02-10-2009 Regular School Board Meeting


MISSION: TO SERVE EVERY STUDENT WITH EXCELLENCE AS THE STANDARD

The School Board of Brevard County, Florida met in regular session on Tuesday, February 10, 2009, at the Educational Services Facility, 2700 Judge Fran Jamieson Way, Viera, Florida. Notice of the meeting was advertised in The Eagle newspaper on Thursday, February 5, 2009 and the affidavit of publication with a copy of the ad attached is filed in the Affidavit File in the Board Office.

A-1. Call to Order
1. Call to Order

Minutes: Chairman Robert Jordan called the Regular School Board meeting of February 10, 2009 to order at 5:30 p.m.

A-2. Roll Call
2. Roll Call

Minutes: Members Present: Robert Jordan, Dr. Barbara Murray, Amy Kneessy, Karen Henderson, Andy Ziegler

A-3. Invocation (Stephanie Shore, 11th Grade, Viera High School)
3. Invocation

Minutes: The Invocation was led by Stephanie Shore, 11th grade student from Viera High School.

A-4. Pledge of Allegiance (Alex Cato-Crier, 12th Grade, Viera High School)
4. Pledge of Allegiance

Minutes: The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Alex Cato-Crier, 12th grade student, Viera High School.

A-5. Entertainment (Viera High School Jazz Ensemble)
5. Entertainment

Minutes: 

The Viera High School Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Music Directors, Dominick Eggen and Wayne Bresette, entertained the Board and audience with a musical number.

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The Chair called for a break at 5:45 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 5:49 p.m.
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A-6. Emergency Item
A-7. Adoption of Agenda
6. Adoption of Agenda

Minutes: 

Dr. DiPatri read the following changes into the agenda:

Consent Additions:
F-33.    Involuntary termination of Instructional Employee, Joyce D. Iloka
F-34.    Ratification of Contracts for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreements between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers

Consent Revisions:
F-9.     Student Expulsions   
F-17.   Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Service Agreements
F-19.   Instructional Staff Recommendations

Action Revisions:
G-37.   School Year Calendar Standards and Revisions to School Board Policy 8210

Information Revisions:
H-42.   Eau Gallie High School FIRST Robotics Team to Attend Palmetto Regional Competition at Clemson University in South Carolina


   



Motions:
Adopt the published agenda for the February 10, 2009 School Board meeting and its revisions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


B. Recognition of Visitors/Guests
B. Board Office/Superintendent

7. Recognition of Visitors/Guests

Minutes: Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to recognize Representative Ritch Workman, District 30 and Susan Lamm-Merritt, Assistant Professor of Education at the Melbourne BCC campus, and her class.

C. Resolutions/Proclamations
D. Presentations
D. Board Office/ Superintendent

8. 2009-2010 Budget Report - POTENTIAL Reductions for the 2009-2010 School Year
Attachment: Attachment A Criteria.pdf
Attachment: Attachment B Assumptions.pdf
Attachment: Attachment C Non Reoccuring Budget Cuts.pdf
Attachment: Attachment D Budget Reductions.pdf
Attachment: Attachment E Budget Reduction Descriptions.pdf
Attachment: Attachment F Q&A Document.pdf
Attachment: February 10 2009 BOARD PRESENTATION 2009-2010 POTENTIAL Budget Reductions.pdf
Minutes: 

Superintendent Richard DiPatri presented to the Board and public the 2009-2010 POTENTIAL Budget Reductions. As he went through the presentation he reiterated that the attached list represents POTENTIAL reductions for the 2009-2010 school year and that no action regarding the budget cuts will be taken until May or June following the Regular Legislative Session.

Dr. DiPatri thanked his senior staff for all the work that they have done as it relates to the budget reductions.

Dr. DiPatri publicly thanked the Governor and our Legislators for trying to protect education by not taking the additional $10 million in the Special Legislative Session in January. 

Dr. DiPatri informed the Board that the district learned that the State is down 1 billion in revenue and it could possible cost the district an additional $10 million in the 2008/2009 school year.

Dr. DiPatri commended the Board for requiring the district  to establish criteria before making cuts in the district. During his presentation, he also proved how prudent that our Board has been in this tough economic time.

Mr. Jordan made an impassioned speech to implore the parents of our community to help the district during these tough economic times and to get with their Legislators to help ensure the children's educational future. He went on to explain that now is the time to write letters and speak with our Senators and Representatives because if they wait till after the Legislative Session, it will be too late.

Ms. Kneessy requested Dr. DiPatri to mention the reduction in student enrollment and its effect on the budget.

Ms. Kneessy made a recommendation on revenue enhancements which was to look at charging a fee for Choice Schools bussing. Dr. DiPatri said that they were looking into that as an option and that there are 1700 students that are currently using the corridor bussing and it would cost about $75.00 a month per student to be transported from Cocoa Beach to Palm Bay.

Ms. Kneessy made another revenue enhancement recommendation which is to place advertisements at our larger sports facilities from our business partners and have the money that is generated go for our sports programs.

Ms. Kneessy brought up the unemployment expense of laying off 946 positions and the possibility of giving an incentive for those that close to retirement to save some of the younger teachers who might need their positions more. She explained to the public that the district has $20 million in reserves but it is State mandated to keep 3% in reserves for emergent situations. Dr. DiPatri explained why the district needs to keep money in reserves and gave an example.

Ms. Kneessy stated that the schools do not have enough money for their substitute schedule and suggested that the district consider reducing the substitute pay schedule since everyone else is making reductions.

 Mr. Ziegler commented on working as a team to get through the budget reductions and welcomed suggestions from the community.

Ms. Henderson stated that she is getting a lot of email on the VPK and asked Dr. DiPatri to address where the district is getting money to fund this program. Dr. DiPatri stated for the audience that VPK is a Voluntary PreKindergarten and is another constitutional amendment which it funded by the State and the district is required to provide.

 Dr. Murray questioned if the district has taken a look at the number of disadvantaged children that will be impacted by with the types of decision on the table like corridor bussing. The Board does not want to remove any opportunities for low income status. Dr. DiPatri stated that it would effect between 30-40% of the students and it would create elite schools that only the wealthy could attend. Dr. Murray said that she did not believe that any of the Board Members wish to do that.

Dr. Murray commented on combined reporting which is a tax program of big businesses in which their home office is not in Florida who are not currently paying taxes to the state and requested that our Legislators look into this type of revenue enhancement which could possibly bring in as much as $300 million in revenue to the State of Florida.

Dr. Murray personally commended Representative Steve Crisafulli for stating, "As far as I am concerned, everything is on the table" as it pertains to the budget crisis in Florida. Dr. Murray said that she will say whatever it takes because education is at its end. She also stated that it is time for Tallahassee to start looking at the problems and stop playing politics, my side against your side, make the right decision and take a look at the combined reporting tax revenue strategy that is working successfully in 22 States and other revenue sources that are being brought through committee.

Mr. Jordan requested that when the community members write to the Legislators, to be professional and he thanked Mr. Workman for being in attendance.

Dr. Murray thanked Dr. DiPatri and his staff for putting together the 2009/2010 Budget Report it was clear; concise, and easy to understand-a job well done.


E. Public Discussion
9. Public Discussion

Minutes: 

The Chair reminded the public that there is a maximum allotted time of three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. He also stated that the Board would not respond to issues this evening but the Superintendent would investigate the concerns and respond in a timely manner. The following person(s) addressed the Board:

  1. Lynne Snyder, Merritt Island - Budget Reductions
  2. Dan Bennett, BFT,Rockledge - Budget and Unfunded Mandates
  3. Kevin Chancellor, Palm Bay - Town Hall Meeting on February 23, 2009
  4. Janet Eastman, BFT, Rockledge - Teacher Contract
  5. Fernando Rendon, Rockledge - Budget Reductions
  6. Jim Sullivan, Orlando - Apprenticeship on Construction Projects
  7. Martha Franco, Cocoa - Possible Closing of Clearlake Middle School
  8. Angela Billings-Chiarullo, Satellite Beach - General Call to Action for Town Hall Meeting
  9. Samantha Dora, Rockledge - 20th National Youth Crime Prevention Conference

 


F. Consent
F. Board Office/Superintendent

10. Student Expulsion(s)
Attachment: Expulsions 2.10.09.pdf (Confidential Item)
11. Approval of Minutes
12. Audit Committee Respresentative
F. Budgeting, Cost Accounting & FTE

13. Budget Amendment#3 for the Operating Fund, 2008-09
Attachment: Budget Amendment #3.pdf
F. Accounting Services

14. Establish a Petty Cash Fund for Heritage High School
15. Financial Statements for the Month of December, 2008
Attachment: December 2008 Financials.pdf
16. Investment Performance Report for Quarter Ending December 31, 2008
Attachment: BREVARD (SD)_4Q08_COMPLETE (2).pdf
F. Purchasing & Warehouse

17. Surplus Property
Attachment: FEB_10_09.pdf
18. Purchasing Bids, RFPs, RFQs, Sales and Services Agreements
Attachment: 09-018BM Reroof of Cocoa High School.pdf
Attachment: 09-022BP Print Supplies II.pdf
Attachment: 09-024BM Fire Alarm Installation, Repair and Maintenance Services.pdf
F. Human Resources

19. Support Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Support Staff 02-10-09.pdf
20. Instructional Staff Recommendations
Attachment: Instructional Staff 02-10-09.pdf
Attachment: 2009 February 10 Supplement for Instructional Staff.pdf
F. Elementary Programs

21. Consultant Agreement:Growing Up Writing
Attachment: Contracted Services #44AA26.pdf
F. Secondary Programs

22. High School and Middle School Instructional Program Course Lists for 2009-2010
Attachment: High School Course List 2009-2010 A.pdf
Attachment: Middle Course List 2009-10 A.pdf
23. Contract for 11th Grade Students to see 1776 at the King Center
Attachment: Maxwell King Center #456C17.pdf
F. Exceptional Education

24. Amendment #1 and Amendment #2 to Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part B and PreK
Attachment: 150-FY2008PreK.pdf
Attachment: 151.pdf
Attachment: 150-FY2008.pdf
Attachment: 151PreK.pdf
F. Area I Superintendent

25. Sabal Elementary School - 6th Grade Field Trip to Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA
Attachment: Sabal Field Trip - Washington, DC.pdf
26. Palm Bay High School MCJROTC Rifle Team Trip to Camp Perry, Ohio
Attachment: PBHS - USMC Qualifiers2009.pdf
Attachment: PBHS - USMCServiceChampProgram.pdf
F. Area III Superintendent

27. Field Trip: Rockledge High, Cocoa Beach Jr/Sr High and Viera High Schools FIRST Robotics Team; Regional Competition in Denver, Colorado
F. Area IV Superintendent

28. Astronaut High School Robotics Field Trip
F. Project Management

29. Close the Astronaut High School Additions and Renovations Project
Attachment: Astronaut Amendment No 2.pdf
F. School Board Attorney

30. Involuntary Terminiation of Instructional Employee, Joyce D. Iloka
Attachment: Iolka 2.10.09.pdf
F. Additional Items

31. Ratification of Contracts for the 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 Collective Bargaining Agreements between the School Board of Brevard County and the Brevard Federation of Teachers
Attachment: Contract language for ratification 1.27.09.pdf
Attachment: MOU - 37.5 hour workweek.pdf
Attachment: Contract for 08-09 & 09-10.pdf
F. Approval of Consent

32. Approval of Consent Agenda


Motions:
Approval of consent items with the exception of those pulled for discussion.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye


Items Pulled for Discussion
F. Compensation & Benefits

33. Job Description
Attachment: Fund Accountant - final draft _2_.pdf
Attachment: Accounting Specialist III - final draft _2_.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Henderson pulled this item to question if there were already people in these positions. Joy Salamone, Director of Labor Relations, stated that there were already people in these positions and it was thought that the job descriptions had been done when the reorganization was completed.  After researching it, it was discovered that the job descriptions had not been completed so we are bringing them forward for Board approval.

Motions:
Approve the Accounting Specialist III and Fund Accountant job descriptions which have been negotiated with the appropriate bargaining unit.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Curriculum & Instruction

34. Criteria for 2009-10 Budget Reductions
Attachment: Tracked Changes.pdf
Attachment: Final Budget.pdf
Minutes: Ms. Henderson pulled this item to get clarification on the criteria for eliminating positions for the 2009-2010 budget reductions. Dr. DiPatri stated that when the Board establishes a criteria, it's giving the district a direction and is not a hard and fast rule. 

Motions:
Approve the Criteria for the 2009-10 Budget Reductions.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Karen Henderson
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

F. Project Management

35. Heritage High School Water and Wastewater System Agreement
Attachment: Heritage High School Water and Wastewater System Agreement.pdf
Minutes: Mr. Jordan pulled this item for Harold Bistline, School Board Attorney, to discuss what is happening with this item. Mr. Bistline stated the district has resolved its issue with the City of Palm Bay regarding the six year limitation for reimbursement for the oversize utilities. In this agenda item, we are asking the Board to approve the agreement with the language removed on the six year limitation and requesting permission for the Chairman and the Superintendent to sign the contract.

Motions:
Approve the Water and Wastewater System Agreement with the City of Palm Bay for Heritage High School.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Andrew Ziegler
Second: Karen Henderson
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

36. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design/Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Cocoa High School
Attachment: Cocoa Amendment #1.pdf
Minutes: 

Ms. Henderson pulled this item to request it be postponed until after the facility workshop on February 13, 2009. She stated that she agrees with the renovations but would like further discussion in regard to the multipurpose room.

Dr. Murray stated that Cocoa High School is continually moved to the bottom of the list and mentioned that it is important to note that there is no common area and there is no space for the Cocoa High School for their entire faculty to meet at the same time. Dr. Murray said that it would not be prudent for the district to delay the project of the multi-function room.

Mr. Jordan questioned if there would be a problem delaying this item. Dr. DiPatri stated along with Ed Curry, Assistant Superintendent of Facility Services, that there would not be any problem.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board regarding their different opinions in regard to this item.



Motions:
Approve an increase in the project budget in the amount of $1,000,000 (from $6,750,000 to $7,750,000). Approve Amendment #1 to modify the existing Agreement for Design/Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Cocoa High School with The Williams Company to add a Multi-Purpose Building, increasing the Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) in the amount of $2,500,000 (from $4,530,000 to $7,030,000) and extending the Date of Substantial Completion by 21 Days (from 8/10/09 to 8/31/09). - PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Barbara Murray
Second: Amy Kneessy
Karen Henderson- Nay
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan stated that he did not see what delaying this facility would do for the district.

Dr. DiPatri took this opportunity to congratulate the employees listed under agenda item F-19.

Mr. Jordan stated that we should recognize Mark Rendell for his appointment to Cocoa High School because he was not able to be in attendance when the district appointed him.

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Chairman Jordan called for a "Sound Waves" video break at 8:04 p.m.
The meeting reconvened at 8:17 p.m.
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G. Action
G. Board Office/Superintendent

37. Superintendent Search: Salary Range


Motions:
The School Board set the salary range of the incoming superintendent up to $240,000 plus benefits.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Dr. Murray pointed out for the community that the salary for the incoming superintendent was being set in the range of $240,000. She clarified some information that was put in print by Florida Today in which there was a comparison of the $240,000 to the $277,000 salary with the statement that the Board is offering the incoming superintendent $37,000 less then the current superintendent, which is not entirely accurate. The article is comparing the base of the salary range with the total (benefits included) of the current superintendent's salary.

Dr. Murray noted that the Board did a thorough examination of salaries within the State of Florida especially Central Florida with like districts. She also made it clear that even though there were salaries of other states presented to the Board, it was made clear to the consulting firm that the candidates that choose to interview with us and or accept the position would have to get used to the Florida salary and cost of living.

G. Educational Leadership & Professional Development

38. School Year Calendar Standards and Revisions to School Board Policy 8210
Attachment: CALSTAND - draft for January 2009 - 14 day start exemption.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan noted that there was one speaker on this item. He reminded the public that there is three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. The following person addressed the Board:

  1. Helme V. Water, Merritt Island - Veterans Day


Motions:
Approve the revisions to the School Year Calendar Standards, the revisions to School Board Policy 8210 and authorize the Superintendent to advertise for public hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

G. Project Management

39. "Administrative" Attendance Boundary Changes
Attachment: Administrative Attendance Boundary Changes.pdf
Attachment: Clarifications.pdf
Attachment: Attendance Patterns.pdf
Attachment: Gaps and Overlaps.pdf
Attachment: Development Patterns.pdf

Motions:
Approve the recommended attendance boundary changes at 65 schools as shown in the attachment titled "Administrative Attendance Boundary Changes". Approve all students affected by these changes to be "grandfathered" at their current school, with sibling preference. Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for Public Hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Barbara Murray
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

40. Recommendations to Address Schools Over 100% Utilization
Attachment: Southwest Recommendations.pdf
Attachment: Roy Allen Recommendations.pdf
Attachment: Policy 7120.pdf
Minutes: 

Mr. Jordan noted that there was one speaker on this item. He reminded the public that there are three minutes per speaker set aside for discussion. The following persons addressed the Board:

  1. Tom DiBerardino, Palm Bay - Attendance Boundary Changes
  2. Dorothee Jones, Palm Bay - Attendance Boundary Changes


Motions:
Approve attendance boundary changes at Roy Allen ES and affected adjacent elementary schools using "Soft Redistricting Criteria" per Policy 7120. Approve attendance boundary changes at Southwest MS and affected adjacent middle schools using "Soft Redistricting Criteria" per Policy 7120. Authorize the Superintendent to advertise for Public Hearing.- PASS
 
Vote Results
Motion: Amy Kneessy
Second: Andrew Ziegler
Karen Henderson- Aye
Robert Jordan- Aye
Amy Kneessy- Aye
Barbara Murray- Aye
Andrew Ziegler- Aye

Motion Minutes: 

Ms. Kneessy clarified  that this action item is to go to public hearing. Ms. Kneessy requested an extension on the application for the choice schools.

Vicki Mace, Director of Choice Schools, stated as a point of clarification that parents are encouraged to apply to many choice programs and it is not until late April that they have to choose to accept one program.

Discussion ensued amongst the Board in regard to the Choice Program and how the changes will affect the programs. Ms. Henderson discussed the changes to several of the boundaries and the bus routes that it could possibly change.

Mr. Jordan suggested that the Board vote on the item since it will be just to advertise for public hearing and the Board will discuss this further at the Board workshop of February 13, 2009.


H. Information
H. Human Resources

41. School Board Policy Revisions - NEOLA Recommendations
Attachment: 2009 School Board Policies.pdf
H. Title I/Early Childhood Education

42. Summer Voluntary Prekindergarten (VPK)
H. Area I Superintendent

43. Eau Gallie High School FIRST Robotics Team to Attend Palmetto Regional Competition at Clemson University in South Carolina
Attachment: EGHS Robotics trip to SC.pdf
H. Area III Superintendent

44. Consultant Agreement between the School Board of Brevard County and Alane Ferguson, Author
Attachment: Ferguson, Alane.pdf
H. Project Management

45. Amendment #1 to Agreement for Design/Build Services for Additions and Renovations at Eau Gallie High School
Attachment: Eau Gallie HS Amendment #1.pdf

I. Staff Reports
46. Staff Reports

Minutes: There are no staff reports.

J. Additional Public Presentations (If Required)
47. Additional Public Presentations

Minutes: There are no additional public presentations.

K. Board Member Reports
48. Board Members Report

Minutes: 

Dr. Murray noted that she attended several of the County Wide Music Festivals and congratulated District Personnel, DaLaine Chapman, and the student musicians for their outstanding talent.

Dr. Murray enjoyed the dedication of the Melbourne High School gymnasium and science building.

Dr. Murray stated that she had the privilege of shaking the hands of three $40,000 recipients for the local science fairs and three $20,000 recipients.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he attended many of the musical events for the County Wide Music Festival and the BSO Concert for the fifth grade.

Mr. Ziegler noted that he and several of the Board Members attended the FSBA Bargaining and Finance Forums in Ocala on February 4-6, 2009. He mentioned that they were given rankings on the school districts throughout the State and Brevard County shined out efficiency.

Mr. Ziegler reported that he met with Andrea Alford, Director of District Security, and was pleased to find out that our security is an actual police agency which is tied in electronically to the same information that our local and county agencies have. He learned that many districts in the State do not have the level of security that Brevard Public Schools has.

Ms. Kneessy added to Mr. Ziegler's comments in regard to the FSBA Forums and the presentations were outstanding and stated that she appreciates how much that Judy Preston, Associate Superintendent of Financial Services, does for the district. She was one of the presenters and did a fantastic job.

Ms. Henderson mentioned that she had planned to attend the NSBA conference in San Diego for Dr. Murray but in light of the budget reductions suggested that she not attend since it is a very expensive trip for the district. Mr. Jordan questioned whether the district would lose any money for not attending. Jackie Joy, Administrative Assistant to the School Board, stated that the registration for the NSBA conference had been made but was still in the timeframe to have the money returned to the district.

Mr. Jordan stated he received an email suggesting that the marquis at the schools be turned off at a certain time to save money for the district.

Mr. Jordan stated that Ms. Preston is gold and that the Board  is very impressed and proud that she was up there teaching at the FSBA Forums. He also mentioned that the other districts are jealous that we have her as our financial adviser. Ms. Preston stated that the Board Members were good pupils.

Mr. Jordan stated on behalf of the Board that they were proud of BFT and Local 1010 for coming together during these tough times and making things happen. He urged them to continue to ban together and talk to the Legislators that our kids have to come first.


L. Superintendent's Report
49. Superintendent's Report

Minutes: Dr. DiPatri stated that he has no Superintendent's report but thanked BFT, BASA, Local 1010 Coalition for working closely together and hopefully continuing to accomplish our mission.

M. Adjournment
50. Adjournment

Minutes: The School Board meeting of February 10, 2009 was adjourned at 8:47 p.m.






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