By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Staff cuts in Edgecombe County Public Schools are up for approval at Monday evening’s board of education meeting. The proposed “reduction-in-force” includes 10 classroom teachers, 16 teacher assistants, four lead Common Core teachers, one central office classified position and the equivalent of 20 months of employment in the Career and Technical Education program. The cuts are due to a projected $1,593,668 reduction in the district’s state and federal funding for the 2013-2014 fiscal year, as well as a decrease in the district’s enrollment.
Other action items on the agenda include the approval of a budget amendment for the current fiscal year, a request from administration to change the pay date from June 27 to June 24, approval of the 2013-2014 payroll calendars and approval of auditor selection for the current year.
The board’s regular business session will follow a time of special recognitions at 6 p.m. Because of the Gold Key student recognitions, the board will meet in the gymnasium of W.A. Pattillo School at 501 E. Ave. in Tarboro instead of its usual location in the central office board rooms.
“Gold Key students are recognized at the end of each semester at the December and May board meetings,” said Lauren Edmondson, communications and community relations coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools. “Up to four students from each school are nominated for the award by their teachers for serving as positive role models in the classroom and throughout their schools. Awarded students may have demonstrated good citizenship, made an extra effort academically or successfully overcome a challenge.”
Other recognitions at the meeting include middle and high school math competition winners and the district’s employee of the month – Etheleen Wilkins, bookkeeper/ office manager at Edgecombe Early College High School.
Following its regular business session, the board will enter into closed session to discuss personnel and student management and will return for an open session. At that time, the board will discuss the process for evaluating the school superintendent and the board’s meeting schedule and budget for 2013-2014. In a recent work session, Board Chair Ann Kent proposed dividing the non-fixed portion of the board’s budget into seven equal increments so each member would have an opportunity to travel and attend training sessions.