December 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

May 9th, 2014

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

December 16, 2013

Edward W. Bok Academy (Cafeteria)

5:00 PM


Trustees Present: Chair Keith Wadsworth, Vice-Chair Danny Gill, Jimmy Nelson, Cindy Landen, Cheryl Garnett, Terry Fasel, Cassandra Denmark, Betty Wojcik

Staff Present:  Superintendent Jesse Jackson, Angela Heyward, Marie Cherrington-Gray, Brian Fisher, April Barnhardt, Julio Acevedo, Ken Henson, Donna Dunson, Damien Moses, Stacie Padgett, Gail Quam, Kim Griffiths, Michelle Counter, Becky Brown, Daniele Shick, Mary Beth Claypool, Anuj Saran, Richard Columbo, Melisa Williams  

Others Present: Brenda Brader, Robin Gibson, John Ceballos, Shellie Blum  

I.  CALL TO ORDER                                                                      Keith Wadsworth, Chair

The meeting was called to order at 5:08pm.


The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Dean Allison Hunter.


Chair Wadsworth called for approval of the Work Session Minutes for November 18, 2013.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Terry Fasel and seconded by Vice-Chair Danny Gill.  Motion carried unanimously.   Chair Wadsworth called for approval of the Board Meeting  Minutes for November 18, 2013.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Jimmy Nelson, and seconded by Trustee Cassandra Denmark.  Motion carried unanimously.   

IV.  RECOGNITIONS                                                                  Jesse Jackson, Superintendent

A.  Student Recognition:

Edward W. Bok Academy (Kids College Competition winner for November)

Alexander Geronimo was recognized (not in attendance).

PTO / SAC Recognitions: 

Janie Howard Wilson Elementary                 Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary

Pamela Gavins/Bertram Goddard                     Denise Moss /Jennifer Mueller

Polk Avenue Elementary                                Hillcrest Elementary

Devin Zenteno/Tiffany Graham                                  Ashley Mitchell/Todd Sebring

Edward W. Bok Academy                              Lake Wales High School

Paige Turner/Allison Hunter                            Melody McKenna/June Ullman

Staff / Students / Volunteer Recognitions:

Lake Wales High School Football Team

Highlander Football Team; Coach Rod Shafer, Louie Greenwald (not in attendance)

V.  FINANCIAL REPORT                                                                               Brian Fisher, CFO

Recommend approval of monthly financials as reviewed and presented at the December 16, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Betty Wojcik and seconded by Trustee Terry Fasel.  Motion carried unanimously.

 VI.  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT                                          Jesse Jackson, Superintendent

A.  Resolution to Establish a CD at Citizens Bank & Trust

Recommend approval of the Resolution to Establish a CD at Citizens Bank & Trust as presented and discussed at the December 16, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Cassandra Denmark and seconded by Trustee Jimmy Nelson.  Motion carried unanimously.  Chair Wadsworth abstained from voting. 

B.  Salary Adjustment – Instructional and Non-Instructional

Recommend approval of the Salary Adjustment for Instructional and Non-Instructional as presented and discussed at the December 16, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by trustee Terry Fasel and seconded by trustee Cassandra Denmark.  Motion carried unanimously. 

 C.  Personnel Changes

Recommend approval of the Personnel Changes as distributed and discussed at the December 16, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by Vice-Chair Danny Gill and seconded by Trustee Cheryl Garnett.     Motion carried unanimously.


LWCS Attorney Robin Gibson addresses the Board

The client is the Board.  The Board cannot go around the Superintendent or the Principal – they are responsible for evaluating the Superintendent and the way he conducts the system.  When a concern is brought to the Board the Superintendent responds to the Board.  If the Board is satisfied with the response, that is the end.  If we get a concern regarding a firearm we will contact law enforcement immediately.  We will take no chances with our children.

Ms. Shellie Blum      (3 minute limit)

Ms. Blum addressed the board from 5:28pm – 5:33pm   She provided a copy of the letter she read to the Board as her 2nd attempt to get the bus route changes for her children.

Transportation Director Columbo addressed the board:  He advised the Board that routes change every year and there is nothing in our statutes that suggest otherwise.  The safety of our students, bus drivers, and attendants is most important.  He shared the route and advised he personally went out with the driver and surveyed the route.  The route Ms. Blum is suggesting is too risky for the students.  We will keep our current route because we feel it is the safest for our students.  Trustee Nelson:  How many students are picked up?  Dir. Columbo:

Ms. Blum interrupted.  Superintendent Jackson:  Informed Ms. Blum she has had the opportunity to addressed the Board two times, please allow us to address the Board.  Last year’s bus stop cannot be referenced for this year as the stops can be changed annually.  The students zoned school is McLaughlin for the area.  The Superintendent shared the State of FL website that showed offenders in the area.  Offenders exist in many places.  If we were able to accommodate every parent based on the website we would have to do door to door for most of our students.  This is a big issue and it is not limited to LWCS, it involves all the schools in the County.  Superintendent also addressed bringing a weapon to the bus stop is just like bringing it on the school campus.  We consulted our attorney and was advised to contact the Sheriff.  We provide safe routes for all children.  Polk County recently abbreviated their transportation system due to cost and pick up many kids at the different schools and not in neighborhoods.  The stop that is of concern is the same stop for McLaughlin and Spook Hill.  The safety of all our kids will always be our concern.


The January Board of Trustees Work Session and Board Meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Lake Wales High School.  The Work Session will begin at 3:30 PM and the Board Meeting will begin at 5:00 PM.

VIIII.  CHAIRMAN’S REPORT                                                            Keith Wadsworth, Chair

Chair Wadsworth thanked all the volunteers and expressed they are the life of our organization and we appreciate all their hard work. 


Trustee Nelson:  What are the implications of Ms. Blum’s petition?  Chair Wadsworth:  We have given the paperwork to our attorney and he will make contact with DOAH and advise us soon.



The meeting adjourned at 5:43pm.


 Respectfully Submitted,

 Marie Cherrington-Gray, Corporate Secretary

Board Approved:  January 21, 2014

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