8/11/18 Ed board to discuss teacher turnover

Ed board to discuss teacher turnover
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 8/11/18    
Reprinted with permission.      

The Alamance-Burlington Board of Education meets Tuesday, Aug. 14, and the agenda is pretty packed.

Here are some the key items the board will discuss:

Teacher turnover

The Executive Director of Human Resources will present the 2017–18 teacher turnover chart, which breaks down how many teachers have left ABSS and why. It includes annual data going back to 2013–2014 for comparison.

In years past, the chart has stirred up a long discussion about what the school system is doing to keep teachers and how it can improve.

Upon first glance, the 2017–18 data seem to reveal that efforts to retain teachers are paying off.

For example, the number of teachers who resigned to teach in other counties dropped to 37 from 83 in 2016–2017. And the number of teachers who left to teach in other states fell from 18 to eight.

The board likely will weigh-in on what’s behind those changes.


In late 2017, the school system hired Trane US Inc., an energy service company, to assess where the schools could save money on utilities upgrades using performance contracting.

Performance contracting is a way of funding school lighting, air conditioning and boiler upgrades without having to request additional money from the county. This is done by installing energy-efficient utilities and using the money saved to pay for the installation over time.

At Tuesday’s meeting, Assistant Superintendent for Operations Todd Thorpe will present Trane US Inc.’s findings and have a preliminary discussion with the board about how to move forward. The board is expected to vote on this item Aug. 27.

Changes to Early/
Middle College

The ABSS Early/Middle College is dropping the “middle” from its name and moving to an Early College model. It will be called the Early College at ACC to “recognize the partnership with Alamance Community College.”

New Executive Director of Secondary Leadership Revonda Johnson will present on what this means for current and future students enrolled in the school.