November Board of Education Highlights Now Available
Iredell-Statesville Board of Education
Iredell County Agricultural Center
November 7, 2011
Iredell-Statesville Schools will rigorously challenge all students to achieve their academic potential and to lead productive and rewarding lives. We will achieve this mission with the support of parents, staff, and the community.
Globally Competitive Students
Healthy, Responsible Students
(**)Denotes items included on the Consent Agenda. These items are considered to be routine and non-controversial by the Board and will be approved by one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a board member or citizen so requests, in which case the item may be removed from the Consent Agenda and will be considered in its normal sequence on the agenda.
7:00 p.m. Call to Order - Dr. David Cash, Chairman
Moment of Silence
Presentation of Colors and Pledge of Allegiance
A. Community Schools Award - Ms. Susie Wiberg
Ms. Wiberg recognized Welcome Home Veterans for their support of Mt. Mourne I.B. This organization provided American flags for each of the classrooms at the school. Thank you to Welcome Home Veterans for their support of our schools.
II. Consent Agenda
A. Acceptance of Resignations, Retirements, Rehires, Terminations, and Leaves of Absences**
B. Approval of Classified Personnel - Dr. Alvera Lesane**
C. Approval of Licensed Personnel - Dr. Alvera Lesane**
D. Approval of Administrative Appointments - Dr. Alvera Lesane**
There were no questions.
III. Approval of Minutes:**
October 3, 2011 Committee of the Whole Meeting
October 10, 2011 Board of Education Meeting
IV. Approval of Consent Agenda**
The consent agenda was approved with no questions or discussion.
V. Non-Consent Agenda
A. School Improvement Plans (2nd Reading) - Dr. Melanie Taylor*
Dr. Taylor presented School Improvement Plans for the second reading. There were no questions or comments. The plans were approved as written.
B. Revision to Policy #7805: Superintendent's Evaluation- Dr. Ron Hargrave*
Dr. Hargrave presented revisions to the superintendent’s evaluation policy. This is a second reading, and aligns the local evaluation policy with the state policy. The major change to the policy involves the date of the evaluation. There was no discussion, and the board approved the change to the policy.
C. Recommendations for Appointment to Facilities Task Force Committee - Dr. Kenny Miller*
Dr. Miller presented to the board a slate of candidates for the facilities task force. It was recommended that Dr. Cash and Mr. Williams represent the board of education. Each high school area will also have parent and/or community representation. The list was approved as presented.
D. Revision to Policy #3460: Graduation Requirements (1st Reading) - Mr. Richard Armstrong*
Mr. Armstrong presented to the board a recommendation for a revision to graduation requirements. The recommendation is to align the district’s graduation requirements to the district’s curriculum guide. The recommendation will come before the board next month for a second reading.
E. Facilities & Planning Update - Dr. Kenny Miller*
Dr. Miller updated the board of education on recent facilities upgrades. Brawley Middle School and Troutman Middle School were recently completed, and work on the field house at Statesville High School should be complete within the next two weeks. Additionally, a number of renovations have been completed at Statesville Middle School, and upgrades have been made to classrooms and parking lots at South Iredell High School. Dr. Miller also reported that first quarter lottery proceeds have not yet been distributed, although it is anticipated that the proceeds will be slightly higher than originally thought. He also shared that the county is holding approximately $123,000 in rollover lottery funds from previous years. His recommendation is to ask the commissioners to hold this money to be used as a contingency fund for emergency facilities needs.
Chief Financial Officer Melissa Wike also reported that current state revenue is slightly higher than originally projected. Despite this, unemployment is still extremely high and new construction is still slow. Ms. Wike reported that the budget outlook is still bleak. At this time, it is not expected that any additional funding will be provided by the state. Additionally, Ms. Wike reported that the general assembly is still focused only on the jobs lost in public education, and not the overall decline in public education funding and cuts to other areas in addition to jobs.
IV. Public Comment
Two individuals approached the board about revising board of education policy #4150 as it pertains to foster children. Their concern is that the time required to process transfer paperwork causes unnecessary instability for the children involved. District administrators and the board attorney will investigate the suggestion and bring a recommendation back to the board of education.
VII. Superintendent's Comments - Mr. Brady Johnson
Mr. Johnson updated the board of education on the South Iredell High School I.B. site visit. A written decision is expected by early to mid-January. Thus far, the feedback received during the visit has been very positive. The staff at South Iredell will make a presentation to the board following the notification from the I.B. organization.
Mr. Johnson also made some follow-up comments regarding the budget. He encouraged the board and staff to remind everyone of the continued urgency of the situation, including the state reversion expected in the spring.
He reported that 1700 teachers, 2200 teacher assistants (287 positions locally) have been eliminated in NC. Class sizes are up in grades 4-12. Additionally, instructional supplies have been reduced by 46%, and the cost of the five additional student days will require I-SS to spend approximately $20,000 per day. The state also cut the professional development budget by 100%. The NC Teaching Fellows program was also eliminated, while the More at Four program was cut 20% and moved from the Department of Public Instruction to the Department of Health and Human Services. The driver education program was also significantly cut, which required many local school districts, including Iredell-Statesville Schools, to charge parents a fee for this program. The technology appropriation was cut by 100%, and now parents of exceptional children can receive a tax credit toward private school. Additionally, the state’s cap on charter schools has been lifted.
Mr. Johnson reminded board of education members that the State Constitution ensures children a free, appropriate public education. North Carolina has dropped to 49th in per pupil expenditure, while Iredell County is 113th lowest in per pupil expenditure. He encourages all board of education members to share this information with parents and community members.
VIII. Closed Session (if needed)
Nov. 11: Veterans' Day Holiday
Dec 5: Committee of the Whole Meeting, 5:00 p.m., ADR Education Center, Room SD-1
Dec. 7: Early Release Day
Dec. 12: Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Iredell County Government Center