2-25-2015 Called Meeting



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ALLED MEETING OF THE ALLEGHANY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD

The Alleghany County School Board held a called meeting on February 25, 2015, at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson River Technical Center in Covington, Virginia.

PRESENT: William W. Angle; Robert A. Fridley; Norman L. Persinger, Jr.; Randall S. Tucker, Chairman; and Jacob L. Wright. Also present: Mary Jane Mutispaugh, Acting Superintendent / Director of Instruction; and Lorie C. Bess, Clerk.

ABSENT: Vice-Chairman Truett was absent at roll call but subsequently arrived at 5:40 p.m. Amber Kerns was absent at roll call but subsequently arrived at 5:50 p.m.

Chairman Tucker presided and called the meeting to order at 5:35 p.m. The call to order was followed by a moment of silence and the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Chairman Tucker announced the following addition to the agenda:

1. Agenda item #15-224, “Revision of 2014-2015 academic calendar”. This is an action item and will be inserted after agenda item #15-221.

(15-221) DISCUSSION WITH COVINGTON SCHOOL BOARD REGARDING MERGED SCHOOL DIVISION

The Boards discussed equalization of pay. Covington Chairwoman Scruggs-Duncan stated equalization of pay is not viable at this time but offered a proposal for a hybrid plan to equalize salaries over time. Chairman Tucker reported the Alleghany County School Board is already facing a deficit for this year and we don’t know yet what funding will come from the Board of Supervisors for next year. He explained it would take a long time to equalize salaries and the Boards need to know up front what it would cost. He stated both Boards may have to “red circle” some positions from the beginning.

Covington Chairwoman Scruggs-Duncan stated their Board unanimously agrees on a seven member Board with a super majority vote required for certain items. She also noted her Board feels there is no need to continue joint meetings if the Alleghany County School Board isn’t willing to look at this option. Chairman Tucker and Vice Chairman Truett stated they were not in favor of the super majority vote. Mr. Persinger added he would have to see an overall plan before he could support the super majority vote idea. Mr. Wright stated he could support the super majority vote. Chairman Tucker stated he would discuss this with the Board at the next meeting and get a final consensus on the super majority proposal.

The Boards discussed project-based learning and members reported on recent visits to other schools. Both Boards agreed project-based learning would be good for students and that it could be helpful to have a committee established to research this option. The committee would consist of two members from each Board, the superintendents, and the Directors of Instruction or other designees.

(15-224) REVISION OF 2014-2015 ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Ms. Mutispaugh explained the calendar needed to be revised due to nine days being missed from inclement weather. She recommended moving the early release day for middle school and the high school parent conferences from March 9 to March 23.

MOTION: That the Board approve the revisions to the academic calendar, as presented and recommended by the acting superintendent.
MOTION: Mr. Angle
SECOND: Mr. Wright
ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

CLOSED SESSION

(15-222) CODE OF VIRGINIA: PERSONNEL 2.2-3711.A.1

MOTION: That the School Board enter closed session to discuss Personnel Matters, as authorized by the

Code of Virginia Section 2.2-3711.A.1.

MOTION:Mr. Fridley

SECOND: Mr. Angle

ROLL CALL VOTE: Unanimous

TIME: 6:18 p.m.

MOTION: That the School Board return to open session from closed session.

MOTION: Mr. Angle

SECOND: Mr. Truett

ROLL CALLVOTE: Unanimous

TIME: 7:15 p.m.

CERTIFICATION OF EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Chairman requests a motion to certify that to the best of each member’s knowledge:

  1. Only public business matters lawfully exempted from opening meeting requirements by Virginia law were discussed in the closed meeting to which this certification applies; and
  2. Only such public business matters as were identified in the motion convening the closed meeting were heard, discussed or considered by the School Board.

MOTION: Mr. Angle

SECOND: Mr. Wright

ROLL CALL VOTE:

Mr. Angle - YES

Mr. Fridley - YES

Mrs. Kerns - YES

Mr. Persinger - YES
Mr. Truett – YES
Mr. Tucker - YES
Mr. Wright - YES
7 -YES 0 – ABSENT 0 - NO
TIME: 7:16 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk

(15-223) PERSONNEL ACTIONS

MOTION: That the Board approve all personnel actions, as discussed in closed session.

MOTION: Mr. Angle
SECOND: Mr. Truett

ROLL CALL VOTE:

Mr. Angle - YES

Mr. Fridley - YES

Mrs. Kerns - YES

Mr. Persinger - NO
Mr. Truett – YES
Mr. Tucker - YES
Mr. Wright - YES
6 -YES 0 – ABSENT 1 - NO
TIME: 7:16 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: That the Alleghany County School Board called meeting be adjourned.

MOTION:Mr. Angle
SECOND: Mrs. Kerns
VOTE: Unanimous
TIME: 7:17 p.m.

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Chairman, Alleghany County School Board Clerk