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School Board Briefs :: September 2, 2014

BOARD REVIEW for September 2, 2014
The Lexington City Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on September 2, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Administrative Office located at 1010 Fair St., Lexington, NC. At that time they considered the following items:

I. Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved.
A. Student Placements
B. Memorandum of Agreement – Davidson Co. Health Department
C. Males Only Contract
D. Substitutes
II. Appearance by Citizen(s)
No citizens requested to address the board.
III. City Council
No school related business was discussed at either city council meeting.
IV. Business and Finance
Shelly Gentle presented the budget for 2014-2015. The budget was approved.
V. Building and Grounds
A. Pickett Construction Update
Donna Smith with Ramsay Burgin Smith Architects, Inc. updated the board on the Pickett School renovations. Construction is still proceeding according to schedule and she anticipates will be complete by October 30th.
B. Science Lab Renovation
The renovations to the high school science labs discussed in the last board meeting will be delayed. Due to recent safety regulations, a school may not partially renovate any science lab without completely renovating the lab to include the same safety standards required for a new construction. The cost of this would be prohibitive at this time, but we hope to be able to renovate the chemistry lab this summer, and depending on projected cost and budget, possibly the physics lab as well.
VI. Curriculum & Instruction
A. Growth & Achievement
Mr. Kriesky gave a presentation about the importance of looking at both subject mastery and student growth to have a better understanding of how well schools are preparing students for the next grade level. This was in preparation for state achievement data that will be released by NCDPI on Thursday.
B. Summer Reading Camp
Emy Garrett gave a presentation on the summer reading camp and its success with enabling students to become proficient in reading. At the conclusion of the summer reading camp, a total of 78.2% of third grade students were proficient in reading for the 2013-2014 school year, a marked increase from prior years.
Nicole Piggott gave a presentation of the ACT data. ACT data is now a part of the high school testing data composite and all 11th grade students are now tested.
D. Restructuring of Technology Program
Celia Gossett gave a presentation of the problems with the current technology plan at the high school, a plan in which each student was given a laptop to use at school that he or she could take home. The plan will now focus on laptop carts that will stay in the classrooms.
VII. Board of Education
A. Set date for September School Board visit
The board will visit South Lexington on Tuesday, September 23rd at 11:45.
B. NCSBA District Meeting, Annual Conference, & National Conference
Board members were informed of upcoming NCSBA meetings. Those choosing to attend any of the meetings may e-mail or call Modestine to be registered.
VIII. Closed Session
IX. Personnel