Hot August Meetings: Tune In

NOTICE OF DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold the following meetings on Monday, August 6, 2012:

5:00pm    Called Meeting to adjourn to Executive Session for the purpose of discussing personnel matters
Cabinet Room
Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

6:00pm    Work Session & Meeting
J. David Williamson Board Room
Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard
Stone Mountain, GA 30083

The agenda for the Work Session & Meeting is below.

Meeting information can be accessed online by going to: http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us, click on Leadership, go to eBoard Home Page and click on the date for the meeting agenda\information.

+++

D. CITIZEN COMMENTS
1. Loreen Booker-Brown
2. Kirona Myers
3. Katrina Young
4. Cassandra Trawick
5. Janet Langford
6. Michael Martin
7. Dr. Tom Keating
8. Verdaillia Turner
9. Jean Drezek
10. Kataska Davis

E. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA

F. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

1. School Readiness
Presented by: Ms. Kendra D. March, Deputy Superintendent, Division of School Leadership & Operational Support

G. REVIEW OF AGENDA ITEMS FOR THE AUGUST 13, 2012 BUSINESS MEETING

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

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

3. Approval of Human Resources Monthly Report
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, Division of Human Resources

4. Junior Achievement (JA) “BizTown” Program
Presented by: Ms. Kendra D. March, Deputy Superintendent, Division of School Leadership & Operational Support

5. The Globe Academy, Inc.
Presented by: Ms. Kendra D. March, Deputy Superintendent, Division of School Leadership & Operational Support

6. Purchase of Pearson School Achievement Services
Presented by: Ms. Kendra D. March, Deputy Superintendent, Division of School Leadership & Operational Support

a. Purchase of Pearson School Achievement Services for Clarkston High School
b. Purchase of Pearson School Achievement Services for McNair High School
c. Purchase of Pearson School Achievement Services for Towers High School
d. Purchase of Pearson School Achievement Services for Freedom Middle School

7. CaseNex Contracts
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

a. CaseNex Contract for 2012-2013 Gifted Endorsement Courses for K-12 Teachers

b. CaseNex Professional Development Extension Agreement

8. Extension of RFP 11-187 for Speech-Language Therapy Services
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

9. Contract between DeKalb County School District and Sign Language Interpreting
Specialists (SLIS)
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen D. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

10. MAXIMUS TIENET® Software Maintenance and Hosting Agreement Renewal
Presented by: Dr. Kathleen S. Howe, Deputy Superintendent, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

11. CrossPointe Software Annual Maintenance
Presented by: Mr. Gary L. Brantley, Chief Information Officer, Division of Management Information Systems

12. Approval of HVAC Instrumentation and Controls – New Chamblee Charter High School
Replacement Project
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

13. Emergency Generator Group 1- Installation Only Contract Award Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

14. Martin Luther King Jr. High School Construction Material Testing, Special Inspections, and NPDES Compliance Services Contract Award
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

15. Fire Alarm and Fire Suppression Systems Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance Contract Extension Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

16. System-Wide Imaging Solution Contract Extension Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

17. Approval for Vendors to Exceed $100,000.00
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

18. Portable Classroom Relocation Services Contract Extension Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

19. SPLOST IV Capital Improvement Plan Budget Allocation (422)
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

H. ACTION ITEM
1. Receipt of Findings and Consideration of the Recommendation of the Tribunal in Personnel Case #12-03
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
2. Receipt of Findings and Consideration of the Recommendation of the Tribunal in Personnel Case #12-04
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
3. Receipt of Findings and Consideration of the Recommendation of the Tribunal in Personnel Case #12-05
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
4. Receipt of Findings and Consideration of the Recommendation of the Tribunal in Personnel Case #12-06
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
5. Receipt of Findings and Consideration of the Recommendation of the Tribunal in Personnel Case #12-07
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
6. Receipt of Findings and Consideration of the Recommendation of the Tribunal in Personnel Case #12-08
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
7. District Insurance
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs

I. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)

J. ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Pre-Planning in the Schools ~ Tuesday- Friday, August 7 – 10, 2012

Open House Schedule
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
2:30 pm – 4:30 pm (9th Graders and New Students Only)
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (High School Returning Students)
Thursday, August 9, 2012
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Middle School)
Friday, August 10, 2012
4:30 pm – 6:30 pm (Elementary School)

2. District-wide Summer School Graduation, 10:00am, Friday, August 10, 2012, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

3. First Day of School ~ Monday, August 13, 2012

4. DeKalb Board of Education Business Meeting, 6:00pm, Monday, August 13, 2012, J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

K. ADJOURN

Advertisements

About dekalbschoolwatch

Hosting a dialogue among parents, educators and community members focused on improving our schools and providing a quality, equitable education for each of our nearly 100,000 students. ~ "ipsa scientia potestas est" ~ "Knowledge itself is power"
Gallery | This entry was posted in Budget Cuts, DeKalb County [GA] Board of Education, School Funding and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

110 Responses to Hot August Meetings: Tune In

  1. no name says:

    Wow, that is a fascinating agenda. DCS certainly pays a lot of money to for a superintendent that just has to show up and get the minutes approved.

    The “Pearson School Achievement Services” is America’s Choice:
    http://americaschoice.org/aboutaci
    Anyone know if there a F&F connection between DCS and America’s Choice?

    Regarding “School Readiness”, the DCS website says that the posted bus routes are for 2012/2013:
    http://www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/transportation/bus-routes
    However, the routes for the schools I am familiar with seem to be unchanged from last year… can anyone confirm that their school(s) have bus routes that have been changed and/or updated from last year?

  2. veteran teacher says:

    Has anyone else heard that classified and certified employees are required to work 8.5 hours a day this school year. If so, why???

  3. Actually, the scheduled DCSS school bus route through my neighborhood for SY2012-SY2013, per the DCSS website, is a physical impossibility.

  4. Give the woman a chance! says:

    @Veteran Teacher. I received my schedule and will be working 8 hours, same as always. If your principal told you differently, contact ODE or PAGE if you are a member. Sometimes principals tell you things that aren’t true. If it is true then there needs to be some discussion.

    It wouldn’t let me reply under you.

  5. dcsd employee says:

    Yes we are required to work 8.5 with a half hour lunch. So everyone will work a full 8 hours now. Not sure of the reason for the change.

  6. @No Name,

    You wouldn’t believe how entangled Dekalb was (and may still be) with America’s Choice.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of info on the old Dekalb School Watch blog about this multi-million dollar scam.

  7. veteran teacher says:

    Thanks for the feedback. Nothing like kicking everyone when they are down.

  8. RealWorldEducation says:

    Can they add to certified employee hours without adding pay? Wouldn’t those half hours add up to extra days?

  9. RealWorldEducation says:

    Also, how do we buy into Pearson/AC? Perhaps we could be given stock in lieu of our furloughed pay. It would make us money for the next few years at least.

  10. Open house: It’s like this woman decided that this practice wasn’t happening without contacting the schools first to find out. Typical Central office, don’t know what is happening at the schools. Best left to the professionals and keep the central office pushing paper, it’s what they do best.

    Also, At my kids school, they extended the day 10 minutes to allow for 6.0 hours of instruction, 30 mins for lunch and 15 of unsceduled break time (recess).

    I guess the teachers will be more closely watched on their hours, good for some (they problably don’t work all day now, I know one or two) degrading for others who put in more time that necessary or paid for.

  11. dekalbteach says:

    @dcsd employee- I received my welcome back letter and was told that my workday was 7:15-3:15. Where did you get this information from?

  12. dekalbteacher says:

    Yes, there was a forwarded message from HR stating that teachers were working ONLY 37.5 hours per week and should be working 40. So the required time at school has been adjusted to 8,5 hours to include out “free time” at lunch! Just unbelievable. If you haven’t received this info, it’s just because your principal hasn’t passed it along. It was a county mandate.

  13. dekalbteacher says:

    @ No Name–a former DCSS Area Superintendent. went to work for America’s Choice. Dekalb bought the program a year or two later. Not as obvious, perhaps, but I still call it F and F.

  14. dekalbteach says:

    My welcome back letter stated my hours as 7:15-3:15- still 8 hours. Where is this other information coming from- administrators or “did you hear” statements?

  15. justwatch says:

    Actually, DCSS was already using America’s Choice when she got the job. Not only that, but it was the second time DCSS had used America’s Choice, having piloted it years before and not being able to afford much implementation that time. So, I actually think the woman got the job because DCSS was such a big customer.

  16. just saying says:

    Give the women a chance:
    ‘The principals are informing their staff of information that they are given. There is no discussion. People are informed to follow the directive of the district. Don’t you remember that e-mail that was sent out informing all staff of that. I am an ODE member, but I have not heard any comments about the new time memo.

  17. no name says:

    Are there any other F&F connections to America’s Choice other than the former DCSS Area Superintendent? Back in 2010, DSW1 covered her connection to the program.

    Googling her shows that she has done AC work elsewhere since then, including being the Project Manager for AC in Prince George’s County, Maryland… which is estimated to be “the wealthiest African American-majority county” in the US, per a 2007 article in Ebony. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prince_George%27s_County,_Maryland) Since she appears to have been successful in other states, I am left to conclude that her working for AC is because she is competent, not just a F&F!

  18. William says:

    It is very interesting to see that the board is being presented with yet another school to operate in DCSD. There is a proposal on this agenda to support a GLOBE School at the Heritage Center location. Can we really afford to open another school in DCSD? I realize this is a charter school, but the money has to come from somewhere. Shouldn’t we focus on getting the ones we have in the right order before we open more schools?

  19. no name says:

    The “Success for All” people have added a “Common Core Aligned” section to their website:
    http://www.successforall.org/CommonCore/
    I swear this section was not there a week or two ago, when I last checked the SFA website.

    I recently read a post (either here on DSW2 or on Maureen’s AJC blog) from a teacher who complained that SFA did NOT conform to the Common Core Standards…. so when I noticed this new section on the SFA website, I did some reading.

    It appears that the teacher was correct, based upon what I’m reading on SFA’s own website! For example, if you open up the “Reading Roots” file:
    http://www.successforall.org/SuccessForAll/media/PDFs/AlignCmnCore_RR_1.pdf
    and scroll down to page 5, to the “Section III: Alignment to English Language Arts
    Standards for Reading: Informational Text”

    On pages 5 and 6, SFA lists the eight “Anchor Standards” (from Common Core), then for each SFA answers that the Standard is meet with these lessons:
    “STaR stories, lessons 6, 7, 9, 17, 19, 23, 29, 30, 36, 38, 40, 44, 45 and 47”

    However, notice what is missing in SFA’s answers:: Lessons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, and 46!

    In other words, even the “Success for All” documentation itself seems to show that the majority of SFA’s lessons do NOT meet Common Core Standards.

  20. whoshelpingthekids says:

    Check out #4 – Junior Achievement BizTown presented by Ms. March…a google search looks like we have another “scripted” program on the way: http://www.ja.org/programs/programs_elem_biztown.shtml; I thought principals were going to get more control over their Title 1 $ but with Success For All and programs like this, I am not so sure.

    And it looks like Ms. March may be bringing it from NC too: http://www.jacarolinas.org/jabiztown.html: “Students are prepared through 19 lessons facilitated by their teacher to participate in a carefully designed simulation that closely resembles the real-life workplace.”

    DCSS needs to master studnet achievement in the 4 core courses first. And for high school students, we need to provide a strong technical skills path in addition to a college prep path. Let’s work on those first before BizTown.

  21. justwatch says:

    In March’s defense, and I am really not fond of the woman, JA bought the program to DeKalb. Atlanta’s JA is way behind in this area, with far smaller communities already having this program. Having volunteered with this program in another community, I do believe it is worthwhile. I also think JA needs to provide volunteers to teach it, not rely on classroom teachers.

    That said, no way no how should schools be required to shoulder the cost of transportation to it.

  22. teacherwantingachange says:

    Veteran teacher,

    Our principal forwarded the message about the 8.5 -hour work day. But the previous central office email from July 31st stated that we teachers are exempt employees. And I still don’t understand how a 25-minute lunch is a 30-minute lunch. At this point, I have little faith that anyone really knows what’s going on.

    And what is this open house scheduled for schools this week?

    This teacher who has worked countless hours after school and on weekends is fed up. Our responsiblities-more students, more time-have increased, but it would appear that only exectuive directors are worthy of such compensation.

  23. no name says:

    William @ 10:25: Maureen Downey’s “Get Schooled” blog entry from Friday points out that local Districts will get more state dollars for students in charter schools than they do for students in regular schools. Here’s the link:

    http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/08/04/under-new-law-state-will-send-3-3-times-more-funds-per-child-to-state-charter-schools-than-local-systems/

    The column includes a letter from Herb Garrett of the Georgia School Superintendent’s Association… his letter includes this line:

    “The state will send to state special charter schools 2.5 times more STATE DOLLARS per child than they are sending to local systems (those that do not receive equalization grants); for students in state special virtual charter schools, it is 1.9 times more.”

    Maybe the school board figures that to balance the DCS budget, DCS needs more charter schools, not less?

  24. teachermom says:

    I attended optional common core training taught by Pearson his summer. Several of their videos referenced America’s Choice in them, like they were recycling clips or something. Very odd. It made me wonder if Pearson is just rehashing AC in a way to fit CC in it or something…

  25. Dekalbite2 says:

    @dissonance theory

    You wouldn’t believe how entangled Dekalb was (and may still be) with America’s Choice.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of info on the old Dekalb School Watch blog about this multi-million dollar scam.”

    Just remember much of it could have been used to keep teachers employed yet teaching positions were eleiminated. Under Tyson there was even more stimulus money (over $100,000,000). Instead of using it to keep teachers, even more teaching positions were eliminated.

    Here’s one way the stimulus money was used:
    http://dekalbschoolwatch.blogspot.com/2010/02/americas-choice-sucking-up-stimulus.html

  26. Weary worker says:

    Good to see Tom Keating as one of those addressing the board. He told me a few years ago he was not welcome at DCSS by Crawford Lewis. I don’t know if he’s going to talk about the bathrooms or something bigger.

  27. Dekalb Teacher says:

    Concerning teacher hours, yes, our principal sent us information that we would be required to work 8.5 hours this year. This is to make up for our 30 minute “break” that we have during the day so that we work a total of 40 hours a week.

  28. Educate says:

    Really???? They want us to work 40 hours a week???? Guess I’ll cut out that extra 20+ hours of work I do on my own time. Jeepers. What are they thinking?

  29. justwatch says:

    No Name,

    The schools in that column are schools that rejected by their local systems and funded directly by the state, upon state approval. So the same formula doesn’t apply to locally approved charters.

    Also, the agenda doesn’t indicate that the administration is recommending approval. I would bet they are not. For some reason, going back as far as I can remember, the agenda items related to charter approval are not filled in until the meeting, perhaps to give charter proposers additional time to negotiate?

  30. America’s Choice is a long, sorry chapter in the annals of Dekalb Schools. There’s not enough space here or time to tell how horribly Dekalb implemented that program.

  31. bettyandveronica1 says:

    Good luck getting some teachers there at 7:15 and waiting till 3:45 to leave. I can tell you this isn\’t the case and the principals look the other way and have for years. Not that I blame them, I guess it was a kind of code that since the county didn\’t value their teachers enough the principal
    wouldn’t enforce the time rules, expected they would work this time on their own time.

    I have seen teachers at a school leave well before what was expected and arrive well after expected, with zero consequences. How did I know? Because it kept happening, if the principal wanted the behavior to stop it would have.

    You can\’t have it both ways either treat them like professionals understanding that they work the additional 2.5 hours or treat them like hourly employees expected to punch a clock. Next you will see this happening…clocking in/out, not just signing in. Degrading and insulting.

  32. fallenstar says:

    In my 10 years I have seen a FEW that come in late/leave early. But far, far more teachers work many extra hours, and having even 30 minutes for lunch is a laugh — between the dropping off/picking up of kids, heating up their lunch, getting to the staff room, being stopped in the hall,a nswering a call from a parent, etc… anyone is lucky to get 15 mins to shovel in some food. It is degrading and insulting. They want to make sure we get in 40 hours, then that’s what I’ll give them, and if it can’t be done in 40 hours then it won’t get done. If enough teachers did that then maybe they’d see how unreasonable their expectations are. This year, MY kids come before the school kids.

  33. Justwanttodomyjob says:

    From: Kendra D. March Thursday, August 02, 2012 6:27:44 PM
    Subject: Work Calendar for Employees
    To: Bulletin Principal All
    Cc: Cheryl L.H. Atkinson TEKSHIA M. WARD-SMITH WANDA H. NGOTE ALICE A. THOMPSON JOSE G. BOZA Regional Superintendents
    Regional Coordinators Regional Admin Assistants Tiffanie Lee

    ==========================
    INTEROFFICE MEMORANDUM
    ==========================

    To: All Principals
    From: Kendra March, Deputy Superintendent, School Leadership and Operational Support
    Through: Dr. Cheryl L. H. Atkinson, Superintendent
    Subject: Work Calendar for Employees
    Date: August 2, 2012

    Per the information forwarded on Monday, July 30, 2012, non- exempt employees are now required to physically work 40 hours per week. This will result in an increase of 30 minutes to each work day for these employees. For years non-exempt employees have worked 37.5 hours; however, have been paid for 8 hours. Normal work hours were 7:30 until 3:30 (8 hours) with a 30 minute unpaid lunch break. With this change, non-exempt employees will work 7:30-4:00 (or calendar deemed by building administrator) with a 30 minute lunch break, which will result in the employee physically being on site for 8.5 hours.

    A question was raised with regard to the work calendar for exempt employees and if they can be required to remain for the 8.5 hours as they have a paid lunch period. The answer is yes. According to the Department of Labor, Exempt employees work for an agreed upon rate and work hours may be adjusted at the will of the employer. They only regulate actions related to non-exempt employees. Therefore, the standard work hours should be set for ALL employees in your building, exempt and non-exempt.

    Please direct any exempt employees with questions to Regulation CFR part 785: Work Hours for Employees.

    Kendra D. March
    Deputy Superintendent, School Leadership and Operational Support
    DeKalb County School District
    1701 Mountain Industrial Blvd
    Stone Mountain, GA 30083
    678-676-0720 office
    678-676-0193 fax
    Kendra_March@fc.dekalb.k12.ga.us

  34. DS_K1975 says:

    Some schools in DCSS already have those clicker sign in machines.
    I thought that teachers worked 37.5 hrs because they didn’t get the duty-free lunch as required by law.
    And what about all the extra time that you work for faculty meetings, PTA, Open House, Activities to Attend (Dances, athletic games, plays—not required but expected)? Just doesn’t seem fair that the county can have it both ways.

  35. DS_K1975 says:

    Also, I noticed on the HR report, that most of the Academic Liason jobs were filled by retirees. What happened to placing the rif’ed folks.
    And why are folks still listed on 1st Class whose postions were eliminated (grad coaches, etc)? Are they expected to work the month of August under the old contract?

  36. Shouldn’t the email from Marsh have come from Human Resources? It’s just strange that the Curriculum dept. send this. Is her interpretation of CFR her own (Marsh’s) or is it from an attorney. Sounds like an opinion from a legal dept rather than from Curriculum and Instruction.

    In the slang of FB, SMH: No wonder there’s no organizational chart. Nobody, not even the top brass, knows his or her own responsibility or authority. Nor does anyone apparently realize that Marsh should not be issuing a legal interpretation of a federal reg on wages and hours.

  37. And she’s directing employees to read the CFR themselves. This is total BS!!!

  38. My third and last post. I thought March was hired to replace Beasley over Teaching and Learning or Curriculum and Instruction. She now has a powerful new title that must have come with a raise. Does her new title bring Human Resources within her bailiwick? We may never know, unless an organizational chart is produced soon. This is like some nameless, faceless bureaucracy about which no one knows the inner mechanism. Transparency? Hah. Far from it.

  39. teachermom says:

    I’m happy to sign in and out and have my hours counted. We can start with the time a put in this summer when I came to the building to get my room ready because the county refused to allow time for it during “planning” week, Lets then add the PTA meetings, extra events, and time working from home. I think they should speak to those teachers who are offenders and leave the rest of us alone, principals should be able to handle this without it coming from the county. I agree that this year MY OWN kids and family will ALWAYS come first. I won’t let my students down but I’m not feeling the whole add a bunch of extras and spend a bunch of my own time thing.

  40. Whoshelpingthekids says:

    Re Globe Academy: they are proposing using Heritage School near Lakeside for a K-8 school. The school is designed for small children- not middle schoolers. In addition they are proposing close to 400 students the first year and almost 800 by year 5. That school and neighborhood cannot handle that volume of students and the roads have all they can handle with Lakeside and Oak Grove. Wonder if the neighbors have a clue. One hopes they aren’t approving it.

Comments are closed.