News from the Board -- April 5, 2022

Posted by Jessica wells on 4/7/2022 12:45:00 PM


The Onslow County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on April 5 at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items included the presentation of the 2022-2025 AIG Plan, the award of architectural services for the Trexler Middle renovation, and COVID-19 protocols. Board member Jeff Hudson was absent.  

Following a Good News Spotlight segment, which recognized science students, communication staff, and schools who were awarded for their support of military families, and a public comment period with two speakers, Dr. Michael Elder took to the podium to talk about the AIG program.  
AIG stands for Academically or Intellectually Gifted, and the OCS AIG program aims to provide support and differentiation for students identified as “gifted.” The plan for the AIG program is developed through district AIG specialist input, leadership feedback, parental feedback, surveys, and parent and student focus groups.  

The proposed themes for the 2022-2025 AIG Plan include: opportunities, connections, and support. Dr. Elder said that through the development and implementation of the plan, the AIG staff hope to accurately identify students in need of differentiation and provide instructional services to meet their unique needs. The team plans to do this by emphasizing identification, programming, differentiation, professional development of staff, partnerships with community resources, and program accountability. 

The Board voted to approve the 2022-2025 AIG Plan.  

Chief of Operations Steve Myers was next to present, as he brought to the Board a request to move forward with negotiations regarding the Trexler Middle School renovation. Myers said the plan was to repurpose parts of the old Richlands Elementary School for use by Trexler, and to update parts of the existing Trexler Middle, including the traffic pattern. Staff advertised an RFQ and reviewed the two packets received. After a review process, it was determined that Smith Sinnett Architecture was the most qualified team.  

The Board approved staff to proceed with negotiations with Smith Sinnett Architecture for the project. If a reasonable agreement cannot be reached, another architectural firm will be consulted.  

Lastly, in accordance with Session Law 2021-130 - Senate Bill 654, the Board fulfilled its requirement to revisit COVID-19 protocols each month. No changes were made to existing practices.  


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