04/19/2018 - 5:30PM - Board Meeting

04/19/2018 - 5:30PM - Board Meeting

Annie Merts Center
200 White Street

Attendees:

Voting MembersPosition
Elisa FerrellChair
Walker McGinnisCo-Chair
Beth WilderBoard Member
Michelle WatkinsBoard Member
Pam HillBoard Member
OtherPosition
Dr. Matthew AkinSuperintendent

The Huntsville City Board of Education met in the boardroom on the above date at 5:30 p.m..

Members present were the President, Ms. Elisa Ferrell; Vice-President, Mr. Walker McGinnis; Ms. Beth Wilder; Ms. Michelle Watkins and Ms. Pam Hill. A quorum was present. Also present were the Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Akin; School Board Attorney, Mr. J.R. Brooks; members of the central office staff; and interested citizens.

The meeting was called to order by the President and the Moment of Silent Reflection was led by the President. led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following were recognized during Celebrations and Resolutions by Dr. Akin and Rena Anderson. Motion to approve was made by Ms. Wilder, seconded by Mr. McGinis, approved.

RETIREMENT RESOLUTION:

                  WHEREAS, the Huntsville City Board of Education, Huntsville, Alabama, wishes to honor all personnel retiring from the Huntsville City Schools, and

 

                  WHEREAS, these retirees have diligently served the boys and girls of this community for a significant number of years, and

 

                  WHEREAS, their services have been rendered in an unselfish manner, not only to the students and to the school system, but also to many areas of community life, and

 

                  WHEREAS, their loyalty and dedication to providing quality public education have exerted a tremendous and positive influence upon their associates, and

 

                  WHEREAS, they are held in high esteem by their friends and colleagues,

 

                  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Huntsville City Board of Education, the Superintendent and staff, as well as administrative, teaching, and support staff, do hereby express appreciation to retiring personnel, and

 

                  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ...

be extended best wishes for good health and happiness throughout the retirement years with a sense of personal achievement that comes with knowledge of a job well done.

Adopted this 8th Day of May Two Thousand and Eighteen.

 

                                                                       HUNTSVILLE CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Matthew Akin, Ed.D.                                 Elisa Ferrell, President

                                                                      Walker McGinnis, Vice President

                                                                      Beth Wilder

                                                                      Michelle Watkins

                                                                      Pam Hill

DESTINATION IMAGINATION – BLOSSOMWOOD:

Blossomwood’s Destination Imagination team: "The 4 Kittens and a Scaredy Cat" won for the second year in a row...they took home FIRST PLACE IN STATE.

The team members are: Evelyn Balch, Maggie Jones, Keaton Schroer, Elizabeth Tatum, Olivia Young, Team Manager: Jill Davis

DESTINATION IMAGINATION ASFL:

ASFL Team Name: A-Mazing Apollo Navigators

Team Members: Philip Altman, Ann Metuge, Briana White, Walden Wilder, Team Manager: Beth Wilder

ASFL's A-Mazing Apollo Navigators won first place in the Technical Challenge at the Northern Regional Destination Imagination Competition on March 3rd and at the State DI Championship on April 7th.

The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using Engineering, Research, Strategic Planning and Related Skills. This year’s technical theme, Maze Craze, challenged teams to:

  • Design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze.
  • Design and build a prop that transforms in the maze.
  • Design and build a way to remove an object from the maze.
  • Create and present a story about a journey through the maze.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

As state winners, ASFL's A-Mazing Apollo Navigators, were invited to compete at Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, during the last week in May, with teams from 45 states and 30 countries.

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. DI's 21st century learning programming is cross-curricular and complements K-12 education by fostering curiosity, courage and creativity. All academic Challenges are designed to teach students the creative process—a system of learning that is at the root of all innovation and a child’s ability to bring an idea to life.

There are seven engaging Challenges in STEAM education: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, Service Learning and Early Learning. Students form teams, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.

The Challenges help bridge the gap between what students learn in school and the skills they will need to thrive in an ever-changing economy. Through the Destination Imagination Challenge Program, students improve in creative and critical thinking, explore their curiosity, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

ASFL AND HUNTSVILLE HIGH GERMAN DAY COMPETITION:

  • ASFL - 1st place: Group song level 1 - Olivia LaRose, Jacob Smith, John Tubb, David Martinez, Cesar Santos, Yael Henquel, Sam Gaines, Melody Urena, Erin Slagle
  •  
  • 1st place: individual song level 1 - David Martinez
  •  
  • 1st place: individual poem level 1 - Jacob Smith
  •  
  • 2nd place: individual poem level 1 - Erin Slagle
  •  
  • 2nd place: reading comprehension level 1 - John Tubb
  •  
  • Most original: group poem level 1 - Melody Urena, Sam Gaines, Jacob Smith

HUNTSVILLE HIGH:

Sara Gill and Anna Wyte:  1st place Wrote and illustrated a Children’s Book – Level 3

Sara Gill:  1st place Original Art – Level 3

Lauren Scott:  1st place T-Shirt Design – Level 3

Dwayne Brooks:  3RD place Geography – Level 3

Tavin Schroff:  3rd place individual song – Level 3

COLUMBIA HIGH:

ZAQUERIUS HARRIS - ALABAMA STATE CHAMPION 160 WEIGHT CLASS

ISAIAH MCDOUGAL - ALABAMA STATE RUNNER-UP CHAMPION 170 WEIGHT CLASS - AHSAA WRESTLING

JEMISON HIGH:

Ayaina McDow

High School junior, Ayiana McDow, is truly exceptional. She is an honor student and is ranked #1 of 217 juniors this year with a GPA of 4.3. She was recently accepted in the National Honor Society. She is not only strong in academic, but she is a great leader in her school. As a 3rd year JROTC cadet, she serves as the Cadet Corps Vice Commander, as well as being a member of the Air Force JROTC award-winning Color Guard.

Ayiana is an integral member of the school’s indoor and field track teams, and serves as captain of the varsity cheerleader squad at Jemison High School. She sings in the school chorus, is a member of the Spanish Club and the Cap and Gown Project.

Ayiana serves on multiple community service groups, such as P.E.A.R.L.S. and Delta Gems. She has served over 20 community service hours this school year in city-wide events, such as a guide for the North Alabama Special Olympics.

  • She was named the 2017 Outstanding Cadet of the Year for the state of Alabama by the Sons of the American Revolution.
  • Cadet McDow was selected as the Air Force JROTC Vice-President for the Alabama Career Tech State Officer Committee.
  • Awarded Rocket City Broadcast Youth Citizen of the Month (C.A.F.Y.)

The following motion was made by Mr. McGinnis, seconded by Ms. Watkins, approved.

I move that the Board go in to executive session to discuss with its attorneys the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated or imminently likely to be litigated if the Board pursues a proposed course of action.

In addition to the motion, second, and vote to go into executive session, the following should be made a part of the minutes as received from the school attorney:

I am familiar with the reasons for the proposed executive session and it is my opinion that the pending litigation exception in the Open Meetings Act applies to the planned discussion during the executive session.

The board will be in executive session for approximately 45 minutes. No action was taken.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:30p.m.

Minutes

Annie Merts Center
200 White Street

Attendees:

Voting MembersPosition
Elisa FerrellChair
Walker McGinnisCo-Chair
Beth WilderBoard Member
Michelle WatkinsBoard Member
Pam HillBoard Member
OtherPosition
Dr. Matthew AkinSuperintendent

The Huntsville City Board of Education met in the boardroom on the above date at 5:30 p.m..

Members present were the President, Ms. Elisa Ferrell; Vice-President, Mr. Walker McGinnis; Ms. Beth Wilder; Ms. Michelle Watkins and Ms. Pam Hill. A quorum was present. Also present were the Superintendent, Dr. Matthew Akin; School Board Attorney, Mr. J.R. Brooks; members of the central office staff; and interested citizens.

The meeting was called to order by the President and the Moment of Silent Reflection was led by the President. Christian Irby, a 3rd grader from Williams P-8 led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following were recognized during Celebrations and Resolutions by Dr. Akin and Rena Anderson. Motion to approve was made by Ms. Wilder, seconded by Mr. McGinnis, approved.

RETIREMENT RESOLUTION:

                  WHEREAS, the Huntsville City Board of Education, Huntsville, Alabama, wishes to honor all personnel retiring from the Huntsville City Schools, and

 

                  WHEREAS, these retirees have diligently served the boys and girls of this community for a significant number of years, and

 

                  WHEREAS, their services have been rendered in an unselfish manner, not only to the students and to the school system, but also to many areas of community life, and

 

                  WHEREAS, their loyalty and dedication to providing quality public education have exerted a tremendous and positive influence upon their associates, and

 

                  WHEREAS, they are held in high esteem by their friends and colleagues,

 

                  NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Huntsville City Board of Education, the Superintendent and staff, as well as administrative, teaching, and support staff, do hereby express appreciation to retiring personnel, and

 

                  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that ...

be extended best wishes for good health and happiness throughout the retirement years with a sense of personal achievement that comes with knowledge of a job well done.

Adopted this 8th Day of May Two Thousand and Eighteen.

 

                                                                       HUNTSVILLE CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION

Matthew Akin, Ed.D.                                 Elisa Ferrell, President

                                                                      Walker McGinnis, Vice President

                                                                      Beth Wilder

                                                                      Michelle Watkins

                                                                      Pam Hill

DESTINATION IMAGINATION – BLOSSOMWOOD:

Blossomwood’s Destination Imagination team: "The 4 Kittens and a Scaredy Cat" won for the second year in a row...they took home FIRST PLACE IN STATE.

The team members are: Evelyn Balch, Maggie Jones, Keaton Schroer, Elizabeth Tatum, Olivia Young, Team Manager: Jill Davis

DESTINATION IMAGINATION ASFL:

ASFL Team Name: A-Mazing Apollo Navigators

Team Members: Philip Altman, Ann Metuge, Briana White, Walden Wilder, Team Manager: Beth Wilder

ASFL's A-Mazing Apollo Navigators won first place in the Technical Challenge at the Northern Regional Destination Imagination Competition on March 3rd and at the State DI Championship on April 7th.

The Technical Challenge prompts students to complete tasks by using Engineering, Research, Strategic Planning and Related Skills. This year’s technical theme, Maze Craze, challenged teams to:

  • Design and build a device to navigate a tournament-provided maze.
  • Design and build a prop that transforms in the maze.
  • Design and build a way to remove an object from the maze.
  • Create and present a story about a journey through the maze.
  • Create and present two Team Choice Elements that show off the team’s interests, skills, areas of strength, and talents.

As state winners, ASFL's A-Mazing Apollo Navigators, were invited to compete at Global Finals, the world’s largest celebration of student creativity, during the last week in May, with teams from 45 states and 30 countries.

Destination Imagination is open to all kindergarten through university level students worldwide. DI's 21st century learning programming is cross-curricular and complements K-12 education by fostering curiosity, courage and creativity. All academic Challenges are designed to teach students the creative process—a system of learning that is at the root of all innovation and a child’s ability to bring an idea to life.

There are seven engaging Challenges in STEAM education: Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, Service Learning and Early Learning. Students form teams, select their preferred Challenge and work together to develop a solution to the Challenge. Each team has at least one Team Manager (often a parent or teacher) who helps keep the team on track, but does not assist or interfere with the team’s project.

The Challenges help bridge the gap between what students learn in school and the skills they will need to thrive in an ever-changing economy. Through the Destination Imagination Challenge Program, students improve in creative and critical thinking, explore their curiosity, build on their unique strengths, learn how to design and manage a project, and gain the skills needed for the 21st century workforce.

ASFL AND HUNTSVILLE HIGH GERMAN DAY COMPETITION:

  • ASFL - 1st place: Group song level 1 - Olivia LaRose, Jacob Smith, John Tubb, David Martinez, Cesar Santos, Yael Henquel, Sam Gaines, Melody Urena, Erin Slagle
  •  
  • 1st place: individual song level 1 - David Martinez
  •  
  • 1st place: individual poem level 1 - Jacob Smith
  •  
  • 2nd place: individual poem level 1 - Erin Slagle
  •  
  • 2nd place: reading comprehension level 1 - John Tubb
  •  
  • Most original: group poem level 1 - Melody Urena, Sam Gaines, Jacob Smith

HUNTSVILLE HIGH:

Sara Gill and Anna Wyte:  1st place Wrote and illustrated a Children’s Book – Level 3

Sara Gill:  1st place Original Art – Level 3

Lauren Scott:  1st place T-Shirt Design – Level 3

Dwayne Brooks:  3RD place Geography – Level 3

Tavin Schroff:  3rd place individual song – Level 3

COLUMBIA HIGH:

ZAQUERIUS HARRIS - ALABAMA STATE CHAMPION 160 WEIGHT CLASS

ISAIAH MCDOUGAL - ALABAMA STATE RUNNER-UP CHAMPION 170 WEIGHT CLASS - AHSAA WRESTLING

JEMISON HIGH:

Ayaina McDow

High School junior, Ayiana McDow, is truly exceptional. She is an honor student and is ranked #1 of 217 juniors this year with a GPA of 4.3. She was recently accepted in the National Honor Society. She is not only strong in academic, but she is a great leader in her school. As a 3rd year JROTC cadet, she serves as the Cadet Corps Vice Commander, as well as being a member of the Air Force JROTC award-winning Color Guard.

Ayiana is an integral member of the school’s indoor and field track teams, and serves as captain of the varsity cheerleader squad at Jemison High School. She sings in the school chorus, is a member of the Spanish Club and the Cap and Gown Project.

Ayiana serves on multiple community service groups, such as P.E.A.R.L.S. and Delta Gems. She has served over 20 community service hours this school year in city-wide events, such as a guide for the North Alabama Special Olympics.

  • She was named the 2017 Outstanding Cadet of the Year for the state of Alabama by the Sons of the American Revolution.
  • Cadet McDow was selected as the Air Force JROTC Vice-President for the Alabama Career Tech State Officer Committee.
  • Awarded Rocket City Broadcast Youth Citizen of the Month (C.A.F.Y.)

The following motion was made by Mr. McGinnis, seconded by Ms. Watkins, approved.

I move that the Board go in to executive session to discuss with its attorneys the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation, controversies not yet being litigated but imminently likely to be litigated or imminently likely to be litigated if the Board pursues a proposed course of action.

In addition to the motion, second, and vote to go into executive session, the following should be made a part of the minutes as received from the school attorney:

I am familiar with the reasons for the proposed executive session and it is my opinion that the pending litigation exception in the Open Meetings Act applies to the planned discussion during the executive session.

The board will be in executive session for approximately 45 minutes. No action was taken.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:30p.m.

Vote Results

Michelle Watkins
Beth Wilder
Elisa Ferrell
Walker McGinnis
Pam Hill
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Agenda developed by the Superintendent in collaboration with the Board President and Vice President.