GCS Board Of Education Discusses Major Issues At Winter Retreat

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Guilford County Board of Education held their annual Winter Retreat Saturday and discussed major issues such as legislation and school funding.

The board holds two retreats a year, one in the winter and one in the fall.

An elementary teacher at the meeting told WFMY News 2 a motion was made to refuse to follow the law eliminating teacher career status. She says if the board approves this motion at their February 11 meeting, Guilford will be the first board in the state to do so.

In 2013, the General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting local boards of education from granting career status to any teacher who had not earned it as of August 1, 2013 and ended career status for those who currently have it on June 30, 2018.

In order to do this, superintendents must go over the performance of all teachers who have been employed locally for three straight years and recommend 25% of those teachers for a 4 year contract. Local boards of education are also required to go over the superintendent's recommendations and accept them or select other teachers.

A resolution concerning private school vouchers was also discussed. Guilford County Schools says this means money would come out the system's funding allocations and doesn't require private schools to engage in non-discriminatory admission and enrollment policies.

The program also allots 10 million dollars to give vouchers to families to attend private and parochial schools.

The Board also discussed information about middle school SROs and shortening the days students are in school.

To read the full agenda and documents from this year's winter retreat, head to the Guilford County Schools website.

WFMY News 2

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