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Minutes from BOE Meeting November 4, 2016 Friday, 04 November 2016 11:42

Pender County Board of Education

Friday, November 4, 2016

Special Board Meeting


Board Room

Pender Resource Center

798 U.S. Hwy. 117 South

Burgaw, N.C. 28425

7:00 p.m.

Board Members Present

Leadership Team Members Present

Katherine Herring, Chair

Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent

Brad George (by phone)

Allen Vann, Chief Officer of Auxiliary Services

Don Hall

Alfredia Moore, Chief Officer of Human Resources

Rochelle Whiteside


Kenneth Lanier




Richard Schwartz, Attorney




Call to Order

At 7:12 p.m., the meeting was called to order after determining a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda

At 7:15 p.m., the agenda was unanimously approved, as presented.

Closed Session

A motion was made byRochelle Whiteside and seconded by Kenneth Lanier, to move into closed session, subject to advice from the attorney, pursuant to N.C. General Statute 143-318.11(a)(1), (a)(3), and (a)(6), to consider matters related to the employment of individuals, to prevent the disclosure of confidential personnel information under G.S. 115C-319 and -321, and to consult with the Board’s attorney in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege. The motion carried, 5-0.

Open Session

The Board returned to Open Session at 7:38 p.m.

General Discussion

There followed a general discussion dealing with bond-related matters, with Mr. George noting a large development had just been approved for the Hampstead area. Dr. Cobb noted that, at Topsail, some classes are having to be held on the stage, due to overcrowding.

Mr. George noted that there was a public hearing with the planning board regarding new development and its impact on the schools. He stated that, until the Board knows what money it will have and what we will be able to do within the bond, he is not in favor of conducting any public hearings on the bond projects. By consensus, the remainder of the Board agreed.

Mr. Schwartz noted that, if the decision on the Penderlea funding is not made by the Board of County Commissioners at its November 21 meeting, then the bids on that project will lapse.

By consensus, Board members agreed that it would be a good idea to do a ground breaking ceremony at the Surf-City project.

Action Items

I.                    Approval of the Human Resources Report

Upon a motion made by Don Hall, seconded by Rochelle Whiteside, the H.R. report was approved as presented by the superintendent, 4-0 (after Mr. George had to leave the meeting).


II.                  Bond Update

Allen Vann advised the Board that the permit for the Surf-City project had been received today from the Army Corps of Engineers. The pre-construction meeting with the Army Corps of Engineers is set for the following Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

After some discussion, the Board asked Mr. Schwartz to reiterate to the Board of County Commissioners’ attorney the need for a decision on the Penderlea project funding at the November 21 meeting, or the bids will lapse.


At approximately 8:00 p.m., Kenneth Lanier made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Don Hall seconded, and the meeting was adjourned on a 4-0 vote.

Board Chair

Katherine Herring


Terri R. Cobb, Ed.D.