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CHATTANOOGA CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION MINUTES
MARCH 8, 2018

The March meeting of the Chattanooga Central High School Alumni Association was held March 8, 2018 at 6:00 p. m. in the school library. President, Lucy Bottorff called the meeting to order at 6:01pm. Lucy recognized new attendees Jazmynn Ball, Sophomore class president and Kelli Solock, graduate of CHS, Class of 1998.
 
James Walker introduced the new softball coach, Randy Crawford. Randy explained that he grew up in East Lake and the first team he played on as a child was the East Lake Pee Wee Pounders. He is a graduate of East Ridge High School. He taught school for 26 years and has coached basketball and softball. He is married to Lori Crawford and has three daughters. His wife also attended this meeting. He stated that his brother, Gary attended Central High and played football. He updated the alumni association on the work he has been doing on the dug outs and will be putting up a new windscreen soon. He stated that he has had a chance to meet the team and says we have some really talented hitters and power hitters with lots of speed and strength! The season starts Tuesday, March 13thagainst CSAS. He answered questions about the schedule and Lucy reiterated that we support all teams and all academic needs. James said the padding covering the cinder blocks on the softball field has deteriorated. Our pads were approximately 10 – 12 years old. The price for the type of padding we had runs about $500.00. There is a better quality pad available but he has not priced it yet. Lucy made a motion for $500.00 to purchase pads and $500.00 for other improvements for the softball field. It will be taken from the discretionary funds. Tara Waldrop mentioned quality pads are more important for the safety of the girls playing on the field. Tara made an amended motion for $1,000.00 to replace the current dilapidated pads with higher quality pads and the remaining funds to be spent at the coach’s discretion. James seconded the motion. Motion passed. Randy commended the school’s facilities and locker room we have at Central. He introduced Kelli Solock. She is a former Central graduate and she teaches at Ooltewah Middle School. She will be the assistant coach for Central’s girls’ softball team. She was named as teacher of the year this year and her mother is a retired teacher from Central High.

Acceptance of Minutes
 
Lucy distributed the February minutes, March Agenda, and a copy of the Treasurer’s report to the attendees. Heather Randolph, George Erdel, and Martha Faye Blabon stated they did not receive an email copy of the February minutes. Lucy stated that we are now using a new email system for mass emails and they should check their spam folders for the February meeting minutes.
 
There are corrections to be made to the February minutes. Jake Johns stated that Preston Fore went to New York for Model UN and the Journalism class went to the CNN Headquarters. Lucy mentioned that the headings need to be on the minutes. Kelly Robinson clarified the statement made in the February minutes, 3rd paragraph from the top of the first page, where Lucy stated that she was expecting a donation from Johnny Holden to be earmarked at her discretion. Kelly felt it was necessary to clarify for new members that all spending by the Alumni Association is voted on and approved. While the minutes are correct as written, in order to be transparent, she didn’t want anyone to misunderstand. One person, in this case, Lucy, does not have the sole power to spend funds without approval.
Buffy Hoge made a motion to accept the corrections and minutes as written. Tara seconded. Motion passed.

Treasurer's Report
 
February’s account balance was $17,274.88. A donation in the amount of $5,000.00 by Johnny Holden was deposited, as well as a check in the amount of $21.95 for the purchase of the Farmer book. Check number 1239, in the amount of $21.95 was written to the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga (for the Farmer book). The fund balance as of March 7, 2018 is $22,296.83. Pam Miller filed the 2017 taxes. The cost was $146.00. Tara reported that there is an outstanding check for softball. Judy purchased “Thank You” notes. They were ordered from Advantage Printing. The cost was 500 for $260.00 or $270.00. Kelly will send a Thank you note to Johnny Holden. David Sharp made a motion to accept the treasurer’s report. Buffy seconded. Motion passed.

Old Business

Lucy distributed the February minutes, March Agenda, and a copy of the Treasurer’s report to the attendees. Heather Randolph, George Erdel, and Martha Faye Blabon stated they did not receive an email copy of the February minutes. Lucy stated that we are now using a new email system for mass emails and they should check their spam folders for the February meeting minutes.
 
There are corrections to be made to the February minutes. Jake Johns stated that Preston Fore went to New York for Model UN and the Journalism class went to the CNN Headquarters. Lucy mentioned that the headings need to be on the minutes. Kelly Robinson clarified the statement made in the February minutes, 3rd paragraph from the top of the first page, where Lucy stated that she was expecting a donation from Johnny Holden to be earmarked at her discretion. Kelly felt it was necessary to clarify for new members that all spending by the Alumni Association is voted on and approved. While the minutes are correct as written, in order to be transparent, she didn’t want anyone to misunderstand. One person, in this case, Lucy, does not have the sole power to spend funds without approval.
Buffy Hoge made a motion to accept the corrections and minutes as written. Tara seconded. Motion passed.

New Business
 
Finley reported that he had interviewed an impressive football coach. He and two assistants, Gary Fomby, and Barney are on the committee to decide who the new coach will be. Finley clarified how important it is to him to maintain the quality of teachers at the school and he will be looking for a quality teacher first. They could make a decision as early as next week. Finley also clarified that the coaching stipend for a teacher is 20% of their salary. The Athletic Directors are a free spot and not a paid position. He said he has had several quality candidates.
 
A letter was received from Jared Eddy, Mr. Central 2017. He is currently attending Carson-Newman and plans to major in education. He continued by thanking Finley and stating that he was inspired by Central High School and Finley to become a principal one day.

Student Officers Report
 
Amanda Roy asked if the Alumni Association would like to renew their banner for the softball field for $150.00. Buffy made a motion to renew the banner. Heather seconded. Motion passed.
 
Zoey Greene announced a new teacher, Mr. Hearn. He teaches world geography.
 
Ariya McGhee and Destiny Smith gave an update on the freshman event to be held on May 4, 2018. They have two possible venues. One is Two on the Roof. The cost is $200/hour. The event would be held from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. Set up at 5:00pm and clean up until 9:00pm would mean 4 hours at a cost of $800.00. It is cheaper than most places are charging and they can hire their own caterer and aren’t charged for the use of tables and other items. They will be charging $10.00 per ticket and the freshman class count is around 250 people. Finley said he would get with them on the details. It will be treated like a dance. Tickets will go on sale in April after spring break.
Haylee Smith announced the new Drama Club play. It is a British comedy “The Importance of Being Earnest.” It will be held in the
CHS library at 7:30p.m. It will play for two nights. Tickets are $5.00 or $8.00 for both nights.
 
Jake Johns announced that the Tennessee High School Press Association held its website competition recently at Lipscomb University. Central received 3rd Place. Both schools that beat Central were private schools. Jake said it felt like they were biased. Mr. Cantrell sent a nice exit letter and withdrew from the last competition. They did receive a response. However, Mr. Cantrell will wait and read it when Jake and Preston Fore are together. Jake also announced that preparations for prom are coming along. It will be held on April 21st at 7:30 p.m. at The Mill. He will have another creative day and will then sell tickets. The band is leaving for Disney on March 21st. They will be judged and graded on their performances.
Lucy stated that the students wanted to be dismissed at this time so they may study.

Miscellaneous
 
Kristie said 5 CHS wrestlers went to state. We finished 3rd and 7th.
Pam announced that H & R Block was impressed by our organization and what we do for our school.
 
Lucy asked Finley to elaborate about the upcoming national student “walk-out” planned for March 14th in light of the tragic school shooting that recently took place on Valentine’s Day in Parkland, Florida at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Finley explained that students are being invited to “walk out” into the agora of the school and use this time to reflect upon current events. He said they will not be allowed to leave campus. There will be a picture of each student who was killed displayed in the agora and students will be allowed to discuss these events amongst themselves, have quiet time, or share thoughts about how to keep this type of thing from happening here. Lucy commended Finley and how he runs the school.
 
Lucy announced the next alumni meeting will be held on April 12, 2018 in the library at 6:00 p.m. David made a motion to adjourn. Buffy seconded. Motion passed.
 
Kelly D. Robinson
Secretary
Buffy Hoge
George Erdel
John Crawford
Heather Randolph
Mike Randolph
Gary Woodall
Finley King
Lucy Bottorff
Zoey Greene
Jake Johns
Kristie Neely
Lori Crawford
Martha Faye Blabon
David Sharp
Ariya McGhee
Jazmynn Ball
Gary McNutt
Destiny Smith
Dick Blabon
James Walker
Amanda Roy
Tara Waldrop
Kelli Solock