Atlanta Public School Board Education meeting today at 2 p.m. – some comments and questions on the agenda


The Atlanta Public School Board of Education will hold its regularly scheduled monthly meeting today at 2 p.m. The following is a brief review of the published agenda for the Work Session and Legislative Session.

There are three presentations scheduled for the Work Session as follows:

  • Board Meeting Processes & Structure – Courtney D. English, Board Chair – this presentation will be on the revisions to the conduct of the Board meeting to make them more efficient and will likely include a discussion on how the consent agenda will be handled, on how the public comment session will be conducted and on timing of publishing the agenda and related attachments in advance of the meeting. More on this in a subsequent post.
  • Flexibility Options Update – Angela Smith, Special Assistant to the Superintendent (10 Minutes) – see presentation here. The presentation includes a calendar for developing a recommendation and a listing of members of the Task Force/Advisory Committee.
  • Day One APS – Dr. Meria J. Carstarphen, Superintendent – see presentation here. Some of the key accomplishments are:
    • 1,647 or a 4% increase in students attending school on Day One over last year.
    • Only 10 open teacher positions out of 3,200.
    • All students who were registered prior to Day One had schedules.
    • 50 newly hired SST/RTI Intervention Specialists, 111 Counselors, 29 Social workers, and 49 Special Education Lead Teachers.
    • Much improved bus route performance.

The following items are on the agenda for discussion and action:

In consultation with the superintendent, we will set high expectations for outcomes for our students, and we will empower the superintendent to accomplish our mutual goals by supporting his/her decisions regarding personnel and other administrative actions.  

What is interesting about this is that over the course of the last six months, I have yet to hear what the “high expectations for outcomes for our students” are. Those expectations were not set during the budget discussion and I have yet to hear of any specifics from the new administration on this either. Now that this is enshrined in policy, should we expect to hear what the objectives of the new administration are?   

 The following are the items scheduled for the Consent Agenda: 

  • Report No. 14/15-1702 Approval Annual Planning Calendar – the Board is beginning to develop an annual calendar for its deliberations.
  • Report No. 14/15-1703 Authorization to Revise Policy BBBC Board Member Development Opportunities (Final Approval) – The dollar amount per Board member of $4,000 has been eliminated and instead the amount will be established as part of the annual budget. I will make a note of that and see if the Budget Commission follows up with this next budget season.
  • Report No. 14/15-1704 Authorization to Revise Policy EEE School Nutrition and Wellness Programs (First Reading) – this policy says – in essence – we will feed our kids in a manner that is compliant with federal standards and is likely required to keep receiving federal dollars for the school meal programs. It also limits the use of vending machines during the day.
  • Report No. 14/15-5101 Personnel Gains, Losses, Promotions, Appointments, Creations, Reclassifications and Abolishments – The following are the interesting items in the Report:
    • New Assistant Principals and Academy Leaders:
      • Stephen Black – North Atlanta High School – Asst. Principal
      • Freddie Lawrence, IV – Bethune Elementary – Asst. Principal
      • Danny Smith – Brown Middle School – Asst. Principal
      • Michael Taylor – Bunche Middle School – Asst. Principal
      • Felicial Lester – Douglas High School – Academy Leader
      • Lori Paulk-Revere – Best Academy Middle School – Dean of Academics
      • Yamilsa Roebuck – Best Academy High – Academy Leader
      • Byron White – Best Academy High – Academy Leader
    • Promotions – Nicole Spillar to Director of Student Support Services
  • Report No. 14/15-5102 Workers’ Compensation Settlement – $90,000 – the district self-insures for these types of claims and the settlement appears reasonable.
  • Report No. 14/15-1115 Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract for Casework Design and Installation Service – $2.5 million – execute a contract with Mark Products of Georgia to provide casework design and installation service.
  • Report No. 14/15-1116 Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract for Fencing Supplies – $1.1 million – a contract with Capricorn Construction Company to provide portable classroom transport, setup and installation service. $200 thousand – a contract with Allied Fence Company to provide fencing supplies.
  • Report No. 14/15-1117 Authorization to Enter into and Execute a Contract for Portable Classroom Transport, Setup and Installation Service – $1.1 million – a contract with Capricorn Construction Company to provide portable classroom transport, setup and installation service.
  • Report No. 14/15-1118 Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts for Charter Bus Services – $200,000 thousand – contracts with Daniels Charter Service, Kelly Tours, Kingsmen Coach Lines, MLB Tours, Inc., and Southeastern Stages, Inc. to provide charter bus services.
  • Report No. 14/15-1119 Authorization to Purchase Janitorial Supplies and Equipment from the Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) Contracts – $700,000 – The Cooperative Purchasing Network (TCPN) has established contracts R5118, R5119 and R5120 with Buckeye Cleaning Center-Houston, Ecolab, Inc. and Office Depot.
  • Report No. 14/15-1120 Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts for Social Work Services -$145 thousand – contracts with Becki Burney-Mitchell, Rachel Johnson and Social Work PRN to provide social work services.
  • Report No. 14/15-1121 Authorization to Accept the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant for FY’15 – $1,120,511 in grants – the superintendent be authorized to accept the Georgia Title IV, Part B, 21st CCLC grant awards for FY’15.
  • Report No. 14/15-1122 Authorization to Amend Report No. 10/11-1203 to Provide Occupational and Physical Therapy Services – increase the previously approved contracts from $750,000 to $900,000 – contracts with Career Staff Unlimited, Comprehensive Therapy Consultants, Cobb Pediatric Therapy Services, Progressus Therapy, Staffing Options and Solutions and Supplemental Healthcare in June 2011
  • Report No. 14/15-1123 Authorization to Amend Report No. 10/11-1152 to Provide Sign Language Services – increase the previously approved contracts from $823,650 to $950,000 – contracts with Georgia Interpreting Services Network, Interpreters Unlimited and Sign Language Interpreting Specialist, Inc.
  • Report No. 14/15-1124 Authorization to Enter into and Execute Contracts to Provide Tutorial Services for the Flexible Learning Program – $800,000 – contracts with I Can Achieve, Inc., The Math Doctor, LLC and Vision Tutoring Education Foundation, Inc. to provide tutorial services for the flexible learning program.
  • Report No. 14/15-4302 Authorization to Negotiate and Enter into a Lease Agreement with WonderRoot for the Former Hubert Elementary School Property
  • Report No. 14/15-4303 Authorization to Negotiate and Enter into a Lease Agreement with Integral New Schools Atlanta, Inc. d/b/a Centennial Place Academy at the Centennial Place Elementary School Property

A number of items are scheduled for an Executive Session including the following:

  • 8.02 5.01 Report No. 14/15-0100 In re Douglas Rozier – the Board will consider the Hearing Tribunal’s recommendation in the matter of Douglas Rozier.
  • 8.03 Report No. 14/15-0101 Authorization to Settle Student v. AISS/ OSAH DOCKET NO. OSAH-GDOE-SE-1457769-60-SCHROER – In June 2014, Student filed a due process complaint with the Office of State Administrative Hearings alleging that APS failed to provide Student with a free and appropriate public education.  Without conceding any of the claims raised by the Plaintiffs, the parties have agreed to settle the complaint and resolve the issues present in the requested administrative proceeding, as doing so is in the best interest of the parties.

The agenda also includes the standard information reports as follows:

See you at the meeting.

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