Board of Education
The Board of Education met this
past Monday night for their monthly session.
New board members, Tim Benton, Dennis Edwards, and
Gary Rhoda, took their oaths of office, and Ophelia
Munn-Goins and Alan West were both re-elected by the
board to serve as Chair and Vice Chair respectively.
Heath Occupations Students of America (HOSA) members
from both East and West Bladen were recognized next
for their wins at the recent Regional District IV
HOSA Competition. Stephanie Putman from East
Bladen won fourth place in Medical Terminology, and
Jazzman McKoy won a top ten finish in the same
category. Lauryn Burney won a third place in
Prepared Speaking while Kaythelia Lucky also earned
a third place in Researched Persuasive Speaking.
Lastly from East Bladen, the team of Jasmine Ransom
and Malik Riggins won fifth place in the Health
Career Display. West Bladen's students that
won regional awards at the competition were
recognized next. Quinton Edwards served as
Regional Secretary, and Faith Crumel won first place
in the Knowledge Test, and Dasia Young won third
place on the same test. Aileen Garcia and
Glorimar Cruz won second place as a team in the
Health Career Display, and the team of Brianna Nance
and Jenna Floyd won eighth place in the same
category. East Bladen's HOSA advisor is Pattie
Nance, and West Bladen's group is advised by both
Charlotte Davis and Mary Todd.
and West Bladen Future Farmers of America (FFA)
students were recognized for participating and
bringing home wins in FFA Land Judging Events.
James Nance, Nichole Smith and Scott Howell served
as East Bladen's Junior team and Tyler Canady, Dylan
Campbell, Josh Robbins, McKinley Raynor, and Jannie
Culpepper served as East Bladen's Senior team.
The teams won second place int eh Three Rivers FFA
Federation event. The advisor for both teams is East
Bladen's Agriculture teacher, Earl Miller.
West Bladen's Land Judging team earned the State
Championship in the State Land Judging competition,
and the team will go on to compete in the National
Competition to be held in May in Oklahoma.
West Bladen's Senior team members are Nikki
Locklear, Jeremy Davis, Allison Morris, and Cody
Roberts. The teams advisers are Ronald Autry,
Gary Collier, and Dana Mills.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) students were
recognized for receiving their ServSafe
certification. Lauren Autry, Rakwan Banner,
Megan Bennett, Matthew Bobby, Cody Brown, Mary
Glasgow, Meredith Jordan, and Taylor Sessoms earned
the certification. The students were
taught by Gail Marsh, West Bladen's CTE/Foods
Teacher. In addition to the ServSafe
recognitions, Booker T. Washington Primary won the
attendance award in the Elementary School Division;
Clarkton School of Discovery won in the Middle
School Division, and East Bladen High School won in
the High School Division. Following the above
awards and recognitions, the board proceeded to go
into closed session to discuss personnel and legal
Upon reconvening back into open
session, Sharon Penny, Finance Director, gave an
informational financial summary for the month of
November. There was some concerned discussion
surrounding the state of the current budget as the
budget is already $373,000 into the fund balance.
Penny and the superintendent explained the current
state of the budget is due to state level cuts that
came in after the budget was planned and due to the
first half of teacher supplements being paid out
last month. Any extra expenditures at the end
of the year will have to come from Capital Outlay
funds if approved by the County Commissioners.
Robert Heavenridge, School Support Services
Coordinator, addressed the board next concerning
placing hand sanitizing stations in the schools'
cafeterias. Due to minimal funds and the like,
Heavenridge recommended that stations be only put in
the six primary schools to begin with. The
cost to put the stations in the primary schools will
be $582. Following Heavenridge's comments,
Willa Dean Williams, CTE Director, presented
information concerning the CTE Pathways to
Prosperity and the CTE Fall Newsletter. A
Personnel Addendum List was approved as well as two
fund raiser requests, and voting on a revised policy
was postponed until a future meeting.
Robert Taylor, Superintendent, spoke regarding
future training for new board members, an upcoming
board photo shoot, the upcoming Annual School Board
Conference, and of Patricia Faulk's, Personnel
Director, upcoming retirement. Faulk has
worked in the school system for 38 years and will be
retiring March first. Lastly, the board's
attorney, Gary Grady, thanked the board for their
recent regards and prayers following his mother's
death. Following all of the above, the board
proceeded to adjourn for the evening.