Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 6 p.m.
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The board approved the following items on the consent agenda:
- Meeting minutes
- Personnel action report
- Shared use agreement for Jamestown Youth League at Southwest Elementary
- Contract with Ronco Communications & Electronics, Inc. for Nortel Phone and Voicemail Systems Maintenance and Support
Consideration for Naming of the Simeon Stadium Field House
The board voted to approve the recommendation to name the Simeon Stadium's Field House the Herb Goins Field House.
2012-13 Budget Updates
The board voted to approve the 2012-13 budget proposal as presented to the board, which includes:
- $10,657,308.04 in 2011-12 reserve for operational expenses;
- $10,505,472.43 in reductions/redirections to offset estimated losses in state funding/increases in cost;
- $5,388,435.85 for increases in sustaining operations cost;
- $3,508,414.01 in funds “given back” to schools ($2.37M in WSF dollars plus $1.14M attributable to a teacher allotment formula adjustment which increased class size by .25 student in grades K-12); and
- $1,398,782.30 in funds to be held centrally for unexpected situations, school needs and/or for 2013-14 budget.
District staff will prepare a budget resolution for the following board meeting for review/approval.
Julius Monk, director of construction, provided an update on the district’s construction projects, which includes:
- At High Point Central, the contractor has begun installation of steel bar joists for the front lobby addition. The in-wall electrical and plumbing rough-ins continue with masonry wall installation at the front lobby addition. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins continue in the existing gymnasium.
- At Ragsdale High, mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-ins, as well as ceiling grid installation is complete in the center building. Conversion of temporary offices and food service line into classroom spaces is underway. In the link building, administrative staff moved into the administration area on July 9. Installation of finishes continues in the media center. Curb and gutter, as well as sidewalks, have been poured, and stone base has been prepped for pavement at the new entrance loop.
- At McNair Elementary, the contractor has begun pulling the main feeders for power to the building. A new electrical sub-contractor has been added to job. Window installation continues along with interior metal stud and mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations continue. The contractor continues drywall installation and painting in several areas. Installation of metal roof is complete and furniture is in process of being delivered to site. In addition, the widening of Yanceyville Road to accommodate a new turn lane is complete.
- For the Southeast Area Elementary School, real estate closing for land for the new school was completed on July 13. Pinnacle Architecture continues schematic design of the new Southeast Area Elementary School.
- At Northwest High, the existing field house has been demolished, and grading for the new parking area is underway. Interior finishes in the field house continue. Brick veneer installation at field house is complete as is the track paving and field irrigation.
- At Dudley High, installation of brick veneer walls at home and visitor concessions is nearing completion. Interior finishes of the home and visitor side concessions, as well as the field house, continue. Installation of bleachers at home and visitor sides is nearing completion. Installation of new irrigation system and sod is complete as is the track paving.
The board voted to authorize staff to solicit a proposal from the designer regarding the rock gym.
MWBE Participation Plan Update
Andy LaRowe, chief operations officer, presented to the board an update on the MWBE participation plan for select district projects. The board approved on the following items:
- To bid the following projects with construction budgets below $500,000 informally: Northeast High, Oak View Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Wiley Elementary, Gateway Education Center, Pleasant Garden Elementary, Allen Jay Elementary and Jackson Middle.
- To bid the following projects with construction budgets above $500,000 formally: Northeast Middle, Northwest Middle, Doris Henderson Newcomers School, Weaver Academy, Foust Elementary and Montlieu Elementary Academy of Technology.
Contractual Agreement for Hairston/Falkener Autism Wing
The board voted to approve staff’s recommendation to reject all bids due to irregularities in bid documents and rebid the Autism Classroom Building at Hairston/Falkener.
Contractual Agreement for Summerfield Elementary School Roof Replacement
The board voted to approve staff’s recommendation to reject all bids on the budgetary constraints for the Summerfield Elementary School roof replacement.
Governance Committee Update
Nancy Routh, convenor of the Governance Review Committee, presented to the board an update to Policy DE- Student Meal Charges. The board voted to approve forgo an additional public comment period and second reading, and approve Policy DE – Student Meals Charge with the language changes as recommended by the board.
Reports from the Superintendent
The Superintendent called on Chief Academic Officer Dr. Beth Folger, who updated the board on the Summer Principal Leadership Institute. On Tuesday, more than 200 principals and administrators participated in service projects at 16 sites around Guilford County. In addition, she updated the board about the work of teachers, who have been preparing curriculum lessons this summer in preparation for the state’s Common Core Standards, which will begin this school year. Folger also commended Nathan Street, arts curriculum specialist for the success of the district’s Summer Arts Institute. In July, the institute included four arts programs, which reached more than 1,000 students.
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About Guilford County Schools
Guilford County Schools, the third largest school district in North Carolina, serves more than 73,000 students at 124 schools. With approximately 10,000 employees, the district’s mission is to graduate responsible citizens who are prepared to succeed in higher education or the career of their choice. Guilford County Schools is a national leader in providing specialized schools and instructional programs designed to meet the educational needs of a culturally diverse citizenship. For more information, visit the district’s website at www.gcsnc.com