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PLAN TO BE PRESENTED MAY 19
BY SUSAN USHER
Brunswick County school board members cleared
the deck Monday night for Superintendent Ralph J.
Johnston to reorganize his administrative and superviso
ry staff, adopting a resolution of authorization and en
Johnston is finishing work on a plan of reorganiza
tion he is expected to present at the board's next meeting
Wednesday, May 19, at 6:30 p.m. at the central office in
South port, said Chairman Donna Baxter.
Since joining the system seven months ago he has
been observing the structure of the system and assessing
the capabilities of its administrators, he said.
The resolution written by Johnston and adopted
unanimously Monday by the board will allow Johnston
to reassign personnel within the system without having
to post or advertise the positions. Once reassignments
are completed, any vacancies that still exist will be post
ed, advertised and filled in the usual fashion.
The resolution reaffirms the board's intent to allow
the superintendent "a large degree of flexibility in as
signing administrators to positions best suited to their
talents and abilities" and to meeting system goals.
It also notes that the board has "an inordinate num
ber of principals and assistant principals" employed in
interim status, a kind of lengthy probationary period.
That happened partly because of the change in superin
tendents and the possibility that a new superintendent
might want to create his own team of administrators.
Monday night the board also accepted a new plan by
the superintendent for presenting candidates rccom
mended for employment.
In future school board members will be sent resumes
and applications of qualified persons. They are to call
Johnston if they have concerns about a particular candi
date and that person would be taken from the list of can
didates which would be considered in open session, in
stead of behind closed doors.
"Then only the things that really need to be dis
cussed in executive session would be discussed there,"
said Johnston. "1 think that is in keeping with the spirit
of the state's Open Meetings Law. It's a better way to be
open in what we do."
In other business the board addressed these issues:
?Education Foundation: Former school board member
Robert Slockctt, president of the reorganizing
Brunswick County Education Foundation, requested 1) a
resolution giving the foundation "partnership status"
with the schools and 2) Superintendent Ralph Johnston
calling a joint meeting of the school board and
Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees re
garding an action plan proposed a year ago for develop
ing the Brunswick County Math-Science Alliance.
?Presidential Classroom: West Brunswick junior class
president Dan Martin of Sunset Beach, reported on his
participation in the Presidential Classroom, which pro
vided an "insider's look" at how the federal government
?Classroom on Wheels: JTPA Coordinator Anne
Mitchell and tcachcr Harold Johnson reported that the
grant-funded "Classroom on Wheels" is providing gen
eral after-school tutoring for more than 80 students in
Navassa, Bolivia and Town Creek and that the bus that
is to serve as the actual classroom is nearly ready for
?MATCH Program: Carol Midgctt of the county
Geometry Team's MATCH (Mathematics Ambassadors
Teaching Children How) program for middle and ele
mentary school teachers said next year training will fo
cus on geometry, measurement and probability and sta
tistics, areas teachers said they felt least prepared to
teach. An 518,250 grant from the N.C. Public School
Forum will provide week-long, tuition-free summer sci
ence day camps for 20 teachers and 60 Brunswick
County students in grades 3 through 5.
?A+ Arts In Schools: Southport Elementary School has
been awarded a grant to participate in the A+ regional
arts program, contingent upon approval of matching
funds included in the local budget.
?School Calendar A 1993-94 school calendar was
adopted (See related story in this issue.).
?Lincoln Primary: Assistant Superintendent Bill Turner
that several other ventilation- and leakage-related prob
lems at Lincoln Primary School have been corrected and
that a professor from A & State University is ready to
bring in a team of experts to test and inspect the building
and make recommendations in early June for improving
indoor air quality.
?Passing Stopped School Buses: A motion was adopted
supporting state legislation to make it easier to prosccutc
drivers who pass stopped school buses, with William
Fairley voting against the measure.
?Rcaccrcditation: A motion was adopted to pursue rcac
crcditation of the county's high schools by the Southern
Association for Colleges and Schools in spring 1995.
?Office Support Personnel Pay Schedule: A revised pay
schedule for office support personnel was adopted,
retroactive to April 1. Committee member Polly Russ
said the plan realigns jobs with like duties regardless of
whether they are at the central office or a school, is "fair
to everybody," and will make the school system more at
tractive to qualified candidates when filling vacancies.
Among other changes, school secretaries will be called
administrative assistants, to better reflect their actual du
ties. The retroactive pay will show up on employees'
pay checks at the end of May and in mid-June, said
Finance Officer Rudi Fallon.
?School Improvement: A proposed policy drafted by
member William Fairley outlining content and submittal
procedures for individual school's Performance Based
Accountability Plans in the future was approved, with a
second reading required next month. The policy address
es weaknesses in the system used this year.
?Summer School: Summer school will be offered for
specific students in grades 3, 6 and 8 from June 21
through July 29, with no program for high school stu
dents. No money was available to provide courses with
out charge and Superintendent Ralph Johnston said there
wasn't enough interest to offer a tuition-based program.
Most of the county's summer school funds have been
used to provide ongoing remediation during the school
year after school and on Saturdays.
New School Calendar Avoids
Mid-Week Starts And Stops
BY SUSAN USHER
Maximizing "time on task" for
teachers was the driving force in
creating a 1993-94 school calendar
adopted on a 4-1 vote by the
Brunswick County Board of
Meeting four hours Monday night
at South Brunswick High School in
Boiling Spring Lakes, the board ap
proved a school calendar that calls
for tcachcrs to report Aug. 23 and
students Aug. 30.
June 10 would be the last day of
classes, with high schools having the
choice of holding commencement
June 11 or June 12.
Board member Polly Russ voted
against the motion by Yvonne Russ
to adopt the calendar, saying teach
ers had expressed concerns to her.
In discussion prior to the vote,
Russ questioned scheduling only
four workdays at the start of school,
with eight at the end, and starting
the school year near the end of the
month. She said teachers would
have to change their budgets be
cause, under the new calendar, pay
day will move from the 13th of each
month to the 22nd of the month. Pay
day is set based on the date tcachcrs
begin work cach school year.
However, William Fairlcy, a
member of the calendar committee,
said the tcachcrs who served on the
committee did not express much
concern over cither issue.
He said the calendar was devised
to get "a full solid week out of virtu
ally every calendar week," eliminat
ing as many mid-week starts and
stops as possible. For example, stu
dents arc dismissed at their usual
times on Fridays, Dec. 17 and April
1, for the winter and Easter holidays.
"We wanted a calendar that would
maximize time on task for tcachcrs,"
said Fairlcy. "That was the driving
force. I view this as a very compact
and efficient calendar for the school
The concern about payday, he
7 993- 7 994 Brunswick
County School Calendar
Aug. 23 First day for teachers
Aug. 30 First day for students
Sept. 6 Labor Day holiday?no school
Sept. 8-9 Pre-testing days
Sept. 17 Teacher workday?no classes
Nov. 5 Teacher workday?no classes
Nov. 11 Veteran's Day holiday?
Nov. 12 Report cards issued
Nov. 25-26 Thanksgiving holidays
Dec. 17 Students dismiss at regular
time for holidays
Dec. 20 Teacher workday?no classes
Dec. 21-31 Christmas, New Year's?
Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
Jan. 28 Teacher workday?no classes
Feb. 4 Report cards issued
March 4 Teacher workday?no classes
April 1 Students dismiss at regular
time for holiday
April 4-8 Easter holiday?no school
April 15 Report cards issued
May 30 Memorial Day holiday?
June 7-8 Post-testing days
June 10 Last day of school for students
June 11-12 High school graduations
said, "doesn't seem to be an appro- the 15th, rather than lying payday to
priate driving force for designing a the date school begins.
calendar. It ought to be what is good The county principals' organiza
for the students." lion had submitted an alternative
While it may be too late for any calendar for ihc committee's consid
changc to take effect this school year, eration. It called for students to re
Fairlcy said the calendar commiucc turn to class Aug. 23 with the last
wants to seek passage of a local bill day of school around June 6, South
that would ailow the Brunswick Brunswick Middle School Vice
County Schools to issue paychecks Principal Tom Simmons noted after
on a given day of the month, such as the meeting.
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