BRADENTON – At Tuesday's regular Manatee School Board meeting, board members voted to approve changes to the district's nutrition, bullying and concussion policies. A vote regarding transportation policy to charter schools was withdrawn from the agenda prior to the meeting.
CALL TO ORDER (5:45 p.m.)
5. Approval of the Orders of the Day (Passed unanimously)Attachment: TNL. Manatee Co Contract.05152014 REVISED 05-08-14.pdf
Attachment: TNL. Manatee Co Contract.05152014 ORIGINAL.pdf
Attachment: Truenorthlogic Contract Professional Services 68,500.00 Boa.pdf
Attachment: 5.13 Revised 05-12-14.pdf
Attachment: Charter Transportation Agenda timeline.pdf
Attachment: Cost Breakdown.pdf
AGENDA AMENDMENTS (Info Only) (5:48 p.m.)
CHAIR OPENING REMARKS (5:50 p.m.)
SUPERINTENDENT OPENING REMARKS (5:55 p.m.)
During his remarks, Superintendent Mills said, "I want to publicly and personally acknowledge that it has been a very challenging past several weeks." He stated he believed the meeting two weeks prior with parents of students of Jessie P. Miller Elementary wasa productive session, and said he didn't realize "the intense value (given to the park by the community) ... I came to fully appreciate the symbolic and emotional attachment by the community ... two weeks ago, I believe we a productive session ... did't realize the intense value given to the park (by residents) ... I regret not knowing that prior."
Mills again expressed his commitment to keeping the property. He also said, I can understand MHS has been impacted" by controversies over the past coupld of years, and that "Manatee High's tradition of excellence and Cane Pride will continue to grow and flourish." The superintendent also brought up the Florida DOE's recent announcement of $7 million in restoration costs for the district to pay. "If that weren't enough ... (we are also facing) including how to handle transportation regarding charter schools. Mills later added that the district "has made some great strides together ... we are still on schedule to post the first positive budget in four years."
REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS (6:00 p.m.)
10. Community Partnership with First Responders to Train at MTI 34th Street Campus
During his legal department update, staff attorney James Dye mentioned a complaint from a teacher at Jessie Miller Elementary about a remark made by board member Dave Miner while addressing teachers, saying that the complaint was sent to the school's principal, who went to Deputy Superintendent Diana Greene, who took the information to Superintendent Mills, who then asked district investigator Troy Pumphrey to look into it. Referring to the recent protest at McKelvey Park that Miner attended, Dye said that district policy prohibits political activities taking place on school campus. The conclusion of the investigation, made available at the meeting, referred to board policy 3.9 (2) (c): "Political activity by School Officers (Superintendent and Board Members) or Employees - As an individual, each officer or employee retains all rights and obligations of citizenship provided in the Constitution and laws of the state, and the Constitution of the United States. However, no officer or employee shall: 1. Use his/her offical position in any way to influence, or attempt to influence, students or others to support or oppose any candidate, party or issue. Such prohibition shall, but not be limited to any form of advocacy or opposition in a classroom or school setting or other school related student-teacher relationship. 2. Participate in any political activity while on duty ..."
13. Internal Audit UpdateAttachment: Progress Report May 13, 2014.pdf
14. Instructional Services UpdateAttachment: AIR Timeline.pdf
15. Operations UpdateAttachment: Transportation Operations Update 05-03-14.pdf
PUBLIC COMMENTS (6:45 p.m.)
16. Public Comments
Several commenters came up to the dais to voice support for Superintendent Mills and his administration in the wake of some heated criticism relating to the issue on the Jessie P. Miler park property.
Also during comments, Manatee County citizen Glen Gibellina argued he should have more than three minutes to comment as he wanted to speak about more than one issue. Staff attorney James Dye responded by saying that board policy states that three minutes are allowed for one individual during public comments. Regarding the recent recommendation to sell the property adjacent to Miller Elementary, Mr. Gibellina argued that doing so would send a bad message to community. He also commended the administration for changing its stance on recommending the park be sold.
Robert Sket, who serves on the board for Rowlett Academy, argued that the district, under Florida law, is required to provide transportation services for charter school students. Staff attorney Mitchel Teitelbaum argued that the district is not required to provide such services.
PUBLIC HEARING (7:00 p.m.)
17. Public Hearing for Consideration of Adopting New Policy 3.14, Procedural Guidelines Regarding Service Animals (Tabled to allow for further discussion)Attachment: 3.14, Service Animals, 030614.pdf
18. Public Hearing for Consideration of Adopting an Amendment to Policy 5.13, Nutrition and Wellness (Passed unanimously)Attachment: 5.13 Revised 04-03-14.pdf
Attachment: 5.13 Revised 05-12-14.pdf
19. Public Hearing for Consideration of Adopting an Amendment to Policy 5.15, Bullying and Harassment (Passed unanimously)
20. Public Hearing for Consideration of Adopting New Policy 5.18, Athletics: Management of Sports-Related Concussion and Head Injuries (Passed unanimously)
21. Public Hearing for Consideration of Adopting Amendment to Rule 6.12, Employee Contracts, Probation, and Requirements for Continued Employment (Passed unanimously)Attachment: Proposed 6.12, Rev 03-19-14.pdf
APPROVAL OF MINUTES (7:25 p.m.)
22. Approval of Minutes (Passed unanimously)Attachment: W042214.pdf
CONSENT ITEMS (7:27 p.m.)
Approval of Consent Agenda
23. Approval of Consent Agenda for May 13, 2014 (Items 24 -45) (Passed unanimously; items 25 and 26 severed for discussion)
Purchase(s) Bids $100,000.00 and Under
Purchase(s) Bids Over $100,000.00
25. Approval to Purchase Legal Services for Staff, MCSD No. 14-0049-BS, Not to Exceed $167,870.91 (Severed to allow for discussion - vote to sever passed unanimously. Vote on item passed unanimously post-discussion)
Contracts and Grants
27. Approval of the Agreement Between the School Board of Manatee County and the AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) Center for Path Trainings28. Approval of the Contract Between the School District of Manatee County and the American Reading Company for the 2013 â€“ 2014 School YearAttachment: Contract American Reading CO Daughtrey FY 14.pdf29. Approval of the Contract Between the School Board of Manatee County and IAssessment, LLC. dba Truenorthlogic in the amount of $68,500.00 for the 2013/2014 School Year30. Approval of the Letter of Engagement for Financial External Auditing Services, MCSD No. 14-0041-MR, No Financial Impact31. Approval of the Renewal Agreement Between the School Board of Manatee County and the AVID (Advanced Via Individual Determination) Center for the School Year 2014-2015Attachment: 2014-15 AVID Contract Agreement.pdf32. Approval of the New Agreements Between the School Board of Manatee County and Various Providers for Clinical Experience for Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) Dental Assisting Students for the 2014-2017 School Years33. Approval of the New Agreement Between the School Board of Manatee County and Provider for Clinical Experience for Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) Surgical Technology Students for the 2014-2017 School YearsAttachment: Sarasota Plastic Surgery Center, Inc..pdf34. Approval of the Renewal Agreements Between the School Board of Manatee County and Various Providers for Clinical Experience for Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) Practical Nursing Students for the 2014-2017 School YearsAttachment: Brookdale Senior Living.pdf
Attachment: Gulf Coast Health Care.pdf35. Approval of the Renewal Agreement Between the School Board of Manatee County and Provider for Clinical Experience for Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) Medical Assisting Students for the 2014-2017 School Years36. Approval of the Renewal Agreements Between the School Board of Manatee County and Various Providers for Clinical Experience for Manatee Technical Institute (MTI) Dental Assisting Students for the 2014-2017 School Years37. Approval of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Career Pathways Articulation Agreement Dated July 1, 2014.38. Approval to Extend the Chinese Guest Teacher Program for the 2014-2015 School Year in the Amount of $94,958.82Attachment: Chinese Guest Teacher Application 2015.pdf39. Approval to Renew the Agreement in the Amount of $4,912.54 for Medicaid Data Management Partnership Between the School Board of Manatee County and the School Board of Seminole County for the Contract Period July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015Attachment: EMACS14-15AGREEMENT.pdf40. Approval to Accept and Expend the Increase in Allocation to the Title 1, Part D, Local Agency Delinquent Program Grant for the 2013â€“2014 School YearAttachment: N & D Grant Amendment Request.pdf