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February 23, 2016 School Board meeting highlights


Voting Item: Consent Agenda

As part of the consent agenda, the board received a facilities update on R2i2 and a technology report with updates on Instructional Technology and Professional Development, Technology for Communications, Student Information Systems, Infrastructure and Support, and Business Systems.

Technology Report

Facilities Update


Special Recognitions

Students and staff were recognized for their achievements.


Student Focus: Catawba Trail Elementary School

Principal Denise Barth and Catawba Trail students narrated Catawba Trail A-Z, a slide presentation that highlighted student, staff and school accomplishments and events.

Voting Item: 8 Percent Capital Improvements FY 2016-2017

The board voted to approve the list of projects to be funded through 8 Percent Funds as submitted by the district. The recommended projects total $9,997,998.


Proposed Capital Improvements

Proposed Technology Capital Expenditures


Report: R2i2 Update

Assistant Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis and Director of R2i2 Kevin Alberse presented an update to the board including job vacancies/posting, enrollment requests, staff department locations and the transportation study.


R2i2 Update


Voting Item: Early Release Days for 2016-2017 Calendar

The board voted to approve the suggested early release days for the 2016–2017 school calendar. Richland Two elementary and middle schools schedule six days per year when middle school students dismiss at 10:45 and elementary students dismiss at 11:30. The first early release day, scheduled in September, is set aside for parent-teacher conferences. The remaining five provide time for teachers to participate in collaborative planning and professional development.


Early Release Days for 2016-2017 Calendar


Report: College and Career Initiatives: GEAR UP

GEAR UP Project Director Kristen Seay shared information about the GEAR UP Grant program. The program is designed to increase: academic performance and preparation for college, high school graduation rate, students’ educational expectations and family knowledge of college options. The program also provides families with information on preparation and financing for college.


GEAR UP Presentation


Report: Magnet Review Process

Chief Instructional Officer Nancy Gregory shared an overview of the actions taken to create a review and assessment process for the district’s magnet programs including accountability metrics, timeline and next steps.


Magnet Review Process


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