The Iredell-Statesville Schools Board of Education unanimously passed a motion Monday night to appoint a committee to evaluate the existing policies and state statutes to ensure continuity of operation on school days regarding personnel needs to operate school safely and efficiently.
The appointment of the committee comes on the heels of the May 1 North Carolina teacher’s march on Raleigh.
The motion was brought to the table after the board agreed that it needed to find a win-win solution in cases where teachers and administrators want to exercise their constitutional rights, causing a situation where many teachers ask for time off on the same day.
Thirty-six percent of certified teachers took May 1 off. That number is up from the 33 percent that took off for last year’s march on May 16, 2018.
The committee will look at ways to find common ground on this issue and that will most likely consist of a combination of school personnel and school board members.
SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVISORY COUNCIL
The superintendent’s advisory council presented its 2018-19 report to the school board. Made up of high school students appointed by the principals of the local high schools and early colleges, the group met once every quarter for the 2018-19 school year to discuss district problems and solutions.
The advisory council focused on two issues this year; job placement services and a new fan code of conduct. The fan code of conduct was revealed earlier this year.
Regarding job placement services, the council and the chamber of commerce have worked together to hold job fairs with local companies at each Iredell County School in 2019-20. The first fair was held last week at Statesville High School. This week’s fair will be at West Iredell High School.
STATESVILLE MIDDLE SCHOOL RENOVATION
The board passed a motion to move forward with the renovation of what is now Statesville Middle School. Director of Construction and Facilities Use Coordinator Rob Jackson revealed at last week’s meeting the renovation would cost roughly $6 million. The plan is for Statesville Middle School to house Northview IB School once the new Third Creek Middle School is built.