Anderson, South Carolina


April 28, 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. David Alewine, 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.





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.





Dr. Burriss called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. for the purpose of receiving updated information regarding the district and for the purpose of receiving information with regard to Magnet and Theme schools.





Mrs. Bagley informed the Board of the sudden death of a T. L. Hanna student due to complications from diabetes.


Mrs. Bagley reported that Whitehall has officially been declared a Title I school.


Next, Mrs. Bagley requested a Special Board Meeting to approve Teaching and Administrative Contracts for the 2010-2011 school year.It was by Board consensus to meet immediately after the Retirement Recognition Program on May 11, 2010.


Mrs. Bagley gave an update on Anderson Five being accused of violating ethics rules during the 2008 campaign season.She reported that Dr. Tom Dobbins requested names of employees from the Anderson County school districts and Oconee County through the Freedom of Information Act.When we receive a FOI request, we must comply within 15 days.The request was made under the name of a corporation (LOC), and it stated that it was a request to invite educators to a public education celebration at the Anderson County Civic Center honoring Dr. Jim Rex and former Governor Dick Riley.All Anderson County school districts and Oconee County complied with the request.


Next, Mrs. Bagley informed the Board that the Administration will be presenting the 2010-2011 Budget for approval at the May 3, 2010 Special Board Meeting.


Finally, Mrs. Bagley reported that the visit to John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in North Augusta went very well and that the transition of Southwood to an arts magnet school is very durable.





Mrs. Bagley reviewed the PowerPoint presented at the April 20, 2010 Board Meeting, discussing 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.


Mrs. Bagley then explained the concept for making Concord an IB magnet school. She stated that when teachers receive individualized training for a specific program to be offered at their school, they must commit to that school for approximately three years. If the teacher breaks their commitment, the cost of their training is prorated and they must pay back the difference. Looking at our population and based on enrollment, Concord could lose three teachers. If Concord becomes a magnet school, we could bring in 58 students in grades K-3, maintain those three teachers and the continuity of their training and growth could continue. There will be an application and selection process. She then recognized Concord Principal Beryl Barclay to present the application criteria/selection process.


Mrs. Barclay stated that Concords leadership team visited Sara Collins Elementary IB School in Greenville, South Carolina. She stated that Sara Collins explained their application criteria/selection process and shared their Selection Committee Evaluation Form with Concord. Mrs. Barclay further stated that after reviewing the evaluation form, the leadership team decided that it would be a good selection process for Concord to use.


In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Barclay reviewed the Selection Committee Evaluation Form for kindergarten through grade 5. The evaluation is based on rubric and/or points from a teacher recommendation, a parent recommendation, an interview, discipline (grades 1-5), attendance (grades 1-5), previous semester grades (grades 2-5), previous semester discipline (grades 2-5), and previous semester attendance (grades 2-5). Mrs. Barclay then recognized Debbie Williamson and Brett Jones to review the teacher and parent recommendation, student interview process, application, parent request form, and acceptance procedures.


Mrs. Williamson stated that the evaluation process includes a teacher and parent recommendation based on the ten attributes what IB names as the learner profile and what IB believes about international education. The teacher and parent have the opportunity to rate the student in the development of these attributes.


Mrs. Williamson then stated that the student interview consists of warm-up questions, interview questions, and a student interview form for kindergarten and first grade. The student interview for grades two through five consists of questions based on the IB characteristic that make for an internationally minded person.


Finally, Mr. Jones discussed the parent request form, the application, and the acceptance procedures. The Administration recommended Board approval for Concord to be an IB Magnet School.


Following some discussion, Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve Concord to be an International Baccalaureate (IB) Magnet School. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion.


Mr. Bradshaw made a substitute motion the Board table the Administrations recommendation until the next Board Meeting. Mr. Norris seconded the motion. The motion failed with two in favor (Bradshaw, Norris) and six opposed.



The original motion then carried with six in favor and two opposed (Bradshaw, Norris).





There being no further business, Mr. Anderson made a motion to adjourn. Mr. Bradshaw seconded motion, which carried unanimously.



(8:33 P.M)















Recording Secretary

As Approved By Superintendent