Board of Education Official Meeting Minutes

UTICA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
BOARD OF EDUCATION MINUTES
Joan C. Sergent
Instructional Resource Center
14201 Canal Road
Sterling Heights, MI  48313

 

UTICA COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
BOARD OF EDUCATION
Joan C. Sergent Instructional Resource Center
14201 Canal Road
Sterling Heights, MI  48313
August 25, 2014

Attending: C. Klenow, G. Klida, R. Ross, J. Prybys, K. Krolczyk, M. Templeton, D. Nesovski

 

1-2       Meeting Called to Order
Board President Dr. Carol Klenow called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. followed by The Pledge of Allegiance.

3.         Minutes
Motion by Klida, support by Prybys, that the minutes be approved as presented.

Motion carried unanimously.

4.         Superintendent’s Report
Superintendent Dr. Johns stated that we are approximately seven days and 12 hours from the opening bell and that we will be ready for the start of another successful school year.  She also stated that school orientations continue, class lists will be posted later this week, lunch and bus schedules are posted on our website, and final touch ups are being done in classrooms and on the grounds.

She added that teachers have been setting up their classrooms and professional development continues through the week for staff.  The 2014 fall athletic season got underway Friday night with a soccer game resulting in a 4-0 Stevenson win over Mott.  Band students are marching and the UCS Honors Choir is preparing for their concerts this year.  We are looking forward to another great year in Utica Community Schools.

5.         Community Correspondence
There was no community correspondence to acknowledge. 

6.         Public Communication
There were no requests for public communication presented.

7A.      Changes in Certified Personnel
Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Mr. Michael Sturm presented the changes in certified personnel since the last presentation to the Board of Education on August 11, 2014.

Motion by Templeton, support by Prybys, that the Board of Education approve the changes in certified personnel as presented.

Motion carried unanimously.

7B1.      AdvancePath Academy Supervisor
Mr. Sturm made the recommendation on behalf of Dr. Johns to appoint Marc B. Kay to the position of AdvancePath Academy Supervisor. Mr. Kay’s credentials were reviewed.
Motion by Ross, support by Krolczyk, that the Board of Education appoint Mr. Marc B. Kay to the position of AdvancePath Academy Supervisor.

Motion carried unanimously.

7B2.      Transportation Manager
Mr. Sturm made the recommendation on behalf of Dr. Johns to appoint Lisa Keyes to the position of Transportation Manager. Ms. Keyes’ credentials were reviewed.
Motion by Klida, support by Templeton, that the Board of Education appoint Ms. Lisa Keyes to the position of Transportation Manager.

Motion carried unanimously.

7C.        2014-2015 Administrative Assignments
On behalf of Dr. Johns, Mr. Sturm presented the 2014-2015 administrative assignments to the Board of Education.  No action was required.

8A.        Schedule of Bills Report
Executive Director of Business and Finance Ms. Jill Tomyn reviewed information on the schedule of bills for the General Fund.

Prior to the Board of Education meeting, all pertinent information necessary to process payment of the bills was reviewed by Dr. Robert A. Ross, Treasurer of the Board of Education, in conjunction with Ms. Evelyn Bihl, Controller. Inquiries concerning the schedule of bills may be directed to Ms. Stephanie Eagen, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services or Ms. Tomyn.

General Fund:
GENERAL FUND (08/13/14) ............................................ $ 376,950.83
GENERAL FUND (08/20/14) ............................................ $ 747,331.51
General Fund Total                                                         $ 1,124,282.34

The Board of Education accepted the report as presented. 

8B.        Naviance Contract
Naviance is a comprehensive college and career planning solution that optimizes student success, enhances school counselor productivity and tracks results for school and district administrators.  This digital platform provides a single location for school and district administrators to engage students and families both at school and home, improve college and career planning and measure student outcomes that are developed.  Students, parents and counselors can prepare comprehensive roadmaps for success that allow schools to create individual course plans, facilitate the college application process, survey students, search and apply for scholarships and report and track outcomes of their entire student population through an alumni tracker. 

The Teaching and Learning Department is recommending the implementation of Naviance for all ninth through twelfth grade students across the school district.  This contract will provide a software solution to our students for four-year course planning, the PrepMe for the ACT, Naviance Curriculum, Alumni Tracker and eDocs (transcripts).  Professional services would include both on-site and web-based training for administrators, counselors and the career development facilitators.  Consulting Services are provided for school-specific professional development.

The proposed contract and terms of service reflects a 35 percent reduction in cost for the purchase of Naviance over three years beginning September 1, 2014.  The Business and Finance Department along with the Curriculum Subcommittee of the Board of Education has reviewed the Naviance proposal.

Motion by Klida, support by Templeton, that the Board of Education approve the Naviance by Hobsons, Inc. three-year contract in the total amount of $162,124.00 with payments of $54,041.34 for 2014-2015, $54,041.33 for 2015-2016 and $54,041.33 for 2016-2017 effective September 1, 2014 to August 31, 2017 as presented.

Motion carried 6-1 with Mr. Krolczyk dissenting.

9A.      Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) Certification of Delegates
Delegates selected by Boards of Education across the state will decide Michigan Association of School Boards (MASB) position on a variety of issues affecting education and proposed legislation being considered at the MASB’s 2014 Delegate Assembly.  All delegates and alternates must be school board members.  Only delegates and alternates named by the Board of Education may offer motions and vote on issues.

The MASB Bylaws govern the number of delegates and alternates that may be designated.  Article VII, Sections 4 and 5 provide that four (4) voting delegates and four (4) alternates be selected based on Utica Community Schools student membership.

Motion by Ross, support by Prybys to certify Mr. Krolczyk, Mrs. Klida, Dr. Ross and Mrs. Templeton as voting delegates and to certify Dr. Klenow, Mrs. Prybys and Mrs. Nesovski as voting alternates at the MASB Delegate Assembly.

Motion carried unanimously.

9B.      Board Announcements
Mrs. Klida reminded her colleagues that the UCS Foundation for Educational Excellence golf outing is on September 15.  She suggested that the Board of Education sponsor a hole in support of our students.

10.        Adjournment
Motion Klida, support by Ross to adjourn at 7:25 p.m.

Motion carried unanimously.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Mrs. Michele Templeton, Secretary

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