Burke County Public Schools

Helpful Resources from Human Resources - June 2022

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Register now for the 2022 National Board Academy. Held virtually from June 28-30, this free three-day conference is open to all educators. This year’s event includes four strands and you can register for each individually:

  • Connect, Reflect, and Reimagine: Framing Pivotal Moments in Education
  • Engage and Lead for Equity-focused Change
  • Advocacy and Teacher Leadership
  • Navigating Your National Board Journey

The sessions are sure to be thought-provoking and informative. You will be provided a certificate of attendance that you can upload into TimeKeeper for CEU credit.

Click here to register for this free professional development opportunity.

New Applicant System

Burke County Public Schools has transitioned to a new applicant system. Any current school system employee that wants to apply for an internal position needs to visit the new website and click "Internal" in the upper right corner.
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Are you planning on retiring soon? If so, please contact our retirement specialist, Rocky Epley, at 439-4301. The state retirement system recommends that employees start the process 90 - 120 days before their actual retirement date.

The North Carolina Retirement System offers planning webinars weekly. Click here to view the calendar of events.

Have you set up an account in ORBIT, the website that provides you with secure access to your personal retirement account information 24 hours a day, seven days a week? In ORBIT, you can view your creditable service history, contributions and view your Annual Benefits Statements. Click here to learn more information about ORBIT.

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School system employees receive lots of emails about retirement planning. Please visit our finance department's website to see a list of approved supplemental retirement providers.

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Burke County Public Schools' EAP (McLaughlin Young) is available to all employees and their immediate family. Don't forget you can reach them 24 hours a day at the toll-free number above.

McLaughlin Young, our Employee Assistance Program, has a free app. Download the MYgroup App for easier access to your EAP services.

Did you know Burke County Public Schools' Employee Assistance Program offers a free monthly seminar on a variety of topics? June's topic is "Finding Yourself Through Nature". The entire calendar of seminars for 2022, along with a link to view the seminar, can be found below.

Contagious Disease Leave

Employees who test positive for COVID may be eligible for Contagious Disease Leave. Leave starts from the date of symptom onset.

Click here to access the Contagious Disease Leave Request Form.

Address Change

Please make sure your address is correct with Burke County Public Schools. Attached below is the packet to complete if you need to change your address. Completed packets should be returned to Tammy Huffman.

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An appointment is required for any employee that needs to change their legal name. After an employee receives their new driver's license and social security card, they can contact Tammy Huffman at 439-4322 to schedule an appointment to officially change their name with Burke County Public Schools.

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Do you have student loans and would like to see if you qualify for loan forgiveness? Please click here to visit DPI's website to see if you would qualify to have a percentage of your loan forgiven.
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Any employee that misses or anticipates missing three or more days of work due to a serious health condition (including surgeries and maternity leaves) should contact Tammy Huffman at 439-4322 about completing FMLA paperwork.

An employee returning to work from FMLA must provide their immediate supervisor and the HR Department with a Return to Work note from their healthcare provider before resuming job duties and responsibilities.

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Teachers can check their CEU's by logging into their TimeKeeper account.

Attached below are the CEU requirements for the 2021-2022 school year.


Do you have a certificate that needs to be added to your CEU report? Click here for the step by step directions on how to submit your certificate.

When entering information in TimeKeeper, if the professional development activity was in the area of technology, please make sure you choose "Digital Learning". Technology is no longer required. The new term DPI uses for this credit is "Digital Learning".

Have you entered a professional development activity into TimeKeeper and it was rejected? If so, you can click on the activity and find out the reason it was rejected.

Human Resources Directory

Corona Caldwell-Kanipe - TeacherMatch, Worker's Comp, and Hiring Process


Rocky Epley - Licensure, Retirement, and NCEES


Tammy Huffman - Benefits (State Health Plan and Pierce Group Flexible Benefits), Substitutes, Frontline (AESOP), and FMLA (includes maternity leave)


Debbie Story - Transcripts, Volunteers, and CEU's