News Release

November 16, 1999

Volume 1 Issue No. 4

Office of the Superintendent Dr. Robert C. McCracken

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the October 13, 1999 regular meeting

Bills in the amount of $2,109,808.78

Payroll for the month of October, 1999

Revenue report for the month of October, 1999

Appropriation Request for December, 1999

*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: John and Nancy McCord for Community Involvement at Eastern Elementary/Middle School.

Also, the School Board recognized Susan Allen, Loraine Lambert, and Donna Stump for the participation in the 4-SAFE-VA School Safety Training and Charles Collins and Kevin Davis for their participation in the School Bus Driving Training Recertification.

*School Board Hears an Educational Feature by Narrows Elementary/Middle School

Ron Skeens, NEMS Principal, attended the meeting to introduce Sue Meadows, Terri Lilly, and Patricia Tibbs, NEMS teachers who worked with the 1999 Summer Institute. There was 95% attendance daily, with 37 students enrolled in the program. As an incentive, each day was named some type of special day, such as "Crazy Hat Day", "Colorful Day", "Inside Out Day" to name a few. Ms. Meadows and Ms. Lilly introduced nine students that participated in the Summer Institute, while Mrs. Tibbs used her expertise with the video camera. The students were: Cody Meadows, Shane Havens, Kody Havens, Amanda Smith, Josh Vaughan, Justin Wright, Aaron McCroskey, Amanda Boothe, and Bethany Perdue. They each read about what they had learned in the summer institute, which included language arts, math, art, music and PE activities. The highlight of the evening was when each student chose a School Board member as a partner and everyone did the "Chicken Dance". Once all Board members got the hang of the "Chicken Dance", the students had them participate in a "hoola hoop" contest. Not just a normal hoola hoop contest…all Board members held hands and had to pass a hoola hoop down the line without breaking hands. It was certainly a site to behold! Needless to say, NEMS students and teachers did an outstanding job with their educational feature!

*School Board Approves Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

The Board confirmed the following employment for the remainder of the 1999-00 school year: John Ross as Maintanance Worker; Scott Corboy as Maintenance Worker/Substitute Custodian; and McCreery Mann as NHS 8th Grade Boys Basketball Coach.

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

After being updated by the Superintendent, the Board approved to accept the report for the six-year plan. The schools are currently working on new biennial plans. Once they are received by the Superintendent, then a six year plan will be developed.

The Superintendent shared information from the recent Excellence in Education Award that was presented to Giles County Schools by Virginia Tech. He used a powerpoint document to explain how the use of technology grew from 1989 to the present time in Giles County Schools. Over 100 projects were submitted for this prestigious award, but only 12 were chosen. Giles County Schools have been recognized three different times for submitting projects, however, this is the first time to be an award recipient.

Mr. Wheeler distributed handouts and updated the Board on the current construction projects. Both GHS and NHS projects are on track and going very well. Two areas of concern include window delivery, which has been pushed into January, 2000, as well as HVAC units, which will not be delivered for awhile. Mr. Wheeler commended John Mills, Dickie DeBusk, Roger Browning and Helmut Keiner for being a tremendous help.

The Board approved policy revisions as recommended by VSBA Policy Services and administration, including EEAB-R, Page 2.

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The Board approved the existing contract for the Superintendent, Dr. Robert C. McCracken, entered into on June 3, 1997, by agreement of the Superintendent and School Board, be rendered null and void. The Board then appointed Dr. Robert C. McCracken as Superintendent, effective immediately and terminating on June 30, 2003.

The Board approved the following RFP’s:

RFP No. 1499 for auditing services, awarded to Lester and Gillespie in the amount of $2600 per year.

The Consortium RFP as developed by Tazewell County for replacement of student software.

The Board set the next School Board meeting for Wednesday, December 15, 1999 at the School Board Office. Prior to the regular meeting, the annual School Board Retreat will be held at 2:00 PM at the School Board Office, followed by the quarterly meeting with administrators at Narrows High School at 5:30 PM.

Confirmed attendance at the following events: School Tours, November 17, 1999; NEMS Thanksgiving Lunch, November 19, 1999; School Board Retreat, December 15, 1999; Legislative meeting in Bristol, VA, December 9, 1999.

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

NEMS was commended for the fine, most lively educational feature they’ve had in awhile. The Board members had so much fun, the decided to sign up for next year’s Summer Institute!

Several Board members attended the Milken Awards Luncheon in Richmond on November 10th, where Gary Hinson, NHS Science teacher, was recognized as one of the eight Virginia recipients to receive a $25,000 cash award.

The Board commented how they look forward to "School Tours" during American Education Week". This year they also look forward to touring the construction sites as well.

Congratulations to the Narrows High School football team for making their way to the playoffs! Good luck!

The Board congratulated the Superintendent and school system on the recent "Excellence in Education" Award, and the fine job the system does with technology for students and staff.

21 Governor’s School students, with 6 of them being Giles County students, recently participated in a science and technology meeting in Pennsylvania, but didn’t have to leave the site. They were able to join in the meeting electronically.

The Superintendent shared that there were 2,311 parent/teacher conferences held on October 28 and 29, the regularly scheduled parent/teacher conference days.

The Superintendent distributed a flier regarding remediation for anyone interested in participating in "Free Tutoring". This is definitely a positive step in helping our students.

The Superintendent informed the Board of a meeting regarding Changes to Standards of Accreditation that is scheduled for November 30, 1999 in Marion, VA at 7:00 PM, for those that might be interested in attending.