MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

February 20, 2007

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, Dr. William Mack Burriss, Mr. John William Caldwell, Sr., Mrs. Ann W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Jr., 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 & INVOCATION

 

Dr. Burriss called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m., and Mr. Bradshaw gave the invocation.

 

Dr. Burriss welcomed the visitors to the meeting.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Dr. Talmadge made the motion the Board approve the agenda as presented.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Norris made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the January 16, 2007 Regular Board Meeting and the January 26, 2007 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.

 

 

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Language Arts Coordinator Cindy Martin who presented the two District winners of the Lt. Governor’s Award winners.  The students are Cole Little, a fifth grader at McLees Elementary School and Alyssa Godwin, an eighth grader at Lakeside Middle School.  As District winners, Cole and Alyssa will receive plaques from Lt. Governor Andre Bauer during a statewide recognition ceremony in Columbia on April 23rd and they are also invited to the Lt. Governor’s Writing Workshop in June.

 

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Adult Education Director Jonathan Jennings who recognized Shondra Webb, a recent graduate from our Adult Education Program, for her outstanding performance on the GED test.  She scored at the 88th National Percentile on the English Language Arts subtest.  Shondra is one of many Vocational Rehabilitation Center clients served by our Adult Education program.

 

Mrs. Huitt recognized Dr. Burriss for being named the “2006 Distinguished Veterinarian of the Year” by the South Carolina Veterinary Association.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Financial Report – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement as information.

 

Bond Resolution for Midway & T. L. Hanna Classroom Addition Projects – Mr. Brooks stated that bonds would be issued for the Midway classroom addition project, the T. L. Hanna classroom addition project, and the completion of construction, furnishings, and equipping of the West Market project.  Mr. Brooks then recognized Dan McLeod of McNair Law Firm to present the Bond Resolution.

 

Mr. McLeod presented for Board approval a Bond Resolution authorizing issuance of $7.6 million in general obligation bonds under the 8% constitutional debt limit.  Mr. McLeod briefly discussed the assessed value of all taxable property in the school district, the purposes for the bond resolution, the repayment schedule, and the delegation of authority to award the bonds.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Bond Resolution authorizing issuance of $7.6 million in general obligation bonds under the 8% constitutional debt limit required to fund the Midway & T. L. Hanna classroom addition projects and the completion of construction, furnishings, and equipping of the West Market project.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Approval of Color Boards for Midway & T. L. Hanna Classroom Addition Projects – Mr. Brooks recognized Millie Thomason of McMillan Smith & Partners to present for Board approval the color boards for the Midway and T. L. Hanna classroom addition projects.  Before Ms. Thomason’s presentation of the color boards, Marvin Coker of McMillan Smith & Partners presented renderings of the Midway and T. L. Hanna classroom addition projects.

 

Mrs. Huitt made the motion the Board approve the color boards for the Midway & T. L. Hanna classroom addition projects as presented.  Mr. Caldwell seconded motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Reduction of Capitol Improvement Funds – Mr. Brooks reported that at the December 12, 2006 Board Meeting the Board approved funding several items on the District’s Capital Improvement Projects (CIP) list.  Education Improvement Act (EIA) Building Funds along with Barnwell Funds would fund the projects.  State regulations require that 50% of the EIA Building Funds be used to reduce the debt service millage; however, the State Board of Education may grant a waiver to this requirement.  Mr. Brooks further reported that after the Board’s approval of funding the CIP list at its December meeting, the District applied for a waiver, but the State Board of Education denied the District’s request at its February meeting.  The Administration recommended that the District request reconsideration by the State Board of Education, at its April meeting, of the waiver request and if the waiver is denied, that $346,102 be deleted from the previously approved CIP list.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Brooks further stated that we have enough funding for the asbestos abatement at Varennes and the resurfacing of the running track at T. L. Hanna and suggested that we move forward with these two projects.

 

Mr. Alewine made a motion the Board approve the District’s request for reconsideration by the State Board of Education, at its April 11th meeting, of the waiver request on 50% of the EIA Building Funds and if the waiver is denied, that $346,102 be deleted from the previously approved CIP list.  Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Approval of Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee - Dr. Wilson stated that the State requires that local school boards approve the District’s Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee.  This committee reviews all health related curriculum.  The Administration recommended Board approval of the committee as presented.

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee as presented.  Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Academic Blueprint – Dr. Wilson distributed as information a copy of the District’s Academic Blueprint pamphlet.

 

 

PERSONNEL SERVICES REPORT

 

Employment Recommendations - Mr. Mahaffey presented for Board approval a list of personnel included in the Board packets and a list given out at the meeting being recommended for the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the lists of personnel as presented.  Mr. Caldwell seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Administrative Recommendations – Mr. Mahaffey presented for Board approval a list of administrative personnel being recommended for the 2007-2008 school year.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the list of administrative personnel as presented.  Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Mahaffey distributed as information a list of administrative retirees for 2007-2008 receiving a Retiree Letter of Agreement.

 

 

PLANNING & ANALYSIS REPORT

 

Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide - Mr. Dukes called attention to the Emergency Management Quick Reference Guide included in the Board packets.  He stated that as a result of updating the Emergency Management Manual, the quick reference guide was revised to include such items as Aircraft Emergency, Bus Accident, Chemical Material Spill, etc.  Mr. Dukes briefly discussed the Emergency Levels and Universal Procedures also included in the guide.

 

 

 

POLICY COMMITTEE REPORT

 

After some discussion Mr. Norris, on behalf of the Policy Committee, made a motion the Board approve the following policies and/or administrative rule on first reading:

 

GCOA            Evaluation of Instructional Staff                                             Revised

GCOA-R        Evaluation of Instructional Staff                                             Revised

GCQF            Discipline, Suspension and Dismissal of Professional               Revised

                      Personnel

GDQD           Discipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of Support                      Revised

                      Staff

IHEAB          Instruction of English as a Second Language                             Revised

 

No second was required, the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

BUILDING COMMITTEE REPORT

 

Mrs. Huitt reported that the Building Committee met on February 8 to discuss Architectural/Engineering Services and Real Estate Acquisition Services selections subsequent to the bond referendum.  She then presented for Board approval proposed timelines for Architectural/Engineering Services and Real Estate Acquisition Services.

 

Mrs. Huitt, on behalf of the Building Committee, made motion the Board approve the Proposed Architectural/Engineering Services Selection Timeline and the Proposed Real Estate Acquisition Services Selection Timeline.  No second was required, the motion carried unanimously.

 

Dr. Talmadge reported that the Finance Committee met on February 13 but did not have a report for the Board at this time.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Mrs. Bagley reported that the Administration, faculty and staff of T. L. Hanna and Westside High Schools and the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus have been researching the block schedule to determine if this is the most effect schedule that would best benefit our students.  She stated that when the block schedule was implemented ten years ago, that was the best schedule for Anderson Five.  Things have changed in ten years, and there are other possibilities through Virtual Schools, Dual Credit, etc., for students to get more credits.  The faculty and staff from the two high schools have visited other schools and are studying the benefits of the traditional schedule.  The schools will meet again on March 1 and March 8 to finalize their report and prepare to make a recommendation to the Board about whether or not to continue with the block schedule.  Mrs. Bagley further stated that since the schools would need time to explain their research and answer questions from the Board, she requested a special board meeting for the high schools’ proposal.

 

Mrs. Bagley then distributed a Building Program Schedule as information.  With these upcoming meetings in mind, it was the consensus of the Board to meet on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. for the purpose of receiving information regarding the high school schedules.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley recognized T. L. Hanna Assistant Principal Sheila Hilton to give a report on an award that T. L. Hanna was recently selected to receive.

 

 

Mrs. Hilton stated that the College Board has an award called the Siemens Award that recognizes schools who have outstanding achievement in Advanced Placement participation and performance in math and science.  T. L. Hanna was among the top 12 schools in South Carolina who was identified for its percentage passing and participation rate in AP courses.  Once the school is identified, they are invited to write an award nomination.  Mrs. Hilton reported that T. L. Hanna High School was selected to receive the 2006-2007 Siemens Award for Advanced Placement for the state of South Carolina.

 

Mrs. Bagley distributed as information an article on the STAR Academy that was recently published in The Pitsco Network magazine.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley recognized Larry Knighton to present for Board approval the 2007-2008 Modified Calendar Schedule.

 

Dr. Knighton stated that the modified calendar schedule would have the same start date in mid July and the school year would end approximately three days after the traditional calendar schedule.  He also stated that staff development days and holidays on the modified calendar schedule are the same as the staff development days and holidays on the traditional calendar schedule.

 

Mrs. Hiutt made a motion the Board approve the calendar.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that she and Dr. Talmadge attended the Anderson County Board of Education meeting on Monday evening.  She reported that Dr. Dillingham, Director of the Anderson County Alternative School, stated that the Alternative School would be receiving special education students starting in the fall of the 2007.

 

Finally, Mrs. Bagley distributed as information the latest property tax relief legislation that was received at the County Board meeting.

 

 

RECESS

 

Mr. Norris made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes then  reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Student Expulsion Appeal, Personnel Matters, Administrative Recommendations, and a Contractual Matter.  Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(8:25 P.M.)

 

 

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

Dr. Burriss reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Personnel Matters, the Administrative Recommendations, and the Contractual Matter.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the sabbatical leave as requested.  Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

Mr. Alewine made a motion the Board approve the extended leave as requested.  Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation for the District Science Coordinator and the Principal and Assistant Principal at Concord Elementary School.  Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board authorize the superintendent to enter into an agreement with the City of Anderson for issuance of bonds under the existing TIF agreement.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that there were some concerns about the approval of the classroom additions at T. L. Hanna as it pertains to not having bathrooms on the second floor.  She asked the Board if they would like for the Administration to consult with the architects about adding the bathrooms.

 

After some discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to have the architects look at adding bathrooms on the second floor of the classroom additions at T. L. Hanna.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

 

(10:00 P.M.)

 

 

 

 


              CHAIRMAN                                          SECRETARY

 

 

 

                                                         

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Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent