School Board Meeting Notes
The July 2nd meeting started promptly with a nearly fully audience. One officer was present during the entire meeting. The first agenda item was the public forum. Nearly every person spoke in support of Dr Kelly Dodson. Jean Henderson spoke on her own behalf. She stated that she deserved to know the true reason for her dismissal. She said that she was told her position was eliminated due to budget cuts, but said that her position was relisted on the school district website.
The fee schedule for the coming year was discussed. Greg Horton stated that he does not believe in fees, and that he is opposed to any unnecessary fees. Dianne Proffitt tasked Dr Curtis with ensuring that each student would receive a document explaining the fees at the beginning of the school year. At the previous workshop, there was some discussion about the language of fees versus donations, and the inference of them being respectively required versus optional.
Next the board considered a policy revision to Policy 6.132 Use of Personal Communication Devices in School. The proposed policy would have limited all personal electronic devices. Greg Horton stated that this would even include the use of MP3 players. Tammie Lavender stated that we should have a policy “more in line with the times.” The first reading of this policy failed, and it will go back to the workshop for further consideration.
The Board also passed a motion to consider a field trip for thecheerleaders to Tennessee Tech.
The Board also approved a new contract with the firm Woods and Woods. Before voting the Board discussed previous motions and votes and whether they were specific to the contract or budget line items. The previous contract had past the end date, and the firm was working on a month to month basis.
The last item on the agenda was the votes on the tenure revocation for Dale McCarver, Crystal McCarver, and Dr Kelly Dodson. As explained, a positive vote for the director’s recommendation would mean that the process for revoking the teacher’s tenure would move forward. The discussion and votes for each recommendation were taken individually.
The recommendation to dismiss Dale McCarver was first. Tim Williamson questioned the procedures for moving from suspension to dismissal. Williamson also questioned the order of events. Dr Curtis’ responses were little more than due process was followed. This recommendation was confirmed with only Tim Williamson voting against.
The recommendation to dismiss Crystal McCarver was next. The bulk of the conversation was around the item in their information packet simply referred to as the “chat logs”. There appears to be some confusion as to the source and authenticity of these logs. Some thought they were text messsages, and others thought they were in a chat room. The paper copy apparently does not indicate a source. Dr Curtis indicated that they were offered as evidence in another case, but did not offer much more information about them. This motion passed with a 5-1 vote with Tim Williamson voting against it.
The last recommendation considered was for Dr Kelly Dodson. Tim Williamson questioned the timeline and process for moving from suspension to dismissal. Again Dr Curtis stated that due process was followed. Williamson indicated that the information packet included a Feb 13 2012 suspension letter that indicated the future problems could result in dismissal. Williamson observed that the information packet did not include any documentation regarding offenses committed after the suspension. He questioned Dr Curtis how this due process resulted in a four day suspension, but was later increased to a dismissal with no further misconduct. Dr Curtis offered little more than due process was followed. William Johnson indicated that he thought the initial punishment should have been dismissal, but changing it after the fact made it look like a mistake was made. This motion was passed 4-2 with Williamson and Johnson voting against.
Dianne Proffitt adjourned the meeting at 8:28PM.
On a completely unrelated note, the primary output from the air conditioner in the meeting room is noise. It appears to make more noise than cool air.