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         BOARD REVIEW for January 14, 2014

 

The Lexington City Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on January 14, 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:

 

  • LEXINGTON CITY BOARD OF EDUCATION
  •             I.          Spotlight on People and Programs
  •                         A.        City Council Representative – The Board recognized Mayor Newell Clark.
  •                         B.        Be Somebody Recognitions
    • $1The student recognized was Jorge Arguelles Velazquez, a 3rd grade student at Southwest School.
    • $1The teacher recognized was Matt Spirakus, a Kindergarten teacher at South Lexington School.
    • $1The classified staff member recognized was Tyra Gryder, a 4th/5th grade assistant at Pickett School.
    •                         C.        Jacket Academic Boosters Club – Mr. Curlee handed out copies of the newly created Jacket Academic Boosters Club brochure.  The brochure provides information about the boosters club and describes how people can be a part by supporting academics locally.
    •            II.          Consent Agenda – The consent agenda was approved.
    • A.              Student Placement
    • B.               Substitutes
    • C.      Overnight Field Trip Requests
    •          III.          Appearance by Citizen(s) – No citizens requested to address the Board.
    •          IV.          City Council – No school related business was discussed in the January 13th City Council Meeting.
    •            V.          Business and Finance
      •                         A.        Monthly Financial Statement – The financial statement was approved.
      •                                     Shelly Gentle gave the monthly financial report.
      •          VI.          Building and Grounds
      • A.              Pickett Construction – The Pickett construction project was approved.
      • Donna Smith updated the Board on the outcome of the bids for the addition to Pickett Elementary School.  The project is expected to be completed in October.
      •         VII.          Curriculum & Instruction
        •                         A.        Karen Villines – Lexington Health Department – The curriculum was approved.
        •                                     Ms. Valanes presented a teen pregnancy and STD prevention program, “Making Proud Choices” that will be taught in 9th grade health class.  The program has been very successful and has had a very positive impact in Thomasville City Schools, where it has been taught for several years.
        •                         B.        Digital Teaching & Learning Grant – Mrs. Gossett
        •                                     Mrs. Gossett presented the technology grant application that she is in the process of submitting.  Funds will be used for professional development for instructional staff system-wide.  Using Google Apps and face-to-face sessions, teachers will work collaboratively to build instructional units using instructional materials available on SchoolNet as well as other open-source digital content.    The goal is to develop instructional design using system-wide norms, to ensure high levels of rigor and relevance through vertical alignment, and to foster collaboration and collegiality through the sharing of resources.
        •                         C.        Tech Plan – Mrs. Gossett – The Tech Plan was approved.
        •                         D.        Credit by Demonstrated Mastery – Mrs. Piggott – Credit by Demonstrated Mastery was approved
        •                                     Credit by Demonstrated Mastery is a process by which schools, based on a body of evidence, can award student credit in a particular course without requiring the student to complete the classroom instruction for a certain amount of seat time.  It is a way for students to benefit from subject-level acceleration, as opposed to whole-grade acceleration.
        •       VIII.          Board of Education
          • A.              Set date for January school visit
          •             The Board will visit Charles England January 28th at 11:45.
          • B.              Superintendent Evaluation Instrument (2 additional criteria) – the additional criteria were approved.
          • C.                25% Teacher Contract Law – The 25% Teacher Contract Law was approved.
          • D.        Quarter Cent Sales Tax Referendum Committee
          •             Dr. Walser, former Davidson County Schools’ superintendent and county commissioner, will lead a new committee focused on gaining support for the upcoming sales tax referendum in May.  The purpose of the referendum will be fund a new high school in northern Davidson County.  The referendum will be a challenge, and in order to gain support he has requested representation from the Lexington City and Thomasville City School systems.  Scott Biesecker agreed to represent Lexington City Schools on the committee.
          • E.        Delta Sigma Theta Sorority MLK Breakfast – January 20th, 2014
          •             Mr. Kriesky invited all Board Members to attend the MLK Breakfast. 
          •          IX.          Superintendent
          •                         A.        Comprehensive Needs Assessment
            •                                     A representative from NC Public Schools will visit our middle and high schools to do a comprehensive needs’ assessment.  The information gained from this assessment will help principals in both schools as well as Central Office administrators.  A comprehensive needs’ assessment will be done for the elementary schools at a later date.
            •            X.          Closed Session

 

 

 

 

            XI.       Personnel