Moving Day is today…update your bookmarks

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Please update your links and bookmarks…Guilford School Watch is back, and has a new home.

Our new location can be dialed up at: http://guilfordschoolwatch.blogspot.com/

Our new e-mail contact address is guilfordschoolwatch@gmail.com

Please make a note of this change. Because of the extensive archives, this WordPress site will remain open, however, there will be no new postings here.

E.C.🙂

we’re back….

…and we’re moving…stay tuned to find out where to dial up our new location….

E.C.🙂

Taking some time…

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No, the sun hasn’t yet set on Guilford School Watch, but with job(s) and work responsibilities, needless to say, I have been unusually busy since my election loss.

It’s been a good busy, but you have been missed. Not to worry, I will have a lot to say when things settle down later in the month. Summer is always a slow time as well.

Those of you heading out of town, best wishes for a good summer. Best wishes to all our graduates. Best to all our students finishing for the year and all our teachers preparing to close their classroom doors in a matter of days. We’ll see you all in the fall.

I’ll be back soon…

E.C.🙂

GCS Board meeting agenda 5/22/08

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Click here for the GCS BOE meeting agenda for 5/22/08.

Of interest:

C. Twelve-Month Pay Option
At the meeting of May 22, 2008, Sharon Ozment, co-interim superintendent, will present to the board information regarding the twelve-month pay option.  If you have questions regarding this item, please contact Ms. Ozment at 370-8343, prior to the meeting.

D. How Discrimination is Handled in GCS
At the meeting of May 22, 2008, Dr. John Morris, chief student services officer, and Monica Walker, diversity officer, will present to the board a report on the process of handling discrimination within schools.  If you have questions regarding this item, please contact Dr. Morris at 370-8380 or Ms. Walker at 370-8999, prior to the meeting.

Hmmmmmm…….

E.C.🙂

Chicken Pox outbreak at Lincoln Academy

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From the N&R:

Approximately 17 cases of chickenpox have been reported at The Academy at Lincoln School in Greensboro, the county health department said today.

The first case of varicella occurred on April 22. The most recent case was Wednesday.

Public health and school officials have been working to contain and control the outbreak by speaking to parents and school staff and holding an evening vaccination clinic beyond the chickenpox vaccination appointments currently offered.

According to the Guilford County Department of Public Health, following steps can help spread the outbreak:

* People in high risk groups should seek medical care immediately if they are exposed to chickenpox. High risk groups are identified as people with weakened immune systems due to disease or medications; newborns whose mothers had chickenpox around the time of delivery; premature babies; and pregnant women.

* Check your children’s vaccination record to ensure they have immunizations for chickenpox, which requires two doses. Contact the health care provider or the public health department at 641-5563 in Greensboro or 845-7699 in High Point to make an appointment for the vaccination.

Vaccinations will be provided at no charge, although you’re asked to bring the child’s health insurance card or Medicaid card.

* People who cannot be vaccinated should be protected from exposure by avoiding those suspected of having chickenpox.

* Aspirin should never be given to children who are less than age 19 that have chickenpox because it can result in a potentially fatal disease called Reye Syndrome.

* Aspirin may be listed on the medicine label as acetylsalicylate, salicylate, acetylsalicylic acid, ASA or salicylic acid.

Chickenpox is an infection caused by the varicella virus, with most cases occurring in children up to age 10. You can catch chickenpox by coming in contact with the fluid from the blisters or breathing the air when an infected person speaks or coughs.

For more information about chickenpox, call the health department at 641-7777 or go online at http://www.guilfordhealth.org.

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E.C.🙂

No jobs for teens this summer

(Cross-posted with Triad Job Watch)

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Today’s N&R reports many of our teens will be competing with the grown-ups for jobs this summer. With local unemployment at around 5%, the outlook appears grim.

N&R excerpt:

…a lot of the jobs out there are part-time and low-paying.

“I’m looking. I’m just not finding,” said Zac Herrmann, a 17-year-old junior at Grimsley. “A lot of places require you to be 18. I tried Dick’s (Sporting Goods), but you have to be 18 to sell firearms. You have to be 21 to deliver anything. Even (grocery stores) want you to be a certain age to work in the deli or sell alcohol.”

Herrmann and three friends stood in a parking lot on a sunny afternoon and talked about the job market after finishing their Advanced Placement English exam Wednesday.

Elia Feldman, 16, and Jack Woolard, 17, are in business for themselves, doing yardwork in their neighborhoods.

Feldman hopes to land a paying job at the Natural Science Center, where he has worked as a volunteer. But he said that job would only open up if someone else left.

Woolard has looked around, and plans to stick to mowing lawns because the money is better.

“It’s picking up. It always picks up in the spring,” he said. “At one place, I can make $20 in 20 minutes. I just can’t make it every 20 minutes, you know?”

The fourth friend, 17-year-old Luke Blackwood, has high hopes for a summer internship at Red Hat, a high-tech company based in Raleigh.

“I’m 90 percent sure I got the job,” he said. “It’s an internship working with robotic prothesis.”

That’s a long way from the five months he spent at his first job, making food at Penn Station. But it points to a trend.

“It comes down to, it’s always tougher for teens to find summer jobs when the overall job market is tightening up,” Brod said. “And the reason is, teens tend to be the marginal workers. They’re the ones who are brought on last and laid off first. You’re not going to hire an 18-year-old intern if you can’t afford to hire the 26-year-old, full-time employee you really need.

“Of course, the story is different if you’re a teen with excellent skills,” Brod said. “The advice to anyone in any job situation is the more job skills you have, the better. It’s hard to find good-paying jobs without having a lot of skills to bring to bear. … If you have skills, things open up to you in the job market. What we’re finding in the teen job market is a smaller version of this.”

The tighter job market allows summer employers to be choosier.

“Not a whole bunch of people are hiring right now, so people are applying everywhere,” said Varkey Kuruvilla, a supervisor at the Friendly Center McDonald’s. “I just brought on three teens. We have more opportunity to get the cream of the crop.”

Kuruvilla said the restaurant typically adds extra help in the summer, giving year-round employees relief for vacations. The pay varies based on experience, he said, and a teen in a first job can expect to work 20 to 25 hours per week for between $6.25 and $6.50 per hour.

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E.C.🙂

GCS 08-09 budget submitted

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Seems as though next year’s budget has something for everyone.

A modest raise for classified employees. Full restoration of the cultural arts coordinator position. Full restoration of arts/music time.

N&R:


The board also voted to fund:

  • A $74,800 arts coordinator position by eliminating one of two early college academy directors;
  • The expansion or implementation of high school reform programs for $709,000;
  • A new reading program at middle schools for $475,000; and
  • The full-year operation of an evening high school currently at Smith High School for $533,067. This does not include costs associated with the board’s desire to expand to a second site.


The school board gave itself some wiggle room in the budget by projecting salary raises of state-paid teachers and classified workers at 8 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

HPE:

Board members seemed to agree that upgrading all 2,000 of the district’s lowest-paid workers to the Triad’s “living wage” of $12.40 an hour would cost too much at $4.9 million. Instead, the board considered wage adjustments of 20 cents per hour for wages up to $12.40 per hour. The hourly range for most workers is $10.06 to $10.41 per hour.

“Many of these employees have to work two or three jobs,” [GCAE Mark] Jewell said.

The Board of Education wants a $15.8 million increase to $180.9 million from commissioners, mostly to pay the higher salaries. The district asked for the same increase last year. Commissioners approved $8.5 million. County Manager David McNeill will offer his budget message to the Board of Commissioners on May 22.

However, it seems unlikely that this budget will pass the “smell test” with the county commissioners. It does seem likely that this budget, like others over time, will be modified multiple times.

E.C.🙂