In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the August 18th 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 live tweet @UnifiEdHC, follow along at #HCSchools.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click here.

Hot Topics:

  • Board Policy 5.205 – Retirement: The Board will pay a bonus of $20 per unused sick leave accrued by a teacher at the time of his or her retirement. If the teacher submits their notice on or before February 1 and completes the remainder of their contract, the bonus will be $40 (the bonus was only $30 in the previous policy).
  • Board Policy 6.201 – Compulsory Attendance Ages: The compulsory attendance policy has been revised to clarify provisions regarding compulsory attendance ages.
  • Board Policy 6.309 – Zero Tolerance Offenses: The zero tolerance policy now includes a provision that if a student is under the influence of any drug including any controlled substance or legend drug, he or she shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year. The director of schools shall have the authority to modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.

Bids:

  • Approval sought from HCDE to participate in National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance.
  • Approval sought from HCDE to expend $32,700 to purchase Rosetta Stone language learning software.
  • Approval sought from HCDE for Powerschool access and training services totalling $211,994.00.
  • Emergency approval sought from HCDE to increase funds for Smart Find Express to find substitute teachers totalling $31,713.00.
  • Emergency approval sought from HCDE for Public Consulting Group services totalling $10,631.67.
  • Recommended Award of Bid to Contract Paper Group for dual purpose paper totalling $75,062.40.
  • Recommended Award of Bid to Affordable Fence for fencing needs.
  • Recommended Award of Bid to Sweetwater Valley Oil Company for fuel purchases totalling $26,064.00.

Conferences and Consultants:

  • Approval sought for self-funded Bible in the Schools program which provides seventeen Bible History teachers.
  • Approval sought for instructional consultant for the Bright School totaling $6,939.00 (funding source: Title II).
  • Approval sought for contract with Sunistanai Educational Consulting to implement teacher residency program totaling $20,250.000 (funding source: NSF Project Inspire Residency Grant).
  • Approval sought for contract with Teachers Development Group to provide professional development for three residency schools totaling $78,750 (funding source: NSF Project Inspire Residency Grant).
  • Approval sought for contract with Dr. Beverly Tyner for iZone curriculum development totaling $34,200.00 (funding source: iZone/School Improvement Grants).

Monthly Financial Report

  • The monthly financial report is not available due to year-end closing, but will become publicly available after completion.

Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs

  • HCDE received community donations totaling $952.00 for supplies and other materials.
  • HCDE received funds totaling $13,086.00 from maintenance recyclables for supplies and other materials.
  • HCDE received funds totaling $7,460 from the Flower Fund.

Appropriation of Unassigned Fund Balance

  • $2,135,000 of unassigned fund balance will be reassigned to the current HCDE telephone system from analog lines to VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) for all schools at a cost of approximately $2,000,000 and repair the foundation at Westview Elementary at a cost of $135,000.

Grant Application Requests

  • Interdisciplinary CubeSat Research and STEM Education Platform at the University of Chattanooga (Funded by NSF for $354,045)
  • REU Site: Interdisciplinary CubeSat Research and STEM Education Platform (Funded by NSF for $360,551)
  • Building Strong Brains: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Initiative (Funded by State of Tennessee Dept. of Children’s Services for $141.194)
  • Introduction to Sustainability: Using a Zero+ Energy Building as a Living Lab for Students (Funded by NSF for $1,049,235)

Request for New Positions

  • The Bible in the Schools organization is now in a position to expand the Bible History program by adding a teacher for Soddy Daisy High School. This position (salary and benefits) will be fully-funded by Bible in the Schools.
  • The Benwood Foundation will fully-fund (salary and benefits) an educational assistant for the Forest Kindergarten class at Red Bank Elementary School.

Commissioner Donations

  • Commissioners Tim Boyd and Greg Beck donated $2,500 each, totalling $5,000, as a reimbursement for the building of a playground at Barger Elementary.

First Reading of Board Policies:

  • Board Policy 5.205 – Retirement: The Board will pay a bonus of $20 per unused sick leave accrued by a teacher at the time of his or her retirement. If the teacher submits their notice on or before February 1 and completes the remainder of their contract, the bonus will be $40 (the bonus was only $30 in the previous policy).
  • Board Policy 6.201 – Compulsory Attendance Ages: The compulsory attendance policy has been revised to clarify provisions regarding compulsory attendance ages.  
  • Board Policy 6.309 – Zero Tolerance Offenses: The zero tolerance policy now includes a provision that if a student unlawfully possesses or is under the influence of any drug including any controlled substance or legend drug, he or she shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.