District 1 Mike Murgio – Present
District 2 Chuck Shaw – Present
District 3 Karen Brill - Present
District 4 Jennifer Prior Brown - Present
District 5 Frank Barbieri - Present
District 6 Marcia Andrews - Present
District 7 Debra Robinson – Not Present
Also present were Superintendent E. Wayne Gent; Chief Academic Officer Janis Andrews.
3. Chairman Shaw
Chairman Shaw opened the meeting and Blair Littlejohn led in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also thanked on behalf of the Board, all of the people involved with the review committee. Superintendent Gent informed that the Exit Review will take place and welcomed the Accreditation Team to Palm Beach County.
5. District Accreditation Report
Superintendent Gent welcomed and thanked everyone in the Accreditation Team and introduced Dr. Michael Lodico (Team Leader for District Accreditation Team) who reviewed Powerpoint Report on behalf of the External Review Team. In conclusion he said that the School District of Palm Beach County has the highest ratings seen in comparison to other districts. The AdvancED Review Summary rates the District at a very high level in all criteria ranging from 2.9 to 3.6 on a 4 point scale. The team (35) visited the administration offices, 34 schools and 267 classrooms. Recognized Staff for an outstanding job, specially Diane Conley, Diane Weinbaum, and Cheryl Baker. Dedication of staff and committment of students is evident. District has been approved and accredited for another 5 year term. Will complete report over the next month and will get back to us within 30 days. Superintendent Gent shared his gratifying feeling to hear such experts give teachers, administrators, and entire District such glowing critique and is elated that the hard work and focus districtwide of teachers, school staff, students, principals, and District staff have been recognized in superlative terms. Chairman Shaw thanked all Principals and Teachers involved in the process and congratulated all dedicated educators. Ms. Brill commented that though she didn't know what to expect, she enjoyed the interviews very much and is impressed at how well our School District is doing. Mr. Murgio congratulated the accreditation team for such a great job and all their effort. Ms. Andrews thanked staff, students, and parents for their contribution to this process. Chairman Shaw said he is proud to be part of Palm Beach County's School Board.
6. Joint Meeting with the Legislative Delegation
Attachment: REVISED GFCB Program.pdf
Attachment: PBSDlegPriorities-adopted9-19-12 (2).pdf
Attachment: 5 Ratified-2013-FSBA-Platform.Final (1).pdf
Attachment: Unfunded mandates Palm Beach 2013 (2).pdf
Attachment: REVISED Top Ten Bragging Points - Concise (4).pdf
Attachment: REVISED PBCDeleAgenda-d1-30-13.pdf
Attachment: Budget Pres FEFP and Capital.pdf
Attachment: REVISED Top Ten Bragging Points - Extended (4).pdf
Chairman Shaw re-opened meeting, attendance was taken. Vern Crawford led Pledge of Allegiance. Everyone introduced themselves as follows in the order they are sitting: School Board Member Karen Brill - District 3; State Representative Irv Slosberg; Board Member Frank Barbieri - District 5; Florida State Senator Maria Sachs - District 34; Board Member Jennifer Prior Brown - District 4; Florida House of Representative Senator Jeff Clemens - District 27; State Representative Bill Hager - District 89; State Representative David Kerner - District 87; Laura Pincus - sitting in for Deputy General Counsel; Delegation Chair Mark Pafford - District 86; Board Member Chuck Shaw - District 2; E. Wayne Gent - School District Superintendent; Mike Burke - School District Chief Operations Officer; Vern Crawford - Legislative Liaison; Board Member Marcia Andrews - District 6; Joseph Abrusso - District 25; Janis Andrews - School District Chief Academic Officer; State Representative Bobby Powell, Jr. - District 88; State Representative Mary Lynn Mager - District 82; Board Member Mike Murgio - District 1; State Representative Pat Rooney - District 85. Superintendent Gent reviewed a Powerpoint with the Legislators and did an overview of District's accomplishments and challenges to be faced this year. Chairman Shaw reviewed Taskforce information regarding capital outlay for charter schools and informed that committee did not come to closure because of outstanding issues (explained in Tab 3). Mike Burke reviewed the Finance Program, noted that enrollment is up by approximately 5% and mentioned other figures as well. Vern Crawford expressed appreciation to Rachel and Melissa McKinley for support to Delegation. Karen Brill reviewed the Greater Florida Consortium and their priorities, pointed that there are so many issues that cannot even be read, but organization has support concern about assessment, technology and teacher evaluation, encourage reactive actions with legislation. Marcia Andrews gave quick synopsis of FSBA Legislative Committee and indicated she is their representaive for School Board and everyone sets their priorites and then they are assessed. Representative Rooney mentioned Miami Children's Hospital programs that interact with school district. Representative Slosberg asked Superintendent regarding his feeling about Florida Virtual School and whether is the right thing to increase funding for it. Senator Abrusso shared his concern about Florida Virtual School and its control since there are no checks and balances in place to monitor students working from home. Representative Hager congratulated Superintendent for Leadership, impressed with School District's role and its outstanding performance yet there are derrogatory remarks and asked Superintendent how he sees School District's role and what it is becoming. Superintendent Gent requested that funding should be targeted for other items not necessarily specifically Florida Virtual. Senator Clemens shared his concerns regarding Virtual Schools and students who are 22 credits behind and a few weeks later have made it up, als asked cost to put an officer in every school. Senator Sachs impressed as to how much school district has done with the minimal resources received, inquired regarding policy and hand held communication devices, also needs number of school resource officers since funding for it is being looked at, also would like discussion about vision tests for students, and teachers pay and making sure funding reserved for it goes to the teachers. David Kerner inquired as to how to maintain status of legislation. Representative Powell inquired regarding Legislative Taskforce. Chairman Shaw informed that there is one issue that can be resolved regarding encarcerated students who have the grade to graduate but not the volunteer hours. Meeting Adjourned.