January 25, 2016 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 Jesse Choate called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The roll was called by the clerk, and the following members were present: Mac Buchanan, Jesse Choate, Paul Grinstead, Bill Veselik, and Susan Williams. Wayne Carter was absent due to prior work obligations. Todd Williams arrived at 6:00 P.M., and did not vote on closed session items.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Grinstead, by 5-0 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 and discussion or consideration of admission or disciplinary matters or any other matters that would involve the disclosure of information contained in a scholastic record concerning any student of any Virginia public institution or higher education or any state school system as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(2) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 5-0 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: 5, Nays: 0.

CONSENT AGENDA

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 5-0 vote, the following was approved:

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up for comments.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

No items were listed for discussion.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

There were no questions or comments from board members.

ACTION ITEMS—(MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered approving a state contract purchase for a new copier for the School Board Office. On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 6-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered approving a contract for EI to continue providing asbestos/environmental services for Smyth County Schools. On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 6-0 vote, this was approved.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS—(MOTION REQUIRED)

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board approved the following hire as recommended by the superintendent:

Mrs. Williams made a motion that in the appeal of Case # 2016-01, the Board affirm Dr. Robinson’s December 9, 2015 decision that Policy GBA/JFHA was not violated as alleged. Mr. Veselik seconded the motion and it passed by 5-0 vote.

ADJOURN

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 6-0 vote, the meeting was adjourned.