BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE
Anderson, South Carolina
February 21, 2012
The Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Number Five met in the Offices of the Board this date with the following members present: Mr. David Alewine, Mr. Charles Lee Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mrs. Ann Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Dick Smith, Dr. Paul A. Talmadge and Mr. Paul Zugg.
NOTICE TO MEDIA
In accordance with the S. C. Code of Laws, 1976, Section 30-4-80(d), as amended, the following have been notified of the time, date, place and agenda of this meeting: The Anderson Independent-Mail, Greenville News, The Anderson Journal, WYFF, WSPA, Paul Brown, and FOX 21.
CALL TO ORDER & INVOCATION
Mr. Norris called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m., and Mr. Zugg gave the invocation.
Mr. Norris welcomed the visitors to the meeting.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Anderson requested that Concord Playground Equipment be added to the agenda as Item #6-C.
Mr. Alewine made a motion the Board approve the agenda with the addition noted. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mrs. Mack called attention to the January 17, 2012 Regular Board Meeting minutes in which her titled was incorrectly typed in a motion on page 5. She requested that the minutes be corrected accordingly.
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the January 17, 2012 Regular Board Meeting with the correction noted. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
No one signed up to address the Board.
REPORT FROM THE COUNTY BOARD
No representative was present to give a report from the County Board.
FINANCIAL SERVICES & OPERATIONS REPORT
Financial Reports – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of January 2012 as information. With regards to the expenditures, Mr. Brooks stated that we have a positive variance of about 7% which equates to a $5.78 million surplus projected over the course of the year. Last year during this same time, we were at a positive variance of 10% which equated to a $7.78 million surplus projected over the course of the year.
Construction Update – In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Colman gave an update on the Southwood Academy of the Arts additions & renovations project and the North Pointe Elementary School construction project. Mr. Colman also distributed a Building Program Update Report.
Concord Playground Equipment – Mr. Anderson stated that the playground equipment at Concord was removed during the additions and renovations project at the school. He also stated that, in light of the fact this was a result of our building program, the Board should consider replacing the playground equipment. Mr. Anderson stated that even though it is not common practice to buy playground equipment, playground equipment is an essential part of recreation and physical education for these children.
Mr. Anderson reported that several parents and the PTA officers are raising money to replace the playground equipment, but it is going to take some time for them to raise enough money. He requested that the Board approve using money from the building program. Mr. Anderson then distributed an estimated quote from the Concord PTA officers to replace the equipment with a completely new set of playground equipment.
Mr. Norris suggested that the Board refer Mr. Anderson’s request to the Building Committee and let the Committee make a recommendation to the full board.
Mr. Anderson then stated that this issue needs to be expedited in order to get something in place before the next school year.
Mrs. Bagley then stated that she would like to check with the other principals to make sure there is not another elementary school whose playground equipment was taken down and not replaced during construction. She further stated that to expedite situations like this, the Board could give the Building Committee authority to make the decision for the full Board.
After further discussion, Mr. Norris decided to refer this request to the Building Committee, and by Board consensus the Building Committee will report back to the full board at its next regular Board Meeting.
NEW PROSPECT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRESENTATION – Principal Jerome Hudson stated that New Prospect’s presentation would be in three parts (a video of school activities, a PowerPoint presentation, and a slide presentation of other school activities). Mrs. Nancy Hanley started the presentation with a video of different school activities.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Dr. Hudson stated that the goal for New Prospect is for students to become efficient in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) through interdisciplinary lessons in an effort to stimulate their interest in STEM. New Prospect’s vision is to communicate high expectations for all students and to encourage students to be life-long learners. Dr. Hudson then discussed that STEM students should be able (1) to think critically, (2) to collaborate with a goal in mind, (3) to solve complex problems, and (4) to drive advancements in science and technology. He continued his discussion about science and the scientific method, technology, Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, engineering and the engineering design process, and mathematics. Dr. Hudson then explained Why STEM and how will STEM be integrated at New Prospect.
Dr. Hudson briefly discussed New Prospect’s journey, which started three years ago. In 2009, there was consensus on becoming a STEM Theme School. Since 2009, the administration, faculty, and staff have participated in research; site visits, professional development, networking with the State Department of Education, workshops, book studies, etc.
Mrs. Hanley then ended the presentation with a video of students performing daily activities relating to the STEM program. Following the video, the Administration, faculty, and staff of New Prospect recommended Board approval of magnet school status for New Prospect Elementary School becoming “New Prospect STEM Academy” beginning in August 2012.
Mr. Smith made a motion the Board approve magnet school status for New Prospect Elementary School becoming “New Prospect STEM Academy” beginning in August 2012. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
MANAGEMENT & TESTING SERVICES REPORT
Visitor Management System – Dr. Leverette stated that at the November 2011 Board Meeting, the Board charged the Administration with the task of completing a request for proposals on a visitor management system. She stated that four proposals were submitted. Members of the committee looked at all of the proposals in debt and decided that Lobby Guard has served our district well. We have Lobby Guard at four existing schools, and we would like to add it at the remaining 17 schools. Dr. Leverette distributed a price schedule that would be incurred if we were able to establish Lobby Guard in each of our schools.
Following some discussion, Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board authorize the purchase of the Lobby Guard Visitor Management System for each of our schools, not to exceed $139,200, and paid for out of the General Fund Fund Balance. Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Employment Recommendations – Mr. Mahaffey presented for Board approval a list of personnel included in the board packet for the 2012-2013 school year.
Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the list as presented. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
REZONING FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS – In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the following Board approved prioritized parameters.
In designing the elementary rezoning map, the Administration stayed within the parameters and made room for magnet students (i.e. Calhoun and Concord). She then recognized Mr. Dukes to continue with the presentation.
Mr. Dukes presented the current elementary rezoning map, which includes 10 elementary schools. He then presented the proposed elementary rezoning map to include North Pointe Elementary School and to make room for magnet students. He presented the current middle school rezoning map which indicated a clean feeder pattern from Midway into Glenview and from North Pointe into McCants. Mr. Dukes then stated that future homes built on either side of the new bypass connector would be zoned to North Pointe. The Administration recommended Board approval to present the proposed elementary rezoning map to inform the community and gather input.
Mrs. Huitt expressed concerns about Calhoun becoming a true arts magnet school now that we have a true arts middle/high school. She stated that this was promised to Calhoun from its inception. Mrs. Huitt stated that Calhoun has the money, the curriculum, and the space; but because it is not true magnet, we are cheating ourselves, our parents and our community. Mrs. Huitt further stated that she would like for it to go on record that this Board make way for all schools that have started a magnet program become true magnet schools.
Mr. Norris expressed concerns about transferring 90 students to Nevitt Forest where there are already over 90% free and reduced lunch students. He stated that by transferring these 100 students to Nevitt Forest, the percentage of free and reduced lunch will not decrease. Mr. Norris further stated that he is aware of Title I funds at Nevitt Forest, but Title I has not changed the gap. Mr. Norris went on to state that he cannot support the proposed elementary rezoning map by adding 90 additional students to Nevitt Forest.
Mrs. Bagley then stated she does not recall that it was stated Calhoun would become a true arts magnet school, because at the time we did not have a building program. She stated that when Calhoun became an arts magnet school, there were three possibilities that could happen: (1) people would not leave the area, (2) people would come to live in the area, or (3) it would be so successful that we would have other magnet schools. For Calhoun to become a full magnet school, we would need to have 700 students across the district in grades K-5 to opt to attend this school. We have talked openly about Calhoun becoming a full magnet school, having a 1.5 mile radius in reducing the enrollment in order to have more magnet students.
Following further discussion, Mr. Bradshaw made motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation on the proposed elementary rezoning map to be presented to the community and gather input. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion. The motion carried with seven in favor, one opposition (Norris), and one abstention (Mack).
PROPOSAL FOR HOMELAND PARK AND VARENNES
In a PowerPoint presentation Mrs. Bagley presented a proposal to convert Homeland Park to a K-2 Primary School and Varennes to a 3-5 Intermediate School. She discussed the mile radius between the two current attendance zones, the proposed zone by collapsing the two current attendance zones, the benefits of a primary and intermediate/elementary school, what the change would offer, and students would be prepared for transition to the next level.
Mrs. Bagley then discussed the longitudinal comparisons in ELA and Math resulting in the 2009 Report Card reporting; the winter 2012 MAP summary by school; the 2011-2012 MAP growth in Language Usage, Reading, and Math; a list of schools in South Carolina with grades K-2 and grades 3-5; and the pro’s and con’s of a primary and intermediate school. Finally, Mrs. Bagley presented a list of meetings that were scheduled to discuss the proposal with parents. The Administration recommended Board approval to convert Homeland Park to a K-2 Primary School and Varennes to a 3-5 Intermediate School.
Mrs. Mack then shared notes from the parent meetings on converting Homeland Park and Varennes. Mrs. Mack also stated that she would like for it to go on record that no teacher from either school would have to go to the other school if he or she has not bought into this proposal.
Following further discussion, Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation to convert Homeland Park to a K-2 Primary School and Varennes to a 3-5 Intermediate School. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion. The motion carried with eight in favor and one opposition (Norris).
Mrs. Bagley then re-directed the Board’s attention back to the proposed rezoning map where North Pointe Elementary School is located right off of Highway 81. She stated that there are families who live directly across from North Pointe but are zoned for Midway, there are families who will drive past North Pointe going to Midway, and there are families who will drive past North Pointe to their employment and this would be a good drop-off for their children. The Administration recommended Board approval that North Pointe Elementary School open as a School of Choice.
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation that North Pointe Elementary School open as a School of Choice. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously
Mrs. Bagley shared some positive initiatives that are happening in Anderson School District Five: (1) recertification of the Project Lead the Way program, (2) recertification of the Bio-Medical program, (3) Casio presentation at Lakeside, (4) National AVID Staff Developers have chosen three of our employees (Dobbins, Allen, Jenny) to be on the National Council, etc.
Mrs. Bagley requested a Special Board Meeting. By consensus, the Special Board Meeting was scheduled for March 13, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office.
Mrs. Bagley requested a Building Committee Meeting. By consensus, the Building Committee Meeting was scheduled for March 2, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at the District Office.
Mrs. Bagley requested a Finance Committee Meeting. By consensus, the Finance Committee Meeting was scheduled for March 27, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the District Office.
Mrs. Bagley requested a Policy Committee Meeting. By consensus, the Policy Committee Meeting was scheduled for March 22, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the District Office.
Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, and then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss Administrative Employment Recommendations. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Administrative Employment Recommendations and two other matters.
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the Administrative Employment Recommendations as presented. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion. The motion carried with six in favor and one opposition (Smith).
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation to establish a position of Director of E-Learning and Integration to be posted for consideration. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board agree to hear the grievance of an employee at the Special Board Meeting on March 13, 2012. Mr. Smith seconded the motion. The motion carried with four in favor (Anderson, Mack, Norris, Smith), two oppositions (Bradshaw, Talmadge), and one abstention (Zugg).
There being no further business, Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board adjourn. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
As Approved By Superintendent