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Blog: Wake County March 1 school board meeting

Posted March 1, 2011

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— The Wake County Board of Education discusses its 2011 legislative agenda at its board meetings Tuesday, March 1, 2011. Among other items on its agenda are approval of bell schedule recommendations for the 2011-12 school year, a review of the school system's policy on student behavior and discussion of the policy that only allows the school board chairperson to vote in meetings when there is a tie.

7:30 p.m. – 2011 Legislative Agenda

The board moves to approve the 2011 legislative agenda with a few changes.

One is to exclude an item supporting existing rules and regulations by the State Board of Education and the North Carolina School Athletic Association on students participating in public school athletic programs. The reason is that some of the rules and regulations have changed.

It also includes adding an item on allowing the school board chairperson to vote during meetings.

An earlier recommendation by Keith Sutton to include recommendations from the Public School Forum of North Carolina failed. Some board members only wanted some of the recommendations to be added to the agenda.

7:15 – Employment Recognition Initiative – “Pride in WCPSS”

This is a new initiative that will recognize school employees who show their pride in the school system.

Board members and the superintendent’s leadership team will award “pride pins” for employees that help the school system in ways often not visible to the public and do their jobs with a high level of pride.

7 p.m. – Board recognizes magnet schools

Fifteen Wake County schools were recently named by the Magnet Schools of America as Magnet Schools of Excellence or Magnet Schools of Distinction for 2011. Those schools are:

2011 National Magnet Schools of Excellence:
Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School
Bugg Creative Arts and Science Magnet Elementary
Farmington Woods International Baccalaureate PYP Magnet Elementary
Joyner Center for Spanish Language/International Baccalaureate PYP Magnet Elementary
Millbrook International Baccalaureate PYP Magnet Elementary
Ligon Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle

2011 National Magnet Schools of Distinction:
Brooks Museums Magnet Elementary
Underwood Gifted and Talented Elementary
Washington Gifted and Talented Elementary
Martin Gifted and Talented Magnet Middle
Garner International Baccalaureate MYP/DP Magnet High
Southeast Raleigh Leadership and Technology Magnet High
Wake Early College of Health and Science

Honorable Mention:
East Garner IB-MYP Magnet Middle
Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary

These schools were selected from more than 2,000 magnet schools across the country based on criteria that includes innovative instructional strategies, student achievement, diversity goals and parent and community involvement.

6:15 p.m. – Public comments

Fifteen people are signed up to speak, many on student achievement.

5:45 p.m. – Board meeting gets under way

5:15 p.m. – Back to the legislative agenda

There are questions from Sutton about whether the Senate legislative deadline has passed.

There is discussion about whether to submit the agenda as is and revise it at a later date but no decision.

4:45 p.m. – Grading practices

The board hears an update on a review of the district’s grading policy. The review started about three years ago at the request of school administrators.

The purpose of the review is to ensure there is consistency in grading practices among all schools.

Among the questions asked during the review have to do with when to give students extra credit, if students should be punished with reduced grades for academic dishonest.

4:30 p.m. – 2011 Legislative Agenda

The board takes a look at a draft of its 2011 legislative agenda.

Board member Keith Sutton mentions recommendations released Monday by the Public School Forum of North Carolina as "food for thought," when looking at the 2011 legislative agenda.

Among those recommendations, Sutton brings up the ideas of longer school days and extending the school year by 10 days.

Margiotta says the recommendations are things that can be implemented without the approval of the Legislature, but they should be considered for funding reasons.

4:15 p.m. – Discussion of Board Policy 1200 "Duties of Officers"

The school board’s Policy Committee reviewed Policy 1200, regarding the duties of the board chairperson.

The current policy doesn’t allow the chairman to vote unless there is a tie. A change of the policy would require a change of local legislation.

The concern by Board Chairman Ron Margiotta and other board members is whether the board chair is fully representing his or her district if he or she isn’t participating in the vote.

Margiotta says it’s about being able to send a message to not only his district but the entire community about his position on issues.

Some board members point out that he could still make his positions known but still not vote. Margiotta says he tries to stay out of the discussion as a chairperson.


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  • com_mon_sents Mar 2, 2011

    Summers off....is technically "unemployed" so don't use the summers off in any rational talk about teachers working. So you want your children educated during the weeks at Christmas and Spring Break. I am assuming the extra days are INSTRUCTIONAL days...not additional teacher workdays. Still...where's the money going to come from.
    As for the "Save our Summers", you are correct about that, that law completely tied up the calendar for sure!!

  • beckwith07 Mar 2, 2011

    Teachers in traditional schools already get two weeks off. The week of Christmas and a week in April, plus a slew of teacher workdays, plus summers off -- the school year could be extended 10 days. Teachers are certainly getting paid for those days off, except the summer. Crazy talk...not so much!

  • gabi Mar 2, 2011

    Extend the school year by 10 days? How are we going to do THAT with legislation in place requiring school NOT to start before Aug 25 and not allowing it to end after June 10? (Save Our Summers, that whole ridiculous agenda??) We can barely manage to squeeze 180 days of school INTO the amount of time we have allowed in the year for school -- extending it 10 days would actually allow for WEATHER DAYS that don't have to be made up. *gasp!* Common sense! Crazy talk!

  • com_mon_sents Mar 1, 2011

    Extend the school year by 10 days? Where's the money going to come from to pay the teachers for those extra 2 weeks? Or will we just say to them..."you should be lucky that you have a job." Interesting thought...but how will that be funded?