The Atlanta Public School Board of Education will hold its monthly meeting on Monday. The agenda and all attachments are presented at BoardDocs – see here. The following are the items on the agenda and some questions or comments on the items being considered by the Board. Also, it is common for some of the agenda items and attached schedules to be changed in advance of the meeting. I will update this post with changes as I see them.
Recommendation to Approve a Zone Change for Inman Middle School (emphasis added)
Middle-grade students living in the Centennial Place zone currently attend Inman Middle School. Under the proposed plan, students living in the Centennial Place zone currently attending Inman Middle School will continue at Inman through high-school matriculation. Beginning next year, 6th-grade students who live in the Centennial Place zone will no longer be zoned to Inman, but will attend Centennial Place. In Year Two, students eligible for 6th– and 7th grade will no longer be zoned to Inman and will attend Centennial Place. In Year Three, all middle-school students living in the Centennial Place zone will no longer be zoned to Inman Middle School and will attend Centennial Place.
Personnel Gain & Losses, Promotions, Appointments, Creations, Reclassifications and Abolishments – no questions, but some observations, as follows:
- This is the time of year we see teachers leaving the system – 155 in total reported for this month. Of the 155, 38 are retiring, 116 are resigning and 1 is being fired. Expect more in next months Report.
- The Communications and External Affairs group, which has come under fire recently, has three people leaving. One has been fired, but the other two I am told are great talents and will be a loss to the system.
- One custodian is leaving – while this is not unusual, it will be interesting to see if this position is refilled or if it is contracted out as per the prior administration plan to reduce the total custodians on staff.
- I think it is significant to note that none of the Senior Cabinet or their Deputies are listed as leaving – the rumors are flying and I would expect to see some resignations in the next Report.
Authorization to Amend Report No. 09/10-1192 to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide E-Rate Eligible Data, Voice and Multi-Media Cabling Installation Services – summary below.
The board authorized the superintendent to execute a contract with One Path Systems, LLC to provide e-rate eligible data, voice and multi-media cabling installation services in March 2010. … Information Technology will focus on upgrading school based infrastructure which will require the replacement of much of the district’s data/voice cabling… [and] to increase the authorized amount from $700,000 to $5,564,680. This represents an increase of $4,864,680 from the current authorized expenditure amount.
Comment – the source of funding is a combination of the General and SPLOST funds. However, it is unclear how much is coming from each fund. In the item below, which approves the $11 million Capital Projects FY15 Budget, there is $8.2 million for Technology. In addition, the FY15 General Fund Budget approved and additional $11.3 million for non-salary or employee benefit items. I am not sure if there is an overlap here.
Additionally, I would want to know if this Authorization is in some way sidestepping the purchasing freeze that was implemented by Davis (see here). If this Authorization represents approval to commit to the level of spending in the FY15 Budget prior to review by the new superintendent, I would suggest it be deferred.
Adoption of the Tentative Capital Projects Budget for FY 2015 – see spending by function below.
Comment – These costs will be borne by the Capital Projects Fund and are separate from General Fund spending. It would be nice to know what the spending represents in terms of salaries, benefits, professional services, etc.
I think it is interesting to note that between this Fund and the Special Revenue Fund, they account for approximately $134 million or 17% of the overall budget. However, there was limited to no discussion on either Fund budget during the budget process.
Adoption of FY 2015 Special Revenue Budget – see additional detail here.
Comment – This is the first time we are seeing a comprehensive listing of the Special Revenue Fund and the presentation is far more informative than prior presentations. We are still missing the detailed expenditure line items for each account, but the current presentation represents forward progress. I will go into greater depth on the detailed accounts and update this in a later post.
Adoption of the Tentative Debt Service Budget for FY 2015 – $2.0 million– consistent with prior year – no questions.
Resolution Requesting a Tax Levy for the FY 2015 General Fund Budget (FIRST READ) – 21.64 mills and consistent with prior year – see Resolution here – consistent with prior year – no questions.
Resolution Requesting a Tax Levy for the FY 2015 Bond Sinking Fund (FIRST READ) – 0.1 mills and consistent with prior year – see Resolution here – no questions.
School Activity Funds Report March 2014 – for informational purposes – see detailed report here.
Comment – This report provides information on the inflow and outflow of funds for each schools discretionary spending account. Excluding the Athletic Department fund inflows, there are $3.0 million in funds raised and spent by the local schools. It is interesting to note the wide range of funds that is available to each school.
Construction Status Report May 1, 2014 – for informational purposes – see detailed report here.
Comment – it has been many months since Operations has given a presentation updating the Board on construction activities. There are large budgets and multiple activities here – at some point you would think the Board would be interested in overseeing how spending is tracking with budgets.
The remaining items on the agenda are as follows (no questions on any item):
Authorization to Revise Policy JCDAF Use of Electronic Devices by Students (Final Approval) – see here.
Authorization to Amend Report No. 12/13-1114 to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide a Computer Adaptive Assessment System
Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Employment and Income Verification Services
Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract to Provide Online Course Content – $200,000 – see summary below.
The Atlanta Virtual Academy program is seeking authorization to enter into a contract with Florida Virtual Academy to purchase critical online course content. The purchase will allow the APS team to quickly expand course offerings for the FY15 school year. Florida Virtual courses are rated superior for meeting students’ needs for online learning and the majority of the courses will require EOCT test. APS will own the course content and will be able to customize the content to align with Georgia standards. The course content expands academic course offerings for APS students and is aligned to national standards. Florida Virtual Academy is considered to be a single source vendor.
Authorization to Purchase E-Rate Eligible Networking Equipment and IT Infrastructure Products from the State of Georgia Contracts Content – summary below.
There is a need to purchase e-rate eligible networking equipment and IT infrastructure products to support the increased bandwidth needed in our schools. The state of Georgia has established contracts with eighteen (18) vendors to provide e-rate eligible networking equipment and IT infrastructure products. Authorization is requested to utilize the state of Georgia contracts to purchase e-rate eligible networking equipment and IT infrastructure products.
Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts for Relocation Services
Authorization to Set Tuition Rates for the 2014-2015 School Year
Authorization to Implement Summer School – $6.0 million
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