On May 8, 2023, the Dare County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve the proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. For the upcoming fiscal year (2024), Dare County Schools have allocated a total of $72,550,107. In fiscal year 2024, the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction estimates that there will be 5,036 students enrolled in public schools in Dare County. The schools in Dare County, North Carolina anticipate receiving $38,386,986 from the state.
An estimate of $4.925 million in federal financing is made. The amount that Dare County will pay toward the cost of running the schools in fiscal year 2024 is $26,895,243. Dare’s commissioner and education boards worked out a method to determine the amount of the payment. The formula is well-respected across North Carolina because it has prevented budget disputes between the two boards.
The board established an ad hoc committee during new business to consult with HR on employee retention and benefits. Carl Woody, who is leading the group, has been advocating for employee perks as a means of both retaining and expanding the current staff. Susan Bothwell and Mary Ellon Ballance, who proposed the formation of the ad hoc committee to the board chairman, make up the committee’s membership. The motion passed with 100% support.
The following regulations were approved by the board after a second reading:
- Policy 2121: Board Member Conflict of Interest, and Policy 2120, Code of Ethics for School Board Members, have both been updated.
- Policies 2123: Board Member Development Opportunities
- 6455 (Bids and Quotations), 6402/9100 (Ethics in Purchasing), and 6128 (Naloxone Administration) have all been updated.
The board deliberated on a Naloxone administration policy. The Dare County Health Department and the Board of Education have agreed to have naloxone, a medicine that can reverse the effects of an overdose, kept in classrooms.
“We have a better chance… when everyone knows where it is,” Dare Schools Superintendent Steve Basnight said. The board is looking into the feasibility of starting Dare County Schools’ early college program. Rocky Mount’s early college was the destination for a visit by three board members and the director of secondary education for the system, Denise Fallon, who spoke with ninth graders and seniors. Bothwell said he interacted with jubilant students. To paraphrase, “I think it’s a great thing.” Early college, according to Board member David Twiddy, “is all about expanding possibilities.” It was an amazing experience. In Currituck, three board members will pay a visit to J.P. Knapp Early College.
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Five policy amendments and one brand-new policy were submitted before the board as part of the new business. The North Carolina School Boards Association suggested four updated policies in addition to the new one.
- Procedures for Board Meetings, Revised Policy 2340. The meeting day has been moved to accommodate a technical revision made in the draft.
- Revised Policy 7730: Employee Conflict of Interest. Non-School Employment has been included as a new section. The board recognizes that some employees may pursue additional compensation on their own time. The new version specifies five activities in which workers who are not students should not participate. The change further emphasizes that the superintendent “shall” have prior clearance for consulting and other activities that take place outside of the school district.
There are several revised citations to the law:
- Policy 8304 on the Management of Federal Funds has Been Updated. The plan now includes several new sections and a revised conflict of interest clause.
- Federal Grant Administration – Procurement Procedures, Revised Regulation 8304-R. References in the Code of Federal Regulations have been updated.
- Policy 8310: Updated Annual Independent Audit Procedure. These changes update legal citations and include the mandate that, if mandated by law, the board must respond to the auditor’s findings, recommendations, and fiscal matters in writing and submit it to the local government commission.
- New Policy 8300: Fiscal Management Standards. The new policy outlines the board’s expectations for how the board and all staff of the school system should “manage and use available funds efficiently and effectively to meet the goals of the local board and State.” There are six guidelines laid out.
In the consent agenda, the board legally released one kid to attend Tyrrell County Schools, accepted meeting minutes from April, adopted a budget amendment, approved the board’s meeting schedule for the upcoming school term, and approved the budget for the Government and Education Access Channel.
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