MESSAGES 2015 :: APRIL 30, 2015

State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, May 4-6, at The Murphy Center at Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium, East Carolina University, Greenville.

The Board will hold a Planning and Work Session on Monday and Tuesday, and its May Board meeting on Wednesday.

Following is a summary of the Board's agendas. Please note that Board members will both discuss and take action on agenda items as appropriate at its Wednesday meeting.

The agendas and executive summaries are posted online at under the SBE Meetings tab. The State Board's meeting on Wednesday will be audio streamed for those who can't attend. To listen, use the Live Audio Stream link at

To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email the State Board members individually (addresses available online at or email your comments/feedback to

MONDAY, MAY 4: Planning and Work Session

12:30 – 5 p.m.
The Board's Planning and Work Session will begin with a presentation on Disruptive Demographics from Dr. James Johnson of UNC's Kenan-Flagler School of Business. Following the presentation, the Board will discuss its strategic plan measures for possible updates or changes.

TUESDAY, MAY 5: Planning and Work Session Continued

8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Board presentations will focus on three major topics: assessment system reform, teacher and leader quality, and support systems for student success.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6: May Board Meeting

9 – 10:20 a.m.
Board members will tour E.B. Aycock STEM Middle School

10:45 – 11 a.m. (Board members are back at The Murphy Center at Dowdy-Ficklin Stadium)
Following the Call to Order and the Pledge of Allegiance, Board members will hear from Pitt County Schools' Superintendent Ethan Lenker. Members will then approve their April meeting minutes before taking up their Committees' discussion and action items.

11 – 11:15 a.m.
• 21st Century Systems Committee
State Board member Greg Alcorn, chair; Kevin Howell, vice chair
Action item: Approval of Grants – School Nutrition Equipment Assistance and Math-Science Partnership
Discussion item: North Carolina Governor's School Board of Governors
New Business item: Update on Contracts

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
• 21st Century Professionals Committee
State Board member Olivia Oxendine, chair
Action item: Financial Incentives for the State and Regional Teachers of the Year
Discussion item: Benefits and Employment Policy Manual Revisions

11:30 – 11:50 a.m.
• Leadership for Innovation Committee
State Board member Rebecca Taylor, chair; Wayne McDevitt, vice chair
Discussion items: North Carolina Charter Schools Advisory Board Charter Recommendations, Request for Charter Amendment for Torchlight Academy Charter School and Charter Amendment to Change the County Location for Uwharrie Charter School

11:50 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
• Globally Competitive Students Committee
State Board member Eric Davis, chair; Olivia Oxendine, vice chair
Action items: Global-Ready District Designation and Rubric, and 2015 Science Textbook Adoption
Discussion items: Revisions to Annual Performance Standards Under the READY Accountability Model and Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

Consent Agenda
Consent agenda items are as follows: LEA-Wide Weather-Related Calendar Waiver Requests, Requests for Waivers from Analysis of Student Work, Requests for Waivers from North Carolina Final Exams and Charter School Amendment for VERITAS Community School.

12:30 p.m. State Superintendent's Report and Legislative Report

12:50 p.m. Chairman's Remarks and Discussion of Old and/or New Business

1 p.m. Board Adjourns to Closed Session

1:30 p.m. Board Reconvenes then Adjourns