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YEAH.

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GOOD

[A. Meeting Opening ]

AFTERNOON EVERYONE.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

GOOD EVENING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU.

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE.

UH, MR. LANIS, FOR AS, AS A, AS A PLACE OF DEJA VU.

MR. LANDIS.

AS A, AS A PLACE OF DEJA VU.

JUST HIT OVER THERE AND SAY, OH, I'M SORRY, .

THANK YOU.

MEETING CALL TO ORDER.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, .

ALRIGHT, SO WE CAN GO AHEAD AND BEGIN NOW.

TONIGHT, UH, TODAY IS THURSDAY, MAY 23RD, REGULAR MEETING AGENDA.

UM, I WILL JUST SHARE WITH YOU GUYS BEFORE WE GO INTO ROLL CALL.

WE KNOW THAT OUR COMMENTS, UM, WILL BE LIMITED, UH, DUE TO THE TIMEFRAME.

IT'S SEVEN 18.

WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE TIME RESTRAINTS THAT ARE PLACED, UH, ON OUR MEETING.

SO WITH THAT IN MIND, WE KNOW THAT, UH, BOARD COMMENTS, UM, HELD AT A MAXIMUM OF THREE MINUTES.

UH, PUBLIC COMMENT HELD AT A MAXIMUM OF ONE MINUTE AND I WILL BE CALLING TIME.

OKAY? ALRIGHT.

SO THANK YOU SO MUCH.

UM, LET US GO AHEAD AND BEGIN WITH OUR ROLL CALL WHILE WE WAIT.

YOU ALL DON'T FORGET TO, UH, CHANGE TO THE NEW MEETING.

SO IN, IN, UM, WHEN YOUR COMPUTERS, MAKE SURE THAT YOU SWITCH TO THE REGULAR MEETING.

DISTRICT THREE, PRESIDENT POWELL LEWIS.

PRESENT, DISTRICT NINE, VICE PRESIDENT MARTIN.

PRESENT DISTRICT ONE.

MR. BLUE.

HERE.

DISTRICT TWO.

MR. LANIS.

PRESENT.

DISTRICT FOUR.

MR. STEWART? PRESENT.

DISTRICT FIVE.

MR. LEWIS? HERE.

DISTRICT SIX.

MR. RUSS? PRESENT.

DISTRICT SEVEN.

MR. GODDE HERE.

DISTRICT EIGHT, MS. SOLE PRESENT.

WE HAVE A FORUM.

THANK YOU.

BEFORE WE PRE, UH, PROCEED INTO THE MEETING MINUTES, IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, I WOULD LIKE TO ASK IF WE COULD HANDLE OUR AGENDA ITEMS TONIGHT OUT OF THE ORIGINAL ORDER.

AND SO IF YOU GUYS HAVE A PEN, UH, JUST REALLY, REALLY QUICKLY, UM, I'VE KIND OF NUMBERED THE ITEMS SO THAT WAY WE'LL KNOW EXACTLY WHAT ORDER WE ARE WE ARE GOING IN.

OF COURSE WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE GUESTS THAT ARE HERE TO SUPPORT SOME OF THE AGENDA ITEMS, UH, THAT ARE BEING BROUGHT, UH, BEFORE US.

SO IF WE COULD CONSIDER, UH, MINUTES WILL BE THE NEXT.

SO THAT'LL BE NUMBER TWO.

WE'VE ALREADY DONE, UH, CALL TO ART AND ROLL CALL.

THAT WAS NUMBER ONE.

MEETING MINUTES WILL BE NUMBER TWO.

AND THEN IF WE CAN TAKE, UH, ALPHABET F NUMBER THREE AS THE THIRD ON THE AGENDA.

AND THEN THE CONSENT AGENDA WILL BE WHAT WE TAKE NEXT.

THAT'S ALPHABET G AS NUMBER FOUR.

WAIT, MS. POWELL, SAY THAT AGAIN.

OKAY, SO LET'S GO BACK.

UH, ALPHABET A.

THAT'S THE FIRST.

WE'VE ALREADY TAKEN CARE OF THAT.

OH, F AS NUMBER THREE? YES.

OKAY.

MY BAD.

AND B AS NUMBER TWO.

F AS NUMBER THREE.

G AS NUMBER FOUR.

H AS NUMBER FIVE.

C AND D AS NUMBER SIX.

AND THEN I AS NUMBER SEVEN J IS NUMBER EIGHT.

ARE THERE ANY OBJECTIONS? AND I'LL REMIND YOU WHAT ORDER WE'RE OPERATING IN.

OKAY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

SO BEFORE WE GO TO ALPHABET B, UH, I'M GONNA STEAL A PLAY OUT OF ONE OF OUR PREVIOUS SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, UH, PLAYBOOKS.

AND UH, SHE WOULD SOMETIMES SHARE A BOOK THAT SHE'S READING AND YOU ALL HAVE JUST RECENTLY STARTED THIS BOOK.

AND IT IS ENTITLED GREAT ON THEIR BEHALF WHY SCHOOL BOARDS FAIL AND HOW YOURS CAN BECOME EFFECTIVE.

AND THIS IS BY A JK KBI AND I'M ACTUALLY A PART OF HIS FELLOWSHIP ON BECOMING A SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER COACH.

BUT THE INFORMATION IN THE BOOK IS WHAT IS AMAZING.

AND SO IT'S ABOUT A $20 READ AND AT THE SAME TIME IT'S VERY, VERY EASY READING, BUT IT DOES GIVE SOME VERY INTERESTING POINTS.

SO IF THIS IS SOMETHING THAT YOU'RE INTERESTED IN, I WANTED TO SHARE IT ONCE AGAIN.

GREAT.

ON THEIR BEHALF.

WHY SCHOOL BOARDS FAIL, HOW YOURS CAN BECOME EFFECTIVE.

SO I WANTED TO SHARE.

THANK YOU.

OKAY,

[B. Minutes]

SO WE'RE NOW GOING TO ALPHABET B MINUTES.

UH, MEETING MINUTES, APPROVAL OF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL BOARD MINUTES, ALPHABET A APRIL 25TH, 2024, REGULAR BOARD MEETING, ALPHABET B, MAY 8TH, 2024.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH, AD HOC MEETING,

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ALPHABET C MAY 9TH, 2024, SPECIAL BOARD MEETING, ALPHABET D MAY 9TH, 2024, OPERATIONS COMMITTEE MEETING, ALPHABET, E, MAY 9TH, 2024, ACADEMICS, ACCOUNTABILITY, CURRICULUM INSTRUCTION AND STUDENT SERVICES COMMITTEE MEETING, ALPHABET F MAY 9TH, 2024, BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING, ALPHABET G MAY 10TH, 2024.

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH AD HOC MEETING AS PUBLISHED IN THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL.

IS THERE A MOTION I MOVE TO ACCEPT THE ITEM IS READ.

OKAY, THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. RUSS FOR USING OUR PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURES.

IS THERE A SECOND? OKAY, IT HAS BEEN SECONDED BY MR. LEWIS.

COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD AT THIS TIME.

OKAY, SEEING NONE WE WILL NOW TURN TO COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

OKAY, SEEING NONE RETURNING TO COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD.

OKAY, WE WILL NOW CALL FOR THE VOTE, PLEASE VOTE THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

WE WILL NOW

[F.1. Professional Services Contract: Simpson Educational Consulting ]

MOVE TO ALPHABET F UNFINISHED BUSINESS ITEM ONE OR ITEM F1 PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT SIMPSON EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT EXTENSION BETWEEN THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD AND SIMPSON EDUCATIONAL CONSULTING LLC IN THE AMOUNT OF 198,000 OVER THREE YEARS TO SERVE AS THE PROJECT.

OKAY.

UH, IS THERE A MOTION IT HAS BEEN MOVED BY MR. BALLOU? IS THERE A SECOND? IT HAS BEEN SECONDED BY MR. RUSS.

COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD AT THIS TIME.

OKAY, SEEING NONE WE WILL NOW TURN TO COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

OKAY.

SEEING NONE WILL RETURN TO COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD.

OKAY, WE WILL ENTERTAIN A VOTE PLEASE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

ITEM F TWO

[F.2. ITEP: Honeywell International Inc. ]

IEP HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED DISCUSSION, CONSIDERATION OF AN APPLICATION FROM HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INCORPORATED FOR AN INDUSTRIAL TAX EXEMPTION.

AND IS THERE ADDITIONAL WORDING FOR F TWO? IT JUST SAYS AND INDUSTRIAL TAX EXEMPTION AND IT CUT OFF IT SAYS IN RELATED MATTERS.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO IN RELATED MATTERS, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

IS THERE A MOTION I MOVE THAT WE APPROVE THE APPLICATION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH MR. MARTIN.

IT HAS BEEN SECONDED BY MR. GODDE COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD, SEEING NONE, COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

UM, AND WE HAVE A FEW MR. COMBS AND DON'T FORGET, UH, LIMITED TO ONE MINUTE TONIGHT.

OKAY, SO I HAD A PRESENTATION TO GO OVER THE ITECH PROGRAM, UH, BUT IT WILL NOT BE ADMITTED.

UH, SO I DO WANNA BE SENSITIVE TO THAT.

UH, BUT I CAN ALSO PROVIDE THIS PRESENTATION TO THE SCHOOL BOARD AS WELL.

UM, AND I JUST WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS FROM THE LAST FINANCE AND BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING.

WE'RE ABLE TO GET IN FRONT OF A FEW OF YOU TO FURTHER EXPLAIN THE PROJECT.

UH, SO VERY BRIEFLY, GREAT PROJECT.

UH, IT CREATES 13 JOBS AND THEY PLAN TO ADD ANOTHER APPROXIMATELY SEVEN JOBS.

SO 20 TOTAL, UH, 72 MILLION CAPEX.

SO CAPITAL INVESTMENT IN INTO BATON ROUGE AS WELL.

SO THAT'S ALWAYS GREAT.

UH, SO THE SCHOOL BOARD OVER A 20 YEAR PROJECTION, WE'LL SEE APPROXIMATELY $756,000

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IN, UH, TAX NET TAXES AND 9 MILLION TO THE ENTIRE, UH, EBR PARISH, UH, FROM PROPERTY TAXES AS WELL.

HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ON THE PROJECT IF NEEDED.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, SO, UM, BEFORE YOU JUST, JUST STAY RIGHT THERE, MR. COMBS, JUST IN CASE.

UM, SO BACK TO MY BOARD JUST FOR A MOMENT.

IF THERE IS NO OBJECTION, MAY HE SUBMIT THAT PRESENTATION, UH, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE IT ON BOARD DOCS OR DO OR DO WE PREFER TO HEAR THE PRESENTATION TONIGHT? OKAY.

IS IT, IS IT THE SAME PRESENTATION THAT YOU DID FOR US INDIVIDUALLY? UH, NO, BUT IT DOES COVER A LOT OF THAT SAME INFORMATION.

NO, YOU COULD JUST PRESENT IT.

I MEAN WE HAD A LONG, HEALTHY DISCUSSION, SO, SO, SO JUST IF YOU COULD SUBMIT IT.

OKAY.

UM, AND, AND, OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, MS. GALLAGHER, GOOD AFTERNOON, MADAM PRESIDENT AND BOARD MEMBERS.

UM, MY NAME IS BLANCHE GALLAGHER AND I AM HERE TONIGHT TO REPRESENT INDUSTRY MAKES.

WE ARE A NONPROFIT WHOSE MISSION IS TO SUPPORT INDUSTRIAL EXPANSION AND MANUFACTURING GROWTH IN LOUISIANA.

AND BEING, UM, COURTEOUS OF YOUR TIME TONIGHT AND THAT WE'VE JUST HAD A LONG NIGHT, I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT WE'RE HERE IN SUPPORT OF THE PROJECT AND WE THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE FOR SUPPORTING HONEYWELL'S APPLICATION.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. CLAYTON.

OKAY.

MR. BRENT CLAYTON.

OKAY.

OH, I APOLOGIZE.

I, UH, I THOUGHT I CHECKED THE BOX THAT I WASN'T SPEAKING, BUT, UH, , HERE I AM.

SO I'M BRAND CLAYTON.

I'M THE OPERATIONS MANAGER FOR PAL INTERSTATE.

WE ARE AN INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTOR.

MY APOLOGIES, I DIDN'T READ THAT PART, BUT, OKAY.

NOPE, THAT'S OKAY.

.

UH, SO WE ARE AN INDUSTRIAL CONTRACTOR AND, UH, WE WORK IN HONEYWELL AS WELL AS MANY OTHER INDUSTRIAL SITES.

AND WE ARE HERE TO, UH, OFFER OUR SUPPORT FOR HONEYWELL IN THIS PROJECT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

KNOWING THAT READING IS FUNDAMENTAL, MR. CHARLES WEAVER, UH, ALSO DOES NOT WISH TO SPEAK.

UH, BUT HE DOES HAVE HERE THAT HE IS IN SUPPORT OF THE RECOMMENDATION.

OKAY.

AND NEXT WE HAVE MS. PHYLLIS SIMS, WHO DOES WISH TO SPEAK .

THANK YOU MADAM.

PRESIDENT PHYLLIS SIMS AT THE LAW FIRM OF KEEN MILLER REPRESENTING HONEYWELL.

I, UH, MANAGE ALL OF THEIR DOCUMENTATION FILING FOR THE IEP.

I HAVE NO PARTICULAR COMMENT.

I AM JUST HERE TO PROVIDE INFORMATION IF REQUESTED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE IEP FILING IF THERE ARE ANY QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH AND THANK YOU SO MUCH MS. UM, MS. SIMS, YOU ALL, WHEN I GOT A CHANCE TO SPEAK WITH HER BEFORE, SHE GAVE QUITE A BIT OF INSIGHTFUL INFORMATION JUST ABOUT IEPS IN GENERAL.

AND SO I INVITED HER FOR A FUTURE DATE TO BE ABLE TO SHARE AND GIVE AN INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION ABOUT IEPS IN THE IEP PROCESS.

SO THANK YOU.

HAPPY TO DO SO.

THANK YOU.

AND, AND THANK YOU ALL FOR THOSE THAT WERE ABLE TO, TO JOIN US.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE THAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY, MS. MATTHEWS, YOU GUYS HAD SOME REALLY GREAT COMMENTS ON PAY STIPENDS AND RAISES.

I DON'T KNOW IF WE CAN AFFORD THEM AS I'M NOT DONE COMBING THROUGH MY NEW BINDER FOR THIS YEAR.

UM, BUT IT WAS CLEAR THAT YOU GUYS WANT AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE TO PAY FOR DRIVERS, PARAS, EDUCATORS.

SO GUESS WHAT? YOU CAN SHOW US THAT BY SAYING NO TO AN IEP.

UM, THEY WILL STILL COME, THEY WILL STILL GET THEIR IEP FROM THE CITY, WHICH IS WHERE YOU SHOULD GET IT.

LOUISIANA IS THE ONLY STATE IN THIS COUNTRY THAT STEALS MONEY FROM CHILDREN AND TEACHERS AND GIVES IT TO THEM FROM THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THIS MONEY BELONGS IN TEACHER SALARIES AND ALL EDUCATORS, BUS DRIVERS AND PARIS SALARIES.

AND TO THE CHILDREN OF EBR, THE IEP SHOULD ONLY BE FILED WITH THE CITY OF BATON ROUGE WHERE THEY WILL ABSOLUTELY GET IT AND THAT'S PERFECTLY FINE.

NOT WITH THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THANK YOU.

SEEING NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMENT, WE WILL NOW RETURN TO BOARD COMMENT, UH, AGAIN, BOARD MEMBERS.

WE HAVE ONE, UH, THREE MINUTES.

WE HAVE THREE MINUTES TO, UH, COMMENT.

MR. LANIS HONEYWELL, THE AUDACITY OF YOU TO COME

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IN THIS ROOM DOING ALL OF THIS GREAT WORK, CREATING MORE JOBS, BRINGING MORE INFRASTRUCTURE TO OUR DISTRICT, AND YOU EXPECT ME NOT TO SUPPORT.

YOU'RE CRAZY.

THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING YOU'RE DOING.

YOU HAVE MY VOTE.

THANK YOU MR. LEWIS.

I NEED, JUST HELP ME CLEAR THE AIR FROM LAST TIME YOU GUYS WERE HERE.

THIS IS NOT A NEW PROJECT, RIGHT? THIS IS AN EXISTING PROJECT, CORRECT? COME ON.

UH, MS. KANE MILLER.

UH, MS. KING MILLER.

KING MILLER? I CAN, I CAN, I CAN SPEAK TO IT IF YOU WOULD ALLOW ME.

HEY, SO HE JUST ASKED FOR HER 'CAUSE I SAID SHE DID REAL WELL IN OUR, UH, PRESENTATION.

THAT ONE.

THAT'S ALRIGHT.

PLEASE.

SO THAT'S WHY SHE SAID, THAT'S WHY HE SAID HER .

MY NAME'S RAFAEL GONZALEZ.

SO IT IS A PROJECT THAT GOT CONSTRUCTED IN 9 20 19 TO 2022.

IT STARTED UP IN 2022, BUT WE'RE NOT IN FULL COMMERCIAL OPERATION.

WE ARE RUNNING TRIALS TO GIVE TO OUR CUSTOMER WHO THEN IS RUNNING THEIR DUE DILIGENCE.

AND BECAUSE IT IS A PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE PRODUCT, SO THERE IS A LONG STUDY THAT HAS TO GO THROUGH AND WE WILL BE COMMERCIAL IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL IN 2025.

OKAY.

SO IT'S JUST AN, AN EX AN EXTENSION OF WHAT YOU ALREADY HAD? NO, SIR.

WE DID HAVE TO GO BUILD THIS EXHIBIT.

NO, NO, NO.

I MEAN THE, THE EXEMPTION.

MM-HMM.

IT'S AN ONGOING EXEMPTION, CORRECT? IT'S, IT'S ALREADY BEEN APPROVED ONCE? NO, LIKE IT'S ALREADY STARTED.

IT'S ALREADY STARTED, IS IT? YEAH.

OKAY.

NOW THE ONE MISTAKE YOU MADE TONIGHT, YOU CAME IN AND I'M AN ASTHMA SUFFERER AND YOU DIDN'T BRING ANY OF THAT GREAT ASTHMA MEDICINE.

I CAN'T LEGALLY GIVE IT TO YOU YET, SIR, BECAUSE IT HAS NOT BEEN, UH, APPROVED MEDICALLY.

BUT IN 2025 I WILL BRING YOU A SAFETY.

I MEAN, I MAY NOT BE AROUND IN 2025.

I CAN BRING YOU AS MANY AS YOU'D LIKE.

OH GOLLY.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

.

Y'ALL MESSING? I KNOW COUNT YOU HERE.

ONE MINUTE LEFT.

I, I'LL YIELD MY MINUTE TO WHOEVER WANTS.

OKAY.

SEEING NO FURTHER, UH, BOARD COMMENT AT THIS TIME WE WILL ENTERTAIN A VOTE.

PLEASE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

WE'RE NOW MOVING TO

[G. Consent Agenda ]

ALPHABET G.

CONSENT AGENDA MS. STEWART.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE TO BE APPROVED AS PART OF THE CONSENT AGENDA AND ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ROUTINE AND WILL BE ENACTED WITH ONE MOTION.

THERE WILL BE NO SEPARATE DISCUSSION OF ITEMS UNLESS A BOARD MEMBER SO REQUESTS IN WHICH EVENT THE ITEM WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA AND CONSIDERED AS AN ITEM ON THE REGULAR AGENDA FOR A SEPARATE VOTE.

PROCEEDING THE LAST ITEM ON THE REGULAR AGENDA.

NUMBER TWO.

GRANTS EARLY CHILDHOOD CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE FOLLOWING.

2024.

2025 EARLY CHILDHOOD GRANTS A CECIL J PICARD EARLY CHILDHOOD IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,040,780.

B NON-PUBLIC SCHOOLS EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT IN THE AMOUNT OF 1,277,820.

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.

THREE.

REVISED BUDGET CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR APPROVAL OF THE REVISED 20 23 20 24 GENERAL FUND BUDGET FOR THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES.

CONTRACT VARSITY TUTORS FOR SCHOOLS.

LLC.

CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF A PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT BETWEEN THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD AND VARSITY TUTORS FOR SCHOOLS LLC AND THE AMOUNT OF $210,000 TO PROVIDE TUTORING SERVICE TO ELEMENTARY STUDENTS IN LITERACY.

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT, STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT FUNDING SOURCE REAL-TIME, EARLY ACCESS TO LITERACY.

FIVE.

CHARTER SURRENDER IDEA.

UNIVERSITY PREP.

CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO ACCEPT THE SURRENDER OF A CHARTER BY IDEA.

UNIVERSITY PREP.

SIX.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING HEALTHCARE CENTERS IN SCHOOLS, INC.

CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF AN MOU BETWEEN THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL AND HEALTHCARE CENTERS IN SCHOOLS INCORPORATED TO PROVIDE COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL-BASED MEDICAL AND BEHAVIORAL HEALTHCARE SERVICES AND PROVIDE VIRTUAL AND MOBILE HEALTH SERVICES

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AT MUTUALLY AGREED UPON E-B-R-P-S-S SITES.

STRATEGIC ALIGNMENT, OPERATIONAL EXCELLENCE.

7 20 24 20 25.

BOARD MEETING CALENDAR CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL BOARD MEETING SCHEDULED FOR THE 20 24 20 25 SCHOOL YEAR.

END OF THE CONSENT AGENDA ITEMS. THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

UH, ARE THERE ANY ITEMS THAT WE DESIRE TO PULL FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA, MR. LEWIS? ITEM FIVE.

AND SURRENDER THE ID? UM, IDA OKAY, SO PULL IN ITEM FIVE.

YES, MR. LANDIS.

I MEAN, DO THAT.

I WAS GONNA DO THE SAME ONE COACH AGAIN.

I'M SORRY.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

SO, UM, LET US GO AHEAD.

WE WILL GO AHEAD AND, UM, UH, TAKE THE MOTION ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM FIVE.

IS THERE A MOTION? OKAY.

IT HAS BEEN MOVED BY MS. STEWART AND SECONDED BY MR. RUSS.

COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD AND THIS IS ALL ITEMS UNDER THE CONSENT AGENDA OTHER THAN ITEM FIVE.

OKAY.

SEEING NO, UH, COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD, WE WILL NOW TURN TO COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC.

ONCE AGAIN, THIS IS THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM FIVE.

MS. MATTHEWS.

MS. MATTHEWS, HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

WHO WAS THE SECOND? MS. POWELL? MR. RUSS, SUPERINTENDENT SMITH.

UH, WITH REGARDS TO THE REVISED BUDGET? WELL DONE, SIR.

JOB WELL DONE.

I MEAN, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE ALL OF THE CHIEF POSITIONS THAT CDO CREATED CUT BACK TO WHAT THEY WERE BEFORE, INCLUDING THE ORIGINAL PAY.

I'M JUST SAYING, BUT ASIDE FROM THAT JOB.

WELL DONE, SIR.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

ONE ADDITIONAL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU MR. STEWART.

THANK YOU.

AND GOOD EVENING TO THIS ESTEEMED BODY, UH, RELATED TO A REVISED BUDGET.

I'D LIKE TO RECOMMEND REQUEST, SUGGEST THAT YOU REVISE YOUR BUDGET TO ELIMINATE AS MUCH BUSING ACROSS TOWN AS POSSIBLE.

MR. GODDE WAS KIND ENOUGH TO SHARE WITH ME IN THE LAST MEETING I ATTENDED, UH, MEETING BEFORE LAST, RATHER THAT I SPOKE AT THAT THIS SYSTEM SPENDS APPROXIMATELY $35 MILLION ON JUST BUSING.

THAT AT THIS JUNCTURE IS RIDICULOUS BECAUSE BUSING WAS INSTITUTED BECAUSE OF, UH, DESEGREGATION.

THERE'S NO MORE DESEGREGATION.

SO WE DON'T NEED CROSS TOWN BUSING ANYMORE.

UH, WE NEED TO CONSOLIDATE CLOSE SOME OF THESE SCHOOLS.

UM, RETURN TO NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLS.

I WOULD LIKE TO, UM, UH, AS A CONSCIENTIOUS CITIZEN AND ALL OF THE CONSCIENTIOUS CITIZENS WHO ARE THOROUGHLY DISGUSTED WITH THIS SITUATION, I'D LIKE TO OFFER MYSELF TO BE ABLE TO ASSIST SUPERINTENDENT SMITH IN RESTRUCTURING THIS SYSTEM TO NEIGHBORHOOD SCHOOLING.

AND SO THAT WE CAN SAVE THESE MILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND PUT THEM TOWARD TEACHER RAISES AND, AND, AND, AND STAFF RAISES.

AND LET'S GET RID OF RID OF THIS BUSING LUNACY THAT NEVER SHOULD HAVE TRANSPIRED.

ANYWAY, THANK YOU MR. STEWART.

SEEING NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMENT, WE WILL NOW RETURN TO COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD.

AND THIS IS ON THE CONSENT AGENDA, UH, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM FIVE.

SEEING NONE, WE WILL NOW ENTERTAIN A VOTE ON THE CONSENT AGENDA WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ITEM FIVE.

PLEASE VOTE MO.

THE MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

ITEM G FIVE,

[G.5. Charter Surrender: IDEA University Prep ]

CHARTER SURRENDER, IDEA UNIVERSITY PREP CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST TO ACCEPT THE SURRENDER OF A CHARTER BY IDEA UNIVERSITY PREP.

IS THERE A MOTION IT HAS BEEN MOVED BY MR. LANIS.

IS THERE A SECOND? IT HAS BEEN SECONDED BY MR. RUSS.

COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD, MR. LANIS? YES, MA'AM.

UH, I'LL BE QUICK.

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UH, THE CURRENT SCHOOL THAT WE'RE DISCUSSING, IT SITS IN MY DISTRICT.

WHAT I WILL SAY IS, UM, I'M GONNA TAKE A PLAYBOOK OUTTA YOUR AS COACH.

'CAUSE I THINK YOU WERE VERY VOCAL WHEN WE DID THIS VOTE LAST YEAR.

AND ONE THING THAT I WILL GO ON THE RECORD IN SAYING IS THAT THAT'S PROBABLY ONE OF THE VOTES THAT I REGRET BECAUSE WE PUT OUR STUDENTS INSIDE A VERY, VERY, UH, COMPLICATED SPACE.

AND NOT ONLY THAT, WE GAVE THAT SCHOOL A VERY HIGH TASK OF SAYING THAT YOU HAVE TO PASS IN ORDER FOR YOU TO GET ANOTHER RENEWAL.

WE SEE NOW, BASED OFF THE EVIDENCE AND THE PROJECTIONS THAT IT'S GONNA BE IMPOSSIBLE.

AND THIS IS THE REASON WHY THIS SCHOOL UNDERSTANDING THAT THEY WENT THROUGH A LOT OF FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS AND A LOT OF CHANGES, IS THE REASON WHY THEY ARE DOWNSIZING AND CONSOLIDATING.

I'M OF THE BELIEF THAT THEY MAY HAVE TO DO THE SAME THING NEXT YEAR BECAUSE THEY'RE GONNA NOT GONNA BE ABLE TO REACH THE LIMITS THAT WE HAVE SET FOR THEM UNDER THEIR NEW RENEWAL PRO UNDER UNDER OUR NEW RENEWAL PROCESS.

SO I'M HAPPY THAT IDEA MADE THE CHANGE, UM, BUT I THINK THEY NEED TO CONSIDER DOING WHAT'S BEST FOR KIDS.

AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE NEED TO ALSO LOOK FORWARD TO, UH, IN TRYING TO BRING KIDS BACK.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU MR. GODDE.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UH, PRESIDENT POWELL LEWIS.

UH, MR. LANIS, I FULLY APPRECIATE WHERE YOU ARE.

I JUST GOTTA REMIND US OURSELVES THAT THAT WAS COMING OUT OF THE COVID YEAR WHERE OUR OWN SCORES HAD GONE DOWN.

AND I REALLY THINK THAT PARTICULARLY WITH THIS COMPANY, WE'VE PROBABLY ENDED UP IN COURT IF WE HADN'T APPROVED IT THE WAY WE DID.

SO THAT IT WAS, IT WAS NOT A DESIRE TO, TO HAVE THEM APPROVED.

IT WAS MORE OF A FEAR OF LAWSUITS THAT I THINK GOT US WHERE WE WERE.

WHICH LEADS ME TO MY NEXT QUESTION FOR YOU, MR. SHALIN.

WHERE DO WE STAND WITH THE EXTENSION OF THE CONTRACTS? YES.

UM, OR THE SIGNING OF THE CONTRACTS.

YEAH.

SO, UH, I BELIEVE COUNCIL FOR IDEA AS AN AUDIENCE, UM, SHE, WE, I RECEIVED A FINAL VERSION LAST NIGHT, SPENT TODAY REVIEWING FOR IDEA, UH, LOOKS GOOD.

THERE'S A FEW MINOR TWEAKS, BUT HOPEFULLY WE CAN EXECUTE TOMORROW.

AND SO THEY SUBMITTED THEIR FINAL, UH, FORM LAST NIGHT AND THE TERMS ARE ACCEPTABLE.

THAT, THAT IS TREMENDOUS NEWS.

AND I SEE THE ATTORNEY OUT THERE.

THANK YOU.

BUT THIS HAS TAKEN WAY TOO LONG.

AND, UH, I'M NOT GONNA TRY TO ASSIGN BLAME OR WHO'S THAT, BUT, UH, WE NEVER CAN TAKE THIS LONG AGAIN BETWEEN US AND THE CHARTER SCHOOL.

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING MUCH MORE TIMELY, UH, IN GETTING THESE, AND I'M NOT THROWING DISPERSIONS TO ANYBODY, BUT WE JUST NEED TO, UH, TO MOVE THIS PROCESS MUCH QUICKER.

'CAUSE WE SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN A WHOLE YEAR WITH NO CONTRACT.

THANK YOU.

YEAH, MR. GO.

I WANNA RESPOND TO THAT.

IT'S MY INTENTION, I THINK I MENTIONED THIS AT THE LAST MEETING, UH, BEFORE THE NEXT CYCLE, AND I'VE DISCUSSED THIS WITH COUNSEL, UH, IS TO BRING YOU GUYS A TEMPLATE THAT YOU APPROVE.

AND SO THE TERMS WILL BE THE TERMS. SO THE NEXT APPLICATIONS THAT COME IN, EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS WHAT THOSE TERMS ARE.

THERE'S NO NEED TO NEGOTIATE.

THAT'S GREAT.

MM-HMM.

, I'VE NEVER HEARD AN ATTORNEY'S, I'VE NEVER HEARD A PLAINTIFF OR THE OTHER SIDE ATTORNEY ALWAYS SAY, THERE'S NO NEED TO NEGOTIATE .

SO I HEAR YOU.

BUT THAT'S WHAT THEY DO FOR A LIVING.

OKAY.

THAT, BUT THANK YOU, THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT FORECLOSURE.

THANK YOU FOR BRINGING THAT TO CLOSURE, UH, AND LOOK FORWARD TO GETTING ON WITH LIFE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. LEWIS.

YOU KNOW, I'M REALLY KINDA LOST OF WORDS WITH THESE GUYS.

AND IF YOU CAN'T SAY NOTHING NICE.

IF YOU CAN'T SAY NOTHING REALLY NICE, THEN, YOU KNOW, TRY NOT TO SAY NOTHING AT ALL.

BUT THESE PEOPLE, FIRST THING THEY DO IS GIVE US OUR MONEY BACK.

OKAY.

BUT, YOU KNOW, THEY HAD THESE KIDS UP THERE AND THEY JUST DID NOTHING WITH THEM, YOU KNOW? AND I HAD SOME PRETTY HARSH WORDS LAST MEETING ABOUT KIDS IN UNDERPERFORM PERFORMING SCHOOLS.

AND I DON'T WANNA GO THERE AGAIN, BUT I AGREE WITH MR. GOD, THESE GUYS, I UNDERSTAND THE LAWSUIT PART, MR. GOD.

AND I, IF THAT'S ONE VOTE THAT I WISH I COULD TAKE BACK TO MR. LANIS, UM, DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND A WHOLE LOT ABOUT REALLY WHAT WE WERE DOING.

UM, BUT IT'S JUST A SHAME NOW WE GOTTA LOOK AT THESE KIDS HAVE BEEN DISPLACED.

HOPEFULLY THEY'LL COME BACK TO OUR SCHOOLS, EVEN THOUGH THIS WAS A, A TYPE ONE.

TECHNICALLY IT WAS OUR SCHOOL, BUT HOPEFULLY THEY'LL, THEY'LL COME BACK TO OUR SCHOOLS AND THEY CAN BE OUR CHILDREN AND WE CAN DO THE THINGS WE HAVE TO DO TO EDUCATE THEM.

YOU KNOW, IT IS JUST A SHAME THAT THEY HAD TO SIT UP THERE AND GO THROUGH WHAT THEY'VE GONE THROUGH FOR A WHOLE YEAR.

IT'S JUST NOT FAIR.

IT'S JUST NOT FAIR.

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COACH, THIS THE SECOND TIME YOU GOT A, A MINUTE LEFT.

NO, I, I GIVE MY MED TO SOMEONE ELSE.

I THANK YOU.

OKAY, MR. .

UM, DID, MY QUESTION IS FOR ATTORNEY SHALIN, THERE WAS SOME REQUESTS, UH, OF THINGS THAT I, UM, MADE PRIOR TO, UH, IN REGARDS TO THE APPLICATION.

I'M SORRY, THE CONTRACT WITH IDEA.

I WANTED TO KNOW WERE THOSE THINGS INCORPORATED AND, UH, WILL WE GET AN OPPORTUNITY BEFORE IT'S SIGNED, YOU KNOW, TO KIND OF REVIEW THAT OR JUST OKAY, SURE.

I CAN, I CAN CERTAINLY SHARE THAT WITH THE BOARD.

UM, CAN YOU SHARE WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT SO THEY'LL KNOW AS FAR AS SOME OF THE THINGS THAT I REQUESTED? WELL, AND, AND, AND I'M WORKING FROM MEMORY.

OKAY.

, UM, I HAD NOTES, BUT I KNOW ONE OF THE PRIMARY, UH, REQUESTS OF THE BOARD IN GENERAL, NOT JUST YOU BUT IN GENERAL, WAS THAT, UM, THIS PARTICULAR SCHOOL COME BACK AND MAKE AN ANNUAL REPORT TO THE BOARD IN A PUBLIC MEETING AS TO THEIR PERFORMANCE, UM, STRATEGIES, ET CETERA.

MM-HMM.

THAT'S WRITTEN INTO THE CONTRACT.

OKAY.

THAT WAS THE BIG PIECE.

OKAY.

UM, THERE WAS A SECONDARY REQUEST THAT WE COULD NOT HONOR, UM, BECAUSE OF LEGALITIES.

OKAY.

UM, I THINK THE BOARD WAS INQUIRING ABOUT RENEWING THE SCHOOL ANNUALLY.

UM, THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS STATE LAW REQUIRES THAT WE GIVE, WE, WE PROVIDE A CHARTER WITH A THREE YEAR CHARTER, YOU CAN'T DO LESS THAN THREE YEARS.

SO YOU CAN'T CONTRACT AROUND WHAT STATE LAW MINIMALLY, MINIMALLY REQUIRES.

MM-HMM.

.

AND SO THAT PROVISION WE COULDN'T WORK IN.

OKAY.

UM, WE TALKED ABOUT IT, BUT IT WASN'T POSSIBLE.

AND I, I CHECKED IN WITH SPECIAL COUNSEL AS WELL.

THAT WASN'T ONE OF THE ONES I WAS THOUGH.

WELL, THOSE WERE THE TWO BIG ONES, BUT GO AHEAD.

THE ONE THAT I WAS REFERRING ABOUT, UH, PUTTING THE CHILDREN OUT AND MONIES BEING RETURNED MM-HMM.

AND ABOUT NOT FILLING THE SEATS.

REMEMBER ABOUT, UH, VACANT SEATS.

MM-HMM.

AND WHETHER OR NOT IF THEY CAN REFILL THOSE SEATS.

YEAH.

SO THERE ARE PROVISIONS IN ALL OF THE CONTRACTS AROUND WHAT HAPPENS WHEN STUDENTS LEAVE THE SCHOOL.

UM, I'LL TALK TO YOU ABOUT THAT.

UM, I WANT TO SHARE THE CONTRACT WITH YOU TO BE SURE THAT THOSE TERMS ARE RIGHT, ACCURATE RIGHT.

AS TO WHAT YOU WANT.

BUT EVERY ONE OF THESE STANDARD CONTRACTS HAS IN, HAS PROVISIONS AROUND ADDRESSING THAT PROBLEM.

OKAY.

UM, AS FAR AS A RETURN OF MONIES, UM, A LOT OF, A LOT OF THE ISSUE FOR US AS A, AS A DISTRICT IS THAT WE RECEIVE AN ALLOCATION TWICE PER YEAR.

RIGHT.

OCTOBER ONE, AND I BELIEVE IT'S FEBRUARY, FEBRUARY ONE MM-HMM.

.

AND SO IT'S TOUGH TO, TO DRAFT PROVISIONS WHEN THOSE ALLOCATIONS COME AT CERTAIN TIMES.

UM, BUT WE DID TALK ABOUT THAT, SO I'LL SHARE THE PROVISIONS WITH YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM.

, THANK YOU.

I'VE ENTERED INTO THE QUEUE AS WELL.

UM, MY QUESTION, AND IT MAY BE FOR YOU, MR. SMITH, I'M NOT SURE, UM, IS ABOUT WHAT IS THE PLAN OR HAVE WE HAVE WE SOLIDIFIED THE PLAN FOR RECEIVING THE STUDENTS BACK INTO OUR DISTRICT? ACTUALLY THIS MONDAY WE HAD A, UH, PARENT MEETING AT THE SCHOOL WHERE WE HAD MULTIPLE DEPARTMENTS OUT THERE, UH, TO MEET WITH PARENTS TO SEE IF THEY WOULD CONSIDER US STAYING WITH, UH, DIRECT RUN EBR SCHOOLS.

UH, THE PLAN IS WE HAVE THOSE KIDS IN OUR J CAMPUSES, AND AS THEY CHOOSE TO SHOW UP TO ANY OF OUR SCHOOLS, WE CAN EASILY ENROLL 'EM INTO OUR, OUR SCHOOLS AND PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION IF NEEDED.

DID YOU ALL HAVE A PRETTY GOOD TURNOUT FROM PARENTS OR WHAT HAVE YOU? JUST CURIOUS.

NO, MA'AM.

AND, AND, AND ACTUALLY, FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND, WE HAD STAFF WHEN IDEA HAD A PARENT MEETING THAT WAS VERY LOW TURNOUT AS WELL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SEEING NO.

OKAY.

MR. MARTIN, THANK YOU.

I JUST WANT TO, UM, EXPRESS TO THE SUPERINTENDENT SMITH THE, THE APPRECIATION FOR THE, FOR THE PROACTIVE EFFORTS TO, TO, TO INFORM THOSE PARENTS OF WHAT THEIR OPTIONS ARE.

I WOULD ENCOURAGE US TO, TO CONTINUE TO, TO DO WHAT WE, I MEAN, THESE ARE, THESE ARE KIDS THAT ARE PUBLIC SCHOOL KIDS, RIGHT.

THERE ARE KIDS AS COACH POINTS THAT PUTS IT.

AND, AND, AND WE NEED TO NOT JUST, YOU KNOW, RELY ON THE PARENTS GOING, OH, I, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER.

WE NEED TO BE PROACTIVE TO SAY, HEY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE OPTIONS FOR YOU.

RIGHT.

WE PAY A LOT OF MONEY FOR BILLBOARDS AND STUFF LIKE THAT.

HERE.

WE GOT A SPECIFIC AUDIENCE OF KIDS THAT WE KNOW NEED A NEW SCHOOL.

MM-HMM.

.

AND, AND, AND I, I WANT US TO EXHAUST EVERY EFFORT TO, UH, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY FIND A HOME.

WHETHER THAT'S IN, IN ONE OF OUR TRADITIONAL RUN DIRECT RUN SCHOOLS, WHETHER IT'S IN ANOTHER CHARTER SCHOOL, WHATEVER WORKS FOR THAT, FOR THAT FAMILY.

BUT I THINK WE, YOU KNOW, CERTAINLY I THINK WE SHOULD PUSH TO, TO SHOW THE MERITS OF, OF MANY OF OUR HIGH QUALITY SCHOOL OPTIONS.

GREAT POINT.

AND THAT WAS ONE OF THE, UM, INITIAL CONVERSATIONS THAT I HAD WITH IDA SUPERINTENDENT, UH, CONTRARE, IS THAT WE WERE WORKING A CONCERT WITH ONE ANOTHER TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT KIDS WERE ENROLLED PROPERLY FOR THE START OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

UM, COACH, HAVE YOU SPOKEN ON THIS ITEM ALREADY? COME BACK.

YOU WANT YOUR MINUTE? NO.

LOOK, SHE SAID NO.

.

NO, I MEANT AFTER THE AFTER PUBLIC.

WHAT ABOUT FOR YOU, MR.

[00:35:01]

ALANIS? SAME THING.

OKAY.

ALRIGHT.

THANK YOU.

SO WE DO HAVE ONE PUBLIC COMMENT AND THIS COMES FROM, UM, MS. FAIRLEY JACKSON.

THANK YOU.

FAIRLEY JACKSON, COACH LEWIS'S DISTRICT.

HEY, EVERYBODY.

UM, SO MY COMMENT MIGHT SURPRISE SOME OF YOU THAT KNOW ME, BUT, UM, I, I WANNA MAKE AN OVERALL POINT THAT CHARTERS, ESPECIALLY TYPE ONE CHARTERS, THEY'RE A PART OF OUR DISTRICT AND THEIR STUDENTS ARE OUR STUDENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES ARE OUR FAMILIES.

BUT WE'RE NOT TREATING THESE SCHOOLS AS OUR SCHOOLS.

SO WHEN OUR SCHOOLS ARE FAILING, WE RALLY AND WE TRY TO SAVE THEM.

UM, WE HAVE DISCUSSIONS AND WE TRY TO DESPERATELY WORK WITH THEM.

THIS IS UNACCEPTABLE THAT OUR DISTRICT DIDN'T SEE THIS COMING.

THAT NO ONE FELT THAT IT WAS IMPERATIVE TO HAVE A CONTRACT OR TO HAVE BETTER COMMUNICATION OR PROVIDE GUIDANCE AND OVERSIGHT THAT THESE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES DIDN'T DESERVE OUR ATTENTION BEFORE.

NOW, IT'S NO SECRET TO YOU ALL HOW I FEEL ABOUT CHARTER SCHOOLS.

WE'RE OVERSATURATED, BUT THEY'RE HERE AND THEY'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

AND TYPE ONES ARE THE ONLY ONES THAT ARE SEMI DEMOCRATICALLY RUN AND THEY'RE NOT GOING ANYWHERE.

SO THE BOARD ADMINISTRATORS AND ADVOCATES, DESPITE OUR PERSONAL OPINIONS, MS. JACKSON, I DO APOLOGIZE THIS TIME.

SO COMPLETE YOUR STATEMENT.

LET'S THINK OF THE STUDENTS AND FAMILIES AS WE MOVE FORWARD AND WORK WITH THESE SCHOOLS.

WE GOTTA PUT ALL OF OUR DIFFERENCES ASIDE.

GO TO THEIR BOARD MEETINGS, PUT THEIR MEETINGS ON BOARD DOCS, NOT AS POLICE, BUT AS SUPPORTING.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

SEEING NO FURTHER PUBLIC COMMENT, WE WILL NOW TURN BACK TO COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD, MR. LEWIS.

OKAY.

TYPE ONE CHARTER SCHOOLS.

THEY'RE ALL SCHOOLS, BUT THEY ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS, INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS, HOWEVER YOU WANNA, WHATEVER YOU WANT TO, UH, CALL THEM.

UM, I DO KNOW THAT EBR PEOPLE FROM EXPERIENCE WILL GO IN ONCE OR TWICE A YEAR, BUT THEY RUN THEIR OWN SCHOOLS.

THEY OPERATE UNDER A CONTRACT.

AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND ABOUT CONTRACTS, IF YOU DON'T MEET THE TERMS OF YOUR CONTRACT, YOU GET FIRED.

THEY DIDN'T, THEY KNEW THEY WEREN'T GOING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE CONTRACT.

WE DID NOT.

IT WAS NOT WITHIN OUR, UM, ABILITY OR FRAMEWORK OR RESPONSIBILITY TO GO IN AND HELP.

IDA EDUCATE THEIR KIDS.

THAT'S NOT OUR JOB.

THEIR JOB WAS TO EDUCATE THEM.

WE WENT IN, DID OUR MONITORING, BUT IT'S NOT OUR JOB.

MS. JACKSON, TO EDUCATE THE KIDS AT IDA, YOU CAN HAVE A VERY, FOR 10 YEARS I WORKED AT ONE OF THE HIGHEST PERFORMING TYPE ONE CHARTER SCHOOLS IN THIS COUNTRY.

EBR, I MEAN, I'M SORRY, IN THE CITY.

AND EBR NEVER CAME IN TO HELP US WHEN WE WERE AN F.

THEY DIDN'T COME IN AND HELP US WHEN WE BECAME A B BECAUSE WE WERE AN INDEPENDENT SCHOOL.

INDEPENDENT, INDEPENDENT PROVIDERS.

THEY'RE OUR KIDS NOW.

WHEN THEY COME BACK, LET'S MAKE SURE THAT WE PUTTING THEM IN A SCHOOL WHERE THEY GET THE RESOURCES, THE EQUITABLE RESOURCES, WHERE THEY GET THE TEACHERS, WHERE THEY GET THE PEOPLE THAT THEY NEED TO HELP THEM BECOME SUCCESSFUL.

IF THEY DIDN'T GET THAT AT IDA, THEN THAT'S NOT OUR FAULT.

BUT WHEN THEY DO COME BACK, LETS DON'T FAIL THEM A SECOND TIME BY PUTTING THEM IN UNDER-RESOURCED BUILDINGS WITH TEACHERS WHO AREN'T QUALIFIED TO SERVICE THEM AND MEET THEIR NEEDS.

BUT THAT'S NOT OUR JOB TO, UH, FOOD FEED IDA OR WHATEVER YOU CALL HIM.

THANK YOU MR. LANIS.

THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT.

I'LL BE QUICK.

UM, AND I WILL NOT TRY TO HAMMER THE SITUATION WITH THE BUDGET AGAIN, WE TALKED ABOUT THAT, BUT I DO WANNA MAKE IT VERY CLEAR WHEN I, WHEN I TALKED ABOUT THE $1,500 ACT, WE HAVE TO ASK OURSELVES WHAT WE'RE ASKING TEACHERS TO GO WALK INTO.

THEY HAVE TO GO IN AND REDO OR RETEACH FUNDAMENTAL BASIC INFORMATION TO STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT RECEIVED THAT OVER THE COURSE OF THREE YEARS.

$1,500 IS SIMPLY NOT ENOUGH.

I'M NOT EVEN KNOCKING YOU MR. SMITH OR SUPERINTENDENT SMITH, BECAUSE YOU DID A GOOD JOB EVEN FINDING THE MONEY.

SO WE CAN GET THOSE TEACHERS.

ONLY THING I'M SAYING IS IT'S JUST NOT ENOUGH.

NOW, SOME PEOPLE CAN SAY YOU'RE THROWING, UH, MUSTARD OR TOMATOES AT THE WALL.

GUESS WHAT?

[00:40:01]

LET'S THROW SOME MORE BECAUSE THEY NEED IT.

YOU CAN'T EXPECT THEM TO, YOU KNOW, MAKE A FERRARI WITH PENTO PARTS.

THAT ONE CAME OUTTA YOUR PLAYBOOK COACH.

UH, BUT SERIOUSLY, YOU CAN'T EXPECT THEM TO DO A JOB AND MAKE AND BE GREAT AT IT WHEN THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE UNAPPRECIATED AND THEY FEEL LIKE THEY'RE OVERWORKED.

AND I DO AGREE WITH SOMETHING THAT YOU SAID, COACH, DON'T PUT THEM INSIDE A UNDER-RESOURCED SCHOOL.

DON'T PUT THEM INSIDE OF CLASSROOMS WITH TEACHERS WHO ARE NOT EXPERIENCED ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH THOSE STUDENTS.

LET'S PUT UP REAL INCENTIVES TO DRAW IN TEACHERS WHO HAVE THE EXPERTISE, THE EXPERIENCE THAT KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH THOSE STUDENTS.

WE'RE TALKING ABOUT TRANSIENT STUDENTS.

STUDENTS WHO BOUNCE FROM HOME TO HOME.

THEY DO NOT LIVE WITH THEIR PARENTS.

THEY LIVE WITH FRIENDS, THEY LIVE WITH OTHER FAMILY.

AND THIS HAS GONE ON FOR FAR TOO LONG.

BY THE WAY, THIS IS A PRE-K THROUGH 12 SCHOOL.

I'M SORRY, PRE-K THROUGH EIGHT SCHOOL.

SO YOU'RE DEALING WITH OUR MOST DELICATE STUDENTS AT THE MOST VULNERABLE MOMENTS IN THEIR LIVES WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE FAMILY AND THEY DON'T HAVE RESOURCES.

SO I GET I AGREE WITH YOU COACH, AND WE'RE GONNA SET UP FOR SUCCESS.

LET'S DO THAT.

BUT WE HAVE TO BE PROACTIVE ABOUT THE WAY THAT WE DO THAT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. MARTIN.

YEAH.

LOOK, WE HAD TO, UH, YOU KNOW, I THINK WE, WE HAD LITTLE CHOICE BUT TO VOTE THE WAY WE DID LAST YEAR.

BUT I THINK OUR, OUR, WE, IT'S SEEN THAT OUR CAUTION AND, AND THE CONCERNS THAT THAT THEN PRESIDENT LANDIS AND OTHERS EXPRESSED VERY FIRMLY THAT, THAT, THAT THEY HAD TO SHAPE UP OR SHIP OUT.

UM, WERE SPOT ON.

AND, AND, AND UNFORTUNATELY THEY HAVE NOT SHAPED UP.

AND SO I'M GLAD THAT THEY HAVE VOLUNTARILY SURRENDERING THE CHARTER RATHER THAN SUBJECT THE KIDS TO, TO THAT CONTINUED FAILURE.

UH, BUT SUPERINTENDENT SMITH HAD BEEN FOLLOWING UP ON MY EARLIER COMMENT THOUGH.

WHAT, WHAT IS THE PROCESS FOR THESE KIDS, RIGHT? SO NOW THEY'RE, THE SCHOOL THAT THEY WERE ENROLLED IN IS CLOSED, RIGHT? AND SO IF THE PARENTS DO NOTHING, WILL WE BE, WE WILL SEND THEM A NOTICE THAT, THAT BASED ON WHERE THEY LIVE AND WHAT ENROLLMENT ZONE THEY'RE IN, ASSIGNING THEM TO THAT SCHOOL OR, OR WHAT YES, YOU'RE CORRECT.

ALONG WITH THE, UH, AVAILABLE OPTIONS THAT WE HAVE IN SOME OF OUR SPECIALIZED PROGRAMS IF THEY CHOOSE TO ENROLL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

THANK YOU.

UH, I HAVE A QUESTION AS WELL AND, AND PARTIALLY A STATEMENT.

UM, COACH MA'AM.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.

COMMUNITY SCHOOLS, COMMUNITY SCHOOLS.

AND I SAY THAT BECAUSE WHEN WE THINK ABOUT, JUST AS MR. LANIS HAS MENTIONED AND OTHERS UP HERE TONIGHT, THAT THESE STUDENTS ARE GONNA NEED MANY DIFFERENT SERVICES THAT ARE NOT TRADITIONALLY OFFERED IN A SCHOOL.

MR. SMITH JUST ANSWERED MY QUESTION WHEN I ENTERED THE Q4 WITH SAYING NO.

PARENTS SHOWED UP TO FIND OUT WHAT NEEDED TO HAPPEN WITH THEIR KIDS.

SO WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS, JUST AS MR. LANIS SAID, THEY'RE TRANSIENT AND THEN AT THE SAME TIME, THEY MAY NOT HAVE THE RESOURCES THAT THEY NEED AT HOME.

AND SO WHATEVER SCHOOL THEY END UP AT, THEY'RE GONNA NEED ADDITIONAL SUPPORT.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO MAKE THAT STATEMENT.

I WANTED TO BE ON THE RECORD.

I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE UNDERSTAND THAT AS WE CONTINUE TO MEET, UH, STUDENTS' NEEDS OF UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS, WHERE WHATEVER THE SCHOOL IS, THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE PREPARED TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL SERVICES FOR THOSE STUDENTS.

THANK YOU.

AND MAKE SURE THOSE SERVICES ARE THERE FOR THE KIDS WHO ARE ALREADY THERE.

ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

SO, UH, WE WILL NOW SEE NO FURTHER COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD.

WE WILL NOW, UM, ENTERTAIN A VOTE.

AND THIS IS ON ITEM FIVE OF THE CONSENT AGENDA.

CHARTER SURRENDER, IDEA UNIVERSITY PREP.

PLEASE VOTE.

MOTION CARRIES.

THANK YOU.

NOW MOVING TO

[H.1. Amended Policy: BBC and BCB]

ALPHABET H, NEW BUSINESS H ONE, AMENDED POLICY BB, C AND BCB CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST FOR THE APPROVAL OF THE FOLLOWING AMENDED SCHOOL BOARD POLICY AND RELATED MATTERS, BBC COMMITTEES AND BCB SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS, RULES OF PROCEDURE.

IS THERE A MOTION IT HAS BEEN MOVED BY MR. LEWIS.

IS THERE A SECOND? IT HAS BEEN SECONDED BY MR. LANIS.

COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD AT THIS TIME.

MR. LEWIS.

UM, MR.

[00:45:01]

SHAMAN'S NAMES ON THIS, BUT THIS WAS THE ITEM THAT I ASKED TO BE BOUGHT BEFORE THE BOARD.

UM, DON'T REALLY WANNA BEAT AROUND THE BUSH WITH IT.

THIS IS A NINE MEMBER BOARD ELECTED BY THE CITIZENS OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, ELECTED TO REPRESENT AND SPEAK ON BEHALF OF ALL ISSUES THAT COME BEFORE THIS BOARD.

NOW, IN THE SHORT TIME THAT WE HAD STANDING COMMITTEES, WE HAVE ENJOYED MOMENTS OF TRANSPARENCY AND ENGAGED IN SOME VERY SPIRITED CONVERSATIONS, CONCERNED, CONVERSATIONS AROUND ISSUES AND CONCERNS THAT IMPACT THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

HOWEVER, THAT PRACTICE HAS NOT YIELDED ANY MORE TIME SENSITIVE MEETINGS AT TIMES.

IT'S CREATED CONFUSION IN THE PUBLIC.

AND ALL NINE ELECTED BOARD MEMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN ENGAGED IN MEANINGFUL DIALOGUE THAT TOOK PLACE.

AND WHETHER REAL OR IMAGINED, IT GAVE THE APPEARANCE OF A FRACTURED BOARD, IN MY OPINION, WHETHER REAL OR IMAGINED, EXCUSE ME.

IT GAVE THE OPINION OF A FRACTURED BOARD.

WHILE I AM WISHING TO RETURN BACK TO THE COW PROVISIONS, PROVISIONS FOR THE PRESIDENT TO STEAL, UM, ASSEMBLE AD HOC COMMITTEES AND OR TASKFORCE TASK FORCES WILL STILL EXIST IF NEEDED OR DEEMED NECESSARY.

WHERE WE ARE AT THE HALFWAY POINT OF TWO YEARS, WE'RE AT, I MEAN, WE'RE AT THE HALFWAY POINT OF TWO YEARS OF SERVING ON THIS BOARD WITH A LONG WAY TO GO IN A VERY SHORT TIME TO GET THERE.

THE NEXT 30 OR SO DAYS ARE GOING TO BE CRUCIAL FOR HOW THE NEXT YEAR AND A HALF, TWO YEARS PLAY OUT.

I THINK IT'S TIME THAT WE STOP TALKING AND START DOING FUNCTIONING AS A UNITED NINE MEMBER BOARD, WHO AT TIMES MAY HAVE TO CHECK YOUR EMOTIONS, YOUR POLITICAL AMBITIONS, YOUR PARTY AFFILIATION, AND YOUR NEED FOR SELF GRATIFICATION AT THE DOOR.

COME IN HERE AND BE ABOUT THE BUSINESS OF DOING WHAT'S IMPORTANT.

AND I MADE A COUPLE NOTES ABOUT WHAT I THINK IS IMPORTANT POLICY THAT ENSURES A FAIR AND EQUITABLE EDUCATION FOR ALL THE STUDENTS, REGARDLESS OF THEIR ZIP CODE.

NORTH BATON ROUGE, SOUTH BATON ROUGE, DOESN'T MATTER.

POLICIES, PROGRAMS, AND INCENTIVES THAT WILL PROVIDE COMPENSATION AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR ALL SCHOOL BASED LOYAL EMPLOYEES OF EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH SCHOOL SYSTEM.

THIRD, TO REBUILD AND RESTORE THE TRUST AND THE MORALE OF LOYAL EBR EMPLOYEES.

I KIND OF WANTED TO WRITE THAT OUT.

I DIDN'T WANNA LEAVE ANYTHING OUT.

I DON'T DO REALLY WELL WHEN I READ THINGS THAT I WRITE, BUT I I, I REALLY TOOK TIME TO TRY TO EXPRESS IN FEW WORDS AS POSSIBLE WHAT I FEEL AND I FEEL IF WE A NINE MEMBER BOARD, WE NEED TO FUNCTION AS A NINE MEMBER BOARD AT ALL TIMES.

THANK YOU.

DID I, HOW MUCH TIME I GOT LEFT? I JUST PRESSED ESCAPE SINCE I KNEW, LIKE YOU SAID THAT THAT WAS YOUR MOTION.

CALL ME .

OKAY.

MR. MARTIN .

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

PRESIDENT POWELL LEWIS.

I, I DON'T LIKE DISAGREEING WITH MY, MY FRIEND AND COLLEAGUE, COACH LEWIS.

UH, BUT I DO IN THIS, IN THIS CASE, I, I, I NOT OVER THE ENDS THAT WE ALL ARE HERE TO STRIVE FOR, UH, YOU KNOW,

[00:50:01]

ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

I AGREE WITH A HUNDRED PERCENT AS I BELIEVE HE KNOWS.

I THINK THAT EVERYBODY ON THIS BOARD HAS GENERALLY, UM, YOU KNOW, PUT ASIDE THEIR, THEIR, THEIR, THEIR POLITICS, THEIR, THEIR EGOS AND SO FORTH.

AT THE SAME TIME, I THINK EVERYBODY ON THIS BOARD HAS, AT ONE POINT OR ANOTHER, BEEN SUSPICIOUS OF WHETHER SOME OF OUR COLLEAGUES HAVE DONE THAT OR NOT.

UM, THAT'S PART OF, IT'S A VERY UNFORTUNATE PART OF POLITICS, UNFORTUNATELY.

I THINK WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, BEGUN TO, TO, TO BUILD SOME SOLID TRUSTING RELATIONSHIPS ON THIS BOARD THAT WILL ALLOW US TO DO BETTER AT SERVING THE STUDENTS THAT WE'RE HERE TO SERVE.

I, I BELIEVE THAT THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE HAS BEEN VERY VALUABLE.

I THINK THAT THE RESULTS SPEAK FOR THEMSELVES.

WE HAVE HAD FAR HEALTHIER CONVERSATIONS, IN MY VIEW, IN THE PAST FIVE MONTHS IN THE, IN, IN THE PAST THREE MONTHS IN THE, IN THE CONTEXT OF THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE THAN WE HAD THE ENTIRETY OF, OF LAST YEAR.

THE DISCUSSION THAT WE HAD, UM, TWO WEEKS AGO ABOUT THE, UM, CHRONICALLY UNDERPERFORMING SCHOOLS THAT HAVE BEEN RATED ACADEMICALLY UNACCEPTABLE FOR MULTIPLE YEARS IN A ROW WAS, YOU KNOW, WAS US SPENDING REAL TIME TALKING ABOUT SOMETHING THAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT.

NOT WHETHER TO AWARD THIS CONTRACT OR THAT CONTRACT OF THIS $30,000 HERE, THAT $30,000 THERE.

IT WENT TO THE HEART OF WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO BE FOCUSED ON.

AND I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS THAT IT'S BEEN SUCCESSFUL IS THAT IT HAS BROADENED, UM, THE LEADERSHIP, UH, OPPORTUNITIES TO THE BOARD AND HAS ALLOWED US TO RELY ON FOLKS LIKE MR. RUST AND MR. LEWIS TO, TO, UM, TO REALLY FOCUS AND PAY ATTENTION AND HELP DRIVE THE CONVERSATION, HELP LEAD THE BOARD TO UN TO BETTER UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND.

AND SO, WITHOUT THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE, THEN I FEAR THAT THEN IT'S JUST THE PRESIDENT AND THE VICE PRESIDENT IN LEADERSHIP ROLES.

WE DON'T HAVE A MECHANISM TO PROVIDE ADDITIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLES FOR PEOPLE TO SAY, LOOK, THIS IS THE AREA THAT I'M GONNA FOCUS ON.

I'M GONNA STEP UP AND, AND, AND, AND HELP THE BOARD REALLY FOCUS ON THIS ISSUE, WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT.

'CAUSE EVEN THOUGH TRANSPORTATION, FOR EXAMPLE, OUR FACILITIES CONDITION DOESN'T GO TO THE HEART OF WHAT WE'RE SUPPOSED TO DO, WHICH IS UNDER EDUCATE THESE KIDS, IT'S NEVERTHELESS, AS WE SAW LAST YEAR, WHERE THE TRANSPORTATION CRISIS, A VERY IMPORTANT AREA THAT WE REALLY NEED TO PAY CLOSE ATTENTION TO.

AND IF ALL THE WORK IS OF, OF LEADERSHIP OF THE BOARD IS BEING DONE BY JUST TWO PEOPLE, I THINK THAT THAT LIMITS AND INHIBITS OUR ABILITY TO THINK AND DO SOME OF THE DEEP THINKING THAT WE'VE DONE, UH, OVER THE PAST, UH, UH, COUPLE OF MONTHS.

SO I THINK IT'S BEEN A VERY VALUABLE EXPERIENCE.

I ALSO THINK THAT, THAT WE AGREED THAT, YOU KNOW, GOING IN, MAYBE THIS WILL WORK, MAYBE IT'S NOT.

THE BOARD HAS IN THE PAST HAD STANDING COMMITTEES AND THEN HAS REMOVED THEM.

AND I'M SURE BACK BEFORE ANYBODY CAN REMEMBER, THAT'S PROBABLY CYCLED BACK AND FORTH A COUPLE OF TIMES.

WHAT I WOULD ASK MY COLLEAGUES IS TO SAY, LOOK, WE, WE, WE HAD LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS IN JANUARY.

WE, WE UNANIMOUSLY, IF I RECALL CORRECTLY, VOTED FOR THESE, UH, TO, FOR THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE IN FEBRUARY, 30 SECONDS OVER MR. UH, MARTIN.

IT WAS NOT.

HMM.

30 SECONDS OVER MR. MARTIN.

OKAY, I'LL WRAP UP.

THANK YOU.

MM-HMM, .

UM, BUT, BUT, SO, SO, UM, YOU KNOW, AND, AND SO WHAT I WOULD SAY IS, LOOK, LET'S FINISH OUT THE YEAR.

LET'S, LET'S CONTINUE TO GATHER EXPERIENCES.

SEE, SEE HOW THIS WORKS, SEE IF WE ARE GETTING MORE TIME SPENT ON THE THINGS THAT ARE TRULY IMPORTANT TO US, AND THEN WE CAN REVISIT THIS IN JANUARY.

AND IF THE, IF THE BOARD IS FEELING THAT IT DOESN'T WORK IN JANUARY, THEN THEN FINE, LET'S DO IT.

BUT I DON'T THINK, UM, THREE WEEKS, I MEAN, 3, 3, 3 COMMITTEE MEETINGS IS, IS SUFFICIENT.

AND I WOULD, THE FINAL POINT, I KNOW I'M AMOUNT OF TIME.

THE FINAL POINT IS THAT I DON'T THINK IT HAS IN THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE HAS INHIBITED ANYBODY, UH, ANY MEMBER OF THIS BOARD FROM HAVING A VOICE.

CERTAINLY MY PRACTICE IN, IN THE BUDGET COMMITTEE HAS BEEN AND HAS BEEN TO HAVE, UH, ANY BOARD MEMBER THAT WANTS TO ASK QUESTIONS, TO BE ABLE TO ASK QUESTIONS, TO BE ABLE TO SPEAK THEIR MIND.

THEY DON'T VOTE, BUT THEY SPEAK THEIR MIND.

YOU KNOW, MR. GODDE, UH, YOU KNOW, PARTICIPATED QUITE LIVELY WHEN WE TALKED ABOUT SOME FINANCIAL MATTERS, UM, AT THE LAST BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING, EVEN THOUGH HE'S NOT ON THAT COMMITTEE.

SO I DON'T THINK THAT THE COMMITTEE STRUCTURE'S INHERENTLY INHIBITING THE FULL PARTICIPATION FROM EVERY MEMBER OF THIS BOARD AND ALL OF THE DECISIONS THAT WE MAKE.

SO I WOULD ENCOURAGE US TO, TO NOT VOTE, UH, FOR THIS ITEM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. OUGH.

THANK YOU.

I, I'M NOT A PROPONENT FOR THE ONE, ONE SIDE OR THE OTHER AS FAR AS THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE STANDING COMMITTEES.

I JUST KNOW THAT, YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT SOME NEW BOARD MEMBERS THAT WANTED

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TO TRY, UH, A, A STANDING COMMITTEE STRUCTURE TO SEE IF IT, IT RESULTS IN A MORE ENGAGED AND EFFECTIVE, UH, BOARD.

AND I THINK WE'RE STILL, YOU KNOW, LIKE, LIKE, UM, UM, WE'VE DISCUSSED AND THERE'S, WE'VE ONLY BEEN THREE, UH, MONTHS INTO IT.

I THINK IT'S FAR TOO EARLY TO, TO, UH, JUST THROW UP OUR HANDS AND, AND GO BACK TO THE OLD, UH, COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE, SO I'M GONNA VOTE AGAINST THIS, UM, THIS, UH, PROPOSED POLICY CHANGE, BUT, UH, NOT BECAUSE I DON'T LIKE THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE, I JUST THINK WE SHOULD GIVE THIS MORE TIME SO WE CAN JUDGE WHETHER IT IS, UH, MORE EFFECTIVE OR NOT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I'VE ENTERED INTO THE QUEUE.

YOU ALL STILL OPERATING FROM A LITTLE HALF SHEET OF STUFF.

I'M NOT GONNA TALK LONG MS. STEWART.

SO, UM, I JUST WANTED US TO JUST REALLY CONSIDER WHATEVER ARE THE PROS AND CONS.

I ECHO MR. BALLOU AS WELL IN, IN MY STATEMENT OF SAYING THAT IT'S WHATEVER IS THE PLEASURE OF MY COLLEAGUES.

AND WHAT I MEAN BY THAT IS I THOUGHT ABOUT A RECENT CONVERSATION THAT I HAD WITH A BOARD MEMBER FROM A DIFFERENT DISTRICT, AND WE WERE REMINDED THAT OUR MAIN ROLES ARE MANAGING OR NOT MANAGING, BUT APPROVING A BUDGET FOR A SCHOOL DISTRICT, THE HIRING AND FIRING OF A SUPERINTENDENT AND POLICY CREATION.

UM, I WILL SAY THAT AS WE ENGAGED IN THESE STANDING COMMITTEES, AS I'VE SHARED WITH MANY OF MY COLLEAGUES UP HERE, ONE OF MY, UM, ONE OF THE POINTS THAT I'M MORE APPRECIATIVE OF IS THE FACT THAT WE'VE HAD SO MUCH TRANSPARENT DATA.

YOU KNOW, THAT WE'VE HAD PRESENTATIONS THAT WE'VE HAD REPORTS THAT HAVE BEEN FULFILLING.

UM, BUT OF COURSE, MY QUESTION STILL REMAINS, IS THAT ENOUGH OF A PRO? I WILL SAY AS WELL THAT I DO NOT GET TO VOTE AS PRESIDENT, WHICH MIGHT BE A CON FOR ME.

UM, AT THE SAME TIME, I APOLOGIZE TO YOU ALL BECAUSE I SHOULD HAVE POSSIBLY, UH, PUT TOGETHER A PROTOCOL FOR OUR COMMITTEES, BECAUSE I NOTICED THAT EVEN WHEN WE HAVE OUR AD HOC COMMITTEES, WHAT WE DO IS WE HAVE JUST SIMPLY THOSE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE ON THE AD HOC COMMITTEE SIT ON THE DAYAS.

THE REST OF THE BOARD MEMBERS TAKE THE FRONT ROW.

UM, THE, THE PROTOCOL FOR COMMENTING WOULD BE, UH, THAT THOSE THAT ARE IN THE COMMITTEE, THEY SPEAK, THEN BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE IN THE AUDIENCE SPEAK, THEN WE GO TO PUBLIC COMMENT, THEN WE GO TO THOSE BOARD MEMBERS THAT ARE IN THE AUDIENCE AND THEN BACK TO THE COMMITTEE.

UM, I KNOW THAT THAT'S A STRUCTURE THAT WE DON'T FULLY SEE WHEN WE HAVE OUR STANDING COMMITTEES.

UM, I KNOW THAT WE MADE THE SUGGESTION THAT WE SHOULD SIT IN THE AUDIENCE.

IF WE ARE NOT SERVING ON A STANDING COMMITTEE, THERE'S USUALLY ONE TO TWO OF US WHO SITS IN THE AUDIENCE.

I THINK I'M PROBABLY THE MOST CONSISTENT.

AND THEN FROM THERE, I KNOW MR. MARTIN, SOMETIMES YOU SIT OUT THERE, UH, COACH LEWIS, SOMETIMES YOU SIT OUT THERE AS WELL.

SO IT LEADS TO A LOOK OF NOT OF, OF, UH, BEING DISORGANIZED AND POSSIBLY EVEN CHAOTIC.

SO IF WE DECIDED TO VOTE AS A BOARD TO KEEP OUR STANDING COMMITTEES, I WOULD MORE THAN LIKELY PUSH FOR THAT SET OF PROTOCOLS AS WELL.

UM, THE OTHER, UH, I GOT A CHANCE TO REACH OUT TO SOME PUBLIC MEMBERS, SOME MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC IN THE COMMUNITY ABOUT THIS.

AND ONE OF THE STATEMENTS I HEARD IS THAT, UH, THERE HAS BEEN CONVERSATION, Y'ALL, I KNOW I'M GOING OVER AS WELL, UH, THAT THERE HAS BEEN CONVERSATION ABOUT STANDING COMMITTEES FOR SEVERAL YEARS.

AND SO TO SEE THIS HAPPEN, UM, WAS A WIN FOR CERTAIN MEMBERS OF THE, THE COMMUNITY.

UM, AND THEN ALSO I HEARD SOMEONE ELSE SHARE WITH ME THAT HOW WE HANDLE THE BUSINESS, UH, IS MORE, IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS HANDLING THE BUSINESS.

SO HOW WE HANDLE IT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WE MAKE SURE THAT WE HANDLE THE BUSINESS.

SO WITH THAT IN MIND, I JUST WANTED TO SHARE THOSE DETAILS AS WELL.

MS. STEWART.

THANK YOU.

UM, I JUST WANTED TO, UM, COMMENT ABOUT, UM, THE DISCUSSION AROUND THE STANDING COMMITTEES AND JUST ENCOURAGE THE BOARD MEMBERS, UH, TO TAKE INITIATIVE, UH, EITHER WAY, WHETHER STANDING COMMITTEE OR TO CALL TO HAVE CONVERSATIONS TO ENGAGE IN THE CONVERSATION.

I DON'T PERSONALLY, I DON'T BELIEVE THE STANDING COMMITTEES CREATED A MORE, UH, UH, MORE DISCUSSION, RATHER, I JUST BELIEVE THE TOPICS ARE AREAS OF DISCUSSION WITH THERE TO HAVE THAT IMPORTANT DISCUSSION.

AND SO, UM, I PERSONALLY, UM,

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FEEL THAT OUTSIDE OF THE DISCUSSION, THE EXTENT OF, UH, THE TIMEFRAME WITH THE STANDING COMMITTEES TO ME SEEMS A LITTLE WASTEFUL.

I THINK.

I FEEL LIKE WE WASTE A LOT OF TIME WITH THE STANDING COMMITTEES TAKING BREAKS IN BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, PAUSES.

UH, COLLEAGUE PAUL JUST INDICATED ABOUT SOME PEOPLE SITTING OUT, UH, WHEN CERTAIN, UH, PEOPLE ARE ON COMMITTEES AND THE COMMITTEES IS TAKING PLACE.

BUT YET, UH, WHEN THAT'S OVER, WE HAVE TO LOOK FOR MEMBERS TO COME AND ENGAGE AND WAIT AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

UM, AND SOME OF THOSE THINGS, YOU KNOW, DOES PRESENT DISORGANIZATION.

AND SO, UM, I WAS INITIALLY OPEN TO TRYING THE STANDING COMMITTEES AND I DON'T THINK THAT IT'S TOTALLY, UH, OUTRAGEOUS, BUT I JUST FEEL THAT, UM, IT'S NOT ALLOWING US TO MAXIMIZE ON OUR TIME.

AND IF WHAT WE SEE FROM THE STANDING COMMITTEES IS BASICALLY INITIATING CONVERSATION, WE AS ADULTS OF THIS BOARD CAN ENGAGE AND, UH, BE IN MORE MEANINGFUL CONVERSATIONS AND QUESTIONS WITHOUT HAVING A STANDING COMMITTEE.

THAT'S JUST MY TAKE ON IT.

AND I'M FOR THIS.

THANKS.

THANK YOU, MR. LANIS.

THANK YOU MADAM PRESIDENT.

I STAND WITH YOU.

COACH.

UM, I DON'T THINK YOU NEED A STANDING COMMITTEE LEADERSHIP POSITION IN ORDER TO BE A LEADER.

WE ALL SERVE ON THIS BOARD BECAUSE WE WERE VOTED ON BY THE PEOPLE ACROSS OUR COMMUNITIES FROM OUR RESPECTIVE DISTRICTS, AND THEY WANT US TO VOTE ON ALL THINGS.

WHAT I CAN SAY IS, WHILE I APPRECIATED THE STANDING COMMITTEES FOR THE TIME THEY HAVE BEEN IMPLEMENTED, I THINK IT IS BY TIME THAT WE GO BACK TO, UH, OUR COMMITTEE AS A WHOLE.

BECAUSE I WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE THE ABILITY TO VOTE ON EVERYTHING THAT COMES ACROSS INSIDE OF THIS ROOM.

THE REASON BEING IS 'CAUSE WE HAVE A LOT OF IMPORTANT ISSUES THAT ARE GONNA COME UP IN THE COMING MONTHS, ONE OF WHICH IS GONNA BE SCHOOL CONSOLIDATIONS.

I WANT TO BE ABLE TO NOT ONLY TALK ABOUT IT, I WANNA VOTE ON IT.

WHY? BECAUSE I KNOW THAT MAJORITY OF THOSE CONSOLIDATIONS ARE GONNA HAPPEN IN MY DISTRICT.

IMAGINE ME SITTING ON THE SIDELINES WHILE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT CLOSING AND CONSOLIDATING SCHOOLS IN MY AREA, AND I CAN'T VOTE ON THOSE ISSUES.

AND THE PEOPLE WHO VOTED ME AND ELECTED ME IN MY POSITION ARE LOOKING BACK AND SAYING, WHY DIDN'T YOU DO ENOUGH? I DON'T EVEN WANNA PUT MYSELF IN THAT PLACE OR PUT ANYONE ELSE IN THAT PLACE.

IE PRESIDENT CARTER POWELL LEWIS.

'CAUSE SHE'S GONNA GO THROUGH THE SAME THING.

WHEN WE TALK ABOUT SCHOOL CONSOLIDATIONS, WE KNOW WHAT THOSE THINGS ARE GONNA TAKE PLACE IS GONNA LOOK LIKE DISTRICTS LIKE OURS.

AND I, THE FACT THAT YOU CAN'T VOTE ON A LOT OF THOSE THINGS BECAUSE YOU'RE PRESIDENT, I THINK IT SAYS A LOT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN NOT JUST SAY SOMETHING, BUT YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SHOW IT AND DO SO CONSTRUCTIVELY.

I THINK THAT WE WERE NOT IN A CHAOTIC PLACE.

I SAW MORE POLICIES GET PUSHED THROUGH LAST YEAR THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE.

I SAW MORE CONVERSATIONS AROUND ISSUES THAN WE EVER HAD BEFORE BECAUSE PEOPLE WERE ENGAGED.

AND THAT'S WHAT THIS CONVERSATION IS REALLY ABOUT.

YOU