The full video of the October 2014 meeting of the Macon County School Board is below.
Here is a briefing of what transpired during the meeting, starting with a roll call of local media outlets represented at the meeting.
•Mental Health Issues in Schools & Assistance
•Reducing the Amount of Casualties
•Law Enforcement Tactics
•Role of the School Resource Officer
•School Administrators Response
•Profile of the Active Shooter
•Active Shooter History
If you are a stakeholder in the school system or an emergency responder and would like to register for the course, click here.
I covered an active shooter drill at WCU in 2009 with the permission of WCU Staff and local law enforcement. I posted video and photos as the drill took place, simulating live coverage of a shooting event.
The Daily record in Wooster, Ohio recorded video during a similar drill in 2013 and is posted below:
And here is a active shooter response training video produced by a public school just northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio:
There were numerous requests for over or out of district trips and requests to engage in various fund raising programs and personnel notifications presented and approved by the board.
The board approved a MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with R.E.A.C.H. of Macon County that "formalizes the commitment" of the two organizations "to work together to provide age appropriate prevention focused education for students, employees, and/or parents." The goal is to prevent sexual violence and to respond appropriately to those ho have been victimized.
The board approved a Clinical Psychologist Contract with Dr Reva Ballew.
The board heard and approved the first reading of proposed revisions to Board Policy #810 and #800. (Hyperlinks lead to the documents).
The board also approved an application for a $25,687.80 reimbursement from the Child and Adult care Food Program for food (afternoon snacks) delivered to various after school programs.
CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
Carol Arnold presented an update on the Title I Program in Macon County.
Learn more about what Title I is at the following websites:
NC Dept of Public Instruction
NC Public Schools
Todd Gibbs presented information on renewing Macon Early College's participation in the Cooperative Innovative High School Program. The board approved.
Learn more at the following links:
NC General Statute Authorizing the program
Nancy Cantrell presented a College and Career Promise update.
Some of the information follows:
Macon county students are taking a total of 1,800 semester hours of credit, saving an estimated $135,000 in tuition, activity and tech fees based on $75 per semester hour of credit.
Breakdown by school: (School/Semester Hrs Credit/Est. cost savings)
Macon Early College 1,374 hrs credit for $103,050 of savings
Highlands School 73 hrs credit for $5,475 of savings
Nantahala School 33 hrs credit for $2,475 of savings
Franklin High School 320 hrs credit for $24,000 of savings
Dr Chris Baldwin, Superintendent of Macon County Schools, pointed out that the $75 per credit hour is what community colleges charge per credit hour. He said that WCU charges $300 a credit hour and other schools charge even more, some being triple that cost...so the savings would depend on what school the student attended.
Learn more about this program at the Dept of Public Instruction.
BUILDING AND GROUNDS
The board approved a request by Highlands Country Club to use a bus and discussed carpet replacement bids at Union Academy and Nantahala School. The board also approved shutting down the Owen House due to a failed inspection by the county Fire Marshal. Bringing the building up to code would be cost prohibitive, so the board directed Terry bell to investigate demolition options, including possible use by SCC during a live fire training class.
Board members also heard another update on the septic system at the old Cullasaja Elementary School. The school board has had the property for sale and is trying to maintain the septic system in order to help the property attract potential buyers.
The board discussed ongoing problems with the Drivers Education Car and voted to replace the car with a car that used to be used for Drivers Education and repair the current Drivers Education car and return it to the Board of Education fleet.
Maintenance Supervisor Tracy Tallent informed the board that his crew has salvaged $4,600 of scrap and requested that the amount be credited to his department for the purchase of tools. He mentioned that there would be additional salvage, as it was an ongoing process. The board approved up $5,000 for that purpose.
BUSINESS AND FINANCE
The board voted to disburse $39,722 to the county for a School Resource Officer grant and amended the 2014-2015 Budget Resolution, a copy of which is below:
BOARD OF EDUCATION INFORMATION
Dr Chris Baldwin shared information regarding the Franklin High School FFA Quiz Bowl Team competing on a national level. The board changed the November meeting date to December 15th at Nantahala School. The board then voted to approve a proposed meeting calendar for 2015, a copy of which is posted below:
Dr Baldwin and the board also scheduled the swearing of board members who win the election on December 1st at 9 am.
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