• HCS BOE Meeting Highlights

  • HCS Board of Education Meeting - January 9, 2023

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 1/11/2023

    Strategic Plan - In Pursuit Exceptional

    The January Board Meeting began by recognizing the newly sworn-in board members. The Board unanimously voted to elect Board Chair Annette Edwards (Dist. 2) and Vice-Chair Sophe Pope (Dist. 4) to leadership posts at the January 5 Special Called Meeting for the purpose of electing officers. Congratulations to both board members for their continued leadership roles in the new year!

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    HCS ELECTS OFFICERS

    L to R: Dr. Pam Nutt (District 1), Sophe Pope - Vice Chair (District 4), Annette Edwards - Chair (District 2), Superintendent, Mary Elizabeth Davis, Holly Cobb (District 3), and Makenzie McDaniel (District 5). 

    The HCS Governance Team experienced redistricting due to the legislative-driven changes following the 2020 statewide census. Annette Edwards and Makenzie McDaniel experienced changes to the numbers of their respective districts. Edwards’ post will now represent District 2 and McDaniel’s post is now labeled as District 5. The redistricting resulted in other geographic boundary changes for Pope (4), Nutt (1) and Cobb (3) as well. The schools falling within each board member's geographic district are listed below:

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    Specialty Schools will continue to be served by all Governance Team members.

    • Academy of Advanced Studies
    • EXCEL Academy
    • Impact Academy
    • JB Henderson Center

    Pictured Below: Swearing-In Ceremony held on January 5, 2022. Annette Edwards stands with her family while being issued the oath of office. Mrs. Edwards will be starting her third term on the Henry County Schools Board of Education which was preceded by several more as a teacher.

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    L to R: Judge Chaundra Lewis, Mrs. Annette Edwards
    - Chair (District 2) and family

    Pictured Below: Swearing-In Ceremony held on January 5, 2022. Sophe Pope is issued the oath of office, with family standing alongside her. Henry County Probate Court Judge Kelley Powell led the proceeding as Mrs. Pope will soon begin her second term on the Board.

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    Mrs. Sophe Pope - Vice Chair (District 4) and family

    Ensuring Operational Effectiveness

    Fall 2022 Community Conversations 

    Dr. Duke Bradley
    , Chief of Staff, recapped the rounds of Community Conversations that were conducted during the fall semester.  

    Last month, Superintendent Davis and board members, concluded this year’s round of community conversations. These cluster specific gatherings, hosted at each of our district’s 10 high schools, were aimed at accomplishing four specific objectives:

    • The first was to reconnect and reengage with families. 
    • The second was to share the current standing our district – informed mostly by the academic performance of our students today when compared to pre-pandemic numbers. 
    • Third, to solicit feedback relative to the progress currently being made on our 5-year community-inspired strategic plan. 
    • And to solicit the community’s perception of progress being made on work objectives that have emerged over the past year— including 1) safety and security 2) Student and Staff Wellness 3) Academics and 4) Strategic Plan. 

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    Perhaps most importantly, these convenings allowed the district to collect data on key inquiries that would be important for some of the district’s work.  

    Dr. Bradley assured the Board that every remark from every community conversation participant is important and will be given due consideration as the district remains in a cycle of internal evaluation based on community feedback, but it was also recognized that a few key themes emerged more prominently than others.  

    In terms of Academic Planning, we learned that our community desires more strategic and early support to help students discern between the many academic pathways and options available to them. For school-to-home connection, we’ve learned that although tools like Henry Connects Family View has been created to bridge the gap between the classroom and the home, more work may be necessary in that regard. We also learned that our parents have passion around pushing even more aggressively for advanced course options for students, particularly around STEM. 

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    Going forward, our work will be to collect and organize this data and to evaluate the most appropriate course corrections that may be necessary to move our district forward, strategies which I remind you will be specifically informed by the perspective, interest, and feedback of our community. If you were unable to attend one of the help Community Cluster Conversations, please visit the HCS website for more information.

    Our team has already begun the process of categorizing the data and assessing emerging themes – and while we are also currently preparing to develop our 2024 Annual Budget, consideration will be given to work that may require specific investments and financial appropriations.

    Henry County Schools also has partners who are equally committed to supporting the district. Most notably, Publix Supermarkets made a $32,000 donation to the district, resulting in $500.00 for each school, which was awarded to each principal – thereby providing resources for school supplies.

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    Year 2, Quarter 2 Quarterly Report

    Dr. Duke Bradley, Chief of Staff, under this item brought by the Board of Education, discussed the Strategic Plan Year 2, Quarter 2 Report.

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    Outlined in each of the 5 Strategic Actions of the Community Inspired 5-Year Strategic Plan, Dr. Bradley shared with the Board of Education the progress of the work that was undertaken during the second quarter. A few key highlights under each Strategic Action include the following:

    Strategic Action 1; Advancing Learning Opportunities and Experiences for All Students

    • Our team has produced an Early Learning Newsletter designed specifically for our early care provider contacts. This newsletter, we believe, is a powerful tool that can help influence and inform the student experience prior to young people showing up in our schools.

    Strategic Action 2; Advance Effective School Leadership and Classroom Instruction

    • The highly effective leader leadership framework is under development – and the final stages of completion are expected by early spring of this year. Upon completion, the framework will be introduced to our school-based leaders and will be foundational to creating minimum expectations for leadership at the school level.

    Strategic Action 3; Advance Connectivity to Value and Engage all Students, Employees, Families, and Partners in our Growing Community

    • Our multi-language advisory came together for its second meeting to brainstorm ways to scale our work around community engagement specifically to elevate the family experience.

    Strategic Action 4; Advance Student and Employee Wellness, Health, and Support Structures

    • With all the activity and expansive, multi-purpose utilization of our elementary gymnasiums taking place, this board’s commitment to install HVAC in those spaces is making progress. We expect the first of several school installations to be completed in early spring, and all elementary gymnasium HVAC installation projects to be complete by the end of July

    Strategic Action 5; Advance a High Performing Operational Culture

    • Our district data team has begun the process of creating a reporting repository that will allow quick access to performance data around these priority outcomes to review the highlights of the Y2Q2 report, visit the HCS website and look for the Quarterly Reports navigation link on the left side of the page.

    Planning for the 2023-2024 School Year

    Mrs. Mary Ann Suddeth, Chief School Leadership Officer brought this item where she discussed preparations that are being made for the 2023-2024 HCS school year.

    For context, Mrs. Suddeth shared that a significant part of the district’s planning has been informed by learnings from the COVID-19 Pandemic – that is, considerations of what we should continue, what we should abandon, and what practices that were in place prior to the pandemic should be reinstated. The goal, as reported, is to return to effective and efficient operations.

    Mrs. Suddeth also provided important timelines, windows, and deadlines – all of which will be critical for families as they begin to plan. Among them include:

    • School Choice Window (January 23 – February 24)
      Office of Family Services webpage.
    • MS/HS Student Advisement & Course Registration (January - February)
    • Student Scheduling (February - April)
    • Be Ready Day One
      • The site will be available to families in April for purposes of providing a central location for information and resources in order to prepare for the upcoming school-year. Additionally, the Be Ready Day One Website will also be available for online updates and for returning families to complete the verification process.
    • Registration for Summer Learning Opportunities for students (April - May)
    • Professional Development (May - July)

    In addition, Mrs. Suddeth reported that there will also be several student-based summer enrichment opportunities to help prepare students for the upcoming year. To name a few, there will be Summer Bridge for elementary and middle school students, high school credit recovery, STEM Camp, and variety of school-led athletic development opportunities.

    Families should also expect several new and exciting learning opportunities for students at every level. Among them include:

    Note: Items with an asterisk denotes Georgia Department of Education mandate

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    High School

    • Financial Literacy Standards
    • *New State Mathematics Standards
    • Talent Development
    • 3rd Grade Advanced Math Coursework
    • Robotics and Coding
    • Algebra I Readiness Instructional Supports
    • Financial Literacy Standards
    • *New State Mathematics Standards
    • Talent Development
    • Orchestra
    • Robotics and Coding
    • Algebra I Readiness Instructional Supports

     

    • Financial Literacy Standards
    • *New State Mathematics Standards
    • Talent Development
    • Computer Science
    • Robotics and Coding

     

    From an operations perspective, Mrs. Suddeth reported that the district is also planning for several other activities that are critical to ensuring a smooth and efficient start to the year. A list of important operations and facilities updates for SY ’23-’24 are below:

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    Middle School

    High School

    • Security Controlled Access System
    • New Electronic Signage
    • HVAC in Gymnasiums
    • New Stem Lab Furniture
    • Growth and Replacement Furniture (anticipated)
    • Security Controlled Access System
    • New Electronic Signage
    • New Scoreboards
    • New Track and Field Equipment

     

    • Security Controlled Access System
    • New Electronic Signage
    • New Scoreboards
    • New Track and Field Equipment
    • New Weightroom Equipment

    Notwithstanding the numerous academic and curricular changes that will be arriving next school-year, among the most significant updates were related to changes that will be made to Impact Academy, and improvement plans that will be explored for Excel Academy and the Academy for Advanced Studies.

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    • Impact Academy, the district’s virtual school option will no longer serve K-2 students. Mrs. Suddeth reminded the Board that the K-2 virtual only option was only added to Impact during COVID, but that the time has come to sunset this configuration – a decision informed research and the lack of observed evidence of effectiveness. Also, grades 3-5 at Impact Academy will be conducted under a blended learning model and enrollment will be limited to 330 students, 110 at each grade level. Again, Mrs. Suddeth reminded the Board that the 3-5 virtual only model was only added during COVID, but current conditions no longer necessitate its continuation.

    For middle school grades (6-8), Impact will continue to offer both the blended model and the fully virtual model. Middle School enrollment will also be limited to 540 students, 180 at each grade level, and for high school grades (9-12), Impact will offer a virtual model with optional on-site days for students to meet with their teachers as may be necessary.

    • Note: New students interested in joining the Impact family may complete the registration process starting January 23. The application will be available on the Impact Academy website. https://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/ia. A lottery will be used if the number of interested students exceed the number of available seats.

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    • The district will be exploring modifications to scheduling and transportation to improve the effectiveness of AAS course programming, increase work-based learning opportunities, and improve coordination with high schools.

    Excel Academy

    • An assessment will be made on the most appropriate and effective model for Excel Academy – with consideration of virtual, blended, or on-campus learning opportunities for students.

    Lastly, in SY ’23, the district will continue its emphasis on strengthening ties with the community and enhancing connections with families. Through the new Partners in Education initiative, people and organizations will be able to provide support for schools and the district through a prescribed framework related to 1) financial donations 2) service offerings and/or 3) sharing intellectual expertise.

    Altogether, Mrs. Suddeth reported that preparations for the upcoming year are beginning to allow for thoughtful planning to ensure quality execution and plan implementation around a variety of specific work objectives while also keeping or community well informed.

    Informational Items

    December Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer A construction report was given to the Board on the following projects:

    • HCS Security Access Control (an E-SPLOST 6 Project): Nearing completion so that all 52 schools and programs will have a buzzer entry system at the front entrance.
    • HVAC Installations for HCS Elementary Schools Gym Buildings: Will be completed for all 28 elementary school gymnasiums by Fall 2023.
    • Birch Creek Elementary School (An E-SPLOST 6 Growth Project): Ground clearing has begun for this new school scheduled to open in Fall 2024. The school will be located on Willow Lane in McDonough.
    • Dutchtown High School Addition: Nearing substantial completion. Roofing and flooring is currently being installed and a certificate of occupancy is expected to be provided in the coming weeks.

    FY24 Budget Priorities, Mrs. Shanika Clay - Chief Financial Officer Shanika Clay provided an update on the FY24 Budget Development Calendar after kicking off the annual budget process in December. State law requires Boards of Education to adopt a final budget by June of each year and this calendar will ensure the HCBOE does just that.

    The process to develop a budget that supports student learning and employee effectiveness will begin with each board member discussing their priorities in the January 2023 board meeting.

    The January Board Report sets the table for the Board to discuss their priorities as the budget process begins. She also emphasized that the 2023-2024 HCS budget will be driven by our 5-year community-inspired strategic plan and informed by the districts Fall Community Conversations held in each cluster to ensure that long-range financial planning remains in place.

    Mrs. Clay finally reminded the Board that the strategic plan serves as the driver of all work in the district – and proper funding coupled with the prioritization of key initiatives remain central to the development process. Mrs. Clay concluded by mentioning how the long-range planning that the Board of Education has done will help to create additional structure to the budget development process for the future.

    Click here to view the Board Report and stay informed on the website as the budget development season progresses.

    Core Business of Student Learning

    Georgia Department of Education New K-12 Mathematics Standards

    Mrs. Termerion McCrary, Chief Learning and Performance Officer provided updates about new mathematics standards that will be implemented during the 2023-2024 school year.

    Mrs. McCrary shared with the board that new math standards were adopted by the State Board of Education in August, 2021 - and per state guidance, implementation must begin in the 2023-2024 school-year. As presented, the district has organized a teacher advisory who has studied the standards and noted that the changes are best described as “moderate”. It was also noted that the new standards help students understand why they're doing the math and to apply their thinking to real world problems. Mrs. McCrary reported that the new math standards are intended to simplify the process by which students solve problems.

    Mrs. McCrary also shared that the standards will be incorporated into the Henry Teaching and Learning Standards – a process that will be shepherded by the district’s math team coupled by the input of select math teachers from across the district. The report emphasized that since our teachers will be responsible for delivering instruction in alignment with the new standards, they should be centrally involved in the process of planning and training leading up to full implementation. This approach is collaborative and consistent with the district’s culture of making sure that multiple stakeholders are involved in the introduction of new work.

    The board will review the standards in February, place out for public review in the February-March window, and adopt the required state required standards in to the HTLS in the March Business meeting.

    Mrs. McCrary concluded by providing a timeline of key deliverables and actions that will begin in February and are expected to extend into the summer months. Some of which include 1) training for school-based personnel 2) providing opportunities for public review and feedback, and 3) summer professional development for teachers.

    Business Items

    The following items were submitted to the board for approval during the study session for approval:

    • Athletic Equipment Growth and Replacement (Track and Field Equipment) - 11 Middle Schools & 10 High Schools. This new and exciting effort (funded by Capital Accumulation Fund 1 which was approved at the August Board Meeting) will upgrade the track and field equipment that HCS middle and high school students will use to compete. Additionally, the growth and replacement process will ensure that this equipment and athletic fields will be evaluated and upgraded at regular intervals.
    • Henry County Water Authority General Water Line Easement (North Ola Road)

    New District and School Leaders

    Name

    New Position/Location

    Former Position/Location

    Shaakira Akbar-Anthony

    Director,
    Teaching & Learning

    Principal, Red Oak ES

    Shevy Glenn

    Assistant Principal, Stockbridge MS

    Walnut Creek ES

    Creseda Hawk

    Executive Director, Student Services

    Director,
    Federal Programs

    James Thornton

    Principal,
    Stockbridge HS

    Principal,
    Hampton MS

    Inspiration

    The Ola Middle School 6th - 8th graders provided inspiration by performing the opening number for their spring musical - Junie B. Jones Jr., titled - "Top Secret Personal Beeswax".

    The students were led by their teacher, Zoya Johnson - Theatre Director & Kyla Gwyn - Orchestra Director. Principal Christine Anderson was also in attendance.

     
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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting - Dec 12, 2022

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 12/16/2022

    Watch video recap here!


    GSBA /GSSA Conference

    The December Board Meeting began with Board Chair Holly Cobb, Vice Chair Annette Edwards, and Board Member Sophe Pope sharing their experiences at the recent GSBA/GSSA joint Annual Conference held in Atlanta. During the conference, Mrs. Cobb, Mrs. Edwards, and Mrs. Pope attended workshops that focused on providing critical updates about various education and policy-related topics. Among the topics covered included ESSER and identified priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

    The GSBA/GSSA Conference is the largest and most substantial gathering of education leaders across the state of Georgia. Governor Brian Kemp and State Superintendent Richard Woods were both in attendance and shared their vision for education in Georgia while also celebrating the contributions of local boards of education and their members.

    Henry County Schools was prominently featured during the conference. The HCS Board of Education received two awards; the Leading Edge Award, which recognizes innovative practices that yield positive results for students, and the Exemplary Board Award, which recognizes excellence from boards of education pursuant to the GSBA Standards for effective governance. Henry County Schools has received both of these awards for consecutive years, resulting in the HCS Board of Education being invited to apply for Governance Team of the Year.

    Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, Henry County Schools' very own Jenna Fabien, a senior at Luella High School, was invited as a featured student speaker. Jenna spoke specifically about the role of public education in her life and how teachers throughout her time in Henry County Schools have supported and nurtured her to become a successful, high performing student.

    Jenna was also in attendance at the board meeting and was invited to redeliver her speech for attendees. Click here to watch Jenna's inspiring speech.

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    L to R: Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis, Vice Chair Annette Edwards, Chair Holly Cobb, and Sophe Pope.

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    L to R: Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis, State Superintendent Richard Woods, Mrs. Fabien, and LHS student - Jenna Fabien.

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    L to R: Dr. Pam Nutt, Board Chair - Holly Cobb, LHS Senior - Jenna Fabien, Makenzie McDaniel, Mrs. Sophe Pope, and Superintendent Mary Elizabeth Davis

    Operational Effectiveness

    November Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer – A construction report was given to the Board on the following projects:

      - HCS Addition to Dutchtown High School: Installation of precast masonry has been completed.
      - HCS Security Access Control: Nearing completion so that all 52 schools and programs will have a buzzer entry system at the front entrance.
      - HCS Fairview ES Exterior Modifications: Side and front canopies have been completed. 
      - HVAC Installations for HCS Elementary Schools Gym Buildings: Will be completed for all 28 elementary schools gyms by Fall 2023.
      - Birch Creek Elementary School: Ground clearing has begun.
    Post Construction:
      - HVAC Modifications (Bi-Polar Ionization) - Completed.

    November Financial Reports, Mrs. Shanika Clay, Chief Finance Officer - Mrs. Clay reviewed financial activity for the periods ending November 30, 2022, and reported that both revenues and expenditures are on pace for this time of year, including review of construction related funding from E-SPLOST and ESSER sources. 

    F24 Budget Calendar Update,
    Mrs. Shanika Clay - Chief Financial Officer Shanika Clay provided an update on the FY24 Budget Development Calendar to kick off the annual budget process. State law requires Boards of Education to adopt a final budget by June of each year and this calendar will ensure the HCBOE does just that.

    The process to develop a budget that supports student learning and employee effectiveness will begin with each board member discussing their priorities in the January 2023 board meeting.

    This practice ensures that the Board is engaged first to help set priorities for the budget development season. Mrs. Clay emphasized that the 2023-2024 HCS budget will be driven by the district’s 5-year community-inspired strategic plan and informed by the districts Fall Community Conversations held in each cluster to ensure that long-range financial planning remains in place. If you were unable to attend one of the help Community Cluster Conversations, please visit the HCS website for more information.

    Mrs. Clay reminded the Board that the strategic plan serves as the driver of all work in the district – and proper funding coupled with the prioritization of key initiatives remain central to the development process. Mrs. Clay also reported that the long-range planning that the Board of Education has done will help to create additional structure to the budget development process for the future. 


    Click here to view the Board Report and stay informed on the website as the budget development season progresses.


    Business Items

    HCBOE Partnership Recognitions

    Dr. Duke Bradley, Chief of Staff, under this item brought by the Board of Education discussed the Georgia School Boards Association Community Partner Recognition Program which positions school boards to submit key community partners to the GSBA for recognition. Dr. Bradley explained further that the program enables organizations who meaningfully partner with school districts to receive an endorsement – which amounts to a formal acknowledgement by a reputable statewide association of their relationship with a local board of education. The Board of Education unanimously approved the partnership list and the selected organizations will be recognized at the January Board Meeting.

    Dr. Bradley reported that the Board of Education and the Superintendent have together arrived at a consensus to recognize our partnering post-secondary institutions and organizations that provide a variety of wraparound services.

    Post-Secondary Partners: Gordon State College, Mercer University, Southern Crescent Technical College, Clayton State University and Georgia State University have all been vital to enhancing the learning experience and career development process for our students as they are among the leaders for providing dual enrollment opportunities for our young people. Select institutions have also recently engaged in a multi-year agreement to support our efforts around cultivating a pipeline of development for future teachers and for aspiring healthcare workers.

    Wraparound Services: Several partner organizations have focused on the needs of the whole child – addressing wide ranging issues that support our families and keep our students well positioned to succeed in school.

    · Operation Lunchbox provides meals for families experiencing food insecurity.
    · The Grace Community Development Initiative offers a range of services that help to stabilize the homes of our students and their families.
    · Southside Medical provides critical wellness support – especially around the provision of telehealth services and immunizations.
    · Raise Me Up Foundation helped to donate essential materials and supplies that help to offset student needs.
    · Connecting Henry works with families to support job readiness through the provision of Adult Education Services.

    These organizations have been critical to our work over the years – but more importantly, their efforts align to our community-inspired strategic plan. The Board unanimously adopted this item 5-0.

    Sick Leave Bank Committee 2023

    Dr. Carl Knowlton, Chief Officer Human Resources - The Board of Education unanimously approved the proposed list of employees for the 2023 Sick Leave Bank Committee. The Board unanimously adopted this item 5-0.

    Business Infrastructure: Enterprise Resource Planning Solution

    Shanika Clay, Chief Financial Officer, submitted for Board approval the Enterprise Resource Planning Solution (ERP). Mrs. Clay explained that an ERP is a type of software system that helps an organization automate and manage core business processes for optimal performance. It is the core infrastructure for financial practices like accounting and purchasing, as well as the system of record to manage human relations activity around staffing assignments and compensation. Mrs. Clay noted that the Board’s engagement and exposure to the ERP selection process over several months has resulted in intimate knowledge and awareness of the potential impact that a new ERP will have on the district.

    The ERP solicitation as reported by Mrs. Clay, opened in June and closed in September, and yielded several respondents. She added that a several months-long screening process led to multiple candidates being invited to participate in virtual and on-site presentations. Mrs. Clay emphasized that the evaluation team was not only assessing for fit, but for value as well.

    The Board was also briefed on the cost and duration of the potential vendor relationship. For a 5-year agreement, the cost will be approximately $10.9 million dollars. The cost of the system will be covered by two different sources. Approximately $1.25 million will be covered by the Capital Accumulation Fund I, and the remaining cost will be covered by ESSER funds set aside for technology.

    Mrs. Clay also shared with the Board that the vendor, High Street IT Solutions, LLC was selected by the committee following a rigorous process of review. High Street, as was explained, offers a fully integrated solution which prioritizes business functions in the areas of finance, human resources, and document management.

    Mrs. Clay also shared with the Board that the new ERP platform will be flexible enough to grow with the district, thereby enabling normal operating procedures accompanied with the necessary technical and operational infrastructure to remain efficient. High Street will also support the district in reducing paper-based processes, assist in staff recruitment, and enable more self-serve functionality – all of which will improve business function and enhance the employee experience.

    HCBOE Policy IFBC: Media Programs

    Placed on public review since the November Board Meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved Board Policy IFBC, Media Programs.
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    HCBOE Policy IFA: Instructional Materials and Content

    Placed on public review since the November Board Meeting, the Board of Education unanimously approved Board Policy IFA, Instructional Materials and Content. This policy, along with regulation, ensures the district’s compliance with the O.C.G.A..

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    Other Agenda Items

    New District and School Leaders

    Name

    New Position/Location

    Former Position/Location

    Kyle Sears

    Executive Director - Media & Public relations - Chief of Staff


    Senior Director - Communications, Mercer University

    Sean
    Thompson 

    Director - Performance & Accountability - L&P


    Principal - Union Grove Middle School

    Inspiration

    The Stockbridge Elementary School 2nd & 3rd Graders provided inspiration by performing a song titled, "December in Our Town". The students were led by their teacher, Ms. Thompson and SES Principal, Jermaine Ausmore. 

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    Awards and Recognitions

    This month's Awards & Recognitions celebrates the accomplishments of our employees and students who make Henry County Schools an exceptional school system.

    We are celebrating the School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners, who
    are all heading to the State competition.

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    Henry County Water Authority 2022 Model Water Tower Competition - 1st Place Winners

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    Henry County Water Authority 2022 Model Water Tower Competition - 2nd Place Winners

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    Henry County Water Authority 2022 Model Water Tower Competition - 3rd Place Winners

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    Henry County Water Authority 2022 Model Water Tower Competition - Best Presentation Judges Award Winner

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    Henry County Water Authority 2022 Model Water Tower Competition - Best Engineering Design Winner

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    2022 GHSA Cooperative Spirit Spotsmanship Award  was bestowed upon Woodland HS - Principal Purvis Jackson | AD Dion Stokes

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    Celebrating 25 Years of Service to Henry County Schools - Dr. Toni Obenaif

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    Our Board of Education was recognized by the GSBA as the 2022 Exemplary Board and Leading Edge Award recipient.

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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting - Nov 14, 2022

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 11/29/2022

    Veterans Day Recognitions & Kindness Week

    The November meeting of the Henry County Board of Education began with the presentation of colors by the McDonough High School JROTC Naval Cadets. Superintendent Davis recognized the Board's very own Makenzie McDaniel along with other veterans in attendance who were recognized for their service. The color blue was worn at this month’s meeting in recognition of National Kindness Week. 

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    Inspiration
    The Woodland Elementary School Pre-K and Kindergarten classes provided inspiration by performing a song titled, "Music Has A Steady Beat", along with great visual props and smiles. The students were led by their teacher, Mr. Seibert and WES Principal, Makisha Williams. 

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    Awards and Recognitions
    This month's Awards & Recognitions celebrates the accomplishments of our employees and students who make Henry County Schools an exceptional school system. We are celebrating the 8 schools who participate in the Georgia Department of Education's Postive Behavior Intervention Support program, better known as PBIS. PBIS is an approach that schools use to promote school safety and good behavior. These schools were identified by the Georgia Department of Education and were selected as a "Distinguished PBIS" school in the areas of school climate, behavior, and school culture. This is the first time that HCS has received this particular recognition from the GaDOE.

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    Austin Road Elementary School - Principal Lois Barney | PBIS Youth Ambassador Laila Daniels
    Dutchtown Elementary School - Principal Dr. Sherri Greene | PBIS Youth Ambassador Ava Guice

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    Fairview Elementary School - Principal Dr. Vaneisa Benjamin | PBIS Youth Ambassador Maximus Chivers
    Flippen Elementary School - Principal Dr. Toni Obenauf | PBIS Youth Ambassador Jona Martinez

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    Hampton Elementary School - Principal Dr. Johane St. Aime | PBIS Youth Ambassador Sebastian Cornacchia
    Pate's Creek Elementary - Principal Arthur Blevins | PBIS Youth Ambassador Lyrica Rose Lowery

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    Red Oak Elementary - Principal Dr. Shaakira Akbar | PBIS Youth Ambassador Parker Bowden
    Stockbridge Elementary School - Principal Jermaine T. Ausmore Sr. | PBIS Youth Ambassador Alexis Soto

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    Director of Mental Health and Wellness - Fred Latschar - Student Services
    Intervention Specialist - Yolanda Reid Wheeler - Student Services 

    GACTE MENTOR TEACHER AWARD
    Erica O’Neal - Hampton High School received The Georgia Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (GACTE) Mentor Teacher Award for the Metro Atlanta Collaborative. This award honors those outstanding educators who also serve as mentors to the upcoming generation of Georgia teachers by modeling, coaching, instructing, and investing in their development at the highest possible levels.

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    2022 NATIONAL EDUCATION EQUITY EDUCATOR LEADERSHIP AWARD
    David Chapa Perez (Principal Eric Watson pictured) - Stockbridge High School received the 2022 National Education Equity Educator Leadership Award. Mr. Perez was selected out of hundreds of teachers across the nation based on his extraordinary performance with the Education Equity Lab.

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    CARNEGIE HALL PERFORMANCE
    Mindy Forehand - Ola High School was the selected Conductor from Mid-America Productions. She was recommended by a professor from graduate school. Very few are invited to conduct at Carnegie Hall. She asked that her students be a part of it. 75 current and former students performed a student-written poem that went with the music.

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    RISING STAR EDUCATOR AWARD
    Erin Pringle - Union Grove Elementary received the Rising Star Educator Award. The Georgia Educational Technology Consortium Rising Star Educator Award recognizes an emerging leader in Georgia K-12 schools whose record reflects ongoing and exceptional growth in the field of education and a passion for technology integration that transforms learning for students, fellow teachers, and/or the community of educators at large.

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    Core Business of Student Learning – Informational Items

    Strategic Plan - In Pursuit of Exceptional

    Dr. Madden
    , Chief Family & Support Officer, provided an update on Student and Employee Wellness. Her report began by reminding the board of the district’s goal of ensuring that students graduate ready for life; equipped with soft skills, strong health, and strong personal well-being – all of which will better position them to pursue their respective post-secondary ambitions.

    It was explained that our efforts to support student and employee well-being is reflected through the district’s community-inspired strategic plan, specifically Strategic Action #4. The work under this strategic action allows for the development of a continuum of services that ensures the availability of resources within our schools – an effort that is consistent with the Board’s general vision of person-to-person connectivity.

    Dr. Madden explained further that the seeds of this work were initially planted in 2019 when a wellness committee was first initiated. Through the counsel and advisement of this committee, safety-nets for student and staff wellbeing have materialized – namely through the placement of Mental Health and Wellness Facilitators who are now present in each of our schools. The Mental Health and Wellness Facilitators are reliable human resources that have been implemented specifically to respond to a clear and urgent need that has emerged in our schools in recent years.

    Dr. Madden also clarified that the Board’s continued investment in wellness has been punctuated by the investment in a system called Henry Cares Check-ins – a process that ensures students have a caring adult available to them at school. Through this investment, the district has cultivated a comprehensive system of support – where every school provides immediate access to a variety of support through a ‘CARE’ Team, an acronym that stands for “Caring and Responding Everyday”. The CARE Team consists of counselors, psychologists, social workers, mental health facilitators, nurses, clinic aides, and graduation coaches – a proverbial ecosystem of support that seeks to intervene, respond, or support any student or staff in need.

    Dr. Madden concluded her report by mentioning the underlying philosophy of the district's work around wellness, which is that when students receive appropriate support, then their prospects for learning are substantially improved.

    Termerion McCrary, Chief Learning & Performance Officer, provided a Writing Update. In alignment with the Board adopted and Priority Outcomes, the Henry County Schools writing model and learning plan advances PreK-12 learning opportunities and experiences for all students.

    It is evident that literacy matters to this Board and has been a focus since before the implementation of the Strategic Plan. As outlined in the update, Mrs. McCrary outlined the journey to create a community of powerful readers that began in 2018. Our Board made reading a clear priority for this district, and the expectations for improved outcomes are embedded within our core beliefs, the district's community-inspired Strategic Plan, and establishes Priority Outcomes. These efforts were coupled with investments in classroom libraries, explicit early literacy instruction, and handwriting resources. The focus now is to build on the reading focus and create a community of powerful readers. Termerion McCrary reported we have implemented a research-based writing model that focuses on skills development.

    Dr. Brian Blanton, Chief Information Services Officer, provided a brief update regarding Board Policy IFA and the corresponding regulation IFA-R1. As was explained, Policy IFA prescribes the procedures that parents and families may follow in efforts to call into review certain instructional materials that they would rather not have their child(ren) exposed to while in school.

    Dr. Blanton explained that this policy is critically important, insofar as it brings the district into compliance with Georgia law, specifically O.C.G.A 20-2-324.6.

    Based on the Superintendent’s recommendation, the Board of Education took action to place both the policy and the regulation out for public review for a period of time leading up to the December Board Meeting.

    Dr. Brian Blanton, Chief Information Services Officer, also provided a brief update regarding Board Policy IFBC. Dr. Blanton shared that IFBC is substantively not a new district policy, but was given a new heading to better align with the title, “Media Programs.”

    The Board of Education took action to place this policy out for public review for a period leading up to the December Board Meeting.


    Operational Effectiveness

    November Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer – A construction report was given to the Board on the following projects:
      - HCS Addition to Dutchtown High School. 
      - HCS Security Access Control
      - HCS Fairview ES Exterior Modifications
      - HVAC Installations for HCS Elementary Schools Gym Buildings
      - Birch Creek Elementary School
    Post Construction:
      - HVAC Modifications (Bi-Polar Ionization) - Completed.

    Each of these projects are either well underway or nearing substantial completion. Mr. Malcom reported further that HVAC installations will begin in the spring and are expected to be complete by summer.

    November Financial Reports, Mrs. Shanika Clay, Chief Finance Officer - Mrs. Clay reviewed financial activity for the period ending October 31, 2022, including review of construction related funding from SPLOST and ESSER sources. 



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    Henry County Schools’ ESSER III Community Survey

    Other Agenda Items

    The following agenda items were either heard during the informational portion of the study session or approved as a part of the business items requiring formal actions:

    2023 Legislative Priorities, Dr. Duke Bradley, Chief of Staff 
    Dr. Bradley presented the Henry County Schools 2023 Legislative Priorities. These priorities represent the collective interests of the Board of Education and are aimed at improving the daily experience of students, the work environment for professionals, and advancing the interests of the public education in Henry County and the surrounding region.

    The priorities as presented by Dr. Bradley corresponds with the following themes:

    • Supportive, Safe and Secure Learning Environments
    • Student and Staff Wellness, and 
    • Funding, Flexibility, and Support for Educator Pipeline Development.

    Altogether, these priorities reflect the general need and expressed desire to elevate funding in a way that allows for a critical and timely response to the most pressing contemporary needs of schools and school districts.

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    Business Items approved 4-0 include:

    -E-SPLOST VI Year Two Bus Purchase: To enhance the bus fleet with the purchase of 26 buses. This is the second iteration of bus investments as we approach our goal of 125 new buses over 5 years.

    -Athletic Equipment Growth and Replacement (Phase 1 Scoreboard Replacement): Through this capital accumulation fund, a total of 26  scoreboards will be replaced at MS and HS facilities.

    -Instructional and Technical Infrastructure - Visual Arts Equipment:
    -CTAE Instructional and Technical Infrastructure -Audio, Video, Technology and Film (AVTF)Computers and iPads: The school library media programs of Henry County Schools support all areas of instruction, with the purpose of providing media resources, related equipment, facilities, and services for students and school staff. Each school shall provide a library media center staffed by personnel in accordance with Georgia State Board of Education Rule Number 160-5-1-22 (CGB). The facility, staff, and resources shall be flexibly scheduled and accessible to both student and staff throughout each instructional day. The superintendent or designee shall appoint a district media contact person to serve as a liaison with the Georgia Department of Education, the local library system, and community agencies. 


    New District and School Leaders

    Name

    New Position/Location

    Former Position/Location

    Victoria
    Grubbs

    Principal – Flippen Elementary


    Asst. Principal – Oakland Elementary

    Ashley
    Addison

    Asst. Principal – Austin Road Middle School



    Erin
    Sears

    Investigator - Title IX, Legal Compliance 

    Walnut Creek Elementary School - Student Support Facilitator 

    Jessica
    Stormer


    Executive Director - HR

    Executive Director - Student Support Services

    Desean
    Thomas

    Coordinator - Exceptional Student Education

    Principal - Union Grove Middle School

    Eric Watson


    Executive Director - School Operation Systems Effectiveness & Support

    Principal - Stockbridge High School

    Frederick
    Christopher

     Purchasing Supervisor - Financial Services

     

     

     

     

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  • HCS Board of Education Meeting - Sept 12, 2022

    Posted by Sybil Barkley on 9/23/2022

    Patriot's Day Recognition - 9/11 and Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

    Music and spirit provided by the DHS Drumline and OHS cheerleaders greeted all in attendance at the September Board Meeting. This month’s meeting was opened with Superintendent Davis's reflection of Patriots Day. Some of our very own Patriots - Police, Fire & First Responders were applauded and thanked for their service to this community.

    The color Gold is being worn at this month’s meeting by our Board Members & Superintendent in recognition of Childhood Cancer Awareness and Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 

    Inspiration

    The Maestro Choir of OLA Elementary School led by Fine Arts Teacher Mr. McDuffy, provided a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem and received a standing ovation after their performance. What a fantastic kick-off to our first in-person Inspiration since the pandemic! 

     

    Core Business of Student Learning – Informational Items

    K-8 Revised Financial Literacy Standards

    Chief Learning & Performance Officer Termerion McCrary provided a progress update on the Strategic Plan initiative to enhance the Henry Teaching and Learning Standards to include Financial Literacy Standards at every level. The Board has once again paved the way for our standards to go beyond state requirements in response to the needs of our students.

    As outlined in the update, the newly developed standards are the result of the partnership between the community, schools, and district teams working together to build upon the policies created in the Strategic Plan. Working teams comprised of elementary, middle, and high school teachers analyzed feedback to form the new Financial Literacy Standards. Her report also outlined the Four Financial Literacy domains: Income, Budgeting and Management of Money, Credit and Debt, and Savings and Investment. As envisioned by the Board of Education and the community, every Henry County graduate will be exposed to this education in elementary school, middle school, and high school. Not only has Financial Literacy been prioritized by the US Department of Education, it has been called for by our community and we are excited to deliver on our promise of putting students on the road toward being financially literate citizens.

    Read more here - Financial Literacy Standards.


    Operational Effectiveness

    August Construction and E-SPLOST Report, Mr. Josh Malcom, Chief Operations Officer – A construction report was given to the Board on the following projects:
      - HCS Addition to Dutchtown High School.
      - HCS Security Access Control
      - HCS Fairview ES Exterior Modifications
      - HVAC Installations for HCS Elementary Schools Gym Buildings
      - Birch Creek Elementary School
    Post Construction:
      - HVAC Modifications (Cooling Tower Replacement at ARMS and UGHS)
      - HVAC Modifications (Bi-Polar Ionization)

    August Financial Reports, Mrs. Shanika Clay, Chief Finance Officer 
    Mrs. Clay reviewed financial activity for the periods ending August 31, 2022, including review of construction related funding from SPLOST and ESSER sources.

    2023 Board Meeting Time and Place, Dr. Duke Bradley, Chief of Staff 
    Dr. Bradley presented the 2023 Calendar Year Board Meeting Time and Place.  This item will be placed out for review and then will be presented as a Business Item at the October 10, 2022 Board Meeting.

    Unanimous Approval - The Board voted 5-0 to pass these important business items.


    Other Agenda Items

    The following agenda items were either heard during the informational portion of the study session or approved as a part of the business items for the evening meeting’s formal actions:

    Consortium of State School Boards Associations (COSSBA) National Presentation, Governance Team Actions that Lead to Student Achievement, Mrs. Holly Cobb and Mrs. Annette Edwards

    Henry County School Board Members - Mrs. Holly Cobb, Mrs. Annette Edwards, along with Superintendent Davis were all invited to present at the National Inaugural Conference of the Consortium of State School Boards Association (COSSBA) last week in Downtown Atlanta. The presentation shined a light on the hard work that our Board Members have done to provide opportunities and access to a world-class education to produce exceptional educational outcomes for our students and community.

     “Year of Extraordinary Results for Children in Henry County Schools”   – Proclamation signed by the Henry County Board of Education making 2021-22 the “Year of Extraordinary Results for Children in Henry County Schools - Recognizing Henry County Schools Teachers, Employees, And Students For Their Extraordinary Academic Results And Demonstrated Resilience!”

    Presented by Duke Bradley, HCS Chief of Staff, the three-part proclamation 1) honors and commemorates the academic results earned by students and made possible by Henry County School teachers, administrators, staff, and employees representing all job families; 2) celebrates the achievements of students despite unprecedented challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, and 3) acknowledges supportive parents and families who helped to make the 2021-2022 school year possible.
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    FY23 Perkins Grant Funds – Each year, in accordance with the Perkins Act of 2006 that federally funds vocational and technical education, we develop and submit to the state our local plan to support CTAE programming.  We are seeking approval to apply for and receive the funds necessary to support CTAE through these federal and state grants.  The SY 2022 – 2023 allocation is $335,644, an increase of $23,137 from SY 2021 – 2022.  Vocational and technical education remains a priority for Henry County Schools and continued investment reflect its importance to our district.

    Schedule Analysis to Advance Access – In alignment with Strategic Action 1 - Advance PreK-12 learning opportunities and experiences for all students, initiative 1 - increase exploration of, access to, and participation in advanced content coursework and experiences, the Superintendent recommends conducting schedule and course offering audits at each school to assess opportunities and access for advanced, honors, gifted, and/or advanced placement course offerings. Cost: Not to exceed $1,102,700 Funding Source: ARPA - Reviewed byTermerion McCrary, Chief Learning and Performance Officer, Megan Rittle, Board Attorney 

    • Board Governance Training Plan 2022-23 – Dr. Bradley presented the Board Governance Training Plan for 2022-23 for individual board member training and whole board training resulting from an assessment identifying areas of board governance improvement.  
    • School Nutrition Operations Technology – To optimize school nutrition point of sale and inventory management practices, it is recommended to award EMS Linq, LLC for Titan to be the provider of Hardware, Software, and an Online Payment platform for school nutrition operations.  Through a competitive solicitation process, the District has identified EMS Linq LLC to be the most capable provider for the School Nutrition Operations Technology, to include updated devices and equipment supporting our schools and nutrition staff members. This vendor will provide new functionality to support back-of-the-house operations with a standardized methodology for accuracy and improved end-user experience for POS integration and online payments. Cost: $242,080.00 Funding Source: School Nutrition General Operating Fund
      Reviewed by: Shanika Clay, Brian Blanton, Kantrell Brown, Marlina Smith, David Flynn, Kim Jackson, David Carter, Chris Davis, Charles Bowen,  and Lynn Lewis 
    • Henry County Permanent Construction Easement (North Ola Road) - the board voted to pass this business item.

     

    New District and School Leaders

    Name

    New Position/Location

    Former Position/Location

    Madaffari, Janine

    Asst. Principal – LGM

     

    Myree, Edtwon

    Asst. Principal – LHS

     

    Sherfield, Trekinia

    School Improvement Facilitator, Leadership Services 

     

    Crerie, Gabe

     

    Executive Director, School Leadership & Operations - Retiring

     

    Awards and Recognitions
    The celebration of Fine Arts continued with Superintendent Davis & the Board Members greeting elementary students who were recognized for their participation in the Superintendent's Art Gallery, as well as commending art teachers and principals who supported them. The students’ artwork can be found displayed throughout the hallways of the District building.


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    2022-2023 Cluster Lead Principals
    Each year, principals may apply to serve as Cluster Lead Principals. The purpose of the Cluster Lead role is to lead the alignment of culture, systems, and work within clusters of schools to ensure consistency of experience for families, students, and staff. Specific areas of focus include improving communication, academic articulation, culture, climate, and belonging, wellness, family engagement, and operational systems. Cluster Lead Principals attend board meetings and monthly professional development meetings, coordinate cluster meetings and events, and most importantly lead the development and implementation of a cluster improvement plan that is aligned to our community-inspired strategic plan.
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    Griffin RESA Educational Leadership Graduates
    Griffin RESA’s Georgia Alternative Preparation for Educational Leadership (APEL) program is designed for educators with a Master’s degree or higher who are looking for leadership certification. APEL is designed to instruct, guide, and support employed leaders, helping them build the confidence, skills, and presence needed to lead.
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    Griffin RESA Local Board Governance Training
    Our organization has been built on the premise of continuous improvement and continuous learning and they serve as role models for us. Their most recent collective ongoing professional development was the completion of a training at GRESA entitled, Local Board Governance Training Legal Issues in Education: Pitfalls to Avoid. Each board member completed this full three-hour course this summer, demonstrating their collective commitment to continuous improvement as they lead our organization through effective School Governance. Congratulations Board!
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    Middle & High School Algebra I teachers for their outstanding performance on the Milestones assessment
    Following two years of focused instruction despite the distractions caused by the pandemic, no one could have imagined it would be possible to have significantly higher performance than before the pandemic disrupted public education like never before.  With the latest release of Georgia Milestones scores, our Algebra I performance can only be described as remarkable. Compared to metro-area districts, Henry County students not only showed growth, but their growth outpaced all other large districts in the region. “The credit really goes to our teachers who did the hard work of planning, teaching with rigor, assessing, and monitoring student performance. That’s truly how we did it,” said McCrary.


     

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