September 9, 2010
The Marshall County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, September 9, 2010,
at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Conference Room at Jones School.
Members present were Curt Denton, Kristen Gold, Harvey Jones, Barbara Kennedy, Mike Keny,
Donnie Moses, Delinda Owens, Randy Perryman, and Ann Tears. No members were absent.
Mr. Keny welcomed new board member Donnie Moses to his first regular session. He also
welcomed school board attorney Sam Jackson to the meeting.
Mr. Dukes opened the floor for nominations for Chairman of the Board. Mr. Perryman nominated
Mr. Keny for the position; Ms. Owens nominated Mr. Denton. Mr. Jones made a motion, with a
second by Ms. Kennedy, to close nominations. The vote was as follows:
Mr. Denton Denton Mr. Moses Keny
Ms. Gold Keny Ms. Owens Denton
Mr. Jones Keny Mr. Perryman Keny
Ms. Kennedy Keny Ms. Tears Denton
Mr. Keny Keny
Mr. Keny was elected by a vote of 6-3.
Mr. Keny then asked the floor for nominations for Vice-Chairman. Ms. Gold nominated Ms.
Kennedy for the position; Ms. Tears nominated Mr. Denton. Ms. Owens made a motion, with a
second by Ms. Tears, to close nominations. The vote was as follows:
Mr. Denton Denton Mr. Moses Kennedy
Ms. Gold Kennedy Ms. Owens Denton
Mr. Jones Kennedy Mr. Perryman Abstain
Ms. Kennedy Kennedy Ms. Tears Denton
Mr. Keny Kennedy
Ms. Kennedy was elected by a vote of 5-3-1.
Mr. Keny then asked the floor for nominations for Chairman Pro-Tem. Mr. Keny nominated Mr.
Perryman for the position. Mr. Denton made a motion, with a second by Ms. Kennedy, to close
nominations. The motion to close nominations passed 9-0. Mr. Perryman was elected by a vote of
The following change and addition were made to the agenda: Ms. Gold made a motion, with a
second by Mr. Denton, to move fund raisers from section 3 to before “Citizens to Address Board”
(Section 2). The motion passed 9-0. Ms. Kennedy asked to add under New Business discussion of a
memo sent to the board the previous day. Ms. Kennedy made a motion to approve the agenda
with the change and addition. Mr. Jones seconded the motion, and the motion passed 9-0.
Ms. Tears made a motion, with a second by Ms. Owens, to approve the minutes of the August 9,
2010, regular session and the August 30, 2010, special called session. Ms. Gold moved to amend
the motion to include the discussion (during the August 9 regular session) concerning removing
the community service project fund raisers, get clarification from legal counsel, and discuss those
fund raisers during the next board meeting. Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion. Ms. Tears
requested that board secretary Ms. Poole listen to the tape of the meeting for the exact wording.
The amendment passed 9-0. The motion to approve the minutes, with the amendment, passed 9-
In the MCEA report, MCEA president Patty Hill emphasized that the organization would like
community service projects to continue; the MCEA is ready to negotiate.
Bethany Van Hooser, a senior at Cornersville High School, was recognized as TSBA’s South Central
Student Recognition Award Winner.
After discussions concerning fund raisers, the board encouraged Mr. Dukes to discuss with
principals what items should be included on the fund raiser request list; if there are no funds to be
collected (canned food items, Angel Tree gifts, etc.), they should not be included on the list. Ms.
Tears made a motion, with a second by Mr. Perryman, to add #3 from Williamson County Board of
Education’s fund raising policy (see attached) to our fund raising policy. When asked about the
addition, Mr. Jackson stated as long as the monies raised are collected by the organization for
which the funds benefit and do not go through the school or school system, this would be okay.
The motion passed 9-0.
Ms. Gold expressed her concern about the misunderstanding/miscommunication/
misrepresentation on what the board’s intentions were concerning approval of the community
service projects. She stated the board never voted to not approve or to not allow community
service projects. Mr. Jones asked for clarification about whether or not the fund raisers pulled for
discussion in August were approved; the board agreed that the principals will segregate fund
raisers and the community service projects, then resubmit the fund raisers that need to be
approved, if any.
The following citizens addressed the board: Mike Grippin, Mrs. Michael Hopkins, Lisa Jagod, Ginger
Hardison, and Craig Blackwell. Mr. Blackwell, representing the Parks and Recreation Board of
Chapel Hill, was asking for approval to use the old gym and auditorium at Forrest School for the
organization’s Christmas festivities. Mr. Perryman made a motion, seconded by Mr. Jones, to
approve the use of the facility. The motion passed 9-0.
Ms. Tears made a motion to add Delinda Owens to four members of the Management Team
(Shelia Cook-Jones, Suzanne Ingram, Lyn Stacey, Lisa Ventura) to serve as the Negotiating Team.
Mr. Denton seconded the motion, and the motion passed 9-0. Mr. Moses made a motion to name
Lyn Stacey as chief negotiator. Ms. Kennedy seconded the motion, and the motion passed 9-0.
Mr. Denton made a motion, with a second by Ms. Kennedy, to allow the Federal Projects
administrative assistants to repay the salary adjustment paid on their July check by the end of the
calendar year (December 31). The motion passed 8-1, with Ms. Tears voting no.
Mr. Keny made a motion, with a second by Mr. Perryman, to keep Lewis, King, Krieg and Waldrop
on retainer as the school board’s attorney. The motion passed 9-0.
Ms. Tears made a motion, seconded by Ms. Kennedy, to take the Athletic Directors out of the
stipulation requiring employees who receive supplements to teach three classes, and allow the
schools to formulate their own schedules. The board decided to discuss the issue further in the
near future. Ms. Tears withdrew her motion. Ms. Tears made a motion to eliminate the motion
passed August 9 that the master schedule be designed in such a way that employees receiving
supplements be required to teach three classes, and to use planning period for sports. Ms. Owens
seconded the motion and the motion passed 9-0.
Concerning Robert’s Rules of Order, the board agreed to pull this topic from the agenda and
schedule a board retreat to discuss the issue. The board also agreed to address developing goals
and objectives during the retreat, so an evaluation tool for the Director of Schools can be
developed; Mr. Jackson reminded the board that a retreat is like a workshop and votes cannot be
taken. Mr. Keny asked Mr. Dukes if the board could move the evaluation to December 15, instead
of November 15 as the contract indicates; Mr. Dukes stated he would check his calendar and get
back with the board.
Mr. Dukes gave a Race To The Top update; Ms. Kennedy requested that Mr. Dukes instruct the
principals they can’t opt-out of RTTT, and if any principals do not participate that the board be
informed so corrective action can be taken.
In the Budget Update, Ms. Gold informed the board the Education Committee of the Commission
approved the school system’s budget, while the Budget Committee of the Commission rejected
the budget. This will now go to the full commission with a favorable recommendation by the
Education Committee and an unfavorable recommendation by the Budget Committee. The
Commission’s Budget Committee passed a motion to make a recommendation to the full
commission that the budget only be approved if it spends zero out of fund balance. Ms. Gold
recommended the board consider trying to find $104,110 in this budget so the board can go to the
full commission to offer a budget that will not run the risk of increasing the maintenance of effort.
Ms. Tears made a motion to leave the date and time of monthly board meetings on the second
Monday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Owens seconded the motion, and the motion passed 9-0.
In new business, Ms. Kennedy made a motion that the board direct its attorney to conduct an
investigation of the substance of the allegations that were stated in a memo delivered to the
board by Director Dukes. This investigation will be conducted on behalf of the board and the
attorney conducting the investigation shall have full access to all employees of Marshall County
Schools and all employees are directed to cooperate with the investigation. The attorneys will
provide a summary of their findings once the investigation is complete. Mr. Moses seconded the
motion. Mr. Jackson stated he would deliver a report on his findings, by mail or fax, to the board
before October 11, 2010. The motion passed 9-0.
In the director’s report, Mr. Dukes provided the following information: Tom Wittington has
property for sale in Chapel Hill north of Forrest’s football field; an article published by Education
Network of America concerning distance learning; enrollment as of 9/8/10 is 5,368 students (5,313
in February last school year); the cost of an SRO at LMS; reminded the board he would be at the
Directors’ Conference three days during the following week.
Mr. Perryman made a motion to suspend the rules to consider a motion; Ms. Kennedy seconded
the motion, and the motion passed 9-0. Mr. Perryman made a motion to allow Amerisco to do a
study and make a proposal of energy savings to the school system at no cost. Mr. Jones seconded
the motion, and the motion passed 8-1, with Ms. Gold voting no.
Mr. Keny read “Thank You” cards from Taylor Clift, Jordan Roberts, and Linda Prince.
Ms. Kennedy made a motion, with a second by Mr. Denton, to add a Calendar Committee to the
list of board committees. The motion passed 9-0.
Since the board previously set the September board meeting as the deadline to take action on the
classified pay scale and that deadline was not met, recommendation was made to take up the
issue during the board retreat. Tuesday, October 5, 2010, from 5:00-9:00 p.m. is the date and time
set for the board retreat. The location will be determined at a later date.
Due to the fact the October board meeting falls within Fall Break, the board set the October
meeting for Tuesday, October 19, 2010, at 6:30 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.
Mike Keny, Chairman
Roy Dukes, Director