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November 10, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Henry County Board of Education November Meeting

Call to Order
Discussion:  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Rod Frey. A moment of silence was recognized by Jill Coker.
Citizen's Forum
Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Nurse's Report
Board Minutes
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
LEA Compliance Report
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Henry School Report
Speaker(s):  Mr. David Kibbler

Principal, David Kibbler, welcomed everyone to Henry School and briefly discussed two programs that are creating positive attention within the school, the Student Advisory Council and Pirate Time, are greatly improving the overall experience of each student at Henry School. He explained that these two programs are helping resolve issues that were discovered last year such as: students lacking a voice and not building solid relationships.

Mr. Kibbler  stated that Henry now has a Student Advisory Council with 9 members that meets every other week and that Mrs. Regina Lindsey serves as the Teacher sponsor. Mrs. Lindsey informed the board that the students practice Roberts Rules of Order during the meetings and practice sharing their ideas while implementing leadership skills.

Two Henry students, Parker Scott and Kaylie Hill, discussed the recent accomplishments of the Council such as: adding a second register to the salad bar line, providing a smack cart to Middle School students mid-morning, and holding a fundraiser for Relay for Life. Both students informed the board that being able to provide ideas from the student's perspective and having a voice is extremely important to every student.

Another Henry student, Trey House, discussed the success of Pirate Time. This program is similar to Life Skill classes and allows students to talk about both short- term and long-term goals. Learning the importance of life skills such as: teamwork, proper communication skills, and understanding another persons point-of-view will help us succeed in life.




* Policy 3.210: Naming of Facilities (First Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton presented the final policy to the board in regards to naming of Facilities. He stated before the board that the only line that has been added was line 30 stating "board reserves the right to remove names on facilities at any time, should issues arise."

Dr. Norton stated that as long as any additional issues do not arise, the policy will be reviewed at the December board meeting for the final reading, and should be adopted.

No action was taken at this time.

Update: Facilities Projects
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton provided the board with the facilities project update. Another public input meeting about artificial turf will be held in the next 7-10 days. Plans are being made to have an expert present that can answer any questions. Board members and media will be notified once the meeting date is confirmed.

Regarding the bus garage and maintenance shop, final plans will be sent for bids by next week and construction should begin soon.

TNReady and EOC Testing Preperation
Speaker(s):  Dr. Renea Wade

Dr. Renea Wade discussed the TN Ready, TCAP, and End of Curriculum Testing Preparation. She explained that testing has gone thru many changes in the last few years such as: a new vendor, the changing of testing windows, score reporting, and other things.

The Testing Widow for HCHS in the fall is November 18th thru December 16th. Elementary and Spring HCHS will be April 17th thru May 5th. She did say that not every student will be testing at that time.

Dr. Wade stated that other assessment Tests this year include the ACT, Dual Credit courses, and more information can be found under the students and families tab on the system's website.

In conclusion, Dr. Norton said the statewide results are not great, but assured the board members that our teachers are teaching and our students are learning.

Director's Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton informed the board that system wants to do a review on the SACs Re-accreditation, to gauge how things were going. He stated that 22 classrooms were reviewed. Students are reading grade level text, and instructionally everything is on track. Dr. Norton emphasized that "we are not preparing our students for a test, we are preparing them for life."

Dr. Norton informed the board that a completed 2017-2018 would be available for review at the December 1st board meeting.


Meeting adjourned-5:52PM

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