MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

March 16, 2010

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 W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Jr., Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, and Mr. Paul Zugg.  Absent were Mr. David Alewine and Dr. William Mack Burriss.

 

 

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

 

In the absence of Dr. Burriss, Mr. Norris called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m., and Mrs. Mack gave the invocation.

 

Mr. Norris welcomed the visitors to the meeting.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

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

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the February 16, 2010 Regular Board Meeting; the February 22, 2010 Special Board Meeting; and the February 25, 2010 Special Board Work Session as submitted.  Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

 

Six people signed up to address the Board.  Mr. Norris asked each person to limit their comments to three minutes.  The Board received the comments as information and took no action.

 

Ms. Margaret Thompson expressed concerns about whether or not the affidavits that are provided by the contractors have been verified by the district that the workers on the school construction sites are not criminals and/or illegal immigrants.  She asked that the district E-verify all workers.

 

 

Mr. Roan Garcia-Quintana expressed concerns about contractors hired by the district employing illegal immigrants.  He asked that the district E-verify all workers.

 

Mr. Chad Summerall, a local contractor, expressed concerns about contractors hired by the district employing illegal immigrants.  He also expressed concerns about the contractor hired to build the two new middle schools is out of North Carolina.

 

Mr. Damien Brownlee, a local contractor, expressed concerns about contractors hired by the district employing illegal immigrants.

 

Mr. Michael Deanhardt expressed concerns about contractors hired by the district employing illegal immigrants.  He asked that the district E-verify all workers.

 

Mr. Dennis Moore expressed that legal action would be taken against the district to ensure that illegal immigrants are not being employed by contractors hired by the district.

 

Mr. Norris thanked the group for their comments and stated that the information would be taken under advisement and would be given the utmost consideration.  He also stated that at some future date the Administration and the Board could meet with the group to explain the district’s position and to address their concerns.

 

 

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Anne Harder, AP English and Teacher Cadet Teacher at T. L Hanna High School for being named Teacher of the Year by the W. A. Hudgens American Legion Post 14 in Anderson.  Each American Legion post is eligible to select one representative as its Teacher of the Year.  A committee at the state level will choose a statewide winner later this year.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Construction UpdateMr. Brooks distributed as information a list of construction projects underway showing the budgeted construction costs compared to the actual costs including all change orders.  He also distributed as information a landscaping plan for the two new middle schools.

 

In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Colman gave an update on the Calhoun Academy of the Arts Auditorium/Additions & Renovations project and the Robert Anderson & Glenview Middle Schools projects.  He distributed a Building Program Update which included a construction schedule for each project.  He also showed aerial views of the T. L. Hanna practice field and additional parking project.  Mr. Colman then recognized David Anderson of LS3P to present updated information with regard to the Robert Anderson & Glenview Middle Schools projects and the proposed elementary school to be located on SC Highway 81 North.

 

LS3P Presentation – Mr. Anderson presented fly-around images of Glenview Middle School showing the elevation of the school from the frontage road.  He also presented a drive-by view of the school from the frontage road.  He stated that the finished floor elevation within the school is approximately 30 feet lower than the frontage road.

 

Following the presentation, several concerns were expressed about the slope of the property and not being able to see the school until one is directly in front of the school.  Mr. Anderson stated that the grading of the property was mandated by DOT.  He also stated that the bus drive, the parent drive and the entrance drive was mandated by DOT based on distances from other egress points.

Mr. Anderson then presented some minor modifications to the site plan, floor plan, and exterior design of the proposed elementary school to be located on SC Highway 81 North based on recommendations made by members of the Board.

 

Following the presentation, members of the Board made the following recommendations:

 

·    design a fly-around of the school

·    re-design the front entrance

·    change color of banding/stripes

·    define the fronts of the art rooms and music rooms

·    re-design exterior with a one color brick and a two-color brick

 

Following further discussion, LS3P was asked to present a revised design of the proposed elementary school at the March 30 Special Board Work Session.

 

Financial Report – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of February 2010 as information.  He reported that the ideal remaining percentage on expenditures versus what actually remains is a 10% variance.  He also reported that the district is expected to receive an additional $1.3 million in Ad Valorem taxes.

 

Local Government Investment Pool Participation – Mr. Brooks stated that all Anderson County school districts currently employ the services of a courier to travel to Columbia on a monthly basis to pick up state revenue checks so that the districts would have quicker availability of funds.  He further stated that we recently learned that an electronic transfer can be utilized if the district participates in the state’s Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) program.  The LGIP program currently manages all the state’s money plus funds of many county, city and school districts around the state.  Participation in the LGIP program would allow for even quicker access to our state funds at a lower cost.  The Administration recommended Board approval of the district’s participation in the LGIP program.

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the district’s participation in the Local Government Investment Pool (LGIP) program.  Mrs. Huitt seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF EMERGENCY GENERATOR SWITCH

 

Mr. Dukes stated that at the January 2010 Board Meeting he presented a proposal from the South Carolina Emergency Management Division in conjunction with the Anderson County Emergency Services to install, at the state’s expense, an Emergency Generator Switch at one of our high schools.  This would allow the shelter area of the school to be powered in the event of an emergency.  He also stated that the South Carolina Emergency Management Division would provide Anderson, Pickens and Oconee Counties with one switch each.  The process would involve their state contractor (General Electric) accessing the requirements, developing a physical plan and drawings, then submitting the plan to the state engineer for approval.  Upon approval, General Electric would then contract with Garner Electric Services to schedule the installation.  Mr. Dukes further stated that the Anderson County Emergency Services recommend we use T. L. Hanna High School because of its location being in close proximity to Interstate 85, hotels, etc.  The Administration recommended Board approval of an Emergency Generator Switch to be installed at T. L. Hanna High School.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the installation of an Emergency Generator Switch at T. L. Hanna High School as recommended by the Administration.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF RESOLUTION

 

Mrs. Bagley reported that the South Carolina School Boards Association has teamed up with the South Carolina Association of School Administrations to say “Enough is enough” to members of the General Assembly.  Each school board is being asked to adopt a resolution urging the Legislature to support public schools during this severe economic crisis.  The resolution asks that the General Assembly remove tax exemptions, enforce online sale tax collections, increase the cigarette tax to the national average while directing a portion of the proceeds to K-12 public education, place an immediate moratorium on the passage of any further laws that will grant additional tax exemptions or increase school district financial obligations at the local level without adequate and recurring state funding, enact immediately maximum financial flexibility for local school districts, and take action this year to temporarily hold the Index of Taxpaying Ability as established in February 2009 and use it for funding fiscal year 2010-2011.  The Administration recommended Board approval of the Resolution as presented.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Resolution as presented.  Mrs. Mack seconded the motion.  The motion carried with six in favor and one abstention (Bradshaw).

 

 

DIVERSITY REPORT

 

Dr. Leverette presented as information an updated Diversity Report for 2010.  She called attention to corrections in total number of students and total percentages for Minority Students and Teachers by Location.

 

Following the presentation, Mr. Norris asked if the International Baccalaureate schools in the district could be tied in to a district-wide diversity awareness program in that the students would be learning about different cultures.  Mrs. Bagley stated that the IB program is an international view of the world.

 

Mrs. Bagley also stated that even though the number of teachers going through the diversity training seems small, these 18 teachers will train other teachers at their schools.  The diversity training will also be offered during summer institute.

 

Next, Mrs. Mack expressed concerns about the district’s disciplinary records and that an overwhelming majority of the students who are expelled, suspended, and/or referred are minority students.  She also expressed concerns about teachers promoting students to the next grade level because they are discipline problems.  She stated that we know who the discipline problem children will be as early as three- and four-year olds.  We need to have a plan to identify these students as early as first and second grades, rethink what we are doing in terms of these children, and see if we can’t stop it.  Mrs. Mack asked to go on record as saying we need to address this issue.

 

In response to Mrs. Mack’s concerns, Mrs. Bagley stated that we were in the last stages of planning for an elementary alternative setting, but because of the district’s financial situation, the plans were put on hold.  She further stated that when you look at who is expelled and why they were expelled, a lot of the expulsions stem from activities that occur in the communities and flow over into the schools.

 

Mrs. Mack further stated that a lot of the discipline problems have to do with disrespect – disrespect to classmates; disrespect to teachers.  We have discussed classes on manners, but are we making sure that this is being done.  Mrs. Bagley stated that the principals have assured her that character education is being taught.  Mrs. Bagley then stated that she would provide the Board with a list of the different activities each school does to build character education.

Finally, Mr. Norris stated that it may be that the district could have a motto for the school year on diversity.  He stated that in order for the district to be effective, we must understand people who are different.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Mrs. Bagley reminded the Board of the scheduled visit to Spartanburg Consolidated School District Five on March 29, 2010.  She asked the Board to meet at the district office at 8:15 a.m.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley informed the Board that Midway is a finalist for Palmetto’s Finest and will be recognized in Columbia on March 23, 2010.  The Board was invited to go with Midway for the recognition.

 

Mrs. Bagley informed the Board that Concord will have a celebration on April 15, 2010 at 6:30 for being named an International Baccalaureate school.  The Board was invited to attend.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley thanked Mr. Norris and Mrs. Mack for their attendance on March 11, 2010 at South Fant and West Market.  Both schools were recognized for achieving the highest performance level possible under the state’s ABC Child Care Program.

 

Finally, Mrs. Bagley reported that Whitehall received a visit on March 16, 2010 to be a Literacy Spot Award school, and McLees is scheduled for a visit on March 17, 2010 to be a Literacy Spot Award school.

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion to add another Contractual Matter to the agenda in Executive Session.  Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Bagley requested that the Personnel Matter in Executive Session be deleted.

 

 

RECESS

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board recess for five minutes, then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Property Contractual Matter, an Administrative Personnel Recommendation, and a Contractual Matter.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(9:00 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 Administrative Personnel Recommendation.

 

Mr. Norris made a motion the Board approve the Administrative Personnel Recommendation for Principal at Varennes Academy of Communications & Technology.  Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

 

(9:55 P.M.)

 

 

 

 


               CHAIRMAN                                                         SECRETARY

 

 

 

 


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Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent