Notes from the April 30th Board Meeting

Here is a brief recap of our monthly meeting from last night.. Lots of things happened..

1) The SCS voted to suspend the superintendent search until later next school year. Proact group who was conducting the search stated that interested candidates were concerned about board stability, salary, muni districts, etc.. and it was impacting quality of candidates applying. Pushing this out until later would give everyone an understanding of the landscape.

2) The BOE approved a new facilities charter for our facilities committee. This committee will be composed of 5 board members and 2 external members(if needed). The goal will be to holistically review policies as it pertains to use of SCS property. I am currently on this committee and expect to remain. I also expect the committee to closely look at how we deal with property as it pertains to ASD, Charter, and Municipal Schools.

3) Kevin Woods made a motion to reconsider pay for performance model for teachers instead of just a step/ladder program based upon degree and experience. This model is under development and will eventually lead the way for statewide compensation reform. The motion to reconsider passed and ultimately was approved.

4) Rev Whalum’s resolution to put off the merger for a year was defeated 6-14. I supported Whalum but only after I tried to amend the motion to ask Judge Mays to immediately shrink the board to 7. My motion was defeated 8-14. But it was a key discussion point on the effectiveness of our board.

5) School Closures – The board voted to begin the process of engaging t he community over school closures. We did not vote to close anything. This new list includes 10 schools. Among those schools are EA Harrold. Harrold is a good schools at capacity. However, Jeter and Millington ES are very underutilized and there buildings are in great shape. Harrold’s building is in real bad shape. At this point, I don’t support closing it but we need to discuss as a community if any of the options are of any benefit.

6) Custodial Services – We voted last night to outsource all custodial services to GCA (current SCS contractor) at a cost savings of 12 million dollars.

7) Transportation – We voted last night to adopt a hybrid transportation model using our existing  bus capacity which means SCS drivers will keep their jobs and smaller contract with Durham to service the NW and SW portions of the county. Savings to the district was around 6.5 million.

8) The BOE approved a full inventory and forensic audit of both districts prior to the merger to account for assets.

9) Dorsey Hopson presented an update that alll TPC recommendations have been addressed. So the district is almost at 100% complete in terms of TPC recommendations and t heir review and consideration although not all will be implemented at this time.

So what’s next? Budget

The SCS administration plans to present a budget within the next week or two. This budget will then go to the county commission for funding. My expectation is that by the time it gets to them, we will have cut all that we can. It will then be up to us to lobby the cc for an increase to fund the gap.

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2 Responses to Notes from the April 30th Board Meeting

  1. ktfulmer says:

    I have two questions about item number 3 above.

    1. Does this apply to all teachers or just new hires? (i.e. are current teachers potentially going to see their pay decreased because of no longer recognizing their advanced degrees)
    2. Does the model being developed take into account that over 60% of teachers currently do not teach a test subject and currently take the school TVAAS average for 35% of their TEM score? Will the compensation model be based entirely on TEM scores or will other criteria be included?

    • I can answer #1: It will not impact current teachers and their pay.. it will impact new teachers to the district or current teachers who have not started an advanced degree. AS far is number 2 is concerned, we are working on that model. I am waiting to see what the final recommendation is before final approval.

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