•                                                             MONTGOMERY COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION


                                                                                         July 13, 2015


                 The Montgomery County Board of Education convened in its regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 13, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Board members present were as follows: Steven W. DeBerry – Chair, Tommy Blake – Vice Chair, Bryan Dozier, Jesse Hill, Shirley Threadgill, Ann Long and Sandra Miller. 

                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 and consent request approved unanimously by the board.

                Chairman DeBerry opened the meeting with a devotional by reading from the book of Philippians 4:13:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Perhaps more than any other leader in the 20th century, Winston Churchill rallied a nation to believe in what it could do. His speeches during World War II not only express resolution, but a profound peace of mind and a feeling of “rightness.” Here are some of his words to England and the world: “You ask, what is our policy? I will say:  It is to wage war, by sea, land, and air, with all our might and all the strength that God can give us. You ask, What is our aim? I can answer in one word: Victory. Victory at all costs.  Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory, there is no survival. We shall go on to the end; we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air.  We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches; we shall fight on the landing grounds.  We shall fight in the fields and in the streets; we shall fight in the hills…we shall never surrender.” What wonderful words to adapt to any fight against evil! Success comes in cans; failure comes in can’ts.

                Chairman DeBerry led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. 

                 Superintendent Ellis and Kevin Lancaster recognized the June employees of the month at East Montgomery. Daniel Kern, teacher, was selected as Certified Employee of the Month and James Page, custodian, as Classified Employee of the Month. Mr. Kern, who was attending a Vocational Conference, was unable to attend. Dr. Lancaster recognized Mr. Page,as a hard worker, who takes initiative and pride in his work. Congratulations to both employees! 

                 Next, Dr. Ellis thanked Kerry Hensley with the Montgomery Fund for awarding ten thousand dollars through the ACCESS Grant. The grant will be used to support East and West High school. The fund has also given individual grants to several teachers for smaller projects. Ms. Hensley said, “The Montgomery Fund is one of fourty-five under the Community Foundation. This was the largest amount donated so far this year. It’s important to let teachers know we support the efforts they are making and we appreciate the opportunity”. 

                Jeff James thanked Natalie Blake for awarding Montgomery County with the Z Smith Reynolds Grant, in the amount of two hundred, twenty-five thousand dollars. Ms. Blake added, “I am very impressed with the incredible work going on in Montgomery County. I’m very passionate about this area and was grateful they (Z Smith Reynolds) funded the entire amount, which is rare”. The grant is a one to one initiative that will help public education on a daily basis. 

                Superintendent Ellis introduced DARE Officers Shirley Green and Jeff Branch and Sheriff Chris Watkins. Mrs. Green, who is retiring from the sheriff’s office, was recognized as being a DARE Officer at Star Elementary from 1991 to 2015. Mrs. Green kept every DARE essay. If a former student landed in jail, she would pull out their essay and remind them of the promise they made through DARE. When asked if she had anything to say, Mrs. Green shared that she was grateful for DARE; “I believe in it; anything to keep them out of jail or the funeral home”.         

            The following items were approved on the consent agenda:

    1)                          1) Board Minutes from June 1, 2015;

    2)                          2) Personnel and Auxillary Report:

         a.   Upon the recommendation of the principal, approval of the following addition to the substitute teacher list:

                Certified                                  Recommended By                Record Check

    1)    Perry Owens                            Joan Frye                                 Pending

    2)    Maria Ferrell                           Sharon Castelli                              Yes

    3)    Ariel Lowe                              Heather Seawell                        Pending

    4)    Dustin Elliott                          Heather Seawell                           Yes

    5)    Jessie Myrick Jr.                       Joan Frye                                Pending


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

     Resignation/Retirement        School/Assignment              Effective Date

     1)    Lourdes Yarbrough              Central Office                         May 29, 2015

                   Resignation                          Finance Dept.

     2)    Jerimy Rinker                      West Middle School                June 12, 2015

    Resignation                         Health/PE Teacher

     3)    Susan Fox                            Central Office                         August 31, 2015

       Retirement                           Adm. Asst. Human Res.

     4)    Sam Wiles                            East Montgomery High           June 30, 2015

                   Resignation                          ROTC Instructor

     5)    Lueginia Alston                     West Montgomery High          June 12, 2015

    Resignation                         Science Teacher

     6)    Teddi Benson                       West Montgomery High          July 15, 2015

    Resignation                         EC Teacher

     7)    Gracia Pack                         Troy Elementary School         July 2, 2015

    Resignation                         Adm. Asst./Data Mgr.


     8)    Angela Sorenson                 West Middle School                June 30, 2015

    Resignation                         Assistant Principal

    9)    Michael Williams                  Elementary School                 June 18, 2015

    Resignation                         Instructional Technology


     10) Joan Frye                             West Middle School                August 1, 2015

    Retirement                          Principal

    11) Landy Hilger                         West Middle School                July 10, 2015

    Resignation                         Language Arts Teacher

     12) Debra Russell                      Troy Elementary School         July 6, 2015

    Retirement                          Elementary Teacher

     13) LeAnne Coyle                      West Middle School                July 1, 2015

    Resignation                         Office Support

     14) Carol Parsons                      Green Ridge Elementary        August 1, 2015

    Retirement                          Elementary Testing

         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)    Amanda Williams      Troy Elementary School           Yes                      Sharon Furlano

     08/17/2015                Speech Language Path. 

     2)    Angela Shue               Page Street Elementary          Yes 

    08/18/2015                  3rd Grade Teacher

     3)    Patience Whitehead   West Montgomery High            Yes                    Lueginia Alston

    08/18/2015                  Science Teacher

     4)    Shannon Parsons       Green Ridge Elementary       Pending               Jane Rubino

    08/18/2015                  Kindergarten Teacher

     5)    Dave Paddock            East Montgomery High              Yes                   New Position

    08/18/2015                  Social Studies Teacher

     6)    Sandra Stone              Mt. Gilead Elementary            Pending               Terry Maness

    08/18/2015                  5th Grade Teacher

    d.    Report of the following transfers:


     Effective Date                  From                           To                                    Replacing

     1) Deborah Thomas         East Middle School     Montgomery Learning              

           08/18/2015                  Science Teacher        Science Teacher

             2) Holly Morgan               Troy Elementary         Page Street Elem.     

                  08/18/2015                 Elementary Teacher   Elementary Teacher

    3)    Russ Saladin            Page Street Elem.      Green Ridge Elem.

    08/18/2015               EC Teacher                EC Teacher

    4)    Frances Morris         Mt. Gilead Elem.         Troy Elementary

    08/18/2015               EC Teacher                EC Teacher

    5)    Opal Sloan-Archie    Green Ridge Elem.     East Montgomery High

    08/18/2015               EC Teacher                EC Teacher

    6)    Claudia Stewart       East Montgomery       West Montgomery

    08/18/2015               EC Teacher                EC Teacher

    7)    Sandy Byrd              East Middle                 West Montgomery

    08/18/2015               EC Teacher                EC Teacher

    8)    Cindy Sweet            West Middle School    East Middle School

    08/18/2015              Special Pops Coord.   EC Teacher

    9)    Delores Mauldin       County Office             Troy Elementary                Gracia Pack

    07/06/2015               Adm. Asst. EC          Adm. Asst./Data Mgr.


     10) Emily Dunn              East Montgomery       West Middle                      Cindy Sweet

    08/01/2015               Business Teacher       High School Testing


                                                                         Management Coordinator

     11) Melissa Kidd            East Montgomery       Mt. Gilead/Candor

    07/06/2015               Spanish Teacher         Instructional Technology



    e.    Upon recommendation, approval of the following coaches for the fall 2015 sports season:

     East Montgomery High School

    David Paddock              Football

    Dustin Elliott                   Football

    Angela Everette             JV and Varsity Cheerleading

    Sean Hassell                  Cross Country

    Mishele Hare                  Cross Country

    Ben Hammer                 Football and Weight Room

    Ray Massey                   Football

    Martino Huey                 Football (Background Pending)

    Ray Deaton                    Football

    Barry Jackson               Football

    Jerry Spencer                Football

    John Weis                      Football

    Chris Hadlock                Soccer and Athletic Director

    Scott Blue                      Soccer and Field Maintenance

    Blake Frazier                  Tennis

    Terry Appen                   Tennis

    Leslie Shoffner               Volleyball

    Julie Buchikos                Volleyball

    Mark Miller                     Athletic Director

    Mike Barrington             Athletic Trainer

    Talitha Auman                Athletic Trainer


    West Montgomery High School

    Nick Eddins                    Football

    Ken Neal                        Football

    James Johnson             Football

    Terry Callicutt                Football

    Eddie Swan                    Football

    Daniel Coggins               Football

    Clay McKnight               Football

    Perry Owens                  Football

    Jimbo McIntyre              First Responder

    Chris Brown                   First Responder

    April Britt                        Cross Country

    Earle Poole                    Cross Country

    Suzie Boros                   Women’s Tennis

    Stephanie Panzer          Volleyball

    Vickie Panzer                 Volleyball

    John Paul Callicutt         Volleyball

    Seth Dunlap                   Athletic Director


    f.     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:

     Vicky Drake                   Bus Monitor

    John Frederick Bryant    Bus Driver


    g.    Upon recommendation, approval of the following administrative contract:

     ·         Chris Jonassen, Assistant Principal, annual eleven-month term, commencing July 6, 2015 and ending June 30, 2017.

     3)                             3)  Budget Amendment;


    1)                                      4)  Alternative Accountability Model Participation for MLA;

    2)                                     5)  WMHS Cafeteria Equipment Purchase.

               Dr. Ellis presented an Early College Power Point Presentation listing the needs of Montgomery County Schools including: in-district high school options, an alternative to standard curricula, a refined and focused CTE component that leads directly to jobs, STEM and advanced options that lead to degrees and college credits for advanced students. Students who are given higher expectations will reach higher to achieve those goals. Early College would benefit struggling students who do not expect to attend college. Student Achievement is a major advantage of an Early College program.  Early College students will take classes that relate to real world jobs, making the connection between classroom and career. Some Early College programs are based on community college campuses, while others are created within traditional high school settings. Steps needed to implement Early College at Montgomery County Schools include: a recommendation from the Education Facilities Committee, approval by MCS Board of Education, approval by Montgomery Community College Board of Trustees and approval by Montgomery County Board of Commissioners. Dr. Ellis stated that several things need to be worked out, but the timing couldn’t be better for this program.  

                Next, Superintendent Ellis gave an overview of the recruitment of Teachers and staff, safety, the articulation of the mission, vision and values statement and Principal accountability. This year, we face a dwindling teacher pool, mainly due to pay issues and people going into other fields. To combat this problem, we have established a diversity committee to develop a plan for minority recruitment. Safety is an area where training is ongoing. A safe environment saves money, which means cheaper insurance premiums. Online training in safety procedures, such as blood-borne pathogens, must be completed by all staff members and documented by Human Resources. The mission, vision and values are reaffirmed at mid-year and end of year reviews, posted on our letterhead and logo and lived through actions and policy recommendations. Principals are held accountable in all areas relating to district, state and federal mandates through the School Administrator Evaluation Process. Problems, concerns or commendations are addressed during four quarterly meetings per year, or anytime the need arises.       

                Dr. Ellis asked the board for a date to hold the end of the year review.  The board decided on Tuesday, September 1st at 5:30 pm.

                Dr. Lancaster presented the following policy codes for first reading: 1310/4002 Parental Involvement, 4110 Immunization and Health Requirements for School Admission, 4600 Student Fees, 4601 Collection of Student Fees and Charges, 7500 Workday and Overtime.

    Superintendent Ellis decided to reserve his remarks until the August board meeting.    

              Chairman DeBerry then asked for a motion to adjourn and move into closed session. With a motion from 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 Bryan Dozier and a second by Tommy Blake, the meeting was duly adjourned.  

               The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 6:30 pm.


                __________________________                       ________________________

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

Last Modified on September 3, 2015