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School board actions chronicled

Dare County’s Board of Education hired an auditor, approved a budget and shared use agreement for the Government/Education Channels and heard two reports from Superintendent John Farrelly at its March meeting.

Donna H. Winborne, CPA, submitted an audit fee of $44,000, a $2,000 increase, for the current fiscal year. Winborne also performed the previous year’s audit.

The operating budget approved for the Government/Education Access Channels is $319,961.40. Another $100,000 represents $10,000 provided each of 10 entities to foster program content development. The only budget outlay for each of the 10 entities, including Dare’s Board of Education, is a $1,000 membership fee.

The channels are funded by North Carolina Public, Education, Government Supplemental Video Disbursement from the state. For Fiscal Year 2020 that amount is $260,000.

Farrelly reported on Vision 2.0 and his conversations with students. He expects the process to be concluded in March. The vision will be included in the five-year district plan.

About the Dual Language program, Farrelly said it was “well received.” This year, 250 students started the program and currently 248 are still participating.

Registration ended March 1 for next year. At First Flight Elementary, enough students applied for the Dual Language program in kindergarten. Farrelly said not enough students signed up for first grade.

Because of interest, a lottery was held for seats at Nags Head and Kitty Hawk Elementary Schools, where the program started last year. Manteo and Cape Hatteras Elementary schools also offer the program.

Another policy change was made to the Facility Naming Policy. The adopted change gives the full board final approval, according to the accompanying memorandum.

The March meeting was held at First Flight Elementary School. The next board meeting will be April 9 at Manteo Middle School. The board meetings start at 5 p.m.

School board adopts updated personnel policies

Dare County’s Board of Education is reviewing and updating policies.

The policies are updated based on current practices and recommended policies by the North Carolina School Boards Association.

The first series examined pertains to personnel. At its March meeting, the school board approved the revision to the 7000 series, personnel.

Included in the approved policies are the following polices with provided notes:

7100 Recruitment and Selection of Personnel (Replaced/Renamed)

7101 Hiring (Revised)

7101-R Notification of Hiring Recommendations (Revised)

7110 Information Provided by Applicant or Employee (NEW)

7120 Employee Health Certificate (Replaced/Renamed)

7210 Staff Involvement in Decision Making (NEW)

7240 Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Workplace (Replaced)

7241 Drug and Alcohol Testing of Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators (NEW)

7250 Smoking and Tobacco Products (Replaced/Renamed)

7260 Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (Replaced/Renamed)

7262 Communicable Diseases (Replaced)

7265 Occupational Exposure to Hazardous Chemicals in Science Laboratories (Replaced)

5028/6130/7267 Automated External Defibrillator (NEW)

1510/4200/7270/9230-R Responding to Bomb Threats (NEW)

5027/7275 Weapons and Explosives Prohibited (NEW)

7280 Prohibition Against Retaliation (NEW)

7300 Staff Responsibilities (NEW)

7315 Confidential Information (Revised)

7366-R Employee Identification Badges (Revised)

3227/7322 Web Page Development (NEW)

3230/7330 Copyright Compliance (NEW)

4705/7825 Confidentiality of Personal Identifying Information (NEW)

7340 Employee Dress and Appearance (NEW)

5070/7350 Public Records – Retention, Release, and Disposition (NEW)

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