Preview of the Sept. 11 Board of Education meeting
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012 - The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education will meet Tuesday as part of its regular schedule. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the auditorium of the Education Building, 4801 Bethania Station Road, Winston-Salem, N.C., 27105.
The board is scheduled to recognize:
Karen McNeil-Miller, President of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The trust is funding WS/FCS early education teachers in their training as part of a larger plan to improve children’s readiness for school.
Karel Chandler of the Forsyth Educational Partnership. Karel has been instrumental in getting the Educator Warehouse up and running for the 2012-13 school year. The warehouse provides free classroom supplies and materials to WS/FCS teachers.
Julie Merrill, Crystal Heyland and Sara Cook of Speas Elementary. The school was recognized as part of the Smart Exemplary Educatory Program.
Mallie Graham and Home Moravian Church for the Benevolence Funding for the Diggs-Latham partnership.
a back-to-school report, including updates on facilities, the summer feeding program, transportation, technology, enrollment trends and the BELL summer school program.
a summary of last year’s discipline report.
the district’s performance on the ACT. The state began giving the ACT to all high school juniors last year as a way to measure how well schools are preparing students for college.
a summary of the scholarships earned by the Class of 2012.
an update on the new driver’s education fee. Starting this fall, students have to pay $45 to take driver’s education. The 2011 General Assembly cut funding for driver’s education in 2011-12 and began allowing school system to charge a fee to cover the cost of the course. WS/FCS did not charge a fee last year and lost money on driver’s education, so it began charging $45 this fall.
a report on the building-and-grounds committee meeting that will take place at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. The report will include an update on the possible stadium for Reynolds High School.
a budget revision that would allow the school system to buy class sets of laptops and additional technology for classrooms to prepare for online testing in science for grades 5 and 8 and high school biology. The technology would equip about 300 classrooms and cost about $3.9 million.
awarding a contract to replace the boiler at Parkland High School.
a one-year contract with Winston-Salem Federal Credit Union to open a student-run credit union at Flat Rock Middle School. The contract would be for one year and is valued at $5,000 for the school. It would also provide a $1,000 annual stipend to one Flat Rock employee to supervise the credit union.
a contract with the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, Inc., to provide various services. The school system has a long relationship with the YMCA, and the contract includes a weekly swimming program for students with special needs, a free swimming program for students at the Downtown School and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy, before- and after-school child care at several elementary schools, and access to swimming pools for selected high school swim teams.
a contract with AlphaBEST Education, Inc., to provide after-school programs at Clemmons and Southwest elementary schools. The company would pay the school system $1,000 per month to rent the school programs and pay up to $3 a week for each student enrolled in the program.
How teachers use training in systems thinking in their classrooms with their students.