All that is on the agenda is:
1. Call to Order
a. Staff Report
a. High School Handbook
One has to wonder exactly why this could not have waited until the next regularly scheduled meeting in August. Perhaps the disclosure of the illegality of the recent retirement packages given to Administrators in contradiction of Board policy and without contractual obligations or any evidence of Board action... (see "Decatur Administrator Severance Packages Really Sweet" and "Decatur Administrator Severance Packages in Contradiction of School Board Policy") is proving too much ?
This agenda, of course and per usual, says absolutely nothing. This has prompted me to begin a task I have been intending to do, but never quite got the time. That task is to look at the agendas and minutes of other school districts in Marion County.
Today I take a peek at what IPS is doing for agendas.
Here's a link to their agendas. You'll have to click on a date in the far left to view one. I suggest "Jul 27, 2010", which is the most current as I write this entry.
They have a great deal of information on their agenda. Imagine that - the public can actually see what is to be discussed and some real detail about each action item !! Don Stinson would never allow that to happen here in Decatur.
Scroll down the left hand panel and click on any action item. I clicked on "5.05 Increase Contract with Luerssen Consulting, LLC For Substitute Nursing Services". That already is far more detail than any Decatur School Board agenda would have. Clicking the link brings up information in the right hand panel. Imagine - MORE INFORMATION for the public !!! I have reprinted this one item below:
Agenda Item Details
Meeting Jul 27, 2010 - Board Action Session; July 27, 2010; 7:00 P.M.
Category General Superintendent's Recommendations - New Business
Subject Increse Contract with Luerssen Consulting, LLC for Substitute Nursing Services
Fiscal Impact Yes
Dollar Amount $ 35,000.00
Budget Source IDEA Grant
Presented By: Dr. Willie Giles Robb K. Warriner
Strategic Plan: Everyone Can Learn
TOPIC: Approval to extend contract with Luerssen Consulting, LLC for substitute nursing service at a cost of $35,000.00.
Background Information: Given the continuing need for substitute nursing services, it is recommended that we extend our contract with Luerssen Consulting, LLC, for the 2010/2011 school year to include services through June 30, 2011. The amount of the contract will remain the same at $35,000.00.
***Superintendent’s Recommendation: I recommend that the Board of School Commissioners approve the contract with Luerssen Consulting LLC for substitute nursing services at a cost not to exceed $35,000.00. I also recommend the Board authorize the Director of Special Education to execute the extension on behalf of the Board. Funding will be provided through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) grant and will not impact the General Fund.
The Decatur School Board doesn't approve contracts - in violation of State law -- much less let the public know how much money is involved in anything. Not only are their agendas worthless, attending meetings leaves the audience without a clue as to what is being decided, and their minutes complete the trifecta of keeping the public in the dark. Even the Bell, California, Council meeting agendas have more detail than Decatur School Board does - and look what they got away with !