Whoa. Too many comments in my original post - had to start a new post. To read the citizen comments, click here.
(Ms. Copelin-Wood is attending via telephone.)
Financial Report - Turk. Available here.
HR - Wilson. McChesney asked a good question - are the reported 23 job openings the same ones from last month? (No way to tell by the report.) Only 6 are.
Babst - audit report. 32 schools audited this year. Ethics line generated 30 reports. Jester disappointed that he hasn't gotten to the systemwide issues.
Sheltering Arms. Special Ed. Staffed by DCSS.
Museum School approved to use Forrest Hills. Edler: Charter is 5 years, but lease is 10 years. Why aren't they the same? (Good question.) School wanted to be ensured they would have long term use - they are investing a lot in renovations. Speaks: Are we responsible for insurance? Lawyer: DCSS is deemed harmless. Cunningham: Lease should coincide with length of program. I puzzled by the 10 year lease when the charter is for 5. McChesney: Already asked a lot of these questions. What happens is that 2nd, 5 year lease is null and void if charter is not renewed. Womack: I understand due to their investment in the property. Edler: But we should go with what makes sense to be 'congruent'... I think it should be in our ballpark. Bowen: They just want to protect their investment. Edler: (still pushes...) What is the difference if they're looking to lease after 10 years? Bowen: You're right. But we're not held hostage, so it doesn't make a difference. (More lights from board reps.) McChesney: If we need the school for growth, there's a provision to take it back. Atty: Yes. Cunningham: Help me find the part where it says if we approve after the 5, then they can have another 5 on the lease... (they all look over the contract as if they've never seen it). Cunningham approves. Atty to Speaks: Tenant is required to hold insurance. Cunningham: Are there any other folks that are looking at buildings? Atty: Yes, ICS wants to lease Medlock and another charter will want to lease after charter is approved by the state.
(My comment: how ridiculous! this much discussion over a charter lease?)
Freeman: $100,000 to approve ambulance service for football, cross country and track. McChesney: How about soccer? Freeman: No, we'll look into it. Lots more discussion including lacrosse, which has a lot of injuries.
Ms. Woods wants to revisit the Museum School contract. She understood them to be apprehensive that they might do all these repairs and get booted from the school. Are they consulting about their plans? Knighton: Yes. (Woods can't hear, so Knight responds more loudly.)
Freeman: Not to exceed $200,000 for officiating services from the Atlanta Quarterback and Capitol City Officials Associations. Red Cross: Memorandum of Agreement to use certain schools for emergency shelters.
Guillory: School bus purchases - 7 buses at $76,000+ each. Uses state school bus funds. No cost to system. McChesney: Can we convert to natural gas? Guillory: Yes. Cunningham: What about SPLOST III buses? Guillory: We have not used SPLOST III to purchase buses. We've used state funds only. Have received 9 buses. (Special Ed.) Womack: What about natural gas? There are grants available - I thought we were going to look at that. Walker: Special thanks to David for pointing out the 'value-add' for the buses.
Barbara Colman: Change orders only come when they're over $50,000. DSA - roof replacement at Avondale HS (to reroof the third wing - where DSA is). McChesney: It's not the same roofer that did Hawthorne I hope. (No.) Edler: Is there a schedule? Or is it who yells the loudest? Colman: No, we go by the assessment, not by who screams the loudest. Edler: I'm sorry, I didn't hear you. Are you going to provide a list? Colman: We will provide one. Miller Grove renovation and addition design. WBBC - new lighting $65,000+ and new HVAC controls $87,500. Edler: I'd like a similar report on HVAC systems in order of rotation. (Good idea Donna!)
Dan Drake: An obesity initiative.
Atkinson: Professional services. May 9 authorized a salary compensation and class study after the last one did not produce the results they sought. I sent out an RFP for a new audit. Deadline Jan 1. Phase II - March 15 deadline. Management Advisory Group was considered the most responsive responsible bid. $175,420. Jester: Excited to begin this process. Didn't hear back from initial companies we sought bids from. Adkinson: We had a short window and strict consequences for late work so it "may" have deterred some.
Time to vote. Sarah on the phone, "What are we voting on?" Item passed.
Edler: Reminding people to vote tomorrow. An important referendum on the ballot: SPLOST.
Walker: Jack and Jill Organization held a Youth Forum. (Like a Civics 101 to teach roles and responsibilities of elected officials.)
Cunningham: Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. I laid on my back for two weeks thinking about life. "If you're not doing what you should do like taking meds and exercising, or being stubborn like men, then you need to take a look at how you're living.... I"m now eating fruit."
Jester: I"d like to see a safety report in our regular monthly packet. We've had several break-ins and I think the board should be informed, especially since we're self-insured. I'd also like to point out that in a brochure that went home about SPLOST - I'd like to point out that the line stating that there is no funding for projects, that the Chamblee program is funded with federal QSCB funds and will go forward with or without SPLOST. Cunningham: I appreciate your comment, but SPLOST pays back the QSCB. It's not free money, it's a loan. Jester: Yes. That reiterated what I said. And the $57 per home tax increase without the SPLOST will repay the QSCB. Bowen: If you want to know more about SPLOST, check the website.