In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the October 19th 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:

  • First reading of Board Policy 3.502: Offer Versus Serve– In compliance with USDA regulation changes, the current “Offer Versus Serve” policy is being updated to now exempt all Pre-K students from the policy. This policy outlines breakfast and lunch services that are eligible for federal reimbursements.
  • First reading of Board Policy 6.304:Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, and Hazing– The General Assembly has mandated timelines for responding to reports of bullying, so current policy is being revised to incorporate the required deadlines. The policy has now added a section on reported incidents which reads “All allegations shall be fully investigated by a building administrator and/or school official. Investigations must commence as soon as possible but in no event more than 48 hours after the report. Investigations must be resolved within 20 days of the report.”

Recognitions and Presentations:

  • Dan Liner, representing HCEA, Brenna Kelly, representing the Southeast Conservation Corps, and Wayne Brown, President of the Hamilton County Council of PTAs, will all give presentations at the beginning of the school board meeting.

Field Trips:

  • Brainerd High School, East Hamilton School, and Signal Mountain Middle/High School will participate in sports related field trips.
  • Brown Middle School, Loftis Middle School, Lakeside Academy will send members of the Jr. Beta Club and Beta Club to compete and participate in the Tennessee Jr. Beta and Beta Club Conventions.
  • Students from Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, Ooltewah High School, and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper School will participate in music related field trips.
  • Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, and East Hamilton School will send students to attend Model United Nations Conferences.
  • Battle Academy, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Lower School, and East Lake Academy will send students to study at the Jekyll Island 4H Center.
  • Students at East Ridge Middle School and Soddy Daisy Middle School will travel to Washington, D.C. for a firsthand experience of American history.  
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School will participate in the Tennessee Theatre Association Conference.
  • Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts will send members of the Destination Imagination Team to Soddy Daisy to participate in team building workshops.
  • East Ridge High School and Sequoyah High School will send students to attend the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Nationals engine competition in Indianapolis Indiana.
  • Spring Creek Elementary will send students to the Rock Eagle Environmental Center to participate in Math, Reading, and Science.

Bids/Contracts:

Board approval is sought for:

  • The reroofing of Soddy Daisy Middle School totalling $1,104,250.00 with funds provided by the 2017/18 Capital Funds.
  • The purchase of doors, frames and hardware for Orchard Knob Middle School totalling $97,850.00 with funds provided by the 2016/17 Capital Funds.
  • The purchase of dual purpose paper for warehouse stock totalling $73,248.00 with funds provided by the Warehouse Inventory Funds.
  • Lease agreements and security charges for 2018 Graduations totalling $51,744.67.

Conferences/Consultants:

Board approval is sought for:

  • ACT Practice Testing and Services from College Prep Alabama LLC. Testing materials and analysis will be provided for 3000 students and professional development services will be provided for teachers. These materials and the professional development will be used to determine where students need additional instruction and support. The cost of these services will be $42,000.00 with funds to be provided by the CTE Perkins Grant

Budget Amendments:

  • The following budget amendments for Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs for FY2018 are recommended for board approval:
    • Title I: Improving Basic Programs, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $1,856,644.00.
    • ESSA Consolidated Administration, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $97,435.00.
    • Title II: Teacher & Principal Training & Recruitment, with transfers between line items and a net decrease of $33,426.00.
    • Title IV Part A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment, totaling $335,167.00.
    • 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 4, East Lake Academy), with transfers between line items and a net increase of $10,000.00.
    • IDEA Preschool, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $4,000.00.
    • IDEA Part B, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $744,577.00.

Grants:

Approval is sought for the following grant application. If the request is approved, a budget amendment will be brought to the School Board for the actual amount awarded:

  • UTC – In Loco Parentis: The Assistant Professor of Psychology is requesting a grant for a research study with Hamilton County schools. This research will study the impact of teachers and school contexts in socializing social-emotional competence and self-regulatory abilities in early childhood. Funds will be provided by the Foundation for Child Development for $225,000.00.

Administrative and Business Matters:

    • Approval is sought for an agreement between Benchmark Physical Therapy and CSAS. Benchmark Physical Therapy has provided an Athletic Trainer Service Agreement so they can provide services and athletic trainers to CSAS. The wording on the Service Agreement has been approved by the Risk Management Department.
    • ABM Custodial Contact 2 year extension-During the September 21, 2017 school board meeting, improvements that ABM made as well as their future plans to provide service was discussed. Some of their improvements and plans include pay increases, transportation for employees, a full time recruiter, and an increase to their management team. Thus, it is recommended that the school board approve the 2 year contract extension.
  • Legal Services: A total of $23,248.90 was paid in the month of September for legal fees to Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC and Markel, Von Kessler & Cox.

 

Events/Announcements:

  • October 20, 2017: Report Cards
  • November 2-5, 2017: TSBA Leadership Conference and Convention – Nashville, TN
  • November 16, 2017: School Board Meeting