11-15-2010

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MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING OF THE ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD
November 15, 2010

The Alleghany County School Board held its regular meeting on November 15, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at Falling Spring Elementary School, Hot Springs, Virginia.

PRESENT: R. Joe Anderson; William W. Angle; T. Troy Barbour, Vice Chairman; Stacey P. Bryant, Chairman; Robert A. Fridley; Patsy G. McKinney; and Norman L. Persinger. Also present: Dr. Sarah T. Campbell, Superintendent/Clerk and Lorie C. Bess, Deputy Clerk.

ABSENT:

Chairman Bryant 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 and the school pledge led by members of Cub Scout Pack 115 – Webelos 2

Chairman Bryant announced Legal Matters would also be discussed under agenda item #11-107, Closed Session, pursuant to the Code of Virginia, Section 2.2-3711.A.7.

(11-92) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF OCTOBER 18, 2010 REGULAR MEETING

MOTION: That the board approve the minutes of the October 18, 2010 regular meeting.
MOTION: Mr. Barbour
SECOND: Mrs. McKinney
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

(11-93) OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME BY JOSH CRAFT, PRINCIPAL, FALLING SPRING ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Mr. Craft read the following statement: “Madam Chairman, Madam Superintendent, Members of the Board and Guests, during Mrs. Moga’s opening remarks at the last school board meeting at Callaghan Elementary School, she welcomed you to the greatest school in the universe; however, this evening, I would like to welcome you to the greatest school in the universe! To each one in attendance tonight who works or is involved in some way in the field of education, I wish you a very heartfelt Happy American Education Week. I am so proud to call Falling Spring Elementary my new home school and the faculty and staff, my new family and the students, my children. It truly is a pleasure to come to work and I thank you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. We are continuing a legacy of success here at Falling Spring Elementary. As the federal benchmarks for achieving academic success continue to climb toward 100 percent, Falling Spring faculty and students continue to excel by demonstrating mastery in each academic area attaining full accreditation at both the state and federal levels. In today’s educational climate of uncertainty, America’s teachers are facing the coming reality that their performance evaluations will be directly linked to student test scores, and this undoubtedly causes us to question our futures as educators. Despite these gloomy facts, the sense of pride is strong among the staff at Falling Spring, and it is evident as one walks the halls of this building and sees the many displays of student work that can only be produced by students with dedicated teachers who have a passion and a desire to prepare our children for the future. This evening, we will recognize 35 former and current Falling Spring students who achieved a perfect score on one or more of the Standards of Learning tests administered last spring. This fact alone makes us proud, but as each of us knows, there is more to educating children than the results of a test demonstrate.Here at Falling Spring, we focus on the quality of instruction, quality of the learning environment and quality of character. With that being said, I would like to recognize the faculty and staff of Falling Spring Elementary for their hard work and dedication to our students. Please stand. If you are a former or current student of Falling Spring Elementary, please stand and be recognized. If you are a parent of a former or current student at Falling Spring Elementary, please stand and be recognized. The level of support that we receive from the community is second-to-none. The Falling Spring Parent Teacher Organization provides many opportunities for our students throughout the year that would be impossible without their dedication, organization and financial support. As we enter this season of preparing the budget for next year, we realize that you share our values and know that you will do everything within your power to ensure that the quality of education that the students of Alleghany County deserve is not compromised and we thank you for your efforts in keeping us moving forward.”

(11-94) REMARKS BY ALAN MANN, PRESIDENT, FALLING SPRING ELEMENTARY PTO

Mr. Mann welcomed everyone to Falling Spring Elementary School. He stated Mr. Craft has been a great addition to the staff and the transition to having a new principal has been “seamless”. Mr. Mann said the students and faculty at Falling Spring were fortunate to have each other and that they all work together to take care of the students. He thanked the school board for their service and dedication and he encouraged them to carefully consider the employees when working on the budget.

(11-95) SCHOOL BOARD COMMENDATIONS

35 FALLING SPRING STUDENTS WHO EARNED AT LEAST ONE PERFECT 600 SCORE ON THEIR SPRING 2010 SOL ASSESSMENTS

Elijah Antonini, Lauren Cochran, Gage Cucci, Romeo D’Arpa, Allison Fox, Jacen Hoffman, Autumn Hoover, Madison Keyser, McKenna Mitchell, Angel Moreales, Dakota Pyle, Kent Rooklin, Levi Seay, Logan Walton, Emily Wheeler, William Kettlety, Makenzi McFall, Rebekah Snedegar, Zachary Suggs, Kiersten Tucker, Mark Walton, Audrey Watson, Tabitha Wells, Jamie Woodie, Tristan Brown, Olivia Bryant, Brandon Caldwell, Olivia Hines, Wesley McLear, Regan Meadows, Garrett Morgan, Kelsey Moses, Logan Robertson, Zachary Rose, and Brandon Sponaugle.

(11-96) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Mr. Persinger thanked Mr. Craft for his warm welcome. He congratulated the students for their SOL achievements. He wished everyone a happy holiday season.

Mr. Anderson stated it is always a pleasure to be at Falling Spring Elementary. He congratulated the students for their SOL awards and encouraged parents to consider the Jackson River Governor School when their child enters high school.

Mr. Angle thanked Mr. Craft for his hospitability. He also thanked the teachers for their dedication. He congratulated the students on their SOL achievements.

Mrs. McKinney commended the students for their SOL awards and stated they should all be proud of themselves. She stated the school building looked well and thanked Mr. Craft for hosting the meeting.

Mr. Barbour stated he was glad to hear there was an easy transition with getting a new principal. He congratulated the students on their awards.

Dr. Campbell commended the students on their SOL accomplishments but reminded them they have many years left to take SOL tests and to always work hard and not give up and it will pay off in the end. She thanked the teachers noting that she understands the commitment it takes to be a teacher. Dr. Campbell also stated it is important to have the support of the parents because we are all in this together.

Ms. Bryant thanked Mr. Craft and stated the staff and children love having him as their principal. She thanked the PTO for the many things they are able to provide to the school. Ms. Bryant reported the superintendent and school board were strongly advised by Virginia Association of School Superintendents (VASS) and the Virginia School Board Association (VSBA) to not spend the federal jobs restoration funds at this time.

Mr. Fridley congratulated the students on their SOL awards. He stated as students mature, their learning environment becomes more challenging and it is important for parents to support their child to ensure their success. He added Mr. Craft has done an outstanding job this year as the new principal. He thanked Alan and Heather Mann for their leadership in the PTO. He said the budget process has begun and will be a challenge again this year, but the school board will always keep the students’ best interests in the forefront.

BUDGET AND FINANCE

(11-97) PAYMENT OF BILLS

MOTION: That the board approve the payment of bills, as presented.
MOTION: Mr. Persinger
SECOND: Mr. Barbour
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

(11-98) BUDGET REPORT

School Operating Fund

$2,255,402.33

School Textbook Fund

$911,190.69

Alleghany Foundation Nursing Grant

$199,315.98

Governor’s School

$36,614.76

Scholarship

$82,344.05

Alleghany Foundation Mental Health Initiative

$489.08

Grand Total

$3,485,356.89

(11-99) CAFETERIA REPORT

Mr. Kenny Higgins, Director of Administrative Services, presented the cafeteria report. He reported an ending cash balance for October of $302,757.55.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

(11-100)CALENDAR INFORMATION

Dr. Campbell stated the following material was provided in the packet for information purposes:

-November 17-19 – VSBA State Convention in Williamsburg
-9:00 a.m. November 23 - Administrative Budget Committee
-9:00 a.m. December 8 - Administrative Budget Committee
-6:00 p.m. December 13 – Regular monthly meeting at Sharon Elementary School,

including public hearing on 2011-2012 operating budget

-9:00 a.m. December 15 - Administrative Budget Committee
-11:45 a.m. December 21 – Joint Board of Control meeting at JRTC
-December monthly calendar

(11-101)BI-ANNUAL ASSESSMENT OF SIX-YEAR IMPROVEMENT PLAN: GOALS I AND IV

Ms. Mary Jane Mutispaugh, Director of Instruction, presented the bi-annual assessment of the Six Year Improvement Plan: Goals I and IV. The progress of these two goals concludes this assessment as the first three were presented in October.

(11-102)PROPOSED SCHOOL BOARD PRIORITIES FOR 2011 STATE AND FEDERAL LEGISLATIVE ACTION

Dr. Campbell stated each board member was provided a copy of the proposed legislative priorities in their packet for review. She noted these priorities were developed through VASS and VSBA and are supported by other school divisions. Mr. Fridley questioned the legislative priority that states “Support the inclusion of public school employees in Virginia state employees’ health insurance pool.” He asked, “What is the next step in the process to get this done?” Dr. Campbell replied teachers have historically been excluded from the state health insurance pool and there would need to be new legislation passed to change it. Mr. Fridley stated VSBA would be the biggest voice to push for it and he hopes that they do. She reminded the board the legislative priorities will be on the December 13, 2010 agenda for approval.

(11-103)NURSING PROGRAM ANNUAL REPORT

Jan Hobbs, Director of Student Programs, presented the Nursing Program Annual Report as prepared by Leslie Downer, Nurse Coordinator. Ms. Hobbs noted the nursing program continues to be a much needed program for the Alleghany County School System as the nurses had 38,502 contacts with students during the 2009-2010 school year.

(11-104)CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE UPDATE

Kenny Higgins reported the replacement window project at Alleghany High School is complete. He also explained that the gym floor project was complete except for a few minor repairs.Mr. Higgins reported that a bid package is being put together for the repair of the damaged ceiling beam at the high school. He added the maintenance workers submitted eight pages of work orders for building repairs and upkeep.

FIELD TRIP REQUESTS:

(11-105) EIGHTY (80) ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL BAND STUDENTS TO WILLIAMSBURG, VA,
APRIL 15-17, 2011

MOTION: That the board approve the field trip request, as presented.
MOTION:Mr. Angle
SECOND: Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

(11-106) COMMUNICATIONS

Dr. Campbell stated the following material was provided in the packet for information purposes.

-Parent Advisory Committee to the Superintendent
-Teacher Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

CLOSED SESSION

(11-107) 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. Angle
SECOND:Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 6:50 p.m.

MOTION: That the school board return to open session from closed session.
MOTION:Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Angle
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous
TIME:8:24 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
  2. 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. Angle
SECOND: Mr. Barbour
ROLL CALL VOTE: Mr. Anderson – YESMr. Fridley- YES
Mr. Angle - YESMrs. McKinney - YES
Mr. Barbour - YESMr. Persinger - YES
Mrs. Bryant – YES
7 -YES 0 - ABSENT 0 -NO
TIME: 8:25 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk

PERSONNEL

(11-108) PERSONNEL ACTIONS

MOTION: That the board approve all personnel actions, as recommended by the Superintendent.
MOTION:Mr. Barbour
SECOND: Mr. Angle
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

PUPIL PERSONNEL

(11-109) DISPOSITION OF PUPIL PERSONNEL CASES

MOTION: That the board approve the pupil personnel actions in cases #11-14, and #11-15, as discussed in closed session.
MOTION: Mr. Angle
SECOND: Mr. Barbour
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

OTHER BUSINESS

(11-110) ADDITION to agenda

There were no further additions to the agenda.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: That the November 15, 2010 regular meeting of the Alleghany County School Board be adjourned.
MOTION:Mr. Angle
SECOND: Mr. Barbour
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 8:27 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk