The Board Members asked questions of the Superintendent and Mr. McGonegal, Assistant Superintendent for Business Services, and held discussion regarding approval of the tentative budget.
Budget Presentation - complimented Mr. McGonegal and his staff for their work on the tentative budget.
Construction Projects - asked if a construction priority list had been created.
Dr. Dearing said a priority list will be prepared for Board review prior to final budget approval.
Budget Presentation - complimented Mr. McGonegal and his staff for their work on the presentation and tentative budget. He suggested adding hybrid school buses under the "Stewardship" category.
Green Schools - requested that the Chairman consider scheduling a workshop about "green" schools.
Special Legislative Session - suggested meeting with the local legislative delegation in preparation for the Special Legislative Session the Governor has scheduled in September, 2007.
Budget Presentation - said the preparation material presented makes the budget very clear.
Central Bradenton School - confirmed that the district will continue to search for a site for a school in central Bradenton.
Personnel - affirmed that no personnel layoffs are planned. She noted that the plan for the 10-day count includes more shifting of personnel than has occurred in the past. She also said that if teachers are moved as a result of the 10-day count, it is important that the seniority plan that is already in placed be used.
Budget Presentation - commended the committee on the quality of the presentation that was made. She noted the presentation is available to the community on the district internet.
Reflection - commented on some of the budget challenges and successes that the Board has experienced over the past decade.
Teaching Staff - confirmed that since the 2003-2004 school year, the district has hired 400 teachers over and above the normal formula, to accommodate the Class Size Amendment requirements.
Speakers' Bureau - suggested the district form a speakers' bureau to be available to civic groups to talk about budget issues. He asked the Superintendent to report back to the Board in September about the formation of such a group.
Dr. Roger Dearing
Legislative Proposals - noted that the Florida Association of District School Superintendents (FADSS) has endorsed having the State of Florida postpone performance pay and school recognition programs until next year, when collection of sales tax revenue has relieved pressure on the budget.