Mon Jun 1, 2020

City schools reconsidering Career and College Promise eligibility

Superintendent Marc Whichard speaks to the Whiteville City Schools Board of Education. Staff photo by Diana Matthews
By Diana Matthews

Revised on: 01.15.2020 at 09:05 a.m.

Posted on: 01.13.2020 at 10:32 p.m. |

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Whiteville City Schools Superintendent Marc Whichard told the city board of education Monday night that he has been seeking parent input on dual enrollment opportunities for high school students and he hopes to present a proposal on the topic at a future meeting.

If passed, Whichard’s proposal would tighten eligibility criteria for students to participate in college-transfer or vocational classes at Southeastern Community College.

“I’ve listened to a lot of parents that I’ve heard from since coming to Whiteville,” Whichard said after the meeting.

Some of them were members of the high school’s organized parent advisory council, but Whichard has also solicited input from the school’s parents in general, as well as current teachers, retired teachers “and a lot of students,” he said.

“I had a listening session the other night at Whiteville High,” Whichard said, which was attended by “probably at least 60 parents. We had great participation, which I think is wonderful. The more parents we can have participate, the better.”

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Currently the school system allows ninth through 12th graders to take classes through Southeastern Community College, both on the Whiteville High School campus and at SCC, although no ninth or 10th graders are currently taking off-campus classes, Whichard said.

Whichard originally placed a draft of his proposed new rules on the meeting agenda, but he asked the board to remove the item at 6 p.m., immediately after board chair Kandle Rogers called the meeting to order. The board then went into closed session and resumed open session at 6:30.

The open session lasted only about 40 minutes and included very little discussion. The board voted to approve a few fundraisers and student activities, and to appoint Whichard as WCS representative on SCC’s presidential search committee.

Whichard presented a calendar for the 2020-2021 school year, which he said provided “very balanced” semesters and allowed for exams prior to Christmas break. The board approved the calendar and a series of budget amendments unanimously.

The school board also congratulated WHS junior varsity and varsity cheerleaders for recent wins at cheer competitions and heard a report from Beverly Turner on beginning teacher support. The quarterly Perfect Attendance Creates Knowledge (P.A.C.K.) drawing rewarded one student from each of the five schools with a $50 gift card donated by BB&T. All students included in the drawing had achieved perfect attendance for the second quarter of the year.

A future article will list personnel moves approved after the closed session discussion.

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