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Brevard Academy Awarded A 'B' Grade In Report - Brevard, NC


September 18, 2017

Ted Duncan, director of Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy, informed the school’s board of directors Wednesday evening that the school has received a grade of “B” on its state report card for last year.

“We are officially a ‘B’ school,” said Duncan. “It’s a big pat on the back to our staff.”

Duncan reported that Brevard Academy also scored in the top half of all the TeamCFA schools in the state.

In addition to the improved state report card, Duncan reported that enrollment has increased substantially this year.

On the first day of school there were 371 students. As of last Monday, Sept. 11, enrollment had increased to 387 students.

Duncan said the enrollment is higher than what the school had projected when creating its budget for this year.

According to figures presented to the board Wednesday, the school now has a projected revenue of $3,394,564.

Duncan also noted that the school is planning on adding bus stops this year at the Mills River CVS and the Hendersonville Boys & Girls Club.

According to the school’s budgetary report, the school has 45 students who currently reside in Henderson County.

Duncan said the goal is well on its way to meeting its goal of having 430 students.

It just needs to add 45-50 students next year to meet that goal.

If that goal were achieved, the school would have to increase the number of staff and its infrastructure.

According to documents provided to the board, with 430 students the school would need to add a full-time counselor, full-time data manager, full-time AIG staff, as well as physical education, exceptional children and custodial staff.

The school also would need additional buses, parking, picnic areas and educational technology, such as laptops and licenses.

A minimum of three classrooms, possibly portable, also would have to be added.

The board unanimously authorized Duncan to cap the enrollment for individual grades and classes for this year.

For example, the number of students in kindergarten has been capped at 50 students.

Duncan said that if enrollment exceeds the cap, which is currently the case in a few grades, new students would not be accepted into that grade until enrollment drops below the cap number.

Guidance Report

Guidance counselor Megan Monk informed the board of her responsibilities.

Monk said there are 15 students in the school with 504 plans, which are based on a medical diagnosis, such as a broken arm, that require certain accommodations for students.

In the classrooms, Monk is helping students build resiliency, as well as learn social skills and calming techniques.

Monk also has started a peer mediation program for a handful of seventh and eighth graders with the goal that the students will be able to help their classmates resolve issues.

“They are going to be helping with friendship issues, social issues, whatever comes up,” she said.

Monk said she also sees students individually. Students can refer themselves, but they also can be referred to her by staff and parents. If students need long-term counseling, they are then referred to outside agencies, such as Meridian.

“They’re just bigger situations. They need more therapeutic counseling,” said Monk.

Monk said the school also is involved in the Backpack Buddies program, which currently serves 24 students at the school.

Jump Start

Kindergarten teacher Christina Cison praised the school’s implementation of Jump Start, a program open two weeks prior to the beginning of school for kindergarteners to become acclimated to school.

She said Jump Start provided staff the opportunity to assess students’ abilities to follow instructions, such as sitting in a group, and perform manual skills, such as cutting and gluing.

“Doing that pre-assessment was huge,” said Cison.

Cison said Jump Start helped make the first few days of school much easier because both teachers and students knew what to expect.

Of her 26 kindergarten students, 19 attended Jump Start

“It was well worth the time and the effort,” she said of Jump Start.

Other News

•Duncan said the students would not have to make up days lost last Monday and Tuesday due to the remnants of Hurricane Irma because the school had excess instructional time built into its calendar. Adjustments may have to be made later if more class time is missed due to future inclement weather.

•Duncan reported that between 28-30 students have been participating consistently in the after school program

•Lee Burgess and Julie Gaston attended their first meeting as new board members.

•Vice Chair Adrienne Casteen said that due to the school’s growth and having its own building, the board is reviewing school policies.

On Wednesday, the board received policies on grievances, teacher/staff meeting and workdays, length of the school day, anti-discrimination, medication administration and electronic and telephone communications.

Those policy revisions will be voted upon at a future meeting.

A hard copy of the policies is available for public review in the school’s main office.

•The board unanimously approved a phone contract with Comporium for $590 a month.

•The board unanimously approved hiring a math interventionist for grades 3-5 for $10,000, a reading interventionist for grades 3-5 for $12,000, and a part-time assistant for $11,000.

•The board voted unanimously to establish a $50,000 escrow account in order to meet a requirement to participate in the North Carolina retirement system.

• The board unanimously approved spending $2,700 for the purchase of new BA-CFA jackets for all staff members.

•The next board meeting will be held Wednesday, Oct 11, at 5 p.m. in the school’s gymnasium.

•The PTO will provide $1,900 towards field trips this year.

•The PTO has a fall festival planned for Saturday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.


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