In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the May 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 1.407 School District Records- First Reading: The State Board of Education now requires all boards to have a public records policy in place by July 1, 2017. The director of schools must maintain all school district records required by law, regulation, and board policy. This also includes how to handle requests for copies or inspections of district records.
  • Board Policy 3.501 Wellness Policy- First Reading: The 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act requires each Local Education Agency (LEA) participating in the National School Lunch Program or other child nutrition programs to review our local school wellness policy annually. The revisions include a commitment to nutrition, understanding the connection between health and academic performance, promoting nutrition education, physical activity, and health goals, and the creation of a School Health Advisory Council.

Recognitions and Presentations:

  • The Principal at Hamilton County High School will recognize Rachel Turner as one of six teachers in Tennessee to be awarded 2017 Outstanding Humanities Educator Award. Turner had the top growth gains in last year’s US History test, and had the highest level of effectiveness in Hamilton County.
  • The Director of JROTC will recognize unit and student achievement and honors of JROTC Cadets who obtained significant scholarships and/or national and state awards.
  • The Director of the Exceptional Education program will recognize the renaming of the PALS Center to the Amy Piazza Preschool Assessment and Learning Services Center.  In addition, Exceptional Education would like to present Amy’s parents with a plaque recognizing their daughter.
  • Coordinated School Health Coordinator, Cathy Jennings will be recognized for being voted as the 2016-2017 Southeast Regional Coordinator of the year during the Coordinated School Health Institute in Murfreesboro this month.
  • Leadership Chattanooga will present their team project to the board.

Field Trips

  • Hixson High School and East Hamilton High School will send students to compete in the Future Business Leaders of America National Competition.
  • Brown Middle School and Signal Mountain Middle High School will send students to compete in the Technology Student Association National Competition.
  • Hixson High School will compete in the Health Occupations Students of America National Competition.
  • Hixson High School, Central High School, Ooltewah High School, Red Bank High School, East Ridge High School, and Signal Mountain Middle High Schools will participate in camps.
  • Sequoyah High School will compete in the Skills USA National Competition.
  • Loftis Middle School will send students to attend the National Beta Club Convention.
  • Normal Park Museum Magnet School will send students to participate in TED-Ed Youth Talks in New York.  
  • Red Bank High School will send students in JROTC to compete in the National Academic Quiz Bowl Tournament.
  • STEM School Chattanooga will send members of the MIT Inventeam to attend MIT’s Eureka Fest 2017.
  • East Ridge High School will participate in the TMEA All State Conference.

Bids:

Board approval is sought for:

  • Contract to Chemically Treat Heating & Cooling Systems totalling $857.60 monthly from the Maintenance Operating Budget.
  • Contract to Purchase Electronic Security Equipment totalling $125.40 from the Maintenance Operating Budget.
  • Contract to Furnish Labor & Materials for Boiler, Piping and Duct Insulation Projects with funds to be provided by the Capital and Operating Budgets pending total material costs.
  • Contract to Furnish HP Cartridges with funds to be provided from the Operating and School Budgets.
  • Track Resurfacing for Red Bank High School totalling $160,950.00.
  • P.E./Athletic Equipment & Supplies Contract with funds provided by the Operating and School Budgets.
  • Science Equipment Materials & Supplies Contract with funds provided by the Operating and School Budgets.
  • Laminating Film and Routine Maintenance Contract with funds provided by the Operating and School Budgets.
  • Chartered Coach Service for Student Field Trips with funds provided by the Operating and School Budgets.
  • German Reading and Teaching Materials Contract with funds provided by the Operating and School Budgets.
  • Recommendation for Bid Approval for the School Nutrition Program totalling $38,362.60 from the School Nutrition funds.
  • Request Approval to purchase from Snap-On-Industrial for Student Certification Kits totalling $51,626.04 with funding through the Perkins Grant.  
  • Request Approval to purchase Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s easyCBM, a k-8 benchmark progress monitoring and assessment service, totalling $127,750.00 per year with funds provided by the General Purpose Budget.  
  • Request Approval of contract with Public Consulting Group-EdPlan 504, providing administrative supports and trainings, totaling $11,425.75 with funds provided by the General Fund.
  • Request Approval of contract with Public Consulting Group-Goal Progress Monitoring and Transportation Wizard and IEP Goal/Objective Progress Monitoring System for 2017-18 SY totalling $15,185.63 from the IDEA Part B Funds.
  • .Request Approval to purchase Tennessee ACT Vouchers totalling $124,000.00 through State BEP funds.  
  • Request Approval to renew IBM SPSS Software Maintenance Subscription and Support Contracts totalling $36,932.45 from the General Purpose Fund.
  • Request Approval to renew Intelligence Annual Maintenance Subscription and Support contracts totalling $13,073.00 from the General Purpose Fund.
  • Request Approval to renew PowerSchool Software Maintenance Subscription and Support contract totalling $222,981.75 from the General Purpose Fund.
  • Request Approval to renew ESRI Software Maintenance Subscription and Support contract totalling $12,197.26 from the General Purpose Fund.
  • Approval to purchase camera systems for 69 contractor buses from Seon Systems Sales Inc.totalling $189,957.00 from the Transportation Budget.  

Business and Finance:

  • Approval sought to send sixty CTE teachers from various schools to attend the 2017 Institute for CTE teachers in Nashville, TN. This institute provides training that allows teachers to meet requirements for recertification. It also provides classroom content specific strategies that teachers can implement in their classrooms. At this institute, sessions are centered around Postsecondary Readiness, Career Readiness, and Teacher Readiness. Total cost is estimated at $39,150.00 with funding through the Perkins Grant.
  • Request for approval for teachers, administrators, and other staff members to attend the Professional Learning Communities at Work (PLCs) Institute conference in Atlanta, GA. This conference will enable staff members to learn and exchange information in the area of curriculum and instruction in improving the skills and knowledge of educators. This will total $25,000.00 with funding sources from Federal Title I and/or Federal Title II.
  • Approval sought from the Principal of St. Jude School for the contract/consultant agreement with A+ Educators for a total of $4,500.00 from their school based Federal Title II private school budget allocation. A+ Educators is the sole developer, publisher and copyright holder, therefore, the sole source of CORE CONNECT job-embedded professional development.
  • HCDE accepted a donation from Commissioner Tim Boyd of $5,000.00 from his bond fund to purchase band and orchestra instruments for CSLA.
  • HCDE accepted a donation from Commissioner Greg Beck of $7,000.00 from his bond fund to purchase a stadium sound system for Brainerd High School.
  • Director the the Pre-K Programs is requesting to apply for a grant totalling $2,675,517 from the State Department of Education’s Office of Early Learning to pay salaries for Pre-K teachers and assistants, purchase instructional materials and equipment, and provide stipends for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year.
  • Approval and acceptance sought for the UTC Each One Reach One Grant application totalling $100,000.00.   

Budget Amendments

The following budget amendments for Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs for FY 2017 are recommended for approval:

  • Title I, Improving Basic Programs, with transfers between line items
  • School Improvement Grant Cohort III for IZONE District, with transfers between line items
  • School Improvement Grant Cohort III for IZONE Schools, with transfers between line items
  • Title II, Teacher & Principal Training & Recruitment, with transfers between line items
  • Safe Schools, with transfers between line items
  • Family Resource Center, with a net increase of $700
  • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 3, East Lake Academy), with transfers between line items
  • Focus Schools, with transfers between line items
  • Read To Be Ready Grant, totaling $157,260
  • Carl Perkins Vocational Grant, with transfers between line items
  • CTE Incentive Grant, totaling $2,500
  • Bible History Teachers Self-Funded Program, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $178,399
  • Nursing Services Self-Funded Program, with transfers between line items
  • Gigabit Community Fund Self-Funded Program, with transfers between line items
  • HCEA Representative Self-Funded Program, with a net increase of $364
  • Benwood Foundation Self-Funded Program, with transfers between line items
  • School Paid Positions Self-Funded Program, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $87,025

School Board approval is needed for transfer of funds to the Capital Maintenance Fund. This amendment anticipates an increase in sales tax revenue of $1,500,000, and provides that this revenue increase be allocated to the Capital Maintenance Fund for facility upgrades.

Administrative and Business Matters:

  • Board Policy 6.503 Homeless Students- Second and Final Reading: This policy ensures full compliance with the Every Child Succeeds Act. Revisions include that homeless students will be automatically enrolled in school even if they are not able to produce records normally required for enrollment, placement in a school shall be determined based on student interest but also preference is given to a student’s school of origin (school they were enrolled in when last holding a residence), and schools shall keep records on homeless students.
  • Board approval is sought to renew the Community Eligibility Provision in the nutrition program for 2017-2018 school year, ensuring free cost meals be provided to 19,624 students across the District (45.2% of total student enrollment). It is recommended that the same 39 CEP schools served this year will continued to be served next school year.
  • The Principal at Normal Park Lower is seeking approval to build a gym stricture on the back of the current campus property. Parents, students, teachers, and staff have worked collaboratively and desire a gym so students will have the opportunity to take P.E. classes in an adequate space, since currently, classes are being taught on the auditorium stage. Currently, the school has raised over $160,000.00 to build the new gym space and is in the process of obtaining permit approval.
  • Request for approval to submit the special course application for Soddy Daisy High School Study of Hispanic Cultures course to the State Department of Education for 2017-2018 school year. This application is required for requesting approval of all secondary education courses that are not already approved by the State Board of Education.
  • Christina Henderson from Hixson High School and Laurie Clifton from CSLA are teachers who have become eligible for tenure.
  • Legal Services: For the month of April, a total of $39,976.96 was spent on legal services from Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC, Markel, von Kessler, & Cox, and Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams. .

Important Dates and Events

  • May 19th-May 20th, 2017: Graduation Ceremonies at the Tivoli and the Memorial Auditorium
  • May 25th, 2017: Half Day for Students
  • May 26th, 2017: Last Day of School/Report Cards (Buses will not run)
  • May 29th, 2017: Memorial Day (Central Office closed)
  • May 30th, 2017: Begin Four-Day Work Week (Central Office and Schools closed on Fridays)