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Response to media about handicapped seating at graduation

posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:43 PM by Valerie Newton

Media Release

June 19, 2018

During the week of June 4, the daughter of Jessica Parnell spoke to West Bladen principal Peggy Hester asking if her uncle, Josh Parnell who is wheelchair bound, could sit with family members at the bleachers during the graduation ceremony. Ms. Hester explained to the daughter that the school has a floor-level designated handicapped accessible seating section for wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.  According to the niece Mr. Parnell said he did not want to sit in the handicapped accessible section.

Due to space constraints, handicapped accessible seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. To accommodate as many family members and guests with disabilities as possible in the designated handicapped accessible seating section, each individual may only be accompanied by one companion.

Ms. Hester told the niece that if Mr. Parnell wanted a family member to sit with him in the designated handicapped accessible seating section that would be allowed.  

Accommodations are made available for guests with limited mobility. The family was made aware in advance of graduation of the designated handicapped accessible seating section.

Handicap parking is available for vehicles with proper placard/tags along with a drop-off and pick-up area in front of the school. Marshals and school personnel are available to assist handicapped persons as needed when entering and exiting the school building during graduation.

The Parnell family arrived at graduation on Friday, June 15 and sat on the first row of bleachers by the stage and entrance doors. Mr. Parnell positioned his wheelchair along the bleachers with his family.

A short time later, the principal (Ms. Hester) approached the bleachers and spoke to Mr. Parnell explaining that the marshals, graduates and JROTC would be processing through the doors directly beside where he was sitting; would he mind moving to the designated handicapped accessible seating section. Ms. Hester explained that the graduates had practiced processing with clearance in front of the doors and bleachers and needed to be able to process into the ceremony as they had practiced. Although sound equipment was set-up along the front of the bleachers, it was located two sections down from the entrance doors and not blocking the processional.  

Mr. Parnell stated he did not want to sit in the designated handicapped accessible seating section because he would not be able to see the stage as well and was not willing to move.  The family also indicated they had spoken to school board member Roger Carroll and were told by Mr. Carroll they could sit where they wanted.

Ms. Hester ended her conversation with Mr. Parnell.  Approximately 1 minute later a Sheriff’s Deputy asked Mr. Parnell to move to the designated handicapped accessible seating section.  Mr. Parnell, along with a family member did move for the remainder of the graduation.

* In speaking with Roger Carroll on the morning of June 19 as a follow-up to the incident, Mr. Carroll verified to me that he did in fact speak to Jessica Parnell, sister of Josh Parnell during the week prior to graduation concerning the handicapped seating section. Mr. Carroll advised Ms. Parnell to talk to the school principal about her concern. Mr. Carroll also told the Parnell’s they could sit out of the designated handicapped section if they wanted but that if they were asked to move they would need to comply or otherwise leave graduation. Ms. Parnell responded that they would stay and Mr. Parnell would move to the designated section.

Response to media about military cords at graduation

posted Jun 19, 2018, 5:39 PM by Valerie Newton

Media Release

June 18, 2018

RE: Student not allowed to wear cord

A letter from the West Bladen High school principal was mailed to students homes on May 24, 2018 and was also emailed on the same day to students in their school Gmail account. * A copy of the letter can be located at the bottom of this page. Additionally, the letter was read aloud to students at both Tuesday, June 12 and Thursday, June 14 graduation rehearsals. Students also received an additional copy of the letter at Tuesday’s, June 12 rehearsal. All requirements and expectations for graduation are outlined in the letter.

Nationally recognized Academic cords are the only cords allowable or permissible during high school graduation.  These guidelines serve as a function of a school’s legitimate interest in celebrating academic achievement and showing class unity.

Any group or organization can provide a cord for any reason, and students are allowed to wear such other cords at Baccalaureate and awards programs, but not during the official graduation ceremony.

Typically, high schools (even colleges and universities) limit what cords/stoles graduates can wear to graduation ceremonies to ensure a unified ceremony. Honor cords are given to those students who have met the standards of a State or National organization which sponsors an Honor Society and to which the local organization has an active affiliation.

Cords/Stoles that are allowable during the official graduation at West Bladen High School are:

·       Honor Graduates (Summa cum Laude – Purple cord, Magna cum Laude – Silver cord, Cum Laude – White cord)

·       CTE Completers – Red cord

·       National Art Honor Society – Multicolored cord

·       National Technical Honor Society – Purple/Silver cord

·       National Beta student – Gold stole and Gold tassel

* West Bladen High School does not have a National Honor Society (NHS) chapter.

The school nor the JROTC program do not issue military cords to students. Any military cord that a student receives is given by the enlisting officer.

Refusal to comply with the published graduation guidelines can justify excluding a student from the graduation ceremony or from receiving their diploma on the day of graduation. No student’s diploma is taken away but instead is held by school administration for pick-up by the student the following week .

While not allowing a student to wear a military cord may lead to the perception that we are not patriotic … this could not be further from the truth. Our mission, in part, is to develop responsible citizens. We cannot think of a more responsible citizen than the ones who select to or are chosen to serve the United States of America.

Pest Control Request for Quote

posted Jun 5, 2018, 12:22 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 5, 2018, 12:39 PM ]

INVITATION FOR REQUEST FOR QUOTE FOR PEST CONTROL

Request for quote (RFQ) for Pest Control services for Bladen County Schools to include the School Nutrition Program, subject to the conditions made a part hereof, will be received at Bladen County Schools Board of Education, School Nutrition Department, 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC,28337. 

Quotes must be received no later than June 11, 2018 by 3:00 pm.  

Copies of Bid Specifications may be obtained at the Bladen County Schools’ School Nutrition Office or by contacting Amy Stanley in the School Nutrition Department.  

Questions and further inquiries may be directed to Amy Stanley, School Nutrition Director at (910)862-4559.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1)      mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
                   Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
                   1400 Independence Avenue, SW
                   Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

(2)      fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3)      email: program.intake@usda.gov.

 

 

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


End of Year Testing Scheduled

posted May 29, 2018, 7:46 AM by Valerie Newton

End of year testing begins on Wednesday, May 30 for the primary and middle schools. Testing for the high schools begins on Monday, June 4. Volunteer proctors are needed through June 8 to help with testing. Contact the individual schools for specifics on how you can volunteer to help.


Clarkton receives special reward

posted May 23, 2018, 7:44 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated May 23, 2018, 7:46 AM ]

Congratulations to Clarkton School of Discovery - first middle school in the state with 100% completion of the Teacher Working Condition Survey. Check given by the NC Department of Public Instruction and State Superintendent Mark Johnson.



 


 


 

Bus Driver Training Class

posted May 21, 2018, 1:32 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated May 21, 2018, 1:32 PM ]

TO: Principals and Bus Managers

FROM: Kenzel McCall , DES, and NCDMV

SUBJECT: School Bus Driver Classroom Training

A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005 and has not taken the training class. 

This Class Is Also Open To The Public: 


DATE: July 9-12, 2018

LOCATION: Technology Computer Lab (behind Elizabethtown  Middle School)

                     1489 Us Hwy. 701 South

                     Elizabethtown, Nc 28337

I would appreciate your support in helping notify all persons who need to attend this class or anyone that wants to help the school out by getting their school bus license. Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity bus will also need to take the class.

Class times are from 9 am to 3 pm each day. This is a four-day class and applicants must be in attendance all four days.

Please contact the School Bus Garage for more information at 910-862-2417.

As always, Thanks for your cooperation.

Child Nutrition accepting bids

posted May 16, 2018, 10:43 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated May 16, 2018, 10:43 AM ]

INVITATION FOR BIDS FOR FOOD & SUPPLIES

Sealed Invitation for Bids (IFB) for furnishing and delivering vending, milk, bread and ice cream products to the School Nutrition Program of the  Bladen County Schools, subject to the conditions made a part hereof, will be received at Bladen County Schools Board of Education, School Nutrition Department, 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC,28337.

Bids must be received no later than June 4, 2018 by the following times: Bread lot by 9:00 am; Milk lot by 10:00 am; Ice Cream lot by 11:00 am; and, Vending lot by 1:00 pm. Vendors can bid on one lot or multiple lots; not subject to all lots.

Copies of Bid Specifications may be obtained at the Bladen County Schools’ School Nutrition Office or by contacting Amy Stanley in the School Nutrition Department. Questions and further inquiries may be directed to Amy Stanley, School Nutrition Director at
(910)862-4559.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the
USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited
from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity
in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print,
audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals
who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.
Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found
online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and
provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992.
Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;
(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or
(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

Bladen County Schools
P.O. BOX 37
Elizabethtown, NC 28337

NC Principal Fellows Program to relocate to NC State in 2019

posted May 7, 2018, 2:47 PM by Valerie Newton

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 2, 2018

 

NC Principal Fellows Program to relocate to NC State in 2019

 

CHAPEL HILL – The University of North Carolina has announced that the NC Principal Fellows Program (NCPFP) will relocate from the UNC System office to NC State University’s College of Education campus in 2019.

 

NCPFP provides a competitive, merit-based scholarship loan to persons of exceptional academic ability who have teaching or relevant experience and desire to enter school administration in a North Carolina public school. The program has been housed at the UNC System office since its creation and has assisted 1,200 individuals.

 

“There are few things more important to building excellent public schools than the quality of principals,” said UNC System President Margaret Spellings. “Combining a successful statewide effort like the Principal Fellows Program with NC State’s nationally-recognized principal preparation program will significantly amplify the impact the UNC System has on the school leadership pipeline in North Carolina.”

 

In accordance with the UNC System’s strategic plan, President Spellings’ goals and Board of Governors initiatives, the system office investigated how current roles and responsibilities align with its core mission, strategic goals and competencies. At the same time, the UNC System has also been working to ascertain the most effective way to strengthen and enhance system-wide programs. As a result of these discussions, President Spellings asked System Office staff to identify opportunities to embed stand-alone programs that have traditionally resided at the system office at UNC institutions.

 

NC State University’s College of Education has been recently honored with several distinctions. It was selected by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) to receive its Exemplary Educational Leadership Preparation Program Award and the university is only one of five institutions to have received the designation of “exemplary.” In addition, NC State is one of seven universities out of over 700 principal preparation programs nationally to participate in the Wallace Foundation’s $47 Million University Principal Preparation Initiative (UPPI), which places the university at the nexus of work and conversations about research-based improvements in principal preparation. As an original land grant institution, NC State is committed to ensuring NCPFP continues to operate as a statewide program. 

 

“NC State is proud to host the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program, collaborating with our partner universities to prepare upcoming generations of educational leaders who will positively impact students across our state,” said NC State Chancellor Randy Woodson.

 

“Moving the Principal Fellows Program to a top institution with a proven track record of success will help the commission and the program do an even better job than it has done in the past of improving principal preparation,” said NC Principal Fellows Commission Member Dr. Stephen Halkiotis.

 

State law establishes and provides the framework for the North Carolina Principal Fellows Program and sets expectations for the roles of the North Carolina Principal Fellows Commission, the State Education Assistance Authority, and the UNC Board of Governors, the three entities that share responsibility for portions of the program. This move will not affect the roles of those three entities in the governance of the NCPFP. 

 

The two overarching goals of NCPFP are to prepare a pipeline of effective principals to meet the demands of the NC principal workforce, and to prepare top tier candidates for school leadership in order to positively impact student learning outcomes in North Carolina.

 

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JASON TYSON

Director of Media Relations

University of North Carolina System

910 Raleigh Road | Chapel Hill, NC 27514

(o) 919.962.7296

jtyson@northcarolina.edu

www.northcarolina.edu

April 30 Special Called Board Meeting

posted Apr 29, 2018, 7:54 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated May 8, 2018, 5:53 AM ]

MEMORANDUM

 

 

TO:                  Media

FROM:           Valerie Newton,
                       Public Information Officer

RE:                 Board of Education Special Meeting

DATE:            April 29, 2018

The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, April 30 2018, at 6:00 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss fiscal year-end budget related issues and personnel matters, and to approve the 2018 budget request as per NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (1) and to consult with an attorney if needed, as per the NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3).  This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Administration Building located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC.

 

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Free Summer Meals

posted Apr 24, 2018, 12:31 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Apr 24, 2018, 12:32 PM ]

Learning and good nutrition does not end when school lets out.  The Bladen County Schools Seamless Summer Feeding Program funded by the US Department of Agriculture, helps provide FREE nutritious meals to children and youth under the age of 18 so they are better fueled with healthy food to learn and grow during the summer.

Beginning June 18 through July 31, free breakfast and lunch will be available at any of the following locations: Bladenboro Middle School, Elizabethtown Middle School, and West Bladen High School. Stop by any of these locations between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, to enjoy a healthy and nutritious breakfast and lunch meal at no cost.

If you are conducting a summer service camp, bible school, day camp, enrichment program, athletic camp, community center program, parks and recreation program, library program, or small licensed home daycare and childcare center that do not operate under CACFP then you are eligible to provide free meals through the Bladen County Schools Summer Feeding program. Contact the Bladen County Schools Summer Feeding Manager at 910-862-4136 to find out how you can participate in the program.



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