2-21-2011

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MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING OF THE ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

February 21, 2011

The Alleghany County School Board held its regular meeting on February 21, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Jackson River Technical Center in Covington, Virginia.

PRESENT: R. Joe Anderson; 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: William W. Angle; T. Troy Barbour, Vice Chairman

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.

Chairman Bryant announced the following additions/changes to the agenda:

1. Under Closed Session, pupil personnel case #11-29 will also be discussed, pursuant to the Code of Virginia Section 2.2-3711.A.2.

2. Change the order of agenda item #11-171, “Traffic Pattern Information”. This item will be presented just before agenda item #11-163, “Calendar Information”.

(11-155) APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF JANUARY 24, 2011 REGULAR MEETING

MOTION: That the board approve the minutes of the January 24, 2011 regular meeting.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION

(11-156) OPENING REMARKS AND WELCOME BY GLENN SPANGLER, DIRECTOR, JACKSON RIVER TECHNICAL CENTER

Mr. Spangler stated: “Board members and Dr. Campbell, I would like to welcome you to Jackson River Technical Center. Alleghany County has been holding the February School Board meeting at JRTC during the month of February to coincide with, and celebrate, Career and Technical Education month. The importance of Career and Technical Education continues to grow. The Governor and President are talking about job creation. Many of the jobs are going to need skills that are being taught in career and technical education programs. As the baby boomers retire, there will be a void that is going to need to be filled with skilled CTE craftsmen. CTE is a very important part of the curriculum. We need to continue to invest in career and technical education so that our students are prepared for the workforce that they will be a part of. I would like to welcome you to visit JRTC any time so that you can see our programs in action. JRTC will have an open house this Wednesday during our first three blocks.”

(11-157) SCHOOL BOARD COMMENDATIONS

VIRGINIA INDEX OF PERFORMANCE (VIP) AWARDS

The Board of Excellence Awards were presented to Amy Dew, Principal of Boiling Spring Elementary School, and Josh Craft, Principal of Falling Spring Elementary School. The Competence of Excellence Award was presented to Sherman Callahan, Principal of Sharon Elementary School.

VFW CITIZENSHIP TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

VFW Citizenship Teacher of the Year Awards were presented by Dr. Paul Linkenhoker to the following: Alleghany High School, Stephen Hodges; Clifton Middle School, Cindy Fox; Boiling Spring Elementary School, Cindy Ferris; Callaghan Elementary School, Julia Linthicum; Falling Spring Elementary School,Jennifer Burton; Mountain View Elementary School, Cecille McDowell; and Sharon Elementary School,Rhonda Terry.

(11-158)RECOGNITION OF FEBRUARY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION MONTH

Dr. Campbell stated it is an honor to work with such outstanding board members and that she appreciates their commitment to providing the best for students in Alleghany County. She presented each board member with a commendation.

(11-159) SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Mrs. McKinney commended Mr. Higgins for doing an outstanding job in making the decisions to delay or close schools during inclement weather.

Mr. Persinger thanked Mr. Spangler for hosting the meeting. He congratulated the recipients of the VFW awards. He thanked the schools for the school board appreciation month gifts.

Mr. Fridley thanked Mr. Spangler for the tour of the building and commended the staff for their outstanding efforts. He thanked the teachers, Dr. Campbell, administrators, and staff for all they do.

Mr. Anderson thanked Mr. Spangler for hosting the meeting and the other schools for their gifts in recognition of school board appreciation month. He congratulated the VFW award recipients.

Dr. Campbell echoed board members comments. She commended Amy Dew, Josh Craft and Sherman Callahan for their VIP awards. She thanked the school board members for volunteering their time and for all they do behind the scenes that proves they care about the education of our students.

Mrs. Bryant stated Jackson River Technical Center is a great place to train students for technical skills and that Mr. Spangler and his staff do a great job. She stated the division is constantly being held to higher standards but we continue to meet those standards. She thanked everyone for the gifts. She asked for everyone’s patience in developing the budget and stated, “Your needs are our needs.”

BUDGET AND FINANCE

(11-160) PAYMENT OF BILLS

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

(11-161) BUDGET REPORT

School Operating Fund

$2,873,809.42

School Textbook Fund

$911,560.04

Alleghany Foundation Nursing Grant

$162,314.85

Governor’s School

$40,347.19

Scholarship

$82,377.43

Alleghany Foundation Mental Health Initiative

$6,490.10

Grand Total

$4,076,899.03

 

(11-162) CAFETERIA REPORT

Mr. Kenny Higgins, director of administrative services, presented the cafeteria report. He reported an ending cash balance for January of $383,499.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORTS & RECOMMENDATION

(11-171) TRAFFIC PATTERN INFORMATION

Sergeant Kyle M. Moore, Virginia State Police, offered a proposal to board members regarding the congested traffic patterns at Exit 21. He explained the proposal was created by the Virginia State Police, Alleghany County Sheriff Kevin Hall, VDOT and Mr. Kenny Higgins. Sgt. Moore requested the proposal go into effect beginning February 28 with a letter being sent to all parents of affected schools. He noted 14 school buses would be affected and that traffic would be monitored on Selma-Low Moor Road. Dr. Campbell noted this proposal does not require school board approval; it is an attempt to establish safe traffic patterns for everyone.

(11-163) CALENDAR INFORMATION

Dr. Campbell offered the following for information purposes:

- 9:00 a.m., Wednesday, March 2 -- Administrative Budget Committee
- 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 14 – Budget work session at Central (information)
- 11:45 a.m., Tuesday, March 15 – JRTC joint board meeting at JRTC (information)
- Wednesday, March 16 – VSBA Hot Topic Conference in Wytheville

- Saturday, March 19 – Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year Dinner at Homestead

- 6:00 p.m., Monday, March 21 – Regular monthly meeting at Clifton Middle School (information)
-6:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 22 – Joint budget work session with Board of Supervisors at ACGC

- March monthly calendar

(11-164) AUTHORIZE COMMENDATIONS AND LUNCHEON FOR NINE ALLEGHANY HIGH
SCHOOL STUDENTS WHO SCORED 600 ON THEIR FIRST SEMESTER SOL TESTS

MOTION: That the board authorize the commendations and luncheon on March 8, 11:30 a.m.
in the Alleghany High School library, for the AHS students who scored 600 on their SOL tests.
MOTION:Mr. Fridley
SECOND: Mrs. McKinney
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

(11-165) TRENDS IN CTE CERTIFICATIONS, CREDENTIALS, CTE DUAL ENROLLMENT

Mr. Spangler, director of Jackson River Technical Center, reviewed the Alleghany High School JRTC Completers 2002-2010 chart, the AHS Dual Enrollment Programs and Students 2002-2011 chart, and the AHS DOE Recognized Industry Certification/Credential 2002-2011 chart.

(11-166) FALL 2010 SOL TEST RESULTS AT ALLEGHANY HIGH SCHOOL AND CLIFTON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Mrs. Mary Jane Mutispaugh, Director of Instruction, presented preliminary SOL assessment results from the Fall 2010 administration for Clifton Middle School and Alleghany High School. She noted that overall results were excellent. Ms. Mutispaugh did identify high school social studies results as one area of concern. She explained that this was the first administration of the social studies tests based on the revised 2008 Standards of Learning. Ms. Mutispaugh noted that another subject that saw a decrease in students passing the test was Algebra II. She explained that we now have more students enrolled in Algebra II as graduation requirements have increased.

(11-167) CONSIDER APPROVAL OF PROPOSED 2011-2012 CERTIFIED STAFFING PLAN FOR
ALLEGHANY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Dr. Campbell reminded board members the staffing plan had been discussed during a previous school board work session; however, a revised copy was given. She noted that the staffing plan includes the reduction of two classroom teachers and one SPED teacher at CMS. Dr. Campbell emphasized this plan is based on student enrollment and not the Governor’s budget.

MOTION: That the board approve the Certified Staffing Plan, as presented.
MOTION: Mr. Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Anderson
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

(11-168) PRESENTATION OF PROPOSED 2011-2012 ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL
BOARD BUDGET REDUCTION PLAN

Dr. Campbell presented a preliminary budget reduction plan based on revenues in the Governor’s budget. She noted a 2.8% increase in health insurance premiums which was less than anticipated. Dr. Campbell also explained that the budget reduction plan includes reductions that have been made the previous two years.

(11-169) CONSIDER APPROVAL OF REVISED SPECIAL EDUCATION ANNUAL PLAN

Dr. Elizabeth Heath, Director of Special Education, presented the Local Special Education Annual Plan for the Board’s review. Dr. Heath reviewed the changes to the annual plan since last year.

MOTION: That the board approve the revised Special Education Plan, as presented
.
MOTION: Mr. Fridley
SECOND: Mr. Anderson
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

(11-170) GRANT PROPOSAL TO THE ALLEGHANY FOUNDATION FOR CONTINUED
FUNDING OF THE GREATER ALLEGHANY SCHOOL HEALTH PROJECT

Ms. Jan Hobbs, Director of Student Programs, presented the grant application to the Alleghany Foundation for continued funding of the Greater Alleghany School Health Project.She explained that the grant, if approved, will fund the nursing program for three additional years.

MOTION: That the board approve the submission of a grant proposal to The Alleghany
Foundation for funding of The Greater Alleghany School Health Project, as presented
.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

(11-172) CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT AND OPERATIONAL MAINTENANCE UPDATE

Mr. Kenny Higgins, Director of Administrative Services, reported bids were opened on February 17 for repair of the ceiling beam at Alleghany High School. He explained that more details would be given at the next board meeting.

CLOSED SESSION

(11-174) CODE OF VIRGINIA: PERSONNEL 2.2-3711.A.1, STUDENT MATTERS 2.2-3711.A.2, AND CONSOLIDATION 15.2-2907.D

MOTION: That the school board enter closed session to discuss Personnel, Student Matters, and Consolidation, as authorized by the Code of Virginia Sections 2.2-3711A.1 and 2.2-3711.A.2, and 15.2-2907.D.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous
TIME:7:03 p.m.

MOTION: That the school board return to open session from closed session.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous
TIME:8:20 p.m.

CERTIFICATION OF CLOSED 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. Anderson
SECOND:Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Mr. Anderson – YES Mr. Fridley- YES
Mr. Angle - ABSENTMrs. McKinney - YES
Mr. Barbour - ABSENTMr. Persinger - YES
Mrs. Bryant – YES
5-YES 2 - ABSENT 0 - NO
TIME: 8:22 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk

PUPIL PERSONNEL

(11-175) DISPOSITION OF PUPIL PERSONNEL CASES

MOTION: That the board approve the pupil personnel action in cases #11-25 and #11-29, as
discussed in closed session.
MOTION:Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mrs. McKinney
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

PERSONNEL

(11-176) PERSONNEL ACTIONS

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

OTHER BUSINESS

(11-177) ADDITION to agenda

There were no further additions to the agenda.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: That the February 21, 2011 regular meeting of the Alleghany County School Board be adjourned.
MOTION: Mr. Anderson
SECOND: Mr. Fridley
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous
TIME:8:25 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk