Anna Claire Weske
KEEPER OF THE DREAM AWARD RECIPIENT:
Antonio Scott, 12th grader Houston High School
Mr. Maness, English Teacher from HHS
Melanie Moss, SPED Coordinator from Riverdale
- Gov. Haslam has declared October as School Principal recognition month so Ms. Williams thanked our GMSD principals for their service.
- The Board is meeting with Rep. Curry Todd tomorrow morning
- Reminded the Board about the TSBA resolutions
- Thanked Lisa Parker for representing GMSD at a TSBA event on Oct. 16
- UT-K Chancellor Jimmy Cheek visited HHS and brought 7 early admission acceptance letter
- Attended HHS Honors Academy Senior Project presentation
- Spoke to Germantown Heritage Club
- Attended the Rollin' Grizzlies Game
- Attended FES Night Rider event
- Attended TSBA event
- HHS Band won the Dixie Marching Band Competition
Then, Ms. Parker unexpectedly invited the other board members to share their experiences with the board. Both Ms. Williams and Ms. Fisher listed a number of events they recently attended in GMSD. When asked if he would like to give a report, Mr. Dely declined, saying most everything had already been covered in the other reports.
- GMSD administrators are currently attending in the LEAD conference in Nashville
- Security cameras in the school entrances are being upgraded to show a better view of visitors
- The wifi booster equipment bid came back more expensive than expected, more bids may be needed
- Strategic planning meetings are taking place throughout the district
- GMSD principals will participate in the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership
- The GMSD audit will be finalized this week
- The Operations Dept. is undertaking performance reviews across the district
- RFP are getting ready to go out for DES air conditioning
- The district is in the process of transitioning over to electronic storage of files
- A safety review including an action plan for emergencies occurring during drop off or pick up
- The Start Time Committee will meet Nov. 4 from 4:30 to 6:00
- The U of M is currently working on a stakeholders survey on start times
- GMSD has received a litany of media recognition lately
Revision IP 4600 Grading--Second reading
Revision Policy HR 5.501 Complaints and Grievances--First Reading
Revision Policy SP 6 200 Attendance-Pregnancies-Truancy--First Reading
Revision SP 6.2062 Eligible Circumstances--First Reading
2015 LEA Compliance Report
ILA for Vision Specialist - FINAL VERSION
Aramark Contract and Addendum
BUDGET AMENDMENT - 27
FY16Health Insurance Fund Budget
Board Action Items
The board discussed a budget amendment which provides for a new guidance counselor's salary. The new counselor will shared by Farmington and Dogwood. Mark Dely questioned whether the board was planning its finances appropriately with such budget amendments. He said the board should have discussed the need for a new guidance counselor during the budget process when it could be weighed against other needs of the district. Ken Hoover concurred that funding for a new guidance counselor should have been considered during the budget discussions. He also said that Dogwood had 850 students; Farmington has 817 students; and Riverdale has 798 elementary school students. He asked why the new guidance counselor was only serving students at two of the schools and not Riverdale. Christy Fontenot answered that in the past, Riverdale had two counselors serving their K-5 students, but is changing things up this year. She went on to say that DES and FES counselors are in the classroom 75% of the time leaving little opportunity to meet with students on an individual basis. Linda Fisher weighed in by agreeing with Mr. Dely and Mr. Hoover that a budget amendment was a less than ideal way to fund the new position but the need is apparent so she is supporting the motion.
The budget amendment passed with Dely and Hoover voting against it.
Revenue from the new Alternative School at HHS
The amendment adds about $75K to the budget from revenue generated by the new alternative school at Houston High. Most of the money will be earmarked for the OT and PT positions that have been brought in-house this year as well as a new speech therapist added by the district. Mr. Manuel said these costs will fluctuate every year as they are driven by student IEP needs.
The budget amendment passed unanimously.
Videotaping GMSD Meetings
The board considered on second reading a revision to the policy for videotaping school board meetings. The policy revision comes from an amended motion where Ken Hoover added the requirement that the Superintendent will be responsible for making arrangements for the videotaping. Lisa Parker suggested that the board remove that requirement because she thinks it is more of a procedure than a policy. Mark Dely raised a point of order saying Ms. Parker can not make a motion to reconsider the amendment since she did not vote on the prevailing side of the amendment. There was some confusing discussion about procedure. At one point, the school board lawyer, Debra Owens, had to borrow Mr. Dely's copy of Robert's Rules of Order. The chair suggested the matter be tabled until the next meeting when Betsy Landers was available to act as parliamentarian. Natalie Williams moved that the policy revision be adopted as presented to the board on second reading. Ken Hoover seconded the motion saying the board could re-visit the policy anytime if revisions are needed.
The policy revision passed with Lisa Parker voting against it.