Thursday, February 11, 2016 Minutes
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MISSISSIPPI AUTHORITY FOR EDUCATIONAL TELEVISION

Regular Telephonic Meeting of the Board of Directors

Thursday, February 11, 2016

9:30 a.m.

Board Room

MAET Administration Building

3825 Ridgewood Road

Jackson, Mississippi

 

Directors present:     David Allen, Chair, Bob Sawyer, Vice-Chair, Peggy Holmes and Jennifer O’Neal

Directors absent:  Dr. Andrea Mayfield and Pete Smith

Directors participating telephonically:  None

Staff present:  Ronnie Agnew, Teresa Collier, Scott Colwell, Roy Davis, Joel Gatlin, Jason Klein, Paul Moore, Claudia Morris, Maggie Stevenson, Henry Williams and Tara Wren

Others present:   Stacey Decker and Kristen Hurley (WGBH), Tristan Rowell and Keith Evans (auditors),  David Scott

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

A motion was made by Vice-Chair Sawyer, and seconded by Director O’Neal that the Board approve the agenda, and upon a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

A motion was made by Vice-Chair Sawyer and seconded by Director Holmes that the Board approve the Minutes of the meeting of the Board of Directors held on January 19, 2016 and upon a unanimous vote, the motion carried.

 

AUDITORS REPORT

Tristan Rowell and Keith Evans presented the audit information from Rea, Shaw, Giffin & Stuart, LLP and stated that MPB received a clean report. 

A copy of the auditors’ report is included as a part of these Minutes as Exhibit A.

 

 

REPORT FROM GUESTS

Ronnie Agnew introduced Stacey Decker (chief technical officer) and Kristen Hurley (director of strategic research) of WGBH (Boston) to present on the Public Media Management system.  Ronnie Agnew explained that the system has been controversial due to the v6 technology presently being developed by Public Broadcasting System (PBS).

Stacey Decker showed a Power Point presentation outlining the purpose, use and benefits of PMM.  MPB Board members and staff asked questions of the WGBH team.

A copy of the power point presentation is included as a part of these Minutes as Exhibit B. 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

A motion was made by Vice-Chair Sawyer and seconded by Director Holmes that the Board go into a closed determination session to consider whether it had cause to go into executive session.  The motion to go into closed determination session was unanimously passed by the Board members present.

In closed determination session, a motion was made by Director Holmes and seconded by Director O’Neal that the Board go into executive session for the following reason:

Strategy or negotiations with respect to prospective litigation, litigation or issuance of an appealable order when an open meeting would have detrimental effect on the litigating position of the Authority.

The motion to go into executive session was unanimously approved by the Board members present.

Upon conclusion of the business for executive session, the Board voted, upon a motion made by Vice-Chair Sawyer and seconded by Director Holmes, to adjourn.

NO ACTION WAS TAKEN BY THE BOARD

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.