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Minutes from BOE Meeting June 6, 2017 Tuesday, 06 June 2017 12:08

Pender County Board of Education

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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

Katherine Herring, Chair

Dr. Terri Cobb, Superintendent

Kenneth Lanier, Vice Chair

Allen Vann, Director

Brad George

Dr. Todd Blumenreich, Director

Don Hall

Miranda Ferguson, Communications

Rochelle Whiteside


Richard Schwartz, Attorney


At 6:06 p.m., Chair Katherine Herring welcomed all and called the special meeting of the Pender County Board of Education to order after determining a quorum was present.Call to Order

Growth Update

At 6:07 p.m., Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb introduced Thomas Dudley, Program Manager of the Operations Research and Education Laboratory (OREd) at NC State University. OREd has been conducting and updating a growth study for Pender County Schools.

There are 14 active residential developments being constructed in Pender County, six of which are in Surf City. Completion of the Hampstead bypass is 7 to 8 years away, will increase activity within the county. Mr. Dudley said these developments will impact the district’s membership growth. The largest gains are expected to be at the elementary level, followed by the high school and middle school levels.

According to the growth study report, which forecasts growth through the 2026-27 school year, six schools are predicted to begin the 2017-18 school year above capacity, including North Topsail Elementary, Topsail Elementary, South Topsail Elementary, Cape Fear Middle, Topsail Middle, and Topsail High. At the start of the 2026-27 school year, the study predicts ten schools to be above capacity. The 2014 bond projects will ease some of the overcrowding in high-growth areas as additions to existing schools and the two new schools in the Surf City area are completed.

Mr. Dudley said the estimates provided in the survey are conservative.

Duke Energy Easement for Penderlea School

At 6:58 p.m., Chief Officer of Auxiliary Services Allen Vann presented a blanket easement granting Duke Energy Progress permission to install facilities and provide service for the Surf City projects.

Kenneth Lanier motioned to approve the easement for Duke Energy Progress as presented. Brad George seconded, and the motion carried unanimously.

Closed Session

At 6:59 p.m., a motion was made by Kenneth Lanier and seconded by Brad George 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-319, and to consider matters relating to initial employment of individual employees. The motion carried unanimously.

The Board resumed its meeting in Open Session.

Human Resource Report and Addendum

Upon a motion by Kenneth Lanier, seconded by Brad George, the Board voted to approve the Human Resource Report.


At approximately 9 p.m., in a motion made by Brad George, seconded by Don Hall, the Board adjourned its meeting.

Board Chair

Katherine Herring


Terri R. Cobb, Ed.D.