Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Miller was awarded the 2020 Raymond Sarbaugh Leadership Award on Monday during the NC Association of School Administrators’ (NCASA) 2020 School Law & Policy Symposium, a virtual event. The Sarbaugh Leadership Award, named after NCASA’s first full-time Executive Director, is given annually to an NCASA member who serves as a leader amongst school leaders. Dr. Miller was presented the award in recognition of his leadership in numerous statewide efforts focused on ensuring quality learning experiences throughout North Carolina public schools.
Governor Roy Cooper announced today school districts will be given the option to bring Kindergarten — Grade 5 students back for full in-person instruction under school reopening Plan A, effective October 5th. Most school districts chose to begin the school year under Plan C, or virtual instruction, but many districts had begun transitioning into Plan B, which requires moderate social distancing. The Governor stated in a press release that Plan A will now be available to districts due to improvements in safety and prevention measures, as well as more promising COVID-19 trends and data.
Governor Roy Cooper announced Wednesday nearly $40 million in funding will be provided to expand internet connectivity options for students participating in remote learning. The new funding will be given to NC Student Connect, a new partnership formed across various areas of state government, such as the Department of Information Technology (DIT) and the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR), to close remote learning barriers for NC students.
The State Board of Education (SBE) held its monthly meeting in-person and remotely on September 2-3. The pages that follow summarize highlights from the meeting and the Board’s actions for this month.