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Houston County Board of Education
Superintendent's Newsletter

Consent Agenda 4. D. It is recommended the school board approve the Title II, 01-21 projects. This Federal Project related to Math and Science is approved annually. The 21 project is carry-over funds from the 98-99 school year.
E. It is recommended the school board approve the Title VI, 01 Project for the 99-00 school year. This project is the old Chapter II project and helps with library books, equipment and supplies. This year, however, the funding has increased because of the Federal Classroom Size Reduction Act. Our school system will receive approximately one teacherís salary for the 99-00 school year to be used in grades 1-3.
F. It is recommended the school board approve the Education Edge Budget for the 99-00 school year. This budget includes carry-over funds. This budget is all Federal Funding and is recommended by both Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Debra Bennett
G. It is recommended the school board approve the contract for Vision Specialist Services for Special Education. These services are required for several of our students. The contract has been reviewed and is recommended by Mrs. Hewitt.
Regular Agenda 5. Personnel
Employment: It is recommended the school board employ Ms. Angela Sutton as a teacher at TN. Ridge Elementary School. Mrs. Sutton has been interviewed and recommended by Mrs. Stephan.
It is recommended the school board employ Mr. Michael Rodriguez as an educational assistant and study hall monitor at the high school. Mr. Rodriguez already has extensive experience at the high school as a sub teacher and temporary educational assistant when he filled in for Ms. Mary Hall.
It is recommended the school board employ Ms. Tabitha Baggett as an educational assistant in the CDC classroom at the high school. Mr. Bell has interviewed Ms. Baggett and is supportive.
It is recommended the school board employ Mr. Curtis Cant as Agriculture Teacher at the high school. Mr. Gant would replace Mr. Eddie Shelton. Mr. Gant has two years teaching experience and has been interviewed by Mr. Bell. Mr. Bell feels fortunate to find an Ag. teacher this early in the summer. Mrs. Davis, Vocational Director, also recommends Mr. Gant.
Resignation: It is recommended the school board accept Ms. Cindy Adkinís resignation. Ms. Adkinís has accepted employment in another school system. She served as our CDC Preschool Teacher.
It is recommended the school board accept Mr. Chad Wyattís resignation. Mr. Wyatt has accepted employment in another school system. He served as History Teacher and Assistant Football Coach at the high school.
Transfer: It is recommended the school board transfer Ms. Brenda Bryant from Study Hall Monitor to Receptionist/Attendance Clerk at the high school. Ms. Bryant would replace Ms. Beverly Owen who recently resigned her duties at the high school.
Superintendentís Report
6. It is recommended the school board accept the Maynard FixtureCraft bid of $16,288 for the high school kitchen oven. This price is much better than we had anticipated.
It is also recommended the school board approve the bid submitted by Arnold Electric of $995 to wire the oven. This expenditure is in the Food Service Budget and is paid for from ďexcess fundsĒ.
It is recommended the school board accept the Porter Bros. bid of $264,500. The next bid was $494,887. When this project is complete school facilities will have new roofs. This will take care of a high cost maintenance item for years to come.
It is recommended the school board approve for L.I. Smith & Associates to complete the Topo Engineering at the high school site. The school board approved for DBS & Associates to complete the work at our last school board meeting. However, since we only received one bid, I requested Community Tectonics to re-bid the project and L.I and Associates submitted a $7,500 bid which is a tremendous savings for the school system.
7. It is recommended the school board reconsider the letter of termination dated June 29, 1999 mailed to Mr. Larry Sykes. The reason for the letter of termination was that our school system had an offer from another building owner that was much more attractive. The offer was a monthly rental fee of $500 and a 3 to 5 year secure lease. We are currently paying $750 monthly with no security or long term lease agreement. When Mr. Sykes received the letter of termination, he called and stated he would lower his monthly rent to $500 and provide the school system with a 5 year lease. In view of this very recent information, it would now cost the school system $700 to $1000 dollars to move. This is because we would have to move the Fire Alarm System we funded and had installed to meet Fire Marshall Standards several years ago. The school system would be required to move the Fire Alarm System if we move. However, if Mr. Sykeís rent had remained the same, with the monthly savings in rent as a result of the move, we would not have lost any money. Now, in view of Mr. Sykeís offer, if we continue with the move, the cost of moving, and the Fire Alarm System will be a non-reimbursable expenditure and a complete financial loss to the school system.
8. It is recommended the school board carefully reviews and plans to discuss and approve the attached school board policies and revisions. The school system needs to complete its school board policy review as soon as possible.
9. It is recommended the school board approve a Negotiations Management Personnel Team to assist the school board with 2000-01 negotiations. This team would be allowed to come to the table and negotiate with the school board members. This is acceptable as long as the school board appoints the team within 2 months of the beginning of the fiscal year as prescribed in 49-5-608 (a)(1).
10. Please review the date for the TSBA Fall Meeting scheduled in Paris. If would great if the school board could have 100% attendance.
11. It is recommended the school board review the 99-00 school budget document. The school budget this year is a very good budget with both non-instructional and instructional improvements. The school budget has a significant fund balance and currently meets the State Department of Educationís Maintenance of Effort Test, 3% Fund Balance Test and Local Matching and Supplanting Test. The school budget will be discussed at length at our school board work session. If you have any questions regarding any of the aforementioned information please do not hesitate to call me at home or work. Please be reminded, we will have our work session at 5:30 to discuss the school budget and the Construction Management information that was mailed to each school board member.

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