A new policy was approved for School Support Organizations (Booster Clubs, PTA, etc.) to be allowed to pay sponsors or coaches directly. The SSO would be responsible for reporting the income to the IRS using a 1099 form. The other alternative would be for the SSO to submit payment to the school who would then add it to the sponsor's or coach's paycheck. The policy passed 4-1 with Mark Dely opposing it. He stated that he is concerned about possible abuse of the policy where School Support Organizations could pay GMSD employees directly without properly reporting the income to the IRS.
The revised policy on Honors, Dual Credit, Advanced Placement, and Dual Enrollment was pulled from last night's agenda. It will be discussed at the next school board work session. Current policy reads, "A student may take an Honors or Advanced Placement Course upon successful completion of a prerequisite course with a “C” average." The proposed policy would direct the district office to work with schools in developing procedures for course placement. The proposed policy will be discussed further before being voted on at a subsequent board meeting.
JAM NOTE: We are hearing our kids talk about placement tests at HHS for Honors, AP, or Dual Enrollment classes, next year. It's not clear where they are getting this information. Right now, the approved GMSD policy currently in effect does not provide for any sort of placement tests. So, if anyone can confirm or deny this rumor, we would appreciate it. The kids are also saying that the tests will be given either on a Saturday morning or during the week when many of the students have EOCs and AP tests. Why subject students to more testing during an already hectic testing week? We also wonder if frustrated students will skip the placement tests and just enroll in Honors, AP, or Dual Enrollment with a parent override? We hope someone will clear this up soon.
Two Houston High School students, Julia Hostetter and Antonio Scott, were recognized for attending TSBA's Student Congress on Policies in Education (SCOPE) conference.
Mindy Fischer, President of GMC PTA complimented the director of student services, Chauncey Bland, for the new on-line registration process.
Regarding the 1:1 Technology Initiative, Mr. Manuel expects to have a plan for the board to review in May.
The school board approved a loan agreement with the City of Germantown. GMSD will continue to borrow money from the City of Germantown for the operation of the school system. The anticipated loan amount is $1.5 million, significantly less than past loans from the City.
Next Work Session will be May 6th at 6pm in the GMSD District offices.