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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Minutes of Bord Meeting 3-17-2009

I am posting these minutes to expedite information dissemination. Much more complete and detailed minutes will be posted in 4-6 weeks on the school district’s website. In the mean time, these minutes are what I feel were the big “takeaways”, a macro look at my impression of the meeting. These are condensed, abbreviated, shortened, and to the point.

Meeting convened at 5:33 PM

All Board Members and Superintendent Malcolm Thomas present.

Pledge of Allegiance led by Bailey Middle School Student Jenna Eckes

PTA Presentation—given by Cindy Gerhardt

Stellar Employee Recognition—Troy Floyd, 2 year employee of the district, currently PE Coach at Bellview Elementary.

Public Forum: 1 Speaker-wanted to remind everyone about the rally for education funding taking place today at 10AM EDT in Tallahassee.

Rule adoptions:

1. Notice of intent to Modify, Change, and/or delete School Attendance Zone Boundaries (closing of Carver-Century K-8) approved by a 3-2 vote. Mr. Slayton and Mrs. Moultrie voted “no”.

(7 speakers addressed the board on this subject, all expressing their disapproval of the plan to close Carver- Century K-8 school.)

Permission to advertise rules for adoption:


6 sets of January and February Board Meeting Minutes Approved

Entire Consent Agenda Approved.

All Curriculum items approved

All Finance items approved

All Purchasing items approved

All Operations items approved

(Entire Consent Agenda was meticulously covered and discussed at length during two thorough school board workshops held during the afternoon of 3/12/2009, and the morning of 3/13/2009)

Board voted unanimously, 5-0, to accept the superintendent’s recommendation regarding the following:
Student recommendations:

15 Students Expelled

Student infractions included:

1 for possession of brass knuckles
2 for possession of knives
12 for possession of drugs on school property

14 Employee Recommendations by Superintendent approved unanimously by board, to include:

4 employees suspended without pay
10 Employees put on administrative reassignment with pay

Meeting adjourned at 6:53PM.

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