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May 10, 2018 at 5:00 PM - May Board Meeting

Call to Order
Citizen's Forum

Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda

Board Attorney, Mr. Robert Whitfield, ask that an amendment be made regarding the March board minutes stating that he was present for the meeting.

*Request noted and accepted.

Director's Personnel Report
Board Minutes
Nurse's Report
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
*FBLA: Field Trip Request
Speaker(s):  Ms. Angela Yearry/Ms. Andrea Fuller

Dr. Michele Webb requested permission from the board for 7 students to attend FBLA Nationals in Baltimore, Maryland on June 28-July 2, 2018. In addition, three advisors will also be attending.


*FCCLA: Field Trip Request
Speaker(s):  Ms. Janet Pearce

Dr. Michele Webb requested permission from the board for to allow four students to attend FCCLA Nationals in Atlanta, GA on June 28-July 3, 2018. In addition, one advisor will be attending.


*SkillsUSA National Conference: Field Trip Request
Speaker(s):  Ms. Diane McCord

Mrs. Diane McCord requested permission from the board for one student to attend Skills USA National Conference in Louisville,KY on June 25-30, 2018. Ms. McCord will accompany the student.



*Henry County 4-H Program Request
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton asked the board for permission to allow the Henry-County-H Program to use our buses to transport students to Columbia, TN on June 11, 2018 and June 15, 2018 for their annual summer camp.


Gear-Up Grant
Speaker(s):  Dr. Michele Webb

Henry County High School Principal, Dr. Michele Webb, advised the Board of the GearUp Grant that the district received.

Gear-Up is a federal program that helps start the process of getting students ready for college. The grant runs from June 2018 to September 2024.

Henry County was one of 15 districts chosen thru the grant. Some of the qualifications included a going to college rate below the state average and 50% or higher students that are economically disadvantaged which includes Harrelson, Henry, Grove, and HCHS. Lakewood doesn’t fall into that category.

The grant is worth over $862K over the next 7 years, with $136,250 the first 6 years, and just under $45K for the 7th year. The grant allows the system to match with in-kind work like allowing college trip days and other things.

Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

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

Mr. Akers informed the board that the bus and maintenance garage is nearly complete and should be completely moved over to the new bus garage building after some punch list items are complete next week. Drawings being prepared for the gymnasium as they plan on beginning outside work at the end of the month.

Drawings were released for the entrance at HCHS and bids should be ready by middle of June. Once the front estimates are complete they can price out and get things ready for the remainder of the project.

Board member, Rod Frey, brought up the issue regarding the baseball field and softball field not having netting over the stands area. This was a concern expressed, especially when both teams are playing. Dr. Norton and Mr. Akers addressed the issue and Mr. Frey stated that we could review the topic again and hopefully address before the next season.

Policy:5.3021- Sick Leave Support Personnel (First Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

The first recommendation for Policy 5.3021- Sick Leave Support Personnel was presented. 

The requested change will no longer eliminate cafeteria workers or food service personnel.


*Policy: 6.312-Use of Personal Communication Devices and Electronic Devices in School (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Mr. Pierce Rose

Final policy recommendation for Policy 6.312- Use of Personal Communication Devices and Electronics was presented to the board.


*2018-2019 Budget
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Brian Norton discussed the upcoming budget for 2018-19. Dr. Norton said we have worked on preparation of the budget since late January.

Highlights include: an increase of almost $1.1M for the total budget which includes the wheel tax increase that will pay that project. $470K new dollars was received in federal money for salary and benefits. With that, certified personnel will receive an additional step on the salary table. In addition, certified staff will receive a 1.25% increase and the district will pay the full increase on insurance. Dr. Norton said all that comes to about $488K.

The budget also increases salary for support staff such as food service, secretaries, bus drivers, and others. Only $36K comes from the state to help with support staff salary. Dr. Norton said we have seen more turnover here and we needed to address it. This budget proposes a 2% salary increase, offer bus drivers full time status allowing them benefits. This part of the budget is around $226K.

The budget decreases the number of personnel by 7 as they are absorbing those positions. The budget also includes funding for an additional resource officers at Henry County High School. Dr. Norton said this is a balanced budget and should help us take care of all we need to do this coming budget year.

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

Dr. Norton said the system did our best during the TN Ready tests even with all the problems logging in across the state. Dr. Norton statd that we didn’t have online issues because we went with paper and pencil but got guidance changes.

Dr. Norton said we are waiting on a 2nd quote about upgrades for safety after walking thru with different companies. He said they will bring they back to the board.

Dr. Norton reminded everyone that the next meeting would be on June 14, 2018 at the Tower Building at 5:00 p.m.

Meeting adjourned-6:02 p.m.

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