Board News

Onslow County Schools ~ October 14, 2016

Hurricane Matthew

Throughout Eastern North Carolina, many of our neighbors are working to recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Our hearts are heavy as we watch the flooding that continues to severely impact the east. In Onslow County, we have found ourselves very blessed to not have suffered the level of devastation we are witnessing all around us. The link above will take you to the American Red Cross site for Eastern North Carolina where you can find ways to assist the recovery efforts.

Matthew Recap for Onslow County

As Onslow County emergency management officials watched a very uncertain storm approach our coast, they remained steadfast with preparations for the worst case scenario. As the storm neared, four shelters were activated at Dixon High School, Swansboro High School, Richlands High School, and Jacksonville Commons Middle. During the height of the storm, 101 county residents utilized the shelters with Jacksonville Commons Middle receiving the highest population. Onslow County Schools' cafeteria workers, custodians, and nurses helped man the shelters and worked along side of Onslow County shelter staff. A special note of appreciation to those who were away from their families and homes in order to provide the shelter services and to all those who worked following the storm to assure our facilities were back in order, including principals and Operations staff. The "whatever it takes" perspective was evident before the storm, during the storm and following the storm.

Once the storm moved away from the area, maintenance staff, school administrators, and transportation crews began the work of assessing and repairing the damage. Damage was minimal at all facilities, with some minor leaks, downed trees and damage to walkway awnings at several schools. Crews made sure that repairs were done and facilities were ready for school on Monday. However, with power outages at several schools and the continued need for shelter services at Jacksonville Commons Middle, schools did not reopen to students until Wednesday. Insurance claims are currently being processed for any damages or loss to the school system, but as mentioned earlier, the loss was minimal.

A very special acknowledgment goes to Courtney Spencer, an Onslow County Schools nurse who worked during the storm at the Dixon High School Shelter. In the early morning hours of Sunday, during the strongest of the winds, she received word that her home was one of three in Sneads Ferry that was involved in an active fire. She was informed that the home was a "total loss". Courtney chose to remain at the shelter where she felt she could do the most good. Her husband and young son were safe at her mother-in-law, Kathy Spencer's home. We ask that you keep this family in your thoughts and prayers as they work to rebuild their home.

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Achievement Gap Summitt

We hope you can join us on Thursday, October 20th at the Jacksonville Youth Center on New Bridge Street (across from City Hall) beginning at 8:30 am for the Achievement Gap Summit. The summit will provide a stage for a select group of community members principals, and school system staff to come together during a round-table discussion to identify action steps for closing the achievement gap with some of our most economically disadvantaged students. The work of this group will focus on students at Bell Fork Elementary, Clyde Erwin Elementary, Southwest Middle, and Jacksonville Commons Elementary as they discuss supports and tools that can be utilized to assist families inside and outside of the classroom. If you are able to join us for this conversation, please RSVP to Bobbie Jones.

BOE Special Work Session

Chairman Thomas has authorized a special work session of the Board of Education for Tuesday, November 1st beginning at 1:00 pm. The session will be held in the Central Office Family Education Center. The session will include strategic plan updates from our low performing schools/focus schools, Virtual Academy presentation, and annual Head Start training.

Upcoming Events

Achievement Gap Summit

Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 8:30 am

Jacksonville Youth Center

804 New Bridge Street, Jacksonville

Early Release for Professional Development

Thursday, October 20th

Base Education Reception

Monday, October 24, 2016 @ 6:00 pm

General's Quarters

2006 Kent Road

Marine Corp Base, Camp Lejeune

BASES Reception

Friday, October 28, 2016 @ 8:30 am

Northside High School

BOE Special Work Session

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

Family Education Center

BOE Regular Meeting

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 6:30 pm

Blue Creek Elementary

Election Day

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

2016 NCSBA Annual Conference for Board Member Development

November 16-18, 2016

Sheraton Greensboro @ Four Seasons