30. Jordan Cohen - Student Government Representative
Jordan Cohen announced that food drives are beginning for the Holiday Season.
35. Audit Committee Report:
Richard Roberts presented the following from the last Audit Committee Report: Five items for review were brought forward by Chief Kelly; Unannounced cash counts were done at 18 schools and all monies were consistent with documentation; Reviewed Internal Funds Audit findings; Creating a Principal Task Force to discuss on-going issues with the schools.
Mrs. Burdick thanked the Audit Committee for their hard work and dedication to the School District and Dr. Richmond echoed those sentiments.
36. Construction Oversight and Review Committee (CORC):
Lou Doctor presented the following from the last Construction Oversight and Review Committee Report: All items on the agenda this evening were reviewed and approved.
Mr. Barbieri requested information regarding the Boca Raton High School pool.
Dr. Richmond thanked the CORC members for their hard work and dedication to the School District.
38. Superintendent's Report:
Dr. Johnson commented on several activities over the last month as follows: Symposium of the challenges for the African American Male; Learn Green Conference; Teachers Guide Conference; Showcase of Schools at the fairgrounds; and shared the video regarding the Quarter Mill.
Dr. Johnson presented engraved gifts for Paulette Burdick, Sandra Richmond and Carrie Hill for their dedication and service to the Palm Beach County School District as this was their last School Board Meeting.
Mrs. Burdick, Dr. Richmond and Mrs. Hill took a point of personal privilege to thank everyone.
49. Time Certain 7:00 p.m. (OR Upon Conclusion of the Meeting)
Claudia Kirk Barto; Ann Coughlin; Rita Solnet; Burt Richards; Valerie Bell; Marianne Miller; Ralph Shear; Charles Epstein; Alison Rampersad; Leo Petrover; Dean Piper.
Point of Personal Privilege - Richmond: Heartwarming to see the World War II veterans as her father was a World War II veteran.
Ms. Killets reviewed many events occuring in the school system to honor veterans and invited veterans to participate in the events occuring in the schools.
Dr. Richmond requested taking Dr. Robinson's Board Discussion item at this time regarding the Veterans Day issue.
Following the Board Discussion item regarding Veteran's Day the Board returned to non-agenda speakers as follows: Peter Kimball; Debbie Block; Christina Howley; Tom Whatley; Marcia Andrews; Curtis Sherrod; Jan Porter; Tim Prarie; Michael Howard.
50. Robinson - Intensive Reading Classes
Dr. Robinson requested a workshop to discuss options for intensive reading students who have been in intensive reading for more than two years.
By consensus the Board agreed to workshop this item. Mrs. Hill requested a motion and vote to hold this workshop.
Mrs. Burdick requested clarification regarding making motions and voting during Board Discussion. A legal opinion by Interim Chief Counsel Bruce Harris was to allow a motion to direct the Superintendent to bring this item back at a specified time.
Motion Benaim/Robinson to have a Special Meeting regarding Intensive Reading Classes in the month of November was unanimously approved.
52. Hill - Class Size Reduction
Attachment: Miami Herald Article.pdf
Ms. Hill expressed her desire to direct staff to develop a plan for class size reduction and a plan for involving teachers, principals and parents.
Motion by Hill/Robinson to direct the Superintendent to have staff develop several plans for class size reduction was unanimously approved.
Point of Information by Mr. Barbieri - Can the Board make a motion to direct the Superintendent to do something or to bring information back.
Mr. Harris provided a legal opinion that the Board can vote to direct the Superintendent.
54. Robinson - Amendment 8
Dr. Robinson stated that this item was covered under the Class Size Reduction discussion.
55. Barbieri - Audit Committee Responsibility
Mr. Barbieri requested expanding the responsibilities of the Audit Committee and developing a schedule for each department to take their budgets for review.
Mrs. Burdick and Dr. Robinson stated they did not feel that the Audit Committee has expertise in the area of reviewing budgets. Dr. Robinson suggested dedicating much more time to reviewing the departmental budgets.
Mr. Barbieri requested Legal bring forward a Policy to accomplish this request.
Mr. Barbieri stated that he has discussed this issue with members of the Audit Committee and they are willing to take on this project.
Mr. Graham suggested revising the Audit Committee Charter as well as developing a scope of work.
Mrs. Hill echoed the concerns stated by Mrs. Burdick and Dr. Robinson that the Audit Committee members might not have the expertise to review overall budgets and provide recommendations.
Mrs. Burdick suggested FSBA finance training for all new Board Members and Mrs. Hill agreed that this is a helpful resource.
Dr. Johnson stated that the Audit Committee being a part of the budget process is a good idea and suggested they begin with the Superintendent's Office. Dr. Johnson continued by stating what a tremendous job the Board has done with financial management.
56. BURDICK - Interlocal Agreement with Ethics Commission
Mrs. Burdick requested the Board to direct the Superintendent to create an Interlocal Agreement with the Ethics Commission and bring back for Board approval.
By consensus the Board agreed to have the Superintendent create and bring back this Interlocal Agreement.
Dr. Johnson agreed to bring the cost back with this item.
Mrs. Burdick clarified that the county would financially cover this issue and the Inspector General would be the item which would incur a cost.
Mr. Harris added that the Legal Department would like to be involved for review purposes.
57. Robinson - Themed Curriculum for Veteran’s Day
Dr. Robinson suggested a themed curriculum for Veteran's Day, possibly have a speaker's bank to go into schools on Veteran's Day, and create a video with John Sutton of the veteran's and their stories.
By consensus the Board agreed to have Ms. Killets lead this charge.
Motion by Graham/Burdick to return to non-agenda speakers.
Following the non-agenda speakers the Board discussed this item further receiving a legal opinion that a vote to change the calendar tonight could not occur.
Dr. Johnson stated that we have Veteran's Day off next year.
58. Robinson - Grow our Own
Dr. Robinson requested several concepts to Grow Our Own with regard to African American males such as creating another teacher academy, additionally researching funding for such an initiative and bringing many more partners to the table.
Mrs. Burdick referred to the Office of Civil Rights law suit and acknowledged that we need creole and hispanic teachers as well who desire achieving leadership roles.
Dr. Robinson expressed the critical need for African American males at this time.