In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the October 18th, 2018 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 p.m. The meeting will be livestreamed by HCDE through their Facebook page and the recording will be posted here on the UnifiEd blog afterwards.
- The Chief Equity Officer is seeking approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Telemedicine Services to be provided at East Lake Elementary, East Side Elementary, The Howard School, Bess T. Shepherd Elementary, and DuPont Elementary. Erlanger Children’s Hospital will provide School Based Health Clinic Services through their Telemedicine Program and will provide clinical supervision of nursing services provided to the students. HCDE will hire full time nurses at each of the these 5 schools.
Recognitions and Presentations:
- The Chief Schools Officer will recognize McConnell Elementary, East Ridge Middle, and Loftis Middle schools for earning a Level 5 in all content areas, the highest level of student growth, in the recent Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) for the 2018 school year.
- The Chief Schools Officer will recognize the schools that earned reward status. Reward status is the top distinction a school can earn in Tennessee and are those improving in overall student academic achievement and student growth for all students and student groups.
- Superintendent, Dr. Bryan Johnson, will be updating the board each month on strategies being implemented and progress towards the goals outlined with the Future Ready 2023 plan. The plan outlines five action areas: Accelerating Student Achievement, Future Ready Students, Great Teachers and Leaders, Effective and Efficient Operations and Engaged Community. This month, the board will be updated on Accelerating Student Achievement.
- Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper, East Hamilton School, Red Bank Middle School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Hixson High School, and Ooltewah High School will participate in music or arts related field trips.
- Red Bank High School and Brainerd High School will participate in sports related field trips.
- Sale Creek Middle/High School and Sequoyah High School will participate in JROTC related field trips.
- Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts will send members of the D.I. team to participate in a team building retreat.
- Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, East Hamilton Middle High and Ooltewah High School model UN members will attend the Southeastern High School Model United Nations Conference.
- Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Lower will send students enrolled in fifth grade to study at a 4H Center.
- Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts will send students enrolled in fifth grade to study the gilded age at the Biltmore House.
- East Ridge Middle School and Brown Middle School will send students to Washington, D.C.
- Lookout Valley Elementary School will send students to study environmental science at Camp Jekyll.
- Big Ridge Elementary School will send students enrolled in 5th grade to participate at the Rock Eagle Environmental Center.
- Hixson Middle School will send members of the Jr. Beta Club to participate in the Jr. Beta Club Convention at the Opryland Hotel.
- Soddy Daisy High School students enrolled on the Forensics Team will compete in the Science Hill High School Forensics Tournament.
- Soddy Daisy High School will have students enrolled in the Environmental Club participate in the National Ocean Science Bowl, Hurricane Bowl at the Gulf Coast Research Lab.
- East Hamilton School will send students to attend the Virtual Enterprise competitive events.
- Sequoyah High School will send students to attend the Hot Rodders of Tomorrow Nationals.
Bids/Contracts and Consultants:
Board approval is sought for:
- The agreement with Stellar Therapy Services, LLC to provide nursing services reimbursement for HCDE. Stellar Therapy will provide clinical supervision of nursing services provided to students with parental consent for Medicaid billing purposes only.
- The amendment to the Exceptional Education Speech/Language Services Private and Home School Agreement for the provision of speech and language services to
- Private and Homeschool students. The State Department of Education updated the private school proportional allocations which is the reason for the amendment. The services will be paid for from the IDEA, Part B Grant totalling $408,892.23, the IDEA, Preschool Grant totalling $9,390.95, and the IDEA Carry Over Amount totalling $22,497.00 with all funds not to exceed $440,781.00.
- The modifications to the Brainerd High School track totalling $858,000.00 with funds to be provided from Capital Funds.
- The purchase of motor fuel for September totalling $17,432.00 with funds provided by the Warehouse Inventory Fund.
Additional approval is sought for:
- The consulting agreement with Berit Gordon and the Opportunity Zone office totalling $7,500.00 from the Priority Schools State Grant. This will help teachers will develop and employ strategies that equip them to implement a blended model of English language arts instruction that combines the benefits of classic literature with the motivational power of choice reading.
- The continued partnership and ongoing work with Ellen Lewis. Mrs. Ellen Lewis, a literacy expert in working with schools that serve students in disadvantaged backgrounds, will provide training to teachers working with students performing below grade level. Mrs. Lewis’s work will include ten full days of onsite training, revision, editing and proofreading work totalling $22,000.00 provided through state funding.
- The use of funds acquired by the New Skills for Youth Grant to be used in cooperation with experts from the National Career Academy Coalition (NCAC) to develop a 3 year action plan for all Future Ready Institutes. In the spring of 2018, HCDE was awarded a New Skills for Youth (NSFY) grant totaling $75,000 to be used in first year development of the Future Ready Institutes of Hamilton County. The funds to partner with NCAC will total $29,200.00 for the development of a 3 year action plan as well as professional development with students and teachers to be guided through the action planning process.
- Board approval is needed for Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs for FY 2019 for the following budget amendments:
- Title I, Improving Basic Programs, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $1,846,674.00
- ESSA Consolidated Administration, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $40,000.00
- Title II, Teacher & Principal Training & Recruitment, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $379,358.00
- Title II, Diversity Innovation Grant, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $15,523.00
- Homeless Education, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $16,000.00
- Title I A, Local Neglected, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $119,335.00
- Title III, English Language Acquisition, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $125,679.00
- Title III, Immigrant Grant, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $9,620.00
- Title I D, Delinquent, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $19,265.00
- Title IV Part A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $674,897.00
- Family Resource Centers, with transfers between line items and a net decrease of $1.00
- IDEA Preschool, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $22,460.00
- 13. IDEA Part B, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $1,000,086.00
- Coordinated School Health Self-Funded Program, totaling $6,200.00
- Board acceptance and approval of the following grant applications is requested. If the requests are approved, a budget amendment will be brought to the School Board for the actual amount awarded:
- HCDE – Tennessee: State of the Arts, funded by TDOE & CMA
- Foundation for $200,000.00. This initiative seeks to leverage Tennessee’s rich history in the arts to launch a statewide program focused on expanding students’ access to high-quality music and arts education.
- UTC – NSF: Research experiences for teachers, funded by NSF for $598,145.00. This initiative provides high school teachers in HCDE’s Future Ready Institutes with research experiences with UTC faculty in the College of Engineering and Computer Sciences.
Chief Talent Officer:
- The Chief Talent Officer is requesting approval for a professional services agreement with Teach For America for $250,000.00. The agreement will be funded from Priority School grants and will not impact the General Fund budget. The term of this Agreement will begin upon Board approval and will expire on June 30, 2023. Teach For America is a national leader in recruiting, selecting, training and providing ongoing professional development to individuals committed to serving as classroom teachers to enhance student achievement. They have also committed to assist in the recruiting of Teach For America alumni to live and teach in Hamilton County. Teach For America will serve as an alternative staffing source for teachers and will provide 15 teachers per year for the Priority Schools through the term of the agreement.
Administrative Business Matters:
- Board approval is sought for the proposed amended Differentiated Pay Plan for 2018- 2019. The changes do not impact the budget since they are funded through State Priority School grants and a Federal Partnership grant. The amendments to the plan include a retention bonus for hard-to-staff subjects at Orchard Knob Middle School, Dalewood Middle School, Howard High School and Brainerd High School (one year pilot), and a priority school principal leadership retention and recruitment incentive.
- Second Readings – These revisions are presented for Board approval via a second and final reading:
- Board Policy 1.101 Duties and Powers of the Board of Education – Second Reading: This revises language to more narrowly define Education Planning and Evaluation duties of the Board by having the director of schools and administration perform ongoing evaluations and give administration regular updates to the board on the district’s academic progress.
- Board Policy 1.502 Board Meeting News Coverage – Second Reading: This revises language to reference “news media” instead of the “press” and remove requirements for pre-approval for cameras and recording devices in the meeting room.
- Board Policy 1.503 News Releases, News Conferences and Interviews – Second Reading: This updates language to indicate that press releases concerning individual schools are also sent via the communications office for the district, working in collaboration with the principal of that particular school as appropriate.
- Board Policy 1.600 Policy Development and Adoption – Second Reading: This is updated to reflect the roles of the director of schools, the director of school’s designee, legal counsel, and board secretary in the policy review process.
- Board Policy 1.802 Section 504 and ADA Grievance Procedures – Second Reading: This is updated to recognize an informal complaint procedure as distinct from a formal complaint or grievance procedure.
- Board Policy 1.804 Drug-Free Workplace – Second Reading: This updates language to reflect all law enforcement actions resulting from a drug-charge (not just convictions) and remove language about drug rehabilitation as a Board review.
- Board approval is sought for:
- The appointment of management personnel to represent the board in collaborative conferencing. These appointments are the Superintendent, the Chief Operating Officer, the Chief Financial Officer, the Chief Schools Officer, the Chief of Staff, a Principal, and the Chief Talent Officer
- The acceptance of the donation from Commissioner Discretionary bond funds for the reimbursement of $5,000.00 to purchase band and orchestra instruments for Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts.
- Legal Services: A total of $20,000.00 in legal fees was paid in the month of September to Bennett & DeCamp, PLLC.
- October 19: Dr. Report Cards
- November 2-4: TSBA Convention
- November 15: Board Meeting