BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
April 20, 2010
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, Mrs. Ann W. Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Jr., Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, and Mr. Paul Zugg.
NOTICE TO MEDIA
In accordance with the S. C. Code of Laws, 1976,
CALL TO ORDER & INVOCATION
Dr. Burriss called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., and Mr. Norris gave the invocation.
Dr. Burriss welcomed the visitors to the meeting.
Mrs. Bagley requested that a Personnel Matter be added to the agenda in Executive Session and that the Contractual Matter in Executive Session be deleted.
Dr. Burriss requested that the response to Representative Don Bowen’s letter be added to the agenda as Item #9.
Mr. Alewine made a motion the Board approve the agenda as amended. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Bradshaw called attention to the minutes of the March 16, 2010 Regular Board Meeting under Construction Update in which aerial views of the tennis courts at T. L. Hanna was not shown. He requested that “tennis courts” be deleted.
Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the March 16, 2010 Regular Board meeting with the correction noted and the minutes of the March 15, 2010 Special Board Work Session; the March 30, 2010 Special Board Meeting; and the April 2, 2010 Special Board Meeting as submitted. Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
No one signed up to address the Board.
Mrs. Bagley recognized Sarah Jordan, Fashion and Interior Design Teacher at the Hanna-Westside Extension Campus for being named Teacher of the Year by the South Carolina Association of Family Consumer Sciences. Ms. Jordan was chosen as the 2010 recipient based on her efforts in developing the Anderson Five Catering and Conference Center project
Mrs. Bagley also recognized Level 1 and Level 3 completers of the Assistant Principals’ Academy. Level I completers are: Chad Allen, Beth Anders, Eric Chamblee, Nancy Hanley, Ansley Jones, Tonna Marroni, Marcella Owens, Jenny Piel, Toshia Shackleford, Heather Sims and Nicole Torbet. Level III completers are: Julie Artman, Lauree Cole, Nick Davis, Freda Dill, Carol Fincannon, Heather Holliday, Ben Lawson, David Pressley, Scott Sams, Sandra Sloan, Anne Vandiver and Tonya Wheeler.
Financial Report – Mrs. Heard presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of March 2010 as information. She reported that the district has collected approximately 91% of its budget with this year’s tax collection. She also reported that the ideal remaining percentage on expenditures versus what actually remains is an 11% variance.
Update – In a PowerPoint
presentation, Mr. Colman gave an update on the
Mrs. Huitt asked if colors had been selected for the roofs at the two new middle schools. The response was no. Some of the Board members requested that renderings of the new middle schools and the new elementary school be shown again with the colors for the roof and the brick as well as a fly-around of the schools.
Mr. David Lindsay of Southern Management addressed concerns previously expressed about removal of the knoll at the Robert Anderson construction site. He stated that before the knoll could be moved, the county required new drainage calculations, new drawings, erosion control measures, etc. The changes were submitted to the County; adjustments were made and resubmitted to the County. We now have the permit to move forward. Mr. Lindsay stated that during this time work continued on the construction site and now 95% of the grading is complete. Mr. Lindsay stated that the County also requires that the soil be a uniform stockpile. He further stated that the estimated cost to move and stockpile the knoll is approximately $86,000. He recommended the district do a change order for the removal of the knoll. Following some discussion, it was decided to have a Special Board Meeting to further discuss concerns with the knoll.
Next, Mr. Billy Zion of McKay Zorn addressed concerns expressed about the safety of the Calhoun auditorium in the area of the stage and the orchestra pit. In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Zion showed the original design of the orchestra pit and some options for covering the orchestra pit that would add to the safety. Following some discussion, Dr. Burriss requested that McKay Zorn find other options for the Board to consider.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Zion showed the measurements of the bathrooms in the Calhoun auditorium versus the measurements of the bathrooms in the Commons Area at Westside.
Following some discussion, Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve that the doors swing inward on the bathroom stalls. Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Dr. Burriss stated that the Board has received criticism concerning illegal immigrant workers on district construction sites. This resolution publicly affirms the Board’s position on the matter. Dr. Burris then recognized Mr. Anderson to present the resolution.
The resolution states that the Board requires all contractors and subcontractors to follow all applicable federal and state laws applicable to their work, requires the District to continue efforts to promote contractors’ and subcontractors’ awareness of and compliance with the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act, acknowledges that personal appearance is no guide to any person’s legal right to work in the United States, notes that reporting to the South Carolina Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance is the remedial process provided for by the Act, etc. Following some discussion, minor changes were made to the resolution.
Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the Resolution as amended. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously. (See copy attached to Official Minutes.)
REVIEW OF POLICY KDB – PUBLIC’S RIGHT TO KNOW/FREEDOM OF INFORMATION
Mrs. Bagley stated that the District is out of compliance with part of the federal No Child Left Behind Public Law 107-110 with regard to “Access to Student Recruiting Information.” The law states that a local educational agency shall provide, on a request made by military recruiters or an institution of higher education, access to “names, addresses and telephone listings of secondary school students.” The Administration recommended the Board approve this change to Policy KDB—Public’s Right to Know/Freedom of Information on first reading with the waiver of second reading.
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the revision to Policy KDB—Public’s Right to Know/Freedom of Information on first reading with the waiver of second reading. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
RESPONSE TO LETTER FROM REPRESENTATIVE DON BOWEN
Dr. Burriss reported that the Board and Mrs. Bagley received in a letter from Mr. Bowen accusing the District and Mrs. Bagley of violating ethics rules during the 2008 campaign season. Dr. Burriss then read his response to Mr. Bowen’s letter. By consensus, the Board agreed to send Dr. Burriss’ response to Mr. Bowen.
Mrs. Bagley reported that the district received news of a miscalculation of $60 million and a shortfall in Medicaid of approximately $63 million. The Senate is still debating the budget. The House is also coming back into to session to deal with the loss of $60 million. They are discussing another 1% cut before June 30. We project that the 1% cut would be an additional $500,000.
Mrs. Bagley again reviewed a summary of the budget cuts based on a base student cost of $1630. She stated that this amount does not include the additional $1 million for step increases. She also reviewed additional costs, revenues, and savings which equates to approximately $8.2 million with a balance of $162 to the good. Mrs. Bagley went on to state that a decision needs to be made soon regarding the proposed budget because contracts must go out by May 15, 2010. She then requested a Special Board Meeting to further discuss the proposed 2010-2011 Budget. By Board consensus, the meeting was scheduled for May 3, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the 2009 Report Card results, the Absolute Rating, and the Growth Rate.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the schools who already have magnet status, schools who already have theme status, schools pursuing magnet and/or theme status, schools researching magnet and/or theme status, schools of choice, and magnet/theme schools that is to come in Anderson School District Five.
She then requested a Special Board Meeting to discuss Concord becoming a magnet school. She also requested a Policy Committee Meeting. By Board consensus, the Special Board Meeting was scheduled for April 28, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. with the Policy Committee Meeting immediately following the Special Board Meeting.
Finally, Mrs. Bagley distributed a schedule for the Davidson visit and reminded the Board of the Retirement Recognition Program on May 11, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons Area at Westside High School.
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Property Contractual Matter and a Personnel Matter. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Dr. Burriss reported that no action was taken in Executive Session. Action is required on two matters.
Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation concerning the Property Contractual Matter. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the Administration’s recommendation regarding the extension of medical leave for an employee. Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
There being no further business, Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board adjourn. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
As Approved By Superintendent
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA ) BEFORE THE BOARD OF
) TRUSTEES OF ANDERSON
COUNTY OF ANDERSON ) SCHOOL DISTRICT FIVE
Whereas, the Board of Trustees is engaged in an historic building program in Anderson School District Five made possible through the positive result of a public bond referendum; and
Whereas, the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act of 2008 provides that contractors and subcontractors on the construction projects must use either E-Verify or drivers-license based methods to screen workers against illegal immigration; and provides that the District is in compliance if it obtains a written statement from the contractor certifying that the contractor will comply with the requirements of the Act and agrees to provide documentation to establish compliance with the Act by the contractor and any subcontractor or sub-subcontractor, which is already the current practice of the District, and
Whereas, the Board takes seriously its responsibility to see that the referendum funds are used wisely to provide the highest type of educational environment for students at the lowest possible expenditure of tax dollars, consistent with South Carolina legal standards for procurement;
Now, Therefore, Be It Resolved that the Board:
1. Requires all contractors and subcontractors to continue to comply with all applicable federal and state laws applicable to their work, including making it a priority that that they use only legally eligible workers for work on the District building program; and
2. Requires the District to continue efforts to ensure contractors' and subcontractors' awareness of and compliance with the South Carolina Illegal Immigration Reform Act for District projects; and
3. Acknowledges that personal appearance is no guide to any person's legal right to work in the United States and strongly condemns illegal discrimination in the provision of District programs and services, including procurement; and
4. Notes that reporting to the South Carolina Office of Immigrant Worker Compliance is the proper remedial process provided for by the Act for any District construction project or other property where District business is being conducted.
Resolved this the ___20th______ day of ___April______, 2010
Board Chair: ____________________________
Board Secretary: ____________________________