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                       DOUGLAS COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                REGULAR MEETING
                                 AUGUST 18, 2008



The Douglas County Board of Education met in a regular session in the board room of the
administrative office building at 9030 Highway 5. Chairman Ed Murray (Post 5) called the
meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Also present were board members Vice Chairman James Bartlett
(Post 2); Ms. Christine Smith (Post 1); Mr. Larry Barnes (Post 3); and Dr. Sam Haskell (Post 4).

Mr. Murray asked for a motion to adjourn into an executive session to discuss personnel, or other
matters as allowed under the Georgia Open Meetings Act.

Mr. Murray reconvened the Board in open session at 7:00 p.m.

Staff members present were Mr. Don Remillard, Superintendent; Dr. David Whitfield, Chief of
Staff; Mr. Dudley Spruill, Chief Operations Officer; Mrs. Kay Turner, Chief Financial Officer;
Mrs. Suvess Ricks, Associate Superintendent/General Administration; Mrs. Elaine Hopkins,
Interim Associate Superintendent/Curriculum and Instruction; Mrs. Karen Stroud, Director of
Community Relations; and Mrs. Melanie Nicholson, Secretary to the Superintendent. Mr. Ken
Bernard, Board Attorney, was also present.

The PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG was led by Mr. Remillard.

MINUTES: On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Dr. Haskell, unanimous approval was given
to accept the minutes of the August 4, 2008 Regular Meeting.

SETTING OF AGENDA: On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Dr. Haskell, unanimous
approval was given to approve the agenda as written.

SUPERINTENDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENTS

Mr. Remillard announced that on Thursday, August 14, 2008 the State Board of Education
approved funding for existing Douglas County School System 21st Century Learning Center
Grants for After School Programs. The Douglas County School System, in partnership with
Communities In Schools of Douglas County, recently received continuation funding and new
grant funding for 21st Century Learning Center Grants at the four elementary schools, three
middle schools and two high schools. These grants will be directed by Mitzi Teal, Executive
Director of Communities In Schools of Douglas County. The SMART (Students Maximizing
After School Resource Time) Grant totals $567,779 and will serve students in Annette Winn
Elementary, Burnett Elementary, Eastside Elementary and Sweetwater Elementary. This is the
fifth and final year of the grant. The CHAMP 1 (Champion High Achievement In Middle School
Performance) Grant totals $349,978 and will serve students in Chestnut Log Middle, Stewart
Middle and Turner Middle. This replaces the previous two year grant and begins a new three
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year cycle. The CHAMP2 (Champion High Achievement to Maximize Potential) Grant totals
$375,351 and will serve students in Douglas County High School and Lithia Springs High
School. This is the second year of a five year grant. All three grants include transportation home
from the program, parent education sessions, academic tutoring, enrichment, character education,
violence prevention, cultural awareness, and mentoring. The high school grant includes
additional activities such as credit recovery and job skill and work ready training.

Superintendent Spotlight

A.     Annette Winn Elementary School

       Mr. Remillard recognized Annette Winn Elementary School. Ms. Mary Woodfin is the
       Principal and Ms. Patty Hadley is the Assistant Principal. Recognition of students and
       staff members is based upon the recommendation of the principal.

       The Annette Winn PTO was recognized Ms. Woodfin states that Annette Winn has a
       great PTO! She said the following parents are to be commended for the many hours they
       have put into organizing the Parent Teacher Organization. These parents have spent
       many evenings developing long range plans that support the mission and vision of
       Annette Winn Elementary. Their goals include promoting student achievement,
       sponsoring projects that benefit students, and building a closer working relationship
       between home and school. The following parents were recognized: Kasi Robinson –
       President; Pamela Abbott – Vice President; Glenda Driver – Treasurer; Vicki Price –
       Secretary; Malcolm Mason – Development Officer; and Michael Abbott – Event Officer.

       The Annette Winn Reading Bowl Team was recognized. Ms. Woodfin states that she is
       very proud of the students that represented Annette Winn in the 2008 Kathy Brock
       Reading Bowl. This was only their second year competing in the Picture Book event.
       With only a few short weeks to prepare, their team came in second place. The following
       students were recognized: Aaron Brown – 5th grade; Chance Jarrard – 5th grade;
       Michaela Blanton – 5th grade; Francisco Villanueva – 4th grade; and Emilia Ijeoma – 4th
       grade. The Reading Bowl team sponsors were Mrs. Clydie Jones, Gifted Teacher and Ms.
       Susan Singletary, Media Specialist. We thank them for their efforts in helping the team to
       prepare.

       Mr. Remillard recognized Ms. Janet Orman as the Teacher of the Year for Annette Winn
       Elementary School. Ms. Woodfin states that the name of Ms. Orman’s classroom is “The
       Discovery Lab”. She teaches science concepts to all students, kindergarten thru 5th grade.
       She brings science to life using hands-on, real-life experiences. Her classroom is filled
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     with a variety of plant and animal life. Students say the class is really cool and it’s
     interesting.

B.   Project S.A.V.E. and Heart-Safe Schools Recognition

     We are pleased to announce that the Douglas County School System has been recognized
     by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta as a Project S.A.V.E. Heart-Safe School System.
     Project SAVE is an acronym for Sudden Cardiac Death: Awareness, Vision for
     Prevention and Education. Project SAVE recognizes districts that have implemented
     comprehensive programs to prevent sudden cardiac death in their schools. One of our
     school nurses, Ms. Charlotte Fulton, took the lead role in the implementation of this
     quality program of awareness, screening, training, and effective emergency response to
     promote a heart-safe environment for all students, visitors, faculty and staff in the
     Douglas County School System. Her fellow school nurses immediately recognized the
     importance of this initiative and they all worked together to ensure the successful
     completion of this project. The following school nurses were recognized: Charlotte
     Fulton, Shannon Hendrix, Nancy McCready, Carol Miller, Kathy Sheriff, Rosalind
     Williams and Becky Wylie.

C.   Douglas County and Atlanta Metro Media Specialist of the Year Recognition

     We are proud to announce that Pattie Morton, Chapel Hill Elementary School, has been
     named the Douglas County as well as the Metro District Media Specialist of the Year.
     Her nomination was submitted to the district and state after she was named Douglas
     County School System's Media Specialist of the Year. Winner of the state award will be
     named in October. Ms. Morton became the media specialist at Chapel Hill Elementary
     when the school moved into its new location. Prior to beginning at Chapel Hill
     Elementary School, Ms. Morton was the media specialist at Turner Middle School and
     New Manchester Elementary School. She has also been a social studies teacher at Turner
     and Stewart Middle Schools. Yvonne Kidney, Principal, stated, "Patti has been a great
     asset to Chapel Hill Elementary School. She has sponsored our Reading Bowl Team, the
     Spelling Bee and volunteered to manage our hospitality committee. She has built
     relationships with staff members, parents and students. She is a great person to work with
     and I could not have opened the school or survived the first year without her."

UNFINISHED BUSINESS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

     The Technology Committee met at 5:30 p.m. The following members were present: Mr.
     Jimmy Bartlett, Chairman; Mr. Larry Barnes; Mr. Don Remillard; Mr. Dudley Spruill;
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     Mrs. Kay Turner; and Mr. Todd Hindmon. A copy of the agenda is included in the
     minutes.

NEW BUSINESS

CONSENT AGENDA

     The Board receives a package of information a week before their regular work session.
     The Board discusses items placed on the “Consent Agenda” at the Work Session or in
     Executive Session as allowed under the Georgia Open Meetings Act. Before the Board
     voting session the Board may ask or answer any questions about items to be placed on the
     “Consent Agenda”.

            On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Dr. Haskell, unanimous approval was
            given to set the consent agenda. The agenda was set as follows:

                   FINANCE
                   A.    Additional Funding for CCI
                   PERSONNEL
                   A.    Certified
                   B.    Classified

            On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Dr. Haskell, unanimous approval was
            given to approve the consent agenda.

INSTRUCTION

A.   K-5 Mathematics Training – Integrating Math and Literature

     On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Ms. Smith, unanimous approval was given to
     accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the K-5 Mathematics Training –
     Integrating Math and Literature in the amount of $59,280.00 as presented.

B.   Performance Learning Center Nova Net License

     On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Dr. Haskell, unanimous approval was given to
     accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the purchase of 75 Nova Net
     Licenses for the Performance Learning Center in the amount of $45,000 as presented.

OPERATIONS
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A.       Tire Purchase

         On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Dr. Haskell, unanimous approval was given to
         accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the purchase of tires in the
         amount of $40,620.00 from North Georgia Tire, Inc. as presented.

GENERAL ADMINISTRATION

A.       Proposal for Yeager Middle School Economics Club

         On motion by Mr. Bartlett, seconded by Ms. Smith, unanimous approval was given to
         accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to approve the proposal for the Yeager
         Middle School Economics Club as presented.

PERSONNEL

POLICIES

INFORMATION ONLY

BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION

Douglas County Board of Education Public Participation at Board Meetings
Policy: KCA/BCBI

In accord with its policy confirming the right and desirability of the public’s expressing its point of view to the Board,
delegations or individuals are welcome at all meetings, subject to the following regulations:

                  1.        Matters relating to personnel, members of the Board, and other items which the law deems
                            inappropriate for discussion must be submitted in writing and will be reviewed by the Board in
                            Executive Session.
                  2.        Matters concerning an individual school shall be discussed first with the principal of that school.
                            If the problem cannot be resolved at the school, it shall then be brought to the Superintendent of
                            Schools. If the problem cannot be resolved with the Superintendent of Schools, it may then be
                            brought to the Board.

Citizens of the community have the expressed right and are encouraged to attend meetings of the Board to listen to and
observe the deliberations of its members. The following regulations are adopted to preserve the orderly pursuit of business of
the Board and to provide proper opportunities for legitimate and objective discussion and analysis of the issues presented.
Board meetings are public meetings and not meetings of the public; however, any citizen may request the opportunity to
communicate with the Board and be recognized to speak regarding appropriate issues. Persons desiring to communicate
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with the Board shall submit a written request to the Superintendent stating their name, home address, the topic about
which they wish to speak and the group they represent, if applicable, no later than 12 o’clock noon on the Thursday
prior to the scheduled Board meeting. Please use the form provided for this purpose.

The Board vests in its chairperson or other presiding officer authority to determine whether it is in the interest of the Board to
allow any individual or group to make an oral presentation before the Board. Persons who are granted the opportunity to
speak will be recognized by the chairperson at the appropriate time during the meeting. Speakers will be limited to three
minutes. If there are numerous requests to address the Board the chairperson may select representatives to speak on each side
of the issue. The Board also vests in its chairperson or other presiding officer authority to terminate the remarks of any
individual who does not adhere to the guidelines established by the Board.

Personal complaints of school employees should follow the Complaints and Grievances procedures established by the Board.

Individuals and/or groups who addressed the Board previously may be denied the opportunity to address the Board again on
the same topic.

The Board will usually not respond to comments or questions posed by citizens during the Board meeting, but will take those
comments and questions under advisement. When appropriate, the comments and questions shall be referred to the
Superintendent for consideration and a later response.

A.       Ms. Teresa Buckner, parent, and Michelle Buckner, Lithia Springs High School student,
         addressed the Board concerning Ms. Theresa Anderson, a teacher from Turner Middle
         School. This teacher has gone above and beyond. She started the Spanish Honor Society
         at Lithia Springs High School. Without her, the students would not be eligible for
         scholarships that this program offers. She also works with the group to volunteer at
         Pioneer Days and at the Cultural Arts Center. The students in the Spanish Honor Society
         will be proud to walk down the aisle at graduation with their Spanish Honor Society sash.
          She deserves the Teacher of the Year Award.

Mr. Murray thanked everyone for attending the meeting and their kind comments.


There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.



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                  Donald J. Remillard, Superintendent                     James Bartlett, Vice Chairman

								
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