MINUTES OF THE MORGAN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

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					 MINUTES OF THE MORGAN COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

                                MARCH 12, 2009

                                    6:30 P.M.

      The Morgan County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday,
March 12, 2009, 6:30 p.m., at the office of the Board, 1325 Point Mallard Parkway
SE Decatur.

       Board members present were: Chairman Dora Woodard, Vice Chairman
Mike Tarpley, Betty Hackett, Carolyn Wallace, Tom Earwood and Jimmy Dobbs.
Also present was Superintendent Bob Balch.

      Absent from the meeting was Ken Henson.

      Chairman Woodard called the meeting to order

      Superintendent Bob Balch opened the meeting with prayer and Betty
Hackett led everyone in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

WELCOME

      The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting.

ADOPTION OF AGENDA

      The Chairman opened the floor for a motion to adopt the agenda as
amended. Action items 32A, 32B and 32C were added to the agenda during the
work session.

      Mr. Dobbs moved and Mrs. Wallace seconded the motion to adopt the
agenda as amended.

      The vote was unanimous.

RECOGNITION OF KARLY ALEXANDER, HOOP SHOOT CONTEST STATE
WINNER

        The Superintendent presented Miss Karly Alexander with a certificate of
recognition in honor of her being named the State winner in the Alabama Hoop
Shoot Contest (eight and nine year old division). Miss Alexander will represent the
State of Alabama at the SEC Championship game on March 21st. Miss Alexander
attends Danville Neel Elementary School. She is in Ms. Kim Wenzler’s fourth grade
class, and her P.E. teacher is Ms. Teresa Brown.
RECOGNITION OF KIMBERLY DOCKERY, 2008-2009 MORGAN COUNTY
TEACHER OF THE YEAR

        The Superintendent and Vicki Smith presented Kimberly Dockery with a
certificate of recognition in honor of her being named the 2008-2009 Morgan
County Teacher of the Year. Ms. Dockery has been employed with the Morgan
County School System since August of 2000. She began her career at Eva School
teaching computer classes. In August of 2005 she transferred to sixth grade at Eva
School.


RECOGNITION OF EVA MANHGAM, 2008 IOTA LANBDA SIGMA
DISTINGUISHED TEACHER AWARD RECIPIENT

       The Superintendent presented Eva Mangham with a certificate of
recognition in honor of her receiving the 2008 Iota Lambda Sigma Distinguished
Teacher Award. This award is given to a classroom or laboratory teacher who is
engaged in full time teaching in a career or technical education program or service.
To be considered for this award, the teacher must have recently, or is currently,
providing outstanding leadership in one of these programs. Ms. Mangham teaches
health occupations classes at Brewer High School.

RECOGNITION OF BARBARA KNIGHT, NATIONAL BOARD CERTIFIED
TEACHER

        The Superintendent and Anne Vest presented Barbara Knight with a
certificate of recognition in honor of her receiving National Board Certification.
Ms. Knight received National Board Certification in November of 2009. She teaches
second grade at Falkville Elementary School.

RECOGNITION OF RYAN SCHOOL, PRICEVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
AND SPARKMAN SCHOOL, RECIPIENTS OF THE 2008 STATE AYP
REWARDS PROGRAM

        The Superintendent presented certificates of recognition to Mr. David Estes,
Principal, Ryan School; Dr. Anne Knowlton, Principal, Priceville Elementary
School; and Mr. Ronnie Moore, Principal, Sparkman School. Each of these schools
was a recipient of the 2008 State AYP Rewards Program. Alabama’s state
legislation and the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 include provisions that the
state’s accountability plan include a system of rewards for schools that meet or
exceed annual academic achievement expectations. These three schools have
achieved this goal, and will receive a monetary award.

SPOTLIGHT ON SCHOOLS-PRICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL, DR. MARTINE
BATES, PRINCIPAL
       Members of the Priceville High School Broadcasting Club presented the
Board members with a PowerPoint “tour” of Priceville High School. Several
different PHS activities were detailed in the presentation. The club’s sponsor is Ms.
Kim Morris.




PUBLIC TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

       The Chairman asked if there was anyone who wished to address the Board.
Ms. Lydia Smith asked to address the Board concerning Priceville High School. Ms.
Smith told the Board members that they were responsible to the children and the
public when making decisions regarding our schools. Mrs. Wallace assured Ms.
Smith that the situation at Priceville High School was being taken very seriously by
the Board and thanked her for voicing her concerns.

The Superintendent recommended that the following items be approved as written:

APPROVED MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 16, 2009 BOARD MEETING

      Ms. Wallace moved and Mr. Tarpley seconded the motion to approve the
minutes from the February 16, 2009 Morgan County Board of Education meeting.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED MINUTES FROM THE FEBRUARY 20, 2009 MORGAN COUNTY
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING

      Mr. Earwood moved and Ms. Hackett seconded the motion to approve the
minutes from the February 20, 2009 Morgan County Board of Education meeting.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED EXPENDITURES FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY 2009

      Mrs. Wallace moved and Mr. Tarpley seconded the motion to approve
expenditures for the month of January, 2009.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED BANK RECONCILIATIONS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY
2009

      Mr. Earwood moved and Mrs. Wallace seconded the motion to approve
bank reconciliations for the month of January, 2009.
       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED TEXTBOOKS

       Mrs. Wallace moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion to approve the
following textbooks for use in Morgan County Schools: K-6 Scott Foresman
Grammer and Writing (Reading Street); K-6 Scott Foresman Spelling; K-6
Handwriting; 6-12 Elements of Language; 9-12 The Bible and Its Influence.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED INCREASE IN LUNCH PRICES FOR THE 2009-2010 SCHOOL
YEAR

       Mr. Earwood moved and Chairman Woodard seconded the motion to
approve an increase in meal prices for the 2009-2010 school year as follows: Lunch:
$2.00 (student); $2.50 (employee); $3.50 (visitor). Breakfast: $1.00 (student); $1.25
(employee); $1.50 (visitor). Juice or milk: $.40

      Voting affirmative was: Chairman Woodard, Mr. Tarpley, Mr. Earwood,
Mrs. Wallace and Mrs. Hackett.

       Opposed was: Mr. Dobbs

       The motion carried.

APPROVED SELL OF VEHICLES

        Mr. Earwood moved and Mrs. Hackett seconded the motion to approve
selling the following vehicles by sealed bid: (10) 72 Passenger buses; (3) Service
Vehicles

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED ACCEPTANCE OF BIDS ON BUSES

       Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion accept bids on (3)
Special Needs buses. Funding will come from Fleet Renewal funds.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED YEARLY BUS TIRE BID

        Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Tarpley seconded the motion to accept the low
bid of $195.53 from Wilk’s Tire for the yearly bus tire bid.
       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED BID FOR MISCELLANEOUS TIRES

       Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion to accept the low
bid from TCI Tire Center of Decatur for light truck/passenger radial tires for the
2009-2010 school year.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED NEW BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE

      Mr. Tarpley moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion to approve the
Board meeting schedule for meeting beginning in July 2009. (See exhibit A)

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED 2009-2010 SCHOOL CALENDAR

     Mr. Earwood moved and Mr. Dobbs seconded the motion to approve the
Morgan County School calendar for the 2009-2010 school year. (See exhibit B)


      Voting affirmative was: Chairman Woodard, Mr. Tarpley, Mrs. Hackett,
Mr. Dobbs, and Mr. Earwood.

       Opposed was: Mrs. Wallace

       The motion carried.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP REQUEST FROM DANVILLE NEEL ELEMENTARY

       Mrs. Wallace moved and Mr. Dobbs seconded the motion to approve a field
trip request from Danville Neel Elementary for approximately 25 3rd through 8th
grade students and their chaperones to travel to Atlanta GA on May 4th-5th, 2009.
Students will tour the Georgia Aquarium and Atlanta Zoo.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP REQUEST FROM DANVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

       Mrs. Wallace moved and Mr. Tarpley seconded the motion to approve a field
trip request from Danville Middle School for approximately fifth 5th grade students
and their chaperones to travel to Washington D.C. on April 23rd-26th, 2009. The
purpose is to enrich students’ study of U.S. History.
       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP REQUEST FROM DANVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL

         Mrs. Wallace moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion to approve a
field trip request from Danville Middle School for approximately one hundred 5th,
6th, 7th and 8th grade students and their chaperones to travel to Chattanooga, TN on
April 10th, 2009. Students will visit the Tennessee Aquarium.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP REQUEST FROM DANVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

        Mrs. Wallace moved and Mrs. Hackett seconded the motion to approve a
field trip request from Danville High School for approximately four 9th-12th grade
DECA students and their chaperones to travel to Anaheim, CA on April 28-May 4,
2009. Students will attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP FROM PRICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

       Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Tarpley seconded the motion to approve a field
trip request from Priceville High School for approximately sixteen 9th –12th grade
students and their chaperones to travel to Six Flags, Atlanta GA, on May 1, 2009.
Students will participate in Math/Science day at the park.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED CORRECTED TRAVEL DATE FOR PRICEVILLE JUNIOR HIGH
FIELD TRIP

        Mr. Dobbs moved and Mrs. Hackett seconded the motion to approve a
corrected travel date for the following Priceville Junior High School field trip:
students will return from New York City on October 15th, 2009 rather than October
16th, 2009. This trip was approved by the Board at the February 16, 2009 Board
meeting.

       The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP REQUEST FROM WEST MORGAN HIGH SCHOOL

       Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion to approve a field
trip request from West Morgan High School for one DECA student and one
chaperone to travel to Anaheim, CA on April 28-May 4, 2009. The student will
attend DECA’s International Career Development Conference.

      The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED FIELD TRIP REQUEST FROM PRICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL

       Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Tarpley seconded the motion to approve a field
trip request from Priceville High School for five senior boys’ basketball team
members and their chaperones to travel to Atlanta, GA on March 27, 2009. The
students will attend an NBA basketball game as a reward for their dedication to the
PHS basketball team.

      The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED PRICEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL CAMP

        Mr. Dobbs moved and Mr. Earwood seconded the motion to approve a
request from Shane Hopkins (Social Studies/Coach, PHS) to use Priceville High
School’s indoor baseball/softball and small basketball gym for a baseball camp. The
camp will be held on Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th. Mr. Hopkins
will be providing the insurance.

      The vote was unanimous.

APPROVED RESOLUTION ON SCHOOL TAX REFUNDING WARRANTS

       Mr. Dobbs moved and Mrs. Hackett seconded the motion to approve a
resolution authorizing the issuance by the Board of Education of its School Tax
Refunding Warrants, Series 2009 for the purpose of refunding those of the Board’s
Capital Outlay Warrants, Series 1999 maturing in 2010 and thereafter.

      The vote was unanimous.

PERSONNEL

(The employment of any individual listed below will be on a temporary-emergency
basis pending background clearance.)

The Superintendent recommended personnel items one through seventeen be
approved as written:

   1. Approve a special education services contract for tutoring services between
      the MCSS and Honi Smith effective February 16, 2009. Tutoring instruction
      based upon a developed IEP will be provided to a Falkville High School
   student and will consist of no more than 3 contract hours per week. Ms.
   Smith will receive a fee of $30.00 per contract hour. (See attachment)

2. Approve a special education services contract for tutoring services between
   the MCSS and Donna Smith effective February 12, 2009. Tutoring
   instruction based upon a developed IEP will be provided to a Priceville High
   School student and will consist of no more than 3 contract hours per week.
   Ms. Smith will receive a fee of $30.00 per contract hour. (See attachment)

3. Approve a homebound contract for Angela Kimbrough effective March 23,
   2009 through May 1, 2009 or with a doctor’s release stating the student may
   return to school. Ms. Kimbrough will serve as the homebound instructor for
   a Danville High School student. The contract is for $30.00 per hour with
   three hours of service per week, with no other benefits attached. (See
   attachments)

4. Accept notice of retirement from Bruce Kimbrell, Maintenance and
   Transportation Director, MCS, effective July 31, 2009. (See attachment)

5. Accept resignation from Alice McDonald, Countywide bus driver effective
   March 13, 2009. (See attachment)

6. Approve Joseph Hendricks as a Countywide Utility Bus Driver effective
   March 13, 2009. Mr. Hendricks will be replacing Anita Young who resigned.
   (See attachments)

7. Approve a family medical leave of absence without pay on William Boyer,
   Custodian at Brewer High School effective February 9, 2009 through March
   24, 2009. (See attachments)

8. Approve a family medical leave of absence (without pay) and maternity leave
   of absence (without pay) on Cara Gilchrist, teacher at Brewer High School
   effective April 6, 2009 through May 29, 2009. (See attachments)

9. Approve Doug Oldacre as Freshman Boys’ Basketball Coach at Brewer High
   School effective January 23, 2009. Mr. Oldacre will be replacing Ron Smith
   who resigned. (See attachment)

10. Accept notice of retirement from Kaytreen Collins, Bookkeeper/Secretary at
    Danville Neel School effective March 31, 2009. (See attachment)

11. Approve transfer of Donna Tatum from part-time CNP worker at Danville
    High School to full-time CNP worker at Danville High School effective
        January 6, 2009. Ms. Tatum will be replacing Amanda George who
        transferred. (See attachments)

   12. Approve Rachelle Tuck as Assistant Girls’ Soccer Coach, Danville High
       School, effective with the 08/09 season. This position was not filled on the
       school’s supplement list. (See attachment)

   13. Approve Dennis Holmes as Assistant Boys’ Soccer Coach, Danville High
       School, effective with the 08/09 season. This position was not filled on the
       school’s supplement list. (See attachment)

   14. Accept notice of retirement from Brenda Maples, Custodian at Priceville
       High School effective March 31, 2009. (See attachment)

   15. Approve a catastrophic leave of absence on Pamela McCurdy, teacher,
       Sparkman School, effective March 5, 2009 through April 17, 2009. (See
       attachments)

   16. Approve a catastrophic leave of absence on Carrie Johnson, teacher at West
       Morgan Elementary effective March 27, 2009 through May 22, 2009. (See
       attachments)

   17. Approve the following revision to the job description for Director of
       Transportation and Maintenance (regarding qualifications): DELETE THE
       FOLLOWING: A degree in Building Science Technology or Engineering
       with a Concentration in Structures or Building Construction is required.
       (See attachment)

        Mr. Dobbs moved and Mrs. Wallace seconded the motion that personnel
        items one through seventeen be approved as written.

        The vote was unanimous.

INFORMATIONAL

   1.      Priceville Elementary School Newsletter “The Bulldog”, Volume 7,
           Number 6, March 2009.

   2.      Financial Report for the month of January, 2009

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Board members congratulated all of the people who had received special
recognitions at the meeting. They also thanked the Priceville High School
Broadcasting Club for their presentation.
ADJOURNMENT

With no other business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned. The next meeting
will be on March 25, 2009 at 3:30 p.m. This will be a personnel conference with the
Board. The next regular meeting will be on April 9th, 2009. The work session will
begin at 5:30 p.m. and the business meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Signed this the ______day of ___________, 2009



________________________________________________________________________

Superintendent and Executive Secretary, Morgan County Schools



________________________________________________________________________

Board Chairman, Morgan County Schools

				
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