MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

March 20, 2007

6:30 P.M.

 

 

The Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Number Five met at Westside High School this date with the following members present: Mr. David Alewine, Mr. Charles Lee Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Dr. William Mack Burriss, Mrs. Ann W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Jr., and Dr. Paul A. Talmadge.Absent was Mr. John William Caldwell, Sr.

 

 

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 6:33 p.m., and Mrs. Huitt gave the invocation.

 

Dr. Burriss welcomed the visitors and thanked the principal and staff of Westside High School for hosting the March Board Meeting.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Mrs. Huitt made the motion the Board approve the agenda as presented.Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the February 20, 2007 Regular Board Meeting and the March 1, 2007 and March 13, 2007 Special Board Meetings as submitted.Dr.Talmadge seconded the motion.

 

Mrs. Mack stated that the March 1, 2007 Special Board Meeting minutes did not list her as being present or absent at that meeting.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve to amend the minutes of the March 1, 2007 Special Board Meeting indicating that Mrs. Margaret Mack was present at that meeting.Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Anderson made a substitute motion the Board approve the minutes of the February 20, 2007 Regular Board Meeting and the March 13, 2007 Special Board Meeting as submitted and the minutes of the March 1, 2007 Special Board Meeting as amended.Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

Mrs. Bagley then requested that a second Personnel Matter be added to the agenda in Executive Session.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a substitute motion the Board approve the agenda with the addition as noted. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

 

Dr. Burriss stated that two people had signed up to address the Board. Jonathan Brewster, a student at T. L. Hanna, distributed to the Board a petition with 259 student signatures and expressed his concerns about the proposed change to the high school schedule from block to traditional. He was opposed to seven year-long classes and the affect that this change would have on the juniors. Mr. Glenn Skawski, a T. L. Hanna parent, also expressed his concerns about the proposed change to the high school schedule. He asked that the Board consider giving the students and parents more time to look at the issues involved when making the decision to approve and implement the change to the high school schedule from block to traditional.

 

 

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

 

Mrs. Bagley stated that we are recognizing teachers who earned National Board Certification in 2006. She then asked Dr. Larry Knighton to continue with the recognition.

 

Dr. Knighton stated that National Board Certification (NBC) is a one- to three-year process. The process requires teachers to reflect on their classroom practices, their understanding of subject material, and their preparation techniques. He reported that nine new teachers have earned National Board Certification, which brings the total number of NBC teachers in the district to 96. Plaques were presented to the new NBC teachers as follows: Kelly Childers, Concord Elementary School; Shannon Lawton, Homeland Park Elementary School; Jill Sluss, Midway Elementary School; Chris Clark and Sandra Baker, New Prospect Elementary School; Denise Abercrombie, McCants Middle School; Nora McMillan, Southwood Middle School; and Kris Turner and Carol Miller, T. L. Hanna High School.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Financial Report In the absence of Mr. Brooks, Amy Heard presented the monthly Financial Statement as information.

 

 

INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Gifted/Talented PACT Data Dr. Wilson presented the 2005-2006 Gifted/Talented ELA and Math PACT data for grades 3-5 as information.

 

Homeless Grant Dr. Wilson showed a video of the districts homeless program showcased on News Channel Four. He reported that the homeless program serves approximately 100-200 students, is funded by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Grant and other grants, and is a part of the Title I program. Dr. Wilson then recognized Title I Coordinator/Homeless Liaison Judi Langerstrom and Homeless Liaison Assistant Lisa Hall.

 

 

 

 

PERSONNEL SERVICES REPORT

 

Employment Recommendations - Mr. Mahaffey presented for Board approval two lists 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.

 

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

 

 

APPROVAL OF PROPOSAL TO CHANGE THE HIGH SCHOOL SCHEDULE FROM BLOCK TO TRADITIONAL

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Westside Assistant Principal Katie Brown and T. L. Hanna Assistant Principal Sheila Hilton.

 

Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Hilton again showed a PowerPoint presentation of the proposed change to the high school schedule presented to the Board at the March 13, 2007 Special Board Meeting. The presentation listed the Positive Aspects of the Block, the Negative Aspects of the Block, new ways to take courses in South Carolina, the current block schedule, the 9th Grade Academy schedule, and the proposed high school schedule.

 

Following some discussion, the Administration recommended that the Board approve the proposed change to the high school schedule from block to traditional for implementation in August 2008. Mrs. Bagley stated that implementing the change in August 2008 would allow high school guidance counselors the opportunity to answer questions from parents and students, allow the administration time to revise the course catalog to reflect this change, allow students an orientation and registration period, and allow for needed professional development.

 

After receiving questions and comments from the public, Mr. Norris made a motion the Board approve the proposed change to the high school schedule from block to traditional for implementation in August 2008. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

POLICY COMMITTEE REPORT

 

After pointing out a change to policy GDQDDiscipline, Suspension, and Dismissal of Support Staff, Mr. Norris made a motion on behalf of the Policy Committee that the Board give second-reading approval to the following policies and/or administrative rule:

 

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

 

Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Dr. Wilson to present textbook adoptions. Dr. Wilson stated that each year the district is provided a list of textbooks for adoption by the Board. He stated that a committee of teachers and Science Specialists selected the following textbooks and kits that are correlated with state standards:

 

Subject

 

Title of

Science Kit

Area

Publisher

Textbook

Publisher/Vendor(s)

K-5

 

 

 

Science K

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

S.C. Science

 

Science 1

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

S.C. Science

Carolina Biological & Delta Education

Science 2

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

S.C. Science

Carolina Biological

Science 3

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

S.C. Science

Carolina Biological

Science 4

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

S.C. Science

Carolina Biological

Science 5

MacMillan/McGraw-Hill

S.C. Science

Carolina Biological & Delta Education

6-8

 

 

 

Science 6

McDougal Littell

Science

Carolina Biological

Science 7

McDougal Littell

Science

Carolina Biological

Science 8

McDougal Littell

Science

Carolina Biological

 

The Administration recommended that the Board approve the science textbooks for grades K-8 as presented.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the list of Science textbooks and kits for grades K-8 as presented. Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mrs. Bagley distributed as information an updated list of Building Program meeting dates.

 

Finally, Mrs. Bagley reported that the Anderson County Board of Education approved the $7.6 million 8% bond issuance for the T. L. Hanna and Midway classroom additions and the completion of the West Market construction project.

 

 

RECESS

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Property Contractual Matter, Administrative Personnel Recommendations, and Personnel Matters. Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

(7:52 P.M.)

 

 

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

 

Dr. Burriss reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Administrative Personnel Recommendations and Teacher Recommendations for the 2007-2008 school year.

 

Mr. Alewine made a motion the Board approve the Administrations Recommendations for the District Social Studies Coordinator and the District Director of Professional Development. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the Teacher Recommendations for re-employment for the 2007-2008 school year. Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

 

(9:50 P.M.)

 

 

 

 

 


CHAIRMAN SECRETARY

 

 

 

 


DATE DATE

 

 

 

 


Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent