Guilford County Board of Education
September 8, 2009
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GCS Employee of the Month for September 2009
The board recognized Brandon Herbin, technology assistant at Cone Elementary, as the September 2009 Employee of the Month.
GCS Volunteer of the Month for September 2009
The board recognized Valerie Stern, a volunteer at Grimsley High, as the September 2009 Volunteer of the Month.
ARC Educator of the Year
The board recognized Katie White, a life skills teacher
at Erwin Montessori, for being named the ARC Educator of the Year.
Sharon Ozment Named One of the Triad’s Top Chief Financial Officers
The board recognized Sharon Ozment, chief financial
officer, for being honored by The Business Journal as a finalist for
Chief Financial Officer of the Year.
Piedmont Medical Alliance Presents Defibrillators to the Board of Education
The board recognized the Piedmont Medical Alliance for
its donation of defibrillators to be placed at 14 elementary schools.
The board approved the following items on the consent agenda:
- Meeting Minutes
- Personnel Reports
- Authorization of the Safe and Drug Free Schools (Title IV) Grant Application
- Authorization to Sign and File the 2009-10 Title I Application
- Contractual Agreement with Brooks General Construction for Field Additions at Southwest High School
Consideration for the Renaming of Madison Elementary School
Nora Carr, chief of staff, presented to the board
additional information regarding the naming of Madison Elementary. At
the August 27 meeting, it was suggested that the school be renamed one
of the following names: James Madison Elementary, Dolley Madison
Elementary or James and Dolley Madison Elementary.
After staff’s research for the naming source of Madison
turned up no definitive information, the board voted to leave Madison
Elementary’s name as it is.
Continued 2009-10 Budget Discussion
The board adopted an operating budget for the 2009-10 school year totaling $590,685,328.
The budget reflects a total of $21.9 million in
reductions, with $11.84 million coming from schools and $10.03 million
coming from administrative support services. As a result, the
percentage of funding going directly to schools in Guilford County
Schools (GCS) increased from approximately 79 percent in 2008-09 to 81
percent in 2009-10, while the percentage of funding going to
administrative support services decreased from slightly more than 21
percent in 2008-09 to 19 percent in 2009-10.
In the spring, staff identified $36 million in potential
cuts. Since total reductions for the district were about $14.1 million
less, board members have considered and approved items to keep in the
final budget over the last several board meetings. At Tuesday’s
meeting, the remaining $4.9 million was allocated.
The budget includes the restoration of the remaining
weighted student formula dollars to schools (about $5.8 million) and
the addition of $2.1 million to balance class sizes and deal with other
school-based needs. The budget also restores $500,000 in funding for
maintenance and $333,997 in support of curriculum and instruction
In addition, the board approved holding $3 million in
reserve in order to manage potential state budget shortfalls that could
occur later in the school year. The budget also reinstates
approximately 13 central office positions.
Update on Oak Ridge Elementary School
Leo Bobadilla, chief operations officer, presented to the
board an update on Oak Ridge Elementary. Although the district is
still waiting on a final report from the National Institute for
Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), the Facilities staff is
continuing to work with Turner Group to begin the appropriate next
Report on H1N1 Influenza and Pandemic Flu Plan
Nora Carr, chief of staff, presented to the board a
report on the H1N1 influenza and pandemic flu response plan. With H1N1
continuing to cause illness across the nation, GCS worked with the
Guilford County Department of Public Health to update the district’s
Pandemic Influenza Response Plan.
The updated plan, along with a checklist for
school-based preparations and a communications toolkit, has been shared
with principals and senior managers and has been posted on the GCS Web
site. Information regarding H1N1and germ prevention has been shared
with all GCS staff members.
Once an H1N1 vaccine becomes available later this fall,
the Department of Public Health has asked GCS to consider hosting free,
school-based vaccination clinics. The district also anticipates making
the vaccine available to employees when it becomes available, along
with the annual seasonal influenza vaccine.
President’s Speech to Students
Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green and Chairman Duncan led
the board in a discussion regarding the President’s speech to students.
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.