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January 12, 2017 at 5:00 PM - Henry County Board of Education January 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
Board Minutes
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Budget Amendments
Nurse's Report
Special Education Contract
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
*Tenure Recommendations
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

The board approved nine tenure recommendations.

Approved for tenure were the following: at Lakewood: Lindsey Craig, Lora McCampbell, and Joey Sam; at Harrelson, Chris Watson and Julie Jackson; and at Henry County High School: Kim Bynum, John Harrison, Laura Moss, and Steve Summers.

Tenure Recognition
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton explained to the board that tenure is granted after serving as a teacher for five years and during the last two years earning a 4 or 5 in being above or significantly above expectations on the state report card. The nine recipients have earned this honor, therefore; we acknowledge their accomplishments.

Each Principal with a recipient(s) spoke briefly on behalf of their teacher(s) and their success.

An engraved candy dish was presented to each recipient along with a $500 bonus.

Bus Garage Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

Maintenance Supervisor, John Akers, updated the board on the construction progress at the new bus garage located near Barton Field.  

He stated that the bid opening will be in a couple of weeks and several local contractors had picked up bid sheets. Once bids are open he stated that work would begin within 4-6 weeks.

School Report Card
Speaker(s):  Ms. Betsy Allison

Supervisor of Curriculum for grades 9-12, Ms. Betsy Allison, presented the School Report Card and discussed the testing data for grades 9-12.

Ms. Allison stated that the attendance, graduation rate, ACT composite average across the school was good. Literacy was significantly above the state average on the ACT composite and right at average in the Math section.

Ms. Allison stated that our English Language Arts achievement ranked#6 in the state in the scores which is highly impressive. Also, Henry County had 39% of students on track or mastered, compared to the state average of 27.5. 

Ms. Allison informed the board that in April all 11th graders will have the ACT test in school. Sheis hoping to make additional progress by increasing the composite average and get the number of students to meet the HOPE scholarship Level increased.



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

Dr. Norton advised the board that there are a number of things set to come before the state legislature that could impact our work. One item up for discussion will be The Every Child Succeeds program will be looked at, formerly No Child Left Behind.  Dr. Norton suggested the accountability section that could be used by proponents of school vouchers to push that and hurt funding for public education. He asked everyone to pay attention to the legislative session this year. Dr.Norton stated to the board that giving a school a letter grade, do not always tell the whole story.

Dr. Norton acknowledged educators that applied to be on the state assessment committee. He recognized the hard work and understands the application process is lengthy. However, he was pleased to hear the number of teachers who had applied and stated to the board that if chosen, it will not only be great for the teacher, but great for our system.

Mr. Braden discussed a proposed resolution and modification regarding Chapter Publication 680 ( TSBA Journal) for the February 9th meeting. He asked Dr. Norton that this item be added to the agenda.

Meeting adjourned-5:38 p.m.

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