Adopted Minutes-- Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

April 25, 2011

 

 

The meeting started at about 7:10 pm, Chair Yvonne Jefferson (also ANC 4B08) presiding.It was held at Nativity Catholic Church, 6000 Georgia Avenue, NW.†† Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Frederick Grant, 4B04 Douglas Smith, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Gloria Palmer and 4B07 Judi Jones. A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions

1)In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission adopted the agenda, with two changes.The Kids & Culture grant request was tabled until the May 23 public meeting and a vote on Ideal Charter School was added in its place.

 

2)In a 5-2-1 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission awarded a $2,000 grant to Safe Takoma, Inc. to fund a Community Conferencing program at Coolidge High School aimed at mediating and resolving conflicts between students.

 

The vote followed a discussion and presentation with Commissioner Wheeler, who is also the President of Safe Takomaís Board, and Andre Carley, Safe Takomaís Recording Secretary, Renee Burgos and Holly Maassarani, both Safe Takoma staff members, Wanda Oats, a 4B05 resident and a DC Public School teacher, and other Commissioners.

 

Commissioners Speaks and Palmer asked if Ms. Burgos and Ms. Maassarani are certified to work in the DC Public Schools (DCPS). They also said that the grant is a duplication of existing resources and is therefore illegal.Commissioner Speaks quoted DCPS Chancellor Kaya Hendersonís statement that all teachers need to be certified.Commissioner Palmer quoted the DCPS Teachersí Union contract provision that conflict resolution services be provided to schools.

 

Ms. Burgos said she and Ms. Maassarani are volunteers, not teachers, so there are no certification requirements.They have passed a TB test and a police background check, Ms. Burgos said.She noted that she has a mastersídegree in education and has been trained in community conferencing.Ms. Maassaranisaid she is the director of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County.

 

Commissioner Wheeler read emails from Lynard Barnum, of the DC Auditorís Office, stating that, in his view, the grant did not duplicate existing city resources.She also read an email from Chad Ferguson, the head of the DCPS Youth Engagement Center, stating, among other things, that Ms. Burgos and Ms. Maassarani are qualified to work with DCPS students and that principals have flexibility to provide programs that respond to student needs.

 

A commissioner asked about Safe Takomaís track record.Ms. Massarani said that there is not yet enough data from Coolidge to analyze.

 

3)In a 5-0-1 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Jones, the Commission agreed to send a letter to the DC Charter School Board asking that the Board give the Ideal Academy Charter School, now located at 100 Peabody St., NW, more time to resolve its problems.The Board has started the process of revoking the schoolís charter, Commissioner Jones said.

 

The letter:

ďAt a properly called meeting with a quorum of commissioners present, ANC 4B voted _____________ to support Ideal Academy Charter School (Ideal) as a vital stakeholder in the Lamond Community. They have transformed a nuisance property into an active, contributing neighborhood entity.

Dr. George Rutherford, Principal of Ideal, regards the community favorably and has cooperated with every effort to improve the community landscape as well as educate children in the immediate area. Commissioner Judi Jones, ANC 4B07, has held meetings at the school. She has attended milestones in their opening of the facility, attended classes in session, requested help from the school with favorable response and has stopped in without notice to a warm welcome. Ideal participates in the community activities and coordinates aftercare activities with Lamond Community Center. Ideal has become an invaluable asset to our community.

While Idealís problems are outlined in the DC Charter School Boardís press release dated __________, ANC 4B respectfully request Ideal be given more time to rectify their issues.

ANC 4B hopes you see this letter favorably and appreciates your consideration in this matter.Ē

The vote followed a discussion.A commissioner said that the school was deficient in three areas, including the development of its curriculum and the replacement of its ESAU teacher.She said that the school was a good neighbor and those who attended her Single Member District meeting voted to support the schoolís request for additional time to correct the problems.She also said that the school needs to move from its current site and is looking for a new home.

Commissioner Green asked if there are any emails, letters or petitions from residents in support of the motion.Commissioner Jones said that the matter came up at the last minute and Commissioners could have attended the 4B07 SMD meeting to hear comments.

4) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Smith, with friendly amendments from other Commissioners, the Commission adopted the following Quarterly Report for the period from January through March 2011.

 

Checking

Balance Forward:††††††† ††††††††††††$34,553.90

DC Allotment††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† -0-

Interest††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7.98

Other††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††††††-0-

Transfers from Savings†† ††††††††††††††††††-- 0 Ė

Total Receipts††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 7.98

Total Funds Available††††††††††††††† $34,561.88

 

Total Disbursements†††††††††††††††††††††† 6,732.92

 

Ending Balance†††† †††††††††††††††††††††††††$27,828.96

 

Savings

 

Balance Forward†††††††††††††††††††† †††††$44,029.56

 

Transfers from Checking†††††††††††††††††††† -0-

Other

††† (DC Allotment+Interest )††††††††††††† 6,378.81

Total Receipts††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††$50,408.37

 

Note:Interest from Checking Totals$7.98

††††††††††† Interest from Savings Totals†††† $18.56†††††

††††††††††† DC Allotment††† †††††††††††††††††††$6,360.90

 

The vote followed a discussion.Commissioners reviewed the draft report and corrected the errors, which were primarily mechanical.They asked that the list of checks be revised to include voided check numbers 4556, 4559, and 4565. ††Treasurer Smith asked 4B Staff Assistant Jim Irwin to make the changes and share them with him and Chair Jefferson before sending the packet to the Auditorís Office.

 

Commissioner Green asked about the $830.63 payment to Verizon (Check #4569).Treasurer Smith and Mr. Irwin said the check covers bills from October through March.The previous treasurer, Douglass Sloan, questioned the billsí accuracy and asked Mr. Irwin to investigate.

 

The accuracy of the bill was confirmed, Mr. Irwin said.He also said the monthly telephone and internet fees average about $180.

 

4)In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Palmer with friendly amendments from other Commissioners, the Commission agreed to spend up to $850, including delivery charges, to purchase four four-drawer file cabinets with locks if file cabinets are not available from surplus property in very good condition. Mr. Irwin said he had several quotes in the $100-200 range per cabinet.

 

5)In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Jefferson, the Commission agreed to table until the May 23, 2011 meeting a motion from Commissioner Palmer to purchase an additional desk top computer and printer for the office to be used by Commissioners.Commissioner Jefferson said she wants three quotes for the equipment.

 

6) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Palmer, the minutes from the March 28, 2011 public meeting were adopted.

 

Community Concerns

Michael Sindram, of 4B02, said he was shut out of participating in the Walmart Community Benefits Subcommittee, that he is concerned that a union employee headed that subcommittee. He supports Walmart because, among other things, it supports veterans.

 

Presentations and Reports

1) Stacy Bradner, of Howard University, discussed the high rate of colorectal cancer in Wards 4, 7 and 8 and distributed information about free and reduced-cost screenings.

 

 

2)Treasurer Smith gave a verbal report on the balances of ANC 4Bís checking and savings accounts and income and expenses as of March 31, 2011.The total in the checking account was $28,477.78.The savings account total was $50,408.37, for a combined total of $78,886.15.

 

---Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary