Monday, August 29, 2016

Estes Hills ES Dismisses Early Due to Power Outage

Estes Hills Elementary Dismissing at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 29
Due to a power failure at the school, Estes Hills Elementary is closing at 11 a.m.  Duke Energy is on site and additional testing is required before power can be restored.  Because of the continued high heat forecast for today, the school is being closed.  Please watch for additional updates throughout the day.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Featured Job: Senior Executive Director of Human Resources

TITLE:                                    Senior Executive Director of Human Resources

1.                  Minimum of Master’s degree in education administration, personnel or human services management or related field.
2.                  NC teacher or administrative certification preferred.
3.                  Evidence of highly successful experience in personnel administration.
4.                  Exceptional skills in management and leadership, communications and human relations.
5.                  Prior successful experience as a building administrator preferred.
6.                  Such alternatives to the above that the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO:                       Assistant Superintendent for Support Services

SUPERVISES:                       Coordinator of Teacher Recruitment and office support                                                                   personnel.

JOB GOAL:                           To plan, coordinate, and supervise the operation of the human resources office in such a way as to enhance the motivation and morale of school district personnel, promote the effectiveness of the school system, and maximize the opportunities and benefits provided to each child.


1.                  Plans and directs a program for the recruitment, selection, assignment, and retention of the best qualified teachers and other personnel in collaboration with the Teacher Recruitment Coordinator and other HR staff.

2.                  Confers with principals and program directors to determine the needs for staff of various classifications.

3.                  Recommends all assignments, transfers, dismissals, and promotions in consultation with principals, and appropriate supervisors.

4.                  Coordinates the employees’ evaluation program. Heads the development and implementation of evaluation programs.

5.                  Provides necessary processing for issuance and renewal of state credentials through the HR licensure specialist.

6.                  Certifies classifications and salaries to the finance department.

7.                  Provides necessary research for successful compensation administration.

8.                  Organizes a corps of substitute teachers and makes available to principals an up-to-date substitute teacher list though the substitute program manager.

9.                  Creates, reviews, and maintains up-to-date job descriptions for every position in the district.

10.              Maintains adequate records of personnel.

11.              Maintains personnel policy handbooks.

12.              Oversees the Mentor Teacher Program and other such programs related to teacher retention and support, in collaboration with the Coordinator of Teacher Recruitment.

13.              Organizes and/or participates in staff committees related to personnel, as needed or requested.

14.              Provides guidance to employees relative to employee relations.

15.              In conjunction with the assistant superintendent for support services, plans, develops, and revises human resource management polices in accordance with state legislation for submission to the Board for adoption.

16.              Keeps informed of pertinent issues, trends, and concerns related to human resource administration and translates those into decision or actions required by the school district.

17.              Reports regularly to the assistant superintendent for support services the problems, condition, and needs of the human resources office.

18.              Provides a system of on-going communication about personnel policies, practices, and procedures for district employees.

19.              Attends, as needed or requested, workshops, conferences, and meetings related to personnel administration.

20.              Coordinates orientation program for all new staff.

21.              Assumes administrative responsibility for routine duties of the human resources office, including approving leave of absence requests, responding to requests for information and supervision of office staff.

22.              Performs other such duties as assigned by the supervisor.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:           Twelve-month year.  Salary based on schedule established by the Board.

EVALUATION:        Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Administrative Personnel.

To apply: complete the NC classified or licensed application. Choose "Chapel Hill-Carrboro City 
Schools" as a desired location. In addition to the online application, candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: List "HR Director" in the subject line of the message.

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Featured Job: TIMS Database Administrator

TITLE:            Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) Database                                                Administrator

1.                  High school diploma required; Bachelor’s degree preferred;
2.                  Previous experience with the Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) or another information management system similar in scope and complexity required;
3.                  Demonstrated superior customer service skills;
4.                  Demonstrated data management skills and technological savvy;
5.                  Geocode Certification from UNCC ITRE (NC State Law), UNC Charlotte Urban Institute contracted by NC Department of Public Instruction preferred or must be obtained within one year of hire;
6.                  Such other qualifications as the Board may find appropriate and acceptable.

REPORTS TO:                       Director of Transportation

JOB GOAL(S):                       
To perform a variety of technical duties related to the operation and maintenance of Transportation Information Management System; and to provide technical staff assistance to the Director of Transportation. Perform daily student uploads, geocoding, boundaries, reports, communications with various departments (DOT, State, City Planning), TIMS maintenance, backups, analyze data, problem solving within TIMS software, various other duties as asked by supervisor.


1.                  Assumes primary responsibility for the TIMS operation.  Plans, organizes, and controls the overall computer operation related to the district TIMS program.  Stays abreast of program requirements; projects the processing requirements for the program.

2.                  Performs TIMS data gathering procedures from multiple sources.  Converts data and ensures that data is entered as required. Ensures accuracy in reviewing boundaries for TIMS and GPS system.

3.                  Gathers data from principals and bus drivers related to school bus routes and stop locations; researches and verifies data on street names, street addresses, traffic patterns and street networks.
4.                  Identifies one-way streets, speed limits, railroad track crossings, streets with medians and streets where buses should not travel.

5.                  Gathers student data for input for the program; researches and corrects student data inconsistencies.

6.                  Determines effective bus transportation system models by manipulating bus stops, routes and schedules.

7.                  Answers inquiries through multiple sources (phone, email, mail, etc.) and provides stellar customer service for TIMS related issues.

8.                  Analyzes/solves system software issues, unmatched student geographic data.

9.                  Resolves issues related to geocoding; adding streets; restricting turns; identifying hazards; street attributes

10.              Sets up and maintains simulated/projected files in multiple dataset for future school year; summer school; extended school year; etc.

11.              Maintains/backs up multiple datasets.

12.              Utilizes Windows operating systems and other Microsoft office applications to include MS Word and MS Excel.

13.              Troubleshoots techniques and analysis of system applications and related TIMS supporting hardware to include servers and network printers/plotters.

14.              Assists supervisor with local and state reports.

15.              Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Transportation.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:           Twelve-month year.  Salary in accordance with the adopted schedule.

EVALUATION:                                Performance will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Classified Personnel.

Apply online by completing the NC classified application.  Choose Chapel 
Hill-Carrboro City Schools as a desired location.  In addition to the online 
application, candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to two email addresses:  
1) and 2)  

List "TIMS Database Admin" in the subject line of the message.

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PSF Teacher Supply Store Provides Assistance to CHCCS Staff

The 10th Annual Teacher Supply Store Provides $45,000 in School Supplies

Hundreds of Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools teachers and staff received $75 vouchers to "shop" at the Public School Foundation's (PSF) Teacher Supply Store on August 23-24.  The store, located at the American Legion Hall, is sponsored by the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club and PSF.

The store is stocked with items teachers have identified as necessities in their classrooms, including pencils, paper, staplers, glue, markers, tissues, hand sanitizer and much more.  The nearly 600 teachers invited include elementary teachers, social workers, visiting international teachers, and novice teachers.  To be fair, teachers and staff are invited on a rotating basis, so middle and high school teachers will be invited in 2017.

"This is an amazing event to be a part of and witness," said Interim Superintendent Jim Causby.  "The happiness shown by all of the staff members while they shopped and picked out their items is truly priceless.  It's so impressive what the Public School Foundation and the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club - with the help of our community - are able to offer our teachers, saving them money from their own pockets to start off a new school year.  I'm glad CHCCS and its staff are able to participate in something that provides so much."

"Teachers spend hundreds of dollars of their own money each year to be sure that students have what they need in the classroom.  We hope that this supply store eases that burden for our teachers and school social workers," said Allison Worthy, co-chair of the planning committee.  "Social workers often need to offer backpacks and basic supplies to identified families who cannot afford to purchase items on the school supply lists.  Novice teachers have not accumulated any supplies for their classrooms, so we want to support them so they don't have to spend money from their own pockets."

Each year, CHCCS hires approximately 35-45 novice teachers.

According to the NC Department of Public Instruction, in 2007-08, the state allocated just over $83 million for classroom materials, instructional supplies and equipment.  During the last school year, the state allocated around $44.3 million.  That reduction is reflected in local school district budgets.

"This project is so meaningful to our club members," said East Chapel Hill Rotary chairperson, Pat Phelan.  "Our rotary members love the smiles on the teachers' faces when they see the tables stocked with supplies that they can get for free with their vouchers.  Our rotary club considers this a favorite among our charity projects.  The teachers are so grateful and some teachers are moved to tears.  It is a wonderful way to kick off the school year."

Over the past 10 years, more than $275,000 in supplies have been given away to CHCCS teachers at the annual Teacher Store.  Funding for the store comes through generous support by the East Chapel Hill Rotary and other area rotary clubs, Staples of Chapel Hill and the Staples Foundation, as well as the Public School Foundation.  Over 50 volunteers help work the checkout stations for the shoppers.

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Teacher Supply Store, PSF accepted donations of $10 gift cards to various local businesses to offer teachers as door prizes during the event.

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Summer Reading at Northside Elementary

This summer, the Northside Elementary School Library was open to serve students residing in the general walk zone. Public library data suggests these students do not typically access the public library summer reading program. Coordinating a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, the Chapel Hill Public Library and UNC athletics, the school library was open three days per week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a period of eight weeks. This initiative was made possible by a parent donor and the support of the Public School Foundation. Below is a quick snapshot of the summer.


- 848 total books checked out from the Northside Elementary School Library this summer
- 80 total students participated in some capacity
- 45 Boys and Girls Club students
- 35 students in the walk zone (not included in B&G club)
- 15 students attended daily
- 9 students reached full goal of 20 hours and turned in completed log (others kept a log but didn't necessarily record up to 20 hours)
- 5 Northside Elementary Schools teachers volunteered time to support and engage with students
- 4 middle school students/former Northside Elementary Schools students accessed the library and participated in programs
- 3 parents participated with their children
- 3 younger siblings of Northside Elementary Schools students participated.
- 1 incredible summer with lots of student engagement.
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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

First Day of School: Grades 1-12, is 8/29; PreK/Head Start is 9/6 / Primer día de escuela: 1º-12º grado, el 29 de agosto; PreK/Head Start, el 6 de sept.

First Day of School Scheduled for Different Grades
The First Day of School for grades 1-12 is Monday, August 29.

Kindergarten Orientation and the First Day of Kindergarten are school based.  Please contact your child’s school for details.

There are two days of staggered entry for PreK students, September 1 and 2.  The first full day for PreK is Tuesday, September 6.

Please remember to watch for bus riders getting on/off buses and for families walking to and from school.

El primer día de escuela programado para los diferentes grados
El primer día de escuela para 1º-12º grado es el lunes, 29 de agosto.

La orientación y el primer día de kindergarten varían dependiendo de la escuela. Por favor póngase en contacto con la escuela de su hijo(a) para los detalles.

Hay dos días de entrada escalonada para los estudiantes de PreK, el 1 y 2 de septiembre.  El primer día completo para PreK es el martes, 6 de septiembre.

Por favor recuerde tener cuidado con los estudiantes que se están subiendo y bajando de los autobuses y con las familias que caminan hacía y desde la escuela.

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Monday, August 15, 2016

Updated Parent Handbooks Now Available Online

The CHCCS Parent Handbooks have been updated for the 2016-17 school year and are available online in both English and Spanish.

The Parent Handbooks are great resources for families, as they include information about conferences, delayed openings, messages from the school/district, testing information, bus rules, and parent involvement opportunities, just to name a few.

The district also posts "Supplement Pages" that offer school-specific information, including meeting dates, in both English and Spanish.  Supplement Pages are available for the elementary level, middle school level, and high school level.

Supplement Pages include information on dropping off students, school specific contact information, PTA and SIT dates, as well as other information parents need.

Be sure to check out the CHCCS Parent Handbooks as one of the many online resources offered to families.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Lincoln Center on Summer Hours, June 13-Aug. 12 / Lincoln Center funcionará con horario de verano del 13 de junio al 12 de agosto

Lincoln Center Starts Summer Hours
Lincoln Center will operate on Summer Hours from Monday, June 13 through Friday, August 12. During those weeks, Lincoln Center will be open Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Horario de verano en Lincoln Center y para inscripción de estudiantes – del 13 de junio al 12 de agosto
Lincoln Center funcionará en horario de verano del lunes 13 de junio al viernes 12 de agosto. Durante estas semanas, Lincoln Center abrirá de lunes a jueves de 7:30 a. m. a 5 p. m. y los viernes de 7:30 a. m. a 1:30 p.m.

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Outdoor Activities Canceled for July 28 / Actividades al aire libre canceladas el 28 de julio

All Outdoor Activities Canceled for Thursday, July 28

Due to an extremely high heat index forecast for today, Thursday, July 28, all school related outside activities after 10 a.m. are canceled.  Please stay safe during this extreme weather.

Todas las actividades al aire libre están canceladas el jueves, 28 de julio
Teniendo en cuenta el pronóstico de índice de calor extremadamente alto del día de hoy, jueves, 28 de julio, todas las actividades al aire libre relacionadas con las escuelas programadas para después de las 10 a. m. están canceladas.  Por favor manténgase seguro durante estas condiciones climáticas extremas.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Outdoor Activities Cancelled - Wednesday, July 27

Due to the extremely high heat index today (Wednesday, July 27) all school-related outdoor activities after 10 a.m. are cancelled.
Thank you and please stay safe during this extreme weather.

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