District seeks funds to continue effective programs

Jun. 07, 2014 @ 06:21 PM

At the Vance County Board of Education meeting Monday, program heads will seek state funding to continue district advancement in core subjects for the 2014-2015 school year.

Career and Technical Education Director Willa Clark will seek continuation of programs such as the fire and public safety and medical academies in which students gain trade skills.

Clark first presented the vocational programs application at the board’s May 22 curriculum committee meeting. She said they exceeded state standards for the current year and will focus on middle school development of science, technology, engineering and math; robotics; financial literacy; and manufacturing next year.

Board member Ed Wilson recommended signs be placed in front of the schools to show visitors what programs are housed there.

Wilson said Friday the district had to do a better job of making its programs and their successes known so parents have enough time to enroll their children.

“I think we are going through a period of life where at one time to be successful you had to go to college, but now a lot of kids are feeling like they don’t want to go to college,” he said. “These certification programs are the way to go, but we have to plan for them in advance.”

The board will also examine programs that fund additional learning opportunities for disadvantaged students.

English as a second language director Kim Meza will walk through the North Carolina Migrant Education Program application that requests funds for tutoring and language assistance for minority students, and district director of federal programs Cassandra Evans will present the district’s Title I Application, which provides lower income districts with money for administration, homeless student aid and pre-K programs.

Evans told curriculum committee members May 22 the state cut funding for Title I by about $200,000 into 2014-2015, and staff will work to make sure the money they have is used effectively.

Also during the meeting, co-founder of Public School Outreach Ministries Scott Populorum will update the board on Joy Clubs he and his wife started this year.

The after-school Bible study was pioneered at E.M. Rollins, New Hope, Dabney and Aycock elementary schools and was designed to spark student interest in religion and cut bad behavior.

Populorum said more than 100 students participated — many more than he anticipated.

“Those numbers are really, really huge for the first year,” he said Friday.

The board will also:

• Conduct second reads of policies banning student teacher interaction outside of district regulated Internet servers and regulating organizations and civic groups soliciting on school property.

• Review requests for about 30 students seeking to transfer out of the district for the 2014-2015 school year.

• Hear an education presentation by STEM school students

• Consider canceling its July meeting and instead meet at 5:30 p.m. June 30 for an end-of-year closeout meeting.

 

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