Board of Education Meets
The Board of Education met
Monday for their February session and
recognized six Nursing Fundamental students from
West Bladen High School for making 100 percent
proficiency on their final exams. Additionally all
six of these students passed their State Certified
Nursing Aide exam and are officially North Carolina
Nurse Aides. Ajaylia Brown, Katya Espino, Kaitlyn
Hester, Kasidi Larrimore, Whitney Mitchell, and
Myiah Whaley were the six students recognized for
Six of the county’s
teacher assistants were recognized for being chosen
to represent their respective schools as Teacher
Assistant of the Year. Ellen Lockamy of Bladenboro
Primary, Charles Corbett of Booker T. Washington
Primary, Kim Schultz of Dublin Primary, Mary Alice
Dowd of Elizabethtown Middle, Theodosia Beatty of
Elizabethtown Primary, and Ada Carter of Plain View
Primary were all chosen to receive this honor. In
addition to being chosen to serve as his individual
school’s Teacher Assistant of the Year, Charles
Corbett was also chosen to represent the county’s
teacher assistants as Bladen County’s county-wide
Teacher Assistant of the Year for 2013-2014.
Attendance awards were presented to three of the
county’s schools next. Booker T. Washington Primary
was awarded the award in the Elementary School
Division with 96.4% attendance; Tar Heel Middle won
in the Middle School Division with 95.8% attendance,
and East Bladen High School won in the High School
Division with 93.8% attendance. Following the above
awards and recognitions, the board proceeded to go
into closed session to discuss personnel and legal
Upon reconvening from closed
session, the board changed the agenda to allow them
to vote on the personnel report instead of later in
the meeting as had been originally planned. The
board approved three personnel lists as recommended
by Patricia Faulk, Personnel Director. Though the
first two lists were approved unanimously, three
board members (Roger Carroll, Berry Lewis, and Alan
West) voted against the third list. Kipp Lancaster,
Board Member, was not present at the meeting and
therefore didn’t vote. After the three personnel
lists were approved, Lewis made the comment that he
wanted it to be known for the record that he felt
that future positions should be filled by people
already in the county and from the area if possible.
He later said that he was tired of the county’s
higher ranking positions (such as principals and the
like) being filled by people from outside the county
when there are often qualified people from within.
The board as a whole, however, made no open
announcements as to the personnel decisions made.
Willa Dean Williams, Director of Career and
Technical Education, and Donna Campbell, C.T.E.
Instructional Management Systems Coordinator,
presented the C.T.E.’s Fall Post Assessment Results.
Testing appeared to go positively, and graduation
rates for C.T.E. students (as well as for the
county’s students in general) have steadily improved
over the last few years.
An NC Pre-K Contract
as recommended by Antonia Beatty, Director of North
Carolina Pre-K Programs, and an E-rate Contract as
recommended by Jason Atkinson, Director of
Technology, were also approved. Four fundraiser
requests and overnight field trips (all as
recommended by Kent Allen, Director of Auxiliary
Services) were all approved. Additionally, a
revised 2013-14 School Calendar and a proposed
2014-2015 School Calendar were also approved.
Robert Taylor, Superintendent, told the board
briefly of findings from the committee that was
looking further into possibly building new schools.
The committee recommended that due to excessively
tight county funds as well as for other reasons the
board try to retire current debt instead and work
with the buildings they already have until 2021. In
2021, the board will readdress the issue of possibly
building new schools. .