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March 9, 2017 at 5:00 PM - March Board Meeting

Minutes
Call to Order
Citizen's Forum
Discussion:  Citizen of Henry County, Marc Wiggins, stated that he objected to any money being spent on the Grover Tower building after hearing that estimated renovations could cost $1.0 million or more. Mr. Wiggins stated that he also felt that the potential building in mind, "Promise Land Christian Bookstore" was also going to be a wasted investment. The money would be better suited for everyone if an entirely new structure was built.
Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Nurse's Report
Board Minutes
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Authorization to Apply for Federal Funds
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Henry County High School Report
Speaker(s):  Dr. Michele Webb
Discussion: 

Mr. Steve Summers,  Assistant Principal at Henry County High School, stated to the board that the presentations for the evening will focus on preparing students for life after high school. Four members of the Henry County Marching Patriot Band performed some musical pieces. Nick Hawkins (clarinet), Darla Whites (trumpet), Brett Edwards (clarinet), and Luke Weatherly (trombone) informed the board of their plans after high school.

Dr. Michele Webb, Principal of Henry County High School, also focused on several programs at HCHS that are designed to prepare students for life after high school.

Misha Adams and Kristin Brewer discussed the Advise TN Metrics and how Henry County qualified for the grant program. In addition, they discussed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FASFA, and how they used different incentives to encourage more and more students to fill out and apply for grants to several colleges and universities.

Both counselors also informed the board that advisement sessions were being held to talk with students one-on-one to discuss and explore post-secondary options. These sessions focused on resume writing, filling out scholarships, along with other topics geared in helping students after graduation.

Two Henry County County High School Students, Gracie Clayton and Megan Bullock, spoke to the board regarding the benefit of Duel Enrollment classes that they have participated in while at HCHS. Both students agreed that it is nice to have the opportunity to obtain college credits while still in high school along with preparing for life as a college student.

In closing, Dr. Webb stated that over the next couple of months the campus would be extremely busy in helping students prepare for life after graduation. She also stated that next year, both Grove and HCHS, will be offering more classes to help students prepare for the workforce and she is excited about that.

 

 

*Field Trip Request-Lakewood Speech Team
Speaker(s):  Mr. David Weatherly
Discussion: 

Lakewood Speech Team coach, David Weatherly, asked the board for approval to attend Birmingham, AL to compete against hundreds of national and international students.

*The board approved the request.

SCOPE Conference Presentation
Speaker(s):  Mr. David Huber
Discussion: 

Mr. David Huber along with four Henry County High School spoke to the board regarding their attendance at the SCOPE Conference, which is hosted by the Tennessee School Boards Association. The conference allows students to sit in at mock board meetings and learn the process of passing policies as well as other procedures. Each students spoke briefly about their experiences and provided additional ideas that could be possibly incorporated here in Henry County such as discipline councils, additional post-secondary classes, and more. Student that attend the conference are: Madison Bickerstaff, Pierce Rose, Samantha Clark, and Silas Allen.

Mr. Huber thanked the board for the opportunity and told the board that this was his second year to participate and he looks forward to the event each year and hopes that each student gains as much knowledge as he does through this experience.

 

Teacher Leader Network Framework Revision
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Amy Veazey & Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton along with Lakewood Elementary Principal, Amy Veazey, addressed the board to discuss the teacher leader network revision plans.

Ms. Veazey stated that the State Department of Education set the framework for growing teacher leaders. After some work sessions, it was discovered that some items already in place fell under the State guidelines. The mentor programs, academic coaches, and leadership teams were already being implemented. She stated that they continue to meet to focus on how they can improve on making our teacher leaders ready.

Dr. Norton stated that the purpose of the revision is related to change over time. He provided the board with a document of guidelines and plans on how to revise the current teacher leadership program. Dr. Norton asked that the board support the revised network plan.

Board Chairman, Doug Braden, reinforced the board's support for the revision.

*HC Fishing Team: Request to Proceed with Planning
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton requested permission to proceed with planning regarding a high school Fishing Club. 

Dr. Norton stated to the board that he had checked with insurance and received an "okay" from them and had also reached out and spoken to organizations that facilitate programs and discussed liability for a potential fishing club.

*The board approved the request.

*Paris & Henry County Emergency Communications Radio Project
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton advised the board that weeks ago, emergency and medical agencies along with the schools came together under the lead of E-911 and EMA (Mark Archer and Chad Howard). He stated that there is a project being developed to improve the communication system across the county for the emergency/medical/ and school agencies.

Dr. Norton stated that we currently have bus routes that during the course of their route do not have communication ability...all are equipped with emergency cell phones but there are areas within the county without tower coverage. The plan is to develop a new computer system and place multiple repeaters in key locations across the county that would allow for continuous clear coverage across the county. The project will begin in 2018-2019 school year with the 2017-2018 year being used to get all the frequencies and finalize the project. 

Dr. Norton asked the board to commit to the work of this project as we join other agencies to ensure the work is completed and supported. In addition, to us having to buy a radio for each bus and for each school, we would also commit to an annual maintenance fee of $1,000.

Dr. Norton asked that board sign the Memorandum of Understanding to proceed with this very needed project.

 

*The board approved the request.

*Facilities Committee Recommendation: Henry County Board of Education Office Space
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton  stated that in the fall of 2015 the board approved a structural study for Grove Tower and it was discovered that it would be close to $1M to make the necessary improvements.

Dr. Norton said that no one wanted to leave the Grove Tower, but concerns for the safety of our employees is of great concern. He stated that he clearly wants to begin the discussion about the possibility of looking at the next step in regards to district office space. He would like a decision to be made, therefore, we are moving in some direction.

Board member, Rod Frey, discussed the issue of the pending issues is that the we are landlocked, there is not any land for us to buy, and our employees need a safe place to work.

Board member, Jim McCampbell, discussed the potential location of "Promise Land Christian Book Store" and concluded that after looking at the building he believes it will be a short life span and years down the road the board would be addressing the same concerns. However, he was open to looking at additional plans.

Dr. Norton stated that "Promise Land" was the first building that could potentially be renovated to meet our needs for a district office, but there were still some questions and issues that needed to be addressed.

Dr. Norton sought the board's permission to pursue possibly purchasing the Promise Land building, but not buy at this time until some additional questions could be answered.

Board member, Jim McCampbell, made a motion that the board that the board is currently looking at options for a new board office, but looking is all that we are doing. The board agreed to look at recommendations at future board meetings.

*The board approved the request.

Remaining Dates for Board Meetings
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion:   Dr. Norton addressed the board with potential dates for the upcoming board meetings. The board confirmed May 4th and June 15th. The July date is still undecided.
*APPROVE A RESOLUTION TO OPPOSE SCHOOL VOUCHERS
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton stated to the board that he opposed the current proposal for school vouchers. 

A copy of the Resolution was provided to each member and Dr. Norton asked for their support in opposing the current recommendation.

*The board approved the request.

A copy of the signed Resolution will be mailed to all the appropriate parties.

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

Dr. Norton applauded the work currently taking place and HCHS and thanked Dr. Michele Webb and Mr. Summers for hosting the board for the evening. He stated that the great work taking place is obvious with the remarkable students that represented the school this evening.

Dr. Norton also reminded everyone that the Speech Teacm was presenting at 7PM to showcase their State winning presentations and a short version of Steel Magnolias. He encouraged everyone present to attend.

Meeting adjourned-6:55 p.m.

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