GPS Governing Board Brief - October 31, 2017
Governing Board Meeting - October 31, 2017
Recognition to Stephanie Newitt

(Gilbert, AZ) -- The Gilbert Public Schools Governing Board held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday night. The meeting began with a Public Hearing where the allocation of monies related to a 1.06 percent teacher salary increase was discussed by the Board.

Following the Public Hearing, District Superintendent Mr. Shane McCord recognized Ms. Stephanie Newitt for receiving the Friend of the Gifted Award from the Arizona Association of Gifted and Talented. Ms. Newitt is a co-founder of Gilbert Supporters of the Gifted, and has worked with Gilbert Schools to improve education for gifted students.

The meeting continued with the presentation of several reports, including the Superintendent’s Report, and the Monthly Budget Report.

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Zentner addressed the Board to describe a new employee model, E4, which has been designed by the Office of Talent Management. The presentation highlighted the district’s transition from a traditional human resources model to a progressive talent management framework.  The “E” represents the employment, engagement, and the employee experience, and the design is broken down into four quadrants: Culture, Well-Being, Financial Wellness and Professional Development.

Led by Board member Dr. Charles Santa Cruz, the Board considered eight bylaw change proposals presented by the Arizona School Boards Association. After the discussion, the Board moved to approve five out of the eight proposals. Following the vote, the Board agreed to designate Superintendent McCord to vote in the manner the Board has approved.

The Board unanimously approved Revision #1 of FY 17/18 Budget Statute, which requires the District to revise the estimated 1.06% payout to teachers as authorized in the Governor's budget. The revision represents the actual amount that will be paid on December 7, 2017. The original amount was $1,348,266 and has since been revised to $1,258,698.

The Board voted 5-0 to select Konica Minolta to provide multi-function devices, supplies and service through a 60-month operating lease.

The Board also unanimously approved the Gilbert’s Gifted Scope and Sequence being submitted for Governing Board approval. Per A.R.S. 15-779.02 and the GPS Governing Board Policy IHHB, the Gifted Scope and Sequence Criteria must be submitted to the Department of Education for approval if changes were made from the previous year.

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