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July 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM - July 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
Special Education Contract
Athletic Trainer Contract
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Discussion:  The original agenda was amended with the following items: Consideration of a Work Ethics Certificate and Approval for the Director of Schools to make purchases to enhance security at all schools. The items were added to the agenda for discussion.
Read to be Ready Camp
Speaker(s):  Ms. Valerie Godina & Ms. Amy Williams

Ms. Valerie Godina and Ms. Amy Williams presented information to the board regarding their recent Read to be Ready Camp. 

Ms. Godnia state that camp lasted four weeks and 35 students attended. Children were served breakfast and lunch each day and this year's enrollment was 10% higher than last year.

Ms. Williams advised the board that the program was made possible by a $40,000 grant which included monies from Dollar General. Through these contributions, transportation was also provided for the students.

Along with daily learning, students were able to participate in field trips to Tosh Farms, Memphis Zoo, and Discovery Park of America.

Following the completion of camp, a meal was provided for students and their families. During that time, children took home totes full of 45 books, journals, recipe books, markers, and other items for them to keep.

Both Ms. Godina and Ms. Williams thanked the board for the opportunity to participate in such a wonderful program.

Policy: 3.400- Student Transportation Management (First Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Additional changes were proposed to the board regarding Policy 3.400- Student Transportation Management. Changes include; current complaint process, record keeping, and emergency evacuation drills.

Final implementations will be accepted next month with the acceptance of a Second Reading.

*Student Representative for Henry County School Board Recommendation
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Henry County High School Principal, Dr. Michele Webb, presented a Letter of Recommendation to the board that was read by Director. Norton. Dr. Webb asked the board to appoint Henry County High School Senior, Natalie Clark, the 2018-2019 Student Representative. 

The Board accepted the recommendation from Henry County High School Principal, Dr. Michele Webb.

Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

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

Mr. Akers stated that the Maintenance Garage renovation is on schedule.

Visitor bleachers for football stadium should be here soon and concrete pad has been poured, just need to be installed.

Football Stadium handrails are scheduled to be here next week and installation will begin.

Began work on the North end of the track drainage system and had to move to the South end for additional work and will comeback to patch up the North end of the track.

High School gym AVC is 85% complete, front office renovation is underway with the removal of carpet, plastic going up in the lunchroom, and rooms and windows next. 

The entrance project- all bids are in.

Grove got painted and doors at Henry School will be here first week of August. 14 exterior doors will be installed

Results: Director's Evaluation
Speaker(s):  Mr. Doug Braden

Board Chairman, Mr. Boug Braden, provided the Director's Evaluation Report. Grades on evaluation were as followed:

Community Relations-4.24

Staff & Personnel-4.44

Facilities & Finance-4.44


Student Achievement-4.85

Board Relationship-4.6


Dr. Norton thanked the board for their feedback and stated that with their continued support he hopes to meet their expectations and grow as a Director.

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

Dr. Norton addressed the board regarding the two additional items added to the agenda; Item 6.The consideration of a Work Ethics Certificate and  Item 7.
The Director of Schools to make purchases to enhance security at all schools.

He informed the board that in November of 2015 a presentation by Hamlin County along with Mr. David Hamilton and Major Carlton Gerrell  concluded that a "work certificate" had become popular across the state. It allows students to work on soft skills (such as; being drug-free and being on time) in the work place. This allows a relationship to develop between students and industries in the community. Students would receive a check-list to obtain points to qualify for the certification. Upon completion, students would receive a special seal on their diploma acknowledging that they had completed the program. Potential employers participating in this program have offered to allow students a first round interview for potential employment. 

Board Member , Mr. Jim McCampbell, approved a Motion & Board Member Tom Beasley second the motion.

Regarding Item#7 The Director of Schools request to make purchases to enhance security at all schools was addressed.

Dr. Norton stated these specific areas focused on a Visitor Management System, an Anonymous Reporting Application, and the increase of Surveillance Systems for each school in the district. 

Board member, Mr. Rod Frey approved the motion & Board member Jill Coker second the motion.

* This request does not have to come back before the board and the request is not limited to just these three areas.

In closing, Dr. Norton thanked the board members for their attendance and participation at Board Retreat.

Adjourned- 5:45 p.m.

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