School Board MeetingTuesday, February 12, 2013Closed meeting 6-7:30pmPublic meeting 7:30-10pm200, Berkley St., Ashland, VA
I. The board will assert its role in the communityas the educational policy leader of publiceducation in Hanover County. “Policy: School boards set the general rules about what isdone in the schools” II. The board will promote the delivery ofeffective instructional services as the primaryresponsibility of the entire school community. “Curriculum and assessment. The board developscurriculum…[and] implement and report on stateassessments”(Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011)
III. The board will demonstrate leadership in andsupport efforts to attract and retain the bestqualified employees. “Staffing. …the board is responsible for hiring all schooldistrict employees” “Employee relations. School-board members areresponsible for all aspects of employee relations” IV. The board will monitor the effects ofsignificant fiscal influences and consider plans fortheir effective management. “Fiscal matters. The board must keep the school districtsolvent and get the most out of every tax dollar”(Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011)
V. The board will embrace additionalopportunities to promote its accountability tothe public. “Community relations. The school board mustrespond not only to parents but also to othermembers of the community.(Ornstein, Levine, & Gutek, 2011)
I. Manage the impact of prevailing budget/fiscal trends. II. Form salary/benefit proposals that support Hanover’scompetitive position and reflect market adjustments wherenecessary. III. Promote instructional programming. IV. Implement and monitor action plans. V. Develop and maintain a responsive, systematic approach tolong-term building maintenance, construction, custodial services,furniture/equipment replacement, technology system upgrades,other operating efficiencies, and long-range financial stability. VI. Identify the impact of emerging issues and mandates on theschool budget.
John F. Asxelle III(Beaverdam District) Earl J. Hunter, Jr.(Henry District) Robert L Hundley, Jr.(Chickahominy District) Henry D. Lowry, Jr.(Ashland District) Robert L. Wood(Cold Harbor District) Glenn T. Millican, Jr.(Mechanicsville District)
Teachers Students- Award winners Working on projects requiring school boardattendance Speakers Parents and young children
Open Session Invocation (Prayer)/Pledge of Allegiance Approval of Minutes Consent of Agenda (Approval of Superintendent’sRecommendations) Action Agenda (Approval of Preschool Initiative) Information Items (Status Report/Calendars) Topics for next session Adjourn(The majority of these items were discussed and decidedupon during the closed meeting)
Certificates Award in Recognition of… VSBA School Board Appreciation Month 2012 Stock Market Game Winners- 3 students from Atlee HS 2013 winner of VA History Writing Contest- John Roakes (laptopto student/$1,000 to school awarded) 2012-13 NCWIT Award for Aspiration in Computing- VanessaGentry (1 of 2 in VA), Atlee HS Hanover’s 2013 Spelling Bee Champion- Yashna Nainani (4/5 yr.winner), Chickahominy HS VA School Counselor of the Year- Elizabeth Beatley, Pole GreenElementary
Guidelines: Each speaker is allotted 3 minutes to presenttheir views to the board at the podium. Groups are allowed 6 minutes to present.Main topics of concern based on speakers (~12): Budget cuts- Pay to play, IB test fees Defense of teachers
Anthony Smith (Hanover HS student): Studentsurvey of disconnect between school boardand teacher concerns; provided breakdown oftechnology requests, how to fulfill themthrough departmental grants with studentessays, projects, etc. Daniel Chen (Hanover HS student): Worked onproject with Anthony; presented on teachertime budgets and need to allow moreplanning time
Carol R. (Patrick HS student): Providedgeneral perspective, including defense forstudent opinions, viewing teachers with morerespect and higher pay, fear that budget cutswill drive away quality teachers; also againstpay-to-play indicative Randy Wright (Middle School Teacher): Infavor of raising taxes to increase budget;argued political views are impacting schooldecisions
Jordon Goodman (Lee Davis HS student): Againstrequiring students to pay for IB testing; encouragedreimbursement for testing due to additive sums ofmultiple test taking Katie G. (Lee Davis HS student): Same views as Jordon;students can not afford to pay for testing Speaker: Support retired teachers as part-timeeducators to save budget money Renee (Lee Davis Physics instructor): Must come upwith creative solutions to problems given timeconstraints and limited materials (used simulationexample she uses in the classroom with popsicle stickconstruction.
Parent: Against limiting students with pay-to-play because students that are unable to paywill not be as successful or competitive asthey could be if schools continued to providefree sports Group of 3 students: Proposed raising taxesand fund raising in order to pay for IB testing;provided personal stories of financialstruggles of their families
Board members seemed genuinely interested andtook notes Students agreed on the two key issues: No pay-to-play and schools should continue to pay for IB testing Touching that students were concerned with thepossible financial struggle effects of the budget cuts After all comments, Daniel Chen stood back up tospeak: He had “crunched numbers” during the talk ofraising taxes on food in the local areas and found thatthe board could cover costs by doing so Appreciated the passion of everyone that madecomments
An overall informative experience Decisions seemed to have been made duringthe closed meeting and simply announced tothe public Nice to see board members engaged Surprised there was a prayer to begin meeting
On the evening of February 21, the School Boardunanimously adopted the 2013‐2014 Annual Financial Plan including… a Total Operating and Debt Service General Fund Budget of$177,701,129 a Textbook Budget of $1,043,378 a Food Services Budget of $7,179,978…totaling $228,267,000. The 2013‐2014 school budget has been provided to theCounty Administrator as the next step in the budgetdevelopment process. School Board members expressed their appreciation for thepublic’s engagement as a budget shortfall of $5.4‐millionwas closed.
Hanover Schools final budget decision leaves some unsettled...http://wtvr.com/2013/02/22/hanover-schools-final-budget-decision-leaves-some-unsettled/
Hanover County School Board. (2012). HANOVER COUNTY PUBLICSCHOOLS SCHOOL BOARD GOALS July 2012- June 2013. Retrievedonlinehttp://hanover.k12.va.us/schoolboard/School%20Board%20Goals%202012-2013%20Approved.pdf Hanover County School Board. (2012). Hanover County SchoolBoard 2012-2013. Retrieved onlinehttp://hanover.k12.va.us/schoolboard/School%20Board%20Goals%202012-2013%20Approved.pdf Hanover School Budget Decision. [Video File] Retrieved onlinehttp://wtvr.com/2013/02/22/hanover-schools-final-budget-decision-leaves-some-unsettled/ Ornstein, A., Levine, D., & Gutek, G. (2011). Foundations of education.(11th ed. pp.212-13). Belmont, CA.: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.