Field house doors still waiting
by Sherry Soelman
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Field house doors with chain and padlock
Field house doors with chain and padlock
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The Board of Education went into executive session first thing on Monday night, September 19, 2011. It took them an hour and a half to decide the fate of three students facing disciplinary actions, before proceeding with the agenda.

When they reached purchasing listed on the agenda, Robert Miles, Purchasing Agent for the Smith County School District, addressed the issue concerning the field house doors at Raleigh. He said quotes for the doors should be turned in before October. Coach Larry Means brought the doors to the attention of the Board of Education during the July 11, 2011 meeting after a break in had occurred on June 28, 2011. The doors are currently being locked from the outside with chains and a padlock.

When Miles addressed the issue during the July 25, 2011 board meeting, he had requested door companies to come and give them options. He said the coaches wanted the center bar removed. “I know because of where the dressing rooms are it’s going to limit our options on what kind of doors we put there. We are going to be required to meet the student safety code so that no one can be locked into the building.”

In personnel issues on the agenda the board members approved an upgrade in Gracie Thompson’s license to AA with a salary increase to $33,715. Tiffany Hancock had an upgrade to AA with an increase in salary to $34,395. Kory Moore was added to the substitute teacher list for Taylorsville High School for the remainder of the school year. Suzette Arender resigned from Raleigh Elementary and Kristin Wood was hired as an assistant.

Willie Carr was employed as a bus driver for Raleigh at an annual salary of $8,709 and the salary for bus driver, Jimmy Burns was corrected to the amount of $7,121. Bus driver salaries are based on the number of miles driven.

Both the MEA Clinics and Magee General offered immunizations to the teachers. The board members approved Magee General because they have locations in Smith County. The vaccines are billed to the employee’s state health insurance and costs the county nothing, according to Priscilla Magee, Assistant Superintendent.

The Consolidated Federal Program amendment, according to Magee, reflects actual allocation of funds. “We are required to submit a preliminary budget for Title I, then we have to come back with an actual allocation,” she said. We got an additional $90,000 and as always that goes mostly to personnel. Title II allocation increased $4000.

No vote was taken on a request for approval of a trip to New York City for the Mize Drama Students, grades 9 through 12 on June 4 through 8, 2012.

Lisa Thompson, Business Manager, requested the Special Revenue Account be closed effective October 1, 2011. She said it was an account previously required for federal dollars they no longer have to have. The board members voted unanimously to close it.

The board members chose to not vote on allowing Farm Bureau insurance agents to come to the school and offer term and whole life insurance. This insurance would not be pre taxed, or payroll deductible.

No action was taken on past due sixteenth section leases. Miles said foreclosure had begun on the Chambers house at Sec. 16-T4N-R6E. Tanya James made a partial payment and Sarah Sanders is in a nursing home. Miles said Warren Yelverton came in the office and probably thought he paid, but left no money. He has not been able to reach him. The board members allowed more time to settle the issues to avoid the cost of another reappraisal if the lease was cancelled, then had to had to turn around and reinstate.

The First Baptist Church of Raleigh will use the Raleigh gym at the Elementary school or High School, whichever is more convenient, for a basketball game.

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