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Board of Education meeting notes - 5/14/07

By Gerald Totten
Posted Thursday, May 17, 2007

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Pittsboro, NC - Our May 14th meeting was largely taken up with the first reading of new and revised personnel policies. The length of time taken to discuss the policies may have caused some visitors to leave but those revisions and confirmations were way overdue and long awaited for clarification purposes. This series was probably the largest segment we will have to discuss so those of you who became bored and left, please come back!

Other items of general interest discussed were a number of scholarship awards for Chatham students, 3 of which were from the State Employees Credit Union of $10,000 each. The Gaines family who have roots in the Goldston area created scholarships and awarded land off of Big Woods Road for the study of Future Farmers of America programs and for Chatham students use.

Some time was spent discussing how the planning was progressing on relocating mobile classrooms to accommodate increased enrollment at North Chatham Elementary. It is my belief those units should be in place before the school year starts in August even if some other schools are inconvenienced for a short time until Virgina Cross opens. If we wait until Virginia Cross opens in mid-October or later then begin to move mobile units, those children at North Chatham will probably not have their own classroom until after the holiday break. I think that is unacceptable when we already know our track record in providing timely mobile classrooms is not good because of planning glitches.

The closed session which began at 6:45 p.m. and was adjourned for the purpose of holding the regular meeting then reconvened after 10:30 developed the personnel agenda listed on the schools’ web site. In addition, we approved some salary adjustments involving certain maintenance employees who were mis-classified for a significant period of time.

The Human Resources Director also provided a schedule of choke points where her department and others will be reviewing all positions for relevancy as well as fair compensation for the jobs actually being performed. There was assurance that the internal study and recommended changes, if any, will be completed by the first of the calendar year.

Once that internal review is completed, the Superintendent and the Director of Human Resources assured the board we would then request a performance audit by the State Auditor. That performance audit is something a number of citizens have been insisting upon for years. It generally results in positive personnel and performance matching along with a report card as to how effectively the organization is operating.

The delay for the internal review will be closely watched so that we do get that performance audit. Heretofore it has been resisted by previous boards and a retired superintendent so the assurance by current folks is welcomed.

On the 17th the two elected boards will again meet for an all day tour of the high schools. The goal is to provide mutual understanding of the condition of our schools.

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