P.O. Drawer 140, 100 Central Circle

Low Moor, VA24457


Minority Advisory Committee to the Superintendent

Meeting Summary Notes: April 23, 2018


Meeting Summary Notes are intended to serve as the superintendentís reflection on the discussions that occur during advisory committee meetings.They are not intended to be exhaustive.Instead, they are intended to serve as a general record for our on-going efforts to assess our needs, determine our goals, map out our strategies, and evaluate our policies, procedures and programs.Participants should contact the superintendent if they observe any critical oversight or misinterpretation in these notes.


Participants present: Patricia Davis-Ross, Mark Jefferson (AHS), Dwayne Ross (AHS principal), 3 AHS students, Nancy Moga (CES principal), Fred Vaughan (Dir. of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel), Jan Hobbs (Dir. of Assessment and Accountability), Mary Jane Mutispaugh (Dir. of Instruction), Lorie Bess (Admin. Asst.), and Eugene Kotulka (Superintendent)


1.   Mr. Kotulka stated Chromebooks would be given to grades 1-4 in August but they will not be permitted to take them home.Grade 5 students were given Chromebooks in January, he noted.


2.   Mr. Kotulka discussed Responsive Classroom and noted it brings a connection between the students and the teacher and has been very successful.

3.   Mr. Kotulka reported the New Tech program would begin at the high school in the fall.It will begin with 9th and 10th graders.He explained New Tech is a different culture and is more than just project-based learning.The high school staff have been through training and more will be going to St. Louis in July for training.Some staff went to Arkansas in April.He stated the program is moving forward and he is looking forward to its success.

4.   Mr. Kotulka reported the budget was presented to the Board of Supervisors but no news has come out of the General Assembly, as of yet.

5.   Ms. Hobbs reported the division is working on developing a brochure/booklet to promote our school system.

6.   Mr. Kotulka reported each school would be going through a safety audit soon.During the audits, administration will be checking to make sure all doors are locked and staff are wearing their ID badges.††

7.   Ms. Mutispaugh reviewed Black History Month activities.Mr. Ross noted he talks to students each year to get their input on how to recognize Black History Month.

8.   A student suggested having junior and senior parking lots separate and to give a specific parking spot to each student.Mr. Kotulka explained it is not practical to assign individual parking spots but he could look into having juniors park on the upper lot and seniors park on the lower lot.††


The meeting ended at 12:20 p.m.


NEXT MEETING: This was the last meeting of the year. ††Meetings will resume again in September 2018.


The Alleghany County School Board does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, political affiliation, disability, or age in its programs and activities.The following have been designated as the contact regarding compliance issues associated with this non-discrimination policy and compliance with Title IX:Director of Human Resources and Pupil Personnel and Director of Assessment and Accountability.For questions and compliance with Section 504 and ADA contact the Director of Special Education.Alleghany County School Board Office, 100 Central Circle/P.O. Drawer 140, Low Moor, Virginia 24457.