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July 27, 2015 at 6:30 PM - GMSD Board Business Meeting

Minutes
Call to Order
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  Chairman Lisa Parker called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm
Moment of Silence
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  Chairman Lisa Parker led the moment of silence.
Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion:  Superintendent Jason Manuel led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Approval of Agenda
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Action(s):
I move to approve the agenda after the three recommended amendments passed with a motion by Mrs. Natalie Williams and a second by Mr. Mark Dely.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion:  Three amendments were made to the Agenda per Board members' recommendations as follows, 1. Board member Mark Dely requested to add the FY 2014-2015 Budget amendments 73,74 and 75 as a separate agenda item number 13. 2. Board member Mark Dely requested to move Consent Agenda item number 10.D, Approval of TSBA Officer Nomination, to a separate agenda item number 14. 3. Board member Ken Hoover requested to move FY 2015-2016 Budget Amendment 9, from Consent Agenda/ item number 10.C to a separate agenda item number 15.
Recognition and Awards
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Rationale: 

1. On July 1st, 2015, there was a lighting strike which severely damaged the fire alarm system at Riverdale Elementary School.  The district was unable to get the system repaired the following day.  State law requires that if you do not have an operating fire alarm system, a person has to be physically present at the school on "fire watch" until the fire alarm system has been repaired.  Mr. Earvin Jones, Plant Manager Supervisor, spent the night at Riverdale until the repairs could be completed the following day.  We would like to thank Mr. Jones for the many sacrifices he makes on a daily basis.  He is always willing to go above and beyond to ensure our district stays operational and exceptional.  Mr. Jones, the Germantown Municipal School Board would like to publicly recognize your extraordinary efforts and thank you for your service.  We would also like to present you with this certificate of appreciation for staying on "fire watch" at Riverdale.

2. TSBA Delta Volunteer Recognition Award for Ms. Josephine Hammond.

3. HHS Orchestra selected to perform at TSBA Awards Luncheon in Nashville on Monday, November 16.

 

Approval of the Minutes from 6.11.15 Board meeting
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Action(s):
I move to approve the minutes from 6.11.15 Board meeting passed with a motion by Mrs. Linda Fisher and a second by Mr. Mark Dely.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
TLN Update (Tennessee Legislature)
Speaker(s):  Natalie Williams
Discussion:  Board member and TLN Representative Natalie Williams passed out copies of the legislative update power point to all the Board members. She brought two points up for discussion. 1) Make up of the standards review committee members 2) Implementation of the Special Education voucher bill. Superintendent Manuel shared his questions and concerns. Ms. Williams asked if other board members had any additional questions for the legislators, which she will be discussing during the TSBA conference call on Wednesday July 29, 2015.
Superintendent's Report
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Discussion:  Superintendent Jason Manuel said that the District is excited in getting ready for the new school year. He appreciated all the successful projects, the new windows at Farmington Elementary School, the new Gym floor at Houston Middle School and the energy efficient updates at Houston High School, that were completed during the summer before the new school year. He welcomed Ms. Karen Dodd, the newly hired Student Services Coordinator. He said that the district is working with Collierville on the alternative school program. He gave updates on the upcoming trainings for the Principals, the Assistant Principals and the various Data driven instructional programs and software that the district is trying to implement. He said that the enrollment in the district is growing. He briefed on the discussions he had with the legislature representatives and the Board members.
Citizens to be heard
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  There were no citizens to be heard.
Consent Agenda
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve all the items in the Consent Agenda passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve all the items in the Consent Agenda passed with a motion by Mr. Mark Dely and a second by Mrs. Natalie Williams.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
AdvancED Approval
Speaker(s):  Teresa Price
Attachments: (1)
Apple Lease MOU
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Attachments: (1)
First Reading - New Policy SP 6.205, Revision of policies SP 6.206, SP 6.2061, SP 6.2062, SP 6.405
Speaker(s):  Chauncey Bland
Rationale: 

New Policy

SP 6.205 Student Assignments

Revision of the following policies

SP 6.206 Intra-District Open Enrollment

SP 6.2061 Inter-District Open Enrollment

SP 6.2062 Eligible Circumstances Transfer

SP 6.405 Administering Medicines to Students

Annual review - No change for the following policies

  • SP 6.402 
  • SP 6.403  
  • SP 6.404
  • SP 6.4081  
  • SP 6.409 
  • SP 6.425  
  • SP 6.423  
  • SP 6.421 
  • SP 6.419 
  • SP 6.418 
  • SP 6.416 
  • SP 6.415 
  • SP 6.413 
  • SP 6.414
  • SP 6.503
  • SP 6.600
  • SP 6.602
  • SP 6.701
  • SP6.709
  • SS 3.501  

 

New Policy HR 5.202 Advanced Degrees after first reading, to waive second reading.
Speaker(s):  Dan Haddow
Rationale: 

Two motions:

1. To move to suspend rule and waive the second reading

2. To move to approve HR 5.202 after first reading.

Action(s):
I move to suspend rule and waive the second reading of New Policy HR 5.202 Advanced Degrees passed with a motion by Mrs. Natalie Williams and a second by Mrs. Linda Fisher.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
I move to approve New Policy HR 5.202 Advanced Degrees after first reading passed with a motion by Mrs. Natalie Williams and a second by Mrs. Linda Fisher.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Revision of Instructional Policies - IP 4.600, IP4.602, IP4.209, IP4.210 after first reading, to waive second reading.
Speaker(s):  Teresa Price
Rationale: 

Revision of the following policies after first reading- to waive the second reading.

IP 4.600 Grading

IP 4.602 Honor Roll, Awards and Class Ranking

IP 4.209 Alternative Credit Options

IP 4.210 Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), and Dual Credit (DC) Courses

Two motions:

1. To move to suspend rule and waive second reading

2. To move approve the policies after first reading

Action(s):
I move to suspend rule and waive the second reading of the Revision of the following policies, IP 4.600 Grading/ IP 4.602 Honor Roll, Awards and Class Ranking/ IP 4.209 Alternative Credit Options/ IP 4.210 Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), and Dual Credit (DC) Courses passed with a motion by Mrs. Linda Fisher and a second by Ms. Lisa Parker.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
I move to approve the Revision of the following policies after first reading, IP 4.600 Grading/ IP 4.602 Honor Roll, Awards and Class Ranking/ IP 4.209 Alternative Credit Options/ IP 4.210 Honors, Advanced Placement (AP), Dual Enrollment (DE), and Dual Credit (DC) Courses, passed with a motion by Mrs. Natalie Williams and a second by Ms. Lisa Parker.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Miscellaneous Budget Amendments FY (14-15)- 73,74 and 75
Speaker(s):  Teresa Price
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the Miscellaneous Budget Amendments FY (14-15) - 73,74 and 75 passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the Miscellaneous Budget Amendments FY (2014-2015) - 73,74 and 75 passed with a motion by Mr. Mark Dely and a second by Mrs. Natalie Williams.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Approval of TSBA Officer Nomination
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the nomination of Ms. Lisa Parker for TSBA Officer position as the Treasurer or Vice- President passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the nomination of Ms. Lisa Parker for TSBA Officer position as the Treasurer or Vice- President passed with a motion by Mrs. Linda Fisher and a second by Mrs. Natalie Williams.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Abstain (With Conflict)
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Miscellaneous Budget Amendment FY(15-16) - 9
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the Miscellaneous Budget Amendment (15-16) - 9 passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the Miscellaneous Budget Amendment (15-16) - 9 passed with a motion by Mrs. Natalie Williams and a second by Mr. Mark Dely.
  • Mr. Mark Dely: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mr. Ken Hoover: Nay
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
  • Mrs. Natalie Williams: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Attachments: (1)
Discussion:  Board Vice-Chairman Linda Fisher said that when the turf project at HHS was initially discussed, she did not feel GMSD should be funding a turf field because back then there were several areas that GMSD needed to financially address in its budget. She explained that the several concerns were reserves, OPEB, resource teachers, SPED coordinator, textbooks, 1:1 technology, start times, and educational lanes for teachers, all of which have been funded at this time. She said that this was the project that was envisioned for our school district, Parents and the business community working together for a common goal and now the city has joined in this partnership. She said that since she was asked why instead of funding the turf field, are we not giving the teachers a raise? she would like to bring to the attention that the board approved a step raise for teachers last year and this year. GMSD, as of this coming year, also will pay for educational lanes for our teachers. This will provide additional pay to teachers with advanced degrees. The classified staff also received a raise after 4 years. To answer the question why are we not hiring more teachers with that money for smaller sized classrooms? she answered that the board has already set aside $440,000 to lower student/teacher ratios, but until we have more classroom space it will be difficult to lower student/teacher ratios. She said that she was in full support of giving these funds for the turf field and becoming a part of this partnership. Board member Ken Hoover, objected to the budget amendment FY(15-16)-9 because: 1) The turf field project was never intended to draw on district funds. 2) The Foundation has raised more than enough money to complete current project and 3) The District has many, many higher priority needs. Board member Mark Dely, said that though he supports the turf project and the public-private partnership, he sees conflicting issues and two sides at this time.
Announcements
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Adjournment
Speaker(s):  Chairman
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