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May 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM - May 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.

* Board Attorney, Rob Whitfield, was absent; Attorney Lee Greer was present
Citizen's Forum

Ms. Angie Case read a letter she had written a letter expressing her concerns regarding an disciplinary issue that took place with her middle-school son. 

She stated that due to the issue her son is now prevented from attending his 8th Grade Banquet. She stated that per school policy, it states that disciplinary issues "may" result in loosing the privilege of 8th Grade Banquet. She does not believe the punishment fits the crime in this situation. She understands that nothing will be done regarding this incident but does look forward to the next four years and new administration at Grove and Henry County High School.

Board Member Forum

Madam Chairman, Jill Coker, introduced State Representative Bruce Griffey. 

Mr. Griffey spoke briefly about school vouchers and stated that he would be happy to answer any questions following the meeting.

Adopt & Approve the Consent Agenda
Director's Personnel Report
Board Minutes
Nurse's Report
Budget Amendments
General Purpose Monthly Financial Report
Textbook Adoption
Adopt & Approve the Main Agenda
Discussion:  Madam Chairman, Mrs. Jill Coker, proposed to amend the agenda and add Item# 5.1.1- Discussion of Policy:6.312-Use of Personal Communication Devices and Electronics Devices.

*TSBA:Recommendations of Candidates for Director of Schools
Speaker(s):  Mr. Randall Bennett

TSBA representative, Mr. Randell Bennett, provided the board with the Top 5 candidates for the New Director of Schools position. 

#1. Dr. Felicia Bates-Henry County School System

#2. Dr. Donald Durley-Millington Municipal Schools

#3. Dr. Randy Shannon- Benton County Career & Technical Center

#4. Dr. Leah Watkins-Obion County Schools

#5. Mr. Shane Paschall-Bradford Special Schools

Each candidate has been notified by TSBA and provided an interview time. Interviews will be held May 6-10, 2019 at the Henry County Board of Education.

Discussion of Policy:6.312-Use of Personal Communication Devices and Electronics Devices.
Speaker(s):  Madam Chairman

Madam Chairman, Jill Coker, stated that she would like to request that Dr. Norton present this at the upcoming Principal's Meeting. This policy needs to be modified to match what is proposed by TSBA. The current policy allows cell phones to be confiscated for an extended amount of time; including be held overnight. Model policy from TSBA does not support that.

Dr. Norton stated that he along with the Principal's will review both the current and proposed policies and present a solution top the Board at the June meeting. 

*Field Trip Request: FCCLA
Speaker(s):  Mrs. Janet Pearce

Mrs. Betsy Allison requested permission on behalf of Ms. Janet Pearce to allow four FCCLA  students to attend the National Convention in Anaheim, CA on June 28, 2019 thru July 5, 2019.

*Henry County Schools Transportation: Bus Surplus
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton requested permission from the Board to run an add for the bus surplus.

These buses are not in service.

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.

Front Admin Office- Pretty much complete; just needs a little cleaning.

Front Office-windows are installed and checking on the roof; only concrete left to pour is the stepping area.

Spring Sports Building- Exterior blocks are sealed and paint is on. Sidewalks are soccer side poured, AC unit is at the shop, and electrical work approved today.

Field House- work begins on May 19, 2019.

Band Building- Steele beam pads set to be poured next week and will be going up.

Doors are Harrelson and Henry-Put locks on lunchroom and gym doors, change handles, and add electronic keypads.

*Updated surveillance walk-thru as well.

*Recommendations for Naming HCHS Facilities (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton reminded the board members of the nominees.

First nominee, to name the Little Theater to Mrs. Linda Miller Wilson Theater. We would need to pay for signage. 

Dr. Webb stated that the last week of September 2019 (Homecoming Week) plas are to have an unveiling.

*Board Approved this request


Regarding the two additional nominees; two members, Josh & Rod Frey, had both been approached with questions. Everyone feels that both nominee's are more than worthy of the request but feel they should be swapped. Both members asked for additional time to review these request to make sure it is done correct the first time.

*Request will be placed on the June agenda as Second-Reading

*Five Year Strategic Plan (Second Reading)
Speaker(s):  Dr. Brian Norton

Dr. Norton stated that the Five- Year Strategic Plan has been modified with the addition of Goal #3. Board member, Mr. Tom Beasley, asked that "Character Education" be incorporated. 

Dr. Norton asked that the Board approve the Five- Year Strategic Plan with the addition.

* Board Approved

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

Dr. Norton informed the Board of two sponsored TSBA programs; Student Recognition Award and School Volunteer Recognition Award.

Mr. Carson Nelson, a Junior at Henry County High School, was nominated on behalf of HCHS Principal, Dr. Michele Webb, for the Student Recognition Award. Mr. Nelson, is a standout student in both academics and extra-curricular activities.

Mr. Jack Pressy was nominated on behalf of Henry Principal, Mr. David Kibbler, for the School Volunteer Recognition Award. Mr. Pressy serves as a Team Read Program Volunteer with Second Grade. 

Dr. Norton stated that the second meeting of Collaborative Conferencing was held today. He suspects by the June 13th Board Meeting that the  2019-2020 MOU ( Memorandum of Understanding) will be presented for First-Reading.

Dr. Norton stated that on April 25, 2019 the Finance-Budget Committee had it's first meeting. On May 9, 2019 at 8:30 a.m. the committee will meet with the intentions to have the districts budget ready for full board review and approval on the June 13, 2019 meeting.

Lastly, Board Student Representative, Miss. Natalie Clark will not be here for the June meeting. She will be preparing for college as she will be an incoming Freshman at Lipscomb University in the Fall. Dr. Norton thanked her for her service and wished her the best.

The Board went into Closed Executive Session & returned.

Meeting adjourned- 7:47 p.m.


Hearing on a student whose hearing before the Student Disciplinary Hearing Authority was held. April 5, 2019.

Roll Call Vote:

District II: Josh Fry-Yes

District IV: Jim McCampbell- Yes

District I: Rod Frey- Yes

District III: Tom Beasley- Yes

District V: Jill Coker- Yes

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