What you missed when the school board met

The Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met Monday night in Newton. Following is a short report on the board's actions.

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*The board approved a request for the state to allow the Newton-Conover district to use three of next year's extra five instructional days for teacher development and two of the days for student instruction.

The state will require systems to set 185-day student calendars for the 2012-13 school year. NCCS Superintendent Dr. Barry Redmond said the state notified systems this week that they can request a waiver to use one to five of the 185 days for staff development.

*Newton-Conover High School and Newton-Conover Health Science High School principals presented school improvement plans that focused on community involvement and rigorous achievement and behavior expectations.

*The board discussed plans for the "Red Blazer Award," a new honor that will be presented beginning next year to community members who have made significant donations or contributions to the school system.

*The board honored the 2A state volleyball champion team from Newton-Conover High School.

Board Chairman Scott Loudermelt said the superintendent from Elizabeth City-Pasquotank County Public Schools — the home system of Newton-Conover's state championship game opponent Northeastern — called him and commended the Lady Red Devils' sportsmanship before, during and after the state title match.

"You probably don't get a ring or trophy for that, but it'll go a long way," Loudermelt said.

*The board acknowledged member-elect Jeanne Jarrett, whom voters selected Nov. 8 to join the school board in December. Jarrett will be sworn in Dec. 12, and she will replace current board member Mark Murphy.