MINUTES

BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE

Anderson, South Carolina

 

May 15, 2007

6:30 P.M.

 

 

The Board of Trustees of Anderson County School District Number Five met at Centerville Elementary School this date with the following members present: 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.Absent was Mr. David Alewine.

 

 

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 6:32 p.m., and Dr. Talmadge gave the invocation.

 

Dr. Burriss welcomed the visitors and thanked the principal and staff of Centerville Elementary School for hosting the May Board Meeting.

 

Dr. Burriss then recognized Principal Michael Hughes who welcomed the Board to Centerville Elementary School.Mr. Hughes then recognized Science Specialist Michelle Jewett and fourth grade teacher Sarah Beth Bass who, along with fourth and fifth grade students, showed a slide presentation on �Love the Earth.� After the presentation, the students presented the Board with a gift.

 

 

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

 

Dr. Burriss made a motion to add to the agenda a Resolution of Appreciation before Recognition of Excellence and a Property Matter in Executive Session.Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Mr. Bradshaw made the motion the Board approve the agenda with the additions as noted.Mr. Caldwell seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Mr. Norris made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the April 17, 2007 Regular Board Meeting and the May 2, 2007 Special Board Meeting as submitted.Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

 

No one signed up to address the Board.

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the Resolution of Appreciation to the Honorable Terrence Roberts and Dr. Bill Dillard for their leadership in the �Citizens for Children and Schools� campaign.Mr. Anderson seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Dr. Burriss then presented Mayor Roberts and Dr. Dillard with a framed copy of the Resolution.

 

 

RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized McKinney Homeless Liaison Assistant Lisa Hall who recognized Executive Director Carl Edwards, representing The Abney Foundation, who recently received the McKinney-Vento Education Program award for Outstanding Service in the Education of Homeless Students. The Abney Foundation was nominated by Lisa Hall for the help the foundation has provided to our homeless program. The Foundation has given a total of $20,000 to our program over the last three years.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley recognized Brett Bodell, a fourth grade teacher at Midway Elementary School, who has been named this years recipient of the Merrill Lynch Distinguished Advisor Award. The Merrill Lynch Distinguished Advisor Award recognizes a teacher who has excelled in using the groups stock market game in the classroom, integrating it into the curriculum in innovative ways.

 

Mrs. Bagley recognized Mr. Bradshaw who presented McKinney Homeless Liaison Assistant Lisa Hall with a $500 check from Allstate Insurance Company in support of our homeless program. Mr. Bradshaw stated that each year the Allstate Foundation awards this grant to a program of a worthy cause.

 

 

FINANCIAL SERVICES REPORT

 

Financial Report Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement as information. He reported that there are 20% of the expenditures remaining versus an ideal percentage of 17%.

 

Next, Mr. Brooks reported that the District did not meet the Maintenance of Effort obligation for the second year. He stated that the District would be required to submit a waiver to the State Department of Education for their consideration.

 

Mr. Brooks reminded the Board that bids for the Midway and T. L. Hanna classroom addition projects would be received on May 17th. He requested a special board meeting to consider and award the bids. Mrs. Bagley requested that the Board consider meeting on May 18th. It was the consensus of the Board to have a Special Board Meeting on Friday, May 18th at 3:30 p.m. to consider and award the bids for the Midway and T. L. Hanna classroom addition projects.

 

Construction Update Mr. Colman gave an update on the status of the West Market construction project and distributed a revised construction project schedule.

 

West Market Value Engineering Items Mr. Brooks presented for Board approval a list of value engineering items recommended by McMillan Smith & Partners on the West Market project. He stated that the Board expressed an interest in the Administration working with the architect and general contractor on the West Market project to conduct a value engineering exercise to identify areas where cost savings could be realized.

Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the list of value engineering items as presented. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

West Market Security Camera System Change Order Proposals Mr. Brooks stated that the Board previously expressed an interest in upgrading the security camera system for the West Market project. He presented optional system upgrades for the Boards consideration. Considering the budgetary constraints associated with the project, the Administration recommended the Board reject the optional system upgrades and keep the base system as currently specified in the plans that were awarded at the March 1, 2007 Special Board Meeting.

 

Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the recommendation by the Administration to reject the optional system upgrades and keep the base system as currently specified.

 

Mr. Bradshaw then asked that the motion be ruled out of order based on Board consensus referred to in the December 12th Board Meeting minutes which states, Mr. Bradshaw requested that the closed-circuit TV system be added as Alternate #1 and the full security system be funded if monies are available. It was the consensus of the Board to make this change.

 

Dr. Burriss stated that the Board is an autonomous body and can reverse its decision; therefore, the motion was accepted as presented.

 

Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion. Following further discussion and Mr. Bradshaw requesting that he go on record as saying that he would never vote against less security, the motion carried with six in favor and two oppositions (Anderson and Bradshaw).

 

Approval of Resolution Declaring the Results of the Bond Referendum With the passing of the bond referendum held on April 24, 2007, Mr. Brooks presented for Board approval a Resolution Declaring the Results of the Bond Referendum.

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the Resolution Declaring the Results of the Bond Referendum held on April 24, 2007. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

PLANNING & ANALYSIS REPORT

 

SACS Review Procedures Mr. Dukes reported that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) approved Anderson School District Five for a site visit April 6-9, 2008 using the new District Accreditation Model. He stated that a special board meeting would need to be scheduled for April 9, 2008 to receive and approve the SACS report.

 

In response to a question as to why we are being visited by SACS, Mr. Dukes stated that generally they visit school districts every five years, but with the new District Accreditation Model most of the ownership and accountability will be on the District to design a Strategic Planning system to make sure that what the schools are doing supports the goals of the District.

 

 

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 2007-2008 school year.

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

 

Opportunities for Paraprofessionals Mr. Mahaffey stated that many of the Districts paraprofessionals and non-certified staff have expressed an interest in becoming teachers. The Personnel Department decided to start a project that would assist our paraprofessionals and non-certified staff in continuing their education. He stated that Dr. Leverette met with the vice president of academic affairs and the academic dean at Tri County Technical College to discuss our vision of helping paraprofessionals go back to school. After meeting with the representatives from Tri-County TEC, a survey was conducted and approximately 40 individuals showed an interest in furthering their education. Mr. Mahaffey reported that a meeting for the Districts paraprofessionals and non-certified staff was scheduled at the new Tri-County TEC Anderson campus. Representatives were on hand to discuss tuition, classes, etc. He further reported that Dr. Leverette is now in the process of getting persons placed, and many of the classes will be taught at the Anderson campus.

 

 

POLICY COMMITTEE REPORT

 

After some discussion and a minor change noted in Administrative Rule IKA-R, Mr. Norris, on behalf of the Policy Committee, made a motion the Board approve the following policies and/or administrative rules on first reading with the waiver of second reading.

 

ID School Day Revised

IKA Grading/Assessment Systems Revised

IKA-R Grading/Assessment Systems Revised

IKC Class Rankings/Grade Point Averages Revised

IKC-R Class Rankings/Grade Point Averages Revised

KF Use of School Facilities Revised

 

No second was required, the motion carried unanimously.

 

 

SUPERINTENDENTS REPORT

 

Mrs. Bagley reminded the Board of the graduation ceremonies on Friday, May 18, 2007. T. L. Hanna will be held at 2:00 p.m. and Westside at 5:00 p.m.

 

Next, Mrs. Bagley recognized Calhoun Academy of the Arts principal Ann Self who showed a slide presentation of Calhoun in its second year as a magnet school for the arts.

 

Finally, Mrs. Bagley recognized Varennes Elementary School principal Mary Paul who showed a video introducing their concept of a magnet school for Communications and Technology. Mrs. Bagley stated that Varennes would request Board approval in the fall to convert to a magnet school.

 

 

RECESS

 

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

 

 

(8:30 P.M.)

OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Mr. Norris 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 Administrative Personnel Recommendations and one Contractual Matter.

 

Mr. Anderson made a motion the Board approve the Administrations recommendation for the Principal of the Ninth Grade Academy at T. L. Hanna High School. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the contracts presented by Mr. Brooks for McMillan Smith & Partners, PLLC, LS3P Associates, LTD, and McKay, Zorn & Associates, PA. Mr. Norris seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT

 

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

 

 

(10:10 P.M.)

 

 

 

 

 


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As Approved By Superintendent