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Chatham County Board of Education meeting summary for December 4th

Posted Tuesday, December 5, 2006

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Bear Creek, NC - The Chatham County Board of Education met on Monday, December 4, at Chatham Central High School.

At 7:15 p.m. newly elected Board of Education members Gerald Totten and Kathie Russell and re-elected member Deb McManus were sworn in by Dana Hackney, Assistant Clerk of Court.

Dr. Hart then directed the Board in its election of a Chair and Vice Chair. Norman Clark was elected as Chair and Deb McManus was elected Vice Chair.

Dr. Hart recognized Julian Smith and the Chatham Central High School FFA Nursery/Landscape team for its success at the National FFA Convention competitive events in October. The team won the Nursery/Landscape competition and team members were among the top individual contestants.

Dr. Hart recognized the Jordan-Matthews High School girls' tennis team which was coached by Anne Mathias. The team won the state 1A girls' tennis team championship.

Board members reviewed and approved the amended meeting agenda. They also reviewed and approved the amended minutes from the November 27th regular session.

In her Superintendent's Report, Dr. Hart mentioned information about upcoming meeting opportunities for Board members. She thanked meeting host Chatham Central. Dr. Hart introduced Tina Hester, the new Chief Personnel Officer, and Susan Little, the new Chief Finance Officer. She also noted the 1A state champion Chatham Central baseball team. Dr. Hart congratulated Bunnie Brewer, technology facilitator at Jordan-Matthews, on receiving the state high school Technology Educator of the Year award last week.

Board members who attended the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) conference in November shared highlights from sessions they attended.

The Board discussed the makeup of a redistricting committee. The Board voted that the committee will be comprised of two Board of Education members (Gerald Totten and Norman Clark) with other members acting as alternates, two parent representatives decided on by each affected school's PTA, the two principals of the affected schools, Dr. Hart, the Asst. Superintendent of Auxiliary Services, and the Director of Secondary Education. The Chief Personnel Officer and Chief Technology Officer would participate as needed. The committee meetings will be public meetings.

Dr. Robin McCoy, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, presented copies of two updated School Improvement Plans to the Board. The individual schools followed with separate presentations. The schools were:
o Bennett School
o Chatham Central High School

Students from the Chatham Central High School CARE Club, a tolerance group, shared with Board members some of their activities and information about a workshop they recently attended.

The Board approved the following fundraiser requests:
o J.S. Waters: Media Center - Scholastic Book Fair
o Perry W. Harrison: Second Grade - Holiday Ornaments Sale
o Jordan-Matthews: Girls' Tennis Team - Poster Sale & Rocking Chair Raffle
o Northwood: Art Club - New York City trip
o Northwood: Art Club and Art Department - Calendar and Card Sale
o Northwood: Student Council - Spirit Wear Sale
o Northwood: Triple S (Students Supporting Soldiers) - Donations
o Chatham Central: FCCLA - Spaghetti Dinner

The Board scheduled a site tour for the Jack Bennett Road property on Wednesday, December 13, at 10:30 a.m. A new high school has been proposed for this site. The public is welcome to join the Board for the site tour.

The Board gave its permission for a feasibility assessment by the North Carolina Ecosystem Enhancement Program. The purpose of the assessment would be for donation of permanent conservation easements for tax credits.

The Board held a closed session following the open session meeting.

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