12-10-2007

 

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MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING OF THE ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

December 10, 2007

The Alleghany County School Board held its regular meeting on December 10, 2007, at 6:00 p.m. at Sharon Elementary School.

PRESENT: R. Joe Anderson; H. Hunter Fridley; Robert A. Fridley; David W. Halsey; R. Wayne Botkins; Randall S. Tucker, Vice Chairman; and Michael L. Whitehead, Chairman. Also present: Robert P. Grimesey, Superintendent/Clerk; and Lorie C. Bess, Deputy Clerk.

Chairman Whitehead called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. The call to order was followed by a moment of silence and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Kevin Persinger and Boy Scout Troop #82.

(08-151) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF NOVEMBER 19, 2007 REGULAR MEETING

MOTION: That the Board approve the minutes of the November 19, 2007, regular meeting.

MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Halsey
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-152) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF DECEMBER 3, 2007 WORK SESSION

MOTION: That the Board approve the minutes of the December 3, 2007, work session.
MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Rob Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-153) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF DECEMBER 5, 2007 WORK SESSION

Chairman Whitehead announced that the December 5, 2007 work session was postponed due toinclement weather and has
been rescheduled for December 11, 2007.

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

(08-154) STAFF PRESENTATION TO COMMEMORATE SHARON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL’S “NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL” AWARD

Dr. Grimesey stated that Mrs. Debbie Bowyer, instructional resource technology teacher, had created a PowerPoint presentation which was intended to serve as a staff tribute to Sharon Elementary School’s achievement of its National Blue Ribbon School award. Mrs. Bowyer then offered the presentation.

(08-155) remarks by dr. thomas brewster, va state board of education, present resolution commending sharon elementary school as “national blue ribbon school”

Dr. Grimesey introduced Dr. Tom Brewster, a member of the Virginia State Board of Education. Dr. Brewster stated that it was a distinct for him to be a part of the School Board’s recognition of Sharon Elementary School’s National Blue Ribbon Award. He stated, “Once a school is designated as a Blue Ribbon school, it is always known as a Blue Ribbon school.” Dr. Brewster reported there were only seven public schools and three private schools throughout the entire Commonwealth that received the award in 2007. Dr. Brewster read a resolution that had been approved by the State Board of Education and he presented it to Mr. J.R. Simpson, principal of Sharon Elementary School.

(08-156) OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME BY J.R. SIMPSON, PRINCIPAL, SHARON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mr. Simpson welcomed the Board, Dr. Grimesey and everyone to Sharon Elementary School. He stated it took a lot of hard work for Sharon to earn the Blue Ribbon award and the Sharon students are to be commended for it. He stated he appreciates all the support the school receives from the parents, and that the staff will continue to work hard to maintain its high standards. Mr. Simpson commended all staff, students, and the community for their work, commitment, and support in helping the school achieve its Blue Ribbon School award for 2007. He also thanked Mr. Keven Rice for all the improvements that have been made to the building over the summer, including new floor tile in the classrooms and office area, storage facilities for the lawn mowers, and resurfacing and striping of the parking lot.

(08-157) REMARKS BY JEANNIE THOMPSON, PRESIDENT, SHARON ELEMENTARY PTO

Ms. Thompson welcomed everyone to Sharon Elementary School. She reported several activities that have been completed by the Sharon PTO, including the Fall Fundraiser, Halloween Carnival, and Santa Shop. She congratulated the staff and students on the Blue Ribbon award. She encouraged all parents to be involved in the school and their child’s education and attendance. She asked everyone to make their concerns for AHS known to their Board Supervisor or School Board Member and reminded everyone of the joint work session between the two boards on December 11, 2007 at CMS.

(08-158)SCHOOL BOARD COMMENDATIONS:

26 SHARON ELEMENTARY students who earned at least one perfect 600 score on their spring 2007 SOL tests

Mr. Tucker and Mr. Simpson, with assistance from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers, Karen Cruise, Shawn Truett, Tammy Wright, Liza Carroll, Cindy Adwell and Rhonda Terry, presented certificates to Christopher Honaker, Ashley Timbrook, David Westbury, Blake Kimberlin, Devin Nicely, Cameron Persinger, Ethan Persinger, Jacklyn Walton, Dylan Wells, Jacob Angle, Hannah Bethel, Rebecca Booth, Santana Broughman, Kelsey Brown, Sydney Larsen, Matthew Lanehart, Daniel Persinger, Austen Pullen, Robert Slusser, Hunter Smith, and Carson Swoope. Those absent were Joshua Ingram, Gaige Kern, Clair Seckner, Cassandra Shaffer, and Skyla White.

Outstanding student demonstrations of Six Pillars of Character Counts

Mr. Tucker and Mr. Simpson presented certificates to Cristen Walton and Tyler Fink for demonstrating the Six Pillars of Character.

(08-159) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER QUESTIONS AND REPORTS

Mr. Joe Anderson

Mr. Anderson stated is a pleasure to see Mr. Simpson and his school getting the Blue Ribbon award. He also congratulated the students with the perfect scores on their SOL tests. He thanked Mr. Simpson for hosting the meeting and appreciated his hospitality.

Mr. Randy Tucker

Mr. Tucker thanked Mr. Simpson for hosting the meeting. He stated he treasured every opportunity that he has to be at Sharon School. He thanked Dr. Brewster for attending the meeting. He also thanked Ms. Jeannie Thompson for her comments and support through the PTO. He encouraged parents to get in touch with him and offer their suggestions and ideas on any school related issues. He congratulated all the students for their SOL scores. He stated he appreciated the two students who received the certificates for the Six Pillars of Character.

Mr. David Halsey

Mr. Halsey thanked Mr. Simpson for hosting the meeting. He congratulated Mr. Simpson, staff, students and parents on the Blue Ribbon award. He reported he was recently in Virginia Beach and made the comment that he was from Alleghany County when a lady said to him that she had heard that one of our schools had earned the Blue Ribbon Award. Mr. Halsey stated he was pleasantly surprised by her comment and very proud of Sharon school for its accomplishment.

Mr. Hunter Fridley

Mr. Fridley thanked Mr. Simpson for his hospitality. He laughed about a statement he heard from the staff members that Mr. Simpson is the “head rooster at Sharon.” He commented all staff, students and parents do a wonderful job. He thanked Dr. Brewster for attending the meeting. He thanked Ms. Thompson for her comments and support. He congratulated the students with the perfect SOL scores. He also encouraged everyone to let the Board members know their thoughts about the issues facing the School Board.

Mr. Rob Fridley

Mr. Fridley stated it was a pleasure to be at Sharon School. He congratulated Mr. Simpson, staff, students and parents on receiving the Blue Ribbon award. He stated he appreciates parents who provide a good learning environment and support for their children. He emphasized the importance for attendance, echoing Ms. Thompson’s comment. He congratulated the two teachers who recently obtained Board certification and asked a recipient who was present, Ms. Lee Anne Bowling-Angle, to stand and be recognized for her accomplishment.

Dr. Robert Grimesey

Dr. Grimesey thanked Sharon School for positively representing our school division by receiving the Blue Ribbon award. He congratulated Mr. Simpson, all staff and students on the award.

Mr. Michael Whitehead

Mr. Whitehead thanked Mr. Simpson for hosting the meeting. He congratulated the staff on the Blue Ribbon award. He stated he was very proud of all employees in our district. He also congratulated the students for their SOL scores. He wished everyone a wonderful and merry Christmas.

PUBLIC HEARING: REVISIONS TO SCHOOL DIVISION’S FIVE-YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

Lee Anne Bowling-Angle read the following statement:

“Good evening Mr. Chairman, Dr. Grimesey, and members of the Board. On behalf of the Alleghany High School PTSA, I would like to commend you and thank you for your perseverance and dedication to our community, especially our students, in your efforts to make a new Alleghany High School become a reality. Your hard work and commitment have obviously left no stone unturned in researching every single option available because we know that you know what’s best for us. The long-awaited time has now come for a decision to be made. After reviewing all the data and the resulting analyses, we passionately feel that a new school is the absolute best and only option for you to consider. We know that you have and will continue to make your best effort to communicate our desire to the Board of Supervisors and hold them to the same high standards to which you have been so dedicated. We sincerely hope that they will demonstrate the same level of commitment to the education of our students in Alleghany County as you do as the final decision draws ever closer.We have been told by others not to rush this decision. To these people I would say that we have studied this issue since 1985. I think 22 years is more than enough time to examine every option, now it is time for action. Will we wait for the river to make the final decision for us or will we do what we have known since 1985 had to be done? Those that see no benefits for themselves from an investment in our young people are not looking at the whole picture. This is an investment in the future of our entire area, an added incentive for people to move to our county and an incentive for those here to stay. The county is bleeding to death and there are those that would only apply a band-aid to the wounds. The question that the people in the area need to ask is not if we can afford to build a new school, but rather can we afford not to build it? Many in our community continue to be vocal with the question: “How are we going to pay for a brand new school so that the tax burden is not so immense?” To this, we know that you will take advantage of each and every grant opportunity available and find creative and opportunistic means to help fund the cost of our new school. We as parents and teachers are willing to do our part as well. We thank you for the time you have given to this issue.”

Mr. Robert Tucker thanked the Board for the opportunity to speak. He stated he loved his job of teaching and would happily do it anywhere, without complaining. He stated that he was assured during the flood of 1985, when the school was “knee deep in mud,” that it would be corrected in five years and still nothing has been resolved, 22 years later. He stated he only has three years left to teach and can’t wait another five years. He gave an analogy of buying a house and how in the beginning it seems impossible to afford, but as time goes on, the house payment will stay the same yet your income will increase, making affordability much easier. He stated much is the same for a new school.

Mr. Bob Umstead stated as the president of the AEA, he has surveyed the 311 members and found that 71% were very clear on what they want, which is a new high school. He stated the high school students themselves have seen other schools and are envious of what the other students have. He stated he does not support remodeling the current school. He stated the community needs to do what is best for our 2900 students. He stated he will fight for a new high school at every meeting he is able to attend. He commented that the students work very hard and we owe it to them to give them the best we can. He stated he realizes that taxes will increase but he doesn’t care, he will pay the taxes. He stated he would like to see a new track, locker rooms, and weight rooms that boys and girls do not have to share. He repeated that AEA members do not want to wait, that the time for a new school is now.

Mr. Bob Putman read the following statement:

“Hello, my name is Bob Putman. I am the immediate past President of the AHS Band Boosters and I have been asked by the Band Boosters to address you this evening. Thank you for this opportunity. Currently, the band has 200 students and this figure is projected to grow to some degree in the next several years. The growth of the band program has put a severe strain on the present facilities which, as previously mentioned, do not meet today’s minimum standards. We have previously shared with you some of the booster’s concerns regarding the AHS band program. They include: lack of band room square footage and band room cubic volume, the need for a larger stage in the school auditorium, the stage lighting and stage circulation system improvement needs, the need for secured rooms for complete instrument, uniform, and support storage, and the need for a separate room for the color guard to hold practice. During the past several years, under the leadership of Scott Humphries, the band has grown in numbers and quality. It is recognized statewide as a highly successful program involving approximately one-fourth of the high school student population and about forty-five percent, or about 300 students, from the Clifton Middle School population.”

Mr. Spencer Wilhelm read the following statement:

“Good evening members of the Board and ladies and gentlemen in the audience. My name is Spencer Wilhelm and I am the Clifton Middle School SCA President. I appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf of my fellow students about the issues surrounding Alleghany High School. Enough has been said about the state of AHS at this current time and I know that you have several options before you that can solve, in one degree or another, the problems at AHS. Our student body would like to ask the Board and the citizens of Alleghany County to build a new high school. I had the opportunity to be part of a visiting team that toured various new high schools in Virginia. Some are in areas with great wealth and student population, but there are others that have fewer students than we do and the area is poor. It is the hope of the students at Clifton Middle School that our School Board, parents, and community make the commitment to provide us with a learning environment that is safe, clean, and state of the art. We thank you for your commitment to education in Alleghany County.”

Mr. Steve Noel read the following statement:

“Mr. Chairman, Dr. Grimesey, and members of the School Board, my name is Steve Noel and I am a parent of two students in the Alleghany County School system; one at Boiling Spring Elementary School and one at Alleghany High School.

I have had an opportunity to review the Five-year Capital Improvement Plan. In addition, I have reviewed the different construction options and associated costs, as well as funding options of either renovating or replacing Alleghany High School. It is apparent that the school division is at a crossroads: facing the decision to invest in the existing school renovation and expansion or investing these assets in the building of a new Alleghany High School. In these situations, it is easy to focus on obstacles to growth, funding challenges, differing governmental agendas, and community dissatisfaction. All of these issues are real and must be addressed. However, they cannot drive the process. If we allow our school division’s decisions to be affected by winds of public opinion, external agendas, or the fear of stepping out, we are no longer being led by our vision; we are being manipulated by our fears, by people who lack vision, and allowing ourselves to settle for something less than what is best for our children and our children’s children. I know Alleghany County Schools has a clear vision. You want to provide students with a well-rounded education utilizing school facilities that are safe and functional. This vision extends not only to students who are currently attending County Schools, but also to students who will attend decades from now. As a parent, I believe we have a common vision. We want to see education as one of the highest priorities in our community. We want it to be the centerpiece of our County. When people from the outside look at Alleghany County, they will see that our priorities are in order and that we place the future of our children first and it shows when they visit our schools throughout the County. So when decisions are made regarding the renovation and expansion of Alleghany High School or regarding the building of a new high school, the issue is ultimately not about affordability, it’s not about personal and government agendas, and it’s not about patching existing facilities. It’s about believing in your vision as a community, it’s about believing that our children are worth investing in, and it’s about believing that it’s worth your time as a School Board to find a way to afford the very best facilities possible for our children, which will hopefully include a new Alleghany High School in the near future. As a parent, I appreciate all that you do as a School Board. I know your job is difficult and because of that, I pray for you regularly. Thank you for your leadership and your vision for Alleghany County Schools. Thank you.”

Mrs. Noreen Mitchell read the following statement:

“Good evening, Chairman Whitehead, Dr. Grimesey, and members of the School Board. My name is Noreen Mitchell, and I am the parent of two children at Falling Spring Elementary School. I have never spoken at a school board meeting before tonight, but I feel strongly enough about the necessity of a new Alleghany High School to address you this evening. Over the past several years, I have heard talk of building a new high school, though I never really gave it much serious consideration until a year ago. I am an active member of the Falling Spring Parent Advisory Committee, and we were given the opportunity last spring to tour Alleghany High School. Though my husband graduated from there, I had never personally set foot in the building. I decided to take the tour and decide for myself in what kind of shape the building was and what I felt would be the best course of action. Mr. Higgins was kind enough to give our group an almost two-hour tour of the building. Afterwards, I was in total and utter shock. Before I continue, you should know that I have taught at Bath County High School for the past fifteen years, and in that time, I have toured schools all over Virginia and elsewhere. I can truly say that I have never seen a school building in such disrepair as Alleghany High School. After taking the tour, I never appreciated my own work environment as much as I do now. While on the tour, I witnessed a variety of concerns. Cockroaches ran across walls. The floor of a second-floor room had pulled away from the wall enough to look down into the classroom below it. Too small classrooms were filled to capacity with desks where teachers could barely walk through the rooms. Wires were hanging from ceilings all over the school in what I assume was an attempt to update technology. There was inadequate space for the band activities, and the weight room and locker rooms were simply disgraceful. Obvious water damage was noticeable throughout the building, and guidance counselors barely had space in their offices for a single chair to offer those seeking their services. Even in the evening, the air in the classrooms was stifling. Certainly we can do more for our children and educators than submit them to these conditions! Recently there has been talk around town that we should spend our tax money bringing new businesses into the area, not on a new school. I very much disagree. It will be difficult to bring more businesses into the area if we don’t have more to offer them. The summer before my freshman year of high school we moved to Northern Virginia. My parents decided to purchase a house in Chantilly after they toured the high school building. I was very surprised because the house they chose was not at the top of the list. When I asked my mother about their choice, she said that she wanted me to graduate from Chantilly High School. She went on to explain all about the wonderful facility and all it had to offer. When I told my mother that I thought it was stupid to choose a house based on a high school, she said that a house would always be just a house. An education at such a fine high school would benefit me for the rest of my life, and as my parents, it was their job to give me that opportunity. As a teenager, I didn’t fully appreciate their decision, but as an adult with children of my own, I now know the importance of what they did for us, and I want the chance to do the same for my own children. I do acknowledge that the faculty, staff, and administrators are by far the most important components to a top-notch education. However, many people trivialize the importance of the atmosphere and environment of the school building itself. I have taught in classrooms that have hit 90 degrees in the late spring. Do you have any idea how hard it is to teach on a daily basis a full classroom of hot, sweaty teenagers who are trying hard not to fall asleep when your own clothes are plastered to your skin? And yet we expect our teachers and students to excel under these conditions. Facilities are only a part of the whole educational experience, but they are no less important. If our children can succeed as they are in the current environment, imagine their potential in a new building. Our children have quality elementary schools and a state-of-the-art middle school. Why should they lack such facilities at the high school level, which is such a vital time in their lives when they are deciding and preparing for their futures? I would also like to mention that a new high school would greatly benefit the entire community as well. The current high school auditorium is often used for various community events and has been criticized for not meeting the needs of the community. It is my understanding that we are currently unable to host regional indoor sporting events, which would bring revenue into the county. These events could be taken into consideration when designing the new auditorium, ensuring that both school and community needs are met. I have watched sadly as friends in the community have moved to places like Lexington and Botetourt in order to offer their children more educational opportunities. I have even considered sending my own children to Bath County in the future, if necessary. If we want to keep the people we already have and bring in others, we must show them that education is a priority in Alleghany County. I feel that the best way to do this is to put a fifty-year-old building that has served us well out of its misery and build a new Alleghany High School of which we can all be proud. Thank you for your time and consideration, and thanks for all you do for our kids.”

Ms. Karma Tucker read the following statement:

“I come before you today as an active parent citizen of the community and most specifically as a representative of Falling Spring Elementary School. We are very concerned and anxious as to what the near future holds in regards to our high school. Our children will be attending high school within 6 or so years and we find the current conditions unsatisfactory. What we would like to see is our complete community to come together under the roof of a new high school. We most assuredly do not want to renovate our current school. Now we would like to see close estimates of what tax increases may ensue after a thorough investigation of all grants that may be available to us. Most importantly, we desire that this happen within the next few months so arrangements can be made before any more time has passed. We are aware of our current economic situation and want to see a thorough, good heart effort to see how we can obtain a new school for our children and our community that we can be proud to call our own.”

Ms. Amanda Sprouse stated she is a teacher at AHS and also a parent. She commented that our area is so beautiful but that a change is needed. She stated our youth are very talented and deserve the best we can give them. She commented how well the students do in the unfavorable environment they currently have and wonders how much better they could do if they had a new facility. She stated she knows that people who are considering coming to the area always ask how the schools are and we need to offer them the best we can.

Having no other citizens wishing to speak, Chairman Whitehead declared the public hearing closed.

PUBLIC HEARING: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR SCHOOL DIVISION’S PROPOSED 2008-2009 OPERATING BUDGET

Mr. Bob Umstead introduced himself as the president of the AEA. He stated he wanted to ask the Board for a 5%/plus step salary increase for teachers. He stated the division does not want to lose our good teachers because of salaries. He thanked the Board for their time and consideration.

Ms. Susan Fey presented a handout to the Board for information on school nurses, clinic events and reasons that a full-time nurse is needed at AHS.

Mrs. Tracy Barner stated she is the parent of two ACPS students, one at CMS and one at AHS. She stated she is asking for a full-time nurse at AHS. She commented her son has a reoccurring medical condition that requires a nurse’s attention so he sees the nurse a lot. She stated that kids do not always get sick from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and a nurse is needed at all hours of the day.

Ms. Debbie Taylor stated she is the parent of an AHS senior who has severe food allergies and asthma. She stated the school nurses are a godsend and they need to be there at all hours of the school day. She asked the Board to support having a full-time nurse at AHS.

Having no other citizens wishing to speak, Chairman Whitehead declared the public hearing closed.

BUDGET AND FINANCE

(08-160) Payment of Bills

MOTION: That the Board approve the payment of the bills as presented.
MOTION: Mr. Halsey
SECOND: Mr. Hunter Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-161) Budget Report

Dr. Grimesey stated the material that was provided was for information purposes.

1

School Operating Fund

$853,809.27

2

School Textbook Fund

$404,609.79

3

Alleghany Foundation Nursing Grant

$117,468.26

4

Governor’s School

$41,543.10

5

Construction

$0

6

Scholarship

$80,681.69

7

Alleghany Foundation Mental Health Initiative

$11,813.99

8

Alleghany Foundation CMS Recreational Facilities

$139,380.00

9

Alleghany Foundation Teacher Recruitment Grant

$25,640.29

Grand Total

$1,674,946.39

 

(08-162) CAFETERIA REPORT

Keven Rice, Director of Administrative Services, reported that the cafeteria fund net cash balance at the end of November was $200,281 which represents an improvement over November 2006 of $75,157. Mr. Rice noted that strong operational controls continue to produce positive financial results. Dr. Grimesey suggested to Mr. Rice to provide the Board members with a year-end report; Mr. Rice replied he would.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

(08-163) Calendar Information:

Dr. Grimesey reminded Board members of the following upcoming meetings:

-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 11, 2007 – Joint Work Session with Board of Supervisors, CMS/Gleason Forum Hall

-6:00 p.m. Monday, January 7 – Budget Work Session at the Central Office Complex

-6:00 p.m .Tuesday, January 22 –Regular Meeting at the Central Office Complex

(08-164) results of environmental study of gleason property by engineering concepts, inc.

Mr. Keven Rice introduced Mr. Byron Petrauskas. Mr. Petrauskas then presented a handout to the Board titled “Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for the Mary F. Gleason Estate Property.” After reviewing the information with the Board, Mr. Petrauskas stated that he saw no environmental concerns for this property.

(08-165) results of geo-technical testing of gleason property by geotechnics, inc.

Mr. Keven Rice introduced Mr. John Cutright as the president and owner of Geotechnics, Inc. Mr. Cutright stated he was contacted by Moseley Architects to perform geotechnical testing on the Gleason property. He presented a handout to the Board titled “Approximate Test Boring Locations.” He reviewed the information with the Board. He also stated the architect will need to design the facility according to the geotechnical information provided in the report. He stated the property has a slight slope to it but is mostly flat. He stated, in his opinion, “the site looks very good.” In conclusion, he stated, “I am from Botetourt County and I don’t know if you are going to find a more suitable site for a new school.” Dr. Grimesey then addressed the Board and reminded them that they are running out of things to test or study and that a decision about AHS needs to be made by both the School Board and the Board of Supervisors. He emphasized to Board members that they have the means to purchase the property with cash and there is no need to incur debt associated with the property purchase.

(08-166) participation in consortium for distribution of federal funds to support limited english proficient students

Dr. Sarah Campbell explained that the federal funds allocated to Alleghany County Public Schools were earmarked to support instruction for limited English proficient students and were only accessible if the division entered into a consortium with other small school divisions. As a result, she asked the Board to approve participation in a regional consortium to be administered by Floyd County Public Schools.

MOTION: That the Board approve participation in consortium for distribution of federal funds to support
limited English proficient students.
MOTION: Mr. Tucker
SECOND: Mr. Halsey
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-167) statement of 2008 legislative priorities

Dr. Grimesey reported that Board members met with Delegate Jim Shuler last week. Dr. Grimesey originally presented the Statement of Legislative Priorities during the November meeting and now recommends approval.

MOTION: That the Board approve the Statement of 2008 Legislative Priorities, as recommended by the Superintendent.
MOTION: Mr. Hunter
SECOND: Mr. Tucker
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-168) capital improvement update

Mr. Rice presented the Work Request Completion Report for November. Mr. Rice also reported on two capital improvement projects that have been completed and one that will be done over the winter break:

1) Installed a metal building at the CMS football field to store grounds and athletic equipment that has previously been left out in the weather. This can be moved and used elsewhere in the future.

2) Completed repair to the rock wall at Falling Spring Elementary. This was completed in-house by Charles Fornwalt.

3) Over the winter break substantial cosmetic work will be done in the AHS locker rooms and field house to include:

· Applying an epoxy coating to the bare concrete floors.

· Painting walls and ceilings.

· Replacing wooden training tables with stainless steel.

· Removing hard water deposits from shower rooms walls and floors and applying a penetrating sealer.

· Miscellaneous furniture and fixture repair or replacement.

Dr. Grimesey asked Mr. Rice for an approximate cost to renovate the locker rooms. Mr. Rice replied the cost would be approximately $30,000. Dr. Grimesey noted to the Board that this cost is a sound investment regardless of the AHS decision. He said it would be at least three years before a new school would be opened, so the improvements to the locker rooms remain justified.

(08-169)COMMUNICATIONS

-Teacher Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

-Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

CLOSED SESSION

(08-170) CODE OF VIRGINIA: PERSONNEL 2.2-3711.A.1; STUDENT MATTERS 2.2-3711.A.2; AND LEGAL MATTERS 2.2-3711.A.7

MOTION: That the School Board enter closed session to discuss Personnel, Student Matters and Legal
Matters as authorized by the Code of
Virginia Sections 2.2-3711A.1, 2.2-3711.A.2 and 2.2-3711.A.7
MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Tucker
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 8:00 p.m.

MOTION: That the School Board return to open session from closed session.
MOTION: Mr. Halsey
SECOND: Mr. Tucker
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 9:12 p.m.

CERTIFICATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Chairman requests a motion to certify that to the best of each member’s knowledge:

  1. Only public business matters lawfully exempted from opening meeting requirements by Virginia law were discussed in the closed meeting to which this certification applies; and
  1. Only such public business matters as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were heard, discussed or considered by the School Board.

MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Botkins
ROLL CALL VOTE: Mr. Anderson – YES Mr. Halsey - YES
Mr. Botkins – YES Mr. Tucker - YES
Mr. H. Fridley – YES Mr. Whitehead – YES
Mr. R. Fridley – YES
7-YES 0-Absent 0-No
TIME: 9:13 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk

PERSONNEL

(08-171) Personnel actions

MOTION: That the Board approve the personnel recommendations as recommended by the
Superintendent.
MOTION: Mr. Tucker
SECOND: Mr. Hunter Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

DISPOSITION OF PUPIL PERSONNEL MATTERS

(08-172) Disposition associated with pupil personnel caseS #07-15; #07-16; #07-20; and #07-22.

MOTION: That the Board approve the disposition recommendation with pupil personnel cases
# 07-15, #07-16, #07-20, and #07-22.
MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr.
Rob Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

OTHER BUSINESS

(08-173) Additions to agenda

No additions to the agenda.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: That the December 10, 2007 regular meeting of the Alleghany County School Board be adjourned.

MOTION: Mr. Rob Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Hunter Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 9:15 p.m.

 

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Chairman, Alleghany County School BoardClerk