January 28, 2013 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 the following members were present: Jesse Choate, Bill Veselik, Susan Williams, Dick Ryan, and Mac Buchanan. Susan Sneed and Jerry Catron were absent.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, 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, student disciplinary matters as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(2) of the Code of Virginia, and consultation with legal counsel and briefings by staff members or consultants pertaining to actual or probable litigation, where such consultation or briefing in open meeting would adversely affect the negotiation or litigating posture of the public body as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(7) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, 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 Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 5-0 vote, the agenda was approved as presented.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up to speak.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

No items listed.

DISCUSSION TOPICS

Dr. Robinson shared information about the VSBA Hot Topic Conference to be held March 20, 2013 at the Wytheville Meeting Center.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Buchanan inquired about debt collections in school cafeterias.

ACTION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

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

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 5-0 vote, the policies were approved.

The Board considered the following policy additions and/or changes (first reading):

The Board considered the following policies to be deleted:

On motion by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the policies were deleted.

The Board considered approving a Sign Language Interpreter position for 2013-2014. On motion by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 5-0 vote, the position was approved.

The Board considered approving the 2013-2014 Retirement Incentive Plan. On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Ryan, by 5-0 vote, the plan was approved.

The Board considered approving the boundary option for Marion Elementary School and Oak Point Elementary School. On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 4-0 vote, Option B was approved. Mr. Veselik abstained.

PUBLIC HEARING–6:00 P.M.

Chairman Choate opened the Public Hearing to receive input on the 2013-2014 school board buget.

Cindy Campbell, Vice-President of the Smyth County Education Association (SCEA), reviewed an employee survey taken this past fall.

Chairman Choate declared the Public Hearing closed.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

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

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

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board hired the following in extracurricular/coaching positions:

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board approved additional compensation for Dawn Wheeler to serve as food service interim manager at Chilhowie High/Chilhowie Middle School.

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board transferred Tracy H. Hall from instructional aide at Chilhowie Middle School to heath and physical education teacher at Chilhowie Middle School for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year.

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board reassigned Gary Foulke as principal of Oak Point Elementary School effective July 1, 2013.

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board reassigned Kimberly Williams as principal of Marion Elementary School effective July 1, 2013.

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board dismissed Angie Delp as food service worker at Chilhowie High School/Chilhowie Middle School.

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, the Board approved the superintendent's recommendation for student discipline Case # 2013-02.

ADJOURN

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 5-0 vote, the meeting was adjourned.