School Board Accepts $2 Million Innovative Grant Awarded to WCTC

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   The Wayne County School Board met in regular session on Thursday, May 20th, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office Board Room. All board members were present, including Chairman Andy Yarbrough, Greg Eaton, Dwight Bumphus, Sherman Martin, Debbie Brown, Charity Horton, and Camryn Eaton. Superintendent Marlon Davis was present as well.

   Chairman Yarbrough called the meeting to order, and invited all those in attendance to participate in a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance.

   Mr. Yarbrough first recognized Mason Smith, student representative from Collinwood High School.

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

   The first item under new business was Policy Review: Section 6 – Student – 6.601-6.704. Superintendent Davis had no recommended changes to the policy.

   Surplus items were next. Superintendent Davis presented a list of items to be declared as surplus, including a washer and dryer from the Food Services department, two vehicles, and computer equipment from WCTC. Charity Horton made a motion to declare the items as surplus, and Sherman Martin seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

   Overnight trips were up next for the board’s approval. Superintendent Davis presented the following:

CHS Football-Camp, Columbia, TN, July 23-24; CHS Cheerleaders-Camp, Linden Valley, Baptist Conference Center, August 27-28; CMS Volleyball-Camp, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL, July 5-7; CHS Volleyball-Camp, University of North Alabama, Florence, AL, July 12-14; CHS Basketball-Camp, Eagleville, TN, June 14-15; CHS Basketball-Camp, Eagleville, TN, June 17-18; CHS Basketball-Play Date, Central, AL, June 25. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the list as presented. Debbie Brown seconded, and the overnight trips were unanimously approved.

   Superintendent Davis next presented the annual homeschool report, stating that there were currently 86 students registered for homeschool in Wayne County. He then gave a brief update on the upcoming summer program that will take place June 2-29 and July 6-15.

   The superintendent then gave a COVID-19 update, informing the board that there were no active student or staff cases.

   FFCRA pay was next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis reminded the board that they had extended COVID pay to employees until March 31 during an earlier meeting. He requested further extending the date to pay employees who were unable to work due to work-related COVID exposure or illness to June 30. Charity Horton made a motion to approve the request, and Camryn Eaton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

   Bids were next. Superintendent Davis requested permission to purchase technology items from two national bids. He said that the prices were in line with past bids, and that the national bids provide flexibility when purchasing computers, Chromebooks, etc. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the Superintendent’s request, and Greg Eaton seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

   Budget amendments were next on the agenda. Superintendent Davis presented $157,729.00 in line item budget amendments, with no new monies involved, only transferring funds from one line item to another. Dwight Bumphus made a motion to approve, and Sherman Martin seconded. The budget amendments were unanimously approved on roll call vote.

   The final item under new business was ESSER 3.0. Superintendent Davis presented the board with a budget approved by the Budget Committee for ESSER 3.0 funds in the amount of $4,803,019.00. He summarized the items in the budget which included learning loss, capital projects, SROs, and technology. Sherman Martin made a motion to approve the budget as presented, and Debbie Brown seconded. The motion carried unanimously on roll call vote.

   The first item under “other” on the agenda was a teacher survey. Superintendent Davis announced that Wayne County High School had been awarded $5,500.00 by being chosen in a lottery of schools whose teachers completed the annual teacher survey administered by the Tennessee Department of Education.

   Next, Superintendent Davis announced that Wayne County Technology Center had been awarded an Innovative High School Grant in the amount of $2,000,000.00 with no matching requirements from the school district. He asked the board to formally accept the grant, and Sherman Martin made a motion to do so. Greg Eaton seconded, and the motion passed unanimously.

   Superintendent Davis then announced that the June meeting will be held on June 24th.

   Mason Smith, CHS student representative, next asked to address the board. He expressed his concern with the counselor at Collinwood High School, detailing his experiences during his time at the school. A brief discussion followed, but no action was taken by the board.

   Pat Griggs, custodian at Waynesboro Middle School, then came before the board to present a proposal requesting raises for custodians. No action was taken by the board.

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