The Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District held a special meeting in conjunction with the regularly scheduled agenda meeting on Thursday, April 14, 2005, in the Boardroom of the Administration Building, 810 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas. Vice president Michael Daugherty presided.
Roy G. Brooks, Superintendent of Schools
Beverly Griffin, Recorder of Minutes
I. CALL TO ORDER / ROLL CALL
Dr. Daugherty called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. Five members of the board were present at roll call; Mr. Berkley and Mr. Day were absent. Ex officio representatives Kathy Tatum, teacher from Henderson Middle School, and Antoine Ghoston, McClellan student, were also present.
II. PURPOSE OF THE MEETING
The agenda for the special meeting listed the following:
A. Student Disciplinary Action
B. Discussion: Personnel Appointments
C. Grant Submission: Arkansas Department of Education – 21st Century Community Learning Center
III. ACTION AGENDA
A. Student Disciplinary Action
Dr. Watson presented a recommendation to expel a Central High School student who was charged with possession of a firearm. He was not provided an administrative hearing at the District office because he was incarcerated at the MIllcreek Residential Treatment facility in Fordyce, Arkansas.
The administration brought the expulsion recommendation to the Board in the event that the student should be released from the treatment facility within the year. If he should return to the LRSD, he would be assigned to the JJC or another alternative facility for one full calendar year.
Mr. Rose moved to uphold the administration’s recommendation for expulsion. Ms. Strickland seconded the motion, and it carried unanimously.
B. Personnel: Appointments of Administrative Staff
Superintendent Brooks recommended existing staff members for newly created positions within the reorganized administration. Beverly Williams was recommended for the position of Senior Director for Human Resources, Olivine Roberts was recommended for the position of Associate Superintendent for Educational Services, and Mark Milhollen was recommended for the position of Chief Financial Officer.
Dr. Brooks asked for the Board to accept the recommendations as presented. Mr. Rose noted that appointment of existing staff to new positions did not require a vote and that approval for the Superintendent to implement the reorganization had been granted with adoption of the organizational audit recommendations.
C. Grant Submission: ADE – 21st Century Community Learning Center
The administration requested Board approval of a grant submission for a 21st Century Learning Center grant for Southwest Middle School. If funded, the grant would provide $540,000 over a five-year period to establish a learning center that would offer academic enrichment activities before and after school as well as in the summer months.
Ms. Strickland moved to approve the submission of the grant application. Mr. Rose seconded the motion and it carried unanimously.
There being no further business before the Board, the meeting adjourned at 5:37 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Rose, seconded by Ms. Strickland.
APPROVED: 04-28-05 Originals Signed by:
Larry Berkley, President
Katherine P. Mitchell, Secretary