School board gets look at numbers Tuesday, Aug. 14, along with utilities contracts, and a school name change

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

Here are some the key items the board will discuss:

Teacher turnover

Executive Director of Human Resources will present the 2017-18 teacher turnover chart, which is a breakdown of how many teachers have left ABSS and why. It includes annual data spanning back to the 2013-14 school year 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 they can improve.

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

For example, the amount of teachers who resigned to teach in another county dropped to 37 from 83 in 2016-17. And the amount of teachers who left to teach in another state fell from 18 to 8.

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


Performance contracting

In late 2017, the school system hired Trane US, Inc., an energy service company, to assess where they 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 commissioners. 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 they might move forward. They are expected to vote on this item at the August 27 night meeting.


Changes to the ABSS 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.


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