2010-08-12 / Front Page

Forbes Holds Executive Sessions

For labor negotiations and personnel discussion
By Jean Snyder

The Forbes Road School District Board of Directors held executive sessions last Monday evening for purposes of discussing personnel and for labor negotiations. The sessions were held from 7:30 to 8:24 p.m. and from 8:25 to 9:09 p.m.

Following the first executive session, board members reconvened their meeting and unanimously approved the 2010-11 teaching and nonteaching substitute lists as presented and the extracurricular coaching list.

Also during Monday’s meeting, Forbes Road Superintendent Fred Foster reported the district made “adequate yearly progress (AYP)” as a result of 2009 test results in the areas of attendance, graduation, academic performance and test participation. Both the junior-senior high school and the elementary school received the AYP designation. Adequate yearly progress (AYP) is part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act and in Fulton County, all three school districts achieved AYP in 2009.

During other personnel business conducted prior to the executive sessions, the board approved a leave request from Mechele Seville from September 13-November 8, 2010, as presented.

Chad Bosley was named a mentor for Mitchell Persun, and Cynthia Robinette was appointed as a mentor for Ryan Wade.

Emergency certificate applications for classroom driver education were approved for Randy Gelvin and Corey Doyle, and the 2010-2011 list of transportation drivers was approved. It was noted that the list will be revised in October and formally adopted. A discussion of a health insurance request was tabled.

The board adopted local board policy procedures on the first reading as presented and recommended approval of part-time positions for nonteaching staff as presented under policy considerations.

Under curriculum matters, the board approved the revised physical science and physical education (grades 7-12) as presented. The 2010-2011 high school field trip list was also approved as presented.

The board received an update on the work of the Fulton County Tax Commission. That group decided last month to retain the services of Capital Tax to collect all wage taxes for the schools and municipalities. The decision came about as a result of legislation forcing all municipalities and school districts within each county to name one entity for the collection work.

In other updates, the board was informed that interviews for a new vo-tech director will be held on August 11, while junior-senior high school Principal Christina Ramsey presented the new faculty handbook and announced that seventh-grade orientation will be held on August 23 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This will include a tour of the building for parents and students. A back-to-school orientation for K-4, kindergarten and first grade will be held on the same date from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Open house for K-12 will be held on September 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Under miscellaneous business, the board approved the student makeup policy as presented and approved a request to present “Footloose” for this year’s musical.

Discussion was held on no parking along the curb by the soccer field and discussion was also held on the need for a regular bus stop on Huston Hill Road. Further information will be gathered on the possible bus stop.

The next regular board meeting will be held on September 13, 2010, at 7:00 p.m.

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