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December 1, 2016 at 5:00 PM - Henry County Board of Education December Meeting

Call to Order
Discussion:  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Tom Beasley. A moment of silence was recognized by Jill Coker.
Citizen's Forum
Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Board Minutes
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Patriot Pride Recognition
Speaker(s):  Dr. Susan Burton

Dr. Susan Burton presented the Patriot Pride recognition for the design of the District's Annual Christmas Card.

Ms. Angela Yearry, teacher of the Digital Art Design class, recognized Henry County High School student, Diamond Nored, for her winning design on this year's Christmas card. Caleb Orr, also a Henry County High School student, designed the message displayed on the inside of the card.

Ms. Yearry spoke highly of both students including their involvement and accomplishments within the classroom. She stated the she is excited with the amount of talent that Henry County High School is producing.


Person of the Year Recognition: Mrs. Becky Holland
Speaker(s):  Dr. Susan Burton

Dr. Susan Burton announced to the board that Ms. Becky Holland, Director of the Family Resource Center, had received the West Tennessee District of the Seventh Day Adventist Church's Person of the Year Award.

Ms. Holland stated that the Family Resource Center was recognized for the Weekend Backpack Program and received a check for $500. 

Ms. Holland told the board that programs such as this are vital for the children in this community and that she was extremely grateful for the continued support.

Cross County
Speaker(s):  Mr. Lance Winders

The Patriot Cross Country Team along with Head Coach, Lance Winders, and Assistant Coach, Stephanie Winders, were recognized for their multiple accomplishments during another success season.

Coach Winders stated that the team was resurrected five years ago and in that time frame the team moved from 14th to tied for 2nd place in rankings. The team has also been to the State competition the last couple of years. These athletes work hard year around and are also great citizens and great students. Coach Winders told the team that he was extremely proud of their accomplishments and because of their hard-work it was easy to see why Henry County has one of the best programs in the state.

A member of the team, Zach Cutright, put together a video capturing the highlights of the season and presented that to the board for viewing.

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

Dr. Norton presented the final document to the board. He stated that the proper changes had been added from the previous reading.

If any additional changes needs to be implemented he would be happy to correct. If not, the policy is complete.

The board approved Policy 3.210: Naming of Facilities.

*Request to Re-Name Baseball Field
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton informed the board that he could not recommend the proposal to rename the baseball field at Henry County High School to Thunder Field at this time. Although, Dr. Norton, acknowledged the accomplishments of the Thunder Baseball Team, he stated "that the request did not go in line with the policy on naming and renaming that the board passed."

The board accepted Dr. Norton's recommendation to not rename the field.

*2017-2018 Calendar Approval
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton stated that the Calander Committee consisted of several teachers from the district and that all of them had worked very hard on creating this calendar for the next school year. Dr. Norton informed the board that the Fall semester would have 88 instructional days and the Spring semester would have 92. This decision was made considering winter weather usually occurs in months early in the Spring and can sometimes cause loss of instructional days.

Dr. Norton provided a few important dates: August 4th will be an abbreviated first day; no school on August 31st and September 1st for Parent Teacher Conference and Professional Development days, no school for Labor Day on September 4th of 2017. Fall Break will be October 9-13 and school will be closed three days for Thanksgiving. December 19th is the last day before Christmas Breaks begin.

In 2018, school will resume on January 4th and holidays include January 15th, February 19th and 20th, Spring Break is March 26-30, April 27th for Fish Fry, and last day for students is May 24th. Graduation in 2018 will be on May 18th.

The 2017-2018 School Calendar was approved by the board.

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

Dr. Norton congratulated Mr. Tim Mason, Grove Assistant Principal, for finishing the Governor's Academy for School Leadership. Mr. Mason is set to graduate on December 16th. He was included in the first group of assistant principals across the state to be part of this program.

Dr. Norton stated that there was a large crowd for the artificial turf discussion held earlier in the week at Henry County High School. Dr. Norton reiterated the fact that in order to build a facility like we want that is multipurpose, we have to take away the practice field and the turf must be artificial to get use out out it from several areas. He stated that in the meeting community members asked questions and were very receptive to the answers provided.

Meeting adjourned: 5:39 p.m.

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