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February 8, 2018 at 5:00 PM - February Board Meeting

Call to Order
Citizen's Forum

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
Teacher of the Year Awards
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, recognized the teachers of the year for each school and district wide.

Teachers of the Year District-wide winner was Heather French for Pre-K thru 3rd grade. She serves as a Kindergarten teacher at Harrelson School. Ms. Chari Fleener (Henry, Pre-k) and Ms. Marci Burkhurt ( Lakewood, Kindergarten) were also nominated.

For grades 4-8th the District Teacher of the year was Valerie Godina at Henry School. Also nominated were: Mr. Ben Burkhurt (Lakewood, 8th grade) and Ms. Colby Prosser (Harrelson). 

The teacher of the year for 9-12th grade is Joey Hampton, math teacher at Henry County High School. Also nominated was Mr. Paul Putman (Grove, 9th).

The District-Wide winners will be eligible to compete at the Regional level. District-Winners also receive a $500 cash award and will be recognized with their name on the plague that is in the board room at the Henry County Board of Education.




HC Highlights
Speaker(s):  Mr. Doug Braden

Board Chairman, Mr. Doug Braden, presented to the Board the accomplishments of several students throughout the district that presented exemplary behavior.

This report is provided from each school principal monthly.


E.W. Grove Report
Speaker(s):  Mr. Tim Mason
Discussion:  Principal Tim Mason along with some teachers and students gave a report about Grove.

Mr. Mason went over the school improvement plan and stated that Grove’s need to was increase student’s mastery of English Standards, focus on more rigorous math, and improve school culture.

In English I, the goal was to increase mastery by 6%. Heavier emphasis has been on drawing inferences, citing strong compelling evidence from what they’ve read, and develop key ideas. The RTI program provides intervention for struggling students to increase their vocabulary and reading level.

Algebra I goals was to show a 10% increase in one of the levels scored. Algebra teachers meet once a week and discuss any issues students have had and how they can help students come up with different strategies to help students succeed.

Grove is also focused on improving culture and communications between students, staff, and the entire school. One thing they are doing is filming videos with teachers and students on different things such as good attitudes. The school is also aiming at increasing communications with parents. Mr. Mason sends out parent emails, they have sent home contact forms, and they’ve increased the use of social media and the school’s website.

Mr. Mason said some new classes were offered this year and students from each of those courses discussed what they’ve learned. The classes are: AP Human Geography, which is the study of impact humans have on the earth; Computer Science Foundations, which studied the beginning of the internet; and Creative Writing, where students use personal feelings in their writings.
Presentation of AVID Systems
Speaker(s):  Mr. Daniel Armstrong

Daniel Armstrong, Director of 4-8th Grade Curriculum and Instruction, gave a presentation of AVID Systems to the Board

Mr. Armstrong stated that about 30% of students who have scored between a 21-26 on the ACT didn’t seek further education after high school, be it a four year, two year, or technical degree, in 2015-16 and the subgroups are hit the hardest in these areas.

The AVID system seems to be the best way to help close the gaps. First it bridges the support system gap, then bridges the resiliency gap. He said we have to get them there and make sure they don’t give up when they get there an AVID can help.

It starts with the teachers in the classrooms and using the strategies with AVID and then a school team helps spread the instructional framework thru the rest of the students.

Armstrong stated “we will send a team of 8 people to AVID National this summer to learn the framework and focus on the elective at Grove in year one, year two we spread to the High School, and year three we step back and strengthen what we need too. We want to finally give this kids the courage to do things they never would have done on their own. We want to also push students take those AP classes and honors classes who might not strive to succeed in them otherwise.”

*Request for easement by the Henry County Emergency Management Agency
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

The board approved an easement request from Henry County EMA to install a tower and small building on property owned just above Grove Hill.

Dr. Norton said the tower won’t be on any property we are currently using or have plans to use.

Facilities Update & Committee Report
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers & Dr. Brian Norton

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

Mr. Akers stated all concrete is poured and metal trim is on half the building at the maintenance building and bus garage. He said it should be ready in another month or 6 weeks.

Drawings will be complete for the gym on the high school project on Friday. He confirmed that a floor type has been picked out and developed design drawings for the library and front entrance later in February.

Cost estimates would come down the road and everything is moving along well.

*Request to Survey Students
Speaker(s):  Ms. Jessica Borens
Discussion:  Request withdrawn
Director's Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton stated to the board that U-Trust Grant Monies will be used to award teachers with Perfect Attendance. U-Trust works with the board to help give unused monies to them, but the funds must be used in certain ways. He said this year I’ve decided to use some of the funds for attendance incentives. The U-Trust grant allowed the system to give out some bonuses for employees who have perfect attendance for January and February.

Dr. Norton said Governor Haslam has promised on adding extra funds to teacher salaries and other things. In his tenure, Governor Haslam has added over $1B to education in Tennessee.

Dr. Norton spoke on closing schools for illness. He said there isn’t a specific guideline when it comes to closing schools but we continuously monitor of our students and staff’s absences He said we have a nurse in each school that ensures if kids are sick, we send them home. But so far, we’ve managed to stay in good shape.

Meeting adjourned-6:25 p.m.

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