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KNOX COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR SESSION
December 11, 2019

MINUTES


 
The Knox County Board of Education met in Regular Session on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 in the Main Assembly Room of the City-County Building at 400 Main Street, Knoxville, Tennessee.  The meeting could be viewed in its entirety on the video located on the Knox County Board of Education website at knoxschools.org.  All supporting documents were posted with the agenda on the website.
 
Present:
Evetty Satterfield, District 1  
 
Jennifer Owen, District 2  
 
Tony Norman, District 3  
 
Virginia Babb, District 4  
 
Susan Horn, District 5  
 
Terry Hill, District 6  
 
Patti Lou Bounds, District 7  
 
Mike McMillan, District 8  
 
Kristi Kristy, District 9  
 
Noah Kelley, Student Representative  
Chair Horn presiding
             
   1   A Moment of Silence was observed followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag led by Ms. Hill.
             
   2   Announcements
 
  • Knox County Commissioners Justin Biggs, John Schoonmaker and Randy Smith were welcomed and thanked for their attendance.
  • Knox County Schools winter break would be Monday, December 23, 2019 through January 3, 2020. On behalf of the Board, Chair Horn wished all students, families and staff a restful break.
  • Great Schools Partnership Interim Director Johnathan Scoonover shared information regarding a Bill and Melinda Gates  Foundation conference he attended in Nashville along with Board Student Representative Noah Kelley.  He recognized Mr. Kelley for his representation of the students of Knox County.
             
   3   Changes to the Agenda
  Ms. Horn noted that a revised version of the proposed new Policy J-171 was emailed to Board Members earlier and also attached to the electronic agenda. She requested, if there was no opposition, that item 9E be moved forward on the agenda to be considered just after consent agenda items as item 5D. Ms. Bounds said she was not in opposition, but did want it on the record that this request had been made at the Board's December 4 work session as well and since lots of people were in attendance regarding the proposed new Policy J-171, she felt it was not in the public interest.
             
   4   Approval of the Agenda
             
  On motion made by Terry Hill, seconded by Tony Norman
         

  Vote: 8 - 1 Passed
 
NO: Jennifer Owen
             
   5   Consent Agenda
             
  On motion made by Terry Hill, seconded by Tony Norman
         














  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   A   Payment of Bills
             
   B   AI -6091    Approve Minutes of Meetings
  • October 30, 2019 Quarterly Work Session
  • November 6, 2019 Work Session
  • November 13, 2019 Regular Session
             
   C   Items/Contracts:
             
   1   AI -6117    Approve Retainer Agreement with Millsaps Gowan Government Relations for provision of governmental consulting services to the Coalition of Large Area School Systems (CLASS) for the term of January 1 through December 31, 2020 at a cost of $37,500.00 using general purpose funds
             
   2   AI -6123    Approve 2019 State of Tennessee Department of Education Local Education Agency (LEA) Compliance Report
             
   3   AI -6098    Approve letter of request from Rural Metro to improve property at 1100 East Governor John Sevier Highway to create a training facility for use by Knox County Schools and Rural Metro at no cost to Knox County Schools
             
   4   AI -6099    Approve ACT State Testing Program agreement for Spring 2020 administration of the ACT at a cost of $37.00 per student using Basic Education Program (BEP) funds
             
   5   AI -6115    Approve Tennessee Board of Regents Community College Dual Credit Conditions and Agreement with Pellissippi State Community College for the 2019-2020 Academic Year which may be renewed annually for a maximum of five (5) years
             
   6   AI -6120    Approve Dual Enrollment Agreement with Roane State Community College for the period of Spring 2020 through Fall 2024
             
   7   AI -6100    Approve Memorandum of Understanding with East Tennessee Children's Hospital Association, Inc. for provision of evacuation or relocation facilities between ETCH and Fort Sanders Educational Development Center in the event of emergency situations or exigent circumstances
             
   8   AI -6113    Approve form agreement with Bridgewater Place to allow school administrators the authority to approve agreement for event venue and related services with said form, renewable each year for a maximum of five (5) years
             
   9   AI -6116    Approve agreements with Winter Guard International, Inc. (WGI) for Hardin Valley Academy to allow their competition in 2020 WGI-sanctioned events
             
   10   AI -6101    Approve agreement with Music Theatre International for a dramatic performing rights license for Into the Woods Junior for Holston Middle School at an approximate cost of $1,000.00 using funds generated by ad sales and internal school funds
             
   D   AI -6121    Approve Intragovernmental Memorandum of Understanding with Knox County Commission and the Knox County Mayor to relocate the Knox County Schools Central Office to the TVA East Tower - Recommended by Superintendent
  Ms. Bounds made a motion to remove this item. Ms. Owen seconded the motion.

Deputy Law Director Gary Dupler stated that the Law Director's position had been made clear when Law Director Bud Armstrong spoke at the recent County Commission meeting and he had also shared at the Board's December 4 work session. The Law Director stated that this contract was not legal as it was and not in proper form at the time. Mr. Dupler said the Law Director was not on either side, but it was his sole duty to uphold the County Charter and represent the different entities involved. He said this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) could be considered, but at the recent County Commission meeting it was mentioned that someone may request the Tennessee Attorney General's opinion regarding custody and control of the facility housing KCS central offices.

Ms. Hill stated it was her understanding that regardless of what the Board did on this matter, their vote was not necessary in this process. Mr. Dupler stated the Law Director's office thought that assumption was false and that Board approval would be required. Ms. Horn asked Ms. Bounds if she would be willing to change her motion to defer this item instead of removing the item. Ms. Bounds said that was fine and Ms. Owen agreed. Ms. Satterfield asked if Ms. Bounds would agree to change the motion to deferring the item until the documents were in legal form. Ms. Bounds said that was fine and Ms. Owen agreed.

Ms. Babb stated that she had watched the video of the recent County Commission meeting referred to and in response to discussion at that meeting, she offered a substitute motion that the Board of Education express its support to relocate the administrative offices of the Knox County Schools from the Andrew Johnson Building to the TVA East Tower subject to confirmation that such a relocation would not violate State law relating to the custody and control by the School Board of school facilities and that the County be requested to provide a revised memorandum of understanding consistent with this motion for consideration at the next meeting of the Board of Education. Ms. Kristy seconded the substitute motion.

Ms. Owen asked how this substitute motion was substantially different than the MOU. Mr. Dupler said the motion would allow the Board to express their interest without approving the MOU itself and the Law Director had no objection to this substitute motion. Ms. Hill said she still felt so many different legal opinions caused a dilemma and she asked Knox County Finance Director Chris Caldwell to speak to how this might affect the process. Mr. Caldwell said he would defer to Attorney Mark Mamantov for detail since he was well versed on this item and represented the County as Bond Council on behalf of Mayor Glenn Jacobs, but noted that it could be quite expensive to get an opinion from the Tennessee Attorney General, and the County wanted to know if the Board would be amenable to relocate the central offices if the legalities were met before proceeding any further. He stated that he had a great relationship with the Law Director and Deputy Law Director Charlie Sterchi, but at this point he needed guidance from the Board.

Ms. Bounds said her concerns were dealing with two different things and what bothered her most at this point was the urgency some had to get this done. She said she would not support the substitute motion.

Ms. Babb asked what question would be posed to the Attorney General. Mr. Mamantov noted it would require a request from a State legislator, but the question would be regarding whether custody of the facility applied to central offices like it did to school buildings. It would clarify whether operating the central offices in a federal building would violate the Board's rights. Mr. Mamantov said the County did not want to pursue this request because of the cost and time involved if the Board did not want to move forward. Mr. Norman said it seemed to him the substitute motion would clarify that, but he wanted to speak against the motion and support deferring the item. He noted that the contract with TVA was over 300 pages and still had lots of blanks and he still had an issue with the accessibility of the buiding. Ms. Owen said that she was still asking for the County to fulfull their commitment in a memorandum of understanding from 2015 to present the Board with multiple sites to consider.

Mr. Dupler said the substitute motion would simply indicate whether the Board was willing to move the KCS central office to the TVA East Tower if the legalities could be met. He said progress was being made and this motion would not exclude possibilities. Ms. Owen asked if Ms. Babb would accept a friendly amendment to express interest in other properties as well. Ms. Bounds noted she had also watched the recent County Commission meeting and she had two take aways - one was to wait on an opinion from the Attorney General and the other was to look at another site. She had gotten the impression that County Commission may ask for a study regarding the Knoxville Center Mall property. She agreed with Ms. Owen that the County had not fulfilled the agreement from 2015 and if that one was not adhered to, she was reluctant on this one. Ms. Bounds said she felt the Board should decide on a best site.

Ms. Kristy said she respected that the County needed to know where the Board stood about the relocation before moving forward and she asked if the University of Tennessee had similar concerns with the TVA contract. Mr. Dupler stated they did. University of Tennessee Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Management Systems David Miller was present. Mr. Miller stated that the University of Tennessee Board of Trustees had no concerns about being a tenant in the TVA East Tower. Ms. Owen wondered if the Board's concerns were not shared by UT because Board Members were elected officials. Mr. Dupler said that Mr. Armstrong and Mr. Sterchi had been dealing with the University of Tennessee about the concerns regarding UT police not being able to be armed in the TVA East Tower. He also noted that Tennessee Code for local boards of education did not apply to UT and that was what was causing the Board problems. Ms. Bounds thanked Mr. Dupler for making that clear.

Ms. Hill pointed out that the County just wanted to know if the legalities could be worked out, that the Board would be willing to relocate the KCS central office to the TVA East Tower. She believed some Board Members did not want to move there period and she had concern about the substitute motion including other sites. She asked Mr. Caldwell to clarify. Mr. Caldwell said neither the agreement from 2015 nor the current proposed MOU ever said 12 sites, but indicated "appropriate" sites. He said the County knew what KCS was willing to spend by working with KCS staff and therefore only two appropriate sites were identified - relocating to the the TVA East Tower or staying in the Andrew Johnson Building. Mr. Caldwell believed these were the only viable options after the review of all possible sites and the options being given did fulfull the terms of the agreement from 2015. Ms. Hill asked if the substitute motion would resolve the issues. Mr. Caldwell said he was okay with Ms. Owen's amendment, but the current MOU was negotiated between the Mayor and Superintendent Thomas and if the Board wanted another option, the Rule High School site for example, the MOU would not be the same. Ms. Bounds provided Board Members with a copy of a letter that the Law Director sent to Mayor Jacobs and Mr. Caldwell was correct, that the MOU did not say 12 sites, but it did say "several" with plans for the Board to consider and that Purchasing would pick the sites and present the options. She said she was committed to working cooperatively and that was what was agreed upon was that the Board would evaluate, select an option and present their option to Commission. Ms. Bounds said the TVA site was the only site proposed which gave the Board no options. Mr. Caldwell noted that Mr. Armstrong's letter did not include the fact that the Purchasing Department reported to him and he assured the Board that the Purchasing department was involved.

Ms. Babb said the Board still needed to let the County know one way or the other and she did not any more time wasted on trying to work out the issues if the Board was not willing to consider relocation of the KCS central offices. Ms. Owen said it was difficult to say where the Board stood since they had not been presented with other amenable sites. She said either way, there was not a lot of trust at this point. Ms. Owen wondered whether the Board would ever see more sites. Ms. Babb said she was willing to add that wording to the substitute motion and she revised her substitute motion that the Board of Education express its support to relocate the administrative offices of the Knox County Schools from the Andrew Johnson Building to the TVA East Tower or other subject properties that would be presented, subject to confirmation that such a relocation would not violate state law relating to the custody and control by the School Board of school facilities and that the County be requested to provide a revised memorandum of understanding consistent with this motion for consideration at the next meeting of the Board of Education. Ms. Kristy agreed with the amended language and seconded the substitute motion.

Ms. Horn said she would like to hear what the Attorney General had to say and more time for questions to be answered would result as well. She said she would support the substitute motion. Mr. McMillan asked if the motion passed if that automatically meant the Board would seek the opinion of the Attorney General. Ms. Babb said the Board was not seeking the opinion. Mr. Mamantov clarified that he would be working with the Law Director to submit a request to a State legislator to request the opinion. Mr. Mamantov noted that UT President Randy Boyd was willing to do whatever he could to help expedite the process, but also pointed out that the Attorney General had no obligation to respond and may choose not to do so. Mr. Mamantov reiterated that unless the Board indicated they were willing to consider a relocation of the central office to the TVA East Tower, the County did not want to keep wasting time. He said that the County could certainly return to the Board with information on each site reviewed, but as Mr. Caldwell had reported, only 2 appropriate sites were identified during the review - relocating to the TVA East Tower and remaining in the Andrew Johnson Building. Mr. Mamantov stated that Knoxville Center Mall would take years to be a viable location and if the Board did not pass the substitute motion, the County would shake hands and move on.

Ms. Babb repeated her substitute motion that the Board of Education express its support to relocate the administrative offices of the Knox County Schools from the Andrew Johnson Building to the TVA East Tower or other subject properties that would be presented subject to confirmation that such a relocation would not violate state law relating to the custody and control by the School Board of school facilities and that the County be requested to provide a revised memorandum of understanding consistent with this motion for consideration at the next meeting of the Board of Education. Ms. Kristy repeated her second to the substitute motion.

Mr. McMillan asked if a Board Member should vote no if they wanted more time to discuss this issue than just next month. Mr. Dupler said if the legalities could not be worked out, more time would be requested at that point. Mr. McMillan said he did not want a time limit in the motion and that this situation was different than anything he had ever seen. He said he had concerns that the Board would not have control of the building and also that employees would have to walk outside to a parking facility at night. Mr. McMillan said he kept hearing that would be taken care of and he just felt like something else was going on.

Roll Call Vote on Substitute Motion:
Ms. Satterfield - Yes
Ms. Owen - No
Mr. Norman - No
Ms. Babb - Yes
Ms. Horn - Yes
Ms. Hill - Yes
Ms. Bounds - No
Mr. McMillan - No
Ms. Kristy - Yes

Vote: 5-4 Passed
             
   6   Board Policies
             
   A   AI -6092    Approve second reading of new Knox County Board of Education Policy C-220 "Automated External Defibrillator" - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   B   AI -6093    Approve second reading of new Knox County Board of Education Policy C-230 "Bus Photograph/Video Retention and Viewing" - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   C   AI -6094    Approve second reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy I-370 "Graduation Requirements" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   D   AI -6095    Approve second reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy I-441 "Wellness Policy - Physical Activity" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   E   AI -6096    Approve second reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy I-450 "Public Charter Schools" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   F   AI -6097    Approve second reading of Knox County Board of Education Policy J-580 "Student Suicide Prevention" as amended - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   G   AI -6118    Approve first reading of new Knox County Board of Education Policy C-231 "Surveillance Photograph/Video Retention and Viewing" - Discussed at Policy Review
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         



  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   H   AI -6119    Approve first reading of new Knox County Board of Education Policy J-171 "Released Time Religious Instruction" - Discussed at Policy Review
  Ms. Hill made a motion to approve. Ms. Bounds seconded the motion. Ms. Babb noted there were multiple people registered to speak regarding this item.

Public Forum
  • Al Elliott of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Tim Rogers of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Clayton Wood of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Lauren Watkins of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Ashli Rickels of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Leslie Bryant of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Khloe Bryant of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Teresa Hoekstra of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Charles Van Beke of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Christine Bock of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Amanda Bivens of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Robbie Poteete of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Jaxx Fox of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Lillian Mashburn of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Ms. Horn made a motion to allow out-of-county resident Lincoln Simmons to speak. Ms. Kristy seconded the motion. Vote: 9-0. Lincoln Simmons of Blount County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Clark Stepp of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Ms. Bounds made a motion to allow out-of-county resident Michael Aliff to speak. Ms. Hill seconded the motion. Vote: 9-0. Michael Aliff of Anderson County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Dave Johnson of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Lance McCold of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Angela Allred of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Ginger Treece of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
  • Angel Jones of Knox County, Tennessee addressed the Board regarding this proposed policy regarding released time for religious instruction.
Ms. Babb made a motion to table the current motion. Ms. Satterfield seconded the motion.

Vote: 9-0 Passed

The Board took a short recess.

Ms. Babb made a motion to return to the previous motion to approve this proposed policy. Ms. Hill seconded the motion.

Vote: 9-0

Mr. Kelley reminded that he had created a survey for all high schools regarding student opinion of this policy. He reported that survey results showed students conflicted with 17 responses showing they favored the policy and 24 in opposition. Mr. Kelley read a couple of the survey responses as examples with a student from South-Doyle High School stating they were in favor because it would allow more time for students to focus on religion and a student from Karns High School stating this policy would be abused and with the limited class time already available, public school was not the place for such a program.

Ms. Owen said even though she had voiced the most objections to this policy, her concerns had come directly from parents and students at Sterchi Elementary School. She noted the Board had been receiving communications regarding this policy since early November, but she had been receiving them since August. Ms. Owen stated that KCS had let down the Sterchi community by letting the pilot happen with little communication. She pointed out that the Board was not voting on the program or whether or not they supported a religious program, but were considering a new policy. Ms. Owen shared that was why she never attended a session of the pilot program, because she was considering a policy, not the program itself. Most of the messages she had received indicated support for the program to occur after school because only so much could be crammed into a day and Ms. Owen stated she was asking Board Members to consider what would be given up.

Ms. Owen continued by stating that teachers had constantly communicated their concerns to her about released time and were asking the Board to consider the impact to the school. She noted that her oath of office was to uphold the Constitution and to manage the education of public school students. Ms. Owen reminded that all Board Members took the same oath to educate children on state-mandated curriculum separate from any religious orientation. She pointed out that the proposed policy allowed for one hour of released time, but the law said no more than one class period. Ms. Owen noted that art teachers had been reporting the detriment for weeks. She had heard others say that the smaller the class the easier time a teacher should have teaching a lesson, but it was almost impossible to practice a play, do a square dance or learn harmony with the majority of a class absent. Ms. Owen had heard references to a parent's choice to allow student participation, but the students who were left at school had no choice and this was not okay for them. She said she did not understand why the Board was even talking about this, knowing that students would be missing one-third of some related arts classes, if they were about supporting instruction.

Ms. Satterfield stated this had been a very long process and she had been contacted by many. She thanked Tim Rogers of the Elgin Children's Foundation for their support of the current pilot, but also noted a message she had received from someone else from that organization that had an awful tone. That message had raised a red flag and was very troubling to her. Ms. Satterfield said that she would not be supporting this policy because she believed in supporting teachers and students.

Ms. Hill said she agreed with 95% of everything said and that this was not about a specific program. One thing that struck her was that State law supported released time and a Supreme Court decision supported released time. Ms. Hill said this Board was a policy-making body, not a law-making body and the law was already in place to allow released time and the Board could not change that just because they did not like it. She noted that someone said the State law allowing released time said "may" and not "shall," and that there was concerns about background checks and liability insurance. Ms. Hill said the policy wording had been strengthened to address those concerns and that the policy only allowed for one hour on one day per month. She pointed out that the current law allowed for one time per week, so the Board would already be facing the challenge of limiting a program to one time per month if this policy was approved. Ms Hill said she did not disagree with teachers and she did not think this was the best scenario, but this had nothing to do with her support of the law, it was the law and this was the Board's opportunity to put parameters around this issue. She hoped that everyone would be respectful and believed that this policy supported the law. She urged Board Members to set parameters now or thought they may look back and regret not doing it when this opportunity was presented. Ms. Hill said no one was being told they must participate and this choice was a parent's right. She said the Board needed to consider how they could move forward and work with the entities wanting to utilize the released time, because not having a policy in place would not stop them.

Mr. McMillan called for the question. Mr. Dupler stated the Board must vote on a call for the question since every Board Member had not had a chance to speak. Ms. Satterfield seconded the call.

Roll call vote to call for the question:
Ms. Satterfield - Yes
Ms. Owen - No
Mr. Norman - No
Ms. Babb - No
Ms. Horn - No
Ms. Hill - No
Ms. Bounds - Yes
Mr. McMillan - Yes
Ms. Kristy - No

Vote: 3-6 Failed

Ms. Babb stated she understood all of the comments and concerns and that parents had the right to check their student out of school for released time, but for it to be an organized program, the Board must approve a policy. Mr. Dupler said the issues were confusing. He said State law did say the program can exist, but it also said the Board "may" have a policy, so in his opinion, the Board had a choice. Mr. Dupler said third party entities could have released time on their own, but no policy would make it much more difficult and a policy had to be in place to have cooperation from a school. Ms. Babb stated she knew the law was there, but she did not feel that meant she had to agree and she disagreed with having a policy endorsing this to happen.

Mr. Norman believed that Ms. Owen had communicated all the issues and everyone knew students and families spent lots of times on extra-curricular programs. From a policy aspect, he did not believe a policy had to exist for the Board to follow the law. He said the Board could discuss the issues over and over, but in conclusion he agreed with the decision made by a former Knox County Schools Superintendent 27 years earlier to not have a released time program because of lost instructional time.

Ms. Kristy pointed out that the word Bible was no where in this policy and that the law regarding released time had been in place for three years. She encouraged parents to exercise their rights and stated she believed a policy would only restrict their rights. Ms. Horn said she agreed with many of the comments made, but ultimately for her, released time was allowed under State law and she would support the policy. Ms. Satterfield said she understood there was a State law, but she said everyone knew there were current laws that harmed people. She felt this issue could present an opportunity to get the law changed and the Board could send a message that they did not want this law.

Roll call vote to approve first reading of new Policy J-171:
Ms. Satterfield - No
Ms. Owen - No
Mr. Norman - No
Ms. Babb - No
Ms. Horn - Yes
Ms. Hill - Yes
Ms. Bounds - Yes
Mr. McMillan - Yes
Ms. Kristy - No

Vote: 4-5 Failed
             
   7   Grants
             
   A   AI -6102    Approve East Tennessee Foundation Youth Endowment Fund grant in the amount of $10,000.00 designated to staff and parent training to combat the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Evetty Satterfield
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   B   AI -6103    Approve Memorandum of Understanding with The University of Tennessee for the Get Fruved Project and receipt of $2,500.00 grant award for each participating school during the 2019-2020 school year - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Terry Hill
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   C   AI -6104    Approve ExxonMobil Foundation Volunteer Grant in the amount of $500.00 for Karns Middle School on behalf of volunteer William Rinke - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Terry Hill, seconded by Tony Norman
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   D   AI -6105    Approve donation from Northshore Elementary School PTA in the amount of $48,780.00 designated for the purchase and installation of synthetic turf playground surfacing at Northshore Elementary School - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Virginia Babb, seconded by Tony Norman
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   E   AI -6131    Approve Walmart Community Grant in the amount of $5,000.00 for West Valley Middle School to be used for portable flooring for dance class - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Susan Horn, seconded by Tony Norman
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   8   Contracts
             
   A   AI -6106    Approve contract with Johnson Architecture, Inc. in the amount of $893,000.00 plus reimbursable expenses for the design of a new Adrian Burnett Elementary School - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Patti Lou Bounds, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   B   AI -6108    Approve contract with Baseline Sports Construction, LLC for tennis court services not to exceed funds allocated in the General Purpose and Capital Plan budgets for the term January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 which may be extended for four (4) additional years, one (1) year at a time, for a total of five years (Bid 2892) - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Terry Hill
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   C   AI -6107    Approve contracts with East Tennessee Fence Company and Stanley Fencing and Landscaping, Inc. for fencing services not to exceed funds allocated in the General Purpose and Capital Plan budgets for the term of January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020 which may be extended for four (4) additional years, one (1) year at a time for a total of five (5) years (Bid 2898) - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Terry Hill
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   9   Regular Agenda Items
             
   A   AI -6109    Approve Fiscal Year 2019 School Nutrition close-out entries of Fund Balance Designation in the amount of $1,026,800.00 and Budget Line-Item Transfer of $80,000.00 (budget neutral) - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   B   AI -6110    Approve purchase of property located at 4511 Brown Gap Road at a cost of $225,000.00 using Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Plan funds - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Jennifer Owen, seconded by Patti Lou Bounds
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   C   AI -6111    Approve purchase of property located at 510 Georgia Avenue and 512 Georgia Avenue at a total cost of $46,000.00 using Fiscal Year 2020 Capital Plan funds - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Terry Hill, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         


  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   D   AI -6112    Approve proposal to replace the unusable softball facility at Bearden High School at an approximate cost of $360,000.00 using savings remaining from Fiscal Year 2019 Capital Plan projects - Recommended by Superintendent
             
  On motion made by Tony Norman, seconded by Jennifer Owen
         

  Vote: 9 - 0 Passed
             
   10   Public Forum
  No one was present for this open Public Forum.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.
 
Date Approved:  January 15, 2020
 

    

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