Minutes of the May 24th, 2004 meeting of the Smyth County School Board, as approved by the School Board at its June 14th, 2004 meeting

Marion, Virginia
May 24, 2004

The Smyth County School Board met today in a called meeting at 5:30 P.M., with the following members present: Jesse Choate, Laura Hall, Roger Nipper, Paul Grinstead, Charles Doane, and Kimberly Clark.

The meeting was called to consider budget issues, personnel issues, and for a public hearing on the 2004-2005 school board budget. On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mrs. Clark, the agenda was approved after adding 1.b. Recognize students for special accomplishments.

Mr. Choate opened the public hearing to receive comments on the 2004-2005 school board budget.

Karen Chamberlain, President of the Smyth County Education Association, applauded the efforts the school board had made for work on the budget.

Mr. Sullivan made some general comments about the budget.

The public hearing was then adjourned.

Dale Holt, Principal of Marion Senior High School, introduced and recognized the following students for their accomplishments: Megan Farris and Adam Hall, juniors, that are in the National Merit Scholarship Program; Nathan Chambers, who was unable to attend, and Brian Rice for their attendance at the Southwest Virginia Governor's School; and Brittany Johnson for her attendance at the A. Linwood Holton Governor's School.

Brian Rice spoke to the board about his experience in attending the Southwest Virginia Governor's School and about the Science Fair.

Elizabeth Roberts, Business Decision Support Analyst, updated the board on the following budget items: Revenue Comparisons for the County School Operating Fund and County School Debt and Capital Outlay Fund; Draft Expenditure Budget; Proposed School Board Budget for County School Operating Fund, County School Debt and Capital Outlay Fund, and the School Textbook Fund; and a Graphic of Revenue and Expenditures.

Pursuant to 2.1-344(D) of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mrs. Hall, 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 2.1-344(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mr. Grinstead, seconded by Mrs. Hall, the board returned 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:

WHEREAS, 2.1-344(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.


Yes: 6 No: 0

Mr. Catron was absent.

As recommended by the superintendent, on motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted to hire Cynthia R. Filipek as a special education teacher at Chilhowie Middle School; hire Elizabeth Ann Tiller as a special education teacher at Chilhowie High School; transfer Tamara Doane from Chilhowie High School to Chilhowie Middle School; transfer Bart Jones from Marion Intermediate School to Northwood Middle School; transfer Steve Blevins from Marion Middle School to the School Board Office as the Special Education Coordinator; hire Ashlee D. Medley as a physical therapist; hire Teri M. Eller as an occupational therapist; and hire Jane Erie Sparrow as an English teacher at Marion Senior High School.

Mr. Sullivan reminded the board that the School Board's Budget Committee would be meeting with the Board of Supervisor's Budget Committee on Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at 10:00 A.M.

On motion by Mr. Nipper, seconded by Mrs. Clark, the meeting was then adjourned.