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Minutes from the BoE Meeting Friday, June 29, 2018 Friday, 29 June 2018 15:33

Pender County Board of Education

Friday, June 29, 2018

Special Meeting

Board Room

Pender Resource Center

798 U.S. Hwy. 117 South

Burgaw, N.C. 28425

10 a.m.

Board Members Present

Leadership Team Members Present

Kenneth Lanier, Chair

Dr. Todd Blumenreich, Director

Don Hall,  Vice Chair

Alfredia Moore, Director

Brad George

Betsy Chestnutt, Director

Rochelle Whiteside

Miranda Ferguson, Communications





Richard Schwartz, Attorney


Call to Order

At 4:34  p.m., Chair Kenneth Lanier welcomed all and called the special meeting of the Pender County Board of Education to order after determining a quorum was present.

Approval of the Agenda

At 4:35 p.m., following the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer, Don Hall moved to approve the consent agenda with amendments, Rochelle Whiteside seconded, and the motion carried. The amendments to the consent agenda were as follows:

  • Item 1, Partnership Agreement with Communities in Schools, can be approved subject to legal review
  • Strike Item 4, Toshiba Copier Contract
  • Add Item 7a, Continuing Budget Resolution

The consent agenda included the following items:

  • Partnership Agreement with Communities in Schools, subject to legal review;
    • Communities in Schools pays for salaries and benefits for staff who support five schools with student activities spanning grades K-12.
  • Budget Amendments;
  • Cooperative Agreement between the Pender County Board of Education and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services;
    • Agreement provides vocational rehabilitation services for eligible students to assist in the transition from school to work.
  • Toshiba Copier Contract;
  • Sewer Line Changes at Penderlea School;
    • The relocation of the sewer line at Penderlea School will provide a more direct line, improve the slope of the line, and allow for the establishment of athletic fields. The relocation of the line was made possible after the decision to demolish the Media Center.
  • 2018-19 Revised Bell Schedules;
  • Pender County Schools Return to Work Program
  • Continuing Budget Resolution
    • The Pender County Board of Education approved a continuing budget resolution to allow the Superintendent to continue the normal operation of the school system at the current budget level until such time as an approved budget is adopted by the Board. The continuing budget resolution will be effective from June 29, 2018 until a new budget is presented and adopted by the Board for the 2018-19 school year.

Closed Session

At 4:37 p.m., a motion was made by Don Hall, seconded by Rochelle Whiteside, 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- 319 and to consider matters relating to initial employment of individual employees, 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 returned to Open Session at 7:33 p.m.

Human Resource Report and Addendum

Upon a motion by Don Hall, seconded by Rochelle Whiteside, the Board voted to approve the Human Resource Report and addendum as presented.

THS Athletics

Upon a motion made by Rochelle Whiteside, seconded by Don Hall, the Board voted to approve the memorandum by the Superintendent to authorize the release of the Topsail High School Baseball Investigation Report, including otherwise confidential information essential to maintain the integrity of the Board and the level and quality of services provided by the Board, as provided by N.C. Gen. Stat. §115C-321(b).  The motion passed unanimously, 3 – 0.

Board Attorney Richard Schwartz presented the Topsail High School Baseball Investigation Report, reviewing in detail the summary and conclusion.  Mr. Schwartz announced that the report would now be publicly available.

At approximately 8:00 p.m. upon a motion made by Don Hall, seconded by Rochelle Whiteside, the Board voted to adjourn.

Superintendent                                                                                 Board Chair

Dr. Steven Hill                                                                                   Kenneth Lanier