The Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Monday and the following is a recap of the actions taken during the meeting. For a complete list of items and explanations of the actions items, see the prior post here. In addition, the entire meeting was live-streamed and can be seen here.
Chair English provided a brief review of the Equity Audit received by the district. A summary of the findings of the Equity Audit can be seen here. He also briefly discussed the ongoing APS/Beltline dispute and stated that the Board was strongly in favor of the Beltline project and looked forward to reaching a resolution that was beneficial to Atlanta economic development and the education of the Atlanta students.
During the Legislative Meeting, Superintendent Carstarphen made her initial presentation and focused on the importance of “Day One” to getting a great start on the upcoming new school year. In addition, she reviewed some of her activities during the transition period, including filling the 22 open principal positions, hiring an Executive Director for High Schools to support the new in-school leaders, developing a superintendent evaluation and, in with the Board, identifying additional short and long-term needs.
The Board changed its procedure regarding how it will address the consent agenda items going forward and brought the list of items for a vote as one item. Board members can comment on any item prior to the vote, but members are urged to as their questions and provide their comments in advance of the meeting. As a result, there were no Board member comments or questions on any of the consent agenda items during either the Work Session or the Legislative Session. The following are all the items approved under the consent agenda with a vote of 9-0:
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Cancer Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Dental Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Long-Term Care Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Long-Term Disability Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Short-Term Disability Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Term Life Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Vision Insurance
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Digital Learning Content – $654,000 Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Hazardous and Universal Waste Disposal and Transfer Services – $100,000
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Instructional Materials and Supplies – $1,700,000
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide K-2 Reading Foundation Instructional Materials and Training – $530,000
- Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Professional Learning Services for Instructional Staff – $219,000
- Authorization to Accept the Perkins IV- Program Improvement Grant and Annual Plan – $604,303 Authorization to Transfer Funds from the General Fund to the Lottery Fund – $350,000
- Approval of the FY2015 Budget for BuildSmart Capital Projects to be Funded from the Proceeds from SPLOST
- Authorization to Negotiate and Complete the Sale of the Carter Facility
[Comment – I understand why the Board has changed their procedures on the consent agenda items as it makes the meeting much shorter and more efficient. However, in the past, the reasons and the description given by the administration for recommending approval of the items has been very limited and superficial. Often the public comments or questions posed by Board members were very helpful to further understand of the item being voted upon. Now that all of this is being done in advance of the meeting, we have lost any insight into concerns the Board members might have or any answers to clarifying questions the members might pose. My suggestion is that the Chair provide a brief summary of issues raised by Board members and any a review of clarifying answers on the items in the consent agenda.]
In addition, the following resolutions were approved by the Board – all on a vote of 9-0. The resolutions passed can be seen in full at the links below.
- Authorization to Revise Policy BC Board Meetings (First Reading) – there was some discussion on this policy revision and the Board had received several comments from the community. The Board indicated that it would review the policy changes and make recommendations for a further revision.
- Approval of General Counsel Contract – see a more detailed assessment of this in a prior post here.
- Resolution to Request Assistance from the Georgia Department of Education in the Development of a New Five-Year Local Facilities Plan
- Resolution Requesting a Tax Levy for the FY 2015 General Fund Budget
- Resolution to allow Board Members to Participate in the State Health Benefits Plan for Medical Coverage
- Resolution in Memory of Board Member Jean C. Dodd, Representative Educational District 5