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GCS Student Wins National Teen Kids News Reporter Contest
The board recognized Tyler Hardin, a freshman at Weaver Academy, as the first-place winner of the national teen kids news reporter contest.
Shelley Nixon-Greene Recognized for Contributions to February 11 Association
The board recognized Shelley Nixon-Greene, principal of Penn-Griffin School for the Arts, for her contributions to the February 11 Association.
GCSTV 2 Camera Operators for Board Meetings Recognized
The board recognized Janice Butler and Jennifer Klason, camera operators for GCSTV 2 at Guilford County Board of Education meetings.
The board approved the following items on the consent agenda:
- Meeting Minutes
- 2010-11 Budget Amendments and Transfers
- Approval to Submit McKinney-Vento Subgrant Application
- NCDOT Right-of-Way Encroachment Agreements Affecting Ronald E. McNair Elementary School Campus
Multi-Tier Transportation Update
The board approved a new multi-tier bus schedule for the 2011-12 school year. For most schools, the instructional day schedule will change by five to 15 minutes. For a few schools, the change is 25 to 30 minutes. Under the new schedule, the instructional day for traditional schools will be as follows:
Elementary: 7:45 a.m. - 2:25 p.m.
Middle (5 schools): 8:10 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Middle (13 schools)/High: 8:55 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Allen, Guilford, Jackson, Kiser and Mendenhall middle schools will be in the second tier from 8:10 a.m. - 3:05 p.m. Aycock, Eastern, Ferndale, Hairston, Jamestown, Kernodle, Northeast, Northern, Northwest, Southeast, Southern, Southwest and Welborn middle schools will be in the third tier from 8:55 a.m. - 3:50 p.m.
Most magnet schools, high school options and alternative schools will continue with the same bus schedule next year. For a list of the instructional day schedules by school, visit http://www.gcsnc.com/transportation/pdf/Multi-Tier2a.pdf.
The board approved the personnel reports. The board also approved Superintendent Maurice “Mo” Green’s offer to decline the salary increase mandated in his contract and keep his salary at its current level. He has declined the pay increase for three years in a row and has voluntarily lowered his compensation by almost $50,000.
Andy LaRowe, chief operations officer, presented an update on the district’s construction projects, which includes the following:
- At Ragsdale High, the contractor continues with road widening activities along Vickrey Chapel Road, and fire protection installation at the former Jamestown Middle campus. A pre-bid was held on March 21 for contractors interested in bidding Phase 2 trade packages. Bids for Phase 2 will be received April 13 and 14.
- At Southeast High, the contractor continues masonry wall rough-ins on the new main gymnasium. Setting of roof steel trusses is underway. Demolition of interior walls including removal of associated mechanical and electrical infrastructure is underway.
- At Southeast Middle, the contractor has completed installation of roof membrane at the media center addition. Overhead mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins continue. Drywall and masonry wall finishing is underway. Glass installation at windows and storefronts continues.
- At Alamance Elementary, mechanical systems rough-ins continue. The contractor has begun installation of ceiling grid in the classroom wing. Painting and ceramic tile installations are underway.
- At Summerfield Elementary, masonry and insulated concrete form wall installation continues. Mechanical systems rough-ins are underway. Steel erection continues.
- At Southwest High, roof membrane installation continues at the classroom building addition. Mechanical systems rough-ins continue at both the classroom and auxiliary gym additions. Installation of steel joists at the auxiliary gym continue. The contractor continues brick exterior and block interior wall installations.
- At Allen Middle, soil test results indicate that soil in the area of the new addition is not suitable as structural fill. Unsuitable soil remediation in the building pad area has been completed. The undercutting and transporting of soil will result in a delay to the construction schedule. The current substantial completion date is July 15, 2011. Staff is working with the contractor and structural engineer to mitigate cost and schedule delays.
Governance Committee Update
The board approved Policy BH, Guilford County Board of Education Code of Ethics. Revisions were made to the policy to align it with current state law. To view the policy, visit http://www.gcsnc.com/policies/administrative.htm.
Dr. Nancy Routh, chairperson for the governance committee, presented to the board an update regarding the guidelines for employees who use social media networks.
Reports from the Superintendent
The board announced the settlement of the claims of Tanya Tyler, Brian Tyler and Kasharahca Hach in the amount of $20,000.
Guilford County Board of Education meetings are broadcast live on GCSTV 2 (cable channel 2) and also online at http://www.gcsnc.com/depts/gcstv2/gcstv2live.htm. 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.