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January 22nd Board of Education meeting summary

Posted Thursday, January 25, 2007

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Goldston, NC - The Chatham County Board of Education met on Monday, January 22, at J.S. Waters School.

Board members reviewed and approved the meeting agenda as presented for the January 22nd meeting. They also reviewed and approved the amended minutes from the January 8th regular meeting and amended minutes from the January 12th central office briefing.

On behalf of the Board, Dr. Hart recognized the 2006 1A state championship baseball team from Chatham Central High School. Coach Bill Slaughter, Principal Mitch Stensland, and several team members were present.

The Board invited experts to share informational presentations related to the Jack Bennett Road site. Rich Hayes and Allison Weakley focusing on soil qualities in the area of the Jack Bennett Road property, as well as topography, other site qualities and site challenges. Reuben Blakley, from the Asheboro Department of Transportation office, discussed area traffic data and implementations. He noted that the majority of Jack Bennett Road and Lystra Road will be resurfaced. Signal lights at 15-501 are also part of the state transportation plans.

Dr. Robin McCoy, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, presented copies of three updated School Improvement Plans to the Board. The individual schools followed with separate presentations. The plans were approved following the presentations. The schools were:
• J.S. Waters School
• Moncure School
• Chatham Middle School

The Board heard an Integrated Pest Management presentation from George Greger-Holt, who works in the area of Safe and Drug Free Schools for the district. The presentation was related to the NC School Children’s Health Act of 2006 that says the school system shall use an Integrated Pest Management program that minimizes pesticide use. Greger-Holt also shared a draft of an Integrated Pest Management policy for the Board to consider.

The Board decided to meet on February 5 at 6:30 p.m. to prepare for its upcoming meeting on February 12 with the Commissioners. The meeting will be held in the boardroom at the central office in Pittsboro.

In her Superintendent’s comments, Dr. Hart announced the names of newly National Board Certified Teachers in Chatham County Schools. She noted that they will be included in a fall banquet that also recognizes retirees and teachers of the year. She announced that a Moncure second grader, Lane Childress, was an award winner in a recent art contest. Dr. Hart acknowledged county bus drivers for their safe running of routes during inclement weather last Thursday. She announced the upcoming county science fair awards night that will be held on February 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the Jordan-Matthews auditorium. Dr. Hart reminded the Board of the upcoming redistricting information sessions at Silk Hope and Siler City Elementary and the joint meeting between the Board and Commissioners.

Jim Davis, Chief Technology Officer, requested fifty hours of temporary staffing in the Technology Department to process recyclable computing assets. The Board approved the request.

The Board approved the following fundraiser requests:
• Chatham Central: Senior Beta Club – paper heart sale for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
• Chatham Central: Senior Class – t-shirt sale
• Horton: general fund - magazine sale
• Northwood: general fund – pictures (spring, cap & gown, and graduation)
• Perry Harrison: Student Council – winter dance
• Silk Hope: general fund – pictures (individual, class, and winter sports teams)

Susan Little, Chief Financial Officer, presented four budget amendments to the Board. These were approved.

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