MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
January 11, 2016
The Montgomery County Board of Education convened in its regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Board members present were Steven W. DeBerry – Chair, Tommy Blake – Vice Chair, Jesse Hill, Ann Long and Sandra Miller. Bryan Dozier and Shirley Threadgill were absent.
Chairman DeBerry called the meeting to order and moved to adopt the agenda as shown. With a motion by Ann Long and a second from Sandra Miller, the agenda was adopted as presented.
Chairman DeBerry opened the meeting with a devotional for the New Year. The devotion included the poem, I Will by SE Kiser. It reads: I will start anew this morning with a higher, fairer creed; I will cease to stand complaining of my ruthless neighbor’s greed; I will cease to sit repining while my duty’s call is clear; I will waste no moment whining and my heart shall know no fear. I will look sometimes about me for the things that merit praise; I will search for hidden beauties that elude the grumbler’s gaze. I will try to find contentment in the paths that I must tread; I will not be swayed by envy when my rival’s strength is shown; I will not deny his merit, but try to prove my own. I will try to see the beauty spread before me, rain or shine; I will cease to preach your duty and be more concerned with mine.
Chairman DeBerry called on Troy Elementary students David Tofflemeyer and Hayleigh Haywood to lead the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.
Page Street Elementary Employees of the Month are Lane Prince, Certified and Regina Thomas, Classified. Principal Sharon Castelli described Mrs. Prince as “a true leader in the school” and “a nurturing teacher”. Mrs. Castelli stated that Mrs. Thomas “is a phenomenal support system in the school who doesn’t mind helping where needed”.
Cristina Naugler from West Montgomery was the 2015 Christmas card winner. Her drawing of a Christmas tree with decorations, received the highest votes from the staff. Cristina accepted a certificate and a check for fifty dollars from Dr. Ellis.
Chairman DeBerry asked for a motion to approve the consent agenda as submitted. With a motion by Tommy Blake and a second by Sandra Miller, the board approved the consent agenda unanimously. The following items were approved:
1) Board Minutes from December 7th, 2015;
2) Personnel and Auxiliary Reports as follows:
a. Upon the recommendation of the principal, approval of the following additions to the
substitute teacher list:
Noncertified Recommended By Record Check
1) Anita Munoz Della Ingram Yes
2) Sheila Ford Jones Sharon Castelli Yes
3) Kimberly Cagle Donna Kennedy Yes
4) Esther McDonald Angie Tofflemeyer Yes
5) Beth Bailey Donnie Lynthacum Yes
Certified Recommended By Record Check
1) Laura McCammon John Beard Yes
b. Superintendent reports the acceptance of the following resignations/retirements:
Resignation/Retirement School/Assignment Effective Date1) Garry Marshall Central Office 01/30/2016Retirement Maintenance2) Laura Cosner East Middle School 01/01/2016Resignation Music Teacher3) Sandra Stone Mt. Gilead Elem. 01/08/2016Resignation K-6 Teacher4) Sarah Blanton East Middle/East Mont. 02/07/2016Resignation ESL Teacher
c. Upon recommendation, approval of the following interim contracts for the 2015-2016 school year as provided by General Statute 115C-325
Employee/ School/ RecordEffective Date Assignment Check Replacing1) Cheri Gibson Troy Elementary Yes Sabrina Gooch1/19/2016 1st Grade Teacher2) Cheryl Hudson Troy Elementary Pending New Position2/08/2016 Pre-K Teacher
d. Upon recommendation, approval of the following temporary contract for the 2015-2016 school year
1) Alex Lemons West Middle School Yes
01/11/2016 Bande. Upon recommendation of the superintendent, approval of recommendation for employment of the following non-certified personnel:
Employee/ School/ Record
Effective Date Assignment Check Replacing
1) Lachern Horne West Middle School Yes
12/15/2015 METAL Assistant
2) Crystal Thomas Page Street Elementary Yes Brenda Robinson
11/16/2015 P/T Teacher Assistant
3) Courtney Sheffield Green Ridge Elementary Yes Curt Hancock
11/30/2015 EC Support/PT
4) Ellen Roose Mt. Gilead Elementary Yes
1/06/2016 PT Tutor
5) Enchantria Smith Mt. Gilead Elementary Yes Barbara Crump
1/04/2016 PT Teacher Assistant
6) Kenston Scott Montg. Learning Academy Yes Tremenia Wall
12/16/2016 PT Teacher Assistant
7) Laura Richardson Page Street Elementary Yes Crystal Thomas
1/04/2016 PT Teacher Assistant
8) Esther McDonald Troy Elementary School Yes
1/04/2016 PT Tutor
9) Jantzen Gooch Troy Elementary School Yes
1/05/2016 PT Tutorf. Report of the following transfers:
Effective Date From To Replacing
1) April Greene Page Street Elem. Central Office Shannon Robinson
11/09/2015 Teacher Assistant Front Desk Receptionist
2) Brenda Livingston East Middle School West Montgomery High Jessica King
12/7/2015 Bookkeeper Bookkeeper
3) Rachel Haywood Star Elementary Star Elementary Bernie Hill
11/20/2015 PT Custodian FT Custodian
4) Tremenia Wall Montg. Learning Aca. East Middle School Brenda Livingston
Teacher Assistant Bookkeeper
5) Melinda Greene Troy Elementary Troy Elementary Christy Bartley
1/04/2016 PT Child Nutrition FT Child Nutrition
6) Shea Walter West Middle School Troy Elementary Ann Parsons
1/08/2016 EC Teacher EC Pre-K Iti. Teacher
7) Sabrina Gooch Troy Elementary Troy/Page Street Elem. Candice Brasington
1/21/2016 1st Grade Teacher ESL Teacher
8) Kendall Greene East Montgomery West Montgomery High Blair Johnson
1/8/2016 Dance Teacher Dance Teacher
g. Upon recommendation of the superintendent, approval of recommendation for
employment of the following bus driver/sub drivers:
Robert Dakota Dunn Bus Driver Yes
h. Upon recommendation of the superintendent, approval of recommendation for
employment of the following bus driver/sub drivers for the 2015-2016 school year that are
not dual employees:
Kevin Blalock Bus Driver Yes
Upon recommendation, approval of the following student transfers is requested for the 2015-2016 school year.
Randolph County Schools to Montgomery County Schools
1) Sandra Alejandria Alston
2) Lakyah Maria Alston
3) Jerome Dumas
4) Juan Pablo Munoz
5) Johanna Register
6) Jackson Register
Moore County Schools to Montgomery County Schools
1) Samuel T. Lopez
2) DaMareon Leon Dockery
3) Caleb Beane
4) Zachary Beane
5) Austin Sadler
Gaston County Schools to Montgomery County Schools
1) Lluvia Lopez
Out of State to Montgomery County Schools
1) Queniya Marie Inellus
2) Anthony Ray Ward
3) Ashlee Starr
4) Ashton Ryan Starr
5) Arielle Graham
6) Cole Robertson
7) Nikki Robertson
Upon recommendation, approval of the following Montgomery County School students for early graduation is requested.
West Montgomery High School
1) Waylon Andrews
2) Caleb Cesaro
3) John Paul Greene
4) Jared Morton
5) Sophia Frettoloso
6) Kacy Haithcock
7) Tiffany Hartis
8) Brandi Khan
9) Mollie Lee
10) Cristina Naugler (Differentiated Diploma)
11) Briana Smith
12) Lilly Yang
13) Chase Privett
East Montgomery High School
1) Natalia Velasco
2) Rebecca Boggs
3) Yaleen Gonzalez
4) Marili Hernandez Marinez
5) Fausto Huerta
6) Zane Grey
7) Jonathan Loflin
8) Ricardo Morelos Garcia
9) Orbelin Gonzalez Jaimes
10) Jessica Oliver Leon
11) Dashia Reza
12) Leticia Solis-Rodriguez
13) Dakota Spivey
14) Dillion Spivey
Montgomery Learning Academy
1) Kriztian Perlata
2) Samantha Parker
3) Tyler Patterson
4) Andrew Davis
3) 2015-16 Facility Needs Survey.
Angie Tofflemeyer, Principal and Pebble Byrd, Teacher at Troy Elementary discussed Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). PBIS is an effective way of rewarding good behavior in all areas of school and is used in the classroom, cafeteria, hallway and even restroom area. There is a matrix posted in each classroom with listed school-wide expectations. Students earn tickets to purchase prizes. Prizes consist of having a “good” note sent home to parents, eating lunch with a friend or getting a homework pass. A data comparison shows the program is working for Troy Elementary. Last year, there were forty-seven office referrals. This year, only eighteen. Last year, there were twenty bus suspensions. This year, eleven. The staff plans to improve upon the program each year so that all students stay engaged and excited about the incentives. The PBIS team also plans to attend a model school and schedule the Module II training, to take the program to the next level.
Superintendent Ellis presented the 2015-16 Central Office Survey results. The survey was sent to all staff via email for completion online. Overall, the feedback was very positive, but if a reason was listed for a below par score, the information was shared with the department supervisor. Survey results will be used to expand the quality of services received in each department.
Kevin Lancaster, Deputy Superintendent, discussed redistricting options. Redistricting would affect existing students Pre-K through fourth grade. Option 1 proposes that students north of highway 24/27 go to Star Elementary, while Brutonville area students travel to Candor Elementary. This option would move thirty-seven students from Green Ridge Elementary to Star Elementary and fifteen students from Green Ridge to Candor Elementary. Option 2 would extend the Star district south of highway 24/27 to Mill-Hunsucker Roads and extend Candor district north to Candor-Troy Road area. This option would move eighty-seven students from Green Ridge to Star and thirty-four from Green Ridge to Candor. It would also allow for future growth. Option 3 proposes that there be no change in district lines, but relocate and share staff. This plan would involve reviewing the Green Ridge employee allotment to decide if hiring staff would be feasible. Also required would be the sharing of staff such as exploratory teachers, nurses, behavioral specialists and teacher assistants. Dr. Lancaster stressed that these were options to consider. A meeting is scheduled for February 11th at 5:30pm at Green Ridge Elementary to discuss the options with the community.
Dr. Lancaster presented the 2016-17 Montgomery County School calendar for approval. He stated that the calendar has been met with a lot of resistance across the state, but with strict guidelines, there is no “wiggle room”. Christmas break will be shorter next year and in the event of snow days, we would be looking at Saturday school or extended school days. Dr. Lancaster asked for approval of the calendar as presented. With a motion by Sandra Miller and a second by Ann Long, the board approved the 2016-17 calendar unanimously.
Kevin Lancaster continued by asking for approval of the following policy changes. These policies were reviewed at the December board meeting. Policies include: 1010 Board Authority and Duties; 1100 Governing Principles; 1200 Governing Principle-Student Success; 1510/4200/7270 School Safety; 1720/4015/7225 Discrimination; Harassment and Bullying Complaint Procedure; 2120 Code of Ethics of School Board Member; 2121 Board Member Conflict of Interest; 2123 Board Member Opportunities for Development; 2300 Board Meetings; 2341 Quorum; 2400 Board Policies; 3000 Goals and Objectives of Educational Program; 3320 School Trips; 3430 School Improvement Plan; 3540 Comprehensive Health Education Program; 4000 Focus on Students; 4270/6145 Concussion and Head Injury; 5000 Schools and the Community; 5070/7350 Public Records-Retention, Release and Disposition; 5120 Relationship with Law Enforcement; 6000 Support Services; 6120 Student Health Services; 6420 Contracts with the Board; 6420 Pre-Audit Certification; 6430 State Purchasing Requirements for Equipment, Materials and Supplies; 7100 Recruitment and Selection of Personnel; 7405 Extracurricular and Non-Instructional Duties; 7810 Evaluation of License Employees; 7920 Reduction in Force/Teachers and School Administration; 8000 Fiscal Goals; 8100 Budget Planning and Adoption; 8510 School Finance Officer; 9000 Planning to Address Facility Needs; 9120 Bidding for Construction Work; and 9220 Security of Facilities. Ann Long made the motion to approve the policies with Tommy Blake seconding the motion. Approval was unanimous by the board.
Policy code 7430 concerning substitute teachers was submitted for first reading and will be presented for approval at the February meeting.Superintendent Ellis submitted two dates to the board for the annual mid-year review. The board requested Tuesday, February 23rd at 5:30pm as the preferred date.
During his Superintendent Remarks, Dr. Ellis continued by saying he had visited several schools since returning from the break. The staff expressed that they enjoyed their break, but were excited to be back and begin first semester testing. Dr. Ellis said, “We have a lot of work to do, but our folks are up to the challenge. I’m looking forward to a great semester”.
Chairman DeBerry then asked for a motion to adjourn and move into closed session. With a motion by Sandra Miller, and a second from Jesse Hill, the board unanimously approved going into closed session to discuss personnel.
After returning from closed session, Chairman DeBerry asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting. With a motion by Sandra Miller and a second by Tommy Blake, the meeting was duly adjourned.
The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6:30 pm.
Steven W. DeBerry, Chairman Dale Ellis, Ed. D., Secretary