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Board of Education and Technology Personnel receive a shipment of Chromebooks in preparation of 1:1 Implementation this year.


From staff reports

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

The Elizabeth City-Pasquotank Board of Education has approved the hiring of Toni Floyd as transportation director for the school district. Floyd is currently serving as the transportation director for the Craven County Schools.

Floyd has extensive experience working as a director for transportation as well as management, which includes working as the business officer for Onslow County Health Department. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Gardner-Webb University.

“We are pleased to have Ms. Floyd join ECPPS and welcome her expertise in the area of transportation,” said Superintendent Larry Cartner. “Ms. Floyd’s background in business and the depth of her knowledge in pupil transportation will be a tremendous asset to our district.”

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the ECPPS family and look forward to also becoming a part of the community,” said Floyd. She will begin employment with the district on Jan. 3.

Schools ready for 1:1 laptop rollout

The district is moving forward with Phase I of the Chomebook Classroom 1:1 roll-out that will provide students in grades 3, 7, and high school English classes with devices beginning in January, school officials state. In grades 3 and 7, students will be assigned Chromebooks for use throughout the school day, starting with the second semester. The English students will be able to use Chromebooks during their English classes only.

A school district news release states that a shipment of approximately 1,200 Chromebooks for 2016-17 arrived on Nov. 1. To better equip teachers for teaching in a digital environment, the district provided core content teachers with new presentation station carts, including new laptops, projectors, and document cameras, when they arrived back to school in August.

“The district intends to move forward with Phase II of the roll-out next year, which will provide Chromebooks for grades 4, 8, and high school science classes,” states the news release. “Plans are to continue through Phase IV, providing all students with 1:1 devices for school use. The purpose is to allow students to participate in a digital learning environment, blended class instruction, and learn the importance of technology in today’s world.”

ECPPS ranks 5th in CTE credentials

Career & Technical Education ranked fifth in the state for credentials earned compared to student enrollment at 40.5 percent. Credentials are endorsed by business and industry and document student mastery of skills required for employment and advancement in a career.

Teachers in the CTE department have been working diligently to prepare students for college and careers, said CTE director Rhonda James-Davis. One way of achieve that goal is to increase the number of students with the education, skills, and training needed to be college and career ready. Credentials earned attest that students are qualified and competent to begin a career in their chosen fields, she said.

Credentials earned by secondary North Carolina Career and Technical Education students have increased steadily since 2010-2011, the first year of data collection in the state.

The 2015-2016 NC CTE Credentialing Data report shows 140,097 credentials earned by NC CTE students, an increase of nearly 500 percent from 2010-2011. In 2015- 16, student results were collected for 90 different credentials that include all NC CTE program areas and career clusters. Individual students may report more than one credential earned. Top credentials in the state were from Career Readiness Certificates, which are available at four different levels, Microsoft Office Specialist PowerPoint and Word.

“I am extremely proud of the accomplishments of our CTE students and teachers,” said Superintendent Larry Cartner. “We, as a district, have much to celebrate throughout the year as a result of the hard work taking place within this program.”

District announces Employees of Week

Cindy Jennings and Carrie Coker of Weeksville Elementary School have been named Employees of the Week for Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. In addition, Jeff Madre has been named the “support staff superstar” from Edgewood Support Services.

Jennings,  media coordinator at Weeksville Elementary School, is the certified employee of the week. She has been employed with the district since September 1994.

“Mrs. Jennings runs the hub of the school, the media center, with efficiency and enthusiasm,” states a school district news release. “She takes great pride in the resources available to the students at Weeskville. She also serves as the Title I coordinator and chairs the Technology Committee for the school.”

Coker, school secretary for Weeksville Elementary School, is the non-certified employee of the week. She has been employed with the district since December 2007.

“Mrs. Coker does an excellent job managing the office at Weeksville as well as performing many of the other duties required of her daily,” states the news release. “She balances her responsibilities well and with a positive attitude. Weeksville staff and students are appreciative of Mrs. Coker and the service she provides to the school.”

Madre is a technology specialist with the district and is based at the Edgewood Support Services office. He has been employed with ECPPS since October 2005.

“He provides excellent customer service and has skills and knowledge that supports a variety of technical needs within our schools and offices,” states the school district news release.

Beasley recognized for 12 years service

The Board of Education presented outgoing member Harvey Beasley with a plaque and a small gift of appreciation during board committee meetings on Nov. 21. Beasley served the district as a member of the Board of Education from 2004-16.