In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the March 17th regularly scheduled session of the Hamilton County School Board Meeting. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton County School Board Meeting Room at 3074 Hickory Valley Road and is set to begin at 5:30 PM. We will be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Hot Topics:

  • First Reading – Board Policy 6.304 Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Hazing: In response to the Ooltewah incident, the Hamilton County Department of Education has released an updated draft of their Bullying/Harassment Policy since it was not in compliance with state law. UnifiEd’s Student Voice team is currently analyzing the changes and will be presenting their findings to the Board at the April 21st School Board meeting.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Field Trips

  • Tyner Academy, East Hamilton School, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Upper), The Howard School, Signal Mountain Middle/High, Red Bank High School, Ooltewah High School, East Ridge High School, and Sale Creek Middle/High School will participate in sports related field trips.
  • Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Lower) will participate in museum related field trips.
  • Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, East Hamilton School, Sale Creek High School, Hixson High, Hamilton County Collegiate High, East Ridge High School, Ooltewah High, and Red Bank High will participate in conference or competitive related field trips.
  • Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, Sale Creek Middle/High School, and Barger Academy of Fine Arts will participate in creative arts related field trips.
  • Soddy Daisy High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, and East Ridge Middle School will participate in club related field trips.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Ooltewah High School, East Lake Academy, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Upper), and Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts will participate in band and music related field trips.
  • The Howard School, Soddy Daisy High School, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Sequoyah High School, Red Bank High School, and Ooltewah High School will participate in JROTC related field trips.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School will participate in language related field trips.

Courses

  • The applications from Hamilton County schools requesting approval of all secondary education courses for the 2016-2017 school year that are not already approved by the State Board of Education including:
    • Brainerd High: Facing History and Ourselves and Tennessee Student Success,
    • East Hamilton High: Facing History and Ourselves, Intro to Film, Comparative Religions, Yoga-Physical Education
    • East Ridge High: Facing History and Ourselves and High School Math 101
    • Hixson High: Mythology, Advanced Strength and Conditioning I, II, III, IV, Hip Hop Culture English/Language Arts, World Language-American Sign Language
    • Red Bank High: Geographical Study of the Civil War, The Presidency
    • Signal Mountain Middle High: Modern History through Film and Music
    • Soddy Daisy High: Outdoor Leadership, Survey of Bible Literacy
    • All high schools: Intro to Self-Advocacy, Planning for Transition, and Focus on Adulthood

Bids

  • Recommended contract extensions for the School Nutrition Program for SY 2016-2017 including new bids for an online Free and Reduced Lunch Application Program ($7500.00) and labor costs for repairing and refurbishing equipment.
  • Recommended contract extensions for contracts to monitor Fire Alarm & Security Panels, purchase Electronic Security Equipment, furnish Labor and Materials for Boiler and Piping Insulation Projects, inspect Wet and Dry Sprinklers, Backflow Devices, and Floor Valves Systems, conduct Plumbing Projects, furnish Labor and Materials for Sheet Metal and Duct Work Projects, furnish and install Acoustical Ceiling Grids and Panels, conduct Drywall Installation and Related Projects, conduct Carpentry Related Projects, conduct Masonry Projects, conduct Locker Projects, and conduct Air Monitoring Services for Asbestos Projects.
  • Purchase of toilet partitions for Tyner Middle (funding source: Capital Projects Fund for $17,029.05).
  • Recommended extensions for contracts to conduct a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program ($4660.00), furnish Used Adopted Textbooks and Dispose of Out-of-Adopted Textbooks, furnish Library Books, Book Processing, and Card Catalog Kits, and furnish HP Printer Cartridges.
  • Purchase of Toilet Partitions for Lakeside Academy from Shiffler Equipment Sales Inc. ($11,284.88).
  • Early approval for the payment of $22,370 to Sign Tech Outdoor Media for a sign installed at Brown Middle School.
  • Ratification for the early approval of a commodity processing bid for the School Nutrition Program.

Conferences and Consultants

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference for three employees from the Information and Technology Department (Funding Source: General Fund Budget)
  • National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference for staff members from Orchard Knob Elementary School (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title I Budget)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference for staff members from the Howard School and Collegedale Academy Middle School (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title Budget)
  • Georgia ETA/Brenda Fitzgerald will provide the Complete Reading Series (CRS) to the Bright School (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title II Private School Budget)
  • Real World University, Joe Martin, Ed.D will be a consultant for iZone schools (Funding Source: Innovation Zone School Improvement Grant III)
  • Marcelus Barnes, Unity Performing Arts Foundation of Chattanooga (UPAFC) will provide contracted services for Orchard Knob Middle and Woodmore Elementary (Funding Source: Innovation Zone School Improvement Grant III)

Financial Reports

  • The monthly financial statement compares actual year-to-date expenditures to the original adopted budget and the year-to-date amended budget through January 31, 2016.

Budget Amendments

  • Federal and Self-Funded: There have been transfers between line items for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 2, East Lake Academy) and the Volkswagen Teacher Training & Development Self-Funded Program. The following programs are receiving an increase in funding:  Title II Part A, Teacher & Principal Training & Recruiting (increase of $4,558 for a state reallocation), Title III English Language Acquisition (increase of $4,251 for a state reallocation), and Bible History Teachers Self-Funded Program (an increase of $76,750).
  • General Operating: Board approval is needed to amend the FY16 General Purpose Operating Budget for the attached transfers between accounts between costs associated for telephone, laundry, and disposal fees.
  • Appropriation of fund Balance Restricted for Career Ladder and True Up of Supplemental Revenue: appropriation of Fund Balance Reserved for Career Ladder carried forward from prior year for Career Ladder & Career Ladder Extended Contracts including the following budget amendments: Restricted for Education Fund Balance ($101,024), Restricted for Instruction Fund Balance ($43,185), and Supplemental Revenue ($144,209).

Administrative/Business Matters

  • First Reading – Board Policy 6.304 Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Hazing:  In response to the Ooltewah incident, the Hamilton County Department of Education has released an updated draft of their Bullying/Harassment Policy since it was not in compliance with state law. UnifiEd’s Student Voice team is currently analyzing the changes and will be presenting their findings to the Board at the April 21st School Board meeting.

Events/Announcements

  • Budget Work Session: April 14, 2016, 4:00 PM, Board of Education
  • School Work Session & Board Meeting: April 21, 2016, 4:00 & 5:00 PM, Board of Education