Putnam City Board of Education Meeting Minutes
October 2006

BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m.

The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in regular session Monday, October 2, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 5401 NW 40th, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The agenda and meeting notice were posted on Friday, September 29, 2006 at 4:30 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

Members present: Gail LoPresto, president; Sue Sullivan, vice president; Julie Jenison, Melinda Johnson, and Jerry Cramer, members; Superintendent Dr. Jim Capps; Debbra Baldwin, clerk; and others.

ITEM #1 – INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE, MOMENT OF SILENCE, AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – LYNETTE THOMPSON.

Lynette Thompson, Principal of Western Oaks Middle School, led in the Inspirational Message, Moment of Silence, and Pledge of Allegiance.

ITEM #2 – RECOGNITION OF NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS – DR. MELANI MOUSE, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF SECONDARY EDUCATION.

Eleven Putnam City students were honored for being named as National Merit semifinalists. Recognized were Mark Nelson of Putnam City High School; Jackson Turner of Putnam City West High School; and Justin Archie, Austin Burton, Hannah Decker, Matthew Deimund, Hannah Haikin, Brian Koss, Jordan Nelson, Amber Simpson, and James Simpson of Putnam City North High School.

The National Merit semifinalist distinction places recipients among the nation’s top school students. Semifinalists are the highest scores on the Preliminary SAT Qualifying Test in each of the 50 states and represent less than 1 percent of each state’s high school seniors.

The eleven high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,200 Merit Scholarship awards, worth $33 million, that will be offered next spring.

ITEM #3 – TESTING AND API PRESENTATION – DR. MELANI MOUSE AND SUE KUNTZE, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT OF ELEMENTARY EDUCATION.

Dr. Melani Mouse, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education presented new information received for 6th and 7th grade district students in reading, math, and geography. District scores on Core Curriculum Tests were as good or higher than state averages in all of the areas. District 8th grade students scored above state averages in reading, math, science, history, and writing CRT’s as well.

On End of Instruction tests, district students scored above the state averages in English II, Algebra I, and history. Biology scores for the district averaged out the same as state averages.

Putnam City Schools as a whole and every middle school and high school in the district have their highest Academic Performance Index (API) scores ever. Because of high levels of student achievement, the district is also no longer on the state’s needs improvement list. The district’s 2006 total API of 1225 topped the 1154 it recorded in 2005 and the 1061 it recorded in 2004. District API scores for math and reading also improved, with math going from 1055 in 2004 to 1166 in 2005 to 1230 this year. The district’s reading API score has gone from 2055 in 2004 to 1205 in 2005 to 1263 this year.

With one exception, math and reading API scores at every middle school and high school was higher in 2006 than in 2005. The only exception was in math at Western Oaks Middle School, where this year’s 1295 score was less than last year’s 1338, but still well above the target score of 790 set by the state.

Even with the steadily increasing API scores, three secondary schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The reading API score of Western Oaks Middle School’s Hispanic students was below the state’s target score, as was the reading API score of black students at Putnam City High School and the graduation rate at Putnam City West High School. Putnam City High School and Putnam City West High School remain on the state’s needs improvement list, although the district is appealing the state’s ruling on Putnam City West due to changes in the way the state calculates the graduation rate. The school’s graduation rate would have been sufficient to make AYP under last year’s formula. Western Oaks Middle School is not on the needs improvement list because it takes two consecutive years of not making AYP to be on the list.

Sue Kuntze, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education, reported on API scores for elementary schools. Total API scores increased at 10 elementary schools, while the other eight schools had scores much higher than the state’s target API score.

Despite the outstanding scores, two elementary schools did not make AYP. The reading API score of Northridge Elementary School’s black students was below the state’s target score, as well as the math API score of black students and economically disadvantaged students at Wiley Post Elementary School. Because this is the first year for either school to not make AYP, neither school will be designated for school improvement.

By law, if a school as a whole, or if even one of 11 subgroups of students does not meet API target scores on state tests, then the entire school does not meet AYP. Mrs. Kuntze said the district will work to increase achievement for students by continuing to identify what they need to know, assessing what they have learned, and taking corrective steps when students have not demonstrated mastery.

Next year, all state schools must make new, higher API target goals of 932 in math and 914 in reading.

Dr. Mouse and Mrs. Kuntze asked if there were any questions from board members. Sue Sullivan asked for district API scores compared to state-wide scores for this year and previous years. Dr. Mouse said she would provide that information when this year’s state averages became available from the State Department of Education.

ITEM #4 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

Herman Kirkwood spoke regarding security issues at schools.

ITEM #5 – 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:

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

a. Minutes for regular board meeting September 18, 2006.

b. Financial report for purchase order numbers 704950124 through 708707125 for September 13 – 26, 2006 for the 2006-2007 school year.

c. Declaration of obsolete and/or surplus items.

d. Elementary and Secondary Fundraisers.

PUTNAM CITY ELEMENTARY / SECONDARY

FUND-RAISERS – OCTOBER/NOVEMBER

Board of Education Meeting

October 2, 2006

APOLLO

Activity / Subaccount Book Fair/ Media $ 400.00

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 3 (books, AR quizzes, author visits, supplies)

DENNIS

Activity / Subaccount Sell "jelly" bracelets & rings / Cancer Drive $ 500.00

Date: October (cancer drive)

DOWNS

Activity / Subaccount Book Fair / Media $ 1,500.00

Date: Oct. 30-Nov.3 (misc. media classroom & curriculum supplies,

books, reading incentives, reading awards)

KIRKLAND

Activity / Subaccount Fall, Santa, & Spring pictures / General $ 2,500.00

Date: Oct., Dec., Feb. (misc. supplies, curriculum, classroom projects,

postage and freight, clinic supplies, etc.)

Activity / Subaccount Silent Auction / General $ 2,000.00

Date: Oct.-Nov. (cancer drive)

NORTHRIDGE

Activity / Subaccount Book Fair / General $ 2,000.00

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 3 (author visits and special library programs)

Activity / Subaccount Square 1 Art Fundraiser / General $ 400.00

Date: October 6 (supplies and equipment for the art room)

WILEY POST

Activity / Subaccount Concessions at orchestra concerts / Orchestra $ 500.00

Date: Ongoing (instruments, music, supplies, etc.)

Activity / Subaccount Sock-Hop for 4th/5th grades / Camp Classen $ 400.00

Date: October 31, 2006 (Camp Classen)

Activity / Subaccount Book Fair / Media $ 1,400.00

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 2 (supplies for media center, AR tests, books,

trophies)

WILL ROGERS

Activity / Subaccount Sell candygrams / General $ 100.00

Date: Oct. 25-27 (OMRF donation)

Activity / Subaccount Book Fair / Media $ 1,000.00

Date: Oct. 30-Nov. 2 (books, AR tests and author visits)

WESTERN OAKS MIDDLE

Activity / Subaccount Pennies to Dollars Donation System / Vocal $ 2,500.00

Date: October 23 Music (contest entries, bus expenses, uniforms

and equipment)

e. Overnight Travel Requests.

f. Out of State Trip:

1. Cooper Middle School band students request permission to attend the annual Music Festivals Showcase competition held at Six Flags Over Texas on Saturday, May 12, 2007.

g. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF NEW PERSONNEL AS LISTED ON ATTACHMENT A.

Jerry Cramer made a motion to approve employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A. Sue Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Cramer, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS TO THE DISTRICT GIFTED COMMITTEE AND THE LOCAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE FOR THE PUTNAM CITY GIFTED PROGRAM.

Sue Sullivan made a motion to approve the appointment of members to the District Gifted Committee and the Local Advisory Committee for the Putnam City Gifted Program. Jerry Cramer seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Cramer, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; LoPresto, aye.

Serving on the Districtwide Gifted Committee and the local advisory committee will be Barbara Crump of Apollo Elementary School; Carolyn Gallant, a middle school parent; Julie Jenison, a high school parent; DeeDee Stafford of Putnam City North High School; Claudia Kaestner, a middle school parent; Marcia Pool of James L. Dennis Elementary School; Margaret Purifoy of Hefner Middle School; Robyn Grasmick of Capps Middle School; Lynette Thompson of Western Oaks Middle School; Jason Simeroth, the district’s executive director of Curriculum and Instruction; and Elise Kauffman, the district’s Gifted Education Program Coordinator.

The Districtwide Gifted Committee and the local advisory committee will assist in the formulation of district goals for gifted education and in development of district plans for gifted child educational programs.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE CONTRACT WITH RED ROCK BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES (NO COST TO PC).

Julie Jenison made a motion to approve the contract with Red Rock Behavioral Health Services. Melinda Johnson seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Cramer, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; LoPresto, aye.

Red Rock Behavioral Health Services is among the most qualified and least expensive sources for independent counseling and behavioral consultation available to the District.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO SET A DATE, TIME, AND PLACE FOR A SPECIAL MEETING FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING BOARD OF EDUCATION GOALS.

Gail LoPresto asked for suggestions for a date, time, and place to set a Special Board Meeting. Following discussion, Melinda Johnson made a motion to set a Special Board Meeting for 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 24, 2006 for the purpose of discussing Board of Education goals. Sue Sullivan seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Cramer, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; LoPresto, aye.

ITEM #10 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

· Congratulations to Coronado Heights Elementary for winning the 2006-07 Schools for Healthy Lifestyles program. Coronado is one of six winners chosen to receive a $1000.00 grant to develop a school health program. The winners were recognized Thursday at the Presbyterian Health Foundation Pavilion. The event is sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, Oklahoma County Medical Society, United Way of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City with state schools Superintendent Sandy Garrett presenting awards.

· The PCN cheer competitive squad won the State 5A Championship for the first time in school history. The cheer competition was held Saturday at Choctaw High. The squad won 1st place competing against schools like Tulsa Union (2nd place), Westmoore (3rd place), Norman North (4th place). The squad of 20 girls took home a 1st place trophy, gift certificate to a uniform company ($250.00) and the opportunity to purchase state championship rings.

· Dr. Capps reported important information on an upcoming proposal SQ 731 which will be on the ballot to be voted on in November. The goal is for each school district in a state to spend at least 65% of its operating budget on classroom instruction as defined by the National Center for Educational Statistics.

The proposal states: The measure amends the Oklahoma School Code by adding a new section: Oklahoma Statute Title 70 Section 18-126 to require that 65% of the operational expenditures of a school district be spent on classroom instruction. For purposes of this Act, classroom instruction includes expenditures directly related to the classroom: instructional staff and materials, activities involving interaction between students and teachers or other classroom personnel, special education instruction, tutors, books, classroom computers, general instruction supplies, instructional aides, libraries and librarians, class activities such as field trips, athletics, arts, music and multidisciplinary learning, and extra-curricular activities including drama, sports, and band.

Significant areas not included in the 65% are transportation of students and food services. Also not included are medical services, counselors, custodians, professional development, safety issues, playground equipment, and crossing guards.

ITEM #11 – BOARD COMMENTS.

Sue Sullivan thanked Dr. Capps for the information on SQ 731 that will be voted on in November. She thanked Dr. Mouse and Mrs. Kuntze for their testing and API report. She thanked teachers, administrators, and students for their hard work in bringing up scores.

Jerry Cramer thanked Lynette Thompson for her inspirational message. He congratulated the National Merit semifinalists. Mr. Cramer thanked administrators, teachers, and students for their hard work in improving test scores. He thanked Dr. Capps for providing information about the proposal voters will consider in November.

Melinda Johnson said the No Child Left Behind legislation has challenged schools to do better in educating students. She said she is proud of the progress Putnam City students have made. She thanked teachers, administrators, support staff, students, and parents for their hard work in continuously raising achievement in the district.

Julie Jenison congratulated the National Merit semifinalists. She is proud of all the work being done in Putnam City to help all students succeed. Mrs. Jenison thanked principals and teachers for their site improvement presentations. She said she learned valuable information from the presentations.

Gail LoPresto thanked the PCACT for their work in challenging a petition to keep SQ 731 off the ballot. She thanked the high schools for doing a good job putting on the Putnam City Marching Classic. She also thanked Putnam City West students and staff for displaying compassion and support after the death of a student.

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

There was no new business.

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

Sue Sullivan made a motion at 6:45 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Julie Jenison seconded the motion. Vote: Sullivan, aye; Cramer, aye; Johnson, aye; Jenison, aye; LoPresto, aye.


BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING
Monday, Oct. 16, 6 p.m.

Minutes to be posted.