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Minutes from BoE Meeting January 9, 2018 Tuesday, 09 January 2018 10:37

Pender County Board of Education

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Board Room

Pender Resource Center

798 U.S. Hwy. 117 South

Burgaw, N.C. 28425

6:00 p.m.

Board Members Present

Leadership Team Members Present

Kenneth Lanier, Chair

Dr. Steven Hill, Superintendent

Don Hall,  Vice Chair

Allen Vann, Director

Brad George

Dr. Todd Blumenreich, Director

Rochelle Whiteside

Alfredia Moore, Director

Katherine Herring

Betsy Chestnutt, Director

 

Miranda Ferguson, Communications

Richard Schwartz, Attorney

 


Call to Order

At 6:02 p.m., Chair Kenneth Lanier welcomed all and called the regular meeting of the Pender County Board of Education to order after determining a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda

Following the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer, at 6:03 p.m., Rochelle Whiteside moved to approve the agenda with the following amendment:

  • Remove Item 21, 2018-19 Penderlea Calendar
  • Add Item 23, Revisions to 2017-18 Traditional, Penderlea, and Pender Early College Calendars

Katherine Herring seconded, and the motion carried.

Recognitions

At 6:04p.m., the Board recognized the following students and staff:

  • Spot Festival Donation to Topsail area schools
  • Bright Ideas grant recipients
  • Transportation Department efficiency rating
  • School Board Appreciation Month

Public Comments

At 6:19 p.m., the Board opened the floor for public comment. There being no one signed up to speak, the Board moved on to the next item.

College Advising Corps Members

At 6:20 p.m., Pender High School Principal Chris Madden introduced Maria Martinez and Courtney Clarke, College and Career Advisers at Pender High School and Heide Trask High School. Both positions are provided through a partnership called the College Advising Corps with North Carolina State University. Martinez and Clarke shared how they assist school counselors and Pender County students.

Budget Reports

At 6:37 p.m., Chief Finance Officer Betsy Chestnutt presented fuel and budget reports for information.

Relocation of PATH Health Center from West Pender Middle to the Pender County Health Department

At 6:38 p.m., Dr. Robbie Cauley explained that the PATH Health Center based at West Pender will be moving to the Pender County Health Department.

Sandy Rowe, executive director of PATH, said that the services will remain at West Pender Middle, and only the building will move. The tele-health equipment will be moved into the school. Rowe said the program was not sustainable at West Pender Middle due to enrollment numbers.

Revisions to Board Policy 4210, Release of Students from School

At 6:49 p.m., Dr. Cauley presented for information updates to Board Policy 4210, Release of Students from School.

Use of NC STAR for Strategic Planning

At 6:50 p.m., Dr. Todd Blumenreich presented information about NC STAR, a strategic planning tool that is being used by schools and districts across the state. This year, Pender County Schools is piloting its use at the district level.

Consent Agenda

At 7:05 p.m., Brad George moved to approve the consent agenda as presented, Don Hall seconded, and the motion carried. The consent agenda consisted of the following items:

  • Board Minutes from the December 12, 2017 Committee of the Whole and Regular Board Meetings;
  • Head Start Budget and In-Kind for November and December 2017;
  • Budget Amendments and Transfers;
  • Attorney Fees.

Review and Revise Board Policy 5030, Community Use of School Facilities

At 7:06 p.m., Miranda Ferguson presented revisions to Policy 5030, Community Use of School Facilities, for second reading and approval.

Brad George moved to approve revisions to policy 5030 Community Use of School Facilities with modifications to include the addition of a cross reference to policy 8220 Gifts and Bequests. Don Hall seconded, and the motion carried.

Resolution in Support of a North Carolina Satellite Facility at Blake Farm

At 7:13 p.m., Brad George moved to adopt a resolution in support of a North Carolina Satellite Facility at Blake Farm. Rochelle Whiteside seconded, and the motion carried.

Middle School Field Trips

At 7:14 p.m., Middle School Director Parrish Griffin requested approval for the following field trips:

  • Overnight field trip for the West Pender Middle Beta Club to attend the regional convention in Greensboro Feb. 5-6,
  • Overnight band field trip to East Carolina University for the All District Band Clinic for Topsail Middle School.

Don Hall moved to approve the field trips as presented, Rochelle Whiteside seconded, and the motion carried.

Proposed Board Policy 4234, Cimex Lectularius

At 7:15 p.m., Dr. Cauley requested second reading and approval for policy 4234. Dr. Cauley explained that the policy addresses infestations of bed bugs in the schools, which while not common, must be addressed when they occur.

Don Hall moved to approve the policy as presented, Brad George seconded, and the motion carried.

Proposed R&P for Board Policy 4234, Cimex Lectularius

Next, Dr. Cauley requested second reading and approval for the rules and procedures for policy 4234, Cimex Lectularius. The rules and procedures provide protocol for maintenance and nursing staff.

Don Hall moved to approve the R&P as presented, Rochelle Whiteside seconded, and the motion carried.

Gifts and Donations

At 7:17 p.m., Ms. Chestnutt presented the following gifts and donations for approval:

  • Topsail Middle School received breakfast and school supplies from Renovation Church;
  • Pender High School was given a flag pole to be placed at the football field in the area of the new concessions stand.

Don Hall moved to accept the gifts as presented, Brad George seconded, and the motion carried.

Teacher Performance-Based Bonuses as Required by General Assembly

At 7:18 p.m., Dr. Blumenreich presented the teacher performance-based bonuses as required by the General Assembly.

Katherine Herring moved to approve the teacher performance-based bonuses as presented, Brad George seconded, and the motion carried.

2018-19 Pender Early College Calendar

At 7: 20 p.m., Miranda Ferguson requested approval for the Pender Early College High School 2018-19 school calendar. Mrs. Ferguson said that the calendar starts a week earlier than this year and aligns closely with the community college calendar.

Brad George moved to approve the 2018-19 Pender Early College High School calendar as presented, Don Hall seconded, and the motion carried.

Revisions to the 2017-18 School Calendars

At 7:25 p.m., Miranda Ferguson presented revisions to the Traditional, Penderlea, and Pender Early College High School calendars due to the inclement weather recently experienced by the county. The revisions are as follows:

  • All schools will be in session on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018
  • Traditional Calendar schools and Penderlea Schools will be in session for students on Monday, Jan. 22 (currently scheduled as a Mandatory Workday for staff)
  • Pender Early College High School will be in session for students on Tuesday, Jan. 16 (currently scheduled as a Mandatory Workday for staff)

Katherine Herring moved to approve the revisions to the school calendars as presented, Don Hall seconded, and the motion carried.

Report from the Board Chair

Board Chair Kenneth Lanier said he appreciates the work and the hours put in by school staff during the inclement weather.

Brad George also thanked staff for their work. He also shared that the Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution in support of phasing in House Bill 13 over a longer period of time.

Report from the Superintendent

Dr. Hill reiterated the work staff has done during the inclement weather days, especially the maintenance and transportation departments as well as school principals who assisted in checking their schools for damage.

Closed Session

At 7:32 p.m., a motion was made by Rochelle Whiteside, seconded by Brad George, and the Board voted to move into closed session, subject to advice from the attorney, pursuant to N.C. General Statute 143-318.11(a)(1), and (a)(6), to prevent the disclosure of confidential personnel information under G.S. 115C- 321 and to consider matters relating to initial employment of individual employees, and pursuant to General Statute 143-318(a)(3) to discuss potential litigation and consult with the Board’s attorney in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege, and pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a)(1) to prevent the disclosure of confidential student records under G.S. 115C-402 and 20 U.S. Code 1232g.

The Board resumed its meeting in Open Session.

Human Resource Report and Addendum

Upon a motion by Katherine Herring, seconded by Don Hall, the Board voted to approve the Human Resource Report and addendum.

Adjournment
In a motion made by Rochelle Whiteside, seconded by Brad George, the Board adjourned its meeting.

Superintendent                                                                                 Board Chair

Dr. Steven Hill                                                                                   Kenneth Lanier