March 26, 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 all members were present.

CONSENT AGENDA

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the following was approved.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up to speak.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

Dr. Robinson provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding the budget for the 2013-2014 school year and reviewed possible areas for reduction of expenditures.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

Ms. Sneed requested if the teachers could be allowed some flexibility in how they complete their two work days at the end of school.

Mr. Ryan commented on the new safety hotline program that Washington County Public Schools is initiating.

Mr. Buchanan inquired about how the moving expenses to the new school would be covered.

ACTION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered approving and signing the VSBA Code of Ethics for School Board Members. On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Ms. Sneed, by 7-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered approving a salary scale for a sign language interpreter. On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Catron, by 7-0 vote, the salary scale was approved.

The Board considered approving seven buses listed as surplus. On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, this was approved.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 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 disciplinary matters as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(2) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 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: 7, Nays: 0.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the following resignation:

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mrs. Williams, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the following:

ADJOURN

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the meeting was adjourned.