•                                                              MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION


                                                                                     June 1, 2015



                The Montgomery County Board of Education convened in its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 1, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Board members present were as follows: Steven W. DeBerry – Chair, Bryan Dozier, Jesse Hill, Shirley Threadgill, Ann Long and Sandra Miller.  Tommy Blake, Vice Chair, was absent.

                  Chairman DeBerry called the meeting to order and moved to adopt the agenda as shown, holding the consent agenda until closed session.  With a motion by Ann Long and a second from Sandra Miller, the agenda was adopted and consent request approved unanimously by the board.

                Chairman DeBerry opened the meeting with a devotional by reading from the book of Matthew 25:21:  His Lord said unto him, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”  Several centuries ago, a Japanese emperor commissioned an artist to paint a bird.  A number of months passed, then years, and still no painting.  Finally, the emperor became so upset that he went to the artist’s home.  Instead of making excuses, the artist placed a blank canvas on the easel.  In less then an hour, he completed a painting that would become a masterpiece.  When the emperor asked the reason for the delay, the artist showed him stacks of drawings of feathers, wings, heads and feet.  He explained that all of this research and study had been necessary before he could complete the painting. Preparation is necessary for achievement.  To have an excellent life, strive for an excellent year. Within that year, strive for an excellent month, and within that month, strive for an excellent day. Within the day, strive for an excellent hour. An excellent life is the sum of many excellent moments!  

               Chloe Ellis, student at Troy Elementary, led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. 

                Superintendent Ellis and Della Ingram recognized the May employees of the month at East Middle School.  Kesha Collins was selected as Certified Employee of the Month and James Poole as Classified Employee of the Month.  Mrs. Ingram introduced Ms. Collins, who is the lead Physical Education teacher, member of the School Improvement Team, Pregnancy Task Force and Afterschool Teacher.  Mrs. Ingram said, “When asked, Ms. Collins does it. She has a great rapport with her students and the staff”.  Mrs. Ingram stated that Mr. Poole is a custodian at East Middle who “takes pride in his work; nothing goes undone”.  Mrs. Ingram thanked both employees for a job well done.        

                 Dr. Ellis introduced Montgomery County Schools Employees of the Year for 2015.  Recognized were Bus Drivers, Marie Ingram (Troy) and Debbie Allen (Candor); Child Nutrition, Susan Lassiter (Troy); Instructional Support, Rochelle Bostic (East Montgomery); Teacher Assistant, Angela Everette (East Montgomery); Custodian, Dakota Dunn (Candor); Office Support, Tina Woody (Troy) and Auxillary Services, Dale Davis (Maintenance).  Congratulations to these employees!

                  Superintendent Ellis congratulated the West Montgomery High School Relay Track team and coach Daniel Coggins for winning the Men’s 4x100 State Championship.  Mr. Coggins acknowledged how well the men worked together as a team.  He stated that it has been a pleasure to work with each of them.  Team members are Jo Leake, Dakota Lewellen, Javius Morrison and Cameron Moore.     

                  Next, Dr. Ellis presented the Finance Department with a Certificate of Achievement for Exellence in Financial Reporting.  The award has been presented to the Finance Department for several years.  Accepting the honor was Donna Morris, Lisa Ritter, Michelle Brady and Chief Financial Officer Mitch Taylor.  Dr. Ellis thanked each of them for their hardwork and dedication.

                Kevin Lancaster asked the board’s approval for several policy codes presented for first reading at the May board meeting. They are as follows: 1610/7800 Professional and Staff Development; 1750/7220 Grievance Procedure for Employees; 2110 Board Member Elections; 2321 Closed Sessions; 2610 Board Attorney; 3100 Curriculum Development; 3450 Class Rankings; 3220 Technology in the Educational Program; 3300 School Calendar and Time for Learning; 3431 Conflict Resolution; 3450 Class Rankings; 3460 Graduation Requirements; 3470/4305 Alternative Learning Programs/Schools; 3620 Extracurricular Activities and Student Organizations; 4152 Unsafe School Choice Transfer; 5022 Registered Sex Offenders; 5024/6127/7266 Emergency Epinephrine Auto-Injector Devices; 6230 School Meal and Competitive Foods Standards; 6410 Organization of the Purchasing Function; 7810 Evaluation of Licensed Employees; 7920 Professional Personnel Reduction in Force and 8510 School Finance Officer.  Chairman DeBerry asked for a motion to support the changes.  With a motion by Sandra Miller and a second by Ann Long, the policy changes were unanimously approved. 

              Superintendent Ellis presented a resolution regarding the Celebration of the 175th Anniversary of the Establishment of Public Education in North Carolina.  The resolution reads as follows:  WHEREAS, on January 8, 1839, the North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Common School Law; WHEREAS, Williamsburg Elementary School in Rockingham County opened as North Carolina’s first public school on January 20, 1840; and WHEREAS, economic stability of our great state and local communities has rested on the shoulders of the existence of a healthy system of public schools; and WHEREAS, there are more than twenty-five hundred public schools open in North Carolina serving more than 1.5 million students of all ethnicities and abilities; and WHEREAS, at no other time in history have students performed at higher rates on higher standards and teachers been held more accountable for student outcomes; NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that without hesitation the Montgomery County Board of Education affirms their belief that North Carolina public schools are every child’s chance and every community’s future and pledge their continued advocacy in word and deed for this sacred institution. ADOPTED this the 1st day of June, 2015, by the Montgomery County Board of Education.  Bryan Dozier made the motion to adopt the resolution with a second by Shirley Threadgill. There was no opposition from the board.

    Dr. Ellis discussed testing during his Superintendent comments saying, “This time of year is very busy for everyone” and though testing is not popular, “the data from testing measures the students and how they have grown during the school year”.  Dr. Ellis complimented the teachers and staff on a tremendous job this year.    

                Mr. Dozier asked to address the board before adjournment.  He asked the board to think about requesting teachers to reach out to parents on a weekly basis, whether through email or a phone call, to let parents know what is going on in their child’s classroom.   Mr. Dozier stated that communication and parental involvement is the number one reason children succeed and should be focused on more in the future. 

              Chairman DeBerry then asked for a motion to adjourn and move into closed session.  With a motion from Bryan Dozier, and a second from Ann Long, the board unanimously approved going into closed session to discuss personnel.

             Upon reconvening in closed session, the board reviewed the consent agenda.  With a motion by Sandra Miller and a second by Bryan Dozier, the consent agenda was approved with unanimous agreement from the board. Items approved were as follows:

    1)      Board Minutes from the May 4th Board Meeting;

    2)      Personnel and Auxillary Reports:


    a.    Upon the recommendation of the principal, approval of the following additions to the

             substitute teacher list:

               Noncertified                            Recommended By                Record Check

    1)    Homar Rodriguez             Heather Seawell                          Yes

    2)    Tammy O’Brien                Angie Tofflemeyer                       Yes


    b.    Superintendent reports the acceptance of the following resignations/retirements:

    Resignation/Retirement        School/Assignment              Effective Date

               1)    Ben McAuley                    West Montgomery High          June 30, 2015

    Retirement                                    Custodian


    2)    Jane Rubino                      Green Ridge Elementary        May 7, 2015

    Retirement                                    Teacher


    3)    Mike Loutzenheiser           East Montgomery High           June 15, 2015

    Resignation                       PE Teacher


    4)    Billy Ridgeway                  Green Ridge Elementary        May 11, 2015

    Resignation                       P/T Custodian


    5)    Ron Sullivan                      Star Elementary                      April 29, 2015

    Resignation                       P/T Custodian


    6)    Lilly Young                        Green Ridge Elementary          July 1, 2015

    Retirement                      Teacher Assistant


    7)    James McCall                   West Montgomery High          July 1, 2015

    Resignation                       ROTC Instructor


    8)    Julie Madison                    East Montgomery High           June 16, 2015

    Resignation                       EC Teacher


    9)    Teresa Caudill                   Star Elem./East High              July 1, 2015

    Retirement                        School Nurse


    10) Ben Carr                           West Middle School                June 15, 2015

    Resignation                       7th Grade Social Studies


    11) Gail Thompson                 Mt. Gilead Elementary            June 15, 2015

    Retirement                       Teacher Assistant


    12) Suzanne Maness             Mt. Gilead Elementary            May 14, 2015

    Resignation                      Kindergarten Teacher


    13) Dana Glenn                      West Middle School                May 13, 2015

    Resignation                      Math Teacher


    14) Martha Dickens                West Montgomery High          July 1, 2015

    Resignation                      ROTC Instructor


    15) Marissa Duncan               East Montgomery High           June 15, 2015

    Resignation                      English Teacher


     c.    Upon recommendation, approval of the following probationary contracts for the 2015-2016 school year as provided by General Statute 115C-325:

     Contract/                         School/                                  Record        

              Effective Date                 Assignment                                Check                   Replacing

    1)    Joseph Korjelius          Central Office                                 Yes                       Terra Smith

    08/15/2015                   Occupational Therapist


    2)    Miriam DeBerry           Candor Elementary                         Yes

    08/15/2015                   Elementary Teacher


     d.    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)     Rachel Haywood           Star Elementary                   Yes                  Ron Sullivan

    05/14/2015                      P/T Custodian


    e.    Report of the following transfers:


      Effective Date                From                         To                                    Replacing

    1)    Bethany Webb           Mt. Gilead Elem.         Mt. Gilead Elem.              Kayla Lee

         05/11/2015                  P/T Tutor                     21st Century Site


     2)    Terry Maness           Mt. Gilead Elem.         Green Ridge Elem.          Darrell Stevenson

    08/18/2015                  Elem. Teacher           Elem. Teacher


    3)    Princess Miller          West Montgomery      West Montgomery           Ben McAuley

        07/01/2015                  P/T Custodian             F/T Custodian


    4)    Johnny Seawell        West Montgomery      Candor Elementary         Beth Bailey

    08/15/2015                EC Teacher                EC Teacher


    f.     Upon recommendation of the superintendent, approval of recommendations for re-employment of teachers to receive probationary contracts during 2015-2016 as described by General Statue 115C-325 (subject to availability of funds):


    Lisa Bunting                                                                  Chris Parsons

    Katie Collins                                                                  Amanda Thompson

    Teresa Furr                                                                   Jamie Troskey

    Shelia Harrison                                                             Jamie Russell

    Kristen Throneburg                                                       Morgan Stewart

    Maria Lemus                                                                Catherine Collins

    Lauren Solomon

    Erin Leach

    Jaclyn Kennedy

    Anita Mashburn

    Opal Archie

    Nancy Williams

    Susan Ashworth

    Toby Karnes

    Deborah Knapp



    Chelsea Dempsey                                                        Megan Ridgeway

    Candace Dunton                                                          Katie Trogdon

    Heather Saunders                                                        Julie Estes

    Frances Morris                                                             Holly Caudle

    Anissa Gillis                                                                  Johnny Seawell



               Dodie Atkins                                                                 Rebecca Cagle

               Laura Wolf                                                                   Lane Prince

               Holly Morgan                                                                 Mandy Hall

                                                                                          Ashley Morris

                                                                                          Jennifer Nance

                                                                                          Russ Saladin


    EAST MIDDLE SCHOOL                                           WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Laura Cosner                                                                Caitlin Batten

    Reggie Jackson                                                            Kyle Greene

    Marc Leake                                                                   Shea Walter

    Mandy Lucas                                                                Landy Hilger

    Joanna Miller                                                                Daniel Jones

    Lauren Peter                                                                 Donna Rowland

    Nathan McCallum                                                        Tracie Whitley

    Jonathan Frazier                                                          Miranda Duell

    Amanda Terry                                                              Caleb Rushing

    Alison Wilson                                                                Brittany Stone                        

    Kirk Watts                                                                     Sara Ceneskie

                                                                                          Mike West

                                                                                          Sherri Allgood

                                                                                          John McKnight

                                                                                          Stephanie Paulay

                                                                                          Tempest Leake



    Teddi Benson                                                               Mollie Williams

    Seth Dunlap                                                                  Terry Appen

    Charity Watkins                                                            Sarah Blanton

    Luegenia Alston                                                            Laura Dawkins

    Jasmine Hill                                                                  A. J. Whitsell

    Daniel Coggins                                                             Quint Dunlap

    Colin Milroy                                                                  Candace Floyd

    Ben Misenheimer                                                         Kimberly Hare

    Belinda Boros                                                               Sean Hassell

    Elizabeth Farmer                                                          Cynthia Martinez

                                                                                          Jennifer Pieczyski

                                                                                          Enoc Robledo

                                                                                          Michelle Wendell

    MONTGOMERY LEARNING ACADEMY                  Ben Hammer

    None                                                                             Matthew Germann

                                                                                          Melissa Kidd


    CENTRAL OFFICE                                                    

    Deena Haley                                                                                       

              Cynthia Robinson

    Brittany Maness         


    g.    Upon recommendation of the superintendent, approval of recommendations for re-employment of teachers to receive temporary contracts during 2015-2016 as described by General Statute 115C-296.1 (subject to availability of funds):


    Corey Crane

    MT. GILEAD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                    CANDOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Laverne Smith                                         

    TROY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL                                               PAGE STREET ELEMENTARY


    EAST MIDDLE SCHOOL                                                           WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL

    Kesha Collins                                                                                Candace Brasington

    Johnni Lilly

    WEST MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL                                  EAST MONTGOMERY HIGH

                                                                                                          Teresa Allred              

                                                                                                          Claudia Stewart

    MONTGOMERY LEARNING ACADEMY                                  Yana Stevenson

                                                                                                          Kendall Greene


    h.    Upon recommendation of the superintendent, approval of recommendations for non-renewal of teacher contracts during 2015-2016 as described by General Statute 115C-325:

     Casey Galloway       East Montgomery High School/West Montgomery High School

     John Wiggins           West Montgomery High School


    3)    Budget Amendment #6:

    4)    General Liability Insurance/Renewal of Errors and Omissions;

    5)    Board Meeting and School Visit Calendar for 2014-15;

    6)    MCS Child Nutrition Procurement Plan;

    7)    MCS-Bid Analysis Summary Sheet;

    8)    Federal Programs Applications;

    9)    Continuing Budget Resolution.

                 After returning from closed session, Chairman DeBerry asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  With a motion by Bryan Dozier and a second by Shirley Threadgill, the meeting was duly adjourned.  

                The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:30 pm.


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                Steven W. DeBerry, Chairman                          Dale Ellis, Ed. D., Secretary

Last Modified on July 14, 2015