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June 27 School Board Meeting Highlights


At 5:30 p.m. after calling the meeting to order, the Board convened in executive session to discuss student expulsions, student appeals, student readmission requests, personnel recommendations, Releases and In-District Transfers, and an amendment to the superintendent-elect's contract. At 7 p.m. the Board reconvened in public session.
Voting Item: Consent Agenda
The Board voted to approve the Consent Agenda that included the minutes from the previous meeting; personnel recommendations, releases and in-district transfers; a technology report; and student re-admittance requests for the summer and the fall of the 2017-2018 school year.
Voting Item: Executive Session Items
The Board voted on student expulsions and appeals.
The Board approved a motion to authorize the Board Chairman to execute an amendment to the Superintendent-Elect’s contract, which expands his automobile allowance to cover his travel within the Midlands and provides the Superintendent-Elect with an increase of $650 in his monthly automobile allowance, effective July 1, 2017.
Voting Item: Old Business
The board approved suggested revisions to Policy BC (Board Member Conduct), Policy BCA (Board Member Code of Ethics), Policy BCB (Board Member Conflict of Interest) and Policy BD (Organization of the School Board).
Superintendent’s Evaluation
The Board voted to approve a motion to give Dr. Debbie Hamm an overall commendable evaluation for the 2016-2017 school year.
Budget Update
Chief Financial Officer Harry Miley presented a report on the status of the 2017-2018 General Fund Budget. Due to changes in state allocations after the district finalized the 2017-2018 budget, the district has to make cuts to the 2017-2018 budget in anticipation of receiving less state funding.
Voting Item: Funding Authorization for Superintendent
The Board voted to grant authority to the superintendent to apply for available state, federal, foundation and other special funded programs funding for the next fiscal year. This action has been required for Impact Aid applications and some grant applications that call for evidence that the superintendent is authorized to seek outside funding.
Voting Item: 2017-2018 Board Meeting Schedule
The board voted to approve the recommended board meeting schedule for the 2017-2018 school year.
Policy Revisions
The board received for review proposed changes to Policy IKE and Policy IKE-R (Promotion and Retention), Policy BDD (Board-Superintendent Relationship), Policy BDF and Policy BDF-R (Advisory Committees and SICs), Policy BDG and Policy BDG-R (Board Attorney/Legal Services), and Policy BDH (Board Consultants).
End-of-the-Year Report
Superintendent Debbie Hamm presented the annual end-of-year report. The report included a handout and video highlighting the accomplishments from the 2016-2017 school year.
Election of Board Officers
The board elected board officers for the 2017-2018 school year: Chair Craig Plank, Vice Chair Dr. Monica Elkins Johnson and Secretary Dr. Cheryl Caution-Parker .
A complete recording of each board meeting airs on the district’s cable access channel 12 R2TV on Time Warner Cable and on demand anytime through the district’s YouTube channel.