BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE
Anderson, South Carolina
August 21, 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. David Alewine, Mr. Jack L. Anderson, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mrs. Ann Huitt, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Dick Smith, Dr. Paul A. Talmadge, and Mr. Paul Zugg.
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 6:30 p.m., and Mr. Bradshaw gave the invocation.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Norris briefed the Board on a court ruling that public bodies, including local school boards, amending their agenda during regularly scheduled meetings violate the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act. Mr. Norris further stated that the ruling has been appealed; therefore, it is not in effect at this time.
Following some discussion, Mr. Norris stated that the agenda would stand approved as presented.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the July 17, 2012 Regular Board Meeting as submitted. Mr. Bradshaw 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
County Board Administrator Joey Nimmer reported that the 2012-2013 budget for Anderson School District Five was approved as presented and amended. He stated that all five Anderson County school districts are on the right track and ready for the upcoming school year. He also reported that the Anderson County Board of Education has added a new staff member. Mr. Nimmer introduced Ms. Anna Hall, Attendance and Dropout Prevention Coordinator for Anderson School District Five, who will be working in the area of truancy. He stated that Ms. Hall comes to them with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the family court system. Mrs. Bagley added that this service is being provided to the district by the Anderson County Board of Education.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Nimmer for his report and welcomed Ms. Hall to her new position.
HIGH SCHOOL SWIM TEAMS
Mr. Norris recognized Mr. Richard Brennan.
On behalf of the parents of both the T. L. Hanna and Westside swim teams, Mr. Brennan expressed deep appreciation and gratitude for all that the Board has done for all of the children in Anderson School District Five. He also expressed gratitude to Mrs. Bagley for allowing both swim teams to use Sheppard while it is still available.
Mr. Brennan reported that the parents of the high school swim teams are starting to bring together a group of people who will begin to push various bodies in Anderson to help bring about the creation of a proper aquatics center. He stated that they plan to approach the county, the city, the hospital, the university, and all five Anderson County school districts for support.
Finally, Mr. Brennan acknowledged the fact that this time next year the swim teams will no longer have a district facility to use for the purposes of their needs. He stated that they have an excellent history in competition in this region. Mr. Brennan then asked the Board for their support as the teams move forward in trying to find a long term solution to their needs and to give some consideration as to how we could provide practice opportunities for next year.
Mr. Norris thanked Mr. Brennan and stated that the Board would take his request under consideration.
FINANCIAL SERVICES & OPERATIONS REPORT
Financial Reports – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statements and the Pupil Activity Reports for the months of June 2012 and July 2012 as information. He stated that we are continuing to refine the financial statements as of the end of the prior fiscal year. At this point, we are projecting a fund balance gain of approximately $1.9 million as of June 30, 2012. The additional $1.9 million would bring our total fund balance to approximately $18.3 million, which represents approximately 20.75% of our current year budget. He further stated that there will be a few more relatively minor adjustments made over the next few weeks, but we anticipate that estimate to be close to what will ultimately be presented in the audit report at the end of the year.
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, and the Nevitt Forest new flooring project. Mr. Colman also distributed a Building Program Update Report.
“ANDERSON FIVE’S JOURNEY – LEARNING & LEADING WITH TECHNOLOGY”
In a PowerPoint presentation, Technology Director Wess Grant and eLearning & Integration Director Anna Baldwin discussed the past, present, and future of technology in Anderson School District Five. Mr. Grant discussed Anderson Five’s timeline starting in 1996 and going to 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Mr. Grant then discussed the state of the district as of 2012 and the trends (more access, faster access, mobile access). Mrs. Baldwin continued looking back to the past discussing how technology has changed. She stated that the journey now takes us to the 21st Century learner. Ms. Baldwin stated that students now have personally owned devices in their pockets which can be used to learn in their own style and at their own pace. Therefore, we must challenge our students to become producers of knowledge instead of consumers of that knowledge on the Internet. Mr. Grant then discussed some initial steps to take in preparing students to become producers of knowledge (i.e., establish a Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) Committee). Mrs. Baldwin then shared information from the New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2011 K-12 edition. From this the district needs a culture shift in instruction preparing for the 21st century, which takes us down to the BYOT road. Mr. Grant discussed some questions that may arise and what BYOT means. Mrs. Baldwin discussed the culture shift and the pilot implementation proposal. Finally, Mr. Grant discussed the timeline for piloting the BYOT program at the schools mentioned in the report.
Following the presentation, several questions were asked by the Board for further explanation to pilot the program.
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.
Mrs. Huitt made a motion the Board approve the lists as presented. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
School Opening – Mrs. Bagley reported that the district had a great Opening Day Ceremony on August 16, 2012 as well as a great first day of school. She reported that she visited Homeland Park Primary School, Varennes Community School of Innovation (Intermediate School), and several other schools. Mrs. Bagley also reported that the buses ran very smooth on the first day of school due to collaboration between the transportation department and the technology department in getting telephone messages to parents about the bus schedules.
Mrs. Bagley reported that the charter school currently has 100 students enrolled with ten on a waiting list. Of the 100 students enrolled, only one is from the Alternative School. These students are a mixture of all students of the district. She further stated that the charter school will be a revolving door of students getting their high school diploma and more students enrolling into the school to work towards their high school diploma.
Test Scores – Mrs. Bagley recognized Mr. Dukes to give an update on test scores. In a PowerPoint presentation, Mr. Dukes discussed the 2012 Absolute Projections, Federal Accountability, 2011 vs. 2012 Subject Area Absolutes (PASS Data) for ELA, math, .science, social studies, and writing.
Alternative School – Mrs. Bagley distributed as information copies of letters she prepared to Mr. Ron Dillingham and Dr. Danny Hawkins, ACAS Board Chairman, concerning placement of students at the ACAS. She explained that two presentations were made by Anderson Five requesting to place students at the alternative school in lieu of expulsion. The district’s request, however; was denied. In the letter to Mr. Dillingham, Mrs. Bagley explained that Anderson Five will not be "placing" or returning any students to the Alternative School at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, and that the students who were expelled for the remainder of the 2011-2012 school year will be permitted to petition for reenrollment at their home school. She also explained that after the period of expulsion, a public school must re-enroll a student, provide appropriate educational services, and comply with applicable state and federal due process requirements for future infractions. In her letter to Dr. Hawkins, Mrs. Bagley explained that she had not received a response to her letter to Mr. Dillingham expressing concerns of this school system's administration and the Anderson Five Board of Trustees regarding student placement and other legal issues. She also requested clarification regarding placement of students in “rare circumstances” and whether or not students at the Alternative School receive any state or federal due process rights when the administration believes that dismissal may be necessary.
Mr. Bradshaw then stated that at the last ACAS meeting, the Board shared that their current policy allows the Anderson County School Districts to place students instead of expulsion. He took that as we can move forward with placing students there instead of expelling them. As far as the due process, it was explained to Mr. Bradshaw that when students are placed and discipline becomes a problem with placed students, the students are then turned back over to the district for the district to give them their due process.
Mrs. Bagley then stated that she spoke with the middle and high schools principals and that is not the case.
Mr. Bradshaw expressed concerns about sending letters back and forth. He suggested that the administration schedule a meeting with Mr. Dillingham and Dr. Hawkins to try to resolve these issues. He feels that we should keep a professional relationship with the Alternative School.
Dr. Talmadge made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, and then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss two Administrative Personnel Recommendations. Mr. Alewine seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on the two Administrative Personnel Recommendations.
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the Administrative Personnel Recommendations for Director of School and Community Services and Director of Student Administrative Services. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mrs. Bagley requested a Building Committee. By consensus, the meeting was scheduled for August 30, 2012 at 6:30 p.m.
Mr. Bradshaw requested that the minutes of the Board meetings be sent to the Board in draft form within a week after the Board meetings.
There being no further business, Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board adjourn. Dr. Talmadge seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
As Approved By Superintendent