February, 14, 2000

Volume I Issue 7

Office of the Superintendent                                                                 Dr. Robert C. McCracken

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the January 26, 2000 regular meeting

Bills in the amount of $2,534,154.67

Payroll for the month of January, 2000

Revenue report for the month of January, 2000

Appropriation Request for March, 2000

Surplus Items

Revised Regulations –Substitute Positions

RFP Confirmation

*Pledge of Allegiance

Mr. Buckland, Board Chairman, led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

*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: Teresa Perdue and Barbara Havens – NEMS Volunteers.

Also, in honor of School Board Appreciation month, Mr. Jay Williams, Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, attended the meeting to acknowledge the School Board members and their work. He distributed certificates to each Board member, and congratulated each member on the fine job they do.

*School Board Hears an Educational Feature by Macy McClaugherty School

Mr. Rowe, Macy Principal, attended the meeting to introduce 3 teachers that brought students along for the educational feature: Miranda Keith – Character Counts Program; Vicky Johnson – School Savings Bank; and Tina DeHart – Macy SCA activities. Mrs. Keith introduced Whitney Hayes, student, who incorporated the SCA and Character Counts Program by explaining the school’s activities. They include "Stars" which recognizes students that are trustworthy. Students also participated in an essay writing contest regarding "what it means to be trustworthy" and the winner was presented a $20 Walmart gift certificate. Whitney also displayed a t-shirt that is sometimes won as a prize for activities. Another activity concerned canned food and approximately 5,000 cans of food were donated, with the winning class getting a pizza party. A group of students then presented a skit, "Adventures in No-Responsibility Town", which was about a little girl learning that responsibility may not be so bad after all.

After the skit, Vicky Johnson updated the School Board regarding the School Savings Bank. She commended her group of students this year, and conveyed how well they work together and listen to instructions. The bank has been active for almost 3 years now, and is still showing progress. Three students spoke on various aspects of the bank. Mandy Havens explained the selection process for "employees"; Ryan Olson enlightened the School Board on a training venture to First Union Bank; and Ashley Hall shared descriptions of the bank employees’ jobs. Mrs. Johnson also expressed deep appreciation to Ruth Ann Moore at First Union Bank for all of her help.

Students participating in the Macy educational feature were: Melissa Blankenship, Michael Chidester, Ashley Hall, Mandy Havens, Whitney Hayes, Shannon Johnson, Kara Meadows, Ryan Olson, Amy Pennington, Daniel Quesenberry and Alicia St. Clair.

*School Board Approves Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

The School Board confirmed the employment of Eric Roethlisberger as half-time Special Ed. teacher at Narrows High School for the remainder of the 1999-00 school year, effective February 7, 2000, and the resignation of Dewayne Perkins, EEMS custodian, effective February 9, 2000.

The Board approved the request for a second year leave of absence for Clara Whittaker for the 2000-01 school year.

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

The Superintendent shared a monthly instructional update with the School Board. He distributed a hand-out regarding initiatives that teachers are proposing regarding student achievement. It reflected the efforts and dedication teachers are giving to student achievement, along with positive comments from the teachers even during a stressful situation in trying to meet the high expectations.

Mr. Wheeler updated the School Board regarding the renovation projects. New windows have been installed in certain areas. Some of the new classrooms are ready and in use. The new boiler at the Giles Tech. Center will soon be up and running. The Board had some concerns with the Giles Tech. Center roof, which is in need of replacement/repair, which will be further looked into.

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

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The Board approved the change in the current school calendar to cancel all upcoming early releases due to the snow days that have been missed. 2 hour early releases were cancelled for March 14, April 20, May 2, which will be full student days. The 4 hour early release was cancelled for the last day of school, if needed.

The School Board set the March Board meeting for the third Wednesday, March 15, 2000 at 7:00 PM at the School Board Office. Prior to the regular meeting, the Board will meet with administrators for the quarterly meeting at Giles High School at 5:30 PM.

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

Prior to the regular meeting, the School Board met in a joint meeting with the Board of Supervisors. Numerous comments were made by the School Board regarding the pleasure of sitting down across the table and having a good relationship between the two Boards. The School Board conveyed their sincere appreciation to the Board of Supervisors for their concern of education and the support they continually give to the school system. They have been a good friend to the educational arena of Giles County.

In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, GEA provided a delicious chocolate cake for the dinner meeting for the School Board and Board of Supervisors. Thanks were conveyed to GEA for their ongoing support and their annual contribution during School Board Appreciation Month.

Jerry Albert also attended the joint meeting and shared a presentation regarding property at GHS. The Board felt they learned alot of valuable information from what Jerry provided. He was commended for the work and research that has been done regarding the property, and the Board looks forward to the land development.

The Board enjoyed Macy’s educational feature and conveyed their appreciation to the teachers and students that presented it. It is always a delight to see what’s going on in the schools.

Congratulations to Ryan Olson for his recent $1,000 award!

Recently, some Board members visited GHS and saw the finished classrooms. Very nice!

A recent publication that is received by the Giles Tech. Center displayed congratulations to various locations that had a 100% pass rate for 1999 in the LPN training, and the Tech. Center was on the list!

The Science Fair involving the Governor’s School students will be held at NRCC this weekend.

It is hopeful that the Internship Program through the Governor’s School will draw more businesses from Giles County to participate.

Mrs. Radford, GEA President, conveyed teachers’ appreciation of the pay increase for substitutes. Also, she commented that GHS continues to see positive results in the renovation, with no complaints!