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Gilmer County Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes

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REGULAR MEETING
The Board of Education of the County of Gilmer
Monday, February 11, 2019 – 5:00 p.m.
Central Office

CALL TO ORDER/ROLL CALL

The meeting was called to order by Doug Cottrill, President, at 5:00 pm. Members present: R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan, Devin Shackleford, Tammy Stewart and Secretary, Patricia A. Lowther.

Others present: Steve Shuff, Clay Chesser, Rob Smith, Nancy Minney, June Nonnenberg, Scotty Nicholson III and Myra Miller.


PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Devin Shackleford led the Pledge of Allegiance.


DELEGATIONS

None


CONSENT AGENDA

Minutes: The minutes of the January 22 and 28, 2019 meeting were approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Tammy Stewart. Motion passed 5-0.


STUDENT TRANSFERS

One student transfer was approved on a motion by Doug Cottrill, seconded by R.W. Minigh. 4-0.

Devin Shackleford abstained due to being related to the student.


FIELD TRIPS (OUT-OF-STATE)

On a motion by R.W. Minigh, one out-of-state field trip was approved. Dave Ramezan seconded the motion. 5-0.


VOLUNTEERS

There were no Volunteers


TREASURER’S REPORT

Mr. Chesser reported on the financial status of the county board. Dave Ramezan moved to accept the budget adjustments and transfers. R.W. Minigh seconded. Motion passed 5-0. The remainder of the treasurer’s report was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh, as presented by Mr. Chesser. Doug Cottrill seconded the motion. Motion passed 5-0.


PROFESSIONAL LEAVE REQUESTS (OUT-OF-STATE)

No Professional Out-of-State- leave requests.


REPORTS/DISCUSSION/FOLLOW UP (INFORMATION)

Steve Shuff, GCHS Principal, reported on SAT training and sent out retention/SAT letters to parents. He reported that the Lady Titans were the runners-up in the LKC Tournament. He also said he fully supported the middle school wrestling program and indicated that it was a great addition to Gilmer County High School.

Mrs. Bishop sent a letter to the Superintendent that was presented to the board concerning alternative learning placement for elementary students. Ms. Lowther advised the board that the central office had been working on this since last October and a meeting was held with WVDE, Shelly Stalnaker, for the beginning process.

Tammy Stewart reported on the safety meeting that was held at Gilmer County High School and work is continuing establishing PRO officers at the schools.


NEW BUSINESS

Approval was given for Middle School Wrestling for the 2019-2020 school year on a motion by R.W. Minigh and seconded by Dave Ramezan. Motion passed 5-0.

A user agreement with the Sue Morris Complex was approved on a motion by R.W. Minigh, seconded by Dave Ramezan and passed 5-0.


OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business.


PERSONNEL

On a motion by Tammy Stewart and a second by Doug Cottrill, the personnel agenda was approved 4-0. R.W. Minigh abstained from voting for Hannah Moore due to her being his granddaughter.


PROFESSIONAL

William J. Turner, Sub Teacher, GC Schools, 2018-2019


SERVICE

Stacy Smith, Resignation, Sub Classroom/Transportation Aide, eff. 2/8/19

Victoria Gordon, Sub Classroom/Transportation Aide, GS Schools, 2018-2019


EXTRACURRICULAR

Hannah Moore & MacKenzie Smith, Aux. Mini Titan Softball Coaches, GCHS, 2018-2019


SUPERINTENDENT’S INFORMATION

Ms. Lowther shared with the board one local field trip that is planned.

Resolution to Senate Bill 451 was presented to the board for their signature and approval. Members R.W. Minigh, Dave Ramezan and Tammy Stewart signed in favor of. Doug Cottrill and Devin Shackleford did not.

June Nonnenberg spoke about concerns of the financial situation at the Gilmer Public Library and requested that if the Gilmer County Board of Education could help in any way financially, it would be greatly appreciated.

At 5:48 p.m. Doug Cottrill moved to go into executive session for personnel matters. Tammy Stewart seconded the motion. 5-0.

The board returned from executive session at 6:26 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh, seconded by Doug Cottrill. 5-0. No action was taken.


BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

Dave Ramezan presented updated versions of the Gilmer County Logo. They will be shared for input before deciding which one to use.

The next regular meeting was changed to Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. due to a request of the board president.


ADJOURN

The meeting was adjourned at 6:32 p.m. on a motion by R.W. Minigh seconded by Doug Cottrill. 5-0.


APPROVED: February 27, 2019

What was in the school board’s 451 resolution? As important as education is more effort should be taken to flesh out what actually happens at school board meeting. Bare minimum information and lack of transparency skirt accountability. Who is responsible for writing up the minutes?

Comment by Transparency and Accountability Needed  on  03.07.2019
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