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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting – June 10, 2024

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 6/12/2024

    HCS Board of Education Meeting – June 10, 2024

    Board Member Items

    Board Chair Sophe Pope provided an update on the Superintendent search. The Board has secured the Georgia School Board Association (GSBA) as the search firm to facilitate the search for our next Superintendent, and the search launched on April 1st. The application window closed on May 12th, and the application packets received were presented to the Board by the GSBA on May 28, 2024.  The Board is now using information received from the community survey analysis to review the applications. There is a website dedicated to sharing updates with the community, and it can be accessed here: Superintendent Search

    Superintendent’s Welcome

    Dr. Knowlton recognized the graduating class of 2024 and their amazing accomplishments. A video highlighting the graduation ceremonies was shown and can be viewed here.

     

    INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

    1. Core Business of Student Learning 
      1. Back to School Preparations, Mary Ann Suddeth, Chief School Leadership Officer

    Mrs. Suddeth provided an update on preparations for Back to School and began by recognizing end of year events such as the district’s retirement celebration and athletic awards. With many students transitioning to middle or high school, we  also recently graduated approximately 3,325 seniors who earned close to $63 million in scholarships. To prepare for next school year, district and school leaders participated in the Summer Leadership Conference and teachers have begun professional development with a focus on literacy. Our students are also engaging in Summer Learning Opportunities, with over 4,000 students participating. Our Be Ready Day One website is available for families to access back to school information, and the Here Comes the Bus app will be available on July 20th for families to access bus route information. Online registration for the Before and After School Enrichment Program will re-open for families on July 8th, and Kindergarten registration remains open. As a reminder, meal prices for the new school year is reflected here:

    Breakfast at all levels: $1.40

    Elementary Lunch: $2.65

    Middle and High Lunch: $2.75 

    We are looking forward to an exciting start of the school year, with Birch Creek Elementary opening their doors as the Blue Jays and Impact Academy transitioning to a standalone school as the Owls.

     Go ahead and mark your calendars for Open House on Tuesday, July 30th: 

    Academy for Advanced Studies: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

    High Schools: 1:00-3:00 pm

    Middle Schools: 3:00-5:00 pm

    Elementary Schools: 4:00-6:00 pm 

     

    1. Ensuring Operational Effectiveness 
      1. May Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer 
    1. Birch Creek Elementary

    Construction is progressing as scheduled for a 2024-2025 opening, with the playground being installed and punch list activities beginning. Furniture installation is ongoing, and the Certificate of Occupancy will be completed this week.

    1. School Electronic Message Signs

    Installation of all electronic signs is completed at 17 elementary schools and 12 secondary schools. Training for school personnel will occur as the project nears completion.

    1. New Administration Office Facility

    Installation of exterior window frames is ongoing and setting of the roof-top HVAC units are near completion. Underground fire and water main lines has begun, and steel erection is complete. Exterior brick placement has also begun.

    1. New Transportation Facility & Renovations to Existing Transportation.

    Erection of framing and roofing for the main facility is nearing completion, and underground rough-in of plumbing and electrical for the main site is nearing completion.

    1. HVAC Cooling Tower Replacement

    This is on schedule for Austin Road Elementary and East Lake Elementary, with installation of the new towers to be completed by the end of June.   

     

      1. May 2024 Financial Reports, Mr. Jeff Allie, Acting Chief Financial Officer 
    1. May 2024 Financial Report
    • General Fund Assets and Total Cash on Hand - The total value of general fund’s assets at the close of May totaled $174.5 million, while Cash on Hand across all funds during reporting period totaled $418 million.
    • E-SPLOST V There were no expenditures during the month of May.
    • E-SPLOST VI - There were expenditures of $6.7 million in the month of May. 
    • Capital Accumulation - There were expenditures of $704,939 with investments in Safety and Security infrastructure and furniture growth and replacement being the key drivers in the month of May.
    • ESSER Funds- There were no expenditures incurred in May.

     

      1. School Calendar for 2025-2026, Mrs. Summer Cox, Chief of Staff

    Ms. Cox presented a proposed school calendar for 2025-2026, with 175 instructional days and a school start date of Thursday, July 31, 2025. The calendar is available for public comment here. 

      1. HCBOE Policies, Mrs. Summer Cox, Chief of Staff
          1. HCBOE Policy JCAC: Sexual Harassment of Students
          2. HCBOE Policy JAA: Equal Educational Opportunities
          3. HCBOE Policy GAAA: Equal Opportunity Employment
          4. HCBOE Policy GAEB: Sexual Harassment of Employees

    Ms. Cox presented information on proposed revisions to Board Policy JCAC: Sex-Based Harassment, Board Policy JAA: Equal Educational Opportunities, Board Policy GAAA: Equal Opportunity Employment, and Board Policy GAEB: Sex-Based Harassment of Employees. These proposed revisions are recommended to align with the new federal rules regarding Title IX, and are available for public review and comment here. The Board will take action on the proposed revisions at the July board meeting.

     

    BUSINESS ITEMS

    1. HCBOE Collective Commitment to Code of Ethics (Policy BH) and GSBA Georgia State Standards for Effective School Boards

    The Board of Education adopted the HCBOE Code of Ethics, GSBA Georgia State Standards for Effective School Boards, and the Superintendent-Board Norms and Protocols with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. HCBOE Policy GAE: Complaints and Grievances

    The Board of Education approved the recommended changes to Policy GAE with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

     

    1. Worker’s Compensation Panel of Physicians

    The Board of Education approved the worker’s compensation panel of physicians with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. FY24 Defeasement of Bond Debt

    The Board of Education approved the FY24 Defeasement of Bond Debt with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. FY25 Procurement Contracts

    The Board of Education approved the FY25 Procurement contracts with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. Addition to Ola Middle School Bid Tabulation

    The Board of Education approved the addition to Ola Middle School bid tabulation with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. New Transportation Facility/Renovation of Existing Furniture Purchase

    The Board of Education approved the furniture purchase for the new transportation facility and renovation of existing furniture with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    INSPIRATION

    Inspiration for the June Board Meeting was provided by Dutchtown High School Students: Michael Armstrong and Joshua Peek.  The students performed the song, “Lovely Day”. Dutchtown High School’s principal is Ms. Nicole Shaw.

     DHS Inspiration

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

    View full photo album
     

    Georgia Department of Education Poster Contest

    Henry County Schools has a 3rd place winner for Division 2 of the GaDOE poster contest.

     

    • Cooper Erwin

    -       Dana Flowers, Principal

    Cooper Erwin


    New York City Transportation Bureau Challenge Coin

    Lailah Metallo is a 3rd year Graphic Design Student at the Academy for Advanced Studies. Within the last year Lailah has produced a stunning portfolio of work which includes designs that have placed her 3rd in the State for Graphic Design and 2nd in the Regionals of Georgia Skills USA. Her designs have also been featured through the rebranding of the seal of the Henry County Police Department. Recently her work caught the attention of the New York City Police Department who reached out to the Academy to have her design a challenge coin for their Transportation Bureau. Lailah is a true definition of the outstanding work that comes out of the Academy for Advanced Studies and a true definition of what it means to be exceptional at Henry County Schools.

     

    ·       Lailah Metallo

    -       Douglas Blackwell, Principal

    NY City Transportation


    Georgia Council on Economic Education’s Stock Market Game

    The Georgia Council on Economic Education coordinates the Stock Market Game every fall and spring for students in grades 4-12 throughout all of Georgia. The Stock Market Game is a simulation which challenges students to invest a virtual $100,000.00 in real stocks for 10 weeks. The team that earns the most equity in each grade level (Elementary, Middle or High) at the end of 10 weeks is declared the winner. A team of students from Woodland Middle School were the spring Middle School Winners. Led by coach Angela Murphy, team members are:

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    ·       Celina Gibson

    ·       Payton Poythress

    ·       Darius McDonald

    ·       Henry Dearing

    -       Michelle Wilkerson, Principal

    -       Angela Murphy, Coach

     

    Stock Market Game

     

    2024 High School VEX Robotics World Championship

    Ola’s VEX Robotics Team had an outstanding performance at the 2024 High School VEX Robotics World Championship in Dallas, Texas in April. The team was one of 820 that qualified out of over 13,000 teams from more than 45 countries. In match play, Ola paired with a team from Ohio to win the Math Division, earning them a spot to compete against nine other teams in the Championship Dome Arena.  This is the first time in the district’s history that a team has won their division at worlds and competed in the dome. The team also posted a Skills Score that put them in the top 3% of competitors and they won the Math Division Amaze Award.

     

    ·       Carson Schmitt

    ·       Dustin Pouliot

    ·       Jayla Brown

    ·       Sebastian Cedeno

    ·       Katherine Mangual

    ·       Conner Middlebrooks

    ·       Makenzie Middlebrooks

    ·       Asha Pandya

    ·       Karina Pandya

    -       Nick Ellis, Principal

    -       Christie Schmitt, Coach

     

    VEX Robotics

     

    2024 National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) State Award of Merit

    Kelli Hutcheson, CAA, District Director of Athletics at Henry County Schools, received the 2024 NIAAA State Award of Merit. Kelli has completed 12 NIAAA Leadership Training Courses, displaying her commitment to professional development. She serves on the Georgia Athletic Director’s Association Board as 1st Vice President and is on the National Athletic Director Conference Advisory Committee. She is in service to the Georgia High School Association as a member of the Board of Trustees. In her home state, Kelli was a founding member of the Georgia Cheerleading Coaches Association. She stayed involved and served on the board for 15 years. She also authored the Cheerleader and Coach of the Year recognition programs and developed funding to provide scholarships and gifts for the recipients.

     

    ·       Kelli Hutcheson


    Kelli Hutcheson


    2023-2024 Winter Sports Player of the Year

    Following are the Winter sports Players of the Year:

     

    Dutchtown High School

    ·       Joah Chappelle - 5A Boys Basketball Region Player of the Year

    -       Nicole Shaw, Principal

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    Union Grove High School

    • Jordan Brooks - 5A Girls Basketball Region Player of the Year
    • Ryan Meeks, Principal

     

    Woodland High School

    ·       Mason Lewis - 5A Boys Basketball Player of the Year

    -       Purvis Jackson, Principal


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    2023-2024 Winter Sports Coach of the Year

    Following are the Winter sports Coaches of the Year:

     

    Dutchtown High School

    • Wallace Corker - Boys Basketball Coach of the Year

    -       Nicole Shaw, Principal

     

    Luella High School

    ·       Jaime Henck - County Swim Coach of the Year

    -       Brandi Hardnett, Principal


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    Stockbridge High School

    ·       Demarcus Acree  - 5A Girls Basketball Coach of the Year

    -       James Thornton, Principal

     

    Union Grove High School

    ·       Dock Gammage - 5A Girls Basketball Region Coach of the Year.

    *also the recipient of the 2024 Chuck Miller Legacy Award.

     - Ryan Meeks, Principal

     
    Dock Gammage

     

    2023-2024 Spring Sports Player of the Year

    Following are the Spring sports Players of the Year.

     

    Dutchtown High School

    ·       Savannah Callaway - 5A Girls Soccer Offensive Player of the Year

    ·       Briana Hill - 5A Girls Soccer Midfielder Player of the Year

    ·       Caleb Cousins - 5A Boys Soccer Midfielder Player of the Year

    ·       Averie Shamsid-Deen - 5A Girls Soccer Defensive Player of the Year

    ·       Zoe Lavender - 5A Girls Soccer Co-Goalkeeper Player of the Year

    ·       Kasaun Simpson - 5A Boys Soccer Forward Player of the Year

    -       Nicole Shaw, Principal


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    Eagle’s Landing High School

    ·       Zacklee Pheng - 5A Boys Tennis Player of the Year

    -       Kesha Jones, Principal

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    Locust Grove High School

    ·       Logan Seigle - 5A Girls Soccer Co-Goalkeeper Player of the Year

    ·       Phillip Perry - 5A Boys Soccer Defensive Player of the Year

    -       Tony Townsend, Principal

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    Ola High School

    ·       James McGee - 5A Baseball Player of the Year

    ·       Braden Pourron - 5A Pitcher Player of the Year

    ·       Meredith Wesley - Gymnastics Player of the Year

    -       Nick Ellis, Principal

     

    Union Grove High School

    ·       Chloe Johnson - 5A Girls Tennis Player of the Year

    -       Ryan Meeks, Principal

     

    2023-2024 Spring Sports Coach of the Year

    Following are the Spring sports Coaches of the Year.

     

    Dutchtown High School

    ·       John Zeiler - 5A Boys and Girls Soccer Coach of the Year

    ·       Natoria Shine - County Gymnastics Coach of the Year

    -       Nicole Shaw, Principal

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    N Shine
     

    Eagle’s Landing High School

    ·       Tombo Berete - 5A Boys Soccer Coach of the Year

    -       Kesha Jones, Principal

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    Luella High School

    ·       Jeffrey Lake - 4A Boys and Girls Tennis Region Coach of the Year

    -       Brandi Hardnett, Principal

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    Principal Retirement

    The Board would like to recognize Dr. Jessalyn Askew, Principal of Bethlehem Elementary School. Dr. Askew has served Henry County Schools for 22 years. Dr. Askew received a “game ball” for her years of leadership, and unconditional commitment to the students, parents, teachers and staff of Henry County Schools.

     

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    PERSONNEL

     

    Name

    New Position

    Previous Position

    Dawn Blackwell*

    Principal

    Hickory Flat Elementary

    Principal

    DeKalb County School District

    Yuanita Gilbert*

    Employment Services Coordinator

    Human Resources

    Employment Onboard Facilitator

    Human Resources

    Roderick May*

    Instructional Systems Facilitator

    Leadership Services

    Assistant Principal

    Ola High School

    Teisha Waller*

    Assistant Principal

    Impact Academy

    Teacher

    Union Grove High School

    SeTia Freeman

    Principal

    Bethlehem Elementary School

    Assistant Principal

    Oakland Elementary School

    Chere’ Lewis

    Principal

    Eagle’s Landing High School

    Principal

    Wilkinson County School District

    LaTonya Richards

    Principal

    Union Grove High School

    Principal

    Rockdale County Public Schools

    Natasha Simpson

    Assistant Principal

    McDonough High School

    Assistant Principal

    Clayton County Public Schools

        *Asterisk denotes approval at the May 28, 2024 Special Called Board Meeting

     

    BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

    District Board Member

    Comments

    District 1, Dr. Pam Nutt

    Dr. Nutt recognized Kyla Rose from Luella High School and Angel Rivas from Hampton High School for receiving the 2024 Henry County Master Gardener scholarship.

     

    Dr. Nutt recognized Coach Jamie Henck from Luella High School for being named Henry County’s Swim Coach of the Year.

     

    Dr. Nutt showed appreciation for the HCS SRO’s for keeping us safe.

     

    Dr. Nutt congratulated the Class of 2024, and she wished them well in their endeavors.

    District 2, Annette Edwards (Vice Chair)

    Mrs. Edwards congratulated Samantha Dalby from Woodland High School for her participation in the International Science & Engineering Fair in California.

     

    Mrs. Edwards showed appreciation to the HCS “blue shirts” and Atlanta Motor Speedway for supporting a successful graduation ceremony.

    District 3, Holly Cobb

    Mrs. Cobb congratulated the Class of 2024, and she showed her appreciation for the staff who worked behind the scenes to support graduation ceremonies.

     

    Mrs. Cobb recognized Albany Robinson from Union Grove High School, Keenan Gray from McDonough High School, and Carrington Jones from Eagle’s Landing High School for receiving the State Positive Athlete award.

     

    Mrs. Cobb recognized June as being National Safety Month, and she expressed her gratitude to the SROs for keeping everyone safe.

    District 4, Sophe Pope (Chair)

    Mrs. Pope showed her appreciation for the board members attending the GSBA Conference and representing Henry County Schools.

     

    Mrs. Pope congratulated the following HCS track and field athletes for winning individual state championships:

    • Dominiq Worthington (WHS) – 110 Hurdles
    • Daynejia Atkins (SHS) – Shot Put/Discus
    • Laila Stowe (UGH) – 100 Hurdles
    • Mattison Rowell (WHS) – 100 Hurdles

     

    Mrs. Pope congratulated the Class of 2024 graduates, and she showed her appreciation for the staff who worked behind the scenes to support graduation ceremonies.

     

    District 5, Mackenzie McDaniel

    Mr. McDaniel recognized London Coe from Dutchtown High School for being the first gymnast from Dutchtown to compete at the state gymnastics meet.

     

    Mr. McDaniel congratulated the Class of 2024, and he wished them well in their endeavors.

     

    Mr. McDaniel announced that there will be several camps in the community this summer:

          1. Youth football camp hosted by Dutchtown alum Will Anderson will be held on June 29th at JP Mosely Park. (9am – noon for ages 6-11; 4pm – 7pm for ages 12-16)
          2. Hampton cluster will hold 5th annual tennis camp on June 17th – 20th.  (8am – 10 am for ages 5-12; 10 am – 1pm for ages 13-19)
          3. Hampton Swim team will be hosting a swim clinic at the Clayton County Aquatic Center on July 8th – 11th from 9am - 11am.

     

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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting – May 13, 2024

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 5/16/2024 12:00:00 PM

    HCS Board of Education Meeting – May 13, 2024

    Board Member Items

    Board Chair Sophe Pope provided an update on the Superintendent search. The Board has secured the Georgia School Board Association as the search firm to facilitate the search for our next Superintendent, and the search launched on April 1st. The application window closed on May 12th, and the community survey closed on May 13th.  The Board expects an update on the number of applications from the Georgia School Board Association soon. There is a website dedicated to sharing updates with the community, and it can be accessed here: Superintendent Search

    Superintendent’s Welcome

    Dr. Knowlton acknowledged that we are close to the end of the school year, which is a season of milestones such as graduation ceremonies for seniors. Other students will soon transition from elementary school to middle school, and middle school to high school. Dr. Knowlton also recognized Teacher Appreciation Week, and a compilation video of students and staff thanking a teacher was shared.

     

    INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

    1. Core Business of Student Learning 
      1. Finishing the 2023-2024 School Year Strong, Mary Ann Suddeth, Chief School Leadership Officer

    Ms. Suddeth presented information on end of year activities as the school year comes to a close. Examinations are still under way, class scheduling for FY25 is in progress, graduations will soon be underway. Summer Learning Opportunities are available for students, and professional learning opportunities will be ongoing for staff throughout the summer. Registration for the Before and After School Enrichment program is currently open but will close on May 17th, re-opening on July 8th. Additionally, kindergarten registration has been open since March 26th and will continue to be available to Henry County families. Families may access the Be Ready Day One website where information and resources are available for a successful start of the 2024-2025 school year. Open house is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, with the first day of school scheduled for Thursday, August 1st. 

    1. Ensuring Operational Effectiveness 
      1. April Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer 
    1. Birch Creek Elementary

    Construction is progressing as scheduled for a 2024-2025 opening, with final grading activities and concrete placement coming to an end. Floor coverings are near completion, and installation of the building lighting control system continues.

    1. School Electronic Message Signs

    Installation of all electronic signs is completed at 15 elementary schools, with installation of sign panels in progress. Training for school personnel will occur as the project nears completion.

    1. New Administration Office Facility

    Installation of underground fire and water main lines has begun, and steel erection is complete. Installation of interior metal stud framing is complete on the 1st floor and nearing completion on the 2nd and 3rd floors.

    1. New Transportation Facility & Renovations to Existing Transportation.

    Grading activities are complete, the rock base for the parking lot is being installed, and the slab for the main facility is complete. Erection of framing for the main facility has begun.

    1. HVAC Cooling Tower Replacement

    This is on schedule for Austin Road Elementary and East Lake Elementary, with installation of the new towers to be completed this summer.

    1. Additional Updates
    • The addition to Ola Middle School will bid next week, with the project expected to begin this summer.
    • The STEM High School will bid in July, with the deconstruction of the current building beginning this fall.
    • The design work for the Dutchtown Middle School addition has begun. 

     

      1. April 2024 Financial Reports, Mr. Jeff Allie, Acting Chief Financial Officer 
    1. April 2024 Financial Report
    • General Fund Assets and Total Cash on Hand - The total value of general fund’s assets at the close of April totaled $188.5 million, while Cash on Hand across all funds during reporting period totaled $441 million.
    • E-SPLOST V There were no expenditures during the month of April. Mr. Allie also indicated that this program is anticipated to close out by the end of this fiscal year.
    • E-SPLOST VI - There were expenditures of $7.7 million in the month of April, bringing expenditures to date for the program to 33%. 
    • Capital Accumulation - There were expenditures of $66,393 with investments in Safety and Security infrastructure and athletic equipment growth and replacement being the key drivers in the month of April.
    • ESSER Funds- There were no expenditures incurred in April.

     

      1. FY25 Budget, Mr. Jeff Allie, Acting Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Allie presented the final FY25 Budget recommendations outlining the forecast of changes in revenues and expenditures with consideration for legislative and local priorities. The State’s FY25 Budget has been adopted, and the local tax digest data window has closed. Budgetary impacts have been analyzed to contribute to the final FY25 Budget recommendations. 

    Mr. Allie previewed the FY25 Budget, which includes competitive compensation for employees. Certified staff will receive the $2,500 raise supported in the state’s adopted budget, steps in the salary scale will be honored, classified and administrative pay scales will increase by 2%, and other job families such as bus drivers and paraprofessionals will see additional increases. 

    Additional areas of focus for the FY25 Budget include investments in Strategic Plan initiatives that prioritize high-quality instruction and support services, mental health and wellness, and growth and replacement efforts. 

    The first of two Budget Hearings occurred on April 15th with the tentative adoption of the budget that evening, and the second hearing occurred on May 13th prior to the Board’s adoption of the FY25 budget later that evening. 

    To promote awareness and ensure community transparency in the FY25 budget development process, a website has been established to archive all materials and keep you updated. Visit FY25 Budget Development Updates to follow each month. 

      1. HCBOE Policy GAE: Complaints and Grievances, Mrs. Summer Cox, Chief of Staff

    Ms. Cox presented information on proposed revisions to Board Policy GAE: Complaints and Grievances. The proposed revisions include clarifications to definitions, exclusions, timelines, and levels of review. These proposed revisions are available for public comment and the Board will take action on the proposed revisions at the June board meeting. 

    BUSINESS ITEMS

    1. FY25 Budget Adoption

    The Board of Education adopted the FY25 budget with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. Wide Area Network District Switches

    The Board of Education approved the purchase of wide area network switches for district office locations with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. Henry Teaching and Learning Standards

    The Board of Education approved additions to the Henry Teaching and Learning Standards for ELA with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. Instructional and Technical Infrastructure: CTAE Information Technology Pathway Equipment

    The Board of Education approved the purchase of CTAE Information Technology Pathway programming equipment with a vote of 5 to 0.

     

    1. James “Jimmy” Carter Proclamation

    The Board of Education adopted the James “Jimmy” Carter Proclamation with a vote of 5 to 0.

    Carter Proclamation

     

    INSPIRATION

    Inspiration for the May Board Meeting was provided by Kayleigh King who is a second-grade student at Mt. Carmel Elementary School.  She recited the poem, “When School is Closing Soon”. Mt. Carmel’s principal is Ms. Alison VanTone-Foles.

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    MCE 2


    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
    View full photo album here.

     

    Georgia Scholar Nominee

    Through the Georgia Scholar Program, the Georgia Department of Education identifies and honors high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. Henry County Schools had one honoree, from Union Grove High School:

    ·       Harshika Garlapati

    -       Ryan Meeks, Principal

     

    Henry Voices

    In Henry County Schools we value the voices of our students, today’s young people and tomorrow’s leaders. Henry Voices is an opportunity for all students to make their voices heard. Henry Voices includes a Speaking Contest where students have the opportunity to develop a short speech. 

    Elementary students spoke to the prompt “I am growing more in Henry by…”.  The winner was: 

    ·       Pate’s Creek Elementary - Sparrow Tanks

    -       Jennifer McCrary, Principal

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    Middle school students spoke to the prompt “I am learning more in Henry by…”. The winner was:

    ·       Luella Middle School - Kaylani Do

    -       Mary Carol Stanley, Principal

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    High school students spoke to the prompt “I am celebrating more in Henry by…” The winner was:

    ·       Locust Grove High School - Aiden Harris

    -       Anthony Townsend, Principal

     

    LGHS Harris

    English Language Certificate of Recognition

    Each year, the state ESOL Language Program, in collaboration with the statewide English Language (EL) Advisory Committee, recognizes one exemplary high school senior EL student and one exemplary ESOL teacher as nominated from each local education agency (LEA). The Georgia Department of Education Exemplary EL Student and ESOL Teacher are recognized by the state by receiving a Certificate of Recognition signed by Superintendent Woods.

    ·       Union Grove High School - Josna James, Exemplary English Language Student

    -       Ryan Meeks, Principal

    ·       Pates Creek Elementary and Cotton Indian Elementary Cheri Poole, Exemplary ESOL Teacher

    -       Jennifer McCrary, Principal, Pates Creek Elementary

    -       Mahoganey Jackson, Principal, Cotton Indian Elementary

     

    Cheri Poole PCE

    Community Impact Award

    Two HCS students were recently awarded the 2024 Community Impact Award from Andrea Carter, founder of the I AM Black History Awards, for their efforts to provide food, toys, and books to families in need. The awards honored five youths aged 5 to 17 who have exhibited outstanding community involvement, excellence in the arts, and commendable academic achievements.

    ·       Dutchtown Middle School - Treandos Thornton

    -       Crystal Williams, Principal

    ·       Dutchtown Elementary School - Noah Thornton

    -       Douglas Fletcher, Principal

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    Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) Awards

    Statewide Elementary Honor Chorus: The GMEA Statewide Honor Chorus is open to 4th and 5th grade students. The students are nominated by their music teachers. Over 500 singers from across the state met for two days and presented wonderful performances at the Clayton County Performing Arts Center. Following are honor chorus award recipients:

    Cotton Indian Elementary:

    ·       Kingston Cross

    ·       Alexia Gonzalez

    ·       La’Riah Williams

    ·       Kie’Le Woods

    -       Mahoganey Jackson, Principal

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    Flippen Elementary:

    ·       Robyn Gardiner

    ·       Elena Parrish

    ·       Robert Reynolds

    ·       Essence Roman

    ·       Eliezer Romeus

    -       Victoria Grubbs, Principal


    New Hope Elementary:

    ·       Leighton Foster

    ·       Alyssa Edwards

    ·       Caliyah Wilson

    ·       Kennedy Moon

    -       Micki Foster, Principal

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    Dutchtown Elementary:

    ·       Re’Nique Orange

    -       Douglas Fletcher, Principal


    Walnut Creek Elementary:

    ·       Lilly-Ann Truax

    -       Tamika Knighton, Principal

    All State Band, Chorus and Orchestra: The top middle and high school musicians from across the state are selected through a rigorous two-part audition process for these performing groups. Over 1,200 of the finest young brass, percussion, string and woodwind instrumentalist in the state of Georgia gathered in Athens as part of GMEA's All State weekend.

    Band Awards:

    Dutchtown Middle School

    ·       Jayden Scott

    -       Crystal Williams, Principal

    Scott DMS

    Eagle’s Landing Middle School

    • Aubrey Butler,
    • Whitney Seun-Osineve
    • Malik Douglas, Principal

    Butler ELMS

    Locust Grove High School

    • Nathan Johnston,
    • Mahkel Perrier
    • Anthony Townsend, Principal

    Luella High School

    • Camden Keesey
    • Brandi Hardnett, Principal


    Ola High School

    • Dylan Yakel
    • Nick Ellis, Principal


    Ola Middle School

    • Jacob Mullis
    • Christine Anderson, Principal


    Union Grove Middle School

    • Jenna McKneely
    • Dwayne Richards, Principal

    Chorus Awards:

    Ola High School

    ·       Kinsley Asbell

    ·       Kate Smith

    ·       Avery Pinson

    -       Nick Ellis, Principal

    OHS Chorus

    Luella High School

    ·       Camden Keesey

    -       Brandi Hardnett, Principal

    Orchestra Awards:

    Ola High School

    ·       Kate Smith

    ·       George Barnett

    -       Nick Ellis, Principal

     OHS Orchestra

     

    Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) Award

    The annual GAEA All-State Art Symposium is dedicated to promoting and recognizing the creative talents of high school students from Georgia's school districts. The symposium's workshops, juried exhibition and other events provide high school students with cultural opportunities, develop advanced studio skills, and cultivate aesthetic appreciation while recognizing excellence in high school art education.

     

    Eagle’s Landing High School

    ·       Cecelia McCarthy

    -       Kesha Jones, Principal

     

    GMEA Teacher

    Heidi Long, music teacher at Cotton Indian Elementary school, has been awarded the prestigious title of Georgia Music Educator of the Year for District 6. Mrs. Long has consistently demonstrated her commitment to music education and the growth of her students and all students in Henry County. She is the co-founder of the HCS Elementary Honor chorus which just wrapped up their 14th season: 

    ·       Heidi Long

    -       Mahoganey Jackson, Principal

     

    GMEA

    National History Day Competition

    On Saturday, March 21st, Henry County Schools students competed in the State of Georgia NHD Competition. Only 400 projects out of 12,000 state-wide compete during the competition. We are thrilled to recognize the seven projects that were honored at the state level. Of the projects that were recognized four were selected to compete at the National competition in June at the University of Maryland.

    Junior Division

    Woodland Middle School - Michelle Wilkerson, Principal

    Best Use of National Archives or Presidential Libraries Materials –and-- Individual Outstanding Entry in Military History for “The Spanish American War”:

    ·       Robert Sheppard 

    Sheppard WMS

    3rd Place and National Alternate in the Junior Group Performance category for their project “Guilty Without Evidence, The Salem Witch Trials A Cautionary Tale in Freedom and Justice”:

    ·       Ivie Bates-Uhunoman-Aigbe

    ·       Nala Parrish

    ·       Chloe White

    ·       Joydan Jackson

    WMS

    2nd Place and National Qualifier in the Junior Individual Performance category for “I Want You to Know What They Did to My Boy/The Death of Innocence”:

    ·       Ariana Smith

    WMS Smith

    Ola Middle School – Christine Anderson, Principal

    1st Place and National Qualifier in the Junior Group Documentary category for their project “Ida B Wells: A Turning Point in the Perspective of Lynching”:

    ·       Michael Peterson

    ·       Kennedy Reardanz

    OMS Peterson

    2nd Place and National Qualifier in the Junior Group Performance category for their project “The Washerwomen Strike of 1881”:

    ·       Morgan Walker

    ·       Kayla DeBlois

    ·       Nevaeh Dowell

    ·       Chana Oden

    Union Grove Middle School - Dwayne Richards, Principal

    4th Place and Honorable Mention in the Junior Paper category for “Gridiron Hidden Figure: The Story of The Man Who Broke the NFL Color Barrier”

    ·       Ashton Miles

    Ola High School - Nick Ellis, Principal

    1st Place and National Qualifier in the Senior Individual Exhibit category for “Maynard for Mayor”.

    ·       Madelyn Reardanz

    OMS Reardanz


    National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award

    Congratulations to Yvette Milligan from Woodland Middle School who was selected to represent Georgia as the junior division National History Day Patricia Behring Teacher of the Year Award nominee. Nominated teachers must demonstrate a commitment to engaging students in historical learning through the innovative use and analysis of primary sources, fostering critical thinking through the implementation of active learning strategies and participating in the National History Day Contest.

     

    ·       Yvette Milligan, Woodland Middle School

    -       Michelle Wilkerson, Principal

    Milligan WMS

    Governor’s Honors Program

    Over 4,200 students were nominated for the State of Georgia GHP with 1,500 selected to participate in the audition/interview process. Henry County Schools is proud to celebrate the 13 finalists and one alternate selected to attend. The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program is a residential summer program for skilled, knowledgeable, and talented high school sophomores and juniors. GHP offers instruction that is significantly different from the typical high school classroom and is designed to provide students with academic, cultural, and social enrichment necessary to become the next generation of global critical thinkers, innovators, and leaders. Henry County Schools finalists are: 

    Academy of Advanced Studies

    ·       Isabella Bagwell for Agricultural Research, Biotechnology and Science

    ·       Sommer West for Dance

    -       Douglas Blackwell, Principal

    Dutchtown High

    ·       Jalila Abdulazeez Usman for World Language (Spanish)

    ·       Ikechi Okwuadigbo for Communicative Arts

    -       Nicole Shaw, Principal

    Eagle’s Landing High

    ·       Ananya Augustine for Social Studies

    -       Kesha Jones, Principal

    Impact Academy High

    ·       Helen Austin for Mathematics

    -       Delphine Patterson, Principal

    Locust Grove High

    ·       Karter Trujillo for Theater Performance

    -       Anthony Townsend, Principal

    McDonough High

    ·       Tiffanie Moore for Agricultural Research, Biotechnology and Science

    ·       Jordan Mallory, ALTERNATE, for Music (Vocal)

    -       Monica Blasingame, Principal

    Ola High

    ·       Anthony Coral, Mathematics

    ·       Keagan Kimball, Visual Arts

    ·       Karina Pandya, Engineering Design

    -       Nick Ellis, Principal

    OHS GHP

    Union Grove High

    ·       Alex Taylor for Communicative Arts

    ·       Alyssa Vo for Science (Chemistry)

    -       Ryan Meeks, Principal

     

    Georgia Southwestern State University Junior Mathematics Tournament

    The Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) Junior Mathematics Tournament is a competition where 3rd - 8th grade students compete with other students throughout the state. Two schools from Henry County competed in the April tournament, Smith Barnes Elementary and Luella Middle School.

    Smith Barnes Elementary:

    ·       Amir Joachim ~ 2nd place

    ·       Braylen Lowe ~ 3rd place

    ·       Zoe Groebner ~ 4th place

    ·       Bernardo Rodriguez-Torres ~ 5th Place

    -       Carolyn Flemister-Oliver, Principal

    -       Talisa Johnson, Coach

    Math GSSU

    Luella Middle School:

    ·       Jayvian Sistrunk ~ 1st place

    -       Mary Carol Stanley, Principal

     

    Work Based Learning Program

    Since September 2023 through the Work Based Learning program, Naomi Betsill of Hampton High School has demonstrated exceptional dedication to Henry County Parks & Recreation and the community as whole. She secured $100,000 in grant funds, published articles in national publications, organized various programs, managed the social media platforms reaching nearly 900,000 people annually, and contributed to community projects like the Tim Coley Wall of Kindness mural. Naomi's eagerness to learn and serve has made her an invaluable member of the Parks and Recreation team, embodying the essence of student of the year.

    ·       Naomi Betsill

    -       Quinton Ward, Principal

    Batsill WBL 


    Dr. Vaneisa Benjamin Retirement

    The Board would like to recognize Dr. Vaneisa Benjamin, Principal of Fairview Elementary School. Dr. Benjamin has served Henry County Schools for 31 Years. Dr. Benjamin, this “game ball” is awarded for your years of leadership, and unconditional commitment to the students, parents, teachers and staff of Henry County Schools. Congratulations on your Retirement.

    Dr Benjamin 



    PERSONNEL

     

    Name

    New Position

    Previous Position

     

    *Christopher McLeod

     

    Director of Transportation

    Coordinator of Student Conduct, Prevention, Intervention

    and Family Support

    *Jonathan Bates

    Assistant Principal

    McDonough Middle School

    Dean of Students

    Creekside High School

    Fulton County Schools

    *Monique Greer

    Assistant Principal

    Bethlehem Elementary School

    Facilitator of Instructional Effectiveness

    Bethlehem Elementary

    *Alicia Parker

    Assistant Principal

    McDonough Middle School

    Instructional Lead Teacher

    McDonough Middle School

    *Phallon Trice

    Assistant Principal

    Locust Grove Elementary

    Mental Health and Wellness Facilitator

    Dutchtown Elementary

    *Jessica Walker

    Assistant Principal

    Bethlehem Elementary School

    Instructional Effectiveness Facilitator

    Luella High School

    Lakenji Hastings

    Assistant Superintendent Early Learning and Innovative Practice

    Learning & Performance

    Director of Professional

    Development & Resources

    Learning & Performance Division

    Winfred Watts

    Principal

    Fairview Elementary

    Assistant Principal

    Smith-Barnes Elementary

    Dr. Kesha Jones

    Senior Director

    Leadership Services

    Principal

    Eagle’s Landing High School

    Caitlyn Boyd

    Assistant Principal

    Luella Middle School

    Teacher

    Luella Middle School

    Jason Riley

    Assistant Principal

    Locust Grove High School

    Teacher

    Clayton County Public Schools

    Alisha Pierce

    Assistant Principal

    Locust Grove High School

    Principal

    Griffin Spalding School System

    Michelle Watson

    Assistant Principal

    McDonough High School

    Teacher

    McDonough High School

    Dawana Conethan

    Assistant Principal

    Stockbridge High School

    Teacher

    Fulton County Schools

    Dominique Malmberg

    Assistant Principal

    Rock Spring Elementary

    Dean of Instruction

    Breakthrough Public Schools

    Dr. Nicholas Samuels

    Assistant Principal

    Hampton Middle School

    Mental Health & Wellness Facilitator

    Dutchtown High School

        *Asterisk denotes approval at the April 29, 2024 Special Called Board Meeting

     BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

    District Board Member

    Comments

    District 1, Dr. Pam Nutt

    Dr. Nutt congratulated the Ola High School VEX team for placing 8th in the World Championship.

     

    Dr. Nutt congratulated the Ola High School Baseball Team for their Round 2 state playoff appearance and Locust Grove High School Baseball team for their Elite 8 appearance in the state playoffs.

     

    Dr. Nutt recognized Teacher Appreciation week and enjoyed the celebrations at Tussahaw Elementary School and Locust Grove High School.

     

    To celebrate School Lunch HERO day, Dr. Nutt visited multiple cafeterias to show appreciation for Henry County Schools cafeteria staff.

     

    Dr. Nutt recognized the Capstone Seniors from Locust Grove High School on their TED talk.

    District 2, Annette Edwards (Vice Chair)

    Mrs. Edwards congratulated McKinsey Rivere from Pates Creek Elementary for placing 3rd at the State Science Fair.

     

    Mrs. Edwards congratulated the Smith-Barnes math team for placing in the top five at the Georgia Southwestern Junior Mathematics Tournament.

     

    Mrs. Edwards attended the Stockbridge High School PTO Teacher Appreciation cookout and their International Day event.

     

    Mrs. Edwards congratulated the 2023-2024 graduating seniors!

    District 3, Holly Cobb

    Mrs. Cobb recognized Teacher Appreciation Week.

     

    Mrs. Cobb congratulated the Ola High School VEX Robotics Team for placing 8th at the World Championship in Dallas, TX.

     

    Mrs. Cobb congratulated the Ola High School Wrestling team for being invited to visit the capital and meet the Governor for winning the State Championship.  Also, Ola High School’s Wrestling Coach, Joey Dinino, received the Georgia Wrestling Coach of the Year award.

     

    Mrs. Cobb recognized Mary Rozier at Eagle’s Landing High School for receiving the distinguished Vincent J. Dooley Scholarship award.

    District 4, Sophe Pope (Chair)

    Mrs. Pope congratulated the Union Grove High School Baseball team for their Round 2 state playoff appearance.

     

    Mrs. Pope congratulated the Union Grove High School Girls Golf Team for receiving the area runner up and advancing to the State Tournament.

     

    Mrs. Pope attend the first musical at East Lake Elementary and had an amazing experience.

     

    Mrs. Pope recognized Teacher Appreciation Week.

    District 5, Mackenzie McDaniel

    Mr. McDaniel recognized the following:

    • National Physical Fitness & Sports Month
    • National Military Recognition Month
    • National School Principals Day
    • Graduation Coach Day
    • School Lunch HERO Day
    • National Music Week
    • National Teacher Appreciation Week
    • School Nurse/ & Clinic Aide Appreciation Week
    • National School Nurse Day
    • National Receptionist Day
    • National Speech Pathologist Day

    Mr. McDaniel congratulated the Dutchtown High School State Champion Dance team on their meeting with the governor and visit to the Capitol.

    Mr. McDaniel congratulated the Eagles Landing High School Boys Soccer team on their Elite 8 state playoff performance.

     

    Mr. McDaniel recognized Keenan Gray from McDonough High School for receiving the Regional Georgia Athletic Scholarship sponsored by Aylo Health.

     

    Mr. McDaniel recognized Carrington Jones from Eagle’s Landing High School for receiving the Georgia Positive Athlete award presented by WellStar scholarship.

     

    Mr. McDaniel recognized James McGee from Ola High School for receiving Region 2 AAAAA Player of the Year.

     

    Mr. McDaniel recognized Donovan Manuel who is a Stockbridge High School alum for signing with the Minnesota Vikings following the 2024 NFL Draft.

     

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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting – April 15, 2024

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 4/17/2024

    HCS Board of Education Meeting – April 15, 2024

    Board Member Items

    Board Chair Sophe Pope provided an update on the Superintendent search. The Board has secured the Georgia School Board Association as the search firm to facilitate the search for our next Superintendent, and the search launched on April 1st. A Superintendent Search Survey has also been shared with the Henry County community to solicit input on key priority areas in identifying a new superintendent.  There is a website dedicated to sharing updates with the community, and it can be accessed here: Superintendent Search

    Superintendent’s Welcome

     

    Dr. Knowlton recognized the first Community Leadership Academy, which consists of community members who have participated in learning opportunities throughout the school year on topics such as intergovernmental partnerships, budgeting, operational services, and family and student support services.

     

    Dr. Knowlton took time to celebrate Child Abuse Prevention Month to honor efforts to stop child abuse. The Month of the Military Child was recognized to honor the sacrifices made by military families. School Library Month was celebrated to honor media specialists and their role in supporting students. Assistant Principal Week occurred the week of April 1-5 and acknowledges the positive impact they have on students and communities. Exceptional Children’s Week will occur April 14-20 and celebrates our students with unique learning needs. Afterschool Professionals Week will be celebrated April 22-26 for our staff members who serve schools and communities before and after school. Paraprofessional Appreciation Day occurred on April 3) and recognizes their hard work, dedication, and support for student success. And lastly, Administrative Professionals Day will be celebrated on April 24, and we thank them for their contributions to Henry County Schools.

     

     

    INFORMATIONAL ITEMS

    1. Strategic Plan 
      1. Strategic Plan Year 3, Quarter 3 Report, Mrs. Summer Cox, Chief of Staff

    Ms. Cox provided the Year 3, Quarter 3 report to highlight recent accomplishments in implementing the community inspired 5-year strategic plan. The Board recently approved new target goals for Priority Student Outcomes in the areas of Student Connectivity, Reading for different grade levels, and ACT and SAT participation. Highlights from Year 3, Quarter 3 include progress in our preparations to open the new STEM high school, professional development for teachers, and expansion of fine arts programming. We continue to develop opportunities for students in the Before and After School Enrichment Program, while also providing more Advanced Placement and World Language opportunities. Teacher and Leader Development is a focus as we strive to recruit and retain the best, teachers, leaders, and support staff. Making data more accessible and functional has been a priority this quarter as well, with work to improve our data analytics platform and our reporting abilities. We have continued to build partnerships with colleges and community agencies to develop options for students to earn high school equivalency diplomas, and to provide health resources to staff and families, including assistance with obtaining immunizations. 

    1. Ensuring Operational Effectiveness 
      1. March Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer 
    1. Birch Creek Elementary

    Construction is progressing as scheduled for a 2024-2025 opening, with final grading activities and concrete placement coming to an end. Phase 1 and 2 floor coverings have been completed in the classrooms. Permanent power is also in place.

    1. School Electronic Message Signs

    Electronic signage has been completed for ARMS, LMS, LHS, MMS, MHS, SMS, SHS, WMS, and WHS.

    1. New Administration Office Facility

    Rough grading for the new parking lot has begun and stair installation is complete. Installation of interior metal stud framing has begun, with steel erection is nearing completion. 

    1. New Transportation Facility & Renovations to Existing Transportation.

    Grading activities are nearing completion, and roof drainage have been installed.

    1. HVAC Cooling Tower Replacement

    This is on schedule for Austin Road Elementary and East Lake Elementary, with contracts completed and plans to start the project this summer.

     

      1. March 2024 Financial Reports, Mr. Jeff Allie, Acting Chief Financial Officer 
    1. March 2024 Financial Report
    • General Fund Assets and Total Cash on Hand - The total value of general fund’s assets at the close of March totaled $201.6 million, while Cash on Hand across all funds during reporting period totaled $466.1 million.
    • E-SPLOST V There were expenditures of $116,655 during the month of March. Mr. Allie also indicated that this program is anticipated to close out by the end of this fiscal year.
    • E-SPLOST VI - There were expenditures of $11.2 million in the month of March, bringing expenditures to date for the program to 31%. 
    • Capital Accumulation - There were expenditures of $538,226 with investments in Safety and Security infrastructure as the key driver in the month of March.
    • ESSER Funds- There were no expenditures incurred in March.

     

      1. FY25 Tentative Budget, Mr. Jeff Allie, Acting Chief Financial Officer 

    Mr. Allie presented the FY25 Tentative Budget with recommendations outlining the forecast of changes in revenues and expenditures anticipated considering legislative and local priorities. Now that the 2024 Legislative Session has closed, to include adoption of the State’s FY25 Budget, and the local tax digest data window has closed, budgetary impacts have been analyzed to contribute to the FY25 Tentative Budget recommendations.

    Mr. Allie previewed the FY25 Tentative Budget, which includes competitive compensation for employees. Certified staff will receive the $2,500 raise supported in the state’s adopted budget, steps in the salary scale will be honored, classified and administrative pay scales will increase by 2%, and other job families such as bus drivers and paraprofessionals will see additional increases.

    Additional areas of focus for the FY25 Tentative Budget include investments in Strategic Plan initiatives that prioritize high-quality instruction and support services, mental health and wellness, and growth and replacement efforts.

    The first of two Budget Hearings occurred on April 15th with the tentative adoption of the budget that evening, and the second hearing will occur on May 13th with the final FY25 budget adoption that evening.

    To promote awareness and ensure community transparency in the FY25 budget development process, a website has been established to archive all materials and keep you updated. Visit FY25 Budget Development Updates to follow each month.

      1. Legislative Update, Mrs. Summer Cox, Chief of Staff

    Mrs. Cox provided an update on the recent legislative session. The Henry County Board of Education has identified Legislative Priorities for the 2023-2024 school year, and they include mental health and wellness, supportive safe, and secure learning environments, educator compensation, teacher pipeline development, learning opportunities for students, and support for families. As the 2024 Legislation Session closed in March, themes included the Georgia Promise Scholarship, health and safety, student discipline, and social media. Governor Kemp has until May 7th to sign or veto pending legislation.

    BUSINESS ITEMS

    1. FY25 Tentative Budget Adoption

    The Board of Education approved the FY25 tentative budget with a vote of 4 to 0.

     

    1. District Printer Lease Renewal

    The Board of Education approved the FY25 District Printer Lease Renewal with a vote of 4 to 0.

     

    1. Henry Reads: Science of Reading Training

    The Board of Education approved funds for the facilitation of the Henry Reads: Science of Reading Training with a vote of 4 to 0.

     

    1. Student Learning Devices Purchase

    The Board of Education approved the purchase of Student Learning devices with a vote of 4 to 0.

     

    1. Resolution- Unity Grove Rosenwald School

    The Board of Education approved the resolution of support for the Unity Grove Rosenwald School with a vote of 4 to 0.

     

    1. 2024-2025 Code of Conduct

    The Board of Education adopted the 2024-2025 Code of Conduct with a vote of 4 to 0.

     

    1. Temporary Construction & Sanitary Sewer Easement- McCullough Road

    The Board of Education approved the temporary construction and sanitary sewer easement on McCullough Road with a vote of 4 to 0. 

    INSPIRATION

    Inspiration for the April Board Meeting was provided by the Hampton Elementary Chorus Club who performed “Loch Lomond”. Hampton Elementary’s music teacher is Mr. Erik Payton and their principal is Ms. Johane St. Aime.

    HES Chorus Club 1
    HES Chorus Club 2
     

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION
     View full photo album here.

     

    Ola High School Wrestling Team –

    2024 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Champions

    The Ola High School wrestling team was recognized for being the 2024 Georgia High School Association Traditional Wrestling State Champions. In addition, they were recognized for being the state runner-up in the State Wrestling Duals held in January 2024.

     

    • Brian Papcun
    • Lincoln Durden
    • Jared Walker
    • Colby Lejeune
    • Talon Cole
    • Jeremy Reagin
    • Jackson Sargent
    • Landen Moss
    • Max Meredith
    • Alexander Dossett
    • Gabe Easey
    • J'Veion Redmon
    • Landon McKee
    • Joseph Colbert
    • Carson Kimbrough
    • Joseph Martin
    • Wyatt Johnsey
    • Tye Daniel
    • Nick Ellis, Principal
    • Joey Dinino, Head Coach
    • Byron Fleming, Coach
    • Nathan Becker, Coach
    • Adam Easey, Coach
    • Andrell Durden, Coach

     

    OHS Wrestling

     

    Dutchtown High School Girls Dance Team –

    2024 Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Champions

    The Dutchtown High School Girls Dance team, the Dutchtown StarZ, was recognized for being the 2024 Georgia High School Association State High Kick Champions. They are back-to-back High Kick Champions. In 2020 they won the Hip Hop division.

     

    • Zyriah Brown
    • Leah Geter
    • Victoria Beltran
    • Madison Berry
    • Courtney Adams
    • Jourdae Blakey
    • Nyique Hurdle
    • Abriana Walton
    • Brooklynn Cummings
    • Kierra Williams
    • Arionna Woods
    • India Crowe
    • Aaliyah Sims
    • Destiny Akins
    • Nicole Shaw, Principal
    • Ebonee Usher, Head Coach
    • Anji Usher, Coach

    OHS Wrestling

     

    Griffin RESA - 2024 Regional Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition

    The Georgia Language Arts Supervisors and the Georgia RESA Network with support from the Georgia Department of Education, is open to students in grades K-12 and includes all styles of writing such as short stories, poetry, essay, research reports, and other forms. The purpose of Young Georgia Authors Writing Competition is to encourage students to develop enthusiasm for and expertise in their writing, to provide a context to celebrate their writing successes, and to recognize student achievement in arts and academics.

     

    Congratulations to the following Henry County Winners:

     

    • Red Oak Elementary
      • Kyleigh Gardner, Kindergarten Winner
      • Jermaine Ausmore, Principal
    • Impact Academy
      • Allyson Green, Winner Grade 6
      • Delphine Patterson, Principal

    ROE 1IA 1

     

    Griffin RESA 2023-2024 Regional Elementary School Math Contest

    The Griffin RESA Elementary School Math Contest is a regional competition among elementary schools in the Griffin RESA region.

     

    New Hope Elementary School math team placed 2nd in Division I:

     

    • Jaden Dudik
    • Peyton Nooner
    • Ali Hassan
    • Hollis Charpentier
    • Hunter Patrick
    • Micki Foster, Principal
    • Chelsea Floyd, Coach

    NHE 1

     

    Unity Grove Elementary School math team placed 1st in Division II:

     

    • Turner Breedlove
    • CJ McCranie
    • Carly Freeman
    • Tripp Breedlove
    • Hudson Hill
    • Elyse Durden, Principal
    • Hope Mangham, Coach

    UGE 1

     

    1st place Individual Winner Overall:

     

    Unity Grove Elementary:

     

    • Hudson Hill
    • Elyse Durden, Principal

    UGE 2

     

    Leverage Leadership Institute Platinum Recognition Award

    Monica Blasingame, Principal of McDonough High School, received the Platinum Recognition Award from the Leverage Leadership Institute for completion of their fellowship program. The Leverage Leadership Institute Fellowship is for high-performing principals and principal managers who serve in traditional school districts and charter management organizations from all over the world.

     

    • Monica Blasingame, Principal, McDonough High School

    Monica Blasingame

     

    Henry County Schools 2023 Community Leadership Academy

    The Henry County Board of Education’s inaugural class of the Community Leadership Academy consists of citizens from across the Henry County community who participated in monthly training sessions beginning in August 2023. Members learned about key aspects of school district operations, including Governance and Policy, Teaching and Learning, Student Supports, Finance, and Operations.

     

    • Cameron Boyd
    • William Bradley
    • Natasha Branch
    • Cassandra M. Calixte
    • Graham Denio
    • Don Dunlap
    • Wanda Emerson
    • Felicia Felder
    • Erica Gaines
    • Jennice Gist
    • Jadrien Grimes
    • Josette Hutton Evans
    • Richard J. Sylvia, Jr.
    • Brandolyn Johnson
    • Xavier Johnson
    • Sidrah Khan
    • Jennifer Lewis
    • Morrelle McCrary
    • Meshandria McKinney
    • Emma Ngo
    • Mike Oglesby
    • Kelli Owen
    • Gewel Richardson
    • Kathy Wilson

     

    CLA Class

     

    2023-2024 Leadership Cohorts

    Henry County Schools is proud to recognize two leadership cohorts which are led by Kristen McRae, Director of Leadership Development:

     

    Leadership Enhancement and Development (LEAD):

     

    • Tequela Crawford
    • Marlon Gilbert
    • Shaykele Holsey
    • Dr. Brian Mincey
    • Dr. Whitney Pasch
    • Dr. Crystal Williams
    • Quavious Wright

     

    LEAD Cohorts

     

    Additional Support for Professionals Inspired to Reach Excellence (ASPIRE):

     

    • Andrea Griggs
    • Brittanie Brown
    • Brooke Spaulding
    • Caitlin Boyd
    • Dr. Dionne Lazenby
    • Dr. Misty Givens
    • Dr. Monique Jackson
    • Dr. George Johnson, Jr.
    • Ideer Walker
    • James Forsythe
    • Jessica Walker
    • Kelci Sorensen
    • Kimberly N. Howard
    • Michael Reynolds
    • Michelle Hill
    • Morgan Dentler
    • Natasha Berry
    • Pam Michael
    • Phallon Trice
    • Sabrina Jones

     

    ASPIRE Cohorts

     

    PERSONNEL

     

    Name

    New Position

    Previous Position

    Joy Byne*

    Coordinator of Accounting Financial Services

    Accounting Lead

    Financial Services

    Elizabeth Ginther

    Assessment Supervisor

    Learning and Performance

    Assistant Principal

    Bethlehem Elementary

        *Asterisk denotes approval at the March 25, 2024 Special Called Board Meeting

    BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS

    District Board Member

    Comments

    District 1, Pam Nutt

    Dr. Nutt recognized Stacy Caldwell from Ola High School on being named the South Metro Region Library Media Specialist of the Year. 

     

    Dr. Nutt celebrated April being Autism Awareness Month.

     

    Dr. Nutt attended the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Prom at Locust Grove High School. She also attended the ESE Parent Workshop held at the Henry County Learning and Support Center.

     

    Dr. Nutt recognized Stephen Phillips from Locust Grove High School for being named the Regional Athletic Director of the Year.

     

    Dr. Nutt celebrated the following Henry County School accomplishments:

     

    • Ola Middle School –

    Track team won the County Championship

    • Ola High School –

    VEX Team won the Excellence Award at the 2024 VEX State Championship.  This award qualified the team for the World Championship in Dallas, TX.

    • McDonough High School –

    NJROTC won the U.S. Jr. Interscholastic-Intercollegiate Orienteering Championship

    Other Awards:

    • 2024 USA Jr. National teams – 1st place
    • 2024 USA Jr. National Interscholastic Varsity Team – 2nd place

     

    District 2, Annette Edwards (Vice Chair)

    Mrs. Edwards recognized Cotton Indian Elementary for earning a HealthMPower grant in the amount of $5,000.

     

    Mrs. Edwards celebrated Dutchtown Middle School Boys Track for the Track County Championship.

    District 4, Sophe Pope (Chair)

    Mrs. Pope recognized and celebrated all of the social media content and events that took place at our Henry County Schools during the solar eclipse on April 8th.

     

     

    Mrs. Pope celebrated the following Henry County School accomplishments:

    • Oakland Elementary –

    1st place 2024 Metro Atlanta Econ Games

    • Union Grove High School

    Boys and Girls Tennis- 5A Region Championship

     

    Mrs. Pope recognized Kelli Hutcheson for National Interscholastic Athletic Administrator’s Association State Award of Merit.

     

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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting – March 11, 2024

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 3/14/2024 10:00:00 AM

    HCS Board of Education Meeting – March 11, 2024

    Board Member Items

    Board Chair Sophe Pope provided an update on the Superintendent search. The Board has secured the Georgia School Board Association as the search firm to facilitate the search for our next Superintendent, and more information on identified requirements will be available soon. There is a website dedicated to sharing updates with the community, and it can be accessed here: Superintendent Search  

    Board Vice Chair Annette Edwards provided an update on a recent Whole Board Training attended by the Board and Cabinet members, which included a review of parliamentary procedures that are utilized by the Board. Mrs. Pope also provided an update on work completed to inform goals for new Priority Student Outcomes, and collaborative discussions to inform the development of an Instructional Time policy led by the Board.  

    Mr. MaKenzie McDaniel attended the Consortium of State School Boards Association (COSSBA) Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, and summarized sessions that he attended, which included topics on racial equity in public schools, empowering educators in support of students that come from low income communities, and the impact of House Bill 538.  

    Superintendent’s Welcome 

     

    Superintendent Knowlton recognized Board Member Appreciation Week and expressed appreciation for their commitment and contributions to Henry County Schools as an award-winning Governance Team. Women’s History Month is celebrated in March to recognize the various contributions that women have made throughout history. Dr. Knowlton also recognized National School Social Worker Week for their commitment and contributions to supporting students and families in our community. Additionally, Read Across Henry occurred on March 6th and is celebrated as an opportunity to encourage students to read.  

     

    INFORMATIONAL ITEMS 

    1. 1. Core Business of Student Learning 

     

    1. a. Preparing for the 2024-2025 School Year – School Update, Mrs. Mary Ann Suddeth, Chief School Leadership Officer 

    Ms. Suddeth provided an update on activities to close out the 2023-2024 school year while also preparing for a successful start of the 2024-2025 school year. Graduation festivities will occur in May, and here is a quick look at the schedule for each high school: 

     

     

    Summer learning opportunities for students will be provided to include Early Kindergarten, Summer Bridge for rising 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, and a transitional program for rising 6th and 9th graders. STEM camp for rising 3rd-8th grade students will also be available, with additional fine arts programs offered for secondary students. High school students will also have opportunities for Grade Repair, Credit Recovery, and summer school.  

     

    Summer professional development for teachers and staff will include a Summer Literacy Summit, and sessions on highly effective instruction for math and science.  

     

    In preparation for the 2024-2025 school year, the Be Ready Day One website will be available in April and can be found here: www.bereadydayonehenry.com. This site will allow new families to complete online registration while providing updated information and verification access for returning families.  

     

    Additional updates for Be Ready Day One include:  

    • Kindergarten registration begins March 26th 

    • Early registration for before and after school programs will open May 6-17 and will have a $25 registration fee per student (family cap of $75). Registration will re-open on July 8th. 

    • School breakfast and lunch prices will experience slight increases with new prices: 

    • Breakfast- $1.40 

    • Elementary Lunch- $2.65 

    • Middle and High Lunch- $2.75 

    • Visitors and Employees- $2.50 for breakfast and $4.00 for lunch 

    Adjustments to school programming will include Impact Academy transitioning to a school rather than a program for the 2024-2025 school year, and Excel Academy will offer a virtual learning option for middle school students. 

    Teachers will return from summer break on Thursday, July 25th, with elementary school and Academy for Advanced Studies (AAS) Open House scheduled for Monday, July 29th, from 4:00-7:00 pm. Middle and high school open house is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30th, with middle school 4:00-7:00 pm, and high school 3:00-6:00 pm. The first day of school for students is Thursday, August 1st. Go ahead and mark your calendars! 

     

    1. b. Safe and Secure Learning Environment: Code of Conduct Annual Review Process, Mrs. Mary Ann Suddeth, Chief School Leadership Officer 

    Ms. Suddeth presented information on the Code of Conduct annual review process. With a focus on maintaining supportive, safe and secure learning environments, the review process included feedback from a variety of stakeholders. Everyone is encouraged to review the proposed changes to the Code of Conduct, which is available for public review and comment on the Henry County Website: Code of Conduct- Proposed for 2024-2025  

     

    1. c. Henry Reads, Mrs. Termerion McCrary, Chief Learning and Performance Officer 

    Ms. McCrary shared information regarding the Henry Reads initiative, which establishes clearly defined focus areas for supporting reading in Henry County Schools. Henry Reads provides clarity on the following priorities as we work to ensure all students can read at or above grade level: 

    • Highly Effective Literacy Instruction for all Students 

    • Core Resources 

    • Balanced Assessment 

    • Intervention  

    • Professional Learning 

    • Family and Community Engagement 

     

     

    1. 2. Ensuring Operational Effectiveness 

     

    1. a. January Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer  

     

    1. i. Birch Creek Elementary 

    Construction is progressing as scheduled for a 2024-2025 opening, with final grading activities and concrete placement coming to an end. Phase 1 and 2 floor coverings have been completed in the classrooms. Permanent power is also in place. 

    1. ii. School Electronic Message Signs 

    Demolition of existing elementary school signage has been completed, and middle and high school electronic signs are starting to go up. All schools will be completed in April.  

    1. iii. New Administration Office Facility 

    Steel erection is in progress, stairwells are underway, and electrical rooms are under development. Footing work for the exterior canopy has begun, and the final slab pore has been completed on the third floor. 

    1. iv. New Transportation Facility & Renovations to Existing Transportation. 

    Renovations of the existing facility are underway. For the new facility, underground piping, water service, and footings for the administrative area are in progress. 

     

    1. v. HVAC Cooling Tower Replacement 

    This is on schedule for Austin Road Elementary and East Lake Elementary, with contracts completed and plans to start the project this summer. 

     

    1. b. February 2024 Financial Reports, Mrs. Shanika Clay, Chief Financial Officer  

    i. February 2024 Financial Report

          • General Fund Assets and Total Cash on Hand - The total value of general fund’s assets at the close of February totaled $213.6 million, while Cash on Hand across all funds during reporting period totaled $486.1 million. 
          • E-SPLOST V - There were no expenditures during the month of February. Mrs. Clay also indicated that this program is anticipated to close out by the end of this fiscal year. 
          • E-SPLOST VI - There were expenditures of $1.2 million in the month of February, bringing expenditures to date for the program to 28.14%.
          • Capital Accumulation - There were expenditures of $327,693 with investments in Safety and Security improvements and Athletic Equipment Replacements being the key drivers in the month of February 
          • ESSER Funds- There were no expenditures incurred in February.
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    1. c. FY25 Budget Outlook Report, Mrs. Shanika Clay, Chief Financial Officer  

    Ms. Clay presented an FY25 Budget Overview outlining the forecast of changes in revenues and expenditures anticipated considering legislative and local priorities.  

    Mrs. Clay previewed an anticipated reduction in state revenues, primarily driven by an increase in the local five mil share contribution calculated by the state in response to the growth of the local tax digest.  The reduction in state funding will be offset by year over year improvement in Local revenues, but it is ultimately anticipated that the Board of Education will utilize reserves in order to allocate funds to accomplish objectives of advancing the Community-Inspired Strategic Action Plan and investing in the workforce to recruit and retain highly effective teachers, leaders, and staff.  

    The overview presented sets the path to the preparation of the Tentative FY25 Budget in April. The first of two Budget Hearings will occur on April 15th with the tentative adoption of the budget that evening, and the second hearing will occur on May 13th with the final FY25 budget adoption that evening.  

    To promote awareness and ensure community transparency in the FY25 budget development process, a website has been established to archive all materials and keep you updated. Visit FY25 Budget Development Updates to follow each month.  

     

    BUSINESS ITEMS  

    1. 1. Instructional and Technical Infrastructure: Middle & High School Band 

    The Board of Education authorized the purchase of band equipment for middle and high schools with a vote of 5-0. 

     

    1. 2. Instructional and Technical Infrastructure: High School Orchestra 

    The Board of Education authorized the purchase of orchestra equipment for high schools with a vote of 5-0. 

     

    1. 3. HCBOE Policy IDE(3) – Competitive Interscholastic Activities, Grade 6-12 

    The Board of Education authorized recommended changes to Policy IDE (3) with a vote of 5-0. 

     

    1. 4. HCBOE Policy DJE Purchasing 

    The Board of Education authorized recommended changes to Policy DJE with a vote of 5-0. 

     

    1. 5. Central Data Center Refresh 2024 

    The Board of Education authorized the purchase of central data center equipment and services with a vote of 5-0.  

     

    1. 6. Central Data Center Generator Replacement 

    The Board of Education authorized the purchase of a central data center generator and related professional services with a vote of 5-0 

     

    1. 7. GSBA Delegate Assembly  

    The Board of Education nominated Mr. Makenzie McDaniel as their representative for the 2024 Georgia School Board Association Delegate Assembly.  

     

    INSPIRATION 

    Inspiration for the March Board Meeting was provided by the Flippen Elementary School Chorus who performed There Has to Be a Song. Flippen Elementary School’s music teacher is Ms. Laura Forehand and their principal is Ms. Victoria Grubbs. 

    FLE chorus

    FLE chorus 2
     

     

    AWARDS AND RECOGNITION 
    - View Full BOE Photo Album - March

     

    School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners 

     

    In this annual event students were invited to create a poster in support of bus safety. First place winners were chosen for each division and those winners will now represent Henry County at the state level competition. 

     

    Locust Grove Elementary School  

    • Shawn Madden - Division 1 Winner 

    • Sparkle Smith, Principal 

     

    LGE 1 

     

    East Lake Elementary School  

    • Cooper Erwin - Division 2 Winner 

    • Dana Flowers, Principal 

     

    ELE 1 

     

    Union Grove Middle School  

    • Belle Davis - Division 3 Winner 

    • Dwayne Richards, Principal 

     

    UGMS 1 

     

    Ola High School  

    • Micah Key - Division 4 Winner 

    • Nikolai Anderson - Division 4 Winner 

    • Nick Ellis, Principal 

     

    OHS 1

     

    Griffin RESA 2023-2024 Regional Literacy Days Competition, Grades 3-5 

     

    The Griffin RESA Literacy Days Competition is a regional competition among elementary and middle schools in the Griffin RESA region. For grades 3-5, Henry county schools had five 1st place winners, one 2nd place winner and one 3rd place winner: 

     

    Poetry Recitation: 

     

    Woodland Elementary School  

    • Josie Philmon - 2nd Place for 3rd Grade 

    • Makisha Williams, Principal 

     

    WES 1 

     

    Ola Elementary School  

    • Aeioua Ret - 1st Place for 4th Grade 

    • Carrie Edwards, Principal 

     

    OES 1 

     

    Flippen Elementary School  

    • Manav Rao - 1st Place for 5th Grade 

    • Victoria Grubbs, Principal 

     

    Ready Writing: 

     

    Fairview Elementary School  

    • Aaron Gunn - 3rd Place for 3rd Grade 

    • Vaneisa Benjamin, Principal 

     

    FES 1

     

    Walnut Creek Elementary School  

    • Catherine Homb - 1st Place for 4th Grade 

    • Tamika Knighton, Principal 

     

    WCE 1 

     

    Dutchtown Elementary School  

    • Anyah Patel - 1st Place for 5th Grade 

    • Douglas Fletcher, Principal 

     

    DES 1 

     

    Drama: 

    Austin Road Elementary School won 1st Place for “Mother Goose Interrupted Presents: This Little Piggy”. Cast members are: 

    • Jadee Ladson 

    • Devereux Covington 

    • Kaylee Graham 

    • Hollie Simpson 

    • Kailyn Haskell 

    • Zhi’aaron Ragland 

    • Lois Barney, Principal 

    • Tania Brown, Drama Coach 

     

    ARE 1 

     

    Griffin RESA 2023-2024 Regional Literacy Days Competition, Grades 6-8 

     

    Henry county schools had two students place in the top three for Poetry Recitation: 

     

    Woodland Middle School  

    • Dabrielle Lominy - 3rd Place for 6th Grade 

    • Michelle Wilkerson, Principal  

     

    WMS 1

     

    Ola Middle School  

    • Giselle Allen - 2nd Place for 8th Grade 

    • Christine Anderson, Principal 

     

    OMS 1

     

    2024 Henry County Water Authority “Why Do You Love Water?Art Contest 

     

    The Henry County Water Authority, in collaboration with the Henry County Schools Science and Fine Arts Departments, hosted the 2024 Why Do You Love Water Art Contest. Participating students showed their creativity of why they love water, and why it is important to protect and conserve it. 

     

    New Hope Elementary School  

    • Presley Mayo - K-2 Winner 

    • Micki Foster, Principal 

     

    NHE 1 

     

    Tussahaw Elementary School  

    • Kenley Gunter - 3–5 Winner 

    • Jocelyn Lakani-Jones, Principal

     

    Locust Grove Middle School