By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
The Edgecombe County Board of Education moved quickly through a number of action items at its Monday meeting.
The renaming of the Family Resource Center in Princeville to Edgecombe County Public Schools Professional Development Center was the first action item on the agenda that met with board approval. The district plans to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the center at its Sept. 9 meeting. Superintendent John Farrelly said the remodeling of the building was needed and the district plans to use the facility on a regular basis for professional development settings and the staff of Princeville Elementary would have the option of using the facility for retreats.
“It’s a fantastic building,” Farrelly said. “We feel like this is going to be widely used.”
Another action item approved by the board was an increase in fee for the service rates for the ECPS childcare, preschool fee for service and Kidstation Afterschool Program for the 2013-2014 school year. The charge for the infant and toddler programs will be $125 per week, preschool — $75 per week, and afterschool — $60 per week. The ECPS childcare center is a five-star center. Parents have the option of applying for scholarship funding for the programs through the Down East Partnership for Children. The rates have not increased since 2008.
“Over the amount of years, that seems like quite a deal, doesn’t it?” said Board chair Ann Kent.
Board vice-chair Evelyn Wilson agreed, “It is a great deal.”
“I hate to see us go up on it. I realize the need to do so,” said board member Faye Taylor, noting that the childcare programs were originally established as an incentive for teachers.
“With the teachers not getting any salary increases…I just hate to see us go up,” she said.
The board also approved the following action items at Monday’s meeting:
An increase in the tuition rate for the 2013-2014 school year for students residing outside the county. The new rate is $1,036 for the year.
The 2013-2014 Title I, Part A, No Child Left Behind Act Grant. The allotment is $2,096,755, a reduction of $36,250 from last school year. The district has 10 Title I schools this school year, with North Edgecombe High School being added to the list. The high school has 207 low-income students, representing 80 percent of the school’s student population. North Edgecombe is the only high school in the county with a Title I designation.
An agreement between the board and Pro Active Therapy to provide therapy to eligible students in the 2013-2014 school year.
G.W. Carver Elementary School holding a fundraiser with The Candy Man, Inc. Sept. 3-15.
The Thigpen-Staton-Glover-Jenkins-Pettaway Reunion using C.B. Martin Middle School past the limited six hours on facility use policy.