Board of Education
The Board of Education met Monday
for their monthly session where the recognized
several students from winning at the National Beta
Club Convention. Student Attendance Awards
were also presented to two different schools.
East Arcadia won the attendance banners in both the
Elementary and Middle School Divisions, and East
Bladen High School won in the High School Division.
The board recognized Glen McKoy, Kipp Lancaster, and
Berry Lewis for serving as members on the board.
McKoy served on the board this past term.
Lancaster and Lewis both served on the board from
2006 to 2014, and Lewis also served as the board's
Chairman for three years. This meeting was
their last meeting before three new members fill
their positions, and each of the other board
members, the Superintendent, Assistant
Superintendent, Board Attorney, and Bruce Dickerson
(a former board member) all addressed the three with
their appreciation and well wishes. Following
the above recognitions, the board proceeded to go
into closed session to discuss personnel and legal
Upon reconvening, the board received
a financial summary from Sharon Penny, Finance
Director, and heard a School Health Update from
Willie Kay McDuffie, School Nurse. McDuffie
addressed logistical concerns surrounding having
EpiPen shots available in the schools. Anthony
Hinson, Testing and Accountability Director,
presented an update on 2013-2014 testing results and
explained how the schools' scores in Reading, Math,
and Science would be used to measure the schools'
individual achievement levels.
approved a Personnel Action Item as recommended by
Patricia Faulk, Personnel Director, and approved
three fundraiser requests (at Bladen Lakes, Dublin
Primary, and Booker T. Primary) as recommended by
Robert Heavenridge, Support Services Coordinator.
Jason Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer,
recommended an E-Rate Service for 2015-16 which was
approved. Three school improvement plans were
approved, and the board approved a resolution to be
sent to the state that says that they would like
control of the local school's calendar to be given
back to the local districts. Another
resolution regarding the state's proposal to assign
a letter grade to each public school was also
approved. NC School Board Association Policy
Updates, which had been postponed from last month's
meeting, were approved as well.
Taylor, Superintendent, presented other items of
note to the board. Taylor reminded the board
of the upcoming Bladenboro Christmas Parade
(scheduled for December 6th), White Lake Christmas
Parade (scheduled for November 30th), an upcoming
board member photoshoot, and School Board
Conferences. Following the above, the board
proceeded to adjourn for the evening.