ABOUT FACE - Reinstating School Board's PAY
Breakfast & Lunch Increases on Agenda!
By: Pat Hunter
The ink isn’t even dry from last month’s Board actions of Budget cuts. On June 12th, School Board member Bill Marcus made a motion to remove certain items from the list of Budget cuts. However, Highland Park school board member Steve Harrelson made a motion to amend Marcus's motion to add in the School Board's proposed pay cut for Board members. Now, Scotty Newman is listed on the agenda; apparently he is contemplating an about face to reinstate the $300 monthly School Board pay. Scott Newman is running un-opposed for Loudon Seat B School Board seat. What prompted his change of heart?
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Bill Marcus, Seat A Loudon District voted no at last month's Board meeting. But will Marcus and other School Board members have a change of heart just like Scotty Newsman? School board member Steve Harrelson led the discussion at last month's meeting, not to cut out the $300 monthly pay. But when it came down to a vote, Harrelson, Chairman Bobby Johnson Jr., Larry Proaps and Larry Bass voted not to cut their $300 monthly pay. But the foursome was out voted by the other six school board members of Bill Marcus, Freddie Gene Walker, June Klinstiver, Nancy Paule, Scotty Newman and Leroy Tate. Each School Board member is paid $300 per month or $3600.00 yearly in addition to other Board perks such as yearly mountain retreats in Gatlinburg, a Day on the Hill in Nashville, etc. Time will tell if the School Board will also reinstate other Board perks. click to read School Board Cuts Own Pay
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Pay has been an issue with commissioners, too. D-1 Commissioner Nancy Marcus is the spouse of School Board member Bill Marcus. Commissioners Nancy Marcus and Bob Franke were two of the most vocal members of the Budget Committee who led the charge for Commissioner's big fat ten percent (10%) pay raise, which is calculated on the County Mayor 's yearly pay. Commissioners have not decreased their hefty pay raises. At the May 14th Finance 101 meeting held by Commissioner Don Miller,click an audience member and clickSchool Board member Larry Proaps confronted Commissioner Miller and asked him if he was willing to cut his pay, Miller said yes but that hasn't happened either! After asking Miller if he was willing to give up his pay, Larry Proaps oddly enough voted to keep his $300 monthly pay but he was out voted. Go figure!
It seems like it's a horse of a different color when it comes to officials giving up their own pay, it would appear. Taxpayers are supposed to give up their hard earned money happily; what's the old saying, "Do as I say, not as I do?
This School Board has made front page news for some hasty actions, which has led to criticism from commissioners about credibility issues.
Price increase for Breakfast and Lunch
Another important issue for discussion at Monday's workshop and possible action for Thursday’s School Board meeting is a price increase for breakfast and lunch. If this issue is important to parents, please try to attend the meeting and voice your concerns to School Board members assuming the public is allowed to speak at the workshop meeting. The agenda and draft minutes are listed below.
LOUDON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
July 10, 2008
Pledge & Prayer
Opening of meeting – Chairman Johnson
Adoption of Agenda
I. Approval of minutes of June meeting (copy enclosed)
Introduction/Welcome of Director Honeycutt – Chairman Johnson
Recognition of Visitors – This is the time for anyone who wishes to address the Board about any matter on the agenda. (This item is limited to a total time of 30 minutes for comments. Anyone wishing to address the Board should limit his/her remarks to allow for others.)
II. Administrative Reports – Administrators
III. Approval of price increase for Breakfast and Lunch – Alison Millsaps
IV. Consideration of 2008 – 2009 school budget changes – Scott Newman
A. Reinstate Board Pay
V. Approval of job description changes for central office personnel – Gil Luttrell
VI. Director’s items:
A. Budget amendments (copies enclosed) – Bennie Sims
B. Comments/Updates, etc.
M. Wayne Honeycutt
Director of Schools
NOTE: Board Workshop – Courthouse Annex – Monday, July 7th – 6:30 P.M.
Loudon County Board of Education
June 12, 2008 Meetings Minutes
June 12, 2008
Present: Chairman Bobby Johnson Jr.,Vice-Chair June Klinstiver, Larry Bass, Steve Harrelson, Bill Marcus, Scott Newman, Nancy Paule, Larry Proaps, Leroy Tate, Freddie Walker
Director Edward Headlee, Assistant Director Gil Luttrell and Board Secretary Nancy Carpenter
Principals: Joey Breedlove, Mary Hill, Tiffany Ratledge and Jason Vance
Central Office: Ramona Best, Kathy Greene, Tom Hankinson and Kim McGimsey
Motion by Proaps with 2nd by Marcus to add the agenda with the addition of the two items: Resolution for Support of the Wheel Tax and Student Fees for LHS. Walker No. Nine Ayes.
Motion by Proaps with a 2nd by Klinstiver to accept the agenda as amended. No Walker. Nine Ayes.
Motion by Klinstiver to approve the May minutes. 2nd by Paule. All voted Aye.
Presentations to retiring teachers – Chairman Johnson presented bells and congratulations to the teachers.
Presentation of Resolutions – Angie Lucier GBS, Mayor Peeler GBS, Eaton Elementary School
Recognition of Visitors – Lisa Russell spoke about the capital budget requests. Andrea Westby asked questions about moving the CDC classroom from LES to Steekee. Ms. Foster explained the reasoning and the guidelines for changes to the classroom.
Resolution for the Wheel Tax – Motion by Marcus for the board to send a resolution to county commission in support of wheel tax funds going to the school capital projects. 2nd Paule. Walker and Tate No. Eight Ayes.
Student Fees - John Bartlett presented a list of proposed list of fees for LHS. Greenback would like to investigate the situation until next year. Delay action until a later date.
5K Run/Walk proposal – Melisa Fuhrmeister (CSHP) – Motion by Proaps to approve the 5K Run/Walk with 2nd by Harrelson. All voted Aye.
Approval of Summer Camps – Philadelphia Elementary School Motion by Proaps with 2nd by Klinstiver to approve camps as submitted. All voted Aye.
Facilities Maintenance Coordinator Monthly Report: Dave Hemelright
1. Modular Educational Unit at Greenback is still working with SFMO Nashville. SFMO Knoxville, originator of the concerns has “washed hands” of the entire situation. Unit at North Middle will undergo re-inspection week of June 2nd.
2. Additional Fire Alarm work required by SFMO Knoxville at Greenback is underway. Completion is expected on the additional work by week of June 9th.
3. Preconstruction Meeting for Phase I of the HVAC replacement was held on 29 May. Four Seasons Company has commenced work on the project. Plans are presently being reviewed by SFMO Nashville. Completion date of project will be last week in July.
4. The incessant “beeping” of the FACP at Eaton has continued in spite of the dedicated circuit. Power test on the circuit for 8 days showed absolutely no power fluctuation beyond normal. Gallaher and Associates will replace the control panel to see if it was not, in fact, a defective replacement panel.
5. The completed “Our School” design fair was given to all middle schools, Loudon Elementary, CTE, Food Service and Family Resource Center for implementation over the next few months.
6. Attended Budget workshops for the Board of Education.
7. Upland Design Group is working on the Loudon High School Auditorium renovation project.
8. County Maintenance repaired substantial roof leak at North Middle School caused by roof inspector not re-sealing “core” sample area.
9. Investigated program to monitor the kitchen walk-in refrigerated boxes that will notify some one of authority to correct problems if the temperature rises above a critical set point. This program will prevent food loss in the event of a refrigeration failure during unoccupied times.
10. Conducted workshops on Insulated Concrete Forms for our Architects and Construction Managers.
11. Attended Solid Waste Commission Workshop. There will be some recycling programs forthcoming that will benefit the schools and county landfill.
12. Scheduled summer kitchen hood cleaning.
13. Scheduled required (NFPA 25) five (5) year inspections on fire sprinkler systems.
14. For CTE, met with Electrical Contractor to provide primary electrical service and distribution to the free greenhouse at Greenback, and the no cost pole barn at Loudon High School.
15. Community Tectonics is preparing plans to submit to SFMO Nashville for the required work by SFMO Knoxville for Greenback School.
16. Handicap lift requirements for the middle school stairs will be investigated at the same time for Greenback School.
17. Obtained keys for the affected facilities for the HVAC replacement contractor.
18. Responded to calls for assistance and conducted follow up visits to facilities to ensure that the work orders are being accomplished, and that the schools are being taken care of properly and punctually.
Consideration of 2008-2009 School Budget -
Motion by Bass with 2nd by Proaps to approve the Capital Budget Requests 2008-2009. Nine Aye. Walker No.
Motion by Tate to send the 2008-2009 budget to county commission with all positions and 1% raise. 2nd Bass. Nine No.
Bass Aye. Motion Failed.
Motion by Marcus to remove the list of recommend items from the 2008-2009 budget to reduce the amount by $2,343,995.
2nd by Paule. Harrelson, Proaps and Walker No. Seven Ayes. Motion Carries.
Motion by Harrelson to amend Motion by Marcus to add salary for board back to items removed. 2nd by Proaps.
Tate, Klinstiver, Paule, Walker, Marcus and Newman No. Harrelson, Bass, Proaps and Johnson Aye. Motion Fails.
Motion by Bass with 2nd by Newman to add additional funds for a 1% raise to the 2008-2009 budget.
Amendment to motion by Marcus with 2nd by Klinstiver to increase budget amount to include a 2 % raise for all employees, including their step increases. Walker Abstain. Nine Aye. Motion Carries.
Other budget considerations:
Motion by Proaps to remove Family Liaisons and Guidance Personnel from cuts with 2nd by Newman.
Newman, Klinstiver, Marcus, Bass and Tate Aye. Johnson, Harrelson, Paule, Proaps and Walker No. No action taken.
Motion by Klinstiver to remove Family Liaisons from the cuts 2nd Marcus. Newman, Klinstiver, Marcus, Bass and Tate Aye. Johnson, Harrelson, Paule, Proaps and Walker No. No action taken.
Motion Proaps to leave all positions in the budget and request an additional $737,272 funding. 2nd by Paule. Tate, Klinstiver, Walker, Marcus, Johnson and Newman No. Harrelson, Paule, Bass and Proaps No. Motion Failed.
Motion by Marcus to cut the attendance position with 2nd by Paule. No Newman. Nine Aye. Motion Carries.
Motion by Marcus to keep CTE guidance personnel in budget with 2nd by Newman. Tate and Walker No. Klinstiver, Harrelson, Bass, Proaps, Marcus, Johnson and Newman Aye. Paule Abstain. Motion Carries.
Motion Marcus to leave central office personnel position on cut list with 2nd by Newman. Harrelson, Bass and Proaps No. Seven Aye. Motion Carries.
Motion by Bass to separate maintenance personnel and vote individually on position. Motion failed for lack of second.
Motion by Walker to send maintenance personnel to county budget with the contingency that if they do not hire they return to our budget. 2nd Marcus. Newman, Harrelson, Marcus Walker and Tate Aye. Klinstiver, Johnson, Paule, Bass and Proaps No. No action taken.
Motion by Proaps to leave Family Liaison and Maintenance positions in budget and approve the 2008 -2009 budget with cuts. 2nd Bass. Tate, Harrelson, Walker, Johnson and Newman No. Klinstiver, Paule, Bass, Proaps and Marcus Aye.
No action taken.
Motion by Newman to send maintenance personnel to county budget. 2nd by Tate. Newman, Harrelson, Marcus, Walker and Tate Aye. Klinstiver Paule, Bass and Proaps No. Johnson Abstain. No action taken.
Motion by Marcus, 2nd by Newman to leave the Family Liaison positions in budget. Walker No. Nine Aye. Motion Carries.
Motion by Marcus to send budget as amended to County Commission 2nd by Klinstiver. Tate, Harrelson, Walker and Newman No. Klinstiver, Paule, Bass, Proaps, Marcus and Johnson Aye. Motion carries.
Motion by Walker to adjourn with 2nd by Newman. Tate, Walker and Newman Aye. Seven No.
Budget amendments – Bennie Sims - Motion by Bass with 2nd by Proaps to accept the amendments as presented. Walker No. Nine Ayes. Motion Carries.
Larry Bass - Thank you Director Headlee for all the years of service and the dedication you gave to Loudon County Schools.
Motion by Harrelson with 2nd by Marcus to Adjourn. All voted Aye.
Bobby Johnson, Jr., Chairman A. Edward Headlee, Director