News Release

September 22, 1999

Volume I Issue 2

Office of the Superintendent                                                                                    Dr. Robert C. McCracken

*School Board Approves Consent Agenda Items

Minutes of the August 26, 1999 regular meeting

Bills in the amount of $382,697.60

Payroll for the month of August, 1999

Revenue report for the month of August, 1999

Expenditure Report - August, 1999

Confirmation of Fees

Confirmation of Columbia Gas Contracts with Giles High School

*School Board Recognizes Virginian Leader

As a part of the Virginia School Boards Association Media Honor Roll, the Virginian Leader was nominated by Giles County Schools to be recognized for their outstanding coverage and support of the school system. A plaque was presented to Marcie Ganoe, Reporter, by the Superintendent and School Board Chairman. Mike Wade, Editor was also present for the award.

*School Board Hears Magnet School Presentation

Dr. Bill Asbury, a retired school superintendent, attended the meeting as the present Director of the NRV Magnet School, to share information with the Board regarding the project. He distributed valuable handouts that reflected enrollments and funding information, as well as a curriculum guide. He explained how enrollment has increased since Fall, 1998 when the program began. Currently there are several school systems participating along with NRCC: Radford City and the counties of Floyd, Carroll, Pulaski and Giles. The total enrollment at the present time is 157 students, with Giles having 19 students enrolled. Presently, the Magnet School is housed at NRCC and Pulaski County, which also provides equipment and support at no cost to the Magnet School. Projected financial support for continued planning and coordination of the project for the next year is based upon two sources: the New Century Consortium (Virginia's Economic Bridge) ($20,000) and the NRV Planning District Commission (Regional Competiveness Partnership) ($22,000). Dr. Asbury also presented the Board Chairman with a notebook that outlines the programs of the Magnet School.

*School Board Approves Recommendations Regarding Personnel Items

The Board confirmed the following employment for the 1999-00 school year: Brenda Smith - MMS Part-time Health Assistant; Angie Frame - NEMS Part-time Health Assistant; Dottie Meredith - EEMS Bookkeeper; effective October 4, 1999; Rom Matlock - Part-time Teacher/Specialist for Mathematics, Student Attendance Software Specialist and Remedial Instructor; John McDonald - EEMS 6/7 Grade Teacher; Barbara Perkins as Deputy School Board Clerk; Mitch Gilmore - Transfer to NHS Art Vacancy and additional supplemental positions for Narrows High School as recommended by administration.

The Board also confirmed the following resignations: Odessa Gordon - NHS Art Teacher, effective September 24, 1999 and Steve Fitch - Supervisor of Testing and Accreditation, effective September 30, 1999.

The Board approved supplemental positions for Giles High School as recommended by administration.

The Board approved the administrative reorganization as recommended by the Superintendent. Changes include Patricia Young for Information Management and Terry Arbogast to work with testing, in the absence of a Director of Curriculum, through the Special Programs Office. Also, an elementary teacher and a secondary teacher will be assigned to work with Mr. Wheeler in the curriculum arena.

*School Board Hears Reports from the Superintendent

The Superintendent shared enrollment figures with the Board from the first week of school. Enrollment as of September 14, 1999 was 2,555 which is 24 more students than in June, 1999 when school closed for 1998-99. He also stated that the staff surveys regarding the Pre-School Conference at Mtn. Lake were very positive. All indications reflected that folks were pleased with the schedule and the continuance of the Mtn. Lake Day annually.

The Superintendent featured a Powerpoint presentation reflecting SOL scores for each school. In conclusion, the information reflected that 70% of the areas tested in 1999 either increased or reached the target goal of 70%, and a total of 635 percentage point increases occurred overall. He also asked that it be remembered that student achievement is continual improvement as well as a balance of instruction and assessment.

Mr. Wheeler updated the School Board on the renovation projects. Macy is near completion, with just a few items left on the final punch list. NHS and GHS are both on track, demolition work continues to prepare for new phases of each project. Mr. Wheeler commended the administration and faculties at both schools for the fine job they have done, going out of their way to support the projects with flexibility in keeping the students focused on instruction.

*School Board Takes Action on Other Items

The School Board approved surplus items to be disposed of in the most economical manner.

The School Board set Wednesday, October 13, 1999 for the next regular School Board meeting, at 7:00 PM at the School Board Office.

The School Board confirmed the week of October 25, 1999 for the annual budget meetings at each school, as they have done in the past.

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

The Board commended the administration for continuing to "do more with less". It seems all employees have to do extra, but it is good to know that Giles County is more toward the middle of the payscale for teachers, rather than at the bottom of the scale.

The Board also commented on the fine organization and smooth sailing of the construction projects. Everyone can be proud of everything that has been accomplished. It will be good to get all the schools finished.

The Board met with administrators prior to regular session, and principals were very complimentary of their faculty and staff in the opening of school, and how hard everyone worked to make it a success.

The Board conveyed appreciation to Dr. Asbury for his fine educational feature regarding the Magnet School. His enthusiasm and passion for the project made his presentation highly enjoyable. It is apparent it is an extremely worthwhile project with great potential.

A bus driver recently approached a Board member to thank the Board for his new diesel bus. His students found a new respect in having a new bus and seem very proud of it.

Macy recently had its open house dedication ceremony for their new renovation. Mr. Rowe and the staff were commended by the Superintendent for a fine job in planning and organizing the event. It was a very nice, moving ceremony.

The Superintendent wished Mr. Fitch the best as he pursues his professional career. He will be going to Spotsylvania County as a high school principal, as well as pursing his doctorate at UVA.

The Superintendent reminded the Board that October 1st will be a student holiday, and also a teacher workday when a county-wide SOL Workday is being planned for teachers to confer regarding student achievement and test scores.

The Superintendent also asked the Board to hold October 6th on their calendars for a very special day at NHS. The time and activity will be announced later.