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Brevard Academy Board Handles Several Items


Last updated 2/17/2020 at 2:53pm

The Brevard Academy: A Challenge Foundation Academy Board of Directors handled several business items at its meeting last Wednesday evening, but tabled making a decision on allowing The Family Place to conduct parent-education dinner programs on the campus.

School director Ted Duncan said The Family Place wants to use the campus to hold parent-education dinners once a week over a six-week period. Since those attending the meetings would not necessarily have any prior association with the school, board members expressed some concern about safety.

Board member Lee Burgess said The Family Place does a lot of good things, but he was concerned about security and the logistics of parents coming through the front office.

“They are parents we don’t know,” said Burgess.

Since The Family Place wants to use the facility from 3:30-6 p.m., both Burgess and board member Julie Gaston questioned the intermingling of outsiders with students in the after school program.

Gaston said she would be more comfortable if the program started 30 minutes later because all of the after school students would be in their designated rooms.

School Resource Officer Jenny Light said it might be better if The Family Place participants arrived before 4 p.m. because they would have to enter through the front office, which is set up to scan visitors.

Burgess, however, said that would create more traffic in the front office.

Gaston also said it needs to be clearer as to which rooms the parents would be using and which rooms their children would be in during the parent-education program.

“I think there’s a lot of unanswered questions,” said Board Chair Adrienne Casteen prior to the board tabling a decision.

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•Burgess, who is also the board’s treasurer and Finance Committee Chair, reported the school is running a deficit at this time because it has only received about half of its projected revenue from state, local and federal sources.

“We are still projecting a surplus of close to $90,000,” said Burgess of the end-of-year projections.

Duncan said the school should still receive about $1 million from the state, which should have arrived by the end of last week.

•The board voted to set a limit of $1,500 for spring bonuses for staff members.

•Duncan said a school calendar for the upcoming 2020-21 school year is in its draft stage and will be presented to the board at its March meeting.

The calendar is based on having 172 instructional days. Tentatively, school for students would begin on Aug. 13 and end on May 28, just before Memorial Day weekend. Both staff and students would have a full week off the week of Thanksgiving.

•The board approved contracts or memorandums of understanding with Petway Mills, which conducts the annual audit for the school; St. Gerard House, which provides social and emotional training for students; Safe Schools and the Child Advocacy Center.

•The board agreed to pay Quixote’s $700 a day to provide lunches for 200 students. If Quixote’s serves more than 200 lunches, the school will pay $2.50 for each additional lunch.

•The board approved renting the Brevard Lumberyard for $850 to hold its annual cornhole event on Saturday, March 28.

•The board discussed how to implement Edward De Bono’s Six Thinking Hats when making decisions. De Bono’s concept says groups should look at facts, emotions, positives, negatives, creativity and process when making a decision.

Casteen said the idea is that issues have to be viewed from multiple perspectives in order to make the right decision.

“If we ignore one of these hats, then we’re going to have problems,” said Casteen.

•Duncan said the staff is reviewing several math programs. He said the school may select a different math program next year and is having several teachers use different programs to see which ones would be the most effective.

•Duncan said local artists Daisey Talley and Billy Smith would help stage dramatic performance at the school. He said the performance would not be a musical but probably a series of one-act performances based on historical events.

•The board will hold a work session on Friday, Feb. 21, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Connestee Room of the county library.

•The next regular meeting of the board will be held Wednesday, March 11, at 5:30 p.m.


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