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Minutes from BOE Meeting June 24, 2015 Wednesday, 24 June 2015 00:00


June 24, 2015

Regular Meeting

Board Room

Pender Resource Center

798 U.S. Hwy. 117 South

Burgaw, N.C., 28425

6:00 p.m.



Karen Rouse, Chair

Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent

Brad George, Vice Chair

Dr. Pamela Breedlove, Director

Katherine Herring

Saysha Carter, Director

Kenneth I. Lanier, Jr.

Betsy Chestnutt, Director

Tom Roper

Joyce Keith, Director

Board Attorney, Rod Malone

Alfredia Moore, Director


Miranda Roberts, Director


 David Smith, Director


Beth Gardner, Secretary

Call to Order

Chair, Karen Rouse, called the Pender County School Board Meeting to order on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at 6:03 p.m., and determined a quorum was present.  She led the group into the Pledge of Allegiance and Board Member Katherine Herring delivered a prayer. 

Approval of the Agenda

It was suggested that informational item “2015-2016 County Commissioner’s Budget” be added.  Board Member, Katherine Herring, motioned to approve the agenda, Board Member, Tom Roper seconded the agenda, and the vote carried.

2015-2016 Board of County Commissioner’s Budget

Facts and information in regards to the recently passed 2015-2016 Board of County Commissioner’s Budget were shared.

Annual Meeting and Election of Board Officers

At 6:12 p.m., Superintendent, Dr. Terri Cobb asked for nominations for Board Chair.  A nomination for Karen Rouse was submitted.  At 6:13 p.m., a motion was made by Katherine Herring, seconded by Kenneth Lanier, and with a vote by Brad George it carried.

Next, a nomination was made for Brad George to be Vice Chair.  Katherine Herring motioned, with Kenneth Lanier and Tom Roper simultaneously making a second, and it carried. 


At 6:15 p.m., Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb, and Director Miranda Roberts, introduced the Pender County Schools 2015-2016 Teacher of the Year, Mary Alice Hudson, from Cape Fear Elementary.  Also recognized was Kelly Lanier, the 2015-2016 Teacher of Promise, from Burgaw Elementary School.  

A video was also presented.

Public Comments

At 6:29 p.m., District Attorney, Ben David addressed the Board.  He stressed the importance of school safety.  He graciously thanked the Board for their leadership and unselfish participation in the lives of so many children.

At 6:36 p.m., representatives from the Edgecombe Community in Pender County , approached the Board inquiring about the new school(s), that are to be constructed in the area.  The Board agreed to meet with the group at a later date.

AppyCity presentation of The Education App, LLC

At 6:41 p.m., a representative with AppyCity, brought forth information for the group to review.  It was agreed this concept would be explored further. 

2015-2016 Proposed Board of Education Meeting Dates

Proposed dates for scheduled Board of Education meetings were brought forth.  The dates with revisions and suggestions will be brought forth again at a later meeting.

Consent Agenda

The following agenda items were brought forth on the Consent Agenda:

*Board Minutes from the May 18, 2015, Regular Board Meeting, and June 4, 2015, Special Board Meeting,

*Approval of Budget Amendments,

*Proposed Board Policy for Child Nutrition Charge Policy,

*Revisions to Board Policy 3300, School Calendar and Time for Learning,

*Revisions to Board Policy 7460, Student Teachers,

*Revisions to R&P (Rules and Procedures for Board Policy 3400, Evaluation of Student Progress,

*Revisions to Board Policy 3460, Graduation Requirements,

*Revisions to Board Policy 3621, Eligibility for Extra Curricular Activities,

*Student Fees,

*Facility Use and Renovation Church,

*2015 Summer School Graduation Ceremony,

*Federal Consolidated Plan (Title I, Title II, Title III, Migrant Education),

*2015-2016 Insurance Coverage,

At 7:25 p.m., Brad George moved to approve the agenda, Katherine Herring seconded it, and the vote carried.

After carefully reviewing the Consent Agenda for a second time, it was agreed to remove the Proposed Board Policy for Child Nutrition Charges.  Brad George motioned to remove this and approve the Consent Agenda without it.  Katherine Herring seconded the motion, and it carried.

Contracted Services for the Visually Impaired

Next at 7:43 p.m., Director Saysha Carter, brought forth a contract with Invision Services for visual impairments for the 2015-2016 school year.  Mr. George made a motion, Mr. Lanier seconded and it was approved.

Contracted Speech Services

Contracts for a Speech Therapist for ESY, and for Summer Speech Services were presented.  At 7:46 p.m., Ms. Herring motioned to approve, Mr. George seconded the motion, and it carried.

2015-2016 Career and Technical Education Plan

The 2015-2016 Career and Technical Education Plan was submitted with details of the planned expenditures and instructional goals.  Mr. Roper motioned, Mr. George duly seconded it, and the vote carried.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Community in Schools and Pender County Schools

Director, Joyce Keith submitted contracts with Communities in Schools of the Cape Fear and 21st Century Community Learning Center grants.  Ms. Herring made a motion to approve the partnership.  Mr. George seconded it, and the MoU was approved.

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Holmes Movement and Pender County Schools

At 7:56 p.m., Ms. Keith continued with a MoU that partnerships the Holmes Movement with the implementation of the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant.  Mr. George motioned to approve it, Ms. Herring seconded and it carried.

Aramark Contract Renewal

At 8:02 p.m., the Aramark Contract was brought forth for renewal.  Kenneth Lanier approved, it contingent on approval from DPI.  Tom Roper seconded the motion, and it carried.

2015-2016 Continuing Budget Resolution

A Continuing Budget Resolution was presented to allow the Superintendent to continue the normal operation of the school system. 

At 8:04 p.m., Brad George motioned, Katherine Herring seconded, and it was approved.

West Pender Middle School Boiler Repairs

Bids have been received from reliable companies to replace piping at West Pender Middle School.  At 8:09 p.m., Brad George motioned to enter into a contract not to exceed $81,000.00.  Katherine Herring seconded it, and the vote carried.

Report from the Board Chair

Chair Rouse announced the Community Meeting at West Pender Middle School went well.  She also gave a warm welcome to Mr. Bobby Simmons and family, the new Principal at West Pender Middle School.

Board Member Comments

Vice Chair Brad George mentioned the weight room at Topsail High School looked great.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent, Dr. Cobb graciously thanked all who attended the graduation ceremonies.  She also announced a new Pender County Education Foundation was being put together. 

Closed Session

At 8:12 p.m., Board Member Brad George motioned to move into Closed Session, subject to advice from the attorney, and pursuant to N.C. General Statute 143-318.11(a)(1)and (a)(6), to prevent the disclosure of confidential personnel files under G.S. 115C-321 and to consider matters relating to initial employment of an individual employee, and pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a)(3), to consult with the Board’s Attorney in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege.

The Board will also move into Closed Session, in order to discuss State v. Daniel, RCR000851, and also pursuant to General Statute 143-318.11(a)(1) to prevent the disclosure of confidential student records under G.S. 115C-402. 

Open Session

Open Session resumed around 8:34 p.m. 


The group adjourned the meeting at approximately  8:35 p.m.


Board Chair

Karen Rouse



Terri R. Cobb, Ed.D.