The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


December 11, 2013

BOE appoves 3-year strategic plan

TARBORO — The Edgecombe County Board of Education (BOE) unanimously approved a three-year strategic plan for the school district and presented “Gold Key Awards” Monday.

The board met in the Keihin Auditorium for the awards presentations. The Gold Key Awards were given to students exemplifying academic excellence and outstanding character traits from each of the district’s schools. Superintendent John Farrelly and Board vice chair Evelyn Wilson presented each award winner a plaque and a pin.

During the business portion of the meeting, Farrelly presented the three-year strategic plan to  board members, and told them the plan is the culmination of several months of “collaborative” work involving input from educators, parents and community members.

He called the plan an “ongoing, living and breathing document” that will guide the direction of the district.

Wilson called the plan “key to the success of our school district.”

The plan outlines five core values identified by educators, parents and community members as being important to the district: relationships, safe schools, continuous improvement, rigorous curriculum/ instruction and community. Board chair Ann Kent made a comment on a strategy with the goal of “embracing positive relationships with all stakeholders.”

“I am excited and proud of the community meetings across the district that our leadership team has presented recently,” Kent said. “Providing our community with information about our new curriculum assessment and accountability is crucial for our continued success and transparency.”

Another district plan in the works is the “global school” initiative, which Farrelly took the opportunity to present as an item of information to the board and large audience at the meeting. Farrelly originally presented the proposal to open the global school, Martin Millennium Academy, next August, at a called Nov. 25 board meeting.

“We really feel this is going to be a difference maker for us,” Farrelly said. “It’s an opportunity that’s not currently being provided in Edgecombe County or surrounding counties.”

In other action at Monday’s meeting, the board approved the district’s 2012-2013 audit, as presented by Alan Thompson of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams, & Co. Thompson commended the school district for maintaining its fund balance and continuing its programming despite experiencing losses in federal and state funding. The district’s total fund balance was about $3.4 million in 2012-2013, versus $2.2 million in 2009-2010.

“As we go through the charts, you’ll see very positive trends, and you all deserve credit for that,” Thompson said. He also noted that the district’s financial records are in “good shape.”

Wilson thanked Thompson and his company for conducting the audit once again this year.

“We had a wonderful, good report last year, and we have the same thing this year,” she said. “We appreciate your great work.”

Board member Janice Davidson and Farrelly thanked district finance director Laurie Leary for her work in preparation for the audit, as well.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the following items:

The purchase of 3,000 Samsung Chromebooks to be used by students as part of the district’s digital learning initiative for classrooms of core teachers in grades three through 12.

Budget amendments to state public school fund, current expense, federal fund, enterprise fund and other restricted fund for 2013-2014.

An addendum to the 2013-2014 traditional school calendar, changing North Edgecombe High School’s graduation date to 6 p.m. June 13 and SouthWest Edgecombe High School’s graduation date to 10 a.m. June 14.


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