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Board of Education meets

Bethany Stephens

   

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 matters.

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.

The board 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. 

Robert 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.

 
   

   
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