April 13, 2020 Commission Meeting

State of Oklahoma
Commission for Rehabilitation Services

Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
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Carol Brown, Commission Assistant Location: State Office, 3535 NW 58th Street, Oklahoma City, OK
Hosts: Jonathon Cook and Mark Ferguson from their homes
Interpreter Tonya Garman from her home

Monday, April 13, 2020 - 10:30am

Jace Wolfe, Commission Chair
Location: Office at Hearts for Hearing, 11500 N. Portland Ave, Oklahoma City, OK
Wes Hilliard, Commission Vice Chair
Location: Office at Simmons Bank, 1300 E. Main Street, Davis, OK
Emily Cheng, Commission Member
Location: Home

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Agenda Items

1. Call to Order and Roll Call

Jace Wolfe, Chair

2.Statement of Compliance with Open Meeting Act

Commission Assistant

3. Introduction of Guests

Jace Wolfe, Chair

4. Public Comments

Public Audience

Report Items

5. Executive Director's Report
Melinda Fruendt, Executive Director reporting from home

The report includes a remembrance of Carolyne Paradiso of OSD; state committees, meetings, and PWDAD attended by the Executive Director and team; updates on COVID-19 and how each division and school has and will be responding; updates from the Project Coordinator and Process Improvement Administrator; and comments by the Executive Director.

5. Priority Group Updates
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Report includes current status of all Priority Groups I, II and III. prepared by Mark Kinnison, Director of Vocational Rehabilitation Services

7. Financial Status Report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Financial Status FY 20 report as of February 29, 2020 with possible Commission discussion. Prepared by Kevin Statham, Chief Financial Officer

8. Personnel Activity Report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Personnel Activity report with possible Commission discussion, as of March 30, 2020. The activity report has current FTE status. Prepared by Tom Patt, Human Resources Director

9. Legislature report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

This report includes update on Budget and legislation. Prepared by Kevin Nelson, Legislative Liaison

10. Oklahoma School for the Blind Report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Oklahoma School for the Deaf report with possible Commission discussion. This report includes the comprehensive school-wide program put in place in response to COVID-19 and procedures followed per State Department of Education announcement of physical closure of schools. Prepared by Chris Dvorak, Superintendent

11. Communications Division report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Communications Division report with possible Commission discussion. This report includes results of People with Disabilities Awareness Day on March 10, 2020; COVID-19, Telework and Accessibility; renovation of conference rooms; and updates on other functions of the Communications Division. Prepared by Jody Harlan, Communications Director

Action Items

12. March 9, 2020 Minutes
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the March 9, 2020 Commission for Rehabilitation Services regular meeting minutes.

13. Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped Donations Report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the March, 2020 donations to the Oklahoma Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Prepared by Kevin Treese, Programs Manager

14. Oklahoma School for the Blind donation report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Review and discussion with possible vote for approval of the February, 2020 donations to the Oklahoma School for the Blind. Prepared by Rita Echelle, Superintendent

15. Oklahoma School for the Deaf Donation Report
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Oklahoma School for the Deaf March donations. Prepared by Chris Dvorak, Superintendent

16. New Business
Jace Wolfe, Chair

(“Any matter not known about or which could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the time of posting.” 25 O.S. § 311).

17. Announcements
Jace Wolfe, Chair

Date and location of next regular meeting of the Oklahoma Commission for Rehabilitation Services:
Monday, May 11, 2020 at 10:30 am.
3535 NW 58th Street
Suite 200
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Or video-conferencing if unable to meet and notification will be sent out ASAP

18. Adjournment
Jace Wolfe, Chair