The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, May 14th, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. Board members present included Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Greg Eaton, Barry Hanback, Sherman Martin, Charity Horton, and Pat Brown. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present at the meeting as well. School Board member Dwight Bumphus was absent.
Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and 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 March meeting, and the March and April ledgers of accounts. Greg Eaton made a motion to approve. The motion was seconded by Barry Hanback, and was passed unanimously.
The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 5 Instructional Program – 5.100-5.200. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.
COVID-19 policy updates were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis outlined some of the activities that have taken place during the COVID-19 closure. He commended food service personnel and volunteers for their work distributing meals during this time. He also commended teachers for continuing to provide educational and other support. He went on to state that on the advice of counsel, the Board should pass a series of resolutions concerning Board policies that need to be addressed during this time. Barry Hanback made a motion to approve the resolutions, and Charity Horton seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
The next item under new business was textbook adoption. Superintendent Davis presented a list of publishers for Language Arts textbooks recommended by the textbook adoption committee. K-4: Houghton-Mifflin, 5-8: McGraw-Hill, High School: EMC (Carnegie Learning). Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the list as presented. Barry Hanback seconded, and the motion was unanimously passed.
Athletic co-op was next on the agenda, with Superintendent Davis stating that athletic co-op partnerships require annual Board approval. He presented the following for approval: FHS/WMS Football, FHS/WCHS Football, CHS/WCHS/FHS Soccer, and CMS/WMS Soccer. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the athletic co-ops. The motion was seconded by Sherman Martin, and was passed unanimously.
Non-faculty coaches were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented the following non-faculty coaches for approval, stating that all had satisfactory background checks. CMS: Briar Daniel, football; Peyton Risner, football; Brian Wilson, football; Larry Nelson, baseball. CHS: Abby Andrews Martin, girls’ basketball; Cody Hunt, football; Emily Haddock, softball. WMS: Cory Butler, football; Ben Gallian, football. WCHS: Barry Miller, baseball; Brian Miller, baseball; Jason Crews, softball; Caleb Keating, softball, basketball; Charlie Mosley, basketball; JK Staggs, baseball; Harvey Baker, soccer; Dustin Hargrove, soccer; Carson Putman, soccer; Bubba Long, soccer; Spencer Hammond, soccer; Chris Lynch, soccer. FHS: Jason Culp, baseball; Bill Boyd, girls’ basketball. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the list as presented. Barry Hanback seconded the motion, and it was passed unanimously.
Next on the agenda was a legislative update. Superintendent Davis provided information about various pieces of currently proposed state legislation that are related to education.
Grant applications were next under new business. Superintendent Davis informed the Board of his intent to apply for two special education grants in the amounts of $100,000 and $80,000. No action was required by the Board.
Budget amendments were next, with Superintendent Davis presenting several line-item budget amendments (transfers) in the areas of Coordinated School Health, Transportation, GEARUp, and Special Education. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the budget amendments as presented. Barry Hanback seconded the motion, and the amendments were unanimously approved on roll call vote.
The 2020-21 Budget was next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis outlined the status of the County Commission’s budget, and said that the Board’s budget committee recommends waiting until May BEP estimates are received from the State. Greg Eaton made a motion to approve the committee’s recommendation, and Charity Horton seconded. The motion was unanimously passed.
Next was school debt carryover. Superintendent Davis said that schools need annual Board approval to carry debt from one fiscal year to another. These debts include items ordered during the current year but invoiced the next. Barry Hanback made a motion to allow schools to carry debt over to next year, and Sherman Martin seconded the motion. The motion was passed unanimously.
Bids for buses were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis requested the Board’s approval to purchase two 66-passenger buses and one 18-passenger bus from an earlier bid, stating that the bids were good for 365 days. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the request. Pat Brown seconded the motion, and request was unanimously approved on roll call vote.
The first item under “other” on the agenda was continuing compensation. Superintendent Davis requested Board approval to continue compensation for employees from March 17 through June 30, 2020. Barry Hanback made a motion to approve. Pat Brown seconded the motion, and the request was unanimously approved on roll call vote.
Surplus items were next. Superintendent Davis presented a list of computer items and tools from WCTC to be declared as surplus. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the surplus list, and Greg Eaton seconded. The motion was passed unanimously.
Superintendent Davis then reminded board members about the Director of Schools evaluations, and asked them to return their completed evaluations to Dr. Kristy Prince.
The final item on the agenda under “other” was a discussion of WMS Annex renovations. Superintendent Davis reminded the Board of previous discussions concerning establishing a virtual school and the changes to the WMS Annex to accommodate the school. He asked for permission to let bids for the renovations, stating that he had received plans that had been approved by the Fire Marshal. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the Superintendent’s request to let bids. Greg Eaton seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
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.