School board busy on meeting night

Published 4:15 pm Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A 3-2 majority at the Charlotte County School Board’s Tuesday, June 14, meeting decided each of the elementary schools — Eureka, Phenix and Bacon District — would host one school board meeting during the 2016-17 year.

The dates have not been decided. School board members Henry Carwile and William Devin voted against the motion.

This was just one bit of business at the busy meeting.

The board opened its meeting by unanimously approving an invoice of $1,896,756 for invoices and payroll. The majority of the payment was for Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS), amounting to $1,613,050; the other $283,706 was paid to Virtual Virginia, the state’s online educational program that offers Advanced Placement programs and core curriculum courses to schools.

The board then approved costs totaling $92,286 presented by Director of Technology Rodney Hudson in order to refresh the laptops, tablets and iPads of Randolph-Henry High School and Central Middle School.

Eleven Central Middle students were also recognized with certificates for their participation in the Butterfly Garden project through the Talented and Gifted (TAG) program at the meeting.

Two CCPS bus drivers, Brenda Hall and May Bell Holcomb, were recognized for reaching the 35-year of service milestone. Marion Pannell, another CCPS bus driver, reached 30-year of service milestone, but was unable to attend the meeting to receive his award.

The board also decided that CCPS will participate in Virginia’s Regional Alternative Education Project hosted in Nottoway County’s Amelia-Nottoway Technical Center during the 2016-17 year.

The project’s region spans Nottoway, Amelia, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Lunenburg and Prince Edward counties; it can take up to 77 students in grades 6-12, according to the Virginia Department of Education’s website.

The board ended the meeting by unanimously passing all personnel changes. The board officially added Phenix Elementary School’s new principal, Jamie Brown, to the school’s account, removing former Principal Dr. Ann Nelson.

Brown’s replacement as assistant principal for Randolph-Henry High School, Dominique Foster, was added as an authorized signature while Brown was removed from the high school’s account. Lawrence Randolph, Eureka Elementary School’s new administrative instructional coordinator, was added as an authorized signature as well.