MINUTES OF BOARD OF EDUCATION

GREEN RIDGE R-VIII SCHOOL DISTRICT

 

Kind of Meeting               Place                        Time                Month/Day/Year            Day of Week

Open Session                    Board Room             6:30 PM           February 15, 2017            Wednesday

 

MEMBERS

                        Present                                                                        Administrators

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

Tim Dove                                                                                                                                

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.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

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

 

APPROVE DISTRICT OBLICATIONS

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

 

OLD BUSINESS

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. 

                                                 

 

 

VISITORS/COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

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.

           

ADMINISTRATION REPORTS

  1. Mr. Edington, High School Principal

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. 

 

  1. Mrs. Hagedorn, Special Education Coordinator

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. Mr. Bennett, Interim Superintendent

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

                                                                                                                                                           

OTHER

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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            Secretary, Board of Education                                       President, Board of Education