Board Member Solomon made a motion to accept the performance evaluation scale as written. 2nd Jarnigan
Board Member Loy stated that she would like to see a number component added - Something along the same lines that the teachers have in their evaluations. Director Edmonds stated that he was not opposed to the same type of scale used for the teachers. The Motion was amended by consent to include a numerical ranking. Motion Passed.
Upon a motion from Vines and a 2nd from Jarnigan the Board unanimously approved the adoption of School Commissionerís Rules of Procedure. Loy, though voting for the adoption, stated that the rules should not be used to intimidate Board members from speaking.
By consent, Vines was appointed Parliamentarian.
Chair Potts stated that the Board needs to establish a Performing Arts Foundation. Loy declined to Chair that project, citing the amount of time left in her term on the Board. Potts will establish the Committee and initially serve as Chair.
Loy made a motion to resend the building of the Freshman Academy. 2nd Cavanaugh
Loy stated that she had wished for many years for a freshman academy and had learned to be careful what you wish for. She feels strongly that JCHS needs to be remodeled first. She stated that she was not advocating abandoning the project, but rather putting it on hold will be a better result with the funding body.
Board Member Solomon stated that he felt that they had put a lot of things on hold and should stick with what they have done.
Bradley made a motion to postpone until Bid information is available. Potts stated that the motion died for lack of 2nd.
The original Loy/Cavanaugh motion Failed with Loy and Cavanaugh voting Yes.
Director of County Finance Helton presented the Board with reports on the County Fund Balance and the September Financial Summary for the School System. He also provided a preliminary funding analysis that was prepared by the outside County financial advisors in regard to Schools and the E-911 project.
Heaton stated that the County Fund Balances are healthy, coming in at a total of $22,564,488. The General Purpose School Fund Balance is $5,203,648. He said that the schools currently have $51 million plus in debt with the current building programs and left over debt from other projects. The renovation of JCHS will bring that total to around $77 million, should it be approved by the County Commission.
Chair Potts questioned where 2 of the 12 cent tax increase that was allotted for the building program went. Helton stated that 2 cents went into the County General Fund Balance. He said that the County is in good shape with the Fund Balance and needs to look at paying down debt. Helton stated that the County could look at a combination of tax increase and other funding to compile funding for renovations to JCHS.
Solomon made a motion to pull the artificial turf from the JCHS renovation project, leaving the track, which would reduce the renovation price by $667,100 making the cost of renovation to JCHS $24,756,532. 2nd Vines
Solomon stated that the project needs to move forward and that it needs to be done for the kids.
Vines stated that the $50 million range is less than $64 million.
Bradley stated that the County Commission approved $26 million and that it is what is available to spend.
Loy said that taking on more debt will put pressure on the citizens and that money will be needed to operate and maintain the facility. Beyond operational cost, teachers and support staff need better pay.
Potts stated that the building program had started 10 years ago and that it needs to move forward.
Bradley made a motion to postpone until bid numbers are available and a total cost of the project can be assessed. 2nd Loy - Failed with Cavanaugh, Loy and Bradley voting Yes.
The original Solomon/Vines motion Passed with Loy and Cavanaugh voting No.
Vines made a motion to lend a letter via Dr. Edmonds to the County Commission requesting funding for the renovations at JCHS. 2nd Solomon- Passed with Loy and Cavanaugh voting No.
Upon recommendation from Potts and a motion from Solomon the Board voted to retain a Forensic Accountant to review, analysis and be available to testify about Community Tectonics claims.
The Board also approved the Report of School Compliance and the Certification of Compliance - textbooks.
Edmonds recommended that the Board approve$227,359 for water line for new elementary school due to the fact that there is no water line on the property. The money will come from the Capitol Outlay Note.
So moved by Jarnigan and 2nd by Solomon-Passed unanimously.
Loy requested that Interscholastic Athletics be pulled from the Policy Changes for Review and Adoption. Policies on Private Vehicles and Vacations and Holidays Passed.
Vines made a motion to send to the County Commission a request for bonus for part time School System employees. 2nd Solomon
Bradley made a motion to postpone until the next School Board Meeting . Loy 2nd motion Passed.
School Board Members requested that the situation of the intersection and need for a red light at HWY 92 and Dumplin Valley be added to the next agenda.
Solomon stated that the Board needs to have meetings in the Schools that have had work done by Trane.
The Meeting was Adjourned.