Minutes of the February 21th, 2006 meeting of the Smyth County School Board, as approved by the School Board at its March 13th, 2006 meeting

Marion, Virginia
February 21, 2006

The Smyth County School Board met today at 5:00 P.M., for a scheduled meeting with all members present. The meeting was held for a school board budget/planning session.

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted unanimously to approve the agenda after adding to item 8. Other topics of interest - a. Intelligent Design; and b. Upcoming meeting dates to remember.

Pursuant to 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to convene a closed meeting for the purposes of discussing the following specific matters: personnel issues as authorized by 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia.

Dr. Mike Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, was present for part of the closed meeting concerning the hiring of a Workforce Development Coordinator.

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mrs. Clark, the board voted unanimously to return to the open 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

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Sandra Chatham as an aide for a student at Marion Primary School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to hire the following coaches:

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Doane, the board voted unanimously to hire Robert L. Phillips, Jr. as the Workforce Development Coordinator as recommended by the superintendent. The start date for this position is to be negotiated by the superintendent for sometime between March, 2006, and May, 2006.

The board received copies of the Efficiency Review Team's commendations and recommendations as presented in a brief draft format. On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Catron, the board voted unanimously for the superintendent to request as a part of their service for a representative of the Efficiency Review Team to come back approximately two weeks after the board receives the corrected final document and review it with the board.

The board considered the early dismissal of school on Tuesday, April 11, 2006. On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mrs. Hall, the board voted unanimously to allow students to be dismissed two (2) hours early on Tuesday, April 11, 2006.

Mr. Sullivan reviewed with the board salary/benefits as presented by employee groups at the Monday, February 13, 2006, regular school board meeting.

Mr. Choate had to leave at 6:20 P.M. Jerry Catron, Vice-chairman, presided until he had to leave at 6:30 P.M. Laura Hall presided over the remainder of the board meeting as acting chairperson as requested by Mr. Choate. Mr. Sullivan reviewed for the boards' consideration other aspects of the budget development including: instructional and operational resources, staffing, capital outlay facilities study, and the bus garage.

Mr. Sullivan reviewed with the board the Virginia State Sales Tax Formula.

The board received copies of articles concerning Intelligent Design.

The board reviewed upcoming meeting dates. Thursday, February 23, 2006, is scheduled for a public hearing to amend the 2005-2006 school board budget. The public hearing is scheduled for 7:30 P.M., at the Smyth County Board of Supervisors' meeting room. Tuesday, February 28, 2006, is scheduled for a school board budget committee meeting at 5:00 P.M. Thursday, March 2, 2006, at 5:00 P.M., is scheduled for a school board budget/planning meeting. Tuesday, March 21, 2006, at 5:00 P.M., is scheduled for a school board budget/planning meeting. These meetings will be held at the Smyth County School Board meeting room.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting.