The May 4, 2015 DeKalb School Board meetings

NOTICE OF DEKALB BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

The DeKalb Board of Education will hold the following meetings on Monday, May 4, 2015:

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

5:45pm 1st Public Budget Hearing & Community Input Session
J. David Williamson Board Room

7:00pm Business Meeting
J. David Williamson Board Room

The meeting agendas 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.

Attend the meetings at the School Board offices, watch them live on Comcast 24 or CLICK HERE to watch them streamed live or in the archives online at PDS24.

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. Resolution for Proposed Tax Levy/Declare Intent to Set Millage Rate Higher than the Rollback Rate
Presented by: Dr. Michael J. Bell, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance
4. Banking Services Contract Extension (RFP 11-12)
Presented by: Dr. Michael J. Bell, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance
5. Approval of Monthly Human Resources Report
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, Division of Human Resources
6. Approval of Employment Contracts for 2015-2016
Presented by: Dr. Tekshia M. Ward-Smith, Chief Human Resources Officer, Division of Human Resources
7. Translation and Interpretation Services
Presented by: Mrs. Sandra I. Nuñez, Director of EL Studies, Division of Curriculum and Instruction
8. The GLOBE Academy Charter School’s System Request for Site Approval (Change of Location) and Request for Minimum Size Requirements Variance
Presented by: Dr. José Boza, Director, Leadership Development & Charter Schools, Division of School Leadership & Operational Support
9. School Nutrition Services
Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations
a. Extension of Bid No. 15-19 School Nutrition Paper Products
b. DeKalb Parks and Recreation 2015 Summer Feeding Program Intergovernmental Agreement
10. Transportation Services
Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations
a. DeKalb County Parks and Recreation Intergovernmental Agreement for Transportation Services
11. Business Services
Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations
a. Custodial Supplies, Liquids, Paper and Plastics Contract Agreement
b. Bid No. 12-533 Arabia Mountain Green Cleaning Program Service Contract Extension
c. Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment (FF&E) Purchase Approval
d. Approval of Bid Award No. 15-752-047 for Modular Classroom Buildings Purchase and Placement
12. SPLOST Projects
Presented by: Mr. Joshua L. Williams, Chief Operations Officer, Division of Operations
a. SPLOST IV Project: Sam Moss Service Center Roofing Replacement Contract Award
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
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Sr., Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs

D. ACTION ITEMS
1. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy ABCD (Board Members Method of Election)
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
2. Amendment to the Bylaws & Policies: Board Policy BC (Board Meetings)
Presented by: Mr. Ronald B. Ramsey, Chief Legal Officer, Division of Legal Affairs
3. Amendment to the Policies & Bylaws: Board Policy BAB (School Board Governance)
Presented by: Dr. Melvin Johnson, Chair & Board Representative, District #6

E. OTHER\BOARD COMMENTS (2 minutes each)

F. ANNOUNCEMENTS

1. Valedictorian and Salutatorian Recognition Program, 6:30pm, Thursday, May 7, 2015, Auditorium, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex,
1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain
2. SPLOST Oversight Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Thursday, May 14, 2015,
Conference Room, Sam A. Moss Service Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker
3. Last Day of School ~ Friday, May 22, 2015
4. Schools & Administrative Offices Closed ~ Monday, May 25, 2015 ~ Memorial Day Holiday
5. Post Planning Days at Local Schools ~ Tuesday, May 26 & Wednesday, May 27, 2015
6. SPLOST Oversight Committee Meeting, 6:30pm, Thursday, May 28, 2015,
Conference Room, Sam A. Moss Service Center, 1780 Montreal Road, Tucker
7. DeKalb Board of Education Work Session (2:00pm), 2nd Public Budget Hearing, Community
Input Session & 1st Millage Rate Hearing (5:45pm) and Business Meeting (7:00pm), Monday, June 1, 2015, Robert R. Freeman Administrative & Instructional Complex, 1701 Mountain Industrial Boulevard, Stone Mountain

H. ADJOURN

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21 Responses to The May 4, 2015 DeKalb School Board meetings

  1. former dekalb parent says:

    why are our staff NOT getting the full raises that Gov Deal approved? Why do our 12 month employees still have furlough days for next year? Why do we get the shaft year after year, but I heard this am on the radio that the surplus just keeps getting bigger…..

  2. Teachermom says:

    We just got a newsflash with a press release touting an 80 million dollar surplus. No that’s not a surplus that’s my step increase and my matching tsa and the salary of the missing subs and the lost interpreters. Basically the school house did not get what they needed. Audacious to tout a surplus. Unless you are a politician looking to keep your 300k job.

  3. Teachers Matter says:

    I’m just so tired of all the games and the bull! Is it too much to ask for leaders with integrity?

  4. concerned citizen says:

    DSW: I am not getting the comments come – like – don’t like. Are you doing this differently?

  5. Tired says:

    The classrooms and the teachers won’t see a dime of the “surplus”! What about or TSA and all the money owed to us from so many years of no raise! Just more of the same old blah, blah, blah from the palace!

  6. @Teachermom: That is corrupt. And you are EXACTLY correct – the ‘surplus’ is a result of increased tax collections along with cuts to teachers and classrooms. In fact, we have to wonder why the ‘surplus’ isn’t more, as when you do the math, we should be at least $100 million over in revenues.

  7. Insider says:

    And they’ve just sent out a release saying that they’re going to raise the minimum wage for the “lowest-paid” DCSD employees to $10.25/hour. That will raise their salaries from 10-37 percent. Meanwhile, I’m here with my 2% increase and still with furlough days.

  8. Work Session Update: Thurmond has just proposed using a sum of cash to reinstate TSA!

  9. Tired says:

    Does that mean he is going to pay us back for all the money we lost in our TSA?

  10. thedeal2 says:

    Anyone know anything more about firing the search firm? Are we stuck paying them?

  11. dsw2contributor says:

    ^Thedeal2, realize that the longer the search for a permanent Superintendent takes, the longer Thurmond gets to keep collecting his $400,000+ in yearly salary and benefits.

    The “search” firm did the job it was hired to do.

  12. FWIW – anyone in the tech department – feel free to share this article on tracking student tech equipment in schools >>

    How to Implement Best Practices for School Technology Asset Tracking

    Last year, an audit of Los Angeles Unified School District’s computer inventory revealed 230 devices, worth nearly $200,000, had been stolen or were missing. In addition, school officials weren’t able to account for another 3,105 laptops, desktops, and iPads. In 2013, an audit in the School District of Philadelphia found that 67% of the inventory selected for review could not be located. As schools continue to come under scrutiny because of tech equipment losses it is increasingly important for them to adopt best practices to avoid costly errors due to asset mismanagement.

    Gananda Central School District (GCSD) has stayed out of the headlines by adopting inventory management best practices and implementing an automated mobile asset tracking system. But not too long ago, GCSD’s Tech Director Brenda Lehman lived in fear of her district’s annual equipment audits. Relying on a clunky and time consuming Excel-based manual asset tracking system, the only thought on her mind when auditors knocked and randomly selected assets to check was, “I hope it’s there.” Today, she answers the door confidently and without anxiety.

    Continue reading at this link >>
    How to Implement Best Practices for School Technology Asset Tracking

  13. The biggest problem with loss of equipment for schools and public entities is pawn shops who take stolen goods. I have witnessed them take tools that not only have Federal Government Property Stickers, but it engraved in the metal. Pawn shops, are not cracked down enough on illegal goods. They know that they are getting this stuff from people that didn’t get it legitimately. School districts or government agencies don’t auction off anything that is less than 3 years old ever, let alone about 7-10 years ever.

    Then their should be more survielance of sellers on eBay, as to how sellers get all the goods they have.

    Then certain communities the adults need to start being adult and stop buying the stolen goods in front of the liquor store.

  14. September says:

    @dsw. The tech department adds barcodes to equipment they handle, but as soon as it reaches the school, it is the school’s responsibility to keep track. The property inventory is done by an employee at the school level and turned in at principal’s checkout. The school gets a spreadsheet of items costing $1000 or more and someone has to walk the building to locate everything. Less expensive items are tracked by the school. Computer equipment costing less than $1000 gets a high risk barcode. Not sure how high risk items are tracked.

  15. Thanks September. I had a conversation recently with the head of IT of another school district in Georgia. He said that he could very easily just run a report to find out exactly how many computers, laptops, iPads, etc are in the district and exactly where each one is located. We will be sending an ORR asking for just this kind of report from DCSD – and we do not expect to get a request for money to do the report – it really should be a click or two. We are will to pay the 25¢ for printouts though.

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  17. Please Know: Even though property values have increased and returned to their pre-recession values, the board voted to keep your tax RATE at the higher millage rate set by the former board to recover the budget when property values plummeted back in 2010-11. [Returning the rate to the pre-recession rate is called the ‘rollback’ rate – the board legally has to announce that they have chosen NOT to return to the rollback rate even though property values have returned to pre-recession values.] Thurmond and crew have the audacity to ‘brag’ that they are not increasing your tax RATE – however, your taxes WILL go up because the tax bill is calculated by multiplying the Rate X Value – and VALUES have increased. [Thurmond obviously thinks we are dumb.] This is pretty much where the windfall increase in the budget is coming from – regardless of how much Thurmond and his associates like to proclaim that the surplus is due to their ‘good management’. In fact, we have to wonder why the budget surplus is not more – say $100-150 million?!

    Rationale

    The local property tax revenue to be generated is needed to fund the approved FY 2016 General Operations Budget. This action is required to provide compliance with all Georgia Laws prior to setting the final millage rate for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 at the Board Meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2015.

    Quick Summary / Abstract
    Presented by: Dr. Michael J. Bell, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance

    Details
    WHEREAS, the DeKalb County Board of Education is required by law to make annually a recommendation of the millage rate to be levied.

    BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED, that the DeKalb County Board of Education does hereby recommend the tax levy for the support and maintenance of education as follows:

    Twenty-three and ninety eight hundredths (23.98) mills on all taxable property located in the DeKalb County School District for the support and maintenance of education in said DeKalb County School District.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a certified copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Tax Commissioner of said County, with the request that the levy of taxes for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 shall include the tax herein recommended and that all sums derived therefrom be paid to the DeKalb County Board of Education.

    Contacts
    Dr. Michael J. Bell, Chief Financial Officer, Division of Finance, 678.676.0133

    Requested Action
    It is requested that the Board of Education approve the Proposed Tax Levy Resolution setting the millage rate at 23.98 mills for Maintenance and Operations for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016, and declare its intent to adopt a millage rate above the Rollback Rate.

    Status
    Attorney Approval Not Required

  18. Sarah says:

    Is there a way to find out which board members voted in favor of leaving the tax rate the way it was?

  19. The tax issue was voted on as one part of the entire consent agenda. We aren’t sure who voted which way, but the agenda passed.

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