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October 10, 2019 at 5:00 PM - Henry County School System Board Meeting

Call to Order
Discussion:  Mr. Rod Frey led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mr. Jim McCampbell led the Moment of Silence.
Citizen's Forum
Board Member Forum
Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Board Minutes
Nurse's Report
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Special Education Contract
Adopt & Approved the Main Agenda
E.W. Grove School Presentation
Speaker(s):  Mr. Tim Mason
Discussion:  E.W. Grove School Principal, Mr. Tim Mason, welcomed the Director of Schools and the Board. Mr. Mason stated that tonight's presentation would be a follow-up program focusing on AVID. Mrs. Alex Cox and Mrs. Karen Dukes are the two teachers overseeing the program this year. 

Mrs. Cox stated that both her and Mrs. Dukes were fortunate to attend the Summer Institute this past summer in Orlando, Florida. She spoke briefly about a session "tuterology" that she is implementing this year. Also, students in AVID have already experienced their first college trip to UT Martin and over 80 students attended. October 23, 2019 will be their second trip to Bethel University. Students will attend a " Q & A" session. This will be a new experience for them. Mrs. Karen Dukes spoke about the importance of discipline and expectations of the program.

Assistant Principal, Mrs. Lisa Wyatt, closed the discussion with the importance of the implentation of Intervention. The program has currently sixty students and is lead by interventionlist, Mrs. Rachel Petty. 

Lastly E.W. Grove has a new STEAM teacher, Mr. Ben Burkhart,  introduced three student envolved in the robotics program and each spoke briefly about what they were learning.
GEM of the Year-Custodian Recognition
Speaker(s):  Dr. Leah Watkins
Discussion:  Unit Director of SSC Service Solutions, Ms. Jamye Nance, presented the GEM of the Year award. This award honors outstanding custodians throughout the district. Reciepants included; Annette Frampton, (Harrelson School), Daryl House (Grove School), Sherry Hilliard (Henry County High School), and Maria Gonzalez of Henry School were presented with GEM of the Quarter awards. These awards were presented as part of Custodian Appreciation Month.
 "Sonny Melton Living the Dream Foundation"-Safety Donation
Speaker(s):  Dr. Leah Watkins
Discussion:  Dr. Heather Melton presented the school board a check for $30.077.00 on behalf of "The Sonny Melton Living the Dream Foundation" to be used to further ensure student safety. The money will be used first to install new locking mechanisms on doors at Lakewood School, and she hopes to be able to do the same for every school in Henry and Benton counties. 

*Adoption of Director of Schools Evaluation Instrument
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Jill Coker
Discussion:  Dr. Watkins presented the Director of Schools Evaluation Instrument. This is the same instrument used in the past with minor adjustments for the Director's Evaluation.
*Budget Amendments
Speaker(s):  Dr. Leah Watkins
Discussion:  Dr. Watkins proposed to amend the budget in order to accommodate a new grant.

Discussion was had and request passed unanimously.
Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers
Discussion:  Maintenance Supervisor, John Akers, provided an update to the board on all current facilities projects throughout the district. The spring sports building is now being used.  The field house would be ready soon and the band building along with the front entrance would be complete by Christmas, the entrance still needs finishing including doors and metal trim, and the offices need flooring and workplace countertops. 

Dr. Watkins stated that the Facilities Committee would likely hold another meeting to discuss signage on the football field.
Policy Updates:
Policy 1.804-Drug Free Workplace (Second Reading)
Policy 2.403-Personal School Property Disposal/Sale Procedure (Second Reading)
Policy 6.506- Students from Military Families (Second Reading)
Policy 6.308- Bus Safety & Conduct (Second Reading)
Policy 6.304- Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber bullying, and Intimidation (Second Reading)
Policy 6.200-Attendance (Second Reading)
Policy 4.700-Testing Programs
Policy 6.2001- Attendance During Post- Secondary Visits (Second Reading)
Policy 6.415 Suicide ( Second Reading)
Policy 4.211 Work- Based Learning (Second Reading)
Policy 4.210- Credit Recovery (Second Reading)
Policy 4.502- Parent & Family Engagement (Second Reading)
Policy 6.503- Homeless Students (Second Reading)

Policy 6.4051-Glucagon and Diazepam Gel (Diastat)- (First Reading)
Policy 4.605- Graduation Requirements (First Reading)

Discussion:  The board passed thirteen new policies. All polices passed unanimously and were recommendations on behalf of TSBA.

Two policies were presented as First Readings .  Policy 6.4051- Glucagon and Diazepam Gel (Diastat) will allow nurses to administer glucagon and diazepam gel to students who may need it. 

Policy 4.605- Graduation Requirements would update policies on graduation requirements to accommodate students who wish to graduate through programs other than the traditional Henry County High School credit system.

These two policies will be voted on next month at the November meeting.
Madam Chairman Report
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Jill Coker
Director's Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Leah Watkins
Discussion:  Dr. Watkins informed the board of the partnership with Five-Star Grant totaling $25,000.00 awarded to the Culinary Arts Program at Henry County High School.

Dr. Watkins thanked Board of Public Utilities General Manager, Terry Wimberley,  along with Director of Henry County 911, Mark Archer, and Director of IT, Chad Howard, for implementing the new radio program on each bus. 

Youth Leadership 2.0  has great work going on. Working with the Chamber of Commerce and Tourism creating new events for Henry County Youth. 

The annual STEM Camp for HCSS is quickly approaching.

Dr. Watkins recognized Henry County Football Coach, James Counce III, for receiving the A.F. Bridges Award.

Dr. Watkins acknowleged the HCHS and Murray State Upward Bound Partnership.

Dr. Watkins advised the board that the Facilities Committee would meet again to discuss possible signage. 

Lastly, Dr. Watkins thanked Grove faculty and staff, along with students, for hosting us this evening.
Discussion:  Meeting adjourned- 6:35 p.m.
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