Minutes of the May 19th, 2005 meeting of the Smyth County School Board, as approved by the School Board at its June 13th, 2005 meeting

Marion, Virginia
May 19, 2005

The Smyth County School Board met today in a continued meeting at 5:00 P.M., with the following members present: Jesse Choate, Laura Hall, Susan Sneed, Charles Doane, Jerry Catron, and Kimberly Clark.

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

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mrs. Hall, the board voted unanimously to adopt the Special Education Annual Plan as presented by Gary Collins, Director of Special Education, at the May 9, 2005, school board meeting.

The board considered a Request for Waiver of the Verified Credit Requirements for a Standard or Advanced Studies Diploma for two students at Marion Senior High School. On motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to approve these two requests.

Pursuant to 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Mrs. Clark, the board voted unanimously to convene a closed meeting for the purpose of discussing the following specific matters: personnel issues as authorized by 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Ms. Sneed, 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: 6 Nays: 0

Mr. Nipper was absent.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mrs. Hall, the board voted unanimously to hire Kevin Leonard as a Custodian at Atkins Elementary School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Doane, the board voted unanimously to hire Mark Merz as a Pre-K Teacher at Marion Primary School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Doane, the board voted to hire Kimberly Wright as the Librarian at Chilhowie High School. The motion passed with 5 ayes and 1 nay.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mr. Doane, the board voted unanimously to hire Billy J. Buchanan as the Assistant Baseball Coach at Northwood High School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to place Adam Sturgill, Bus Driver for Chilhowie Elementary School, on administrative leave without pay as of May 20, 2005.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Mrs. Hall, the board voted unanimously to hire Marsha Bays as a Pre-K Teacher at Marion Primary School.

On motion by Mrs. Clark, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to hire Brandon Ratliff as the Assistant Principal of Marion Middle School.

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Doane, the board voted unanimously to continue the meeting to Thursday, May 26, 2005, at 6:00 P.M.