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Summary of the Chatham County Board of Education meeting on July 12

Posted Thursday, July 12, 2012

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Pittsboro, NC - The Chatham County Board of Education held a special meeting on Thursday, July 12, in the central office board room.

The board approved its consent agenda.

Superintendent Robert Logan announced changes in leadership at three schools during the meeting. Charles Aiken, currently the principal of North Chatham School, will become the Executive Director of Middle Grades and Title III for the district. Dale Minge, currently the principal of Pittsboro Elementary School, will move to the position vacated by Aiken at North Chatham. Chris Poston, currently the principal of Bennett School, will become the principal of Pittsboro Elementary School as Minge moves to North Chatham. The district will hire a new principal at Bennett. Though each will begin some work in their new positions, all three principals, Aiken, Minge, and Poston, will remain at their current posts until a new Bennett principal is on board.

New Business

A. 2011-2012 superintendent evaluation (informational item) - The board used the state’s new North Carolina Superintendent Evaluation Instrument in completing Superintendent Logan’s annual evaluation. The board announced Superintendent Logan met or exceeded all seven of the strategic standards that are evaluated. He will now develop new strategic goals for the 2012-2013 school year and present them to the board.

B. 2012-2013 recommended restoration of proposed budget reductions – The current school year budget picture has improved and will allow the board to approve the following items to be restored in the budget:
• Reduction #14) Restore the nine teaching positions (two to each high school and one each to Horton, Pollard and Chatham Middle);
• Reduction #13) Restore the six instructional services positions;
• Reduction #12) Restore teacher assistants (TA) to 215 days with no TA layoffs, but effective with this year’s budget, do not refill any TA positions vacated due to retirements or resignations, until all locally paid TA positions have been eliminated. This will be used as a strategy to balance future budgets. Presently there are approximately eight vacant TA positions that will not be filled. Schools will not receive TA allotments until late summer to assist in balancing allotments. All other reductions will remain in place for now.

Additionally, the county commissioners allocated funds to implement a two percent increase in the local supplement for teachers and teacher assistants. Since our past practice has been for all school personnel to receive a designated portion of the local supplement, I am recommending that school system funds be used to provide this two percent increase in the local supplement to all other school employees. It is estimated that this will cost approximately $8,000. The board also voted for this as part of its approval of this agenda item.

Superintendent Logan also gave the board a summary of the following from July 3rd legislative decisions on the state budget: Special Provisions – Final including Technical Corrections Bill, SB187. A detailed list is in the board meeting agenda item “2012-2013 Recommended Restoration of Proposed Budget Cuts” and can be accessed via this link.

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