MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES SPECIAL MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

May 29, 2012

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. Charles Lee Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mrs. Ann Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Dick Smith, and Mr. Paul Zugg.  Absent were Mr. David Alewine and Dr. Paul A. Talmadge.

 

 

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

 

Mr. Norris called the meeting to order at 7:52 p.m. for purpose of discussing the proposed 2012-2013 Budget, the Title I program, and employment recommendations.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Mrs. Bagley requested that a Building Committee Report be added to the agenda as Item #5.

 

Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the addition to the agenda.  Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

2012-2013 BUDGET DISCUSSION

 

In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley gave an update of the proposed budget.  She stated that the base student cost out of the House and Senate remains at $2,012.  She then discussed the following Senate version of the budget bill.

 

•   Index of Taxpaying Ability

–      Senate has hold harmless - $387,365

•   Salary increases

–      2% increase in salary plus a step increase for eligible employees

•   Retirement

–      1.065%  employer increase

–      current employer rate is 13.835%; next year’s projected rate is 14.90%

•   Health Insurance

–      no employee increase; entire increase to be covered by employer

 

Mrs. Bagley then discussed repurposed dollars.  Repurposed dollars is a review of expenditures and revenue that was not used during the current year that could be used for the next year.

 

Repurposed expenditure dollars include:

 

•     Unemployment Expense

$200,000

•     Transfers

$175,000

•     Homebound

$60,000

•     TAN Interest

$20,000

•     Maintenance of Effort

$200,000

•     Health Insurance

$300,000

•     Other supply, purchase service accts, etc.

$25,000

•     Projected personnel cost

$250,000

Total Expenditures

$1,230,000

 

Repurposed revenue dollars based on trends of the last three years include:

 

•     Fee-in-Lieu

$100,000

•     Manufacturing Reimbursement

$100,000

•     Transportation Reimbursement

$50,000

•     Interest

$5,000

Total Revenue

$255,000

 

 

Grand Total Repurposed Dollars

$1,485,000

 

Mrs. Bagley discussed the following new dollars for FY 13:

 

•     TIER III

$500,000

•     Flexibility

$129,623

•     Millage

$1,395,183

(calculation allows 3.79% increase, which

is a 6.02 mill increase)

 

Total New Dollars

$2,024,806

 

Then she discussed school obligated costs and mandated costs required by the State Department of Education and/or the General Assembly.  Mrs. Bagley then recognized Mr. Dukes to present information with regard to teacher/pupil ratios at North Pointe Elementary School and throughout the district.

 

Finally, Mrs. Bagley presented a summary of the proposed 2012-2013 budget as information.

 

•     School Obligated Cost

($3,326,406)

•     Mandated Cost

($3,426,071)

•     Repurposed Dollars

$1,485,000

•     New Dollars

$629,623

•     EFA/State Fringe

$1,665,062

•     Hold Harmless

$387,365

•     Teacher Salary Support

$843,800

•     Millage Increase

$1,395,183

Total amount from Fund Balance

($346,444)

(to balance the budget)

 

 

 

TITLE I DISCUSSION

 

In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Morgan briefly discussed how do schools and students qualify for Title I school-wide programs, others served by Title I, how does a qualifying school become a school-wide program, what Title I can be used for, and what Title I cannot be used for.

Mrs. Morgan discussed the 2012-2013 Federal poverty calculation for all elementary schools, 2012-2013 set-asides, 2012-2013 projected allocation to schools, and the 2012-2013 projected allocations for Title I schools including Robert Anderson Middle School.

 

Mrs. Bagley then discussed the effects of diluting Title I funds.  She ended the presentation with a side by side allocation comparison for all eligible elementary schools and Robert Anderson Middle School.

 

The superintendent, superintendent’s cabinet, federal program director, and elementary principals recommended not diluting the Title I funding, but rather to keep all Title I funds between the federally mandated five schools.  On March 27, 2012, the Administration recommended to bring schools to an equitable technology standard and to fund Reading Recovery in all elementary schools.  After further review and discussions with staff and elementary principals, the Administration recommended the following in lieu of dilution of Title I funds:

 

•   Immediately:

–      One-Time Allocation of $1.5 million for technology

–      One-Time Allocation of $420,000 in supplies to all 21schools

•   Address Reading Recovery by partnering with Clemson University for training, as

recently invited, using I-3 grant funds

•   In January 2013, where possible:

–      One-Time Allocation of $1.5 million for technology

–      One-Time Allocation of $420,000 in supplies to all 21 schools

•   Employ for 2012-2013 at Calhoun, Centerville, McLees, and New Prospect, a

reading/math interventionist.  These schools were chosen as they could have

benefitted from diluted Title I funds.

 

Mrs. Bagley then presented a revised summary of the proposed 2012-2013 budget, if the above recommendations are approved by the Board.

 

•     School Obligated Cost

($3,326,406)

•     Mandated Cost

($3,426,071)

•     Repurposed Dollars

$1,485,000

•     New Dollars

$629,623

•     EFA/State Fringe

$1,665,062

•     Hold Harmless

$387,365

•     Teacher Salary Support

$843,800

•     Millage Increase

$1,395,183

•     4 Interventionist

$236,000

Total Fund Balance

($582,444)

(needed to balance the budget)

 

 

Following some discussion, Mr. Bradshaw made a motion that the Board approve the Administration’s recommendations in lieu of diluting the Title I funds:

•   Immediately a:

–      One-Time Allocation of $1.5 million for technology

–      One-Time Allocation of $420,000 in supplies to all 21 schools

•   Address Reading Recovery by partnering with Clemson University for training as many Reading Recovery teachers as possible, using I-3 grant funds, so that they can be employed as Reading Recovery teachers in the 2012-2013 school year

•   In January 2013, a:

–      One-Time Allocation of $1.5 million for technology

–      One-Time Allocation of $420,000 in supplies to all 21 schools

•   Employ for 2012-2013 at Calhoun, Centerville, McLees, and New Prospect, a

reading/math interventionist.

Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion.

 

Mr. Anderson made a substitute motion that the Board approve

•   the Administration’s recommendation for not diluting the Title I funds

•   a one-time allocation of $1.5 million for technology

•   to table the one time allocation of $420,000 in supplies to all 21 schools till such time the Administration can determine whether this money is recurring or non-recurring funds or whether it could be repurposed for something else

•   to table any discussion with regards to the 2013-2014 school year until the Board knows what the budget will be.

 

Mr. Smith seconded the motion.

 

Following further discussion, the substitute motion failed with two in favor and five opposed (Bradshaw, Huitt, Mack, Norris, Zugg).

 

The original motion carried with four in favor and three opposed (Anderson, Smith, Zugg).

 

 

EMPLOYMENT RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Mr. Mahaffey presented for Board approval a list of personnel given out at the meeting for the 2012-2013 school year.

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the list as presented.  Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

BUILDING COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Mrs. Huitt reported that the Building Committee met prior to the Board Meeting to discuss several building projects.  She stated that several drawings for the building signage at Southwood Academy of the Arts were shown to the Board.

 

On behalf of the Building Committee, Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the first drawing for the building signage at Southwood Academy of Arts.  No second is required.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

On behalf of the Building Committee, Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the solar panel irrigation for the athletic fields at Glenview and Robert Anderson Middle Schools.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

There being no further business, Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board adjourn.  Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(9:51 P.M.)

 

 

 

 


               CHAIRMAN                                                         SECRETARY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent