35. Sara Canter presented the Student Government Report
Thanked everyone for an amazing year as Student Representative and introduce next years Student Representative.
40. Audit Committee Report:
Cindy Adair presented the following events from the last Audit Committee Meeting: Various audit findings with regard to p-cards and referenced a p-card training this summer; audit findings with regard to disbursement of payments through internal funds; audit findings regarding copies of monies collected report and monies collected not adequately documented; audit findings at seven schools regarding fund raising activities; SACC program has substantially improved since audits began in 2004; audit findings regarding payroll not properly documented in several schools; audit findings regarding documentation of leases at schools; reviewed draft policy for school use of facilities.
Board Members discussed Principal input regarding p-cards and administrator fund usage.
41. Construction Oversight and Review Committee Report:
Lew Doctor presented the following from the last meeting: discussed the construction items on the agenda this evening and approval of these items from the committee.
At the request of Mrs. Burdick, Mr. Doctor provided details of the make up of the CORC and the process of reviewing items prior to Board approval.
52. Time Certain 7:00 p.m. (OR Upon Conclusion of the Business)
The following members of the public addressed the Board: Sara Curesma; Michelle Kennedy; Lowell Levine; Richard Murphy; Tom Whatley; Michael Farrelly; Alan Firpo; Andy Goldstein; Bonnie Cohen; Diane Eichfeld; Vanessa Farrell; Ron Lewis; David Yankwitt.
Motion by Barbieri/Burdick to continue non-agenda speakers was unanimously approved.
Speakers continued: Christina Howley; Thomas Watkins; Marcia Andrews; Jan Porter; Les Kozlow; Diane DeWolfe; Susan Petosa; Karen Holme; Debbie Block; Kathy Gundlach; Joanne Schrank; Peter Kimball; Rose Marie Gondeck; Patricia Lanza; Deborah Vernon; Karen Brill; Bruce Rich; Michael Howard; Edith Pride.
53. Robinson - Next Generation Standards
Dr. Robinson was not present at the meeting so this item will be discussed at a later date.
54. Graham - Census 2010 Update
Mr. Graham was not present at the meeting but in his absence Dr. Benaim read an update regarding the 2010 Census.
55. Graham - Ethics Commission
Mr. Graham is not present this evening but Mrs. Hill requested the compare and contrast memo regarding the previous ethics discussions and Mr. Harris stated he would provide this next week.
Mrs. Burdick suggested scheduling a meeting with the County Attorney to discuss this issue.
56. Barbieri - Race to the Top
Mr. Barbieri questioned if the information he received last week when he voted in favor of Race to the Top was correct and if not he stated that he would like the item put back on the agenda next week so that he can change his vote.
Dr. Johnson provided an update regarding Race to the Top and the need for CTA approval stating the only thing the MOU does is give the right to negotiate.
Mr. Barbieri requested that the Superintendent put this back on the agenda for next week and Dr. Johnson said it would be too late at that point.
Mr. Barbieri stated that he based his vote on misinformation from last week and he does not want his vote attached to that.
Mr. Harris provided a legal opinion regarding Mr. Barbieri's issue.
Dr. Richmond agreed that the Board voted on information they received last week and Board Members discussed options to remedy the issue. Dr. Benaim suggested either calling a Special Meeting following CTA's negotiation session next week or rescind the motion this evening.
Motion to Suspend the Rules by Barbieri/Richmond was unanimously approved.
Motion by Hill/Burdick to clarify our previous motion to add the sentence that Palm Beach County School Board is in favor of the application provided that the CTA sign it, if the CTA does not sign it then the application is null and void and we do not send it was unanimously approved.
For the Record: The Superintendent accepted the clarification as stated above.
Dr. Benaim clarified that the MOU is only to go forward pending CTA signing on.
57. Barbieri - Policy regarding Electives
Mr. Barbieri suggested the Board develop a policy to designate or prioritize electives and requested input from the Superintendent regarding how to accomplish this.
Mr. Barbieri requested a workshop prior to setting the schedules for next year and the Superintendent agreed.