Putnam City Board of Education Meeting Minutes
February 2003


BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Feb. 3, 2003
The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in regular session Monday, February 3, 2003 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, January 31, 2003 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 – JOHN LUNN.


John Lunn, principal at Lake Park Elementary School, gave an inspirational message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.


There were 16 requests to speak to the Board. Patron David P. Giles representing the Roberts-Crest Neighborhood Association spoke on the possible closure of Kirkland Elementary School. Mike Moore representing the Kirkland Highland Hills Association presented a petition with 118 names of patrons that are opposed to the possible closure of Kirkland Elementary School. John Rohde spoke on the possible closure of Kirkland Elementary School. Susan Cohlmia representing Kirkland PTA spoke about budget cuts and the possible closure of Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Sheri Boyd spoke in favor of keeping athletics during the school day. Shari Carter representing Kirkland PTA spoke on the possible closure of Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Paul Smith spoke on Putnam City Schools District Policy BH – Closing of School Sites, and other budgetary issues. Patron Gary R. Hamby spoke on cutbacks in athletics. Aaron Jourden Putnam City North High School teacher/coach spoke about block schedule and after school athletics. PCACT representative and teacher Katherine Bishop spoke on state funding projections and possible budget cuts. Dan Murdock representing Edgewater Neighborhood Association presented a petition with 400 names of patrons that are opposed to the possible closure of Kirkland Elementary School. Putnam City North High School student Kathleen Young spoke about the block schedule and solutions to the current budget crisis. PCACT President Jan Sands presented a list of recommendations from the PCACT committee for district budget reductions. Candye Chavez representing PCACT spoke on district budget cuts and the rally on February 12th. Putnam City High School student Jesse Light spoke on after school athletics and the budget. Patron Kristi Romine spoke on budget cuts, block scheduling, strings, and after school athletics.

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:

Mrs. Johnson made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. a. Minutes for regular Board meeting January 21, 2003 and special Board meeting January 25, 2003. b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200305127 to 200305644 inclusive for time period from January 14, 2003 to January 27, 2003 for the 2002-2003 school year. c. School Activity Fund Transfer List including Central Intermediate School, Western Oaks Middle School, Putnam City North High School, and Putnam City West High School. d. School Activity Fund-raisers including Apollo Elementary School, singing valentines ($75.00); Central Elementary School, book fair ($1,000.00); Central Intermediate School, classroom pictures ($750.00); Coronado Heights Elementary School, "School Mall" ($1,500.00), chocolate bunnies ($2,000.00); James L. Dennis Elementary School, recycling of ink jet cartridges ($500.00); Ralph Downs Elementary School, flower bulbs ($750.00), McDonald’s McTeacher Night ($500.00); Hilldale Elementary School, book fair ($750.00), McDonald’s McTeacher Night ($600.00); Lake Park Elementary School, candy bars ($1,600.00); Rollingwood Elementary School, yearbooks ($50.00), valentine suckers ($100.00); Will Rogers Elementary School, valentine candy grams ($500.00); Mayfield Middle School, "Hoopla" ($800.00); Western Oaks Middle School, food/sewing/craft projects ($960.00); Putnam City West High School, garage sale ($400.00). e. Renewal of Cooperative Letter of Agreement between the Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Canadian Counties, Inc. and Putnam City Schools. f. Off Campus Federal Work-Study Agreement between Southern Nazarene University and Putnam City Schools. g. Appeals for Deviation from Activity Absence rules. h. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover. i. Out-of-state trips: 1. Putnam City High School baseball team to the Texas Festival in Wichita Falls, Texas on March 6 – 8, 2003. 2. Putnam City North High School Select Mixed Choir to the annual Blue Bonnet Choral Festival in San Antonio, Texas on May 7 – 11, 2003 or May 8 – 12, 2003. j. 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. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #5 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE 2003-2004 NEGOTIATING TEAM.

Each year the Board of Education selects a team of administrators to represent the Board of Education in the bargaining process with the Putnam City Association of Classroom Teachers. Dr. Ann Millerborg, Dr. Melani Mouse, Mrs. Sue Kuntze, Mrs. Christie Baker, and Dr. Fred Rhodes have been selected to serve as the 2003-2004 negotiating team, with Mr. Steve Myers and Dr. Gene Parsons as alternates. Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve the recommendation of Dr. Ann Millerborg, Dr. Melani Mouse, Mrs. Sue Kuntze, Mrs. Christie Baker, and Dr. Fred Rhodes as the 2003-2004 Negotiating Team with Mr. Steve Myers and Dr. Gene Parsons as alternates. Mr. Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL TO SUBMIT REPLACEMENT OF NETWORK SWITCHES FOR E-RATE APPROVAL. $381,117.96 (BOND FUND PROJECT 34-190)

This request is for Board approval to submit required paperwork to allow the district to qualify for E-rate reimbursement for the replacement of network switches in district elementary schools. Currently the switches used to accommodate network activity are obsolete, having been in use for almost six years. The warranty has expired, we cannot buy parts, and service for this equipment is no longer available. The network equipment now available on the market will allow faster connections and will enable us to prioritize network functions when necessary. The productivity of technology staff will increase because of the opportunities for manageability that will be present with new equipment. This request is for the replacement of switches at the elementary schools in the district. Six companies responded to the request for quotation distributed by the district in December. The bid summary follows, with a recommendation to submit the quotation submitted by Chickasaw Telecom for E-rate approval: Vendor Switches and Installation Notes United Systems $396,995.11 Chickasaw Telecom $381,117.96 SBC (formerly SW Bell) $476,409.68 Media Soft, Inc. $318,117.96 Product quoted does not meet the specifications requested. USA Computer $423,303.50 CDWG $415,317.04 PC Systems $407,789.34 Mrs. Johnson made a motion for approval to submit replacement of network switches for E-rate approval in the amount of $381,117.96 from Chickasaw Telecom. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PARTICIPATION AGREEMENT WITH EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY LABS. $18,750.00 (GENERAL FUND PROJECT 005)
 
Currently the District uses CIMS software, produced and supported by Pearson Educational Technologies, for management of employee data, fixed assets, and financial management. This company has said to its customers that they will no longer develop enhancements of CIMS to run on the AS400 platform, and eventually will only support their web-based products. That would mean that our district would have to re-invest in a product on a new platform, while we are successfully running the software on a relatively new AS400 mid-range computer. Education Technology Labs is offering an opportunity for our district, and others in Oklahoma and other states, to become charter members of this non-profit research and development entity. ETL will develop a compatible and adaptable "open source" follow-on product for CIMS known as AscentT. AscentT will be designed to replace current CIMS modules that will continue to run on our AS400. The charter membership now available to us will allow our district to play a major role in the current and future development of this suite of products. We will have access to the source code and can be involved in the testing, design-review, and beta states. If we see it as advantageous financially, we can obtain support from the for-profit company, Timpanogos Technologies when our current support contract with NCS ends June 30, 2003. Mrs. Johnson made a motion to approve the Software Development Participation Agreement with Education Technology Labs in the amount of $18,750.00. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #8 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Western Oaks Middle School has been named the 2002-03 Oklahoma Supreme Court School of the Year for outstanding leadership in law-related (citizenship) education. In addition to a $500.00 stipend, an award will be presented by the Oklahoma Bar Association at a special ceremony on February 5, 2003 in the Supreme Court courtroom of the Capitol. Brenda Chapman, Western Oaks Middle School teacher, has been named Oklahoma Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Council for Social Studies.

ITEM #9 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Mrs. Sullivan thanked patrons for coming to the Board meeting and for speaking during public participation. She said it is good to know the thoughts, concerns, and suggestions of patrons. She said the Board is looking for ways to make budget cuts that least affect kids. Mrs. Sullivan said she would appreciate prayers and support for the Board during this difficult time. Mrs. Johnson also thanked patrons for coming to the Board meeting, and welcomed them to future Board meetings. She said that trying times (district budget crisis) could create opportunities for improvement. She complimented Putnam City North High School staff for enrollment night. She said the process went well. Mrs. Jenison also thanked patrons for coming to the Board meeting. She said the Board would not be making a hasty decision regarding district budget cuts. She said more information needs to be gathered and studied. She thanked patrons for their e-mails and phone calls. Mr. Varghese also thanked patrons for coming to the Board meeting. He expressed appreciation for the e-mails that he has received regarding the possible budget cuts. He encouraged patrons to contact him with their concerns and suggestions. He said it is impossible to know the amount of money the district will receive from the state for next year. Mrs. LoPresto expressed appreciation for the positive way in which patrons spoke during public participation. She talked about the Board not making hasty decisions regarding the possible district budget cuts.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

ITEM #11 – CONDUCT A WORK SESSION TO DISCUSS RESTRUCTURING AND/OR BUDGET CUTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 7:17 p.m. to conduct a work session to discuss restructuring and/or budget cuts to be implemented in the 2003-2004 school year. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. Administrative staff members Dr. Gene Parsons, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Melani Mouse, Director of Secondary Education; Dr. Ann Millerborg, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources; Sue Kuntze, Director of Elementary Education; Glen Kastner, Director of Special Education; Bettie Estes-Rickner, Director of Technical Services; and Mike Fry, Director of Student Services presented requested information on possible budget cuts to Board members. Administrators answered questions from Board members. Board members asked administrators for additional information on the following: Block schedule changing to a seven-period day Seven period day with athletics in the school day Estimates of stipends paid to coaches for after school athletics Closing Kirkland Elementary School Graduation requirements Administrators as substitutes Closing District Enrollment Office Reduction of middle school staff Financial analysis

ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO SET A DATE, TIME AND PLACE FOR A SPECIAL BOARD MEETING.

There was not a motion on this item. Board members discussed the possibility of holding an additional work session after the next regular Board meeting on February 17, 2003.

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

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion at 10:20 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, Feb. 17, 2003

The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in regular session Monday, February 17, 2003 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 Thursday, February 13, 2003 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; and Andrea Nowlin, clerk. Mrs. LoPresto stated the boardroom is not large enough to accommodate the number of people wanting to attend the meeting. Mrs. Jenison made a motion to reconvene the meeting in the Central Middle School Auditorium at 4020 North Grove at 6:15 p.m. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. Notice of the location of the reconvened meeting was posted on the entrances of the administration building. The meeting was reconvened at 6:15 p.m. at the Central Middle School Auditorium with Superintendent Dr. Jim Capps and others in attendance.

ITEM #1 – INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – PHYLLIS HARRIS.

Phyllis Harris, principal at Northridge Elementary School, gave an inspirational message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – PERFORMANCE BY CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL "STOMP" GROUP.

Students from the Central Middle School "Stomp" group performed two numbers for the Board.

ITEM #3 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE PROCLAMATION OF DECLARING MARCH YOUTH ARTS MONTH IN PUTNAM CITY SCHOOLS – BARBARA GABEL.

Dr. Capps stated the proclamation would be presented at the March 3, 2003 Board meeting.

ITEM #4 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were 66 requests to speak to the Board. Kathy Lowder, representing Integris Health spoke on Health Cluster and the block schedule. Putnam City High School teacher Marty Bernich spoke on block scheduling. Central Middle School elective teacher Debbie Jacoway spoke on elective classes in the middle school. Putnam City High School teacher Richenda Bates spoke on the block schedule. Putnam City High School student Whitney Wright spoke on block scheduling. Putnam City High School teacher Sara Kersey spoke on block scheduling. Aimee Vershaw Bright, representing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Oklahoma City, Inc., spoke on block scheduling. Social Studies Coordinator Kelly Curtright spoke on the high school delivery system and student life. Putnam City High School teacher Kirk Wilson spoke about block schedule vs. seven period day. Putnam City High student Tyler Webb spoke about the seven period day. Putnam City High School teacher Kathy Judge spoke on block schedule vs. seven period day. Putnam City West High School teacher Cathy Douglas spoke on block schedule vs. seven period day. Putnam City West High School teacher Betty Ivich spoke on block schedule, seven period day, and budget cuts. Putnam City High School student Alden Graybill spoke on the elementary strings program. Putnam City High School teacher Deborah Clements spoke on the block schedule, law enforcement, and safety. Putnam City High School teacher Stephen Stark spoke on the seven period day. Putnam City High School teacher Sam Effinger spoke on block schedule vs. seven period day. Putnam City High School student Jesse Light spoke on block scheduling. Putnam City High School student Matthew Fleharty spoke on block scheduling. Patron Clay Reaves spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. D.D. Kirkland Elementary School teacher Denise Tidwell spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Glenda Stansberry spoke on block scheduling. Patron Teresa Coffman spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Greg Juedeman spoke on budget cuts and D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Mary Lynn Murray spoke on the block schedule. Patron Don Taggart spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron June Ocker spoke on the block schedule and after school athletics. Putnam City West High School teacher Jennifer Owens spoke on high school scheduling. Putnam City North High School student Douglas Rose spoke on the high school schedule. Patron Mike Marashian spoke on the possible closing of D.D.Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Carey Sue Vega spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Richard Salamy spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Michelle Carlile spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Susan Geary spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Tracy L. Calamaio spoke on block schedule change. Patron Don McCombs spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Putnam City High School student Jenna Kennedy spoke on the block schedule. Patron Mike Tabor spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Monica Bell spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Jill Pitzer spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Putnam City High School student Christi Marie Elder spoke about the block schedule. Putnam City High School student Haley Morrissey spoke on the block schedule and the campus police department. Putnam City North High School teacher Cori Gray spoke on the block schedule. Putnam City High School student Matt McCombs spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Putnam City High School teacher Carol Seljeseth spoke on the block schedule vs. seven period day. Putnam City High School teacher Candye Chavez spoke on the block schedule, lay-off, and the negotiated agreement. Putnam City High School teacher Steve Watson spoke on the block schedule. Patron Shari Powers spoke on the elementary strings program and other budget items. Patron Kent Malthaner spoke on block scheduling and sports in the school day. Putnam City High School teacher Anne Springall spoke on the block schedule vs. seven period day. PCACT member Katherine Bishop spoke on the budget. Putnam City High School student Michelle Alimoradi spoke on block scheduling. Putnam City North High School student Kathleen Young spoke on block scheduling. Patron Deborah Thompson spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Patron Pat Downes spoke on the possible closing of D.D. Kirkland Elementary School and the budget crisis. Mayfield Middle School teacher Kathryn Davis spoke on the block schedule and security. PCACT President Jan Sands spoke on the budget. Patron Cynda Spaulding spoke on the block schedule. Putnam City North High School student Shaylyn Sawyer spoke on the block schedule. Putnam City North High School student A.J. Valdez spoke on the block schedule vs. seven period day. Putnam City High School student Dustin Bogos spoke on the block schedule. Putnam City North High School student Sean Williams spoke on the block schedule vs. the seven period day. Putnam City North High School student Jennifer Senkowski spoke on the block schedule vs. the seven period day. Putnam City High School student Prem Gandhi spoke on the block schedule vs. traditional scheduling. Putnam City High School student Michael Jones spoke on block scheduling. Jonathan Duhon spoke on a development program.

ITEM #5 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON APPROVAL OF PROCLAMATION "READ ACROSS AMERICA" – JAN SANDS. PCACT

President Jan Sands read in full a proclamation asking the Board for approval to celebrate Read Across America on March 3rd. She explained that this is a national celebration of reading, which is held on Dr. Seuss’ birthday, that promotes reading and adult involvement in the education of our community’s students. Mrs. Jenison made a motion to approve the proclamation Read Across America. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #6 – ORGANIZATION OF BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR 2003: ELECTION OF PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, CLERK OF THE BOARD, DEPUTY CLERK, AND ENCUMBRANCE CLERK.

Mrs. LoPresto called for the nomination for president. Mrs. Johnson made a motion to elect Julie Jenison president. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. There were no other nominations. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye. Upon election Mrs. Jenison assumed the duties of president. Mrs. Jenison called for nominations for vice-president. Mrs. LoPresto nominated Sue Sullivan to serve as vice-president. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. There were no other nominations. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. Nominations were called for Clerk of the Board. Mrs. Sullivan nominated Mrs. Andy Nowlin to serve as Board/Minutes Clerk. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. There were no other nominations. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. Nominations were called for Deputy Clerk. Mrs. Sullivan nominated Mrs. Debbie Baldwin to serve as Deputy Clerk. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. There were no other nominations. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. Nominations were called for Encumbrance Clerk. Mrs. Sullivan nominated Mrs. Ruthie Hall to serve as Encumbrance Clerk. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. There were no other nominations. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

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. Johnson made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. a. Minutes for regular Board meeting February 3, 2003. b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200305645 to 200306068 inclusive for time period from January 28, 2003 to February 10, 2003 with the exception of purchase order numbers 200306011 and 200306013 ($223.32) for Triangle A & E for the 2002-2003 school year. c. School Activity Fund Transfer List including Central Elementary School, Overholser Elementary School, Rollingwood Elementary School, Western Oaks Middle School, Putnam City High School, and Putnam City North High School. d. School Activity Fund-raisers including Central Middle School, brochure sale ($2,500.00); Putnam City West High School, Battle of the Bands competition ($1,500.00). e. Contract for Secondary and Full-Time Adult Career and Technology Education Program(s) for 2002-2003 School Year. f. Declaration of obsolete and/or surplus items. g. Appeals for Deviation from Activity Absence rules. h. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover. i. Out-of-state trips: 1. Mayfield Middle School students to Six Flags in Arlington, Texas on May 3, 2003. 2. Putnam City High School DECA students to International DECA Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 25 – 30, 2003. 3. Putnam City North High School DECA students to International DECA Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 25 – 30, 2003. 4. Putnam City West High School DECA students to International DECA Career Development Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 26 – 30, 2003. j. 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.

Mrs. Johnson 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; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDER NUMBERS 200306011 AND 200306013 ($223.32) FOR TRIANGLE A & E.

Mr. Varghese made a motion to approve payment of purchase order numbers 200306011 and 200306013 ($223.32) for Triangle A & E. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, abstain; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF LOW/BEST BID FOR ATHLETIC FACILITIES AT HEFNER MIDDLE SCHOOL AND PUTNAM CITY NORTH HIGH SCHOOL.

The 2000 Bond Issue allowed for athletic facilities at Putnam City North High School and Hefner Middle School. Bids were opened at 2:00 p.m. on February 13, 2003. Of the ten bids received, the lowest was considerably over the cost projection. This overage was partly due to the unknown requirement of a fire line and hydrant and the scope of the projects. Dr. Capps said the administration recommends that the Board reject all bids with the plan to re-bid the projects at a later date, with design modifications. Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to reject all bids for the athletic facilities at Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.
 
ITEM #11 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Congratulations to David Risinger for being selected as State Administrator of the Year, for the middle level. Even Start has received a Wal-Mart sponsored grant for $1,000 to purchase books. Congratulations to Cooper Middle School student Elizabeth Falkner and her 6th grade gifted class. They placed second at the State Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. The competition required answering 100 multiple choice questions on geography, math, government, science, literature, history, etc. Points were awarded for speed and accuracy. Putnam City Academy School student Forrest Moore was awarded 2002 Outstanding Young Adult Volunteer of the Year by the OKC Parks and Recreation Department. He was honored at a ceremony at the Myriad Gardens. Three students from Putnam City North High School, Andrew Cox, Mariann Robison and Jennifer Senkowski, have been selected as candidates for the United States Presidential Scholars Program. This program was established to recognize and honor some of our nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic and artistic success, leadership and community involvement. Independent Insurance Agents presented a $1,000.00 check to Apollo Elementary School to purchase nutritious snacks during test week in March. Some administrative cuts have already taken place in areas such as buildings and grounds, maintenance and central office. Those announcements have not been made public yet because of legal steps that must be followed. Thanks to Mrs. LoPresto for her service as Board president. Congratulations to Mrs. Jenison on being elected president of the Board of Education.

ITEM #12 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Mrs. Sullivan thanked Gail LoPresto for serving as Board president this past year. She welcomed Julie Jenison as Board president for the coming year. She complimented the performance by the Central Middle School "Stomp" group. She thanked everyone for coming to the meeting. She said she appreciated hearing the comments made during public participation. She thanked everyone for their calls and e-mails. Mrs. Johnson also thanked Gail LoPresto for her service as Board president and welcomed Julie Jenison as the new Board president. She said she appreciated everyone’s attendance at the meeting. Mr. Varghese also thanked Gail LoPresto for her service as Board president and welcomed Julie Jenison as the new Board president. He talked about attending the "Save Our Schools" rally. He encouraged patrons to contact their representatives about funding for education. Mrs. LoPresto said she enjoyed going to the Capitol on February 12th. She said she was privileged to stand with district teachers at the rally. She said she enjoyed attending the open house at Hilldale Elementary School. She congratulated David Risinger on being named Oklahoma’s top middle school or junior high principal. Mrs. Jenison also thanked Gail LoPresto for her service as Board president. She talked about attending the rally at the Capitol on February 12th. She said it was an impressive event.

ITEM #13 – CONDUCT A WORK SESSION TO DISCUSS RESTRUCTURING AND/OR BUDGET CUTS TO BE IMPLEMENTED IN THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to conduct a work session to discuss restructuring and/or budget cuts to be implemented in the 2003-2004 school year. Mrs. LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. Mrs. Jenison conducted the work session. She asked Board members if they had any questions on "possible budget cut" items. The administrative staff and Dr. Capps answered questions from Board members regarding reducing the Putnam City Police Department and the elimination of summer programs.

ITEM #14 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO REDUCE THE PUTNAM CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT STAFF TO RESULT IN BUDGET REDUCTIONS OF $350,000.00 FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

A motion was made by Mrs. LoPresto and seconded by Mrs. Johnson to table this item. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #15 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO CHANGE THE HIGH SCHOOL DELIVERY SYSTEM EFFECTIVE THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

A motion was made by Mr. Varghese and seconded by Mrs. Jenison to table this item until the March 3rd Board meeting. Discussion followed. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #16 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO REDUCE THE COORDINATOR DEPARTMENT STAFF TO RESULT IN BUDGET REDUCTIONS OF $100,000.00 FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

Mrs. Sullivan made a motion to reduce the Coordinator Department staff to result in budget reductions of $140,000.00 for the 2003-2004 school year. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #17 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO REDUCE THE DISTRICT’S SUBSTITUTE PAY TO $55.00 PER DAY AS A BUDGET REDUCTION FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR, FOR POTENTIAL SAVINGS OF $72,000.00.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to reduce the district’s substitute pay to $55.00 per day as a budget reduction for the 2003-2004 school year. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Mrs. LoPresto made an amended motion to reduce the substitute pay by $5.00 per day as a budget reduction for the 2003-2004 school year, for potential savings of $72,000.00. Mrs. Johnson amended her second. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #18 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO ELIMINATE THE ELEMENTARY STRINGS PROGRAM AS A BUDGET REDUCTION FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR, FOR A POTENTIAL SAVINGS OF $26,120.00.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to not eliminate the elementary strings program as a budget reduction for the 2003-2004 school year for a potential savings of $26,120.00. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #19 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO RESCIND DISTRICT POLICY DL, SICK LEAVE SHARING, EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2003, AS A BUDGET REDUCTION FOR A POTENTIAL SAVINGS OF $30,000.00.

Dr. Capps stated this District Policy item is being pulled.

ITEM #20 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO INITIALLY APPROVE THE SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATION TO CLOSE KIRKLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND TO DIRECT THE SUPERINTENDENT TO COMPLY WITH DISTRICT POLICY BH BEFORE FINAL ACTION ON THE RECOMMENDATION IS MADE.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to not accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to close D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Mr. Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #21 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO ELIMINATE EMERGENCY TRANSFERS (OUT-OF-DISTRICT) TO RESULT IN A BUDGET REDUCTION OF $100,000.00 FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to eliminate emergency transfers (out-of-district) to result in a budget reduction of $100,000.00 for the 2003-2004 school year. Mrs. Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #22 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO ELIMINATE ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP IN THE NORTH CENTRAL ACCREDITATION ASSOCIATION TO RESULT IN A BUDGET REDUCTION OF $9,200.00 FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR.

Mrs. LoPresto made a motion to eliminate elementary and middle school membership in the North Central Accreditation Association to result in a budget reduction of $9,200.00 for the 2003-2004 school year. Mrs. Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #23 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE TO ELIMINATE ALL SUMMER PROGRAMS IN THE SUMMER OF 2003 AS A BUDGET REDUCTION FOR THE 2003-2004 SCHOOL YEAR, FOR A POTENTIAL SAVINGS OF $50,000.00.

A motion was made by Mrs. Johnson and seconded by Mrs. Sullivan to table this item until the March 3rd Board meeting. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #24 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

ITEM #25 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Mr. Varghese made a motion at 11:36 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Mrs. Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.