The regular meeting of the Board of Commissioners was held on Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 201 of the Blatt Building in Columbia, South Carolina. Chairman Dobson opened in prayer and then called the meeting to order while stating that proper notification of the meeting had been made according to the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act. He welcomed everyone to the meeting and asked President Park to introduce the guests in attendance.
Chairman Dobson recognized Dr. Steven R. Ross for his decade of service to the SCSDB Board of Commissioners. President Park and Chairman Dobson presented Dr. Ross with a framed piece of student artwork.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
The minutes of the December 4, 2012 Board meeting (see attachment #1 to the February 27, 2013 agenda) were unanimously approved as submitted.
Dr. James reviewed the financial information that had been mailed to the Board prior to the meeting (see attachment #2 to the February 27, 2013 agenda). He relayed to the Board that $4 million less expenditures in labor were spent compared to 2008. Dr. James responded to questions from the Board. Chairman Dobson requested that the Departmental Budgets be made available to the Board for the May 7, 2013 Board meeting.
REQUEST FOR SALE OF PROPERTY
Mr. Castro presented the request for sale of 1318 Goldmine Road (see attachment #3 to the February 27, 2013 agenda) to the Board of Commissioners for approval. A motion was made by Ms. Holland and seconded by Mr. Bible, and unanimously passed to approve the acceptance of the offer that will now be handed to the Budget and Control Board to complete the transaction.
LEGISLATIVE AND BUDGET PRESENTATION UPDATE
Mr. Ramsey reported to the Board that the agency budget presentation has been made to the House Ways and Means Subcommittee and it was very well received. Mr. Ramsey informed the Board that the Senate Finance Subcommittee presentation will be held on March 20. SCSDB will present to a K-12 sub-committee for the first time.
President Park presented the request (see attachment #4 to the February 27, 2013 agenda) to name the football field the “Max Joy Brown Football Field.” After reviewing and discussing the request, the Board voted to deny the request.
The following proposed revised SCSDB policies (see attachment #5, #6, #7 to the February 27, 2013 agenda) were reviewed with the Board by Mr. Ramsey:
GBK Grievance Policy
GCO Employment Performance Management System Policy
GCQA/GCQB Reduction in Force Policy
After a brief discussion, a motion was made by Dr. McCallum, seconded by Mr. Morrow and unanimously passed that the above policies be approved as a whole with the proposed revisions.
President Park reviewed the nomination information for the Hearts and Hands Award (see attachment #8 to the February 27, 2013 agenda). After reviewing and discussing the nominations, a motion was made by Dr. McCallum, seconded by Ms. Alexander, and unanimously passed to present the 2013 Hearts and Hands Award to all three candidates; Kenneth Schuler Schools of Cosmetology, Leadership Spartanburg, and Smith Animal Hospital. The awards will be presented at the agency-wide awards program.
DOUGLAS F. DENT AWARD
Ms. Alexander reviewed the nomination information for the Douglas F. Dent Award. After reviewing and discussing the three nominations, the Board of Commissioners voted 3 to 1 to 1 to present the 2013 Douglas F. Dent Award to Dr. Steven R. Ross. He will be invited to the SCSDB Graduation that will be held on May 30.
THE WALKER FOUNDATION UPDATE
Ms. Akerman updated the Board on the work of The Walker Foundation on behalf of the agency. She also reported on various grants that had been received as well as some that are pending. She also advised the Board of upcoming special events, such as Wine, Dine and Design and several other fundraising projects.
Mr. Dobson asked Ms. Akerman to relay to the The Walker Foundation Board his thanks for their continued support and help over the years.
EDUCATIONAL ACCOUNTABILITY ACT REPORT CARD
President Park reviewed The 2012 EAA School Report Card (See attachment #10 to the February 27, 2013 agenda) to the Board. She pointed out a few minor changes that SCSDB has requested the Department of Education change in regards to the narrative. Ms. Park made the Board aware that the average age of enrollment for a SCSDB student has decreased to 6 years old.
CEASD FINAL REPORT
President Park introduced the CEASD Final Report (See attachment #11 to the February 27, 2013 agenda) to the board. She called attention to the summary of recommendations and Chairman Dobson asked the Board to review those on a regular basis in an attempt to stay on track for the future. President Park answered a question by Ms. Holland regarding the Board forming a recruitment team.
2013-2014 SCHOOL CALEANDAR
Sara Kollock presented the 2013-2014 School Calendar to the Board of Commissioners. After reviewing the calendar, a motion was made by Ms. Holland, seconded by Mr. Morrow and unanimously passed to approve the proposed calendar as presented.
UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS
Ms. Rice reminded the Board that the Special Events Calendar is posted on the internet. She called attention to several upcoming events that may be of particular interest to the Board, including the SCSDB State House Performance on March 6, 2013 and SCSDB Graduation being held on May 30th. Ms. Rice encouraged all Board members to attend any upcoming events.