Putnam City Board of Education Meeting Minutes
November 2001


BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Nov. 5, 2001

The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in regular session Monday, November 5, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma City. The agenda and meeting notice were posted on Friday, November 2, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

Members present: Melinda Johnson, president; Sue Sullivan, vice-president; Gail LoPresto, Earl Stewart, and Julie Jenison, members; Superintendent Dr. Jim Capps; Andrea Nowlin, clerk and others.

ITEM #1 – INSPIRATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – VICKI VAUGHAN.

Vicki Vaughan, Putnam City Association of Classroom Teachers president, gave an inspirational message, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION OF AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 11 – 17, 2001.

Vicki Vaughan read the American Education Week proclamation listed below:

Whereas, public schools are the backbone of our democracy, providing young people with the tools they need to maintain our nation’s precious values of freedom, civility, and equality;

And

Whereas, by equipping young Americans with both practical skills and broader intellectual abilities, schools give them hope for, and access to, a productive future;

And

Whereas, education employees – be they custodians or teachers, bus drivers or librarians – work tirelessly to serve our children and communities with care and professionalism;

And

Whereas, schools are community linchpins, bringing together adults and children, educators and volunteers, business leaders and elected officials in a common enterprise;

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the proclamation of American Education Week for November 11 – 17, 2001. Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #3 – PRESENTATION BY HEFNER MIDDLE SCHOOL DRAMA STUDENTS.

Mrs. Johnson introduced Carolyn Behrens, speech/drama teacher at Hefner Middle School. Mrs. Behrens introduced seven Hefner Middle School students, Dani Branch, Ben Schlegel, Justine Lepak, Sam Beer, Lindsay Rains, Jeremy Jenkins, and Stacey Saunders, who performed "Thank You America." A dramatic duet, "A Death in the Family," was performed by Jeremy Jenkins and Sam Beer.

ITEM #4 – CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING TO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON FINANCIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING PAST AND PRESENT EXPENDITURES, OF THE DISTRICT – STEVE MYERS.

Mr. Steve Myers, district business manager, gave a brief visual overview of summaries of revenue, expenditures, and fund balance for Fiscal Year 2001 and projected totals for Fiscal Year 2002. He stated copies of the proposed budget are available at the administration building. Mr. Myers asked for questions or comments on the proposed budget. There were no public comments. Mr. Myers said the final Fiscal Year 2001-2002 Budget Guide would be submitted to the Board of Education on November 19, 2001.

ITEM #5 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were no requests to speak from the public.

ITEM #6 – CONSENT AGENDA: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, WHICH CONCERN REPORTS AND ITEMS OF A ROUTINE NATURE NORMALLY APPROVED AT BOARD MEETINGS, WILL BE APPROVED BY ONE VOTE UNLESS ANY BOARD MEMBER DESIRES TO HAVE A SEPARATE VOTE ON ANY OR ALL OF THESE ITEMS. The consent consists of the discussion, consideration, and approval of the following items:

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

a. Minutes for regular board meeting October 15, 2001 and special board meeting October 24, 2001.

b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200204119 to 200204602 inclusive and (CPR training date changed) purchase order number 200204465 for time period from October 9, 2001to October 29, 2001with the exception of purchase order number 200204544 ($300.00) for Triangle A & E.

c. School Activity Fund Transfer list including Harvest Hills Elementary, Western Oaks Elementary, Central Middle School, Mayfield Middle School, Putnam City High School, Putnam City North High School, and Putnam City West High School.

d. Elementary and Secondary Fund-raisers including Central Intermediate, Fall Book Fair ($400.00); Coronado Elementary, Johnnie’s Night ($50.00); Downs Elementary, Book Fair ($1,500.00); Harvest Hills Elementary, candy suckers ($800.00), faculty shirts ($300.00); Northridge Elementary, Scholastic Book Fair ($1,000.00); Western Oaks Elementary, Walk for Cure ($700.00), skating at Rollerland ($75.00), chorus t-shirts ($10.00 per shirt); Will Rogers Elementary, candy grams ($150.00), hat day ($100.00); Windsor Hills Elementary, Santa pictures ($500.00); Central Middle School, Krispy Kreme Doughnut cards ($500.00); Cooper Middle School, sweet rolls and frozen cookie dough ($3,000.00), Mayfield Middle School, cheer clinic ($200.00), spirit chain links for OU vs. OSU ($300.00), bake sale ($75.00), tree sale from student tree farm ($1,000.00); Putnam City West High School, candy ($300.00), Okarche Cinnamon Rolls ($1,000.00), Blue and Gold Sausage ($1,000.00), doughnuts ($200.00), pledge drive for Knowledge Master ($150.00), brochure sale ($200.00), doughnuts ($250.00), doughnuts, ($100.00), and doughnuts, ($100.00).

e. Secondary Contracts including Cooper Middle School, Herff Jones, yearbooks ($16,100.00), Putnam City North High School, UCO Ballroom, senior brunch ($1,000.00 deposit and $20.00 per person).

f. Affiliation agreement with Southern Nazarene University and Putnam City Health Services at no financial cost to the district.

g. Agreement with Penn Square Mall for Putnam City students to perform during the holiday season.

h. Artist in Residence (AIR) Contract for Coronado Elementary.

i. Declaration of obsolete and/or surplus items.

j. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover.

k. Out-of-state trips:

1. Putnam City North Junior Varsity Cheer Squad to the ASC National Cheerleading Championships in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 28 – March 3, 2002.

2. Putnam City High and Putnam City West students to attend a national choir trip in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 25 – 28, 2002.

l. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF NEW PERSONNEL AS LISTED ON ATTACHMENT A.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve the recommendation of employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A to these minutes. Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDER NUMBER 200204544 ($300.00) FOR TRIANGLE A & E.

Mr. Stewart made a motion to approve purchase order number 200204544 ($300.00) for

Triangle A & E. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, abstain; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION TO BE ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2002, AND THE ANNUAL SCHOOL RUN-OFF ELECTION, IF NEEDED, ON TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2002.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve the resolution calling for the Annual School Election to be held on Tuesday, February 12, 2002 and the Annual School Run-off Election, if needed on Tuesday, April 2, 2002. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye. At this time in the meeting, Mrs. Johnson asked if anyone would like to announce their candidacy for School Board Position number two. Mrs. Sullivan announced she would run for re-election.

ITEM #10 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Dr. Capps reported:

Putnam City Academy students wrote and presented a grant to the board of directors of Youth as Resources. They were awarded the grant for $1,000.00 for their project called "Keep Your Heads Up." The students made and decorated pillows for the children in the cancer unit. The pillows had messages such as "Keep the Faith," "You are Special," "You are Loved," etc., and are meant to be a source of inspiration and comfort.
Cooper Middle School was invited and agreed to participate in the "Fit and Healthy Schools" project for the 2001 – 2002 school year. The project is to promote physical activity and combat childhood obesity. Cooper will be provided materials, curriculum, equipment, supplies and training for implementing this program.
Putnam City Academy art teacher, Donna Kirkevold, presented at the Character Education Leadership Summit on October 29th. She displayed a Totem Pole made by the students depicting values.
This is a first. I’m proud to report we have gone an entire quarter with zero employee accidents. This is a great tribute to our employees and their efforts to have a safe environment.
At a recent Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association judging, Putnam City had two middle schools and two high schools honored for their yearbooks. The recognized yearbooks, which were evaluated by nationally recognized scholastic journalists, are Mayfield’s, The Trojan, Cooper’s, The Prowl, Putnam City High’s, The Treasure Chest, and Putnam City North’s Panther Tracks.
As an update to the report given recently on our Alternative Education programs, the Parents as Teachers program is serving 142 families with 172 children under the age of three. Even Start is serving 28 ESL adult students while 19 of their children are enrolled in child development classes. The new GED class has six adults and six children.
Congratulations to all three Putnam City football teams, in which each high school ended the season with a win. Putnam City North High School will advance to the playoffs this Friday in a game with Lawton at the Putnam City Stadium at 7:30 p.m.
The Putnam City Arts Specialists annual art exhibit will open at 7:00 p.m. on Friday in the west gallery of the administration building.
The MAPS for Kids election is Tuesday, November 13. Putnam City Schools will receive between $50 and $55 million in the next seven years, if the sales tax issue passes.
There is a Special Board Meeting on November 13th to receive bids for the $9,270,000 Building Bonds.

ITEM #11 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Mrs. Sullivan thanked Dr. Capps for informing the board about the outstanding achievements across the district. Mrs. Sullivan thanked the Hefner Middle School students for their presentation at the board meeting.

Mrs. LoPresto thanked Mrs. Behrens and her students for the presentation at the meeting. Mrs. LoPresto expressed appreciation to the technology committee. Mrs. LoPresto talked about the outstanding performance of the Putnam City North band at the recent Putnam City West vs. Putnam City North football game. She extended an invitation to the Putnam City West production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat this Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Stewart expressed appreciation for the presentation of the Hefner Middle School students at the board meeting. Mr. Stewart extended an invitation to Cooper Middle School’s Veteran’s Day assembly this Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Mrs. Jenison thanked the Hefner Middle School students for their dramatic presentation at the board meeting. Mrs. Jenison talked about the great performance of the Wiley Post Blue Angels at a recent assembly.

Mrs. Johnson noted the band director at Putnam City North High School is Susan Clothier. Mrs. Johnson thanked Christy Evans for the reminder of "Parents as Teachers" day on Thursday. Mrs. Johnson talked about the first law passed in America, which provided schools daily instruction of scripture.

ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

ITEM #13 - CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 7:50 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.



BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL MEETING
Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001

The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in special session on Tuesday, November 13, 2001 at 12:00 o’clock noon in the boardroom at the Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The agenda and meeting notice were posted on Monday, November 12th at 9:00 a.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. Section 311.

ITEM #1 – CALL TO ORDER AND RECORDING OF MEMBERS PRESENT AND ABSENT.

Mrs. Sullivan called the meeting to order at 12:00 o’clock noon and the Board clerk recorded the following present: Sue Sullivan, vice-president; Gail LoPresto, and Julie Jenison, members; Superintendent, Jim Capps; Andrea Nowlin, Board clerk; and others. Melinda Johnson, president, and Earl Stewart, member, were absent.

ITEM #2 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO RECEIVE BIDS FOR THE $9,270,000 BUILDING BONDS OF THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT AND AWARD BONDS TO THE LOWEST BIDDER.

Mr. Steven McDonald, of Steven H. McDonald & Associates, Inc., was introduced at this time by Mrs. Sullivan. Mr. McDonald proceeded with the rest of the meeting. The sealed bids were opened by Mr. McDonald. The recommendation by Mr. McDonald was to accept the low bid from United Missouri Bank, n.a., Kansas City, Missouri for an average rate of 3.168485%, net interest cost of $1,028,490.00. Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve the recommendation and award the bid to United Missouri Bank, n.a., Kansas City, Missouri. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. There were no nay votes. See attached additional detailed minutes prepared by STEPHEN H. MCDONALD & ASSOCIATES, INC.

ITEM #3 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO TAKE ACTION ON A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE ISSUANCE OF BUILDING BONDS IN THE SUM OF $9,270,000 BY THIS SCHOOL DISTRICT, AUTHORIZED AT AN ELECTION CALLED AND HELD FOR SUCH PURPOSE; PRESCRIBING FORM OF BONDS; PROVIDING FOR REGISTRATION THEREOF; PROVIDING FOR LEVY OF AN ANNUAL TAX FOR THE PAYMENT OF PRINCIPAL AND INTEREST ON THE SAME; AND FIXING OTHER DETAILS OF THE ISSUE.

Mr. McDonald introduced a resolution, which was read in full by the clerk, and upon motion by Mrs. LoPresto and seconded by Mrs. Sullivan, said resolution was adopted by the following Roll Call Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye; There were no nay votes. See attached additional detailed minutes prepared by STEVEN H. MCDONALD & ASSOCIATES, INC.

ITEM #4 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO TAKE ACTION ON A RESOLUTION DESIGNATING THE GENERAL OBLIGATION BONDS OF 2002 AS "QUALIFIED TAX-EXEPMT OBLIGATIONS" PURSUANT TO SECTION 265(b) 3(B) OF THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE OF 1986.

Mr. McDonald introduced the resolution. Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve the resolution designating the general obligation bonds of 2002 as "Qualified Tax-Exempt Obligations" pursuant to Section 265(b) (3)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Roll Call Vote: Sullivan, aye: LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye; There were no nay votes. See attached additional detailed minutes prepared by STEVEN H. MCDONALD & ASSOCIATES, INC.

ITEM #5 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Mrs. Jenison made a motion to adjourn the meeting at 12:11 p.m. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.



BOARD OF EDUCATION SPECIAL MEETING
Monday, Nov. 19, 2001

The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in regular session Monday, November 19, 2001 at 5:30 p.m. in the boardroom at the Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma City. The agenda and meeting notice were posted on Friday, November 16, 2001 at 4:00 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

Members present: Melinda Johnson, president; Sue Sullivan, vice-president; Gail LoPresto, Earl Stewart, and Julie Jenison, members; Superintendent Dr. Jim Capps; Andrea Nowlin, clerk and others.

ITEM #1 – INSPIRATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – RAY BOHANNON.

Ray Bohannon, Putnam City North High School principal, gave an inspirational message, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were no requests to speak from the public.

ITEM #3 – CONSENT AGENDA: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, WHICH CONCERN REPORTS AND ITEMS OF A ROUTINE NATURE NORMALLY APPROVED AT BOARD MEETINGS, WILL BE APPROVED BY ONE VOTE UNLESS ANY BOARD MEMBER DESIRES TO HAVE A SEPARATE VOTE ON ANY OR ALL OF THESE ITEMS. The consent consists of the discussion, consideration, and approval of the following items:

Mr. Stewart made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

a. Minutes for regular board meeting November 5, 2001.

b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200204603 to 200204954 inclusive for time period from October 30, 2001 to November 12, 2001 with the exception of purchase order numbers 200204671, 200204827, and 200204992 ($1,020.43) for Triangle A & E.

c. School Activity Fund Transfer list including Central Intermediate, Kirkland Elementary, and Wiley Post Elementary.

d. School Activity Fund Subaccount Request list including Putnam City High School.

e. Elementary and Secondary Fund-raisers including Apollo Elementary, singing Christmas cards ($100.00); Central Intermediate, candy grams/donuts ($300.00); Downs Elementary, Kids Night Out ($1,000.00); Harvest Hills Elementary, book fair ($2,000.00); Hilldale Elementary, Santa pictures ($800.00), candy canes ($200.00); Western Oaks Elementary, candy suckers ($50.00); Will Rogers Elementary, Christmas candy grams ($150.00); Central Middle School, Jingle Grams ($550.00); Mayfield Middle School, bake sale ($75.00), cookbooks ($500.00); Putnam City High School, hooded sweatshirts ($500.00), candles ($1,000.00); Putnam City West High School, beef ribs ($2,400.00), World’s Finest Chocolate ($250.00), balloon animals ($100.00), Restaurant Night at Taco Cabana ($200.00), working at Zany Brainy for 10% profit ($200.00), calendars ($1,000.00), Candy Cane Express ($50.00), snacks ($100.00), potato bar ($100.00).

f. Elementary Contracts including Apollo Elementary, Bethany YMCA (Childcare); Coronado Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); Dennis Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); Downs Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); Harvest Hills Elementary, North Side YMCA (Childcare); Kirkland Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); Northridge Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); Overholser Elementary, Latchkey Child Services, Inc. (Childcare); Rollingwood Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); Western Oaks Elementary Latchkey Child Services, Inc. (Childcare); Wiley Post Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare); and Will Rogers Elementary, Integris Baptist Medical Center (Childcare), Taylor Publishing Company (yearbook/$5,075.00).

g. Contract for Career and Technology Programs, Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education for 2001-2002.

h. Renewal of Follett Software Company Support Agreement.

i. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover.

j. Out-of-state trips:

1. Putnam City North Cheerleaders to NCA National Cheerleading Championships in Dallas,Texas, on December 27 – 29, 2001.

2. Putnam City High Drama/Debate students to Winston Churchill Classic speech/drama/debate tournament in San Antonio, Texas, on January 11 – 12, 2002.

3. Cooper Middle School 8th grade PEAK students to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky on April 24 – 27, 2002.

k. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

ITEM #4 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF NEW PERSONNEL AS LISTED ON ATTACHMENT A.

Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve the recommendation of employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A to these minutes. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #5 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDER NUMBERS 200204671, 200204827, and 200204992 ($1,020.43) FOR TRIANGLE A & E.

Mr. Stewart made a motion to approve purchase order numbers 200204671, 200204827, and 200204992 ($1,020.43) for Triangle A & E. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, abstain; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF 2002-2003 DISTRICT CALENDAR.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the District calendar as presented. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye. The dates are as follows: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, August 7, 8, 9, New Teacher Induction; Monday, August 12, Teachers report; Thursday, August 15, Classes begin; Monday, September 2, Labor Day Holiday. No School; Friday, September 27, Professional Day. No classes; Wednesday, October 16, End of 1st quarter 43 days taught. High School Conferences, No High School classes p.m.; Thursday and Friday, October 17 and 18, Fall Break. No school; Friday, October 25, Elementary/Middle School Conference Day. No Elementary/Middle School classes; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 27, 28, and 29, Thanksgiving Break. No School; Friday, December 20, End of 2nd quarter, 42 days taught; Monday, December 23 through Friday January 3, Winter Break. No School; Monday, January 6, Professional Day. No classes; Tuesday, January 7, Classes Resume; Monday, January 20, Martin Luther King Day. No School; Friday, January 31, High School Conferences/Enrollment. No High School classes; Monday, February 17, Professional Day. No classes; Friday, March 14, End of 3rd quarter, 47 days taught. High School Conferences. No High school classes p.m.; March 17 – 21, Spring Break. No School; Friday, March 28, Elementary/Middle School Conference Day. No Elementary/Middle School classes; Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21, Snow Days. No School; Friday, May 23, Last day of classes. End of 4th quarter, 43 days taught; Monday, May 26, Memorial Day; Tuesday, May 27, Professional Day; Thursday, June 5, Last day for 196 day employees; Monday, June 16, Last day for 216 Middle School Principals and Secretaries; Monday, June 30, Last day for 216 day employees.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON APPROVAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2001-2002 OPERATING BUDGET.

District Business Manager, Mr. Steve Myers, made Fiscal Year 2002 Budget Hearing Information available on November 5, 2001. A published Budget Guide was presented to the Board of Education. In accordance with state law, the Board of Education needs to approve the 2001-2002 budget for General Fund $92,036,903.00, Building Fund $3,564,000.00, and Child Nutrition Fund $4,890,197.00.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the fiscal year 2001-2002 Operating Budget. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

Dr. Capps noted Jonathan Miller, 5th grade student at Overholser Elementary, did the cover artwork on the Budget Guide.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON APPOINTMENT OF THE 2001-2002 DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

The district’s professional development committee consists of 15 members. In order to attract new ideas and to encourage greater participation among teachers and administrators, a portion of the membership is vacant each year. The following list enumerates the membership for the current school year:

Elementary Elementary Administrator
Katherine Starrett
Barbara Crump
Angela Stogsdill
Lee Ann Teasley

Middle School Middle School Administrator
Scott Graham (co-chair)
Roger Brown

High School High School Administrator
Sheryl Plum
Dr. Linda Everett
Randy Baker

Coordinator Teacher-of-the Year
Kelly Curtright (chair)
Randy Baker

Central Office Patron
Sue Kuntze
Julie Hulsey
Melani Mouse

Counselor
Vera Cole

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve the 2001-2002 District Professional Development Committee as presented. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF REVISION OF BOARD POLICY AI – BOARD COMMUNICATION.

The revision of Policy AI clarifies the importance of open two-way communication among Board members, district employees, and the Putnam City Schools community. It addresses how the Board and staff members will deal with questions and concerns. The revised Board Policy AI – Board Communication is as follows:

The Board of Education encourages communication. Two-way communication with the public and employees is important. There should be no attempt to restrict communications dealing with public information.

Board members will be available to staff and public to hear concerns, to answer questions or direct questions to the appropriate office or person. Staff members will be available to Board members to provide information and to answer questions. Those who direct questions to members of the Board of Education shall be given an answer from the Board member or referred to the appropriate administrative office.

If a Board inquiry or request will require the preparation of a new report or official document, the request should be directed to the superintendent. The superintendent may assign the task to a staff member or ask for the request to be put on the agenda. A copy of the report or document shall be provided to all Board members.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve the revision of Board Policy AI – Board Communication. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF THE DISTRICT COURSE PLANNING GUIDE.

Mrs. Johnson stated she had a number of questions concerning the district course planning guide. Due to the absence of Dr. Parsons, Mrs. Johnson requested approval of the district course planning guide tabled until the next meeting. Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to table approval of the district course planning guide until the December 3rd board meeting. Mr. Stewart seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #11 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Thanks to everyone who supported the MAPS for Kids project. The district will probably receive funds after July 2002.
Congratulations to Putnam City North on their unbeaten football season. Putnam City North will play Tulsa Union this Saturday at 12:00 o’clock noon in Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Nationally board certified teachers are being notified now of their honor. The newly certified teachers will be recognized at the December 3rd board meeting. A reception in their honor will be held before the meeting.
The percentage of parents attending elementary school conferences is high across the district.

ITEM #12 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Mrs. Sullivan talked about attending the Putnam City North vs. Lawton football game. She stated she is hopeful Putnam City North’s football team continues its winning ways. Mrs. Sullivan wished everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Mrs. Sullivan complimented the Veteran’s Day assemblies at Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School.

Mrs. LoPresto congratulated the Putnam City North football team. Mrs. LoPresto said she enjoyed the open house at Windsor Hills Elementary and the Health Fair at Tulakes Elementary.

Mr. Stewart complimented Harvest Hills Elementary on the 99% attendance at parent/teacher conferences.

Mrs. Jension complimented the recent play at Putnam City West High School. She stated it was one of the best she had ever seen. Mrs. Jenison said the Veteran’ Day assemblies at Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North were outstanding. Mrs. Jenison talked about Wiley Post Elementary bingo night.

Mrs. Johnson said she enjoyed the plays at Putnam City North and Putnam City West. Mrs. Johnson thanked Dr. Mouse and Mrs. Kuntze for providing the report on parent/teacher conferences. Mrs. Johnson thanked board clerk, Andy Nowlin, for her work.

ITEM #13 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

ITEM #14 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON A MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF EMPLOYMENT EVALUATION OF THE SUPERINTENDENT, PURSUANT TO 25 O.S., §307(B)(1) AND (B)(7).

Mr. Stewart made a motion at 5:53 p.m. to enter into executive session for the purpose of employment evaluation of the Superintendent, pursuant to 25 O.S., §307(B)(1) and (B)(7). Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

ITEM #15 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO RETURN TO OPEN MEETING AND TO REQUEST THE BOARD CLERK TO RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 7:29 p.m. to return to open meeting and to request the board clerk to record the minutes of the executive session. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.

Minutes of Executive Session: Board Members, Melinda Johnson, Sue Sullivan, Gail LoPresto, Earl Stewart, Julie Jenison; administrator, Dr. Jim Capps; and legal counsel, Linda Meoli, met in executive session for the purpose of employment evaluation of the Superintendent, pursuant to 25 O.S., §307(B)(1) and (B)(7).

No action was taken.

ITEM #16 - CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 7:30 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; LoPresto, aye; Stewart, aye; Jenison, aye; Johnson, aye.