November 2013 Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

November 18, 2013

Polk Avenue Elementary (Cafeteria)

5:00 PM

 

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

Staff Present:  Superintendent Jesse Jackson, Richard Columbo, Angela Heyward, Marie Cherrington-Gray, Brian Fisher, April Barnhardt, Julio Acevedo, Ken Henson, Donna Dunson, Damien Moses, Stacie Padgett, Gail Quam, Metta O’Bryant, Monty Harrington, Ambica Randev, Karen Moses, Michelle Counter, Lonnie Murphy, Lynn Flood and other Polk Ave staff. 

Others Present: Brenda Brader, Robin Gibson, Anya Zentmeyer

 I.  CALL TO ORDER                                                                      Keith Wadsworth, Chair

The meeting was called to order at 5:00pm by Chair Keith Wadsworth. 

 II.  PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

The Pledge of Allegiance was led by student Colton Fenley. 

 III.  APPROVAL OF WORK SESSION AND BOARD MEETING MINUTES (October 21, 2013)

Chair Wadsworth called for approval of the Work Session minutes for October 21, 2013 Motion to approve was made by Vice-Chair Danny Gill and seconded by Trustee Cheryl Garnett.  Motion carried unanimously.

Chair Wadsworth called for approval of the Board minutes for October 21, 2013.  Motion to approve was made by Vice-Chair Danny Gill and seconded by Trustee Cheryl Garnett.    Motion carried unanimously.

IV.  RECOGNITIONS                                                                  Jesse Jackson, Superintendent

Student Recognitions:  Fresh Start Promotion Recognition (Elementary Schools)

Polk Avenue:  Angel Bueno, Jay-Shawn Alexis, Danielle Hernandez, Damaris Ramirez

Janie Howard Wilson: Hunter Prince, Fernando Castillo

Hillcrest: Damien Bellamy, Clemisha Jones, Stephanie Esquivel Garcia, Angelica Joupp

Winter Haven Optimist Club Award Recipients (Elementary Schools)

Polk Avenue:  Madison Gosselin, Jordan Craft

Babson Park:  Taylor Pate, Jayden Almeida

Janie Howard Wilson: Alexus Stephens, Jonnath Southall

Hillcrest: Peyton Chandley, Madelyn Perritt

City of Lake Wales Recognitions:

Mayor Eugene Fultz – City of Lake Wales  

Chief Chris Velasquez – Lake Wales Police Department

Chief Jerry Brown – Lake Wales Fire Department

Staff Recognitions:

Dale R. Fair Babson Park Elementary – Common Core Team

Jason Brewner, Nancy McCarter, laua Bennett, Michele Black, Lisa Portwood, Kristy May, Shelly Batson

Principal Recognition – Elizabeth Tyler, Denise Moss

V.  FINANCIAL REPORT                                                                               Brian Fisher, CFO

Recommend approval of monthly financials as reviewed and presented at the November 18, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Terry Fasel and seconded by Trustee Jimmy Nelson.  Motion carried unanimously.

 VI.  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT                                          Jesse Jackson, Superintendent

A.  Engagement Letter for Audit Services – BKHM

Recommend approval of the Audit Engagement Letter as presented and discussed at the November 18, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Terry Fasel and seconded by trustee Cheryl Garnett.  Motion carried unanimously.     

B.  Loan Recommendation – Refinance Bok 2008 Mortgage

Recommend approval of the Loan Recommendation to Refinance the 2008 Bok Academy  Mortgage as presented and discussed at the November 18, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve the Loan Recommendation to Refinance the Bok Academy 2008 loan was made by Trustee Terry Fasel and seconded by Trustee Jimmy Nelson.  Chair Keith Wadsworth abstained from voting.  Motion carried unanimously.   

C.  Distribution Plans for 2013-2014 Teacher Salary Allocation

Recommend approval of the Distribution Plans for the 2013-2014 Teacher Salary Allocation presented and discussed at the November 18, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve for all six schools was made by Vice-Chair Danny Gill and seconded by Trustee Jimmy Nelson.  Motion carried unanimously.   

D.  Personnel Changes

Recommend approval of the Personnel Changes as distributed and discussed at the November 18, 2013 Board of Trustees Work Session.  Motion to approve was made by Trustee Cheryl Garnett and seconded by Trustee Terry Fasel.  Motion carried unanimously.

VII.  SCHEDULED PERSON’S ADDRESSING THE BOARDMs. Shellie Blum     (3 minute limit)

Ms. Blum addressed the Board by reading her six minute letter regarding her transportation concerns.  Per Chair Wadsworth the letter will be forwarded to our General Counsel and will be responded to at our December 16, 2013 meeting.     

VIII.  NEXT BOARD WORK SESSION AND MEETING

The December Board of Trustees Work Session and Board Meeting will be on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Edward W. Bok Academy.  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

None 

X.  TRUSTEES REPORTS

Trustee Jimmy Nelson:  I have continued to educate myself regarding our Board.  I spent some time recently at Polk Avenue Elementary and it has indeed been very  gratifying and worthwhile.  I will possibly be visiting Hillcrest next.

 XI.  OTHER BUSINESS FOR THE GOOD OF THE ORDER

None

 XII.  ADJOURN

Meeting adjourned at 5:30pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Marie Cherrington-Gray, Corporate Secretary

Board Approved:  December 16, 2013