By DALE GRAHAM
The Cheatham County Board of Education met in regular session Monday night. All members were present.
First on the agenda was approval of a 4 year contract extension for Director of Schools Dr. Stan Curtis. There was an addition to the contract that was unanimously approved, stating that if the Director applies for employment outside of Cheatham County he will immediately notify the Board. The contract was approved by a vote of 4 yes: Michele Collins, Dan Moore, Dianne Proffitt and Brian Chase, to 2 no: Tim Williamson, and William Johnson. Before voting, Johnson stated that his vote “was not a reflection on whether or not I support Dr. Curtis, because I do support him”, but added that he does not agree with incentives that remained in the contract.
According to the terms of the contract, Curtis will be paid $108,625, plus $1000 more annually for obtaining a CEO credit. He will also receive a $500 per month car allowance for travel within the county, and full insurance (medical, dental and vision) for him and his family, as well as a $100,000 life insurance policy during his term.
On top of that, Curtis has the opportunity to receive up to $20,000 in incentive payments in the first year of his term, if the district meets or exceeds certain academic expectations. The incentive pay portion of the contract will be revisited annually. There are 6 academic areas: Reading / Language Arts grades 3 – 8; Math grades 3 – 8; Algebra I; English II; ACT Composite and; Graduation Rate. If the merit target scores are reached or exceeded in any 3 of those areas, the payment will be $10,000, any 4 will pay $15,000 and any 5 will pay $20,000.
The Director may terminate the agreement after giving 30 days notice. If the board terminates the contract without cause during the 4 year period, they will pay Curtis the salary he would be making had he not been terminated.
At the end of the meeting, 6th District Representative Brian Chase congratulated Dr. Curtis on the new contract, saying, “I know everybody in town is not happy about it, but I’m very happy about it, Kingston Springs is happy about it, the majority of people that I know of, so congratulations”.
Cheatham County Spelling Bee Winners were honored: 1st Place Kaitlin McNeely- Sycamore Middle School, 6th grade; 2nd Place Oliver Eagan- Harpeth Middle School, 6th grade; 3rd Place Mack Waddell- Sycamore Middle School, 7th grade.
Also honored were Cheatham County Schools for what their accomplishments in the HealthierUS School Challenge – School Nutrition Department Awards. Gold Award Level schools were: Ashland City Elementary, East Cheatham Elementary, Pleasant View Elementary, West Cheatham Elementary, Cheatham Middle School, Harpeth Middle School, Sycamore Middle School. Silver Award Level: Kingston Springs Elementary and Pegram Elementary. The challenge began in 2004 and recognizes schools who do three things: provide more nutritious meals for students, provide additional physical activity for students, and provide nutrition education in the classroom for students. It is extremely rare for every school in a District to win an award in the competition, according to Steve Horin, Food and Nutrition Services with the USDA. Banners have been hung at each of the schools announcing the honor.
In old business, Policy 3.202 Emergency Preparedness Plan was approved on second reading. The policy is available on the Board’s website: Cheathamcountyschools.net
Approved on first reading were:
Board Policy 1.105, allowing the board to annually select one (1) of its members to serve as its representative to the Tennessee Legislative Network (TLN).
Policy 1.501 concerning Visitors to the Schools: The following was added: Visitors are not allowed to photograph, video, or record any student, staff, or event on any electronic device that will interrupt the educational process during the school day.
The Cheatham County Board of Education meets the first Monday of each month at 7p.m. in the Board Annex Building on Elizabeth St. in Ashland City. There will be two scheduled Budget Work Sessions held on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the Annex Building.