District 1 Monroe Benaim – 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 - Present
Also present were Superintendent E. Wayne Gent; Chief Academic Officer Janis Andrews and General Counsel Sheryl Wood.
4. Chairman Barbieri
Superintendent Gent informed that the Workshop today will be on Accreditation since the District is undergoing an accreditation process and information will be shared with Board now.
6. District Accreditation Workshop
Attachment: District Accreditation Presentation.pdf
Janis Andrews informed of the extensive amount of work to get our District accredited and introduced Staff that made it happen. Leadership and Schools have embraced our accreditation process. External process will be in January, 2013. Outside agency will ensure that everything we do is aligned to our Mission/Vision. School District of Palm Beach County is the 3rd largest AdvancED. Receiving this accreditation will speak to everything in our community. Some of the benefits include students having greater access to loans and scholarship opportunities. Also it is cost saving to have accreditation be by District. Diane Conley informed that we will conduct our own internal reviews and then will participate in external review. Accreditation criteria is made up of 5 standards broken up into smaller components called indicators. Visit will be on January 27-30, 2013. There will be a total team of 36 members coming to our District. 50% of members will be from Florida and the rest from throughout Nation. Cheryl Baker brought together Steering Committee and organized into groups such as Standing Committee. Nat Harrington is Chair of Marketing Committee. Teams came together for actual site visit and hospitality. Vast variety of people accross District working on this venue. Professional Development is being prepared. Monthly meetings occur and offering a lot of one on one help. A lot of resources put together by District and schools. Channel 10 produced awareness video regarding accreditation for District. IT group has done a lot of electronic venues, e-mail messages and a web page banner at the top of our District webpage. October 12, 2012 is when all reports are due for District and each and every school. Will be meeting with lead evaluator in November or December in order to prepare for external review. Will prepare a video similar to the Broad video. Will have a sharepoint site with all data and evidence being collected now.
Marcia Andrews suggested there be an orientation for Board.
7. Discussion Item - Shaw - K-12 Taskforce Update
Chuck Shaw informed that there are several issues not resolved by DOE and some of them couldn't be discussed since they have to be dealt with Legislative. Recommendation by State was there be a mandatory allocation of 1.5 mills to charter schools for capital outlay, taking out of existing budget or our action as a Board to levy it, a lot of discussion. In exchange, current capital outlay money allocating by the State for charter schools would no longer exist, our concerns is that State is to adequately fund public education and we feel State has responsibility to deal with that. Tremendous need for technology and maintenance of schools. Brought forward recommendation for State to authorize 1.5 mill of that allocated to charter schools, waiting for results. If any public dollars used to purchase anything, if school closes any remaining items go back to the School District. Critical that report goes to Legislation. We have to send issues from DOE by Friday, October 12, 2012. Final recommendation from Committee by November 15, 2012. Two Superintendents and two Board operators interested in meeting our needs. Acknowledge and accept that weather students are in our public schools or charter schools they are our concern. Charter schools will probably grow a lot in the years to come. We have to put pressure on Legislation to fund schools adequately. Having Vern Crawford in Tallahassee advocating for us it is an asset. Also met with State Senator Mumford (former Superintendent and Executive Director of Superintendents' Association), has a lot of respect for Districts and it is an advocate for us. Caroline Zucker from Sarasota County is the House Representative and she spoke a lot on issue of technology.
Board Members extended their appreciation to Vern Crawford for all he does.
8. Discussion Item - Robinson - Taking a Position on Amendments 3 and 4
Attachment: Discussion Item - Robinson - FSBAsummary--Amendment 4.pdf
Attachment: Discussion Item - Robinson - FSBAsummary--Amendment 3.revised.pdf
Attachment: Discussion Item - Robinson - 2012_Constitutional_Amendments_English_9-28-12.pdf
Debra Robinson requested to take a position on Amendments 3 and 4.
Vern Crawford informed they do not have immediate impact but they do affect public education. Amendment 3 further limits on State expenditures absent 2/3 vote of Legislation. Never had increase in State revenues at that particular level. Proposed for voters on November 6, 2012, if a voter was to approve this, then it will redefine it, further limiting for what is in the Constitution, resets current base of revenue between 23 or 24 million level. Passed by Legislature in 2011 and is in ballot as 3 and 4. Based on general income and anything over that percent, State is to use for a rainy day fund or return to tax payers. Under new formula if there is excess revenue, first of use of additional fund will go in working capital funding, and second usage to buy school millage. Palm Beach County League of Cities are very concerned about this proposal.
Debra Robinson request to take a position against each of them.
Chuck Shaw - agrees and also has concern that on Amendment 4, property value going up so high can impact on us as well. Would like to get direction from attorney. At what point do we not have authority to advocate?
Superintendent - we can do a resolution at any meeting.
Debra Robinson - have Mr. Crawford put something together to bring it back to a voting meeting so that we can formally take a position. Would like Board to take a position even if we cannot vote today.
Superintendent - add Special Meeting to next week to cover this.
Karen Brill - if we get information back from Consortium, we can dissiminate at next meeting as well.
Chuck Shaw - some charter schools not making it because they don't have the facility.