School Board Watch Blog: Regular Session April 21st, 2016 5:30PM

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the April 21st 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 be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Hot Topics:

Bullying/Harassment Policy: Second and final reading of Board Policy 6.304 – Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber – Bullying and Hazing. The new policy includes procedures of filing reports of harassment and/or bullying and consequences for such behavior.

Superintendent Talks: UnifiEd with be presenting to the school board, and community, the findings from the 10 community discussions. A 5 page flyer will be given to all in attendance highlighting the top community priorities for the selection of a new Superintendent of Schools.  

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Separation Agreement for Mr. Rick Smith

  • Hamilton County School Board has agreed to terminate the employment of Fred R. Smith as the superintendent of Hamilton County schools.

Recognitions and Presentations

  • The Tennessee Teacher of the Year Program promotes recognition and appreciation for excellence in teaching. The Tennessee Department of Education recognizes the following as Teachers of the Year in Hamilton County: Diane Huseman, Grades K-5 – Nolan Elementary, Carrie Bishop, Grades 6-8 – Hixson Middle, and Kirsten Legac, Grades 9-12 – East Hamilton.
  • The Tennessee Science Teachers Association (TSTA) continually promotes the development and advancement of science education. Ms. Shannon Seigle, teacher at the STEM School Chattanooga, has been selected the TSTA Science Educator of the Year, grades 9-12.
  • The music teachers of Hamilton County schools request permission to recognize outstanding students who have achieved the tile of Tennessee All-State Musician.
  • Request to recognize the Brainerd High School Boys Basketball Team for their participation in the 2015 and 2016 TSSAA Class 2A Boys State Basketball Tournament.

Approval of Consent Agenda

Executive Committee Report

  • The Executive Committee of the Board may act on behalf of the full Board during the time between the Board meetings. The Executive Committee items submitted to me for the agenda packet for the period of March 4, 2016 through April 12, 2015 are included.

Field Trips

  • East Hamilton County, Ooltewah High School, East Hamilton School, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Central High School, and Soddy Daisy High School will be attending sports related field trips
  • Red Bank High and Calvin Donaldson Academy will be attending science related field trips
  • Brainerd High School, Central High School, East Hamilton School, and East Ridge High School will be attending camp related field trips
  • Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences – Upper School, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, Loftis Middle School, and Lookout Valley Middle/ High School will be attending arts and culture related field trips
  • Soddy Daisy High School will be attending JROTC related field trips
  • Soddy Daisy High School will be attending band related field trips
  1. Adoption of CTE Classroom Instructional Resources
  • Recommendation by the Local Textbook Selection Committee for the subject of Human Service to approve textbooks by McGraw-Hill and Goodheart

Business and Finance

Bids

  • Request for approval of the first amendment to the agreement with Stellar Therapy Services, LLC Bid File 14-40 staffing to provide Speech and Language, Occupational and Physical Therapy services as required by Individual Education Plans and supervised by Exceptional Education Administrators for $20,000 (Funding source: current GP funds)
  • Recommendation for tree local authorized dealers for MAC/iPad repairs – Desktop Solutions, Simply Mac and Stay Mobile to provide repair work on Apple devices which include replacement screens, power supplies, memory, and hard drive replacement, etc.
  • Recommendation to use Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools E-Rate contract including a five year extension (Funding source: Hamilton County Schools)
  • Recommendation for the approval of Schools Annual Publishers for 2016- 17 S.Y. (Funding source: advertisement sales, community contributions, and souvenir book sales directly to students and other interested parties.
  • Recommendation for the approval of Giant Steps, a local vendor for musical equipment and repairs to provide repair work on music/band equipment which includes replacement parts
  • Recommendation for the extension of the contract for Laminating Firm for an additional twelve-month period (funding source: Operating and Schools Budgets)
  • Contract to furnish propane fuel at various locations within Hamilton County Department of Education as needed. Recommendation of award of bid to Suburban Propane, L.P (Funding source: operating budget)
  • Contracts to furnish and install aluminum walkway covers and canopies. Recommended award of bid to Red Bank Aluminum (Primary) Bowman Alucolume Co. (Alternate) (funding source: Maintenance Budget and Capital Projects Fund)
  • Contract to relocate portable classrooms. Recommendation award of bid to American Trailer Haul (Primary) Modular Technologies (Alternate) (Funding Source: Maintenance Budget and Capital Projects Fund)
  • Recommendation for the approval for telecommunications cabling infrastructure installation for selected school sites for $278,516.55 (funding source: e- Rate category 2 filing and HCDE)
  • Recommendation for the approval of the contract for routine roof repairs and replacement to JDH Co (Primary) (funding source: Maintenance Budget and Capital Projects Fund)
  • Recommendation for bid award to purchase Roll-Thru Cooler, Pass- Thru Coller, Pass-Thru Warmers and Convection Ovens – Line Item bid for the Hamilton County School Nutrition Program awarded to Strategic Equipment (funding source: School Nutrition Budget)
  • Recommendation to rebiu past the deadline for Commodity Pork Processing for BBQ because they were deemed to b e non- responsive casing the bid to be rejected for $52,800 (funding source: School Nutrition Funds)
  • Request for the purchase of motor fuel for $20,137.60 (funding source: Warehouse Inventory Fund)
  • Contract to furnish heating fuel at Hamilton County High School to Sweetwater Valley Oil Co. (Funding source: Operating Budget)

Conferences and Consultants

  • Ratification of emergency/early approval for Apison Elementary School to pay June institute on the Teaching of Writing at the Teacher College, Columbia University in New York (Funding source: School Based Funds)
  • Ratification of emergency/early approval for Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School to pay June Institute on the Teaching of Writing at the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York (Funding Source: School Based Funds)

Financial Reports

  • The monthly financial statement compares actual year-to-date expenditures to the original adopted budget and the year-to-date amended budget through April 31, 2016

Budget Amendments

  • Federal and Self – Funded: School Improvement Grant, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Charter School (CGLA), with transfers between line items, School Improvements Grant IZONE Schools with transfers between line items, Therapy Services Self-Funded program (net increase of $280,243), Character Education Self-Funded Program (net increase of $80,000), Photography Self-Funded Program (net increase of $2,604), School Paid Positions Self-Funded Program with transfers between line items (net increase of $43,104), Ochs-Oakes Award Self-Funded Program (total: $2,250).
  • General Operating Budget Transfers: Request to approve transfers between organizations in order to move budgets to provide for telephone services at Donaldson Annex and Donaldson Elementary, to complete the security camera installation and purchase iPads for Ganns Middle Valley. No additional funds are being requested.
  • School Nutrition Budget: recommendation for approval of transfer between accounts. No additional funds are requested.

Grant Application Requests

  • East Lake Academy: Project Diabetes for $450,00 (funding source: Tennessee Department of Health). The grant requests funds for fitness equipment and training, as well as nutrition and cooking classes in order to make physical activity and healthy cooking an integral part of life for residents of the East Lake community.
  • HCDE Pre-Kindergarten Program for $2,675,505 (funding source: TDOE). The grant requests funds to pay the salaries for pre-k teachers and assistants, instructional materials and equipment, stipends, and educational field trips for students for 35 State funded pre-k programs.  
  • XQ Super School Grant for the Howard School for $10,000,000 (funding source: XQ institute). The grant requests funds to complete an application for a contest that will provide funding of more than $50 million to at least five promising new public high school models, offering each school about $2 million annually over five years.

Approval of School Fees

  • Request for approval is needed in order to allow schools to charge fees to students with variation from grade to grade within the same building. Fees include; general school fees, parking permit, band related fees, graduation/senior fees, etc.

Administrative/Business Matters

Second and Final Reading of Board Policies:

  • Board Policy 6.304 – Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber – Bullying and Hazing. Request to revise our current board policy regarding Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying, and Hazing. The new policy includes procedures of filing reports of harassment and/ or bullying and consequences for such behavior.

First Reading of Board Policies:

  • Board Policy 4.301 – Field Trips and Excursions. Request by the Board Policy Committee to revise our current board policy regarding field trips and excursions. The new policy adds factors to consider when selecting field trips, guidelines to be followed in planning and conducting field trips and excursions and details that non-sanctioned field trips are not approved by the Board and are not considered a part of the curriculum.
  • Board Policy 6.409 – Child Abuse and Neglect. Request by the Board Policy Committee to revise our current board policy regarding child abuse and neglect. The new policy adds that if an offense occurs on a trip outside of the country the report should be made to the local Department of Human Services and law enforcement, as well as the Department of Human Services and law enforcement where the child resides.
  • Board Policy 6.701 – Solicitations and Fundraising. The new policy adds that fundraising involving students shall be kept to a minimum and serve only to provide for goods/services that enhance instructional programs. The policy also defined what a fundraising activity is.

Benchmark Athletic Trainer Service Agreement

  • Benchmark Physical Therapy has provided an Athletic Trainer Service Agreement so that they can provide the services of athletic trainers to Hixson High School. The wording on the Service Agreement has been approved by the Risk Management department.

Schools Rezoning

  • Alpine Crest and Dupont Elementary rezoning, Barger Academy and Spring Creek Elementary rezoning, Central City Elementary rezoning, and North County Elementary Rezoning

Proposed Breakfast Meal Increase for 2016/2017 for HCDE Employees and Visitors

  • Recommendation that meal prices be increased for the upcoming meal per the amounts listed; for HCDE Employees a proposed breakfast increase of $0.25 and for visitors an increase of $0.25

Events/ Announcements

  • May 27, 2016 – Last Day of School (Report Cards; No buses)
  • Graduating Schedule
  • May 12, 2016 – Board of Education Agenda Work Session
  • May 19, 2016 – Board of Education Regular Schedule

School Board Watch Blog: March 2016

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the March 17th 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 be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Hot Topics:

  • First Reading – Board Policy 6.304 Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Hazing: In response to the Ooltewah incident, the Hamilton County Department of Education has released an updated draft of their Bullying/Harassment Policy since it was not in compliance with state law. UnifiEd’s Student Voice team is currently analyzing the changes and will be presenting their findings to the Board at the April 21st School Board meeting.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Field Trips

  • Tyner Academy, East Hamilton School, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Upper), The Howard School, Signal Mountain Middle/High, Red Bank High School, Ooltewah High School, East Ridge High School, and Sale Creek Middle/High School will participate in sports related field trips.
  • Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Lower) will participate in museum related field trips.
  • Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, East Hamilton School, Sale Creek High School, Hixson High, Hamilton County Collegiate High, East Ridge High School, Ooltewah High, and Red Bank High will participate in conference or competitive related field trips.
  • Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, Sale Creek Middle/High School, and Barger Academy of Fine Arts will participate in creative arts related field trips.
  • Soddy Daisy High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, and East Ridge Middle School will participate in club related field trips.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Ooltewah High School, East Lake Academy, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences (Upper), and Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts will participate in band and music related field trips.
  • The Howard School, Soddy Daisy High School, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Sequoyah High School, Red Bank High School, and Ooltewah High School will participate in JROTC related field trips.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School will participate in language related field trips.

Courses

  • The applications from Hamilton County schools requesting approval of all secondary education courses for the 2016-2017 school year that are not already approved by the State Board of Education including:
    • Brainerd High: Facing History and Ourselves and Tennessee Student Success,
    • East Hamilton High: Facing History and Ourselves, Intro to Film, Comparative Religions, Yoga-Physical Education
    • East Ridge High: Facing History and Ourselves and High School Math 101
    • Hixson High: Mythology, Advanced Strength and Conditioning I, II, III, IV, Hip Hop Culture English/Language Arts, World Language-American Sign Language
    • Red Bank High: Geographical Study of the Civil War, The Presidency
    • Signal Mountain Middle High: Modern History through Film and Music
    • Soddy Daisy High: Outdoor Leadership, Survey of Bible Literacy
    • All high schools: Intro to Self-Advocacy, Planning for Transition, and Focus on Adulthood

Bids

  • Recommended contract extensions for the School Nutrition Program for SY 2016-2017 including new bids for an online Free and Reduced Lunch Application Program ($7500.00) and labor costs for repairing and refurbishing equipment.
  • Recommended contract extensions for contracts to monitor Fire Alarm & Security Panels, purchase Electronic Security Equipment, furnish Labor and Materials for Boiler and Piping Insulation Projects, inspect Wet and Dry Sprinklers, Backflow Devices, and Floor Valves Systems, conduct Plumbing Projects, furnish Labor and Materials for Sheet Metal and Duct Work Projects, furnish and install Acoustical Ceiling Grids and Panels, conduct Drywall Installation and Related Projects, conduct Carpentry Related Projects, conduct Masonry Projects, conduct Locker Projects, and conduct Air Monitoring Services for Asbestos Projects.
  • Purchase of toilet partitions for Tyner Middle (funding source: Capital Projects Fund for $17,029.05).
  • Recommended extensions for contracts to conduct a Drug and Alcohol Testing Program ($4660.00), furnish Used Adopted Textbooks and Dispose of Out-of-Adopted Textbooks, furnish Library Books, Book Processing, and Card Catalog Kits, and furnish HP Printer Cartridges.
  • Purchase of Toilet Partitions for Lakeside Academy from Shiffler Equipment Sales Inc. ($11,284.88).
  • Early approval for the payment of $22,370 to Sign Tech Outdoor Media for a sign installed at Brown Middle School.
  • Ratification for the early approval of a commodity processing bid for the School Nutrition Program.

Conferences and Consultants

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference for three employees from the Information and Technology Department (Funding Source: General Fund Budget)
  • National Council of Teacher of Mathematics (NCTM) Conference for staff members from Orchard Knob Elementary School (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title I Budget)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Conference for staff members from the Howard School and Collegedale Academy Middle School (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title Budget)
  • Georgia ETA/Brenda Fitzgerald will provide the Complete Reading Series (CRS) to the Bright School (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title II Private School Budget)
  • Real World University, Joe Martin, Ed.D will be a consultant for iZone schools (Funding Source: Innovation Zone School Improvement Grant III)
  • Marcelus Barnes, Unity Performing Arts Foundation of Chattanooga (UPAFC) will provide contracted services for Orchard Knob Middle and Woodmore Elementary (Funding Source: Innovation Zone School Improvement Grant III)

Financial Reports

  • The monthly financial statement compares actual year-to-date expenditures to the original adopted budget and the year-to-date amended budget through January 31, 2016.

Budget Amendments

  • Federal and Self-Funded: There have been transfers between line items for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 2, East Lake Academy) and the Volkswagen Teacher Training & Development Self-Funded Program. The following programs are receiving an increase in funding:  Title II Part A, Teacher & Principal Training & Recruiting (increase of $4,558 for a state reallocation), Title III English Language Acquisition (increase of $4,251 for a state reallocation), and Bible History Teachers Self-Funded Program (an increase of $76,750).
  • General Operating: Board approval is needed to amend the FY16 General Purpose Operating Budget for the attached transfers between accounts between costs associated for telephone, laundry, and disposal fees.
  • Appropriation of fund Balance Restricted for Career Ladder and True Up of Supplemental Revenue: appropriation of Fund Balance Reserved for Career Ladder carried forward from prior year for Career Ladder & Career Ladder Extended Contracts including the following budget amendments: Restricted for Education Fund Balance ($101,024), Restricted for Instruction Fund Balance ($43,185), and Supplemental Revenue ($144,209).

Administrative/Business Matters

  • First Reading – Board Policy 6.304 Student Discrimination, Harassment, Bullying, Cyber-Bullying and Hazing:  In response to the Ooltewah incident, the Hamilton County Department of Education has released an updated draft of their Bullying/Harassment Policy since it was not in compliance with state law. UnifiEd’s Student Voice team is currently analyzing the changes and will be presenting their findings to the Board at the April 21st School Board meeting.

Events/Announcements

  • Budget Work Session: April 14, 2016, 4:00 PM, Board of Education
  • School Work Session & Board Meeting: April 21, 2016, 4:00 & 5:00 PM, Board of Education

Now is the Time for New Leadership

The time to act is now.

On March 7th, the School Board voted against buying out Superintendent Rick Smith’s contract; the next day, Smith announced his plan to remain in his current role until the end of his contract in 2019. It is time for new leadership. The School Board needs to remove him or he needs to resign. 

We cannot afford to have a school system that fails students, their parents, and this community. Any promise of progress will be an empty one under current leadership. The decline in student performance, the failure to comply with state law in policies to protect students from hazing and bullying, and the silence in response to the tragic assault of an Ooltewah High School student makes the case for new leadership very clear. Now is the time to act and demand a change in leadership.

What can you do?

1. Contact your School Board member and let them know you want them to revisit their decision concerning Superintendent Smith, and advocate for the termination of his contract. Click here to send an email to your School Board members; you can use our form or craft your own message. If you prefer to call, dial 423-217-4400 and select the number that corresponds to your district’s representative.

2. Attend the next School Board Meeting scheduled for March 17th at 5:30pm at the Department of Education (3074 Hickory Valley Road).

3. Join us for a community conversation to talk about the current leadership of Hamilton County schools. Check our schedule for upcoming conversations and let us know what you want to see in new leadership.

 

School Board Watch Blog: February 2016

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the February 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 be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Hot Topics:

  • Waiving TN Ready data for Teacher/Principal Evaluations: The Hamilton County Board of Education strongly urges the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Board of Education to provide a waiver form utilizing the TN Ready data for the use of teacher and principal evaluations for the school year 2015-2016. Gov. Bill Haslam made an announcement providing teachers with the choice to include or not to include student results from the 2015-2016 TNReady assessment in his or her evaluation score. Read more here: https://www.tn.gov/news/37601.
  • Final Reading of Board Policy 3.210: Naming New Facilities: The new board policy will require any citizen, board member, or school personnel who wishes to name a new school facility to submit their request with supporting reasons and a petition with a minimum of 50 signatures from the community representing that school zone. The chairperson for that zone will then send the recommendation to the board for a vote at the next scheduled meeting.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Field Trips

  • East Hamilton School, Hixson High School, Lookout Valley Middle/High School, Ooltewah High School, Ooltewah Middle School, and Soddy Daisy High School will participate in sports related field trips.
  • East Hamilton High, East Hamilton Middle, and CSAS will participate in career and technical education related field trips.
  • Calvin Donaldson Academy, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Soddy Daisy High School, STEM School Chattanooga, and Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts will participate in science related field trips.
  • Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, and Lookout Valley Middle/High School will participate in creative arts related field trips.
  • Chattanooga School for Arts and Sciences and Soddy Daisy High School will participate in club related field trips.
  • East Hamilton School, East Ridge High School, Ooltewah Middle School, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, and Soddy Daisy High School will participate in band related field trips.
  • Red Bank High School and Soddy Daisy High School will participate in JROTC related field trips.

Bids

  • Purchase of toilet partitions for Tyner Middle (funding source: Capital Projects Fund for $17,029.05)
  • Purchase of dual purpose paper for warehouse inventory (funding source: Warehouse Inventory Funds for $75,196.80)
  • Recommended approval of the Benwood Letter of Agreement to support the completion of the Benwood 1:1 Technology Initiative, Dev Dev digital literacy program and the Teacherpreneur Incubator for the period covering March 1,2016 to June 30, 2017 (funding source: HCDE for $431,748)
  • Purchase of motor fuel (funding source: Warehouse Inventory Fund for $19,936.00)

Conferences and Consultants

  • International Baccalaureate Conference/Workshop in Atlanta, GA for Signal Mtn. Middle/High School (funding source: General Purpose Budget for $24,334.52)

Financial Reports

  • The monthly financial statement compares actual year-to-date expenditures to the original adopted budget and the year-to-date amended budget through December 19, 2015.

Budget Amendments

  • Approval is needed to amend the FY16 General Purpose Operating Budget for the attached transfers between accounts. No additional funds are needed.
  • Approval is recommended to appropriate Fund Balance Committed for Education carried forward from prior year to purchase school technology from Committed for Education Fund Balance to Regular Instructional Equipment for $58,507.

Grant Application Requests

  • The Administration is requesting acceptance and approval of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; UTC Talent Search. Talent Search provides academic, career, and financial counseling to its participants and encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to and complete their postsecondary education. This program identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education (funding source: Department of Education for $230,000).

Campus Support

  • Horse Park Road ROW Easement: Hamilton County Government has requested a 30’ wide easement at “Parcel G” located behind Central High School. The easement will allow for wide access roads and will allow access to the future developments at “Parcel G”. Road construction and engineering costs will be the responsibility of Hamilton County Government.
  • East Ridge High School-Cell Tower: Recommendation to enter into a lease with Tower Assets Newco IX LLC for the leasing of property at East Ridge High School for the purpose of installing a telecommunication station and antenna structure. The school will receive a donation of $10,000 and $750.00 per month from the lease agreement. HCDE will receive additional rent in the amount of 35% of the revenue received from each carrier whose equipment is installed on the tower after the second carrier.
  • Ooltewah Elementary Addendum to Deed: Request for the amendment to the existing deed of the Ooltewah School Property. The amendment keeps the language concerning operation of a school, but makes it applicable to the individual owners of the lots instead of the entire property.
  • Selection of Realtor for East Brainerd Elementary: Request to select a realtor that will assist in the negotiation and closing of the property for East Brainerd Elementary.

Board Policy

  • Second and Final Reading of Board Policy 3.210: Naming New Facilities: The new board policy will require any citizen, board member, or school personnel who wishes to name a new school facility to submit their request with supporting reasons and a petition with a minimum of 50 signatures from the community representing that school zone. The chairperson for that zone will then send the recommendation to the board for a vote at the next scheduled meeting.

Board Matters

  • The Hamilton County Board of Education strongly urges the Tennessee General Assembly and the Tennessee Board of Education to provide a waiver form utilizing the TN Ready data for the use of teacher and principal evaluations for the school year 2015-2016.

Events/Announcements

  • Agenda Work Session & Committee Meetings: March 10, 2016, 5:00 PM, Board of Education
  • School Board Meeting: March 17, 2016, 5:00 PM, Board of Education

 

 

School Board Watch Blog: November 2015

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the November 19th regular session 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 be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Items of Interest:

  • Donation Acceptance Request: Hamilton County Commission is now required to receive approval from School Board members when using discretionary spending funds left over from last year on Hamilton County public schools. This month, the administration is requesting the acceptance and approval for a donation of $3194.03 from the commissioner discretionary bond fund to purchase a Paxton Door security system for Hixson Middle School. No additional funds are being requested from HCDE.
  • Naming of new Middle Valley Elementary School: In June, construction began on the new Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School. When complete, the new school will serve students from the current Ganns Middle Valley and Falling Water Elementary Schools. District 3 School Board member Greg Martin is asking that the name “Ganns” be removed from the school title. If approved, the new elementary school will be renamed Middle Valley Elementary School.
  • Demolition of North Grandstands at East Ridge High: The School Board is scheduled to approve the demolition of the North Grandstands on the football field at East Ridge High School. The demolition will cost $84,680.00 and will be carried out by Modern Day Wrecking.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Education and Leadership Support

Field Trips

  • Falling Water Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Hixson High School, and Hixson Middle School will participate in arts and culture related field trips.
  • Sequoyah High School and East Ridge High School will participate in career and technical education related field trips.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High School will participate in sports related field trips.

Business and Finance

1. Bids

  • Request for approval for the contract with SchoolMessenger as the new emergency notification company in Hamilton County when the contract with Blackboard Connect expires on December 31, 2015, (funding source: General Funds for $85,000.00).
  • Request for approval to furnish and install the Cooling, Freezing, and Warming Equipment for Ooltewah High, Hixson Elementary, CSLA, and Wolftever Creek Elementary to the Hamilton County School Nutrition Program, (funding source: School Nutrition Budget for $23,514.59).
  • Request for approval for the demolition of North Grandstands on the football field at East Ridge High School by Modern Day Wrecking for $84,680.00.
  • Request for approval of the utilization of architectural/engineering and design firms on an “as-needed basis” for HCDE projects, (funding source: these services are considered “Professional Services” and do not require to be bid or quoted).
  • Request for approval of the purchase of additional MecLab Mechatronics Training Systems, (funding source: CTE Perking Grant for $9,995.00).
  • Request for funding Geometry with Agile Assessment for The Howard High School ESOL students, (funding source: Title III for $8,443.00).
  • Request for approval for the contract with Reading Plus, (funding source: Federal Title I budget for $6,000.00).
  • Request for the increase of funds for the contract between STARS (Students Taking a Right Stand) and Hamilton Department of Education, (funding source: Tennessee Department of Education for $3,300).
  • Request for approval of lease agreements and security charges for graduation 2016 at UTC McKenzie Arena, Tivoli Theatre, and Memorial Auditorium, (funding source: Hamilton County Board of Education for $41,640.00).
  • Request for approval for the purchase of motor fuel from Sweetwater Valley Oil, (funding source: Warehouse Inventory Fund for $26,336).

2. Financial Reports

  • The monthly financial statement compares actual year-to-date expenditures to the original adopted budget and the year-to-date amended budget through November 19, 2015.

3. Donation Acceptance Request

  • The Administration is requesting acceptance and approval for a donation of $3194.03 from the Commissioner Discretionary bond fund to purchase a Paxton Door security system for Hixson Middle School. No additional funds are being requested from HCDE.

4. Budget Amendments

  • Federal and Self-Funded: The School Improvement Grant for Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy Charter School (CGLA) will increase funds by $14,068, the School Improvement Grant for the iZONE District will increase funds by $59,539, and the Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) will increase funds by $102,838.

Human Resources

  • Full-Time School Nurses HCDE is in need of three additional positions due to increases in health care procedures that require the support of a school nurse.
  • All certified and full-time classified employees were given an opportunity to vote on one of two calendar options for the 2016-17 school year. A total of 2,188 votes were submitted, and a request for the approval of Draft #1 for the 2016-17 school year has been submitted.

Board Policy

Second and Final Reading

  • Food Service Employee Health Policy – the purpose of this policy is to ensure all food service employees notify the “Person In Charge” if they experience any conditions (ex. diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, sore throat with fever, or lesions) listed so that the appropriate steps are taken to prevent Foodborne illness or communicable diseases

Board Matters

  • Request from District 3 asking that the name Ganns be removed and the school be renamed Middle Valley Elementary School.

Events/Announcements

  • November 25-27, 2015 – Thanksgiving Holiday (schools and central offices will be closed)
  • December 10, 2015 – Board of Education work session board room 5:00 PM
  • December 17, 2015 – Board of Education quarterly session board room 5:00 PM
  • December 17, 2015- Last day of classes before winter holidays

School Board Watch Blog: October 22, 2015

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch Blog, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the October 22nd regular session 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 be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Items of Interest: At the last School Board Work Session, board members discussed the future construction of two new schools, the construction of an East Hamilton School and a new k-12 building for the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts have been approved by the board. The construction is to be funded by the County Commission and will cost around $45 million for the East Hamilton Middle School and $50 million for the new CSLA. The new Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School remains on track to open next school year and the expansions at Sale Creek Middle/ High, Nolan Elementary, and Wolftever Elementary are also moving forward.

The following committees were also assigned by the new school board chairman, Jonathan Welch, during the last work session:

  1. Finance Committee: David Testerman as chairman and Donna Horn, Rhonda Thurman, and George Ricks will join.
  2. Conference and Consultants Committee: Donna Horne as chairwoman and David Testerman, Rhonda Thurman and George Ricks will join.
  3. Technology Committee: Karitsa Mosely as chairwoman and Joe Galloway, Steve Highlander and Greg Martin will join.
  4. Policy Committee: Greg Martin as chair and Karitsa Mosely, Joe Galloway, Steve Highlander and David Testerman will join.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda for Thursday’s meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Educational and Leadership Support

1. Field Trips

  • Red Bank High School, Hixson High, Ooltewah High School, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, and East Hamilton School will participate in sports related field trips.
  • Hixson High, East Hamilton School, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, and Soddy Daisy High School will participate in Career & Technical Education field trips.
  • Central, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, East Hamilton, East Ridge, Normal Park Museum Magnet School, and Ooltewah High School will participate in arts and culture related field trips.
  • Lakeside Academy, East Hamilton, Hixson High, Hunter Middle School, Loftis Middle School, Lookout Valley Middle/High School, Sale Creek Middle/High School, Signal Mountain Middle/High School, and Soddy Daisy Middle School will participate in club related field trips.
  • Soddy Daisy High School will participate in a JROTC field trip.

Business and Finance

1. Bids

  • Contract Extension for Routine Roof Repairs & Replacement (funding source: Operating/Maintenance and Capital Projects Budgets for an additional twelve- month period)
  • Purchase of Rosetta Stone Language Learning Suite (funding source: Title III federal budget for $19,800.00), purchase of TruScore Testing & Analysis Test for 3000 students (funding source: CTE Perkins Grant for $27, 295.00)
  • Contract with Reading Plus for Brainerd High, Orchard Knob Elementary, and Woodmore Elementary (funding source: SIG Grant for total of $28,500) and for Calvin Donaldson, Red bank, and The Howard School (funding source: Federal Title I budget for $ 23, 381).
  • 2015- 2016 Contract Amendment Orange Grove Center, INC (no additional funds are needed), Speech/ Language Services Private and Homeschool Amendment (no additional funds are needed)
  • Emergency approval for a steamer for Spring Creek cafeteria (funding source: School nutrition budget for $15, 289.00), approval for Uras Agee to start purchasing food supplies for Brainerd High Bistro (funding source: Brainerd High School Internal Funds for $26,309.35), Emergency/Early Approval for the purchase of a replacement control board for chiller at Woodmore Elementary (funding source: maintenance for $22,574.20)

2. Conference and Consultants

  • Contract with Franklin Covey Client Service, INC for East Ridge Elementary- this program provides opportunities for high-quality professional development for principals, teachers, and other staff (funding source: school based Federal Title I budget for $14,249.00)
  • Chattanooga Police Department services for Brainerd High School – this service will provide a safe learning environment for teachers and students who need to earn required credits to promote to the next grade level and/or graduate. (funding source: School Improvement Grant III for $22,000)
  • Southern Regional Education Board for Dalewood Middle – this contract will provide teachers with a framework to address the needs of middle grade learners using literacy across the curriculum (funding source: iZone/School Improvement Grant III for $17,125)
  • Public Education Foundation and Principal Leadership Academy – this program provides training, mentoring, and support to assistant principals interested in moving into a principal role (funding source: general funds for $50,000)

3. State Financial Reports –The monthly financial statement compares actual year-to-date expenditures to the original adopted budget and the year-to-date amended budget through August 31, 2015.

4. UTC: An Interdisciplinary CubeSat Research and STEM Education

  • This grant awards UTC with $354,045 to utilize a CubeSat standard platform to enable undergraduate students to conduct research of important technological problems related to the space and sciences and to encourage continued study and practice in engineering, math, and science fields. This program will help students and teachers transition into rigorous Tennessee Academic Standards.

5. UTC: Improving Coach Approachability and Athlete Perceived Norms Toward Reporting Concussion

  • This grant awards UTC with $315,126 to enhance coach approachability and the development of safe concussion reporting environments through the use of transformational leadership training. This program will also be used to influence athlete attitudes and behaviors toward concussion reporting through personalized normative feedback and by building team consensus surrounding positive concussion reporting behaviors.

6. Budget Amendments

  • Federal and State Funded – Title I Improving Basic Programs with transfers between line items and a net increase of $1,490,373, ESEA Consolidated administration with transfers between line items, Title II Part A Teacher & Principal Training & Recruiting with transfers between line items and a net increase of $200,659, Safe Schools Grant with transfers between line items and a net increase of $10,990, Title III English Language Acquisition with transfers between line items and a net increase of $22,300, Family Resource Centers with transfers between line items, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 2) with transfers between line items, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 4, Dalewood Middle) with transfers between line items, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 3) with transfers between line items, 21st Century Community Learning Centers (Year 2, East Lake Academy) with transfers between line items, IDEA Preschool with transfers between line items and a net increase of $56,480, IDEA Part B with transfers between line items and a net increase of $113,446, IDEA Discretionary Grant with transfers between line items, Coordinated School Health with transfers between line items, Volkswagen Teacher Training & Development Self-Funded Program totaling $5,445, and Maintenance Recyclables Self-Funded Program totaling $6,874
  • General Operating – Board approval is needed to amend the FY16 General Purpose Operating Budget for the attached transfers between accounts

Campus Support

  • Sale Creek Middle / High School addition – bids were received by Hamilton County Purchasing Department and the bid of Dillard Construction is considered at $10,499,029
  • Additional buses are needed to serve Ooltewah Middle and High, Hunter Middle and Central High
  • A compliance report for 2015/16 is requested in order to certify that the school system is in compliance with Tennessee statutes and State Board of Education rules and regulations

Board Policy

  • Food Service Employee Health Policy – the purpose of this policy is to ensure that all food service employees notify the “Person In Charge” if they experience any conditions (ex. diarrhea, vomiting, jaundice, sore throat with fever, or lesions) listed so that the appropriate steps are taken to prevent Foodborne illness or communicable diseases

Administrative/ Business Matters

  • Update on Facilities Committee Meeting

 

 

School Board Watch Blog: September 2015

In this edition of UnifiEds School Board Watch Blog, well take a look at the agenda for the September 24th quarterly Hamilton County School Board Meeting. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton County School Board Meeting Room at 3074 Hickory Valley Road. The Board Meeting is set to begin at 5:30 PM. We will be there live tweeting. Follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Items of Interest: 

  • Elections: This month the the Board will elect a new chairman, vice chairman and a Tennessee Legislative Network (TLN) representative to serve one-year terms. The current chairman is George Ricks (District 4) and the current Vice Chairman is Donna Horn (District 7).  Join us for this months meeting to learn more about the election process and meet the new Chairman and Vice Chairman of Hamilton Countys School Board. 
  • Project Inspire Grant: This grant ensures the continuation of the teacher residency program which places a STEM undergraduate major with a high quality instructor in schools to train for future hire in high-needs areas.  
  • Appropriation of fund balance for computers:  This amendment appropriates $625,000 to purchase computer devices and furniture needed by schools to enhance instructional time and to be ready for the first round of TNReady testing this year. 
  • East Ridge High Stadium: Since the closure of the East Ridge High School Stadium, the Assistant Superintendent would like the board members to consider replacement of the stadium and to conduct a structural review on other existing stadiums of similar age and construction type. 
  • Additional teaching positions: One month into the school year, HCDE is looking to hire 13 full-time teachers, 1 part-time teacher, and 2 assistant principals.  

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda* for Thursdays Meeting, the board is scheduled to approve:

Education and Leadership Support

1. Field Trips

  • Hixson Elementary, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Brown Middle, and Battle Academy will participate in environmental science related field trips.
  • Central High, Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Soddy Daisy High, Ooltewah High, and Signal Mountain Middle/High will participate in arts and culture related field trips.
  • East Ridge High, Soddy Daisy High, Sequoyah High, and Ooltewah High will participate in JROTC related field trips.
  • Signal Mountain Middle/High and East Hamilton School will participate in sports related field trips.

Business and Finance 

1. Bids 

  • Purchase of forklift for warehouse (funding source: Amended General Purpose Operating Budget for $22,295),  ACT Explore and ACT Plan Test Kits for eighth and tenth grade students (funding source: Office of Accountability and Testing for $83,750), contract for Actuarial Study (funding source: Internal Service Fund for $15,000), and motor fuel (funding source: Warehouse Inventory Fund for $26,064).
  • Ratification of early approval to Furnish and install electric convection boilerless steamer at East Ridge High School (funding source: School Nutrition Budget for 12,848.65), hire an additional warehouse helper, and furnish serving lines at Orchard Knob Middle School (funding source: School Nutrition Budget for $65,887) and Sequoyah High School (funding source: School Nutrition Budget for $50,426).

2. Conferences and Consultants

  • Staff Development Workshops for Hixson Middle School – The requested consultant will work collaboratively with administrators and teachers to empower them to incorporate research-based instructional methods and best teaching practices in Reading/Language Arts (funding source: School Based Focus Grant for $16,500). 
  • Teachers Development Group for Hixson Middle School – The requested consultant will work collaboratively with administrators and teachers to empower them to incorporate research-based instructional methods and best teaching practices in Mathematics (funding source: School Based Focus Grant for $13,350). 
  • A+ Educators, LLC for OLPH School – This program will provide teachers with manageable guidance on aligning and selecting instructional resources based on Current Tennessee State standards in Reading and Mathematic (funding source: School Based Federal Title I Private School Budget/Title I Part A 1120 for $25,246).

3. State Financial Reports

  • The fiscal year 2015 State Annual Financial Report is being submitted to the Board in place of the June monthly statement. The report presents the June 30, 2015 year-end results.

4. Contract for NSF Project Inspire Grant 

  • This grant awards HCDE with $432,400 for a five year period to support the continuation of the teacher residency program. This will allow HCDE to place a STEM undergraduate major with a high quality clinical instructor in specific residency site schools to train for future hire in our high-needs areas, particularly in Math and Chemistry classrooms.

5. Safe Schools Grant

  • This grant will award HCDE $156,190 to maintain law enforcement presence at Hixson and Orchard Knob Middle Schools, provide part-time personnel to continue character educator support, enhance learning through behavior support and bullying prevention, and train and support student leadership teams in conflict resolution/peer mediation.

6. Budget Amendments

  • Federal and Self-funded – Title III Immigrant Grant 2015 carryover with an increase of $3,000, focus Schools Grant totaling $97,178, and National Science Foundation Project Inspire with transfers between line items and net increase of $11,588.
  • General Operating – Carl Perkins IV Reserve Self- Funded Program totaling $22,500 and E-Rate Technology Self-Funded Program totaling $100,000.

7. Appropriation of Fund Balance for Computers

  • This amendment appropriates $625,000 from the Unassigned Fund Balance to purchase computer devices and furniture needed by schools to enhance instructional time and to be ready for the first round of TNReady testing this year.

Human Resources

1. Additional Teaching Positions are needed to address several immediate needs based on 10th and 20th day enrollment counts:

  • Big Ridge Elementary: one full-time certified primary teacher 
  • Calvin Donaldson Elementary: one full-time certified primary teacher 
  • East Brainerd Elementary: one Assistant Principal and two teachers 
  • East Lake Elementary: two full-time certified primary teachers
  • East Ridge Elementary: one full-time certified intermediate teacher 
  • Howard High School: one Assistant Principal and one U.S. History teacher
  • Ooltewah Elementary School: one full-time certified primary teacher
  • Ooltewah High School: two full-time certified teachers
  • HCDE District Wide: one half-time certified ESL teacher and two full-time classified ESL interpreters

Campus Support 

Second and Final Reading of Board Policies:

  • Board Policy 6.600 Student Records –  Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act, it is necessary to revise the current policy for student records to comply with the new requirements. These limit access to student records for confidentiality reasons unless needed for legitimate educational interest.
  • Board Policy 6.601 Student Records Annual Notification of Rights – Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act, it is necessary to adopt a new board policy regarding student records annual notification of rights. This information will notify parent(s) of students and eligible students of each students privacy rights and will be given to the students parent(s) or the eligible student at the time of enrollment.
  • Board Policy 6.602 Student Records Inspection & Correction Procedure – Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act, it is necessary to adopt a new board policy regarding student records inspection and correction procedures that will allow parent(s) of students to inspect, review, and request corrections to the students education records upon written request.
  • Board Policy 6.604 Student Surveys, Analyses, and Evaluation – Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparency, and Accountability Act, it is necessary to adopt a new board policy regarding student surveys strictly prohibiting the collection of data regarding student political affiliation or voting history, religious practices, and firearm ownership.

Board Matters 

1. Naming of a Portion of a School Facility – Soddy Elementary Schools committee has voted to recommend that their media be named in honor of former principal, Thomas Jefferson Bond, Sr.

2. East Ridge High Stadium – Since the closure of the East Ridge High School Stadium, the Assistant Superintendent would like the following to be considered: 1) replacement of the stadium including cost, schedule, and scope of work and 2) conduct a structural review on other existing stadiums of similar age and construction type.

*(Consent Agenda) These items are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Board and will be approved by one motion. If any Board member objects to including an item on the consent agenda then that item shall become a separate action item for discussion.

School Board Watch Blog: August 2015

In this edition of UnifiEd’s School Board Watch, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the August 20th regular 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. The Board Meeting is set to begin at 5:30 PM. We will be there live tweeting, follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

Items of Interest:

  • Second and Final Reading of Board Policy 1.404: Appearances Before the Board: In December, UnifiEd launched a campaign for greater public participation and transparency in Hamilton County public schools. After campaigning for 6 months and building a strong community coalition, Hamilton County School Board voted to revise their Public Comment Policy. The revised policy will allow the public to address the Board by signing up to speak at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting.

To see the entire agenda with supporting documents click HERE.

On the consent agenda* for Thursday’s Meeting the board is scheduled to approve:

Eduction and Leadership Support

  • Field Trips are scheduled for the following schools: Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences students are taking college tour trips; a Hamilton County Collegiate High School student is doing a leadership training; Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Ooltewah High School, and Red Bank High School are doing sports related trips.

Business and Finance

1. Bids

  • Contract between HCDE and STARS (Students Taking A Right Stand) – This contract totals $31,500 and will provide training and support in the following initiatives: bullying prevention support, peer mediation training, leadership training, alternative to full suspension, and kindness matters campaign.  This contract is contingent upon approval of the Safe Schools and Safe and Supportive Schools Grants as submitted to the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) for SY 2015-16.
  • Contract/Proposal with Agile Mind Educational Holding, Inc. – This contract will provide an Intensified Algebra program for Howard High School and East Ridge High School ESOL students. The $21,3000 of funding will be provided by the federally funded grant for immigrant students awarded to HCDE for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Contract with Reading Plus/Taylor Associates Communications – This contract will provide Bess T. Shepherd, East Side Elementary, and Sequoyah High School with Reading Plus technology totaling $15,375. This program creates personalized learning experiences by combining advances in reading research with a user-centered design to inspire and empower today’s learner (Funding Source: Federal Title I budget).
  • Purchase of Title I Compacts from Channing Bete Company – This contract will provide the following Title I compacts for a total of $23,332.85: Parents Rights in Education – A Guide to the No Child Left Behind Act, School Wide Title I Programs – How and Why They Work, and School Wide Parent Compacts.
  • Renewal of Support and Maintenance with Book Systems – This contract renewal will provide students and faculty with easy access to their school’s online library catalog and educationally appropriate websites totaling $35, 936 (Funding Source: Self-Funded Program).
  • Early Approval to expand the playground design at the East Brainerd Elementary School – The principal and PTA are requesting the early approval to expedite the material fabrication and expansion of the playground at East Brainerd Elementary School totaling $50,000 (Funding Source: County Commission & school donations).
  • Early Approval of the Tyson and Jennie-O/Food Sales East Commodity Processing Revisions – Due to issues with handling the dark meat of the Tyson commodity and Avian flue with the Jennie-O turkey product, the School Nutrition Program is requesting replacement food items for school lunches.
  • Contract Extension for Fencing – This contract will furnish and install fencing for the schools system through A-Affordable Fencing Co. for SY 2015-16 (Funding Source: Operating/Maintenance and Capital Projects Budgets).
  • Purchase of Steam Boiler for CSAS – HCDE will purchase a steam boiler from Hajoca Corporation for a total of $42,523.47 (Funding Source: Capital Projects Fund).

2. Conferences and Consultants

  • A Plus Educator’s, LLC – This will provide teachers from Notre Dame High School, St. Jude Catholic School, and Our Lady Perpetual Help with manageable guidance on aligning and selecting instructional resources based on Current TN State standards totaling $25,910 (Funding Source: Schoo; Based Federal Title II).
  • Mary Jenkins, Consultant – This contract will provide East Ridge Middle School teachers and administrators with a consultant to empower them to incorporate research-based instructional methods and best teaching practices totaling $14,000 (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title I).
  • Dr. Terry Stevenson – This consultant will identify Bible teachers, maintain and enhance the quality and effectiveness of Bible history educators, and improve the overall learning experience of students in these classes (Funding Source: Self-Funding Bible in the Schools Program).
  • Teachers Development Group – This program will empower Soddy Daisy Middle School teachers to incorporate research-based instructional methods and best teaching practices in Mathematics totaling $13,350 (Funding Source: School Based Federal Title I).

3. Financial Reports

  • Monthly financial report comparing proposed budget to actual expenditure through June 30, 2015

4. Budget Amendments

  • Federal and Self-funded: Line item transfers for School Improvement Grant iZone Schools, line item transfers and a net increase of $138,880 for Safe School Climate, ConnnectTN Internet totaling $200,000, IDEA Discretionary Supplemental Grant totaling $20,070, Safety Security Systems Self-Funded Program totaling $85,789, Community Donations-Schools Self- Funded Program totaling $23,565, CLASS (Coalition of Large School Systems) Self-Funded Program totaling $130,245, Benwood Foundation Self-Funded Program with an increase of $900.

Board Matters

  • Naming of a Portion of a School Facility: The school committee at East Hamilton School has voted to recommend the football stadium be named to honor former Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry.

Administrative/Business Matters 

1. Change to Classified TCRS Plan: The Hamilton County Commission adopted resolutions changing the retirement plan for County employees from the existing TCRS defined benefit plan to an alternate hybrid retirement plan for classified employees hired October 1, 2015 or later.

2. First Reading of the Following Board Policies:

  • Board Policy 6.600 Student Records –  Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparent and Accountability Act, it is necessary to revise the current policy for student records to comply with the new requirements which limits access to student records for confidentiality reasons unless needed for ‘legitimate educational interest’.
  • Board Policy 6.601 Student Records Annual Notification of Rights – Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparent and accountability Act, it is necessary to adopt a new board policy regarding student records annual notification of rights. This information will notify parents(s) of students and eligible students of each student’s privacy rights and will be given to the student’s parent(s) or the eligible student at the time of enrollment.
  • Board Policy 6.602 Student Records Inspection & Correction Procedure – Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparent and Accountability Act, it is necessary to adopt a new board policy regarding student records inspection and correction procedures that will allow parent(s) of students to inspect, review and request corrections to the student’s education records upon written request.
  • Board Policy 6.604 Student Surveys, Analyses, and Evaluation – Due to the new requirements for student records policies under the 2014 Data Accessibility, Transparent and Accountability Act, it is necessary to adopt a new board policy regarding student surveys strictly prohibiting the collection of data regarding student political affiliation or voting history, religious practices, and firearm ownership.

**(Consent Agenda) These items are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Board and will be approved by one motion. If any Board member objects to including an item on the consent agenda then that item shall become a separate action item for discussion.

School Board Watch Blog: May 21st Meeting

In this edition of UnifiEd School Board Watch, we’ll take a look at the agenda for the May 21st regular session of the Hamilton County Schools Board of Education. The meeting will be held in the Hamilton County School Board Meeting Room at 3074 Hickory Valley Road. The Board Meeting is set to begin at 5:30 PM. We will be there live tweeting, follow along on Twitter: @UnifiEdHC, #HCSchools.

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