PLEASE POST Board Bullets Highlights of the Cherokee County Board of Education Meeting July 10, 2008, Central Office The Board meeting opened with an invocation from Dr. Ackerman, Paula Watson led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mr. Shields read the mission statement. The agenda was approved with two modifications, and the minutes of the regular June 5 meeting, the special called June 9th meeting and the special called June 27th meeting were approved as circulated. The Board and Mrs. Terelle Beaver, Finance Officer, conducted a public hearing prior to voting to transfer the main building, property and right of way at Murphy High School to the county for the purpose of financing the renovation projects at that location. There was no public comment. There was no public input. The Board recognized Mrs. Dorothy Davis, English Teacher at AHS and Katie Truett, Senior at AHS for state recognition of the NC Graduation Project as well as Andrews High School. The Board heard a presentation from TATU, Teens Against Tobacco Use, asking for stronger enforcement of the Tobacco Policy at extra curricular events and directed the Superintendent to work with the Tobacco Coordinator to implement a compliance workshop. The Board approved budget resolutions. The Board heard a report on an amendment to the Western EdNet IRU agreement, and a report that the fiber loop will soon be complete. The Board heard an update on the Mountain Youth School Work Study Program and the success of the program. The Board approved second readings of the Attendance Policy, # 4400, and the Electronic Stored Information policy # 7331. The Board heard first readings of Policy 7820, Personnel Files; 5070, Public Records; 5040, News Media Relations, and # 6225, Free & Reduced Price Food Service. During the Superintendent’s Report, Dr. Lane stated that he appreciates the opportunity to be here and lead this great county, has been able to get to many parts of the county and will get to all parts. He stated that the principals, central office staff and teachers are undergoing a lot of staff development this summer from the Summer Leadership Conf to Chapel Hill/Raleigh to WRESA, evaluation information, data interpretation information, NCLB designations, it has been and will continue to be a busy summer. He commended Gary Wright and the Maintenance Department for getting out and getting projects done. He stated he saw a lot of things done from one visit to the next over the month, things are really looking good. The state budget looks grim, we are not getting enough money for fuel; we are down about 38 students which is about 2 positions county wide. The Governor has worked very hard to get a good state raise for teachers to get them up to national average, but we will fall short of that with an average of about 3%, 2.69% for principals/assistant principals and approximately 2.75% or $1100 – which ever is higher for all other state employees. That has not been signed, but has come out of committee. There have been increases in some areas such as More-at-Four. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of T.J. Farver, the 8 year old from Martins Creek who lost his life in an accident, as well as to the staff of Martins Creek School. A lot of exciting things are happening in the schools, our opening event is being planned, I want to be sure school performance is highlighted, commend our people who have done so much work to make those things a reality. The Board adjourned to closed session and after returning to open session, took the following actions: Approved retirement for: Rebecca Hoilman, Teacher Asst., AES Nancy Bristol, Teacher Asst. AES Accepted resignation of Kelly Cowan, Marble Elementary Hired, based on a clear criminal record check, proper credentials, and position funding, for the 2008-2009 year: Sara Abel, Counselor, MHS Dr. Linda Kemerer, Counselor for MCS and HDES/MS April McConnell, part-time tutor and Nova Net Facilitator for MYS Brooke Slaughter, Teacher Assistant, AES Cathy Latulip, Teacher Assistant, AES Randy Bryant, Computer Technician I – Interim –Tech Department Jessica Wilson, interim for Susan Kissel, MES – 8/18 – 11/18/08 Betty Moore, part-time custodian, MYS Mary McGaha, permanent, part-time at Marble Elementary Cafeteria Sharon Dockery, Child Nutrition Manager, Ranger Dr. Lane announced the following transfers for the 2008-2009 school year: Kim Allison from half-time social studies, half-time Nova Net Facilitator at MYS to half-time social studies at MYS and half-time social studies at Tri-County Early College High School. An intensive intervention class is being set up at Ranger School with Sonya Short as the teacher. Volunteers were approved, based on a clear criminal record check and proper credentials: Brandy Phillips – AHS Cheerleading Tasha N. Coward – AHS Cheerleading Cody A. White - AHS Football Jason Johnson – AHS Football Jackie Brooms – Volleyball – MMS There will be a special-called meeting for the purpose of personnel on July 24, 2008. The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education will be held on August 14th 6:00 p.m. at Central Office. There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.