ECS Board Policy
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Board of Education
The focus of this Board is to provide individualized education to all students, support to teachers, and improvements to school programs and infrastructure. In 2016 and 2017, ECS introduced Cyclone Checkpoints and Analyze-Ed, giving students and teachers formative data to target instruction and intervention. All students have access to computers, and schools are increasing the number of classes and activities that focus on STEM and Information Technology. Staff development opportunities have increased, and a new teacher leadership program is on the horizon for 2018. The Board includes five elected members serving four-year terms and one non-voting student liaison serving a one-year term. They meet monthly to review policy and district operations, and meetings are broadcast live on the ECS YouTube Channel. Members are Chair Rita Booher, Vice Chair Grover May, Phil Isaacs, Tyler Fleming, Susan Peters, Student Liaison Hannah Roaten and Secretary Clara Perkins.
I know I speak for the entire board when I say what a joy it is to serve this school system! We begin each school board meeting recognizing our students, teachers and staff for their accomplishments. We do this because at the heart of it all, it is people that matter! We are fortunate that the community of Elizabethton values our students as well. While we are a small town, this does not stop our schools from giving our students every opportunity to excel in academics, athletics, fine arts and other exciting avenues. Our teachers begin preparing our students to succeed from the moment they enter our buildings, and we as a community reap the benefits of students ready to take on the world!
Addressing the Board
The Chairman of the Board presides at all meetings and persons who wish to speak before the Board may do so at regular meetings by following these procedures:
Speakers may request their names be placed on the agenda by calling the Board of Education Office at 423.547.8000 ext. 8225, no later than seven days before the Board meeting.
Each speaker must state his/her name, address, zip code, organization or group represented, and the topic to be addressed.
Each speaker’s presentation will be limited to five (5) minutes. Any part of the five (5) minutes may be yielded by the speaker to another speaker whose name is on the agenda, but in no instance shall any one speaker be allowed more than five (5) minutes regardless of the number of speakers who yield their time. Speakers may not yield their time to a person whose name is not already on the agenda to speak.
The Board Chairman will call the speaker’s name when it is his/her time to speak. Speakers should use the microphone at the speaker’s podium and state for the record their name, address, and organization or group represented.
The Board expects those who appear before it will conduct themselves in an orderly manner. Personal references, derogatory statements of a personal nature, obscenities, and name calling are not permissible. The Chairman will have the authority to terminate the remarks of any individual who does not adhere to the above rules or chooses to be abusive to an individual Board member or the Board as a whole.