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					                                              OFFICIAL

                 MINUTES OF THE BLOUNT COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION

       The Blount County Board of Education met in regular session on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at
7:00 p.m. in the boardroom at Central Office.

      Rev. Rick Myers, Rocky Branch Missionary Baptist Church, opened the meeting with
prayer.

       Pledge of Allegiance – Paten Sweeney, 1st grade – Eagleton Elementary

       Mr. Don Talbott recognized Rev. Myers for his service in the military.

       Mr. Mike Treadway introduced the William Blount Middle School cheerleaders and recognized
them for winning 1st place in their division at the Regional cheerleading competition at Thompson
Bowling arena in Knoxville on Sunday. The team has qualified to participate in the National Competition
in February at Disney World in Florida.

       Members of the cheerleading squad are Morgan Duprey, Madison Borden, Michal Treadway,
Kayla Brown, Katie Haworth, Marah McNabb, Marsha Mattison, Morgan Finley, Shawna Price, Monica
Endsley, Lauren Spicer and Jennifer Finley.

       Call to order – Chairman

       Roll Call for attendance.

              Mr. Charles Finley            Present
              Dr. Don McNelly               Present
              Mr. Booty Miller              Present
              Mr. Bill Padgett              Present
              Mrs. Jean Simerly             ABSENT
              Mr. Don Talbott               Present
              Mr. Mike Treadway             Present

              Student Representative        Nathan O’Neal         Present
              Student Representative        Scott Pugh            Present

       Board Clerk declared a quorum for the meeting.


COMMENTS FROM THE COMMUNITY

       1.     Lindsey Hill, a student at William Blount High, spoke to the board regarding the proposed
              dress code policy concerning hairstyle and hair color. Lindsey is a senior and sixth in her
              class. Lindsey stated that during her high school career she has had pink, purple and green
              hair and the color did not stop her from doing her best. She said her hair coloring had


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            never been considered a distraction among her fellow students. Lindsey is a peer tutor and
            has the respect of her teachers and fellow students. Lindsey felt the rule was vague and
            would take away from time spent on learning.

     2.     Mike Matousek also spoke against the policy saying the wording is vague and could lead
            to discrimination. Matousek said he was 30th in the class and does not color his hair. He
            also stated that others in his class who do not color their hair are failing because of other
            distractions – not hair color.

     3.     Jimmy Long spoke against the policy. Jimmy said that the administration in the past has
            approved blue/orange day during football season. He asked if this practice would continue
            with this policy change.

     4.     Student representative O’Neal said that the policy interferes with students’ individuality
            and self-expression. Nathan said that students today are not distracted by the same things
            that adults are.

     5.     Student representative Pugh said the decision of whether something is distracting takes up
            time. The distraction is with this ruling. Pugh said that students do not usually consider
            hair coloring a distraction.


SYSTEM HIGHLIGHTS

1.   Art Gallery and Music                                        Alisa Teffeteller

     The month of November we will highlight artwork from Eagleton Elementary School. Art teacher
     is Leslie Mielke and the Principal is Jerry Bailey.

     Art work displayed in the boardroom featured work from students at William Blount High School.
     Art teacher is Carroll Ray and the Principal is Dr. Christy Martin.

     Also featured in the showcase in the front entrance to Central Office is artwork from William
     Blount Middle School. Art teacher is Carrie Harmon and the Principal is Susan White.

     Music played before the meeting featured the 5th grade students at Friendsville Elementary School.
     Music teacher is Barbara West and the Principal is Ellen Jenkins.




RECOGNITIONS, REPORTS, AND PRESENTATIONS


     1.     Report from the DIRECTOR OF SCHOOLS



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                 a.        Mr. Hord announced that Blount county Schools Extended School Program is
                           hosting the Sixth Annual Smoky Mountain School-Age Child Care Conference at
                           William Blount High School on Saturday, November 8, 2003.
                 b.        William Blount High School will have a Veterans Day Program on November 7 at
                           10:30 a.m.
                 c.        Carpenters Middle School will have a Veterans Day Program on Monday,
                           November 10 at 9:45 a.m.
                 d.        William Blount High School football team is in the playoffs and will play Jefferson
                           County on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.
                 e.        William Blount Cross County placed 5th in State competition in Nashville.
                 f.        Heritage High School Planetarium received a $500 grant from…. The money will
                           be used to develop elementary programs.
                 g.        WBIR TV was at Heritage Middle School featuring a story about the partnership
                           between the State Teacher of the Year and Maryville College.
                 h.        Eagleton Elementary School is hosting a “Family Reading Night” on November 18
                           at 6:30 – 8:30. Guest author is Dr. Tom Turner.
                 i.        On November 5 Eagleton Elementary Principal Jerry Bailey shared with K-5
                           Principals and Supervisors ideas from their work with the REA grant.
                 j.        K-12 principals have been sharing with the board AYP benchmarks regarding “No
                           Child Left Behind”. Principals are bringing ideas of ways to continue to make
                           progress in the schools.
                 k.        The Board will meet on November 10 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. to discuss Blount
                           County Long Range Plans.
                 l.        The Education Committee will meet at the Central Office on Monday, November
                           10 at 12:00 noon.

         2.      Personnel – Alisa Teffeteller

                                               November 2003
                                           PERSONNEL CHANGES
 Retirement-Certified:

       Name       School                Position                Status   Effective   Reason
                                                                         Date
1.Ruth Davis      Heritage High         Vocational              FT       10-13-03    Retirement
                                        Education/Computer
                                        Teacher

 Resignations-Certified:

       Name       School                Position                Status   Effective   Reason
                                                                         Date
1,Christi         Carpenters Middle     6th Grade Reading       FT       10-30-03    Resignation
Millsapps                               Teacher
2.Rusty           William Blount        Guidance Teacher        PT       10-24-03    Resignation
Winchester        Middle



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 Leave of Absence-Certified:

        Name       School             Position                Status    Effective     Reason
                                                                        Date
1.Stacey Harbin    Eagleton           Kindergarten Teacher    FT        10-13-03 to   Extending Leave of Absence –
                   Elementary                                           4-16-04       Health leave
2.Rose Justice     Fairview           5th Grade Teacher       FT        10-13-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
                                                                        3-12-04
3.Amanda           Lanier             2nd Grade Teacher       FT        12-01-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
Breeding                                                                5-28-04
4.Amy Sue          William Blount     Spanish Teacher         FT        10-30-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
Jones              High                                                 1-05-04
5.Anna Russell     William Blount     Business Education      FT        10-13-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
                   High               Teacher                           1-01-04
6.Rebecca          William Blount     Special Education       FT        10-14-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
Redding            Middle             Teacher                           12-19-03
7.Julie Hilborn    William Blount     Special Education       FT        10-13-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
                   Middle             ABC II Teacher                    12-19-03
8.Elizabeth        William Blount     6th Grade Math          FT        10-13-03 to   Leave of Absence – Health leave
Breeding           Middle             Teacher                           1-01-04


 To Hire-Certified:

        Name       School             Position                 Status    Effective    Reason
                                                                         Date
1.Krista           Porter             Special Education        PT        9-15-03      Replacing Hope Barber –
Thompson                              Teacher                                         resigned

2.Julie Aldridge   Everett Learning   Blount Adult             PT        10-14-03     Replacing Julie Hays - resigned
                   Opportunity        Education – ESL
                   Center             Teacher

 To Hire – Late Hire – Certified:

Name               School             Position                 Status    Effective    Reason
                                                                         Date
1.Connie Horner    Heritage High      Vocational Education     FT        10-13-03     Replacing Ruth Davis – retired
Roberts                               Teacher                                         Position to be posted in spring
                                                                                      2004

 To Hire-Classified:

        Name       School             Position                 Status    Effective    Reason
                                                                         Date
1.Brenda Moss      Porter             Custodian                PT        10-24-03     Replacing Bob Caldwell –
                                                                                      resigned
2.Janice Sims      Lanier             Food Service             PT        7-31-03      Replacing Joyce Kirkland –FT
                                                                                      position divided into 2 PT


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                                                                                      positions
3.Norma            Montvale            Food Service              PT       7-31-03     Replacing Anne McIntire -
Huffstetler                                                                           resigned
4.Sandra Hutsell   Porter              Food Service              PT       9-22-03     Replacing Barbara Matteson –
                                                                                      resigned
5.Elizabeth        Walland             Food Service              PT       9-22-03     Replacing Starr Curnutt –
Rebecca Ladner                                                                        resigned
6.Davis            Carpenters Middle   Special Education         FT       10-14-03    Replacing Jason Alley –
McCammon                               Instructional Assistant                        terminated
7.Judy Deavours    Mary Blount         Special Education         PT       10-21-03    Replacing Linda Parker – transfer
                                       Instructional Assistant                        to Mary Blount Title I position
8.Kay Ownby        Montvale            Regular Education         PT       9-29-03     Replacing Shannon Bragg –
                                       Instructional Assistant                        resigned
9.Trudy            Montvale            Special Education         PT       9-29-03     Replacing Rowena Sullivan –
Holbrook                               Instructional Assistant                        transfer to Montvale Library
                                                                                      Assistant
10.Kenneth         Maintenance         HVAC Technician           FT       10-13-03    New position
Christopher
11.Tiffany         Friendsville        Extended School           PT       9-24-03     Additional help needed due to
Brown                                  Program                                        enrollment
12.Amy Hurst       Friendsville        Extended School           PT       10-20-03    Replacing Nikki Haggard –
                                       Program                                        resigned
13.John Titlow     Mary Blount         Extended School           PT       10-14-03    Replacing Laura Hawk – resigned
                                       Program


 To Hire – Temporary – Classified:

Name               School              Position                  Status   Effective   Reason
                                                                          Date
1.H. Sherri        Montvale            Special Education         PT       9-29-03     Replacing A. Denise Gardner –
Vinsant                                Instructional Assistant                        Leave of Absence – Health leave
2.Ava Cooper       Porter              Special Education         PT       10-14-03    New position
                                       Instructional Assistant

 Retirement – Classified:

          Name     School              Position                  Status   Effective   Reason
                                                                          Date
1.James R          Porter              Head Custodian            FT       10-03-03    Retirement
Caldwell

 Resignations-Classified:

          Name     School              Position                  Status   Effective   Reason
                                                                          Date
1.Bob Caldwell     Porter              Custodian                 PT       10-06-03    Resignation
2.Kay Wright       Eagleton Middle     Food Service              PT       9-12-03     Resignation
3.Susan            Heritage Middle     Food Service              FT       10-15-03    Resignation



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Trentham
4.Barbara         Porter                Food Service                   PT      9-19-03       Resignation
Matteson
5.Missy Hearon    Mary Blount           Preschool                      FT      10-03-03      Resignation
                                        Instructional Assistant

6.Stacy Jeter     Mary Blount           Title I Instructional          PT      9-23-03       Resignation
Cooper                                  Assistant
7.Rebekah         Rockford              Title I Instructional          PT      10-03-03      Resignation
Chambers                                Assistant
8.Sam             Justice Center        Instructional Assistant        PT      9-26-03       Resignation
McCroskey
9.Yvonne          Fairview              Extended School                PT      10-14-03      Resignation
Graves                                  Program
10.Molli McCall   Fairview              Extended School                PT      9-30-03       Resignation
Jenkins                                 Program
11.Nikki          Friendsville          Extended School                PT      10-10-03      Resignation
Haggard                                 Program
12.Laura Hawk     Mary Blount           Extended School                PT      10-10-03      Resignation
                                        Program
13.Sarah Hunter   Montvale              Extended School                PT      10-02-03      Resignation
                                        Program
14.Randy Byrd     Porter                Extended School                PT      10-21-03      Resignation
                                        Program
15.Teresa         Porter                Extended School                PT      10-17-03      Resignation
Rogers                                  Program


 Leave of Absence – Classified:


Name              School                Position                  Status    Effective Date    Reason
1.George          Montvale              Head Custodian            FT        10-08-03 to       Leave of Absence – Health
Magness                                                                     undetermined      leave
2.Sharon          Heritage Middle       Food Service              PT        9-17-03 to        Leave of Absence – Health
Turner                                                                      12-01-03          leave

 Transfers-Classified:

Name              School           Position            School                Position         Effective    Reason
                                                                                              Date
1.Ervin           Mary Blount Custodian FT             Porter                Head             10-22-03     Replacing Ray
Blankenship                                                                  Custodian FT                  Caldwell – retired
2.Linda Parker    Mary Blount Special Education        Mary Blount           Title I          10-21-03     Replacing Stacy
                              Instructional                                  Instructional                 Cooper – resigned
                              Assistant PT                                   Assistant PT
3.Dustin Boruff   Montvale    Extended School          Fairview              Extended         10-15-03     Replacing Yvonne
                              Program PT                                     School                        Graves – resigned
                                                                             Program PT



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Food Service Orientation – October 1, 2003

1.    Broyles, Nellie
2.    Currier, Michele
3.    Goodson, Virginia
4.    Hurst, Marsha
5.    Kilby, Melissa
6.    Presley, Brandi
7.    Williams, Lucy
8.    Lynn, Mary – 10-21-03


Substitute Orientation – October 20, 2003
Degreed

1.    Dixon, Emily
2.    Hudspeth, Katherine
3.    Price, James
4.    Nestor, David
5.    Yolch, Andrew
6.    McClellan, Kimberly
7.    Neulist, Peter
8.    Hofland, Marianne
9.    Walker, Kimberly
10.   Turner, Mary Ellin
11.   Moore, Tonja
12.   Schultz, Sheila
13.   Moore, Glenis
14.   Morgan, John

Non-degreed

1. Gilbertson, Diana
2. Jones, Pamela

Employees

1.Clark, Lisa – T.A. @ Porter
2.Cooper, Ava – T.A. @ Porter




Interns



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1. Henderson, Melody
2. Roberts, Lora


                                     TOTAL PERSONNEL CHANGES FOR
                               BOARD MEETING – NOVEMBER 2003

                                                             Certified
Classified
New Hires                                                          2     13

New Hires – Temporary                                              0     2

New Hire – Interim                                                 0     0

New Hire – Late Hire                                               1     0

Leave of Absence                                                   8     2

Resignation                                                        2     15

Resignation – Interim                                              0     0

Retirement                                                         1     1

Transfers                                                          0     3

Transfers – Temporary                                              0     0

Transfer – Late Hire                                               0     0

Transfer – Interim                                                 0     0

Substitute Orientation                                             14    2

Substitute Orientation – Employees                                 0     2

Substitute Orientation – Interns                                   2     0

Food Service Orientation                                           0     8

Extended School Program Substitute                                 0     0

Terminations                                                       0     0

Deaths                                                             0     0




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Totals                                                          30    48


                            2002-2003 CUMULATIVE PERSONNEL CHANGES

                                                          Certified
Classified
New Hires                                                       48    115

New Hires – Temporary                                           1      9

New Hire – Interim                                              19     0

New Hire – Late Hire                                            9      0

Leave of Absence                                                32    14

Resignation                                                     12    84

Resignation – Interim                                           0      0

Retirement                                                      16     4

Transfers                                                       37    43

Transfers – Temporary                                           0      2

Transfer – Late Hire                                            3      0

Transfer – Interim                                              0      0

Substitute Orientation                                          51    40

Substitute Orientation – Employees                              0     15

Substitute Orientation – Interns                                17     0

Food Service Orientation                                        0     34

Extended School Program Substitute                              0      4

Terminations                                                    1      2

Deaths                                                          1      0

Totals                                                         247    366
         3.     Construction Report – Ron Ogle



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     Dr. Brian Bell gave the construction report. Dr. Bell gave skematic drawings of Fairview
     to the board. The drawing showed the difference sections of the building, timelines for
     completion, areas completed and areas yet to be completed. Work in the office and gym
     areas will begin during the summer.

     Roof work at Rockford is underway. Roofing materials are being delivered to Heritage
     and Walland during the next couple of weeks.

     Bill Padgett asked about the high utility bills at Heritage and William Blount. Dr. Bell
     stated that higher bills were expected because of the larger fresh air systems that were
     installed.

     S101 and S102 work has been completed at Heritage and work will now begin on the
     Heritage Theatre.

     The bleachers are not in a Lanier but the floors are finished.


4.   Report from the Executive Committee

     a.     Approval by the Executive Committee of one in-school basketball game between
            Walland Elementary and Mary Blount Elementary on Thursday, October 23, 2003,
            at 1:30 p.m.

     b.     APPROVED BY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE - A request from CMSgt. Eades and
            Lt. Col. Williams, ROTC Instructors at Heritage, to take students to McGhee Tyson
            ANG Base to participate in a KC-135 orientation flight during an aerial refueling
            mission on November 6, 2003


5.   Presentation of EPA Tools for Schools – 2003 Excellence Award               Dr. Brian Bell


     On October 27, Dr. Bell went to Washington D.C. to accept on behalf of the Blount
     County School System, the United States Environmental Protection Agencies Indoor Air
     Quality Tools for Schools Award of Excellence.

     Sixteen other schools or school systems throughout the United States received this
     distinguished award.

     In recognizing the work of our system, the EPA said that, “Like many schools, Blount
     County School System suffered from mold related problems and inadequate HVAC
     systems. But they did something about it! They established an indoor air quality
     prevention and remediation structure, using the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools
     Program in the indoor air in their schools.”




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           Dr. Bell said this award was not given to Blount County schools because we have cleaner
           air than anyone else… we don’t. We live in East Tennessee. We have some buildings that
           are 50 years old, we have some aging HVAC systems, and we have some leaky roofs. We
           received this award because we have recognized these issues and are actively finding
           solutions.

           Dr. Bell said that much of the credit goes to you, the Board of Education, to the County
           Commission and to our Public Building Authority for adequate funding of Indoor Air
           Quality Improvement projects, such as the Fresh Air Systems, HVAC upgrades and
           replacements, and roof renovations.

           Individually, 3 people are primarily responsible for receiving this honor, Mr. Alvin Hord,
           Mr. Ben Dalton and Dr. Bud Helton. Mrs. Vandy Kemp, PBA Director Ron Ogle and Dan
           Cook from Hodges Engineering also contributed much to the success of our program.

           Acting EPA Administrator Marianne Horinko said at the conference. “Schools that
           implement indoor air quality improvements as recommended by our Indoor Air Quality
           Tools for Schools Program continue to see dramatic, positive results. We are proud to
           recognize these schools and school districts that have stepped up and taken action to make
           indoor air quality a priority. They provide a model for schools nationwide to proactively
           manage indoor air quality, which leads to a better learning environment. We hope that
           more and more schools choose to become involved and we believe that the long-term
           health benefits for our children will be significant.”



CONSENT AGENDA

    Dr. McNelly made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda and Addendum #1 – pulling item
    #10 for separate discussion. Mr. Bill Padgett seconded the motion.

    During the discussion regarding item # 11 (c) Board Member Charles Finley asked if Lindsey
    Hill’s hair color would be a distraction. Neither high school principal was present to voice an
    opinion, however, High School Supervisor Dr. Morton, several people in the audience and several
    board members indicated that it was not a distraction.

    Student representative O’Neal said that the policy interferes with students’ individuality and self-
    expression. Nathan said that students today are not distracted by the same things that adults are.

    Student representative Pugh said the decision of whether something is distracting takes up time.
    The distraction is with this ruling. Pugh said that students do not usually consider hair coloring a
    distraction.

    Superintendent Hord stated the policy may need more clarification. He said in his opinion a
    distraction is when students are preoccupied with the looks of another students and it interferes
    with teaching.



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Mr. Bill Padgett thanked the William Blount Booster Club for providing the board with
information regarding item #8 – building a field house at the WB Softball field. Mr. Padgett
indicated that the estimated cost to operate the facility would be less than $700 per year.

Vote on the motion to approve was unanimous. Motion carried.

1. Approval of Agenda for November 6, 2003, Regular Meeting


2. Approval of Minutes for October 2, 2003, Regular Meeting


3. Approval of Minutes for September 30, 2003, Special Called Meeting


4. Approval of POLICIES – SECOND READING                       Jean Simerly

       a. Policy # 5.3021 – Sick Leave Bank - Editorial Change
       b. Policy # 5.106 – Application and Recommendation
       c. Policy # 6.310 – Dress Code


5. Approval of TRIPS

       a. A request from Chris Clift, Teacher at Heritage High School, to take the Heritage Singers to
          Myrtle Beach, South Carolina North American Music Festival Competition on April 15-18,
          2004.
       b. A request from Diane Bain and Melissa Robinson to take 3rd – 5th grade TAG Classes at
          Friendsville, Middlesettlements, Mary Blount, Lanier and Montvale to the U.S. Space and
          Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama on April 2-4, 2004.
       c. DELETE - A request from Mary Barto, Dodd Crowe, Becky Dunlap, Carrie Crye, Kathy
          Hunt, Cindy Karnowaski, Donny Anderson and Jama Anderson, teachers at Carpenters Middle
          School, to take the 8th grade students to the Taft Education Center, William H Taft Memorial
          Site, Cincinnati Reds Baseball Game, Kings Island and the Cincinnati Zoo in Cincinnati, Ohio
          on May 14-16, 2004.
       d. A request from Mary Alice Frasier, teacher at William Blount Middle, to take the 7th and 8th
          grade chorus to the 2003 JHMS Honors Choir at First Baptist Church in Morristown,
          Tennessee on November 21-22, 2003.
       e. APPROVED BY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE on 11/4/03 - A request from CMSgt. Eades and
          Lt. Col. Williams, ROTC Instructors at Heritage, to take students to McGhee Tyson ANG Base
          to participate in a KC-135 orientation flight during an aerial refueling mission on November 6,
          2003.
       f. A request from Col. Shaughnessy and MSgt. Reidy, ROTC Instructors at William Blount High
          School, to take students to McGhee Tyson ANG Base to participate in an KC-135 Air
          Refueling Flight on December 4, 2003.
       g. A request from MSgt. Reidy and Col. Shaughnessy, ROTC Instructors at William Blount High
          School to take students to Bell County High School JROTC Drill Meet in Bell County
          Kentucky on November 15, 2003.



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       h. A request from Anita Vananda, teacher at Townsend, to take the 5th grade students to Tremont
          on December 17-19, 2003.



6. Approval to Create New Positions                     Alisa Teffeteller

   1. Part-time TA in Special Education at Carpenters Middle School – 7th /8th multi-age classroom
   2. Part-time Friends Activity Instructor – Lanier Elementary (Paid by Blount County Education
      Foundation Scholarship)


7. Approval of BID             Dr. Brian Bell

       a. Pest Control         - awarded to Cooks Pest Control


8. William Blount Lady Govs Softball Boosters Club is asking permission to build a Field House at the
   William Blount Softball Field.


9. Approval of Volunteer Coaches

   Joseph Lindsay      Tiger Ball               Townsend
   John Alexander      Tiger Ball               Townsend


10. A request for Heritage and William Blount ROTC to participate in Cadet Flying hours if Air Force
    funds are available. – PULLED FOR SEPARATE VOTE AND DISCUSSION


11. Approval of POLICIES – FIRST READING                Jean Simerly


       a. Policy # 6.309 – Zero Tolerance Offenses
          Add paragraph – “Under the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Unsafe Schools Policy, any
          public school student who is the victim of a violent crime as defined in TCA 40-38-111 (g) or
          the attempt to commit one of these offenses as defined under Tennessee Code Annotated 30-
          12-101, shall be provided an opportunity to transfer to another grade-level appropriate school
          within the district”.

       b. New Policy – Physical Plant Alternative/Renovation/Adjustment

       c. Policy #6.310 – Dress Code

           Add wording “hairstyle, coloring, or grooming that distracts from the school setting” to letter
           (k) in the elementary (K-5) policy and letter (m) in the middle school and high school (6-12)
           policy




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ADDENDUM # 1 - AGENDA:

       12.       Approval of Bus Mileage Changes

                Bus # 86               Paul Kirkland          90.3 + 1.5 = 91.8



  10. A request for Heritage and William Blount ROTC to participate in Cadet Flying hours if Air Force funds
      are available. – PULLED FOR SEPARATE VOTE AND DISCUSSION

       Superintendent Hord told the board that he received a message from board attorney Shepherd
       regarding the agreement and Mr. Shepherd said the agreement was OK.

       Mr. Mike Treadway made a motion to approve and Mr. Bill Padgett seconded the motion. All
       were in favor. Motion carried.


AGENDA

  1.         Discussion and possible action regarding the Long Range Plans.

             Chairman Miller pointed out that the Long Range Plans in 1999 indicated the need for a 3rd
             high school and nothing has happened thus far. Mr. Miller proposed to create a committee to
             study Blount County’s School Building needs.

             The purpose of this committee is to survey the current buildings and grounds if the Blount
             County Schools System and to project the immediate needs that are revealed by this
             examination. Included in this survey will be a current school by school study that includes all
             aspects of building infrastructure as to type, length of service, maintenance record, current
             operating condition and needed repair. Close attention will be paid to the present suitability of
             each item.

             A second purpose will be to examine the enrollment and community census data that might
             dictate need for change in the school building or school setting. A study of the community
             will be helpful to the County Planning Commission in its role of approving or not approving
             subdivision requests.

             Another purpose of this study will be to review the School Board’s duties, responsibilities and
             methodologies used in its attempts to provide for the needs of the school system.

             The school profile derived from this study will be used as a needs assessment to determine and
             show the present school needs of the system to the public and to the County Legislative Body.

             The committee will be broken down into the following sub-committees to better utilize
             personnel and resources. The elected board will call upon teachers, citizens and other
             specialists to help with the expediency of the project. All existing documents of the school


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           system including items such as those produced by the Centralized Maintenance Committee,
           system report cards, inventories, maintenance records, etc. will be used to provide substance to
           this study.

           The sub-committees are:

               Census / Enrollment Date                     Building Roofs
               Heating / Ventilating Systems                Proposed Design
               Personnel Needs                              Property
               School Board Rules / Responsibilities


       Mr. Charles Finley made a motion to approve and do as quickly as possible. Mr. Bill Padgett
seconded the motion.

        Mike Treadway expressed his concerns with the delay of our request to County Commission to
build a school. Mr. Treadway said that we have already looked at the overcrowding problems and we
don’t need to waste time with a committee. Mr. Treadway also suggested the board look again at building
a Freshman Wing at William Blount.

        Mr. Charles Finley said that we already have most of the information Mr. Miller is proposing and
it should not take much time to put together.

        Mr. Miller said it should not take more than two months.

Vote on the motion to approve was unanimous. Motion carried.

COMMENTS FROM THE BLOUNT COUNTY EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

   1.      Mark Williamson, Present of BCEA, said membership cards are here and are being given to
           Central Office personnel to look at benefits.
   2.      Mr. Williamson asked to go on record objecting to the motion that an attorney would be
           present regarding grievance and contractual matters with BCEA.

COMMENTS FROM STUDENT REPRESENTATIVES

   1.      Scott Pugh expressed concerns with the policy change regarding hair color. Scott asked if the
           policy was beneficial to students. Scott also asked that the policy be left along and to access
           it’s importance.
   2.      Nathan O’Neal made another plea for a covered walkway from the back parking lot at
           Heritage High to the main building. Nathan said that on rainy days students are wet from 8:30
           until 3:30.

COMMITTEE REPORT

        None



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COMMENTS FROM THE BOARD

  1.    Dr. McNelly commended Alvin Hord for having principals share their school’s plans for
        improvement with the board.
  2.    Mr. Finley was impressed with the students who spoke at the meeting, saying they were a
        good representative of the system.

  No further business, Dr. McNelly moved to adjourn and Mr. Mike Treadway seconded the motion.
  All were in favor. Motion carried.



                                                ______________________________________
                                                William B. Miller, Chairman



                                                ______________________________________
                                                Alvin Hord, Secretary




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