May 27, 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

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 agenda was approved as presented.

PUBLIC COMMENT

No public signed up for comments.

QUESTIONS/COMMENTS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Buchanan thanked Dr. Robinson and school board staff for all their hard work on the 2015-2016 school board budget.

Mr. Veselik congratulated Taylor Richardson, a twelfth grader at Marion Senior High School, for being the first Smyth County student to earn an associate’s degree from Wytheville Community College while still in high school.

DISCUSSION TOPICS

Dr. Robinson shared information regarding the Smyth County Board of Supervisors’ meeting to be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4:00 P.M., to consider funding for the 2015-2016 school board budget.

ACTION ITEMS – (MOTION REQUIRED)

The Board considered approving a new Pre-K Curriculum. On motion by Mr. Grinstead, seconded by Mr. Marion, by 7-0 vote, this was approved.

The Board considered approving a bid for propane. On motion by Mr. Marion, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the lowest bid from Ferrellgas at $0.965 per gallon for one (1) year was approved.

The Board considered continuing health insurance with The Local Choice. On motion by Mr. Grinstead, seconded by Mr. Veselik, by 7-0 vote, the Board approved renewing health insurance with The Local Choice and using the $15.00 difference for the High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) Employee Only (EO) as an employer match if the employee contributes up to $15.00 per month into their Health Savings Account (HSA).

The Board considered approving the 2015-2016 Reappointment List for full-time and part-time employees as presented contingent upon budget and revenue projections. On motion by Mr. Marion, 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 Mr. Grinstead, 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 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.

CLOSED SESSION ITEMS—(MOTION REQUIRED)

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

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 the following:

ADJOURN

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