Monday, March 16, 2009

NOTES: Board Meeting, March 10, 2009

The Board Meeting Tuesday, March 10th will be re-broadcast on Channel 96 on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.; Fridays at 9 a.m.; and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. . To view the full agenda and the various reports, please visit BoardDocs.

The below notes are my personal notes and are not intended to be all-inclusive or official minutes for the Board of Education meetings and are provided as a request from my supporters and the general public in a personal effort to be more transparent. Although I have diligently tried to make these notes as unbiased and accurate as possible, I am only human and do make mistakes.


  • See report
  • Web streaming video


  • Wise - Democratic Central Committee honoring Wade for Kennedy award
  • Abell - MABE nominating and budget committee by May 29
  • Pedersen - Blue Ribbon met with commissioners and submitted 6 issues
  • Carrington - Reaching Out Now organization helping teachers and students; round table discussion and activities. Attended awards for history fair and robotics competition at CSM
  • Wise - Winter student recognition program at Lackey was well attended
  • Cook - Couldn't attend but received positive feedback
  • Carrington - LaPlata good turnout - younger kids seeing older kids getting awards
  • Abell - McDonough turnout was very poor
  • Pedersen - North Point was good turnout
  • Wise - One complaint from someone who had a child at two different locations
  • Wineland - Westlake attendance was good
  • Cook - Families liked seeing people they knew
  • Wise - Surprise for feeder schools; had banners made


  • Carrington - Adventure with Wineland driving. Met with VP of CISCO from building in DC to London conversation/discussion
  • Wise - Indy paper - student blatantly says they are transferring to another county to play spring sports. Wants review at state level athletic policy
  • Pedersen - Issues with AA Regional track meet held at Armory in DC. Floors and starter not conducive
  • Wade - Letter from Grasmick - 2/10/09 letter re: appointment of Supt. approved


  • Ms. Brown read report
  • Wise - 2.5 hours to respond to the TELL survey?


  • Senior prom on 3/13. 500 tickets sold out in 2 days
  • CCASC state convention
  • All HS raising $$ for state charity


  • Barnhart - Kind. addition completed
  • Bailey - Kind. addition - lost a couple of days due to snow. comp. 6/09
  • Martin - ditto
  • Mt. Hope - Septic system replacement. Bids for construction of kind. addition 3/25; currently have 17 interested companies
  • Received another $1M from IAC for Middleton boilers
  • Now have 249 "educational cottages"


  • Presentation
  • Wise - Life of rubber base?
  • Belmore - At least 10 years old now
  • Pedersen - Seen some in ill repair like Wade
  • Belmore - Those are a different kid; older style; slowly being replaced

INSTRUCTION - Special Education Citizens Advisory Committee

  • HSA projects to date 717. 87 students met HSA requirement through the Bridge plan.
  • Discussion on projects
  • Summer Academy
  • Sensory Room at JP Ryon; small rooms; $20,000 via grant
  • Trying to seek funding for another room in the LaPlata area


  • 2010 - 2011 Calendar;


  • Schwartz - HB 1243/SB673 - Fairness in negotiations - create a system to allow outside arbitrators to decide what is negotiable and what is not. Would not allow Supt. to transfer employees. Suggests we oppose. MACO and Supt. Assoc. are opposing.
  • Pederesen - How does this benefit the child?
  • Abell - Asked for legislative issues to be an actual printed report on BoardDocs in the future in order to properly prepare for the meeting.

Motion for opposition to bills by Wise; Seconded by Pedersen. Abell - Abstained; Everyone else - Yes; PASSED


  • Presented; questions next month


  • Cook - Suggests making board meeting earlier
  • Pedersen - Against moving times
  • Wise - Concern with staff time
  • Abell - Public forum should NOT be moved; we were voted in as public servants to represent our community and that is who we should be accessible to
  • Cook - Suggests submitting emails that could be read
  • Bailey - Spoke about history


  • None


  • Cook - School safety issues
  • Abell - Four previously requested agenda items (incident ticker for website, student code of conduct for sexual harassment, board notification of incidents, alternative schedules)
  • Cunningham - States he can't locate the information; still working on it


  • Wise asked for the motion for the minutes to be divided

Motion by Bailey to approve the minutes from 2/10/09 executive session. Seconded by Carrington. Abstain - Wise and Pedersen. Yes - all remaining. PASSED

Motion by Wise to approve the minutes from the 2/10/09 public session. Seconded by Pedersen. Vote was unanimous. PASSED

Motion by Wise to approve Personnel. Second by Carrington. Vote was unanimous. PASSED

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