February 16, 2004
The Alexander County Board of
Commissioners held its regular meeting on
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Keever called the meeting to order at .
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Commissioner Bolick gave the invocation and also led the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
ADOPTION OF AGENDA
Commissioner Hammer made a motion to adopt the agenda as presented. Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
PUBLIC HEARING: APPROVAL OF ROAD NAMES
Sylvia Turnmire, Director of Planning & Development, requested approval of the following road names:
Ted Little Drive
Ms. Turnmire informed the Board that
There being no public comment, Commissioner Robertson made a motion to close the public hearing. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
Commissioner Hammer made a motion to approve the road names as presented. Commissioner Robertson seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
APPOINTMENT OF THE
Chairman Keever informed the Board that Dr. Trevor Craig had indicated that he wished to step down as the Alexander County Medical Director and allow Dr. Joel Inman to assume his responsibilities.
Commissioner Harbinson made a motion to approve the appointment of Dr. Joel Inman as the Alexander County Medical Director. Commissioner Bolick seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
Commissioner Harbinson expressed his
appreciation to Dr. Craig for his role as Medical Director for the past several years and
he welcome Dr. Inman to the
Commissioner Robertson also thanked Dr. Craig for his great contribution to the community. Commissioner Robertson stated that Dr. Craig was always willing to help in any way he could and he stated that he looked forward to working with Dr. Inman
Dr. Joel Inman stated that he had
done a lot of traveling during his service with the U.S. Navy as well as during his
education and he noted that
Chairman Keever presented a plaque to Dr. Trevor Craig in appreciation for his service as the Medical Director for the Alexander County Emergency Medical Service.
After accepting the plaque, Dr. Craig
stated that he had thoroughly enjoyed working with
Commissioner Hammer mentioned that the late Dr. Hugh Shearin had gotten the Medical Director Program started several years ago. Commissioner Hammer stated that he had great respect for Dr. Shearin because he saved his daughters life when she was 2 years old. Commissioner Hammer stated that Dr. Craig had improved the program and had caused it to move forward and he felt that Dr. Inman would do well as Medical Director.
BUDGET ORDINANCE AMENDMENT #24
Budget Amendment #24 To transfer funds to Emergency Assistance.
Commissioner Robertson made a motion to approve Budget Amendment #24. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
The next Commissioners Meeting will be held
B. Some additional operating hours have been added at the Library. Mr. French stated that he would get the Board a copy of the new schedule and he noted that this issue would also be reviewed further during budget discussions.
The Town of
The WPCOG Annual Meeting has been rescheduled for
Commissioner Robertson made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Commissioner Hammer seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
There being no further business for the regular meeting, Commissioner Hammer made a motion to adjourn a to reconvene in the work session. Commissioner Harbinson seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
W. Norris Keever, Chairman Jamie M. Starnes, Clerk to the Board
February 16, 2004
The Alexander County Board of Commissioners held a work session following the adjournment of the regular meeting.
CALL TO ORDER
Chairman Keever called the work session to order at .
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND
Jack Hoke, Alexander County Schools Superintendent, presented a Power Point slide show presentation on the No Child Left Behind program, which included the following information:
North Carolina & No Child Left Behind
The NCLB law is designed around the idea that not all students are making the academic progress they need to become successful.
NCLB was signed into law
This has had a tremendous
· Closing achievement gaps.
· Holding schools accountable for all students.
· Highly qualified teachers.
· Integration with the ABCs. Each state sets criteria approved by the federal government to determine adequate yearly progress.
· Have all students performing at grade level or better in reading and mathematics (according to state standards) by 2013-2014.
· ABCs will continue to measure student growth and individual school growth.
Mr. Hoke stated that NCLB required determination of student, school, school district, and state progress in achieving proficiency goals. Mr. Hoke explained that students were placed into subgroups consisting of at least 40 students and then scores were counted in a school wide average. Mr. Hoke stated that if any one of the subgroups did not meet proficiency, the school was deemed to have not met adequate yearly progress (AYP). The subgroups included:
· The school as a whole
· Native American
· Asian / Pacific Islander
· Limited English Proficient
· Students with Disabilities
· Economically Disadvantaged Students
Targets for Meeting Adequate Yearly Progress
Mr. Hoke noted that meeting a target of 100% would be very challenging since every child did not coming from same background or would not have the same academic capability.
How Adequate Yearly Progress is Determined
· All subgroups meet or exceed AYP targets for the year or
· The percentage of students not scoring proficient in a subgroup is reduced by at least 10% in a year and the subgroup makes progress on the other AYP indicator.
The Achievement Gap
· Starting points were determined by average scores.
· Many student subgroups at many schools score below this average.
Achievement gap: percent at or above grade level in reading and math 3-8 EOGS
· More than half our schools probably wont make AYP
School Improvement Schools
· Only 27% of NC elementary schools and middle schools would have made AYP for 2000-2001.
· Only 11 districts would have made AYP in 2000-2001.
· There are 15 schools currently in School Improvement under the old Title 1 AYP definitions, 11 of these are charter schools.
Title 1 School Improvement / Corrective Actions / Restructuring
Mr. Hoke stated that the Title 1 designation was based on the number of free and reduced lunches each school had and he noted that 50% of public schools in NC received Title 1 funding. Mr. Hoke explained the consequences of a school not meeting the AYP for the year, which included the following:
Highly Qualified Teachers
· By June 30, 2006 all core subject area teachers will meet NCLBs definition of highly qualified which required public elementary and secondary teachers to teach core academic areas, be fully licensed by the state and certified in a subject area, and have no certification or licensing requirements waived on an emergency, temporary, or provisional basis.
· Teachers must meet the requirements for full certification and have demonstrated competency in each of the subjects that they teach.
· Almost 30% of NCs 85,817 teachers are not fully licensed and/or are lacking subject area certification.
· Newly hired teachers (those who began work in the 2002-2003 school year) working in Title 1 funded programs teaching in core academic areas must already meet NCLBs definition of highly qualified.
· Lateral entry teachers must meet the same qualifications in 3 years (not 5 years).
· No provisional, emergency, or temporary licenses.
Not new teachers in core
subject areas must meet the definition of highly qualified by
· Passing Praxis II test(s) demonstrates subject area knowledge.
· Other options: Major or its equivalent, graduate degree in subject area, masters level licensure in subject area, NBC in subject area.
· Not new teachers can complete HOUSE (soon to be established in NC) instead of the Praxis II to demonstrate subject matter competence.
New Standards for Instructional Paraprofessionals
· Designed to ensure they have the skills needed to help in reading, writing, mathematics and/or readiness for schooling instruction.
· Requirements vary depending on school (Title 1 or not), position held, and hire date.
· Law applies to 57% of our 25,900 paraprofessionals (unlike teachers where all core subject area teachers are affected).
· High school degree.
· Associates degree and/or two years of higher education.
· Formal assessment of instructional abilities including a staff development component.
· Work under direct supervision of a highly qualified teacher.
· Exceptions: Paraprofessionals who perform translation, parental involvement, or only non-instructional duties.
Deadlines for Paraprofessionals
paraprofessionals hired on or before
2003 ABCs and AYP Results (Unofficial)
AYP Target Goals:
Grades 3-8 Math 74.6% 10th Grade Math 54.9%
Commissioner Harbinson felt that the No Child Left Behind Program was unfair and unreasonable due to the fact that there was no way that every child could be brought up to the same level. Commissioner Harbinson noted that there were children with disabilities enrolled in public schools that could never have the same learning abilities as other children. Commissioner Robertson agreed that some children did not have the same opportunities as other and he noted that some children were better prepared than others.
Mr. Hoke agreed that it was not realistic to have exceptional children in the same category as academically gifted children.
Commissioner Bolick informed Mr. Hoke
that several Board members would be attending a conference in
COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT
Terry Foxx, Emergency Management /
Communications Director, discussed the Sheriffs repeater located on
Mr. Foxx explained how the repeater
and control station worked by informing the Board that calls coming from the console at
911 or the Sheriffs Department out to the patrol cars went through the control
station on Linneys Mountain. However, a
call coming in from a patrol car to the console goes through the repeater on
Mr. Foxx made a recommendation that
the Sheriffs repeater be moved off
Commissioner Robertson stated that he was concerned that the Board would spend the $42,000 to move the repeater and then have to deal with the same issue 6 months or a year from now. Mr. Foxx did note that there was no guarantee moving the repeater or changing the frequencies would cure the problem. Commissioner Robertson felt that FAA needed to give the County some information to work with in order to make a decision.
Mr. Foxx stated that the Rescue Squad had a repeater on Linneys Mountain that could be reprogrammed for the Sheriffs Department to use on an interim basis.
Commissioner Robertson suggested that Mr. Foxx write a letter to Congressman Richard Burr regarding the FAA interference to see if it is possible for FAA to take financial responsibility for the moving of the repeater. Commissioner Hammer suggested inquiring about Homeland Security funding as well. The Board agreed.
911 COMBINATION / UPGRADE
Terry Foxx, Emergency Management /
Communications Director, discussed the 911
Construct walls to enlarge the equipment room to accommodate all 911 equip - $750.00
Install new flooring (carpet or tile) - $500.00
Reconfigure HVAC to accommodate additional ductwork and reconfigure the returns - ?
Miscellaneous items (paint, light fixture covers, etc.) - $400.00
CML RescueStar, Spares, All Displays, 3 positions - $181,083.42
Integrated Norstar Key System - $21,151.00
Spectrcom Time Synchronization System - $8,686.78
Watson Dispatch Furniture System - $38,034.88
Nice Digital Recording System with Instant Recall Interface - $27,694.28
Motorola Centracom Gold Console System - $130,172.10
OSSI CAD System with Medical Priority Dispatch Cards - $140,177.00
OSSI Mapping System with Geo File Mapping Creation - $38,650.00
Mr. Foxx stated that these items totaled $585,649.45. However, he noted that these were top of the line products and equipment which would leave some room to maneuver on the quote. Mr. Foxx informed the Board that the trade in option was no longer available on the console because the time period had lapsed to turn the old console in.
In regards to the flooring, Mr. Foxx suggested that tile be installed instead of carpet. Mr. Foxx explained that the tile would be easier to clean since there was a larger amount of dust that accumulated in that area.
Commissioner Bolick inquired about the cost of the lease purchase. Stacy Austin, Wireless Communications, stated that the total cost of the project would be $585,649.45. However, he noted that the County had received a $39,000 grant bringing the cost down to approximately $547,000. Mr. Austin stated that the lease would be for 5 years and could be paid in annual payments or monthly payments. Mr. Austin explained that a monthly payment would total $10,311.48 at a rate of 4.36% and an annual payment would total $121,335.30 at a rate of 4.444%
The Board agreed to discuss this issue further at a later date.
There being no further business, Commissioner Bolick made a motion to adjourn at . Commissioner Harbinson seconded the motion. The Board voted unanimously in favor of the motion.
W. Norris Keever, Chairman Jamie M. Starnes, Clerk to the Board