March 26, 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.

CALL TO ORDER

Susan Williams, Vice-Chairperson, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The roll was called by the clerk, and the following members were present: Bill Veselik, Susan Williams, Stephen Marion, Paul Grinstead, Mac Buchanan, and Wayne Carter. Jesse Choate, Chairman, arrived at 5:20 P.M., and presided over the remainder of the meeting.

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Grinstead, by 6-0 vote, the agenda was approved as presented.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up for comments.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

None of the board members had any questions or comments.

ACTION ITEMS–(MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered changing the mileage reimbursement rate from $0.445 per mile to $0.46 per mile beginning July 1, 2015. On motion by Mr. Grinstead, seconded by Mr. Marion, by 6-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered increasing the regular daily substitute pay to $58.00 per day for non-degreed substitutes and $63.00 per day for degreed substitutes. On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Marion, by 6-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered approving the Put Kids First Resolution. On motion by Mr. Marion, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 6-0 vote, the resolution was approved.

The Board considered using “bank time” to make-up Thursday, January 8, 2015 (work day), Thursday, February 26, 2015, Friday, February 27, 2015, Thursday, March 5, 2015, and Friday, March 6, 2015 due to inclement weather. On motion by Mr. Marion, seconded by Mr. Grinstead, by 6-0 vote, this was approved. The last day of school will be Friday, June 5, 2015.

The Board considered approving Wednesday, August 19, 2015 as the first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year. On motion by Mr. Grinstead, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 6-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered approving the Smyth County School Board Textbook Fund Budget for the 2015-2016 school year as presented, contingent upon revenue projections. On motion by Mr. Grinstead, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 6-0 vote, this was approved.

Dr. Robinson presented a PowerPoint presentation on the 2015-2016 Smyth County School Board Budget. On motion by Mr. Marion, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the County School Operating Fund Budget and the County School Debt and Capital Outlay Budget for 2015-2016 as presented, contingent upon revenue projections.

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.

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Grinstead, 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 Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the following retirements:

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

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board hired the following as recommended by the superintendent:

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the following new hire in coaching/extracurricular activities:

ADJOURN

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