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Work & Study Meeting

EXECUTIVE SESSION NOT FOR PUBLIC DISTRIBUTION @ 6:51 p.m. PRESENT Mrs. Renata A. Hernandez, President, arr. @ 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Wilma G. Campbell, Vice President Mr. Rasheed Abdul-Haqq, arr. @ 7:10 p.m. Mr. Alex O. Edache Mrs. Keisha Edwards Mr. Dorien Hurtt Mrs. Lisa C. Logan-Leach Ms. Jameelah Surgeon, arr. @ 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Brenda Gilbert, absent

August 9, 2011

ALSO PRESENT Mrs. Anna Belin-Pyles, Interim Superintendent Ms. Yolanda Henry Mr. Robert Pickett, Esq. Mr. Charles Craig, Esq. Ms. Lauren Craig, Esq.

Mrs. Belin-Pyles stated that QSAC reports were in and she has not had an opportunity to properly go through the data and report; but will analyze the information before she distributes the data to the Board. In July the District was notified of the funds received and that these funds would assist in our instructional curriculum along with various other areas in need of improvement. Mrs. Edwards recommend that the District use the funds to better train the teachers especially in their weak areas and that they should be better prepared to instruct. Mrs. Belin-Pyles ensured that this year teachers will be better trained across the District. Mrs. Edwards questioned, How do we hold the teachers accountable and where are our checks and balances? Mrs. Belin-Pyles indicated that evaluations will be tied to the performance and that all the information should be reflected on the summative that each staff should have. Mrs. Belin-Pyles also highlighted that we dont continue with assertiveness on improving, we may be in jeopardy of a take-over of our district by the State; which is happening all over the state of NJ. Mrs. Belin-Pyles also stressed that we need extra support in the areas of Math & Science. Excited about change, Mrs. Belin-Pyles, informed the Board of Mr. Otis Browns passion about the changes for Pfld High School, our Flagship School and asked the board to give Mr. Brown opportunities to hear whats proposed. Mr. Brown wants to bring in a consultant, Jeffrey C. Osborn, a well-known educator to assist in helping the mission of moving the high school forward. He highlighted various areas 1)accountability 2) academic focus 3) master schedule (which should be done in Jan /Feb preceding the new yr) 4) # of students enrolled (accurate #) 5) RE-Register each student to ensure accurate student information (home address, phone #, etc) 6) supplies (various supply rooms full of supplies not being used) 7) Technology-purchases of computers so that at least 2/3 computers in every class; in addition to the computer lab.
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Mr. Jeffrey Osborn will assist in the following areas: Lesson Planning, Master Scheduling, Security Issues, Bldg & Grounds, and Best Practices. Mr. Brown pointed out how important these items are in properly managing a school. He also wants to bring back and increase the electives offered at the school, such as marketing and cosmology, cisco, networking, Microsoft office products and for them to obtain licenses; which the Perkins Grant would pay for. Mrs. Logan-Leach stated she was informed that the District had a warehouse and wanted clarification on whether or not we do have one with regards to textbooks. Mr. Hurtt wanted an explanation on why did these programs i.e. cisco go to waste, and why didnt many students take advantage of these programs. So Mr. Brown explained the various changes and the fact that these courses were not communicated and advertised enough which resulted in lack of interest or enrollment. Mr. Haqq aslo added that some of these teachers were not certified and only had book knowledge, so he also agree with Mr. Brown concerning the consultant as he also had heard a lot of great things about Mr. Osborn. Mrs. Campbell stated that she too is looking for ways to increase courses offered at the High School and noted to Mr. Brown that if he need additional days for this consultant then put in the full number of days so that the Board will not have to approve again for additional days; state up front the correct number of days needed. Unilever was discussed amongst the board members concerning an issue we were having at the PAAAS & Jefferson Bldg. Mrs. Hernandez forwarded a letter from the state mentioning that we need to have Unilever perform a Vapor Test as soon as possible to ensure the safety of our air quality and facilities. It was mentioned to possibly have Unilever come into our District and speak to the public about this situation. Because of the severity of this, this item (for Unilever to come and perform test) was voted on and motioned carried. Mr. Craig is to reach out to the Dept. of Education as well as try to follow up with Unilever for current status. Board attendance was next on the agenda.. Mrs. Edwards asked the question Was there an attendance established for Board members and what would be acceptable or not? Mrs. Hernandez stated what is currently on our books pertaining to Board member attendance which is three (3) consecutive unexcused absences at the Business Meetings. Mrs. Edwards agreed that if Board members miss more than three (3), then How could you possibly be an effective member? Mrs. Campbell noted that no Board member should be off the hook and that this would only hurt the process by delaying the process and as adults each member knows their responsibilities and obligations.

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Mrs. Logan-Leach requested clarification on what is consider an unexcused /excused absence. She also indicated that if a Board member has reached out to a) the Business Office of the Board Secretary or b) reached out to members of the Board or Board President, then the absent should be considered an excused absent.
Mrs. Campbell moved, seconded by Mrs. Edwards and unanimously approved by the Board, to return to the public session at 8:06 p.m.

Mrs. Edwards moved, seconded by Mrs. Campbell and unanimously approved by the Board, return to executive session of the meeting at 10:10 p.m. Mrs. Edwards questioned the contracts of individuals p.6 and noted that the main focus should be on common core curriculum, K-2 special component, physical Ed/Health Mr. Hurtt questioned the rational for staff secretaries vs. teachers. He felt that there are too many secretaries and that we may need to revisit this area. Mrs. Belin-Pyles explained that although the title says secretaries, their function would be something else; so they are not technically secretaries. Mrs. Belin-Pyles also indicated that we will have a Summer Graduation being held on August 16, 2011 at 10:00 a.m. Mr. Edache questioned and commented on our Nurses at PHS, PAAAS, Jefferson, and Woodland. Mrs. Belin-Pyles assured the Board that this will be taken care of.
The HR agenda was moved to the Business agenda. Ms. Surgeon moved, and seconded by Mr. Hurtt and unanimously approved by the Board to return to the public session of the meeting at 10:29 p.m. Recorded by:

Yolanda Henry, Assist. Business Administrator YH/bsc

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