BEAUFORT — With school officials preparing to open the county’s first early college high school, an update on the effort will be presented Tuesday during the County Board of Education meeting.

The board will meet at 6 p.m. in the school system’s central office on Safrit Drive.

A public comment time will take place at 6 p.m., with the regular meeting following.

The county school system and Carteret Community College are busy preparing for the Wednesday, Aug. 15, opening of the Marine Science & Technologies Early College High School (MaST) on the CCC campus.

The school will offer a pathway for students, geared toward a vocational career, to earn associates degrees in marine science and maritime trades.

It will start with 50 freshmen the first year, and is scheduled to have 100 freshmen and sophomores the second year, 150 freshmen through juniors the third year, and 200 freshmen through seniors the fourth year.

 The college is providing facilities and equipment for the program, while the school system is responsible for personnel and bus transportation. Former Beaufort Elementary School Principal DeAnne Rosen will serve as the school’s first principal.

The school will be housed in a section of the Michael J. Smith Library & Learning Resource Center on the CCC campus.

Despite concerns about a lack of state funding, county commissioners voted in June to provide $186,358 to open the school.

In February, the State Board of Community Colleges approved the application to establish MaST on CCC’s campus.

County education officials had hoped the N.C. General Assembly would approve funds to open the school as part of their 2018-19 fiscal budget, in addition to a county contribution. The state’s budget, however, does not include MaST funding for 2018-19.

However, Superintendent Mat Bottoms and CCC President Dr. John Hauser said in June the state is scheduled to provide funding through a $180,000 grant the following year.

In total, the school system has $311,358 for the early college high school’s inaugural year. Of that, $186,358 comes from the county and an additional $125,000 will come from the community college.

High school students attending MaST can pursue diplomas or certificates in composite boat manufacturing, marine services, aquaculture, marine propulsion systems and Yamaha and ABYC industry certifications.

In other action Tuesday, the board will:

  • Consider approval of several policy revisions and hear the first reading of several other policy revisions.
  • Receive updates on facilities and maintenance.
  • Meet in closed session to discuss a confidential personnel matter. No action is expected in open session following the meeting.

Under the consent agenda, the board will consider approval of:

  • A local advanced credit agreement with CCC for courses in culinary skill I and Pro-Start II.
  • School fundraiser requests.
  • Student transfers.
  • A contract with Kinetic Physical Therapy to provide six speech pathologists for the 2018-19 year. The cost ranges from $55 to $57.50 per hour, with a $95,000 limit per therapist.
  • Contracts with Le’Chris Counseling and Invision Services. The Invision Services contract to provide services for the visually impaired is not to exceed $24,300. There was no contract cost listed for the Le’Chris Counseling contract for mental health services.

 

Contact Cheryl Burke at 252-726-7081, ext. 255; email Cheryl@thenewstimes.com; or follow on Twitter @cherylccnt.

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