News from the Board -- June 6, 2023

Posted by Jessica Wells on 6/8/2023 3:15:00 PM


The Onslow County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on June 6 at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items included the Purple Star District recognition, the 2023-2024 Title I plan, policy adoptions, a closed session, and a personnel report.  

Before the start of the meeting, Board member Louis Rogers requested that the vote on an item from the consent agenda, the Head Start self-assessment and program improvement goals, be put off until the Board’s next meeting to allow more time for review. The motion was accepted.  

After a Good News Spotlight segment, which highlighted the accomplishments of OCS students and staff, and a public comment period with 5 speakers, Dr. CJ Korenek took to the podium to talk about the district’s Purple Star designation.  

Dr. Korenek shared that, through demonstrating a district-wide commitment to supporting military families, Onslow County Schools has been selected to receive the Purple Star District Award from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.   

To earn this distinction, each school in OCS individually applied and qualified for the Purple Star Award, which NCDPI awards to honor schools that have established military-friendly practices and show commitment to military students and families.  

The award was presented to OCS staff at the meeting by NCDPI State Military Liaison Consultant Howard Lattimore. Also in attendance for the presentation were Col. Garth W. Burnett of MCAS New River, Michael L. Scalise, executive director of MCIEast-MCB Camp Lejeune, Nicole Russell, executive director of the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools, as well as military support staff from OCS and local military bases. 

Next on the agenda was a presentation from Executive Director of Elementary Education Dr. Mark Bulris and Director of Federal Programs Dwayne Snowden.  

Dr. Bulris shared that the purpose of Title I is to approve the academic achievement of economically disadvantaged students, ensuring all children have access to a high-quality education. Currently, 52.53 percent of OCS students are considered economically disadvantaged, as they receive free or reduced lunch. That figure is up from 42 percent in the 2018-2019 school year.  

The 2023-2024 plan would allocate $7.3 million directly to our schools, which develop individual Title I plans to determine how funds will be used.  

Major considerations for this year’s plan included the district needs assessment, continuing support for math PD and instruction, early intervention and remediation, support of the OCS Early Childhood Program, family engagement, and school-level needs. Required set-asides in the plan included non-public students served, parent and family engagement, homeless students, and foster children.  

The plan was unanimously approved.  

Brent Anderson, chief communications officer, was next to the podium to request the adoption of policies that were recently reviewed by the OCS Board of Education Policy Committee.  

Policies in the 4000 and 5000 series were recommended to the full Board for adoption after the Policy Committee made appropriate recommendations for these policies, all of which were reviewed by staff, provided to the NCSBA for review, and posted for interested parties to provide feedback. Some policies were presented for approval as they were originally presented, and others were presented for approval with edits based on feedback received.  

All presented policies were unanimously adopted by the Board.  

Next, the Board went into closed session to consult with legal counsel, to discuss the handling of Case Citation Number 23 CVS 1535, Kelli Muse versus Onslow County Board of Education, Barry Collins, Cathy Jo Korenek and Eric Whitfield, and to discuss personnel matters.  

Upon returning to open session, Chairman Ken Reddic shared that, in closed session, the Board took action to approve legal representation for Dr. CJ Korenek and Dr. Barry Collins under Board policy 7610. Dr. Korenek then came to the podium to ask the Board to approve the 2023-2024 licensed personnel recommendation report presented in closed session. The report was unanimously approved.  


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