Volume I Issue 1

Office of the Superintendent Dr. Robert C. McCracken

August 14, 2000

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the June 30, 2000 close-out meeting

Bills in the amount of $1,683,399.47

Payroll for the month of July, 2000

Revenue report for the month of July, 2000

Appropriation Request for September, 2000

Surplus Items

*School Board Recognizes the following who were nominated by the Professional Advisory Council for their hard work and dedication by being presented plaques by the Superintendent and Board Chairman: Amy Spears, GHS student, who recently won a gold medal for her presentation on school violence in Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) competition in Orlando, Florida.

*School Board Approves/Confirms Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

The Board confirmed the following resignations: Lori Williams – EEMS Music Teacher; Mike Johnston – Bus Driver; Brenda Smith – Part-time LPN/ Health Assistant, MMS; and Kim Kantsios – NEMS Custodian, effective September 5, 2000.

The Board confirmed the following employment for the 2000-01 school year: Connie Wheeler – NHS/AEP Teacher Assistant/Clerical Position; John Maddy – EEMS Music Teacher; Larry Collins – NHS Custodian; and Anna McCroskey from part-time to full-time teacher assistant at NEMS.

The Board confirmed the athletic/supplemental positions at Giles and Narrows High Schools for the 2000-01 school year as recommended.

The Board approved the resignation of Margaret Brewster, NEMS Librarian, effective September 15, 2000.

The Board approved RFP No. 17-2000 to Blankenship Roofing, lowest bidder, in the amount of $284,242 for the roofing project at the Giles Co. Technology Center.

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

The Board approved policy revisions as recommended by VSBA Policy Services and administration.

The Superintendent introduced all new teachers for the 2000-01 school year. After the meeting the Board members joined the new teachers in a continental breakfast provided by the Giles County Chamber of Commerce, with Barbara Stafford, Director, and Dan Level hosting the event. New teachers for the 2000-01 school year are: John Maddy, Elizabeth Sparks, Kathryn Myhill, Crystal McCall, Michelle Robertson, Megan Bradshaw, Glenna Woodring, Patrick Butler, Eric Roethlisberger, Diana Blanton, Kelly Fletcher, Tracy Ervin, Andrea Martin, Dennis Kidd, Rachel Goodwin, Melanie McClung, and Angie Nottingham.

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The Board set Thursday, September 21, 2000 for the next School Board meeting. Prior to the meeting, Board members will meet with administrators at 5:30 PM for their quarterly meeting at the Giles Tech Center.

The Board set the fourth week in October for their annual budget site meetings .

The Board confirmed their attendance at the VSBA Convention November 16, 2000.

*School Board and School Staff Present Comments and Mission Statement Accomplishments

Board members commented how fast the summer has passed, and how they look forward to the positive accomplishments in our school system during 2000-01.

Board members are pleased with the progress of the two high schools’ renovations. Everyone is encouraged as the projects continue to move along.

Thanks and appreciation were conveyed to the Chamber of Commerce for providing the breakfast for New Teacher Orientation, as well as for their continued support.

New teachers were welcomed by Board members, and wished good luck as they become a part of Giles County Schools.

The Governor’s School recently received $138,000 through grant funds from the US Government for improvements to the Governor’s School. Congratulations!

The Superintendent commended several people for their long hours and dedication during the high school projects. They included the Clerks of the Works for the projects – Helmut Keiner, Roger Browning and Richard DeBusk; Jerry Albert, John Mills and Jim Wheeler. Appreciation was conveyed to each of them for their continued efforts.

The Superintendent shared that he would be leading the New Teacher Orientation Day, that would begin after the Board meeting.

The Superintendent also commented how he is looking forward to the Pre-School Conference at Mountain Lake on Tuesday, August 29th.