PUBLIC COMMENTS - (CONTINUED)
7. Kathryn Brandt (Teacher at Harllee Middle School) - discussed academic programs that have received recognition, and the personal growth of students at Harllee Middle School.
8. Todd Burnham - spoke in support of the redistricting plan approved by the Board and the outstanding program and personnel at Harllee Middle School.
9. Steve Graham (Magnet Coordinator of Harllee Middle School) - said the redistricting plan approved by the Board is best for the entire Harllee school community. He thanked the Board for those changes.
10. Amy Bradley (Band Director at Electa Arcotte Lee Magnet Middle School) - thanked the Board for the redistricting plan and their support.
11. Tracie Harwood (Mathematics Department Chair at Electa Arcotte Lee Magnet Middle School) - spoke in support of the Board's middle school redistricting plan, which opened up more opportunity for school choice to Lee Middle School.
12. Patricia Ruggiero (Teacher at Electa Arcotte Lee Magnet Middle School) - thanked the Board for approving the current middle school redistricting plan which provides additional slots for children to choice in to Lee Middle School.
13. Maggie Hammond (parent of a Harllee Middle School student) - spoke very highly of the academic program at Harllee Middle School, which has fit the need of her son who is technologically motivated.
14. Margi Nanney - spoke in support of the Board's decision to redistrict Harllee Middle School. She encouraged the Board to not waiver regarding the boundary lines, which will mean more programs and students for Harllee Middle School.
15. Raphael Allen (Manatee County Community Action Team) - requested a clarification regarding the proximity and boundaries of "Central West" Bradenton, as opposed to Central Bradenton school.
16. Vern R. Springer (parent of sixth grade student at Electa Arcotte Lee Magnet Middle School) - thanked the Board for the foresight of the Magnet program in which his daughter has flourished. He spoke in support of the current redistricting plan, which opens space at Lee Middle School so that other students can attend the arts program at the school.
17. Dave Miner - extended a tribute to those who manifested Brown v. Board of Education fifty years ago, to those who framed an independent judiciary in the Constitution of the United States, and to those that followed. He concluded that the spirit of Brown v. Board of Education will endure if we demonstrate the stars of community interest and not of self interest chart our way.
Chairman Simmons announced a recess at 8:40 p.m. and reconvened the Regular Meeting at 8:45 p.m.
Radio Station Program - complimented Superintendent Dearing on his excellent presentation on a radio program yesterday morning.
Concreteables - requested that if the District moves forward toward use of concreteables, that they are made as architecturally pleasant as possible. He spoke of a time when school facilities were a statement of pride.
Brick Exteriors - urged strong consideration of the use of bricks on exteriors of schools.
Federation of Manatee County Community Associations May 2004 Newsletter - requested that staff clarifies with the Association and the public that there was not a $3 million expenditure regarding a purchase of Global Positioning System and the installation of faulty safety equipment to account for students on buses.
Brown v. Board of Education Presentation - thanked those responsible for this recent performance at Neel Auditorium.
Migrant Education Ceremony - said he was very impressed with the recent Migrant Education Awards Ceremony.
Ballard Elementary School Newsletter - commended the comments made in a message written by Nan Rankin, Principal, in the Ballard Elementary School newsletter.