E-Agenda: Paperless Meeting System
Meeting Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2005

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Special Meeting/Workshop

  1. Start Time: 4:05 p,m.
  2. Charter School Board Workshop

  3. Minutes: Dr. Johnson introduced Janice Cover who provided Board Members with a presentation on the following topics: Charter School Department Organizational Chart; Charter School Growth; Current Charter Schools; Concentration of Charters by District; FCAT Grades of Charter Schools in District's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7; Premise of Charter Schools; Guiding Principles And Purpose; Essential Responsibilities of the Sponsor; School Board Policy 2.56; Application Process for New Charters; Current Applications for Charter Status; Charter Renewal Process; Current Challenges and Proposed Solutions; Department's Challenge; Department's Paradigm Shift; Final Goal; and Charter School Financials.

    Jeanette Merced reviewed the following topics: Charter School Financials; Florida Education Finance Program; Federal Grants; Other Grants Available; Capital Outlay; Financial Reports Required; Non-Compliance; District's Financial Personnel Obligations; and What Are We Doing Now?

    Dr. Johnson stated that he would like the Board to:
    1) Reaffirm the definition of exemplary

    2) Recent audit findings - need to recommend closure of charter schools based on academic shortfalls

    3) Cap number of charter schools in Palm Beach County

    Mr. Williams reviewed the current criteria for charter school applicants.

    Board Members discussed: learning gains; concerns with percentage of dollars being used for administrative costs; charter school auditor; FCAT exemptions; performance indicators; procedures used in deciding to expand or close; renewal process; leadership skills; and academic focus.

    Mr. Lynch suggested that the Board send a letter to the Florida Department of Education in which they explain their position on charter schools.

  4. Adjourn: 5:20 p.m.


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