March 10th Board of Education Meeting Summary

The Chatham County Board of Education held a meeting on Monday, March 10, 2008, at the central office board room.

Safelle Janitorial Services Company presented its quarterly award to the custodial staff of Siler City Elementary and its employees. The custodians will each receive a certificate and Walmart gift card.

The Board voted to speak with Corley, Redfoot & Zack (CRZ) architectural firm to negotiate a contract for the new high school on Jack Bennett Road.

The Board voted to amend its policy that did not allow employees in certain jobs to retain additional pay for being National Board Certified Teachers. Chatham County Schools will now allow National Board Certified Teachers who move into program facilitator, curriculum resource teacher, or curriculum coach positions to retain their additional pay.

Susan Little, Chief Finance Officer, discussed the 2008-09 Current Expense Expansion Items with the Board. Little reviewed budget amendments that were then approved by the Board. The Board also approved a request to send a letter to the Board of Commissioners to move money within the capital outlay fund.

The Board announced edits to the plan for building a new middle school. A change from a 210 to a 906 seating capacity for the new middle school gymnasium was made. There are also some hallway and exit adjustments. A cost of approximately $400,000 will cover these changes.

David Moody, Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services, presented cost estimates for a mobile classroom pod at North Chatham School. The Board discussed this and other options to relieve overcrowding at the school. One option the Board discussed would be a mobile classroom pod; a second would be the possibility of leasing the current Woods Charter School facility at Cole Park plaza (that is scheduled to be vacated by July 1) to house some of the North Chatham students; and a third option would be re-assignment of students to another school. The Board will consider options to discuss at its March 17th meeting. Board members also briefly discussed overcrowding concerns at Northwood.

The Board approved the following fundraising requests submitted by schools:
Chatham Central – senior class t-shirt sale
Northwood – arts education spring musical t-shirts, dvd, and cast party
Northwood – theatre arts summer drama camp
Northwood – football club youth football camp
J.S. Waters – yearbook sale
J.S. Waters – spring pictures
Perry Harrison – ACC contest benefiting the American Cancer Society
Perry Harrison – Relay for Life Walk

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