions against her are a result of her speaking to the Board at a previous meeting and that this has now placed fear in her colleagues.   Ms. Strayhorn requested that the Board allow her to remain at Gulfport Elementary.

Discussion followed by Board Members, Dr. Janssen, Ms. Laurie Dart and Mr. Robinson.  Mr. Robinson explained that Ms. Strayhorn has filed a grievance against this recommendation.  Mr. Robinson recommended that the Board approve the Superintendent's recommendation and allow the grievance procedure to run it's course.   Both Mr. Robinson and Dr. Janssen stated that should Ms. Strayhorn prevail in her grievance, she will be placed back at her school, Gulfport.

Mrs. Wikle, referring to page 65 of the agenda book - Change in Minimum Qualifications for the Director, Seminole Vocational Education Center - stated that she believes that the qualifications are possibly being broadened too much by placing the word, "or" and adding, "certification in education leadership or administrative and supervision." in the Minimum Qualifications section.  Mr. David Barnes stated that he understands Mrs. Wikle's concern and explained that by broadening the qualifications this will open up the opportunity for more high school and middle school administrators to apply and, thus, provide a better chance of identifying a leader who will take SVEC to where we want it to go.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

2.              Motion To:              Consent Item #15 - Approval of Special Projects

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

Motions are contained within this item.

 

It was moved by Ms. Clark and seconded by Mrs. O'Shea to approve the Special Projects, as submitted:

A. Adults with Disabilities Grant Renewal $ 440,396.00

B. Title I, Part School Improvement Grant(1003g) Agreement with Lastinger Center for Learning

at the University of Florida Renewal $369,818.00

B a Agreement with Lastinger Center for Learning Title 1 School Improvement Grant.pdf

B b Scope of Work with Lastinger Center of Learning Title 1 and Title II Part A Grant (1).pdf

C. Title II, Part A Agreement with Lastinger Center for Learning at University of Florida Renewal

$1,206,267.00

C a Agreement With Lastinger Center for Learning Title II Part A Grant.pdf

C b Scope of Work with Lastinger Center of Learning Title 1 and Title II Part A Grant.pdf

D. Carl D. Perkins Postsecondary Grant Renewal $557,680.00

E. Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education (Secondary) Renewal $949,116.00

F. Title I, Part D, Neglected and Delinquent Grant Renewal $731,320.00

G. Florida Diagnostic and Learning Resources System (FDLRS) Gulfcoast (IDEA, Part B) Renewal

$1,038,339.00

H. Title III Supplementary Instructional Support for English Language Learners Renewal

$554,141.92

I. Agreements with Various Providers of Supplemental Education Services $3,907,569.00

J. Progress Testing, Inc: FCAT Test Maker Licensing Agreement $116,136.00

K. Focus School Software: Focus Assessment System Licensing Agreement $206,000.00

 

This item was pulled by a member of the audience.  Mrs. Lerner and Mrs. Wikle requested that Items B and C, those items dealing with Lastinger Center of Learning, be pulled for their comments. 

The following members of the audience presented their input on Special Projects - Items B and C, as follows:

Jim Jackson - Requested that the Board Members ask themselves, where is the beef?  Dr. Jackson stated that this is the fifth year and that student achievement should have been measured over those years; but, that the Board is being told that there will be no results till 2015.  Dr. Jackson questioned whether the teachers who are receiving free master degrees and ed-specialist degrees are truly changing the culture of the schools; and, questioned how this program is benefiting the other 8000 teachers.

 

Kathy Brickley, Principal, Dunedin Elementary - Addressed the Board to indicate her support of the Lastinger Center partnership with our district.  Ms. Brickley stated that through this partnership, teachers now own their own growth and learning; and, that the program has allowed her to lead with a mission and vision.

 

Stephanie Whitaker, Teacher, Dunedin Elementary - Addressed the Board to indicate her support of the Lastinger Center partnership with our district.  Ms. Whitaker stated that she already had her masters but that she has experienced great growth through this program; and, requested that other teachers be allowed the same opportunity.

 

Chris Tauchnitz - Addressed the Board to say that over two years ago, he had asked for an accounting on the money being spent on Lastinger and that he received four documents from the Superintendent, but nothing regarding the cost.  Mr. Tauchnitz questioned how much more money was going to be spent on this program when there is no evidence that it actually works.  Mr. Tauchnitz compared school grades to the 23 schools involved in this partnership and asked where is the measurement and accountability to spend another $2.1 million.

 

Sharon M. Clifford, Teacher - Addressed the Board to urge them to continue to support the program as it helps teachers to do better and the opportunity to share which is critical to teaching.

Rebecca Bissonnette, Teacher, Boca Ciega - Addressed the Board to indicate her support of the Lastinger Center partnership with our district. Ms. Bissonnette stated that it has been an incredible opportunity for her and that she is now a facilitator.  Ms. Bissonnette shared that she had 64 students take the FCAT and 64 of them passed. 

  

Sami Leigh Scott - Addressed the Board to say that Dr. Janssen is asking the Board to spend another $2.1 million on another year of Lastinger projects when there is nothing to show an improvement at either Woodlawn or Fairmount elementary schools,   Ms. Scott acknowledged Dr. Janssen's generosity but stated that her generosity needs to be dedicated to our students and all teachers.  Ms. Scott stated that this $2.1 million could better be used to remove the concern of teachers who are looking at furloughs, etc.

 

Dana Robinson, Teacher, Dunedin Elementary - Addressed the Board to indicate her support of the Lastinger Center partnership with our district.  Ms. Robinson stated that she received her degree through the Lastinger program; that she taught at 74th Street Elementary and is now at Dunedin Elementary; and, that she has used the inquiry method with her students.

 

Discussion followed by Dr. Janssen and Board Members.  Mrs. Lerner, in her comments, requested that the Superintendent postpone this item and that the Board schedule a workshop for further discussion. 

 

It was moved by Mrs. Krassner, seconded by Ms. Clark and carried with a 7-0 vote to divide out Special Projects B and C from the item for a separate vote.

 

Discussion continued by the Board Members.

 

It was moved by Mr. Williams, seconded by Mrs. Lerner and carried with a 7-0 vote to postpone to a date-certain of August 9, 2011 the Items B and C, Lastinger Center for Learning items, for further discussion at a workshop to be scheduled prior to the August 9th meeting.

A workshop will be scheduled to allow further discussion by the Board and Superintendent pertaining to the district's partnership with Lastinger.

 

The motion placed on the table by Ms. Clark and seconded by Mrs. O'Shea to approve the remaining items under Special Projects was carried with a 7-0 vote.

(Copy/copies to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

 

RESULT:              MOTIONS CONTAINED WITHIN ITEM

 

At this time, 6:45 p.m., the meeting recessed to allow the Public Hearing on the Tentative 2011/12 Millage Rates & District Budget to begin at 7:00 p.m.  The Regular Meeting resumed at 8:07 p.m., following the completion of the Public Hearing.

3.              Motion To:              Consent Item #18 - Approval of Renewal of Student Services Agreement Between The United Methodist Cooperative Ministries/Suncoast, Inc. and the School Board of Pinellas County

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

This item was pulled by the following member of the audience:

Charles Derexson - Addressed the Board to share some insight into the success of this partnership and to encourage the Board's support of the item.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

SECONDER:              Peggy O' Shea, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

4.              Motion To:              Consent Item #19 - Approval to Renew Health Education Agreement Between Pinellas Pregnancy Center, Inc. and the Pinellas County School Board

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

This item was pulled by Ms. Clark.

Ms. Peggy Johns presented a brief overview of the program.

The following member of the audience presented his comments:

Pedro Coscarart- Addressed the Board to state that this program provides information to middle school and high school students with the intention of equipping them to make better choices regarding their sexuality, drugs, etc.   Mr. Coscarart thanked the Board for their support over the past couple of years.

Ms. Clark stated that she does not favor this organization being allowed in our schools; and, that she pulled this item in order to vote against it. 

Mrs. Lerner shared that many years ago she had some concerns but, after speaking with Ms. Johns, she feels the program is about making choices.  Mrs. Lerner took this opportunity to say that she believes Planned Parenthood should also be allowed in our schools.

(Copy to be found in Supplemental Minute Book #141.)

RESULT:              APPROVED [6 TO 1]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Peggy O' Shea, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Cook, Lerner

NAYS:              Janet Clark

 

5.              Motion To:              Consent Item #27 - Approval of Amendment No. 2 to the Facility Energy Management Agreement Between Energy Systems Group, LLC (ESG) and Pinellas County Schools

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

Dr. Janssen stated that she is withdrawing this item from the agenda due to the fact that there are some discrepancies in the amendment to the agreement.

RESULT:              WITHDRAWN

 

6.              Motion To:              Consent Item #29 - Approval of Change Order No. 1 with Alspach Construction & Electric Company for Above Ceiling Repairs - Palm Harbor Middle School

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

This item was pulled by the following member of the audience:

Mark Klutho - Stated that he attended the public hearing in Crystal River regarding the nuclear plant; that he quizzed two individuals who did not know that ten-gauge is larger than twelve-gauge wiring; and, that money can be saved by using the correct gauge. Mr. Klutho stated that the money designated to this item will be wasted.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

SECONDER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

7.              Motion To:              Consent Item #30 - Approval of Change Order No. 9 with Stiles Construction Company, Inc. for the Cancelled class Size Reduction Permanent Relocatable Classrooms and Maintenance Funded Projects

COMMENTS - Current Meeting:

This item was pulled by the following member of the audience:

Mark Klutho - Stated that there is something wrong when the district is spending $2,598,936 on permanent relocatable classrooms. 

 

Mrs. Cook took this opportunity to clarify for the public the definition of permanent relocatable classrooms. 

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Peggy O' Shea, Board Member

SECONDER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

XI.              Nonconsent

 

1.              Setting a Public Hearing and Authorizing the Advertisement of the Public Hearing to Consider the Amendment to Policy 2250 - FUNDAMENTAL SCHOOLS, MAGNET PROGRAMS, AND CAREER ACADEMIES.  (The Designation of Melrose Elementary as a Professional Learning Center is Included in This Agenda Item.) (This is the First Reading.)

Dr. Janssen stated that this is the first reading and that she anticipates there will be some changes to be brought to the Board at their August workshop, prior to the second reading. 

Mrs. Cook shared her concern in the Procedures for Countywide Programs Handbook where the language is too specific to Melrose Elementary on page 21 of 60 .  

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Peggy O' Shea, Board Member

SECONDER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

2.              Request Approval of the Charter Application for Ben Gamla Charter School (K-8)

Mr. Steve Swartzel, as the request of the Superintendent, presented a brief overview of the charter application.

 

The following individual addressed the Board on this item:

Mark Klutho - Stated that charter schools are the wrong way to go because they are draining the public school systems.

 

Ms. Clark stated that she noticed that there is no one local on the Charter's board of directors; and, questioned whether there is any legal requirement to do so.  Mr. Swartzel stated that there will be some local representation on their board.  Mr. Robinson stated that negotiations took place to require them to do more locally. 

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Janet Clark, Board Member

SECONDER:              Terry Krassner, Board Member

AYES:              Wikle, Williams, Krassner, O' Shea, Clark, Cook, Lerner

 

XII.              Presentations from the Audience

1.              Jewelle C. Bull-Chambliss - Concern Parent at Thurgood Marshall Fundmental Middle School

Ms. Bull-Chambliss addressed the Board to speak against the start time of 9:30 a.m. approved by the Board at the May 26th meeting for Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School.  Ms. Bull-Chambliss requested that those parents and students in the audience who are in agreement with this objection stand.  Ms. Bull-Chambliss requested that the Board eliminate transportation to Thurgood Marshall and allow the school to return to the earlier start time.

2.              Additional Presentations From the Audience

The following additional speakers addressed the Board at this time:

 

Lenore Faulkner - Stated that she is the activist for a world class career and technology school at Pinellas Park Middle School; and, that she spoke at a Board meeting in 1995 asking that the district be a caring district.  Ms. Faulkner also shared some history with the Board regarding her health issues.

 

Lisa & Todd Shanahan, Chris Friel, Janice Colquitt, Jennifer L. Terrana, Chris Long, Noah Lincoln (student), Rudy Diaz, Rochelle Myott, Connie Fahad, Wanda Black, Tracy Nicholl, Cheryl Lincoln and Jim Jackson  - Addressed the Board to request that the Board reverse their action approving the 9:30 a.m. bell time for Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School; that the Board return the opening time for their school to 7:20 a.m.; and, that busing, since it is the driving force in this decision, be eliminated for their school.

 

Greg Pound - not present when called

 

Sami Leigh Scott - Stated that she completed a speaker request form to speak to the appointment of the Chief Communications Officer position.   Ms. Scott also stated that the Superintendent did not present the communications audit report in way that the Board could understand it.  Ms. Scott asked that the Board require Dr. Janssen bring all positions being recommended to the Board for transparency. 

 

Mark Klutho -  Stated that the future is diminishing and that the Board is the cause of that because they continue to make "dumb buildings," instead of building high-performing buildings.

 

Discussion followed by Dr. Janssen and Mark T. Hagewood (Transportation) regarding the busing schedule assigned to Thurgood Marshall students, the policy that requires that and the cost associated with it.   Discussion followed by Board Members.

 

It was moved by Mrs. Krassner and seconded by Mr. Williams to amend the action previously taken by the Board on the start time for Thurgood  Marshall and move that time to an earlier time, closer to the 7:20 a.m.

 

Discussion continued by Board Members, Mr. Hagewood, Mr. Robinson and Mr. Michael Bessette. 

 

It was moved by Mr. Williams, seconded by Ms. Clark and carried with a 7-0 vote to call the question.

 

The motion placed on the table by Mrs. Krassner and seconded by Mr. Williams failed with a 2-5 vote, Ms. Clark, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Lerner, Mrs. O'Shea and Mrs. Wikle voting against. 

 

The policy that requires transportation for Thurgood Marshall Fundamental Middle School and Osceola Fundamental High School will be scheduled for a workshop discussion.  Any change in policy, should that occur, will not impact the 2011/12 school year.

XIII.              New Business

A.              Items Introduced by Superintendent

Dr. Janssen’s report included the following:

1)  Stated that the Board will be receiving further information on the plans for the district's centennial celebration.

B.              Items Introduced by General Counsel

Mr. Robinson stated he had no report.

C.              Items Introduced by the Board

Mr. Williams -- 1) Questioned Dr. Janssen as to whether interviews were taking place for the Chief Turnaround Officer position.  Dr. Janssen stated that the notice was posted.  Mr. Williams questioned whether there is also a Principal on Assignment position.   Dr. Janssen responded in the affirmative.  Mr. Williams questioned why the duties of the Principal on Assignment could not be performed by the Chief Turnaround Officer, considering the budgetary concerns of the district and the fact that positions such as the EEO positions have been cut. Discussion followed by Board Members, Dr. Janssen, Mr. Robinson and Ms. Pam Moore.  A decision was made that this issue will be scheduled for a workshop agenda for further discussion by the Board and Superintendent.

 

Mrs. Lerner stated that she had no report.

 

Ms. Clark stated that she had no report.

 

Mrs. O'Shea - 1) Stated that she had received a call from Sally Parks regarding the grant application being made by the North Pinellas Historical Society.  Mrs. O'Shea stated that Ms. Parks is requesting a letter of support from the School Board for their grant application.  Mrs. O'Shea agreed to supply the Board with further details; and, then a letter will be written.  Information is to be sent to Mrs. Beaty for dissemination to the Board.  Mrs. Lerner stated that she supports this; however, urged the Board to put in place a process to follow when such requests are received.

 

Mrs. Krassner - 1) Stated that she is sorry the Board could not accommodate our families and that she knows the entire Board would love to if we weren't in such a budget crisis.  Mrs. Krassner stated that the Board will be looking at our policies and will make sure our families have a heads-up, especially on the issue of start times.

 

Mrs. Wikle - 1)  Thanked the Board, parents, and staff for their understanding of her calling in to participate in this meeting.

 

Mrs. Cook - 1)  Stated that the Board has a joint meeting with the County Commissioners and SPC Board of Trustees on August 4th; and, that a single-topic workshop, Lastinger Learning Center agreements, will be tied into that timeframe.

D.              Review of Board Requests

No summary was offered at this time.

E.              School Board Meeting Evaluation

The evaluation of the meeting followed the adjournment of the meeting and the results are as follows:

Pluses

·              Chairperson’s handling speakers during presentations from the audience

·              Professional postponement of Lastinger item

·              Self-monitoring demonstrated

 

Opportunities

None offered

XIV.              Adjournment

There being no further business to be brought before the School Board, this meeting adjourned at 9:57 p.m.

 

 

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Chairperson

 

 

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Superintendent and Ex Officio Secretary

 

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