BY KRISTEN BUCKLES
The Greene County Board of Education will consider approval of a list of capital needs totaling just over $800,000 during a called meeting on Monday.
Once the board has considered the list and determined which projects to approve for funding, the agenda also calls for the board to approve the corresponding transfer of funds from savings to Capital Outlay.
The board changed its regularly scheduled meeting because of the school system's Winter holidays.
The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. in the board room at the James W. Parham Central Office building.
The board will also review and consider taking the following: actions:
* making policy changes, on second reading, to add legal language in the Board and Director Relations policy stating that the board dismisses any tenured teachers, and cross-references for procedures to the Use of Electronic Mail (email) policy;
* allowing Director of Schools Dr. Vicki Kirk to serve as the system's purchasing agent for the federal e-rate program;
* approving the School Activities Funds Audit, which has produced several notable findings, including "significant deficiencies" related to the recording of accounts and distribution of funds, and the Food Service Audit Report, which included only one finding;
* approving the 2013-14 board goals;
* approving mid-year budget amendments;
* accepting Skyward Inc. as the company to provide the district's student information computer system; and,
* approving the division of revenues from bus advertisements equally among the four high schools for the purpose of offsetting athletic, band and extracurricular academic trips.
The board will also consider approving policy manual and procedure revisions recommended by the Tennessee School Boards Association, including:
* the formation of a request form for Student Transfer/Application for Out of Zone Enrollment;
* the formation of a Facilities Planning Policy detailing an annual assessment of facility needs and an Asbestos Management Plan, all of which Kirk said the system is already following even though they are not required in formal policy;
* allowing students not participating in graduation activities a period of one week, rather than one day, after the ceremony to pick up their diploma, adding language to say that principals shall ensure that students graduating with distinction or honors are recognized at graduation, and adding language to say that student speeches are their own and not endorsed by the school system;
* allowing for workers in Extended School Day/Year Programs and School Age Childcare to be granted raises at the same time as the system grants any raises to classified staff;
* adding specific requirements for inventories of equipment purchased with federal funds, as well as adding a new system for inventorying computers and devices;
* updating the Payroll Procedures and Energy Education Guidelines policies to match system practices; and,
* creating a Fixed Assets Policy detailing the system's practice in maintaining and depreciating individually all items that are valued at $10,000 or more.