Guilford County Board of Education
September 25, 2009
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GCS Receives 2009 Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Great Start Award
The board recognized the district as a recipient of the 2009 Indoor Air
Quality Tools for Schools Great Start Award from the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency. Recently, GCS formed an indoor air
quality project team that will be leading the district’s efforts in
identifying, correcting and preventing indoor air quality problems. The
project team will work to implement the EPA’s program, a comprehensive
resource that helps districts maintain a healthy environment in school
The board approved the following items on the consent agenda:
- Meeting Minutes
- Personnel Action Reports
- Approval of North Carolina A&T State University – NASA Grant
- Agreement with State Employees’ Credit Union to Construct Sidewalk at Oak Ridge Elementary School
Approval of Low Performing School Plans
The board approved the revised action plans to be
submitted to the Department of Public Instruction for the following
schools designated as low performing: Fairview Elementary, Gillespie
Park Elementary, Hampton Leadership Academy, Montlieu Math and Science
Academy, Oak Hill Elementary, Parkview Elementary, Hairston Middle,
Andrews High, Dudley High and Eastern High.
School districts must develop improvement plans for
schools designated as low-performing by the state’s ABCs of Public
Education. Low performing schools are those that failed to meet their
expected growth standards and have less than 50 percent of their
students' scores at or above Achievement Level III.
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Program Update
Dr. Barbara Zwadyk, chief curriculum and organizational
development officer, and Robert White, director of college tech prep
and career and technical education, presented an update on the
district’s CTE program. In Guilford County, students have the
opportunity to select from a wide range of CTE courses to assist them
in preparing for post secondary education and employment in technical
careers. The district offers 97 CTE courses in grades 6-12. During the
2008-09 school year, 295 CTE teachers provided instruction to about
23,242 unique students.
CTE courses provide the foundation for College Tech
Prep, a course of study that prepares students to enter technical
careers after completing two or four years of college study. College
Tech Prep completion also provides students with the eligibility to
apply for the CTP Scholarship at Guilford Technical Community College.
This fall, 288 GCS graduates received the scholarship.
CTE makes a difference. The 2007-08 four-year cohort
graduation rate overall for North Carolina students was 70.3 percent,
and for Guilford County it was 79.7 percent. For North Carolina CTE
completers the rate was 88.0 percent, and for GCS CTE, it was 97.3
Oak Ridge Elementary School Update
Leo Bobadilla, chief operations officer, and Angelo Kidd,
Western Region superintendent, presented an update regarding Oak Ridge
Elementary. The Facilities department holds weekly conference calls
with Turner Building Science and Design, LLC and continues to work with
the group on developing protocols for work being done. The vinyl
composition tile (VCT) is installed and testing of airflow is being
conducted. The district received final protocols from Turner on work in
the crawlspace, sheet rock, ceilings and flashing and roof repairs. It
is estimated that it could take until the end of November to complete
these projects. Protocols from Turner are still pending on other
repairs and final cleaning.
Since students and teachers split into three school
locations, Oak Ridge Military Academy (ORMA), Northwest Middle and
Colfax Elementary, parents and school staff have shared some concerns.
These concerns include staff finding materials that were stored during
the move, help for teachers who monitor the bus hub at Northwest daily,
technology available at the ORMA site and the availability of library
The board authorized to execute the application for the
release of the education lottery distributions for 2009-10.
Andy LaRowe, director of facilities and construction
management, presented an update on the district’s construction
projects. Twenty six projects are underway with many in various stages
of the design process. These projects include continuing work at the
new Jamestown Middle facility and boiler replacements at six schools.
At the site for the Meredith Leigh Haynes – Bennie Lee
Inman Education Center, the contractor has completed the first phase of
site grading and has begun footing installation. The district is
planning a groundbreaking ceremony for Sunday at 3 p.m. A rain date of
Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. has been reserved in the event that it is needed.
Dr. Gongshu Zhang, chief accountability and research
officer, presented an update on SAT results. In 2009, GCS had the
lowest number of students to take the SAT since 2003. This decrease was
mostly among white students, while African-American students reached
the highest percentage among SAT takers since 1999. While the
district’s total score on the math, reading and writing sections
decreased, the number of schools whose total mean scores of exceeded
the state and national scores increased in 2009. Among the top 10
percent of school class ranked students, GCS has outperformed North
Carolina and the nation for six consecutive years. Among the top 40
percent school class ranked students, GCS performed about the same as
North Carolina, which is below the national average.
Law Enforcement Use of Tasers
Chairman Duncan led the board in a discussion regarding the use of tasers by law enforcement.
Evaluation of Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green
The board approved a statement on the annual evaluation
of Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green and approved to extend the term of
his contract by one year.
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