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Board of Education meeting outcomes – April 8, 2014

Board of Education meeting outcomes – April 8, 2014. (Download PDF)

Board of Education meeting outcomes – March 18, 2014

Board of Education meeting outcomes – March 18, 2014. (Download PDF)

Board of Education appoints new assistant superintendent at March 18 meeting

The Board of Education approved the following staff appointments at its March 18 meeting:

  • Bradley McMillen has been appointed Assistant Superintendent for Data and Accountability.
  • L. Roy Teel has been appointed Interim Principal at Knightdale Elementary School.
  • Martha McCaskill has been appointed Interim Assistant Principal at Wendell Middle School.

Please note – This list includes new appointments. The board may also have approved contract extensions or modifications for employees to continue serving in their current roles.

Superintendent outlines investments in literacy, graduation, and employee salaries in proposed 2014-15 budget

Superintendent Jim Merrill gave the Board of Education an overview of his proposed $1.37 billion budget for next year at the board’s March 18 meeting.

Among the highlights, Merrill advocates for the return of additional intervention staff to help students at high schools with graduation rates below 80 percent, the investment of $930,000 in K-12 literacy initiatives, new Spanish and Chinese immersion programs, and a 3.5-percent salary increase for all WCPSS employees.

“While we are encouraged by recent comments by the Governor concerning state salary increases for early career teachers, we need to send a strong local message to our employees of their worth and importance,” Merrill said in his budget message.

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Board of Education meeting outcomes – March 4, 2014

Board of Education meeting outcomes – March 4, 2014. (Download PDF)

Board of Education requests repeal of new teacher contract legislation

The Wake County Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution on March 4 formally asking the N.C. General Assembly to repeal a new law governing teacher contracts.

The law, part of the Appropriations Act of 2013, requires school districts to select 25 percent of their teachers to receive offers for new four-year contracts. The contracts would include $500 raises annually for four years, but would also require teachers to relinquish career status rights they have earned under North Carolina law for consistent strong performance. Continue Reading . . .

Wake County honors Trailblazers

The Wake County Board of Education will honor the pioneers of the school desegregation movement of the 1960s-70s in a Black History Month program. The effort will begin a year of research and efforts to recognize the individuals who helped integrate the schools that would become the Wake County Public School System.

Board of Education meeting outcomes – February 18, 2014

Board of Education meeting outcomes – February 18, 2014. (Download PDF)

“Good cause” exemptions for Read to Achieve

The Wake County Board of Education has approved including alternative assessments such as Case 21 as “good cause exemptions” for the assessments required by the state’s new Read to Achieve law. Read to Achieve requires that third-grade students read at grade level before promotion to fourth grade.

The board’s action came this weekend during its retreat in Garner and is in response to a request from the State Board of Education for local approval of alternative assessments. At the State Board meeting, Wake had proposed using the Case 21 benchmark assessments as good cause exemptions. Other school systems had also proposed using mCLASS Reading as another alternative assessment.

Last week, the state Board of Education approved the proposals from Wake and 29 other NC school districts contingent upon local board approval. The decisions potentially reduce the numbers of students required to use portfolio assessments.  Wake staff be providing additional detailed information to schools and parents in the very near future.

Board of Education meeting outcomes – February 4, 2014

Board of Education meeting outcomes – February 4, 2014. (Download PDF)