Tune in to tonight’s board meeting tonight at 6 pm

Although today’s official budget committee meeting did not take place due to the fact that not enough members attended to form a quorum (they held an informal discussion instead), the budget issue will be discussed at tonight’s board meeting.

Tonight is the regularly scheduled monthly board business meeting. This is the same agenda as last week’s work session, however, this week the board will vote on the action items. Last week was presentation and discussion along with public comments. There will be no public comments this evening (there are never public comments at the business meetings, unless the business meeting is combined with the work session). Attend the meeting at the system headquarters, view it online at Comcast 24 or stream it on your computer at PDS 24

Once again, here is the agenda:


Click to view the proposed budget cuts.

1. Approval of DeKalb County School District Budget for 2012-2013 (FY2013)
Presented by: Mr. Michael J. Perrone, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

2. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: READY FOR ACTION – Board Member
Compensation and Expenses, Descriptor Code BBBE
Presented by: Dr. Cheryl L.H. Atkinson, Superintendent

3. City Schools of Decatur 2012-2013 Transportation Agreement
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

4. Martin Luther King, Jr. High School Additions & Renovations Construction
Management/General Contractor at Risk Contract Award
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

5. Approval of Settlements
Presented by: Mr. Laurance Warco, Attorney, Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan LLP

It is requested that the Board of Education approve the June 11, 2012 consent agenda

Motion by: ___________________ Seconded by: __________________ Vote: _____

1. Approval of Minutes
Presented by: Dr. Cheryl L.H. Atkinson, Superintendent

2. Financial Monthly Report
Presented by: Mr. Michael J. Perrone, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

3. Approval of Non-Resident Tuition
Presented by: Mr. Michael J. Perrone, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

4. Human Resources Monthly Board Report for June 2012
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer,
Division of Human Resources

5. Personnel Recommended for Employment Contracts for 2012-2013
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer,
Division of Human Resources

6. 2013 Perkins IV Career Technical and Agriculture Education (CTAE) Instructional
Improvement Plan
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum
& Instruction

7. 2012 Textbook Adoption Recommendations and 2012-2013 Textbook Purchase
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum
& Instruction

8. Purchase of Professional Services from Pearson, Inc. to Support Curriculum
Mapping into IDMS
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum
& Instruction

9. Purchase of Professional Learning Services from Curriculum Designers, Inc. to Support
On-Going Curriculum Development and Revisions Supporting the Common Core
Georgia Performance Standards
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum
& Instruction

10. Agreement Between the Metro East Georgia Learning Resources System (MEGLRS) and
the Metropolitan Regional Educational Service Agency (MRESA)
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum
& Instruction

11. Payment of Yearly AdvancED SACS CASI dues
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum
& Instruction

12. Ultimate Fighting Championship Donation to the McNair High School
Presented by: Ms. Kendra D. March, Deputy Superintendent, Division of School
Leadership & Operational Support

13. Cellular Carrier Annual Contract Renewal
Presented by: Mr. Gary L. Brantley, Chief Information Officer, Division of
Management Information Systems

14. Recommendation for Approval of Hearing Tribunal Members
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Affairs Officer, Division of
Legal Affairs

UPDATE: The meeting will be blogged live at the Patch. Click here to view or to reread their live report.  To follow or re-read their RSS feed, click here.

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267 Responses to Tune in to tonight’s board meeting tonight at 6 pm

  1. Moving a relevant comment from another post:

    Submitted on 2012/06/11 at 2:19 PM | In reply to The Deal.

    There was no quorum and they had the meeting as an unofficial meeting.
    I have heard that the Chairman of the budget committee was notified via email as early as Friday that one of the committee members had a conflict with a previously scheduled doctor’s appt. The other committee member notified Mr. Womack of his absence on Sunday which would have been known that they would NOT have a quorum in plenty of time to reschedule the meeting for another time.
    Why did Mr. Womack not reschedule the morning meeting so that both budget committee members could attend and create a quorum? I hope a board member asks him that question at this evening’s meeting!
    On another note, Nancy Jester asked for the new CFO for an update on the expected tax revenue last week at the Monday board meeting and she asked for an update from him again today. He gave the same answer that the DeKalb County Tax Assessor, Mr. Calvin Hicks, still is estimating a 6% decline in revenue.
    I say he is wrong!
    I say he is wrong in a BIG WAY!
    If the revenue shortfall is more than 6% then why is the board wasting all of our time creating a budget to meet a $73,000,000 deficit when it really is more like a $100,000,000 deficit!
    I am writing the DeKalb County CEO and all the county commissioners to express my disbelief that the tax assessors office does not know the EXACT number from the tax rolls!
    The DCSD has been asking for this very empirical, data driven number for MONTHS and the answer is still the same, “we don’t know”.

    Jim McMahan
    District 4 School Board Candidate

  2. Curious says:

    Is tonight’s meeting currently what is being broadcast? The PDS 24 website indicates that it’s a June 4, 2012 meeting being shown.

  3. educator90 says:

    They might not know the real decline, as there was a screw up, once again, when assessments were sent out and new assessments have to be sent out to about 3,000 citizens. It seems that working in DeKalb at any level of the government, county or school board, means that you can do a poor job and keep the paychecks coming. Wish it was that way in the real world.

  4. jnj says:

    It’s tonite’s meeting.

  5. dekalbdoyenne says:

    It is painful — PAINFUL! — to listen to Sara Copelin-Wood try to read a recognition. Couldn’t the BOE just find someone with some reading ability who could pinch-hit for Sara?

  6. Curious says:

    What’s being shown matches the agenda for tonight’s meeting, so I guess the PDS 24 website incorrectly states it’s broacasting the June 4 meeting.

  7. wiserthanmyself says:

    It’s tonight. The link works. Ironic to see the Fernbank instructor’s Envirothon team take top honors on the same day that Dr. A announced she wants to fire 56 (of 58) FSC employees. Maybe Sara can take over for Ms. Byrd…

  8. dekalbdoyenne says:

    Clarkston High School just received a Model School Award. For what? What is it with these people who think that just because they say something is true, that makes it so? Except for 2009, Clarkston High School did not make AYP in 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, and 2006. That’s as far back as the online records go. Further, in 2011, Clarkston’s graduation rate was more than 8 percentage points lower (72.8%) than 2010 (81.2%). Maybe if the Board would stop congratulating everyone and focus on doing what needs to be done, we would see some REAL academic growth.

  9. Miss Management says:

    I ‘think’ they are a ‘model’ school because just a year or so ago one of the high-ranking DCSS administrators daughter was given the job as principal of Clarkston HS. So now, the leadership simply must recognize what a terrific job she is doing!

  10. nanayh says:

    What are aspiring leaders? I noticed that our school’s instructional coach is among those being recognized for this. Is it the new job title for instructional coaches?

  11. concernedmom30329 says:

    no. It is the training program for people who hope to be ass’t principals or principals,

  12. Mildred says:

    Get rid of the “t” on “ass’t” and you’re probably more on line for what it will be.

  13. Dunwoody Mom says:

    I believe the award was given by Pearson. Pearson owns “America’s Choice”. Clarkston uses America’s Choice.

  14. dekalbdoyenne says:

    Let’s not forget McNair High School, recognized tonightfor winning the Ultimate Fighting Championship (whatever that is) AND for its improvement in graduation rates from 2006 – 2012. I don’t know — nor did SCW say — the 2012 graduation rate. In 2011, it was 71.1% (not enough to make AYP, once again) and in 2006 it was 45.7%. Hard to do worse. But, 2005 was worse: 41%. The DCSS BOE is so busy fooling themselves with bogus recognitions that they would not know excellence if they fell over it.

  15. Miss Management says:

    I’m betting that they spend longer discussing item G-2 than item G-1.

  16. educator90 says:

    I agree with Dunwoody Mom, Pearson wants to make sure DCSS keeps spending money on their products!!! That’s all.

  17. educator90 says:

    Another waste of DeKalb Taxpayer money, is what this program is.

  18. wiserthanmyself says:

    The 15-min break at 7:49 has become a 25-min break. Why do they need a break at all? They don’t let teachers have much of a break, and they’ll have even less after the Board packs classes tighter next year. Or, maybe they’re not going to televise the actual business meeting?

  19. Miss Management says:

    Um. Is Jay supposed to ask for a second? I think he can make a motion, but not ask for a second. Gene is supposed to do that.

  20. Tit For Tat says:

    Surprise! Surprise! We ALL knew that the deficit would be greater than projected. There is WAY more fat to be cut….start the surgery at the +$100,000 salaries.

  21. I Agree says:

    I think it’s a great idea to stop all discussion until the county can get their Sh*t together.

  22. educator90 says:

    Glad that they are being told that we need to be more conservative and more money needs to be cut from the budget.

    Programs need to be cut-period. We cannot afford the special programs. WE ARE BROKE!!!!

  23. educator90 says:

    Maybe we don’t need 5 area superintendents? Just saying EVERY position needs to be looked at and needs to be running like the over crowded classrooms.

  24. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    So, the news is that the new CFO has asked the county tax commissioner almost daily for an update regarding tax collections. So far, it looks like instead of tax collections dropping 6%, they will drop more like 9%. The county is not forthcoming with a real estimate for the school board to build a budget around. If they were to go ahead and budget for a 6% decrease, then they may have to go back and do a second round of cuts. It’s better to do it all at once. Different decisions may be made if the big picture is different. Dr. Atkinson says that waiting to make cuts or not make cuts could cause a big problem with staffing in the fall, as right now, they are holding a lot of positions off the table in case they are cut. The longer we delay, the closer we get to the start of school and last minute notification for hiring people with certain certifications.

  25. William says:

    OMG that Lady is an imbecile

  26. momfromhe11 says:

    It is difficult to understand why Dr. Walker seems to be so surprised at what Mr. Perrone has said. What thinking person could not anticipate the digest would be lower?

  27. Tit For Tat says:

    SCW Fan club is in the house.

  28. I Agree says:

    All of this cheering for Sarah makes me lose all hope.

  29. concernedmom30329 says:

    what is scw saying

  30. Internet-Libertarian says:

    2012 – 2013 Budget has been tabled until next Wednesday 6/20. This meeting MUST be televised or streamed online. DCSD never streams these “extra” meetings. There needs to be a concerted effort to get this meeting on TV and 0nline.

  31. momfromhe11 says:

    I agree.

  32. Miss Management says:

    Why does the board have to submit in writing to the SUPERINTENDENT if they want to use each other’s travel expenses? That makes no sense. Why should she meddle in their little travel budgets?

  33. jnj says:

    We are 85 million in the hole and they are arguing over traveling expenses for the board. I am so disgusted. I am going to have to dig deep to keep up morale this upcoming school year in my classroom.

  34. concernedmom30329 says:

    why all the way until the 20th

  35. bettyandveronica1 says:

    scratching their watches or winding their butts…”it don’t make no sense to me”??? that is the real statement here.

  36. DeKalb Observer says:

    Oh my goodness. The facilitation of this meeting is completely beyond Gene Walker. This board reminds me of a group of deaf grandparents trying to operate a DVR remote control. But I am glad that Jay Cunningham supports following “Roberts Rules IN Order.” That’s what he said. Verbatim. Hate when those Roberts Rules get out of order… 🙂

  37. Tit For Tat says:

    This nonsense about travel budget is taking up so much Board Time…so indicative of how this Board spends time on topics of no or little importance to the running of an efficient school system.

  38. Miss Management says:

    Did I call it or what?

  39. Miss Management says:

    Bingo! Pearson – $1,220,000.00!

  40. Dismayedindekalb says:

    One MILLION dollars…are you kidding me? PARCC hasn’t released guidelines for the future test… So how can Pearson have an “up” on writing tests?

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