Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Notes from Board of Education Work Session, 6/23/14

The Board of Education Work Session on Monday, June 23 will be re-broadcast on Comcast Channel 96, Verizon FIOS Channel 12 and is available via webstream at http://www.ccboe.com/ . 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.

Executive session – 5:30 p.m.

Call to Order – 6 p.m. - Pledge of Allegiance

Public Forum

  • Colleen Longhi - APFO Committee status;  commissioners won't hear report, what now next steps.
  • Ms. Longi advised the BOE received an email late this afternoon from the county government inviting us to attend an APFO committee meeting on July 8.  Requesting additional information from the county if it is for a board to board meeting or just APFO committee meeting.
Work session - FY2015 operating budget - some reductions include....
  1. Private school students sharing buses with public schools
  2. Eliminate Summer Reading Academy
  3. Eliminate One-Time Salary Award
  4. Eliminate Athletic Trainers
  5. Elminate After-School Activity Buses
  6. Eliminate Prinicpal Request Portion of Teacher Substitues
  7. Eliminate Professional Library Materials (central office allocation)
  8. Eliminate 5 positions at St. Charles High Schools
  9. Reduce utilities and other maintenance contracts
  10. Restructuring of student transportation
  11. Eliminate 25 Building Service Worker positions, 31 FTE positions & Instructional Asst.
  • Abell requested clarification on technology reduction - not for required testing infrastructure; only for standard equipment replacement
  • Abell request clarification on teacher salary increases based on local officials public comments recently.
  1. 2011 - teachers did NOT receive a step increase
  2. 2012 - teachers received a step increase
  3. 2013 - teachers received a step increase
  4. 2014 - teachers will NOT receive a step increase
  5. teachers have NOT received a COLA since 2009.
  6. in summary, teachers are 2 steps behind where they should be at the end of this year and have NOT received a Cost of Living increase in 5 years. 
  • On another note of concern, the elementary school population saw an increase last year.  The trending prediction with local development is that we will continue to see an increase at the elementary school level which will increase class sizes and create a need for additional staff.  As the students age over the next several years, this trend will continue and the student population will once again see an increase that we had in years past that the county has unfortunately put us in a situation of unpreparedness.
Action items
Motion to accept Cook; Second Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
Motion to accept Cook; Second Pedersen
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise
  • Personnel
Motion to accept Cook; Second Lukas
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Lukas, Pedersen, Wise

New Business
Motion to accept FY2015 Tuition Rates by Pedersen; Second by Bowie
Yes = Abell, Bowie, Cook, Pedersen, Lukas; No = Wise
 Executive session


Anonymous said...

Just to clarify, the reductions and eliminations are a result of the $2.9 million budget (that should have been $7.7 or $10 as promised)? What happens to the 61 employees whose jobs have been eliminated? Also, what do students who relied on activity buses to do now that they are gone? This budget is now going to cause a mess of problems for both teachers and students.

Jennifer Abell said...

Yes, these reductions are a DIRECT result of the commissioners not coming through on their promise of the $10M to open the new high school. We are now here and ready to open and MUST open the school. In order to fund the opening, we had to make reductions in other areas to come up with the $10M to open the school. Staff worked diligently to try and identify those areas where reductions could take place taht would NOT affect the education process or the classrooms. In regards to the jobs eliminated, several were open positions (no one occupied them at the time) and the ones that were part-time, we are seeking to place them in full-time open positions. Unfortunately the activity buses while necessary for alot of students to particpate in after school activities, was an item that could be could eliminated that would not affect the education process or the classroom. If the commissioners reconsider the funding available, it is possible this item could be added back in at a later date.