News Section: Schools and Education
Manatee School Board Meeting Agenda Results: 11/12/2012
BRADENTON – Budget woes were center stage again on Monday, at the last Manatee County School Board meeting before the new board is seated. Other business from the meeting included updates on the search for a permanent superintendent, as well as an update on the progress of the district's audit committee.
AGENDA AMENDMENTS (5:45 p.m.)
ATTENDANCE (5:45 p.m.)
CALL TO ORDER (5:45 p.m.)
7. Approval of the Orders of the Day - p.12 (passes 5-0)Attachment: Agenda Item - Retired Educators Day.pdf
STUDENT CELEBRATION (5:48 p.m.)
REPORTS AND PRESENTATIONS (5:55 p.m.)
10. Retired Educators Day Board member Karen Carpenter spoke Governor Scott's proclamation for Retired Educators Day, written by Governor Rick Scott. Ms. Carpenter proposed a motion to accept the proclamation, which passed 5-0.Attachment: Governor's Proclamation re Retired Educators.pdf
11. Audit Committee Report - p.16 Chief Internal Auditor Ed Daugherty stood in for Audit Committee Chairman Jim Toomey to give the board an update on the progress of the audit committee. He said that resigned superintendent Tim McGonegal as well as board members Julie Aranibar and Barbara Harvey were interviewed that day, and that one with board member Robert Gause was scheduled for Thursday.
12. Superintendent Search - p.17 Board Chair Harry Kinnan gave an update on the district's search for a new permanent superintendent. He advised that the advertising for the position had been placed on national job and education websites, and that the district's website had been updated to include a link to information about the search for a new permanent superintendent, as well as applicants for the position.
PUBLIC COMMENTS (6:15 p.m.)
13. Public Comment - p.18 Public comments provided another chapter in the ongoing story of the dismal 2012-2013 district budget, with finance watchdog Linda Schaich again alleging before the board that she had not received crucial information about the budget, and Board Attorney John Bowen rebutting her claims. For the full story on the dispute, click here.
Also during comments, Board Chairman-elect and longtime school district watchdog Dave Miner paid tribute to Mr. Kinnan, saying that he and his mother, Marjorie Kinnan, had "done much, and we owe you for it." Mr. Kinnan then thanked him for his kind words. Mr. Miner concluded his remarks by saying that board meetings, which often begin with celebrations and commendations of various achievements of district staff and students, "should also be meetings to initiate action," and advocated increased transparency for the public's benefit. Ms. Aranibar then thanked both Mr. Miner and Mr. Kinnan for each's military service.
PUBLIC HEARING (6:27 p.m.)
14. Public Hearing for Consideration of Adopting Amendment to Policy 5.13, Local Wellness - p.19 (Motion to approve amendment passes 5-0)Attachment: Proposed Amended 5.13 Local Wellness Policy.pdf
APPROVAL OF MINUTES (6:35 p.m.) (Motion passes 5-0)
15. Approval of Minutes - p.20Attachment: W102212.pdf
CONSENT ITEMS (6:38 p.m.)
Approval of Consent Agenda
Purchase(s) Bids $100,000.00 and Under
Purchase(s) Bids Over $100,000.00
Contracts and Grants
30. Approval of Budget Amendments for September 2012 - p.40 (passes 5-0)Attachment: AUG - Budget Amendment Summary - BOD.pdf
31. Acceptance of the Year to Date Financial Statements through September 2012 - p.41 (passes 5-0)Attachment: September 2012.pdf
32. Approval to Adopt the Amended Recommended Order Rendered by the Administrative Law Judge, with the Exception as set forth by the Superintendent, and Suspend the Employment of James A. Withers for Ten Days - p.43 (passes 5-0)
33. Approval to Terminate the Employment of Employee, Faye A. Williams, or Suspend Employee Without Pay and Grant an Administrative Hearing, if a Hearing is Requested - p.45 (passes 5-0)Attachment: Williams - Administrative Complaint 10-17-12.pdf
SCHOOL BOARD WORKFLOW (7:00 p.m.)
SCHOOL BOARD PROPOSED AGENDA ITEMS (7:02 p.m.)
SCHOOL BOARD ATTORNEY COMMENTS (7:04 p.m.)
36. Comments by John Bowen - p.50 Mr. Bowen expressed gratitude for serving Mr. Kinnan, and said that the public has been well-served by the chair over the years.
SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT (7:08 p.m.)
37. Comments by Dr. David Gayler - p.51 Dr. Gayler also thanked Mr. Kinnan for his service, calling him a gentleman and a man of integrity.
BOARD COMMENTS (7:11 p.m.)
38. Board Comments - p.49 All board members thanked Mr. Kinnan for his service, and presented him with an award for it. Mr. Kinnan thanked the board, and said that he had been "fortunate to work with people that care about children." He also said that public service has been "part of the fabric of the Kinnan family," and urged the board to continue their support of JROTC in Manatee County schools. He said it was important for the board to show unity because it inspires the same.
ADJOURNMENT (7:40 p.m.)
Adjournment of Meeting