MINUTES OF BOARD OF EDUCATION
GREEN RIDGE R-VIII SCHOOL DISTRICT
Open Session Board Room 6:30 PM February 15, 2017 Wednesday
Barry White, President Aron Bennett, Interim Supt of Schools
Sam Dove, Secretary Rodney Edington, High School Principal
Mark Haverly, Vice-President, Absent Rachel Hammers, Elementary Principal
Gale Dillon, Treasurer Angie Hagedorn, Special Ed Coordinator
Ed Hopkins Visitors
Roy Martin Dr. Jamie Burkhart Staci Harrison
Jackie Thomas Ben Banner
Audrey Harding, Bookkeeper Heather Bridges Kenneth Ollison
Mindy Cowart Bob Stone
Tim Warner Denise Warner
Erica Goans Melissa Brock
Rhonda Hilt Shirlene Hilt
Annette Owens Kathryn Knoernschild
Brett Fox, entered meeting at 7:45 PM
Brad Hagedorn, entered meeting at 8:15 PM
CALL TO ORDER
President Barry White called the Open Session meeting to order at 6:31 PM. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Mr. Sam Dove made a motion to approve the agenda with the addition of Web Design as Item C under Old Business. 2nd by Mr. Martin.
Vote: 6 Yes 0 No 1 Absent
The bills for January were presented.
Mr. Tim Dove made a motion to approve the bills as presented for January. 2nd by Mrs. Dillon.
Vote: 6 Yes 0 No 1 Absent
A. Architect Designs – Mr. Bennett, Dr. Burkhart, and members of the board met with architects and gave a tour of the property that is being considered for remodeling. The architects will provide the board with drawings and estimates of price in the next week or so. The architects, Porter, Berendzen, & Associates, will work on the plans pro bono until the bond issue has been decided.
B. Buses - Mr. Bennett spoke to the board regarding their preference to purchase one new bus or two or more used buses. The board agreed to have Mr. Bennett look into pricing on used buses.
C. Web Design – Mindy Cowart – Ms. Cowart gave the board an update on the progress of the website changes and of plans for future updates.
A. Staci Harrison - Ms. Harrison addressed the board regarding concerns about misspending in previous school years. Due to pending legal matters, Mr. White said that the district could not go into any detail of the investigation, but did say that no more investigating will be done. Mr. White assured Ms. Harrison that steps have been taken to improve the purchasing approval process.
Mr. Edington presented his written report. He recognized Shirlene Hilt as student of the month. He reported on recent events for the high school, including the Kaysinger Art Show. He informed the board that the art show winners were on display in the superintendent’s office. Mr. Edington also informed the board of future events, including the Court Warming and Senior Night basketball games and the upcoming Harmony dessert theater.
B. Mrs. Hammers, Elementary Principal
Mrs. Hammers presented her written report. She spoke about enrollment numbers for the elementary. She informed the board of recent events, including the Valentine’s Day parties, auditions for Harmony’s dessert theater, and Friday’s PD speaker. Mrs. Hammers also spoke to the board about upcoming events, including Grandparent’s Day, the book fair, and the Kaysinger Math and Spelling Bee.
Mrs. Hagedorn presented her written report. She reported her enrollment and gave the board an update on training for the Special Services Department, including the Paraprofessional Conference in August. She also informed the board that there is a scholarship opportunity for students pursuing degrees in qualifying fields.
1. Financial Report - Mr. Bennett presented an overview of the district’s financial summary, with emphasis on state revenues. Mr. Bennett plans to cover more financial information during the March meeting.
2. Miscellaneous Information – Mr. Bennett spoke to the board about two recent bus incidents/accidents and their outcomes.
NEW BUSINESS - None
Mr. Martin made a motion to close Open Session and go into Closed Session to discuss personnel matters, real estate, and student issues after a short recess at 8:37 PM. 2nd by Mr. Sam Dove.
Roll call vote: 6 Yes 0 No 1 Absent
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