2-18-2008

 

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MINUTES


REGULAR MEETING OF THE ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

February 18, 2008

The Alleghany County School Board held its regular meeting on February 18, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. at the Jackson River Technical Center.

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

ABSENT: Michael L. Whitehead, Chairman

Vice Chairman Tucker 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 JRTC Vocational Club Presidents.

(08-207) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 22, 2008 REGULAR MEETING

MOTION: That the Board approve the minutes of the January 22, 2008, regular meeting.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Hunter Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-208) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF FEBRUARY 4, 2008 WORK SESSION

MOTION: That the Board approve the minutes of the February 4, 2008, work session.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr.
Hunter Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

(08-209) OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME BY GLENN SPANGLER, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, JRTC

Mr. Spangler welcomed everyone to JRTC. He reported February is Career and Technical Education Month and invited everyone to attend an open house on Wednesday, February 20, 2008 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. He stated it would be an opportunity to see all the classes in action. He noted refreshments would be provided by the Culinary Arts class. He reported JRTC student participated in the Skills USA district competition recently. Nine students earned the right to compete in the state competition in Hampton. He also noted the Joint Board of Control would be recognizing welding students during the February 19 meeting.

(08-210)SCHOOL BOARD COMMENDATIONS

Mr. Hunter Fridley presented certificates to the coach of Alleghany High School’s Academic Competition team which recently won the VHSL Group AA, Blue Ridge Scholastic Bowl Championship. They included Dr. Chuck Hopkins, Allison Hicklin, and Karen Hopkins. Coach Lee Anne Bowling-Angle was not present to accept her certificate. Mr. Fridley and Dr. Hopkins then presented certificates to the student team members: Sarah Ahlbrand, Perry Allen, Nathan Anderson, Mehdi Bellous, Kate Mason, Mike Mason, Abby Moody, Olivia Moody, and Cullen Truett. Brian Jefferson, Jr. was not present to accept his certificate.

Mr. Halsey and Mr. Spangler presented certificates to JRTC Club Presidents for their outstanding demonstrations of leadership. Certificates were given to Ethan Berry, Skills USA; Kayla Dabbs, HOSA; Jacob Downer, DECA; Tanya Johnson, FBLA; and Katie Murray, FCCLA.

(08-211) SPECIAL PRESENTATION BY CAST OF ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL THEATER PRODUCTION OF AN EVENING OF CULTURE

Karen Swortzel thanked the Board for allowing the students to give their presentation. She reported the program would be presented on April 4th and 5th at 7:30 p.m. and also on April 5th and 6th at 3:00 p.m. All shows will be presented at Alleghany High School. The students then gave their presentation. Following the presentation, the students gave the Board members complimentary tickets to the show.

(08-212) SHARI PETERSON, AHS PTSA, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Peterson read the following statement: Mr. Chairman, School Board Members and Dr. Grimesey: On behalf of the Alleghany High School PTSA, I would like to thank the School Board for your commitment to improving education in our community. Without a strong school system, it will be difficult to attract new businesses and professionals to the area, as well as keep the ones we have. We must look to and believe in the future of our community. There is a lot of support out there for a new high school. Most of us are busy with our families, jobs and volunteer positions, making it very difficult to get to the meetings. As a matter of fact, I just deserted my volunteer coaching position at the YMCA to come here to speak. As soon as I am done, I will rush back to the YMCA. My husband works for MeadWestvaco and I am a stay-at-home mom that does a lot of volunteer work for many different groups. We have no family members that work for the school system. We have four children, all of which have had 100% of their pre-college education from the Alleghany Highlands School System. Two are in college, one is in 11th grade at AHS, and the youngest is in 8th grade at CMS. It is unlikely that even my 8th grader will benefit from a new AHS. Most likely by the time it is complete, she will have graduated or at least almost be done. In spite of the fact that our family will not directly benefit from a new school, we definitely support it. As tax payers of this wonderful community, we are willing to do our part to do what is right for the students in this area. Submitting an application for a Literary Fund Loan is a must. With no risk or commitment from us at this time, it is a very sensible way to be prepared for the future. The wording on the application insures our ability to use the funds for whatever AHS upgrade it is determined our community can afford. It sounds like the Gleason Property is being offered at a fair price. Finding a large, relatively flat, centrally located piece of land is difficult. With so little flat, developable land available in our area, I doubt there is a better opportunity out there. In the unfortunate situation that we are unable to afford to build a new school, we would have the land to use for other development projects. A healthy community must have a strong school system. Without a strong school system we will have a hard time keeping businesses and professionals in the area, never mind attracting new ones. I for one, do not want to live in a community with limited health care because we can’t keep doctors etc. here. Thanks again for your commitment to improving education and our community. While I’m here I’d like to put in a plug for a swim team at AHS. We are the only school in our district that does not have a swim team. Swimming is a great sport and often attracts students that don’t participate in other sports. I have been a volunteer coach for our YMCA swim team for 12 years. All four of our children have been members of the swim team. The two youngest would like to be on the AHS swim team next year. Our two older ones had pushed for a high school swim team for years, but it just wasn’t feasible before the new YMCA was built. Now that we have the beautiful new YMCA just down the street from the high school, the time is right. There is a lot of interest out there in forming a high school team. Please support the AHS Swim Team”

(08-213) SUE BROWN, OPPOSITION TO SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Brown stated she has lived in the area for 59 years.She also stated she has been an employee for Alleghany County Public Schools for 27 years in several jobs at Callaghan. She stated she gives 150% to the school everyday and that no one has worked harder than she has for the students. She stated she wanted to clarify that she is not opposed to building a new school and was described inaccurately on the agenda as being “opposed.” She said she is simply concerned about how the community will pay for it. She commented that she had spoken with Board of Supervisor Chairman, Steve Bennett, and Board member, Rickey May, about building a new school and they both assured her that it would not happen if it meant raising taxes. She said, however, Mr. Bennett’s vote to endorse the property purchase even though it would require a tax increase proved otherwise. She also stated that she had spoken with School Board Chairman, Mike Whitehead and she said he told her that “she was the only person in Alleghany County who was opposed to construction of a new high school.” She said she regretted that he was not present to speak for himself, but she insisted that that is what he said. She stated she is not the only person in Alleghany County who feels the way she feels. She stated she is also aware that Governor Kaine has cut the state budget. She stated our community is living in depressed times and the citizens cannot afford a tax increase to pay for a new school. She stated she did not believe a new building would make our community better because it is the students that make our community a better place, not the building they are housed in. She stated the school division does well in educating our children and it shows in the SOL test results.She reported the division has over 500 employees and approximately 125 of those employees make $25,000 or less, which would make paying higher taxes very difficult. She stated she would rather spend $40 million to renovate than $80 million to build a new school.

(08-214) DONNIE BUZZARD, MOUNTAINEER ATHLETIC CLUB, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Buzzard thanked the Board for their continued efforts and support in working towards this goal. He stated he realizes there are tough decisions that must be made. He noted the Mountaineer Athletic Club is in full support of a new school.He stated he wants the best for all students, both academically and in extra-curricular programs.

(08-215) ETHAN CRAFT, STUDENT, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. Craft, a senior at Alleghany High School, stated he is very involved in school and plays several sports. He reported he has visited other schools and is always reminded of the poor athletic facilities at AHS. He stated there are good athletes here and having better facilities would put the team on an “even playing field” against other teams. He stated he realizes he will never attend the new high school but he is considering staying in the area and becoming a Math teacher. He thanked the Board for their time.

(08-216) MICHELE ELMORE, PARENT, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Elmore read the following statement: “Chairman of the School Board, Mr. Whitehead and Members of the School Board: My name is Michele Elmore and I come before you as a parent of an elementary student at Mountain View and a middle school student at CMS (future alumni of Alleghany High School) to express a sincere thank you for your endurance and perseverance on the issue of building a new high school, particularly your commitment to purchase land for this purpose. This board has continually set goals to advance the quality of education in this area. I applaud your positive and proactive stance. You have resisted the “naysayers” who would prefer to remain stagnate and you have looked for the “how to’s” and the “what if’s” to show the community that the education of our children is a priority. I believe that factors like the quality of our facilities – or in this case the disrepair – really does reflect the face of our community. It reflects how we feel about ourselves and our hope for the future. When we work together and stand united we can accomplish great things. I work as a volunteer at the new YMCA. The YMCA is an example of a local project that took a huge commitment in terms of resources both monetary as well as voluntary in nature. I challenge anyone in disbelief to step through the doors. The outcome of this effort has provided a safe environment for the community to come together to improve both physical as well as mental health. However, projects of this nature (like building a new high school) require people to look at the possibilities and often times to invest in a seemingly impossible goal. Many people want to jump to conclusions and assume the worst because they don’t understand that there are means to make positive strides and they do not necessarily require astronomical tax increases. However, they do require the commitment and hard work of our citizens, an open mind, a positive attitude, and setting aside differences for a common goal. Most importantly they require the sacrifice of individuals in order to benefit the whole – and in this case to benefit our children. I applaud you for your hard work, your resistance to those who can only see the glass as half empty instead of half full, and your strength of character to do what is right and not necessarily what is popular. You have remained steadfast in your vision to guide our school system to a higher level. I believe that nothing worthwhile comes easily and in the words of American poet Edwin Markham … “All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own.” Again, you have my support and my sincere gratitude for your efforts toward a new Alleghany High School. Your actions in the here and now will have a far reaching effect not only on my own children but on the future of generations to come.”

(08-217) ALLISON HICKLIN, AHS PTSA, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Hicklin spoke on behalf of the PTSA. She thanked the Board for the work already done and purchasing the Gleason property. She stated the PTSA is supportive of the Board and ready to move forward.

(08-218) MELANIE MASON, AHS BAND BOOSTERS, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Mason read the following statement: “Ladies and gentlemen of the Board, Dr. Grimesey, parents, and students, my name is Melanie Mason. I stand before you tonight to voice my support of positive action for a new Alleghany High School. I am the parent of 4 children currently enrolled in the Alleghany County public schools. Therefore, I have a strong vested interest in the decisions that will be made in the next several months regarding which path Alleghany County will travel to improve the facilities in which to educate our children. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the Board for their recent decisions to: (1) proceed with purchase of the Gleason land; (2) apply for placement on the literary loan list; and (3) seek out alternative forms of funding for replacement or rehabilitation of the current Alleghany High School. My children have been and are very involved in the band programs at CMS and AHS. I, too, have been very involved by volunteering my time to the AHS band boosters. I have had the opportunity to see many other music facilities throughout the region and state.Our facilities don’t even begin to match up with other band programs of our size in regards to size of the band room, rehearsal space, storage for instruments, uniforms, guard supplies, and stage size. Somehow, our kids manage to work and succeed academically, as well as in the arts, given the current limitations of the physical facilities at AHS. This is a testament to the resiliency of youth but it is our job as citizens, parents, and administrators to make sure that they have physical facilities that promote a positive environment in which they can learn on a daily basis. Also, portions of a new Alleghany High School would benefit the entire community, as well as the entire region. With an enlarged stage with professional lighting, a climate controlled auditorium that can seat 1200 people, and upgraded gym space and sports facilities, many more opportunities for professional arts productions, music, and sports would become available to all of the citizens of Alleghany County, Covington, Clifton forge as well as the surrounding counties. I feel that I also must voice my opinion regarding the possible renovation of the current Alleghany High School. AHS sits in a flood plain. In a hole on this flood plain. I understand that part of the money to renovate would be used for flood mitigation efforts --- a levee, and pumps for instance. My concern is this: what happens when we spend $10-$12 million dollars to renovate, and once again the building floods, regardless of the flood mitigation efforts? We are back to square one. A school that has once again been flooded, except this time we have a $10-$12 million dollar debt to pay and need more money to clean up and renovate again! Water goes where it wants to go. There are no guarantees that the levee and pumps would keep a renovated AHS dry. At some point, we have to stop throwing good money at bad decisions that were made far in the past. It is time to look to the future.In closing, sincere thanks to the ACPS administration, employees, teachers and students, Alleghany County school Board members, and Alleghany County Board of Supervisors for their ongoing efforts to gain as much information as possible in which to make an informed decision regarding the future of education in Alleghany County. Education of our citizens, both young and old, is the key to the future of Alleghany County.”

(08-219) PATRICK McPEEK, BOILING SPRING PTA, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mr. McPeek read the following statement: “My name is Patrick McPeek, and I reside at 4008 Blue Spring Run Road in Alleghany County. On behalf of the Boiling Spring PTA, I applaud the decision of the Board of Education, with Board of Supervisors’ endorsement, to purchase the Gleason property, and the decision to proceed with application on behalf of Alleghany High School for placement on the preliminary State literary loan list. As a united organization the Boiling Spring PTA overwhelmingly supports the construction of a new Alleghany High School. At the Board of Supervisors’ meeting on the 5th of February, 2008, there were comments by some members of the Board of Supervisors and by some county residents about what effect building a new county high school would have on the taxpayers of Alleghany County. Seemingly lacking from these discussions was what effect NOT building a new high school would have on another group of our citizens; the county students. High quality educational facilities directly impact and improve education quality. A person’s earning potential increases as the quality and amount of his/her education increases. Higher earning potential leads to higher earnings, which in turn leads to, you guessed it, more tax revenue. So building a new high school should be viewed as a long term investment that will generate returns in the form of increased earning potential. The quality of our educational system is also a key factor in attracting families and businesses to our area. Some county residents are asking, “How can we afford to make these investments?” However, the Boiling Spring PTA asks, “How can we NOT afford to make the necessary investments to improve the quality of our children’s education?” The key is looking past the short term costs and toward the ultimate return that will be realized. Thank you for having this long-term view regarding the future of education in Alleghany County.”

(08-220) LYNDA THOMPSON, AHS CHOIR BOOSTERS, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Mrs. Thompson stated she has been a resident of Alleghany County for 33 years and she is the mother of three children who either attended or are attending Alleghany High School. She commended the Board for providing a good education to the students. She reported she came in contact with a mother from Oregon last week who wanted to tour the Covington area, considering relocating here. She reported the woman specifically stated she did not want to tour AHS because she had been receiving the local newspaper and had read all the negative comments and therefore wasn’t even interested in the tour. Mrs. Thompson encouraged the woman and spoke positively of the school division and the Alleghany Highlands area. Mrs. Thompson said, “We can’t keep losing good prospects because they don’t want to see the inside of that building.” She then thanked the Board for their commitment and dedication for all the students of our community.

(08-221) SANDRA DENIUS, PARENT, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Ms. Denius spoke as the head coach for the swim team at the YMCA. She stated she is the parent of three small children. She stated she is in full support of a swim team at AHS and offered several points about why knowing how to swim is such an advantage. She stated it is a good cross-training technique because it keeps you in shape; it is a survival skill; and it builds character. She reported she has served over 145 kids during the last seven years and has recently turned away approximately 50 students because there were no openings available. She stated she is aware that our school is the only one in our district that does not have a swim team. She stated the staff members have discussed scheduling and are confident that practice times can be arranged to accommodate all those involved. She also stated that she has a great support system from the parents. She thanked the Board for their consideration of a swim team at AHS.

(08-222) BRITTANY WALKER, STUDENT, SUPPORT FOR SCHOOL BOARD DIRECTION ON ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Ms. Walker read the following statement: “Hi. I’m Brittany Walker, President of the Student Co-Operative Association. As president of this organization, I hear many students’ opinions on issues within the school, especially when it comes to building a new high school. You should know that your efforts to build a new high school are not being taken for granted. Many students at Alleghany realize how expensive, time consuming, and complicated building a new school is. Many Mountaineers at Alleghany High School want and need a new high school. However, we aren’t letting an out of date building hold us down. As you can see by the students here tonight, we still strive for excellence and achieve it with the help of dedicated teachers and support of administration. Our Academic Challenge Team members are district champions, our graduates are attending top-notch universities, and our athletic teams continue to excel. The students and teachers achieve greatness despite our current building. Imagine what the students, teachers, and administration will achieve with a new school. We deserve a new high school and appreciate everything you have done so far. The students of Alleghany High School sincerely thank you.”

(08-223) RECOGNITION OF FEBRUARY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION MONTH

Dr. Grimesey reported February is School Board Member appreciation month and thanked the following schools for providing gifts to the Board Members and himself: Alleghany High School, Boiling Spring, Callaghan, Clifton Middle, Falling Spring and Mountain View. He presented certificates of appreciation from the Virginia School Board Association and the Alleghany County School Board to all Board members. He then introduced Ivan Damulira, a student who job shadowed with him and served as the “superintendent” for the day. Mr. Damulira thanked Dr. Grimesey and commented that it was good to be able to see all the other people in the school system that take care of things. He jokingly stated he thought Dr. Grimesey “did it all” but he now knows that he has a lot of “back up”. He stated he was glad to be present to hear all the comments about Alleghany High School and quoted President John F. Kennedy’s statement, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” He then addressed everyone with the statement, “Ask not what your County can do for you, but what you can do for your County.

(08-224) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER QUESTIONS AND REPORTS

Mr. Rob Fridley

Mr. Fridley thanked the Culinary Arts students for the delicious food. He congratulated the students who received commendations. He thanked the speakers for their comments on the high school issue and stated it is time to make critical decisions. He stated he understands there are still a lot of questions about the finances. He said he has also made sacrifices as a parent to keep his family in this area because his children want to go to school here. He stated the new YMCA was a dream come true for our community. He stated we owe it to our students to have a good school. He also commented that he has a hard time putting more money into the existing AHS because he knows the rains will come again. He thanked all the schools for their gifts and support. He said everyone needs to be reminded that we all leave a permanent mark on our children, not only the School Board members.

Mr. Joe Anderson

Mr. Anderson thanked JRTC for hosting the meeting and for the great dinner. He thanked all the schools for the gifts. He stated he has lived in this community for 60 years and has served many years on the Clifton Forge Council and the School Board. He stated his desire has always been about making better schools for our children. He recalled when Clifton Forge needed new schools and merged with the County, resulting in Mountain View and Clifton Middle schools. He thanked all speakers for their comments. He said there are many senior citizens in his town and they support building a new high school. He stated it is a privilege to serve with the other Board members and Dr. Grimesey.

Mr. Hunter Fridley

Mr. Fridley thanked JRTC for hosting and commented he has always supported JRTC. He said he has served on the School Board for eight years and learns something new at every meeting. He stated we need a new high school and owe it to the children. He encouraged everyone to be positive thinkers and speakers and move forward. He praised the division for having excellent teachers, administration, custodians, bus drivers, and all other support staff. He stated this area is a wonderful place to live, work and go to school.

Mr. David Halsey

Mr. Halsey thanked JRTC for hosting the meeting and for providing the meal. He also thanked all the schools for their gifts. He congratulated all who received certificates. He reminded everyone that the School Board members are taxpayers too and building a new school will also affect them. He thanked everyone for their comments and support.

Mrs. Stacey Bryant

Mrs. Bryant thanked JRTC for hosting the meeting and stated she enjoyed the meal. She thanked all the schools for their gifts. She commented that she has two young children and will be in the area for the long haul and is proud to have her family living here. She stated our students deserve to have the best, not just a “band-aid” plan. She thanked the School Board members, Dr. Grimesey, and staff for a warm welcome to the Board.

Mr. Randy Tucker

Mr. Tucker thanked JRTC for hosting and for the meal. He congratulated all recipients of certificates. He thanked all speakers for their comments. He commented that decisions have to be made with the future in mind, not just today. He stated education programs and facilities do attract new people to the area. He encouraged everyone to not look at building a new high school as a challenge, but rather an opportunity. He recognized and thanked Mr. David Price, member of the Alleghany County Board of Supervisors, for attending the meeting. He encouraged everyone to support the Board of Supervisors as well as the School Board.

BUDGET AND FINANCE

(08-225) Payment of Bills

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

(08-226) Budget Report

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

1

School Operating Fund

$1,640,657.89

2

School Textbook Fund

$408,383.64

3

Alleghany Foundation Nursing Grant

$102,007.00

4

Governor’s School

$55,365.65

5

Construction

$0

6

Scholarship

$81,434.22

7

Alleghany Foundation Mental Health Initiative

$1,134.34

8

Alleghany Foundation CMS Recreational Facilities

$133,607.47

9

Alleghany Foundation Teacher Recruitment Grant

$20,735.00

Grand Total

$2,443,325.21

(08-227) CAFETERIA REPORT

Keven Rice, Director of Administrative Services, reported that the cafeteria fund net cash balance at the end of January was $194,551 which represents an improvement over January 2007 of $50,587 and $3,472 over the prior month.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

(08-228) Calendar Information:

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

-6 p.m. Monday, March 3 – Budget work session at Central office complex
-6 p.m. Monday, March 17 – Regular meeting at Clifton Middle School

Dr. Grimesey reported that one of the Board members had asked that the March 3 budget work session be rescheduled to a date that will offer more participation from the Board members. Dr. Grimesey will look at the schedule and survey Board members to see if there is a better date that will accommodate all Board members.

(08-229) FOLLOW-UP TO JANUARY 22, 2008 SCHOOL BOARD RESOLUTIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL

Dr. Grimesey stated the Board approved four resolutions on January 22, 2008 that were associated with Alleghany High School. He reported that Mr. Rice has issued Request for Proposals for construction consultants and will need two Board members to serve on an interview panel the week of March 10. He also reported that Mrs. Barber has submitted the Literary Loan application. He also stated the closing on the purchase of the Gleason property will probably be late May or early June. Finally, he stated he hoped to have information for the Board at the May meeting regarding possible grants.

(08-230) AUTHORIZE COMMENDATIONS FOR 17 AHS STUDENTS WHO SCORED 600 ON THEIR FIRST SEMESTER SOL TESTS

Dr. Grimesey reminded the Board members of the luncheon on Friday, February 22 at 11:45 a.m. to recognize the students.

MOTION: That the Board approve the commendations for 17 AHS students who scored 600 on their first semester SOL tests.
MOTION: Mr. Rob Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Hunter Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-231) TRENDS IN CTE CERTIFICATIONS, CREDENTIALS, CTE DUAL ENROLLMENT

mr. Spangler, assistant director of JRTC, reviewed the Alleghany High School JRTC Completers 2002-2007 chart, the AHS Dual Enrollment Programs and Students 2002-2008 chart, and the AHS DOE Recognized Industry Certification/Credential 2002-2008 chart. He stated the dual enrollment numbers may increase by approximately 20 students by the end of the year.He stated there are 19 possible classes offered in the dual enrollment program. Mr. Tucker asked why there has been an increase in dual enrollment participation and Mr. Spangler replied the students are aware and interested in getting the extra college credits. He said students also appreciate that the School Board is willing to pay for it. Mr. Spangler stated it is a great opportunity for students and thanked the Board for its support of the program. Dr. Grimesey thanked Mr. Spangler, Mr. Beirne, Dr. Campbell and the Board for their vision and support of career and technical education.

(08-232) FALL 2007 SOL TEST RESULTS AT ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL AND CLIFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dr. Sarah Campbell presented the preliminary Fall 2007 SOL test results. She noted that the results indicated that both the high school and the middle school were well on their way to meeting the accreditation benchmark of 70% in all four core areas. Dr. Campbell also pointed out that the pass rate at Clifton Middle School in social studies had been steadily improving since the implementation of the 6th and 7th grade assessments due to the hard work and dedication of the instructional staff.

(08-233) PURCHASE 114 COMPUTERS FOR ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL AND CLIFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Dr. Campbell presented a request for approval of the purchase of 114 Dell computers to be used for instructional purposes at Alleghany High School and Clifton Middle School. She noted that the computers would be purchased from the state contract and that funds for the purchase would be taken from state and local technology allotments.

MOTION: That the Board approve the purchase of 114 computers for Alleghany High School and Clifton Middle School.
MOTION: Mr. Halsey
SECOND: Mrs. Bryant
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-234) PURCHASE EIGHT COMPUTER NETWORK SERVERS FOR FIVE SCHOOLS AND THE CENTRAL OFFICE

Dr. Campbell presented a request for approval of the purchase of 8 Dell servers to be used to replace outdated servers in all schools and at the central office. She noted that the servers would be purchased from the state contract and that funds for the purchase would be taken from the state technology allotment.

MOTION: That the Board approve the purchase of eight computer network servers for five schools and the central office.
MOTION: Mr.
Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Halsey
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-235) REQUEST WAIVER OF STATE PRE-LABOR DAY OPENING REQUIREMENT FOR 2008-2009 SCHOOL YEAR

Dr. Campbell presented a request for approval of the submission of the Pre-Labor Day School Opening Waiver. She explained that in order for the schools to open prior to Labor Day, the Code required that the school division submit a request for waiver that included documentation that schools had been closed an average of 8 days during any 5 of the past 10 years. Dr. Campbell noted that schools in Alleghany County had been closed 8.6 days and therefore met the submission requirement.

MOTION: That the Board approve the request to submit a waiver of state pre-Labor day opening requirement for the 2008-2009 school year.
MOTION: Mr. Rob Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Anderson
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-236) ADOPT 2008-2009 SCHOOL CALENDAR

Dr. Campbell reviewed the two school calendar drafts that had been presented at the January 22, 2008 board meeting. She explained that one calendar had been generated by a committee composed of representatives of Covington City Schools and Alleghany County Schools and that this combined calendar would ensure that students in both school divisions attend school on the same days. Dr. Campbell then explained that the second calendar had been generated by a committee composed of representatives of all schools and the parent community. She concluded by noting that this calendar did not take into account the students days for Covington City. Dr. Grimesey added that he had met with Chairman Whitehead to discuss the calendar. After much discussion and careful consideration, Dr. Grimesey recommended adopting the combined Alleghany County and Covington City calendar. He stated any school calendar will have pros and cons but that the combined calendar is a clear benefit to JRTC students. He reminded the Board that it is possible to approve this calendar and Covington not be able to participate if the City is not granted a waiver to open before Labor Day. He also stated if Covington is not able to join us on a calendar this year, we could try again next year. Mrs. Bryant asked if Covington is unable to participate, would the Board go back to the County only calendar. Dr. Grimesey replied the Board can always reconsider the calendar but the differences between the two calendars really are not substantial. He reaffirmed his recommendation and encouraged the Board to approve one calendar and then stick with it.

MOTION: That the Board approve the 2008-2009 combined Alleghany County and Covington City school calendar as presented.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Rob Fridley
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-237) PROPOSAL TO THE ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION FOR PHASE II OF RECREATIONAL FACILITY UPGRADES AT CMS AND MOUNTAIN VIEW

Dr. Grimesey stated the administration would prefer to withdraw its recommendation and postpone submission of the grant proposal until August, 2008 at the earliest. Mr. Rob Fridley asked if this postponement impacts Phase I of the upgrade of facilities at CMS and MVES. Dr. Grimesey replied that only Phase II is being postponed. He clarified that this proposal has no impact on Phase I. Mr. Rice commented that he will be getting bids in a few weeks for completion of Phase I.

(08-238) PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED 2008-2009 STAFFING PLAN FOR ALLEGHANY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dr. Campbell presented a draft of the 2008-2009 staffing plan. She explained that the plan recommended the elimination of four elementary teaching positions and that the recommendation was based on declining enrollment trends for the past several years.Positions proposed for elimination include one each at Boiling Spring and Falling Spring, and two at Mountain View. Dr. Campbell also noted that the plan included the addition of a remedial teacher at Clifton Middle School and a Math/Physics position at Alleghany High School. She concluded by stating that the overall plan contained a net decrease of two instructional positions.

(08-239) PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED 2008-2009 ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD BUDGET

Dr. Grimesey reviewed the draft 2008-2009 budget. His most updated revenue projection allows for an increase of $1,042, 454 with $1,110,454 in new state dollars and a reduction in federal funding of $68,000. He said the administration assumed that the School Board would not request any new funds from the Board of Supervisors, but that the School Board reserved to make its own determination during its work session on March 3. Dr. Grimesey then reviewed the administration’s list of projected expenditures based on available revenues of $1,042,454. The projected expenditures included a 4%-plus-step salary increase for all employees and the School Board’s annual targeted share of a 2.2% increase in employee health insurance premiums. Fixed costs accounts for all but $92,675 of the projected expenditures, Dr. Grimesey. He then reminded Board members of the Governor’s proposed $1.4 billion shortfall for state funds; therefore, this budget is subject to change as it does not include the state cut. He noted for the past three years the School Board has not requested any additional funding from the Board of Supervisors. He reminded the Board members of the March 3 budget work session and to be prepared to make critical budget decisions.

(08-240) Capital improvement update

Mr. Rice presented the Work Request Completion Report for January. Mr. Rice also reported that the security surveillance system installation at the Central Complex had been completed.

FIELD TRIP REQUEST

(08-241) UP TO 40 AHS SCIENCE STUDENTS TO NATIONAL AQUARIUM, BALTIMORE, MD, FEBRUARY 29, 2008

MOTION: That the Board approve the field trip request as recommended by the Superintendent.
MOTION: Mr.
Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Halsey
VOTE: Unanimous

(08-242) COMMUNICATIONS

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

-Fall Semester Attendance Summary
-Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
-Teacher Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
-Minority Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
-Classified Employee Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

CLOSED SESSION

(08-243) CODE OF VIRGINIA: PERSONNEL 2.2-3711.A.1 and STUDENT MATTERS 2.2-3711.A.2

MOTION: That the School Board enter closed session to discuss Personnel and Student Matters as authorized by the Code of Virginia Sections 2.2-3711A.1 and 2.2-3711.A.2.

MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mrs. Bryant
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 8:57 p.m.

MOTION: That the School Board return to open session from closed session.
MOTION: Mrs. Bryant
SECOND: Mr. Halsey
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 10:07 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. Halsey
SECOND: Mr. Hunter Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Mr. Anderson – YES Mr. Halsey - YES
Mrs. Bryant – YES Mr. Tucker - YES
Mr. H. Fridley – YES Mr. Whitehead – ABSENT
Mr. R. Fridley – YES
6-YES 1-ABSENT 0-NO
TIME: 10:08 p.m.

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Vice Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk


PUPIL PERSONNEL

(08-244) DISPOSITION OF SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS IN PUPIL PERSONNEL CASE #08-02 and #08-03.

MOTION: That the Board approve the pupil personnel actions as recommended by the Superintendent.
MOTION: Mr. Rob Fridley
SECOND: Mrs. Bryant
ROLL CALL VOTE: Mr. Anderson – YES Mr. Halsey - YES
Mrs. Bryant – YES Mr. Tucker – YES
Mr. H. Fridley – YES Mr. Whitehead – ABSENT
Mr. R. Fridley – YES
6 -YES 1-ABSENT 0-NO

PERSONNEL
(08-245) Personnel actions

MOTION: That the Board approve the personnel actions as recommended by the Superintendent.
MOTION: Mr.
Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mrs. Bryant
VOTE: Unanimous

OTHER BUSINESS

(08-246) Additions to agenda

There were no additions to the agenda.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: That the February 18, 2008 regular meeting of the Alleghany County School Board be adjourned.
MOTION: Mr. Hunter Fridley
SECOND: Mrs. Bryant
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 10:10 p.m.

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Vice Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk