Board of Education meets
for September session
The Board of Education met this
Monday night for their monthly session where they
recognized Essence McNair, a student at
Elizabethtown Middle, for winning third place in
this years annual NC Dept of School Bus
Transportation's statewide poster contest. The
board also recognized several Career and Technical
Education teachers for teaching C.T.E. classes that
earned 77% or higher proficiency in their courses.
Cedric Mathis (for his Core Sustainable
Construction and Carpentry 1 classes at East
Bladen), Mitchell Newkirk (for his Core Sustainable
Construction, Masonry 1, and Masonry 2 classes at
East Bladen), Patti Nance (for her Nursing
Fundamentals class at East Bladen), Glenda Matthis
(for her Apparel 2 Enterprise and Parenting and
Child Development classes at East Bladen), Gail
Marsh (for her Foods 1 class at West Bladen), and
Dana Mills (for her Horticulture 2 class at West
Bladen) were all recognized for this achievement.
Chris Denny, the pastor of Elizabethtown
Presbyterian Church, addressed the board next and
presented a PowerPoint presentation that outlined
the work of the Bladen Mission Project, a group of
teenagers and young adults that participated in
several mission projects in the community, that
helped build wheel chair ramps, helped at local
nursing centers, helped host art and music camps in
Clarkton and Elizabethtown, painted parking lots,
and did a lot of cleaning work at Clarkton School of
Discovery and East Bladen High School. The group
was recognized and given a certificate from the
board thanking them for all of their hard work on
the schools. The group consisted of people from
Clarkton Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Baptist
Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, Clarkton
Presbyterian Church and
Wesley Chapel Church, but the group would like to
expand to include other churches in the community as
they grow. Campbell Oil and Anderson's Drug Store
helped fund the projects and the group would like to
enlist other interested businesses in the future in
addition to other churches. To see pictures taken
while the group was at work, go to instagram.com and
look through the #BladenMission2K14 tag.
Following the above recognitions and a closed
session to discuss personnel and legal matters,
Sharon Penny, Finance Director, presented a
financial summary for informational purposes. Willa
Dean Williams, Director of the Career and Technical
Education Department, and Donna Campbell, C.T.E.
Instructional Management Systems Coordinator,
addressed the board next and gave an update on the
C.T.E. Department and their latest testing
information. Campbell also presented a PowerPoint
presentation which outlined WorkKeys testing. Dr.
Reida Roberts, Director of Exceptional Children's
Services, presented the handbook for Homebound
services for information only, and Tanya Head,
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and
Instruction, presented the end of the year results
for the Read to Achieve Program.
The Paul R.
Brown Academy in Elizabethtown has requested that
the board donate the old Extended Hope property to
them, and the board discussed legal issues
surrounding it and the possibility of offering a
long-term lease for a dollar per month instead. The
board will readdress the issue at a future meeting.
Addendum Action Item List A, Action Item B
Salary Change, and Action Item C New Hire were all
approved as recommended by Patricia Faulk, Personnel
Director. Two fundraiser requests and two Overnight
Field Requests as recommended by Robert Heavenridge,
School Support Services Coordinator, were also
approved. A new position in the Child Nutrition
Department as recommended by Amy Stanley, Child
Nutrition Director, and D.P.I. was approved. The
position will be filled from within and will act as
a supervisor to help at all of the county's schools.
A Title 2 Portion Consolidated Plan and four school
advisory councils were also approved.
Taylor, Superintendent, reminded the board of the
moment of silence that will be held on September 11
in remembrance, upcoming School Board Association
meetings and conferences, and reminded them that
June Atkinson, State Superintendent of Public
Schools, will be coming to visit the schools soon.
The county may be eligible for a grant from the
Golden Leaf Foundation which was briefly discussed
as well as enrollment numbers in the high schools
and possible action towards addressing the County
Commissioners concerning new school construction.
Following all of the above, the board proceeded to
adjourn for the evening.