News from the Board -- June 29, 2023

Posted by Jessica Wells on 6/29/2023 8:05:00 PM


On Thursday, June 29, the Onslow County Board of Education held a special meeting at the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. Agenda items included the adoption of the 2023-2024 budget, the naming of Northeast Elementary School Project, a public hearing to receive input on the New River YMCA Aquatic Center MOU, and a closed session pursuant to open meetings law.  

First, Chief Finance Officer Jeff Hollamon took to the podium to ask the Board to approve the 2023-2024 budget proposal.  

Budget elements discussed included the Capital Outlay Budget and the Local Current Expense Fund. The capital outlay budget covers the district’s expenses related to maintenance, transportation, paving, roofing, furniture, safety and security and more. The local current expense budget provides funding for salaries, insurance, academic programming, technology, cultural arts, utilities, exceptional children and more.    

The Board voted 6-0 to adopt the budget as presented. Board member Bradley Williams was not in attendance.  

The Local Current Expense Fund Budget for 2023-2024, including all revenue streams, totals $93.8 million and the Capital Outlay Budget, including funds from all revenue streams, totals $4.8 million. 

Next, Chief of Operations Dr. Brendan Gartner presented to the Board a request to name the new Northeast Elementary School Project ahead of the start of construction on the site. Dr. Gartner shared that from the many options suggested and discussed, the top three options were Mulberry Creek Elementary School, Belgrade Elementary School, and Woodland Elementary School. Based on staff input, public feedback, and the district’s current naming strategies, Dr. Gartner and his committee recommended the name Woodland Elementary School.  

The Board unanimously approved the new name.  

During this meeting, the Board also hosted a public hearing to hear input from the community regarding the New River YMCA Aquatic Center Memorandum of Understanding. Twenty-three speakers shared their thoughts on the MOU at this hearing.  

In addition to the public hearing, the Board is also seeking public input on the MOU via email. Anyone interested in providing feedback for the Board can submit their comments via email at, by 12 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023. 

A special meeting of the BOE will be held on Monday, July 10, at 6 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Eastern North Carolina Regional Skills Center. At this meeting, the Board will make a final decision on the MOU.  

You can read more about the MOU on the OCS website: New River YMCA Aquatic Center Memorandum of Understanding.

In its final order of business, the Board went into closed session, pursuant to public meetings law, to discuss the qualifications, competence, performance, character, fitness, conditions of appointment, or conditions of initial employment of an individual public officer or employee or prospective public officer or employee.  


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