Volume I Issue 3

Office of the Superintendent Dr. Robert C. McCracken

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the September 21, 1999 regular meeting

Bills in the amount of $2,595,313.42

Payroll for the month of September, 1999

Revenue report for the month of September, 1999

Appropriation Request for November, 1999

Field Trip Requests for 1999-00

Advisory Committees for 1999-00

*School Board Recognizes Recipient of Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award

Gary Hinson, Narrows High School Science Teacher, was awarded the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award on October 6, 1999 in a ceremony at NHS. The element of surprise made this award even more memorable! Mr. Hinson attended the Board meeting where the School Board presented him with a plaque conveying their appreciation and congratulations to Gary for this prestigious award. The award consisted of $25,000 to Mr. Hinson – awesome!

*School Board Hears an Educational Feature by Giles County Partnerships for Excellence Foundation, Inc.

Howard Spencer, Executive Director of the GCPEF attended the meeting to share information with the School Board, regarding student programs and projects that are offered through the Partnership. Annually, Mr. Spencer updates the Board on the projects and the positive accomplishments of students. He thanked the School Board for their continued support of the Partnership. He also distributed a brochure to the Board which reflected a list of programs offered, which includes Office on Youth, Serve, Learn and Earn, Waste Water Laboratory Technician, School Resource Officer, and School To Work Transition, to name a few. Mr. Spencer commented on grant monies that have been received for various projects. Some of those are: $47,000 has been received for the Office on Youth Program, $4,000 in scholarships, $2500 for the School to Work Grant, and $10,000 toward a school project involving English and History students. Mr. Spencer was very adamant in having an impact on students to assist them with getting jobs in our area, so they don’t have to leave their hometown after graduating from high school. He is hopeful that will all of the programs the Partnership has to offer, that along with their education in Giles County, they will get the proper training they need for jobs that are available in our area.

*School Board Approves Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

The Board confirmed the following employment for the remainder of the 1999-00 school year: Truancy Officers: Jimmy McCroskey, John Bowman, Eric Twaites, and Kelly Frazier; Marie Martin – GHS All-Around MACC Coach and Byron Hurley – GHS Boys’ Tennis.

The Board approved the administrative recommendation of expulsion for Student Case 99-1.

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

The Superintendent shared the individual schools "School Report Card to Parents" with the School Board. Each school’s report card reflected positive comments from students and staff, along with improvement goals for student achievement. The back of the report card reflects commitment to parents regarding issues such as individual student attention, safety, attendance, teaching, technology, Achievement, parent involvement, professionalism, and community.

Mr. Wheeler, Assistant Superintendent, updated the Board regarding the current construction projects. He distributed an outline of both GHS and NHS projects, which appear to be on schedule. He reviewed the status of roof leaks at both schools due to the heavy rains Oct. 9 and 10, which are being taken care of.

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The School Board confirmed their annual budget site meeting for the week of October 25, 1999.

The School Board set the next School Board meeting for Tuesday, November 16, 1999 at 7:00 PM at the School Board Office, which will follow the annual School Board Retreat that will be held that afternoon.

In honor of American Education Week, the School Board will participate in their annual school tours on Wednesday, November 17, 1999.

The School Board confirmed their attendance at the annual Legislative Dinner in Bristol on December 9, 1999.

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

Gary Hinson was publicly congratulated by the School Board and appreciation was conveyed to him for his dedication to the students at Narrows High School. It was also commented that this recognition brought sheer joy to the entire community!

The Board conveyed their sincerest appreciation to Howard Spencer for his work with the Partnership and the various programs for students. The Board commented they have watched the Partnership grow through the years, and everyone is hopeful it will continue to grow to benefit our students.

The Board attended Riverview Baptist Church this week to hear Mr. Scott, father of the slain Columbine student, tell his daughter’s story. They were very glad they attended and feel thankful for our students, hopeful that our school system will never have to go through such a tragedy.

The Board is glad to hear the two high school renovation projects are going well. Faculties and students are handling the transition very well.

The Board was impressed with the school report card for parents, and feel it is an asset to student achievement.

Four students from Giles County that attend the NRV Governor’s School will be attending a meeting in Hot Springs October 14-17 regarding science, math and technology for secondary students. The theme is "Our Planet Rocks".

The Governor’s School recently held their first parent/teacher conference night this year, after the first six weeks ended. They were pleased with 50% attendance.

Congratulations were conveyed to Erin Wiegand, GHS student, who is one of eight Virginia students that will be travelling to Russia for two weeks to participate in the International Space Olympics. Good luck!

The Superintendent also added that one of the educators travelling to Russia, along with Erin and other students, is a former colleague he worked with, from Prince William County. It’s good to know a teacher as well a student that is participating in this special event.

The Superintendent shared that a parent support group is being established at GHS to help with additional ways to recognize students.

Mrs. Phyllis Radford, GEA President, commented that GHS seems peaceful and content, in spite of the construction going on.