By Heather Mullinix
The Cumberland County Board of Education will have a busy day when it meets for its annual fall retreat Oct. 5.
The meeting is set for 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Central Services office, 368 4th St. The public is invited to attend.
Topics on the agenda include short- and long-range building programs; technology; student attendance zones; common core standards and accountability; strategic planning; teachers compensation planning; affordable health care; timelines for 2014-'15 budget preparations; and board and director relations and protocol.
The board will also discuss a proposal from Cenergistic energy conservation company. The company has proposed an energy savings program for the school system, explained Vivian Hutson, 6th District representative. She explained the proposal was different from the TRANE energy efficiency program, which updated lighting, HVAC, plumbing and other systems to achieve guaranteed energy savings.
"Cenergist employs an energy specialist that collects and reviews all the data from our schools for energy-saving ideas and helps schools come up with ways to save," Hutson explained during Thursday's regular monthly meeting of the board. The program is offered at no cost to the school system.
The board will also discuss committees and committee assignments. Per policy of the board, the only standing committees are the executive committee and the policy committee. Committee assignments also expire in September of each year, when new board officers are elected. Charles Tollett, 1st District representative, and newly elected chairman of the board, asked board members to consider which committees are needed in the coming year and which committees they would like to serve on.
In the past year, the board had working committees for building and grounds and for safety, as well as policy.
Tollett was elected as chairman by acclamation of the board, following a motion by Dan Schlafer, 9th District representative, that was supported by Sandy Brewer, 3rd District representative.
Tollett thanked the board for their support and thanked out-going chairman Jim Blalock, 8th District representative, for his work in the past year.
David Bowman, 7th District representative, was named vice chairman by acclamation, following a motion by Schlafer and second from Josh Stone, 4th District representative.
Richard Janeway, 2nd District representative, was unanimously chosen as parliamentarian, with a motion made by Schlafer and supported by Bowman.
Stone will again serve as the Tennessee Legislative Network representative on the board, following a motion by Schlafer and a unanimous vote of the board.
The board also approved both the Cumberland County board code of ethics, found in policy 1.106, and the Tennessee School Boards Association code of ethics. Approval of a code of ethics is a requirement of the TSBA Board of Distinction program.
Board attorney Earl Patton cautioned the board that, while the two codes were similar, there were some minor conflicts between the two.
"You might want to look at melding the two down the line," he said.
Brewer asked if the code of ethics was available to the public. All policies of the Cumberland County Board of Education are available through the Cumberland County Schools website, ccschools.k12tn.net.
Stone moved to approve the local code of ethics, which TSBA had indicated was sufficient to meet the requirements of the Board of Distinction. Schlafer offered a friendly amendment to approve both codes, "for the sake of completeness." Stone agreed to the amendment and the motion was approved unanimously.
Director of Schools Donald Andrews said he and his staff would take a look at the policy and the TSBA code of ethics and bring a recommendation to the policy committee in the future.