Board Work Session 3/02/10 - Stokes County Schools

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Board Work Session 3/02/10 - Stokes County Schools

STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA WORK SESSION STOKES COUNTY

DANBURY, NORTH CAROLINA MARCH 2, 2010

The Stokes County Board of Education met in a pre-board work session on Tuesday,

March 2, 2010, at 8:30 a.m., at the Central Office in Danbury.

Board Members Present: Mrs. Sonya Cox, Chairman; Mr. Colon Moore, Vice-Chairman;

Mr. Steve Shelton, member; Mr. Bill Hart, member; and Ms. Becky Boles, member.

Administration Present: Dr. Stewart Hobbs, Superintendent; Mrs. Donna Boyles, Assistant

Superintendent; and Mrs. Ann Robertson, Administrative Assistant.

Others Present: Melisa Jessup, Central Office; Lanette Moore, Central Office; Todd Martin,

Central Office; Ann Sliger, Central Office; Sarah Wood, Central Office; Myra Cox, Central Office;

Traci Royal, Central Office; Cynthia Via, Central Office; Brad Lankford, Central

Office/Transportation; Ricky Goins, Central Office/Maintenance; David Burge, Central

Office/Operations; Michael Sands, Central Office; Bill Jackson, Stokes County Schools; Leslie

Gerard, Triumph; and Stephanie Beck, Triumph.

At 8:30 a.m., Chairman Cox welcomed everyone and the Board of Education entered closed

session to hear a student appeal.

[Closed Session]

At 9:26 a.m., the board returned to open session.

Presentation

Leslie Gerard, Program Director for Triumph, and Stephanie Beck, Director for Clinical

Services for Triumph, did a presentation on a proposed Day Treatment Program that Triumph would

like to provide in Stokes County. She requested that board members approve a Memorandum of

Understanding with Triumph to offer this service. Ms. Gerard stated that the proposed Day Treatment

Program would have a four to six months service delivery with the ultimate goal of returning students

to their home school. The program would have a cap of twenty-four students and would be housed in

a mobile unit located at Meadowbrook School. If approved, plans are to have this program in place

for the start of the next school year.

Mrs. Traci Royal, Special Programs Director for Stokes County Schools, stated that this

program is very much needed in Stokes County. She stated that we are losing students because we do

not have a way to serve them. The greatest need for this type of service is in middle grades.

After discussion, board members requested that information be compiled that would cover a

complete description and the exact anticipated costs to Stokes County Schools of offering this

program in Stokes County.


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Good News

Board members reviewed Good News items that will be recognized at their meeting on

March 15.

Consent Agenda

Board members were given an opportunity to discuss and ask questions about items on the

consent agenda for March 15, 2010.

Discussion Agenda

Nancy Reynolds Elementary School Project Update

David Burge updated board members on the progress of the Nancy Reynolds Elementary

School project. They have completed all the abatement of the gymnasium. He stated that the concrete

slabs and all underground plumbing should be completed by the end of this month. We are still

waiting for a building permit that is being held up by DOI (North Carolina Department of Insurance).

DOI is requiring a 278,000 gallon water storage tank for a sprinkler system.

Proposed Revision to 2010-2011 School Calendar

Board members received a proposed revision to the 2010-2011 School Calendar which adds

September 21, 2010, February 16, 2011, and March 16, 2011 as early dismissal days for staff

development. Ms. Melisa Jessup stated that in the past there have been four early dismissal days for

staff development. The Calendar Committee requested that the October early dismissal day be used

for preparing report cards and principals were okay with this request. Ms. Jessup also reported that

June 14 was accidentally left off the first calendar and this has been corrected and added as a teacher

work day.

Review of Reduction In Force Policies:

Board members reviewed Policy 7405 Seniority; Policy 7920 Professional Personnel

Reduction in Force, and Policy 7921 Classified Personnel Reduction. They requested copies of the

North Carolina School Boards reduction in force policies to review.

Introduction of Revision to Policy 7630 Principal of the Year

Ms. Melisa Jessup reviewed a proposed revision to Policy 7630. She stated that due to the

waiting period required by savings bonds a more appropriate gift is being considered. The proposed

revision also aligns the gift awarded to the Principal of the Year with the gift awarded to the Teacher

of the Year.


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Introduction of Revision to Policy 7631 Teacher of the Year

Ms. Melisa Jessup reviewed a proposed revision to Policy 7630. She stated that due to the

waiting period required by savings bonds a more appropriate gift is being considered. The proposed

revision also aligns the gift awarded to the Principal of the Year with the gift awarded to the Teacher

of the Year.

Introduction of Revision to Policy 1010 Board Authority and Duties and Replacement of Policy 2020

School Board Powers and Duties

Board members reviewed proposed changes to Policy 1010 by the North Carolina School

Boards Association. After discussion, board members decided to postpone discussion of proposed

revisions to Section 1000 policies until a later date. They were provided with information regarding

each proposed policy revision from NCSBA.

Information and Announcements

Chairman Cox reviewed school events and upcoming training opportunities with board

members.

Chairman Cox, Ms. Boles, and Mr. Shelton stated they planned to attend the Ethics for

Elected Official webinar provided by Stokes County on March 25.

At 11:15 a.m., the pre-board work session ended.

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Secretary

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Chairman