October 26, 2000 School Board Meeting
News Release


Giles County Public Schools Dr. Robert C. McCracken, Superintendent

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the September 21, 2000 meeting

Bills in the amount of $2,027,677.33

Payroll for the month of September, 2000

Revenue report for the month of September, 2000

2000-01 Advisory Committees

2000-01 Field Trip Requests

Confirmation of Surplus Property

*Public Comments

Drema McMahon, parent/community member addressed the School Board regarding the possibility of a Swim Team at Giles High School. The Chairman requested that staff gather information regarding the parameters and numbers involving students and guidelines for a Swim Team including estimated costs within these parameters, so the Board could consider this information in the development of its 2001-02 budget.

*School Board Approves Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

The Board confirmed the following employment for the remainder of the 2000-01 school year: Jessica Scotko – MMS Kindergarten Teacher; Jamie Burton – Main/Garage Worker; and the following supplemental contracts:

Also confirmed was the resignation of Mitch Gilmore, NHS Art Teacher.

The Board approved the transfer of Andrea Martin to the NHS Art Teacher position from GHS.

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

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

The Superintendent shared an instructional update with the School Board regarding handouts that pertained to pupil-teacher ratios and school class schedules. The schedules reflected classes that are offered at both schools as well as others that are offered at one school or the other. The ratios reflected ratios per class, such as math, science, social studies, etc.

Mr. Wheeler updated the School Board on the construction projects, which are both on schedule at this time. Canopy repairs will start soon, and asphalt will soon be complete. Gymnasiums should be complete in the next few weeks, and the track/tennis courts are close to completion as well. Mr. Wheeler commended the faculty and staff at both high schools for their supportive efforts during the projects.

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The Board confirmed their attendance for the upcoming Intergovernmental meeting on Monday, October 30, 2000 at the Pearisburg Town Hall.

The Superintendent and Board Chairman confirmed their attendance at the annual VSBA Convention on November 16, 2000 for the presentation of the "Silver Links" Project.

The School Board set their November meeting in conjunction with their annual school tours during American Education Week. The Board will tour the schools on Monday, November 13, 2000 with the School Board meeting being held at 1:30 PM at the School Board Office on the same day.

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

The Board completed their annual site budget meetings this week. It is always a pleasure visiting each site. There were lots of legitimate concerns, and the Board will look at all concerns when reviewing the 2001-02 budget. Many folks shared positives during the meetings, and it’s good to know that employees feel that they can share concerns with the Board without repercussion.

The Governor’s School recently held parent/teacher conferences with 143 visits, which is 89% of parent participation!