Jan 23rd, 2013
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes
Monday, December 17, 2012
Edward W. Bok Academy
Those Present: Chairwoman Cassandra Denmark, Dr. Terry Fasel, Pat Cain, Cheryl Garnett, Kristine Shollenberger, Danny Gill, Co-Chair Keith Wadsworth
Staff Present: Superintendent Jesse Jackson, Brian Fisher, Marie Cherrington-Gray, Damien Moses, Donna Dunson, Anuj Serran, Barbara Jones, Kenneth Henson, Gail Quam, Jennifer Barrow, Angela Heyward, Gary Loar, Julio Acevedo, Richard Columbo, Daniele Shick
Others Present: Robin Gibson, Cassie Jacoby, Phil Attinger, Anthony Cothron, Wanda Howard
I. CALL TO ORDER Cassandra Denmark, Chair
Moment of silence was requested for the students, staff and families in Newtown, Connecticut. Prayer was done by Trustee Dr. Terry Fasel.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Pledge of Allegiance was led by Bok Academy Principal Damien Moses.
III. APPROVAL OF WORK SESSION AND BOARD MEETING MINUTES
(November 12, 2012)
Motion to approve Work Session minutes was made by Trustee Pat Cain and seconded by Trustee Cheryl Garnett. Motion approved unanimously. Motion to approve Board Meeting minutes was made by Trustee Cheryl Garnett and seconded by Co-Chair Keith Wadsworth. Motion approved unanimously.
IV. FINANCIAL REPORT Brian Fisher, CFO
- Recommend approval of monthly financials as reviewed and presented at the December 17, 2012 Board of Trustees Work Session. Motion to approve was made by Trustee Betty Wojcik and seconded by Trustee Terry Fasel. Motion approved unanimously.
V. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Jesse Jackson, Superintendent
- A. MARDI GRAS PRESENTATION – William Oulette Law Firm
Received a $500 check presentation to the LWCS Foundation on behalf of William Oulette Law Firm.
- B. RECOGNITION – Winter Haven Optimist Award Recipients
Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary: Greer Aldrich / Rasheed Miller
Polk Avenue Elementary: Angel Navarro-Martinez / Briauna Williams
Janie Howard Wilson Elementary: Derrion Bradley / Samantha Haskell
Hillcrest Elementary: Garret Reynolds / Samira Kelly
- C. PERSONNEL CHANGES
Recommend approval of the Personnel Changes as distributed and discussed at the December 17, 2012 Board of Trustees Work Session and recommended through the Finance Committee. Motion to approve was made by Co-Chair Keith Wadsworth and seconded by Trustee Betty Wojcik. Motion approved unanimously.
VI. NEXT BOARD WORK SESSION AND MEETING
The January Board of Trustee Work Session and Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at Lake Wales High School. The meeting will be on a Tuesday due to the holiday on Monday. The Work Session will begin at 3:30 PM and the Board Meeting will begin at 5:00 PM.
VII. SCHEDULED PERSON’S ADDRESSING THE BOARD
Wanda Howard (3 minutes)
Ms. Howard addressed the Board in reference to the August 8, 2011 Cheerleading Contract at LWHS. She had concerns also in reference to the parent/coach communication document. Parents are raising money for the student. Ms. Howard is addressing the board on behalf of her granddaughter. She is her legal guardian and was not informed of the situation that occurred with her granddaughter.
Principal Dunson advised the Board she has met with Ms. Howard and provided the information she requested and also a refund for the portion of cheerleading that her granddaughter did not participate in. She also asked if any Board member had further questions, please email or contact her to discuss.
Anthony Cothron (3 minutes)
Mr. Cothron addressed the Board on the 100% Campaign and asked if it was 100% legitimate. The Board and the Principals advised yes to their knowledge. He then provided an email from the high school in reference to the Principal assisting staff with the campaign. Principal Dunson addressed the board and advised she assisted the staff that wanted to contribute but was not able to do so at this time. She contributed a nominal amount on their behalf with their approval to show the support of LWHS with the 100% Campaign.
VIII. CHAIRMAN’S REPORT Cassandra Denmark, Chair
Chairwoman Denmark: Do all the schools have a Safety Plan in place? The Principals all responded with a yes. She invited all Board Members to the next Finance Meeting.
IX. TRUSTEES REPORTS
Trustee Cain: Mentioned Don Wood Alternative School. The board needs an update on our alternative school conversations. The Board needs an update on the status of the possibility of pay increases for teacher by January meeting. We also need to get our loan covenants altered to ensure we are able to meet the needs of our equal or better recommendation. The 100% Campaign letter was surprising. We are all demonstrating to others that we are cheering the cause.
Trustee Wojcik: I would like to thank Janie Howard Wilson for the holiday luncheon a week ago. That group was astounding!
Trustee Fasel: The Christmas Parade was great – shout out to Polk Avenue, Hillcrest and Bok.
Superintendent Jackson: Wanted clarification with Pat on the teacher pay report for January. January might not be feasible due to the holidays and we are not in the office for two weeks. Can we please get back to the Board on this at our February meeting? The Board agreed unanimously.
X. OTHER BUSINESS FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER
Meeting adjourned at 5:37pm.
Marie Cherrington-Gray, Corporate Secretary
Board Approved: 1-22-13