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January 11, 2018 at 5:00 PM - January Board Meeting

Call to Order
Citizen's Forum
Discussion:  Community member, Patricia Robinson, addressed the board regarding her feelings towards the current cell phone policy that is in place for the district. She stated her concerns and ask the board to review this policy, simply as it is outdated.
Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Board Minutes
Nurse's Report
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

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

The bus garage is nearly completed on being enclosed. All the large bay doors are up, exterior doors are up, sheetrock is 99% complete, and concrete pads for units have been poured. 

Mr. Akers stated that a projected completion date is the first of February.

In regards to the high school project, Mr. Akers stated to the board that the drawings for the gym floor, all spring sports improvements, and other areas of the high school project are complete and should be completed in the next couple of weeks. 

Mr. Akers stated that bids for all parts of the project would be in March.

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 5.801-Director of Schools Recruitment and Selection (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Requested revisions on behalf of Board Chairman, Mr. Doug Braden, were implemented on the policy and presented to the board. 

Changes is the selection process for Director of Schools included using the word "may" instead of "shall" to allow the board more leeway in the selection process.

Board approved the revised Policy 5.801.

*Policy 1.803: Tobacco-Free Schools (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Electric devices/cigarettes were included in the paraphernalia portion of the current policy.

The board approved the recommended revision on Policy 1.803.

*Policy 6.309: Zero Tolerance Offenses (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Revisions on Policy 6.309 expands the definition of a "deadly"weapon and allows for flexibility that the current policy.

The board approved the revised policy.

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

Dr. Norton informed the board that Henry Elementary School received a $40k Read to be Ready Summer Grant. The grant allows four weeks worth of reading workshops, students will get to take home several books, take field trips, do hands on activities, and so much more. Dr. Norton stated that the process was much more competitive this year and he informed the board that the program allows teachers to expand students background knowledge while interacting in what they are reading.

Dr. Norton stated that the first group of TEAM Read volunteers will be going into schools next week reading to 2nd graders. He stated that he wants to continue to develop relationships with community members with intentions that this program will only to grow in the future.

Dr. Norton stated that at the next meeting both the School Report Card and the Legislative Package would be discussed.

Dr. Norton advised the board that school will be dismissed on January 12, 2017 for inclement weather.

The board was reminded that the February Board Meeting will be held at E.W. Grove School on February 8, 2017 at 5PM. Teacher of the Year nominees and winners will be recognized.

Meeting adjourned-5:32 p.m.

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