Minutes of the September 20, 2006 Smyth County School Board Meeting

Marion, Virginia

The Smyth County School Board met today in a continued meeting at 5:00 P.M., in the board meeting room. The meeting was continued from Monday, September 11, 2006.

CALL TO ORDER

Chairman Choate called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.

The roll was called by the clerk, and the following members were present: Jesse Choate, Laura Hall, Roger Nipper, Susan Sneed, Charles Doane, and Jerry Catron. Kimberly Clark arrived at 5:10 P.M.

CLOSED SESSION

Pursuant to § 2.2-3711 of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act, on motion by Mr. Doane, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to convene a closed meeting for the purposes of discussing the following specific matters: personnel issues as authorized by § 2.2-3711(A)(1) of the Code of Virginia and student exemption from compulsory attendance as authorized by § 22.1-254(B)(1) of the Code of Virginia.

Dr. Mike Robinson, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, was present for the closed meeting.

On motion by Ms. Sneed, seconded by Mr. Nipper, 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: 7
Nays: 0

AGENDA

On motion by Mr. Nipper, seconded by Mrs. Hall, the board voted unanimously to approve the agenda as presented.

SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT/INFORMATIONAL UPDATES

The board discussed the presentations of School Improvement Plans. They would like for the principals to use the same procedures as in the past in presenting their plans to the school board.

Mr. Sullivan reminded the board that the Southwest Virginia Governor's School Open House at Northwood Campus in Pulaski, Virginia, was scheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2006, from 2:00 - 3:00 P.M.

QUESTIONS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

Kimberly Clark wanted to know if the superintendent had any follow-up information from the public hearing that was held on the remaining funds from the 2005-2006 school board budget. He told the board that the budget committees were setting up a date to meet.

The board discussed arrangements for attending the 2006 VSBA Annual Convention in Williamsburg.

ACTION ITEMS - (MOTION REQUIRED)

On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Catron, the board voted unanimously to approve a request for one (1) student to be exempt from public school attendance for reason of religious training or belief as authorized by § 22.1-254(B)(1) of the Code of Virginia.

On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Wanda Hess as the cafeteria manager at Marion Intermediate School, effective September 22, 2006; and to accept the retirement of Rose Johnson as the cafeteria manager at Marion Middle School, effective September 15, 2006.

On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Ms. Sneed, the board voted unanimously to allow Bonnie Foran, a bus driver for Northwood High School, to relinquish her vocational school run.

On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Catron, the board voted unanimously to hire Rhonda Frye as a kindergarten teacher at Saltville Elementary School to replace Esther Clear.

On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Catron, the board voted to transfer Kelly Bogle from an aide's position to a first grade teaching position (new position) at Sugar Grove Combined School; and to transfer Mariann Berry from a math teacher at Marion Middle School to assistant principal at the school to replace Brandon Ratliff. The motion passed with six (6) ayes. Kimberly Clark abstained.

On motion by Mrs. Hall, seconded by Mr. Catron, the board voted unanimously to hire Kathy Ashby as cafeteria manager at Marion Middle School to replace Rose Johnson; and to hire Gary Harris as a bus garage mechanic in the transportation department to replace Robert Creasy.

On motion by Mr. Catron, seconded by Mr. Nipper, the board voted unanimously to adjourn the meeting.