July 29, 2015 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.

Due to the absence of the clerk, Dr. Robinson recommended that the Board appoint Julie Bear as acting clerk for this meeting. On motion by Mr. Buchanan, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 5-0 vote, this was approved.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Choate called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The roll was called by the acting clerk, and the following members were present: Jesse Choate, Bill Veselik, Paul Grinstead, Susan Williams, and Mac Buchanan. Stephen Marion was on vacation and Wayne Carter had to work.

CONSENT AGENDA

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

PUBLIC COMMENT

Catherine Morlock, a teacher at Atkins Elementary School, expressed her thanks to administrators and staff of Smyth County Schools for all they have done for her and her children. Mrs. Morlock will be relocating and not returning to teach during the 2015-2016 school year.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Dr. Robinson shared information about the opening of the 2015-2016 school year. Students will be returning to school on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Dr. Robinson shared information about high school catastrophic out of season insurance.

Dr. Robinson shared that Dr. Robert Cantu would be holding a seminar about concussions at Marion Senior High School on Friday, July 31, 2015 beginning at 9:00 A.M.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

None of the board members had any questions or comments.

ACTION ITEMS—(MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered approving the following policy additions and/or changes (second reading revisions):

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

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

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

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

The Board considered providing four (4) high school credits for year-long Smyth Career and Technology Center classes. On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 5-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered adjusting meal prices for the 2015-2016 school year by another $0.05 to be in compliance with the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. On motion by Mr. Buchanan, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 3-1 vote, this was approved. One board member abstained.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, 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 student exemption from compulsory attendance by reason of bona fide religious training or belief as authorized by § 22.1-254(B)(1) 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.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS—(MOTION REQUIRED)

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

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. Grinstead, 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 as recommended by the superintendent:

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

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

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

ADJOURN

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