Onslow Connection

Keeping you informed!

This Newsletter provides a summary of the Board of Education meeting January 6, 2016, along with other pertinent news

In addition to the approval of the agenda and consent agenda, there was one actionable item for the Board's consideration.

Every five years, local boards of education are required by N.C. G.S. 115C-521 (a) to submit their Facility Needs Survey to the State Board of Education.

North Carolina State University Operations Research and Education Laboratory provided the school system preliminary student population projections for the 2016-2025 school years in Dec. 2015 and that information was used for the DPI long-range plans that will be submitted this month.

Steve Myers, chief of Operations, presented state requirements for long-range-plans; a review of capacity and student projections; a summary review of survey data and next steps as they pertain to the Facility Needs Survey.

The board unanimously approved the survey. Jeff Brown was absent.

Myers told the board the new Dixon Middle School is slated to be open for the 2017-18 school year. The Onslow County Commissioners requested construction of the new Richlands Elementary be fast-tracked. It is slated to be open for the 2018-19 school year.

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

Announcing Energy Program

In accordance with our school board's commitment to taking proactive steps to reduce the amount of money we spend on utilities, Onslow County Schools will partner with Cenergisic, LLC, to implement a successful Energy Program throughout the district .

For 30 years Cenergistic has helped school districts and other educational organizations nationwide reduce energy consumption, allowing funds to stay where they were needed, in the classroom.

The firm received the Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award in 2011. 2013, 2013, 2014 and 2015 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency and was named ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for 2009 and 2010.

I cannot stress enough how critical this program is to our school district. Ultimately its success depends on you. Cost savings will be utilized throughout the school system.

You will soon receive additional information as we prepare to launch our Energy Program, but I want to say a few things up front.

~ Our comfort and security will be the top priority of the Energy Program.

~ This Energy Program does not require the district to increase its utility budget, purchase new energy equipment, or upgrade existing equipment.

~ The program is financially risk-free.

~ This is an organizational behavior-based program and in order to be successful, your complete cooperation and participation is required.

~ This is not a short-term "green project." It is a comprehensive, rigorous, and sustainable Energy Program that will help save us money for years to come.

~ The program will require each of us to change some habits affecting how we use our energy resources in each building, school, office and classroom. I need and expect your full support.

The school board and district leadership are excited at the opportunity this program will provide in allowing us to save energy dollars while conserving our natural resources.

MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRWOMAN

As the end of a semester nears the board hopes all the students and staff had time to re-energize over the holiday break and are excited about what lies ahead! I know we are looking forward to all the upcoming events starting with the Elementary Science Olympiad. I am confident the successes of the first semester will carry over to this semester.

On behalf of the board, rest assured we will keep on making decisions to uphold Onslow County Schools as a place where our children are afforded many opportunities to grow each day academically, socially and emotionally. We appreciate your partnership in making this happen. Our students are fortunate to have so many caring and talented teachers and support staff.
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December recipients of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Last month Gov. Pat McCrory made a surprise visit to Dixon Middle School to present Beth Howard, an art instructor at DES, and Ron McElheney (CEO of Jones-Onslow Electric Membership Corp.), with Orders of the Long Leaf Pine, the most prestigious civilian award a Governor can bestow.

Both were recognized for their leadership and for working together to provide more opportunities for students.

McElheney spearheaded the Jones-Onslow Bright Ideas program which has provided $1,130,000 in grant money over 22 years touching more than 430,000 students in Onslow, Jones and Pender Counties.

Howard, the recipient of 21 Bright Ideas grants to fund art projects for her students, was acknowledged for being Dixon Elementary's coach for its world-recognized Odyssey of the Mind team, being a leader in he school's recycling efforts and promoting environmental stewardship and for being a mentor teacher for new teachers who come on board.