MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

November 15, 2011

6:30 P.M.

 

 

The Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Number Five met at Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation this date with the following members present:  Mr. Charles Lee Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mrs. Ann W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Dickie Smith, Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, and Mr. Paul Zugg.  Absent was Mr. David Alewine.

 

 

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 6:35 p.m., and Mr. Bradshaw gave the invocation.

 

Mr. Norris welcomed the visitors to the meeting.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Mrs. Bagley requested that the Administrative Personnel Recommendation in Executive Session be deleted from the agenda.

 

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

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the October 18, 2011 Regular Board Meeting as submitted.  Mrs. Mack 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 reported that a 30-day issue on bonds was sent to all of the five Anderson County school districts.  He stated that some of the new members on the County Board feel this would give them more time to review requests to add in the 8% monies before they take a final vote.

 

Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Draisen for his report.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Financial Reports – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of October 2011 as information.  With regards to the expenditures, Mr. Brooks stated that we have a positive variance of about 6% which equates to a $5 million surplus projected over the course of the year.  As compared to last year during this same time, we were at an 8% positive variance which equated to a $6.25 million surplus projected over the course of the year.

 

Construction Update – In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Colman gave an update on the Southwood additions & renovations project, the North Pointe Elementary School construction project, the Westside and T. L. Hanna practice wrestling room projects, and the District Office lobby and board room renovations project.  Mr. Colman also distributed a Building Program Update Report.

 

Lastly, Mr. Colman reported on the Ram Jack efforts to level the T. L. Hanna Stadium scoreboard.

 

McMillan Pazdan Smith Presentation – Mr. Brooks recognized Millie Thomason of McMillan Pazdan Smith to present tile/carpet selections and wall coverings for the following schools and the district office.

 

Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry & Innovation

VCT tile for the corridors and six classrooms on each wing

McLees Academy of Leadership

New carpet plus replacing the wall carpet with acoustical wall material for the auditorium; VCT tile for the media center and administrative area

Midway Elementary School of Science & Engineering

New carpet plus replacing the wall carpet with acoustical wall material for the auditorium; VCT tile for the media center and administrative area

District Office Lobby & Board Room

Change the original selection of carpet in the corridors to a lighter shade; wall coverings for the Board Room exterior walls

 

Following some discussion, concerns were expressed about changing the steps in the auditoriums at McLees and Midway.

 

By Board consensus the above selections of tile/carpet and wall coverings were agreed upon as presented.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Magnet School Report – Mr. Dukes distributed as information the Magnet School Report listing 2011-2012 student enrollment by school.  The report also included total magnet students by school.

 

Early Childhood Data – Mr. Dukes presented as information Early Childhood Data requested by the Board.  The information included three years (2009-2011) of MAP scores which showed growth over time for kindergarten students who were in our early childhood programs vs. the district’s total kindergarten population.

 

 

Southwood Academy of the Arts Honors & AP Classes – Mr. Dukes presented for Board consideration the proposed Arts Honors and AP classes for Southwood Academy of the Arts.

 

Honors Classes

 

Community Showcase

This showcase evening will feature student Honors projects for viewing and feedback from the community at large.

Fine Arts Shared

Fine Arts Shared Honors classes will be developed around a common core of criteria that will be required of all Fine Arts Honors classes in addition to requirements unique to the following proposed honors classes:  Instrumental Music (Guitar 2, Orchestra 1 & 2), Choral, Drama 1, 2, 3, 4, Dance 2 & 3, Advanced Dance, Art (2D/3D & Drawing from Life), Fashion Design & Costume Construction 2, and Entertainment Design & Construction.

AP Classes

 

AP Music Theory

The goal of AP Music Theory is to develop a student’s ability to recognize, understand, and describe the basic materials and processes of music that are heard and presented in a score.

AP Art History

AP Art History is designed to provide the same benefits to secondary school students as those provided by an introductory college course in art history.

AP Studio Art

AP Student Art offers three portfolios:  Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design.  The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns (and methods).

 

Mr. Dukes stated that the Course Catalog goes to print this month.  The Administration recommended that the proposed classes be listed in the Course Catalog pending Board approval.  The Administration is also recommending board approval of the proposed classes at the December Board Meeting.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve listing the proposed Honors and AP Classes as presented in the Course Catalog.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

FINANCE COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Dr. Talmadge reported that the Finance Committee met on November 3, 2011 to discuss several financial initiatives.  Because there was not a majority of the Finance Committee present, he stated that the Committee would not have any recommendations to bring to the Board.

 

However, Dr. Talmadge reported that the Board Members present were given lists of restorations to the budget as suggested by the Superintendent’s Cabinet, high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools.  We were asked to study the lists, make comparisons, and give advice to the superintendent about items that need to be restored to the budget.  Board Members were also introduced to Lobby Guard, and we were asked to consider purchasing additional buses.

 

First in looking at the lists, Dr. Talmadge stated that the Cabinet and the schools suggested restoration of custodians and supply budgets as very high priorities.  Additional high priorities from the Cabinet are to improve teacher/pupil ratios, reinstitute reading recovery, and return computer facilitators to the schools.

 

Next, an inventory of district-owned buses was distributed to the Board as information.  Mrs. Bagley stated that our fleet of buses is very old, and it was suggested that we need to purchase some new buses.  The original request was to purchase two transit buses.  At the Finance Committee meeting, it was suggested to purchase one transit bus, one conventional bus, and one mini bus.  Following some discussion, Mr. Darryl Webb recommended purchasing two transit buses and one mini bus.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the purchase of two Transit Buses and one Mini Bus for a total of approximately $296,000.  Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that the Board and District Staff experienced using Lobby Guard when they entered the school.  She also stated that the Title I schools have Lobby Guard, which cost approximately $10,000 each.  Mrs. Bagley further stated that Dr. Leverette has been looking at other options we can place in the remaining schools.  She then recognized Dr. Leverette to give an update.

 

Dr. Leverette stated that Wess Grant has been very instrumental in getting information from other districts in the state on visitor management systems and found that almost all systems use computers.  We may be able to refurbish some computers then add the software.  Lobby Guard comes with its own equipment, and we have had some technical difficulties.  Dr. Leverette further stated that we would like to continue to explore other options to make sure we are getting the very best system.

 

Mrs. Bagley then stated that the Administration would like to bring a recommendation to the Finance Committee.

 

By consensus a Finance Committee Meeting was scheduled for December 6, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at West Market Early Childhood & Education Center.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Elementary Rezoning – In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the Timeline for Elementary School Reassignment through the month of December 2011.  In November three community meetings were held to gather input on parameters.  She then discussed the prioritized parameters listed below from the community meetings and home surveys.

 

1.    Have students attend schools nearest to their homes.

2.    Ensure that all schools are operating within their designed capacity, with allowance for future growth.

3.    Minimize the time students will spend on buses.

4.    Minimize split communities.

5.    Use main roads and natural barriers.

 

Report Card Summary – In a PowerPoint Presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the district’s 2011 Absolute and Growth Ratings for the elementary, middle, and high schools.  She also discussed the 2011 End-of-Course Exams Passage Rate, 2011 HSAP Passage Rate, and the 2011 Report Card Results for Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading, and Writing.

 

 

RECESS

 

Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, and then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Student Expulsion Appeal.  Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(9:03 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 Student Matter.

 

Mr. Zugg made a motion to uphold the recommendation of the Administration concerning the Student Expulsion.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

RECESS

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Contractual Matter.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(10:12 P.M.)

 

 

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session and no action would be taken in Open Session.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

 

(10:36 P.M.)

 

 

 

 


               CHAIRMAN                                                         SECRETARY

 

 

 

 


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Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent