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May 14, 2018 at 8:30 AM - GMSD Special Call Board Meeting

Minutes
1. Call to order
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  Chairman Betsy Landers called the Special Call Board Meeting to order at 8:31 am
2. Tenure Dismissal Proceedings
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Recommended Motion(s):  I move to adopt the recommended Resolution, passed with a motion by Board Member #1 and a second by Board Member #2.
Action(s):
I move to adopt the recommended Resolution, passed with a motion by Mrs. Linda Fisher 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: 

Chairman Landers informed that the purpose of this meeting was to consider charges proffered by the Director of Schools regarding Dr. Price Rayburn.
She asked if Ms. Valerie Speakman could read the charges into the record and deliver the recommendation of the Director of Schools.

Ms. Valerie Speakman read the charges as follows:

WRITTEN CHARGES DIRECTED TO DR. PRICE RAYBURN

I, Jason Manuel, Director of Schools for the Germantown Municipal School District, charge Dr. Price Rayburn, a tenured teacher, with the following offenses:

I.               Description  of Charges:

 

1)             Conduct unbecoming to a member of the teaching profession/unprofessional conduct as defined by T.C:A. § 49- 5 503.;

2)             Insubordination as defined by T.C.A.§ 49-5-503.

 

II.              Examples of actions in support of the charge of conduct unbecoming to a member of the teaching profession/unprofessional conduct,  include but are not limited  to:

1)             Dr. Rayburn kissed students on the head and  forehead;

2)             On multiple occasions, Dr. Rayburn disrespected Houston High School parents, students and employees by yelling at them;

3)             Dr. Rayburn engaged in inappropriate touching of  students;

4)             On multiple occasions, Dr. Rayburn bullied, threatened and intimidated Houston High School parents, students and employees;

5)             Dr. Rayburn made inappropriate comments to  students;

6)             On multiple occasions, Dr. Rayburn engaged in inappropriate conversations with students;

7)             Dr. Rayburn caused embarrassment to Germantown Municipal School District, Houston High School, its students, parents, employees and  himself;

8)             Dr. Rayburn exhibited poor decision  making;

9)             Dr. Rayburn exhibited poor classroom  management;


10)          Dr. Rayburn violated the Tennessee Teacher Code of Ethics (T.C.A. § 49-5-1001,

et seq.)

11)          Dr. Rayburn violated the following GMSD policies: Staff Rights & Responsibilities, Policy #5.600; Ethics, Policy 5.611; Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-bullying, and Intimidation, Policy #6.304; Promoting Student Welfare, Policy #6.400; Child Abuse and Neglect, Policy

#6.409.

Ill.        Examples of actions in support of the charge of insubordination include but are not limited to the following:

 

1)             Based upon the examples set forth in support of the charge of conduct unbecoming to a member of the teaching profession/unprofessional conduct Dr. Rayburn has refused or continued to fail to obey the school laws of this state, to comply with GMSD policies, and  follow the instructions of the Director of Schools;

2)             On October 26, 2017, Dr. Rayburn received a written warning and suspension. In that   written   warning   Dr.  Rayburn   was   told· -that  any   further   incidents   of unprofessional conduct may result in further disciplinary action taken against you, including but not limited to suspension and/or termination of your employment. However, Dr. Rayburn continued to engage in acts of unprofessional conduct, as set forth above, after he received that warning.

Based on the foregoing Charges, individually and/or collectively, I recommend the dismissal of Dr. Price Rayburn.

 

 

 

Ms. Speakman said that based on these charges, Superintendent Jason Manuel recommended the following resolution that reads as follows;

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Germantown Municipal School District Board of Education at its May 14, 2018 meeting has entertained written Charges made by Jason Manuel, Germantown Municipal School District Director of Schools, against Dr. Price Rayburn, a tenured teacher in the Germantown Municipal School District, and the Board finds that the Charges individually and/or collectively are of such a nature as to warrant the dismissal of Dr. Price Rayburn as a tenured teacher.

 

The Charges shall be made a part of the Minutes of this Board, and the Director of Schools shall give the teacher a copy of said Charges, this Resolution and a copy of the form which has been approved by the State Commissioner of Education advising teachers of their legal rights and recourse under the Tennessee Teacher Tenure Act.

 

 

On this                          day of _  _   _   _   _   _   _  _  _                              , 2018.

 

Chairman Landers asked if there was a motion on this resolution.

3. Adjournment
Speaker(s):  Chairman
Discussion:  The meeting was adjourned with consensus at 8:36 am
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