MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

March 15, 2011

6:30 P.M.

 

 

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 W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Dickie Smith, and Dr. Paul A. Talmadge. Absent was 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 6:30 p.m., and Mr. Dickie Smith gave the invocation.

 

Mr. Norris welcomed the visitors to the meeting.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Mr. Bradshaw requested that a Report from the County Board be added to the agenda as Item #4A.

 

Mr. Norris requested that the McLees and Westside Presentations be moved further up on the agenda as Items #4B and #4C.

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the agenda as amended.Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the February 15, 2011 Regular Board Meeting and the March 8, 2011 Special Board Meeting as submitted.Mr. Alewine 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

 

County Board Member David Draisen stated that the County Board of Education wants to improve its relationship with the five Anderson County school districts. He also stated that the original study with the Strom Thurmond Institute was to find ways to insure that all students in Anderson County have the same opportunity regardless of where they live. Mr. Draisen further stated that at the last meeting of the County Board of Education, the superintendents discussed several options. One of the options was to share services.

 

Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Draisen for his report and stated that the Anderson School District Five Board of Trustees is committed to improving its relationship with the County Board and other agencies.

 

 

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Cindy Martin to present the District Five winners of the State Superintendents Writing Awards Program. The fifth grade winner is Amie Nicole Rapp of Calhoun Academy of the Arts. The eighth grade winner is Sydney LaFaith Thompson of Southwood Middle School. This awards program provides fifth and eighth grade students an opportunity to express themselves through the writing process.

 

 

MCLEES PRESENTATION FOR MAGNET SCHOOL STATUS

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized McLees Principal Janet Mills to present for Board approval the schools plan of becoming a School of Leadership. Mrs. Mills stated that this has been a three-year process. She then discussed the timeline.

 

In year one (2008-2009) the Leadership theme was presented to McLees, the staff was surveyed for interest, and a Core Leadership Team was developed. In year two (2009-2010) the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People graduate course was taught by Mr. Connley Skeen, the new motto Growing Great Leaders was created, and a Seven Habits environment was created throughout the school. In year three (2010-2011) the Seven Habits were introduced to the students and the Leadership theme status was implemented for the entire staff.

 

Mrs. Mills then discussed the future goals for McLees which include organizing Future Business Leaders of America for grade 5, incorporating AVID for grades 3-5, starting etiquette and public speaking classes for all grade levels, having leadership tools training, and working towards Lighthouse School status.

 

Finally, Mr. Connley Skeen discussed the Leader in Me book and the process for Lighthouse School status. Ms. Jenifer Seymour discussed the expectations at McLees as a School of Leadership and Ms. Kathy Sterling discussed the uniqueness of McLees as a School of Leadership. The Administration recommended Board approval of magnet school status for McLees Elementary School becoming a School of Leadership.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Administrations recommendation of magnet school status for McLees Elementary School becoming a School of Leadership. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

WESTSIDE PRESENTATION FOR MAGNET SCHOOL STATUS

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Westside Principal Henry Adair to present for Board approval their plan of becoming an Early College Academy. Mr. Adair stated that the leadership team at Westside began working on the concept of an Early College in 2008-2009 and that the concept of an Early College was introduced to the staff in 2010-2011. He stated that the Early College program will offer support in courses necessary to prepare students to take college level courses in grades 11 and 12. The Early College Academy is a school within a school that is designed for students to earn both a high school diploma, an associate degree, or up to two years of credit towards a Bachelors degree. He also stated that the program is a bold approach based on the principal of academic rigor combined with the opportunity to save time and money, a powerful motivator for students to work hard and meet serious intellectual challenges, removes barriers that prevent students from advancing to college, and it turns obstacles into opportunities for student success. He further stated that the Early College program is for all students but especially for those students that could be first generation college attendees. Mr. Adair then recognized Katie Brown to continue with the presentation.

 

In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Brown discussed What is an Early College, Why an Early College, What is the Vision, Who can Apply, and What are the Courses. She also discussed national statistics on Why an Early College. The Administration recommended Board approval of magnet school status for Westside High School becoming an Early College Academy.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Administrations recommendation of magnet school status for Westside High School becoming an Early College Academy. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Financial Reports Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of February 2011 as information.

 

Construction Update In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Colman gave an update on the Robert Anderson & Glenview construction projects; and the Concord, Centerville, Whitehall, New Prospect, Homeland Park, Varennes, Nevitt Forest, and Southwood additions & renovations projects. He also gave an update on the North Pointe Elementary School construction project. Mr. Colman distributed a Building Program Update Report.

 

 

APPROVAL OF REVISED 2010-2011 SCHOOL CALENDAR

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that recently passed legislation has given districts flexibility in forgiving snow days. She then presented for Board approval changes to the 2010-2011 School Calendar that reflected forgiving three snow days and making up one day on April 25.

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the recommended changes to the 2010-2011 School Calendar as presented. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

 

Mrs. Bagley reported that the rezoning community meetings have gone well. The last meeting is scheduled for March 17 in the Culinary Arts Department at the Anderson Five Career Campus at 6:30 p.m.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley requested a date for the 2011 Retirement Recognition Program. She stated that the program will be held in the Mall Area at T. L. Hanna High School. By Board consensus the retirement program was scheduled for May 16, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

 

 

Mrs. Bagley reminded the Board of the Policy Committee Meeting and Special Board Meeting on March 22, 2011. She stated that the agenda items for the Special Board Meeting will include the rezoning map, Capital Project Improvement (CPI) list, and the assistant principals assignments.

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that she and members of her Cabinet traveled to Columbia to receive information regarding state sponsored charter schools and district sponsored charter schools. She then requested a Special Board Meeting to discuss the intent and the process of a district sponsored charter school. By Board consensus, the Special Board Meeting was scheduled for March 24, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley requested a Building Committee meeting to discuss the Technology Plan. By consensus, the Building Committee Meeting was scheduled for April 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

 

Finally, Mrs. Bagley reported that the State Report Card information for the two high schools and the district will be released on March 17, 2011. She discussed the scores for both high schools and the district and Mr. Dukes discussed the graduation rate for the district.

 

 

RECESS

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Contractual Matter, a Personnel Matter, and a Student Matter. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(9:15 P.M.)

 

 

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session. Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Personnel Matter and the Student Matter.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Administrations recommendation on the Personnel Matter. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Alewine made a motion the Board approve the Administrations recommendation on a student expulsion expungement. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board adjourn. Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(9:40 P.M.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


CHAIRMAN SECRETARY

 

 

 

 


DATE DATE

 

 

 

 


Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent