NCCS board voting district to change

Voters for the Newton-Conover City Schools Board will soon see a change in which board members they will be allowed to vote for.

As a federal law and state-mandated statute, each voting district with more than one area has to revisit its maps after each 10-year census.

NCCS' Board of Education will see a change in which voters will cast ballots for Newton and which will do the same for Conover. The voting districts for one board have to be within 5 percent of each other in population. The numbers are calculated by the number of residents in the area and not on the total number of registered voters.

NCCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond told board members that a Aug. 1 deadline was set to have new district voting maps to the Catawba County Board of Elections. Redmond has been working with the Western Piedmont Council on Governments to organize the new maps, and so far, he said there will be minimal change in the voting district.

Board members approved to sign a contract with Western Piedmont Council of Governments to complete the mapping work for $1,500. The board also unanimously approved to meet at 7 p.m. July 25 at central office to see the suggested new mapping district and vote on it.

In other business

NCCS Board approved to waive the new state law to add five student days to the calendar. The board approved the 2011-12 school year calendar earlier this year, so the board unanimously approved to make the five days mandatory staff development days.

The chosen days were previously listed as teacher work days and will not affect student start or finish days in the upcoming school year.

NCCS Personnel Director Sylvia White said if the five days were added for students, it would also increase the budget to pay for teacher salaries, buses and food for students.

Schools open for students Aug. 25.

The Board of Education will have its planning retreat with NCCS central office staff from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 22 at central office.

The Board of Education will meet again at 7 p.m. Aug. 1 for a work session at central office. The regular board meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the 1924 Courthouse.