Greenville Technical Charter High School

Regular Board Meeting Minutes

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

September 19, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session in the Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting was posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS website in accordance with FOIA guidelines. 

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

Mr. Bob Ground, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting of the Greenville Technical Charter High School Board of Directors to order at 6:07pm.  Board Members Mary Brantley, Jody Bryson, Zackary Johnson, Erik Knutson, Brian Miller, Uta Samuel and Scott Zemitis were present for the meeting.  Ginger Cone was present via phone conference call.  Dr. Bob Nash and Brian Smith were absent with work obligations.  Mr. Ground stated a quorum was present to vote.  Mr. Ground recognized and welcomed the staff members that were present, Mary Nell Anthony (Principal), Jennifer Hall (Board Clerk), Suzanne Foody (Director of Development Services), and Dr. Jo Howard (Biology Teacher).  Guests in attendance were Laura Simmons from SC Public Charter School District, Columbia, SC and her husband Allen Simmons.

 

INTRODUCTION OF BOARD CLERK:

Mr. Ground introduced and welcomed Jennifer Hall, the new GTCHS Board Clerk.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Mr. Ground requested the approval of the minutes from the August 15, 2017 regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting.  Ms. Brantley moved to approve the minutes as distributed, which Mr. Miller seconded.  Motion to approve minutes carried unanimously.

  

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:

Mr. Ground opened the Public Input Session, noting that this is a public Board, and any member of the public may sign up to address the Board – limited to 3 minutes.  The Chairman asked if there were any guests signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak. The Chairman closed the Public Input Session.

 

RECOGNITION OF TEACHER OF THE YEAR, EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR:

  1. Mr. Ground gave the floor to Ms. Anthony to present Teacher of the Year and Employee of the Year Awards. Ms. Anthony thanked Ms. Laura Simmons from the SC Public Charter School District, for attending the BOD meeting as awards were presented.
  2. Ms. Anthony presented the Teacher of the Year Award to Dr. Joanne Howard, Biology Teacher.  Mr. Ground presented a Certificate of Honor to Dr. Howard.
  3. Ms. Anthony presented the Employee of the Year Award to Ms. Suzanne Foody.  Mr. Ground presented a Certificate of Honor to Ms. Foody.  Ms. Anthony and Mr. Ground expressed their sincere appreciation to both Dr. Howard and Ms. Foody for their contributions to GTCHS. Photos of both award winners were taken with Ms. Anthony, Mr. Ground and Ms. Simmons.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

Financial/Audit Committee Reports

Mr. Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer announced that the Finance Committee met on September 14, 2017 to review the FY17 financial reports and preliminary data from FY17 Audit report.  He stated that electronic copies of the FY17 unaudited annual report, August 2017 monthly report, and FY17 audit report were posted on Google Drive for Board member access and review. 

  1. Mr. Ken Martin, Auditor with Martin-Smith & Co. joined the board meeting via phone conference call at 6:22pm.  Full copies of the audit report were provided along the center of the board room table, for the convenience of board members. 
  2. The Auditor, Mr. Martin provided an overview of the audit report.  No negative findings were identified and the audit was given an “unqualified opinion” rating (a clean audit).  He recognized the work of GTCHS Director of Finance Ms. Noel Rogers, and Ms. Anthony for their efforts and stated that the quality of financial staff and procedures are very good.  Mr. Martin followed up with additional details, emphasizing that an “unqualified opinion” is an impressive rating, the best that can be given.  Mr. Zemitis noted the status of GTCHS monies in FDIC insured and uninsured accounts. There seems to be no risk as of now, but it is recommended to monitor the health of the financial institutions regularly.  The Audit report listed the Governmental Funds for the fiscal year ending June 2017 having gross revenues as $4,425,578 and gross expenditures as $3,995,171 and a credit balance of $483,407, which increased the total combined ending fund balance including the one from last year to $945,376 for the school.
  3. Mr. Zemitis discussed recommended liquid reserve levels for Charter schools (15-30% of the operating budget).  Mr. Knutson requested that Mr. Martin explain why Charter schools need to have closer to 30% in reserves.  Mr. Martin explained that this recommendation is because it is more difficult for charter schools to raise money as compared to other public schools.
  4. Mr. Zemitis thanked Mr. Martin for his assistance with the audit.  Conference call with Mr. Martin ended at 6:36pm.  Mr. Zemitis then presented additional items from the Finance Committee meeting agenda.  A review of July and August balance sheets, handling of club monies, and recent phishing scheme.  The July 2017 Financial Statement listed gross revenues as $360,856.40 and gross expenditures as $308,661.00 with a credit balance of $44,487.00.  The 2017 August Financial Statement listed gross revenues of $359,768.51 and gross expenditures of $321,356.94 with a credit balance of $38,411.57. The 2017 total budget is $4,468,037.00.

 

Principal’s Report

Ms. Anthony presented a detailed report including yearly Data Trends Reporting. 

  1. Ms. Anthony also shared stats on current student enrollment. As of fall 2017: total student enrollment is 433 students, Early College enrollment: 197 students (45.5%) out of the current total GTCHS students are enrolled in 464 college courses. This amounts to 62% of the total eligible student count that can take college courses. Year over year improvement in this number has been noted.  The principal also presented the student demographics and past ACT and SAT results, which shows that GTCHS students outperformed other county and state schools. EOC scores over the last 5 years show improvements.
  2. Ms. Anthony presented the results of the Parent and Faculty Surveys and outlined an action plan.
  3. Ms. Anthony offered a detailed analysis of the construction timeline for a new GTCHS

facility and the next steps in the process.  Additional information presented by Ms. Anthony included upcoming school events, staff training, scheduled repairs and upgrades to the PA system and IT infrastructure.

  1. Open enrollment informational night for all lottery applicants/current 8th graders was September 18, 2017. The open enrollment period is October 2nd through November 2nd, 2017.  The lottery for the 2018/19 school year will be held November 9, 2017.

Development Update

  1. Ms. Suzanne Foody noted that the annual fundraising campaign has started earlier than in the past, as suggested last school year.  Printed campaign cards with donor options were distributed.
  2. Upcoming fundraising efforts and events throughout the year include:  Warrior Madness basketball tailgate event (November 10, 2017), Charter Champions Benefit Bash (April 22, 2018), and Golf tournament (April 23, 2018). 
  3. Ms. Foody provided an update on foundations and grants recently received for the capital campaign. Family Foundation donated $10,000 and Lockheed Martin contributed $850 for the Warrior Madness event.  Additional grant requests have recently been made to Music Club of Greenville and Lockheed Martin.

Chairman’s Report 

Mr. Ground summarized meetings he attended, participation in Board Clerk interview, and attendance at GTCHS Open House. A detailed summary of meeting with GTC staff concerning facilities was provided. 

 

Executive Committee - No report

Administration/Governance Committee - Did not meet due to Ms. Cone’s surgery. Will reschedule meeting. No report

Publicity Committee - No report

Academic Excellence Committee - No report

Appeals/Grievance Committee - No report

Facilities Committee (Maintenance and Supervision) - No report

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

None  

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  1. Legal/contractual matter - Meeting with Greenville Technical College Concerning Land Lease. Motion to move to Executive Session made by Erik Knutson and seconded by Brian Miller. Motion was approved with 8 votes yes, no opposition and Mr. Johnson abstaining.

 

RETURNED TO REGULAR SESSION:  No action taken during Executive Session.  The BOD left executive session, moved by Mr. Zemitis, second by Ms. Samuel and it passed unanimously. The BOD returned to regular session at the conclusion of receiving information related to the contractual matter.

Jody Bryson made a motion to authorize Ms. Anthony to enter into negotiations with Greenville Technical College (GTC) in support of the expansion of GTCHS on the Barton Campus of GTC.  Motion seconded by Brian Miller. Motion carried unanimously.

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Consider authorizing Chairman to respond to SCPCSD proposed “transfer” policy.  Mr. Ground would draft a letter for review by board members.  Members may also respond individually. 

Motion by Jody Bryson to authorize Chairman to draft a response to the SCPCSD proposed new “transfer” policy, to be circulated to board members for comments, then communicated to the school board. Motion was seconded by Mary Brantley. Motion carried unanimously.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  1. Personnel matter - Employment Agreement.  Executive Session as indicated by Meeting Agenda.  Motion to go into Executive Session was made by Mr. Ground and second by Ms. Brantley.  Motion carried unanimously.

RETURNED TO REGULAR SESSION:  No action taken during Executive Session. The BOD left executive session, moved by Mr. Zemitis, second by Mr. Bryson and it passed unanimously The BOD returned to regular session at the conclusion of receiving information related to the personnel matter.

Motion was made by Mary Brantley that the Chairman be authorized to offer the Employment Agreement contract to Principal Mary Nell Anthony as presented to the Board, with minor changes to the arbitration section as discussed in the Executive Session. Motion seconded by Uta Samuel.  Contract was enthusiastically endorsed by the board.  Motion carried unanimously.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

  1. Ms. Samuel is collecting Alliance training certificates from all board members. Members who have not yet submitted certificates should do so.
  2. Mr. Ground read the Board a thank you note from Ms. Cone, for flowers sent to her as she recovered from surgery.
  3. Next regular board meeting is scheduled for October 17, 2017 at 6pm.
  4. Open enrollment period will be October 2nd through November 2nd, 2017 and the lottery for the 2018/19 school year will be held on November 9, 2017.

ADJOURNMENT: Motion to adjourn by Mary Brantley and seconded by Scott Zemitis. Motion carried unanimously.  Meeting adjourned at 8:53pm.

 

 

 

                                                                                              ____________________________

                                                                                              Mr. Bob Ground, Chairman

                                                                                              GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

______________________________

Ms. Uta Samuel, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 
 
 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

August 15, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting was posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS website in accordance with the FOIA guidelines. 

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Bob Ground, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting of the Greenville Technical Charter High School Board of Directors to order at 6:00 pm. Mr. Ground stated that the agenda for the meeting had been posted in accordance with the FOIA. He also stated a quorum of the Board was present. Board Members Bob Ground (Board Chairman), Ginger Cone (Vice Chairwomen), Uta Samuel (Board Secretary), Scott Zemitis (Board Treasurer), Dr. Bob Nash, Mary Brantley, Erik Knutson, Brian Smith, Brian Miller, and Zachary Johnson were present. Board director Jody Bryson was absent due to a work conflict. Principal Mary Nell Anthony was also present. 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Mr. Ground requested the approval of the minutes from the July 17, 2017, regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting. Mr. Miller moved to accept the minutes as submitted, which Mr. Zemitis seconded. The minutes passed unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION
(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)
Mr. Ground noted that any member of the public may sign up to address the Board and that because no one had signed up; the public input session was closed.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

Principal’s Report, Mary Nell Anthony

Ms. Anthony reported:

  1. Justin Howard started officially as our new IT director.
  2. Three second year teachers are undergoing the state evaluation system this year.
  3. The Board Clerk position has been posted.
  4. The land lease is on track with Dr. Miller.
  5. The topographical survey is needed.
  6. Another person inquired about the Augusta Road property.
  7. The school was able to transfer $300,000 to the reserve fund.
  8. Successful first week of school year 2017/18.
  9. Monday August 21, 2017 Early Dismissal due to Eclipse, students received free pair of eclipse glasses; sale of additional glasses covered the cost for these.
  10. Board members are invited to addend the Open House on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 starting at 5:30pm with a Club Fair.  
  11. Met with Dr. Young of GTC to improve collaboration on additional career courses.
  12. Charter Champion Dinner planned for April 2018 as new fundraising event. It will replace the Pig & Pearls event.
  13. Copies of the Strategic Plan 2017-2020 and Action Plans were distributed.

 

Chairman’s Report, Bob Ground

Bob Ground reported:

  1. Met with Governance Committee to review land lease from GTC. Ms. Anthony is in contact with Mr. Miller concerning recommended changes.
  2. Met with principal concerning principal’s goals for 2017/18, including BOD goals with Tier 2 principal requirements from SCDE; SCPCSD focus on underprivileged students.
  3. Appeal request communication, which will be discussed in Executive Session.
  4. Committee assignments were adjusted. Open Academic Excellence Committee chairman position due to Candice Lewis leaving. Mary Brantley agreed to join the committee.
  5. Travelers Rest property, which was a gift to GTCHS, received a second higher offer from the same interested party.

 

Executive Committee, Bob Ground

No report

 

Finance/Audit Committee Reports, Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer

Mr. Zemitis reported:

  1. Noel Rogers, Director of Finance and Business, gave a financial review at 5pm right before this meeting to the Finance Committee. She reported that funding for the 2016/17 year arrived late July and thus her financial reporting is only through June 2017. By switching from GCSD to the SCPCSD the school had to adjust to a new funding pattern. Funding came in later compared to prior years and the school was below budget through the first 6 months of the school year.  As of the end of July 2017 the Revenue & Expense YTD numbers are as follows: Budget $4,170,868, Revenue $4,435,578, Expenses $3,994,934, Net Surplus $440,644. Cash available $607,910.
  2. The school was able to transfer $300,000 to the reserve fund. Noel was concerned about the amount exceeding the $250,000 FDIC insurance in the bank account. Brian Smith recommended that this limit is not as concerning as the solvency of the bank in general, which should be monitored. He was not concerned about having a balance exceeding $250,000 at the current bank at this point.
  3. An audit was performed August 8-10, 2017 and a report will be given to the Financial Committee before the September regular board meeting. Noel reported that the audit went well and that the auditor had no concerns at this time.
  4. The principal will prepare the 5 year budget projections and present it to the BOD soon.

 

 

 

Administration/Governance Committee, Ginger Cone, Chairwoman

Ms. Cone reported:

  1. The 2017-2020 Strategic Plan was presented. The SCPCSD asked the charter school population to reflect the population in the area. The strategic plan goal is to make the school more accessible to financial and economically diverse students. It also looked at the lack of diversity of the staff, i.e. minority representation. While the school is bound by the lottery on accepting students, the plan looks at ways to increase the socio-economic diversity of the student pool. The principal plans to be Tier 2 qualified.
  2. The Governance Committee recommends approval of the Strategic Plan.

 

Academic Excellence Committee, chair open

No report

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee, Uta Samuel, Chair

No report

 

Public Relations Committee, Mary Brantley, Chair

No report

 

Facilities Committee, Erik Knutson, Chair

No report

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

  1. The principal will prepare the 5 year budget projections and present it to the BOD.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW/RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

  1. Pending item not acted on: Academic Excellence & Governance Committee to review the 2016-17 Teacher Survey Results Report (ID 4701043 dated April 2017) provided by Mr. Mark Bounds, Academic Coordinator, SDPCSD, on June 14, 2017

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. The increased second offer for the sale of the Travelers Rest property owned by GTCHS was considered. Mr. Smith made a motion NOT to sell the property right now. Mr. Knutson seconded the motion. Mr. Miller made a motion to amend the motion to reject the offer without explanation. Mr. Smith accepted the amended motion and Mr. Knutson seconded. The amended motion passed unanimously.
  2. Ms. Samuel motioned to move the November 21, 2017 regular meeting date to November 28, 2017 due to its closeness to Thanksgiving. The motion passed unanimously.
  3. Dr. Nash motioned to accept the recommendation given by the Administration & Governance Committee to approve the Strategic Plan for 2017-20. Dr. Nash then amended his motion to make changes to item #6 on page 3, line 2, to add the words socio- economic between the words greater and diversity. The amendment was second by Ms. Samuel. The first motion to accept the recommendation by the committee to adopt the Strategic Plan passed unanimously. The amended motion to add the words also passed unanimously. 
  4. Ms. Anthony requested the authorization to make arrangements for a topographical survey of the GTC building site. Mr. Miller moved to give authorization and Ginger seconded. The motion passed unanimously.
  5. Ms. Anthony presented the BOD with a Design Build Structure and requested that it be utilized to move forward with the building process. The Design Build Structure chart was discussed as it mentions specific builders and architects. The principal explained that other area charter schools had leveraged the positive relationship between the builder and architect when they went through their building process. Our building consultant, Tuck Hannah, recommended that we do the same as it turned out to be best cost controlling process for those charter schools. The board had passed a resolution earlier and chose this team for the preliminary design work for either the Augusta Road or GTC location planning for a new school building. Mr. Knutson moved to accept the Design Build Structure as presented and, it will be used to move forward with the building planning but it is not legally binding. Mr. Miller seconded it. The motion passed 9 to 1 with Ms. Cone opposing it.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  1. BOD went into executive session to consider an appeal by a student and the handling of the matter by the chairman.
  2. BOD left executive session, moved by Dr. Nash, seconded by Ms. Brantley and it passed unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

1. Board Training: Ms. Samuel sent out guidelines to obtain the state required annual SC Public Charter School Alliance Board of Directors Training with the request that the confirmation document be handed to her for record keeping.

2. The November SC Charter Conference will be held November 14-16, 2017 in Charleston. BOD members attending so far are Johnson, Cone, Brantley and Ground.

3. Opening of the 2017-18 school year on August 7, 2017 was successful. Several BOD members attended the Board/Faculty Breakfast on August 1, 2017.

4. Board members are invited to attend the Open House on August 22, 2017 starting at 5:30pm with the Club Fair.

5. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for September 19, 2017 at 6:00 pm.

6. Mr. Zemitis announced that the Finance Committee is accepting nominations for the vacant position of Mr. Flint.

 

 

Dr. Nash moved to adjourn, seconded by Brian Smith and passed unanimously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                   Bob Ground, Chairman

ATTEST:                                                                                      GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

                                                                                                   _____________________________

Ms. Uta Samuel, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Posted Date:  ________________________   Initials: _________________

 
 
 
 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

July 17, 2017 | 6:00 PM

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting was posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS website in accordance with FOI guidelines. 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Bob Nash, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting of the Greenville Technical Charter High School Board of Directors to order at 6:00 pm. Dr. Nash stated the agenda for the meeting had been posted in accordance with FOIA. Dr. Nash also stated a quorum of the Board was present. Board Members Bob Nash, Jody Bryson (Vice Chairman), Bob Ground (Board Secretary), Scott Zemitis (Board Treasurer), Mary Brantley, Ginger Cone, Uta Samuel, Erik Knutson, Brian Smith, Brian Miller. Board director Zackary Johnson was absent due to a work conflict. Principal Mary Nell Anthony was also present. Dr. Nash announced the board clerk Seth Riddley had resigned. Dr. Nash commended the Governance Committee for the July 15 BOD training.

Election Of Officers:

Dr. Nash conducted the election of officers for the 2017 - 2018 GTCHS Board.

Elected by secret ballot were:

Chairman - Bob Ground

Vice - Chairman - Ginger Cone

Secretary - Uta Samuel

Treasurer - Scott Zemitis

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Dr. Nash put before the Board for approval the minutes from the June 20, 2017, regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting. Mr. Miller moved to accept the minutes as submitted, which M
rs. Cone seconded. The motion was amended to correct an error by removing the name “Ms. Lewis” in the Administration/Governance committee assignment. The amended minutes passed unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION
(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)
Dr. Nash noted that any member of the public may sign up to address the Board and that because no one had signed up; the public input session was closed.

 

ANNOUNCEMENT AND/OR INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES:

There were no new employees to announce.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

Principal’s Report, Mary Nell Anthony

Ms. Anthony reported:

  1. The IT position has not been filled, however, there are over 50 applicants for the position and interviews are being conducted. 
  2. Annual SC Charter School Alliance conference will be held in Charleston, SC, November 14 -16, 2017. Board members planning to attend should notify the principal by the end of August.
  3. The Geo Tech report for lot next to Bldg 119 was referred to the Facilities Committee.
  4. Administration & staff are involved in planning for the new school year and data review from the past school year. 
  5. Board members are invited to breakfast and to meet faculty & staff from 8:00 am to 9:30 am on August 1, 2017.

 

Chairman’s Report, Bob Nash

No report.

 

Executive Committee, Bob Nash

  1. Committee met on June 27, 2017; BOD members were provided minutes of the meeting.
  2. Committee passed a motion that parties interested in viewing the Augusta Road property be allowed to do so under the supervision of Tuck Hanna or a GTCHS employee. A motion to consider written offers was tabled to be considered after our building status on Barton Campus of GTC is fully approved in writing by GTC.
  3. Ginger Cone moved that the board ratify the action of the Executive Committee, seconded by Brian Smith, passed unanimously.

 

Finance/Audit Committee Reports, Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer

Audit begins August 8, staff collecting data on end of year status; Brian Smith met with Director of Finance and Business to upgrade QuickBook software. No further report at this time.

 

Administration/Governance Committee, Bob Ground, Chair

Action items from the committee are the approval of both the Student Handbook and the Faculty Handbook and Personnel Handbook. Principal evaluation will be presented during Executive Session. The committee extensively reviewed both handbooks and is unanimously in recommending full Board approval. Brian Miller asked if documents had been vetted by an attorney, Ms. Anthony replied that they had been approved by the Wyche firm and the Educational Law firm in Columbia, SC representing Charter Schools.

 

Academic Excellence Committee, chair open

No report

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee, Uta Samuel

No report

 

Public Relations Committee, Mary Brantley

No report

 

Facilities Committee, Erik Knutson, Chair

  1. Construction site next to building 119 was inspected and considered suitable for construction of a building similar to building 119. Committee recommends we take no action on lease related to Building 120 from GTC at this time since our situation is changing. If necessary the lease can be considered at another time.
  2. The committee recommends the school expand on the Barton campus of GTC assuming the appropriate leases with GTC can be signed (land next to 119 and land next to the Child Development Center). Scott Zemitis proposed we carefully consider the terms of the proposed lease, perhaps all leases could have the same time period. 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

There were no items referred to the principal.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW/RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

There were no items referred to board committees.

 

 

BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

Chairman Nash asked all board members and especially newly elected officers to review the following documents which are critical for Public Board members to understand.

 

1. Review SC Charter School Act Title 59 Chapter 40.

2. Review of BOD Ethics Statement to be signed by Board Members and filed.  SC Code of Laws Title 8 Chapter 13

3. Review Freedom of Information Act (FIOA), Title 30 Chapter 30 with amendment section 80.

4. Review of Board Bylaws.

5. Review Public Records Maintenance Act Title 30, Chapter 1

6. Review of SC Public Charter School District Contract.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

  1. Consider Schedule for Annual Regular Board Meetings in accordance with state law and recommended to be third Tuesday evening each month beginning at 6:00pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room building 124. Moved to accept by Jody Bryson, seconded by Brian Miller and passed unanimously. Dates have been posted on the website and school bulletin board.

 

  1. Board members reviewed Ethics Statement, each signed a personal document, and gave to Board Secretary to file with Board Clerk.

 

  1. Upon recommendation of the principal:
  1. Consider change in name of position in Manning Table from Director of Finance to Director of Finance and Business.  The position is currently being held by Noel Rogers, and more accurately reflects her job description.  There would not be a change in job description or salary agreement. Moved to make the change was made by Brian Miller seconded by Brian Smith. A Call for The Question was made by Jody Bryson, passed 9 to 1 with Scott Zemitis voting no. Motion to approve name change passed 9 to 1 with Scott Zemitis voting no.

 

  1. Consider amending the Career Development Facilitator on the Manning Chart to be our CDF/Instructional Technology Coach. As GTCHS becomes a model school in the 21st century, it will maximize the role of the CDF to its fullest potential. Moved to make the name change was made by Brian Miller, seconded by Ginger Cone and passed unanimously.

 

  1. Brian Miller moved the Employee Handbook, distributed to board members before the meeting, be approved. Motion was seconded by Ginger Cone and approved unanimously. Brian Smith moved the Student Handbook, distributed to board members before the meeting, be approved. Motion seconded by Ginger Cone and passed unanimously.

 

  1. Facilities Committee made the following recommendations: 
  1. Take no action on the lease document for building 120. Motion to accept recommendation was made by Brian Miller and passed unanimously.
  2. Assuming the successful negotiation of leases with GTC, the land next to building 119 and next to the child development center will be used for GTCHS expansion on the Barton Campus of GTC. Brian Miller moved to accept the recommendation, passed 9 to 1, Scott Zemitis abstained.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

BOD went into executive session to consider a personnel matter.

BOD left executive session, moved by Mr. Ground and seconded by Brian Miller and passed unanimously.

 

Motion made by Brian Miller to accept the Governance Committee’s recommendation that the principal successfully met all goals in the five focus areas for the 2016 - 2017 school year as stated in the letter from the committee to the full board. The motion passed unanimously.

Mr. Ground moved that the principal’s contract be extended for one additional year which would give her two remaining years on her contract with the Board. Seconded by Brian Miller and passed unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

1. Board Training/Orientation was held on July 15.

2. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for August 15, 2017 at 6:00pm

3. Faculty and Staff return to work on August 1.

4. Board/Faculty Breakfast August 1, 2017, 8:15 to 9:30.

5. Students return for classes on Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

The BOD gave former Board Chairman, Dr. Bob Nash, a standing ovation for his service as Chair of BOD for the past three years.

 

Scott Zemitis moved to adjourn, seconded by Mary Brantley and passed unanimously

 

 

 

 

                                                                                           Bob Ground, Chairman

ATTEST:                                                                              GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

                                                                                           __________________________________

Ms. Uta Samuel, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Posted Date:  ________________________   Initials: _________________

 
 
 
 
 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

June 20, 2017 | 5:30 PM

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting was posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS website in accordance with FOI guidelines. 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

Dr. Bob Nash, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting of the Greenville Technical Charter High School Board of Directors to order at 5:44 pm, earlier than usual for the swearing-in ceremony. Dr. Nash noted that Board Vice-Chair Jody Bryson was unable to attend in person due to illness, but he would be joining by conference phone call. Dr. Nash stated, as above, the agenda for the meeting had been posted in accordance with FOIA. Dr. Nash also stated a quorum of the Board was present. Board Members Bob Nash, Bob Ground (Board Secretary), Scott Zemitis (Board Treasurer), Mary Brantley, Ginger Cone, Uta Samuel, Zackary Johnson, Candice Lewis, Erik Knutson, Brian Smith, and future Board Member Brian Miller were in attendance, as were Mary Nell Anthony (School Principal) and Seth Riddley (Board Clerk). Dr. Nash welcomed other staff and visitors present, including Suzanne Foody (Director of Development Services), Ms. Samuel’s spouse and daughter, and Ashley Farr (GTCHS Intern), after which the swearing-in ceremony commenced, with The Honorable Gaye Sprague, Vice Mayor Pro Tem of the City Greenville officiating. Ms. Ginger Cone, Mr. Brian Smith, Rev. Zackary Johnson, and Ms. Uta Samuel were sworn in for elected terms of office lasting from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2019. Mr. Brian Miller was sworn in for an appointed term of office lasting from July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018. After the swearing-in ceremony, Ms. Lewis also received recognition for her faithful two years of service. Mr. David Flint also received recognition for his service on the Finance Committee, as well as his past Board service.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Dr. Nash put before the Board for approval the minutes from the May 16, 2017, regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting. Ms. Lewis moved to accept the minutes as submitted, which Ms. Brantley seconded. Motion to accept minutes carried unanimously.

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION
(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)
Dr. Nash noted that any member of the public may sign up to address the Board and that because no one had signed up, the public input session was closed.

The first and third agenda items under Awards and Honors having been completed earlier, Dr. Nash presented Mr. Zemitis with the Board of Directors Distinguished Service Award for 2016-2017 for his outstanding contributions to the improvement of GTCHS financial management processes.

GTCHS REPORTS
Principal’s Report
, Mary Nell Anthony
Ms. Anthony requested approval to add personnel issue to executive session on agenda, which Dr. Nash accepted and offered a recommendation that executive session always be included on agenda and used as needed. Mr. Bryson, by conference phone call, suggested also adding to executive session consideration of Dr. Nash’s resignation as of June 30, 2017. Ms. Anthony distributed the End of Year Report and summarized her administration’s focus over the past year on school culture, communication, compliance, and marketing. Ms. Anthony also shared highlights of school events and achievements from the school year and the results of the Teacher Survey.

Chairman’s Report, Bob Nash

Dr. Nash summarized meetings he attended and conversations he had with individuals and groups over the past month in efforts to keep up with latest trends in education, including Freedom of Information Act changes. Dr. Nash also expressed the GTCHS graduation ceremonies were impressive.

 

Executive Committee, Bob Nash

Dr. Nash provided the Board an agenda from the recent Executive Committee meeting and stated it was mainly receiving of information. The Committee considered and approved the 89 GTCHS graduates in the Class of 2017 and at this meeting requests that the full Board ratify the graduates. The Committee also discussed the Health Sciences unit credit.

 

Finance/Audit Committee Reports, Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer

Mr. Zemitis noted the balance sheet is forthcoming and the Committee did meet on June 12th. Mr. Zemitis expressed that he while he appreciates the distinguished service award, he has fine expertise on his committee. Mr. Zemitis noted that David Flint has stepped down from the Committee due to work duties and stated he would appreciate the Board’s assistance in recruiting members with finance backgrounds. Mr. Zemitis stated Mr. Smith is planning to meet with GTCHS Director of Finance Noel Rogers on June 27 and that the primary goal of the Committee for the new fiscal year is to get all processes in order. Mr. Zemitis expressed his appreciation of the dedication of Ms. Anthony and Ms. Rogers in navigating a “roller coaster” year. Mr. Zemitis stated the audit provider is Martin Smith and the Charter district has been notified. Mr. Zemitis stated that in reviewing the financials, there is not much remarkable: a positive trend from prior month with an increase in revenue and $210,000 to $215,000 reserve fund expected due to backloading of budget. Mr. Zemitis stated the Committee has discussed the building project. Mr. Zemitis relayed that, a year in with new Charter district, Ms. Anthony and Ms. Rogers have identified a gap in the relationship between GTCHS and District regarding Finance and have concerns worth raising with the Charter district. Unaudited year-end numbers will be available in August.

 

Administration/Governance Committee, Bob Ground, Chair

Mr. Ground noted the members of the Committee are now Mr. Ground, Rev. Johnson, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Brantley, and Ms. Cone. Mr. Ground summarized the four issues the Committee addressed at its recent meeting. First, the Committee evaluated the principal’s job performance, which is done twice per year. The official report of the evaluation will be discussed during the July Board meeting during executive session, but, essentially, Mr. Ground noted, everything Ms. Anthony planned to do, she completed. Second, the Committee worked on an update to the Student Handbook, which will be available at the next Board meeting. Third, the Committee discussed efforts to update the Faculty/Personnel Manual—they were able to review the first half revisions, which required a tremendous amount of work for staff, and will now wait for second half revisions. Fourth, the Committee began to brainstorm ways to address the low participation of parents in School Board election including encouraging Board participation in school events and conducting a survey of parents before the next election to better understand motivations to vote or not to vote. Finally, Ms. Anthony obtained Board permission by consensus to distribute new apparel policies before official approval of Student Handbook to give students more time to make clothing purchases. Dr. Nash encouraged the Board to read handbooks closely because they are legal documents.

 

Academic Excellence Committee, Candice Lewis, Chair: No meeting and no report.

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee, Uta Samuel, Chair

Ms. Samuel stated the Committee met on May 22 to discuss a student appeal. The unanimous conclusion of the Committee, as quoted from Meeting Summary, “According to the grading policies of GTCHS and GTC the student received the appropriate grade and GPA quality points.” Ms. Samuel noted that Dr. Nash was given the meeting report.

 

Facilities Committee, Erik Knutson, Chair: No meeting and no report.

 

Public Relations Committee, Mary Brantley, Chair

Ms. Brantley stated the Committee met on June 13, with lengthy, lively discussion of ideas for activities to activate and involve GTCHS alumni in current school initiatives.

 

No items referred to Principal for review and/or recommendation.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

Academic Excellence Committee

  1. Refer 2016-2017 Teacher Survey Results Report (ID 4701043 dated April 2017) provided by Mr. Mark Bounds, Academic Coordinator, SCPCSD, on June 14, 2017, for review and recommendations of GTCHS Academic Programs, Services, and Support for Teaching and Learning to BOD no later than August 15, 2017.  

Administration/Governance Committee

  1. Refer 2016-2017 Teacher Survey Results Report (ID 4701043 dated April 2017) provided by Mr. Mark Bounds, Academic Coordinator, SC Charter, on June 14, 2017, for review of GTCHS Administration and Governance Policy to BOD no later than August 15, 2017.  
  2. Review and recommendation of Lease Agreement with GTC of Barton Campus sites (a) north of Child Development Center and (b) west of building 119) no later than August 15, 2017.
  3. Review and recommendation of Lease Agreement for Ground Floor of Building 120 for academic years following June 30, 2017, no later than August 15, 2017. 

Facilities Committee

  1. Recommendation of Sale of GTCHS Augusta Road Campus Property no later than August 15, 2017.

 

ACTION ITEMS, Chairman Nash

  1. Ms. Cone made a motion to receive principal and committee reports as information, which Rev. Johnson seconded and the Board approved unanimously.
    1. Needing no second and there being no questions or concerns, the Board voted unanimously to approve the Appeals Committee finding at its most recent meeting.
    2. Needing no second, the Board voted unanimously to ratify the Executive Committee’s approval of 89 graduates of GTCHS this year.

2. Mr. Ground made a motion to assign tasks listed on this agenda to respective Board committee agendas, which Mr. Knutson seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

3. Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to consider Resolution BOD2017-05 (Appeals Committee Purpose, Responsibilities, and Procedures for Appeals). After suggestions from Ms. Anthony, Dr. Nash put resolution with one amendment on the floor, amending Section 3, #1 to state, “The statute of limitations for presenting an appeal is no more than thirty instructional days from the date the school decision is communicated.” No second being necessary and there being no further discussion, the Board approved the resolution, as amended, unanimously.

4. Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to confer Faculty Emeritus Status to retiring faculty member, Cleo Crank, recognizing her service with a certificate and with a mind to utilize her expertise to assist the school going forward. Mr. Ground made such a motion, which Ms. Cone seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

5. Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to consider changing the date of next Board meeting from Tuesday, July 18, 2017, to Monday, July 17, 2017, to allow the principal to attend PIP (Principal Induction Program) conference in Columbia. Mr. Zemitis made such a motion, which Ms. Samuel seconded and the Board approved unanimously. 

6. Following extended discussion and distribution of a draft letter, Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to authorize the GTCHS Board Chairman to write a formal letter to SCPCSD Board Chairman detailing concerns regarding Access and Equity Report distributed June 11, 2017, by SCPCSD Superintendent. The concerns include the cost of the program, use of deceit to GTCHS staff and employees, and a desire to discuss with other Charter schools prior to implementation. Mr. Smith made a motion to authorize, which Ms. Cone seconded and the Board passed with Board Members Nash, Ground, Brantley, Cone, Samuel, Johnson, Lewis, Knutson, and Smith voting to approve with Board Member Zemitis abstaining.

7. Following extended discussion regarding the possible sale of donated Traveler’s Rest property, Mr. Knutson made a motion to table the issue, which Ms. Cone seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

8. Dr. Nash offered a letter of resignation from the Board of Directors, expressing his appreciation to the Board noting that new officers will be elected at July meeting and that he would be available for training in July. The Board discussed who would serve as Chairman between July 1, 2017, and July 17, 2017. Mr. Smith made a motion for the Board to enter executive session to consider personnel matters, which Rev. Johnson seconded and the Board approved unanimously. The Board met in executive session, after which Dr. Nash stated he will continue as Board Chairman until July and will continue as a member of the Board through an appropriate transition period.

 

Dr. Nash announced that the next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 17, 2017, at 6:00 pm; Board of Directors Training/Orientation is scheduled for the morning of July 15, 2017, in Dental Health Building; and David Flint recently resigned from the BOD Finance Committee due to increased demands of personal employment. Ms. Anthony noted the first ever GTCHS-hosted golf tournament will take place on April 23, 2018. Ms. Anthony also noted GTCHS staff returns on August 1, 2017, and she would like the Board to organize an interactive Board and Staff event.

 

At Dr. Nash’s request, Mr. Smith made a motion to adjourn, which Ms. Samuel seconded and the Board approved unanimously, adjourning at 9:16 pm. 

 


Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman
GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

__________________________________

Bob Ground, Secretary

 
 
 
 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

6:00 pm May 16, 2017

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS website in accordance with FOI guidelines. 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

Dr. Bob Nash, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting of the Greenville Technical Charter High School Board of Directors to order at 6:14 pm. Board Members Bob Nash, Bob Ground (Board Secretary), Scott Zemitis (Board Treasurer), Mary Brantley, Ginger Cone, Uta Samuel, Zackary Johnson, Candice Lewis, Erik Knutson, and Brian Smith were in attendance, as were Mary Nell Anthony (School Principal) and Seth Riddley (Board Clerk). Board Vice-Chair Jody Bryson was absent due to a work conflict. Dr. Nash welcomed other staff and visitors present, including Suzanne Foody (Director of Development Services), Jean Shew (Health Room Attendant), Tiffany Peters (Math Teacher), Cara Mathis (English Teacher), Clay Breazeale (P.E. Teacher/Coach), Ben Shiley (Athletic Director), Pete Danfy (GTCHS Development and Endowment Board), and Ricky Roberts (GTCHS staff). Dr. Nash stated, as above, the agenda for the meeting had been posted in accordance with FOIA. Dr. Nash also stated a quorum of the Board was present.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Dr. Nash put before the Board for approval the minutes for the April 18, 2017 regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting. Mr. Zemitis moved to accept the minutes as submitted, which Mr. Smith seconded. Motion to accept minutes carried unanimously.

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION
(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)
Dr. Nash noted that any member of the public may sign up to address the Board and that because no one had signed up, the public input session was closed.

GTCHS REPORTS
Principal’s Report
Ms. Mary Nell Anthony, Principal

Board Members received electronic copy of report before the meeting, as well as printed copies in their agenda packets. Ms. Anthony opened her report by stating that her primary focus over the previous month had been working with the builder and architect to produce multiple building scenarios for on-campus and off-campus. As part of the work, Ms. Anthony stated she has held weekly meetings with builder and architect; offered tours of both campuses to all Board Members; and conducted budget planning focused on monthly forecasts of funds restored to reserve accounts as well as annual finalization of categorical spending and reimbursements. Ms. Anthony also summarized recent school year-end celebrations that have taken place; PIP and D&E planning for 2017-2018; interventions for struggling students; strategic planning for 2017-2020 and school improvement planning for 2017; and processes for closing school. Ms. Anthony requested three action items: 1) Amendment in calendar to align spring break with Greenville Technical College; 2) Board approval of courses; 3) Rescheduling July Board Meeting to enable principal to attend required training. Ms. Anthony concluded her report. Dr. Nash stated the Board would vote on the third item in June.

 

Chairman’s Report Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

Dr. Nash referred Board Members to his printed report in the agenda packet. Dr. Nash stated he attended several events and prepared a number of documents and spoke with a number of sources for information. Dr. Nash offered to answer any questions and concluded his report.

 

Executive Committee Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

Committee did not meet. No report.

 

Financial/Audit Committee Reports Mr. Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer

Mr. Zemitis recognized Mr. Knutson for presentation of the dashboard financial summary. Mr. Knutson proceeded in steps through the summary, which included a multi-year depiction of cash breakdown into endowment, reserve, and operating funds and showed a surplus, surplus, deficit, and surplus, respectively, in the past four years, including this year. Mr. Knutson explained graphics comparing current/total assets to current/total liabilities, noting on the image when GTCHS purchased the additional property both assets and liabilities increased. Mr. Knutson turned report back over to Mr. Zemitis, who stated the Committee had a very good meeting regarding the 2017-2018 Annual Budget the prior week, which included discussions of temporary building purchase-related cash flow issues; reorienting school to a “surplus mindset” that prioritizes cash reserves; and concerns regarding spending per child compared with peer institutions. Mr. Zemitis stated the Finance Committee approved the motion for following recommended amendments to the First Reading of the 2017-2018 Annual Budget to increase cash reserves by approximately $102,000: 1) Increase contribution revenues by $50,000 from $60,000 to $110,000. 2) Decrease salaries and benefits by approximately $45,000 by not replacing the .5 senior project position. 3) Increase the facility salaries to accommodate summer part-time workers traditionally employed by approximately $3000. 4) Decrease the PIP expenditures by $10,000 based on their stated wish to contribute $10,000 to operating expenses in a needed area in FY18. Mr. Zemitis stated in the next few months, the Finance Committee expects additional revenues. March 2017 income was $422,237. Income for July 2016 through March 2017 was $3,035,140. Expenses for March 2017 were $340,935. Expenses for July 2016 through March 2017 was $2,963,192. April 2017 income was $424,110. Income for July 2016 through April 2017 was $3,459,251. Expenses for April 2017 were $322,970. Expenses for July 2016 through April 2017 was $3,286,162.

 

Administration/Governance Committee Mr. Bob Ground, Chair

Mr. Ground stated the Committee discussed the current law firm on retainer, which GTCHS paid $76,000 from May 2014 to November 2016, including retainer. Committee concluded existing retainer agreement with firm did not cover much of work they actually did and that the agreement should be renegotiated. Committee moved unanimously to recommend that principal renegotiate agreement.

 

Academic Excellence Committee Ms. Candice Lewis, Chair

Committee did not meet. No report.

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee Ms. Uta Samuel, Chair

Committee did not meet. No report.

 

Facilities Committee Mr. Erik Knutson

Mr. Knutson introduced McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture and Triangle Construction. The architects presented at length information on concepts and cost in the following six building scenarios, three based at Greenville Tech campus and three based at August Road property, all of which require leaving Building 120 (and associated rent costs) and varying amounts of fundraising: 

  1. Build school at August Road, $8,438,420 (2.5 million fundraising)
  2. Build school & gym at Augusta Road, $10,847,670 (4 million fundraising)
  3. Build school & gym at Augusta Road/Renovate 119, $12,564,790 (5.8 million fundraising)
  4. Sell Augusta Road, build school at GTC campus, $6,519,282 (0 fundraising)
  5. Sell Augusta Road, build school & gym at GTC campus, $8,928,532 (2 million fundraising)
  6. Sell Augusta Road, build school & gym at GTC campus, renovate 119, $10,645,652 (3.5 million fundraising)

Ms. Anthony stated the design and build process was focused on curtailing cost by combining builder and designer instead of bid process. Mr. Knutson stated GTCHS would need to have cash in bank and enough extra space in budget to show that it can make payments to get JEDA bond backing for loan. Mr. Knutson stated debt coverage ratio would need to be 1.45, maybe 1.50. Ms. Lewis stated students and parents want the school to be cohesive and safety and that should GTCHS operate on August Road, a school nurse would be needed in both locations. The Facilities Committee brought no specific recommendation and submitted this report as information.

 

Public Relations Committee Ms. Mary Brantley, Chair

Committee did not meet. No report.

 

While concluding the reports section of the meeting, Dr. Nash stated he has asked Mr. Ground to become an additional member for the Facilities Committee. Mr. Ground agreed to Dr. Nash’s request.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION

1. By July 17, 2017, Draft a five consecutive years annual budget beginning with 2017-2018 for BOD consideration.  The draft budgets would:

a. Restore minimum of a specific amount to be determined in GTCHS Reserve Account

b. Restore minimum of a specific amount to be determined in Annual Budget Contingency Fund (See Resolution BOD 2015-09).

c. Provide all the Capital Development and Operational Funds needed for maintaining an academic program with high educational standards.

2. Review Lease Agreement between Brashier Middle College (BMC) and Greenville Tech College (GTC) and prepare or request in writing, a DRAFT document from GTC titled Lease Agreement between GTC and GTCHS Related to Two Proposed Building Sites on GTC Campus that is being considered for meeting space needs outlined in the GTCHS Strategic Plan.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

Administration/Governance Committee

1.   Review and recommendations of Faculty/Staff Handbook 2017-2018. 

2.   Using Survey Monkey Software, develop and distribute an instrument to BOD Election Partners to obtain data to determine (1) percentage of voter participation and (2) if any changes in the election process would increase voter participation.

Executive Committee

1. Review and approve the list of GTCHS Graduates for 2017.

Facilities Committee

1. Review the DRAFT LEASE AGREEMENT between GTC and GTCHS relative to use of building 120 on GTC Campus and make recommendation to BOD of any changes by July 17, 2017.

Finance Committee

1. Review the five consecutive annual budgets beginning with FY2018 as soon as they are submitted by Principal and make a recommend to BOD by August 15, 2017.

Public Relations Committee

1.   Consider developing a printed public relations document (Annual Report) for distribution to selected individuals or groups. Dr. Nash presented Oconee County Report to the People, which is distributed in newspaper, as a model for Committee to use to create materials to educate parents.

 

BUDGET WORK SESSION

Dr. Nash stated second reading of the 2017-2018 annual budget is the final reading and entertained a motion for Board to move into budget work session. Mr. Smith made motion, which Mr. Zemitis seconded and the Board passed unanimously. The Board discussed at length preferred differences of format in official budget and representations for internal use. The Board also discussed what specific information should be provided regularly to full board from Finance Committee; what level of reserves is most desirable; and tracking of allocated (restricted) funds. Dr. Nash stated the primary function of the Board is to manage finances. Ms. Cone made motion to move Board back into regular session, which Mr. Johnson seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS                                                                 Chairman Nash

1. Consider 

a. Receiving reports as information. Ms. Cone moved to accept, which Mr. Smith seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

b. Assigning tasks listed on this agenda to respective BOD Committees Agendas. Mr. Johnson moved to accept, which Ms. Samuel seconded and the Board approved unanimously. 

2. Consider amendment to 2017-2018 Annual Academic Calendar. Mr. Zemitis moved to accept recommended changes of spring break period from March 26-30, 2018 to April 2-6, 2018 with March 30 being a new snow date, which Mr. Smith seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

3. Second Reading of 2017-2018 Annual Budget as amended. Mr. Knutson made a motion, seconded by Mr. Zemitis that this action constitutes second and final reading of 2017-2018 budget. Mr. Zemitis offered an amendment from the Finance Committee.  

The following amendment to Second Reading of 2017-18 Budget with purpose of increasing cash reserves by approximately $102,000: 

Revenues:

1. Increase budget revenues account number 1920 (Contributions) from $60,000.00 to $110,000.00.

Expenses:

2. Reduce budget expense account numbers 114, 127, and 212 (Salaries) from $1,737,775.00 by $34,569.00 to reflect a final amount of $1,703,206.00.

3. Increase budget expense account number 233, (Salaries) from $557,526.00 by $3,000.00 to reflect a final amount of $560,526.00.

4. Reduce budget expense account number 114, 127, and 212 (Benefits) from $628,957.00 by $10,975.00 to reflect a final amount of $617,982.00.

5. Reduce budget expense account number 272 (PIP) from $120,000.00 by $10,000.00 to reflect a final amount of $110.000.00.

Dr. Nash accepted amendment from Finance Committee. Coming from Finance Committee, no second to the amendment was necessary, and the Board approved amendment unanimously. A vote on the second reading of budget as amended was unanimously approved.

4. Consider amending the GTCHS Employee Chart to change title of Business Manager to Director of Finance without any changes to job description of the position. Ms. Brantley moved to accept, which Ms. Samuel seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

5. Consider Resolution BOD2017-02 (Board Recognition of Teacher Ms. Cleo Crank).

Dr. Nash stated that Ms. Crank, who began at GTCHS in August 2003 and has taught a lot of different courses, will be retiring. Mr. Ground made motion to approve the resolution and issue a Certificate of Honor from BOD, which Ms. Samuel seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

6. Consider Courses to be approved by BOD as Board-Approved Courses. Ms. Cone made motion to approve Resolution BOD2017-04 listing 8 courses, their prerequisites, and semester hours of credit, which Mr. Johnson seconded and the Board approved unanimously.

7. Consider Administration/Governance recommendation (Resolution BOD2017-03) for GTCHS Legal Representation. Dr. Nash accepted Committee recommendation, and, no second being needed, the Board approved resolution unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Dr. Nash made request to move the Board into executive session to discuss a legal matter related to an appeal, as well as a personnel matter related to a Board vacancy. The Board conducted an executive session. Ms. Cone made motion to move the Board back into regular session, which Mr. Smith seconded and the Board approved unanimously. Dr. Nash announced that no action was taken by the BOD during executive Session.

Board Action:

1. Mr. Ground made a motion the Board recommend the appeals committee hear Mr. Seay’s appeal, which Ms. Brantley seconded and the Board passed unanimously. 

2. Ms. Samuel moved that the Board appoint Brian Miller to one-year term on GTCHS Board, which Ms. Cone seconded and the Board passed unanimously. Dr. Nash extended congratulations to Mr. Miller. His term of office will be from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Dr. Nash announced the next Board meeting will be June 20, 2017 at 6 pm; the BOD Appeals Committee will be hearing a recently submitted appeal; six Board members attended the SC Public Charter School District Board Orientation on May 1, 2017 (see MOR on file); and new Board members will be sworn in at a ceremony on June 20, 2017. Dr. Nash also informed the Board there is a buyer interested in purchasing a small GTCHS-owned plot of land located in Travelers Rest.

 

 At request of Dr. Nash, Ms. Samuel made motion to adjourn, which Mr. Knutson seconded and the Board pass unanimously, adjourning at 9:14 pm. 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                      Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman
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ATTEST:

__________________________________

 

 

Bob Ground, Secretary

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

6:00 pm April 18, 2017

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS website in accordance with FOI guidelines. 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

Dr. Bob Nash, Board Chairman, called the regular meeting of the Greenville Technical Charter High School Board of Directors to order at 6:23 pm. Board Members Bob Nash, Jody Bryson (Board Vice Chairman), Bob Ground (Board Secretary), Scott Zemitis (Board Treasurer), Mary Brantley, Ginger Cone, Uta Samuel, Zackary Johnson, Erik Knutson, and Brian Smith were in attendance, as were Mary Nell Anthony (School Principal) and Seth Riddley (Board Clerk). Board Member Candice Lewis was absent due to a work conflict. Dr. Nash welcomed other staff and visitors present, including Noel Rogers (GTCHS Director of Finance) and David Flint (member of Board Finance Committee and former member of the Board). Dr. Nash stated, as above, the agenda for the meeting had been posted in accordance with FOIA.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Dr. Nash put before the Board for approval the minutes for the March 14, 2017 regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting. Ms. Brantley moved to accept the minutes as submitted, which Mr. Johnson seconded. Motion to accept minutes carried unanimously.

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION
(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)
Dr. Nash noted that any member of the public may sign up to address the Board and that because no one had signed up, the public input session was closed.

GTCHS REPORTS
Principal’s Report
Ms. Mary Nell Anthony, Principal

Board Members received electronic copy of report before the meeting. Ms. Anthony passed out print copies of the draft calendar for the 2017-2018 school year, as well as of highlights of the 2017-2018 Annual Budget.

Ms. Anthony stated that Chemistry and Visual Art positions are currently posted with interviews underway. Ms. Anthony noted upcoming GTCHS events, and Ms. Brantley and Ms. Cone requested further information and time and locations of two concerts to take place in April and May, which Ms. Anthony provided partially and agreed to provide completely. Ms. Anthony stated that GTCHS will, for credit recovery purposes, offer its own Summer School in place of VirtualSC offerings, and noted the GTCHS Summer School is completely self-sustaining. Ms. Cone asked whether GTCHS Summer School included an online component, and Ms. Anthony replied the program utilizes an online program with a live teacher onsite, as well. Regarding the 2017-2018 calendar, Ms. Anthony noted she had provided the calendar in list and graphic forms; the calendar conforms to South Carolina regulations; includes student-led conference and senior project days, which, Ms. Anthony noted in response to a question from Mr. Ground, cannot be counted legally as attendance days; spring break is coordinated with Greenville Technical College’s calendar for the convenience of GTCHS students enrolled in GTC classes; and is aligned with Greenville County Schools when possible.

Ms. Anthony previewed 2017-2018 Annual Budget highlights, including priorities, revenue assumptions, expense assumptions, recent budget history, and graphical representations of budget categories. Ms. Anthony noted budget priorities include subsidizing tuition cost starting with Class of 2020, increased spending related to building project, and line-by-line categorization to ensure accurately projected revenue and expenses. Revenue assumptions take into account decrease in federal funding by 10%, weighted pupil units, steady state funds (any decrease in one category would be offset by increase in another). Expense assumptions take into account actual money spent this year, mandated 2% increase for employee benefits and retirement in step with Greenville County schools, building payments and interest, and dual enrollment costs. Ms. Anthony provided a recent history of cash reserves use in the budget and a budget breakdown pie chart. Ms. Anthony noted she had sent information electronically to Board on action items prior to meeting and after answering brief clarification questions—including agreeing, in response to Mr. Knutson’s question, to report back whether operating funds would be depleted and whether funds left over would go to reserves—from the Board, concluded her report.

Chairman’s Report Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

Dr. Nash attended the GTCHS Board candidate forum. Ms. Brantley noted candidates did a good job.

 

Executive Committee Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

Executive Committee did not meet.

 

Financial/Audit Committee Reports Mr. Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer

Mr. Zemitis stated that the March monthly Financial Statements were not ready, but that he met with Ms. Anthony and Ms. Rogers (Director of Finance) and went through current budget line items and commended staff for improvements in accounting practices. Mr. Zemitis stated that, at request of Dr. Nash, Finance Committee is attempting to obtain longer-range perspective and is concerned with increase in spending, drop in reserves, and current balance. Committee is unsure of causes at this time and is conducting ongoing analysis, including comparisons with peer institutions. Dr. Nash expressed desire for processes that enable all Board members, especially those without backgrounds in finance, to understand GTCHS finances. Dr. Nash reiterated desire to separate operations and capital development budgets in the future. Mr. Zemitis stated both budgets should be coordinated. Mr. Smith initiated a discussion of current accounting software and other logistical considerations of communicating finances to the Board, and, following this discussion, Mr. Zemitis concluded report.

 

Administration/Governance Committee Mr. Bob Ground, Chair

Mr. Ground stated Ms. Loftis (Administrative Assistant), Mr. Ground, Brian Medford (Director of Technology), and Officer Joel Foster reviewed the SurveyMonkey results on April 10, 2017 of the Board Election and provided the proper paperwork to Dr. Nash, which detailed the 77 ballots received. Mr. Ground noted the proposed agenda for upcoming Board Training. Following a discussion of dates and times, the Board agreed on July 15, 2017 for Board of Directors Orientation. There being no other questions, Mr. Ground concluded his report.

 

Academic Excellence Committee Ms. Candice Lewis, Chair

No report.

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee Ms. Uta Samuel, Chair

No report.

 

Facilities Committee Mr. Erik Knutson

Mr. Knutson stated it is the intention of the Facilities Committee that the Board has information needed to make location of school by the May board meeting and to that end, the committee plans to make recommendations regarding costs and benefits of various options, including renovations, selling, and so on. Mr. Knutson noted 5% of this year’s budget is going to cover building on Augusta Road, and that will increase to 7% in next budget. Mr. Knutson stated this is a huge part of budget when next year’s budget shows no surplus and no reserves, and the committee plans to present relevant numbers to Board so that decision can be made. Mr. Zemitis stated that from perspective of Finance Committee, certain financial measures should be in order to present to a prospective lender. Mr. Knutson stated he spoke with Tyler Trout with First Trion to inquire about fundamentals necessary for GTCHS to qualify for JEDA bond. Mr. Trout suggested that for a 3.5-4.5% loan with a 20-year term, there should be $500,000 in reserves and a 1.5 debt-coverage ratio. Mr. Knutson stated GTCHS might qualify for JEDA bond with no fundraising if amount were low enough, and because consultants do not believe GTCHS can raise several million in the short-term, GTCHS should look to own surplus for building funds instead of fundraising. Dr. Nash reminded Board that difference between construction at GTC campus and August Road is not significant, that the primary issue concerns logistics, and that, in his view, the Board needs to spend more time on addressing logistics. Dr. Nash stated the Board should try to visualize 20 years in the future and competition with other schools when considering expansion, just as traditional school boards must do. Ms. Cone suggested keeping in mind that a combination of fundraising and financing is possible, not just one or the other, and that there will be a difference in the locations regarding Alumni and capital campaigns. Mr. Zemitis stated it is incumbent on Finance Committee to encourage a conservative path and noted that peer institutions are doing construction without sizable gifts. Mr. Knutson concluded his report by stating that as the committee prepared cost-estimates, Ms. Anthony and her team can make related preparations for the next board meeting.

 

Public Relations Committee Ms. Mary Brantley, Chair

No report.

 

Dr. Nash stated this concluded the reports. Mr. Bryson moved that all reports be accepted as information, which was seconded by Ms. Cone. Motion approved unanimously. No items were referred to the principal or to board committees for review or recommendation to Board.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                          

  1. Certification of Board Election 2017. Bob Ground presented official document certifying election from Administrative/Governance committee, noting that Ginger Cone, Brian Smith, Zachary Johnson, Uta Samuel were top four vote-getters, receiving 57, 54, 52, and 49 votes respectively. Dr. Nash offered congratulations to these candidates. Dr. Nash entertained motion from committee to certify election. With no second necessary, the Board approved the motion unanimously.
  2. Consider Academic Year School Calendar for 2017-2018. Ms. Cone made a motion to accept the calendar as presented, which Mr. Knutson seconded and the Board approved unanimously.
  3. Consider GTCHS Student Dual Enrollment Policy. Dr. Nash noted this policy, in conjunction with Greenville Technical College regulations, stipulates student is qualified through proper testing and evaluation and must possess sophomore status to begin dual enrollment, after which courses can increase gradually through senior year. Dr. Nash stated the end goal is the possibility, with summer school courses, student could graduate high school and receive an Associate’s degree simultaneously. Mr. Bryson suggested an amendment, for clarification, to change “GTC” to “Greenville Technical College.” Mr. Smith made motion to put Mr. Bryson’s amendment on the floor for consideration, which Mr. Ground seconded and Board approved unanimously. Mr. Bryson’s motion to amend policy was seconded by Ms. Samuel and approved unanimously by Board. There being no other amendments, the Board approved the policy as amended unanimously. 
  4. Consider College Course Fee in the amount of $50.00 per course beginning with Class of 2020 which is to be applied towards cost of Course Textbooks and Tuition. Mr. Johnson made motion to accept, which Mr. Smith seconded and the Board approved unanimously.
  5. Consider GTCHS Annual Schedule for 2017-2018. This item was removed, as it was a duplicate of Action Item #2.

 

Recommendations from Finance Committee

  1. First reading of Annual 2017-2018 Annual Budget. Dr. Nash recognized Mr. Zemitis for Finance Committee’s motion for first reading:

The finance committee recommends the draft budget prepared by Principal Anthony be submitted to the full board for first reading.  While the budget presented will likely preserve programs and services at current standards, the committee expresses the following concerns: 

1 - Cash reserves do not increase under this budget and are maintained at historically low levels. This also could restrict our ability to attract refinancing at desirable rates. 

2 - It continues to fund the Augusta Rd project at $300K which is sufficient for debt service and some exploratory studies. It is not clear what the longer term needs for this project will be and whether the budget reflects those needs.

The finance committee recommends the board consider amendments that will address these concerns.

Dr. Nash offered motion with amendment stating that GTCHS staff work toward dividing out capital development budget into a separate budget, which was seconded by Mr. Zemitis. Following a period of discussion, the Board approved Dr. Nash’s amendment unanimously. Dr. Nash then offered an amendment stating that Finance Committee should receive copies of GTCHS bank statements, which was seconded by Mr. Knutson and approved unanimously by the Board. The Board then approved the first reading of the 2017-2018 Annual Budget, as amended, unanimously.

 

Recommendations from Facilities Committee

  1. Consider anticipating using a combination of dynamic compaction at a cost of $85,000.00 and aggregate piers at a cost of $215,000.00 at the CDC site (total cost $300,000.00).  Cost is based on Bunnell-Lammons Engineering, Inc. (BLE) proposal dated 3/1/17. Mr. Knutson noted the purpose of this recommendation is to anticipate improvements by CDC to support potential gym and classroom space; stated BLE believes combination of methods may be required with worst case of $333,000; and clarified that anticipation does not authorize spending money, in response to question by Dr. Nash. Board approved recommendation unanimously.
  2. Consider anticipating a cost of $300,000.00 for either one site (next to CDC) or two sites (CDC and next to bldg. 119) at GTC campus. After Mr. Knutson provided background information that supported the calculation of this anticipated cost and answered two clarification questions from Ms. Cone, the Board approved unanimously.

 

Note: Mr. Zemitis left meeting before consideration of Action Item #9 and did not return.

 

  1. Consider approving Triangle Construction proposal for Spring and Summer of 2017 portions of their preconstruction proposal dated April 3, 2017 at a cost not to exceed $7,000.00. Following general discussion of action item, Dr. Nash offered amendment to direct principal to write letter to Greenville Technical College asking that rent of building 120 be waived for next school year, which was seconded by Ms. Cone. Following extended discussion of amendment, Dr. Nash withdrew motion, and Ms. Cone agreed to withdraw second. Motion carried to accept action item with Board members Samuel, Brantley, Cone, Bryson, Johnson, Ground, Knutson, and Smith voting yes; Board member Nash voting no; and Board members Lewis and Zemitis absent for the vote.
  2. Consider approving Phase I proposal from McMillan/Pazdan/Smith Architecture dated April 3, 2017 at a cost not to exceed $18,000.00. Following discussion, which included concerns from Ms. Cone that GTCHS retain ability to bid out actual work to other firms, the Board approved unanimously (Mr. Zemitis had left early).
  3. Consider authorizing Mr. Tuck Hanna, Consultant, to select 3 market listing estimates from 3 commercial realtors of his choosing for property at Augusta Road Campus to determine market value of the property. After discussion, which included pros and cons of commercial broker estimates compared with appraisal, with no second necessary, Board approved motion from committee unanimously (Mr. Zemitis had left early).

 

Recommendations from Administration and Governance Committee

  1. Consider Board Orientation Schedule and Program for 2017, setting it for July 15, 2017. Ms. Samuel offered motion to accept, which Mr. Bryson seconded and the Board approved unanimously (Mr. Zemitis had left early).

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS  

  1. Next regular meeting of the Board will be May 16, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room.
  2. Dr. Nash will send email to Board regarding training tentatively to be held May 1 at 5:30 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Motion to adjourn by Ms. Samuel, seconded by Mr. Bryson. Motion approved by unanimous vote. The Board adjourned at 8:40 pm.

 


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Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman
GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

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Bob Ground, Secretary

 

 

 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

6:00 pm March 14, 2017

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

The Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Board Members Nash, Samuel, Brantley, Cone, Lewis, Bryson, Zemitis, Johnson, Knutson, and Ground were present for the meeting. Brian Smith was absent due to a work conflict. Dr. Nash noted visitors were present and that visitors are always welcome to BOD meeting.

Dr. Nash introduced Seth Riddley, our new Board Clerk.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Dr. Nash put before the Board for approval the minutes for the February 21, 2017 regular meeting, which he stated had been sent electronically to all board members prior to this meeting. Mr. Bryson moved to accept the minutes as submitted, which Ms. Brantley seconded. Mr. Ground suggested amending the minutes under Old Business, item 1, to state “discussion” in place of “debate,” in order to more accurately describe the discussion that took place. Motion to accept minutes with Mr. Ground’s suggestion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:

(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)

The Chairman opened the Public Input Session and named the individuals who had registered to speak to the board members.

Jean Shew - The health room manager at GTCHS, she described the MedEx program at Greenville Health Systems as ‘a pipeline’ for students to be accepted to a medical school. Five GTCHS students applied to Tier 1 program and all were accepted.  They are Sophie Finnell, Roann Abdeladl, Thatiana Esquivel, Bailey Otto, and Leanna Rabinovitch, all GTCHS students.

Doug Adomatis - A GTCHS Faculty member provided comments in opposition to “split campus.” 

Alicia Dixon – A parent of two GTCHS students, she has worked 8 years as lunch mom at GTCHS. She provided comments in opposition to maintaining two campuses.

ChairmanNash noted that this concluded the list of individuals on the roster.  He stated that parents concerns will be addressed when new information becomes available. 

Dr Nash closed the public input session.

GTCHS REPORTS:

Principals Report Ms. Mary Nell Anthony

Board Members received an electronic copy of the report before the meeting.  In summary:

1. Art position is vacant and has been posted and interviewing will soon start. 

2. First year teacher evaluations are scheduled.

3. Proposed personnel employment positions for 2017/2018 are listed as an action item on the agenda.

4. Speech & Debate will be scheduled as a class next year.  The current student team has done very well this year as an outside activity.

5. Spirit week is planned and funds will go to ‘one to one’ technology at GTCHS.

6. SC Charter School Alliance has connected us with a consultant to help with technology planning, there is an action item on the agenda that addresses this pilot program.

7. She suggested that the Annual School Calendar be presented in April due to state action on Greenville School District start date.

8. GTCHS Speech and Debate Team were winners at District meet.

9. Ms. Anthony restated a list of school space needs including gym, science labs, band/string/art class rooms, and class rooms for floating teachers. Parent survey supported space needs.

10. Ms. Anthony presents cost difference between having Wyche Law firm on retainer vs a fee for services arrangement. We have not been using the firm as much in recent months and retainer is $2500 per quarter.

 

Chairman’s Report Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

An electronic report was distributed to members prior to the meeting. 

Dr. Nash attended GTCHS leaders retreat. Met with Mr. Shouse, Dr. Miller, Ms. Anthony, Mr. Bryson to discuss our space needs. Met with Greenville Evening Rotary Club. Met with Mr. Ground, Ms. Anthony and new Board Clerk to discuss the duties of the clerk. Visited GTCHS to hear a Senior Project report. Attended call-in Finance Committee meeting.

 

Executive Committee Dr. Bob Nash, Chair 

Executive Committee did not meet.

 

Financial/Audit Committee Reports     Mr. Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer 

Treasurer reported that the Finance Committee met with Ms. Anthony and Ms. Rogers (Business Manager) to review Budget Reports for January and February. Committee is working on a summary report format for the Board that non accountants can easily comprehend. We have mostly adjusted to differences in the times since funds are received from the state Charter School District.  Treasurer would like to compare costs to operate GTCHS with schools that are similar to GTCHS. February 2017 income was $470,792. Income for July 2016 through February 2017 was $2,613,582. Expenses for February 2017 were $351,879. Expense for July 2016 through February 2017 was $2,623,655.

 

Administration/Governance Committee      Mr. Bob Ground, Chair

Mr. Ground reported that the Committee met and reviewed Student Admission Policy and recommend approval of the policy as it has been rewritten for clarity. Board members received a copy of the policy prior to the meeting for consideration as an action item on the agenda. If approved, the policy will be formatted to fit the standard policy format.  Mr. Ground reported that the Election procedures for 2017 board candidates are progressing according the BOD approved policy and schedule.

 

Academic Excellence Committee      Ms. Candice Lewis, Chair

No report

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee        Ms. Uta Samuel, Chair

No report

 

Facilities Committee                         Mr. Erik Knutson, Chair

No report

 

Public Relations Committee            Ms. Mary Brantley, Chair

No report

 

GTCHS Development/Endowment Board           Ms. Suzanne Foody, Dir. Of Dev.

Member Jody Bryson reported that the D/E Board will be planning recommendations for the GTCHS Board Of Directors after they review their Bylaws and other needs for Capital Development Fundraising.

 

Report of Meeting with Dr. Keith Miller             Dr. Bob Nash

Board members have received a summary of the meeting along with maps of the sites under consideration. Meeting arranged by Ms. Anthony and Dr. Miller. Purpose of meeting was to discuss needs of the college and GTCHS in support of their academic programs. Dr. Miller offered site next to Child Development Center and site next to Building 119. He stated that Dr. Miller was not sure of when the GTC long term plans for Building 120 would be implemented. 

 

The Chairman announced this concluded the reports.  Ms. Cone moved that all the reports be accepted as information. Motion was seconded by Mr. Johnson. Motion approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

1.   Develop and recommend to BOD, an Awards and Honors Policy for the BOD to recognize and bestow certain awards for Faculty/Staff/Students by May 16, 2017.

2. Prepare a list of GTCHS students who will be designated as 2017 Graduate of GTCHS for BOD approval no later than May 16, 2017. 

3.   Schedule BOD tours of GTCHS Barton Campus and GTCHS Augusta Road Campus.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:  The Chairman reviewed the following items for board committee review/recommendation or review/recommendation by the principal.

 

Administration Governance Committee

1. Prepare audited report of BOD Election Results for BOD Certification by April 18, 2017 BOD meeting. 

2. Schedule and Organize Board Orientation Program (“Boot Camp”) in accordance with SC Public Charter School Law Title 59 Chapter 40 Section155 Orientation programs for board members and administrators.
(A) “Within one year of taking office, all persons elected or appointed as members of a charter school board of trustees after July 1, 2006, shall complete successfully an orientation program in the powers, duties, and responsibilities of a board member including, but not limited to, topics on policy development, personnel, instructional programs, school finance, school law, ethics, and community relations. The orientation must be provided at no charge by the State Department of Education or an association approved by the department.”

 

Facilities Committee

         1.   Triangle Construction Company, Inc. Proposal for Pre-Construction Services time line.

2.   Bunnell-Lammons Engineering, Inc. Letter dated 03/01/2017, Subject: Preliminary Cost Estimates for Site Preparation.

 

Finance Committee

1.   Triangle Construction Company, Inc. Proposal for Pre-Construction Services Cost dated 03/10/2017..

2.   Review draft of GTCHS Annual Budget for 2017-2018 for recommendation to BOD for First Reading at next BOD meeting on April 18, 2017.

  

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:

1.   Review draft of Strategic Plans for Development/Endowment Board and report back to BOD at their convenience.

2.   Review and recommend changes to Development/Endowment Bylaws dated October 24, 2007.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE:

Board Member, Mr. Scott Zemitis proposed that the following item be referred to the Academic Excellence Committee.  The Chairman accepted the request to be added to the list. 

 

Academic Excellence Committee

1.  Study the state of education in the country and propose an academic plan for GTCHS to guide the school for the next 15 years. Study would include successes  and failures in the past and the most likely programs and strategies that will be characteristic of a successful high school. Committee should consult faculty, staff, educational experts and others in the study.

 

The Chairman called for a motion to accept the reports as information.  Board member, Scott Zemitis made a motion to accept the reports as information.  Motion Motion was seconded by Ginger Cone.  A vote on the motion was unanimous approval.

 

ACTION ITEMS: 

         1. Retroactive approval of Capital Development Loan Draw-Down No. 1 in the amount of $53,000.00. Moved to approve by Mr. Bryson, seconded by Mr. Zemitis and passed unanimously.

 

2. Consider request from Principal to “Find the Most Cost Effective Options to Reach Our Goal (Space Needs) So We (GTCHS) Can Be In a New Building By August 2019.” Motion to table the item until additional information is available made by Ms. Brantley seconded by Ms. Cone, passed unanimously.

 

3. Consider Employee Positions for Academic Year 2017-2018. The Principal recommended a list of 44.5 positions.  The list and other information was provided to the Board before the meeting. Motion to approve positions was made by Mr. Ground, seconded by Mr. Johnson.  During a period of discussion, Scott Zemitis expressed concern that the school may be overstaffed.  A vote on the motion was 8 voting yes and 2 voted no. Board members Nash, Samuel, Brantley, Cone, Lewis, Bryson, Johnson, and Ground voted yes.  Board members Zemitis and Knutson voted no. Board member Smith was absent.

 

4. Consider SC Public Charter School Alliance invitation to join in Pilot Program for Technology Study. Motion to join the Pilot Program was made by Ms. Lewis , seconded by Mr. Bryson and approved unanimously.

 

5. Consider Academic Year School Calendar for 2017-2018. The Chairman announced that due to the comments by the Principal in her report, this action item would be delayed until April 2017 board meeting due to the state considering a date changes covering Greenville County Schools. 

 

6. Consider maintaining, revising, or eliminating Retainer Contract with Wyche Law Firm. Following a period of discussion, a motion was made to refer this item to Administration and Governance Committee by Ms. Cone, seconded by Mr. Johnson and motion passed unanimously.

 

Recommendation from Administration and Governance Committee:

7.   Consider Amendments to Student Admission Policy. The new proposed policy was distributed to the BOD prior to the meeting. Committee recommends substitution of that document for document of October 18, 2016 and amended February 21, 2017. The Chairman stated that the motion did not need a second.  A vote on the motion was approved unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

1. Next BOD meeting is scheduled for April 18, 2017 at 6:00pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room. Guests are welcome to return. 

2. Candidates Filing deadline for open board positions is Friday afternoon,  at 3 pm. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:  Motion to adjourn by Uta Samuel, seconded by Erik Knutson.  Motion approved by unanimous vote.

 

     The Board adjourned at 8:15.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                 

 

                                                                                                                                                Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

ATTEST:                                                                                                                                GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

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Bob Ground, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School
Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes
6:00 pm February 21, 2017
Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

The Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Treasurer Scott Zemitis presiding and serving as temporary Chairman. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines. 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:
Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Board Members Nash, Samuel, Brantley, Cone, Lewis, Smith, Bryson, Zemitis, Johnson, Knutson, and Ground were present for the meeting. No members were absent. The Chairman announced that a quorum was present for the meeting. Principal Anthony and Suzanne Foody were present for the meeting (Ms. Anthony was dismissed at 7:00 pm to attend the basketball playoff game at Carolina High School). The Chairman announced the passing of Business Manager Noel Rogers’ mother and expressed condolences on behalf of the BOD. The Chairman turned the meeting over to Temporary Chairman, Scott Zemitis.

 

ADDITION TO AGENDA:
Dr. Nash moved that an Executive Session be added to the agenda to discuss two personnel matters in accordance with FOIA Section 30-4-70(a), and that action items 5 and 6 are duplicates and number 5 should be deleted.
1. Personnel item: Basketball Game
2. Personnel item: Principal Performance Evaluation
Motion seconded by Knutson and vote by show of hands was unanimous to amend agenda.

 

INTRODUCTION OF GUESTS:
Present were Roann Abdeladl, Leanna Rabinovitch, Sophie Furrell, Jack Markowitz, Lindsay Wiseman, and Riham Abdeladl. The students, members of Students In Action, were introduced by Ms. Anthony.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Brian Smith moved, Zach Johnson seconded and, with vote by show of hands, the board approved unanimously the minutes for the BOD Meeting November 15, 2016 and the BOD Meeting January 17, 2017.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:
(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)
No one had signed up to speak to the Board and the temporary chairman declared that the Public Input Session was closed.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:
Principal’s Report                                      Ms. Mary Nell Anthony, Principal

An outline of the Principal Report has been submitted to BOD prior to the meeting.
1. She announced that GTCHS Students in Action had received the National Jefferson Award last year (2015-2016) and the group is active again this year. The group made a presentation to the
BOD highlighting this year’s activities.
2. Ms. Anthony announced she has filled the opening in the math department by employing Ms. Charlotte Ihme.
3. Next academic year calendar will be presented to the BOD at the March meeting.
4. GTCHS had purchased the Board Policies Package from SCPCSA and are currently working on reformatting them.
5. The IRS Form 990 has been submitted to IRS, the Annual Report has been submitted to SC Charter School District and SC Department of Education, and mid-year financial reports have been reviewed and submitted to BOD and Finance Committee.
6. Ms. Anthony submitted two items for BOD action; (a) Student Admission Policy revisions and (b) authorization to use $1,400.00 from BOD Contingency Fund to obtain quote/pricing for engineering studies on GTC property next to GTC Child Development Center.

 

Chairman’s Report                            Dr. Bob Nash, Chair
Dr. Nash reported a summary of his activities related to GTCHS since the last BOD meeting and the report had been sent to all Board members for their review. He asked for any questions from Board members. There were none.

 

Executive Committee                        Dr. Bob Nash, Chair
Minutes of Executive Committee were presented to the members of the Board as their Report. Four action items will be presented to the BOD for approval.

 

Financial/Audit Committee Reports                          Mr. Scott Zemitis, Treasurer
Materials were provided to Board members before the meeting. Business Manager provided last 6 months financial report; from here on BOD should see an up to date monthly report of financial status. At end of FY we should see $340,000 surplus. Much of this will be needed to repay money moved from reserve fund, student club funds, and contingency fund to cover expenses. In response to Ms. Samuel question, the school will be required to pay property taxes on Augusta Road property for first year of ownership. Chairman Nash noted that GTCHS will be required to pay on the loan principle as well as interest that will be due in May. The Capital Development Project (Augusta Road Campus) indicated revenues of $115,200.00 and expenses of $96,611.00. The Operating Budget for Barton Campus reported revenues of $1,776.955.00 and expenses of $1,957.010 leaving a deficit balance of $180,055.00 for the first half of academic year 2016-2017.

 

Administration/Governance Committee                            Mr. Bob Ground, Chair
Election timeline and election information for 2017/2018 has been published and sent to voters; second and final reading of changes to Bylaws are an action item for tonight and Principal Evaluation will be considered in Executive Session.

 

Academic Excellence Committee                                        Ms. Candice Lewis, Chair
The Committee recommended that the draft Volunteer Teacher Policy be tabled and referred back to Faculty/Staff for further study and that no action be taken at this time.

 
Executive Session: Brantley moved, seconded by Samuel and passed unanimously that we go into Executive Session for a report from the principal before she is excused from the meeting. The BOD received information from Ms. Anthony and Mr. Ground relative to the two Personnel Issues. The Chairman declared conclusion of the Executive Session and the meeting returned to Regular Session.
The Chairman announced that no action was taken during Executive Session.

 

Appeals/Grievance Committee                                              Ms. Uta Samuel, Chair
No report

 

Facilities Committee                                                               Mr. Erik Knutson, Chair
No report
Public Relations Committee                                                   Ms. Mary Brantley, Chair
No report

 

GTCHS Development/Endowment Board                              Ms. Suzanne Foody, DOD
Ms. Foody reported the Charter Chat program is progressing forward, Charter Chat’s primary purpose is to cultivate relations between families within GTCHS. Ms. Foody has met with David Phillips. Also, she attended several Gateway meetings. The DE Board is working on the Charter Commitment Campaign. PIP mini grants to faculty amounted to $6500. Junior Luncheon is April 21 and Senior Luncheon is May 12.

 

Dr. Nash moved that the Committee Reports be received as information; seconded by Bryson and approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION:
None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:
Administration/Governance Committee
1. Review methods to improve attendance at “Meet the Candidate” meeting scheduled for March 18, 2017.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:
None.

 

Dr. Nash moved and Bryson seconded that item #1 be referred to the Administration/Governance Committee for review. The motion passed unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS: Temporary Chair, Mr. Scott Zemitis, Finance Committee Chairman

 

Old Business
Facilities Committee:
1. Committee recommends that a building contract be negotiated with Triangle Construction Company for expansion of Augusta Road Campus to meet space needs defined in Strategic Plan 2015-2016. Motion comes as a recommendation from the Committee and does not need a second. During debate, it was noted that this action only authorizes the Principal to negotiate a contract and that the negotiated contract must considered by the BOD. Motion to approve passed, with a vote by show of hands of 10 yes, 0 no, and 1 abstention (Cone). Motion was approved.

2. Committee recommends that architectural services be negotiated with McMillan Pazdan
Smith Architectural Firm for architectural services related to expansion of Augusta Road Campus to meet space needs defined in Strategic Plan 2015-2016. Since this action is a recommendation from BOD Committee, it does not require a second. By a vote of show of hands, the BOD authorized the Principal to negotiate a draft contract that would require
BOD approval. Vote to approve motion was 10 yes, 0 no, 1 abstention (Cone). Motion was approved.

 

Administration and Governance Committee:
3. Committee recommends BOD conduct second and final reading of recommended amendments to Bylaws. Motion does not require a second. Dr. Nash moved to amend Bylaws to state that wording on page 2, Article IV, Section 3, second paragraph, as stated “. . . appointed member shall serve a two (2) year term . . .” be changed to read “. . . appointed member shall serve a one (1) year term . . .” Amendment seconded by Bob Ground. By vote of show of hands, the amendment passed unanimously. With no further amendments, a vote by show of hands on the main motion as amended was approved unanimously.

 

4. Committee recommendations in regards to biannual evaluation performance of GTCHS Principal per contract. BOD unanimously voted by show of hands to approve the letter to the principal, with supporting documents, concerning progress made toward completing her goals. The letter was previously distributed to the BOD.

 

5. Duplicate action item omitted.

 

Academic Excellence Committee:
6. Committee recommendation on BOD Policy for Volunteer Teachers at GTCHS. Upon recommendation of the committee, the BOD unanimously voted to table the motion and refer the policy back to the school staff along with recommendation from the Committee.

 

Finance Committee:
7. The Committee recommends approval of IRS 990 Report for FY2016 for submission to IRS. Dr. Nash moved the BOD retroactively approve the submission of the form to IRS. Knutson seconded the motion. A vote on the motion by raised hand passed unanimously.

 

Executive Committee:
8. Consider Invitation from SCPCSA to participate in 6 months Pilot Program called Chief Information Officer Charter Collaborative Pilot Program at no cost to GTCHS. A second is not required. With a vote by raised hands, the BOD unanimously voted to instruct the principal to investigate this program.

 
9. Consider Request from Principal for up to $1,400.00 from Contingency Fund for engineering cost of site next to Child Development Center. Note: The Principal provided Documentation to support the request. BOD received verbal information on this issue from Ms. Anthony and written letter from Mr. Hannah. Recommendation from the Committee was to (1) recommend approval of the request, and (2) that a written statement of services to be provided for the cost, and (3) that any additional cost be differed until a written Partnership Agreement between GTCHS and GTC is approved. A vote by show of hands was approved unanimously.

 

10. Consider authorizing GTCHS Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, and Principal to attend
a meeting with President of GTC, and Chairman of GTC Board Facilities Committee.

 

Motion does not require a second. A vote on the motion by raised hands resulted in unanimous approval.

 

New Business:
11. Consider the SC Dept. of Education Annual Report filed with the SCDE and SC Public Charter School District. Dr. Nash moved we retroactively approve the submission of the report, Cone seconded and passed unanimously.

 

12. Consider BOD Budget Line Item for Board Expenses and Board Contingency Fund. Members received specific information about the suggested $35,000 requested to be considered in the 2016-2017 budget for board expenses and $35,000 considered for the Board Contingency Fund line item. A vote by show of hands resulted in the motion being approved unanimously.

 

13. Consider Amendments to Student Admission Policy.
Policy was provided to the Board by the principal before the meeting. Dr. Nash moved to temporarily approve the policy and that it be referred to the Administration and Governance Committee for further review and report back to the Board in a timely period. Seconded by Ground and passed 8 to 3. Voting in favor were Nash, Ground, Brantley, Bryson, Smith, Knutson, Johnson, Samuel voting against were Lewis, Cone, Zemitis. Motion was approved.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
1. Next BOD meeting is scheduled for March 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room.
2. Employment of Mr. Seth Riddley as new Board Clerk.
3. Note items and event scheduled in Principal’s Weekly Warrior Bulletin.
4. A document was distributed which indicated the board positions up for election this April.

 

 


ADJOURNMENT: The Board adjourned at 8:15.

 

                                                                                                                                  

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary
GTCHS Board of Directors 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

January 17, 2017

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

The Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Vice Chairman Jody Bryson presiding and serving as temporary Chairman. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:06 pm. Board Members Nash, Samuel, Brantley, Cone, Lewis, Smith, Bryson and Zemitis were present for the meeting. Board Member Johnson, Knutson and Ground were not present. Principal Anthony and Suzanne Foody were present for the meeting. The Chairman announced that a quorum of members was present to conduct business. The Chairman announced Board Clerk, Lorin Smith, had resigned and there are no minutes for the November meeting. The clerk position is open. The Chairman turned the meeting over to Temporary Chairman, Jody Bryson.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

No minutes are available for approval at this time.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:

(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)

Mr. Bryson noted that no one had signed up to speak to the Board and closed the Public input session.

 

GTCHS REPORTS: 

Principal’s Report                                               Ms. Mary Nell Anthony, Principal

An outline of Principal Report has been submitted to BOD prior to meeting; one faculty member not returning, one undecided; midterm evaluations completed; plans for credit recovery this summer explained; Service Day planned for January 20; other items detailed in the Principal’s Report.

 

Chairman’s Report                                              Dr. Bob Nash, Chair 

Dr. Nash reported his activities since the last BOD meeting had been sent to all Board members. He highlighted the Legislative Delegation meeting.

 

Executive Committee                                            Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

No Executive Committee meeting since last Board meeting.

 

Financial/Audit Committee Reports                   Mr. Scott Zemitis, Treasure

Finance Committee is working with new business manager, report is not ready at this time.

 

Administration/Governance Committee             Mr. Bob Ground, Chair

No report at this time; By Laws, Principal Report, BOD Election are committee assignments and nearly completed

 

Academic Excellence Committee                          Ms. Candice Lewis, Chair

No report

       

         Appeals/Grievance Committee                              Ms. Uta Samuel, Chair

         No report

 

Facilities Committee                                              Mr. Erik Knutson, Chair

         Report by Mr. Smith. Not having set of plans has complicated builder’s bids, this process is ongoing.  There was lengthy discussion on moving forward with building project on Augusta Road Property.

 

         Public Relations Committee                                  Ms. Mary Brantley, Chair

         No report

 

          GTCHS Development/Endowment Board           Ms. Suzanne Foody, DOD

Ms. Foody reported that she assisted with the Principal’s Forum held on Jan 12.  Also, she attended the Chamber of Commerce Legislative Breakfast and Chamber annual meeting.  The annual campaign for raising funds is now $30,600.00 and the overall development total raised is $70,613.00.  Eight grants were submitted and non were funded.  Pigs and Pearls program for PIP made over $14,000.00 and Café operating strong.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

Academic Excellence

1. Possible Class Courses to be offered by qualified volunteer teachers and policy governing assignment to teach a class. (Resolution BOD2017-01)

Dr. Nash moved this item be referred to Academic Excellence Committee, Mary Brantley seconded the motion. Passed unanimously.

 

Finance Committee

1. Review the financial services offered by BB&T Bank.

2. Review Federal IRS 990 Report for 2016.

3. Review Annual Budget Cycle Policy.

 

Dr. Nash moved these items be referred to the finance committee, seconded by Mr. Smith and passed unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:

None.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                         Temporary Chair, Mr. Jody Bryson, Vice Chairman

Following are recommendations from GTCHS Board Committees that become motions and do not require a second as defined by Robert’s Rules of Order.

 

Facilities Committee:

1. Committee recommends that a building contract be negotiated with Triangle Construction Company for expansion of Augusta Road Campus to meet space needs defined in Strategic Plan 2015-2016.

2. Committee recommends that BOD a contract be negotiated with McMillan Pazdan Smith Architectural Firm for architectural services related to expansion of Augusta Road Campus to meet space needs defined in Strategic Plan 2015-2016.

Dr. Nash moved that items 1 and 2 be delayed till the next board meeting in February, seconded by Mr. Smith. Passed unanimously.

 

Administration and Governance Committee:

3. Committee recommends BOD conduct second and final reading of recommended amendments to Bylaws as unanimously recommended by Governance Committee.

Dr. Nash moved action item 3 be delayed till the committee can meet to consider virtual

technology for board committee meetings, seconded by Ginger Cone, passed unanimously.

4. Consider next process for biannual evaluation performance of GTCHS Principal per contract.  The Principal has submitted her responses to goals and objectives with measurable performances.  The committee will continue with collecting board member evaluation forms and follow-up with interview with Principal.  Dr. Nash moved the committee proceed with procedure for action item 4.  Motion seconded by Ms. Lewis.  Motion passed unanimously.

5. Consider Letter of Public Announcement of GTCHS BOD elections for spring 2017.

Dr. Nash moved Governance Committee be authorized to send public announcement by election letter (Resolution BOD2017-02), and proceed with the election schedule. Ms. Lewis seconded, passed unanimously.

 

Non Committee BOD Action Items:

6. Consider Change in Regular Board Meeting date from March 21, 2017 to March 14, 2017 due to GTCHS Spring Break schedule.

Ms. Samuel moved and Ms. Cone seconded that board meeting in March 2017 be rescheduled from March 21 to March 14 due to spring break at GTCHS. Motion passed unanimously.

7. Consider request from Principal to purchase Public Charter School Alliance Policy Manual for GTCHS BOD and Codification of Board Policies.

Motion made by Ms. Cash to authorize $3200 from board contingency fund, seconded by Dr. Nash and passed unanimously.

8. Consider scheduling Leaders Retreat/Work Session for BOD members, BOD Committee members, selected GTCHS Staff members, and Development and Economic Development Board Members to review Strategic Plan and Financial Plan for raising Capital Development Funds.

Dr. Nash moved that such a meeting be scheduled, Mr. Zemitis seconded and motion passed unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

1. Next BOD meeting is scheduled for February 21, 2017 at 6:00pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room.

2. Note items and event scheduled in Principal’s Report and Weekly Warrior Bulletin.

 

ADJOURNMENT: Dr. Nash moved the Board adjourn, Mr. Zemetis seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. Mr. Bryson adjourned the meeting at 7:55pm

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                        

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors 

 
 
 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

November 14, 2016

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

The Board of Directors met in regular session, Monday, Nov. 14, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room Chairman Bob Nash presiding. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI A guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm. Board Members Nash, Brantley, Cone, Ground, Johnson, Knutson, Lewis, Samuel, Smith, and Zemitis were present for the meeting. Board member Bryson was absent due to schedule conflict.  Principal Anthony and Director of Development Foody were present for the meeting. The Chairman announced that a quorum of board members was present to conduct business.  The Chairman expressed appreciation to the BOD for their thoughts, prayers, and recognition of his mother who died on Nov. 6, 2016.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

The Board Minutes for October 18, 2016, were distributed.  Brian Smith made a motion to approve the minutes.  Mary Brantley seconded the motion.  There were changes and a vote on the motion was approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:

(Individuals must sign up to address the Board of Directors – limited to 3 minutes.)

No one had signed up to speak to the Board therefore the Chairman closed the Public input session.

 

GTCHS REPORTS: 

Principal’s Report           Ms. Mary Nell Anthony, Principal

An outline of Principal Report has been submitted to BOD prior to meeting.  The Principal called on Mr. Tuck Hanna to give a report on the work at the Augusta Road Campus.  He reported that the Storm Water Retention Ponds located on the two properties previously owned respectively by Central Realty and VA Development Corp. was out of compliance and both agencies had received summons from the City of Greenville.  He reported that he had received bids ranging from $1,900.00 to $5,000.00.  

Also, he reported that the bank on Patton Drive would need to be covered with a net implanted with seed to control erosion that would cost about $2,400.00.  The grounds cleanup was divided into four areas.  Area A around the building would cost $2,800.00; Area B retention ponds and fence repairs, not more than $5,000.00; Area C Patton Road shoulder $2,800.00, and Area D Patton Road East bank would cost about $12,300.00. (Note: The BOD had previously approved $15,000.00 to complete the Augusta Road Campus cleanup and fund a Land Use Study.)

He reported that the Sprinkler System in the Building at Augusta Road Campus had been repaired and considering various options for winter maintenance resulted in his recommendation that GTCHS personnel monitor the weather and if the temperature was projected to fall below freezing for several days, then the policy should be to cut off the water supply to the sprinklers and turn the water back on when the temperature returned to above freezing.  The other options of heating the building or installing electric heaters would be too costly.

 

The Principal reported four items that she had requested to be added to the agenda.  They were that the BOD:

1.  Consider completing the work on the retention ponds and send the invoice for the work to the original owners.

2.  Consider contracting with Childs and Halligan Law Firm in Columbia, SC as a resource for educational advice.  There is no retainer fee and 45 to 60 minutes would be available each month to GTCHS free of charge.  Additional time rates would be $85.00 to $225.00.

3.  Consider authorizing her to explore if there were any remaining options to build on GTC Campus.

4.  Consider Executive Session for student discipline matter.

The Principal reported that three contractors (CEC Construction, Roebuck Builders, and Triangle Construction) were being considered along with two architectural firms ( McMillan Pazden and Smith Craig Galden Davis).

 

Chairman’s Report            Dr. Bob Nash, Chair 

Dr. Nash had no written report and stated that his activities had been limited due to the death of his mother. 

 

Executive Committee          Dr. Bob Nash, Chair

No report 

 

Financial/Audit Committee Reports                   Mr. Scott Zemitis, Treasure

Finance Committee is working with new business manager and financial reports are not ready at this time.  Mr. Skip Snow, Business Manager, reported the following financial data on September 13, 2016.

 1.  As of the close of the current fiscal year, the School's governmental funds reported combined ending fund balances of $461,969, a decrease of $688,245 in comparison with the prior year.

2.  At the end of the current fiscal year, the unassigned fund balance for the general fund was $35,436.The decrease in fund balance of $688,245 can be largely attributed to the acquisition of capital assets.

3.  The School’s total capital assets, net of accumulated depreciation, increased by $2,822,204 during the current fiscal year. The school recognized depreciation expense of $47,506 during the year.

4.  During the 2016 fiscal year, the School’s governmental fund type revenues were $3,619,024 compared to $3,728,950 in the prior year.

5.  During the current fiscal year, the School’s governmental fund type expenditures of $4,307,919 were $715,893 more than in the prior year. The amount of instruction and support services expenditures increased $232,265, and community services and capital expenditures increased $483,628 from the prior year.

 

Administration/Governance Committee           Mr. Bob Ground, Chair

Mr. Ground reported that the Committee recommends the BOD:

1.  Consider recommended changes to BOD Bylaws and scheduled for first reading.

 

Academic Excellence Committee                        Ms. Candice Lewis, Chair

No report

       

         Appeals/Grievance Committee                            Ms. Uta Samuel, Chair

         No report

 

Facilities Committee                                              Mr. Erik Knutson

No report

 

         Public Relations Committee                                  Ms. Mary Brantley, Chair

         No report

 

        GTCHS Development/Endowment Board            Ms. Suzanne Foody, DOD

Ms. Foody reported on various activities since the last board meeting. 

A motion was made and seconded to accept the reports as information.  Motion passed with unanimous voice vote.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:

None.

 

A motion was made and seconded to add an EXECUTIVE SESSION to the agenda to receive information related to student discipline.  Motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

A motion was made and seconded to go into Executive Session for the purpose of receiving information related to student discipline in accordance with state law.  Motion was unanimously approved.   The Chair declared that the BOD was now in Executive Session.

 

A motion was made and seconded to return to Regular Session.  Motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.  The Chair declared that the BOD was not in Regular Session.  The Chairman announced that no action was taken during executive session.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                         

1. Administration/Governance Committee recommends that the BOD Bylaws be amended as recommended.  The Chairman stated that this action comes from the committee as a motion and requires two readings scheduled at separate board meetings.  The motion that the recommended changes constitute the First Reading of the amendments to the BOD Bylaws was approved unanimously by voice vote.  The Second Reading will be scheduled at January Board meeting.

 

 2. Rescheduling of Board Meeting Date:  A motion was made and seconded to cancel the December BOD meeting date due to the busy schedules during the month.  Motion was approved by unanimous voice vote.

 

3. Consider recommendation from Principal regarding Educational Law Firm.  A motion was made to authorize the Principal to contract with Childs and Halligan Law Firm in Columbia, SC to provide educational advice to GTCHS in accordance with the stated definitions.  Motion seconded and unanimously approved by voice vote.  

 

4. Consider recommendation from Principal regarding Design-Build and Contractor Choice.

A motion was made and seconded to refer this item to the BOD Facilities Committee and to report back to BOD in January 2017.  The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.

 

5. Consider recommendation from Principal as policy for maintaining sprinkler system in building at Augusta Road Campus.  A motion was made and seconded to authorize the Principal to utilize an employee to monitor the temperature during the winter months and when the temperature drops below freezing, then the water in the system should be turned off and when the temperature returns to above freezing, then the water would be turned on.  The motion was unanimously approved by voice vote.

 

6. Consider authorizing the Principal to explore if there are any remaining options to build on GTC main Campus on Pleasantburg.  A motion was made and seconded to authorize the Principal to explore the options of building on GTC main campus, to report back to the board by January 15, 2017, and that the report be referred to the Facilities Committee.  Following an extended period of discussion, the motion was unanimously approved by voice vote. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

1. Next BOD meeting is scheduled for January 17, 2017 at 6:00pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room.

2. Board members Brantley, Cone, Ground, Johnson, and Nash along with staff members Anthony, Foody, and Rogers will attend the SC Public Charter School Alliance Fall Summit/Conference scheduled Nov. 15-17, 2017.

3. The Legislative Reception will be held Monday, Nov. 28, 2017 at Pelham Road Medical Center.

 

Dr. Nash expressed appreciation for the hard work of board members and wished them a happy thanksgiving with their family and friends and a Merry Christmas.

 

ADJOURNMENT: A motion was made and seconded to adjourn the meeting.  The motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.  

 

   

 

                                                                                                                                                          

                       

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ATTEST:                                                                                                                                           GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

October 18, 2016, 6:00pm

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

The Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Chairman Bob Nash presiding and Ginger Cone serving as temporary Chairman. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:06 pm. Board Members Nash, Bryson, Cone, Ground, Brantley, Knutson, Samuel, Johnson, Zemitis, and Lewis were present for the meeting. Board Member Smith was absent. Principal Anthony and Board Clerk Smith were present as were Suzanne Foody, Doug Adomatis, and Drew Ray. Ken Martin was present as an invited guest representing Martin Smith & Company.  The Chairman announced that a quorum of members was present to conduct business.

 

INTRODUCTION OF NEW FACULTY MEMBERS AND NEW INTERN

Mrs. Anthony welcomed and introduced Noel Rogers (not present), the new Business Manager for GTCHS and Lorin Smith, the new Board Clerk for the GTCHS Board of Directors. Mrs. Anthony also introduced Mr. Drew Ray, an administrative intern for GTCHS.

 

Dr. Nash turned the meeting over to TEMPORARY Chairman, Ginger Cone.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  

Scott Zemitis moved minutes of BOD September 20, 2016 meeting be approved. Erik Knutson seconded the motion. Minutes were approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:  

Mrs. Cone opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individuals to speak to the Board. Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session. Mrs. Cone asked if there were any guests that wished to speak to the BOD. None chose to speak. The Public Input Session was closed.

 

2015-2016 ANNUAL AUDIT REPORT FROM MARTIN SMITH COMPANY CPAS

Mrs. Cone introduced Mr. Ken Martin, a representative of Martin Smith & Company, who was invited to present on the findings of the annual audit.

Controls:

Mr. Martin reported on a strong internal system of financial controls, and praised management for the understanding of the need of those controls. Mr. Martin found ZERO instances of non-compliance.

Standard Audit Tests:

Revenues of GTCHS were confirmed. Expenditures were tested to gather evidence of compliance. Financial statements were found to be completely clean. No significant adjustments were made to the accounting principles administered by GTCHS. 

Federal and State Compliance:

Zero findings were found of non-compliance with state and federal laws. Mr. Martin noted that in the prior year’s audit, there were 2 findings, and praised GTCHS for rectifying those findings by implementing a control of regular review by a 2nd person. 

Questions from the Board:

Dr. Nash asked if the company was satisfied with the relationship of the PIP program, which Mr. Martin responded with a yes. 

Audit Findings:

Total Revenue: $3,619,024

Total Expenditures: $4,307,919 

There was a slight decline in revenue, expenses remained flat, and extra expenditures were due to the acquisition of the new property.

Recommendations: Focus on increasing fund balance to 15-30% of the year’s expenditures. Currently, it is slightly lower (12%). Overall, the school is generally living within its financial means. 

 

Mrs. Cone requested a motion to approve the audit, which was corrected by Dr. Nash. The motion was already on the table from the Financial/Audit Committee, so Mrs. Cone entertained a vote to approve the 2015-2016 Annual Audit. The audit was approved unanimously. (Action Item #1)

 

GTCHS REPORTS: 

  • Principal’s Report: 

Principal Anthony recognized the 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year, Doug Adomatis, teacher of Physical Science and Physics. Mr. Adomitis was thanked for his dedication and service. Principal. Anthony began by encouraging board members to take yard signs to advertise open enrollment for the school. The deadline for application submission is October 28, 2016, at 3:00pm. Mrs. Anthony stated there were varying degrees of acceptance for advertising about charter school enrollment, and she stated that Greenville County School District does not allow advertising of the charter school on their properties. 

Principal Anthony presented the proposed Mission, Beliefs, and Values developed by the GTCHS Faculty and Staff (Action Item #3). She noted that the mission and beliefs are new, and the vision remained the same as the original vision. The board discussed the differentiation between the old mission/beliefs and the proposed mission/beliefs.

Principal Anthony presented the proposed Grade Conversion Policy (Action Item #2). She stated that the policy reflects the state changes in grade conversions. Discussion convened about the details of this policy and Mrs. Anthony pointed out that this policy includes an exception for dual-enrollment. 

Principal Anthony presented the proposed sibling/legacy policy (Action Item #6). She recommended that siblings should still maintain a priority if that sibling is a graduate of GTCHS, not just a former student. There was also a recommendation to take out the statement in the policy that allowed the children of members of the charter committee (the original founding committee) to be automatically accepted because it was no longer relevant.

Principal Anthony presented a building update and stated that GTCHS is working with a Greenville Technical College architecture class to develop some new ideas. 

Principal Anthony presented a financial report (Action Item #5), which included a viable financial model to reach building goals. This models assumes the student body will increase, either by adding 8th grade or by increasing enrollment in each grade level.     

 

Mr. Ground made a motion to accept the Principal’s Report, and Mr. Bryson seconded the motion. The report was approved unanimously.

 

  • Chairman’s Report: Dr. Nash referenced his email report of activity during the month of September. 
  • Executive Committee: No report.
  • Financial/Audit Committee Reports: The committee did not meet in September, and has a meeting scheduled for October 27th
  • Administration/Governance Committee: The committee met and unanimously approved Resolution 2016 – 26 (Action Item #4) to be presented for a vote by the BOD. The number of the resolution will change to the new policy format once established.
  • Academic Excellence Committee: Committee met, but no report was given due to no new information.
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee: No report
  • Facilities Committee: Did not meet, but reported on concerns of pipes freezing in the sprinkler system in the new building.
  • GTCHS Development/Endowment Board: Committee met and reviewed the charter commitment campaign. They also reviewed the annual campaign materials and made revisions for the mail outs for this year. The annual campaign kicked off after the changes were made and mass mailing was mailed. The board discussed a potential advisory group for the building fund. Mrs. Foody reminded the board of the Pigs and Pearls event.
  • Public Relations Committee: No report

 

Moved by Dr. Nash to receive the reports as information, seconded by Johnson, approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

1. Consider 2016-2017 Audit Report 

     The Board voted unanimously to accept the audit directly after the presentation by Mr. Martin 

 

2. Student Grading Conversion Schedule

      Mr. Bryson made a motion to accept the schedule, Mrs. Brantley seconded the motion. Motion was approved unanimously. 

 

3. Consider changes in GTCHS Mission, Vision, and Belief Statements

     Mrs. Lewis motioned to accept the changes as given, Dr. Nash seconded, and the motion passed unanimously 

 

4. Resolution BOD 2016-26 – Policy for Approving Special Contracts and Consultant Services was brought to the floor by committee. Note: Will be updated with new format of board policies. Vote passed unanimously.

 

5. Consider Financial Models for Funding the Development of Augusta Road Campus

     Referred to committee for evaluation (Facilities and Finance Committee) 

     Motion to refer to committee by Dr. Nash, 2nd by Zemitis, vote to refer passed unanimously.

 

6. Consider Revision of Sibling Admission Policy

- Amend 3rd bullet – remove words, “children of charter committee members.” 

Motion by Mrs. Lewis, 2nd by Mr. Bryson, vote passed unanimously.

 

7. Codification of Board Policies

     Discussion included the process of writing/coding GTCHS Board Policies. This process will include 1) pull out existing policy and directives, 2) Fill in and evaluate the gaps in policy, 3) Prioritize – 1st Financial Policy 2nd Personnel Policy 3rd Student Policy

                Dr. Nash motioned to approve codification, Mr. Scott seconded, the vote passed   

                unanimously  

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION:

None.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

  1. Facilities Committee – Action Item #5. Review the financial models and compare to the capital campaign for feasibility when making improvements to the facility
  2. Finance Committee – Action Item #5. Review the financial models presented by Principal Anthony and ensure alignment between capital campaign goals and proposed financial model.

 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:

None

 

Ginger Cone moved that the two above items, approved by the executive committee, be ratified by the board, seconded by Mary Brantley and approved unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

1. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 14th, 2016, at 6:00pm

2.  Pigs and Pearls event is Friday, October 22nd, 2016, at 6:30 pm, located in the downtown airport hangar.

3. BOD members will attend SCPCSA Fall Summit/Conference Nov. 15-17.

4. Legislative reception Monday, Nov. 28th, at Pelham Road Medical Center

5. Mr. Ground updated the board on the revision of the by-laws and requested an agenda item to review at the next board meeting.

 

ADJOURNMENT: Dr. Nash moved the Board adjourn, Mr. Johnson seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.  Mrs. Cone adjourned the meeting at 7:55pm

   

 

 

                                                                                                                                 

 

 

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ATTEST:                                                                                                                   GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 
 
 
 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

September 20, 2016

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Chairman Bob Nash presiding and Bob Ground serving as temporary Chairman. The Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:15 pm. Board Members Nash, Ground, Samuel, Brantley, Cone, Lewis, Johnson, Knutson, Smith and Zemitis were present for the meeting. Board Member Bryson was excused due to a business conflict. Principal Anthony and Business Manager Skip Snow were present as were Suzanne Foody, Rene and Emily Gandy and students from the Architecture Video Project.  The Chairman announced that a quorum of members was present to conduct business.

 

INTRODUCTION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS SWORN INTO OFFICE ON AUGUST 22, 2016

Dr. Nash introduced new BOD members Rev. Zackary Johnson and Mr. Brian Smith. Dr. Nash welcomed them to the BOD and thanked them for their willingness to be a service to GTCHS.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS:

1. On behalf of the BOD Dr. Nash offered congratulations to GTCHS student BLAKE C. STEVENSON for being selected as National Merit  Scholarship semifinalist 2016.

 

2. Dr. Nash spoke with sadness of the resignation of GTCHS Business Manager EDWARD “SKIP” SNOW, who for 10 years as a full time employment and 6 years as a part time employee provided service to the academic program of the Public Charter High School. On behalf of the BOD, Dr. Nash presented Mr. Snow with a Certificate of Appreciation and Distinguished Service plaque marking his service to the school.

 

Dr. Nash turned the meeting over to TEMPORARY Chairman, Bob Ground.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  

Bob Nash moved minutes of BOD August 16, 2016 meeting be approved. Scott Zemitis seconded the motion. Minutes were approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:  

Mr. Ground opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individuals to speak to the Board. Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session. Mr. Ground asked if he there were any guests that wished to speak to the BOD. None chose to speak. The Public Input Session was closed.

 

STUDENTS PRESENTATION OF THEIR ARCHITECTURAL PROJECT ENTERED IN CONTEST: Jean Shew, Rene Gandy, and Principal Anthony introduced Emily Gandy who presented their videos of the Augusta Road campus’ place in GTCHS’s future.

 

GTCHS REPORTS: 

  • Principal’s Report: Principal Anthony presented a thorough report on GTCHS test scores, graduation rates, class sized, parent survey results and other relevant data to the board. Additionally a proposal to change the method of recognizing students at graduation and selecting speakers was proposed. Ms. Anthony pointed out she had 4 floating teachers and that space continued to be an issue. (Action Item # 6)
  • Chairman’s Report: Dr. Nash referenced his email report of activity during the month of August. He noted that clean up on Patton St had begun but will be delayed until colder weather when the snake population will be less active.
  • Executive Committee: Dr. Nash referenced his email report of the Executive Committee.  He noted that two items of note will require Executive Session and ratification by BOD.
  • Financial/Audit Committee Reports: Mr. Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer, reported the committee reviewed the school financial audit and recommended it be accepted by the BOD(Board action to take place at October meeting). Financial income and expenses for the month are as expected. He reported total income of $321,928.00 with total expenses of $315,657.00 leaving a net balance of $6,271/00. Scott thanked Mr. Snow for his work over the last years.
  • Administration/Governance Committee: Mr. Bob Ground reported the committee recommendation for accepting the Student Handbook 2016-2017 proposed by the Principal and provided to BOD members.
  • Academic Excellence Committee: Committee did not meet.
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee: Committee did not meet.
  • Facilities Committee: No report 
  • GTCHS Development/Endowment Board: Committee is scheduled to meet in the following weeks on the Financial Campaign, committee by-laws, Pig & Pearl gathering.
  • Public Relations Committee: Committee planning first meeting, hand out information, contact former students, work with administration on publicity activity.

 

Moved by Dr. Nash to receive the reports as information, seconded by Ginger Cone, approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION:

None.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

A. Administration/Governance Committee

1. Resolution BOD2016-26 (Policy for Approving Special Contracts and Consultant Services) for modification and report back to BOD by November board meeting.

 

Dr. Nash spoke to the need for policies to be in place to deal with the expected issues that 

will occur as we make improvements to the Augusta Road Property. Dr. Nash moved that the resolution be referred to committee, seconded by Zackary Johnson and approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:

None

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Scott Zemitis moved, Candice Lewis seconded and the board approved unanimously that we go into Executive Session. The temporary Chairman invited the principal to be present during Executive Session.

No action was taken during Executive Session, and members were reminded subjects discussed in Executive Session are confidential.

 

Scott Zemitis moved we leave Executive Session, Erik Knutson seconded the motion  which passed unanimously.

 

ITEMS TO BE RATIFIED FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE REPORT

1. Refer Legal Issue related to property purchase to Wyche Law Firm.

2. Consider Contract with proposed Project Manager.

 

Ginger Cone moved that the two above items, approved by the executive committee, be ratified by the board, seconded by Mary Brantley and approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

1. Board Committee assignments. 

    Dr. Nash moved and Brian Smith seconded a motion that the suggested committee assignments provided to the Board be approved. Motion passed unanimously.

 

2. Changing Board Committee name from Capital Development/Management Committee to Facilities Committee. 

Ginger Cone moved and Mary Brantley seconded a motion that the committee be renamed Facilities Committee. Discussion included the belief that all committee’s will review their responsibilities and make proposals to the BOD if any changes are necessary.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

3. Student Handbook 2016-2017 approval recommended from Admin. /Gov. Comm.

The Board voted unanimously to approve the Handbook as emailed to members.

 

4. Resolution BOD2016-23 (Board Clerk Job Description). Brian Smith moved and

Dr. Nash seconded a motion to approve the Board Clerk Job Description as emailed to BOD members. Passed unanimously.

 

5. Resolution BOD2016-25 (Annual Budget Schedule and Development Policy).

Brian Smith moved and Mary Brantley seconded a motion to approve the schedule to be used in developing the yearly budget. Motion passed unanimously.

 

6. Selection of speakers at graduation ceremonies.

Mary Brantley made a motion and Ginger Cone seconded the motion to accept the policy for speaker selection process for graduation as described by Principal Anthony. The motion was approved unanimously.

 

7. BOD meeting schedule conflict.

Scott Zemitis moved and Erik Knutson seconded a motion to change the November meeting to November 15 in order to avoid a conflict with the state charter school conference in Columbia.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

1. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for October 18, 2016 at 6:00pm

2. BOD members and staff will attend the SCPCSA Fall Summit/Conference scheduled Nov. 15-17, 2016. 

3. Legislative Reception Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at Pelham Road Medical Center at 6:00 pm.

 

ADJOURNMENT: Candice Lewis moved the Board adjourn, Mary Brantley seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. 

   

 

 

 

 

                                                                                             

 

                                                                                           Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

ATTEST:                                                                            GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors, wrg, 10/18/2016

 

 
 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

August 16, 2016

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

The Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Chairman Bob Nash presiding. Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:15 pm. Board Members Nash, Ground, Samuel, Bryson, Brantley, Cone, Lewis, and Zemitis were present for the meeting. Board Member Knutson was excused due to a business conflict. Principal Anthony and Business Manager Skip Snow were present.  The Chairman announced that a quorum of members was present to conduct business.

 

AGENDA AMENDMENT:

Scott Zemitis moved and Ginger Cone seconded that we add an executive session to the agenda to receive information relative to personnel matter.  Motion was approved unanimously. 

 

RESIGNATIONS FROM GTCHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS:

Dr. Nash announced the following resignations from the Board:

1.  Mr. Bobby Deas has resigned effective August 1, 2016 from his appointed position on the GTCHS Board of Directors due to schedule conflicts with his current obligations.  He expressed that he would like to continue his service as parent representative to the GTCHS Board as appointed member on BOD Capital Development/Management Committee.

2. Mr. Travis Durham has resigned effective August 1, 2016 from his elected position on the GTCHS Board of Directors due to change of employment resulting in schedule conflicts.  He expressed an interest to continue his service as business representative to GTCHS Board as appointed member of BOD Appeals Committee and BOD Academic Excellence Committee.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  

Jody Bryson moved minutes of BOD July 19, 2016 meeting be approved. Mr. Ground seconded the motion. Minutes were approved unanimously.

 

Executive Session:

Candice Lewis moved the Board enter Executive Session, seconded by Mary Brantley. The Board entered Executive Session.

No action was taken while in Executive Session.  The Chairman reminded board that 

information received in Executive Session was confidential.

Jody Bryson moved the Board leave Executive Session, seconded by Uta Samuel, approved unanimously.

 

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individuals to speak to the Board. Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD. None chose to speak. The Public Input Session was closed.

 

GTCHS REPORTS: 

  • Principal’s Report: Principal Anthony reported school opened with Professional Development for faculty concerning mission of school and plans for the Augusta Road Campus. Bids are being accepted for initial work on building. Opening complicated by serious problems with PowerSchool software, faculty and staff pulled all-nighter to have schedules for opening of school.  Solved time problem of college students getting to and from class, restated school attendance policy which has not changed and follows state requirements. Enrollment is currently 412, work being done to increase that number with students from waiting list.
  • Chairman’s Report: Dr. Nash referenced his email report of activity during the month of BOD training, trips to check on landscaping cleanup at Augusta Road Campus and similar school business.
  • Executive Committee: Did not meet.
  • Financial/Audit Committee Reports: Mr. Scott Zemitis, Board Treasurer reported year end financial reports. He stated that $97,978.00 was transferred from Reserve Fund into budget for FY2015-2016 and that the year ended with $85,339.00 leaving a balance of $12,639.00 in the black. He reported that the Finance Committee recommended the approval of Resolution BOD2016-24 relative to FDIC Insurance on bank accounts and the risk associated with multiple accounts at same bank.
  • Administration/Governance Committee: Mr. Bob Ground reported the committee recommendation for defining a procedure for evaluating the principal’s performance was complete and ready for Board approval.
  • Academic Excellence Committee: Committee did not meet.
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee: Committee did not meet.
  • Capital Development/Management Committee: No report 
  • GTCHS Development/Endowment Board: No report

 

Moved by Mary Brantley to receive the reports as information, seconded by Ginger Cone, approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION:

1.   Develop Augusta Road Campus Site Study Plan and obtain at least three bids for BOD action as approved by BOD adopting Resolution 2016-13 dated April 19, 2016.

2.  Determine the work required and cost estimates to make sprinkler system operational in Building on Augusta Road Campus in accordance with requirements from Insurance Company Policy Number CMP4900773 dated July 13, 2016 with Seneca Insurance Company, Inc., 500 Colonial Center Parkway, Suit 620, Roswell, GA 30076.

3. Plan to address property liability insurance investigator, with US-Reports, Inc., to

their Recommendation 2016-01 in their Report #5871751 dated May 27, 2016 as

to records of maintenance regarding annual and quarterly 2 inch main drain flow

test on sprinkler system at Augusta Road Campus building.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD: Moved by Uta Samuel, seconded by Mary Brantley and passed unanimously to refer the following to the Administration and Governance Committee.

      A.   BOD Administration and Governance Committee

1.   Revised Student Handbook 2016-2017 for review and recommendation to BOD for action at Board meeting in September 2016.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO GTCHS DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD:

None

 

Motion was made by Scott Zemitis, seconded by Uta Samuel to refer the items to the principal and Board Committees, as designated.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

1. Bob Ground moved and Jody Bryson seconded a motion to appoint Bobby Deas to BOD Capital Development Committee for term ending June 30, 2017. Motion was approved unanimously.

2. Uta Samuel moved and Candice Lewis seconded a motion to appoint Travis Durham to BOD Academic Excellence Committee for term ending June 30, 2017. Motion passed unanimously.

3. Uta Samuel moved and Ginger Cone seconded a motion to appoint Travis Durham to BOD Appeals Committee for term ending June 30, 2017. Motion passed unanimously.

4.  Candice Lewis moved and Mary Brantley seconded a motion to appoint Brian Smith to an open BOD position and to appoint him to the BOD Finance Committee as voting member with term ending June 30, 2017. Motion passed unanimously. 

5. Candice Lewis moved and Jody Bryson seconded a motion that Zackary Johnson be appointed to the remaining vacant position on the BOD. Motion passed unanimously.

6. Jody Bryson moved and Bob Ground seconded a motion to approve rental cost of special equipment to complete landscape cleanup at Augusta Road Campus and contract extension for landscape cleanup at Augusta Road Campus not to exceed $15,000.00 without BOD approval and to enable performance of accurate and timely site study plan to include safety and security issues on the property. Motion passed unanimously.

7. Jody Bryson moved and Ginger Cone seconded a motion to ask the chairman to explore the scheduling and conducting of 2016 Legislative Reception. Motion passed unanimously.

8. Board unanimously approved Resolution BOD2016-24 (Financial Risk of Exceeding FDIC Limits).

9.  Jody Bryson moved and Mary Brantley seconded a motion to accept the following

procedure for evaluating the principal and that the procedure replace any

previous procedures for evaluating the performance of the Principal.

 

BOD Principal Evaluation Procedure

Procedure for Principal Performance Evaluation:

a. Contents of Resolution BOD 2016-20 were placed in a table format for the committee/board members to use in the process.

b. Committee will use  ADEPT terms ‘Incomplete/Met/Not Met’.

c. The committee will consider shifting to ADEPT principal evaluation for 2017/2018 school year; perhaps sending board members for training.

d. Committee will meet with principal as soon as BOD approves the Evaluation Instrument.

e. Committee will meet with principal on or about January 3, 2017 for preliminary evaluation.

f. Committee will report to BOD in executive session during the January BOD meeting.

g. Committee will meet with principal on or about May 1, 2017 to complete the yearly evaluation.

h. Committee will report to BOD in executive session during May BOD  meeting.

 

Bob Ground moved and Ginger Cone seconded a motion to amend the procedure to allow all BOD members to complete a paper evaluation of the principal, these evaluations will be forwarded to the committee for summarization and presentation to the BOD and principal. Motion passed unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Dr. Nash made the following announcements

1.   Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for September 20, 2016 at 6:00pm

2. Board Orientation/Training was conducted by BOD Administration/Governance   Committee on July 26, 2016.

3. BOD members will be given the opportunity to attend the SCPCSA Fall Summit to be scheduled this fall once agenda is published. 

 

ADJOURNMENT: Scott Zemitis moved the Board adjourn, Uta Samuel seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously. 

   

 

 

                                                                                               Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

                                                                                               ATTEST: GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

                                                                                    ___________________________________

 

 

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors  wrg September 20, 2016

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2016

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 5:35 pm. Board Members Nash, Ground, Samuel, Bryson, Brantley and Knutson were present for the meeting. Board Members Lewis, Zemitis, Durham and Deas were absent. Dr. Nash announced this was an organizational meeting to elect officers for the 2016-2017 term.   

 

Dr. Nash introduced Linda Leventis-Wells who would preside over the election of officers.

Dr. Nash was elected chairman, nominated by Erik Knutson and seconded by Mary Brantley and elected unanimously.

Jody Bryson was elected vice-chairman, nominated by Dr. Nash and seconded by Bob Ground. Jody was elected by acclamation.

Bob Ground was elected secretary, nominated by Uta Samuel, Jody Bryson moved nominations be closed and Mr. Ground was elected by acclamation.

Scott Zemitis was elected treasurer, nominated by Dr. Nash and seconded by  Erik Knutson and elected unanimously. Erik Knutson agreed to be vice-chairman.

 

Dr. Nash welcomed Principal Anthony, new board members Knutson and Brantley. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  

Jody Bryson moved minutes of BOD June 21, 2016 meeting be approved with addition of grammar error change. Mr. Ground seconded the motion. Minutes were approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD. None chose to speak. The Public Input Session was closed.

 

INTRODUCTION OF NEW EMPLOYEES: 

Principal Anthony introduced the new Principal Of Instruction for GTCHS, Mr. Jeff Taylor. 

 

GTCHS REPORTS: 

  • Principal’s Report: Ms. Anthony reported guidance counselor Ms. Duncan resigned, an interim replacement has been hired. ADEPT will be implemented for teacher evaluations. August 1 event scheduled for BOD can meet new teachers. Landscaping and signs for new property is progressing. Met with Catholic representative to consider shared interests. Working with SCPCSD to make changes for sponsor. Newsletter instituted by principal. Planning new school year, working on Faculty Handbook, meeting with student government. Fee letter from Tech is in error. Working on plans for Capital Campaign. Alumni group working on video for building grant. 
  • Chairman’s Report: Reference electronic copy sent to members
  • Executive Committee: Chairman referenced temporary transfer of funds from reserve account to payroll account.    
  • Financial/Audit Committee Report: Full report delayed, GCSD will be sending transition funds which is a one time event. Finances look good. Are some differences with SCPCSD. Auditors on campus in August.  
  • Administration/Governance Committee: Training session scheduled for July 26, Principal evaluation document planned and ready for board approval, sent Strategic Plan to administration for school input, will submit board self evaluation to board for approval at August meeting. By-Laws to be considered at later time.
  • Academic Excellence Committee: No report.   
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee: No report
  • Capital Development/Management Committee: No Report. However, Ms. Foody reviewed planning to lay groundwork the Fall for a Capital Campaign that could begin in the Winter and Spring.

 

Mr. Bryson moved and Ms. Brantley seconded that committee reports be accepted as information, approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

None 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

None

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Ms. Samuel moved to go into executive session at 7:07, seconded by Ms. Brantley approved unanimously.

 

Mr. Ground moved to leave executive session, seconded by Ms. Samuel, approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 Chairman 

1. Consider Schedule for Annual Regular Board Meetings in accordance with state law and recommended to be third Tuesday evening each month beginning at 6:00pm in the GTC Administrative Board Room building 124. Mr. Bryson moved to approve meeting schedule, seconded by Ms. Brantley and approved unanimously.

2. Ratification of Executive Committee recommendation to transfer $100,000.00 from Reserve Account to Pay Roll Account and deposited back into Reserve Account no later than July 31, 2016. Mr. Ground moved to approve transfer, seconded by Mr. Knutson, passed unanimously. 

3. Consider appointment of individual to fill vacant position on GTCHS Board of Directors with term ending June 30, 2017. Mr. moved to appoint Ginger Cone to the BOD for a one year term, seconded by Mr. Ground and approved unanimously.

4. Consider appointment of individual to BOD Finance Committee as voting member with term ending June 30, 2017. Mr. Bryson moved that David Flint be appointed to the Finance Committee as a voting member, seconded by Mr. Knutson and approved unanimously.

5. Consider contract between GTCHS and Mr. David Phillips, President, Custom Development Solutions (CDS), 721 Longpoint Road, Suite 405, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 for performing Phase II of Fund Raising Proposal in an amount not to exceed $55,000.00.  This item will be delayed until the August meeting. Mr. Bryson moved to delay, seconded by Mr. Knutson and approved unanimously.

6. Consider contract for constructing and erecting temporary signs at Augusta Road Campus not to exceed $3,000.00. Mr. Ground moved the signs recommended by the administration be approved for purchase, seconded by Ms. Samuel and approved unanimously.

7. Consider contract extension for landscape cleanup at Augusta Road Campus minimum 4 days at total cost of $5,600.00.  The extension contract will include:

a.   removing all mimosa trees/shrubs and root balls on 10 acres

b.   removal of small magnolia tree at south east corner of building, 

c.   clearing property line and bank on west side of property to include spreading mulch to prevent erosion. Ms. Brantley moved to approve contract for up to $10,000 if needed, seconded by Mr. Ground and approved unanimously.

8. Consider request from Principal to sell all iPad computers, except 1 classroom supply, and replace with i-chrome devices/computers. Moved to approve by Mr. Knutson, seconded by Ms. Brantley and approved unanimously.

9. Consider the creation of two new BOD Committees, (1) Public Relations Committee and (2) Economic Development Committee (Fundraising) with defined duties and membership TBD. Mr. Bryson moved the board only approve the formation of the Public Relations Committee with duties and membership to be approved at the next board meeting. Seconded by Mr. Knutson and approved unanimously.

 

BOARD ADMINISTRATIVE ITEMS:

Dr Nash announced that board members should be familiar and have access to the following documents. Mr. Ground informed the board that these documents will be contained in the BOD Electronic Notebook or a link to the document will be contained in the Notebook. 

 

1. Review SC Charter School Act Title 59 Chapter 40.

2. Review of BOD Ethics Statement to be signed by Board Members and filed.  SC Code of Laws Title 8 Chapter 13

3. Review Freedom of Information Act (FIOA), Title 30 Chapter 30 with amendment section 80.

4. Review of Board Bylaws.

5. Review Public Records Maintenance Act Title 30, Chapter 1

6. Review of SC Public Charter School District Contract.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The chairman made the following announcements. 

1. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for August 16, 2016 at 6:00pm

2. Faculty and Staff return to work on Friday, July 29, 2016 (Teacher Work Day).

3. Board/Faculty Reception, August 2, 2016, Arrangements TBD

4. Students return for classes on Thursday, August 4, 2019.

5. First holiday, Labor Day, September 5, 2015

6. Board training July 26, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

 

Adjournment: 

Mr. Bryson moved to adjourn, seconded by Mr. Knutson and passed unanimously.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                          

         Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

ATTEST:                                                    GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

June 21, 2016

Greenville Technical College Administrative Board Room

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the Greenville Tech Administrative Board Room with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:15. Board Members Nash, Ground, Samuel, Lewis, Bryson, Zemitis and Durham were present for the meeting.  Ken Payne was absent due to work conflicts as was Debbie Tucker and Bobby Deas. Dr.  Nash stated a quorum was present to conduct business.  He recognized the staff members that were present Dr. Bricker, Susanne Foody and Skip Snow.

 

POSTED AGENDA: Posted on school web site http://www.gtchs.org.

 

VISITOR SIGN-IN: Jean Shew, Bob Brantley, Allyson Dixon, Leanna Rabinovitch, Annika Samuel, Sharmila Samuel, Mary Brantley, Erik Knutson, Steve Moore, Karen McLeod.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  

BOD Minutes for May 17, 2016 Regular Session

Motion was made by Travis Durham and seconded by Bob Ground to approve the minutes as presented.    Motion was approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD. None chose to speak. The Public Input Session was closed.

 

RECOGNITION: Chairman Nash recognized Ms. Shew who spoke of the activities of the GTCHS student group, Students In Action Team.  The BOD Chairman recognized the GTCHS Students In Action Team recently named the National Gold Service Award Students In Action Team.  The Team was selected from almost 400 Student In Action Teams nationwideThe board viewed a video of the group concerning the recent Washington DC trip.  Dr. Nash presented a certificate of Award, Leadership in Education, to Ms. Shew recognizing her work and the state and national awards received by the student Team. 

Ms. Shew also recognized, in absentia, a GTCHS Sophomore, Roann Abdeladl, and her representation of GTCHS at SC AnnPower (Loft Stores) Fellow in NY as a result of her work with Youth Interfaith Greenville organization. 

Dr. Nash recognized Finance Chair, Scott Zemitis, to present a Certificate of Appreciation to Ms. Karen McLeod, Auditor/Reviewer of Financial Records, for her exemplary work as a member of the Finance Committee during the past academic year. 

 

BUDGET WORK SESSION: Jody Bryson moved and Candice Lewis seconded a 

motion that we go into a work session, committee of the whole, to discuss the 2016/2017 budgets.  Motion passed unanimously.

The Board reviewed the FY17 GTCHS Augusta Road Campus Capital Development Budget and FY17 GTCHS Main Campus Operating Budget for second reading and final action by the BOD.

 

Total Operating Budget revenues for FY17 are expected to be $3,995,056 and total expenditures are expected to be $3,993,607 leaving a fund balance credit of $19,255.

Total revenue for Capital Development Budget for Augusta Road Campus is $467,170 with total expenses of $310,425 leaving a fund balance of $156,745.00.  In summary, the Board Chairman and Finance Committee Chair expressed that the Augusta Road Campus Capital Development Budget for FY17 was very fluid due to this being the first budget for the Campus and estimations of revenues and expenses.  At the conclusion of the discussion and justification of the line item values, the Chairman closed the work session and the Board returned to regular session.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

  • Principal’s Report: Dr. Bricker presented the end-of-year Principal’s Report. It is posted on the web page under ‘Principal’s Reports to The BOD.  He noted the End of Course Test Score percentages with an increase in Algebra 1 overall pass rate from 91.7% to 95.0%; a decrease English 1 from 92.5% to 89.0%; and increase in US History from 83.1% to 91.0%; and slight decrease in Biology from 93.1% to 92.0%.
  • Chairman’s Report: The chairman’s report is posted on the web page under ‘Chairman’s Reports to The BOD.  He noted that most of his time was directed towards “curb appeal” landscape projects and restoration of limited utility services within the Augusta Road Campus building.
  • Executive Committee: The Executive Committee has not met since the last BOD meeting.
  • Financial/Audit Committee Reports: The Finance Chairman stated the Committee had reviewed the financial statements and that they were consistent with operations of the GTCHS Main Campus.  He noted that the  revenues for May 2016 were $233,840.00, a decrease of $39,850.00 from April 2016 due to reduced EFA and Federal Funds.  The expenditures for May were $311,611.00, leaving a deficit fund balance of $15,337.00.  The Finance Committee Chairman expressed a belief that the school would finish the current budget year with a positive balance.
  • Administration/Governance Committee: Bob Ground announced BOD training session would be held at 5:00pm on July 26. Agenda and location to follow after A/G Committee meeting on July 1.
  • Academic Excellence Committee: The Committee Chairman reported that the committee was planning to meet before July.
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee: Committee did not meet due to no agenda items.
  • Capital Development/Management Committee: Mr. Deas was not present and no report was presented.
  • Endowment/Development Board Report: Ms. Foody reported PIP operated at a profit allowing them to fund administration approved projects and reduce the cost of free lunches. 
  • Greenville City Overlay Project and Annexation: Mr. Bryson reported progress on 

annexation by the city of south Augusta Road area including the GTCHS Augusta Road Campus with support from Mayor Knox White and corporate sponsors.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION:

1.  Review and recommended changes to current BOD policy for Evaluating Performance of Principal with response by report in Sept. 2016 or earlier.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATIONS TO BOD:

1.   Administration and Governance Committee

A.  Review and Revision of current policy for evaluating performance of Principal per contract by report to BOD by August 16, 2016 if possible.

 

B. Organize schedule and format to revise and update GTCHS BOD Strategic Plan by August 16, 2016 if possible.

 

C. Develop policy for evaluating GTHCS BOD member’s performance in accordance with state laws and report to BOD by August 16, 2016 if possible.

 

2. Finance Committee 

A. Evaluate Budget, Financial Reports, and Annual Audits for financial trends over the past 5 years and report to BOD by September 20, 2016.

 

ITEM REFERRED TO DEVELOPMENT/ENDOWMENT BOARD FOR REVIEW AND RECOMMENDATION TO BOD.

1. Review and revise current By-Laws for Development/Endowment Board and report to BOD by Oct. 18, 2016 if possible.

 

ACTION ITEMS:

1. Consider Re-appointment of BOD member to vacant GTCHS Board of Directors position. Travis Durham moved and Scott Zemitis seconded BOD approval of re-appointing Jody Bryson to the BOD with term to expire June 30, 2018. Motion passed unanimously.

 

2. Consider Financial Audit Contract from Martin Smith and Company.

   Scott Zemitis moved and Bob Ground seconded a motion that upon signature of BOD Chairman or GTCHS Principal that Martin Smith and Company be approved as GTCHS Financial Auditors for the next 3 years beginning FY2017 at a cost of $6,500.00 per year for 3 years at a total cost not to exceed $19,500.00.

 

3. Second Reading of 2016-2017 Annual Main Campus Operating Budget.

  Scott Zemitis moved and Bob Ground seconded a motion that the BOD approves the second reading of FY17 Operating budget.  Scott Zemitis offered an amendment to motion that the Title of the Budget be changed to GTCHS Main Campus Operating Budget FY2017.  Amendment seconded by Jody Bryson.  Amendment was unanimously approved.  

 

Considering input from the Principal Elect and Business Manager, Scott Zemitis made a second amendment that the following budget line items be revised:

 

Revenue:

Line item 6 EFA Funding to be reduced by $77,350.00 based on projected student count.

 

Expenses:

Total of 18 line items be adjusted by a balanced amount of $-95,155.00 as recorded in the revised budget expenses line items distributed to the BOD on June 21, 2016.  The revenues less expenses would be a credit of $19,255.00.  The amendment was seconded by Travis Durham.  A vote on the amendment was approved unanimously.

             A vote by showing of hands on the approval of the second reading of the budget, as amended,  was unanimous.

 

4. Second Reading of 2016-2017 Annual Augusta Road Campus Capital Development Budget.

   Scott Zemitis made a motion to approve the second reading of the Augusta Road Campus Capital Development Budget.  Motion was seconded by Jody Bryson.  The Chairman stated that this was the first budget for this campus and that there are several unknown factors involved but the school needed a beginning document related to the development of this property.  Scott Zemitis offered an amendment to change the title of the document to GTCHS Augusta Road Capital Development Budget FY2017.  Amendment seconded by Jody Bryson.  The vote on the amendment was unanimous.  By a vote of showing of hands, the main motion, as amended, was approved unanimously.

 

5. Consider Resolution BOD2016-19 (Emeritus Status Award): Motion to approve resolution was made by Travis Durham and seconded by Uta Samuel. Followed by a period of discussion, an amendment to the motion to change word “special” in the definition paragraph (first paragraph) to “Faculty” was made by Jody Bryson and seconded by Candice Lewis. A vote by show of hand resulted in Durham, Samuel, Lewis, Bryson, and Nash voting yes, Zemitis voting no, and Ground abstaining.  Amendment passed 5-yes, 1-no, 1-abstain. A second amendment was made by Scott Zemitis, to require at least 5 years of GTCHS service, was seconded by Bob Ground.  Following a period of discussion and a vote of showing of hands, the amendment failed with Ground, Durham, Samuel, Lewis, Bryson, and Nash voting no (6-no), and Zemitis voting yes (1-yes). A vote on the Resolution with one amendment, passed with Travis, Samuel, Ground, Bryson, and Nash voting yes (5-yes) and Zemitis and Lewis voting No (2-no).  The motion, as amended, passed.

 

6. Appointments of retiring faculty to Emeritus Status: Motion to approve the 

recommendation that Bob Ground, Elizabeth (Gigi) Thompson, Mary 

Brantley, and Brodie Bricker be appointed with GTCHS Faculty Emeritus 

Status was made by Jody Bryson, seconded by Travis Durham. Amendment to add Bob Nash to Emeritus Status with waiver of last 2 years time limit, was made by Scott Zemitis and seconded by Jody Bryson. Amendment passed with Durham, Samuel, Lewis, Ground, Zemitis, Bryson voting yes (6-yes), and Nash abstaining (1-abstain). The amendment passed.  Motion to approve the appointments, with one amendment resulted in Durham, Samuel, Lewis, Zemitis, Bryson, and Nash voting yes and Ground abstaining.  The motion as amended passed by a vote of 6-yes, 1-abstain. 

 

7. Consider Resolution BOD2016-20 (GTCHS Goals for 2016-2017): Motion to approve the resolution was made by Scott Zemitis, and seconded by Bob Ground. The Chairman explained that the list was derived by consultation with Principal Elect (Mary Nell Anthony).  A vote by showing of hands resulted in the motion being approved by unanimous vote.  By BOD consensus, the editorial change under Focus Area: Communication, goal 4, the words “and create” be inserted after the beginning word “Maintain.”

 

8. Consider Resolution BOD2016-21 (Contract for Sponsorship of GTCHS by SC Public Charter School District): Motion to adopt the resolution and the contract with SCPCSD was made by Scott Zemitis, and seconded by Jody Bryson. Motion passed unanimously with vote of 7-yes, 0-no.

 

9. Consider Board Orientation Schedule and Program: Schedule and agenda to be sent to member at conclusion of Governance Committee meeting of July 1. No action taken.

 

10. Consider Employment of Contractor to remove and trim vegetation around Augusta Road Campus: Motion made by Scott Zemitis, seconded by Jody Bryson to authorize administration to award contract of not more than $7000 to complete project. Motion passed unanimously.

 

11. Consider Employment of Contractor to restore water pipe and water heater for one bathroom: Motion by Jody Bryson, seconded by Uta Samuel to approve a contract to restore water service, including electric work and safety restoration in the building for a total sum not to exceed $10,000. Motion passed unanimously.

 

12. Consider motion by Scott Zemitis to authorize Business Manager Skip Snow to sign the proposed 3 year contract with Martin Smith Company in the amount of $19,500 for annual financial audit services: No action necessary based on BOD action of item number 2.

 

13. Consider revision to GTCHS Bylaws regarding meetings of Committees that have been authorized to operate on the behalf of the Board from time to time: (Note: Such meetings may take place virtually by means of 

teleconference,  or any real-time collaboration technologies as deemed suitable by the Chairman of the Committee.  Freedom of Information Act guidelines will apply to agendas, minutes and other documents produced by Committee.  Quorum and proxy voting requirements below will also apply to Board Committees. Change in Bylaws requires two readings 

scheduled at least 2 weeks apart.): Moved to adopt was made by Scott Zemitis, seconded by Jody Bryson, with understanding that format meet 

legal standards.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

14. Motion by Candice Lewis to add Resolution BOD2016-22 to recognize GTCHS Students In Action be added to agenda.  Motion seconded by Jody Bryson.  The Chairman explained that the vote should be unanimous in order to meet the FOI regulations.  A vote on the motion to add item to the agenda was unanimous.  Following an explanation of the resolution, a motion to approve the resolution to recognize GTCHS Students In Action was made by Scott Zemitis, seconded by Candice Lewis.  Candice requested consensus agreement for editorial change to list the students names alphabetical by last name in reading order.  Motion passed unanimously by vote with consensus agreement on the editorial change.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Motion to enter executive session to receive information related to a legal matter was made by Jody Bryson, seconded by Candice Lewis. Motion passed unanimously.  The Chairman concluded the Executive Session and stated that no action taken in executive session.  Also, the session did not require any action by the BOD.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:    

 

1.  The Chairman stated that he had sent a certified letter addressed to Dr. Elliot Smalley, Superintendent of SC Public Charter School District, requesting contract for our charter from July 1, 2016 until June 30, 2020.

2. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for July 19, 2016 at 6:00pm

 

ADJOURNMENT: there being no further business, a motion to adjourn was made by Travis Durham, seconded by Uta Samuel.  Motion passed unanimously.  Meeting was adjourned at 10:30 pm

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                             

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               signed July 19, 2016                                

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 
 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

May 17, 2016

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:15.  Board Members Nash, Ground, Samuel, Lewis, Bryson, Tucker and Payne were present for the meeting.  Travis Durham was absent due to work conflicts.    Dr.  Nash stated a quorum was present to conduct business.  He recognized the staff members that were present, Dr. Bricker, Mary Nell Anthony, Teresa Loftis, Susanne Foody and Skip Snow.

 

POSTED AGENDA(EXHIBIT #1) 

 

Dr. Bricker, Principal, requested an EXECUTIVE SESSION to receive an update on a legal matter.  Ken Payne made a motion to add an Executive Session for the purpose of receiving information related to a legal matter.  Bob Ground Seconded the motion.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: 

EXHIBIT #2)

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

BOD Minutes for April 19, 2016 Regular Session

BOD Minutes for April 25, 2016 Special Session

Motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Ken Payne to approve the minutes as presented.    Motion was approved unanimously. EXHIBIT #3 & #4)

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one had signed up - the Public Input Session was closed.  

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

  • Principal’s Report: (EXHIBIT #5, #6, #7 and #8 )

Dr. Bricker showed a 3 minute video from Students in Action. 

  • Principal Elect Report: EXHIBIT #9 and #10) Operating Budget 2017.

New hires = 4 positions, Assistant Principal of Instruction. History Teacher, English Teacher and offered a contract to a Math Teacher (waiting on paper work from her).  Thursday she will be interviewing for the Science and Business positions.  Next week she will be interviewing for the US History.  

 

 

 

  • Chairman’s Report: (EXHIBIT #11& #12)
  1. Chairman Challenge Capital Campaign Report
  2. Chairman Activity Report
  • Executive Committee:  N/A
  • Financial/Audit Committee Reports (EXHIBIT #13)                                                                                         
  • Administration/Governance Committee:  The Committee is planning a survey for the parents and staff for the BOD elections to gain information as why people didn’t vote or come to the meeting of the candidates to get idea of how we can improve this for next year.  This survey will go out next week.  We are also working the Dr. Nash on additional training beyond what the State requires.  Physics Honors program was great.  (Nerd Night 3.0)

(EXHIBIT #14, #15 & #16)

  • Academic Excellence Committee: N/A
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee: N/A
  • Development/Management Committee: N/A
  • Endowment/Development Board Report:  (EXHIBIT # 17 )

PIP Information:  

Senior Luncheon was a great success this year.  There were 212 in attendance including faculty, parents and children.  All the seniors’ were present except 5.  Suzanne Foody helped behind the scenes with the Awards Ceremony, Graduation and Nerd Night 3.0 which were great events.  Ms. Foody is working with Dr. Bricker and the Jefferson Awards to secure funding for travel to Washington DC.  Dr. Bricker and Ms. Foody had the opportunity to attend a WHO’s WHO’s event.

Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Scott Zemitis to accept these reports as information.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

1. Seniors and Faculty Exit Interviews Report by June 21, 2016.

2. End of Academic Year 2015-2016 Summary Report by June 21, 2016.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD:

1.   Finance/Audit Committee

a. Review and revise current policy for requesting annual audit proposals             and selecting audit firm for report to BOD by Aug. 1, 2016.

b. Review 2016-2017 Annual Budgets (Main Campus Operating Budget and Augusta Road Campus Capital Development Budget) for recommendation to BOD by June 21, 2016. 

c. Review Custom Development Solutions, Inc. Report and make recommendation to BOD by June 21, 2016.

2. Academic Excellence Committee

a. Review best practices and current practice of faculty for student course grades and revise current policy as needed for recommendation to the BOD by Aug. 1, 2016. 

 

 

Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Jody Bryson to refer these items to the appropriate committee as listed.  Motion was approved unanimously. 

 

BUDGET WORK SESSION: Committee of Whole (EXHIBIT # 18).

Motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Ken Payne to go into a Committee of Whole for the purpose of Budget Work Session. Motion was approved unanimously.  Principal Elect, Mary Nell Anthony and Skip Snow explained the changes and assumptions for 2016-2017 propose budget, including projected revenue and expenses.  Questions were asked about certain line items.  Debbie Tucker asked about the difference in the bottom line numbers of the budget.  Skip responded that he would check the numbers and provide an explanation of why they were different.  He later explained that some values were not included in appropriate line items resulting in the difference.  Work Session was closed upon conclusion of presentation and questions.

 

ACTION ITEMS:   

                                               

1. Consider receiving reports as information. (Action recorded earlier in minutes, page 2).

 

2. Actions Items Recommended to be assigned to Board Committees or Principal. (Action recorded earlier in minutes, page 3).

 

3. First Reading of 2016-2017 Annual Budget.  Motion was made by Scott Zemitis and seconded by Bob Ground to approve the first reading of 2016-2017 Budget.  Dr.  Nash offered an amendment to the budget.  His amendment was to separate the budget into two 2 budgets; one called Operation Budget of the Main Campus and second budget called Capital Development Budget for the August Road Campus.  All expenses and income related to the August Road Property would be included in Capital Development budget.  All expenses and income related to the main campus would be included in the Operational Budget.  Amendment was seconded by Ken Payne.  Motion was approved unanimously.  Scott Zemitis offered an amendment stating that the ownership of the Capital Development Budget be given to the Capital Development/Management Committee and the Operation Budget remain with the Finance Committee.  Amendment was seconded by Ken Payne.  Amendment was approved unanimously.  No further discussion, ______ made a motion to approve first reading of budget as amended.  Motion seconded by ________.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

4.  2016 list of GTCHS Seniors Recommended for Graduation.  Motion to approve the list of 89 students as gradates of GTCHS Class 2016 was made by Candice Lewis and seconded by Debbie Tucker.  Motion was approved unanimously. (EXHIBIT # 19).

 

5. Consider official name of property for GTCHS Campus on Augusta Road.  Chairman Nash suggested that the Official Name of the Augusta Road Property should be GTCHS Augusta Road Campus and the Official Name of the campus at GTC should be GTCHS Main Campus.  Scott Zemitis made a motion that the campuses be named and referenced accordingly as stated.  Motion was seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

6. Board Orientation Schedule and Program:  Further announcements will be made at a later date.  There was a consensus among the board members to conduct the training on Tuesday evenings.  

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

 

1. Legal Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))

Legal Issues related to Charter HS Dr. Bob Nash

Dr. Brodie Bricker

 

RETURNED TO REGULAR SESSION:  No action taken during Executive Session.  The BOD returned to regular session at the conclusion of receiving information related to a legal matter.

 

Bob Ground made a motion to give the Principal and Chairman of the Board the authority to communicate with GTCHS Legal Representative to negotiate a settlement in the legal matter.  Motion was seconded by Ken Payne.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:  

 

1. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2016 at 6:00pm

 

ADJOURNMENT:   Motion to adjourn by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Uta Samuel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                             

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Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board Of Directors

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

March 15, 2016

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:09.  Roll check indicates Seven Board Members were present for the meeting including Bob Nash, Bob Ground, Bobby Deas, Debbie Tucker, Scott Zemitis, Uta Samuel, and Candice Lewis.  Travis Durham, Ken Payne and Jody Bryson was absent with a work obligation.    Dr.  Nash recognized the staff members that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Suzanne Foody and Skip Snow.  

 

POSTED AGENDA(EXHIBIT #2) 

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: 

Guest in attendance were Steve Moore EXHIBIT #1)

 

Motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Uta Samuel to go into Executive Session for the purposes listed on the agenda.  Motion was approved unanimously. The Chairman invited the individuals in attendance to attend the Executive Session.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: SC Code of Laws, Section 30-4-70(a)

1. Contractual Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))

Capital Campaign Proposals                             Dr. Bricker, Suzanne Foody

2. Contractual Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))

First Tryon Financial Advisors                          Scott Zemitis

3. Legal Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))

Legal Issues related to Charter                         Bob Nash

 

Dr. Nash closed Executive Session

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

BOD Minutes for February 16, 2016 Regular Session (EXHIBIT#3)

BOD Minutes for January 19, 2016 Regular Session (EXHIBIT #4)

Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Scott Zemitis to accept the minutes as recorded.    Motion was approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak.   Public Input Session was closed. 

 

Board Member Bobby Deas was excused at 6:45pm to attend his Church’s Mission Meeting.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

Principal’s Report                                                    (EXHIBIT #5)            

Chairman’s Report                                                   (EXHIBIT #6)

1. Chairman Challenge Capital Campaign

2. Board related activities

Financial/Audit Committee Reports             (EXHIBIT #7 #8 #9)                                                                                            

Administration/Governance Committee-     (EXHIBIT #10)

Academic Excellence Committee -              NO REPORT 

Appeals/Grievance Committee -                            NO REPORT

Capital Development/Management Committee -  NO REPORT

Endowment/Development Board Report -            NO REPORT 

 

Dr. Nash entertained a motion that these reports be received as information.  Uta Samuel made a motion and Bob Ground seconded it.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

None

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                             

Actions Items Recommended by Board Committees 

Bob Ground made a motion that once we own the 2 properties; we enter into a contract with Custom Development Solutions, Inc. for them to complete phase 1 of the alternate study which is the first week of an eight week feasible study at the fee of not more than $7500.00.  At the completion of that one week study, the Board will decide based the on the results of the study an action plan provided by the firm CDS whether or not complete the other 7 weeks of the study or whether to proceed on our own.  If we proceed with the study by CDS the total fee will be $35000.00 for the 8 week feasible study.  Dr. Nash seconded the motion.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

Principal Recommendation for Approval The Warrior Way Early College Program .  Tabled until next month by consensus.  

 

 

 

Consider Contract for Surveying Property by Arrow North Surveying LLC.  Bob Ground made the motion to accept the contract not to exceed cost specified in contract.  Motion seconded by Debbie Tucker.  Motion was approved unanimously. It will be funded out of the Board Contingency Fund 

 

March 10, 2016.  

4. Consider First Tryon Financial Advisors Report and Recommendation dated March 10, 2016.  

 

Scott Zemitis made a motion that, in considering option 3, the Board authorize the Principal and the Chairman to allocate up to 525,000.00 towards the total project previously approved for 3.5 million dollars as equity funded to satisfy bank concerns.  Bob Ground seconded the motion. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:           

1. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for April 19, 2016 at 6:00pm

2. Updated Board Committees Membership List distributed

3. Distributed copies of 1998 Lease Agreement between GTC and GTCHS.

 

ADJOURNMENT:    

  Bob Ground moved we adjourn at 8:00PM – Uta Samuel Seconded.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School
Board of Directors Special Called Meeting Minutes
February 16, 2016
GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board – February 16, 2016
Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – March 15, 2016 
 
Presentation of Plaque and Certificate was made to former board member - Mrs. Erin Smith by Dr. Nash.  
 
Oath of Office Ceremony conducted by Chairman for Mr. Bobby Deas with term of office beginning February 16, 2016 and ending on June 30, 2017(EXHIBIT #1)

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:04.  All nine Board Members were present for the meeting. The Chairman noted that a quorum was present.  Travis Durham was absent with a work obligation.    Dr.  Nash recognized the staff members that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Suzanne Foody, Skip Snow, Amanda Burrow and Sharon Hall.  

 

POSTED AGENDA:  (EXHIBIT #2) 

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: 

Guest in attendance were Steve Moore, Bobby Rykard, Elliot Smalley, Dana Reed and Mary Nell Anthony.   EXHIBIT #3)

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak.   Public Input Session was closed. 

 

Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Jody Bryson to go into Executive Session.  Motion was approved unanimously.  The Chairman invited the individuals in attendance to attend the Executive Session.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:    SC Code of Laws, Section 30-4-70(a)
1. Contractual Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))
Findings or Discoveries from Phase 1 Environmental Study S&ME Engineers
2. Contractual Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))
First Tryon Financial Advisors Scenario Scott Zemitis
3. Contractual Matter (Section 30-4-70 (a) (2))
Sponsorship of Public Charter Schools Dr. Elliot Smalley, Superintendent, SC Public Charter School District
 
Dr. Nash closed Executive Session
 
The Board Returned to Regular Session for agenda items  
 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

BOD Minutes for January 12, 2016 Special Session

BOD Minutes for January 19, 2016 Regular Session

Motion to approve the 2 sets of minutes was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Uta Samuel.   Motion was approved unanimously. (EXHBITS #4 and #5)

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

  Principal’s Report – (EXHIBIT #6)            

1. Plan to refocus and realign our admission process and better define our academic pathways

2. Study of five year dual enrollment statistics at GTC (EXHIBIT#7)

 

Chairman’s Report (EXHIBIT #8 #9 and #10)

1. List of activities related to GTC Board duties

2. Chairman Challenge Capital Campaign

 

Executive Committee: No Report

Financial/Audit Committee Reports (EXHIBITS #11-#14) 

Scott Zemitis and Edward Snow suggested a Board Policy Manual.

Administration/Governance Committee (EXHIBIT#15 &16)

Appeals/Grievance Committee - No Report  

Capital Development/Management Committee – No Report; Bobby Deas has accepted to be Chairman.  

Endowment/Development Board (EXHIBIT#17) 

Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Jody Bryson to accept these reports as information.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION: 

1. Identify tasks necessary to secure two properties on Augusta Road and associated costs involved by March 15, 2016.

2. Identify scope of work and cost to repair utility services to VA building by March 15, 2016.

3. Prepare plan to salvage and/or dispose of items within VA building by March 152016.

4. Contact SC Department of Transportation to begin planning for traffic management plan at two properties by March 15, 2016.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

Academic Excellence Committee

1. Review of Character Education training in Curriculum.

Capital Development/Management Committee

1. Review and plan efficient usage of land space of two properties on Augusta Road.

Finance/Budget Committee

1. Financial Plan for payments of Dual Credit Tuition Cost to GTC for GTCHS Students.

Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Debbie Tucker to refer these items to the Principal and Board Committees.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 Chairman Nash

 

1. Actions Items Recommended by Finance/Budget Committee - None

2. Action Items Recommended by Administration/Governance Committee - None

3.  Resolution BOD2016-9 (Financial Scenario for Purchase, Initial Remodeling, and Security of Two Properties. (EXHIBIT #18)  Motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Ken Payne to approve this resolution.  The Chairman stated that this resolution was needed by the Financial Advisors as part of the packet to be submitted to funding agencies.  The motion was approve by vote of raised hands indicating Nash, Tucker, Ground, Payne, Lewis, Samuel, Bryson, and Zemitis voted in favor of the motion.  Bobby Deas voted abstention due to just being seated on the board.  There were no negative votes.  The motion was approved with a vote of 8-0-1.  By consensus, the board members agreed that (1) emphasis should be placed on a Capital Campaign to raise additional funds as soon as possible, and (2) the GTCHS partners be notified about transferring sponsorship from Greenville County School District to SC Public Charter School District in order to receive addition per student per year funding, and (3) explain the expanded vision for funding the cost of additional space by increased funding per student, increase enrollment, a capital campaign, and loans. Motion was made by Ken Payne to form a committee with one person from Finance Committee, Endowment Board, Mrs. Foody, Executive Board Member and Capital Development Committee to conduct interviews with grant writers and seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion approved.

4. Resolution BOD2016-7 (Budget Calendar 2016-2017) (EXHIBIT #19) Motion was made by Scott Zemitis and seconded by Ken Payne to approve this Resolution.  Motion approved unanimously by vote of raised hands.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:           

1. Announcement Letter for BOD Election, Schedule, and Filing Procedures for Board Candidates has been published on the GTCHS Web Site. 

2. Appointment Letter of Mr. Bobby Deas as Chairman of Capital Development and Management Committee.

3. Appointment Letter of Ms. Teresa Loftis as Precinct Clerk for Board Election.

4. Next regular session Board meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2016 at 6:00pm

5.  Dr. Bricker was a nominee and a finalist in Greenville Leadership Graduate of the year.  

ADJOURNMENT :

 

Candice Lewis moved we adjourn at 9:00PM – Uta Samuel Seconded.  Motion carried unanimously.    

                                                                          _____________________________   

                                                                            Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

                                                                            GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors. wrg 3/19/2016

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School
Board of Directors Special Called Meeting Minutes
January 19, 2016
GTCHS Building 120 Room 124
 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board – January 19, 2016

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – February 16, 2016 

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:05.  The Chairman noted that a quorum was present.  Dr.  Nash recognized the staff members that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Suzanne Foody, Skip Snow and Ginger Cash.  Guest that were present are Douglas Adomatis, Steve Moore, Renee Gandy, Allyson Dixon, Alicia Dixon, Bobby Deas, Mo Howard, Katherine Howard and Mary Nell Anthony.  EXHIBIT #1)

 

POSTED AGENDA:  (EXHIBIT #2) 

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak.   Public Input Session was closed. 

 

Motion was made by Jody Bryson and seconded by Ken Payne to go into Executive Session.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

1. Personnel – Section 30-4-70 (a) (1)  Sand Dollar Educational Consulting

2. Personnel – Section 30-4-70 (a) (1)  Nomination for Appointment to Facilities Committee

3. Personnel - Section 30-4-70 (a) (1)  Appointment of GTCHS Parent to GTCHS BOD to Vacant Position

4. Contractual - Section 30-4-70 (a) (2)  Phase 1 Environmental Study

 

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION:

Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Uta Samuel to go back into Regular Session.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

BOD Minutes for December 1, 2015 Regular Session (EXHIBIT #3)

Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Ken Payne to go back into Regular Session.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

  • Principal’s Report – (EXHIBIT #4)            
  • Executive Committee: Minutes (EXHIBIT #5)

       Dr.  Nash recognized Allyson Dixon for her involvement with her role in the Jefferson Awards Foundation and Students in Action

  • Financial Reports: Minutes and Pro Forma Financing Analysis      (EXHIBIT #6 &7)
  • Administration and Governance Committee - no report
  • Academic Excellence Committee – no report
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee     (EXHIBIT #8)
  • Endowment/Development Board – with Principal’s report 

Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Debbie Tucker to accept these reports as information.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

1. Redefine Remodeling Project for VA Property as Phase 1 to maximum of 25,000 square feet to reduce cost for Financial Advisor Scenario.

2. Obtain three proposals for writing grants for GTCHS and submitting them to appropriate foundations, agencies, organizations, or individuals.

 

Motion was made by Uta Samuel and seconded by Jody Bryson to refer these items to Principal and Finance Committee as listed.  Motion was approved unanimously.

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ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

1. Administration and Governance Committee

a. Plan Training Retreat for GTCHS Board for May/June 2016.

Motion was made by Uta Samuel and seconded by Jody Bryson to refer these items to the appropriate committee as listed.  Scott Zemitis made an amendment to the motion that these items should be completed by March 25, 2016 seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                          

1.  Resolution BOD2016-3 (Letter of Offer to Employ School Principal)      (EXHIBIT # 9) Motion was made to approve the Resolution BOD2016-3 by Bob Ground and seconded by Debbie Tucker.  Scott Zemitis made an amendment to the resolution to have an acceptance from Mrs. Anthony and a signed contact within 2 weeks after she accepts the offer.  This was seconded by Ken Payne. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

2.  Resolution BOD2016-4 (Due Diligence Lists for two Properties) (EXHIBIT #10)

Motion by Travis Durham to accept the Resolution BOD2016-4 and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Scott Zemitis made a motion to amend this Resolution not excide $20,000.00 and to be taken out of the Contingency Line Item, seconded by Travis Durham.

3. Resolution BOD2016-5 (Phase 1 Environmental Study Contract) (EXHIBIT #11) Bob Ground made a motion to accept Resolution BOD2016-5 and it was seconded by Debbie Tucker.  Ken Payne opposed and Scott Zemitis abstained.

4. Resolution BOD2016-6 (Revision of Student Expulsion Policy) (EXHIBIT #12) Scott Zemitis made a motion to accept the Resolution BOD2016-6 and seconded by Ken Payne. Motion was approved unanimously

Resolution BOD2016-7 (Budget Schedule for 2016-2017) – Delayed 

5. Appointment of Community Business Leader as Volunteer member of Board Facilities Committee is Stuart McAlister.  (EXHIBIT # 13) Ken Payne made a motion to accept Stuart McAlister and Volunteer member of Board Facilities Committee and Uta Samuel. Motion was approved unanimously

6.  Appointment of GTCHS Parent to vacant position on GTCHS Board of Directors. (EXHIBIT#14) Scott Zemitis made a motion to appoint Bobby Deas and seconded by Ken Payne. That expires June 30, 2017. Motion was approved unanimously.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:           

1. Resignation Letter of Mrs. Erin Smith from GTCHS Board of Directors effective 01/12/16 (EXHIBIT #14)

2. Teresa Loftis, Board Clerk will serve as contact person at GTCHS for Candidates desiring to be elected to BOD and Election Clerk. 

3. Next Board meeting scheduled for February 16, 2016 at 6:00pm

ADJOURNMENT:

  Candice Lewis moved we adjourn at 8:35PM – Uta Samuel Seconded

 

                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

                                                                                                GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

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Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary     3/16/2016     wrg

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

December 1, 2015

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board – December 1, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – January, 19, 2016

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:15.   Please note that Jody Bryson, Travis Durham and Ken Payne were not present and were excused due to other commitments. The Chairman noted that a quorum was present.  Dr.  Nash recognized the staff members that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis and Skip Snow.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

BOD Minutes for October 20, 2015 Regular Session

BOD Minutes for November 12, 2015 Special Session

Motion was made by Debbie Tucker to approve the 2 sets of minutes.  Motion seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion was approved unanimously. (EXHBITS #1, and #2)

 

POSTED AGENDA(EXHIBIT #3)

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: 

Steve Moore with Gyles-Smith Realty,  

Reuben Cheatham with Roebuck Buildings 

Renee Gandy with Green Arch Design Group (EXHIBIT #4)

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak.   Public Input Session was closed. 

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

  • Principal’s Report (EXHIBIT #5)            
  • Executive Committee:

Committee Agenda and Minutes for October 13, 2015 (EXHIBIT #6)

  • Financial Reports: (EXHIBIT #7)   
  • Administration and Governance Committee - no report
  • Academic Excellence Committee – no report
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee – no report
  • Endowment/Development Board – no report on Endowment – Development 

                                                                             report is included in the Principals Report

  • 2015 Legislative Reception (EXHIBIT #8)
  • SCPCS Alliance Conference Report (EXHIBIT #9)

 

Motion was made by Candice Lewis and seconded by Uta Samuel to 

accept the reports as information.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION

(1).Report of student dual credit program with GTC.

(2). Impact of GTC MOU on cost and courses of GTCHS dual credit program

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

(1)  2016-2017 Budget Schedule.

(2)  2015 IRS 990 Report

 

Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Debbie Tucker to refer these items to Principal and Finance Committee as listed.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                            

 

1.  Resolution BOD2015-19 (Change in Academic Schedule 2015-2016)     (EXHIBIT #10) Motion was made by Uta Samuel and seconded by Candice Lewis to approve the resolution.  Motion was approved unanimously.

2. Resolution BOD2015-20 (Financial Advisor)     (EXHIBIT #11) This Resolution is recommended by the committee and doesn’t need a second.  Motion was approved unanimously..

3. Resolution BOD2015-21 (Board of Directors Election Cycle)      (EXHIBIT #12) This Resolution is recommended by the committee and doesn’t need a second.  Motion was approved unanimously

4.   Deposit of Escrow Monies - $5,000.00 and $10,000.00 deposited to the Wyche Law Firm for the 2 pieces of property.  This money will be taken out of the Board Budget line item.   Motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Scott Zemitis.   Motion was approved unanimously.

5.  Wyche Law Firm Retainer Agreement      (EXHIBIT #13) Motion was made by Scott Zemitis that the BOD approve the Retainer Agreement with Wyche Law Firm in the amount of $10,000.00 for 2015-2016.  Motion was and seconded by Candice Lewis.  Motion was approved unanimously.

6. Monthly Review of Bank Statements (EXHIBIT #14) by Karen McLeod volunteer financial consultant.  She has a back ground in financial auditing.  She has two students at GTCHS.  She is working with Skip Snow, GTCHS Business Manager.  Motion was made by Debbie Tucker to appoint Ms. McLeod as Finance Consultant to BOD Finance Committee and that she be asked to complete the Volunteer Appointment Form for Administrative files.  Motion was seconded by Uta Samuel. Motion was approved unanimously.

7.  Facilities Lease Agreement between GTC and GTCHS.       (EXHIBIT #15) Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Debbie Tucker to submit the document revised by Wyche Law Firm to Greenville Tech College.  During discussion of the motion, Scott Zemitis submitted an amendment to obtain historical data pertaining to utility cost for building 120.  Amendment seconded by Bob Ground.  Vote on the amendment was unanimous.  The vote on the main motion as amended was approved unanimously.  

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Bob Nash asked for a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of receiving information on three contractual matters. 

SC Code of Laws, Section 30-4-70(a)

 

1. Contractual Matter – Gyles-Smith Realty 

2. Contractual Matter – Gyles-Smith Realty

3. Roebuck Buildings

 

Candice Lewis made the motion and was seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion was approved unanimously. 

 

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION

Candice Lewis moved to return to Regular Session and was seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion unanimously approved.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:           

1.   First Semester Showcase of Senior Projects: Dec. 4, 2015 @ 6:00pm (Bob Ground)

2.   Sand Dollar Educational Consultants request to meet with BOD on Tuesday, 01/12/16

        3.   Next Regular Board meeting is scheduled for January 19, 2016 at 6PM. 

 

ADJOURNMENT:     Candice Lewis moved we adjourn at 8:35PM - Bob Ground Seconded

 

                                                                                     ___________________________________

                                                                                     Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

                                                                                     GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

___________________________________

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

 

Posted Date:  3/16/2016                    Initials:      wrg       

 

 

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The Board did not meet in November

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

October 20, 2015

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board – October 20, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – December 1, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order.  Please note that Jody Bryson, Bobby Garrick and Erin Smith were not present and were excused due to other commitments. The Chairman noted that a quorum was present.  Dr.  Nash recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker, Sharon Hall, Suzanne Foody, Stuart McAlister, Renee Gandy, Steve Moore, and Noelle Knutson. 

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to approve the BOD Minutes for 

BOD Minutes for September 15, 2015 Regular Session

BOD Minutes for September 29, 2015 Special Session

BOD Minutes for October 13, 2015 Special Session

Motion was made by Travis Durham to approve the three sets of minutes.  Motion seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion was approved unanimously.  (EXHBIT 1, 2 and 3)

 

POSTED AGENDA(EXHIBIT 4)

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: 

Stewart McAlister – Former Chairman Board of Directors for the Braisher Campus 

Seth Wunder – Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd Law Firm

Michelle Jones – Wellington Baker -  Auditors from Elliott Davis Decosimo

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak.   Public Input Session was closed. 

 

ANNUAL (2015) AUDITORS REPORT:

Ms Michelle Jones from Elliott Davis Decosimo reported on their financial audit for of GTCHS for 2014-2015.   Motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Debbie Tucker to accept the report and refer it to board Finance Committee for review and report back to board.  Motion was approved unanimously (EXHIBIT 5)

Stewart McAlister: Former Chairman Board of Directors for the Braisher Campus

He gave some insight from the building of Braisher Middle College building. 

 

 ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR REVIEW AND/OR RECOMMENDATION

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEES FOR REVIEW OR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

Finance Committee

(1)  2015 Annual Audit Report for review and recommendations.

(2)  Recommendation of Financial Advisor

(3)  Fund Raising and Grant Proposal for Capital Project and Operations

 

Motion was made by Travis Durham and seconded by Ken Payne to accept this information.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

Scott Zemitis made a motion to amend that #3 be given to Endowment Development Board seconded by Ken Payne. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Bob Nash asked for a motion to go into executive session for the purpose of receiving information on three contractual matters. Bob Ground made the motion and was seconded by Ken Payne.  Motion was approved unanimously. Dr. Nash asked for Dr. Bricker, Sharon Hall, Rene Gandy, Steve McAlister, Skip Snow, Mrs. Foody and Mrs. Knutson to stay for the Executive session.  

 

 (To receive information related to following items)

SC Code of Laws, Section 30-4-70(a)

1. Consideration of Letter of Interest with Central Realty Holdings.

2. Contractual matter with VA Development Company

3. Order of Magnitude: Contractual matter with Roebuck Builders

 

Travis Durham moved to return to Regular Session and was seconded by Uta Samuel.  Motion unanimously approved.

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

  1. Resolution BOD2015-14 (Letter of Interest with Central Realty Holdings

(EXHIBIT #6) Travis Durham made a motion to approve Resolution BOD 2015-14 and was seconded by Bob Ground. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

  1. Resolution BOD2015-15 (Preparation of Contract with VA Development              Company) (EXHIBIT #7) Travis Durham made a motion to approve Resolution BOD 2015-15 and was seconded by Debbie Tucker.  Motion was approved unanimously.

 

  1. Resolution BOD2015-16 (Approval of Preconstruction Contract with Roebuck Builders (EXHIBIT #8) Debbie Trucker made a motion to approve Resolution BOD 2015-16 and was seconded by Travis Durham. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

GTCHS REPORTS:

  • Principal’s Report (EXHIBITS # 9)            
  • Executive Committee:

Committee Agenda and Minutes for October 13, 2015 (EXHIBITS #10 and #11)

  • Financial Reports: (EXHIBITS #12)   Scott Zemitis has requested for Candice Lewis to be appointed to the Finance Committee and she has agreeded to serve.  Karen McLeod is going to the volunteer to go over the finance with Mr. Snow each month.                                                                                                      
  • Administration and Governance Committee - referred till next month
  • Academic Excellence Committee - referred till next month
  • Capital Development Committee - referred till next month
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee - referred till next month
  • Endowment/Development Board: Suzanne Foody – introduced Mrs. Knutson VP of Parents in Partnership.  Mrs. Knutson organized the event Pigs and Pearls.   Sold 180 tickets were sold.  The event made $13,400.00.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:           

                                                 

1. Legislative Reception with GC Legislative Delegation November 9, 2015 at 6:30pm at Pelham Road Medical Center, 2755 South Hwy 14, Greer, SC 29650. RSVP to Ms. Pauline Sternick, at 864-360-4139 or psternick@greermiddlecollege.org.

2.   Next Regular Board meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2015 at 6:00pm. 

3.   BOD members Bob Ground, Erin Smith, and Bob Nash will be attending the SCPCSA Fall Summit scheduled on Monday through Wednesday, November 16 – 18, 2015 at Marriott Hotel, Columbia, SC.  Agenda or schedule will be provided upon availability. Copy of Draft Agenda attached.

 

ADJOURNMENT:   

Ken Payne made a motion of adjourn.  Motion seconded by Candice Lewis.    Motion approved unanimously.  The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 9:00pm.

 

                                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                     Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

                                                                                                                     GTCHS Board of Directors

 ATTEST:

 

 

 

                                            

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

Posted Date: 12/04/2015       Initials:   wrg

 

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board – September 15, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – October 20, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:02 pm. Please note that Travis Durham, Erin Smith, Debbie Tucker and Candice Lewis were not present and were excused due to other commitments. Dr.  Nash recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker, Dr.  Nash recognized the faculty/staff that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Sharon Hall, Suzanne Foody, Cara Mathis, and Ginger Cash.  Other guests present were Sarah Batson.  


APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to approve the BOD Minutes for August 18. 2015.  Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Bobby Garrick.   Motion was approved unanimously.  (EXHBIT 1)

 

POSTED AGENDA(EXHIBIT 2)

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: (EXHIBIT 3)

Sarah Batson – Wyche Law Firm

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked the Clerk if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  No one signed up to speak.   Public Input Session was closed. 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  

  1. Legal Issue related to individual employment. 

 

Motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Jody Bryson to go into Executive Session.    Motion was approved unanimously.

Motion was made by Ken Payne to return to regular session and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.  The Board returned to regular session.

 

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

Principal’s Report (EXHIBIT 4)

  • Sharon Hall –Vanderbilt Assessment of Leadership in Education Principal Report 360-Degree Evaluation (EXHIBIT 5)
  • Ginger Cash Student Lottery Revisions – Time Line (EXHIBIT 6)
  • Faculty Leadership Team Resolution on Space Needs (EXHIBIT 7 & 8)

(EXHIBITS -  A, B and C)

 

Executive Committee:

  • Executive Committee Meeting Agenda and Minutes (EXHIBIT  9 & 10)

Financial Report: (EXHIBIT 11)  

Administration and Governance Committee – No report

Academic Excellence Committee – No report

Capital Development Committee – No report

Appeals/Grievance Committee – No report

Endowment/Development Board -(EXHIBIT 12)

 

The reports were accepted as information by consensus.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR RESPONSE OR RECOMMENDATION

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

Board Committee Responsibilities and Duties 2015-2016 (EXHIBIT 13)

 

 

ACTION  ITEMS:  

 

1.   Principal Search Proposals

  • Student Centered Education Consulting Group (SCECG) (EXHIBIT 14)

       Dr. Nash made a motion to accept the proposal from Student Centered         Education Consulting Group with time line #2 to use the word recruit a principal.  It was seconded by Bobby Garrick.  Ken Payne made a motion to “Table” the proposal seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Voted 3 to 3 with one abstain – motion to table failed.    Ken Payne made a motion to invite Dr. Littlefield to come and present their proposal and explain the details of it.  It was seconded by Bob Ground.   Amended by Scott Zemitis to request that the Howards be asked to reconsider and have an updated proposal.   The main motion as amended passed 100%.  Dr. Nash made a motion for Jody Bryson to contact the Howards to see if they would reconsider and let us know ASAP.  It was seconded by Ken Payne.   Motion approved unanimously

 

  1. Recommendations of approval from Executive Committee
  • Resolution BOD2015-12 Nonbinding Application for JEDA Bonds (EXHIBIT 16)  Second not required.  Resolution adopted unanimously.
  • Resolution BOD2015-13  Nonbinding Letter of Intent for Feasibility Study (EXHIBIT 17) Second not required.  

Ken Payne amended the resolution that the Capital Development -Management Committee take the lead in this process. The motion for the resolution as amended passed 100%.   Ken Payne made a motion for Dr. Bricker to provide specific details to the Capital Development on the needs that the school has for classrooms, labs, etc. consisted with our Strategic Plan.  This will serve as a road map.  It was seconded by Bob Ground.  The motion as amended passed 100%.   

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:           

                                                 

1.   Legislative Reception with GC Legislative Delegation November 9, 2015 at 6:30pm at Pelham Road Medical Center, 2755 South Hwy 14, Greer, SC 29650. (EXHIBIT 18)

2.   Next Regular Board meeting is scheduled for October 20, 2015 at 6:00pm. Location TBD.

3.   BOD members will be given the opportunity to attend the SCPCSA Fall Summit to be scheduled on Monday through Wednesday, November 16 – 18, 2015 at Marriott Hotel, Columbia, SC.  Agenda or schedule will be provided upon availability. (EXHIBIT 19)

 

                                                           

       

ADJOURNMENT:

The Chairman announced that this concluded the agenda.  Ken Payne made a motion to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Uta Samuel.  Motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.

 

                                                                                                                                                       ___________________________

                                                                                                                                                       Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman  

                                                                                                                                                       GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

___________________________________

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

Posted Date:    10/26/2015         Initials:  wrg

 

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

August 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted on the public bulletin board and GTCHS web site in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board – August 18, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – September 15, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm.  Please note that Ken Payne was present via phone contact through speaker phone in which all board members could hear his comments.  Dr.  Nash recognized the faculty/staff that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Sharon Hall, Skip Snow, Jean Shew, Michael Knox, Doug Adomatis, Suzanne Foody, Cara Mathis, Cleo Crank and Ben Shiley.  Other guests present were Renee Gandy and David Bereskin.  


APPROVAL OF MINUTES and AGENDA:

The Chairman noted that recent changes (June 2015) in the FOIA, which specifies that after a board agenda is publically posted on a public bulletin board and the web page, no changes may occur without going through the 24 hour requirement of posting changes to the agenda. (EXHIBIT 1 &1B)

 

BOD Minutes for July 21, Regular Session  (EXHIBIT 2)

BOD Minutes for August 4, Special Session   (EXHIBIT 3) (note change on page 3) of minutes:  Bobby Garrick noted an editorial change in which the words “Bobby Garrick moved to hire” be changed to “Bobby Garrick moved to vote to hire” and the Chairman instructed the Clerk to note the change in the minutes.  Dr. Nash opened the floor for a motion to approve the BOD Minutes for July 21, 2015 and August 4, 2015.  Motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Bob Ground.   Motion was approved unanimously. 

 

VISTOR SIGN IN: (EXHIBIT A)

Jean Shew, Michael Knox, Doug Adomatis, Suzanne Foody, Cara Mathis, Cleo Crank and Ben Shiley. 

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:  (EXHIBIT B)

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and explained the policy for individual to speak to the board.  Individuals must sign up to speak, each individual is limited to maximum of 3 minutes, and the board would not reply to their comments during the session.  The Chairman asked the Clerk if there were any guest that had signed up to speak to the BOD.  Individuals that signed up were to speak in the Public Input Session were - Renee Gandy, Doug Admoatis and David Bereskin.  

 

1st Renee Gandy – Parent - concerns about agenda action item number 1.

 

2nd Doug Adomatis – Teacher – Member of Principal Search Committee - concerns about hiring of Principal Dr. Murph.

 

3rd David Bereskin – Parent – Member of Development and Endowment Board -concerns about agenda action item number 1.

 

Since no other individuals were remaining on the list, the Chairman closed the public input session and followed the published agenda.

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

Board Committee Membership (EXHIBIT 4)

Principal’s Report (EXHIBIT 5)

Executive Committee

1.  The Chairman reviewed the Executive Committee Minutes for August 12, 2015 and explained some of the items the Executive Committee were considering. (EXHIBIT 6)

2.  The Chairman distributed a document showing GTCHS Class Room Numbers, Teacher in Classroom, and Board Member assignment.  The Board Members were reqested to arrive at 6:00pm in order to be present in the lobby of building 120 to meet and greet parents and students.  The Chairman requested that Board members let him know if they could not attend.  GTCHS Open House (EXHIBIT 6A)

Financial Report – Scott Zemitis, Chairman reported that no official report would be given due to the presence of Financial Auditor present on campus this week. He stated that he expected the financial statements would show an annual balance of about $150,000.00 in the black.

Administration and Governance Committee – No report

Academic Excellence Committee – No report

Capital Development Committee – No report

Appeals/Grievance Committee – No report

Endowment/Development Board – The Director of Development reported that it was necessary to revamp the Charter Café’ and  Pig N’ Pearl Program.  See (EXHIBIT 7)

Letter from Faculty Leadership Team and TAP Leadership Team 

(EXHIBIT 8 – 8A)

Letter from Board Member Bobby Garrick (EXHIBIT 8B – 8C).

 

Bobby Garrick made a motion to accept all the reports as information.  Motion seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR RESPONSE OR RECOMMENDATION

None

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

None

 

ACTION  ITEMS:                                                             

       

  1. Written request from Board Member Candice Lewis to present motion for   Board Consideration relative to employment of Timothy Murph. (EXHIBIT 9)

 

Candice Lewis made a motion to hire Dr. Murph as Principal of GTCHS.  Motion was seconded by Bobby Garrick. Ken Payne made a motion to amend the motion by requiring that ¾ of board vote of yes would be necessary in order to approve the motion. Dr. Nash seconded the amendment.   A vote on the amendment to the motion by raised hands was 9 yes (Payne, Durham, Samuel, Smith, Zemitis, Ground, Tucker,  Bryson, Nash) to 2 (Garrick, Lewis) no.  The Chairman announced that the amendment passed.  The Chairman called for a roll call vote on the main motion as amended.  The Clerk was requested to call the roll and record the vote.  The roll call vote on the main motion, as amended, was disapproved by a vote of 7 no (Bryson, Tucker, Ground, Zemitis, Samuel, Durham, Nash)  to 4 yes (Lewis, Garrick, Smith, Payne).  The Chairman announced that the main motion, as amended, failed. (EXHIBIT 11

 

2.  Tuition Model Letter from Dr. Keith Miller, President of GTC. Uta Samuel   made a motion to refer this to the Finance Committee to (1) look at the financial impact on the school and (2) determine how payment of tuition should be funded and the Academic Excellence Committee to (2) look at the impact on student enrollment in dual credit classes.  Motion was seconded by Erin Smith.  Motion approved unanimously.  (EXHIBIT 10 – 10 A AND 10B)

 

3. Resolution BOD2015-11 Principal Search Process. (EXHIBIT 12 12-A – 12D)

Bob Ground made a motion to accept this resolution. Motion seconded by Travis Durham.  During discussion of the motion, the following changes were expressed by Scott Zemitis, Bobby Garrick, and Ken Payne in which they suggested that the following changes be made to the resolution (1) pertaining to Section 1: the phrase “employs the services of Sand Dollar Consultants:” be changed to “request a proposal specifying specific cost from Sand Dollar Consultants:”, (2) that the Principal Search Committee would be responsible for obtaining three proposals, and (3) that Sand Dollar Consultants provide some examples of their work.  Scott Zemitis made a motion to amend the resolution to include the changes.  Motion to amend the resolution was seconded by Bobby Garrick.   Amendment was approved unanimously.  The Chairman called for a Roll Call Vote on the main motion as amended.  The Clerk was requested to call the roll and record the votes.  The Chairman announced that the result of the Roll Call vote was approval of the resolution as amended unanimously.  (EXHIBIT 13)

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  1. Motion to go into Executive Session by Travis Durham and seconded by Candice Lewis to receive information in regards to a personnel matter related to turnover and replacement of staff and students.

 

2. Travis Durham made a motion to return to regular session.  Motion Seconded by Scott Zemitis. Motion approved unanimously.  The Board returned to regular session.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                            

1.   GTCHS Open House, scheduled August 24, 2015 at 6:30pm.  Board members were requested to participate.  

2.   Next Board meeting is scheduled for September 15, 2015 at 6:00pm.   Location TBD.

3.   BOD members will be given the opportunity to attend the SCPCSA Fall Summit to be scheduled this fall. 

4. Bob Ground made an announcement that Greenville County School District was now allowing GTCHS teachers to participate in the Teacher of the Year Program and Mrs. Valarie Dix was recognized at GTCHS Teacher of the Year.

5. Candice Lewis made an announcement expressing her appreciation for the donation made by the BOD on behalf of her sister Pamela Arnett.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

The Chairman announced that this concluded the agenda.  Travis Durham made a motion to adjourn.  Motion was seconded by Uta Samuel.  Motion was approved unanimously by voice vote.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                            ___________________________

                                                                                                                            Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

                                                           GTCHS Board of Directors

ATTEST:

 

 

___________________________________

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

Posted Date:  ________________________  Initials: _________________

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School
Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes
July 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm
GTCHS Building 120 Room 124


BOARD MEMBER PHOTOS (INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP) Taken by Mr. Snow.
Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding. Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board - July 21, 2015
Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – August 18, 2015
 
WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:
Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:10 pm and welcomed visitors. Please note that Jody Bryson was not present and was excused due to other commitments. Dr. Nash recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Sharon Hall and Skip Snow.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES and AGENDA:
Travis Durham made a motion to approve the proposed agenda (July 21) and was seconded by Ken Payne. Motion was approved unanimously. (EXHIBIT 1)

 

BOD Minutes for June 16, Regular Session (EXHIBIT 2)
BOD Minutes for June 23, Special Session (EXHIBIT 3)
BOD Minutes for June 29, Special Session (EXHIBIT 4)
Scott Zemitis made a motion to approve the BOD Minutes for June 16, June 23 and June 29. Motion seconded by Ken Payne. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR 2015-2016 (conducted by Ms. Kathleen McKinney, Attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Body, PA)

 

Chairman – Floor was opened for nominations for Chairman. Scott Zemitis nominated Dr. Bob Nash to be Chairman and Ken Payne seconded it. No other nominations were offered. Ken Payne made a motion that the nominations be closed and that Dr. Nash be elected by acclimation. Motion unanimously approved.
Vice Chairman – Floor was opened for nominations for Vice Chairman. Bob Ground nominated Ken Payne to be Vice Chairman and Debbie Tucker seconded it. No other nominations were made. Travis Durham made a motion to close nominations and that Mr. Payne be elected by acclimation. Motion unanimously approved.
Treasurer – Floor was opened for nominations for Treasurer. Debbie Tucker nominated Scott Zemitis to be Treasurer and Ken Payne seconded it. There were no more nominations. Ken Payne made a motion that the nominations be closed and that Mr. Zemitis be elected by acclimation. Motion unanimously approved. Scott Zemitis made a motion that Ms. Debbie Tucker be elected as Vice Treasurer. Motion unanimously approved.
Secretary – Floor was opened for nominations for Secretary. Ken Payne nominated Bob Ground to Secretary and Scott Zemitis seconded it. No other nominations were made. Travis Durham made a motion that the nominations close and that Mr. Ground
elected by acclimation. Motion unanimously approved. This concluded election of Officers for GTCHS Board of Directors for 2015-2016.

 

PRESENTION: Ms. Kathleen McKinney, Attorney with Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
JEDA Bonds for Charter School
Ms. McKinney explained the process of Charter Schools using Jobs-Economic Development Authority Bonds (JEDA Bonds) for financing capital projects for 501(c)(3) Charter Schools. A four page handout from Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, PA Firm titled Section 501(c)(3) Bonds: Charter Schools, summarizing the program was distributed to each of the board members present. (EXHIBIT 14)

 

VISTOR SIGN IN:
Randy Erkens, Parent; Kathy McKinney, attorney; and Erik Knutson, Parent

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSIONS:
Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and asked the Clerk if there were any guest that had sign up to speak to the BOD. No guest had signed to speak, therefore Chairman Nash closed the Public Input Session and the BOD returned to regular session.

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:
REPORTS:
Principal’s Report N/A
Executive Committee (EXHIBIT 5)
Financial Reports were distributed indicating that GTCHS had received additional funds of $134,000 in EFA funds- (EXHIBIT 6). Also, the reports indicated June 2015 and yearly revenues and expenses as follows:
(Note Unaudited (EXHIBIT 7))
June 2015 Revenue was $318,106.00
June 2015 Expenses were $275,891.00
Year 2014-2015 Revenue was $3,734,590.00
Year 2014-2015 Expenses were $3,595,045.00
Administration and Governance Committee (No report) (Just a reminder for new Board Members to go to State website and complete training.)
Academic Excellence Committee (No report) Next meeting is scheduled for August 11th.
Capital Development Committee - Bobby Garrick reported that the McAlister Square Belk building is scheduled to be demolished. The Administration and Registration Center second floor building is vacant and may be available contingent on the GTC plans for other buildings on campus. The field adjacent to the CDC is available for use as a PE sports facility. No current price to prepare the field is currently available.
Appeals/Grievance Committee (No Report)
Endowment/Development Committee (No Report)
Principal Search Committee: Three receptions for two applicants were held on Thursday, July 23 at 3:15pm, 3:55pm at GTCHS Campus, and 5:00pm at Greenville Country Club. Each reception provide individuals an opportunity for feedback from students, faculty member and parent.
Debbie Tucker made a motion to accept all the reports as information. Motion seconded by Travis Durham. Motion approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR RESPONSE OR RECOMMENDATION
None

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD
1. Executive Committee
a. Review the method of Legal Representation for GTCHS so as to decide on retainer vs hourly bill for fiscal year 2015-2016.
b. Develop plan for BOD Retreat.

 

2. GTCHS Development/Endowment Board
a. Request that the GTCHS Development/Endowment Board bring a fundraising proposal to the full Board to address the capital and operational needs of GTCHS.

 

Ken Payne made a motion to approve all items be referred to the designated committee. Motion seconded by Travis Durham. Motion approved unanimously.

 

ACTION ITEMS:
1. Executive Committee Recommendations as motion – (second not required)
a. Adoption of Unrestricted Reserve Fund Resolution BOD2015-9. (EXHIBITS 8 and 10). Dr. Nash made a motion to approve Resolution BOD2015-9 establishing Unrestricted Reserve Fund as recommended by national accounting practices of 2% of revenues or expenditures, whichever is greater. It was approved by a raise of hands. Motion approved unanimously.

b. Adoption of Resolution BOD 2015-8 referencing Reimbursement of Funding by JEDA Bonds. (EXHIBIT 9). Dr. Nash made a motion to approve Resolution BOD2015-8 titled Reimbursement by JEDA Bonds.
It was approved by a raise of hands. Motion approved unanimously.

c. Approval for Principal to sign application form for JEAD Bonds. The Chairman requested to delay action on this item until a later day. The Board agreed by consensus.

 

d. Authorization for Business Manage to pay invoice #175617 received
from Wyche Law Firm for Legal representation and services until June 30, 2015 (EXHIBITS 12 & 13) Dr. Nash made a motion to approve payment of Wyche invoice #175617 through June 30, 2015 in the amount of $4000.80. Motion was unanimously approved by raising of hands.

 


REVIEW FORMAT FOR CANDIATES TO MEET FACULTY, PARENTS, STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY REPRESENTATIVE.
Format for meeting and time frame
Feedback form and how the forms are collected
Name tags, food, drinks, pencils collection box, availability of rooms, microphones, podium decorations etc.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:
Debbie Tucker made a motion to go into Executive Session was seconded by Bobby Garrick. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

Contractual Matter – Discuss Contract for GTCHS Principal Position.

 

Scott Zemitis made a motion to leave Executive Session. Ken Payne seconded the motion. Motion was approved unanimously.

 


ANNOUNCEMENTS
1. Candidates for GTCHS Principal to meet with Faculty, Parents and Students beginning at 3:15 pm in the Bob Bayne Auditorium and Multipurpose Room and community organization representatives at Greenville County Club beginning at 5:00pm on July 23, 2015.
2. Next Board meeting is scheduled for August 18, 2015 at 6:00pm. Location TBD.
3. BOD members will be given the opportunity to attend the SCPCSA Fall Summit to be scheduled.

 

ADJOURNMENT
Ken Payne made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Travis Durham seconded it. Motion was approved unanimously.

 

 

Mr. Bob Ground,
Secretary GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Date approved by BOD for Distribution to Public: August 18, 2015  wry

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

June 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm  

Brashier Middle College Board Room

Simpsonville, SC 29650

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, at Brashier Middle College located on 1830 West Georgia Road in Simpsonville SC. Chairman, Bob Nash, presiding.  The proposed agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER (@ 6:28)

Chairman Nash called the regular scheduled meeting to order and expressed appreciation to Ms. Trina Freeman, Assistant Principal at BNC, for hosting the GTCHS Board of Directors at their facilities. The Chairman recognized the presence of staff personnel, Ms. Loftis, Clerk to DOB; Dr. Bricker, Principal; Mr. Snow, Business Manager; and Ms. Shew, Administrative Assistant.  He recognized the presence of visitors, Mr. Remy Samuel, spouse of recently elected BOD member, and Ms. Renee Gandy, a GTCHS parent and member of the Principal Search Committee.  The BOD membership present was Bob Nash, Debbie Tucker, Bob Ground, Scott Zemitis, and Jody Bryson.  The Chairman noted that a quorum of BOD member was not present.  BOD members Ken Payne was absent due to work related travel; Bobby Garrick was absent due to scheduled vacation; , Branden Marcell was absent due to work conflicts; Travis Durham was absent due to work conflicts.  All were excused.

 

APPOINTMENT TO GTCHS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chairman Nash noted that a vacancy existed on the BOD due to the resignation of Mr. Dana Blackhurst.  With the approval of the BOD Executive Committee, Chairman Nash read a Resolution EC2015-1 announcing the appointment of Ms. Uta Samuel, a newly elected Board member scheduled to take office July 1, 2015 for a two year term to the BOD for the remainder of the academic year, with all the rights and privileges appertaining to the office. (EXHITBIT 1)

 

TOUR OF FACILITIES

Chairman Nash requested the Ms. Trina Freeman take the BOD on a quick tour of the facilities.

 

REASSEMBLY OF BOD

The Chairman noted that during the tour, Mrs. Erin Smith, BOD member, arrived for the meeting and should be counted as present.

 

OATH OF OFFICE

The Chairman assembled the BOD for Swearing-In Ceremony for four newly elected BOD members.  He administrated the following oath to each Board member listed below.

“I (state your name) do solemnly swear that I am duly qualified, according to the Constitution of this state, to exercise the duties of the office to which I have been elected and that I will, to the best of my ability discharge the duties thereof and preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of this State and the United States, so help me God.”  (SC Constitution Article III, Section 26)

 

Mrs. Candice Lewis elected term to begin July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

Mrs. Uta Samuel elected term to begin July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

Mrs. Erin Smith elected term to begin July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2017.

Congratulations were extended to these newly elected board members.

 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES and AGENDA:

Jody Bryson made a motion to approve the proposed agenda as distributed.  Motion seconded by bob Ground.    Motion was approved unanimously. (EXHIBIT 2)

 

Bob Ground made a motion to approve the BOD Minutes for May 19, 2015 as distributed.  Motion Seconded by Jody Bryson   Motion approved unanimously. (EXHIBIT 3)

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Bob Nash opened the Public Input Session and asked the Clerk if there were any guest that had sign up to speak to the BOD.  No guest had signed to speak, therefore Chairman Nash closed the Public Input Session and the BOD returned to regular session.                                    

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

  • Principal’s Report and End of Academic Year Report (EXHIBIT 4)
  • Executive Committee (EXHIBIT 5)
  • Financial Reports 2015-2016 Budget Review (EXHIBIT 6)
  • Monthly (May) Balance Sheet (EXHIBIT 7)                  
  • Administration and Governance Committee (No report)
  • Academic Excellence Committee (No report)
  • Capital Development Committee
  • The Chairman stated that the Chairman of the Committee had requested proposals from four companies to remove the surface dirt from the field next to Child Development Building for the purpose of developing one half of a soccer field for GTCHS student to use as a practice field and to use the field for other sports activities.  Only one viewed the field and they have not responded to date.
  • Appeals/Grievance Committee (No report)
  • Endowment/Development Committee (Report included in PR)
  • Principal Search Committee (access to the Google drive)

 

Debbie Tucker made a motion to accept the reports as information.  Motion seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO PRINCIPAL FOR RESPONSE OR RECOMMENDATION

1.    Budget Schedule for 2016-2017 by July 20, 2015. (Exhibit 9)

2.    Develop a program for giving informational tours of GTCHS Campus to the community by August 13, 2015.

3.    Plan for re-activating or developing a GTCHS Alumni Association by      September 11, 2015

4.    Provide the Board with a Policy Manual developed from Board Minutes, or other sources, etc.  By February 12, 2016.

5.    Present a plan by October 15, 2015 for BOD to have a Legislative Reception in fall season 2015.

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

1.    Executive Committee

a.    Establish annual measurable goals and objectives for GTCHS Principal for 2015-2016 by August 13, 2015.

b.    Review instrument for evaluating performance of Principal in accomplishing goals and objectives for academic year by August 13, 2015. (Exhibit 10)

c.    Prioritize GTCHS space needs by August 13, 2015

2.    Board Administration and Governance Committee

a.    Letter of Announcement, schedule of events, etc. for conducting BOD elections in 2016 by October 15, 2015.

b.    Review and Recommend changes to BOD Bylaws by November 13, 2015

c.    Develop a survey instrument for employees and parents to give input by September 11, 2015 related to future development of GTCHS Campus.

3.    Finance Committee

a.    Research some options for BOD to approve a program by September 11, 2015 that would generate significant amount of Financial resources for GTCHS Strategic Plans in the next three years.

b.   Research and Evaluate by September 11, 2015 in conjunction with Endowment/Development Board, staff, etc. the current financial investment program of GTCHS reserve funds and the current rate of generating interest.

4.    Capital Development Committee

a.    Research the cost of developing the field near GTCHS Building 119    into a half soccer practice field by August 13, 2015.

b.    Determine by August 13, 2015 if additional storage space could be obtained from GTC or   perhaps the use of portable buildings.

 

Uta Samuel made a motion to assign the list of task to the respective individuals or committees.  Motion was seconded by Erin Smith.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION ON 2015-2016 BUDGET Bob Nash, Chairman

            (Individuals must sign up to address the Board)

Chairman Nash opened the meeting for Public Input into the proposed 2015-2016 Budget.  No individuals had signed the roster to speak to the BOD about the proposed budget for next academic year.  Chairman Nash closed the input session and the BOD returned to regular session agenda.

 

 

ACTION  ITEMS:                                                                 Bob Nash, Chairman

       1.    Second and Final Readings of 2016-2016 Budget 

During the Finance committee report, the Chairman of the Finance Committee submitted three amendments which were:

a.   Changes in the budget:

1.  Add to Revenue Section line 1 stating General Fund Revenues $97,978.00 to reflect a one-time transfer of this amount from the Reserved Funds to balance the budget for next academic year.

2.  Change Revenue line 6 to read $10,000.00 from $20,000.00 as result of losing contract services with Greer Middle College.

3.  Change Expense line 34 account 233 Salaries-Administration to read $325,941.00 from $332,941.00 as reduction in salary for an administrator.

4.  Change Expense line 35 account 233 Benefits-Administration to read $117,339.00 instead of $121,260.00 to reflect reduction in benefits to an administrator.

5.  Add line to Expense Section line 

b. Approve Flexibility Funding for 2015-2016

EEDA Supplies 3595 $ 1,514.52

CATE Equipment 3525 $ 5,748.73

Reading 3558 $ 2,102.83

Work Based L 3592 $ 3,465.19

Aid to Districts 3597 $16,042.73

Total $28,874.00

c.  The BOD Executive Committee develop financial policy for GTCHS that would involve the development of Budgets, Financial Reports, and Audits which would become standard rules for future planning and managing the finances of GTCHS. 

Since the amendments are committee recommendation then they do not require a second and the Chairman stated that they were submitted for BOD consideration.  Debbie Tucker made a motion to approve the amendments.  The motion was seconded by Uta Samuel.  Members voted by raised hands and the motion was approved unanimously.

Jody Bryson made a motion that the academic year 2015-2016 Budget as amended be approved for second and final reading.  Motion seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Members voted by raised hands and the motion was approved unanimously. 

 

 

2.    BOD Code of Ethics Form

The Chairman distributed the document previously revised by the BOD as the Code of Ethics Form for approval of board member signatures and submission to the BOD Clerk for maintenance. (Exhibit # 11)

 

Debbie Tucker made a motion to approve the form for BOD signatures and filing of form with BOD Clerk for maintenance.  Motion was seconded by Uta Samuel Motion carried unanimously.

 

3.    BOD Annual Board Meeting Schedule

The Chairman distributed a document in accordance with state law requiring public boards to publish a schedule of regular meeting dates.  The schedule distributed listed the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm at the Greenville Tech College Administrative Board Room for the next academic year. Bob Ground made a motion to approve the BOD Annual Board Meeting Schedule as distributed.  Motion Seconded by Debbie Tucker   Motion approved unanimously (EXHIBIT 12)

 

    

ANNOUNCEMENTS                                          Bob Nash

1.   Next Board meeting is scheduled for July 21, 2015 at 6:00pm. Location TBD.

2.   Board of Directors Orientation was held on May 30 and June 13 at SWU Greenville Campus

3.   Board members will receive electronic copy of State Law, Chapter 1, Sections 30-1-10  through

      Section 30-1-180 related to Public Records, Reports, and Official Documents.

4.   Board members will receive electronic copy of State Law, Chapter 4, Section 30-4-10 through

      Section 30-4-165 related to Freedom of Information Act.

5.   BOD members will be given the opportunity to attend the SCPCSA Fall Summit to be scheduled. 

 

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS Bob Nash

Chairman Nash presented Certificates of Election to the three new GTCHS Board members with words of appreciation of their service to the board, the school, and the community.

Chairman Nash presented a plaque named Distinguished Service Award to Board Member Mr. Bob Ground for his many hours of service to the Board and GTCHS during the past academic year.  The Chairman gave remarks of his appreciation for the many task Bob had performed in order for the Board to function more effectively.  This was the first award with this title present to a Board member from the Chairman.

 

ADJOURNMENT   

The Chairman declared that the meeting was adjourned as result of completing action on all the agenda items.

 

 

 

 

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Date approved by BOD for Distribution to Public:  July 21, 2015  wrg

 
 
 
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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

May 19, 2015 at 6:00 pm  

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Vice Chairman, Ken Payne, presiding.  The proposed agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes for May 19, 2015 were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. 

 

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Ken Payne, Vice Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6: 11 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Dr. Nash and Erin Smith were not present and were excused due to other commitments. Ken Payne recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Skip Snow, Sharon Hall and Suzanne Foody.  

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Ken Payne asked for a motion to approve the proposed agenda.  Debbie Tucker made a motion to approve the BOD Agenda for 05/19/2015 as distributed with the addition of an Action Item, Foreign Language Field Trip. Motion seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit #1 

 

Ken Payne asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the April 21, 2015 meeting.   Travis Durham made a motion and seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion approved unanimouslyExhibit #2

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Ken Payne opened the Public Input Session and asked the Clerk if there were quest that had sign up.  No quest at this time.  Ken Payne closed the Public Input Session.                                    

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

 

Principal’s Report:  Dr. Bricker, Principal.  Exhibit #3

 

Executive Committee Minutes.  Exhibit #4 

 

Financial Report.  Exhibit 5

 

Administration and Governance Report. Election Results.   ( Nothing to report )

 

Academic Excellence Committee  (Nothing to report)

 

Development Report.  Exhibit #6

 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD: None

 

BUDGET WORK SESSION: Committee of Whole:

Ken Payne asked for a motion for BOD to become Committee of Whole for the purpose of discussing the 2015-2016 budget.  Travis Durham made a motion that BOD become COW.  Motion seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.  

 

Ken Payne requested a motion to end the Committee of the Whole session and go back into the regular meeting.  Travis Durham made a motion and seconded by Bob GroundMotion approved unanimously.  

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

Ken Payne, Vice Chairman

  1. First of the Two Readings of 2015-2016 Budget - Exhibit #7 

Ken Payne entertained a motion to approve the first draft reading of 2015-2016 budgets with a referral to the finance committee for a recommendation for a line item relative to the Free and Reduced meals funding that is done in conjunction with the Parents.  Scott Zemitis made a motion and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion was approved unanimously.  

2.    Contract with Elliot Davis, Inc. for 2015-2016 Audit- Exhibit #8

3.    Contract with First Baptist Church for use of Gym in 2015-2016- Exhibit #9

4.    Revision to Student Handbook 2015-2016 - Exhibit #10

5.    Foreign Language Department Field Trip – Exhibit #11

       

 

  • Ken Payne entertained a motion to approve Action Items 2 through 5.  Bob Ground made a motion to approve the four items and Travis Durham seconded the motion.  Motion approved unanimously.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                            Ken Payne

1.   Next Board meeting is scheduled for June 16, 2015 at 6:00pm. Location TBD.

2.   Graduation Ceremony McAlister Auditorium, Furman University, May 26 at

3:00pm.

3.   Board Training, May 30 and June 13 at 8:30am at SWU Greenville Campus. 

      More information will be provide later.

 

ADJOURNMENT   

 

  • Ken Payne entertained a motion to adjournment.  Travis Durham made a motion to adjourn and Jody Bryson seconded.  Motion approved unanimously.  

 

 

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

Posted Date: June 16, 2015  wrg

 

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

April 21, 2015 at 6:00 pm  

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. April 21, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – May 19, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:04 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Jody Bryson, Brenden Marcell, and Debbie Tucker were not present and were excused due to other commitments or sickness. Erin Smith would be in around 7 PM due to another meeting.  Dr. Nash recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Skip Snow and Suzanne Foody.  Candice Lewis newly elected to GTCHS Board was present to observe.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the agenda.  Ken Payne made a motion and seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit #1 

 

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the Marsh 17th meeting.   Travis Durham made a motion and seconded by Ken Payne.  Motion approved unanimouslyExhibit #2

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Chairman Nash opened the Public Input Session and asked the Clerk if there were quest that had sign up.  No quest at this time.  Dr. Nash closed the Public Input Session.                                    

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

 

Principal’s Report:  Dr. Bricker, Principal.  Exhibit #3

 

Executive Committee Minutes.  Exhibit #4 

 

Financial Report.  Exhibit #5 & 5A

 

Community Issues and Space Needs Exhibit #6

 

Administration and Governance Report. Election Results.    Exhibits  # 7 

 

Academic Excellence Committee (waiting for Exhibit)

 

Development Report.  Exhibit #9

 

Endowment/Development Committee (waiting on minutes)

 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD: 

1.    Soccer Field and Changing Rooms to Facilities Committee

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

  1. Approval of Reports as information.

 A motion was made by Ken Payne and seconded by Travis Durham to accept all reports as information.  Motion carried unanimously

  1. Approval of GTCHS BOD Election Certification.

A motion was made by Travis Durham and seconded by Bob Garrick to approve the certification of BOD election results in which Candice Lewis, Erin Smith, Travis Durham, and Uta Samuel were elected to serve 2 year terms beginning July 1, 2015 .  Motion carried unanimously

3.    Request for use of field as Soccer Field and construction of student rooms for students to change clothes was sent to Facilities Committee by consensus.  Exhibit #10 A-C

4.    Budget Request from BOD. Exhibit #11

Ken Payne made a motion to approve a budget funding request of $30,400.00 for Board Functions, $35,000.00 for Contingency Fund, and $50,000.00 for Capital Development Fund with understanding the Business Manager could adjust the amounts based on historical data.  Motion seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion approved unamaniously.

5.    Resolution 2015-5 Exhibit #12

Ken Payne made a motion to approve the changes in Resolution 2015-5 in which Bob Ground was named as Chairman and Doug Adomatis replaced Ken Gillespie. Motion seconded by Travis Durham.  Motion approved unamaniously.

 

       

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                           

Dr. Nash

1.   Next Board meeting is scheduled for May 19, 2015 at 6:00pm in the GTC Admin. Board Room.

 

2.   Mr. Jimmy Armstrong was selected as Principal of Greer Middle College.

 

ADJOURNMENT   

 

 

 

Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

Posted Date: May 19, 2015  wrg

 
 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

March 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. March 17, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary –April 21, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:08 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Ken Payne, Travis Durham, and Debbie Tucker were not present and were excused due to other commitments or sickness. Dr. Nash recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis, Skip Snow, Sharon Hall, Ginger Cash and Suzanne Foody.  Guest were Mike Gatchell.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Dr. Nash would like to make 3 changes to the proposed agenda.  

  1. Change the date for closing the filing of the candidates of the Board of Elections till March 20th  @ 3PM 
  2. Add a New Business item is Survey Money Software.  
  3. Update on the Strategic  Plan for the HS after Executive session

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the agenda.  Jody Bryson made a motion and seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit #1 

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the February 17th meeting.   Bob Ground made a motion and seconded by Bobby Garrick.  Motion approved unanimouslyExhibit #2

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Chairman Nash opened the Public Input Session and requested the Clerk to introduce the speaker who had signed up.  Kelly Koutsioukis (a parent) has signed the roster to speak to the Board.   Mrs. Koutsioukis expressed her concern about her son being able to take a class for ½ credit and move to the college after 1st semester.  Dr. Nash closed the Public Input Session.                                    

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

 

Principal’s Report:  Dr. Bricker, Principal.  Exhibit #3

 

Executive Committee Minutes.  Exhibit #4 

 

Financial Report.  Exhibit #5   

 

Administration and Governance ReportExhibits #6 & # 7

There was an error in the filing closing date on the letter that went to the parents and the significant dates as a time line.  It was the consensus of the Board to go with March 20th as the closing date.  The Administration will send an extra shout out to parents on March 18th as a reminder of the Board Elections.

 

Instruction Committee (New Name is GTCHS Academic Excellence Committee Purposes, Responsibilities and Procedures).  Exhibits# 8

 

 

Development Report

Exhibit #3 - Attached with the Principals Report 

Suzanne Foody – wanted to acknowledge the gifts on the table in front of you were for the Board Appreciation Month in appreciation of their efforts.  A hand out from PIP Exhibit #9

 

Endowment/Development Committee 

Board Chair Mike Gatchell (Exhibit pending)

Other Members are:  David Atchley, David Bereskin, Jody Bryson, Leslie Farmer and Bates Kennedy, Dr. Nash, Dr. Bricker and Suzanne Foody are ex officio members.

 

Faculty Leadership – Ginger Cash 

Exhibits # 10

 

Dr. Nash requested a motion that we accept the reports as information.   The motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion carried unanimously.  

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD

  1. Seven Programs for Career Pathways to Success referred to Academic Excellence  Committee

       Exhibits #11

  1. Review Impact of Legislature replacing Common Core Academic Standards with SC

       State Standards referred to Academic Excellence Committee. 

 

ACTION  ITEMS:                                                                 

  1. Acceptance of Resignation of Board of Directors Member, Mr. Dana Blackhurst, 

       due to health reasons. Exhibit #12

2.    Principal Search Committee and Process

                  Exec. Comm. Recommends Approval: Exhibits#13

2.    GTCHS 2015-2016 Academic Calendar. Exhibit #14

3.    GTCHS 2015-2016 Personnel Employment Positions. Exhibit #15   

 

                                              

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

  1. Legal Issues

Jody Bryson made motion to go into Executive Session Mr. Ground seconded, passed unanimously.

 

RETURN TO REGULAR OPEN SESSION:

Motion made by Mr. Ground, seconded by Brenden Marcel to Authorize school principal to purchase license to use Survey Monkey for upcoming Board Of Directors election.   Principal is to use his judgement in deciding specifics of purchase.

Passed unanimously

 

Chairman updated members on meeting with Dr. Miller and Tech staff on site for proposed Gym+ facility. Many problems with finding a site on GTC campus. Dr. Miller will discuss issue with his Board.

 

Chairman updated members on meeting with representatives from our legislative delegation.  Positive about Charter Schools and GTC charter schools.  Information session for legislators.

 

Chairman reminded members of the crucial stage GTCHS finds itself and the importance of Board decisions to the future of the school.

 

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                            Dr. Nash

  1. The SC Public Charter School Association will conduct a Summit meeting and Visit 

      with Legislatures  in Columbia, SC on March 24 and 25.  

  1. Next Board meeting is scheduled for April 21, 2015 at 6:00pm in the GTC Admin.  

      Board Room.

 

 

ADJOURNMENT   

 

All business being completed, the Board adjourned at 9:38 pm.

 

 

 

Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Bob Ground, Secretary BOD

Posted Date:  April 21, 2015  wrg

 

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

February 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. February 17, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary –March 17, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Ken Payne, Erin Smith, Dana Blackhurst and Brenden Marcell were not present and were excused due to other commitments or sickness. Dr.  Nash recognized the staffs that were present, Dr. Bricker and Teresa Loftis.  

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the agenda.  Travis Durham made a motion and seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit#1 

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the minutes of the January 10th meeting.   Jody Bryson made a motion and seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion approved unanimouslyExhibit #2

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Chairman Nash opened the Public Input Session and requested the Clerk to introduce the speakers who had signed up.  No one has signed the roster to speak to the Board.  Therefore, Dr. Nash closed the Public Input Session.                                    

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

 

Principal’s Report:  Dr. Bricker, Principal.  Exhibit#3

 

Executive Committee Minutes.  Exhibit#4 and#5

 

Financial Report.  Exhibit#6   

 

Administration and Governance ReportExhibits #7 #8 #9 #10

 

Appeals and Grievance Committee.  Exhibit# 11

 

Instruction Committee (New Name is GTCHS Academic Excellence Committee Purposes, Responsibilities and Procedures).  Exhibits# 12 and #13

 

Development Report

Exhibit #3 - Attached with the Principals Report

 

Parent In Partnership - Delayed until next meeting

 

Faculty Leadership - Delayed until next meeting

 

Dr. Nash requested a motion that we accept the reports as information.   The motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion carried unanimously.  

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO FINANCE COMMITTEE FOR RECOMMENDATION TO BOD: Exhibit #14 

1.    Finance Committee to evaluate actions taken by GTCHS personnel to correct the four issues identified by the Auditors and listed in the 2014 Audit Report.

2.    Finance Committee to review GTCHS bank statements.

3.    Finance Committee to determine current debt capacity of GTCHS.

4.    Finance Committee to recommend solutions and/or budget adjustments to current deficit of $95,758.00 as of Dec. 31, 2014

 

 Dr. Nash requested a motion that we refer these to the Finance Committee.   The motion was made by Bob Ground and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion carried unanimously.  

 

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                 

       

       Executive Committee Recommends Approval:

1.   Contract with Duke Power to install electrical outlet or outlets in lower parking lot D for service to heaters on diesel engines in buses.  Cost to average about $25.00 per month.  Outlets should be secured from use by other potential users.    Dr. Bricker will follow up with Scott Wilbanks from GTC to make sure this is the correct plan.  The expected cost is $300.00. This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board.  Recommendation carried unanimously.  

                                              

2.   Authorize Principal to increase monthly lease/rental payments to GTC from $12,000.00 to $13,000.00. (Effect January 2015)This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board.  Recommendation carried unanimously.

 

3.   Refer extension of Contract Agreement between GTC and GTCHS for building 119 and 120 to GTCHS attorneys for legal opinion. This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board.  Recommendation carried unanimously.

 

4.   Create a new and vacant position with title of Administrative Assistant with a defined job description, and authorize the Principal to advertise and hire a qualified individual to fill the position effective 1 July 2015 at a beginning pay rate scale of $45,000.00 to $61,000.00 for a term of 200 days annually. This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board.  Recommendations carried 6 for and 1 against.  Exhibit # 15

 

       Administration and Governance Committee Recommends Approval:

1.   Publication of Election Announcement Letter, Election Schedule, Election Instructions, and Candidate Filing Form, for purpose of conducting an election of qualified candidates to GTCHS BOD on April 13-17, 2015 for a period of two years.  The process would involve Survey Monkey Software and voter email addresses.  This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board.  Recommendation carried unanimously.

 

          Appeal and Grievance Committee Recommends Approval:

  1. BOD Resolution 2015-5: Student Expulsion Appeal Exhibit #16 This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board. Recommendation carried unanimously.

 

          Curricular and Instruction Committee Recommends Approval:

1.    Description of Committee, its purpose and defined duties. This comes as a recommendation just needs a vote from the board.  It was recommended that the word “parent” be added to item #3 after the word staff.  Recommendation carried unanimously

 

          New Business:

1..   Authorize Principal to purchase new all-weather electric golf cart for special needs students to use for transportation to and from college courses.  Cost $5,900.00. ($3995.00 was a donation for the golf cart.) Dr. Nash requested a motion.  The motion was made by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Bobby Garrick.  Motion carried unanimously.  

       

EXECUTIVE SESSION:

1.   Personnel/Student Issues

2.   Legal Issues  

 

RETURN TO REGULAR OPEN SESSION:

1.   Scott Zemitis made a motion that the Interim Principal, Dr. Bricker, represent GTCHS in negotiating a legal issue through legal counsel at the scheduled hearing on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015. Motion seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

2.   Jody Bryson made a motion that the BOD Chairman reconstitutes the Principal Search Committee for the purpose of creating a plan and schedule for selecting a new Principal for GTCHS.  Motion seconded by Bobby Garrick.  Motion carried unanimously.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                            

1.   The Chairman has called for a meeting of Board Chairmen and Principals of GTC Charter Schools on Wednesday, Feb. 18, for the purpose of discussing issues of mutual interest.

2.   The Chairman and Principal met with CEO of Legacy Charter School and former Principal of GTCHS for the purpose of learning about the historical circumstances of GTCHS.

3.   The Chairman and Principal met with a GTCHS Charter Champion, Ray Lattimore, to discuss community relations.

4.   Next Board meeting is scheduled for Mar. 17, 2015 at 6:00pm in the GTC Admin. Board Room.

 

ADJOURNMENT:

1.   The Chairman stated that the BOD had completed the agenda.  Jody Bryson made a motion to adjourn.  Motion seconded by Bobby Garrick.  Motion carried unanimously.

   

 

 

Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

 

Approved Date: March 17, 2015   wrg

  

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

January 20, 2015 at 6:00 pm 

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

 

LIGHT MEAL WAS PROVIDED

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. January 20, 2015

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – February 17, 2015

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:08 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Ken Payne, Erin Smith, Debbie Tucker and Travis Durham are not present and are excused due to other commitments. Dr.  Nash recognized the staff that was present, Suzann Foody, the Director of Development, Dr. Bricker, Teresa Loftis and Skip Snow.  Also Matthew Zemitis and Eric Sassi were present to receive credit for Merit Badge for Boy Scouts.  

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the agenda.  Jody Bryson made a motion and seconded by bob Ground.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit#1

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Chairman Nash opened the Public Input Session and requested the Clerk to introduce the speakers who had signed up.  No one has signed the roster to speak to the Board.  Therefore, Dr. Nash closed the Public Input Session.                                    

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

 

Principal’s Report:  Dr. Bricker, Principal

Exhibit#2

 

Executive Committee Minutes

Exhibit#3

 

Financial Report – Skip Snow

Exhibit#4   

 

Development Report: Suzanne Foody

Exhibit #2 - Attached with the Principals Report. 

 

Dr. Nash made a motion that we accept the 4 reports as information.   The motion was made by Bobby Garrick and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion is carried unanimously.  

 

 

 

 

ACTION ITEMS:                                                                        

       Unfinished Business:  Committee Recommendations:

1.  Christmas Bonus of $100.00 for all GTCHS employees.   Dr. Nash entertained a   motion to approve the Christmas Bonus retroactively.  The motion was made by Jody Bryson and seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion carried unanimously.                                               

2.   Board of Directors Election Schedule for 2015. (Skip for now)

3.   Voting and tabulation process using Survey Monkey Software. (Skip for now)

4.  Establish GTCHS Capital Development Restricted Account. This came from the Committee and doesn’t need a motion.  It is on the floor with no discussion.  Motion is carried unanimously.  

5.   Resolution to begin Capital Development Fund Raising Program. Resolution 2015-1 Exhibit #5 Jody Bryson made a motion and Bob Ground seconded.  Motion is carried unanimously.  

 

       New Business:

1.   Resolution to plan, schedule, and conduct Board of Directors training sessions in May and June 2015. Resolution 2015-2 Exhibit #6 Bobby Garrick made a motion to approve the Resolution 2015-2 and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion is carried unanimously.  

2.  Resolution to establish Board of Directors expense account in 2015 Budget for training, meetings, dues, or other Board functions. Resolution 2015-3 Exhibit #7

       Scott Zemitis made a motion to approve the Resolution 2015-3 and seconded by Bob Ground.  Motion is carried unanimously.   

3.   Resolution to establish Budget Line Item for Contingency Funds in 2015 Budget   separate from existing Reserve Account. Resolution 2015-4 Exhibit #8 Brenden Marcell made a motion to approve the Resolution 2015-4 and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion is carried unanimously.  

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Motion by Scott Zemitis and seconded by Bob Ground.

  1. Update on two legal matters
  2. Authorize Chairman to sign contract with Dr. Brodie Bricker, LLC for school year 2015-2016

 

RETURN TO REGULAR OPEN SESSION:

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                            

1.   The Chairman met with GTCHS Faculty and Staff at opening of new semester, Jan. 5.  Faculty expressed appreciation for Christmas Bonus.

2.   The Chairman met with the Pickens County Delegation at their Annual Meeting in Easley, SC and thanked them for their support of Public Charter Schools.

3.   Next Board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2015 at 6:00pm in the GTC Admin. Board Room.

 

ADJOURNMENT   

 

 

Dr. Bob Nash, Chairman

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Posted Date:  February 17, 2015 Initials: wrg

  

 

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Board of Directors did not meet in December of 2014

 

 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

November 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm 

GTCHS Building 120 Room 124

 

LIGHT MEAL WAS PROVIDED

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTCHS Building 120 Room 124 with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. November 18, 2014

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary – December 16, 2014

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Ken Payne, Erin Smith and Brenden Marcell are not present and are excused due to other commitments. Bob Ground will be joining us a little later after he attends visitation for our Student Body President of GTCHS mother that passed away this past Saturday.   Bob Garrick is delaying his Capital Development meeting at a later time.  Dr.  Nash recognized the staff that was present, Suzanne Foody, the Director of Development, Sharon Hall the Assistant Principal Dr. Bricker and Teresa Loftis and John Ingles teacher.  

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Dr. Nash asked to make a change to the agenda under New Business is to add Ben Shiley to the Capital Development Committee.  Motion made by Scott Zemitis and seconded by Travis Durham.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit#1

 

Dr. Nash asked for approval of minutes from October 28, 2014.  Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve the minutes. Motion to approve minutes made by Travis Durham and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.                                                       

 

PUBLIC INPUT SESSION: 

Chairman Nash opened the Public Input Session and requested the Clerk to introduce the speakers who had signed up.  No one has signed the roster to speak to the Board.  Therefore, Dr. Nash closed the Public Input Session.     

 

RECOGNITION OF GTCHS ENDOWMENT/DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEMBERS:

They have requested to be present at a later meeting – maybe the November meeting - due to them getting organized.  

                                            

RECOGNITION OF GTCHS ENDOWMENT/DEVELOPMENT BOARD MEMBERS:

Present is David Bereskin (Parent of 3 students that attend GTCHS) new member and Jody Bryson.

Dr. Nash pointed out that a thank-you to Jody Bryson’s company for providing meals to the Board meetings.  Also there is a thank you to Mrs. Bryson for arranging the meals each month for the meeting. Exhibit# 2

 

 

 

CONSENSUS AGENDA:

REPORTS:

 

Principal’s Report:  Dr. Bricker, Principal

Exhibit#3

 

Executive Committee Minutes

Exhibit#4

 

Financial Report – Debbie Tucker

Exhibit#5   Mr. Snow was asked to be excused tonight he wasn’t feeling well.  The Financial Committee agreed to pay Elliott Davis $2,500.00 Mr. Snow was able to negotiate the bill down from $3,500.00 for the 2014 Audit Report.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

Development Report: Suzanne Foody

Exhibit #6

 

Dr. Nash made a motion that we accept all the reports as information and approve the 5 referred items on the agenda.   The motion was made by Travis Durham and seconded by Scott Zemitis.   

 

ACTION  ITEMS:                                                                 

       

       1.   Consider Finance Committee Recommendations:

a.  Request from Auditors for Additional Payment of Funds.  Elliott Davis has asked for an additional $3.500.00 for the completion of the 2013-2014 audit report.   Mr. Snow was able to negotiate a reduced price of $2,500.00.  Since it comes from the committee it doesn’t require a second and it is now on the floor for discussion.  Motion approved unanimously.                                            

 

 

ITEMS REFERRED TO BOARD COMMITTEE:  These are items to be reviewed by the committees before bringing to the board at a later time.  

1.  Refer Policy for Legacy/Lottery Admission of Students to

Administration/Governance Committee for review.

2.  Refer 2014 Federal 990 Report to Finance Committee for review.

3.  Refer 2014 State Annual Report to Administration/Governance Committee for review.

4.  Refer GTCHS By-Laws to Administrative/Governance Committee for review.  Last review        was March 27, 2007. Exhibit#7

5.  Refer Policy for Re-employment of Terminated GTCHS Teachers to

    Administrative/Governance Committee for development

 

New Business 

1.  Consider MOA for Janitorial Services in Bldg. 119 (Pending)

2. Consider Appointment of Two Faculty Members (Mrs. Sharon Hall and Mr. John Ingles to Curriculum/Instruction Committee and they would have voting power only during the committee meetings. Dr. Nash entertained a motion that we approve the recommendation.  The motion was made by Travis Durham and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.   Exhibits# 8 & 9                                              

3.  Policy 2014-15-2: Recalling agenda item from Board Committee for Purpose of Board Action. Dr.   Nash made a motion to approve the policy.  Motion by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit#10

 

4.  Policy 2014-15-3: Consensus Agenda Items. If there is any item in the consensus Agenda and any board member would like be pulled out and voted separately this may be done.    Dr. Nash made a motion to approve the policy.  Motion by Debbie Tucker and seconded by Travis Durham. Motion approved unanimously.  Exhibit#11

5.  Appointment of Ben Shiley to the Capital Development Committee. (Make changes to #1 = No)

     Dr. Nash made a motion to approve the recommendation to have Ben Shiley to the Capital Development Committee.  Motion by Travis Durham and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.  Dr. Nash asked Dana Blackhurst to abstain from voting due to being Ben Shiley step brother.  Exhibit#12 

 

Executive Session:  

The Chairman requested a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss Contractual Matter.   Dr. Nash made a motion to move into Executive Session.  Motion made by Travis Durham seconded by Scott Zemitis.  Motion approved unanimously.

 

The Executive Committee met on Thursday November 13, 2014.  Time is going by rapidly and we haven’t made any progress in the Principal Search.   The Executive Committee asked Dr. Bricker if we could present his name to extend his contract for another year.  He has agreed in enter into negotiations for this.  We would like your approval for the Executive Committee to begin negotiations with Dr. Bricker and his contract.  There is a contract between this board and Dr. Bricker and his LLC.

After the contract is worked out we will present it to the board for your approval.  Bobby Garrick asked how long are we willing proceed without a principal search.  We may have to contact the people who Ken Payne contacted to see if they are still interested.  Dr. Bricker may consider staying even the 3rd year to help make the transaction with a new principal easier.  This will be made public that this is the way we are headed.  

 

RETURN TO REGULAR OPEN SESSION:

Dr. Nash announced that the Executive Session is now closed and we are back in regular session.  

The Executive Committee has made a recommendation to the Board that they be allowed to enter into negotiations with Dr. Bricker in extending his contract.  Motion by Travis Durham and seconded by Jody Bryson.  Motion approved unanimously.  

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:                                                            

  1. Student Body President, Nick Moser, will address the GC School Board of Trustees during their Public Input Session.  (Due to the death of his mother he was unable to attend)
  2. Public Charter School Board Member On-Line Training

        3.  Board meeting for Dec. 16, 2014 to be cancelled subject to lack of agenda items. This will        give the committees a chance to get together and have items ready for the January Board Meeting.  

        4.  Board Meeting – January 20, 2015 at 6:00PM in GTCHS Board Room

 

 ADJOURNMENT   

 

 

Mr. Bob Ground, Secretary

GTCHS Board of Directors

 

Approved by Board of Directors:  January 20, 2015  wrg 

 

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Greenville Technical Charter High School

Board of Directors Regular Meeting Minutes

October 28, 2014 at 6:00 pm 

Administrative Board Room

 

LIGHT MEAL WAS PROVIDED

 

Board of Directors met in regular session, in the GTC Administrative Board Room, with Chairman Bob Nash presiding.  Agenda, bearing date, time, and location of the meeting were posted in accordance with FOI guidelines.

 

Minutes were recorded by Teresa Loftis, clerk to the board. October 28, 2014

Minutes were reported by Bob Ground, GTCHS Board Secretary - November, 18, 2014

WELCOME AND CALL TO ORDER:

Dr. Nash, Board Chairman, called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm and welcomed visitors.  Please note that Travis Durham and Dana Blackhurst are not present and are excused due to other commitments. Dr.  Nash recognized the staff that was present, Suzanne Foody, the Director of Development, Skip Snow the Business Manager and Sharon Hall the Assistant Principal.  George Kennedy from Elliott Davis and Heather Gatchell Chairman of our Parents and Partnership were also present.  Dr. Nash presented Ms. Gatchell with a gift from the Board as a thank-you for all the work she has done. She is going to be working on having someone from the school to represent us with the Greenville County Board once a quarter. She will be also included in our future meeting with Greenville County delegation members.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES AND AGENDA:

Dr. Nash asked to make a change in August 19, 2014.  Exhibit #1 Dr. Nash asked for a motion to modify the minutes of August 19, 2014 Page 3, second paragraph, as reads: “Dr. Nash asked for a motion to approve Jody Bryson, Travis Durham, and Erin Smith…..” to add name Debbie Tucker. – Motion made by Bob Ground and seconded by