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October 2017 School Board Watch Blog

 

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 

 

#GivingTuesday with UnifiEd

Get into the spirit of generosity this holiday season and join us for #CHAgives on December 1st, our city’s first year participating in the global giving event, #GivingTuesday! UnifiEd is excited to be apart of this philanthropic global movement celebrating generosity and community service. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has partnered with 68 countries to raised over 87.2 million dollars for nonprofits, community initiatives, organizations, and more.

On the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is a day for charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world to come together to give through social media and collaboration. It is a day that connects communities and encourages individuals to take action, empower those around them, and create lasting, positive change.

Causeway and United Way of Greater Chattanooga have partnered to promote #GivingTuesday in Chattanooga for the first time through their #Chagives campaign. Everyone in our city is encouraged to donate to local charities, nonprofits, organizations, and other social causes to make our city the best it can be. Chattanooga has set a goal of reaching 30,000 volunteers and donors to give to local efforts.

UnifiEd is asking for your help on December 1st! By donating to our cause, you are supporting our work in making education the best it can be in Hamilton County. Every great city needs citizens who are knowledgeable, innovative, and engaged, and an education system that supports the success of its people.

UnifiEd is a community led movement of parents, students, teachers, and citizens who want every child to have the chance to attend great public schools. Over the past year we have launched a student voice team, a teacher fellowship program, and our Pact for Public Education which has engaged thousands of Hamilton County residents to form a strong coalition dedicated to public education advocacy work. Please donate here to help ensure every child in Hamilton County has a brilliant future.

School Board Watch Blog – August 2017

August 2017 School Board Meeting Agenda

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we will take a look at the agenda for the August 17, 2017 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. It will be livestreamed and recorded, and the link will be posted on our blog following the meeting.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click here.

Hot Topics:

  • Board Policy 3.202 Emergency Preparedness Plan- Second and Final Reading: Due to changes in state law, it is necessary to revise our current policy on Emergency Preparedness Plan order to correct the fire and intruder drill information. The old policy stated that one fire drill requiring full evacuation shall be given every month during the school year, with an additional fire drill to be conducted within the first fifteen (15) days of operation. The new policy states that an additional fire drill is to be conducted within the first thirty (30) days of operation.

Recognitions and Presentations:

  • The Director of College Career and Technical Education and the Principal at Hixson High School will recognize students earning top honors at the recent HOSA: Future Healthcare Professionals International Leadership Conference with five students placing in the top 10 within their respective competitions. There were over 7,400 competitors in 57 events demonstrating competencies developed through Health Science class instruction, technical training, and HOSA activities.
  • The Director of JROTC will honor the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of the JROTC marching competition, during last May’s Annual Armed Forces Parade, by the presentation of plaques provided by the Chattanooga Area Veterans Council (CAVC).
  • Robin Copp, principal of Ooltewah High School, will be recognized for being named the Southeast Region Principal of the Year by the Tennessee Department of Education for 2017-2018.
  • A presentation will be given to update the board on curriculum and instruction plans for the 2017-2018 school year. The update will include a summary of summer professional development, shift in standards for ELA/Math, and supports that will be provided during the upcoming school year.

Field Trips:

  • Brown Middle School students will travel to Washington, D.C. to study the foundations of our American government.
  • Chattanooga High, Center for Creative Arts will send students enrolled in musical theatre to New York, NY to attend master classes with Broadway professionals.
  • Red Bank High School will send students to participate in JROTC competitions.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School will send members of the volleyball team to compete in the Showdown at the Sunsphere.

Bids:

Board approval is sought for:

  • Printer toner cartridges and drum cartridges for the School Nutrition Program with funds to be provided by the School Nutrition Budget.  
  • The utilization of selected architectural, engineering, and design firms for the 2017-18 school year on an “as-needed basis” for HCDE projects.
  • An extension of the STEM Lease Agreement with Chattanooga State for the 2017-18 school year.
  • Exceptional Education Contract with Momentum Behavior Analysis for 2017-2018 school year to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to students with disabilities. Funds will not exceed $35,000.
  • Agreement with Stellar Therapy for speech and language services for private and homeschool students. The private school proportional services plan is paid for from the IDEA, Part B Grant  and IDEA, Preschool Grant with funds not to exceed $406,518.
  • Contract between HCDE and STARS for school climate personal support, student training, early intervention student support, and the Kindness Matters Campaign totalling $15,400 pending approval of the Safe Schools Grant.
  • Contract renewal with GeniusSIS for the Virtual School Program for students information systems. This will total $100 a month for hosting fees and $3.00 per enrollment with funds coming through the operations of the Hamilton County Virtual School.
  • Purchase Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite Software to provide course services for ELL students at several campuses and participation in On-Site Professional Development session during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This will total $89,099 with funds to be provided from the Title III budget.
  • Purchase texts and resources from Staff Development for Educators, Inc and Crystal Springs Books, a division of SDE, Inc for literacy instructional support. This will total $25,000 with funds provided by the General Purpose account and Federal Programs budget.
  • Purchase texts and resources from Pioneer Valley Educational Press, Inc (dba Pioneer Valley Books) for literacy instructional support. This will total $25,000 with funds provided by the General Purpose account and Federal Programs budget.  
  • Ratification of Emergency/Early approval of 2-3 year contract for MyPath Math and Reading License from Edgenuity to support online learning in HCDE schools. This license includes 800 individual seats to be used at any secondary site in Hamilton County Schools. This will total $40,000 per year from the General Purpose budget.

Consultants:

  • Approval is sought to contract with Dr. Maren Halvorson to identify Bible teachers, maintain and enhance the quality and effectiveness of Bible history teachers, and to improve the overall learning experience of the Bible in the Schools Program. Funds are not to exceed $36,000 and will be provided from the self-funded Bible in the Schools Program.

Budget Amendments:

The following budget amendments for Federal Grants and Self-Funded Programs for FY2018 are recommended for board approval:

  • Title III English Language Acquisition Grant, with transfers between line items and a net increase of $40,142
  • IDEA Discretionary Supplemental, totaling $20,229
  • IDEA Discretionary, totaling $80,194
  • Carl Perkins Vocational Grant, with transfers between line items and a net decrease of $63,535

Grants:

  • The Administration is requesting acceptance and approval of a grant application for the UTC – STEM ICE: Inspire, Communicate, Educate project. This project examine efficacy of multiple strategies and activities to encourage different under-represented groups to pursue careers in STEM fields. The amount is for $350,356.

CAFR:

  • The board will receive the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for Hamilton County, Tennessee as a matter of records. The audit covers the financial statements for the Hamilton County Department of Education as a discretely presented component unit of Hamilton County.

Human Resources:

  • The Assistant Superintendent is requesting a full-time with benefits STEM-Lab teaching position be added at Soddy Elementary School for the 2017-18 school year.  This position is a temporary position and will be funded through the donation from Earl and  Almeda Frazier. This position is for one year only at this time, and will have no impact on the General Purpose budget.

Administrative and Business Matters:

  • The Director of Exceptional Education is requesting approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HCDE, Division of Exceptional Education, and Mental Health Cooperative. The purpose of this MOU is to provide school-based mental health services in Hamilton County schools for students exhibiting significant emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • Approval is sought for an addendum to the lease agreement for the cell tower located at East Ridge High School. The addendum makes a slight adjustment to the footprint of the leased space in order to shift away from an existing drainage ditch and to accommodate the cell carrier’s equipment.
  • Legal Services: For the month of July, a total of $42,680.96 was spent on legal services from Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan PLLC, Markel, and Von Kessler & Cox, and Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams.

Events/Announcements:

  • August 21, 2017: Eclipse-Schools Closed
  • August 21, 2017: Community Listening Tour-Clear Creek Church of Christ (District 3) 6:30 pm
  • August 24, 2017: Listening Tour-Apison Baptist Church (District 7) 7:00 pm
  • August 28, 2017: Listening Tour-Brainerd High School (District 5) 6:30 pm
  • August 29, 2017: Listening Tour-Soddy Daisy High (District 1) 6:30 pm
  • September 4, 2017: Labor Day-No School and Central Office Closed
  • September 21, 2017: Board Meeting-Quarterly Session  

 

 

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