The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education reviewed the proposed budget for 2020-21 and discussed changing district leadership and plan alterations to CHCCS facilities at its meeting on Thursday.
At the beginning of the meeting, the board passed a motion to approve the resignation agreement for Superintendent Pam Baldwin. The resignation is effective June 30, and Baldwin will receive a severance payment of $106,099.98, the equivalent of six months of her pay.
Baldwin's resignation follows her taking a medical leave in late March.
The meeting also included a proposed resolution to grant emergency authority to the superintendent, or in this case, Acting Superintendent Patrick Abele. The proposed resolution would have temporarily waived board policies to allow the superintendent to implement measures related to COVID-19, including policies related to school calendars, purchasing, distance learning and emergency management use of school facilities.
Several board members expressed concerns about the scope of the proposed resolution and timeline for informing board members of actions taken under this authority. While Abele said that the intent of the resolution was not to bypass board authority, the board did not support this resolution and moved to adjourn.
The focus of the discussion and action at Thursday evening’s meeting was the 2020-21 recommended budget. Jonathan Scott, interim chief financial officer for the district, outlined four scenarios for the budget, ahead of the board’s meeting with the Board of Orange County Commissioners.
The board approved a recommended budget that included:
- $230,000 to address compliance with Orange County Living Wage
- State-mandated costs for retirement or hospitalization
- $78,000 to complete Chapel Hill High School’s renovation
- And $1,580,000 to reduce class sizes.
The recommended budget also included $166,000 to remove the current 16 percent supplement cap on certified employees hired after July 1, 2016, as well as $568,000 for paid parental leave and $360,000 for two days of paid classified employee salaries in the case of additional weather.