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District ally earns NCSBA County Commissioners of the Year Award

GREENSBORO — On Nov. 13, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) announced during its annual conference that the Chatham County Board of Commissioners (BOC) would receive its 2018 NCSBA County Commissioners of the Year Award. Bruce Hill, Jim Crawford, Diana Hales and Darrell Pennell  Chatham County Schools (CCS) Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan, Chatham County Interim County Manager Dan LaMontagne, BOC Chairwoman Diana Hales and BOC representative Jim Crawford attended the awards ceremony at Koury Convention Center.
Jordan, the 2018-19 Piedmont-Triad Regional Superintendent of the Year, said the BOC has been a valuable partner with CCS in providing well-rounded education for nearly 8,900 students in 18 schools. CCS ranks near the bottom in federal funding and hovers in the middle when it comes to state funding compared to other school districts across North Carolina. But support from the county commissioners made possible 50 additional teaching positions and a full-time curriculum coach at each traditional school within CCS this school year. Prior to that, those schools had half-time curriculum coaches. BOC support also increased resources for at-risk students.

Over the next four years, CCS students will benefit from a $3 million overhaul of digital learning in the district. Scholastic representative RaShawn Morris and Chatham County Schools Superintendent Dr. Derrick D. Jordan  The commissioners allocated that funding, enabling every student to have ready access to state-of-the-art technology. The money provides professional learning opportunities for teachers and is redefining 21st-century learning environments in CCS classrooms.

The commissioners worked with school board members to restructure the way the district supplements salaries for licensed employees. The move will cost $1.7 million over the next four years and better positions the school system to recruit for educators alongside larger school systems.

CCS has backing from the commissioners on multi-year capital projects totaling $125 million that include two new schools: A crew is clearing land at the site of Chatham Grove Elementary School that is scheduled to open in 2020. Seaforth High School is expected to open in 2021. The district’s new headquarters is scheduled for occupancy shortly thereafter.
Published Nov. 16, 2018