October 28, 2008

JACKSON COUNTY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

Regular Meeting October 28, 2008 

 

MINUTES

 

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Jackson County Intermediate School District was held on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, at the Gerald B. Kratz Education Center, 6700 Browns Lake Road, Jackson, Michigan.  Robert Moles, President, called the meeting to order at 5:30 p.m.  Board members present were:  Robert Moles, President; David Salsbury, Vice President; Shirley Larson, Secretary; Kevin Tuckey, Treasurer; Douglas Schedeler, Trustee.  Board members absent:  none.

 

Meeting with the Board were John Graves, Superintendent; Kevin Oxley, Director of Career and Learning Services; Richard Rendell, Director of Special Education; Daniel Zimolzak, Finance Director, Linda Tortorice, Human Resource Director and Legal Counsel, and Phyllis Stressman, Recording Secretary.

 

STAFF AND VISITORS

 
Due to the large number of visitors, the following list represents only those guests who signed in and whose signatures were legible:

 
Janet McClinton-Austin, Lawrence Bloom, Douglas Bradley, Nikki Brannon, James Brown, Alia Childs-Brown, Tommy Cameron, Valerie Castle, Herb Christopher, Sherrie Christopher, Jim Cox, Austin Dawsson, Heather Dennis, Joe Dennis, Kenneth Granadu, Nancy Hill, Patty Horning, Jeffrey Johnson Jr., Ishwar Laxminarayan, Kaylin Marks, Karisha McCarthy, Karen McCourtie, Cathy McQuillan, Daniel Moore, Penny Moore, Dan Naravo, Tammy Naravo, Georgia Orlosky, Teresa Panzer, Jack Penn, Stacey Penn, Sheila Phelps, Kirk Smith, Nicole Spice-Taylor, Kimberly Southworth-Tousley, Russell Tousley, Bob Tylutki, Carolyn Rick, Ray Rink, Mary Ann Thorrez-Wheeler, Amy Versluys, Joe Versluys

 

The Junior ROTC Golden Knights Battalion, led by Colonel Curt Lapham and SFC Tom Emond, presented the Colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

A motion was made by Mr. Salsbury to approve the minutes as presented from the October 14, 2008, regular and closed meetings.  Mr. Tuckey supported, which carried the motion to a roll call vote:

            Ayes)  Mr. Moles, Mr. Salsbury, Mrs. Larson, Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey

            Nays)   None
 

CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION

 

Mr. Oxley reported that the very successful Jackson Area Career Center Distinguished Alumni dinner was held Thursday, October 23, 2008, Mrs. Larson and Mr. Tuckey attended on behalf of the Board.

 

Dr. Rendell highlighted two recent articles appearing in the Citizen Patriot concerning the Districts Transportation Department.  The topic of the first articles was the receipt of a 100% success rating from the state inspection and the second, was a personality profile of the transportation supervisor, Stan Johnson.

 

VISITOR RECOGNITION & COMMENT

 
Ishwar Laxminarayan, director of the Jackson District Library, spoke briefly about the library and services, encouraging those in attendance to vote in the upcoming millage election on November 4th.

 

SPECIAL REPORT

 
JROTC COMMISSIONING-Volume 29, Report No. 33

 

The Golden Knights Battalion presented a $500 donation to the Career Center Paul Smith Memorial Fund.

 

Colonel Lapham and SFC Emond, JROTC program instructors, introduced and led the officer commissioning ceremony of the Golden Knights Battalion.  The ceremony was followed by congratulatory well wishes from the Board and a brief recess at 5:50 p.m.   The meeting reconvened at 6:09 p.m.

 

REPORTS FOR ACTION

 

PERSONNEL ITEMS AND RECOMMENDATIONS-Volume 29, Report No. 34

 

The employment of Karisha McCarthy, database applications specialist, and Kelly Winter, .4 teacher assistant, was recommended.  The Board was also made aware of Dawn Bohlens separation from employment effective January 12, 2009.  Mr. Schedeler made the motion to approve the hiring recommendations as given, with Mrs. Larson offering a second.  The motion carried by a unanimous roll call vote.

 

TEXTBOOK PURCHASE RECOMMENDATION-CNA Volume 29, Report No. 35

 

The Board heard the request to purchase 15 copies of the textbook Medical Terminology-A Programmed Systems Approach for the Health Internship CNA Program at the October 14, 2008, meeting.   The total cost of the purchase is $1,841 and is budgeted in the 2008-09 school year.  Mr. Salsbury moved to authorize the purchase as presented.  Mrs. Larson seconded the motion, which then carried by roll call:

            Ayes)  Mrs. Larson, Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey, Mr. Moles, Mr. Salsbury

            Nays)  None

 

RATIFICATION OF CCEA CONTRACT Volume 29, Report No. 36

 

The terms of the agreement provide equitable compensation, 2% increase, and a limited number of modifications.  The labor group recently ratified the contract and the Board is asked to approve the agreement as recommended.  Mrs. Larson made the motion to accept the tentative agreement as proposed, with Mr. Tuckey supporting.  The motion carried by roll call vote:

            Ayes)  Mr. Schedeler, Mr. Tuckey, Mr. Moles, Mr. Salsbury, Mrs. Larson

            Nays)  None

 

REPORTS FOR INFORMATION

 

JACC STAFF MEMORIAL FUND Volume 29, Report No. 37

 

Bob Tylutki, job placement coordinator at the Career Center, talked about the history and evolution of the memorial fund and how it has been used and administered over the years.  It is hoped that soon the fund will be sufficient in size to turn over to the Jackson Community Foundation for administration and will be used to assist Career Center students to be successful and continue their education at the Career Center.

 

WORKSHOP PLANNING SESSION/Priority Pathways

 

Dr. Graves talked about planning tools and the differences between priority pathways and strategic change initiatives.  The Board was asked if reporting progress, using the two column method was sufficient.  It was the consensus of the Board, that where applicable, progress should be expressed in measurable numbers.

 

INTRODUCTION OF OTHER MATTERS

 

Mr. Oxley reported that at a meeting held earlier in the day, the superintendents agreed that there needs to be universal acceptance of academic credit given for Career Center courses.  There was also agreement reached concerning common summative assessment test, Explore and Plan, for the entire county to be used to identify and fill in gaps.

 

The Board was asked to give careful consideration as to whether there is a strong need to look for legal counsel, as well as a human resource director, in light of Ms. Tortorices recent announcement of her intent to retire at the end of the year.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

President Moles adjourned the regular meeting at 7:11 p.m.

 

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