May 11, 2015 Smyth County School Board Meeting

The Smyth County School Board met today in a regular 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.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, 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, discussion or consideration of the acquisition of real property for a public purpose, or of the disposition of publicly held real property, where discussion in an open meeting would adversely affect the bargaining position or negotiating strategy of the public body as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(3) 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 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.

CONSENT AGENDA

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

PRESENTATIONS/RECOGNITIONS

Chilhowie Elementary School had the highest attendance percentage in the elementary category for the month of April. Sanders Henderson, principal of Chilhowie Elementary School, introduced Caleb Cook, a first grader, for having good attendance. The school received a certificate and the attendance flag to display at the school.

Northwood Middle School had the highest attendance percentage in the middle school category for the month of April. Mariann Blevins, principal of Northwood Middle School, introduced Kelly Sykes, a seventh grader, and Marcus Carter, an eighth grader, for their outstanding performance in the Smyth County middle school track meet. The school received a certificate and will be retaining the attendance flag from last month.

Northwood High School had the highest attendance percentage in the high school category for the month of April. Stan Dunham, principal of Northwood High School, introduced Jordan Evans, an eleventh grader, for representing Smyth County Schools in the District 7 All State Chorus. The school received a certificate and will be retaining the attendance flag from last month.

Marion Senior High School had the most improved attendance percentage for the month of April. Mike Davidson, principal of Marion Senior High School, accepted the certificate on behalf of the school. The school received the attendance flag to display at the school. Mr. Davidson shared that Laura Lincoln, a twelfth grader at Marion Senior High School, was selected as the Virginia High School League (VHSL) Group 2A Female Athlete of the Year.

Mariann Blevins introduced Christian Stiltner, an eighth grader, and Caitlin Myers, an eighth grader, for being selected as good citizens for the month of May at Northwood Middle School.

Dr. Robinson introduced Chad Owens, a social studies teacher at Marion Senior High School, as being selected as the Smyth County Teacher of the Year.

Dr. Robinson shared that Taylor Richardson, a twelfth grader at Marion Senior High School, is the first Smyth County student to earn an associate's degree while still in high school.

Songia Widener, principal of the Smyth Career & Technology Center, shared information about the 2015 Virginia State SkillsUSA Leadership Competition. She introduced Ashlynn Starkey, a twelfth grader at Marion Senior High School, for placing second in the state in nail technology. Tisha Briggs, cosmetology instructor, was present. She introduced Austyn Harmon, an eleventh grader at Northwood High School, for placing second in the state in electronics technology. Andy Hunt, electrical technology instructor, was also present. In addition, Steven Stroupe, a twelfth grader at Chilhowie High School, placed first in the state in CNC precision milling, Corey Oxendine, an eleventh grader at Marion Senior High School, placed second in the state in skill demonstration, and Markia Holmes, a twelfth grader at Marion Senior High School, placed third in the state in restaurant service.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up for comments.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Julie Bear, Director of Finance, reviewed revenue, expenditure, and cash flow figures for the month of April, fiscal year 2015.

Dr. Robinson shared Baccalaureate schedules for the three high schools as follows:

Dr. Robinson shared that the Smyth County Board of Supervisors' Public Hearing on the 2015-2016 Smyth County School Board Budget would be held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6:00 P.M.

Dr. Robinson provided an update on facilities.

DISCUSSION TOPICS

Dr. Robinson shared information regarding the VSBA School Law Conference to be held in Richmond, Virginia, on Friday, June 5, 2015.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

None of the board members had any questions or comments.

ACTION ITEMS—(MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered approving the 12-month employee calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 7-0 vote, the calendar was approved.

The Board considered approving a bid for Medicaid Billing Support Services. On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved the low bid of $10,200.00 from Learning Works, Inc.

The Board considered class changes to the Program of Studies. On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 7-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered approving a revised Textbook Fund Budget for 2015-2016. On motion by Mr. Buchanan, seconded by Mr. Grinstead, by 7-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered the following meeting dates and times:

On motion by Mr. Veselik, seconded by Mr. Buchanan, by 7-0 vote, these dates and times were approved.

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 resignations:

On motion by Mrs. Williams, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board transferred Teressa Hoofnagle from teacher at Marion Middle School to librarian at Marion Middle School.

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. Buchanan, by 7-0 vote, the meeting was adjourned.