Superintendent Update October 7, 2013

Report
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Superintendent Update
January 13, 2014
Dr. Barry Williams, Superintendent
GATES COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
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Topics of Interest
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POY
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Teacher Tenure Document
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“Lights Out” – December 17, 2013
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Tentative Budget Calendar
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Needs Assessment to the County
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School Resource Officer
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eBoard Invitation
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Appreciation & Thank you
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Principal of the Year
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Ms. Ward was elected Principal of the Year for this academic
school year.
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Effective leadership means more than simply knowing what
to do-it’s knowing when, how, and why to do it. Effective
leaders understand how to balance pushing for change while
at the same time, protecting aspects of culture, values, and
norms worth preserving. Leaders understand and value the
people in the organization. Ms. Ward exemplifies this
leadership style!
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Late at Night
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Teacher non-Tenure Law
Sequence of Information
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May 1, 2013 - authority to award career status was repealed
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July 30, 2013 Mr. John Leidy introduced the Teacher Tenure Act
to all Gates County principals and directors at our summer
administrative retreat in Elizabeth City.
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August 29, 2013 Ms. Jennifer Hill conducted a meeting with all
principals on creating a preliminary rubric to evaluate teachers.
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September 4, 2013 Ms. Jennifer Hill conducted a follow-up
meeting with the principals and Dr. Williams to finalize the
contract distribution for awarding employment contracts
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September 13, 2013 Mr. John Leidy presented a PowerPoint
presentation to all Gates County teachers on the Teacher Tenure
Act.
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Keeping Everyone Informed
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September 24, 2013 Mr. Richard Schwartz presented a
PowerPoint presentation at the North Carolina Association of
School Administrators 2013 Law Symposium.
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September 26, 2013 Dr. Williams referred this document to
the Gates County Board of Education with tentative
scheduled dates for more information provided to the
teachers and principals on the Teacher Tenure Act.
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September 26, 2013 Ms. Jennifer Hill facilitated a meeting
with all principals to discuss updates and the next steps in
the implementation process of the new Teacher Tenure Law.
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October 7, 2013 Dr. Williams presented the sequence of
events to the Gates County Board of Education.
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Updates and Changes
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October 9-11, 2013 Ms. Jennifer Hill attended the Fall PANC
conference in Asheville, NC. A representative from Schwartz
and Shaw, PLLC presented: “Changes in the Tenure Law:
Understanding and Implementing Them”.
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October 18, 2013 Ms. Jennifer Hill and Dr. Williams were in
attendance for the presentation from Tharrington Smith at the
NCSBA Law Conference in Asheville
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October 24, 2013 Dr. Williams was in attendance for the
presentation by Rachel Beaulieu at the Northeast/Southeast
Superintendents’ meeting discussing Section 9.6 SB 402
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Timeline of Activity
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October 25, 2013 Dr. Williams shared the presentation from
Ms. Beaulieu with the school board through
superintendent/school board connectivity
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October 29, 2013 Dr. Williams and Ms. Jennifer Hill shared
Section 9.6 SB402 with the principals
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November 4, 2013 Mr. John Leidy presented the new updates
on the teacher non-tenure law to teachers in attendance.
Attendance was optional
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November 6, 2013 Ms. Hill facilitated a principals’ focus
group to begin the process of developing a rubric to validate
the selection of teachers offered a four year contract
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November 6, 2013 Superintendent’s Update - Section 9.6
SB402 by Ms. Jennifer Hill and Dr. Williams
May 1: Superintendent must submit the
budget to the Board of Education
May 15: Board of Education must forward an
approved budget to the County
Commissioners
July 1: County Commissioners must complete
its action on the school's budget
October: Board of Education must approve
the final budget resolution
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Budget Calendar
 May
1: Superintendent must submit the budget to
the Board of Education
 May
15: Board of Education must forward an
approved budget to the County Commissioners
 July
1: County Commissioners must complete its
action on the school's budget
 October:
Board of Education must approve the
final budget resolution
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Needs Assessment
Every year, the Superintendent of Gates County
Public Schools is charged with delivering a report
that summarizes the progress and needs of the
educational system. A part of this report includes
recommendations that will help the district move
forward in improving public school quality and
performance for students. While the budget
request is an important policy statement on its own,
Dr. Barry Williams offers the following specific
goals for his term and also recommendations to
help move Gates County Public Schools forward.
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Number 1 Priority
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enhance and increase school safety, Ms.
Adrienne Bradley researched funding and grant
opportunities for conducive learning. With success
in receiving the grant, we received funding and
matched half from our budget to implement a
second SRO in the Gates County Schools. Officer
Eric Wall will be stationed at Central Middle
School and will provide his services under the
direction of Ms. Boone. He will also be available to
the other schools as called upon.
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eboard Invitation
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We have been invited to attend and present to board
members and superintendents in the nation our successes
with eboard.
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February 10-12 in Atlanta Georgia
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Ramona Miller (NCSBA) will be hosting this conference
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January is …
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School board members exemplify local citizen control
and decision making in education. They volunteer
hundreds of hours and an immeasurable amount of
energy to assure that our schools are providing the best
education possible for the children of our community.
That is why we are taking this opportunity to recognize
each board member during School Board Appreciation
Month in January.
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School board members are citizens whose decisions
affect our children – what they learn, who will teach
them, and what kinds of facilities house their
classrooms.
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School Board Appreciation Month
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Our school board is one of more than 100 such boards across
the state. With the advice and counsel of the educational
professionals they hire, our school board has an impact on
virtually every aspect of our schools.
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This is a huge responsibility and one that should not be taken
lightly. They represent you, and they take this responsibility
seriously by attending meetings and conferences where they
broaden their knowledge about education. Too often we
neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these
men and women who represent us. The staff and students of
our school district are asking all local citizens to take a
moment to tell a school board member “thanks for caring
about our children’s education”.
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School Board Appreciation Video
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Please click here to view the video.
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Thank you!!
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We salute the Gates County Board of Education whose
dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public
schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their
vision and voice to help shape a better tomorrow.
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Name
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Doug Lilley
8 years
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Glendale Boone
10 years
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Leslie Byrum
15 years
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Ray Felton
5 years
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Claire Whitehurst
1 year
Years of Service
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Thank you

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