Happy Monday everyone. In an effort to strengthen communication, I will post weekly updates to staff that many of you may not be aware of.
GREAT NEWS-On Thursday, I participated in a conference call regarding K-3 class size and lack of funding for enhancement teachers. We have been working with the House and the Senate for several months, with tremendous progress being made this week. The Senate agreed to endorse HB 90. The House is set to vote on Tuesday. The bill will be a 4 year phase in of the new class size caps for K-3 and it will fund enhancement teachers in K-5 for the first time. The bill will do the following:
The N.C. Senate voted 37-5 on Friday, 2/9 to approve House Bill 90, the omnibus legislation that includes the improvements in the class size law. We had expected the House to approve the bill today as well, but parliamentary rules in that chamber prevent a House vote until Tuesday, 2/13, because the bill involves appropriations. This is new funding that is being built into the base budget and set to automatically grow by 25% annually until fully funded in 2021-2022. This does not come from cuts elsewhere in the K-12 budget. The first year funding comes from savings the state has set aside, known as the unappropriated fund balance. These expanding funds for K-5 enhancement teachers are even more secure and guaranteed than funding for public schools’ annual ADM enrollment increases, which are no longer automatic or built into the base budget.
Additional summary information on the class size portion of the bill includes the following:
- Provides a four-year phase-in to reach K-3 class size caps that otherwise would have taken effect for the 2018-19 school year. This includes new K-3 class size requirements that do not change from current requirements for the first year of the phase-in and are as follow:
|Year||Grade(s)||District Average||Individual Maximum|
- Fully funds 3,503 K-5 enhancement teachers through a new allotment established through a four-year phase-in, front-loaded the year before changes occur in K-3 class size requirements, as follows:
- 2018-2019 – Provides $61.4 million in recurring funds to support 25% of full funding needed to provide 1 K-5 enhancement teacher for every 191 students (1:191 ratio).
- 2019-2020 – Increases this allotment’s funding to 50% of amount needed for 1:191 ratio.
- 2020-2021 – Increases this allotment’s funding to 75% of amount needed for 1:191 ratio.
- 2021-2022 – Increases this allotment’s funding to 100% of amount needed for 1:191 ratio.
- Places new restrictions on the Classroom Teacher allotment effective 2021-2022 to prevent these funds from covering K-5 enhancement, which will be fully covered in the new allotment in that year. These funds will continue to cover K-12 classroom teachers, enhancement teachers in grades 6-12, self-contained exceptional children teachers, and teachers in math, science and computers, as well as matching benefits. Funds in the K-5 enhancement allotment may be used for classroom teachers but not vice versa.
- Exempts all enhancement classes in Grades K-12 and electives or supplemental courses from class size restrictions and caps, thereby eliminating the need for districts to seek waivers for these classes in certain circumstances as required under current law.
EVENTS IN OUR DISTRICT THIS WEEK
Mon. The HS Conference Basketball Tournament begins Mid
Tues. Principal’s Meeting; Shuford Spirit Night
Thur. NCHS Hispanic Family Night 6:00 pm, in the Media Center.
Fri. BOE Walk Through @ NCMS 8:30 am
Did You Know
- Congrats to Paul Karre on finishing 6th in the 200 Free and 4th in the 500 Free and congrats to Ross Dant for finishing 1st in the 500 Free and 100 Back. He also set the 1A/2A state record in both events. Ross also took home “Most Outstanding Swimmer.”
- Jordan Caldwell, Media/Digital Facilitator at North created an augmented Reality Sandbox that is amazing. Take a look at this short video I shot of him showing topography with the augmented reality sandbox https://youtu.be/jr9QtehOt2w via @YouTube
- Neill McGeachy, the former Lenoir-Rhyne athletic director who was very instrumental in many achievements for the LRU Bears during his 14 years at the helm, passed away Friday morning.
- Last week was Counselor Appreciation Week. We are very blessed to have amazing Counselors in our schools.
- February Is Love the Bus Month -School Bus Driver Appreciation Week Is Feb. 12-16
- Although they don’t look happy, 2017-2018 State Qualifiers #RedDevilWrestling
- I received a check from the Newton City Council to be used to expand innovative grant opportunities for teachers and students in our district. The letter said they wanted to show their appreciation for the work we are doing.
- From the Harvard Graduate School of Education-Interpersonal Skills and Today’s Job Market | Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Don’t Forget that Valentine’s Day is on Wednesday!
Have a great week everyone!