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October 18, 2018 at 5:00 PM - October 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
Harrelson Parent Volunteer List
Family Life Education Curriculum
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Highlights & Accomplishments of Henry County Schools
Speaker(s):  Madam Chairman

HCHS Highlights

•      Henry County High School was recently designated as a Path to College school for the 2017-18 school year. To qualify, a school must participate in all four Path to College events through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission during the school year and participate in post-event feedback. 

•      Four students placed 2nd in the 2018 TN State Junior Chef Competition.

•      Lady Patriot Soccer Team competing for Sub-State on Saturday.

E.W. Grove Highlights


  • Grove student, Quinn Brewer, entered the 2017-2018 National Garden Club Youth Poetry Contest.  She won 1st place in the state of Tennessee and 1st place in the Deep South Region, which represents the southeastern United States.
  • Grove students will "Pledge to Graduate" tomorrow in an assembly in the Grove gymnasium.  They will also have the opportunity to sign the Class of 2022 graduation banner which will follow them to Henry County High School.

Henry School Highlights

•      Ms. Barbara Beecham, Henry bus driver was honored with a $100 dollar check from the UTrust Appreciation Program that Henry participates in.  Ms. Beecham received this award based on a thank you letter that was written and submitted by one of the students that ride her bus.

Henry students recently participated in a countywide coloring contest sponsored by the Board of Public Utilities.  The winner of the 8 and under age group was Henry student Sara Beth Carter and the winner of the 9-12 age group was Logan Osborne.

Lakewood School Report
Speaker(s):  Ms. Amy Veazey & Mr. Mike Bell

Lakewood Principal's, Ms. Amy Veazey and Mr. Mike Bell, welcomed the Board to Lakewood School and Ms. Veazey stated that she was excited to present several students and the wonderful things happening at their school.

Ms. Veazey stated that every single 6-8th grader has participated in a Student Led Conference. One student along with teacher Lindsey Craig and LEAD teacher Denay Kiddler preformed a mock conference for the Board. Both students and teachers like the transition by having the student lead the conference. This allows them to develop communication skills and allows them to provide feedback in areas that may need additional attention.

Other grades also participated in several presentations such as; read aloud, did poetry, talked about history and language arts integrated studies, one student displayed the science and engineering portion of class by making a windmill with paper plates, and several 5th graders displayed their ability to do sign language.

Lastly, Ms. Veazey briefly discussed both school improvement plans. Lakewood Elementary's three focus areas are student wellness, improve math skills, and differentiating professional teacher learning. Lakewood Middle's three focus areas are reading, math, and chronic absenteeism.

Again, Ms. Veazey thanked the board for their continued support.




Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

Maintenance Supervisor, Mr. John Akers, provided the board with the latest updates on several projects throughout the district.

He stated the the administration and front office at Henry County High School is about 75% done and drainage extending from the road to the front of the building  is about 75% percent complete.

The new visitor bleachers are 100% complete.

The gymnasium at Henry County High School is being repainted next week but would be ready in a few days.

The Spring Sports Building footers are here and should be installed by the time baseball, softball, and soccer season begin.

Mr. Akers informed the board with the recent hurricanes hitting the Carolinas and Florida, the decision was made to go ahead and the bid the band building and all additional parts of the project, except the concession stand. Construction prices are on the rise. 

Band building bids have come in and were $350K higher than originally anticipated but fortunately money has been saved in other areas of the project, so financially we are still aligned with the initial budget.

*Delegation of Task to Negotiate Superintendent's Contract
Speaker(s):  Madam Chairman

Madam Chairman, Ms. Jill Coker, addressed the board regarding the options of negotiating Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Norton's contract.

Board member, Mr. Rod Frey, previous asked the legality of former Board Chairman, Mr. Doug Branden's, request to appoint Mr. Jim McCampbell and Ms. Jill Coker to a committee to negotiate the Director's contract. After consulting with Board Attorney, Mr. Rod Whitfield and a representative from the Tennessee School Board Association it was concluded that since there was not a standing committee in place prior to appointing two members, Mr. Braden was in error. However, Madam Chairman, stated that no laws had been broken because Board Member, Jim McCampbell nor herself had ever met with Dr. Norton to discuss.

Madam Chairman presented three options to the Board moving forward. She could handle negotiations, form a standing study committee, or let Mr. Whitfield handle as Board Attorney. Again she stated that the contract cannot be officially offered until presented to the board, as a whole, for their consideration.

The Board voted unanimously to allow Madam Chairman to negotiate the contract with Dr. Norton and present it by the January meeting.

* Madam Chairman, Jill Coker made a motion to Negotiate the Superintendent's Contract and Board member, Mr. Rod Frey seconded the motion.

Roll Call Vote: Mr. Rod Frey- In Favor, Mr. Josh Frey


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

Dr. Norton addressed the board regarding Safety and Security. He stated that the task force met this week and thus far upgrades and the implementation of the new ID System to enter the front doors at the schools is going great. 

Central Technologies won the bid for the security cameras to be installed and that process will begin in December starting at Grove and then continuing to each school, with the exception of Henry County High School until the construction is complete.

Dr. Norton stated that the Middle School Soccer coach position had still not been filled and the the notice had been posted twice. He stated that efforts will still move forward with the hopes of filling the position soon.

In closing, Dr. Norton, thanked the Food Service Department. This week was National School Lunch Week and throughout the district around 3,900 meals are served per day. He thanked the men and women for hard work and stated that they do a fantastic job!

Meeting adjourned- 5:59 PM

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