Putnam City Board of Education Meeting Minutes
February 2004


BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Feb. 2, 2004

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 2, 2004 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 30, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

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

ITEM #1 – INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – DR. DIANE WELKER.

Dr. Diane Welker, principal at Central Intermediate School, gave an inspirational message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were no requests to speak to the Board.

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:

Sue Sullivan made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Reji Varghese seconded the motion. Discussion followed. Gail LoPresto explained that she would be voting nay because a board member has made a request for overnight travel that is included in the consent agenda. Julie Jenison said that board member travel as well as other district employee travel, was being paid from the general fund. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, nay; Jenison, aye.

a. Minutes for Special Board meeting January 12, 2004.

b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200404303 to 200404861 inclusive for time period from January 7, 2004 to January 27, 2004 for the 2003-2004 school year.

c. School Activity Fund Transfer List including Central Intermediate School, Western Oaks Elementary School, Wiley Post Elementary School, Central Middle School, Hefner Middle School, Putnam City North High School, and Putnam City West High School.

d. School Activity Fund-raisers including Apollo Elementary School, Singing Valentine Cards ($75.00); Central Intermediate School, classroom pictures ($750.00); Coronado Elementary School, magazine subscription sales ($400.00), sell chocolate bunnies ($2,000.00), spring and group pictures ($1,500.00); Ralph Downs Elementary School, sell chocolate bunnies ($600.00), Valentine dance ($300.00); Harvest Hills Elementary School, Jump Rope for Hawks ($9,000.00), Valentine Social ($300.00), $1.00 candy bar sale ($2,000.00); Hilldale Elementary School, T-shirt sale ($150.00), Book Fair ($400.00); D.D. Kirkland Elementary School, candy gram sale ($200.00); Northridge Elementary School, sell Krispy Kreme donut cards ($250.00), Jump Rope for Heart ($9,000.00); Rollingwood Elementary School, Valentine candy sale ($100.00), yearbook sale ($100.00), Jogathon for Cancer; Tulakes Elementary School, sell candy bars ($800.00), faculty volleyball game ($100.00); Western Oaks Elementary School, Christman’s Fundraising ($5,000.00), candy gram sale ($100.00), Jump Rope for Heart ($1,500.00); Will Rogers Elementary School, sell Valentine candy grams ($150.00); Windsor Hills Elementary School, Book Fair ($1,700.00); Central Middle School, selling roses for Valentine’s Day ($500.00), brochure sale ($2,000.00), Cupid gram sales ($150.00); Cooper Middle School, selling Krispy Kreme cards, Blue & Gold Sausage, cookies, candy and flowers ($3,500.00), collecting Pennies for Pets ($150.00), Valentine’s Computer Match-up ($150.00); Hefner Middle School, collecting Pennies for Pets ($150.00); Mayfield Middle School, sucker sale for Valentine’s Day ($228.00), T-shirt sale ($20.00), selling carnations for Valentine’s Day ($50.00), collecting Pennies for Pets ($150.00); Western Oaks Middle School, Peeler card sale ($4,000.00), sell candy bars ($9,000.00), collecting Pennies for Pets ($150.00), sell tickets to wear a hat ($50.00), selling carnations ($200.00).

e. Affiliation Agreement with Oklahoma City Community College for training of physical and occupational therapists. In cooperation with the school district Department of Physical and Occupational Therapy, the Oklahoma City Community College places students at Putnam City Schools for a clinical rotation. All services provided to children by these students are supervised by qualified, licensed physical and occupational therapists. The Physical and Occupational Therapy Department is based at Lake Park Elementary and provides services to eligible children in the building and throughout the district. There is no financial cost to the district. Putnam City Schools’ physical and occupational therapists supervise and monitor the work and activities of the physical and occupational therapy assistants. This agreement contributes to the training of physical and occupational therapists that are qualified to work with children in an educational setting. Additionally, Putnam City students benefit by receiving these services.

f. Contract with Patsy Shepherd, School Psychologist/Independent Contractor. Ms. Shepherd has agreed to provide school psychological services to the District on a contract basis for the current school year. This contract will help meet the high demand for testing.

g. Contract with Betty Crow, School Psychologist/Independent Contractor. Ms. Crow has agreed to provide school psychological services to the District on a contract basis for the current school year. This contract will help meet the high demand for testing.

h. Contract with Minna Hall, School Psychologist/Independent Contractor. Ms. Hall has agreed to provide school psychological services to the District on a contract basis for the current school year. This contract will help meet the high demand for testing.

i. Declaration of obsolete and/or surplus items.

j. Appeals for Deviation from Activity Absence rules.

k. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover.

l. Out-of-state trips:

1. Putnam City High School Debate students to the Tournament of Champions National Debate Tournament in Lexington, Kentucky at the University of Kentucky on May 1 – 3, 2004.

2. Putnam City High School baseball players to the Texas Baseball Festival in Wichita Falls, Texas on March 11 – 13, 2004.

3. Putnam City High School Student Council member to attend the 2004 National Association of Student Councils’ Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 22 – 30, 2004.

4. Putnam City North JV and Varsity Baseball teams to attend a festival in Houston, Texas on March 14 – 18, 2004.

5. Putnam City North Key Club members to the Texas-Oklahoma District Convention in Houston, Texas on April 2 – 4, 2004.

6. Putnam City West Deaf Education students to the Close Up Washington Program in Washington, D.C. on April 4 – 10, 2004.

m. 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.

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

ITEM #5 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF 2004-2005 DISTRICT CALENDAR.

Sue Sullivan made a motion to approve the recommendation of the 2004-2005 District Calendar. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. A district calendar committee met and drafted a calendar for school year

2004-05. The draft was submitted to district employees for review and input. The dates are as follows: Monday, July 5, Independence Day Holiday; Monday, August 2, 216 day employees return; Tuesday, August 10, 196 day employees return; Thursday and Friday, August 19, and 20, New Teacher Induction; Monday, August 23, Teachers report; Thursday, August 26, classes begin; Monday, September 6 Labor Day (no classes); Friday, September 24, Professional Day (no classes); Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22, Fall Break (no classes); Friday, Oct. 29, end of 1st quarter, 43 days taught; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 24, 25, and 26, Thanksgiving Break (no classes); Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31, Winter Break (no classes); Monday, January 3, classes resume; Friday, January 14, end of 2nd quarter, 42 days taught; Monday, January 17, Professional Day (no classes); Friday, March 18, end of 3rd quarter, 44 days taught; March 21-25, Spring Break (no classes); Friday, April 29, Snow Day; Monday, May 30, Memorial Day (no classes); Wednesday, June 1, Last day of classes, end of 4th quarter, 46 days taught; Thursday and Friday, June 2, and 3, Professional Days; Friday, June 10, last day for 196 day employees; Thursday, June 30, last day for 216 day employees.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON APPOINTMENT OF ADDITIONAL MEMBERS TO THE 2004-2005 DISTRICT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

Julie Jenison stated that this item is being pulled. She said additional members will be added to the Professional Development Committee in April and May.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE LOW AND/OR BEST BID FOR THE PURCHASE OF NEW BUSES. $999,617.00 (2000 BOND 35-284)

Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve the best bid from Midwest Bus Sales in the amount of $999,617.00. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. The fourth release of the 2000 Bond allowed for the purchase of new buses. Bids were opened at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2004. The district fleet consists mostly of Thomas buses. That continuity contributes to easier maintenance. The best bid submitted by Midwest Bus Sales allows for the purchase of a total of 18 new buses: five special education 47 passenger and thirteen 71 passenger.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE LOW AND/OR BEST BID FOR THE ROOF REPLACEMENT PROJECT AT D.D. KIRKLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. $185,999.00 (2003 BOND 36-253)

Sue Sullivan made a motion to approve the low bid plus alternates number 1 and 3 submitted by Southwestern Roofing and Metal, Inc. in the amount of $175,166.00 from the 2003 Bond Fund 36-253 for the roof replacement project at D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Reji Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. The first release of the 2003 Bond allowed for the replacement of the roof at D.D. Kirkland Elementary School. Bids were opened at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2004. Southwestern Roofing has done extensive work for the district and has always successfully completed the projects.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE FISCAL YEAR 2002-2003 INDEPENDENT AUDIT REPORT SUBMITTED BY MURRELL, HALL, MCINTOSH AND COMPANY.

Julie Jenison introduced Mary Johnson, representative of, Murrell, Hall, McIntosh and Company. Ms. Johnson gave a brief overview of the District’s financial statements that complied in all material aspects with state law. The audit was performed for the purpose of forming an opinion on the basic financial statements that collectively comprise the Putnam City Independent School District No. 1’s basic financial statements for school year 2002-2003. This report is an integral part of an audit performed in accordance with Government Auditing Standards. Each year the Board of Education must vote to accept or not accept the audit report and audit findings. Patrons of the district will benefit from the implementation of changes recommended in the audit and from the knowledge that the district practices good financial and legal stewardship. Sue Sullivan made a motion to approve the Fiscal Year 2002-2003 Independent Audit Report submitted by Murrell, Hall, McIntosh and Company. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #10 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Jason Hasty, Western Oaks Elementary physical education teacher, has implemented a 100-Mile Club to promote fitness and an activity that families can enjoy together. Students record the number of miles they run at recess or home and turn them in for ribbons, cups and T-shirts. The 100-Mile Club already has 36 students and 5 teachers participating and many are planning to participate in the annual Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon for children on April 25.

Kenneth Cooper Middle School has three teams running in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon in April. Each team consists of four teachers. Dr. Kenneth Cooper is paying the entry fee and providing a T-shirt.

Congratulations to Sam Risner, 6th grader at Kenneth Cooper Middle School, who is the 3rd place winner in the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom Agriculture Counts essay contest. Essay entries were received from 673 students and represented 36 schools from 27 counties. The finalists will be honored at the Oklahoma State Capitol on March 25.

Shayna Pond, Putnam City West High School senior, has been selected as Horatio Alger National Scholar. She will receive a $10,000.00 scholarship and an expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. in April to participate in the Horatio National Scholars Conference.

A.D. Burtschi has been selected to coach the McDonald’s All American basketball team which is an all-star team of high school basketball players from across the United States. The game will be played at the Ford Center the end of March. Congratulations are also in order for A.D.’s 500th victory.

The Putnam City West High School girls’ basketball team recently won the Deer Creek Invitational Basketball Tournament. This is the second year in a row that they have won this tournament.

Leo Mayfield Middle School has received two grants, one from Intrust Bank for $1,000.00 and the other from Reader’s Digest for $500.00. In addition to the grants, Mayfield’s Special Education department received a copier, which was donated by American Office Supply.

Congratulations to Randy Helms, track coach at Putnam City North High School, who will be inducted into the Oklahoma Track Coaches Hall of Fame in May.

The Putnam City Public Schools Foundation selected seven schools as the recipients of grants totaling $23,629.00. Central Elementary School received $2,038.00; Putnam City High School received $2,080.00; Lake Park Elementary School received $1,750.00; Putnam City North High School received $1,896.00 and Central Intermediate School received $9,390.00.

ITEM #11– COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Sue Sullivan thanked Dr. Capps for the good news in his report.

Melinda Johnson congratulated Putnam City North High School track coach Randy Helms on being voted into the Oklahoma Track Coaches Hall of Fame. She said she appreciated the opportunity to take part in the Parent Advisory Committee meeting at Putnam City North High School. She talked about supporting House bill 2256, co-authored by state representative Susan Winchester and Larry Ferguson, which would exempt the first $27,060.00 of a teacher’s salary from state income taxes. She thanked Mary Johnson, representative from Murrell, Hall, McIntosh, and Company for her presentation.

Reji Varghese thanked the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation for their financial help to district schools. He thanked Mary Johnson and Steve Myers for work on the audit. He thanked Jason Hasty, Western Oaks Elementary School physical education teacher, for implementing the

"100-Mile Club." He thanked Paul West, principal at Overholser Elementary School, for his service to the district. He wished him well in his retirement.

Gail LoPresto complimented Foundation Director Caroline Gist for her efforts to help district schools. She said she received a memo from Dr. Capps that stated the district has not reinstated anything to the budget for this year. She said the memo also stated that projections are improving.

Julie Jenison complimented the Putnam City Public Schools Foundation. She said she enjoyed attending their meetings.

ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSION OF THE REEMPLOYMENT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT BEGINNING WITH THE 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR PURSUANT TO 25 O.S.§307 (B)(1).

Gail LoPresto made a motion at 6:44 p.m. to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussion of the reemployment of the Superintendent beginning with the 2004-2005 school year pursuant to 25 O.S. §307 (B)(1). Sue Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison aye.

ITEM #13 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO RETURN TO OPEN SESSION AND TO REQUEST THE BOARD CLERK TO RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Melinda Johnson made a motion at 6:51 p.m. to return to open session and to request the Board Clerk to record the minutes of the executive session. Reji Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #14 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON REEMPLOYMENT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT FOR THE 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR.

Melinda Johnson made a motion to reemploy the Superintendent for the 2004-2005 school year. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #15 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

Dr. Capps stated there was an item for new business. Dr. Capps stated O.G. & E. has made a request for an easement at Putnam City North High School. The easement request is part of the NW quarter of Section 21 Township 13 North Range 4 West. The easement will allow for an upgrade of a transformer near the softball field. Melinda Johnson made a motion to approve granting an easement located at Putnam City North High School as described above to O.G. & E. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

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

Sue Sullivan made a motion at 6:58 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.



BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Feb. 16, 2004

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 16, 2004 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, February 13, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

Members present: Julie Jenison, president; Sue Sullivan, vice-president; Melinda Johnson, Gail LoPresto 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 School, gave an inspirational message followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

ITEM #2 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There were three requests to speak to the Board. Patron Kevin Fleharty spoke about the accomplishments of his son. Patron Jerry Cramer spoke about the upcoming school board election. Jennifer Seal, Putnam City North High School teacher, spoke about nutrition in district schools.

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:

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

a. Minutes for Regular Board meeting February 2, 2004.

b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for purchase order numbers 200404862 to 200405259 inclusive for time period from January 28, 2004 to February 9, 2004 with the exception of purchase order numbers 200404877, 200405139, 200405210, and 200405211 ($1,535.79) for Triangle A & E for the 2003-2004 school year.

c. School Activity Fund Cash Summary 2nd Quarter.

d. School Activity Fund Transfer List which includes Putnam City North High School and Putnam City West High School.

e. School Activity Fund-raisers which includes Harvest Hills Elementary School, sell $1.00 snow cones ($1,400.00); Hilldale Elementary School, school group pictures ($100.00); Lake Park Elementary School, candy sale ($1,000.00), Skate Night at Rollerland ($400.00); Tulakes Elementary School, group and individual pictures ($350.00); Putnam City West High School, ACT Prep Workshop ($200.00), Mr. Putnam City West Contest ($750.00); Putnam City Academy, food and snack sales ($500.00).

f. Declaration of obsolete and/or surplus items.

g. Overnight travel requests as submitted under separate cover.

h. Out-of-state trips:

1. Mayfield Middle School music students to Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington, Texas on May 15, 2004.

2. Putnam City High School orchestra students to a regional educational workshop and contest in St. Louis, Missouri on April 30 – May 2, 2004.

3. Putnam City North High School students from newspaper and yearbook staffs to the JEA/National High School Journalism Convention in San Diego, California on March 31 – April 4, 2004.

i. 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.

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

ITEM #5 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF PURCHASE ORDER NUMBERS 200404877, 200405139, 200405210, AND 200405211 ($1,535.79) FOR TRIANGLE A & E.

Sue Sullivan made a motion to approve purchase order numbers 200404877, 200405139, 200405210, and 200405211 ($1,535.79) for Triangle A & E. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, abstain; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION TO CHANGE THE 2004-2005 DISTRICT CALENDAR.

Reji Varghese made a motion to approve the recommendation to change the 2004-2005 District Calendar. Sue Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. Spring Break dates are set by the state. In the 2004-2005 District Calendar approved on February 2, 2004, Spring Break was scheduled for March 21 – 25. These dates need to be changed to March 14 – 18. The Accreditation Office stated that the wrong dates were given out. In addition, conference dates have been added to this calendar. The dates are as follows: Monday, July 5, Independence Day Holiday; Monday, August 2, 216 day employees return; Tuesday, August 10, 196 day employees return; Thursday and Friday, August 19, and 20, New Teacher Induction; Monday, August 23, Teachers report; Thursday, August 26, classes begin; Monday, September 6, Labor Day (no classes); Friday, September 24, Professional Day (no classes); Thursday and Friday, October 21 and 22, Fall Break (no classes); Friday, Oct. 29, end of 1st quarter, 43 days taught; Friday, November 5, Elementary/Middle School Conference Day. No Elementary/Middle School classes; Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 24, 25, and 26, Thanksgiving Break (no classes); Monday, December 20 through Friday, December 31, Winter Break (no classes); Monday, January 3, classes resume; Friday, January 14, end of 2nd quarter, 42 days taught; Monday, January 17, Professional Day (no classes); Friday, February 11, Middle School/High School Conference Day, no Middle School/High School classes; March 14-18 Spring Break (no classes); Friday, March 25, End of 3rd quarter, 44 days taught; Friday, April 1, Elementary Conference Day. No Elementary School classes; Friday, April 29, Snow Day; Monday, May 30, Memorial Day (no classes); Wednesday, June 1, Last day of classes, end of 4th quarter, 46 days taught; Thursday and Friday, June 2, and 3, Professional Days; Friday, June 10, last day for 196-day employees; Thursday, June 30, last day for 216-day employees.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE 2004-2005 NEGOTIATING TEAM.

Melinda Johnson made a motion to approve the recommendation of the 2004-2005 negotiating team. Reji Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. 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. The 2004-2005 Negotiating Team is as follows: Dr. Ann Millerborg, chairperson, Jason Brunk, Dr. Melani Mouse, Sue Kuntze, Randy Rader, Steve Myers, alternate.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE LOW AND/OR BEST BID FOR TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT SERVICE BAY PROJECT.

Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve the low bid from Buckner & Moore in the amount of $453,000.00. Sue Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. The fourth release of the 2000 Bond allowed for the installation of an additional service bay at the Transportation Department. Bids were opened at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, February 12, 2004. Of the nine bids tendered, the submittal from Buckner & Moore is the recommended selection. This construction firm has been located in Oklahoma City for several years and comes highly recommended by both the architectural and engineering firms involved with this job. W.C. Doan Construction, Inc. requested that their bid be withdrawn due to omissions.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE RECOMMENDATION FOR PERSONNEL RESTRUCTURE.

Melinda Johnson made a motion to table this item. Sue Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THE RENEWAL EMPLOYMENT OF SUPERINTENDENT’S STAFF FOR 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH INCLUDES BETTIE ESTES-RICKNER, MIKE FRY, GLEN KASTNER, SUE KUNTZE, DR. ANN MILLERBORG, DR. MELANI MOUSE, AND STEVE MYERS PURSUANT TO 25 O.S. §307 (B)(1).

Gail LoPresto made a motion at 6:18 p.m. to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing the renewal employment of Superintendent’s Staff for the 2004-2005 school year, which includes Bettie Estes-Rickner, Mike Fry, Glen Kastner, Sue Kuntze, Dr. Ann Millerborg, Dr. Melani Mouse and Steve Myers. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #11 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO RETURN TO OPEN SESSION AND TO REQUEST THE BOARD CLERK TO RECORD THE MINUTES OF THE EXECUTIVE SESSION.

Sue Sullivan made a motion at 7:31 p.m. to return to open session and to request the Board Clerk to record the minutes of the executive session. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION: Board members Julie Jenison, Melinda Johnson, Reji Varghese, Gail LoPresto, Sue Sullivan; and Superintendent Dr. Jim Capps met in executive session for the discussion of the renewal employment of Superintendent’s Staff for 2004-2005 school year, which includes Bettie Estes-Rickner, Mike Fry, Glen Kastner, Sue Kuntze, Dr. Ann Millerborg, Dr. Melani Mouse, and Steve Myers pursuant to 25 O.S. §307 (B)(1).

No action was taken.

ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR RENEWAL OF EMPLOYMENT FOR SUPERINTENDENT’S STAFF FOR 2004-2005 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH INCLUDES BETTIE ESTES-RICKNER, MIKE FRY, GLEN KASTNER, SUE KUNTZE, DR. ANN MILLERBORG, DR. MELANI MOUSE, AND STEVE MYERS.

Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve the renewal of employment for Superintendent’s Staff for 2004-2005 which includes Bettie Estes-Rickner, Mike Fry, Glen Kastner, Sue Kuntze, Dr. Ann Millerborg, Dr. Melani Mouse, and Steve Myers. Reji Varghese seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye. The administrative staff is the district’s leadership team. The educational program for Putnam City Schools is directly related to the effectiveness of administrators.

ITEM #13 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

Four Putnam City North High School National Merit Semifinalists have now been named National Merit Finalists. They are Grant Archie, David Frosch, Jamie Hill, and Phillip Melton. One Putnam City West High School National Merit Semifinalist, Clark Townsend, has now been named National Merit Finalist.

Just a reminder of the school board election Tuesday, February 24th. Candidates for the district #4 position are Reji Varghese and Jerry Cramer.

ITEM #14 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Sue Sullivan praised the accomplishments of the district’s National Merit Finalists. She said she enjoyed attending recent middle school girls’ basketball games. She thanked Dr. Don Wentroth for the invitation to the CRASH Court at Putnam City High School. She praised district schools for their work in keeping their buildings safe from unauthorized visitors. She said Putnam City Schools offer nutritional food items to students.

Melinda Johnson addressed the concerns made by Jennifer Seal regarding nutrition in district schools. She said that schools should not be held responsible for the foods and beverages selected by students from vending machines. She said that parents have the major responsibility for the health and well-being of their children.

Reji Varghese congratulated patron Kevin Fleharty on his son’s outstanding accomplishments. He said he was in agreement with fellow Board members regarding nutrition in district schools.

Gail LoPresto invited patrons and staff to attend Putnam City West High School’s production of Fiddler on the Roof, which will be presented the last weekend in February and the first weekend in March. She said she enjoyed attending some recent basketball games.

Julie Jenison said she enjoyed attending CRASH Court at Putnam City High School. She talked about participating in Central Elementary School’s Camp Readalot. She said it was a wonderful experience for parents and students. She congratulated Hefner Middle School’s 8th grade boys’ basketball team for finishing the season undefeated.

ITEM #15 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

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

Sue Sullivan made a motion at 7:44 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Johnson, aye; Varghese, aye; LoPresto, aye; Jenison, aye.