There were some changes to the agenda. Budget Amendments 73, 74, and 75 were added to become item 13. Item 10D (Approval of TSBA Officer Nomination) was moved to become item 14. Budget Amendment 9 was moved from the consent agenda and became item 15. Most of the budget items passed were true-ups. New amendments 73, 74, and 75 were related to “use it or lose it” Title funds. The maximum amounts allowed to carry forward to next year were determined and shifted.
Educational Lanes were restored (Hooray!), and various instructional policies discussed at the previous work session were passed. All amendments on the consent agenda were passed without discussion.
No More Common Core--New State Standards
TSBA State Board Nomination
The district introduced Karen Dodd as the new Student Services Coordinator. The Leadership Academy will have their kickoff soon. Principal training is complete, and Assistant Principals will complete their training over the next few days. This training is mainly related to the new Amplify software, which will allow better data tracking of student progress.
Comings & Goings
Alternative School Update
Bursting at the Seams
HHS enrollment is about the same as last year. HMS is up about 20 students. Riverdale’s numbers were not available, but appear to be down from last year. This will be good news for those parents, who have dealt with overcrowding for years. In light of the enrollment numbers, it is possible that some of the new hires for Riverdale will be shifted to Dogwood and/or Farmington.
Hoover laid out his calculations and concerns:
The foundation has pledges totaling $1.142M. The cost of the project is $760K, plus financing costs, and $172K has already been collected. His calculations indicated that the foundation would have enough money to cover two years of payments and therefore questioned why the district was being asked to commit to help with cash flow. No one contradicted his calculations. He entered his objection to this amendment into the record, reiterating that he supports the project, but does not feel this money is necessary for its completion. He felt that any financial commitment that might be needed from the district in the future could be discussed at that time. He lauded the stellar fundraising results, but felt this funding request was a bit of a “Bait and Switch.”
Linda Fisher, who was absent at the previous work session, stated that she originally only approved the project because it would require no public funding. Because the district now has extra money to spend, she now supports the donation. She addressed concerns that have been expressed to her by citizens, stating that with all the new money the district received, teachers have received raises, technology is funded, and money has been set aside for future class size reduction. Since the priorities of the district have been met, we should join in the partnership with the community.
Hoover said most priorities have been met, but not all. Dogwood still has a leaky roof and Riverdale needs a new chiller/boiler. Other school gyms could benefit from a new wood floor to replace tile, etc. He stated that the HHS field is the perfect project to fund privately because it has “sex appeal”. He joked that there is no sex appeal to a “Germantown Hardware Chiller/Boiler” at Riverdale. Dely then began to question the need in light of Hoover’s calculations. He said he was led to believe the donation was necessary.
Manuel stated that this project is not on his Top 10 list of capital expenses, but insisted that this is a cash flow issue. The donation will ensure the foundation remains solvent. Hoover, knowing that the amendment would pass, asked about the accounting requirements. Manuel stated a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and a special account are required. This vote would only create the line item in the budget. After a MOU is drafted, the board would vote again to actually release the funds. It passed with Hoover being the only dissenting vote.
August 5th – to discuss capital improvement projects
August 19th – Work session
August 31st – Business meeting at City Hall