Minutes of the April 24, 2012 Smyth County School Board Meeting

The Smyth County School Board met today in a called meeting at 5:00 P.M., in the board meeting room, 121 Bagley Circle, Suite 300, Marion, Virginia.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Choate called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The roll was called by the clerk, and all members were present.

CONSENT AGENDA

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the agenda was approved as amended to move closed session to the end of the agenda.

PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

Marion Middle School had the highest attendance percentage in the middle school category for the month of March. Brandon Ratliff, Principal of Marion Middle School, introduced Katie Crowell, a sixth grader, for having perfect attendance. The school received a certificate and the flag to display at the school.

Chilhowie High School had the highest attendance percentage in the high school category for the month of March. Brad Haga, Assistant Principal of Chilhowie High School, introduced Jessie Smith, a twelfth grader, for being the VSBA art show runner-up. He also introduced Sierra Davenport, an eleventh grader, for being the Virginia High School Rodeo Queen. The school received a certificate and the flag to display at the school.

Marion Primary School had the most improved attendance percentage for the month of March. Tena Hubble, teacher at Marion Primary School, introduced Kaitlyn Reynolds, a first grader, for being the Ronald McDonald top collector for the school and division winner. She also introduced Hayley Farris, a second grader, for being the Ronald McDonald third place collector for the school. The school received a certificate and the flag to display at the school.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up to speak.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

No reports listed.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Buchanan commended Dr. Robinson and Dr. Cassell for all their hard work on preparing the budget for 2012-2013.

ACTION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered the following policies for approval (second reading):

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the policies were approved.

The Board considered continued participation in the following programs:

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the programs were approved.

The Board considered approving increases to the school food service meal prices due to new federal requirements. On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Ryan, by 6-1 vote, the increases were approved.

The Board considered approving Saltville Elementary School's 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant application and assurances. On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the application and assurances were approved.

The Board considered adoption of the Smyth County School Board Budget for 2012-2013 as presented by Dr. Robinson. On motion by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the Board adopted the budget for 2012-2013 as presented contingent upon revenue projections.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, a closed meeting was declared for the purpose of discussing the following: personnel issues as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia, student disciplinary matters as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(2) of the Code of Virginia, student exemption from compulsory attendance as authorized by § 22.1-254(C)(1) of the Code of Virginia, and the discussion or consideration of the investment of public funds where competition or bargaining is involved where, if made public initially, the financial interest of the governmental unit would be adversely affected as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(6) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 7-0 vote, closed session ended.

CERTIFICATION OF CLOSED MEETING

WHEREAS, the Smyth County School Board has convened a closed meeting on this date pursuant to an affirmative-recorded vote in accordance with the provision of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act; and

WHEREAS, § 2.2-3712(D) of the Code of Virginia requires a certification by this school board that such closed meeting was conducted in conformity with Virginia Law:

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Smyth County School Board, by roll call, hereby certifies that, to the best of each member's knowledge (i) only public business matters lawfully exempted from open meeting requirements by Virginia Law were discussed and (ii) only such public business as were identified in the motion by which the closed meeting was convened were heard, discussed, or considered.

VOTE: Ayes: 7, Nays: 0.

PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

Mike Davidson, Principal of Marion Senior High School, recognized several students from the school. Ellen Long, a twelfth grader, was the Gear Up Book Scholarship winner. She received $1,000.00 to assist with books needed for college next year. Ferris Ellis, a twelfth grader, competed in the International Space Olympics and earned the opportunity to visit Russia for twelve days. He placed seventh out of about two hundred competitors. Evan Naff, a twelfth grader, won two state championships in swimming in the 100 meter freestyle and the 200 meter freestyle. Casey Price, an eleventh grader, was a Forensics state champion in Humorous Duo Interpretation.

Mr. Davidson introduced Todd Necessary, the Marion Senior High School's Forensics Coach, and told about some of their accomplishments.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the Board accepted the following retirements:

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the Board accepted the resignation of Sara Woody as band director at Marion Senior High School.

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the Board transferred Nicole Holmes from teacher at Northwood Middle School to librarian at Saltville Elementary School.

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board hired the following as recommended by the superintendent:

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the superintendent's recommendation for exemption from compulsory school attendance for Case #2012-01.

ADJOURN

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the meeting was adjourned.