• As part of Bladen County Schools' continued effort to create open lines of communication, our goal is to make it easier and more efficient for students, staff, families and community members to request public information.

     

    The district responds to requests for public records in accordance with North Carolina’s Public Records Law and Open Government Guide. Our Public Information Officer, Valerie Newton, handles all requests, making sure the right person is contacted and that a response is made as promptly as possible.

    If you are a member of our BCS's family or media outlet wishing to request an interview or gather additional information, please email vfnewton@bladen.k12.nc.us. Please allow us adequate time to review and facilitate this request, and please be aware that the public records law does not require Bladen County Schools to do research, analyze data, or create a record that does not currently exist.

    Below you will find recent media requests as well as Bladen County Schools’ responses.


    August 26, 2021 - WWAY

    REQUEST:

    We are working on a story today on how the first week of school has gone for schools in our area. So far, have there been any reports of COVID-19 in the schools? If any, what is the total number of cases at this time? Is there a certain number of cases or indicators that would mean it is time to switch to remote learning? I'd love to speak to someone on camera via zoom about this today. If not, I'd love to get this info.

    RESPONSE:

    Since August 1, 2021 we have logged 43 positive cases of Covid and 127 close contact exposures. What’s important to know from these numbers is that they are not related to contracting the virus at school. In all instances, these cases happened outside of the school setting (ie: contracted the virus within their home or from an external source) and were either discovered while the individuals were in school and/or the school received notification of an individual that tested positive before coming into the school. We are required by N.C. Gen. Stat. 130A-36 to report to the local health department any instances of suspected Covid cases or contagious diseases within our schools.  

    In order to reduce the spread of the virus, we need everyone to do their part at home to maintain social distance from others outside of their household, wear face coverings, and wash and sanitize hands often. If a student or staff member is exhibiting Covid like symptoms, we need them to stay home and follow up with their healthcare provider. Staying home is essential to keep infections out of schools and prevent spread to others. The goal of every action in this sequence of events is to protect our students and staff and to continue in-person instruction and school activities to the greatest extent possible. At this time we do not see a need to switch to remote instruction. 


    August 26, 2021 - Bladen Journal

    REQUEST:

    The Bladen Journal requests confirmation of any raises - - be it COLA, or paid through the state or county, or paid through your entity - - that your entity's workers have been approved for in the current budget year. Please specify the percentage increase, and how it was funded. If not for all workers, please clarify who did and who did not. If you had none, please kindly let us know that, too. Our request is covered through the N.C. Public Records Law (General Statute 132-1 et seq., General Statute 132-6(a)). If choosing not to honor the request, please give the General Statute that you believe allows the information to be withheld.

    RESPONSE: 

    I've talked with our Finance Officer, and Bladen County Schools' employees have not received raises for the 2021-22 school year; a state budget has not been approved yet.


    August 24, 2021 - WWAY

    REQUEST:

    Hope your week is off to a good start.  Just checking in to see how the first day of school went in Bladen County. Any problems?  Surprises? Cool happenings? 

    RESPONSE:

    Thank you for reaching out. 
     
    Yes, we had a great start to welcoming back our students for full face-to-face instruction on Monday for the first time in 18 months. Our students and teachers were excited to see each other! Other than a few bus route hiccups (which is to be expected during the first week) everything went smoothly. Staff and students complied (without hesitation) with the universal mask policy and even supported each other with how to properly wear a mask. Overall, it was a great day in Bladen County Schools where we are #BetterTogether!
     

    August 20, 2021 - Private Citizen

    REQUEST:

    Why didn't the BOE allow parents to be at this emergency meeting today? Why weren't the parents involved with our own children? I truly do not believe the vote for mask mandates is acceptable.
      
    Please cc all board member with your immediate response to this email.
     
    RESPONSE:

    Thank you for your follow-up question. 

    Per board policy 2310, Board meetings are conducted for the purpose of carrying on the official business of the school system. The public is cordially invited to attend board meetings to observe the board as it conducts its official business.

    Other than closed sessions, the public may attend any board meeting that the board conducts, including Specially-Called and the Emergency Called meeting on August 20. Per board policy 2300, an emergency meeting may be called in order to address generally unexpected circumstances that require immediate consideration by the board. The chairperson, or the vice-chairperson, if the chair-person is unable to act, or the superintendent may call an emergency meeting when it is determined that the meeting is necessary and cannot be delayed until 48 hours’ notice is provided for a special meeting. During an emergency meeting, the board will consider only business connected with the emergency.

    For any meeting the board conducts, notice is provided per N.C. Gen. Stat. 143.318.12(b)(3) to public bodies through media outlets, an announcement posting on the Bladen County Schools’ website per N.C. Gen. Stat. 143-318.12(e), and on the Bladen County Schools’ Facebook and Twitter social media pages.  These notices serve as the official invitation to the public to attend the board meeting.


    August 20, 2021 - Private Citizen 

    REQUEST:

    If someone would like to speak at an open Board meeting how would one go about requesting this?

    Thank you,

    RESPONSE:

    Thank you for your question. The Board allows for citizen participation at their regular monthly meetings. The next regular monthly meeting is on September 13 beginning at 6 p.m.
     
    Those wishing to speak before the Board must sign in prior to the start of the meeting. No individual will be allowed to speak for more than 3 minutes. Total Citizen Participation shall not exceed 30 minutes (or 10 individuals) per Board Policy 2310. Therefore, speakers will be recognized on a first-come first-served basis as long as time permits. 
     
    If you wish to speak to the Board, I can add your name to the citizen participation list.
     

    August 20, 2021 - News Alert to Local Media Partners

    At an emergency called board meeting on August 20, the Bladen County Schools Board of Education reversed its optional mask decision made on August 9, 2021. The board voted during the emergency meeting to make masks universally mandatory indoors. We will still consider exemptions to this based on medical or behavioral challenges that would be impacted by a face covering.

    Effective August 23, 2021, all staff and students of Bladen County Schools will be required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status while indoors, except for those with legal exemptions already established by the NCDHHS StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit. Additionally and per CDC’s Order, all passengers, including students and staff, will be required to wear a mask on buses, vans, and other group transportation owned by Bladen County Schools. 

    This action is necessary due to the high level of transmission from the Delta variant of COVID-19 in our community and in an effort to keep students and staff members in school for in-person learning.  We all know how important it is for our students to return to in-person learning, five days a week. A universal mask policy will protect the health of our school community, and should also greatly reduce the need to quarantine students named a close contact to a COVID positive case. Per NCDHHS and local health leaders, non-symptomatic students wearing a mask consistently and correctly do not have to automatically quarantine if they are named a close contact. Correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19 and can assist with contact tracing, which, in many cases, allows students and staff to remain in school and our athletic programs to continue. 

    We will continue to follow guidance from the CDC, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), NCDHHS and the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit in an effort to further reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread.

    We will continue to evaluate the rate of transmission in our community over the days and weeks ahead and will be reviewed, at a minimum, during each monthly board meeting in accordance with local COVID19 patterns and metrics. 

    We are striving to protect the valuable instructional time that our students will receive this year. We are focused on helping our students thrive and excel both academically and socially-emotionally. We look forward to a new school year and working in partnership with our families and community members to achieve this goal.


    August 20, 2021 - Bladen Journal

    REQUEST:

    What was the initial motion made by the board?

    RESPONSE:

    Option A - universal masking


    August 20, 2021 - News Alert to Local Media Partners

    The Bladen County Board of Education will hold an emergency meeting on Friday, August 20, 2021, at 6:00 p.m., for the purpose of discussing and taking action on COVID-19 protocols.  The meeting will be open to the public.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting will also be broadcast virtually.  

    A hyperlink will be activated prior to the meeting to allow the public to listen to the meeting virtually. The meeting link will be published and accessible on the Bladen County Schools’ website at www.bladen.k12.nc.us, and on the Bladen County Schools’ Facebook and Twitter social media pages at https://www.facebook.com/BladenCountySchools/ and https://twitter.com/BladenCountySch 


    August 16, 2021 - Bladen Journal

    REQUEST: Sent to Coach Jerome Hunt, President of High School Athletic Conference with a CC to Bladen County Schools (Response not requested from BCS)

    Coach Hunt
     
    Re: Public records request of league president
     
    Per North Carolina Public Records Law (General Statute 132-1 et seq., General Statute 132-6(a)), the Bladen Journal requests information regarding the new high school conference of which you are the president. This is the N.C. High School Athletic Association conference that includes East Bladen, West Bladen, Clinton, Midway, Fairmont, Red Springs and St. Pauls high schools.
     
    We kindly appreciate you fulfilling the request in a timely manner, as indicated by the law, and we believe a reasonable expectation is 48 hours, or by end of the day on Wednesday, Aug. 18.
     
    Our request is for materials to be sent eletronically by email to awooten@bladenjournal.com. PDF or Word documents are acceptable.
     
    If your intention is to deny the request, we demand to know the statutory basis for the denial.
     
    Requested:
     
    -Bylaws, or rules of operation of this league.
     
    -All other governance issues (if not included above), to include how league schedules will be planned; how champions will be determined; how and when championship sites will be determined; how and when awards both team and individuals will be decided and distributed, including how media will be notified; how and when the booking association(s) for game officials will be determined, which ones they are and their primiary contact. This is for all sports. 
     
    -Agreed terms on all revenue issues (if not included above). An example: distribution of championship event revenue.
     
    -If not covered in requests above, any rules or agreements that involve the league penalizing league members, and how those penalties will be adjudicated and by whom. If there are none, please indicate.
     
    -All other agreed upon terms and conditions that the schools have agreed to as members of this league.
     
    Please have and use the following email addresses on all information distributed about the league's operations, awards, and other items of public interest:
     
        

     
    August 17, 2021 - Bladenonline
     
    REQUEST:
     
    We had a concerned grandparent contact us regarding COVID and West Bladen's football team.
     
    Her message to us states:
    "Can you find out for me if there are any football players at West Bladen who have tested positive for COVID? I'm not getting a straight answer. I'm a concerned grandparent who has been chauffeuring a player to practices."
     
    She requested that we do not use her name or share the situation online. We are just trying to provide her with an answer to her question privately.
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    I will refer you to the release that was sent out to the media earlier this morning with regards to the West Bladen football team.
     

    August 17, 2021 - News Alert to Local Media Partners
     
    Effective August 13, 2021, West Bladen’s junior varsity and varsity football teams canceled workouts and competitive play through August 24 due to COVID-19 protocols. Bladen County Schools learned on August 13 that three individuals
    associated with the football teams tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, 45 individuals have been identified as close contact exposures to the positive individuals. Due to privacy requirements and per NCGS § 130A-143, we cannot release to the public the name of the individual/s or details that may identify him or her, but the information has been provided to the Bladen County Health Department in accordance with NCGS § 130A-136.
     
    Previously scheduled games that will not be played during the quarantine period are South Columbus scheduled for August 20. It is uncertain if the teams will play West Columbus scheduled for August 27. A decision has not been made as to whether a make-up game will be scheduled between these schools.

    The boy’s JV team will return to workouts and competitive play after August 23 and the varsity team will return to workouts and competitive play after August 22.
     
    The health department is investigating the case and is working with school staff to identify anyone who may have had close contact (i.e., within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes) with the COVID-19 positive individual/s. Any impacted person/s who were determined to be in close contact with the infected individual/s have all been notified effective August 16. Those that were in close contact will remain off-campus for up to 10 calendar days to ensure that there will not be
    any potential further spread. Local public health authorities make the final decisions about how long quarantine should last in the communities they serve, based on local conditions and needs. If the health department does not contact you directly, you have not been identified as a close contact.
     
    The safety and well-being of Bladen County Schools’ students and staff is always our number one priority. We are taking extra steps to ensure the safety of all. Bladen County Schools are following CDC and DHHS guidelines as well as the StrongSchoolsNC Public Health Toolkit as we continue to monitor the situation. Our Board is committed to the health and safety of its employees and students and supports measures that will keep all safe. Furthermore, we need everyone to do their part at school and at home to maintain social distance from others outside of their household, wear face coverings, and wash /sanitize hands often. The goal of every action in this sequence of events is to protect our students and staff and get back to learning and school activities as soon as possible.
     
    We will continue to work with Dr. Terri Duncan, the Bladen County Health director, to follow recommendations as to proactive steps we can take to ensure the safety of our employees and students.
     

     
    August 16, 2021 - Bladen Journal
     
    REQUEST:
     
    Is Rodney Smith still with Bladen County Schools? If not, where did he go? If he is, what is his new title and responsibility?
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    At their July 19 board meeting, and effective in mid-September, the Board approved Rodney Smith as the new Exceptional Children director.
     

     
    August 10, 2021 - News Alert to Local Media Partners
     
    After two motions failed to pass at their August 9, 2021 regular board meeting, the Bladen County Schools Board of Education passed a third motion with a 5-4 vote to not require students to wear a mask while in school. Masks would be strongly encouraged for students and staff, but not required. Individuals would have the option to wear a mask as a personal choice. All students and staff would be required to wear masks when riding a bus. 

    Bladen County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Jason Atkinson presented the Board with four options to review and consider as it relates to student and staff masks for the reopening of school. 

    • Option A: Masks would be required for all students and staff, regardless of their vaccination status. The only exceptions would be for outdoor activities and athletic participation. Specific guidelines are being developed to govern masks and COVID-19 protocols for athletics. All students and staff would be required to wear masks when riding a bus. This option would be reviewed on a monthly basis. 

    • Option B: Masks would be required for all students and staff, unless they have been fully vaccinated. The only exceptions would be for outdoor activities and athletic participation. Specific guidelines are being developed to govern masks and COVID-19 protocols for athletics. All students and staff would be required to wear masks when riding a bus. This option would be reviewed on a monthly basis. 

    • Option C: Masks would be strongly encouraged for students, but not required. Staff would be required to wear masks unless they have been fully vaccinated. All students and staff would be required to wear masks when riding a bus. 

    • Option D: Masks would be strongly encouraged for students and staff, but not required. All students and staff would be required to wear masks when riding a bus. 

    Seeking a first motion, Dennis Edwards made a motion to adopt Option D, but added a clause stating that masks would also be required in the hallways. The motion was seconded by Tim Benton and put before the Board for approval. Voting in favor of the motion were Chris Clark, Dennis Edwards, Alan West, and Roger Carroll. Voting against the motion were Tim Benton, Gary Rhoda, Vinston Rozier, Cory Singletary, and Glenn McKoy. The motion failed with four yes and five no votes.

    Seeking a second motion, Glenn McKoy made a motion to adopt Option A. The motion was seconded by Vinston Rozier and put before the Board for approval. Voting in favor of the motion were Gary Rhoda, Vinston Rozier, Cory Singletary, and Glenn McKoy. Voting against the motion were Chris Clark, Dennis Edwards, Tim Benton, Alan West, and Roger Carroll. The motion failed with four yes and five no votes.

    Seeking a third motion, Tim Benton made a motion to adopt Option D as written with no additional requirements. The motion was seconded by Dennis Edwards and put before the Board for approval. Voting in favor of the motion were Chris Clark, Dennis Edwards, Tim Benton, Alan West, and Roger Carroll. Voting against the motion were Gary Rhoda, Vinston Rozier, Cory Singletary, and Glenn McKoy. The motion passed with five yes and four no votes. 

    With approved Board adoption, students and staff in Bladen County Schools will not be required to wear a mask while in school. All students and staff would be required to wear masks when riding a bus. The adoption goes into effect August 10 for the 2021-2022 school year.


    August 5, 2021 - WECT
     
    REQUEST:
     
    I'm a reporter for WECT and I'm working on a story right now with Mac Warner from the Bladen County Sheriff's Office about School Resource Officers. I understand they just placed an SRO in a local charter school, and Mac mentioned that they want to add more throughout the county, although he said it's up to the school board and funding available. He mentioned your name and that you all had been working together on this, so I wanted to reach out and see if we can talk about details of this and maybe what you all hope to see in the near future/future in Bladen County Schools. 
     
    RESPONSE:

    In response to your request sent to Ann Brown, Bladen County Schools Chief Operations Officer on August 5, 2021, and forwarded to me, about Bladen County Schools’ School Resource Officers, we are providing you details.

    Each year, Bladen County Schools contracts with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for the services of six deputy sheriff’s officers to be assigned as School Resource Officers (SRO’s) to the 13 schools in the district. The cost to Bladen County Schools of the 2020-2021 contract was $347,278.60. All SRO’s are employees of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, who has overall responsibility for management and supervision. SRO’s are assigned to school campuses by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and are responsible for providing community policing, law enforcement and security, and limited educational duties while on school campuses. 

    Bladen County Schools receives yearly funding from the State to fund three deputies, the local County Commissioners to fund two deputies, and from the NC DPI School Safety Grant to fund one deputy. Bladen County Schools is invoiced quarterly for the six SRO’s and payment is made by Bladen County Schools to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Funding has always been available and allotted for the school district’s SRO’s.

    Additionally, Bladen County Schools contracts with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for the services of one deputy sheriff’s officer to conduct emergency preparedness and response to crisis situations training to the 13 schools in the district. Bladen County Schools pays 50 percent of their salary.

    For all the years prior to Covid, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has been able to provide Bladen County Schools with six SRO’s; however, since Covid, law enforcement agencies throughout the country have been unable to retain deputies. Bladen County is no exception. This has reduced the number of SRO’s to three for Bladen County Schools due to deputy resignations or retirements. 

    We support any recruitment efforts the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office implements and encourage interested persons to attend the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office job fair scheduled for August 11, 2021. Bladen County Schools ability to contract for SRO’s is only as good as the availability of these deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. 

    Our Board recognizes the importance of law enforcement authorities in providing safe schools and adheres to Bladen County Schools’ Board Policy 5120. Together, we all want to ensure that our students and staff are safe.


     
    August 3, 2021 - WECT
     
    REQUEST:
     
    Sorry to bug you again. I am looking into the number of job openings for each of the school districts in our region, and I noticed that Bladen County has about 40, many of them teaching positions. 
    Is someone available to talk about this and what you all are doing to get them filled before the start of the school year? Also, what will happen if they are not filled? 
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    Thank you for reaching out. We have a number of pending employment recommendations to go before the Board for approval at their August 9 board meeting. Once approved, the number of open positions will be reduced accordingly.
     
    Additionally, our HR department along with school administrators actively recruit and interview qualified candidates throughout the year to fill any open positions. The ability to fill open positions is only as good as there are qualified candidates available.  
     
    And finally, our HR department has provided refresher training for the district's substitute teachers in order to support the schools in the absence of a classroom teacher.  When students return to school on August 23 we will have over 100 substitutes that have taken the refresher training.
     
    Hope this helps answer your questions.
     
    Have a great day!
     

     
    August 2, 2021 - Bladenonline
     
    REQUEST: 
     
    I saw that you published our interview on the BCS website, and stated that Charlotte Smith asked the questions. I, Cara Beth Lewis, was the only person in contact with you and I wrote and asked the questions myself. Please update this information on your website.
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    The correction has been made.

     
    July 26, 2021 - Bladenonline
     

    REQUEST and RESPONSE:

    1. What are your plans for the curriculum coaches that have been placed at each school? Were other positions taken away in order to accommodate these new positions?

    The curriculum coaches from the district office that were moved to schools have been employees of Bladen County Schools; these specific positions were not newly created positions but rather newly titled positions.  A couple of additional positions were added using federal dollars specifically designed to provide academic support to schools.  No teaching positions were taken away for these positions.  Academic coaches are shared between schools.  

    2. Do counselors have special plans to help students who are struggling with the return to in-person learning after the troubles of last school year -- emotionally, mentally, and academically? If so, what are those plans?

    Bladen County Schools adopted its SEL and School Mental Health Improvement Plan (per NC SBOE Policy SHLT-003) which requires K-12 school units to implement a school-based mental health plan that includes a mental health training program and a suicide risk referral protocol, mandatory for grades 6-12 and in K-5 it recommended for our specialized instructional support personnel (SISP). The Plan will be implemented beginning with the 2021-2022 school year. This plan will include six hours of mental health training for BCS staff the first year, and every year after an additional two hour refresher training.  Counselors and other support staff will be utilizing various tools and resources to respond to the social-emotional needs of students.

    3. What are the mask requirements for students in school? Will temperature checking and COVID screening still take place, or have we passed that point? Is this a decision of the county or the state?

    Bladen County Schools currently follows the guidance from the Governor, NC DHHS and the StrongSchools NC Public Health Toolkit. The BCS Board will discuss masks requirements and other Covid protocols at their next regularly scheduled board meeting on August 9.

    4. Are there still a lot of positions to be filled? Will this be taken care of before school begins, or is there a chance of many long-term substitute teachers?

    The BCS Human Resources Department along with school administrators actively recruit and interview qualified candidates throughout the year to fill any open positions. The ability to fill open positions is only as good as there are qualified candidates available.  The most current listing of vacant positions can be found here.  

    5. Are there any new resources or plans being implemented in the classroom? If so, please explain and describe.

    Teachers in grades PK through 5 will begin using research based teaching strategies that will correlate with the training from “Science of Reading” for phonics, phonemic awareness, vocabulary, comprehension and fluency.  Details can be found on our district website here.  

    The district will also be working closely with the NCDPI regional support office on strategies and best practices to address learning loss and to support social emotional learning.  Additionally, the district is partnered with the NC Education Corps to provide targeted tutoring support for students in literacy skills.   

    6. Did summer school show improvement in students? If not, what is plan B for those students?

    Students in grade three showed academic growth in reading.  In previous years, 4% of students became proficient in reading.  For the 2021 summer camp, there were 15.89% of BCS students that attended that became proficient in reading.  This data was a result of the Read to Achieve assessment that was given prior to the end of the summer learning program.  There were 276 High School students that received at least one course of credit recovery during the summer camp.  Assessment results from other academic areas and grade levels will be finalized and reported to NCDPI by October 15, 2021.  

     

     
    Ju;y 23, 2021 - WECT
     
    REQUEST:
     
    Can you share if Bladen County Schools will change its mask mandate for students and staff based on Governor Cooper's latest announcement? 
     
    Or will the school district continue to follow the Strong Schools NC public health toolkit?
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    Our Board will be discussing this topic at their next regularly scheduled meeting on August 9, 2021.

    Thank you for reaching out to us. Have a great day!
     

     
    July 19, 2021 - Bladenonline
     
    REQUEST:
     
    Is the surplus property on the agenda for today's meeting up for auction? If so, how does the public place bids?
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    The property will be sold by sealed bid. The details of such are not yet available pending Board approval. If approved, the bid process will be posted on the district website and advertised. 
     

    July 7, 2021 - News Alert to Local Media Partners
     
    Due to inclement weather, including possible road flooding and tornadoes from Tropical Storm Elsa, all Bladen County Schools and offices will be closed on Thursday, July 8, 2021. BCS schools and offices are closed on Fridays for summer operating hours. We will reopen on Monday, July 12, 2021. 
     

     
    July 3, 2021 - Bladen Journal
     
    REQUEST:
     
    For the athletics awards list sent in, I have checked against the 2019 (pre-COVID) for West Bladen to be sure of things. All sport-by-sport awards are here. Excellent! For major awards, the female and male athletes of the year are included.
     
    Missing, per 2019 awards recognized:
     
    Comeback Award (given by trainer, Dennis Rutland)
    Cody Hammond Award (baseball camp scholarship)
    Wendy's Heisman (female, male - students apply for it)
    Knight in Shining Armor (community person helping athletics dept)
     
    I have most of East Bladen's listing, too.

    If I can get the information, or confirmation of what you did and did not give related to these, by Wednesday then we can run both West Bladen and East Bladen in next Friday's newspaper (July 9).

    Please know, I realize it is summer, people are scattered, the award presentations have been a bit pieced together best I can tell rather than 1 large gathering ... we're all doing best we can. I appreciate your efforts.

    RESPONSE:

    The awards you mentioned as missing were not presented this year.


     July 1, 2021 - WECT
     
    REQUEST:
     
    Thanks for checking on the pay difference for me. One more question- if this was just approved a few days ago, will these assistant principals receive a check for the previous weeks of the summer program?
     
    RESPONSE:
     
    Assistant principals are 10-month employees and during a regular school year are paid as 10-month employees. Because the summer camp was conducted outside our regular school year calendar, it was necessary to hire employees. Assistant principals were offered temporary employment to function as site coordinators, overseeing the daily operations and activities at one of the four school camp locations. The compensation pay for the site coordinators was calculated based on an hourly rate for certified staff (teachers) at $50 per hour for an 8-hour day, or $400 for the day. Site coordinators will receive compensation pay at the $400 a day rate for the entire 4 weeks of summer camp through July 2, 2021.