2. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and National Anthem
Conniston Middle School performed before the meeting and led the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
Following the National Anthem Micailah Lockhart an 8th grader at Bak Middle School of the Arts sang the Black National Anthem, Lift Every Voice and Sing.
48. Time Certain 7:00 p.m. (OR conclusion of the meeting)
Mike Dowling; Jane Kirkland; Rita Solnet; Mark Drautz; Michelle Enos; Alwynne Lamp; Janell Leatherman; Diane DeWolfe; Frederick Ritter; Peter Kimball.
Board Members returned to Board Discussion Items at 7:37 p.m.
At 7:55 p.m. Board Members returned to non agenda speakers as follows: Sara Cuaresma; Michelle Kennedy; Andy Goldstein; Sue Davis Killian; Carol Eaddy Longford; Cookie Davis; Martha Warwick; Cynthia Callahan; Steve Tuman; Jazelle Salgado; Amy Goldberg; Theresa Andrus; Debbie Block; Betsy Visnick; Richard Madigan; Diane Eichfeld; Janis Kerber; Natalie D'Amato; Laura Davis; Diane Eichfeld; Jan Porter; Debra Turnbull; Mark Turnbull; Jennifer Deragon; Edith Pride; Jack Valvo; Bill Podradchik; Elizabeth Murray; Susan Petosa; Rachel Pignatto; Lisa Goldman; Tom Whatley; Michelle Adams; John Swales; Brian Adams; Darlene Staley; Marcia Andrews; Curtis Sherrod; Gordon Longhofer.
Motion by Barbieri/Richmond to extend the meeting was unanimously approved 5/0 with Robinson out of the room and Graham not present.
Laura Fellman; Susie Grubinik; Harris Slepian; Mary Hamelin; Dr. Kathy Gundlach.
49. Benaim - Prescription Drug Abuse
Dr. Benaim postponed his discussion item entitled prescription drug abuse of students after making comments about pain clinics moving into Palm Beach County and the need for the Board to pass a Resolution and encourage municipalities and other agencies to move forward in shutting these clinics down.
Dr. Robinson would support such a resolution and stated that there is huge problem with students getting medicine out of their own homes.
50. Robinson - Valedictorian
Dr. Robinson has requested the need to review the manner in which we calculate the Valedictorian rankings stating her desire would be the more collegiate manner.
Mrs. Hill would like staff to provide the factors in which it is calculated now versus the collegiate system Dr. Robinson is discussing.
Dr. Benaim stated the need for a workshop on this issue and Board Members agreed.
51. Robinson - Principal Selection
Dr. Robinson requested a standardized procedure for community input in the selection of Principals providing an opportunity for the community to be involved.
Mrs. Burdick stated that at this workshop the plan adopted several years ago regarding how we select principals and involve the community be presented for discussion and possible revisions.
Board Members agreed to have a workshop on this topic.
52. Robinson - Superintendent's Evaluation Instrument
Dr. Robinson stated that she would like to see the Superintendent's Evaluation Instrument modified prior to the evaluation.
Dr. Richmond questioned how many Board Members use the evaluation instrument and stated her dislike of the instrument.
Mrs. Hill questioned revisions she made last year and whether they have been incorporated such as Adequate Yearly Progress.
Dr. Johnson stated that Adequate Yearly Progress is a part of the process in the performance part of the instrument.
Dr. Robinson would like Legal to review the evaluation instrument to see if the document can legally be altered at this time.
Mr. Harris from the Legal Department stated they will review the contract.
53. Robinson - High Achieving Students
Dr. Robinson discussed a concept from Commissioner Allie Biggs regarding investigating ways to provide and/or release the names of high achieving students for the purpose of acknowledging the students performance.
At Dr. Robinson's request Mr. Harris from the Legal Department agreed to work to get this in the student handbook (a release form for students).
54. Robinson - Haitian Earthquake Survivors & ELL/ESOL Program
Dr. Robinson requested a brief update from staff at a future meeting to talk about what this district is doing to assist the Haitian Earthquake Survivors, to receive an ESOL update and age discussion regarding these students.
Dr. Johnson stated that there have been 285 Haitian students accepted in Palm Beach County Schools.
55. Robinson - Innovative Strategies
Dr. Robinson requested the Board have a workshop to specifically discuss innovative strategies such year round schools and any other best practices we can come up with.
By concensus the Board agreed to workshop this topic.
Mrs. Burdick stated that she thought year round schools were a good idea and it was discussed approximately eight years ago without overwhelming support and discussed all of the concepts reviewed at that time.
56. Robinson - Wi-Fi on Buses
Dr. Robinson referred to an article that wi fi settles down rowdy students and suggested starting with wi fi buses for teachers possibly from the coast to the Glades in order to help the problem of needing high performing teachers in the Glades. Dr. Robinson would like to receive the cost of such an endeavor.
Dr. Benaim agreed to have staff provide the cost.
Mrs. Burdick requested that when this item comes back a report be presented from the individuals which the district hired to assist with this issue.