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April 13, 2021 at 6:00 PM - Board of Education Regular Meeting

Agenda
I. CALL TO ORDER
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale:  In attendance:  Chair Butch Campbell, Vice Chair David Settles, Wes Ballard, Roseann Barton, Becky Goff, Amanda Moore, Jimmy Richardson III.

Staff:  Dr. Trey Duke, Joe Marlin, Ralph Ringstaff, Sheri Arnette, Greg Lyles, Cherrye Robertson, Sia Phillips, Angela Fairchild, Beth Prater, Lisa Trail, Kim Williams

Assistant City Attorney Elizabeth Taylor and City Liaison Bill Shacklett.

 
I.A. Pledge of Allegiance
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
Rationale:  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Board Chair Butch Campbell.
I.B. Moment of Silence
Agenda Item Type:  Procedural Item
II. APPROVAL OF AGENDA
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
III. COMMUNICATIONS
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Lisa Trail
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale:  Murfreesboro City Schools celebrated Assistant Principals last week during National Assistant Principals Week. As Dr. Duke stated in a communications to all staff, "we are so thankful for our APs and all the things they do to keep us running each day.  We have a stellar group of educators serving in these roles.  We are definitely a stronger district because they are here."

The Murfreesboro Kiwanis Club provided several of our school nurses with much needed items to stock their clinics.  Thank you to the Murfreesboro Kiwanis for providing our nurses with these generous donations.

Mitchell Neilson Schools would like to thank ETC Gymnastics for working with our students during PE Class.  The kids and teachers had so much fun!

Thank you to the Farm Bureau for a donation of just over $1,000 to our City Schools Foundation for back pack food.

The Farmer Educators received a large donation of soil from Coast of Maine and Kelton's for our spring garden beds.

The City Schools Foundation Excellence in Education - outdoor experience - will be held at Cannonsburgh on May 1.

Congratulations to Kennye Holt and Trey Duke on receiving their Doctorate degrees this month.

Kindergarten registration for 2021-22 is going on now as is pre-k registration and choice school applications.  

Our Teacher of the Year celebration will be held Monday, April 26 at the Hobgood gymnasium.

6th grade spelling bee is scheduled for April 16 with Read to Succeed

Congratulations to Mitchell Neilson and John Pittard on receiving Nashville Predators Foundation grants.

 
III.A. Spotlight on Education-RTI2-B Recognition
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale:  Chair Campbell expressed his appreciation to all teachers and staff of Murfreesboro City Schools.  He said that it is very evident that our system is an excellent school system because we are recognized at both the state and national level.  He added that he is very proud to be a part of this district.
IV. CONSENT ITEMS
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Agenda
IV.A. Approval of Board Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
IV.A.i. Approval of 3-9-21 Board Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.A.ii. Approval of 3-23-21 Board Minutes
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B. Minor Change to Board Policy
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
IV.B.i. Approval of Board Policy 5.401 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/AIDS)
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B.ii. Approval of Board Policy 6.307 Drug-Free School
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B.iii. Approval of Board Policy 6.310 Dress Code
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B.iv. Approval of Board Policy 6.312 Use of Personal
Communication Devices in School
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B.v. Approval of Board Policy 6.316 Suspension/Expulsion/Remand
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.B.vi. Approval of Board Policy 6.402 Physical Examinations and Immunizations
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.C. Second Reading of Board Policies
Agenda Item Type:  Consent Item
IV.C.i. Approval of Board Policy 4.700 Testing Programs on Second Reading
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
IV.C.ii. Approval of Board Policy 5.500 Discrimination/Harassment
of Employees (Sexual, Racial, Ethnic, Religious) on Second Reading
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
V. ACTION ITEMS
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
V.A. Approval of Board Policy 6.201 Compulsory Attendance Ages
on First Reading
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
V.B. Approval of Board Policy 6.202 Home Schools on First Reading
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
V.C. Approval of Board Policy 6.308 Bus Safety and Conduct on First Reading
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
V.D. Approval of Board Policy 6.311 Care of School Property on First Reading
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
V.E. Approval of Surety Bond for New Finance Director Kim Williams
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
V.F. Approval of Formal Bid on Discovery School Track
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  Dr. Duke presented the Board with a list of bidders and asked for approval to accept the lowest bid from Sessions Paving out of Nashville, TN, in the amount of $63,944.

Mr. Ballard asked if we have had any experience with this company.  Dr. Duke said that he would find out and get back to him.
V.G. Approval/Discussion of Board Policy 2.703 Audits
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  Dr. Duke explained that Board Policy 2.703, Audits, states, in part, that when an administrative change occurs during a fiscal year, a special audit of accounts shall be conducted.  He explained that the upcoming audit in May could serve as this special audit, otherwise, there would be a cost of $5,000, up to $10,000.
Attachments: (1)
V.H. Approval of Budget Amendments/Transfers
Speaker(s):  Ms. Kim Williams
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Attachments: (1)
VI. REPORTS AND INFORMATION
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
VI.A. Director's Update
Speaker(s):  Dr. Trey Duke
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale:  Before his update, Dr. Duke expressed his appreciation to the city council for their donation to the Discovery walking track. 

Mr. Richardson thanked the city council for recognizing the good job that our system does.

Dr. Duke then gave an update on Summer School, explaining that we now have 2000 students enrolled and 200 teachers willing to work. The original goal was 750 students. 

Ms. Barton thanked Sheri Arnette and the summer school teachers for being willing to give up half of their summer to ensure that our students are caught up.  

Dr. Duke explained that TNReady testing starts on April 21.  He said that we are working with distance learners to have them come in and test.  Mr. Ballard asked how we feel about having 80% to test and Dr. Duke said that he and the staff are very confident that we can get 80%. 

Dr, Duke also told the Board that he and the staff have had multiple meetings regarding plans for ESSER 3.0 Applications for that grant are due June 1, but he hopes to have it in sooner.  More details will follow at the budget work sessions next week with the Board.
 
VII. OTHER BUSINESS
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Information Item
Rationale:  Chair Campbell reminded the Board that the budget work sessions will be held at the Administrative Offices beginning at 4:00 p.m. each day, Tuesday, April 20 and Wednesday, April 21.
VIII. ADJOURNMENT
Speaker(s):  Chair Butch Campbell
Agenda Item Type:  Action Item
Rationale:  The meeting adjourned at 6:30 p.m.
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