Candidates Robin Bryant, Ann Cesena, Myra Heavner, Mark Mullen, Heather Rhyne, Christina Sutton, and Debra Williams filmed three-minute video clips. One candidate, Jon Propst responded via letter. Members viewed the video clips and the letter was read to attending members. Members were also informed the East Lincoln Betterment Association (ELBA) has created a platform to learn more about the candidates for the Board of Education. Links to this information will be sent to all members so they can be viewed again or viewed by members who were unable to attend the meeting.
Additional election information was shared about candidates running for the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction position – Dr. Jen Mangrum and Catherine Truitt. National and North Carolina education legislative issues were also presented. National topics included justice and equity issues in schools; use of School Resource Officers in various states, and the lack of amendments to the Students with Disabilities Act. State issues focused on impact of the COVID relief bill in NC school districts, funding for PPE in schools, and funding dedicated to improving internet connectivity. Additional information provided included a state provision related to average daily membership in schools during the pandemic, state expansion of the virtual charter school enrollment providing 22 million dollars in funding to two NC virtual charter schools, and state funds appropriated to expand opportunity scholarships.
President Kennan Eaddy provided time for members to share good news/celebrations and reminded members of scholarship opportunities available from DKG. During the business portion of the meeting, the minutes were approved and members were asked to think about alternative fundraisers for discussion at the November 12, 2020 meeting.
Members present included: Frankie Beam, Elaine Boysworth, Katie Crocker, Kqisha Dagenhart, Deanna Dunn, Jill Eaddy, Kennan Eaddy, Libby Fletcher, Rhonda Hager, Sherry Hoyle, Elaine Jenkins, Judy Jones, Brenda Kinney, Wanda Lutz, Sara Miller, Wendy Mosteller, Heather Myers, Abbey Parker, Gayle Reid, Judy Shuford, Darla Stines, Phyllis Tallent, Kelly Withrow, and Shelia Wright.
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