Guilford County Board of Education

Guilford County Board of Education
Regular Meeting
January 27, 2011


Members, Board of Education


Maurice O. Green, Superintendent
Beth L. Folger, Chief Academic Officer
Terry Worrell, Regional Superintendent/Central Region


January 24, 2011


Approval to Open Early/Middle College of Health Sciences at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

As requested at the January 13, 2011 Board of Education meeting, this item is resubmitted for additional discussion and consideration.  The embedded financial chart has been revised to reflect the use of $700,000 in Race to the Top (RTTT) funds and $200,000 from Businesses for Excellence in Education (BEE), which is willing to provide this funding should the school be approved by the board.  In addition, Guilford County Schools (GCS) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) are in communication with various other individuals and organizations to garner additional financial support for this initiative, particularly in years three and four.

Early/middle college high schools blend high school and college in a rigorous yet supportive environment that allows students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and an associate degree or up to two years of credit toward a Bachelor’s degree—tuition free.  By blending the high school and college experiences, early/middle colleges provide additional support for students who may have become disengaged or had difficulty adapting to the traditional school setting for various reasons, including academic ones. 

In early fall of 2010, UNCG stated a desire to partner with GCS to open an early/middle college of health and human sciences. UNCG Chancellor Linda Brady has shared her immense support and her desire for UNCG to work collaboratively with GCS.  On November 11, 2010, Chancellor Brady, Provost David Perrin, Celia Routh Hooper - Dean of the College of Health and Human Performance, and Professor Tom Martinek met with the UNCG Board of Trustees to present the plan to move forward, which was received with great enthusiasm. As a result, a project team comprised of UNCG and GCS administrators and principals has worked collaboratively to develop a proposal to bring this vision to fruition.  If approved, the project team will expand to include teacher and parent representation.

Project team members developed a four-year course of study for students beginning in 9th grade that provides opportunities for certification in health and human sciences with pathways of study in medical careers, pharmacy tech, and community health/youth development services and/or to earn up to two years of transferrable college credits.  Students will also gain hands-on experience through work-study programs. 

Further, GCS Operations has worked closely with UNCG Facilities to identify classroom and office space.  The identified space is under review by GCS Facilities to determine feasibility of use for student occupancy in compliance with current building codes and requirements.  In June 2009, the North Carolina Building Code Council amended building code Sections 202, 304.1, and 305.1 to allow Cooperative Innovative High School Programs, i.e., early/middle colleges, to operate under the same building codes as the college, community college, or university campus in which the school is located.  State and local fire inspections will determine if any building modifications are required.  GCS administration is confident that adequate classroom space will be provided for the early/middle college.  We do not anticipate the requirement of any substantial building modifications; however, we will not have specific determinations until these inspections are complete.

An estimated operating budget for the first four years has been developed for an initial enrollment of up to 50 ninth-grade students in the 2011-12 school year.  In year two, enrollment will increase to 100 students.  By reaching an enrollment of 100 students by the second year, the principal position will continue to be funded by the state.  In subsequent years, an additional 50 students will be accepted as incoming ninth graders.  Total student enrollment is estimated to be 200 students by year four and beyond.

Staffing allotments for the first year include three full-time equivalent (FTE) teachers, one full-time counselor, a half-time (.5) treasurer, a half-time (.5) data manager, and a full-time principal.  In years two, three, and four, three additional FTE teachers would be added per year for a total of 12 FTE teacher positions to serve a total student enrollment of 200.  In year three, a half-time (.5) social worker allotment will be added to the school’s staffing allotments. 

The estimated operating budget for the first four years is summarized below, including recommended funding sources:





Total Operating Costs*





Dollars Earned (via state/local allotment formulas)**





Title I Dropout Prevention Funds





Race to the Top Funds





Businesses for Excellence in Education (BEE) funds





Redirected funds from prior fiscal year(s)





= Redirected Funds





*Assumption:  Greensboro College Middle College and the UNCG early/middle college will share buses.
** Execution of the Cooperative Innovative High School Agreement will allow the principal’s salary to be state funded.

The student recruitment/enrollment process for a fall 2011 opening begins in January with High School Options nights, held at middle schools for rising ninth graders and their parents/guardians.  This provides a venue for exploring and gathering information about early/middle colleges, academies, and all other options available to high school students.  The district’s magnet fair will be held on February 19, 2011, with student applications being accepted February 19 through March 18, 2011. 

RECOMMENDATION:  Through a memorandum of understanding between GCS and UNCG, the administration seeks board approval to open in the fall of 2011 an early/middle college with a study focus on health and human sciences. 


Budget Sheet