School Board Meeting Recording

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APEX Action Teams Update

The APEX Action Teams have been hard at work in our community in the past four months. The purpose of each group is to build implementation plans for community-driven initiatives and projects that support the equity goals detailed in the APEX Project Report.

Each of the five APEX Action Teams has met three times so far. Their meetings occur every six weeks with small group meetings in between each regularly scheduled session if needed.

Each group was presented with two focus areas determined by community feedback during the listening phase of the APEX Project. They have gone through facilitated discussions that provided a historical context to the work in order to inform their decision making process when narrowing their focus areas.

Along with identifying an issues focus, each team has begun to focus their ideas for equity initiatives that will accomplish their issue area’s goals.

In the remaining months of 2018, each team will build out a detailed work scope and implementation plan for their initiatives, which range from community-level organizing efforts to collaboration with HCDE to partnerships with existing programs in schools.

Eager to learn more? Click for an update on the progress of each group.

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August 2018 Schoolboard Watch Blog

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the August 16th, 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.

View the full agenda and supporting documents >

Hot Topics:

  • Board Policy 4.601 Grading System- First Reading: This updates the current grading policy to reflect percentage of TCAP in student grades for both 3-8 and high school at 15% of the student’s grade. If TCAP raw scores are not received before the last day of school, the results will not be included in student grades.
  • Board Policy 5.114 Personnel Records-First Reading: This updates the current personnel records policy to include a clause stating that no administrator or supervisor may offer an employment reference or a letter of recommendation for any employee or former employee of HCDE unless he or she directly supervised the employee or former employee within the preceding 12 months.
  • Board Policy 6.309 Zero Tolerance Offenses- First Reading: This updates the current zero tolerance offense policy adding in language that states any student who “commits aggravated assault or commits an assault that results in physical contact with any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of the school, or school resource officer, shall be expelled for a period of not less than one calendar year.” The director of schools can modify this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.
  • Board Policy 5.1061 Criminal Records Check- Second Reading: New language has been added to the current policy requiring background checks for volunteers and contractors, as well as updated background checks every five years for current employees, applications, and new employees undergoing initial criminal record checks.
  • Board Policy 5.502 Harassment/Sexual Harassment and Discrimination- Second Reading: This updates the current “investigation and recommendation” section of harassment, sexual harassment, and discrimination policy. The new policy language prohibits the school system entering into, or requiring a complainant to enter into, non-disclosure agreements during or before a settlement for sexual misconduct, harassment, or assault.
  • Board Policy 6.200 Attendance- Second Reading: This policy adds language requiring LEA to adopt progressive truancy interventions for students who are identified as habitually absent. These interventions include conferencing and meetings with parents, referral to a social Social Worker or Trancy Officer, a needs assessment meeting with a student and their family, and, as a final measure, a meeting with the Truancy Board. Truancy Board meetings will occur if a student has 8 or more unexcused absences and did not respond to other interventions. If a parent or guardian does not attend the Truancy Board meeting or the student does not improve in their attendance, the Truancy Board will refer the student to the Juvenile Judge.
  • Board Policy 6.602 Student Records Inspections and Correction Procedures- Second Reading: This policy outlines procedures for parents and students to inspect a student’s educational records and, if needed, submit a correction to their transcript.  Student transcript alterations may only be made when the change is supported by documentation providing an explanation of the reason for the transcript alteration and evidence that the student has earned the grade reflected in the altered transcript.

Recognitions, Presentations, and Delegations:

  • The Director of JROTC will recognize the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the JROTC marching competition, during last May’s Annual Armed Forces Parade. There will be a presentation of plaques provided by the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council (CAVC).
  • Superintendent, Dr. Bryan Johnson, will recognize board members David Testerman and Joe Galloway as they leave the School Board to pursue other opportunities. He, along with fellow board members, will share their accomplishments and words of appreciation for serving the students of Hamilton County Schools.
  • The Chief of Operations will present the report of Readiness and Safety which will give  updates to the departments of School Age Child Care, Auxiliary Services, Transportation, Child Nutrition, Information Technology, and School Security.

Field Trips:

  • Red Bank High School will send students enrolled in JROTC to participate in the Raider
  • Invitational Meet Team Competitions.
  • The East Ridge High School volleyball team will attend camp.
  • The Soddy Daisy High School cheerleading team will attend camp.

Bids/Contracts:

Board approval is sought for:

  • The contract to furnish food supplies to Brainerd High School Bistro Restaurant totalling $20,190.48 with funds to be provided by the Brainerd High School Internal Funds.
  • The contract for locker projects with funds to be provided by the Maintenance Budget & Capital Projects Fund.
  • The purchase of Freon for the Maintenance Department totalling $33,500.00 with funds to be provided by Maintenance Budget.
  • The contract with Stellar Therapy for the provision of speech and language services to Private and Homeschool students. This contract is for the private school proportional services plan paid for from the IDEA, Part B Grant, IDEA, Preschool Grant, and IDEA Carry Over Amount not to exceed $441,118.00.
  • The first amendments to the Signal Centers Adult Services and Special Education Services Contracts. These amendments are needed to address the isolation and restraint requirements that is mandated by the State Department. No additional funds are needed or requested for this amendment; current; Exceptional Education General Purpose Funds will be used.
  • The purchase Tennessee ACT Vouchers for all eleventh grade students. This purchase order is for $123,480.00. The State provides funding for the ACT exams through BEP Funds.
  • The contract with We R CPR making them the sole source provider for the certification cards for the American Heart Association BLS Instructors for HCDE for the August trainings.
  • The addition to Snow Hill Elementary School totalling $923,511.00 from with funding to be provided from capital funds.
  • The purchase of motor fuel for the month of July totalling $34,864.00 with funds provided by the Warehouse Inventory Fund.  

Additional approval is sought for:

  • The continuation of Reading Eggs, a literacy support program solely distributed by Edmentum, Inc. This program, in cooperation with the local United Way Agency, enhances literacy support for grades PreK through fifth grade and is available to all students enrolled in one of our Hamilton County Schools PreK – 5. Students have access to the program both during and after school. This program totals $316,500.00 for a three-year agreement. A yearly payment of $105,500 would be required each year of the agreement.
  • The contract between HCDE and STARS to provide training and guidance to strengthen the school learning community through student training, peer mediation, early intervention student support, individual school support, and the Kindness Matters Campaign. This contract request is contingent upon approval of the Safe Schools Grant as submitted to the Tennessee Department of Education.
  • The renewal of the fixed-term license for Rosetta Stone, a language learning software, to provide course services for up to 1,000 students and on-demand Professional Development during the 2018-2019 fiscal year totalling $89,099.00 ($89.00 per pupil). The funds will be provided by Title III federal budget.
  • The contract between On Point and Dalewood Middle, Orchard Knob Middle, and Brainerd High for REACH (Rapport, Emotion, Academic, Character, Health) to Achieve programming oversight, enrichment, and support. This project will address student and family needs ranging from academic support to mental and emotional health. Students will be served with tutoring, mentoring, and enrichment activities selected by administrators and students for optimal engagement. The total requested is $74,993.28 with funds to come out of the Fiscal year 2019 21st Century Learning Community Centers (CLCC) Federal grant.
  • The contract with New Classroom Innovation Partners, Inc. for the purchase of “Teach to One: Math”, a program for math instruction using personalized, blended learning to be used at Brainerd High School. The total amount requested is $100,000.00, which will be funded by the Federal District Priority Schools Grant.

Budget Amendments and Grants:

  • Board approval is needed to amend the FY19 General Purpose Operating Budget for the reclassifying of existing budget appropriations between various accounts including:
    • Community Involvement Employees and Benefits
    • Chief Equity Office Employees and Benefits
    • Information Services Contracts and Licenses
    • General Employee Benefits
    • System Wide Elementary Employee Benefits
    • Communication and Development Employee Benefits
  • Board approval is needed for Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs for FY 2019 for the following budget amendments:
  • The School Improvement Grant, with an increase of $1,100,000.00
  • The 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (Opportunity Zone Schools—Brainerd High, Dalewood Middle, Orchard Knob Middle, and Calvin Donaldson Elementary), totaling $306,980.00
  • Additional approval is sought for:
    • The acceptance of the HCDE- Safe Schools Act Grant funded by TDOE for $1,164,040.00 to maintain law enforcement presences at Hixson and Orchard Knob Middle Schools, strengthen safety vulnerabilities identified by assessments, provide student training in maintaining a cohesive, safe school environment, support safety staff planning sessions, provide and maintain safety-related and character development resources, staff development, and hire part time staff members to assist with maintaining documentation of safety records.
    • The amendment of the FY18 General Purpose Operating Budget to appropriate the additional revenue totalling $4,569,000.00 from the State July Final BEP memo. The difference in BEP revenue is due primarily to three areas – the addition of an RTI (response to intervention) component, the increase in the ELL formula, and growth. The additional funds are being appropriated for these positions and purposes, and also to allocate funds to Capital Maintenance for capital facilities assessment and safety issues.

Board Matters:

  • Legal Services: A total of $20,000.00 in legal fees was paid in the month of July to Benett & DeCamp, PLLC.

Events:

  • September 3: Labor Day Holiday – Schools and Central Office Closed
  • September 20: Board Meeting Quarterly Session

 

School Board Meeting Recording

Please watch the meeting by clicking the “play” button on the video below!

Back to School Season 2018 Calendar & Events

Online Registration

Returning students: July 11 – August 31

New students: July 16 – August 31

First day of school: August 8

 

The Samaritan Center: Need School Supplies?

Mondays – Thursdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 6017 Ooltewah Georgetown Rd, Ooltewah, TN 37363

Event Description: “If you live in a specified zip code, your students may qualify for a backpack full of school supplies. Stop by the Samaritan Center office or call (423) 238-7777 to set up an evaluation appointment.”

 

St. Marks Church Back-to-School Drive

Until the end of July at 701 Mississippi Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37405

Event Description: “Kingdom Zone drive will run through the entire month. Afterwards, the gathered supplies will be taken to Red Bank Elementary to help support the students.”

 

Rock Point Church Back-to-School Drive

Until August 11 at 2140 E 28th St, Chattanooga, TN 37407

Event Description: “It’s time to prepare for this year’s Back to School Drive for local schools! We’re collecting Crayola 24-Count Crayons starting on July 15th and until the day of August 11th. Simply purchase crayon packs and drop them off in the buckets located in the church foyer.

 

Girl Scouts’ Back to School Bash

July 24, 31 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 306 Cove Rd, Chickamauga, Georgia 30707

Event Description: “Fun learning centers to get ready for school. Geared for rising Kindergarteners and First Graders, but all are welcome. Rotate between fun learning centers; shapes, name writing, sight words, patterns; letters, numbers…Every Tuesday. Drop in anytime between 9 and noon. Lead by our local Girl Scout Troop.

 

Destiny Church Back to School Bash

July 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at 3801 Brainerd Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411

Event Description: It’s Back-To-School and We Want to Help! Get Free School Supplies, School Uniform Shirts, Haircuts for the first 50 boys, and much more on Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9 am until 12 p.m. at the Destiny Church of Chattanooga (DCC) Back to School Bash! You are invited to enjoy free food, music, and family-fun activities at 3801 Brainerd Road.

 

Grace Baptist and Faith United Back-to-School Bash

July 28, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1800 Mulberry Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37404

Event Description: “Our 2nd annual back to school bash will be held on July 28. 2018! This day will be combined with a VBS and a bash!

 

Red Bank Back to School Bash

August 2, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Red Bank Park

Event Description: Community organizations supporting families and registering students! Nonprofits will be providing additional information about community support. Located in the area between the Kids Corner Park (3817 Redding Rd.) and Dayton Blvd, in the green space right along the road.

 

Kindergarten Launch

August 3 at local schools

Event Description: “This event is especially for students entering kindergarten and their parents! Don’t miss this exciting “launch” to the 2018-19 school year!

 

Parent University Kickoff Event

August 4 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at First Tennessee Pavilion, 1801 Carter St.

Event Description: “Calling all Hamilton County Schools families and community members! Join us as we bring the entire school district together to celebrate the kick-off of Hamilton County Schools’ Parent University and the launch of an exciting 2018-19 school year!”

 

Ridgedale Baptist Back-to-School Bash

August 5, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at 1831 Hickory Valley Rd, Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421

Event Description: “FREE Back to School Bash! Join Ridgedale Baptist for food, games, booths, prizes, and free school supplies!

 

Salvation Army Back-to-School Bash

August 5 at 822 McCallie Avenue Chattanooga, TN 37403

Event Description: “The Salvation Army of Chattanooga will be offering FREE food, games, supply prizes, health screenings, a vendor fair, and more! Please, contact Alissa Best at 423-308-7704 if you would like to volunteer for the Back to School Bash!”

 

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise August Back-to-School Rush: a Guide to Family Finances

August 9, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at 1500 Chestnut Street Suite 102 Chattanooga, TN 37408

Event Description: “Heading back to school? In search of some savings? Want to know how to work as a family to budget and be financially stable? Join us to discover why discussing finances as a family can help build stability. Free! Refreshments & childcare provided.”

Know of additional back to school events we should include in this guide? Email us at info@unifi-ed.org.

July School Board Watch Blog 2018

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the July 19st, 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.

 

View the full agenda and supporting documents >

 

Hot Topics:

  • The Chairman of the board, Dr. Highlander, will discuss the the results of the performance evaluation for the Superintendent. All members of the board gave a 1 to 5 ranking, 1 meaning significantly below expectations and 5 meaning significantly above, of the Superintendent in areas of Strategic Planning, Student Achievement, Staff and Personnel Relationships, School Leadership, Post-Secondary Opportunities, Business and Finance, and Board Relationship.
         These scores were then totalled and averaged. Dr. Johnson received an average score of 4.39 from Galloway, 3.50 from Highlander, 3.94 from Mosley-Jones, 4.44 from Lennon, 4.00 from Robinson, 3.50 from Smith, 2.78 from Testerman, 2.06 from Thurman, and 4.50 from Wingate giving him an overall average of 3.68 out of 5 from the board.
         Dr. Johnson also provided the board with a self-appraisal detailing his work over the past year including the development of the Future Ready 2023! Plan, an external audit of all facilities, a 10 year capital needs and building plan, new training initiative for teachers, learning communities, and so forth. View a copy of the Superintendent’s self-appraisal, as well as individual board member evaluations of the Superintendent with comments,
    HERE.

 

Recognitions, Presentations, and Delegations:

  • The Director of Exceptional Education will present to board outlining the Exceptional Education Department three-year plan for Inclusion.
  • Jeanette O’Markhail from HCEA will present to the board.

 

Field Trips:

  • Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts will send students enrolled in musical theatre and acting to New York for professional exposure to the art form and master classes.
  • Ooltewah High School will send students of the volleyball team to compete in 3 tournaments.
  • Red Bank High School cheerleading team will participate in a team building activity.
  • Central High School will send members of the marching band to camp.

 

Bids/Contracts:

Board approval is sought for:

  • The purchase of dual purpose paper for the Warehouse Inventory totalling $ 83,320.00 with funds to be provided by the Warehouse Inventory Funds.
  • The first agreement amendment with Stellar Therapy Services for the 2017-2018 school year. This agreement is to provide Speech and Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy services as required by Individual Education Plans and supervised by Exceptional Education Administrators. This amendment is needed to address a Speech Language position that was not included in the current contract. No additional funds are needed or requested for this amendment.
  • The agreement with the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Unit and the agreement with the Silverdale Correctional Facility and Hamilton County Jail. The purpose of these agreements is to establish working procedures between the Hamilton County Department of Education and any County-Operated Detention Center in the provision of services to eligible children with disabilities, who are detained or incarcerated in county or city-operated detention centers. This is to provide free appropriate public education in compliance with Federal and Tennessee State laws and regulations. No funds are needed or requested with these agreements.
  • The MOU with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee for Project SEARCH. The purpose of this agreement is to establish working procedures between Hamilton County Department of Education and Blue Cross Blue Shield to collaborate and cooperate to create a High School Project SEARCH Transition program for eligible students with disabilities. The MOU outlines the roles and responsibilities of the parties as they work in partnership to increase opportunities for students with disabilities. No funds are needed or requested with this agreement.
  • The renewal with Book Systems Inc. for Atriuum Support, maintenance solution, and Lexile Enhancement Service. This web-based automation system meets the library needs in the county as well as provides students and faculty with easy access to their school’s online catalog. Having this web-based automation system allows teachers, students, and parents to also have home access to their school’s online library catalog and educationally appropriate websites. This will total $31,795.00, which will be funded through a self-funded program.
  • The utilization of the services of architectural, engineering, and design firms on an “as-needed basis” for HCDE projects for the 2018-2019 school year. The list of firms is presented annually to the board for approval.
  • The replacement of a compressor on the Red Bank Elementary Chiller totalling $28,423.00 with funding to be provided from maintenance funds.
  • The replacement of a compressor on the Soddy Daisy High School Chiller totalling $24,877.02 with funding to be provided from maintenance funds.

 

Conferences/Consultants:

  • Board approval is sought for the consultant agreement with The New Teacher Project (TNTP) for a total of $65,000.00 funded by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga. TNTP is a nationally recognized leader in teacher recruitment and retention and will support the District in conducting a comprehensive evaluation of the current state of recruitment, selection, and staffing efforts in the District. They will also evaluate the District’s HR IT systems as well as the data and tools used in talent acquisition decision making processes. From the evaluation, TNTP will provide the District with both short term and long-term recommendations of specific improvements that can be made to the District’s recruitment, selection, and staffing processes and systems.

 

Budget Amendments:

  • Board approval is needed for Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs for FY 2019 for the following budget amendments:
  • Title III Immigrant Grant, totaling $17,020.00
  • Priority Schools State Grant, totaling $670,384.00
  • IDEA Discretionary Supplemental Funds, totaling $20,707.00
  • National Science Foundation/Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund, University of Louisiana, Lafayette sub-grant, totaling $7,700.00
  • CTE Perkins Reserve New Skills For Youth Grant, totaling $75,000.00
  • Community Donations-Schools Self-Funded Program, totaling $2,948.00
  • HR Planning Projects Self-Funded Program, totaling $65,000.00
  • Benwood Foundation Self-Funded Program, totaling $100,000.00

 

Administrative, School, and Board Matters:

Board approval is sought for:

  • Special Courses for 2018-2019.
  • A grant application from UTC for a fundamental reliability analysis of Si FinFETs and Nanowires through ionizing radiation effects spectroscopy to be funded by NSF for $511,728.00. This is to provide K-12 students with hands on experience in the STEM field.
  • The appointment of an employee to serve as a trustee for the Certified Sick Leave Bank an employee to serve as a trustee for the Classified Sick Leave Bank. These employees will each serve a three-year term.
  • The acceptance of a donation from Commissioner Discretionary bond funds for the reimbursement of an additional $4,000.00 to purchase Chromebooks for Hillcrest Elementary. The original allocation was $7,950.00.

Legal Services: A total of $20,000.00 in legal fees was paid in the month of June to Benett & DeCamp, PLLC.

 

Events:

 

  • August 2: School Based Administrative In-service #1
  • August 3: School Based Administrative In-service #2, Kindergarten Kick-Offs, Registration Day for Students-No Classes
  • August 4: Parent University Back to School Kick-off at First Tennessee Pavilion 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • August 6: School Based Administrative In-service #3
  • August 7: School Based Administrative In-service #4
  • August 8: First Day of School
  • August 16: School Board Meeting

 

 

Our Voice, Our Community

Here at UnifiEd we love engaging with our community. Here are three podcasts where you can learn more about the work we’re doing in Hamilton County.

Donivan Brown on UnifiEd (May 2018)

Run time 7 minutes

In this clip from an interview on Moody radio, field fellow Donivan Brown discusses how the public can become more involved in public school.

Listen here

APEX Project with UnifiEd (March 2018)

Run time 44 minutes

In this interview on the Camp House podcast, the UnifiEd team and steering committee discuss the progress of the APEX project, from start to the culmination of the APEX Project Report.

Listen here

Fund Hamilton County’s Future! with UnifiEd (June 2017)

Run time 36 minutes

In this interview on the Camp House podcast, the UnifiEd team discuss the facilities and personnel needs of the Hamilton County School System.

Listen here

School Board Meeting Recording

Please watch the meeting by clicking the “play” button on the video below!

June School Board Watch Blog 2018

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the June 21st, 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.

View the full agenda and supporting documents >

Hot Topics:

    • A Work Session will be held at 4:00 before the regularly scheduled school board meeting that will have a discussion about the Equity Task Force. In addition, the Equity Task Force is a topic on the agenda during the regularly scheduled board session.
    • Superintendent Dr. Johnson will recognize the outgoing Student Representative, Tyrese Jones, of UnifiEd’s Student Voice Team. Mr. Jones will introduce the newly elected Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council Chairperson (SSAC) for the 2018-2019 school year. Elected by their peers, the SSAC Chairperson serves as the Student Representative to the Hamilton County Board of Education.

 

  • Board Policy 4.502 Parent and Family Engagement Revised- First Reading: The current Parent and Family Engagement policy is being revised to reflect changes in state law. The board must implement operation activities, programs, and procedures for parent and family engagement in all schools after planning with consultation with parents and families. In addition they must incorporate strategies for family and parent engagement into the Local Education Association (LEA) Needs Assessment and Plan Prioritized Goals and Strategies. These strategies will include ways for families to learn about their children’s studies and have access to their learning materials, improved parent, family, and teacher cooperation and communication, a commenting process for engagement plans, full access, information, and opportunities for ELL parents and families, and the appointment of a Parent and Family Advisory Council that will annually assess the effectiveness of engagement policies.

 

Recognitions, Presentations, and Delegations:

  • Lookout Valley Middle/High, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, and Hamilton County Collegiate High will be recognized for making the U.S. News and World Report list for best high schools in Tennessee.
  • The Principal of STEM School Chattanooga will be recognized for earning top honors in STEM Excellence Awards as the recipient of the STEM Innovator Award for 2018.
  • A presentation will be given to the Board on the status of the three-year action plan “Future Ready 2021”. Future Ready 2021 is a three-year action plan to provide every child access to great teachers, leaders, and resources. Key concepts for the plan were developed and shared by parents, teachers, children, administration, and the community at listening sessions throughout the year. The community listening sessions included more than 1,300 participants and produced more than 3,000 data points that helped focus areas of the plan and reflect the community’s values. This plan outlines broad goals and includes action steps and key performance indicators. The performance indicators will provide a scoreboard of how Hamilton County is progressing in each focus area and allow for regular updates to the board and community regarding progress.
  • There will be a presentation to the Board regarding updates and the status of the Opportunity Zone.

Field Trips:

  • Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and Lookout Valley Middle/High School will send students to Washington, D.C. to learn social studies and about U.S. History and the capital.
  • Ooltewah High School, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences Upper School, East Hamilton School, Red Bank High School, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Tyner Academy, and Brainerd High School will participate in sports related field trips.
  • Sequoyah High School will send students on a JROTC related field trip.

Bids/Contracts:

Board approval is sought for:

  • The contract to furnish labor and materials for electrical projects with funds to be provided by the Capital and Maintenance Budgets.
  • The contract for annual elevator inspection, repair, and the Preventative Maintenance Program with funds to be provided by the Capital and Maintenance Budgets.
  • The contract to furnish woodcarpet for the school system totally $1,765.00 with funds to be provided by the Operating and Capital Projects Budgets.
  • The contract to furnish and install VCT and rubber base with funds to be provided by the Maintenance Budget and Capital Projects Fund.
  • The contract to furnish and install aluminum walkway covers and canopies with funds to be provided by the Maintenance Budget and Capital Projects Fund.
  • The contract to relocate portable classrooms with funds to be provided by the Maintenance Budget and Capital Projects Fund.
  • The contract to furnish heating f at $3.50 per gallon with funds to be provided by the Operating Budget.
  • The contract to furnish propane fuel totalling $1.12 per gallon with funds to be provided by the Operating Budget.
  • The contract to furnish and install fencing with funds to be provided by the Capital Projects Fund.
  • The contract extension for the SY 2018-2019 School Nutrition Program for food and non-food supplies
  • The purchase EMS control equipment and supplies used for the operation of the HVAC equipment throughout the school system from Electronic Controls, Inc. and Automated Logic.
  • The renewal of the the contract with Harland Technology, a division of Scantron, for maintenance and support of ScanTools Scanners with funds to not exceed $30,000.00 and to be budgeted from the General Purpose Fund.
  • The renewal of the PowerSchool software maintenance, subscription and support contract with PowerSchool Group, LLC with funds not to exceed $229,606.50 and to be budgeted from the General Purpose Fund.
  • The renewal of the IBM SPSS software maintenance, subscription, and support contract with IBM Corp. with funds not to exceed $38,895.92 and to be budgeted from the General Purpose Fund.
  • The renewal of the ESRI software maintenance, subscription, and support contract with Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc. (ESRI) with funds not to exceed $12,250.00 and to be budgeted from the General Purpose Fund.
  • The contract with Public Consulting Group for goal progress monitoring systems, support, and the Special Transportation Wizard for the 2018-19 school year for continued use by the Exceptional Education Department with the EastIEP program. The PCG IEP Goal/Objective Progress Monitoring System and Support agreement will be paid for out of the IDEA, Part B funds and will cost $11,025.00. The continuation of the Transportation Wizard will cost $4,919.91 to be paid for out of the IDEA, Part B funds.
  • The Memorandum of Understanding with Centerstone Mental Health Centers, Inc to provide school-based mental health services in Hamilton County schools for students exhibiting significant emotional and behavioral challenges. HCDE will not be asked to pay for or bill for any services and will only be referring students based on needs. All funding is handled by Centerstone.
  • The contract with the City of Chattanooga Dept. of Youth & Family Development Head Start/Early Head Start Program to establish working procedures in the provision of services to preschool children eligible for special education in compliance with Federal and Tennessee State laws and regulations. No funds are needed or requested with this agreement.
  • The contract with Nova Southeastern University for autism training, professional, and systemic development activities for exceptional education teachers and staff totalling $24,100.00 with funds to be provided by the General Purpose Fund.
  • The contract with Signal Centers, Inc. for the 2018-19 school year Adult Services Program with funds not to exceed $17,000.00 and will be paid with Exceptional Education General Purpose funds.
  • The contract with Mose and Garrison Siskin Memorial Foundation, Inc. totalling $380.800.00 with funds to be provided by the Exceptional Education General Purpose Budget. This amount is already budgeted and no additional funds are required.
  • The contract with Parkridge Medical Centers, Inc., dba Parkridge Valley Hospital for therapeutic services for the 2018-2019 school year. The cost of this contract will not exceed $20,000.00 and will be paid with IDEA Part, B funds.
  • The contract with Stellar Therapy, LLC  for billing and related administrative fees related to Medicaid reimbursement for speech, language, occupational and physical therapies, and BCBA services. This contract will be at a rate of 20% of received Medicaid reimbursement and is to be paid from the Medicaid Reimbursement Self Funded Account no additional funds will be needed.
  • The contract with Stellar Therapy, LLC for speech and language, occupational, and physical therapy services as required by Individual Education Plans and supervised by Exceptional Education Administrators. This contract will be paid with a combination of funds from Medicaid Reimbursement, IDEA Part B, and the Exceptional Education General Purpose Budget funds. This contract should not exceed $2,181,347.00.
  • The contract with Signal Centers, Inc. for the 2018-2019 school year. The cost of services is $666,288.00 and will be paid with Exceptional Education General Purpose funds. Extended school year for 2017-2018 will be reimbursed at a rate of $55.00 per half-day participation and $110.00 per full day participation per student; these services will be paid with IDEA, Part B funds.
  • The contract with Orange Grove Center, Inc. for the 2018-2019 school year. Funds will not exceed $1,369,000 for up to 45 students and will be paid with Exceptional Education General Purpose funds. These funds are already budgeted and no additional funds are requested.
  • The renewal of PPO Medical Reinsurance with Blue Reinsurance Insurance Company of Tennessee and HMO Medical Reinsurance with CIGNA with an increase to the current stop loss level to $350,000.00 for both renewals.
  • The contract renewal with EBS Consulting for employee benefits and risk management totalling $3,716.00 per month for consulting services and $6,951.00 per month for risk management consulting services.
  • The renewal policies with the Standard Group for Life and Long Term Disability
  • Property and Casualty Insurance renewal
  • The ratification of emergency/early approval for the new Ooltewah High School soccer field totalling $745,000.00 with funds to be provided by the 2016-17 Capital Funds.
  • The ratification of emergency/early approval for the Hixson High School track modifications totalling $987,900.00 with funds to be provided by the 2017-18 Capital Funds
  • The ratification of emergency/early approval for the purchase of Smallware for School Nutrition operations totalling $16,215.38 and to furnish and install serving lines for Lookout Valley Middle/High School and East Ridge High School totalling $153,890.54 with funds to be provided by the School Nutrition Budget.
  • The purchase of motor fuel for May of 2018 totalling $18,320.00 with funds provided by the Warehouse Inventory Fund.  

Budget Amendments:

  • Board approval is needed to amend the FY18 General Purpose Operating Budget for transfers between accounts. These amendments reclassify existing budget appropriations between the organizations:
  • Transportation Department
  • Transportation-Public Carriers
  • Information Services
  • Operation of Maintenance
  • Board approval is needed to amend the FY18 School Nutrition Budget for transfers between accounts. These amendments reclassify existing budget appropriations between various accounts for items such as personnel, social security, medicare, food supplies, sanitation, and so forth.
  • The Administration is requesting acceptance and approval of the State awarded $100,000 for the FY19 CTE Perkins Reserve grant application. This application is for Future Ready Institutes of Hamilton County providing new skills for youth and college and career preparation through the launching of 20 Future Ready Institutes within 13 different county high school sin the fall of 2018.
  • Board approval is sought for the outstanding contractual obligations totalling $231,141.69 at June 30, 2018, for carryover into the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Operations:

  • The Board will presented with the Hamilton County Department of Education’s Year-End Anti-Bullying Compliance Report for the 2017-2018 school year. There were a total of 203 reported and confirmed incidents of bullying and harassment, down from 322 cases by end of year 2016.
    • Staff Training: 2,171 employees were updated on bullying/harassment requirements and mandates, 3,458 completed Title IX compliance training, and 295 were trained in supportive school climate initiatives (ACES, Restorative Practices).
    • Student Training:  951 engaged in empathy-based Move2Stand Training, 19 high school teams (309 students) developed school-specific action plans during Superintendent’s Youth Summit, 239 students participated in Youth Conference with high school student facilitators conducting one break-out session, 1,439 5th graders signed “Kindness Matters” pledge; 232 recognized with “kindness award”, and 93 students trained as peer mediators; 35 documented mediations successfully conducted.
    • Community/Parent Engagement: 532 parents/community members, partners, etc., attended school strategies awareness sessions.

Administrative and Board Matters:

Board approval is sought for:

  • The approval for reinstatement of tenure status for the 2018-19 school year for the applicable teachers in the district.
  • The renewal agreement with Educator Software Solutions for the continuance of hosting, maintaining, and providing technical support of the customized Project Coach website (T-Eval), totalling $36,000.00 for the 2018-19 school year.
  • The use and maintenance agreement for the Smart Find Express system that is used to efficiency and cost effectively find substitute teachers for absentee teacher vacancies. This would total $34,129.60 annually and would be funded by the IT Department.  
  • The maintenance renewal for PeopleAdmin/SearchSoft Applicant Tracking System and the addition of new a product solution, Records Management for applicant and current employee resources and data. This would total $60,184.75 for the 2018-19 school year with funds to be jointly provided by the IT Department and Human Resources.
  • The adoption of Health/Wellness/PE textbooks as recommended by the Textbook Adoption Committee.
  • The use of Desktop Solutions, Simply Mac, and Stay Mobile as the three local, authorized dealers for MAC/iPad repairs for assistance with Apple products that are no longer under Apple warranty.
  • Board Chair, Dr. Highlander, will lead a discussion on Superintendent evaluation.
  • The acceptance of a donation from Commissioner Discretionary bond funds for the reimbursement of $7,950.00 to purchase Chromebooks for Hillcrest Elementary.

Legal Services: A total of $20,243.00 in legal fees was paid in the month of May to Benett & DeCamp, PLLC.

Events:

 

  • July 4, 2018 – Holiday, System Closed
  • July 19, 2018 – Board Meeting

 

 

The Devastating Impacts of Concentrated Poverty on Student Success

HCDE’s Equity Task Force has released data highlighting the striking link between the number of economically disadvantaged students in a school and those students’ success.

The data paints a dramatic picture.

We already know that students in schools of concentrated poverty face many challenges to success when they don’t receive the supports and resources they need. Seeing just how much that affects student success is sobering.

According to data from our school system, schools where half of the students are economically disadvantaged have a nearly 20% achievement gap in English Language Arts compared to students in schools with far fewer students living in poverty. That achievement gap gets 50% wider when 90% of students come from an economically disadvantaged background.

The achievement gap for economically disadvantaged students in both mathematics and overall ACT score tells a similar story.

The trend is clear – the higher the concentration of students living in poverty, the fewer students are finding success. If access to a quality education is to be the great equalizer that can allow individuals to break the cycle of poverty, we have to do better.