January 17, 2006
The Smyth County School Board met today at 5:00 P.M., at the Smyth Career and Technology Center, Seven Mile Ford, Virginia, Room 7, with the following members present: Laura Hall, Roger Nipper, Susan Sneed, Charles Doane, and Kimberly Clark. Jesse Choate arrived at 5:15 P.M.
The meeting was scheduled for a Community Forum concerning the 2006-2007 School Board Budget and immediately followed by a continuation of the Monday, January 9, 2006, regular monthly school board meeting.
The purpose of the Community Forum was for an overview of the 2006-2007 School Board Budget and to gather input from the community on the budget.
Mr. Sullivan called the meeting to order and presided for the election of an acting chairperson. Ms. Sneed made a motion to nominate Laura Hall and Mr. Nipper seconded the motion. Mr. Nipper moved that the nominations cease and Mrs. Hall be elected by acclamation. Mrs. Clark seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted unanimously to approve the agenda as presented.
Laura Hall, Acting Chairperson, welcomed all in attendance.
Mr. Choate arrived at 5:15 P.M.
Jim Sullivan, Superintendent, presented an overview of the 2006-2007 budget. Some items for consideration were staffing, staff development, school allocations, possible increase in VRS, group life off holiday, salary increases, facility study, and transportation.
Time was allowed for individuals and representatives from businesses and organizations to speak. Lori Martin, a parent, expressed her concerns for the need of air conditioning in the schools. Don Roland with the Marion Lions Club expressed his concerns for the need for photo screeners in the schools to screen students' eyes.
Board members made some closing remarks about the budget and Mr. Choate adjourned the forum and the Monday, January 9, 2006, regular monthly meeting was continued.
The board considered adoption of Smyth County Schools' 2006 Legislative Agenda. On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mrs. Clark, the board voted unanimously to adopt the agenda as presented.
The board considered an amendment to the 2005-2006 school board budget in the amount of $900,000.00 as presented by Elizabeth Roberts, Business Decision Support Analyst. On motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to approve the amendment.
The board heard a report on the study of the athletic stadiums at Northwood High School and Marion Senior High School as presented by Jim Sullivan, Superintendent.
Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Mrs. Clark, 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, and John Glass, a first grade teacher at Marion Primary School, were present for part of the closed meeting.
On motion by Mr. Doane, 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.
Ayes: 6 Nays: 0
Mr. Catron was absent.
On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Kimberly R. Puckett as an instructional aide at Marion Middle School and accept the resignation of John Glass as a first grade teacher at Marion Primary School as recommended by the superintendent.
On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Doane, the board voted unanimously to hire Bethany J. Renfro as a part-time guidance secretary at Northwood High School to replace Lucy Henderson and to give the superintendent permission to advertise for a technology technician position.
On motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting.