The DeKalb County Board of Education Thursday night adopted a resolution expressing appreciation to principals and assistant principals in the school system.
The resolution states that "Whereas, principals and assistant principals are charged with the responsibility of providing safe, healthy, welcoming and supportive places for children to learn and grow in knowledge, understanding and character development; and,
Whereas, principals provide leadership for learning in our school district by helping students achieve high standards of excellence and ensuring that every child succeeds; and,
Whereas, principals serve as mentors to teachers, students and staff by providing support, direction and inspiration to be the best that they can be, by showing respect and appreciation for the contributions of individuals, by establishing a tone of encouragement and cooperation, and by recognizing and celebrating their successes; and,
Whereas, principals lead their faculties into analysis and discussions about student learning and promote improvements in teaching and learning; and,
Whereas, principals seek to build collaboration and support from parents and community and seek their engagement in their schools; and,
Whereas, principals and assistant principals establish and maintain discipline so that students learn and practice to be self reliant and productive citizens; and
Whereas, principals are directly responsible for every aspect of school operations and performance,
Now, Therefore, be it resolved that, the DeKalb County Board of Education hereby established February 11th, 2010 as Principal Appreciation Day in all of our Schools; and
Be it further resolved that, the board expresses deep appreciation to principals and assistant principals in our school system and encourages each school and community to recognize their principal and assistant principal on this day for the leadership they provide in the success of our school system and in the lives of students."
Director of Schools Mark Willoughby presented his monthly update on personnel.
The following have been employed since last month:
Brenda Bandy, Robert DePriest, Sharon Moffett, Joel Moss, and Tara Young as substitute teachers
Clay Bumbalough, transferred to a full time custodian position at Smithville Elementary School
Leave of Absence:
Dena Haugh, DCHS Educational Assistant, leave as requested
Barbara Hibdon, cafeteria worker DeKalb Middle School, leave as requested
Gina Arnold, Supervisor Special Education, leave as requested
Dianne Page, Education Assistant, DeKalb Middle School
In other business, the board gave permission for the Department of Health to have a rabies vaccination clinic at the DeKalb Middle School parking lot on April 17th from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
The board gave permission for three DCHS students to attend the Tennessee Junior Science and Humanities Symposium at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville February 24-26th.
Permission was also granted for FCCLA students to attend the State Leadership Meeting April 6-8 at Opryland Hotel.
The school board voted to ask permission from the county commission to bid two school buses and a new maintenance van/truck for delivery in August to be funded in the 2010-2011 general purpose school budget.
In other business, the board re-appointed two school board members as Trustees to the Sick Leave Bank.
The purpose of the sick leave bank is to provide sick leave to contributors who have suffered an unplanned personal illness, injury, disability, or quarantine and whose paid leave is exhausted.
The sick leave bank shall be administered by a committee of Trustees. The committee shall be composed of five members: two members appointed by the board, two members appointed by the Teachers Association and the Director of Schools who shall serve as chairperson.
The two board members are Kenny Rhody and Joan Draper.
The request for the Sick Leave Bank was presented to the board in August, 2006 by John Isabell, former President of the DeKalb County Education Association. Isabell said "A Sick Leave Bank serves the purpose of allowing teachers to contribute some of their stored up sick leave days into a pool that would allow teachers who are experiencing a catastrophic event, such as a sickness in the family or sickness to themselves, who have exhausted their own sick leave, the ability to go into that pool and use some of those days."
Officials say the Sick Leave Bank is a voluntary statewide program for certified employees of Tennessee Public Schools, established by state law. Members donate earned sick leave to the bank and are then eligible to supplement normal paid sick leave if diagnosed or an immediate family member is diagnosed with a serious or catastrophic illness.
A participant shall not receive any sick leave from the Bank until after having exhausted all accumulated sick, personal, and or annual leave including all paid extensions.
Members must submit an application to the Sick Leave Bank Trustees for review. Medical documentation must accompany the application.
The employee will be notified in writing the status of the application.
The board voted to declare the following items surplus property and will sell by sealed bid to the highest bidder:
2-Blue Bird Bus 1997 Models, a Vulcan gas convection double stack oven, a large Vulcan pizza type gas stacked oven, and 2-five gallon Vulcan commercial gas kettles.
The items will also be advertised on the Internet.