Sarah Willets Staff writer
January 13, 2014
LUMBERTON — The Public Schools of Robeson County’s Board of Education will hear a presentation tonight about incentives that are eliminating tenure for teachers when it holdings its monthly meeting.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the central office off N.C. 711, just west of Interstate 95..
Assistant Superintendent Stephen Gaskins will give an informational presentation to the board about Senate Bill 402, which will eliminate teacher tenure in 2018. Going forward, school districts statewide will give contracts teachers along with $500 incentives to give up their tenure status.
In other business, Assistant Superintendent Tommy Lowry will recommend to the board which external agencies should work with the school system’s crisis management team. According to Tasha Oxendine, public relations officer, the school system already has a crisis response team in place involving members of independent health care organizations and Social Services, but those agreements must be renewed.
The board will also be briefed on the state’s new Read to Achieve program, which aims to ensure all students are reading at or above grade level by the third grade. According to Oxendine, the board will discuss how to use portfolios of 120 reading passages outlined by the program.
“If the [third-grade] students do not pass the End of Grade test, the portfolios are a method of proving that the students do meet standards or are proficient at standard,” Oxendine said. “Rather than one large test, there are a group of mini-tests throughout the year.”
Attorney Grady Hunt will update the board on the terms of Maxton’s lease of Townsend Middle School’s gym, which is currently being used for community events.
Several awards will be given out at the meeting, including Bus Driver of the Month, Employees of the Month and the winter Beautification Award. The Beautification Award, along with a $500 prize, is given each season to a school where students and staff worked to improve their school’s appearance, Oxendine said.