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September 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM - September Board Meeting

Call to Order

Board Attorney, Rob Whitfield, presented the board with a replica resolution that county commission will likely pass at the next meeting on September 18, 2017. Mr. Whitfield advised that it would be a good idea for the school board to approve the resolution proving that they stand in solidarity with the county commission.

Board approved the resolution.

* Election of Chairman
Discussion:  Doug Braden was nominated and appointed Board Chairman.
* Election of Vice-Chairman
Discussion:  Tom Beasley was nominated and appointed Vice-Chairman.
Citizen's Forum

Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Nurse's Report
Board Minutes
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Special Education Contracts
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Discussion:  Mr. Doug Braden stated that an additional item needed to be added and discussed at tonight's meeting regarding the proposal of the $25.00 wheel tax increase from the County Commissioners Office relating to the renovation projects on behalf of Henry County Schools.
Highlights & Accomplishments of Henry County Schools
Speaker(s):  Mr. Doug Braden
Henry School Report
Speaker(s):  Mr. David Kibbler

Principal, David Kibbler, welcomed board members to Henry School. Mr. Kibbler informed the board that he would like to share with them information that focuses on the needs of our students and our community. He stated to the board that he would like to tell them how Henry School has help address those needs and concerns.

Ms. Robin House presented ideas on Henry School's improvement plan for 2017-2018. She stated that a school improvement committee was created to help identify the needs of the students, parents, teachers, and school. The goal of the committee is to improve relationships between students, parents, and the community while the school becomes a staple piece throughout the process.

Ms. House stated that the committee had set goals in four main areas: attendance, Tier 1 instruction, school climate, and parent involvement. Ms. House briefly discussed the committee's actions steps to achieve those goals.

Ms. Joanne Mayoza discussed the 21st century coach's position as the school realized their need to meet needs in utilizing technology. She stated that there has been a gap of implementation and utilization. The 21st century coach's position will help bridge that gap.

Ms. Katie Hernandez and Ms. Val Guthrie discussed the program that offers English Language classes to the Adult Hispanic population in Henry. This is the second year that this program is being offered and classes take place on Thursday nights. Childcare is also available during class time. Both Hernandez and Guthrie are excited about the continued growth of the program and told the board that several activities have been planned for this year.

In closing, Mr. Kibbler reiterated the importance of identifying the needs in our school, with students and teachers, and in the community. His plan is to continue to set goals and meet those needs for the betterment of all involved.






Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

Mr. John Akers, Maintenance Supervisor, provided the board with a Facilities & Grounds update.

The maintenance garage work continues and will possibly be pouring concrete after the ground dries from all the rain. He stated that things are going well but wet weather has delayed progress.

Mr. Akers stated that the softball field is sodded and the dirt work is complete. They have also received a price on the fence. He stated to the board that the area looks great and about 85-90% of the job is complete.

*Committee Elections
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton advised the board that it was time to select members for the 2017-2018 committees. Board Chairman, Doug Braden,  asked Dr. Norton if this conversation could resume at the October meeting simply because two board members were absent and he wanted to allow everyone the right to speak. 

Dr. Norton also stated that a TLN Representative would need to be selected as well. He agreed to resume conversation in October. 

*Field Trip Request: FFA National Convention
Speaker(s):  Ms. Laura Moss

Ms. Laura Moss requested permission from the board to attend the 89th FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN on October 24-28, 2017.She stated that sixteen students would be participating in this year's event from Henry County.

Board approved this request.

Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton advised the board that this proposal comes as a recommendation from Dr. Susan Burton's department.  The addition to the current policy focuses on enrolling the student.

Dr. Burton explained that Foster Students no longer follow the Homeless Student Policy. This policy update does comply with TSBA guidelines.

Policy: 6.505- Students in Foster Care (Second Reading)
Discussion:  Policy Update passed and revision approved.
Policy: 3.201-Safety (First Reading)

Dr. Norton requested that Policy 3.201- Safety be revised. The change will be implemented on lines 26-27 stating that "Interior classroom doors should remain unlocked and kept free of obstructions such as door wedges that could cause doors to remain open in the event of a fire or other emergencies." 

Regarding rules and regulations relating to Crisis Management, the wording needs to be corrected stating that "interior classroom doors remain locked". This is the only correction proposed on behalf of Dr. Norton.

The board will review the policy and finalize their decision next month when the Second Reading is presented.

Policy: 3.202- Emergency Preparedness Plan (First Reading)

Dr. Norton presented Policy 3.202 to the board and proposed that the wording "State Legislation" be the only adjustment.

The board will review the policy and finalize their decision next month when the Second Reading is presented.
*Resolution in Support of Public Education
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton presented a resolution to the board in support of public education. He stated to the board that at the end of July a program dedicated to the continued success developed at the National level. Dr. Norton asked the board to support this resolution and felt it was important that the district support the process on a local level.

Chairman, Doug Braden, asked that additional wording stating "Local, State, and Federal resources" be added in the resolution. Dr. Norton agreed.


Family Life Education
Speaker(s):  Ms. Stephanie Winders

Coordinated School Health Director, Stephanie Winders, briefly discussed the Family Life Education curriculum and report.

Ms. Winders stated that the state and local rate for teen pregnancy had dropped.

Ms. Winders advised the board that this report stays two years behind but the latest information did confirm Henry County's rate had decreased.

Ms. Winders confirmed even with lower rates the community still has issues and they will continue to monitor and assist as needed.

*Resolution: County Commission Wheel Tax & High School Project
Speaker(s):  Mr. Robert Whitfield
Director's Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton thanked Mr. Kibbler and Henry School for hosting the September meeting.

Dr. Norton stated that he was in the process of developing a Student Advisory Committee that would allow student to "have a voice" and he will continue to keep the board updated as that committee progresses.

Lastly, Dr. Norton acknowledged the new Student Representative, Pierce Rose, that has been appointed to the School Board. Dr. Norton told Mr. Rose that he looks forward to gaining his input and his excited to have him. 


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