Board to receive update on superintendent search

Jan. 22, 2014 @ 07:24 PM

The school board is expected to receive an update tonight on its fledgling search for a superintendent to replace Eric Becoats who resigned under pressure last month.
An agenda item related to the search has been scheduled as part of tonight’s regular school board meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., at the Fuller Administration Building downtown.
School board Chairwoman Heidi Carter said the search item was placed on the agenda so the board can receive an update on the status of the request for proposal the board plans to issue for firms to help with the search.
Carter said she doesn’t believe the process has advanced significantly since last week when the board directed the staff to solicit proposals from up to 10 firms to help in its search for a new superintendent.   
“Mostly, I think it’s going to be an update on where we are,” Carter said.
In 2010, the board hired the N.C. School Board Association, a professional organization that represents all 115 school boards in North Carolina, to help with a national search that delivered Becoats, who was chief administrative officer for Guilford County Schools.
The association was chosen from among four groups seeking the search contract at prices that ranged from $8,500 to $31,000, plus expenses.
The board settled on the association and its less expensive fee of $8,500.
Becoats resigned after a series of high-profile missteps that caused the board majority to lose confidence his ability to lead the school district.

Alternative schools
In other business today, the board will consider adopting local options for incorporating the district’s two alternative schools -- Lakeview School and Durham Performance Learning Center -- into the NC READY Accountability Model.
The state requires school districts to select three of eight local performance options for alternative schools to use in the accountability model.
For Lakeview, a school for students in grades sixth through 12 who have a history of chronic misbehavior, the board will consider adopting attendance, student progress and proficiency and parental involvement as the three local options.
School administrators hope to increase attendance rates to 75 percent this school year, which would be a four percentage point bump over the 71 percent attendance rate recorded during the 2012-13 school year.
Officials also have set a goal of increasing overall growth on standardized tests by 3 percent and parental involvement by 35 percent.
The proposed local options for Durham Performance Learning Center, an alternative school for students ages 16 to 20 who are at risk of dropping out of school, are attendance, higher expectation for student achievement and student progress and proficiency.
Administrators set a goal of 60 percent of students being proficient on math 1, biology and English II end-of-course exams, 100 percent of students meeting expected growth and overall achievement rate of 85 percent.