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Schools to look at way to boost teacher jobs

Staff Writer

The Lincoln County Board of Education will consider Wednesday whether to approve a program that could fund more teaching positions in the county, the Local Education Agency Adjustment Reduction.
The board’s Budget and Finance Committee previously discussed the $2.8 million allotment the reduction would provide in next school year’s state education budget, part of which would go toward filling the 21 positions not filled after various retirements in the 2011-2012 school year. The allotment would also allow the county to add three additional positions.
Half of the amount would go toward saving jobs and the other half for paying the bills, Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs Steve Zickefoose said at the June committee meeting.
Other aspects of the plan include publicly providing information on how schools rank on A-F and 0-100 scales, notifying parents whose children attend D and F schools, stressing the importance of K-3 literacy and reading at grade-level standards, and an establishment of the N.C. Teacher Corps and a merit-based system that pays for excellence.
The corps will place recent college graduates and other education professionals at in-need schools across the county.
Through the Pay for Excellence element of the reduction, each school district will be responsible for creating its own system to recognize high-performing educators. Plans will be presented to the State Board of Education by March 1, 2013, and will later be assessed by the General Assembly April 15.
Other items the school board plans to discuss on Wednesday:
An update on construction projects at local schools will be presented by Darrell Gettys, executive director of facilities for Lincoln County schools.
A report on the Science and Technology camp will be presented.
The board will review the Give Kids a Smile program – a movement by the N.C. Dental Society to provide “free oral healthcare services” to children of low-income families in the county the first Friday in February.
The school board is meeting at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, at its office, 353 N. Generals Blvd, and is open to the public.

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