Archive for June, 2013


Area Superintendent Danny Barnes to retire after 35 years as an educator

The Board of Education honored Eastern Area Superintendent Danny Barnes this month for his 35 years in public education, including 25 years at WCPSS. Barnes will retire at the end of June.

He began his career as a science teacher in Johnston County and worked his way up to become an area superintendent, a position he has held for the the past 14 years.

“I am most proud of the many opportunities I have had to serve the students, staff, parents, and communities that make up the Wake County Public School System, especially those in eastern Wake County. It has been an absolute honor to be a part of this great school district,” Barnes said.

Board of Education recognizes Stephen Gainey for service to WCPSS

The Board of Education recognized former Interim Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Stephen Gainey for his service to WCPSS at its June 18 board meeting.

Gainey has been an educator for 20 years, and has spent most of his career in Wake County as a teacher, coach, principal, and assistant superintendent.

From September 2012 until June 2013, Gainey served as interim superintendent of WCPSS. On July 1, he will begin his new role as superintendent of Randolph County Schools.

Chairman Keith Sutton and fellow members of the Board of Education presented Gainey with a plaque in honor of his dedication.

Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy host visiting students

Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy will host a group of 14 students from Mexico visiting Raleigh as part of the Youth in Action program, a joint partnership between the U.S. State Department and the Department of Education in Mexico. Continue Reading . . .

Holly Grove Middle teachers in China

Holly Grove Middle sixth-grade teachers Amy Smith and Debbie Baize have been selected by the Global Classroom Alliance to travel to China this summer to teach in English immersion summer camps.  Continue Reading . . .

Transportation department to offer $100 referral incentive to recruit new bus drivers

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Veteran bus driver Spencer Jenkins speaks with a reporter at a transportation district office about the benefits of being a bus driver.

In an effort to boost bus driver recruitment, the Board of Education approved funding on June 18 offering a $100 incentive to bus drivers who recruit new drivers to fill vacancies for the 2013-14 school year. The incentive will be available beginning July 1 to any current WCPSS bus driver who refers a job candidate who becomes a fully licensed bus driver with the school district.

WCPSS currently employs 850 drivers, but needs about 100 additional drivers to fill remaining positions on staff, said Bob Snidemiller, Senior Director of Transportation.

The department has made steady hires throughout the current school year, bringing in 120 new drivers since last fall. But with many drivers retiring or finding new jobs, there is still a shortage of drivers, Snidemiller said.

The referral incentive is being used in conjunction with advertising and other recruiting efforts to increase the number of applicants for bus driver positions. “We want to make certain that we have a pipeline of applicants,” Snidemiller said. “Just through word of mouth, we can continue to gain more candidates and applicants.”

The district is hiring both full-time and substitute bus drivers. The jobs offer training, competitive wages, flexibility in scheduling, vacation time, holiday pay, health insurance and a congenial work environment. Continue Reading . . .

North Carolina schools prepare for Home Base

Training is underway for Wake County teachers and data managers to use Home Base, powered by PowerSchool, the new N.C. Department of Public Instruction digital student information system. Continue Reading . . .

Cary High student named 2013 Adobe Certified Associate National Champion

Cary High student Will Tredway has been named one of three United States National Champions for the 2013 Adobe Certified Associate World Championship. Continue Reading . . .

WCPSS students attend conservation workshop

Five Wake County high school students will attend the 2013 Resource Conservation Workshop (RCW)  at N.C. State University. Continue Reading . . .

Board reallocates funds for Athens Drive stadium plans

The Board of Education reallocated savings from the 2006 school construction program for startup design for renovations of the Athens Drive High Stadium and other projects. The board approved the action at its June 18 meeting. Continue Reading . . .

Board appoints several new leaders at June 18 meeting

The Board of Education appointed leaders to several schools at its June 18 meeting.

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