District 9 - Board Advisory Council
District 9 Representative
The District 9 representative from SMS attends and represents our school at the Board Advisory Council meetings for District 9. These meetings are held 4-6 times each year at various schools within the district.
Upcoming BAC9 Meetings
BAC9 Meeting Minutes & Reports
2016-2017 School Year
September 19, 2016 minutesTBD
2015-2016 School Year
April 18, 2016 minutes
Aug 31, 2015 minutes
Superintendent’s Proposed 2015-16 Operating Budget.
2014-2015 School Year
Apr 27, 2015 minutes
Mar 9th, 2015 minutes
Jan 26th, 2015 minutes
Nov 12, 2014 minutes
Sept 24, 2014 minutes
Presentation: Student Achievement and School Performance Grades
2013-2014 School Year
Sep16, 2013 minutes
Dec 2, 2013 minutes
Jan 13, 2014 minutes
Mar 10th, 2014 minutes
Apr 14th, 2014 minutes
2012-2013 School Year
Meeting Minutes from 1/30/2017 BAC9 Meeting
The following individuals attended the regular meeting of the Board Advisory Council for WCPSS District 9, held on January 30, 2017:
WCPSS Principals: Douglas Hooper (Adams Elementary), Stephanie Raiford (Briarcliff Elementary), Rodney Stanton (Cary Elementary), Keith Richardson (Crossroads FLEX), Chip Mack (Davis Drive Elementary), Rick Williams (Davis Drive Middle), Nikia Davis (East Cary Middle), Winston Pierce (Farmington Woods Elementary), Karen Summers (Green Hope High), Sherry Schliesser (Kingswood Elementary), Raleigh Bame (Laurel Park Elementary), Robin Wahl (Northwoods Elementary), Catherine Yanello (Reedy Creek Elementary), Derrick Evans (Salem Elementary), Elaine Hofmann (Salem Middle), Tim Chadwick (Weatherstone Elementary) and Edmon Jones (AP, West Cary Middle, substituting).
BAC 9 Representatives: Shawna Schnorr (Adams Elementary), Marian Ingham (Briarcliff Elementary), Joanie Peterson (Cary Elementary), Teresa MacDonald (Cary High), Jennifer Lanzen (Crossroads FLEX), Julie Swanson (Davis Drive Elementary), Jennifer Kaczynski (Davis Drive Middle), Karen Stinneford (East Cary Middle), Mano Meenaksh (Farmington Woods Elementary), Dee Deanhardt (Green Hope High), Allison Bailey (Kingswood Elementary), Jennifer Teborek (Laurel Park Elementary), Julie Roseland (Northwoods Elementary), Suzanne Davis (Reedy Creek Middle), Jane Shiflett (Salem Elementary), Tracy Taylor (Salem Middle), Kathy Cawley (Weatherstone Elementary), Kathy Cawley (West Cary Middle School), and Curt Stangler (At-Large).
Staff and Public Guests: Lindsay Mahaffey, WCPSS District 8 BOE Rep; Michelle Tempke, Administrative Intern; Dr. Lisa Bass Freeman, Professor, NCSU, and students from Dr. Freeman’s class.
Members Absent: Parent reps for Green Hope Elementary, Reedy Creek Elementary, Nancy Caggia (At-Large), and Diana Bader (At-Large); also, WCPSS principals Nolan Bryant, Kristin Walker, and Trent Evans.
Call to Order
The regular meeting of the District 9 Board Advisory Council was called to order at 5:38 pm on Monday, January 30, 2017 at Crossroads FLEX High School.
The group agreed to postpone a vote on the draft minutes from the meeting held on November 14, 2016 until the following meeting, scheduled for March 6, 2017. The group confirmed the dates for the remaining meetings of the school year: March 6 at Weatherstone Elementary, and April 24 at Reedy Creek Middle School. Participants from a class at NCSU were introduced as guest attendees. The students are participating in a Master’s program for school administration.
Board of Education Update
Mr. Fletcher announced the assignment of a new Board of Education member to replace Zora Felton – Ms. Kathy Hartenstine. Mr. Fletcher also introduced the new Board of Education representative for District 8, Lindsay Mahaffey, who was in attendance at the meeting.
Dr. Jim Merrill, WCPSS’ School Superintendent, has been named a finalist for the national superintendent of the year. This award will likely announced in March, at the annual meeting of the National School Association, to be held in Denver.
Main Topic and Guest Speaker – Budget Building 101: Exploring Myths and Options
Mr. Tim Simmons, WCPSS Communications Director, and Heather Lawing, Senior Administrator, WCPSS Communications Department, served as guest speakers for the meeting. Following an introduction by Mr. Fletcher, Mr. Simmons led the group through an exercise meant to simulate the development of an operating budget for the school system.
The online tool that was introduced to the group can be accessed at:http://wcpss.abalancingact.com/.
This tool is designed to help the broader community understand the various difficulties inherent in developing a school budget. Mr. Simmons emphasized that the group was the first public organization to use the tool, and that feedback on it is welcomed.
In his introduction, Mr. Fletcher explained that the annual budget process begins each November. Public input is solicited. Several external government entities adopt budgets independently of the WCPSS budget, and WCPSS must incorporate requirements from these related budgets. The Wake County and the federal continuation budgets are typically integrated into the first draft of the WCPSS operating budget. However, the state-wide budget is often adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) much later, requiring WCPSS to adjust their operating budget to accommodate NCGA budgetary mandates.
The WCPSS Board of Education has determined the following priorities to guide their budgetary decisions:
- Implement strategies to improve attendance, behavior, and learning among students whose inappropriate behavior and choices result in lost class time.
- Provide new strategies and resources for those schools with high numbers of students not performing at grade level.
- Improve customer service, particularly for transportation.
- Support the expanded use of instructional technology, with an emphasis on increased teaching time, rather than fixing technology issues. (Mr. Fletcher noted that technology purchases typically come out of the capital budget.)
Building an annual budget requires insight to some complex and unique requirements. For example, “extra duty” pay was increased in last year’s operating budget for the first time in 27 years. “Extra duty” refers to pay for secondary responsibilities assigned to teachers, such as before and after school activities. Also, all charter schools receive a monthly stipend out of the public school budget, based on a pre-determined calculation.
Mr. Simmons encouraged the group to revisit the tool, which will remain accessible at the link noted earlier. WCPSS has not yet determined how best to utilize this tool, and whether to make it available on a large scale.
Host School – Crossroads FLEX High School
Mr. Keith Richardson, principal for Crossroads FLEX, provided the group with an overview of the school, which serves students in 9 through 12 grades. The school was created to meet a student need for flexible schedules due to outside activities, which are referred to as “pursuits.” Current students include an equestrian who just attended Nationals, an individual training for the 2020 Olympics in diving, and an accomplished ice dancer. Other students train with the Carolina Railhawks (professional soccer team), while others (sophomores) are already committed to UNC-Chapel Hill for college athletics. The school has produced four early grads, working with the Dean of Students to establish goals.
The school provides a blended learning environment, combining online courses (NCVPS), face-to-face support, and small group sessions. Blended content is available for both core classes and electives. Students typically meet twice a week at the school, averaging 10-15 hours onsite, unless more support is needed based on academic requirements. Students establish their own schedule based on educational progress and their external pursuits. Each student is provided a Lenovo laptop device, and personal devices can also be used.
Crossroads FLEX currently employs nine employees, including three fulltime and two part-time teachers, a receptionist and a custodian. Extended hours are offered to students, from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, during the normal workweek. The school does not provide group athletics or band.
To be successful at Crossroads FLEX, students must manage their time well, and have access to the internet. Students must be self-directed, self-motivated, organized, and independent. Each student is assigned an academic coach and is monitored weekly for progress.
The school currently serves 76 students, with full capacity at 125 students. Enrollment is application based. Selection criteria includes a student-submitted essay, current academic standing, and letters of recommendation.
Mr. Richardson closed with a brief description of each area of the building, and an invitation for the attendees to participate in a self-guided tour of the facility.
The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:05 pm. The group's next meeting will be on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:30 pm at Weatherstone Elementary.
Minutes respectfully submitted by Julie Roseland.
Summary for BAC 9 Meeting on 4/18/16
The regular meeting of the Board Advisory Council for WCPSS District 9 held on April 18, 2016 at Green Hope High School. Mr. Mark Winters, Finance Officer for WCPSS, discussed the Superintendent’s proposed operating budget, which totals $1.5 Billion for the 2016-17 school year. Of the total proposed budget, 91% goes directly to schools; 6% to operating support; 2% to academic advancement; and 1% to the Board of Education. A total of 159,250 students are anticipated for 2016-17 (compared to 143,300 students in 2010-11). Unknown factors and potential risks to the current proposed budget include:
- Senate Bill 744, which determined that the Legislature is no longer required by law to fund projected school system growth.
- House Bill 539 would allow charter schools to obtain indirect costs and State sales tax refunds claimed by public schools. Charter schools are paid per month based on per capita spending, calculated by month.
- WCPSS serves all identified AIG and Special Needs students, although the State caps the funding at a percentage of students.
- Other developments that may require adjustments include: compensation and benefit cost increases (the latter continuing to rise more steeply), mandated costs for driver’s education training, Teacher Assistant funding, charter school funding, and Read to Achieve costs.
- The lack of large tracts of available land for high schools, which require the largest footprint, may necessitate design and/or program changes, i.e., multi-level buildings, or high schools without athletic programs.
- The district posted its highest ever 4-year graduation rate of 86.1% for the 2014-15 academic year.
- To encourage the continued improvement in graduation rates, WCPSS has recently unveiled new high school programs, including Crossroads FLEX, which provides flexible school hours for students with working or other commitments. Another program, Wake Acceleration Academics, is geared towards students who have dropped out, but have few credit hours needed to graduate.
- The Board of Education is committed to ensuring every student will learn, grow, and succeed, while simultaneously eliminating the ability to predict achievement based on socioeconomic status, race, and ethnicity (core belief #2, WCPSS Strategic Plan).