Members vote to eliminate senior project
The Craven County Board of Education considered a new procedure for young elementary school students at bus stops during a meeting on Tuesday.
Transportation Director Toni Floyd asked the board to consider approving a new procedure that would permit bus drivers to bring younger bus riders back to school if there is no one to receive them at their bus stops.
The suggested proposal states that pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first- and second-grade students must be met at the bus stop by a parent or a parent designee, which may be a middle school or high school student or other responsible adult. First- and second-graders could be exempt from the new policy with written permission from their parents.
“In doing this, I wanted to give the schools a tool and a form where they could choose if they wanted to implement this to prevent their little students from being left at home, but also give them a waiver so that if we have parents who are like, ‘absolutely not, I can’t be there, I work, my kid is 5 years old and big enough to go in the house by himself,’” Floyd said. “I wanted to bring this to you to look at to get some feedback.”
Floyd said sometimes children are dropped off in the afternoon at their usual bus stop when they were supposed to use an alternative afternoon pickup, either by a daycare or another parent or guardian, but the student forgot. The new policy would keep those children from being left unattended.
The board agreed the procedure sounded like a good idea and wanted to find out what neighboring counties are doing.
Floyd also told the board it would be at least another year before any multi-level bus routes would need approval. She said it was too late to try to plan for combining middle and elementary school students for the 2016-17 school year but she would consider making plans for the following school year.
In another matter, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Cheryl Wilson requested that the board waive the second reading of the graduation policy revision so the 2016-17 student handbook would accurately reflect the requirements.
The board agreed and unanimously approved removal of the senior project from the graduation requirements.
Career and Technical Education Director Chris Bailey asked the board to consider approving the Eastern N.C. Employers and Superintendent Council annual membership fee of $13,300.
A grant from the N.C. Science Center will pay $5,000 of the fee, and Bailey said the Craven 100 Alliance agreed to pay part of the fee if the board would approve paying the remaining $4,300.
The board eliminated the membership payment from the 2016-17 school budget.
The council consists of school superintendents and employers in the region collaborating to improve STEM-related education and employment opportunities.
“If you look at the return on investment from what we have received in grant money from just that $13,300, it’s well over $700,000 that we’ve already received in direct funds,” Bailey said.
He said the total impact has been more than $2 million.
The board approved funding the membership in partnership with the C1A’s agreement to pay $4,000.
The board also approved proposed employment reassignments for administrators, including:
■ Adrian Fonville is now principal at Trent Park Elementary School, replacing Eleanor Patrick. Fonville had been assistant principal at Havelock Middle School.
■ Catherine Alligood is now principal at A.H. Bangert Elementary School; she replaces Michelle Lee.
■ Eleanor Patrick is now principal at Oaks Road Elementary School; she replaces Wendy Riggs.
■ Pamie Reese is now assistant principal at Ben D. Quinn Elementary School; she replaces Catherine Alligood.
■ Wendy Riggs is now assistant principal at New Bern High School; she replaces Mary Hall.
■ Kimberly Scott is now assistant principal at Oaks Road Elementary School; she replaces Pamie Reese.
■ Roneca Wallace is now assistant principal at New Bern High School; she replaces Kimberly Scott. Wallace had been assistant principal at Vanceboro Farm Life Elementary School.
■ Michelle Lee will replace Cheryl Wilson at Central Services as the Learning-Focused coordinator; and Blake Wiggs will serve as the Learning-Focused systems analyst at Central Services. Wilson was previously appointed assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. Lee had been principal at A.H. Bangert Elementary School. Wiggs serves Eastern North Carolina as an instructional coach.
The personnel moves come about a month before school starts for students in Craven County. Interim Superintendent Bill Rivenbark said he was honored to announce the reassignments and recommendations.
At the end of the meeting, Rivenbark told the board how much he had enjoyed his time as interim superintendent and welcomed the next superintendent, Meghan Doyle, who attended the meeting. She will start on Aug. 1.
“I just want to say that I have been welcomed with open arms in the days that I have been able to get back and forth between Onslow County and here, and I’m just looking forward to being here full time, to being in a house here full time, and getting started with the work you all have tasked me with doing,” Doyle said.
The next school board work session is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Aug. 16, with the next action meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Craven County Schools office in New Bern.
Jennifer Cannon is a reporter for the Sun Journal.