BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE
Anderson, South Carolina
July 17, 2012
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:ï¿½ Mr. Jack L. Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mrs. Ann Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, and Mr. Paul Zugg.ï¿½ Absent were Mr. David Alewine and Mr. Dick Smith.
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:ï¿½ The Anderson Independent-Mail, The Electric City News, WYFF, WSPA, Paul Brown, and FOX 21.
CALL TO ORDER & INVOCATION
Mr. Norris called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m., and Mrs. Huitt gave the invocation.
Mr. Chuck Anderson administered the Oath of Office for newly appointed Board Member Jack L. Anderson.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mrs. Bagley requested that a Contractual Matter be added to the agenda in Executive Session.
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board approve the agenda with the addition of a Contractual Matter in Executive Session. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the June 26, 2012 Regular Board Meeting and the July 6, 2012 Special Board Meeting as submitted. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPPORTUNITY FOR CITIZENS TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
No one signed up to address the Board.
REPORT FROM THE COUNTY BOARD
No one was present to give a report from the County Board.
FINANCIAL SERVICES & OPERATIONS REPORT
Financial Reports – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statement and the Pupil Activity Report for the month of June 2012 as information. Mr. Brooks then distributed information with regards to the end-of-the year Fund Balance as of June 30, 2011 and a projection for the Fund Balance as of the end of FY 12-13 that was requested by Dr. Talmadge.
Preliminary Out-of-District Tuition – Mr. Brooks stated that at the beginning of each school year, the district establishes a preliminary out-of-district tuition that is subject to adjustment upon completion of the annual audit. The preliminary out-of-district tuition for out-of-county residents is $3,181, and preliminary out-of-district tuition for in-county residents is $2,861. This is an increase of $104 for both the out-of-county and in-county residents as compared to last year’s out-of-district tuition. The Administration recommended Board approval of the preliminary out-of-district tuition as presented.
Concerns were expressed with regards to Bill R227, S.1492. Mr. Brooks then showed a slide of the new law and a map of the property affected. By consensus, the Board requested that the District’s attorney look further into whether Bill R227, S.1492 is constitutional.
Following the discussion, Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the Preliminary Out-of-District Tuition as presented. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Construction Update – In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Colman gave an update on the Southwood Academy of the Arts additions & renovations project, the North Pointe Elementary School construction project, the T. L. Hanna and Westside parking lot projects, the T. L. Hanna security vestibule project, the Robert Anderson and Glenview irrigation projects, the Midway and McLees carpet replacement projects. Mr. Colman also distributed a Building Program Update Report.
TOBACCO EDUCATION PROGRAM
Dr. Leverette stated that in reviewing Policy JICG—Tobacco Use by Students at the Policy Committee Meeting, it was recommended to refer students to the S.C. Tobacco Education Program (TEP) as an alternative to suspension for students who were in violation of the policy. She stated that members of the Policy Committee requested additional information about TEP. Dr. Leverette then recognized Shannon McKinney and Melissa Dunn of Anderson Oconee Behavioral Health Services to present the S.C. Tobacco Education Program (TEP), “Educating South Carolina Youth on the Dangers of Tobacco Use.” In a PowerPoint presentation, Ms. Dunn discussed “What is TEP,” “What TEP addresses,” and “facts about tobacco use and second-hand smoke.”
PERSONNEL SERVICES REPORT
Employment Recommendations – Mr. Mahaffey presented for Board approval a list of personnel included in the Board packet and a list given out at the meeting for the 2012-2013 school year.
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the lists as presented. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
POLICY COMMITTEE REPORT
Mrs. Mack reported that the Policy Committee met on June 25, 2012 to discuss the following new and/or revised policies and administrative rules.
GBGA Staff Health Revised
GBGA-R Staff Health New
GBEE Assigned Electronic Computing and/or Revised
Communications Device Responsibility
IFBGA Technology Resources Revised
IFBGA-R Internet Acceptable Use and Safety Revised
IKE Promotion and Retention Revised
JICFAA Harassment, Intimidation or Bullying Revised
JICHA Alcohol and Drug Abuse School Intervention Delete
JICH-R Drug and Alcohol Use by Students Revised
JICI Weapons in School Revised
JLCC-R Communicable/Infectious Diseases Revised
On behalf of the Policy Committee, Mrs. Mack made a motion the Board approve the policies and administrative rules on first reading with the waiver of second reading. No second was required.
After receiving information with regards to the S.C. Tobacco Education Program, Mr. Bradshaw requested that Policy JICG—Tobacco Use by Students be added back to the list of policies for Board approval.
After consensus to add Policy JICG—Tobacco Use by Students back to the list of policies for Board approval, the motion carried unanimously.
In a PowerPoint presentation, Mrs. Bagley discussed the dropout rate for our district. She stated that as a district, the 2010-2011 dropout rate of 3.4%/116 students is the lowest it has been since 1996-1997. From 2009-2010 to 2010-2011, the dropout rate for the district decreased 0.3%/13 students. The PowerPoint presentation also included the following data highlights of South Carolina: Dropout Percentages by Gender and Ethnicity, Dropouts by Grade, and Dropouts by Groups (Source: South Carolina Department of Education, Student Dropout File Collected October 2011 and The South Carolina 45-Day Average Membership file collected October 2011).
Mrs. Bagley invited the Board to the 2012-2013 Annual Districtwide Celebration on August 16, 2012 at Westside High School.
Next, she recognized Wess Grant to present the newly designed district website.
Mrs. Bagley asked that the Board start thinking about dedication ceremonies for North Pointe and Southwood Academy of the Arts for some time in October 2012.
Finally, Mrs. Bagley recognized Dr. Leverette to explain the procedures for Charter, Home, and Governor’s School Students’ participation in extracurricular activities. Handouts were also distributed that included Athletic Participant and Permission form, letter to students, Parents’/Guardians’ Athlete’s Risk Acknowledgement, and Intent to Participate in Interscholastic Activities form.
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, and then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Contractual Matter. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the Contractual Matter.
Mrs. Huitt made a motion the District enter into a contract for six months on the leasing of the Sheppard Swim Center. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
There being no further business, Mr. Norris made a motion the Board adjourn. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
As Approved By Superintendent