Dare County Schools to revise graduation requirements

Published 11:06 pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Dare County Board of Education members met Sept. 10 to discuss the need to amend promotion requirements for students in dual enrollment programs.

The unanimously adopted policy change addresses North Carolina Career and College Promise pathway courses, specifically English.

Students enrolled in Career and College Promise English courses are required to take English 111 and 112 and/or completer classes English 231, 232, 241 or 242. The amended policy gives Dare County high school principals authority to promote students who have passed English 111 and 112 to 12th grade as long as the student is enrolled in one of the completer courses.

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Three of the college courses meet the graduation requirements for English III and taking a fourth completer course meets the requirement for English IV. Finishing the pathway with a C average earns the student 12 college credits.

Arty Tillett, assistant superintendent of Dare County Schools, spoke on how this amendment to the policy will promote flexibility and allow students at advanced levels the ability to reach peak success at an individual rate.

Dare Education Foundation has received permission to grant Dare County Schools the necessary funds to obtain iPads and protective cases for K-2 classrooms. The Raymond J. and Mary C. Reisert Foundation awarded DEF $15,000 for these purchases. Along with these funds, DEF has decided to give DCS an additional $690 to cover taxes on the devices and accessories.

A shared part-time position with the College of The Albemarle has been created to assist students in finding the best dual enrollment courses for individual needs and success. This position will be focused on helping students register for courses along with marketing, outreach and providing academic support for those enrolled in the Career and College Promise program. More information on the position will be posted at a later date.

On First Reading, the board approved revisions to Policy 2110: Method of Election and Policy 2115: Board Members Unexpired Term Fulfillment. Unanimously, the board voted to align the policies with Session Law 2017-18, which will switch the Dare County Board of Education elections from non-partisan to partisan.

State nutrition bids were approved by the school board along with some new locally issued bids, including uniform shirts from Uniform Galore and ice cream courtesy of Hershey Creamery Company.

There were five retirement resignations announced, including Caroline Pearce, former assistant principal of First Flight High School. Nineteen DSC employees have resigned and twenty-eight transfers were issued. One of these transfers is Sandy Kinzel, who is now the director of Human Resources.

The meeting concluded with a statement from Superintendent John Farrelly: “We had a fantastic induction day and we are excited for this school year.”

All members of the board were present except for Ben Sproul.



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