Tune in to another day of marathon meetings at DeKalb county schools headquarters. This is essentially the first meeting of FY14 (the 2013-14 school year). This will be our first look at the budget in detail as well as HR news and curriculum and technology plans. This is the beginning of Michael Thurmond’s official term and his budget. From here out, he owns 100% of what happens in DeKalb schools.
The main meetings are broadcast on Comcast 24 and streamed on the DCSS website here. You can participate in Nancy Jester’s live blog for the meetings beginning at 2pm. Click here for the link. We will try to stream it here on the right side panel of the blog. Follow along and join the conversations – both at the live blog and here in the comments.
Here’s the schedule for today’s meetings: Work Session – 2:00 pm Click here for the agenda.
Public comments – 5:45 pm (New, Town Hall style) (J. David Williamson Board Room)
A. CALL TO ORDER 1. ROSTER 2. INSPIRATION & PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE 3. RECOGNITIONS a. Special Recognition ~ DeKalb Early College Academy, 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence in Student Achievement Award Recipient b. Industry Certification Recognition
B. ADOPTION OF THE AGENDA 1. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT a. Safe Schools Initiative b. The Bridge Initiative c. School District Flexibility & Accountability in Georgia d. Strategic Plan Report
C. CONSENT AGENDA 1. Approval of State Mandated Local Board Training Plan 2. Approval of Minutes 3. Approval of Monthly Financial Report 4. Approval of Human Resources Monthly Report 5. 21st Century Community Learning Centers 2013-2014 Grant Award 6. Purchase and Year Two Renewal of PD360 from School Improvement Network 7. CaseNex Professional Development Extension Agreement (ESOL) 8. CaseNex Professional Development Extension Agreement (Gifted) 9. Procurement for all Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS) and Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Materials and Scoring Fees 10. Approval of Tapestry Public Charter School, Inc. 11. Approve Race To The Top (RT3) Funds for Executive Leadership Academy 12. Purchase of National Computer System- (NCS) Pearson, Inc. School Achievement Services for McNair Middle School, McNair High School and Towers High School 13. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) and the City Schools of Decatur regarding regular education students attending the DeKalb Alternative School. 14. DCSD Middle School Telecommunications Hardware Refresh (Year 2 of 5) 15. Flip-Top Computer Desks, Bid #14-246 16. 21st Century Classroom Technology 17. District Wide Cabling and Wireless System (Year 2 of 5) 18. SPLOST III Project: Knollwood ES HVAC, Ceiling and Lighting Replacement, and ADA Improvements Contract Award 19. Bid No. 14-25 Purchase Cold Storage Services 20. Chamblee Charter High School Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Package 21. TRANSPORTATION a. Monthly School Bus Inspection Contract Extension (RFP 13-456) b. CMAQ Early Bus Replacement (Grant) c. School Bond Bus Purchase 22. Naming of Baseball Field at Tucker High School
D. ACTION ITEM (Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: READY FOR ACTION) 1. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy EEE 2. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy GAMA (Drug-Free Workplace) 3. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy IC (Curriculum Development) 4. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy IDCH (Dual/Joint Enrollment Programs) 5. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Policy JGC (Student Health Services)
E. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)
Click here for the monthly budget and vendor reports. This is the first report of FY14, so it is an important one.
Click here for the monthly HR report. It looks like over 1,100 people were hired in July.
In addition, click here for the July, 2013 SPLOST report (not discussed at this meeting)
As far as the vendor report goes, we found it very interesting that only three law firms were paid from the budget.
SUTHERLAND ASBILL BRENNAN LLP Total $262,583.26
ALEXANDER & ASSOCIATES $103,616.05
KING & SPALDING Total $1,216.47
Jeff Dickerson was also paid in July:
DICKERSON COMMUNICATIONS Total $24,000.00
UPDATE: Read a pdf of the entire conversation during the Cover It Live blogging by Stan and Nancy Jester — here: All Notes — 09:09:2013 DeKalb Schools Board Meeting