Dare’s school board hears reports on visitor management, rebranding for libraries

Published 12:25 pm Monday, October 23, 2023

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The Dare County Board of Education learned about the Ident-A-Kid Visitor Management Software at its regular meeting on Oct. 9, 2023.

The software presents a way to screen visitors before those visitors pass by a school’s office.

The hardware with the system will print the “visitor pass.” The system will check students in and out during the day and compare a visitor picking up a student with a list provided by parents. The system will help insure that the right person is picking up students.

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Holly King, director of technology, introduced the new system.

For over a year, librarians in Dare County Schools have been working on a five-year collection development plan. The plan plays attention to “Portrait of a Graduate” and the need to communicate with all learners.

As part of the library system “rebranding,” a Librarian Logo Contest was held. The logo selected was designed by senior Quinn Cerino, who is a student in Jessie McClary’s Adobe class at First Flight High School.

Dare County commissioner Wally Overman introduced The Wall That Heals, which will be in Dare County Nov.16 through 19, 2023 at the Event Site in Nags Head. The wall is a three-quarter sized replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Some 58,000 names of those lost in the Vietnam War are carried on the wall.

This free exhibit is hosted by the Dare County Veterans Advisory Council, which worked to bring the official replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and its accompanying mobile education center to Dare County.

The display will be open 24 hours a day.

Patty O’Sullivan, veteran services officer, gave additional information. If groups of students want to attend, scheduling can be done through O’Sullivan by calling 252-475-5604. O’Sullivan proudly announced “we’ve got everybody we need,” when asked about volunteers for the event.

Facilities director Ian Adams brought bids for air quality testing in all schools to the board. However, the board altered the plan to include all Dare County Schools indoor facilities and approved twice a year testing. The contract is with LRC Indoor Testing and Research, of Cary.

School board attorney Rachel Hitch introduced for first reading a policy and a regulation dealing with parental involvement. The North Carolina General Assembly enacted the Parents’ Bill of Rights this session. The recommended updates for Policy 1310/4002 come from the North Carolina School Boards Association with some changes recommended by Poyner Spruill, LLP.

A new Regulation 1310/4002 Parental Involvement “was drafted by Poyner Spruill LLP to help Dare County Schools comply with the North Carolina General Assembly’s enactment of the Parents’ Bill of Rights.”

The next Dare County Board of Education regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, at 5 p.m., in the Commissioners Meeting Room, 954 Marshall C. Collins Drive in Manteo.