School Board Meeting 13 April 2020

Summary: The meeting was held virtually due to public health restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19; The School Division staff was praised for spectacular performance during challenging times; The Board noted that April was Military Child Month, Autism Awareness Month, and School Library Month; There were no citizen comments or emails; The final discussion item was presented by Ms. Pitts (HR Director) concerning the health care and wellness of Division employees. Meeting Notes: All members of the NKC School Board were present. The Continue reading →

School Board Meeting 30 March 2020

Summary: It was a scheduled public hearing concerning the proposed NKC School Division upcoming budget; The meeting was held virtually due to public health restrictions in place as a result of COVID-19; Five (5) comments were submitted; Superintendent Nicholsor or the staff would get back to the respective respondent; The School Division would continue to move forward with redistricting planning (to stay on track) even though County funding for the new school was in question. Meeting Notes: All members of the NKC School Board were Continue reading →

School Board Meeting 2 March 2020

Summary: Discussion on the latest new policy, the School Division’s Equity Policy encompassing diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Discussion on the capital improvement fund: Transfer from fund of $191,500 was requested to fund one new school bus ($117.5K) and upgrade the lights at High School stadium ($74K). No confirmed cases of the Corona-19 virus in Virginia. Joint BoS/School Board budget work session on 13 March. Discussion on the redistricting plan caused by the planned opening of the new elementary school in Aug 21. Meeting Notes: All Continue reading →

School Board Work Session Meeting 18 February 2020

Summary: Update on the progress of the new school project; Discussion of budget matters; Discussion of the School Division’s cell phone policy. Meeting Notes: All members of the NKC School Board were present. The meeting was called to order at 1802. I was the only citizen in attendance in addition to all of the Superintendent’s senior staff. The primary purpose of the meeting was to update Board members on the progress of the new school project (New Kent Elementary School #3). In summary, the site Continue reading →

School Board Meeting 3 February 2020

Summary: Presentations on African American History and technical career education. Citizen comment period dominated by the president of the NKC Youth Republican Club, who spoke about the NKC Republican Committee and the School Division’s suppression of Club’s first amendment rights to free speech and expression. Superintendent Nichols asks county to borrow $37 million for new elementary school, and proposes 6.6% increase in operating budget for next year. Superintendent Nichols proposes spending $64,000 on redistricting consultant, Cropper GIS. Meeting Notes: All members of the NKC School Continue reading →

School Board Meeting 13 January 2020

Summary: Dr. Hardinge (D5) elected chairman; Ms. Staskiel (D3) elected vice-chairman; Many citizens comment on December racial incident; Discussion of re-districting as a result of new school construction, and of next year’s budget process. Meeting Notes: All members of the NKC School Board were present. The meeting, which was well attended, was called to order by Superintendent Nichols. Approximately 30+ citizens and 15 School Division staff attended. The first agenda item was the reorganization of the Board, which typically occurs during the first meeting of Continue reading →