The Board of Education of the Wilkes County Administrative Unit met in a regular meeting at 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2017 in the Arnold and Becky Lakey Boardroom at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina 28659.
Present for meeting were Chairman Mr. Randall “Rudy” Holbrook, Vice-Chairman Mrs. Sharron Huffman, Board Members Mr. Darren Shumate, Mr. Kirk Walker, and Mrs. Leslie Barnes. Also present were Superintendent Mr. D. Mark Byrd, Associate Superintendent Ms. Anna Lankford, Executive Director of Personnel Dr. Westley Wood, Chief Technology Officer Ms. Julie Triplett, Executive Chief Finance Officer Mr. Seth Prevette, Director of Development Mr. Dennis Huggins, Director of CTE Mr. Wayne Shepherd, Director of Child Nutrition Mr. Marty Johnson, Director of Transportation Mr. Eric Barker, Director of Student Services Ms. April Marr, Director of Testing and Accountability Dr. Donna Cotton, Director of Exceptional Children Ms. Jennifer Blankenship, Director of Pre-K & Elementary Education Dr. Susan Blackburn, Director of Foreign Languages Dr. Joe Bullis, Director of Maintenance Mr. Bergie Speaks, Director of Athletics and Healthful Living Mr. Chris Skabo, AIG Coordinator Ms. Angie Lamb, Public Relations Officer Ms. Morgan Mathis, and Executive Administrative Assistant Ms. Carolyn Triplett.
Prior to calling the meeting to order, Chairman Mr. Rudy Holbrook recognized Board Member Mr. Darren Shumate to lead the Invocation.On a motion by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Barnes and duly carried, the agenda was approved as presented.
On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Shumate and duly carried, the minutes for November 6, 2017 were approved as presented.
On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Shumate and duly carried, the Personnel Report was approved as presented.
Resignation(s) and/or Retirement(s)
Retirement effective – January 1, 2018 with twenty-eight years six months of service
Retirement effective –January 1, 2018 with twenty-five years one month of service
Resignation(s) and/or Retirement(s)
Retirement effective – March 1, 2018 with thirty years of service
Retirement effective – March 1, 2018 with twenty years and seven months of service
Retirement effective – January 1, 2018 with nine years and six months
On a motion by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mrs. Huffman and duly carried, the Class Ranking Revision for Policy 3450 was approved as presented. The policy will now move “Honors” and “High Honors” designation to the Latin System of Honors recognition. This policy will begin with the graduating class of 2019.
On a motion by Ms. Barnes, seconded by Mr. Shumate and duly carried the Business Advisory Committee was approved as presented. House Bill 450 requires each local board to establish a Business Advisory Council to assist the school system in identifying economic and workforce development trends related to training and education needs of the local community and to advocate for strong local CTE programs. The council must have at least nine members that reflect the education, business, and community makeup of the local school administrative unit (LEA).
On a motion by Mr. Walker, seconded by Mr. Shumate and duly carried the Memorandum of Agreement between Barium Springs Home for Children and Wilkes County schools was approved as presented. This is an annual document that allows Barium Springs to access the Neglected and Delinquent funds allocated in the 2017-2018 Title I Plan. The amount allotted for this school year is $7,827.00 based on the number of students served in 2016.
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On a motion by Mrs. Huffman, seconded by Mr. Walker and duly carried, the budget amendments were approved as presented.
Current Expense Special Use Fund: Decrease $60,282.00
Mr. Mark Byrd, Superintendent presented for discussion the 2018-2019 School Calendar Draft. For the fifth consecutive year, this will be a 164-day student calendar. Due to calendar legislation, the start day for school can be no earlier than August 26, 2018. This calendar will go before the board in January for final approval.
Chairman Mr. Holbrook had the following announcements:
Chairman Mr. Holbrook announced the next meeting to be January 8, 2018. This meeting will be held in the Arnold and Becky Lakey Boardroom located at 613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro, North Carolina beginning at 5:30 PM.
On a motion by Mr. Shumate, seconded by Mrs. Huffman and duly carried, there being no further business, the board adjourned at 4:48 PM.