School Board approves auditor's report

By Bob Robinson
Star Staff

   The Elizabethton School Board, at their regular meeting last night, adopted revised board policies and approved the June 30, 2001 financial statement with auditor's report. The report praised the work of the board's financial staff.
   The revised polices relate to public hearings, administrative procedures, tobacco-free schools, advertising and distribution of materials in schools, special programs, web pages, graduation requirements, testing programs, suspension/dismissal of non-tenured and tenured teachers and non-certified employees, retirement, qualifications and duties of the director of schools, student guidance program, student surveys and student records annual notification.
   Board member Dr. Robert Sams discussed a new policy on selection of a new director of schools and asked other members to review the proposed policy.
   In other action, the board approved:
   * The June 30, 2001 Audit for Schools' Activity Funds;
   * The addition of ING-Aetna Financial Services annuity programs offered to employees through payroll deduction;
   * New hires: Teresa Calloway and Teresa Sheppard, EHS cooks;
   * Transfers: Mary Ann Williams from a part-time Harold McCormick cafeteria manager/part-time Child Nutrition Program coordinator to a full-time Child Nutrition Program coordinator; Kathy Parlier from an EHS cook to Harold McCormick cafeteria manager; Amber Honeycutt from an EHS English teacher to EHS interim assistant principal for the remainder of the 2001-02 school year;
   * Substitute teachers: Nathan Copeland, Sherilyn Bacon, Donald J. Marotta and Robert S. Martin; and,
   * The purchase of one Dell PowerEdge 2500 server to replace non-working server at East Side Elementary School on the State contract Award #9903.
   * A recommendation to increase the purchasing limits from $2,500 to $5,000 before bids are required. The proposal requires the approval of Elizabethton City Council and the Tennessee General Assembly.
   Dr. Jonathan Bremer, board chairman, and Dr. Sams complimented the speakers and workshops, respectively, at the 2001 Tennessee School Boards Association Convention, Nov. 10-13.
   On Thursday, Jan. 17, the board will hold a budget workshop session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular board meeting at 6:30 p.m., in the Mack Pierce Board Room, 804 S. Watauga Ave., Elizabethton.