9/14/2012 10:45:00 AM School Board Meeting Held September 12, 2012
Dr. Elaine Bosworth presented the Lincolnton High School Air Force Junior ROTC with awards and recognized them for their hard work during a week of intensive leadership held at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. this past July.
(Photos by Lincoln Herald Staff)
Pam McBryde from the Finance Department was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the preparation and issuance of the fiscal year 2011 school system financial report.
The first School Board meeting of the new school year promptly began at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Lincoln County School Administration Office at 353 North Generals Boulevard. Called to order by board member Ed Hatley, an introduction of the other school board members Clayton Mullis, Bob Silver, Candy Burgin, George Dellinger, Tommy Houser, Kelly Childers, School Board Attorney David Black and Superintendent Dr. Sherry Hoyle, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Elaine Bosworth, Dr. Matthew Stover and Steve Zickefoose followed.
After a moment of silence and the Pledge of Allegiance, the approval of minutes for the August 8, 2012 meeting were accepted. Personnel Recommendations for the 2012-2013 were also approved by a motion from Tommy Houser, and second by George Dellinger. Discussion was open by Clayton Mullis who by a vote of 6-1, was the dissenting vote and did not approve the Title I Funds recommendation.
Four special recognitions and presentations were made. The first was made by Dr. Elaine Bosworth who presented the Lincolnton High School Air Force Junior ROTC with awards and recognized them for their hard work during a week of intensive leadership held at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. this past July. CLS is a cadet-led program, teaching leadership and Air-Force core values of integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do. The cadets were part of a group from 24 high schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia participating in the intensive program, now in its 16th year.
Participants recognized were Tyler Albright (Outstanding Operations Cadre Award), Jordan Blake (Basic Cadet), Timothy Brace (Honor Graduate), Mark Collins (Advanced Cadet) and Alexandria Viola (Outstanding Flight Cadet). Also recognized were the cadets leaders Lt. Col. Robinson Sykes and Chief Master Sergeant Garry Pratt (not present).
The second presentation was made by Jody Rhyne from Rhyne Financial. He presented a $10,000 grant from the Board from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. The grant was written by Rhyne and Martin Eaddy, Chairman of the Lincoln County Public Education Foundation, and will go toward the foundation’s endowment, while money raised from the interest will benefit technology improvement in classrooms.
Peggy Tshulin, President of the East Lincoln Betterment Association (ELBA) also presented a check to the board in support of the Lincoln County Schools Public Education Foundation. Peggy stated that the 30 plus year organization not only supports the East Lincoln area, but Lincoln county as a whole.
Pam McBryde from the Finance Department was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the preparation and issuance of the fiscal year 2011 school system financial report. The award is the highest recognition for school district financial operations offered by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO), and only awarded to school systems that have met or exceeded the standards of the program.
With no special individuals or groups appearing before the board, the next item on the agenda was approval of the Lincoln County Schools 2012-2015 Strategic Plan. Superintendent Sherry Hoyle led the discussion of the five strategic priorities on the draft with goals and actions discussed. Dr. Hoyle stated that the plan was to look at programs to meet goals for an overall improvement of student achievement. A team was made up to take the necessary steps to make sure the plan had input from areas from the Board, down to community. She stated that the plan was being treated as a “living” document, and that as feedback was received, and updates needed, the planning team and goal stating teams would then tweak and revise as necessary.
The Strategic Priority 1 discussion was led by Dr. Elaine Bosworth. She made comment that it was being treated as a “living” document because scores would not be available until late October. The plan outlines a goal to increase the 5 year cohort graduation rate to 89.5% by 2014-2015, exceed the state proficiency average by 6% in all annual statewide assessments in grades 3 through 8, with 60% to meet or exceed individual growth targets on state assessments as generated by the Education Value Added Assessment System, along with 90% of students proficient in reading by the end of 3rd grade at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
The next discussion by Dr. Matt Stover was on Strategic Priority 2 which is a plan by the 2014-2015 year to have Lincoln County Schools led by 21st Century professionals and how develop those skills and implement them, as well as hire applicants who are already 21st Century qualified.
Strategic Priority 3 was chaired by two principals, Rhonda Harrill and Dianna Carpenter (not in attendance), and Dr. Hoyle talked about how this priority focuses on Lincoln County School having healthy and responsible students, putting safety at a priority.
Strategic Priority 4 focuses on leadership and how to tie businesses in the community to help guide innovation in Lincoln County Schools. Dr. Hoyle said her team toured several area businesses and looked at ways to collaborate with these industries within the Lincoln County School system.
Strategic Priority 5 goal, outlined by Steve Zickefoose is to align financial expenditures with school and district improvement priorities in all schools and departments to increase student achievement but target spending for specific needs, which puts this plan on back on track to be governed by 21st Century systems.
The 2012-2015 Strategic Plan was approved by a motion from George Dellinger, with a second by Bob Silver.
Transfers for Approval and Denial for the 2012-2013 school year were addressed by Mitch Sherrill, Executive Director of the School of Technology with approval from the board on both. And Budget Amendments were addressed by Steve Zickefoose, Assistant Superintendent of Business. Amendment #3 was approved from the current budget; amended to $3,548,471.41 as an increase with State, Local, and Federal sources. Reporting session covered school enrollment, School Facility Requests and School Sponsored Sales and finally Construction and Facility Services.
Reporting for the opening day of school enrollment was 11,550 students, with a total enrollment on day four of 11,810. Discussion for the difference was due to Kindergarten students coming on a staggered basis.
This Construction/Facilities Update presentation was a slide show and audio outlined by Darryl Gettys, Executive Director of Facilities who was not in attendance due to a class he was attending out of town at North Carolina State, but he will return at the next meeting. (Please see the link for this portion of the reporting session. It is shown at the end of this article.)
Ed Hatley said in the Reminders and Announcements, the dedication for the new addition at Iron Station Elementary is scheduled for 6 p.m. on September 13, 2012.
The next agenda/meeting is scheduled for Monday, September 17th, 2012 at 6 p.m. with Tommy Houser, Chairman of the Building and Site Committee and Clayton Mullis, Chairman of the Policy Committee.
The board meeting moved to closed session at 7:20 p.m.