Minutes of the June 29th, 2006 meeting of the Smyth County School Board, as approved by the School Board at its July 10th, 2006 meeting

Marion, Virginia
June 29, 2006

The Smyth County School Board met today at 5:00 P.M. The meeting was held for an End-Of-Year Close-Out and a Retiree Recognition program.

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, Roger Nipper, Susan Sneed, Charles Doane, Jerry Catron, and Kimberly Clark. Laura Hall arrived at 5:15 P.M.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Nipper, 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. Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, was present for the closed meeting.

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Nipper, 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. VOTE:

Ayes: 7 Nays: 0

AGENDA

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted unanimously to approve the agenda as presented.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Mr. Sullivan reported on the status of the amendments to the 2005-2006 school board budget. The Smyth County Board of Supervisors approved the amendments totaling $473,694.00 at their Wednesday, June 28, 2006, meeting.

Mr. Sullivan reviewed a revised request list for spending the remaining funds totaling $1,674,009.58 in the 2005-2006 school board budget. The request list would be for nonrecurring expenditures. Mr. Doane made a motion to approve the revised list. Mr. Sullivan will present a revised list for approval at the July board meeting to correlate to actual end-of-year figures. Mr. Doane withdrew his motion.

Mr. Sullivan reminded the board of the public hearing on Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at 5:00 P.M., for the 2006-2007 school board budget.

Elizabeth Ballard, Business Decision Support Analyst, reported on End-Of-Year Close-Out figures for expenditures and revenue.

ACTION ITEMS

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Robin M. Lewis as a science teacher at Chilhowie High School, effective at the end of this school year.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Catron, the board voted unanimously to transfer Susan Snodgrass as an English Teacher at Marion Middle School to an English teaching position at Northwood High School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted unanimously to re-hire Pat Farmer on an interim basis at her 2005-2006 salary, with no benefits, to assist in the transition during the month of July only, for scheduling preparations needed at Marion Senior High School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to hire the following as recommended by the superintendent:

  1. Allison J. Dyess as an eighth grade teacher at Marion Middle School to replace Susan Snodgrass;
  2. Melanie Widener Garrett as a fifth grade teacher at Marion Intermediate School to replace Jennifer Surber;
  3. Jamie A. Harris as a physical education teacher at Southwest Virginia Mental Health Institute to replace Marcus Dunham, IV;
  4. Amy Saltz as an eighth grade teacher at Marion Middle School to replace Angie Eller;
  5. William Paul Scott as a fifth grade teacher at Atkins Elementary School to replace Joyce Henderlite; and
  6. Ronnie G. Thompson as a sixth grade teacher at Marion Middle School to replace Carol Sheets.

RECOGNITION OF RETIREES

Mr. Sullivan recognized the 2005-2006 retirees for their years of service to Smyth County Schools. Mr. Choate presented each retiree present with a certificate. Board members also thanked the retirees for all their dedicated work. A reception was held for the retirees immediately following the board meeting.

ADJOURN

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting.