Volume I Issue 11

Office of the Superintendent                                                             Dr. Robert C. McCracken

June 10, 1999

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the May 11, 1999 regular meeting

Bills in the amount of $1,288,464.32

Payroll for the month of May, 1999

Revenue report for the month of May, 1999

Appropriation Request for July, 1999

Scholarship Approvals

Authorization of Signatures in Absence of Superintendent for 1999-00

Resolution for Technology Education Plan Reimbursement

Surplus Items

Universal Service Fund

*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: Marilyn Albert, Macy teacher, for Instructional Achievement and annual organization of the 7th grade trip and Evelyn Kanter, Macy volunteer/parent for her student support at Macy.

Also, students with outstanding artwork were recognized by the School Board: Ashley Collida and Cody Huffman for submitting artwork to the annual VSBA artshow, and Jason Edwards for placing "Best in Show" in the Giles County Schools 1999 Artshow.

For the educational feature, 1998-99 retirees were also recognized for their years of dedicated service. A total of 400 years have been dedicated to the school system by this year’s retirees: EEMS: Dee Hunt; Lynne Higginbotham, Linda Journell, and Rom Matlock; MMS – Curtis Davis; NEMS: Marie Billips; NHS: Bill Gentry, Brenda Perdue, Cedella Pitzer, and Susan Shaw; GHS – Laura McGraw; GTC – Nancy Dowdy; Bus Drivers – June Perkins and Emory Woodyard; and Maintenance Worker: Don Wilcoxson. Prior to the meeting, GEA hosted a reception in honor of the retirees. Mary Beth Holton, GEA President provided the delicious strawberry cake, and was assisted by Margaret Redmond.

*School Board Approves/Confirms Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

Confirmation of the following employment for the 1999-00 school year: Kelly Lowe – Elem/PE teacher at NEMS; Kristi Gordon – Special Ed. Teacher at EEMS; Sarah McGlothlin – Special Ed. Teacher at NHS; transfer of Tammy Frazier from EEMS teacher to NEMS teacher; Rosemary Bazuzi – NEMS Nurse Attendant; Art Terrill – Western District Bus Driver;– Tammy Baker – Health Assistant/NEMS; Tammy Barnett – Health Assistant/EEMS; and Dewayne Perkins – EEMS Custodian, (effective 7/15/99). Other confirmations of employment were: Jeff White – NHS Custodian, effective June 7, 1999; and Jane Hazelwood – MMS Custodian, effective May 31, 1999. Approvals of the following: Effective the end of the 1998-99 school year: Resignations of Sandra Jennings (EEMS/NHS Teacher) and Cindy Acord (NHS teacher). Also, approved was the retirement of Donald Wilcoxson, effective September 1, 1999. the employment of Tammy Hall as the Technology Resource Specialist at MMS for the 1999-00 school year; and approval of a one year leave of absence for Clara Whittaker (MMS teacher).

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

The Superintendent shared a portion of the Spring ’99 test scores with the School Board, which had just come in earlier in the evening. He reviewed English/writing scores for all schools which showed a substantial June increase from last year. All test areas are being reviewed and scores will be distributed to the schools as soon as possible.

Mr. Wheeler updated the Board on the current construction projects. A pre-bid meeting was held with nine contractors present. A bid opening will be held on June 29th at the School Board Office. Mr. Wheeler stated that all books have been removed for both high school libraries, which is a major undertaking. He also mentioned that the Macy project is in the final stages with asphalt poured and landscaping being done. An open house for Macy is being planned in the Fall. Groundbreaking ceremonies will be held for the high schools will be scheduled sometime after the bid opening on June 29th,

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The Board confirmed the following RFP’s: No. 1399 to Hunter Paving at $12,200 for additional paving at Macy; No. 1299 to Gearhart Trucking at $50.49 a ton; and No. 1199 to Water Chemistry at $2800 a year for water treatment services.

The Board approved the Title I Grant as recommended for the same amount as last year ($304,243).

The Board confirmed the submission of a grant of $52,071 for the class-size reduction program, which targets first grades and cover salaries for those teachers.

The Board confirmed June 16th as the meeting date with school administrators.

The Board set the 1998-99 close-out meeting for Wednesday, June 30th at 7:30 AM.

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

The retirees were commended for their "400" years of service. Their dedication is sincerely appreciated and they will be sorely missed.

Thanks were conveyed to GEA for the delicious refreshments and nice reception for the retirees. As always, GEA does a terrific job.

The Board congratulated all of the Seniors and look forward to the upcoming graduations on June 11th (NHS) and June 12th (GHS).

It’s hard to believe this year has come to an end, and it’s good to be on the verge of finishing up the Macy construction project.

Dr. Webb and Mr. Buckland toured NHS this week and commented on the tremendous amount of work that has been done in preparing for the NHS renovation.

Mr. Whitehead and Mr. Gollehon recently toured GHS and commended Jerry Albert for the outstanding job he has done preparing for the GHS renovation.

The Governor’s School reflected $1,113,968 in scholarship money this year for their graduates, which was a record!

Mary Beth Holton, GEA President, commented she is glad that we have gotten through this school year safely, without any harmful incidents.

The Superintendent commented he was pleased to be a part of the Macy School awards ceremony, and was proud that 14 students were eligible for the President’s Academic in Excellence Award. He also presented the Superintendent’s Award. He commented that the speaker for the evening was Mark Middleton, a Giles High School teacher and community member, who did an outstanding job relating to the students.