Guilford County Board of Education
October 6, 2009
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GCS Employee of the Month for October 2009
The board recognized Jackie Burney, assistant principal at Oak Ridge
Elementary School, as the October 2009 Employee of the Month.
GCS Volunteer of the Month for October 2009
The board recognized Paul Farrar, volunteer at Allen Jay Elementary, as the October 2009 Volunteer of the Month.
Dudley High Step Team Recognized on Nationally Televised Program
The board recognized Dudley’s male step team, known as
UMOJA, for winning $5,000 on national television after competing on
BET’s 106 & Park in a segment called “Wild-Out Wednesday.”
The board approved the following items on the consent agenda:
- Personnel Reports
- 2008-09 Budget Amendments and Transfers Report
- 2009-10 Budget Resolution
- Approval to Submit Application for GoldenLEAF
Opportunities for Work in Aerospace Manufacturing Grant sponsored by
the GoldenLEAF Foundation
- Praylor Construction Company, Inc. Bid Withdrawal for the Southern Middle School Auditorium and Athletic Field Improvements
Public Hearing and Approval for the Naming of the New Northeast High School Gymnasium
The board voted to name the gymnasium at Northeast High
after a longtime educator and faculty member. The Northeast gym is now
called the John Primm Gymnasium.
A veteran in the Northeast community, Primm started at
Northeast Junior High in 1972. Since then, he has served as a history
teacher, mentor, coach and athletic director. Primm moved to Northeast
High in 1981. For more than 20 years, he taught AP U.S. History and AP
European History. He was the athletic director at Northeast from
1989-2008 and has also served as the commissioner of the 3A Athletic
Conference for the past four years.
Update on Oak Ridge Elementary School
Staff is continuing to remain in constant contact with
the National Institute of Safety and Health (NIOSH). NIOSH has
requested additional information regarding some of the work that has
been done at the school.
Meanwhile, GCS continues to work with Turner Building
Science and Design, LLC on the Oak Ridge facility. Turner has provided
the district with protocols for various scopes of work throughout the
school. The district expects to receive additional protocols within the
next couple of weeks for other work that will need to be performed.
There have been concerns regarding some minor roof leaks
and an imbalance of room temperatures at Oak Ridge Military Academy
(ORMA). GCS is working with ORMA to resolve both of these issues.
Also, Leo Bobadilla, chief operations officer, explained
that the work currently taking place at the school is estimated to
cost $450,000, which is $40,000 more than the board had set aside. This
amount does not include additional work that may need to take place
after GCS receives NIOSH’s final report. Sharon Ozment, chief financial
officer, is researching how the district can pay for this work. The
board would approve any additional dollars that would be set aside for
Preliminary Update: Cumulative Effect
Dr. Amy Holcombe, executive director of talent
development, and Dr. Gongshu Zhang, chief accountability and research
officer, presented to the board a preliminary update on Cumulative
Effect. Cumulative Effect is a focus project within Mission Possible
that includes all Mission Possible high school math teachers as well as
math teachers from Southern and Eastern High Schools. Funded through
local, federal and foundation dollars, the primary focus of Cumulative
Effect is to develop the content knowledge and instructional skills of
high school math teachers.
Since implementing Cumulative Effect, the district has
seen a strong applicant pool for the positions and this year, 100
percent of Cumulative Effect math positions were staffed on the first
day of school. Additionally, teacher and principal turnover has
decreased and school climate has improved based on annual faculty and
parent surveys. However, when it comes to student achievement, there are
still some fluctuations in reducing the gap between Cumulative Effect
and non-Cumulative Effect schools.
Opening of Schools Survey
Dr. Eric Becoats, chief administrative officer, presented
to the board information regarding the opening of schools survey. All
GCS principals were surveyed regarding the support Central Office
provided during the opening of schools. The response rate was 67.5
percent and overall, the results were positive.
Nomination for the Raleigh Dingman Award
The board approved to submit an application for Dr. Nancy
Routh for the Raleigh Dingman Award sponsored by the North Carolina
Schools Boards Association.
Guilford County Board of Education meetings are broadcast live on GCSTV 2 (cable channel 2). The meetings re-air the day after the meeting at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Saturday following the meeting at 1 p.m.