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School Board Briefs :: June 3, 2014
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BOARD REVIEW for June 3, 2014
The Lexington City Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on June 3, 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. Spotlight on People and Programs
A. Be Somebody Recognitions
• The student recognized was Sebastian Valentin Chavez, a kindergarten student at South Lexington School.
• The teacher recognized was Lytashia Campbell, an English Instructor at Lexington Senior High School.
• The classified staff member recognized was Faye Peebles, EC Assistant at Pickett School.
B. Technology Teachers of the Quarter
Jennifer Steele – Pickett Elementary School
Kathy Brown – Lexington Middle School
C. Lexington City Schools Retirees
Brady Bailey – Jacket Academy
Kay Burkhart – Financial Assistant – Central Office
Cornelia Coble – Lexington Middle School
Laura Cloer – Southwest Elementary School
Leroy Everhart – Maintenance Department
Beverly Hash – Pickett Elementary School
Ellen Lear – Charles England Elementary School
Rona Lockhart – Principal – South Lexington Developmental Center
Pam Mitchell – Media Coordinator – Charles England Elementary School
LTC Ivan Padial – JROTC – Lexington Senior High School
Steve Raker – Lexington Senior High School
. D. Elementary Poetry Winners Recognition
Peja Ellis and Rachel Honeycutt were recognized as the winners of the first annual elementary poetry competition, sponsored by the Jacket 5, students were to write an original poem on the topic of spring. The poems were scored on creativity, originality, tone, mood, word choice and grammar. Each classroom picked a winning poem to compete in a school-wide competition. The top 3 poems were picked from each elementary school for each category, grades 1-2 and grades 3-5 and sent to the Central for final judging to determine the winners. The winning poems, “It’s Spring!” and “Welcoming Spring” were read by Peja Ellis and Rachel Honeycutt respectively.
E. LSHS Honors Chorus Recognitions
• Lexington High School students James Clodfelter (sophomore), Remy Clodfelter (sophomore), Jack Davis (Junior), Meredith Groce (Freshman), Hana Martish (Senior), Ryan Seenanan (Senior) and Madison Zehmer (sophomore) were all chosen by audition to be in the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association High School and Junior High Honor Choirs. Each choir had only 160 singers that were chosen from all over the Southeastern United States. The choirs met in Jacksonville Florida from March 5-8, 2014. After attending rehearsals from Wednesday thru Saturday, their concerts were presented on Saturday March 8th for the choral directors, families and friends at Jacoby Hall in the Times-Union Center in Jacksonville.
• Lexington High School students Olivia Brown (sophomore), Jack Davis (junior), Ryan Seenanan (senior), and Madison Zehmer (sophomore) were chosen by audition from a pool of approximately 1000 students from central and western North Carolina to participate in the Mars Hill Choral Clinic. The choir rehearsed for two days then gave a concert at Mars Hill College on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
• Lexington High School student Ryan Seenanan (senior) was selected by audition from over 1200 singers from all over North Carolina to be in the 160 voice NC Honor’s Choir. The choir rehearsed for two days then gave a concert in the Steven’s Center in Winston-Salem on Sunday, November 10, 2013.
• Emma West, a 7th grade student at Lexington Middle School was selected by audition from a pool of 1100 students from the state of North Carolina to participate in the North Carolina Honors Chorus in Winston-Salem, NC. The choir rehearsed for two days then gave a final concert on Sunday, November 10th for the choral directors, families and friends.
II. Consent Agenda
The consent agenda was approved.
A. Overnight Field Trip Request
B. Student Placement
C. Substitute
D. Wellness Policy
III. Appearance by Citizen(s)
No citizens requested to address the board.
IV. City Council
In the May 12th board meeting, city council approved to allocate $100 current years' neighborhood funds from Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Alley to Lexington City Schools towards the Jacket Academic Booster Club. City Council members were reminded of the LCS Graduation Commencement Ceremony Friday, June 13th at 6:00 p.m. in the LSHS Philpott Stadium. No school related business was discussed in the meeting of May 27th.
V. Business and Finance
A. Board Resolution opposing Senate Budget
The board resolution was approved.
B. Monthly Financial Report
Shelly Gentle gave the monthly financial report.
C. Budget Amendments
The budget amendments were approved.
D. LCS Continuing Budget Resolution
The continuing budget resolution was approved.
VI. Curriculum & Instruction
A. Building and Grounds
The Board received an information packet that is being presented to the County Commissioners to request additional funds for needs of the system. This was for information only and no action was required by the Board.
B. LCS Career Technical Education Plan
Nicole Piggott gave a presentation of the Career Technical Education local plan. The plan is tied to the CTE grant, and will be submitted to the state pending approval by the board. The CTE plan was approved.
C. Read to Achieve
Emy Garrett gave an update on Read to Achieve. Test results show that only 32% of elementary students will need to attend the Summer Reading Camp, a remarkable improvement over last year with 66% of students requiring summer reading instruction. Ms. Garrett attributed the great improvement to a lot of hard work by the Elementary Instructional Coaches.
VII. Board of Education
A. Report of board visit to South Lexington on May 20th
Several board members reported on the board visit to South Lexington. The visit was very enjoyable and there were several positive remarks.
B. Reminder of change in July board meeting date: July 15, 2014.
C. LCS App.
Celia Gossett presented a new app, schConnect by School Connect that LCS will use to give students and parents another means of staying connected with their child’s school. SchConnect allows parents to access grade books, lunch menus, and calendars, while allowing administrators to post important information to parents as needed. Parents may choose from 6 languages, and the app is absolutely free to the school system and to the parents. SchConnect may be downloaded from the iTunes app store to iPhones, iPads or iPod Touch. It is also available from Google play for smart phones. Ms. Gossett will provide training to administrators on its use this summer.
D. Employment Procedures
Dave Fairall distributed a packet to board members outlining proposed new employment procedures. The proposed changes would make the hiring process more streamlined. The information was for information only, and will be discussed in more detail in the July board meeting.
E. Project Potential
Project Potential has requested the use of the LEA Foundation for fundraising purposes, a nonprofit foundation previously used for grant purposes that is no longer used by LCS. The request received conditional approval pending results after further investigation by David Inabinett, the board attorney.
F. Board Resolution Opposing Senate Budget
The board resolution was approved.
VIII. Closed Session
IX. Personnel



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