Putnam City Board of Education Meeting Minutes
November 2002


BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Nov. 4, 2002

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 4, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The agenda and meeting notice were posted on Friday, November 1, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S.§ 311.

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

ITEM #1 – INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – STEPHANIE TREADWAY.

Stephanie Treadway, principal at James L. Dennis Elementary, gave an inspirational message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
 
ITEM #2 – PRESENTATION FROM "GODSPELL" BY PUTNAM CITY WEST DRAMA STUDENTS.
 
Putnam City West drama students, Clark Townsend, Heather Hails, Katherine Fossey, Lizz Strasner, Keri Monier, Deanna Rucker, Kristina Sullivant, and Vicky Best, previewed the song, "By My Side" from the musical "Godspell." Performances will be Thursday, November 14th and Saturday, November 16th at 7:00 p.m.

ITEM #3 – RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL MERIT SCHOLARSHIP SEMIFINALISTS – DR. MELANI MOUSE.

Secondary Education Director Dr. Melani Mouse stated that high school students enter the merit program by taking the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT). The semifinalists represent the top scorers in each state. There are three semifinalists from the Putnam City School District. Dr. Mouse introduced the following semifinalists who were in attendance at the board meeting: Putnam City West senior Kara Thom; and Putnam City North seniors Marianne Robison, and Jennifer Senkowski.

ITEM #4 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION OF AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK FOR NOVEMBER 10 – 16, 2002 – JAN SANDS.

Putnam City Association of Classroom Teachers president, Jan Sands, stated there is a correction for the date of AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK. The correct date is November 17 – 23, 2002. Mrs. Sands read the 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. Sands asked the Board to approve the dates of November 17 – 23, 2002 as National Education Week. Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve the recommendation of November 17 – 23, 2002 as National Education Week. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #5 – CONDUCT PUBLIC HEARING TO TAKE PUBLIC COMMENTS ON FINANCIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING PAST AND PRESENT EXPENDITURES, OF THE DISTRICT.

Mr. Steve Myers, business manager and treasurer, gave a presentation for the proposed budget for the 2002-2003 school year. The presentation included summaries of revenue, expenditures, and fund balance for Fiscal Year 2002. Mr. Myers stated that due to the recent cuts in state funding, the General Fund Balance was reduced from 4.4 million to 3.7 million. He stated copies of the proposed budget are available at the administration building. Mr. Myers asked for questions on the proposed budget. There were no questions. Mr. Myers said the Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Budget Guide would be submitted to the Board of Education on November 18, 2002.

ITEM #6 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were two requests to speak to the Board. PCACT President Jan Sands spoke on the Oklahoma State School Boards Association resolution. She encouraged Board members to bring the resolution to a vote at the next Board meeting. Teacher Katherine Bishop spoke on the Oklahoma State School Boards Association resolution. She asked the Board to pass the resolution at the next Board meeting on November 18th.

ITEM # 7 – 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 with the deletion of an overnight travel request for Monica Austin to Washington D.C. Mr. Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. a. Minutes for Regular Board meeting October 21, 2002. b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200303716 to 200303964 inclusive for time period from October 15, 2002 to October 28, 2002 with the exception of purchase order numbers 200303745 and 200303923 ($258.62) for Triangle A & E. c. School Activity Fund Transfer List including Rollingwood Elementary, Central Middle School, Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School. d. School Activity Fund Subaccount Request List for Northridge Elementary. e. School Activity Fund-raisers including Central Elementary, Jump Rope for Heart ($1,500.00); Coronado Elementary, Turkey Bingo ($150.00); Dennis Elementary, Spirit Day ($250.00); Harvest Hills Elementary, candy grams ($800.00), Book Fair ($2,000.00); Rollingwood Elementary, Book Fair ($500.00); Western Oaks Elementary, Fall Carnival ($3,000.00); Will Rogers, Thanksgiving candy grams ($150.00); Windsor Hills Elementary, Book Fair ($1,800.00); Putnam City Academy, snacks ($180.00), snacks ($200.00); Putnam City West High School, ACT Workshop ($500.00), Christmas greenery ($900.00). f. Declaration of obsolete and/or surplus items. g. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover. h. Out-of-state trips: 1. Central Middle School vocal music students to compete in a vocal music festival at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on April 26, 2002. 2. Cooper Middle School vocal music students to compete in a vocal music festival at Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on April 26, 2002. 3. Putnam City High School publications students to JEA/NSPA Convention in Dallas, Texas on November 21 – 24, 2002. 4. Putnam City High School Symphony Orchestra students to participate in the Southwest Invitational Contest in Dallas, Texas on March 28 – 30, 2003. 5. Putnam City North Pom Pon Squad to attend ASC Southern National Finals Dance Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas on February 27 – March 2, 2003. i. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF NEW PERSONNEL AS LISTED ON ATTACHMENT A.

Mr. Varghese made a motion to approve the recommendation of employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A to these minutes. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Mr. Varghese made an amended motion to approve the recommendation of employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A to these minutes with the correction of Holland Burrow to be listed as certified personnel instead of support personnel. Mrs. Jenison amended her second. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDER NUMBERS 200303745 AND 200303923 ($258.62) FOR TRIANGLE A & E.

Mrs. Johnson made a motion to approve purchase order numbers 200303745 and 200303923 in the amount of $258.62 for Triangle A & E. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, abstain.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PURCHASE OF 41 HEWLETT PACKARD 2200 DN NETWORK LASER PRINTERS AND THE THREE-YEAR WARRANTIES ON SAME AS PART OF THE PALS II PROJECT ($45,901.96 – FEDERAL PROJECT #559).

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the purchase of 41 Hewlett Packard 2200 DN Network Laser Printers and the three-year warranties on same as part of the PALS II Project in the amount of $45,901.96 from federal project #559. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.
 
ITEM #11 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SPEAKER’S FEE AND REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR MIKE CURTIS FOR PALS II INSERVICES ON NOVEMBER 9, 14, 15, AND 16, 2002 ($7,500.00 – FEDERAL PROJECT #559).

Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve the speaker’s fee and reimbursement of expenses for Mike Curtis for PALS II inservices on November 9, 14, 15, and 16, 2002 in the amount of $7,500.00 from federal project #559. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.
 
ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON A RESOLUTION CALLING FOR THE ANNUAL SCHOOL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2003, AND THE ANNUAL SCHOOL RUN-OFF ELECTION, IF NEEDED, ON TUESDAY, APRIL 1, 2003.

As required in Title 26 O.S., Section 13A-109, Putnam City Schools Board of Education needs to approve a resolution for the Annual School Election which is to be held on Tuesday, February 11, 2003, and the Annual School Run-off Election, if necessary, on the 1st day of April, 2003. The requirements for resolutions are outlined in Title 26 O.S., Section 13A-109. The resolution must be served to the County Election Board, fifteen (15) days prior to the filing period for a regular election, which means the resolution must be filed with the County Election Board by Friday, November 15, 2002. Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the Annual School Election Resolution to the County Election Board. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. Mrs. LoPresto stated that Mrs. Johnson is planning to file for school board member candidacy. She also asked if there was anyone in the audience that was planning to file for candidacy. No one responded.

ITEM #13 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO AFFIRM, REVISE, MODIFY, OR TAKE ANY OTHER ACTION NECESSARY REGARDING THE LONG-TERM SUSPENSION OF A PUTNAM CITY WEST HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to affirm the long-term suspension of a Putnam City West High School student. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #14 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO AUTHORIZE PUTNAM CITY HIGH SCHOOL TO GRANT A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA TO MR. BILLY C. MONTGOMERY.

Mrs. Johnson made a motion to authorize Putnam City High School to grant a high school diploma to Mr. Billy C. Montgomery. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #15 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Cooper Middle School has two teachers who were recognized for educational excellence in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002. They are Robin Hopper DeVere and Mary J. Lillard. Congratulations to Putnam City West High School, which earned the 2002 Sports Turf Managers Association Softball Field of the Year Award in the high school/parks division. Cooper Middle School’s yearbook was selected for All-Oklahoman honors by the Oklahoma Interscholastic Press Association. Congratulations to Cooper’s yearbook staff for also earning highest honors and winning the sweepstakes award. Elementary and middle school parent conferences were held last week. At the elementary level, 85 percent of parents attended conferences. At the middle school level, 57 percent of parents attended conferences, up from 47 percent last year. Western Oaks Middle school had 84 percent of parents attending the conferences. The Putnam City Art Specialists exhibit will open with a reception at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 8th in the west conference room at the administration building. Tuesday, November 5th, is Election Day in Oklahoma, and is one of the most important voting days in recent history. It is a very crucial time for education. Please know the candidates’ positions on public education, and please remember to vote. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike Fry in the death of his mother.

ITEM #16 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Mrs. Sullivan spoke on the electoral season. She stated the voter rate is the lowest among the ages of 18 – 24. She asked high school principals to encourage students over the age of 18 to vote. Mrs. Sullivan said it was joyful to hear the student performance from "Godspell. " She congratulated the three national merit semifinalists. She commented on Project Citizen and congratulated Western Oaks Middle School for receiving a $19,000.00 grant. Mrs. Johnson complimented the Putnam City West High School student drama performance from "Godspell." She congratulated the national merit semifinalists. Mrs. Johnson encouraged everyone to vote. She said she enjoyed Putnam City North’s leadership development institute. Mrs. Jenison said she was looking forward to attending the performance of "Godspell" at Putnam City West High School. She congratulated the national merit semifinalists. She thanked Steve Myers for his presentation on district financial matters. Mrs. Jenison expressed her condolences to Mike Fry on the loss of his mother. Mr. Varghese said he enjoyed attending the recent High Schools That Work meeting at Putnam City West High School. He suggested creating a districtwide electronic calendar of events. Mrs. LoPresto said she enjoyed the High Schools That Work meeting at Putnam City West High School. She complimented Western Oaks Middle School’s display of canned foods at Penn Square Mall. She spoke about attending a law seminar sponsored by the Center for Education Law. She said the seminar was very good and she will provide Board members with a packet of information from the seminar. Mrs. LoPresto encouraged everyone to attend Putnam City West’s production of "Godspell" on Thursday, November 14 and Saturday, November 16. She also reminded everyone of the opening night concert of Silver Strings on November 14th and West Fest on November 7th. Mrs. LoPresto expressed sympathy to Mike Fry in the passing of his mother. She said his mother had done a good job of raising him.

ITEM #17 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

ITEM #18 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 7:03 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.



BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Nov. 18, 2002

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 18, 2002 at 6:00 p.m. in the boardroom at the Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The agenda and meeting notice were posted on Friday, November 15, 2002 at 4:00 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S.§ 311. Members present: Gail LoPresto, president; Melinda Johnson, vice-president; Sue Sullivan, Julie Jenison, and Reji Varghese, members; Superintendent Dr. Jim Capps; Andrea Nowlin, clerk and others.
 
ITEM #1 – INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – DR. NONA BURLING.

Dr. Nona Burling, principal at Ralph Downs Elementary, gave an inspirational message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – ROBOTICS DEMONSTRATION – ZONDA MARTIN.

Zonda Martin, science teacher at Putnam City High School, introduced a student team from Putnam City High School who gave a presentation to the Board on the PC Bot. The PC Bot placed third at the Heartland BEST Regional Robotics Competition in Alva, Oklahoma. This is Putnam City High School’s best finish ever in this competition. This year the team was not part of a class, but was made up entirely of students who wanted to come after school. The team met after school for three weeks completing their robot. Team members include Jeff Schmidt, Steve Johnson, Carlton Griffis, Michael Siany, Alex Harms, Mookie LaViolette, Jeremy Causey, Jon Heim, Herbert Bauer, Lindsey Crowell, Robert White, Amy Richardson, Shanice Johnson, Nicolette Davis, Kayla Jimenez.

ITEM #3 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were no requests to speak to the Board.

ITEM # 4 – 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. Johnson made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. a. Minutes for Regular Board meeting November 4, 2002 and Special Board meeting October 30, 2002. b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200303965 to 200304229 inclusive for time period from October 29, 2002 to November 11, 2002. c. School Activity Fund Transfer List including Western Oaks Elementary, Putnam City High School, and Putnam City West High School. d. School Activity Fund-raisers including Apollo Elementary, singing Christmas cards ($75.00); Central Intermediate, sell Candy Grams ($300.00); Tulakes Elementary, individual pictures, ($1,000.00), Schoolwide Inc. book sales ($100.00), donate 50 cents for participation in special days (Hat Day, Backwards Day, etc.)($200.00); Western Oaks Elementary, sell Christmas suckers ($10.00); Will Rogers Elementary, sell Candy Grams ($150.00). e. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover. f. Out-of-state trips: 1. Cooper Middle School 8th grade PEAK students to a Field Studies trip to Mammoth Cave, Kentucky on April 23 – 26, 2003. 2. Putnam City High School varsity cheerleaders to compete in Nationals Competition in San Antonio, Texas on January 17 – 19, 2003. g. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

ITEM #5 – 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. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON APPROVAL OF THE FISCAL YEAR 2002-2003 OPERATING BUDGET.
 
Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Operating Budget. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Business Manager/Treasurer Steve Myers stated that the district has received a $911,000.00 General Fund budget cut since the public budget hearing that was held at the November 4th Board meeting. Mr. Myers said the 2002-2003 Operating Budget would be contingent upon the December allocations from the state. Mrs. Sullivan made an amended motion to approve the Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Operating Budget contingent upon adjustment of revenue numbers. Mrs. Jenison amended her second. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF THE DISTRICT COURSE PLANNING GUIDE.
 
The Course Planning Guide describes the districtwide course offerings and is designed for use by students, teachers, and parents to plan course selections for the succeeding school year. The guide has proven to be very popular and helpful to students and parents. Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to approve the District Course Planning Guide. Mr. Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE PURCHASE OF SD DEPLOY FOR WINDOWS PROVIDING SOFTWARE FOR TEACHERS TO USE WITH EXISTING PALMS. $6,790.00 (FEDERAL PROJECT #559)

This is another in the series of purchases with federal grant funds. No district or general funds are required. Funds under this grant may only be used in connection with this grant project. Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve purchase of SD Deploy for Windows providing software for teachers to use with existing Palms in the amount of $6,790.00 from Federal Project #559. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE FINANCIAL CRISIS RESOLUTION.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to approve Financial Crisis Resolution. There was not a second to the motion. Mrs. LoPresto stated that hearing no second the item would not be voted on.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE CONTRACT FOR SERVICE PROVIDER TO PRESENT TWO (2) 6-HOUR WORKSHOPS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS ON MAY 28 – 29, 2003. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUNDS – PROJECT 311.

The total contract is not to exceed $5,500.00 and would be paid out of Professional Development Funds from Project 311. Teachers will gain further knowledge in the area of reading and writing across the curriculum. Mr. Varghese made a motion to approve contract for Service Provider to present two (2) 6-hour workshops for middle and high school teachers on May 28 – 29, 2003 paid from Professional Development Funds – Project 311. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Vote: Sullivan, nay; Johnson, nay; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #11 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE CHANGE ORDERS NUMBER 1 AND 2 FOR THE HEFNER MIDDLE SCHOOL DOOR PROJECT. $2,090.50 (BOND FUND 33-286)

After the project began, it was determined that an additional door needed to be replaced and Change Order Number 1 will provide for the addition of a new right hand door and two moldions. Change Order Number 2 provides for insulated panels on all the new and existing doors. Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve Change Orders Number 1 and 2 for the Hefner Middle School door project in the amount of $2,090.00 from Bond Fund 33-286. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE CHANGE ORDER NUMBER 1 FOR THE PUTNAM CITY WEST HIGH SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION PROJECT. $12,279.00 (BOND FUND 33-279)

Additional requirements have arisen before finalizing the project at Putnam City West High School. Mrs. Johnson made a motion to approve Change Order Number 1 for the Putnam City West High School construction project in the amount of $12,279.00 from Bond Fund 33-279. Mr. Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.
 
ITEM #13 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Congratulations to thirteen district teachers who are listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers 2002. The teachers are Kelly Faught, Paulette Edgar and Judy Mullen from Harvest Hills Elementary; Megan Bradford, Jamie Brock, Paula Garrett, Marj Iven, Susan Millens, Jan Owen and Dawn Thrailkill from Western Oaks Middle School; and Susy Downing, Connie Quisenberry and Pamela Garner from Coronado Heights Elementary. The Western Oaks Technology Team, coached by Rob Ezzell, placed first in the middle school division at the Frances Tuttle Leadership Challenge. Hefner Middle School’s Natalie Coleman was one of 18 students in the state honored for entries in the Capitol Dome Essay Contest. Natalie’s essay won first place among Oklahoma’s 8th graders. She was recognized by State Superintendent Sandy Garrett and Governor and Mrs. Keating during a ceremony at the Capitol. With financial assistance from Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, the district was able to administer the flu vaccine at an individual cost of only $4.00 to our employees. So far 1,254 employees have received flu shots. Congratulations to Grant Ledbetter, a senior at Putnam City West High School, for being selected as a state finalist in the Wendy’s High School Heisman Program, which recognizes seniors for athletic achievements, academic excellence and community service. There were 13,500 students in the nation nominated for the award. Grant is one of 20 finalists in the state and 1,020 nationwide. Congratulations to Putnam City High School for winning their first-round playoff game. Their next game is Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Broken Arrow. Our thoughts are with the families of Colin Webb, Dr. Melani Mouse and Rhonda Blevins in the loss of loved ones.

ITEM #14 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Mrs. Sullivan congratulated the Putnam City High School football team on their win in the first round of state playoffs. She complimented the Veteran’s Day assemblies and said they were very inspiring. She said she was pleased to see the amazing robotics demonstration. She thanked Steve Myers for his hard work in keeping the district afloat during this difficult financial time. Mrs. Johnson said she enjoyed the Veteran’s Day assembly at Putnam City North High School. She thanked the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and Nurse Carol Casey for helping the district with flu shots. She wished Board Clerk Andy Nowlin a happy birthday. Mrs. Jenison expressed condolences to the families that have recently lost loved ones. She complimented Tulakes Elementary on their recently held Health Fair. She said the Veteran’s Day program at Hefner Middle School was outstanding, especially the band and chorus. She congratulated Hefner Middle School students who competed at a gifted and talented tournament. She also congratulated Putnam City West’s academic team, which won first place in regional competition in Moore. She praised the production of "Godspell" at Putnam City West High School. Mrs. LoPresto commented on The Parents as Teachers Play Day. She complimented the production of "Godspell." She said West Fest at Putnam City West High School is one of her favorite events to attend. She expressed condolences to Colin Webb, Rhonda Blevins, and Dr. Melani Mouse. She said Mrs. Blevins has been very involved in legislative educational issues in the past. Mrs. LoPresto stated that she believed Mrs. Blevins would have been at the Capitol in support of funding for education if it hadn’t been for her recent loss.

ITEM #15 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON 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).

Mrs. Johnson made a motion at 6:48 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. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #16 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO RETURN TO OPEN MEETING AND TO REQUEST THE BOARD CLERK TO RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Mrs. Johnson made a motion at 8:23 p.m. to return to open meeting and to request the Board Clerk to record the minutes of the executive session. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Board members Gail LoPresto, Melinda Johnson, Sue Sullivan, Julie Jenison, Reji Varghese and Superintendent Jim Capps 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 #17 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.
 
ITEM #18 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 8:24 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.