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March 14, 2019 at 4:00 PM - March Board Meeting

Call to Order
Discussion:  Board member, Rod Frey, led the Pledge of Allegiance and Board Member 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
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Electronic Equipment Surplus
Authorization to Apply for Federal & State Funding
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda

Board member, Rod Frey made a motion to amend the main agenda. Item # " Scope Conference Presentation" will be replaced with the DECCA National's field trip request presented by Mr. Brian Welp.

Teacher's of the Year
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Director of Schools, Dr. Brian Norton, recognized the teachers of the year for each school and district wide.

The Teacher of the Year District-wide winner is Ms. Pam Young for Pre-K thru 4th grade. She serves as a 4th grade Math teacher at Lakewood School. Ms. Heather Kingery (LRE teacher, Harrelson) and Ms. Katie Hernandez ( County English Second Language teacher, Henry) were also nominated.

For grades 5-8th the District Teacher of the year is Ms. Addy Byars. She serves as an 8th grade ELA teacher at Lakewood School.  Also nominated were: Ms. Stacy Hudgins (5th Grade ELA teacher, Lakewood) and Ms. Patsy Barrow (6-7th Grade Math teacher, Henry).

For grades 9-12th the District Teacher of the Year is Ms. Carol Carter,a Health Science teacher at Henry County High School. Also nominated was Mr. Ryan Inman (Ag-Science teacher, Grove & Henry County High School).

The District-Wide winners will be eligible to compete at the Regional level. District-Winners also receive a $500 cash award and will be recognized with their name on the plague that is displayed in the board room at the Henry County Board of Education.

Henry School Report
Speaker(s):  Mr. David Kibbler

Henry Principal, Mr. David Kibbler, thanked the board for being here and stated that he would like to highlight three areas; the school improvement plan, the new art program, and the Appreciation Team, or A-Team, that has been established thru the UTrust grant.

The first goal of the school improvement plan focused on increasing the number of 3rd graders reading on a third-grade level from 32.2% to 37.2%.  To help achieve the goal of a 5% increase several changes were made. The schools newsletter was reconstructed to help provide tips for parents and the Little Lending Library was implemented that allows students to check out books anytime.

Mr. Kibbler stated that Henry School began family read nights. Students and family members are encouraged to attend and read with one another. Mr. Kibbler estimated a 50% participation increase from the first event to the second event.

Based on the Winter Benchmarks, Henry has increased their third grade reading level by 16% already.

The second goal focused on increasing the number of students scoring on track or mastery in math by 3%. Mr. Kibbler stated that in order to obtain that goal, administrators and lead teachers have completed classroom walkthroughs, teachers are identifying needs, and teachers are connecting classrooms to the real world to show students how math is used on a daily basis. The school is also offering family math nights. 

Mr. Kibbler informed the board that although final data in not yet available, early data shows a 5.3% increase in math scores so far for this year.

The third goal dealt with the issue of chronic absenteeism. Mr. Kibbler stated that this still continues to be a school issue. He stated that through the school newsletter, social media, and family events incentives were offered such as; ice cream parties and extended PE time. Everyone felt it was important to educate parents on the importance of being present. 

Unfortunately, Mr. Kibbler stated that the chronic absenteeism rate has only increased. He stated that he is unsure how to fix the problem but is aware and will continue to work on this issue daily.

Mr. Kibbler turned the presentation over to Henry teacher, Ms. Robin House, who introduced four members of the 8th grade A-Team. The students informed the board of their roles as a member and presented a short video discussing the reactions of bus drivers, cafeteria workers, and others as they chose to provide "thank you" notes to these individuals. Each member stated that seeing the reaction of those special individuals is the best part. Ms. House stated that it is great to see these students take ownership of this and it is great to see all the smiles on everyone's faces.

In closing, Ms. House turned the presentation over to another Henry teacher, Ms. Val Godina, and she discussed the new art program being implemented this year. 

Ms. Godina stated that every student from Pre-K thru 8th grade gets to participate in art. Along with Kindergarten teacher, Amanda Cook, the two stated the importance of having an art class. Both agreed that it allows students to see learning from different perspectives and hopes the program only continue to grow.

Several art arrangements were on display for everyone to enjoy.

*Field Trip Request: DECA National's Convention
Speaker(s):  Mr. Brian Welp

Mr. Brian Welp requested permission to attend the DECA International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL on April 27, 2019- May 1, 2019. 

*Board approved the requested

* Skyward Contract
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton informed the board that the current contract with Skyward has ended. A decision will need to be made as to whether the District will stay with the current software program or opt to replace it.

Dr. Norton stated that this software is used mainly in the Finance Department and employees within that department are satisfied with the program.

*The board approved a three-year contract with Skyward.  

*Resolution Opposing Education Savings Account Program (ESA)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton asked the Board to support a resolution opposing an Education Savings Account Program or ESA.

The resolution supports Public Education.


*The board accepted the resolution as presented.

Facilities Update
Speaker(s):  Mr. John Akers

Maintenance Supervisor, Mr. John Akers, provided the board with an update on all the construction projects throughout the district.

The maintenance building is complete with the exception of the parking lot being paved. Plans are in place for that to take place in April. 

The front office and nurses office at Henry County High School are nearly complete with the exception of flooring.

The front entrance is underway once some steel work is done, that should create some headway.

Blocks will be done early next week on the Spring Sports Complex.

The building pad is 99% complete on the band building and the building will be delivered the week of Spring Break.

In closing, Mr. Akers stated that with the significant amount of rain within the last month, all projects have been impacted in some way. 


* Formation and Appointment of Search Committee Members
Speaker(s):  Madam Chairman

Madam Chairman, Jill Coker, stated that funding was available for TSBA to be used in the search for a new Director of Schools. She asked for a motion to disband the Search Committee.

*Motion passed

*Adopt Criteria To Be Used In Advertising & Brochure For The Director Search
Speaker(s):  Madam Chairman

Madam Chairman, Jill Coker, informed the board that each of them had been presented a brochure from TSBA and this would need to be approved before being distributed.

* Brochures approved and applicants are able to pick up at the Henry County Board of Education as of March 15, 2019.


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

Dr. Norton informed the board that a grant has been submitted what would potentially provide an interventionist to focus on the improvement of literacy instruction at the 9th grade level at Grove School. The intentions are that this individual would help close the gap that students sometimes come in with. 

Lastly, Dr. Norton stated that the board would need to decide on a board member that would be appointed as a "voting" delegate to represent the Board for District 9. Board member, Josh Frey, was selected.

Meeting adjourned- 6:13 p.m.

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