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Minutes from BOE Meeting June 13, 2017-Committee of the Whole Tuesday, 13 June 2017 11:28

Pender County Board of Education

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Committee of the Whole

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

Darren LaFon, Director

Don Hall

Alfredia Moore, Director

Rochelle Whiteside

Miranda Ferguson, Communications

Richard Schwartz, Attorney


Call to Order

At 4:01 p.m., Vice Chair Kenneth Lanier welcomed all and called the Committee of the Whole meeting of the Pender County Board of Education to order after determining a quorum was present.

Student Assignment

Superintendent Dr. Terri Cobb shared with the Board that this is the first of many discussions on Student Assignment, which will include further meetings and public hearings.

Chief Officer of Auxiliary Services Allen Vann shared a draft timeline for Student Assignment.

Board members and district staff discussed options for student assignment in the Topsail area. Board members were in consensus that the Surf City schools should not open at capacity. Room should be left for expected growth. The Board requested Transportation Director Darren LaFon try to establish a clean feeder pattern for elementary/middle schools in the Topsail area once the Surf City area middle school opens, with all students assigned to the same elementary school attending the same middle school.

Transportation Director Darren LaFon asked the Board how they felt about considering efficiency in the student assignment plan. Rochelle Whiteside noted that efficiency is important, as the dollars we receive from the state for transportation are based on efficiency. Attorney Richard Schwartz said that all other funds used for transportation come out of local dollars.

The Board requested to see several different options for student assignment, including options based on efficiency, areas affected by the new schools, and across the district.

Next, Dr. Cobb asked the Board if they wished to address revisions its transfer policy, which has traditionally been a practice choice, in opposition to the district’s policy which has strict transfer guidelines. The Board opted to focus on student assignment at this time.

At approximately 5:54 p.m., in a motion made by Rochelle Whiteside, seconded by Don Hall, the Board adjourned its meeting.

Board Chair

Katherine Herring


Terri R. Cobb, Ed.D.