The April Fools Day Board Meeting

april-fools-dayNOTICE OF DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold the following meetings on Tuesday,
April 1, 2014:

2:00pm Work Session & Executive Session for personnel & legal matters
Cabinet Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083

5:45pm Community Input Session
J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex

7:00pm Business Meeting
J. David Williamson Board Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex

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

Stream it online at the PDS24 link >> www.dekalb.k12.ga.us/pds-tv24

Or watch it on Comcast 24 live.

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CONSENT AGENDA

1. Approval of Minutes
Presented by: Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent

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

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

4. Jobs for Georgia Graduates (JGG)
Presented by: Dr. Delmas L. Watkins, Director, Career Technical & Agricultural Education Department

5. Purchase of Band Uniforms for Columbia, Redan and Stephenson High Schools
Presented by: Ms. Stacy Stepney, Director, Electives & Special Programs, Division of Curriculum & Instruction

6. McAfee Annual Maintenance Extension
Presented by: Mr. Gary L. Brantley, Chief Information Officer, Division of Information Technology

7. Technology Grant to Adopt Digital Learning Using High Speed Internet Connections
Presented by: Mr. Gary L. Brantley, Chief Information Officer, Division of Information Technology

8. DeKalb Parks and Recreation 2014 Summer Feeding Program Agreement
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

9. SPLOST III Project: ADA Modifications Group C-2: Briarlake Elementary School, BriarVista Elementary School, Henderson Mill Elementary School, Fernbank Science Center and Group C-3: Midvale Elementary School, Oakcliff Elementary School, Snapfinger Elementary School – Contract Award
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

10. SPLOST IV Project: Subregion 2A: Briar Vista ES; Avondale MS, Sam Moss Service Center, Briarlake ES, Brockett ES, Hawthorne ES, Druid Hills MS (formerly Shamrock MS) – Capital Renewal, ADA, Code Requirements
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

11. SPLOST IV Project: Subregion 5A: Canby Lane ES, Kelley Lake ES, Cedar Grove MS, Columbia ES, and Cedar Grove HS – Capital Renewal, ADA, Code Requirements A/E Design Firm Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

12. SPLOST IV Project: Design/Build Demolition Services for Gresham Park Elementary School
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

13. District-wide Imaging Solution Contract Extension Approval
Presented by: Mr. Stephen M. Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations

14. Approval of 2015 Legislative Positions
Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District 2

ACTION ITEM
1. READY FOR ACTION ~ Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Descriptor Code DKA, Extended Program Funds Management (new policy)
Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District #2

OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Dunwoody-Chamblee Parent Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Wednesday, April 2, 2014, Chamblee Charter High School, 3688 Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Chamblee

2. DeKalb Board of Education Retreat, 12:00noon, Friday, April 4, 2014, Cabinet Room, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

3. Mandatory Staff Development Day for 12 month employees ~ Monday, April 7, 2014

4. Schools Closed ~ Spring Break Week ~ Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11, 2014

5. Administrative Offices Closed ~ Work Reduction Day for 12 month employees ~
Tuesday, April 8 – Wednesday, April 9, 2014 and Spring Break –
Thursday, April 10 – Friday, April 11, 2014

6. South DeKalb Parent Council Meeting, 6:30pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Redan High School, 5247 Redan Road, Stone Mountain

7. Emory-LaVista Parent Council & Parent Councils United Town Hall Meeting, 7:00pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014, Tucker High School, 5036 LaVista Road, Tucker

8. DeKalb Council of PTAs Spring Meeting, 6:00pm, Thursday, April 17, 2014, Towers High School, 3919 Brookcrest Circle, Decatur

9. Administrative Professionals Week, Monday, April 21 – Friday, April 25, 2014 Administrative Professional Day ~ Wednesday, April 23, 2014

10. SPLOST Oversight Committee Meeting, 6:00pm, Thursday, April 24, 2014, Conference Room, Sam Moss Service Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker

11. District-wide Administrators Academy, 8:30am, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

12. South DeKalb Parent Council Meeting, 7:00pm, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Porter Sanford Performing Arts & Community Center, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur

13. Auxiliary Advisory Council Meeting, 10:00am, Thursday, May 1, 2014, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

14. Teacher Advisory Council Meeting, 2:00pm, Thursday, May 1, 2014, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

15. DeKalb Board of Education Work Session (2:00pm), 1st Public Budget Hearing & Community Input Session (5:45pm) and Business Meeting (7:00pm), Monday, May 5, 2014, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

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21 Responses to The April Fools Day Board Meeting

  1. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Just tuned in … Marshall is going on about the fact that they need to have a ‘conversation ‘ about class sizes – outside the budget conversation. Says they are not fully funding the three IB programs. (This program is in the Druid Hills schools) Nurses – need them in middle and high school. He drove to school every 2 hours to put eyedrops in his child’s eyes because no one at school was authorized to do it. Opportunities to ‘monetize’ – Margaret Harris Center – we and Gwinnett attempt to educate those children. Can we serve as a vendor for other systems who currently hire outside private services? (Trying to boost the budget using high needs special ed students — ??)

  2. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Thad – wants to align the budget with the strategic plan (hey! Novel idea!!) Need to understand the base – and the ‘programatic’ layers – student achievement used to assess efficacy. Infrastructure issues need addressed. Resources need to be made available for assessing infrastructure. (He may not know we spent $$ on MGT America)

  3. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Joyce wants to address the work reduction days. Affects teacher morale. Bridge Initiative – look at parent engagement. Conferences at MLK and GA Piedmont College – looking for funds to make things happen. Need to have the money to do this with ‘excellence’. Superintendent has great programs and we’ve seen the impact, but we need the money to do more. (We’d like to see some proof of the ‘impact’) … Counselors need to counsel. Address emotional problems. Can’t achieve academically. (If Johnny comes to school after a shooting at his house the night before he will have problems… ???!!!) Yes, she actually said that. And then went on and on and on. McNair – incident with a gun – if only that kid had had someone to talk with … Crime rate, dropout rate – not only the school system’s responsibility… Nurses – counselors – educators – we throw the baby out with the bath water – our ideas hurt people – we need to come up with programs, invest in them and allow them to work. Education is a process, it’s not an event…

    (She talks too fast for me to type up what she says – check the video…)

    For every baseball, hockey, basketball player, there was a teacher – a mentor involved in that child’s life.

  4. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Dr Carter – get back to 180 days of school (DSW Note: actually, it’s 190 for teachers full pay, but who’s counting…?) Wants strategies and thoughts – wants a plan for incremental improvement. Need to address teacher morale (a theme today for all of those up for election… ) Incentives or Rewards for those who stuck it out through the hard time. Measurable opportunities. Must be sustainable. Counselors. Parents and school house members want counselors. Quality counselors – an HR issue. Concerned – didn’t realize we didn’t have nurses in middle and high school.

  5. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Dr Irwin – Workforce reduction days. Remove a barrier for teachers. Look at support staff. Counselors. Nurses. Security – an issue of late. Schools need a bucket of paint – people want to walk into a beautiful building. Reduce our legal fees.

  6. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Mr. Campbell – workforce furlough days need addressed. Hard to reduce 3 days and give a merit – a 1 or 2% merit signals change. Some form or merit will build. Few calls about the schools – ie: the track at a high school in bad shape (could it be Cross Keys?) Don’t cut where things will backfire. Repairs are a fair place to look to spend. Teachers – skill development is important.

  7. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    McMahan – commends others on their focus on the classroom – I agree. We can create a stipend – whatever we can do we’ll do. Discipline and security. Class size. Dogs back in the schools (K-9s were cut a few years ago). The knowledge that dogs can sniff out guns in a lockdown would deter that. I struggle in my hours I spend looking at the vendor spend in the budget. To Bell — Will we be aligned with the new state chart of accounts? Answer — probably no. It’s not mandatory. McMahan recommends getting it done. Bell says he’s pushed but it’s not possible. had 200,000 accounts – trying to reclassify. Want to start at beginning of a budget year. McMahan – let’s figure out what it takes. Bell – I have. Consultant said he’d have something at the end of March – haven’t seen anything. McM – Lots of items are coded as Board of Education. Why isn’t it under the Board’s division vs other budgets? I’d like to match up and consolidated budget coordinated with vendor spends (vendor spends has about 10-12 categories) – no direct correlation. Bell – monthly operating is general operating – vendor spends is outside the ops budget – some SPLOST. IT’s been reformatted several times since he’s been here. McM pushes – vendor spends should be correlated with budgets. Want to see where they fit – Bell – you will approve 6 budgets – we can entertain setting up separate vendor spends. Explains how it’s divided. Print is getting smaller and smaller. Dr. Carter chimes in. What is the purpose of the vendor spend? How does it compare to state? Bell – it’s not transmitted to the state – it’s internal. It was created to show vendors approaching $100,000. USed to be ordered by dollar amt – now alphabetical.

  8. concernedmome30329 says:

    Seriously Orson brought up IB — when teachers have furlough days and class size is too large for all.

  9. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Thad – it’s important that we understand our financial constraints and our opportunities. We don’t have clear insight as to where those markers are. In this process, we can look at quarterly reports that show dollars correlating to performance. Find where dollars can gain efficiencies. Macro decisions – and we want to know what we’re expecting.

    Bell – we’ve instituted a quarterly report that is reviewed with dept heads. ie: Tucker High was at 73.75% at the end of March – then you can compare with how students are performing. Laudable but not able to take that step yet – currently still trying to wrangle the budget.

    Morley – if dollars can measure success, we would get all the dollars possible. Too many variables – what about parents? They are the basis. We want to cure the head, but leave the body in the waiting room. Its a total process. We put too much on the staff. We need to come up with measures that are realistic. ie; are kids getting enough sleep? Saw a kid with his head down and asked him what was up – he said he didn’t get enough sleep… (???) We keep asking staff for data data data but we won’t get it until we’re way on down the road. (I can’t type anymore of her – watch the video – it’s wild and rambling – with no real point except to rail parents and say nothing is the school system’s fault.)

  10. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Melvin thanks the board and committee of the whole – gave the super a lot to digest – he won’t sleep well tonight. Categories to summarize – eliminate furlough days – show staff we appreciate them – need to build fund balance – direct funds to classrooms for student achievement.

  11. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Moving on to legislative agenda — now – guidance for 2014 GSBA annual meeting (new name, according to Marshall)

  12. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Orson – I was the Scribner – no pride of ownership. Supports the language. Morley – it says students get a certificate of attendance – not graduate (special ed) — Bolder position according to Marshall. Wants the certificate to count toward graduation rate. (DSW Note: However, it’s NOT a diploma — they have NOT graduated.)

  13. dekalbschoolwatch says:

    Morley – students earn that certificate.

    (Lost my stream)…

  14. REMINDER: There’s an ODE election going on until Monday. Go to the ODE website http://www.odegaenea.org and click the link to vote. All of the positions have more than one candidate. Let your voice be heard.

  15. TeacherK says:

    DSW, the ODE election ended yesterday.

  16. Word Wall says:

    Social Security annuity, step raises, abandoned property, textbooks, furlough days? …HELLO?

  17. Thanks TeacherK – We were asleep on that one! Who won? David Schutten again?

  18. Ella says:

    Actually the special education diploma is a diploma and not a certificate of attendance. However, it does not get them into most colleges or into programs in most vocational schools. I understand there are some possible exceptions now which may allow special education diploma students in.

    Special education students can say they have a high school diploma because they do. However the certificate of attendance is not a diploma. I am not for sure if it matters a great deal other than special education students who do not pass the test requirements and who are not issued a waiver, do receive a diploma and not a certificate.

  19. Overall, I was greatly disappointed in the lack of professionalism at the first part of the meeting – the part where everyone took turns stating to the super what they would like to see happen with regards to the budget and spending priorities. It certainly seemed very off the cuff – as if it was a brainstorming session, or the first time they had thought about it. There were very, very few cogent statements and certainly no one showed up prepared with notes. Most just blathered on, reiterating what the others said – almost always expressing incomplete, rambling thoughts with incomplete, run-on sentences.

  20. NOTICE OF DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION RETREAT

    The DeKalb Board of Education will hold a retreat at 12:00noon, Friday,
    April 4, 2014, in the Cabinet Room, in the Robert R. Freeman
    Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial
    Boulevard, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

    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.

    AGENDA >>

    C. ACTION ITEM

    1. Approval of 2015 Legislative Positions
      Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District 2

    D. PRESENTATION
    1. Testing Security & Integrity Presentation
    Presented by: Mr. Michael L. Thurmond, Superintendent

    E. DISCUSSION ITEM 1. Approval of 2015 Legislative Positions
    Presented by: Mr. Marshall D. Orson, Board Representative, District 2

    D. DISCUSSION ITEM
    1. Required Actions & Directive to Board from AdvancED
    Presented by: MLA Governance Team
    2. Required Actions & Directive to Board from AdvancED
    Presented by: MLA Governance Team

    F. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)

  21. Word Wall says:

    By legislative positions they must mean: “Waivers on classroom limits and permission to ignore law / decency in the area of Social Security” — and the leaders(?) are definitely “in retreat” ….

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