By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Edgecombe County Board of Education will have its regular meeting at a new location this month – the Edgecombe County Public Schools (ECPS) Professional Development Center at 403 Beasley St. in Princeville.
A 6 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new center will precede the board meeting.
“We are thrilled to open up the new ECPS Professional Development Center! The center will serve as a catalyst for high quality professional development for leaders throughout our county,” said Superintendent John Farrelly. “The building has been totally renovated at a nominal cost and includes top of the line technology access."
David Coker, director of maintenance and transportation for ECPS, oversaw the building’s renovation.
“We saw great value in the building for use as a place to conduct staff development,” Coker said. “It is going to be a great asset for Edgecombe County. It’s what we’ve needed for a while and I am proud to know it turned out really well.”
Associate Superintendent Karen Dameron expressed her eagerness to use the new building to provide professional opportunities for staff on topics such as emerging technology and new curriculum standards.
“With the amount of training going on, we will be utilizing this building to its maximum usage,” said Dameron. “This allows us to bring large groups together simultaneously. We can now have professional development going on in several places.”
Farrelly said the building would also be available to staff at the adjacent Princeville Elementary School to use for retreats.
Following the ribbon cutting, the board will begin its 6:30 p.m. business meeting with several recognitions, including Barnhill Construction Company, Inc. The company headed up the professional development center project.
The board will hear several items for information:
A slideshow of the weight room renovations at Tarboro High School, focus school of the month for the district.
“Read to Achieve,” a comprehensive plan for K-3 reading achievement under the Excellent Public Schools Act.
2013 North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey
Edgecombe Community College “College and Career Readiness Department Enrichment Plus Program”
North Carolina Pre-Kindergarten Program Evaluation 2013-2014 Project Summary
Race to the Top District Grant
The district’s 1:1 K-12 technology initiative
ECPS graduation rate – 77.4 percent for a four-year cohort, compared to the state’s rate of 82.5 percent.
A donation awarded to ECPS for the North Edgecombe High School Ag Program-Greenhouse Project in the amount of $5,000
The board will vote on the following action items at the meeting:
Approval of the memorandum of agreement between ECPS and Edgecombe County Health Department
Approval of the 2013-2014 ECPS traditional calendar addendum
Approval of the board’s participation in helping support the North Carolina School Boards’ Action Center Fund with an annual contribution
Approval of child nutrition procurement plan for 2013-2014
Approval of a fundraiser at W.A. Pattillo School and several fundraisers at SouthWest Edgecombe High School
The board then will go into closed session to discuss personnel management, student transfers and legal issues. After reconvening in open session, the board will discuss work session meetings and microwave and refrigerator fees.
A news release from Edgecombe County Public Schools contributed to this report.