12/01/2016 - 5:30PM - Work Session

12/01/2016 - 5:30PM - Work Session

Annie Merts Center
200 White Street

The Huntsville City Board of Education met in the boardroom on the above date at 5:58 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, Mr. B.T. Drake; 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. The bio for the Pledge was read by Ms. Wilder. Jayden Stidham and Kate Stone both 8th grade students from the Huntsville Jr. High School and members of the Student Council led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Huntsville High Girls Cross Country team was recognized by Mr. Giles and Ms. Ferrell in the absence of Mr. Drake. Upon the return of Mr. Drake the motion to approve the resolutions was made by Ms. Wilder, seconded by Mr. McGinnis, approved.

After the Math Acceleration presentation, Mr. McGinnis made the following motion, seconded by Ms. Wilder, 4 votes to approve, Ms. Hill voted to abstain, approved:

I move that the board go into executive session to discuss with its attorney the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation or 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 Board 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 was to be in executive session for approximately 15-20 minutes.

No action was taken.

Before the Human Resources Report was voted on during the discussion, Ms. Watkins made the following motion, seconded by Ms. Hill, approved:

I move that the board go into executive session (#2) for the purpose to discuss the good name and character of two individuals.

The following is the motion for executive session (#3) made by Mr. McGinnis, seconded by Ms. Wilder, Ms. Hill abstained, approved:

I move that the board go into executive session to discuss with its attorney the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation or 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 Board 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 was to be in executive session for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

No action was taken.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Attendees:
Voting MembersPosition
Elisa FerrellChair
Walker McGinnisVice Chair
Beth WilderBoard Member
Michelle WatkinsBoard Member
Pam HillBoard Member
OtherPosition
B.T. DrakeSuperintendent

Board Comments

Citizen Comments

 

Minutes

Annie Merts Center
200 White Street

The Huntsville City Board of Education met in the boardroom on the above date at 5:58 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, Mr. B.T. Drake; 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. The bio for the Pledge was read by Ms. Wilder. Jayden Stidham and Kate Stone both 8th grade students from the Huntsville Jr. High School and members of the Student Council led the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Huntsville High Girls Cross Country team was recognized by Mr. Giles and Ms. Ferrell in the absence of Mr. Drake. Upon the return of Mr. Drake the motion to approve the resolutions was made by Ms. Wilder, seconded by Mr. McGinnis, approved.

After the Math Acceleration presentation, Mr. McGinnis made the following motion, seconded by Ms. Wilder, 4 votes to approve, Ms. Hill voted to abstain, approved:

I move that the board go into executive session to discuss with its attorney the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation or 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 Board 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 was to be in executive session for approximately 15-20 minutes.

No action was taken.

Before the Human Resources Report was voted on during the discussion, Ms. Watkins made the following motion, seconded by Ms. Hill, approved:

I move that the board go into executive session (#2) for the purpose to discuss the good name and character of two individuals.

The following is the motion for executive session (#3) made by Mr. McGinnis, seconded by Ms. Wilder, Ms. Hill abstained, approved:

I move that the board go into executive session to discuss with its attorney the legal ramifications of and legal options for pending litigation or 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 Board 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 was to be in executive session for approximately 45 minutes to an hour.

No action was taken.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:05 p.m.

Attendees:
Voting MembersPosition
Elisa FerrellChair
Walker McGinnisVice Chair
Beth WilderBoard Member
Michelle WatkinsBoard Member
Pam HillBoard Member
OtherPosition
B.T. DrakeSuperintendent

Board Comments

Citizen Comments

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.