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January 30, 2017 at 6:30 PM - GMSD Board Meeting

Minutes
1. Call to Order
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  Chairman Linda Fisher called the meeting to order at 6:27 pm
2. Moment of Silence
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  Chairman Linda Fisher called for a moment of silence
3. Pledge of Allegiance
Discussion:  Board member Suzanne Jones led the Pledge of Allegiance
4. Approval of Agenda
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the agenda as amended, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the agenda as amended, passed with a motion by Mrs. Betsy Landers and a second by Mrs. Amy Eoff.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion: 

The following  three amendments were made to the agenda,

1. Add Consent item 9.B under Consent Agenda - as Budget Amendment # 49

2. Add item 10.E under Board Action Items - as Resolution to distribute funds to Houston Middle Chess Club and Houston High Wrestling Team

3. Add item 10.F under Board Action Items - as Student Discipline

5. Recognition and Awards
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion: 

 

Student Recognitions:

Houston High Trap Team:

Matt Mitchell, Jake Tipton, Owen Hardin, Chandler Kuhn and Zach Roberts won the state championship, which they went for the first time.

Lauren Thomas, a HHS Junior this year,  placed 3rd overall at the State Championship in Ladies Varsity division and 22nd overall, out of 559 varsity shooters, in Varsity Athlete (which includes men and women).  At Nationals, she finished 275th/1831, or top 15% of all Varsity shooters, and 23rd of all Ladies Varsity shooters.

Luke Murray, a HHS Senior this year, finished 18th overall, out of 559 varsity shooters, in Varsity Athlete at the State Championship, and at Nationals, he finished 170th/1831 shooters, or top 9%

Coaches: Tommy Connable and Mark Mitchell

HMS Chess Team

6th Grade team, consisting of Logan Wu, Sydney Kong, Manish Rangan and Cole Stevenson, scored a total of 15.5, tied in points for 1st, recognized as National Co-Champion and received 2nd place trophy after tie-break. 

Cole Stevenson and Manish Rangan competed in the Regional Qualifying Tournament for Shelby County for the TN State Scholastic Individual Chess Tournament and  placed in the top 8 for the Elementary Division, therefore advancing to the State tournament to be held on February 18th in Cookeville, TN.  

Logan Wu has been recognized several times in the nation and in the world for his excellent chess playing skills.  A two time national champion, he has traveled to Dubai and Greece to compete against some of the world’s best players.  You can catch our recent interview with Logan on Spotlight On Excellence at www.gmtv-online.com.

STAFF RECOGNITIONS

 

Dr. Kristine Howell teaches English as a second language at Houston Middle School and has recently completed her Ed. D. at the University of Memphis. 

Dr. Joli Williams, assistant principal of Dogwood Elementary School  earned her Ed. D. last semester

 

 

 

 

 

6. Approval of the Minutes
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the minutes from the 12.5.16 Board Business meeting, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the minutes from the 12.5.16 Board Business meeting, passed with a motion by Mrs. Suzanne Jones and a second by Mrs. Betsy Landers.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
7. REPORTS
Speaker(s):  Chairman
7.A. TLN Update (Tennessee Legislature)
Speaker(s):  Suzanne Jones
Discussion: 

Board member and TLN Representative Suzanne Jones thanked Board member Lisa Parker for organizing the Second Annual Legislative Breakfast on January 4, 2017.

She said that the GMSD 2017 Legislative Agenda is under discussion, waiting to be decided until bills have been filed with Legislature.

Ms. Jones gave updates on the following,

- TLN Weekly Conference Calls with other Municipalities

- Weekly Calls with Senate Education Committee

- Bills being filed daily until February 9, 2017

- Day trip to Nashville on February 7, 2017

- TSBA Day on the Hill event - February 20 and 21, 2017

- GMSD Day on the Hill event - March 29, 2017

 

 

7.B. Chairman's Report
Speaker(s):  Linda Fisher
Discussion: 

Chairman Linda Fisher presented her report as follows,

"Congratulations to Lisa Parker, who has been selected to serve on the TN School Board Association Legislative Committee. Thank you for your time to serve TSBA.

This past week our superintendent, chief financial officer (Kevin Jones), board secretary (Vijaya Subramani), and school board members (Suzanne Jones, Betsy Landers, Lisa Parker and myself) attended the school board academy on the Board’s Role in School Finance in Jackson. State law requires that all school board members attend annual training.

School board members visited Houston High and Riverdale to see how 1:1 blended learning is being used in our classrooms. Thank you to teachers Ms. Wallace, Algebra I ,  Mr. Hamlett, World History, and    Mr. Robinson, Human Geography  at Houston High and Mrs. Young, 8th grade Language Arts,   Mrs. Ponder, 8th grade Social Studies and    Mrs. Humble-Davies, 8th grade Science  at Riverdale for welcoming us into their classrooms. We learned a lot from engaging with the students and teachers.

We also toured the nitty-gritty of the Riverdale construction with our city’s alderman. With access to tour all of the new building, I can say we were impressed with what this new facility will offer our students, teachers and administrators and we look forward to the opening of the school for the upcoming 2017-18 school year.

Thank you to Dr. Rayburn and the HHS choir for their performance of Mass in Blue, with Will Todd. The choir performed Will Todd’s famous jazz mass at GPAC last week."

 

 

 

 

7.C. Financial Report
Speaker(s):  Kevin Jones
Discussion: 

Chief Financial Officer Kevin Jones presented the Financial Reports, which included the Balance Sheet, Revenue and Expense Statement and Cafeteria Report as of 12.31.2016.

7.D. Superintendent's Report
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Discussion: 

Superintendent Jason Manuel gave update on the GMSD Strategic Plan, Goal 1: Maximize Student Potential.

He briefed on the Indicator: Literacy Rate: Percentage of K-2 students who are reading on or above grade level (Objective 1.1)

2016-2017: Increase students who are reading on or above grade level by 2% each year

- Kindergarten: At or Above Grade Level readers - 48.9%

- First grade: At or Above Grade Level readers  - 91.2%

He summarized on the Early Literacy Initiatives as follows;

Germantown Municipal School District is committed to ensuring that all students are reading on grade level by 3rd grade. To help achieve this goal, the following efforts are taking place:

  • Participating in the State's Read to Be Ready Program
  • Reading Interventionist at Riverdale Elementary (Title 1 funds)
  • Saxon or Wilson (school choice) phonics program in all K-2 classrooms
  • Great Minds Wit and Wisdom standards based reading program
  • Mentor texts (teacher selected) purchased for classrooms
  • Star Early Literacy benchmark assessments
  • Star Reading assessment to identify students' reading levels
  • Leveled Reader Libraries at Riverdale and Dogwood Schools
  • Ongoing Early Literacy PD being offered throughout the district
  • Teachers attending the International Literacy Association national conference and redelivering information to their peers
8. Citizens to be heard
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion: 

The following citizens voiced their opinion on the various sites recommended by School Site Selection Committee,

- Steve Wiggins, 8591 Sycamore Trail Drive Germantown TN 38139

- Jim Thannum, 9349 Poplar Grove Circle Germantown TN 38139

- William Wilson, 8526 Washington Way Germantown TN 38139

- Tim Folse, 8543 Washington Way Germantown TN 38139

- David Byard, 9460 Old Plantation Cove Germantown TN 38139

- Elizabeth Simonia, 2494 Windy Oaks Germantown TN 38139

- Rob Walters, 9423 Old Plantation Cove Germantown TN 38139

- Jimmy Wetter, 2867 Keasler Circle West Germantown TN 38139

- Zachary Taylor, 3080 Oakleigh Lane Germantown TN 38138

- Denis Bonderud, 9348 Forest Hill Lane Germantown TN 38139

 

9. 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 Ms. Lisa Parker and a second by Mrs. Amy Eoff.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
9.A. TLN Grant Contract 2016-17
Speaker(s):  Dan Haddow
9.B. Miscellaneous FY 2016-17 Budget Amendments 46,47,48 and 49
Speaker(s):  Kevin Jones
9.C. School fees & Activity costs
Speaker(s):  Kevin Jones
9.D. New Policy SP 6.505 Students in Foster Care - Second reading
Speaker(s):  Chauncey Bland
9.E. Revision of Policies - Second Reading
Speaker(s):  Dan Haddow/ Chauncey Bland
Rationale: 

The following policies are being revised after second reading,

HR 5.305 - Family Medical Leave

SP 6.503 - Homeless Students

9.F. New Board Policy IP 4.802 - Student Equal Access - First reading
Speaker(s):  Meredith Park
9.G. Revision of Board Policies - First Reading
Speaker(s):  Meredith Park / Chauncey Bland
Rationale: 

The following Board policies are being revised,

IP 4.502 - Parental and Family Involvement

IP 4.600 - Grading

IP 4.602 - Honor Roll, Awards and Class Ranking

IP 4.700 - Testing Programs

SP 6.200 - Attendance, Pregnancy and Truancy

SP 6.309 - Zero Tolerance Offenses

SP 6.405 - Administering Medicines to Students

SP 6.409 - Child Abuse and Neglect

SP 6.414 - Guidance and School Counseling

SP 6.416 - Student Accident Report

10. BOARD ACTION ITEMS
Speaker(s):  Chairman
10.A. Approval of Grant of Tenure to the recommended teachers
Speaker(s):  Dan Haddow
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve to grant tenure to the recommended teachers, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve to grant tenure to the recommended teachers, passed with a motion by Mrs. Betsy Landers and a second by Mrs. Suzanne Jones.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
Discussion: 

GMSD Tenure Recommendations

2015-2016

 

The following Certified Staff Members have met the requirements for initial tenure eligibility according to TCA 49-5-501 et seq.

 

First Name

Last Name

Job Title

School

Leslie

Austin

Classroom Teacher 6-8

Houston Middle School

Amie

Bourne

Speech and Language Pathologist

Riverdale Elementary School

William

Brock

Classroom Teacher 9-12

Houston High School

Leslie

Brommer

Classroom Teacher 9-12

Houston High School

Brianna

Gould

Classroom Teacher K-5

Farmington Elementary

Rachel

Heberling

Classroom Teacher K-5

Riverdale Elementary

Christine

Hingle

School Psychologist

District Office

Jessica

Johnson

Classroom Teacher 6-8

Riverdale Elementary

Lori

Matthews

Classroom Teacher K-5

Dogwood Elementary

Karen

Mills

Special Education Teacher K-5

Farmington Elementary

Ben

Schneider

Classroom Teacher 9-12

Houston High School

 

10.B. Approval of Family Life Curriculum
Speaker(s):  Meredith Park / Brian Fisher
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the GMSD Family Life Curriculum for 16-17 School year, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the GMSD Family Life Curriculum for 16-17 School year, passed with a motion by Mrs. Suzanne Jones and a second by Mrs. Amy Eoff.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.C. Termination of ILAs / Shared Services
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the Mutual Agreement to Terminate Shared Services on June 30, 2017, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the Mutual Agreement to Terminate Shared Services on June 30, 2017, passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Eoff and a second by Mrs. Betsy Landers.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.D. Resolution for negotiation of land options
Speaker(s):  Linda Fisher/ Jason Manuel
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to allow the Board of Education Executive Committee to negotiate an option for one of the four sites selected by the Site Selection Analysis Committee, pending final approval of the land option by the Board of Education, for the purpose of constructing a new GMSD school, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to amend the original motion by striking the number "four"(4) and inserting the number "three"(3), eliminating "Johnson Road Park" from consideration, passed with a motion by Mrs. Betsy Landers and a second by Mrs. Amy Eoff.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
I move to allow the Board of Education Executive Committee to negotiate an option for one of the three sites selected by the Site Selection Analysis Committee, and including the Crestwyn Site, pending final approval of the land option by the Board of Education, for the purpose of constructing a new GMSD school, failed with a motion by Ms. Lisa Parker.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Abstain (Without Conflict)
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Abstain (Without Conflict)
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Abstain (Without Conflict)
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Abstain (Without Conflict)
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Abstain (Without Conflict)
I move to allow the Board of Education Executive Committee to negotiate an option for one of the three sites selected by the Site Selection Analysis Committee, eliminating "Johnson Road Park" from consideration, pending final approval of the land option by the Board of Education, for the purpose of constructing a new GMSD school, passed with a motion by Mrs. Suzanne Jones and a second by Mrs. Betsy Landers.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.E. Resolution for distribution of funds to Houston Middle School Chess Club and Houston High School Wrestling Team
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the resolution for distribution of funds, $1,500 to the Houston Middle School Chess Club ad $3,000 to the Houston High School Wrestling Team, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the resolution for distribution of funds, $1,500 to the Houston Middle School Chess Club ad $3,000 to the Houston High School Wrestling Team, passed with a motion by Mrs. Suzanne Jones and a second by Mrs. Betsy Landers.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
10.F. Student Discipline
Speaker(s):  Jason Manuel
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to approve the Superintendent's recommendation for the student to complete the assigned placement before being enrolled in a GMSD School, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to approve the Superintendent's recommendation for the student to complete the assigned placement before being enrolled in a GMSD School, passed with a motion by Mrs. Amy Eoff and a second by Mrs. Betsy Landers.
  • Mrs. Amy Eoff: Yea
  • Mrs. Linda Fisher: Yea
  • Mrs. Suzanne Jones: Yea
  • Mrs. Betsy Landers: Yea
  • Ms. Lisa Parker: Yea
No Action(s) have been added to this Agenda Item.
11. New Business
Discussion:  There was no new business at this time.
12. Announcements
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion: 

Chairman Linda Fisher announced the following,

- GMSD FY 2017-18 Budget Work Session scheduled for Monday February 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm in the PD Room

- GMSD Board Business Meeting and work session scheduled for Monday March 6, 2017

13. Adjournment
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  The meeting was adjourned at 7:49 pm.
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