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Halifax County Trustees face choice on early learning center, staff raises

SoVaNow.com / May 13, 2013
The Halifax County School Board will meet tonight at 6 p.m. to consider items with the new budget, including the possible closure of the Cluster Springs Early Learning Center and relocation of the GED program and alternate education program from the Mary Bethune Complex.

Trustees also are expected to make a decision on giving school employees a two percent pay increase for the coming year.

The meeting comes after the Board of Supervisors last week declined to add $150,000 to the school budget, as the supervisors’ finance committee recommended.

In other business tonight, Valdivia Marshall, Executive Director for Administration, is expected to explain the guidelines used for awarding credit for previous employment experience. The goal, she told trustees in April, has been to establish rules for consistency and fairness with regard to pay for past experience when making new hires.

The proposal gives teachers with a bachelors degree and previous teaching experience credit for one year for each year taught.

Those who hold a bachelors degree and worked in other professional areas would receive one year’s credit for every three years of full time work or one credit for every six years of part-time work.

Under new business, trustees are expected to consider a proposed increase in school lunch meals. They will also consider a proposed revision in the Code of Student Conduct.

The trustees also will hear a presentation by Principal Ms. Faye Bruce of activities at Halifax County Middle School.

Board Chairman Kim Farson is expected to ask that the board hold a late June meeting date on June 24 to finalize the year-end activities. She is also expected to seek a change in the date of the August board meeting to Thursday, August 15.

The meeting will be held this evening at 6 p.m. in the second floor meeting room of the Mary Bethune Complex.



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