February 2011 Board Minutes

REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Monday, February 7, 2011

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 7, 2011 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, February 4, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

Members present: Julie Jenison, president; Becky Haliburton, vice-president; Gail LoPresto, Mark Bledsoe and Tammy West, members; Assistant Superintendent Melani Mouse; Debbra Baldwin, clerk; and others.

ITEM #1 - INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE, MOMENT OF SILENCE, AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – DR. APRIL GRACE, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES.

Dr. April Grace gave the Inspirational Message, Moment of Silence, and Pledge of Allegiance.

 FINANCIAL REPORT – SHANNON MEEKS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FINANCE.

Shannon Meeks presented a budget update to the Board. Due to increases in the total number of students in the district, along with specific increase in the number of 4-year-old students in full day programs, special education students and economically disadvantaged students, state funding is $3,301,579 more than expected.

Projected losses of about $500,000 to employee benefits are expected. Governor Fallin has suggested a 3% cut to school districts to help with the state’s budget shortfall. A 3% decrease in funding would be a loss of about $1.6 million in state funds.

ITEM #2 – PRESENTATIONS BY PUTNAM CITY FOUNDATION.

Foundation members presented a check to Americorp in the amount of $5,000. They also presented a $21,250 check to Kelly Suchy for the Early Birds program.

ITEM #3 – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There was no public participation.

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:

a. Minutes for regular board meeting January 18, 2011.
b. Minutes for special board meeting January 24, 2011.
c. Financial report and bimonthly bills for beginning purchase order
numbers 107248092 through 108467077 for January 11–31, 2011
for the 2010-2011 school year.
d. School Activity Fund Cash Summaries for October, November
and 2nd Quarter.
e. School Activity Fund Transfer List.
f. School Activity Fund Subaccount Request.
g. Obsolete and/or Surplus Items.
h. Elementary and Secondary Fundraisers.

Elementary/Secondary Fund Raisers
Board of Education Meeting

School Date Proposed Activity Fund Money Used For Estimated Profit/Deposit
Central Elem. February Class Pictures Picture Curriculum and supplies $500.00
Downs February/March Selling DVD’s of 3rd grade program rehearsals and performances Music & Art Classroom supplies, curriculum needs, costumes, props, etc, $150.00
Lake Park February/March Book Fair Media Curriculum, office supplies for media center $1,500.00
Overholser On going Sell T-shirts for musical program Vocal Music Supplies for Vocal Music $500.00
Tulakes February Individual/Class Pictures Picture Underwrite cost of the yearbook and support school improvement $300.00
Wiley Post February Book Fair Media Books and reading promotional materials $3,000.00
PC North February Workshop to teach and refine technical skills in order to be on a high school Pom Squad Pom Competition activities for the Pom Squad $300.00

i. Overnight Travel Requests.
j. Out of state trips:
1. Putnam City North High School business students to Washington, D.C.
May 3-8, 2011.
2. Putnam City High School business students to Washington, D.C.
May 3-8, 2011.
k. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Mark Bledsoe seconded the motion. Vote: Bledsoe, aye; LoPresto, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #5 - CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON RECOMMENDATION OF EMPLOYMENT OF NEW PERSONNEL AS LISTED ON ATTACHMENT A.

Tammy West made a motion to approve employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A. Becky Haliburton seconded the motion. Vote: Bledsoe, aye; LoPresto, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #6 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE THE BAG LADIES, INC. MAKE AND TAKE WORKSHOP JUNE 15-16, 2011. ($9,000 FROM TITLE I STIMULUS)

Mark Bledsoe made a motion to approve The Bag Ladies, Inc. Make and Take Workshop June 15-16, 2011. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: Bledsoe, aye; LoPresto, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #7 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO AMEND THE MINUTES OF THE JANUARY 6, 2011 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING TO STATE THE REASON FOR REJECTING THE LOWEST BID BY HATCHER CONSTRUCTION FOR CONSTRUCTION OF ATHLETIC FACILITIES AT PUTNAM CITY WEST HIGH SCHOOL AS A FAILURE TO PROVIDE, WITHIN 48 HOURS, A CERTIFICATE OF PROOF THAT A SUBCONTRACTOR IS QUALIFIED TO PROVIDE A PERFORMANCE AND PAYMENT BOND FOR THE PORTION OF WORK FOR WHICH THEY ARE RESPONSIBLE.

Becky Haliburton made a motion to amend the minutes of the January 6, 2011 Board of Education Meeting to state the reason for rejecting the lowest bid by Hatcher Construction for construction of athletic facilities at Putnam City West High School as a failure to provide, within 48 hours, a certificate of proof that a subcontractor is qualified to provide a Performance and Payment Bond for the portion of work for which they are responsible. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: Bledsoe, aye; LoPresto, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Jenison, aye.

ITEM #8 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

• Pamela Peralta, a student at Putnam City High School, has been chosen as McDonald’s Latino Youth Leader of the Month. Congratulations to this fine student.
• I recently received some information about the Putnam City High School cheerleading squad’s performance at the NCA competition in Dallas in December. The squad finished 5th out of 16 schools in their division and won an award for “Best in Tumbling”. Congratulations to this group.
• The “Fuel Up to Play 60” event at Lake Park Elementary School was superb. The program was both entertaining and instructive. As you know, Putnam City North graduate Sam Bradford was present and played an important role in communicating the message. Many agencies and groups were present to accentuate the matter of nutrition and wellness for the students. Mr. Lunn, I would like to compliment your student helpers and the student body at large. They were absolutely delightful.
• It is my honor to announce that Drew Eichelberger, principal at Western Oaks Elementary School, has been named OAESP’s District 7A Administrator of the Year. We are so pleased that Mr. Eichelberger’s work with our boys and girls is recognized.
• I certainly want to express our collective appreciation for all the hard work during the recent inclement weather. Our operations group performed brilliantly. I want to extend special thanks to Mr. Blasingame, Mr. Wall, Mr. Crafton, and Mr. Hooper. Their coordinated efforts are greatly valued.
• With the loss to date of five school days it is necessary to discuss what we might do in regard to compensate for the loss of this significant amount of instructional time. It could be possible and quite likely that we may lose additional days to weather. The school calendar lists Friday, February 18, as a snow day. While we wished to not be in school on this date in respect to the evening parent- teacher conference schedule, it is now necessary to make this date a regular school day. This one day will account for 20% of our time lost. It is important for testing purposes that we attempt to recapture as much time as possible before state testing begins in and around April 11. In that regard, we will be discussing additional options including adding time to the school day for a period of time leading up to the scheduled state testing period, utilizing some or all of the days designated for spring break as make-up days, utilizing Saturdays as school days, or a combination of these. We do have three days on the school calendar designated as snow days but these dates, May 25, 26, and 27, are after the scheduled close of the school year and significantly after the testing period. A great deal of discussion and coordination of these options are required to determine the viability of each. If I were to lean toward a solution, I would say that it would be adding some significant time to the school day…some time before school and a larger piece in the afternoon. If implemented I would expect any altered schedule to begin no later than February 28 and extend through the first week of the testing period, April 15. We have lost 35 hours of instruction (using 7 hours as a school day). February 18 will make up seven of those and an extended school day of 45 minutes for the time period just mentioned would capture back another 22.5 hours. I provide this for your information. Again, there is much to discuss and there is more winter weather to deal with. We will make the determination as to a recommended course of action as soon as possible.
• Joe Ellis was appointed administrator of the district’s enrollment office at the January 18th Board Meeting. To fill his middle school assistant principal’s position, Michelle Shelite, currently an administrative assistant at Putnam City High School, will move to Mayfield. Janet Shelley, the Evening Alternative Education Administrator, will split her time at Putnam City High School in the morning and continue with her evening responsibilities at the Evening Alternative site.
• I would like to conclude this report with an expression of my heartfelt appreciation for the service of board of education member, Julie Jenison. There are not enough kind words to say about Julie’s dedicated and insightful work for the boys and girls of this district. She has not only provided great leadership and wholesome perspectives on issues related to the education of this district’s student population; she has become a dear friend. We do wish her the best in her life away from school governance.

ITEM #9 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Julie Jenison said her 10 years on the board has been a joy, and that it has been her privilege to serve Putnam City Schools and “the most amazing group of people” she has been affiliated with. She expressed her appreciation and respect for administrators, board members and teachers as well as architects Terry Parker and Rick Waters. Mrs. Jenison said she was proud of being on the board that hired Paul Hurst as Superintendent.

Mark Bledsoe thanked Dr. April Grace for her inspirational message and Caroline Gist for the contributions the Putnam City Foundation makes to the district. He also thanked Shannon Meeks for his budget report. Mr. Bledsoe said it was the first day of legislation and encouraged everyone to do their part to impact legislative decisions. He said it was a pleasure to work with Julie Jenison.

Gail LoPresto said she had enjoyed working with Julie Jenison. She said she would miss her intellect, graciousness and quick wit, but most of all her compassion.

Tammy West said she admired Julie Jenison’s marvelous devotion to Putnam City. She said she met Mrs. Jenison years ago at a PTSA School of Information class that she was teaching. Mrs. West said she was very inspired by Mrs. Jenison. She thanked Dr. April Grace for her inspirational message.

Becky Haliburton said the Oklahoma City Thunder players worked with basketball players at Capps Middle School. She said she is looking forward to seeing the school showcased in Thunder publications and productions. Mrs. Haliburton recalled meeting Julie Jenison for the first time at a restaurant. She said she talked with Mrs. Jenison for a long time voicing her concerns. Mrs. Haliburton said she really respects the fact that Julie patiently listened to her and listens to patrons and their concerns today.

ITEM #10 - CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON NEW BUSINESS.

There was no new business.

ITEM #11 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Gail LoPresto made a motion at 7:05 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. Mark Bledsoe seconded the motion. Vote: Bledsoe, aye; LoPresto, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Jenison, aye.



REGULAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Putnam City Schools Board of Education of Independent School District No. One of Oklahoma County, State of Oklahoma, met in regular session Tuesday, February 22, 2011 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, February 18, 2011 at 4:30 p.m. in accordance with 25 O.S. § 311.

Members present: Becky Haliburton, vice-president; Gail LoPresto, Mark Bledsoe, Tammy West and Cindy Gibbs, members; Superintendent Paul Hurst; Debbra Baldwin, clerk; and others.

ITEM #1 - INSPIRATIONAL MESSAGE, MOMENT OF SILENCE, AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – JOE ELLIS, ENROLLMENT CENTER ADMINISTRATOR.

Joe Ellis gave the Inspirational Message, Moment of Silence, and Pledge of Allegiance.

ITEM #2 (Item #3 moved to Item #2) – PUBLIC PARTICIPATION.

There was no public participation.

ITEM #3 (Item #2 moved to Item #3) – RECOGNITION OF CATHY POST AND THE CARE SHARE PROGRAM.

Sue Kuntze, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education and elementary counselors recognized Cathy Post for her leadership as volunteer director of the Care Share Program. The Care Share program was established 28 years ago to provide new shoes and new and used coats to students who cannot otherwise afford them. Through donations and volunteers, the program also helps families in need by providing Christmas presents to children.

ITEM #4– OATH OF OFFICE FOR CINDY GIBBS, NEW BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER.

Debbra Baldwin, Clerk of the Board of Education, administered the Oath of Office to Cindy Gibbs, new Putnam City Schools Board of Education member for Office No. 1. Mrs. Gibbs’ term will expire in 2016.

ITEM #5 – ORGANIZATION OF BOARD OF EDUCATION FOR 2011; ELECTION OF PRESIDENT, VICE-PRESIDENT, CLERK OF THE BOARD, DEPUTY CLERK, AND ENCUMBRANCE CLERK.

Becky Haliburton called for nominations for president. Gail LoPresto nominated Mark Bledsoe. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, abstain.

Mark Bledsoe called for nominations for vice president. Tammy West nominated Becky Haliburton. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

Mark Bledsoe called for nominations for clerk of the board. Superintendent Paul Hurst recommended Debbie Baldwin for clerk of the board. Gail LoPresto nominated Debbie Baldwin. Becky Haliburton seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

Mark Bledsoe called for nominations for deputy clerk. Superintendent Paul Hurst recommended Sandy Lemaster for deputy clerk of the board. Gail LoPresto nominated Sandy Lemaster. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

Mark Bledsoe called for nominations for encumbrance clerk. Superintendent Paul Hurst recommended Ruthie Hall for encumbrance clerk. Gail LoPresto nominated Ruthie Hall. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #6 – CONSENT AGENDA: ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS, WHICH CONCERN REPORTS AND ITEMS OF A ROUTINE NATURE NORMALLY APPROVED AT BOARD MEETINGS, WILL BE APPROVED BY ONE VOTE UNLESS ANY BOARD MEMBER DESIRES TO HAVE A SEPARATE VOTE ON ANY OR ALL OF THESE ITEMS. THE CONSENT CONSISTS OF THE DISCUSSION, CONSIDERATION, AND APPROVAL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

a. Minutes for regular board meeting February 7, 2011.
b. Financial report and bimonthly bills for beginning purchase order
numbers 107298003 through 108789127 for January 31 through
February 15, 2011 inclusive for the 2010-2011 school year.
c. Purchase order number 108975089 to A Chance to Change.
d. School Activity Fund Transfer List including Putnam City High School
and Putnam City North High School
e. Elementary Fundraisers.
School Date Proposed Activity Fund Money Used For Estimated Profit/Deposit
Coronado March Special Olympics Shirts Special Education Special Olympic field trip $500.00
Coronado March Candy Sales Fifth Grade Music supplies, field trip expenses for end of year celebrations $2,500.00
Coronado March Student Framed Art Sale General Art supplies for K-5th grade classes $360.00
Dennis March Pictures Picture Curriculum, student awards and incentives, school improvement, teacher/office supplies, etc. $3,000.00
Downs March Brochure Sales General Buy Smart boards and curriculum $1,500.00
Downs March Sno-Cone Sales 915-00 Physical education equipment and classroom supplies $150.00
Downs March Pictures 916-00 Curriculum, supplies, etc. $800.00
Downs March Book Fair Media Media Curriculum and supplies $2,000.00
Harvest Hills March Pictures School Pictures Instructional, media supplies, professional development, technology, etc. $3,500.00
Hilldale March Pot O’Gold coloring page, donation competition between grade levels Cancer Research Donation for PC Cancer Drive $200.00
Lake Park March Pictures General Curriculum materials, office supplies, etc. $3,000.00
Rollingwood March Special Days, Jogathon, etc. Cancer Donation for PC Cancer Drive and activity expenses $1,000.00
Will Rogers March Sell Track Shirts PE Purchase of the track shirts $150.00
Will Rogers March/April Students create art pieces, send to Square One to produce mementos for families to purchase Art Glazes, and misc. items for Art $400.00

f. Overnight Travel Requests.
g. Retirements and resignations as listed on Attachment A.

Becky Haliburton made a motion to approve the consent agenda as presented. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

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

Tammy West made a motion to approve employment of new personnel as listed on Attachment A. Becky Haliburton seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #8 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY.

Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #9 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE CONTRACT WITH SHARILYNN CARTER RODGERS FOR EVALUATION OF THE PUTNAM CITY EVEN START PROGRAM.

Becky Haliburton made a motion to approve the contract with Sharilynn Carter Rodgers for evaluation of the Putnam City Even Start program. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #10 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE AN INSERVICE FOR JUNE 20-22, 2011 ENTITLED DEVELOPING NUMBER CONCEPTS K-2 AND UNDERSTANDING NUMBERS 3-5 PRESENTED BY MATH PERSPECTIVES. ($17,500 FROM TITLE I STIMULUS)

Tammy West made a motion to approve an inservice for June 20-22, 2011 entitled Developing Number Concepts K-2 and Understanding Numbers 3-5 presented by Math Perspectives. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #11 – DISCUSSION AND ITEM OF INFORMATION FOR NEW TITLE I PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT POLICY.

Title 1 regulations require that all districts that receive Title 1A funds have a written, comprehensive, and current district parent involvement policy. Dr. Joe Pierce provided a draft policy that the Board will consider at the March 7, 2011 Board Meeting.

ITEM #12 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO RESCIND CONTRACT WITH VERIZON WIRELESS, APPROVED DECEMBER 6, 2010 FOR ANTENNA AND TO ENTER INTO CONTRACT WITH ALLTEL COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.

Tammy West made a motion to rescind contract with Verizon Wireless, approved December 6, 2010 for antenna and to enter into contract with Alltel Communications, LLC. Becky Haliburton seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye, Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #13 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE AIMS EDUCATION FOUNDATION WORKSHOPS FOR GRADES 3-5 MAY 31-JUNE 3, 2011. ($50,945 FROM TITLE I STIMULUS)

Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve AIMS Education Foundation workshops for grades 3-5, May 31-June 3, 2011. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #14 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO APPROVE CONTRACT WITH CHANCE TO CHANGE FOR STUDENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM.

Tammy West made a motion to approve the contract Chance to Change for Student Assistance Program. Gail LoPresto seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #15 – SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT.

• As a result of the loss of instructional time because of inclement weather, we have extended the school day thirty (30) minutes, ten (10) minutes in the morning and twenty (20) minutes in the afternoon, from Monday, February 28, through Tuesday, May 24. This of course could change should we lose additional days.

Learning objectives were established early on in the school year, objectives developed with specific timelines that included 176 days of instruction. That timeline was interrupted and, to the extent possible, our students deserve that learning time back.

We wanted to capture as much time as possible before the testing period. With the fact that the testing period has been extended through mid-May, it made sense to establish a pattern and not inconvenience our families with a return to normal hours for a couple of weeks. By extending the time through the end of the student year, we are not devaluing the instructional time after the testing period.

We did wish to protect Spring Break, avoid the use of Saturdays, and to maintain the end of the school
calendar if possible.

We were able to establish the schedule without changes in the morning bus transportation schedule. It is
true that we would ask parents to drop their children off at school ten minutes earlier than previously
required.

We are asking our building leaders to utilize the extension of the day in a large, targeted block of time. Adding significant time to class periods, establishing in-school academic intervention opportunities, and extending literacy or numeracy instructional times are potential examples.

We do understand that there is no schedule that would universally satisfy all of our families and their
specific conditions. We do know that you share our interest in learning and the time scheduled for that to
occur. Our kids deserve our time and effort in this regard.

• Congratulations to the Hefner Middle School 8th grade Quiz Bowl Team. This team placed 1st at the regional tournament conducted last Saturday. The tournament consisted of 12 teams from the metro area. This successful outing qualifies the students to participate in the State Quiz Bowl conducted on April 9th. The students on the team are Dylan Rodolf, Jackson Jandreau, Richard Lynch, Austin Bennett, Nick Allen, Arman Rahman, Angela Nwankwo, and Danielle Jago. The students are coached by Barbara Fowler and Jacque Peschka.
• Leigh Hibbard, a student at Putnam City High School, and Aadam Baksh, a student at Putnam City North High School, were recently named National Merit Finalists. Congratulations to these fine students for this outstanding academic designation.
• Molly Patterson, an eighth grade student at Hefner Middle School, recently won the Miss Teen Metroplex Competition. Congratulations to Molly.
• Jody Bowie, physics teacher at Putnam City High School, received the Oklahoma Technology Association’s “Outstanding Teacher Award”. I know this honor is richly deserved. He is an outstanding classroom teacher and uses technology extensively to enrich the learning environment.
• Capps Middle School teacher Marti Elmore won the Aerospace After School Club Teacher of the Year. She was awarded this by the Civil Air Patrol for her program in which students build rockets, learn about gyroscopes, and visit local aerospace programs.
• Congratulations to Kirkland Elementary School for their acceptance into the Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) Cohort. This is a three year program that will help Kirkland design and implement a school-wide program directed at helping all students behaviorally, socially, and academically.
• Five soccer teams from our three district high schools are joining together to host the Putnam City “United Against Cancer” Soccer Classic, two evenings of outstanding high school soccer games intended to raise funds for cancer research. This most meaningful activity will take place on Thursday, February 24, and Friday, February 25, at Putnam City Stadium. Many of the players and coaches have family members or friends whose lives have been touched by cancer. This is an event and effort that comes straight from the hearts of our players and coaches. Please show your support by attending.
• Our finalists for district Teacher of the Year are Karen Rice (Capps Middle School), Jody Bowie (Putnam City High School), Kelli Chastain (Lake Park Elementary), Cathy O’Connor (PC Academy), and Shane Cole (Western Oaks Middle School). I hope that you can join us in recognizing all of the district’s site teachers of the year on Tuesday, March 8, at 6:00 p.m. at New Church. Thanks to all the committee members who worked with the selection process and in putting together the event on the 8th of March.
• We had a great morning at the Putnam City Academy this morning as we launched the first version of a “one on one” technology effort. Mr. Boggs and others have been working for several weeks with the teaching staff at the academy in preparation of the distribution of over 100 iPads to the students of this school. Certainly we are interested in how lessons might evolve that utilize this technology. Obviously, most of us use technology daily in our lives, and we are attempting to increase its frequency and the creative use of these devices. As I told the students today, it is not that we have the facts or the knowledge, it is our recognition that facts change, and we need to organize the facts and work the knowledge to solve complex problems. As you can imagine, they were most excited. We too are excited to see how this might enrich higher order learning.

ITEM #16 – COMMENTS BY BOARD MEMBERS.

Gail LoPresto thanked Cathy Post for her years of service to students of the district. She said Cathy helped her get involved in PTA many years ago and also encouraged her to run for the School Board. Mrs. LoPresto said she recently attended a workshop on the state’s Open Meeting Laws. She said the workshop was very informative and would be beneficial for all Board members to attend next year. Mrs. LoPresto welcomed Cindy Gibbs to the Board. She said that all three high schools have musicals in the next couple of weeks; My Fair Lady at Putnam City North, The Music Man at Putnam City West, and Annie at Putnam City High School.

Cindy Gibbs thanked Board members, district employees and patrons for welcoming her into her new position on the Board. She thanked Cathy Post for her many years of service as volunteer director of the Care Share Program.

Tammy West also welcomed Cindy Gibbs to the School Board. She thanked Cathy Post as well. Mrs. West said after reading Teacher of the Year nomination packets, she was grateful for the quality of teachers serving children in Putnam City. She thanked Jennifer Strong for letting her be a judge in the Culinary Contest. Mrs. West requested a presentation summary as a follow-up on the recent Board work sessions.

Becky Haliburton thanked Cathy Post for volunteering her time as well as Dr. Post (her husband) for sharing her. She said Sherry Boyd will be the new volunteer director of the Care Share Program. Mrs. Haliburton asked Cory Boggs for a presentation in coming months on the iPad project at Putnam City Academy. She encouraged people to attend the United Against Cancer soccer classic. Mrs. Haliburton said she hoped teachers and administrators would encourage Putnam City elementary and middle school kids to get involved with their feeder high school activities and to be proud and excited about graduation from that school in a few years. She said she appreciated the intramural sports offered in the middle schools.

ITEM #17 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THE RENEWAL OF EMPLOYMENT OF THE SUPERINTENDENT’S ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF FOR THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH INCLUDES CORY BOGGS, JIM HOOPER, DR. JOE PIERCE, SUE KUNTZE, DR. APRIL GRACE, DR. MELANI MOUSE, LYNETTE THOMPSON, AND SHANNON MEEKS PURSUANT TO 25 O.S. §307 (B)(1).

Becky Haliburton made a motion at 6:49 p.m. to enter into executive session for the purpose of discussing the renewal of employment of the Superintendent’s Administrative Staff for the 2011-2012 school year, which includes Cory Boggs, Jim Hooper, Dr. Joe Pierce, Sue Kuntze, Dr. April Grace, Dr. Melani Mouse, Lynette Thompson, and Shannon Meeks pursuant to 25 O.S. §307 (B)(1). Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #18 – 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.

Becky Haliburton made a motion at 8:10 p.m. to return to open session and to request the Board Clerk to record the minutes of the executive session. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

MINUTES OF EXECUTIVE SESSION: Board members Cindy Gibbs, Gail LoPresto, Tammy West, Mark Bledsoe, and Becky Haliburton; and Superintendent Paul Hurst met in executive session for the purpose of discussing the renewal of employment of the Superintendent’s Administrative Staff for the 2011-2012 school year, which includes Cory Boggs, Jim Hooper, Dr. Joe Pierce, Sue Kuntze, Dr. April Grace, Dr. Melani Mouse, Lynette Thompson, and Shannon Meeks pursuant to 25 O.S. §307 (B)(1).

ITEM #19 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION FOR RENEWAL OF EMPLOYMENT FOR SUPERINTENDENT’S ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF FOR THE 2011-2012 SCHOOL YEAR, WHICH INCLUDES CORY BOGGS, JIM HOOPER, DR. JOE PIERCE, SUE KUNTZE, DR. APRIL GRACE, DR. MELANI MOUSE, LYNETTE THOMPSON, AND SHANNON MEEKS.

Gail LoPresto made a motion to renew employment of the Superintendent’s Administrative Staff for the 2011-2012 school year, which includes Cory Boggs, Jim Hooper, Dr. Joe Pierce, Sue Kuntze, Dr. April Grace, Dr. Melani Mouse, Lynette Thompson, and Shannon Meeks. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

ITEM #20 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON NEW BUSINESS.

Two items of new business:
• Modified Rates of Pay Schedule effective February 28 – May 24, 2011.
Gail LoPresto made a motion to approve the Modified Rates of Pay Schedule effective February 28 – May 24, 2011. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

Due to the additional time added (30 minutes) to the school/work day for staff, we need to modify the pay rate for substitutes to accommodate the increased time. The additional 30 minutes is being added to the school/work day, February 28 – May 24, 2011, to make up time lost due to snow.

• Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Cooperative Fund.
Becky Haliburton made a motion to approve the Appropriation for Fiscal Year 2010-2011 Cooperative Fund. Tammy West seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.

An allocation of $307,625 from Title II, Part B, will allow middle school math and science teachers to attend training provided by the University of Oklahoma.

ITEM #21 – CONSIDERATION OF AND VOTE ON MOTION TO ADJOURN.

Gail LoPresto made a motion at 8:15 p.m. to adjourn. Becky Haliburton seconded the motion. Vote: LoPresto, aye; Gibbs, aye; West, aye; Haliburton, aye; Bledsoe, aye.