Board News

Onslow County Schools ~ January 15, 2016

Budget Season

We are entering the budget season for the 2016-2017 school year. Staff will be collecting input from school leaders and beginning the tedious process of drafting budget recommendations to bring before the Board of Education. We have scheduled our spring Board of Education Budget workshop for Wednesday, April 27, 2016, beginning at 9:00 am in the Family Education Center. Please mark your calendars accordingly.

Military Child of the Year Nominee

Last week we shared that Swansboro High School 11th grade student, Grace Frazier, was selected as a semi-finalist for the national Military Child of the Year award. We have since been informed that Onslow County has a second semi-finalist for this special award. Jacksonville High School 12th grade student, Matthew Coleman has also been selected as a semi-finalist.


We wish both of these students best of luck as they move on to the phase of the selection process. A winner from each branch of service will be announced in the spring.

Adolescent Suicide Prevention Expert to Speak in Onslow County

Adolescent Suicide Prevention Expert in Onslow County

National expert to present, engage parents and educators

Onslow County Partnership for Children


Dr. Barry Feldman, a nationally-recognized researcher and educator in the field of suicide intervention and prevention, will discuss adolescent suicide prevention with parents, educators, and community stakeholders at several events planned next week. Onslow County School leaders have been invited to a session on Tuesday, January 20th beginning at 8:30 am at the Public Safety Building Community Training Room (New Jacksonville Public Safety Complex on Marine Blvd.).


In addition to Dr. Feldman’s extensive background as a clinician, researcher, and speaker, he helped develop Lifelines, an evidence-based adolescent suicide prevention curriculum. Camp Lejeune District and Onslow County Schools are in the process of implementing Lifelines in all middle and high schools in response to an increasing number of adolescent suicides in the community.


As members of the Onslow County Suicide Prevention Task Force, Onslow County Partnership for Children, Camp Lejeune District Schools, and Onslow County Schools are committed to increasing awareness of this tragic problem, destigmatizing the perception of individuals and families affected by suicide, and implementing integrated public health measures to prevent suicide deaths.


Dawn Rochelle, Executive Director of Onslow County Partnership for Children, said “Our community made a collective decision last April at the State of the Child Breakfast, that our community needed to ensure that we do everything possible to ensure that not one more child dies by suicide. Our community stakeholders have convened and in true Onslow County fashion, have made tremendous headway in 9 months in engaging community partners, beginning the implementation of strategies and addressing the tremendous gaps we have in mental health services. Our goal is zero suicides in 2016; it has to be. ”

Upcoming Notable Dates

As we near the end of the First Semester of the 2015-2016 school year, please note these upcoming dates:


January 15, 2016 - Final day of the 1st semester

January 18, 2016 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday - No School

January 19-20, 2016 - Teacher workdays - No School

January 21, 2016 - First day of the 2nd semester

Hearing Panel: Meeting Room 1

Thursday, Jan. 21st, 8:30am

Board of Education Office, Meeting Room 1

Panel: Jeff Brown, Paul Wiggins, and Joel Churchwell

Board of Education Candidate Forum: City Council Chambers

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 3:30pm

City Council Chambers, City Hall, Jacksonville, NC

Board of Commissioners Forum: City Council Chambers

Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 5:30pm

City Council Chambers, City Hall, Jacksonville, NC

Elementary Science Olympiad: Northside High School

Saturday, Jan. 30th, 8am-2pm

365 Commons Drive South

Jacksonville, NC

Come join our young scientists and engineers as they put their learning and creativity to the test at the Elementary Science Olympiad.

Math Counts Middle School: Clyde Erwin Elementary School

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 9am

323 New River Drive

Jacksonville, NC

The annual Onslow County Middle School Math Counts competition will take place on Tuesday, February 2nd at Clyde Erwin Elementary School. The activities will begin at 9:00am with an awards ceremony to occur around 1:00pm (time may not be exact depending upon the flow of the day). The Board is welcome to come and spectate during any part of the competition and are encouraged to attend the awards ceremony.

RES Sign Raising: Steed Park, Richlands

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 3pm

Steed Park, at the baseball complex parking area

Onslow County Schools in partnership with Onslow County and Pinnacle Architecture will host a sign raising ceremony to celebrate the construction location of the new Richlands Elementary School. Join us and our special guests at 3:00 pm at Steed Park. Please park in the baseball complex parking area in the back of the park.

Board of Education Meeting: Blue Creek Elementary

Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, 6:30pm

1260 Burgaw Highway

Jacksonville, NC

State of the Community: MCAS New River Officers' Club

Tuesday, Feb. 9th, 9am

709 Flounder Road

Jacksonville, NC

The Twenty-first Annual State of the Community Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, February 9th beginning at 9:00 am at the MCAS New River Officers' Club. During the annual breakfast, community leaders will share a report from each of the major segments that make up the Onslow County community.


In addition to the Onslow County School Superintendent, invited speakers will include: BGen Weidley, Commanding General, MCI East-MCB Camp Lejeune; Coastal Carolina Community College President Dr. Ron Lingle: Onslow County Manager Jeff Hudson; City of Jacksonville Mayor Sammy Phillips; Commanding Officer MCAS New River Col Timothy Salmon; and CEO Onslow Memorial Hospital Dr. Ed Piper.


The focus of the event will be economic and community development, workforce preparedness, military growth, and military and civilian partnerships.


If you would like to attend, please let Jodie know so she can RSVP on your behalf.

Budget Workshop: Family Education Center

Wednesday, April 27th, 9am

Onslow County Schools Family Education Center