Wayne County School Board Addresses Routine Agenda

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. All board members were present, including Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Dwight Bumphus, Pat Brown, Greg Eaton, Barry Hanback, Sherman Martin, and Charity Horton. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present at the meeting as well.  

   Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and first recognized Chloe Skelton, student representative from Wayne County High School. He then invited those in attendance to participate in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

   The first items on the agenda included adoption of the consent items, minutes of the September meeting, and the September ledger of accounts. Greg Eaton made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Pat Brown, and was passed unanimously.

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 2 – Fiscal Management – 2.802-2.900. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.

   Next was the Textbook Adoption Committee. Superintendent Davis recommended the following teachers for the English/Language Arts Textbook Adoption Committee for 2019-2020: Susan Grinder, Collinwood Elementary; Brandi McLain, Collinwood Middle; Rebecca Newborn, Collinwood High; Kelly Gobbell, Frank Hughes; Melanie Hill, Waynesboro Elementary; Cassondra Crews, Waynesboro Middle; and Kristina Franks, Wayne County High. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the list as presented, and Greg Eaton seconded the motion. The committed was unanimously approved.

   The next item under new business was tenure. Superintendent Davis recommended the following teachers for tenure, and stated that in order to be eligible for tenure, a teacher must have five continuous years of service with the system and have Level of Effectiveness scores of four or five for the previous two years: Lori Cleveland, CMS; Jordan Butler, WES; Amber Griggs, WMS; Audra Flippo, WCHS; Joby Hughes, WES; Carol Moore, WES; Lance Nutt, WCHS; Tina Robbins, CMS; and Lynze Templeton, FHS. Barry Hanback made a motion to grant tenure to the teachers presented. Pat Brown seconded the motion, and the teachers were unanimously approved.

   Volunteer coaches were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented the following volunteer coaches for approval: Bill Boyd, FHS High School Girls’ Basketball; Talmadge Rainey, FHS High School Boys’ Basketball; Jason Culp, FHS Jr. High Baseball; and Alden Littlejohn, CHS Football. Superintendent Davis stated that all the volunteer coaches had satisfactory background checks. Greg Eaton made a motion to approve, and Charity Horton seconded the motion. The list of volunteer coaches was unanimously approved.

   Overnight trips were next under new business. Superintendent Davis presented the following overnight trips for approval: CHS Beta Club – State Beta Club Convention, Nashville, TN, November 21-23; WCHS, WMS, CMS, CHS, & FHS FCA – FCA Retreat, Hohenwald, TN, October 25-27. Pat Brown made a motion to approve the overnight trips. Greg Eaton seconded the motion, and the trips were unanimously approved.

    Budget amendments were next. Superintendent Davis presented $12,456 in line item budget amendments to the GearUp program. Barry Hanback made a motion to approve the amendments as presented, and Charity Horton seconded the motion. The budget amendments were unanimously approved on roll call vote.

   Bids for a wheel alignment system for the Wayne County Technology Center were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented the only bid submitted, which was from Hunter Engineering. Sherman Martin made a motion to accept the bid. Pat Brown seconded the motion, and the bid was accepted unanimously on roll call vote.

   Next was a safety update. Superintendent Davis updated the board on various safety issues, including the progress of SROs. He said that the Sheriff’s Office currently has three officers in SRO training.

   The last item under new business was a DHA review. Chairman Yarbrough read a letter received by a parent detailing an incident that took place and the disposition in question. Greg Eaton made a motion to grant a hearing, and Charity Horton seconded the motion. Amy Schisler and John Sweery then addressed the board on behalf of the parent. After a lengthy discussion, Chairman Yarbrough detailed the options of the board, which were to either affirm the decision of the DHA, modify the decision, of impose a more severe penalty. Charity Horton made a motion to modify the disposition so that the review would take place before the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year. Pat Brown seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.

   Superintendent Davis next gave a brief update on the progress of the gym floor refinishing.

   With no further business to come before the board, Barry Hanback made a motion to adjourn. Sherman Martin seconded the motion, and the meeting was adjourned.