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Board of Education Meeting Recap (April 12, 2021)

The following is a brief recap of the April 12,  2021 Board of Education Monthly Meeting:
 
After approving its agenda with some minor agenda changes and additions, Chief Finance Officer, Leslie Rouse, gave the Board an update on an NCDPI memo notifying school districts that as part of a statewide business system modernization, effective July 1, 2021, the Department of Public Instruction will no longer support the installment pay system, and the installment payouts in June and July 2021 will be the last payments. LEAs which currently use the State installment system will be required to implement a new process to meet the requirements of the law. Per G.S.115C-302.1(b), teachers are required to be provided an option to receive their 10 month pay in 12 monthly installments. Mrs. Rouse shared that the recommended and best option now for WCPS employees is for them to work with their chosen financial institutions to establish a summer savings account. This move will impact 1,081 WCPS employees. Click on Link to see all of the memos and materials associated with this agenda item.
 
The Board unanimously approved a Proclamation proclaiming April as Month of the Military Child. As a part of the proclamation, April 16 has been designated as Purple Up!. Employees and community members are encouraged to wear purple as a visible gesture of support for students with a parent serving in our nation’s military. The Board then heard a Presentation from Jamie Livengood (WCPS Military Liaison Counselor) and Christy Barnes-Williams (SJAFB School Liaison) about the positive impact the United States military has on WCPS, Wayne County and North Carolina. They also noted the strong relationship between WCPS and SJAFB and the strong supports that schools have in place for military connected students. A Video Spotlight was also presented to recognize all 32 WCPS schools for receiving a North Carolina Purple Star Award designation  - making WCPS a Purple Star District - for their demonstrated military-friendly practices and a commitment to military students and families. 
 
The Board then unanimously approved the following proclamations, policies, and agreement:
Proclamation of Autism Awareness Month
Proclamation of Occupational Therapy Month
WCC Board of Trustees - Recommendation for Reappointment of Veda McNair
Policy 3420-Student Promotion and Accountability
Policy 4001-Equal Educational Opportunities
Policy 4700-Student Records
Policy 7310-Staff-Student Relations
Policy 7335-Employee Use of Social Media
Memorandum of Agreement between Mediation Center of Eastern Carolina & WCPS
 
After hearing public comment, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services and Innovative Programs, Dr. Marcia Manning, presented an Agreement to allow WCPS School Psychologists to work on Saturdays and outside of regular work hours to conduct psychological evaluations required for students to have in order to be identified for potential services through the Exceptional Children’s Department.  Like other school districts across the nation, WCPS is experiencing a backlog in this area due to the impacts of COVID-19. The agreement passed unanimously.
 
Assistant Superintendent for Support Services, Dr. Tim Harrell, presented a Contract Agreement for Fremont Elementary School between Pinnacle Architecture, P.A. & WCPS. Board member Burden motioned to approve the contract but to delay execution until funding issues have been resolved. The motion was  seconded by Board member Leatham and approved 6-1 [Board member Henderson voting against].
 
Chief Finance Officer, Leslie Rouse, presented an Audit Contract and Fee Quote for auditing services by Anderson, Smith & Wike, PLLC. Motioned by Vice-Chair Democko and seconded by Board member Sanders, the contract was approved 6-1 [Board member Henderson voted against].
 
The following Contacts and Purchase Orders were approved with four items approved subject to legal review: New Direction Solution, LLC; Venture Rehabilitation Group; The Flippen Group, LLC; and another contract with Venture Rehabilitation Group.
 
The Board unanimously approved the surplus and sale of two activity buses due to age and mechanical issues.
 
The Board unanimously approved its Consent Agenda, which included past meeting minutes with minor revisions, a personnel report, and student reassignments/transfer requests.
 
Before moving to closing comments, two Wayne School of Engineering seniors were spotlighted for receiving prestigious scholarships to attend North Carolina State University. Giovonnii Nelson was recognized for receiving the Park Scholarship. Paul Randolph was recognized for receiving the Goodnight Scholarship.
 
The full meetings can be viewed by clicking on Video Link. This meeting and past meeting videos can be viewed by clicking on the following Board Meeting Videos Link. The full April 12, 2021 Meeting agenda can be viewed by clicking on Meeting Link.

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