The Alexander County Board Of Education met Tuesday evening: This report courtesy of Renee Meade, Director of Public Information and Communications
Ellendale Elementary School Update
Ellendale Elementary School Principal Crystal Hoke updated the school board members and administration during the March 13 meeting. Mrs. Hoke provided each board member with a copy of the Leader in Me framework. She began by saying the staff were trained on the paradigms of leadership. The school has spent the past two years working on the practices of teaching leadership principles and creating a leadership culture. The focus of the school is now aligning academic systems.
The phase of aligning academics includes aligning school goals, grade level goals, classroom goals, and individual goals. Each group set wildly important goals (WIGs) for school, grade levels, classrooms and the student leaders set their individual goals. The WIGs were based on data from last year and benchmarks.
An important part of the process is recognizing and celebrating goals that have been met. The school has a bulletin board as a scoreboard to monitor progress. Mrs. Hoke referenced the cadence of accountability in monitoring the progress at the school.
Four Ellendale students, Meredith Wike, Jeremiah Whitaker, Adisyn Eckard, and Addison Head presented their leadership notebooks to the board members and discussed the highlights of their academic and personal goals.
Associate Superintendent Dr. Betsy Curry shared a curriculum update with the board of education members. She began by announcing the curriculum changes that are expected to be implemented. The NC English Language Arts and Mathematics Standard changes will go into effect in the 2018-2019 school year. The changes for English Language Arts have been previewed by Dr. Curry and several coach representatives and do not appear to be substantial. Dr. Curry reported that these changes would not be assessed until the Spring of 2020. Dr. Curry and an instructional coach will be trained on the math changes next week and will make necessary changes to the curriculum in the next couple of months. The new K-8 math standards will be implemented and assessed in the 2018-2019 school year. Dr. Curry reports that she does not anticipate significant changes to the curriculum as a result of the changes in standards.
Dr. Curry shared preliminary information about the Every Child Succeeds Act. According to the NC Department of Public Instruction website, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and was approved by the U.S. Congress and signed into law in December 2015. The ESSA reauthorizes the nation’s national education law and longstanding commitment to equal opportunity for all students and replaces the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Dr. Curry provided a brief overview of North Carolina’s emerging initiatives, promising practices, and proven programs.
“Teachers and administrators are to be given tremendous credit for their perseverance in implementing best practices that are improving learning opportunities for our students. In times when teachers are being expected to do more with less, our teachers are digging deep to meet the diverse needs of all students,” stated Dr. Curry.
Award of Honor Nomination Deadline Announced
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner read the guidelines for nominations of the Award of Honor. Nominations may be made from the second week in February to the second week of March each year. The Award of Honor guidelines and nomination form can be found on the school system’s website at www.alexander.k12.nc.us/aohnomination.
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner began her report by reminding school board members of upcoming events including the visit to Wittenburg Elementary on Monday, March 26, Ellendale Elementary’s Leadership Day on Friday, March 16, and Hiddenite Elementary’s Leadership Day on April 20.
Alexander Central High School will be hosting the State Student Council Convention this weekend. The event is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Board members were encouraged to attend the opening session scheduled for Friday evening at 6:00 p.m. in the Alexander Central Auditorium.
The budget committee will meet tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. in the small conference room to discuss budget projections for the 2018-2019 school year, the five-year facility schedule of repairs and improvements, and the budget request for the county.
School Board Policy Revisions Approved
School board members voted to approve 16 policy revisions.
Policy No. 2310 – Public Participation at Board Meetings
Policy No. 2400 – Board Policies
Policy No. 3000 – Goals and Objectives of the Educational Program
Policy No. 3100 – Curriculum Development
Policy No. 3110 – Innovation in Curriculum and Instruction
Policy No. 3230/7330 – Copyright Compliance
Policy No. 3300 – School Calendar and Time for Learning
Policy No. 3410 – Testing and Assessment Program
Policy No. 3420 – Student Promotion and Accountability
Policy No. 3460 – Graduation Requirements
Policy No. 3470/4305 – Alternative Learning Programs/Schools
Policy No. 3530 – Citizenship and Character Education
Policy No. 3540 – Comprehensive Health Education Program
Policy No. 3640/5130 – Student Voter Registration and Pre-registration
Policy No. 2110 – Board Member Election
All Alexander County Board Policies are available for review by the public at www.alexander.k12.nc.us or the Alexander County Board of Education Office on Liledoun Road.
Head Start Budget Submission Approved
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner presented the refunding application budget and self-assessment to the board members. The budget did not include the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) or other salary increases. Board members approved the budget request.
In 2018-2019, Alexander County Head Start plans to blend NC Pre-K and Head Start classes. There will be some class location changes made to enhance the programs.
School Safety Plans Approved
Dr. Bill Griffin, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, presented the outline for school safety plans to be a part of the school improvement plans pursuant general statute 115c-10527. The plans were shared during the closed session last month. The plans were approved.