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December 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM - December Board Meeting

Minutes
Call to Order
Discussion: 
Citizen's Forum
Discussion: 

Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Board Minutes
Nurse's Report
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Surplus Sale
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
* HCHS BAND FIELD TRIP REQUEST
Speaker(s):  Mr. Kyle Graves
Discussion: 

Henry County High School Band Director, Mr. Kyle Graves, addressed the board. He requested approval to take approximately 108 band students to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida on March 24, 2018 through March 28, 2018. 

Mr. Graves explained to the board that this experience for students is extremely beneficial. Students will also gain feedback from professionals that will allow them to grow as musicians.

Lastly, Mr. Graves informed the board that students were given the option to pay for the trip themselves or were allowed to participate in fundraisers to help offset the total cost.

*The board approved this request. Chairman, Mr. Doug Braden, did state that any chaperone attending, a background check would need to be completed.

*HCHS Madrigals Field Trip Request
Speaker(s):  Mr. Blair Chadwick
Discussion: 

Henry County High School Madrigal's Instructor, Mr. Blair Chadwick, addressed to board. He requested approval to take approximately 15 students to Washington, DC on April 19, 2018 through April 22, 2018. 

Mr. Chadwick stated that Heritage provides nationally recognized music educators for clinics, critiques, and provides formal assessments. Students will receive verbal feedback, written comments, and numeric scores from the judges.

Lastly, the Henry County High School Madrigals entertained the board with two holiday inspired melodies.

*The board approved this request.


HC Highlights
Speaker(s):  Mr. Doug Braden
Discussion:  Board Chairman, Mr. Doug Braden, provided highlights of each schools outstanding achievements along with a few students and staff members that had displayed additional acts of kindness. 
Cross County Team: State Championship Recognition
Speaker(s):  Mr. Lance Winders
Discussion: 

The Cross Country Team Coach, Mr. Lance Winders and Assistant Coach, Mrs. Stephanie Winders recognized the Henry County Cross County Team to board.

Coach Winders stated that the team recently won the Regionals and finished with a State Champ and State Runner up at the State meet.

Coach Winders informed the board Titus Winders also competed in the Foot Locker National Championships.

He thanked the board for their continued support on behalf of the Cross County Team and stated to the board that he looks forward to the success of this amazing group of athletes.

National FFA Winner Recognition
Speaker(s):  Ms. Laura Moss
Discussion: 

Henry County FFA Instructor, Ms. Laura Moss, introduced the National FFA Winner Ryan Patrum.

Ryan won the region and state and after a lengthy process won the National in the SAE competition about work he does on his family farm.

Patriot Pride Christmas Card Winner Recognition
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Susan Burton
Discussion: 

Dr. Susan Burton introduced Mr. Chandler who teaches Art at Henry County High School. She informed the board that the Patriot Pride Christmas Card  winner was a part of his art class.

Mr. Chandler recognized his student who created the winning design for the System’s Christmas Card, Ms. Billee Lassiter. He told the board that he was proud of her accomplishments, she is an extremely talented artist, and he looks forward to working with her in the future.

Ms. Billee Lassiter thanked Mr. Chandler and told the board that Art class is a positive outlet for her. She enjoys the opportunity to express her creativity. 

 

Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers
Discussion: 

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

The softball field project is basically completed and work continues on the maintenance garage with lots of work already completed.

Mr. Akers informed the board that the design of the gym, concession area, and field house have been looked at very heavily.

Lastly, he stated to the board that a floor system that will work has been found.

*Policy
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton advised the board that this proposal comes as a recommendation from Dr. Susan Burton's department.  The addition to the current policy focuses on enrolling the student.

Dr. Burton explained that Foster Students no longer follow the Homeless Student Policy. This policy update does comply with TSBA guidelines.


*Policy 1.407: School District Records (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton informed the board again that the revision to Policy 1.407: School District Records comes from the law changing in July. 

Individuals are now able to request school records by phone, fax, mail, and email. Therefore, the current policy must be updated to reflect those changes.

Board Chairman, Mr. Doug Braden, did advise that on the revised copy, the issued date needs to be corrected to 11/14/13.


*Policy 5.801-Director of Schools Recruitment and Selection (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

The board discussed the "policy language" in the policy of selecting a director with the language regards a super majority is needed, but Tennessee School Boards Association mandates only a simple majority be achieved by school boards for selecting a new director.

The board agreed that needed to be changed to simple majority.

Board chairman, Mr. Doug Braden, also discussed the wording about what the board will do during the process. He asked that the word "shall" be changed to "may" to give the Board of Education more flexibility as they go thru the process of selecting a new director in the future.

Motion was withdrawn and Policy 5.801-Director of Schools Recruitment and Selection will be reviewed on January 11,2018.


Policy 1.803: Tobacco-Free Schools ( First Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton provided a copy of the current board policy along with the proposed revision. 

The board will review the policy and finalize their decision next month when the Second Reading is presented.


Policy 6.309: Zero Tolerance Offenses (First Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton provided a copy of the current board policy along with the proposed revision. 

The board will review the policy and finalize their decision next month when the Second Reading is presented.


*2018-2019 Calendar Approval
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton
Discussion: 

Dr. Norton informed the board that the calendar committee had been hard at work once again preparing the 2018-2019 school calendar.

Dr. Norton stated that the first day of school for students will be August 3rd for an abbreviated day in 2018. Students will be out September 3rd for Labor Day, September 20th and 21st for Parent Teacher Conference and Professional Development Day, October 8-12 for Fall break, and the normal Wednesday thru Friday of Thanksgiving week. Christmas break will be from December 20th thru January 2nd, 2019.

In 2019, Students will be out of school January 21st for MLK day, February 18th-20th for President’s Day, Parent Teacher Conference, and Professional Development Day. Spring Break will be March 25-29 in 2019, April 19th is a Good Friday Holiday and students will get Fish Fry Friday off which is April 26th. Graduation for the Class of 2019 is set for May 17th and the last day for the 2018-19 school year is May 24th.

Dr. Norton said 11 days are built in for weather closings such as snow and if they exceed that they will eliminate days off starting with April 19th, then February 19th, 20th, March 25th, and March 26th and so on thru Spring Break if necessary.


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

Dr. Norton stated to the board that the theme for the December board meeting should be "Proud to be a Patriot"! He was extremely proud of all the accomplishments taking place in Henry County Schools and stated that tonight was just a small reminder of all those great things!

Dr. Norton advised the board that Team Read was nearing kick-off and anyone who was interested in volunteering could contact Ms. Sue Quinn by texting (731)697-0773.

Dr. Norton thanked Principal, Mrs. Maria Cox, along with her staff at Dotorhy and Nobles Harrelson School for hosting the Chamber of Commerce. He stated that the visit was a success and he was proud of the work being done there.

Dr. Norton asked Board Student Representative, Mr. Piece Rose, to update the board regarding the cell phone policy at Henry County High School. Mr. Rose informed the board that Ms. Tori Starks, Class President, along with himself had met with Dr. Webb and proposed that students be able to use cell phones in the hallways, during lunch, and allow teachers discretion as to whether they are allowed in class or not. A following up meeting will take place after Christmas Break.

In closing, Dr. Norton presented the board members with a Christmas gift on behalf of the Henry County School System and thanked them for their continued support. 

Meeting adjourned-6:22 p.m.


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