2. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag and the National Anthem were led by:
Bak Middle School of the Arts String Ensemble performed before the meeting. The group is under the direction of Nancy Beebe.
Javier Otalora, an 8th grader at Bak led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem.
36. Audit Committee Report:
Cindy Adair presented the following report from the last Audit Committee Meeting: Welcomed a new member to the committee; presented Suncoast High School Football Audit findings; presented results of special audit at Poinciana Elementary School Internal Funds; update of P-Card Audit Report; reviewed an analysis of "do's and dont's" for Principal Courtesy Account; requested input from Principals regarding P-Card usage and further requested holding off on the new scanning procedure until Principal input is received; and provided a status of cash on school campuses being decreased tremendously .
Dr. Benaim suggested a workshop with the Auditor and Audit Committee Chair to discuss best practices. Mr. Barbieri agreed and shared concern regarding burdening the schools with scanning P-Card documentation.
Mrs. Burdick requested an update from the Superintendent regarding Principal input and P-Cards as she understood this conversation already took place. Dr. Johnson responded that Principals are currently discussing solutions which will be forthcoming in the form of a Policy.
Mr. Moore provided an update regarding the scanning aspect.
Dr. Robinson outlined three issues: scanning, training and questioned the safety of the football helmets discussed in the audit report.
37. Construction Oversight and Review Committee (CORC) Report:
Lou Doctor presented the following report from the last CORC meeting: reviewed and approved the items on the agenda this evening.
47. Time Certain 7:00 p.m. (OR upon conclusion of the meeting whichever comes first)
Michelle Enos; Sarah Cuaresma; Rachel Pignato; Debbie Block; Tom Whatley; Alwynne Lamp; Mark Turnbull; Debra Turnbull; Marc Drautz.
On motion of Graham/Barbieri at 7:30 p.m. the Board unanimoulsy approved waiving the rules and continuing non-agenda speakers (instead of returning to Board Discussion Items).
Darlene Staley; Diane Jackabetty; Debbie Davis; Susan Petosa; Theresa Andrus; Bryan Adams; Kathleen Simpson; Les Kozlow; Christina Howley; Edith Pride; Marcia Andrews; Harris Slepian; Andy Goldstein; Diane Hanfmann; Margot Collins; Diane Eichfeld; Dianne DeWolfe; Karen Holme; Peter Kimball; Curtis Sherrod; Vince Rogers; and Jan Porter.
49. Robinson - Double Dippers
Dr. Robinson would like the Board to discuss criteria for employees returning to work once retired.
Dr. Johnson stated that the criteria is and has been for high need areas and Title I schools.
Dr. Robinson requested some type of criteria proving that the person is needed in that specific position.
Board Members agreed to workshop this item.
50. Robinson - DJJ Circuit 15 Board
Dr. Robinson requested a workshop with DJJ Circuit 15 Board.
Board Members agreed to schedule the workshop.
52. Richmond - Day of Silence
Dr. Richmond requested the Board agree to some form of "Day of Silence".
Dr. Robinson suggested five minutes of silence and coordinate through each of the student groups to discuss the anti-hate message for the Moment of Silence.
In summary, the Board agreed to have five minutes of silence on April 16, 2010 to honor the National Day of Silence with the various student groups discussing the anti-hate message.
53. Robinson - Student Cell Phone Numbers
Dr. Robinson requested that we have students put their cell phone numbers on their student applications so we can contact them for various reasons as students use their cell phones for everything in this technology era.
Dr. Benaim agreed that it was a good idea.
Mr. Harris stated that it is too late to change the student forms for this year but maybe next year.
Dr. Robinson agreed stating it was just an idea to discuss with CTA and the Student Representatives.
54. Robinson - Vodcasting
Dr. Robinson would like to see all meetings of the Board recorded and placed on our web site in the form of a vodcast or whatever the technological means would be.
Dr. Benaim agreed as long as there was not an additional cost.
55. Robinson - SB6
Attachment: Staff AnalysisSB0006.pdf
Dr. Robinson discussed Senate Bill 6 and it's negative aspects for teachers adding that she has already contacted her legislators.
Dr. Benaim encouraged everyone to contact thier legislator and Mr. Barbieri stated that as a Board we should take a stand against Senate Bill 6 because there is no fair way to evaluate teachers.
Mrs. Hill suggested reviewing the Bill item by item and pulling out things we could live with.
Mr. Graham stated that at first glance this Bill looks all bad and we shouldn't try to make a bad bill good.
Dr. Richmond would like to have a discussion next Wednesday and review point by point Senate Bill 6 (including teacher input).
Dr. Johnson questioned attendance next week due to FSBA and even though Mrs. Burdick and Mr. Graham will be at FSBA the Board agreed to move forward with the meeting next week.
56. Burdick - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant
Mrs. Burdick discussed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant and the need to hire a coordinator and requested the Superintendent be given latitude (such as advertising internally and externally) as to who he hires given the needed skill set.
The Superintendent heard Board Member input regarding this position.
57. Barbieri - Re-building Plans for Gove Elementary School
Mr. Barbieri requested a staff update regarding re-building plans for Gove Elementary School.
Mr. Moore responded that he will provide an update to all Board Members outlining the time line for Gove Elementary School.
58. Barbieri - Recruiting
Mr. Barbieri questioned the reason for recruiting outside of our state since the students graduating from Universities would be our children and these vacancies could be filled here first.
Mr. Davis and Pat Kaupe from Personnel responded with the reasons for recruiting outside of the state adding that we do recruit inside the state as well.