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News from the Board -- July 18, 2019

 

On Thursday, July 18, 2019, the Onslow County Board of Education held a special workshop meeting to approve important roofing and interior projects and discuss legislative updates.  
The Board began its meeting by hearing from OCS Chief of Operations Steve Myer, who presented the Board with background and bid information for five upcoming roofing and interior projects across the county.  

For Swansboro High School, the Board approved BM Roofing to complete the roofing project for $963,882, and Team Construction for the interior repairs for $243,526. The roofing project will replace the asphalt shingle roofs on the auditorium and some of the classroom buildings with a new metal roof. The interior project will repair damages to classrooms in the 500 wing, the auditorium and several hallways. Interior repairs are projected to be completed by November 2019 and roofing repairs are expected to be finished in January 2020.  

For the projects at Southwest High School, the Board approved Primus Structures, Inc. to complete the roofing project for $1,339,600, and Group III Mgt. to complete the interior project for $359,000. The SWHS roofing project will include replacing the existing membrane roof above the gym and ancillary spaces, filling in the skylight in the gym roof, and additional coverboard needed for the roofing system to meet the 120 mph warrantied wind load rating. The interior project will replace the gym floor and repair hallways and ancillary spaces, but will not include new bleachers. The interior project is expected to be completed in November 2019, and the roofing project is projected to be finished in December of 2019. 

The Board approved Quality Roofing to complete the roofing project at Dixon Elementary School for $1,727,347. The project will replace the existing asphalt shingled roof with a metal roof on the majority of the building, excluding a classroom building with a newer roof that does not yet need to be replaced. That project is expected to be finished in January 2020.  

In the legislative update portion of the meeting, the Board and executive staff discussed SB399, regarding retired teachers returning to work in high-need schools and a new rule from the North Carolina High School Athletics Association regarding home school enrollment for athletics.  

Chief of Human Resources and Student Services Dr. CJ Korenek shared an update on SB399 with the Board and spoke on what it could mean for school districts. SB399, approved on July 11, would allow retired teachers, who receive a full retirement benefit, to return to work full time in high-need schools without it affecting their retirement benefits. High-need schools in Onslow County would include elementary and middle schools that receive Title I benefits. Dr. Korenek said that the county is currently trying out the new process, but is approaching it cautiously to detect unforeseen complications with retirement benefits or the IRS.  

OCS Athletic Coordinator Greg Grantham shared with the Board a new policy from the NCHSAA that would allow home school students to participate in athletics in the public school in their home district, given that they are enrolled in a minimum of two classes at the public school and meet all other athletic requirements.