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Highlights of state budget compromise

posted by Valerie Newton   [ updated ]

Budget Highlights

 

Teacher Pay: The average State-funded increase for teacher pay will be 3.3% in FY18 and 9.6% in FY19 when compared to FY17. To pay for these increases, there is a $101.7 million funding increase in FY18 and $372.6 million increase in FY19.

 

Teacher Bonuses:

  • $14.9 million in FY19 for third grade reading performance bonuses, AP and IB bonuses and career and technical education bonuses;
  • $25.3 million to support a math performance bonus program for teachers in grades 4 through 8 and a reading bonus program for teachers in grades 4 and 5;
  • $5 million in non-recurring funding in FY18 and FY19 for bonuses for all teachers with at least 25 years of experience.

Principal and Assistant Principal Pay: The budget creates a new Principal Salary schedule based on a school’s average daily membership and school growth performance. The average percent increase is hard to predict due to the new schedule, but based on Fiscal Research modeling the State-funded average salary will increase by 8.6%. These salary increases will be funded by a $35.4 million increase in FY18 and $40.6 million increase in FY19. In addition, the new bonus program equates to an additional average increase of 4% of principal pay. 

 

NC Pre-K: The budget includes $9 million in NC Pre-K funding in FY18 and $18.3 million in FY19. The increased funding will serve an estimated additional 1,725 children in FY18 and 3,525 children in FY19. The current waiting list is about 4,700 children.

 

Textbooks: The final budget includes $11.285 million in non-recurring funding in FY18 for textbooks and digital materials, but no additional funding for FY19.

 

Drivers Education: The final budget does not include the Senate’s proposed “stipend” for drivers education.

 

Children with Disabilities: The final budget includes $6.32 million in recurring funding to increase the funding cap for students with disabilities allotment from 12.5% to 12.75%. A school district can now receive funds for each child identified with disabilities, up to 12.75% of the districts ADM.

 

School Vouchers: The final budget includes $45M in FY18 and $55M in FY19 for opportunity scholarships and creates a task force to study evaluating learning gains and losses by students receiving opportunity scholarships.

 

Education Savings Accounts: The final budget includes $450K and $3 million for education savings accounts in FY18 and FY19 respectively. Children with disabilities would be eligible for scholarship grants for education related expenses, including tuition for non-public schools.

 

Class Size: The final budget did not include any additional funding to support the scheduled class-size reduction for the 2018-19 school-year. While neither the House nor the Senate included such funding in their respective proposals, both chambers included provisions to address the class-size debate in other ways, but neither were included in the final budget. The Senate proposal would have created a separate K-5 teacher allotment and would have imposed restrictions on the ability of LEAs to shift funding, while the House budget included a requirement for superintendents to notify legislators of capacity limitations that would prevent them from meeting class-size requirements.

 

ESSA Compliance / School Grades: To comply with the federal ESSA Act, legislators made several adjustments to the school performance grading scale, including:

  • Separate grades for certain subgroups of students, including:
    • Economically disadvantaged students;
    • Students from major racial and ethnic groups;
    • Children with disabilities;
    • English learners;
  • A requirement to report on the data for each subgroups along with achievement gaps;
  • The incorporation of English language proficiency as a measure;
  • A requirement for the State Board of Education and DPI to provide user-friendly access to the public on the annual report cards issued for LEAs and individual schools;
  • The redefinition of academic and school quality and student success indicators (see page 69 and 70 of the budget bill).

Over 20,000 meals served

posted by Valerie Newton

The Bladen County School system School Nutrition Department kicked-off their Summer Feeding Program earlier this month at Bladen Lakes Primary and East Arcadia schools through June 30. Beginning last week, they have added additional sites at Bladenboro Middle, Elizabethtown Primary and West Bladen High schools through August 3. The sites are open for breakfast from 8 am to 9 am and for lunch from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

The district serves over 10,000 free breakfast and 12,000 free lunch meals during the Summer Feeding Program. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program. Federal funds are provided to agencies including local boards of education to help feed hungry children during the summer. Bladen County School system is reimbursed for the cost of the meals served to eligible children.

While all students in the Bladen County School system receive breakfast and lunch daily at no-cost, those meals end when school breaks for the summer. The lack of nutrition during the summer months can result in poor performance once the school year begins and makes children more prone to illnesses and other health issues. The Summer Feeding program is designed to fill that nutrition gap and make sure children can get the nutritious meals they need. All children under the age of 18 are eligible to receive a free meal.

Additionally, the school nutrition department can provide free summer meals for local camps, church programs and vacation bible schools, athletic programs and other summer activities that include children living in Bladen County.

 

CNA: A passion for caring

posted Jun 21, 2017, 5:12 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated ]

While high school graduation last week meant the ending of one journey and the beginning of another for most, the students coming out of East Bladen and West Bladen High schools Nursing Fundamental class were already well on their way to careers.

All 19 of them earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license level I prior to graduating, making them the fourth graduating class of CNA’s in Bladen County.

Willa Dean Williams, Career and Technical Education (CTE) director credits the Nursing Fundamentals teachers at the two high schools, Brandy Wilkins of East Bladen and Mary Todd of West Bladen, for the success of the program.

“The teachers prepare their students all semester for the exam,” Williams said. “When the state evaluator comes in and begins the exam process, the students are 100 percent prepared.”

Some of the students have job offers before they graduate. Once they’ve passed their state exam they can begin work the next day.

As a CNA, the students actually have several options that include heading straight into the work force or going off to college to further their nursing education. They also could use their certification to earn a job in the medical field to help pay for college.

“They could work assisted living, home health, at a nursing home, a hospital, pretty much in any capacity in a health care environment that will allow a CNA to work,” Williams said.

“I would feel comfortable with any one of these students to take care of me or my loved ones in a health care setting,” Mary Todd said.

The Nursing Fundamentals program is only open to seniors who meet a strict criterion. Students must score an 86 or higher in Health Science I and II just to begin the application process to take the course preparing them for the CNA license. Additionally, students need teacher recommendation and have solid attendance at school.
The students also must be prepared to spend time off campus to do their clinicals at Elizabethtown Nursing Center and Poplar Heights Center. The class is one semester, and seniors either take it in the fall or spring.

The CNA certification is also a prerequisite to get into nursing programs, so any student leaving high school is already a jump ahead of some of their competition.

West Bladen student Alyssa Chadwick will continue her nursing education while working as a CNA.

“I wanted to be a CNA so that I could be of help to someone who needed me,” said Chadwick. “I realized I wanted to become a CNA when my father was in the hospital, seeing the CNA's work with him and help him when he couldn't help himself made me want to take part in that.”

Sydney Jackson, another West Bladen CNA graduate said, “The hardest part about being a CNA is listening to residents who don't have someone to come see them. It really is a tough feeling hearing what they have to say and how emotional they get, but this is where we step in. This is when we comfort the resident and make them feel important and wanted.”

Jackson also added that “I've been told to help others as if they were my family so throughout all my CNA training, this was my motto to myself.”

“The hardest part of being a CNA will probably be new job opportunities. As much as they will help out, I get very attached to people and it will be hard for me to leave my patients because it was hard for me to leave clinicals,” said Hannah Malcolm, West Bladen CNA.

All three students plan on pursuing more education as well to further their careers in the medical field, and knew this would be their chosen paths early in their high school education.

“I realized I wanted to become a CNA when my father was in the hospital, seeing the CNA's work with him and help him when he couldn't help himself made me want to take part in that,” said Chadwick.

Hannah realized after completing her clinical rotation that she wanted to work in the medical field. “At first I wanted to be a CNA so it would look good on college applications, but after completing the course and attending clinicals I really enjoyed the work,” said Malcom.

Alyssa and Hannah will both attend Bladen Community College in the fall to further their degrees in nursing. Sydney will attend the University of North Carolina at Pembroke studying athletic training.

East Bladen seniors that graduated with their CNA are Kassandra Arteaga-Trejo, Destiny Baker, Jennifer Carter, Willow Edge, CJ Murphy, Queen Mitchell, Ross Johnson, Lily Nguyen and Maddie West.

West Bladen seniors that graduated with their CNA are Jazlyn Best, Kelly Caulder, Alyssa Chadwick, Mariela Delvalle, Tyrionna Dockery, Jenna Floyd, Sydney Jackson, Alanna Ludlum, Hannah Malcolm and Janessa Richardson.

West Bladen students that received their CNA certification in the fall of 2016 were Kassidy Anderson, Hugh Clark, Selene Flores, Kristen Hunt, Amber Long, Brianna Nance, Kayla Nunnery, Kathryn Schultz, Destinee Singletary and Sophia Singletary.


328 begin a new journey

posted Jun 19, 2017, 5:14 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 5:15 PM ]

Bladen County Schools celebrated its class of 2017 on June 16 and June 17 with graduation ceremonies. East Bladen High School graduated 160 seniors on Friday evening while West Bladen High School graduated 168 seniors on Saturday morning.  328 students walked across the stage to begin a new journey. 

Of its' seniors, East Bladen had 137 students graduate with academic honors such as National Beta Club member, National Honor Society member, College Tech Prep and College/University Prep, North Carolina Scholar Graduate, and National Technical Honor Society member. 

157 of West Bladen's seniors graduates with academic honors such as National Technical Honor Society member, North Carolina Scholar Graduate, College Tech Prep and College/University Prep, and National Beta Club member along with summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude designations. 

2017 East Bladen High School Graduation


2017 West Bladen High School Graduation




Over 500 years of service

posted Jun 19, 2017, 2:55 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 19, 2017, 3:17 PM ]

On June 13, 2017 Bladen County School system honored it's recent retirees at a year-end luncheon. Of the 15 retirees present, they served in education for 387 years.  The total years served by all of this years 21 BCS retirees is well over 500 years. Ms. Katie Johnson, Bookkeeper of Plain View Primary School had the most years served with 42, all of which were at Plain View Primary School.  







Congratulations and well wishes to the 2017 Retirees:

  • Mary Adderley, Child Nutrition Assistant, West Bladen High School
  • Kent Allen, Director of Transportation, Transportation Department
  • Deborah Belle, Principal, Plain View Primary School
  • Sarah Bourbeau, Bookkeeper, Bladenboro Primary School
  • Susan Daniel, Teacher, Bladenboro Primary School
  • Rethea Edwards, Teacher, Elizabethtown Primary School
  • George Evans, Mechanic, Transportation Department
  • Margie Godfrey, Teacher, Elizabethtown Middle School
  • Mae Hammonds, Teacher, Elizabethtown Middle School
  • Pauline Hancock, Teacher, Bladenboro Middle School
  • Katie Johnson, Bookkeeper, Plain View Primary School
  • Melissa Johnson, Teacher, Bladenboro Primary School
  • Cedric Mathis, Teacher, East Bladen High School
  • Mary McLeod, Teacher, Bladen Lakes Primary and East Arcadia School
  • Joann Melvin, Teacher, Booker T. Washington Primary School
  • Deborah Morales, Teacher, Bladen Lakes Primary School
  • Addie Newkirk, Child Nutrition Manager, Elizabethtown Middle School
  • Elizabeth Pope, Teacher, Clarkton School of Discovery and East Arcadia School
  • Pamela Roberts, Teacher, West Bladen High School
  • Bernetta Sweeney, Teacher, West Bladen High School
  • Penny Todd, Job Coach, Bladen Occupational School

2017 Bladen County Schools Retiree Luncheon






Surplus Property Auction

posted Jun 16, 2017, 2:07 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 2:08 PM ]

Date:
Auction to be held on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10 am at the Bladen County Board of Education Administration building located at 1489 Highway 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC.  

Description: This is a liquidation of surplus property and includes among other items five (5) modular classroom units, Dodge Van, Ford Taurus, Power Washer, Chevrolet Van, Chevrolet Activity Bus, Drill Press, Cement Mixer, Shipping Containers, Several Tire Lots, five (5) A/C Window units, Water Heater, Blue Print Plotter, and much, much more. List is subject to change. 

Terms of Sale: Cash or approved check on day of sale. Inspection of items two (2) hours prior to sale. Auctioneer comments and announcements on day of sale take precedence over any printed material. All merchandise MUST be moved day of sale unless other arrangements are made. 10% Buyers Premium on all items sold. 

Auctioneer: On the Square Auction and Realty, James G. Smith, Auctioneer/Broker. Day phone: 910-862-2638. Phone Day of Sale: 910-874-0364


Best Year Ever Jail-a-thon

posted Jun 16, 2017, 1:37 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 16, 2017, 1:37 PM ]

On behalf of the Bladen County Educational Foundation, Inc., I would like to take this opportunity to formally thank you for your participation in our Jail-a-thon Fundraiser which was held on April 26, 2017.

This was our 9th annual Jail-a-thon and the "Best Year Ever" and we could not have done it without the help from each and every one of you. We raised just over $7,000.00 and could not have done that without your assistance and we hope and trust that we can count on each one of you for our 10th annual Jail-a-thon next year. 

Thanks again for all of your help and assistance.

Very truly yours,
David G. Wall

CEU's for Digital Learning Competencies

posted Jun 14, 2017, 11:45 AM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 14, 2017, 11:47 AM ]


Public Schools of North Carolina

2017 summer sessions - header

 

Technology and Media Leaders, 

Earn 0.7 CEU's with this PD opportunity.

This summer, the Digital Teaching & Learning Division at NCDPI is hosting regionally-based professional learning to support the implementation of the NC Digital Learning Competencies for teachers. These sessions are for educators, by educators!

Click here for session information and links to registration.

Please share with teachers in your district/school!

Thank you!
Digital Teaching & Learning Division, NCDPI

June Board of Education meeting recap

posted Jun 14, 2017, 11:05 AM by Valerie Newton

At the June 12 Board of Education regular meeting, 
Information and Action items were presented as follows:





June 12 meeting Agenda - here

Spotlights and Recognition's - here / Photo Album of Spotlights here
  • East Bladen High School History club
  • US Army Pro Football Hall of Fame Nominee
  • Senior Graduates with Associate's Degree
  • Cape Fear Valley Blood Drive
  • County Spelling Bee
  • NC FCCLA Conference winners
  • Certified Nurse Aides
  • Microsoft Office certified students
  • Student Monthly Attendance Banner
Information Items:
  • May Financial Summary, Mrs. Sharon Penny here
  • Child Nutrition Equipment Assistance grant - here
  • BCS in the News - here
Action Items:
  • Lottery Applications - Bladenboro Middle Gym Roofs -here
  • 2017-2018 Pay Dates - here
  • Worker's Comp Insurance - here
  • Automobile / Garage Liability Insurance - here
  • Errors & Omissions General Liability Coverage - here
  • Continuation Budget for 2017-2018 - here
  • Child Nutrition Bid - here
  • Contract Approvals for Exceptional Children's program - Speech Therapy here / Physical Therapy here
  • Spring Custom Policy Updates - postponed to July
  • Coaching Contracts -here
  • Code of Conduct - here
  • Fundraisers approved - here
  • Overnight Field Trips approved here
  • Certified/Classified Personnel - here
Superintendent's Report:
  • BCS Retiree Luncheon, June 13
  • Farm Bureau Ladies "Taste of Ag" Luncheon, June 14
  • Schedule June meeting to finalize any budget amendments and any personnel matters - June 28, 6:00 PM
  • Schedule July meeting to finalize consolidation plan 
  • Move July 10 regular board meeting to July 17 
  • Graduation tickets
Chair's Report:
  • None
Adjourn

Video of Full Meeting - here

S.T.E.A.M. registration now open

posted Jun 6, 2017, 3:50 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 3:55 PM ]

Registration for the Bladen County Schools S.T.E.A.M. Camp is now open! Join us for a week of exciting activities, all focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics! July 24-28, 2017, 8:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Cost: $75 per student before July 1; $100 per student after July 1. Slots available for two age groups: Grades 4-5 and Grades 6-8+ (*Rising grade is used for placement) . Fee includes all camp costs. Breakfast and lunch are provided at no cost. Deadline to apply is July 15, 2017. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Click here to register and pay.

Sessions include:

BCS Technology - Use Sphero robotic technology to learn coding and more with Bladen County Schools Technology staff. Other opportunities for engagement will be offered from the technology staff. This segment has been a traditional favorite, and this year will be no different.

NC Museum - Students will get to experience this adventure in Whiteville, where they'll explore natural history. Students will participate in two separate programs here at the museum, in addition to exploring the exhibits and artifacts housed here in their tour. 

Lake Waccamaw - Lake Waccamaw offers students opportunities to explore and learn in a natural, beautiful setting full of vegetation and wildlife. This environmental science adventure promises an exciting experience for all!

Turnbull Creek State Forest - Geocaching? What's that?!? Come find out on this exciting adventure through our local state park. Rangers will lead students! The educational state forest program in NC is described as a living outdoor classroom. What more could we ask for?

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