BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
ANDERSON SCHOOL DISTRICT NUMBER FIVE
Anderson, South Carolina
November 20, 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. Jay Blankenship, Mr. Rick Bradshaw, Mr. John P. Griffith, Mrs. Margaret Mack, Mr. Al Norris, Mr. Tommy Price, Mr. Dick Smith, and Mr. Paul Zugg.ï¿½ Absent was Mrs. Ann Huitt.
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, 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 Mrs. Mack gave the invocation.
OATH OF OFFICE
Mr. Norris administered the Oath of Office for newly elected Board Members Jay Blankenship, John P. Griffith, and Tommy Price; and re-elected Board Member Paul Zugg.
APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the agenda as submitted. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Mr. Smith made a motion the Board approve the minutes of the October 30, 2012 Regular 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.
RECOGNITION OF EXCELLENCE
Mrs. Bagley recognized schools that “substantially exceeds,” “exceeds,” and “met” expectations under the new Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA) Federal Accountability System. Flags were presented to: Calhoun Academy of the Arts; Centerville Academy of 21st Century Learning; Concord Elementary, and IB World School; Homeland Park Primary School; McLees Academy of Leadership; Midway Elementary School of Science and Engineering; Nevitt Forest Community School of Innovation; New Prospect STEM Academy; Varennes Academy of Communications & Technology; Whitehall Elementary, a Global Communication School; Glenview Middle School of Choice; Lakeside Middle School of Inquiry & Innovation, a STEM School; McCants Middle School, an IB World Candidate School; Robert Anderson Middle School of Choice; Southwood Academy of the Arts; and T. L. Hanna High School, an IB World School.
Mrs. Bagley also reported that Anderson School District Five “substantially exceeds” expectations under the new Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Federal Accountability System.
FINANCIAL SERVICES & OPERATIONS REPORT
Financial Reports – Mr. Brooks presented the monthly Financial Statements and the Pupil Activity Reports for the month of October as information. With regards to expenditures, he stated that we have a positive variance of about 4% which equates to a $3.5 million fund balance increase projected over the course of the year. Last year during this same time, we were at a 6% positive variance and two years ago we were at a 8% positive variance.
T. L. Hanna Sign Bids – Mr. Brooks stated that at the September 18, 2012 Board Meeting a recommendation was made by the Building Committee for the district to solicit bids for the T. L. Hanna Monument Sign project not to exceed district cost of $30,000. He further stated that the administration worked with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architectural firm on the design for the sign. Mr. Brooks distributed a copy of the design and a bid tabulation sheet for the T. L. Hanna Monument Sign project. He reported that the low bidder was Matrix Construction for a total of approximately $23,455. The Administration recommended board approval of Matrix Construction, subject to satisfying the bid protest period and providing that all of the requirements of the District Procurement Code are met.
Mr. Bradshaw reminded the Administration that the Board also requested that the final design of the sign be approved by the Board before going out to bid. He also expressed concerns about other schools wanting a digital sign as nice as the T. L. Hanna sign.
Mrs. Bagley stated that the only schools the district purchased digital signs for were the two new middle schools; the new elementary school; Calhoun Academy of the Arts; Southwood Academy of the Arts; which were a part of the construction and/or renovation projects. Mrs. Bagley discussed costs to the district for school signs when the school’s name changed. She also stated that all the other schools had input into the kind of sign they wanted for their school.
Following further discussion, Mr. Smith made a motion the Board refer the T. L. Hanna Monument Sign project back to the Building Committee for further discussion, and for the Building Committee to make a final recommendation to the full Board. Mrs. Mack seconded the motion. The motion carried with seven in favor and one in oppossition (Zugg).
INSTRUCTIONAL SERVICES REPORT
Approval of Proposed and Honors Courses – Mr. Dukes presented for Board approval the proposed new AP European History to be added to the high school curriculum. This course will allow students to survey the main cultural, intellectual, societal, political, and economic themes of European history from 1450 to present day. The course will be offered at T. L. Hanna.
Mr. Dukes presented for Board approval the addition of a Ceramics fine arts course to the high school curriculum. The course will involve creating works of art in clay using a variety of hand building processes such as pinching, coils and slabs, as well as a limited amount of work on the potter’s wheel. The course will be offered at both Westside and T. L. Hanna.
Finally, Mr. Dukes presented for Board approval the Art 3 and Art 4 Honors courses to be added to the high school curriculum. The course will place emphasis on conceptual thinking and problem solving, superior craftsmanship, originality, and intense self-reflection.
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board approve the proposed AP European History course, the addition of a Ceramics fine arts course, and the Art 3 and Art 4 Honors courses as presented. Mr. Griffith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
POLICY COMMITTEE REPORT
Mrs. Mack reported that the Policy Committee met on November 13, 2012 to discuss the following policies, administrative rules and exhibits.
BEDB Board Agenda Revised
GBEC Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace and Schools Revised
GCQE Retirement of Professional Staff Revised
GDQC Retirement of Support Staff Revised
IHBH Charter Schools Revised
JJ Student Activities Revised
JJ-R Student Activities New
JJ-E(1) Request/Verification Form for Charter School Student New
Participation in Extracurricular Activity
JJ-E(2) Intent to Participate in Interscholastic Activities New
JLDBB Self-Esteem Promotion/Suicide Prevention New
On behalf of the Policy Committee and the Administration, Mrs. Mack made a motion the Board approve the policies, administrative rules, and exhibits on first reading. No second was required. The motion carried unanimously.
Report Card Information – In a PowerPoint Presentation, Mrs. Bagley reviewed the District’s 2012 Absolute and Growth Ratings for the elementary, middle, and high schools. She also discussed the 2012 points and grade level on the new Elementary and Secondary Education ACT (ESEA) Federal Accountability System.
Mr. Smith made a motion the Board recess for ten minutes, then reconvene in Executive Session to discuss a Personnel Matter and a Contractual Matter. Mr. Blankenship seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
OPEN SESSION FOLLOWING EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board reconvene in Open Session. Mr. Zugg seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Norris reported that no action was taken in Executive Session; however, action is required on both matters discussed in Executive Session.
Mr. Bradshaw made a motion the Board approve the step increase for all eligible employees starting December 15 on a prorate basis. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
Mr. Zugg made a motion the Board accept the Administration’s recommendation of Option 2 on the Personnel Matter. Mr. Smith seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
There being no further business, Mrs. Mack made a motion the Board adjourn. Mr. Bradshaw seconded the motion, which carried unanimously.
As Approved By Superintendent