The purpose of this committee is to serve as a liaison between the Board of Education and local and state elected officials so as to enhance their awareness of issues as they pertain to our local public education system.
The committee will be comprised of three board members, preferably at least one from each party. The Legislative Committee would be responsible for creating a legislative agenda to be approved by the Board following the strategic plan and getting guidance and input from the Central Office and staff so that there is a collective vision to advocate with our elected officials on behalf of New Hanover Schools.
No outside committee members required)
Board Members: Josie Barnhart (Chair), Pat Bradford, Stephanie Kraybill
Board Members: Entire Board
Advisory Council for Exceptional Students Board Member: Melissa Mason
Board Member: Hugh McManus, Stephanie Walker
Board Member: Pete Wildeboer
This committee reviews the applications and interviews and selects the candidates for the educator of the year awards.
The committee is comprised of 14 members: one board member; one immediate past Teacher of the Year; one current Teacher of the Year; one immediate past Principal of the Year; one current Principal of the Year; one retired teacher; one parent of a student enrolled in New Hanover County Schools; one administrator; one high school teacher; one middle school teacher; one elementary school teacher; one past chairperson who serves as ex-officio; and two community representatives.
The establishment of this council is a requirement of the board and state approved New Hanover County Schools Gifted Education Improvement Plan – Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG). The council monitors the timely and accurate implementation of all components of AIG; advocates, communicates, and liaises with business and the community at large with respect to AIG; and advises and makes recommendations to the board with respect to the improvement of the overall AIG program at the school system level.
Board Member: Josie Barnhart
The Board of Education is the Board of Directors for Head Start. One board member is assigned as the liaison between the two governing bodies.
A Policy Council must be established annually. It must be comprised of parents of currently enrolled children and community representatives. At least 51 percent of the members must be the parents of currently enrolled children. The council works in partnership with the key staff and the governing body to develop, review and approve policies and procedures related to Head Start. The purpose is to have parents involved with policy development and decisions that are made for their child's education.
The board maintains a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to help plan, update, implement, promote, and monitor Policy 6140, Student Wellness, as well as to address other health and nutrition issues within the school system. The council serves as an advisory committee regarding student health issues and works in conjunction with the district wellness coordinator to coordinate the school system’s efforts to promote student and employee health and wellness in compliance with state and federal requirements.
The council must include members of each of the following groups: the school board (one member), school system administrators, school system food service representatives, physical education teachers, school health and mental health professionals, students, parents or guardians, and the community.
Board Member: Stephanie Walker