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           September 21, 2016            Wednesday

 

MEMBERS

                        Present                                                                        Administrators

Barry White, President                                                  Mrs. Cara Easter, Supt of Schools, Absent

Sam Dove, Secretary                                                     Rodney Edington, High School Principal

Mark Haverly, Vice-President, Absent                           Rachel Hammers, Elementary Principal

Gale Dillon                                                                   Angie Hagedorn, Special Ed Coordinator

Tim Dove                                                                     Audrey Harding, Treasurer

            Roy Martin, Absent                                                     

Ed Hopkins                                                                                           Visitors                                   

                                                                                    Hope Lecchi                 Staci Harrison

                                                                                    Jackie Thomas             Jim Binder

                                                                                    Bob Stone                    Randy Dillon

                                                                                                Melissa Brock               Erica Goans

                                                                                                Paul Fletcher                Melissa Zimmerschied

                                                                                                Rhonda Hilt                  Nathan Hardy

                                                                                                T.J. Bridges                  Heather Bridges

                                                                                                Rose Martin                  Dylan Martin

 

CALL TO ORDER

President Barry White called the Open Session meeting to order at 6:34 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

 

Mrs. Dillon made a motion to close Open Session and go into Closed Session to discuss personnel matters 6:35 p.m. 2nd by Mr. Martin.

Vote:    5 Yes    0 No     2 Absent

 

Mr. White recalled the Open Session meeting to order at 6:40 p.m.  Mr. White read a statement regarding the resignation of Mrs. Cara Easter.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

Mrs. Dillon made a motion to approve the agenda with the addition of Mr. Nathan Hardy’s request to attend the FFA National Convention under New Business.  2nd by Mr. Sam Dove.

Vote:    5 Yes    0 No     2 Absent

 

APPROVE DISTRICT OBLICATIONS

The bills for September were presented.

Mr. Tim Dove made a motion to approve the bills as presented for September. 2nd by Mr. Martin.

Vote:    5 Yes    0 No     2 Absent

 

OLD BUSINESS

A.     Review Results of Community Input Survey for 5 Year Plan – Mrs. Hammers presented the results to the community input survey.  The input will be taken into consideration when planning for future improvements and bond issues.

 

 

 

VISITORS/COMMUNICATIONS/COMMITTEE REPORTS

A.    Ms. Erica Goans – K-12 Counselor - Ms. Goans presented ACT scores from Green Ridge’s current senior class, past student’s scores, and state ACT scores to show the board the success rate of Green Ridge students.  She also presented information regarding Dual Credit classes that are offered to Green Ridge students.  Ms. Goans explained her role as counselor to the board and discussed important upcoming counseling events.       

 

ADMINISTRATION REPORTS

  1. Mr. Edington, High School Principal

Mr. Edington presented his written report.  He also presented information on upcoming high school events.  Mr. Edington introduced Mr. Paul Fletcher, Total Body Fitness instructor.  Mr. Fletcher addressed the board regarding old, outdated, and potentially hazardous equipment in the weight room.  Mr. Fletcher requested that the board consider updating the equipment, starting with a new leg press.  Mr. Edington suggested to the board that this issue be considered.

           

  1. Mrs. Hammers, Elementary Principal

Mrs. Hammers presented her written report.  She spoke to the board about the growing enrollment in the Elementary.  She reported on the new Math series and the features that would allow parent and student access to resources at home.  She also informed the board about Federal Programs. 

 

  1. Mrs. Hagedorn, Special Education Coordinator

Mrs. Hagedorn presented her written report.  She reported on the current and future activities of the special services department.  She also presented the district’s “Determination Category” for compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) from DESE.  The district scored the highest possible score of 4 in every category.  

 

  1. Mr. Bennett, Interim Superintendent

1.      Financial Report—Mr. Bennett reported that he has been busy reviewing the district’s financial situation, including our current year’s projected budget.  Mr. Bennett stated that we have a solid budget with good reserves, but he suggested the district not spend the reserves at this point due to the possibility of funding changes next school year.  Mr. Bennett explained the Small School’s Grant funding and the Hold Harmless funding and how enrollment numbers could affect those types of funding.     

 

2.      Miscellaneous InformationMr. Bennett presented information regarding the leasing of busses and the options the district has available to them.  Mr. Bennett also informed the board of the current type of lease the school has with the district’s newest bus. 

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. Bond Issue – Mr. Bennett presented the board with information regarding the possibility of the district pursuing a new bond issue, including bond terms and dates that will need to be met in order to ensure its passing.  Mr. Bennett stated that he will be in contact with our current bond management company, LJ Hart, and that he will request that a representative address the board at the October meeting. 

 

B.     Calendar – Mr. Edington presented proposed calendar changes for the 2016-2017 school year.  Mr. Tim Dove made a motion to amend the calendar and accept the changes as presented.  2nd by Mr. White.  \

Vote:    5 Yes    0 No     2 Absent

 

Mrs. Hammers also informed the board that there were members of CTA that would like to be involved in the calendar planning in the future. 

 

C.     Mr. Nathan Hardy, Green Ridge FFA Sponsor – Mr. Hardy presented the board with information on the upcoming FFA National Convention and requested approval for attendance to the convention.  Mr. Martin made a motion to allow Green Ridge FFA chapter members to attend the FFA National Convention with Mr. Hardy, sponsor.  2nd by Mr. Tim Dove.

Vote:  5            Yes     0 No     2 Absent

                                                                                                                                                           

OTHER

Stacy Harrison addressed the board regarding her response to the Community Input Survey. 

 

Mr. Tim Dove  made a motion to close Open Session and go into Closed Session to discuss personnel matters and student issues after a short recess at 8:20 p.m. 2nd by Mr. Sam Dove.

Roll call vote:   5 Yes    0 No     2 Absent

 

 

 

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            Secretary, Board of Education                                       President, Board of Education