School Board Communications

The Madison County School Board met on Monday, January 11, 2016, for its first meeting of 2016.

Reorganization of the Board
Chairman of the Board:  Barry Penn Hollar
Vice-Chair:  Doreen G. Jenkins
Representative to the Piedmont Regional Education Program (PREP):  Doreen G. Jenkins
Alternative Representative to PREP:  Robert T. Chappell
Representative to the Blue Ridge Virtual Governor’s School Board:  Joseph E. Parker
Clerk of the Board:  Liz Patterson
Deputy Clerk of the Board:  Tina Cropp

Regular meetings for 2016 will continue to be held on the second Monday of each month; however, they will now begin at 6:30 p.m.  The Board will immediately go into a “closed session” to discuss any personnel items that will be up for approval.  The Board will come out of closed session no later than 7:00 p.m. to begin the regular meeting.   Historically the second meeting of the month was held on Wednesdays, they will now be held on Mondays.

The following meetings were changed:

  • The public hearing was changed to February 1, 2016
  • The budget work session was changed to January 25, 2016, to begin at 6:00 p.m.
  • The work session scheduled for March was changed to March 21.

Public Comments

Heard several public comments regarding a proposal for a community-supported safe driving campaign for new drivers.  Also heard comments from a service dog provider.

Presented to the Board as Information:
2016-2017 Budget

Dr. Eberhardt and Ms. Tina Cropp presented the proposed 2016-2017 school budget.  The significant changes were:

  • Requesting a 4% average salary increase for all staff
  • Cover all VRS increases
  • Cover any additional costs for health insurance
  • Add one position as allowed by the Governor’s budget with increase state revenue to cover the cost of the position
  • Increase the amount set aside for sub pay
  • Increase all academic and athletic supplements
  • Include supplements for dual enrollment teachers based on courses taught

2015 VSBA Annual Conference
Board members shared their thoughts regarding a few of the sessions/topics they attended at the conference in November.

Approved by the Board:

  • All school board members approved and signed the Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) Code of Conduct for School Board Members.
  • Approved an FY15 Textbook Funding Transfer and supplemental appropriation request for the PBIS grant.
  • Approved two overnight trips for forensics.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Monday, January 25, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – School Board Budget Work Session
  • Monday, February 1, 2016, 7:00 p.m. – Public Hearing on the Budget, MCHS Auditorium
  • Monday, February 8, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – Closed Session
  • Monday, February 8, 2015, 7:00 p.m. – Regular Monthly Meeting

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