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UNC Board Of Governors Agenda For Friday, October 24 Meeting PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 04:58


RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The UNC Board of Governors will meet Friday, October 24, 2014 at the Spangler Center at UNC Chapel Hill.
The agenda for the meeting is as follows, according to the UNC System. There will be both open and closed sessions.
Friday, October 24, 2014
9:00 a.m.
Board Room, Spangler Center
1. Call to order – Chairman Fennebresque
2. Invocation – Mr. Pickett
3. Roll call – Secretary Perry
4. Approval of minutes (open) of Friday, September 12, 2014
5. Approval of minutes (open) of Friday, September 26, 2014
6. Presentation of the James E. Holshouser, Jr. Award for Excellence in Public Service
7. President’s Report
8. Administrative Action Items (action by consent)
9. Report of the Audit Committee –Mr. McMahan
10. Report of the Committee on Budget and Finance – Mr. Smith
11. Report of the Committee on Educational Planning, Policies, and Program -Mr. Souza
12. Report of the Committee on Public Affairs – Mr. Holmes
13. Report of the Committee on University Governance – Mrs. MacNeill
14. Report of the Special Committee on Military Affairs–Mr. Trask
15. Report of the Special Committee on Strategic Directions– Mr. Hans
16. Chairman’s Report
17. Approval of minutes (closed) of Friday, September 12, 2014
18. Approval of minutes (closed) of Friday, September 26, 2014
19. President’s Briefing – President Ross
20. Report of the Committee on Personnel and Tenure – Mr. Sywassink
21. Report of the Committee on Personnel and Tenure – Mr. Sywassink
The next meeting of the Board of Governors is scheduled for Friday, December 5, 2014, at the Spangler Center in Chapel Hill.
Latest Department Of Public Instruction Web Highlights PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 20 October 2014 05:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The state's education agency has released its latest web highlights for teachers, parents, and administrators. The Department of Public Instrucction list includes a parent portal guide for parents.

The details:
1. State Superintendent Praises School Counselors in Latest Blog
In her latest blog post, State Superintendent June Atkinson highlights the valuable role that school counselors play in the academic and personal success of students in North Carolina’s public schools. To view this and earlier blog posts, please visit  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/statesuperintendent/blog/.
2. 2014-15 Education Directory Now Online
The Education Directory for 2014-15 is available online at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/nceddirectory/. In addition to the full version, the directory also is available in three sections:
Section 1- State Agency
Section 2 – Association and Commissions
Section 3 – Schools
Note: The NCDPI no longer prints or sells print copies of the directory.
3. Parent Portal Guide: How-To for Parents
This new guide walks users through the features of the Parent Portal.
Topics for the guide include:
A series of Questions and Answers based on early users and program designers.
Tips from schools and school districts regularly using the Parent Portal.
What parents can expect to find in the portal. 
The Parent Portal Guide, plus other parent resources for Home Base are available at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/resources/handouts/.
4. New Website Keeps Stakeholders Connected to the Latest NCDPI News 
The Stay Connected website helps educators, parents and community members stay up-to-date on the most current information about public schools in North Carolina. The Stay Connected website instructs users how to register for email newsletters and directs them to a variety of social media channels related to the NCDPI. Check out this new website and see how you can stay connected at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/stayconnected/socialmedia/.
5. School Nutrition Website Features Notable Dates and Deadlines 
The School Nutrition website now provides notable dates for conferences and meetings, as well as deadlines for reporting processes and reimbursement on the homepage. To view important School Nutrition dates and deadlines for October and November, please visit  http://childnutrition.ncpublicschools.gov/.
6. What’s New in Publication Sales
To order, please call 800.663.1250 or visit Publication Sales on the web at  http://www.ncpublicschools.org/publications/.
Last Updated on Monday, 20 October 2014 05:29
N.C. Independent Colleges & Universities Group Names Thomas West As VP For Government Relations PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Thomas R. "Tom" West, a partner in the Raleigh office of law firm Poyner Spruill LLP, has been named vice president for government relations and general counsel at North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), the statewide office for North Carolina's 36 independent, nonprofit institutions of higher education.

West begins the assignment November 1. He succeeds Timothy H. McDowell, who retired after 20 years of service to the organization. 
"Tom has worked with the General Assembly, and has focused his more than 34 years of legal experience on North Carolina regulatory matters," says A. Hope Williams, NCICU president in a statement. "He will play a key role in NCICU's continuing partnership with state government on critical issues affecting higher education."
West, who received his law degree at Duke, previously served for 11 years as an administrative law judge with the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings. 
West has served as vice chair of the board of trustees at Pfeiffer University and on the advisory board for the Sarah P. Duke Gardens. He chaired the Administrative Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and serves on the North Carolina Courts Commission. 
Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2014 05:23
North Carolina Supreme Court to Decide on Opportunity Scholarship Appeal PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2014 14:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The fate of North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship program is in the hands of the state Supreme Court. On Friday the court issued an order taking the case, which had been in the hands of the Court of Appeals.

The scholarship program provides public money to low-income families who seek to educate their children outside of the traditional public school system. 
Critics have challenged the voucher program, saying it takes money from the traditional system and is unconstitutional.
North Carolina House Speaker Pro Tem Paul "Skip" Stam, R-Wake, issued a news release in reaction to the court's decision to take the case. Stam is a champion of the Opportunity Scholarship program.
In his release, Stam stated:
"All parties should be delighted with this development because the case was ultimately headed for the NC Supreme regardless of the decision by the NC Court of Appeals.  This will expedite the decision regarding this appeal case."
Nearly 2,000 applicants -- 1,878 -- have received funds. Those who applied for scholarships for Spring 2015 have their requests on hold.
"We are grateful for the decision," Stam said in the release. "We thank the nearly 300 schools that continue to work with parents to allow students to attend the school of their choice while waiting for the distribution of scholarship money.  We remain confident the Opportunity Scholarship program will be permitted to expand, allowing more parents to send their children to the school of their choice."
Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 14:44

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