Lacking what the board deemed as an official detailed plan, the Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education tabled a planned vote on IB expansion at Statesville High School at Monday night’s board meeting.
Originally scheduled to vote on whether to move forward with the plan Monday night, the board voted to push the matter onto next month’s agenda.
“We need to see a plan,” Chairman Martin Page said. “I’m supporting putting a program at Statesville. I just think the board needs to know all of the wheels that it is going to start turning.
“There are a lot of details that have not been addressed. We just have to make sure we see the entire puzzle.”
Among those details that have not been addressed is the future of the early college currently located at Statesville High School.
“My granddaughter goes to the early college,” Bill Howell said. “She is concerned that you are going to kick them out.”
In response to Howell, Superintendent Brady Johnson noted the IB program would likely need three to four years in operation before capacity concerns and the location of the early college program currently located at Statesville would need to be addressed.
Howell and other board members requested that Johnson bring a full plan to the board at January’s meeting — something that addresses not only the issue of the early college, but also budgetary concerns.
“I think it’s fair to ask for more information,” Page said to the board and Johnson,” I am going to support IB at Statesville, I just would like to see the other plans around it that would make a difference in how it is implemented.”
Johnson told the board his staff would have the requested information available for the Jan. 6 meeting. A vote is not expected to take place until the Jan.13 meeting.
In other board news:
» The school board reelected Martin Page to serve as chairman and Charles Gallyon to serve as vice chairman for the 2020 year.
» The board approved the superintendent search survey that will be sent to the public and staff members for input. The survey will likely be live at www.issnc.org by the end of the week.
» The board also approved $2,000 in advertising costs for the superintendent search.