Minutes of the January 16, 2007 Smyth County School Board Meeting

Marion, Virginia

The Smyth County School Board met today in a continued meeting from the Monday, January 8, 2007, regular meeting. The meeting was held at the Smyth Career & Technology Center, 147 Fox Valley Road, Marion, Virginia, in Classroom 7, immediately following the Community Forum held at 5:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairperson Hall called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

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

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Choate, seconded by Ms. Sneed, 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.

On motion by Mr. Choate, seconded by Ms. Sneed, 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.

AGENDA

On motion by Mr. Nipper, seconded by Ms. Sneed, by 7-0 vote, the agenda was approved as presented.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Dr. Robinson discussed the current and possible future status of Smyth County Schools and the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network (SVETN). On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Choate, by 7-0 vote, the board amended the agenda to include under action items number VI. F. Consider current and possible future status of Smyth County Schools and the Southwest Virginia Education and Training Network (SVETN).

The board discussed the Monday, April 9, 2007, school board meeting scheduled to be held at the Atkins Elementary School. A decision regarding this meeting was tabled until the February, 2007, regular school board meeting.

QUESTIONS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

There were no questions from any of the board members.

ACTION ITEM - (MOTION REQUIRED)

The board considered Virginia Highlands Community College Educational Talent Search's request for two (2) buses and two (2) drivers for Northwood Middle and Chilhowie Middle Schools to attend a college campus tour at Concord College in Athens, West Virginia, to be followed by snow tubing at Winterplace Ski Resort, Ghent, West Virginia, Saturday, February 3, 2007. On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the request was approved.

The board considered bid proposals for architectural services for security doors at the schools. On motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the board approved the bid from Spectrum Design, P.C., Marion, Virginia, in the amount of $19,500, plus mileage and reproductions as recommended by the superintendent.

The board considered a bid proposal for the audit of Smyth County Public School's Activity and Cafeteria Funds for fiscal years 2006, 2007, and 2008. On motion by Mr. Choate, seconded by Mr. Nipper, by 7-0 vote, the board approved the bid from Albano and Associates, Marion, Virginia, in the amount of $6,550.00 per year.

The board considered the payment of three (3) payables for conference attendance. On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Doane, by 7-0 vote, the board approved invoices totaling $960.00 from the County School Operating Fund, the same to be listed in the warrant register.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, by 7-0 vote, the board accepted the resignations from Jessica Trent, a PALS intervention aide at Sugar Grove Combined School, effective January 25, 2007, and David C. Neitch, a bus driver for the Marion area, effective January 10, 2007.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the board hired Larry W. Taylor, Sr., as a bus driver for the Marion area, to replace David Neitch.

ACTION ITEM - (MOTION REQUIRED)

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the board approved the superintendent's recommendation to withdraw from the new high speed SVETNet network services.

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