Granville board drops labels, names Howard superintendent

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 07:42 AM

OXFORD — The Granville County school board had planned to change Dorwin Howard’s title from “acting” superintendent to “interim” superintendent July 1.

Monday, they went a step further, dropping the extra labels and naming him superintendent. He follows Tim Farley, who resigned earlier in June. Farley had been on paid leave since his resignation and his last day was Monday.

Howard received a three-year contract at $154,000 annually. His approval by the board was a unanimous vote.

Howard, a 33-year veteran educator with Granville County Schools, most recently held the position of assistant superintendent for support and auxiliary services.

“I am extremely honored that the board was confident to give me this responsibility,” Howard said. “This is very special to me, not just because I have been appointed superintendent, but also because I get the opportunity to serve where I grew up and attended school.”

In other action, the board approved an interim appropriation for the purpose of paying salaries and ordinary expenses for the interval between the beginning of the fiscal year and the adoption of the 2014-15 budget resolution.

The action was necessary because the N.C. General Assembly has not yet adopted a state budget that specifies funding for school districts for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The board approved budget amendments presented by Day to adjust the 2013-2014 budget for year-end close-out to maximize use of remaining state funds.

Preliminary test results for 2013-2014 are up in elementary, middle and high schools, according to Beth Cook, the director of testing and accountability.

“The graduation rate is up from last year,” she added. She said the scores could not be released until they had been validated by the Department of Public Instruction, probably in late July.

Stan Winborne, director of career and technical education, presented a proposal from the College Advising Corps from N.C. State University and UNC Chapel Hill to place a recent college graduate in each of the district’s high schools to help low-income, first-generation and underrepresented students find their way to colleges that will serve them well. The aim of the program is to increase college-going rates at partner high schools across North Carolina. The board authorized the high school principals to sign memoranda of understanding with CAP for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board also:

• Approved moving forward with selection of a school board attorney. Four law firms have responded with proposals.

• Approved Employers Mutual Casualty Company remaining as the district’s worker’s compensation provider. The premium is $187,744 in 2014-2015.

• Increased the fee for driver’s education from $45 to $50 for the 2014-2015 school year.

• Approved Sept. 18, Oct. 30, Feb. 12 and March 12 as early release days for professional development during the coming year.

• Approved a plan to replace four school buses through DPI funding.

• Received recommendation from the finance committee to accept Anderson, Smith & Wike as auditor for a cost not to exceed $29,000 plus $3,000 for preparation annual financial statements and up to $2,500 for out-of-pocket expenses.

Following a closed session, the board returned and appointed Amy Hobgood principal at C.G. Credle Elementary School. The board also approved Howard’s recommendations regarding certified and classified positions.

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