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NEWS RELEASES 2005-06 :: DECEMBER 30, 2005


When the State Board of Education begins its 2006 meeting schedule next week, it will have the benefit of two new advisors.

Ben Curtis, a senior at Grimsley Senior High School in Guilford County, is the new student advisor. Curtis, the son of John and Ellen Curtis, is an honors student at Grimsley High and is very active in student government, Christ United Methodist Church and in civic organizations. He also is an Eagle Scout. Curtis joins Sara McClure, a senior at Southeast Raleigh High School in Wake County, as the Board's student advisors.

L. Stanley Haywood, a member of the Asheboro City Schools Board of Education, also has been named as an advisor. He is the 2006 recipient of the North Carolina School Board Association's Raleigh Dingman Award. Each year, the recipient of this prestigious award serves as an advisor to the State Board of Education.

Other advisors to the Board include the 2004-05 N.C. Teacher of the Year Lizbeth Alfaro from Catawba County Schools; the 2005-06 N.C. Teacher of the Year Wendy Miller from Craven County Schools; the 2005 Wachovia Principal of the Year Margaret Hyatt from Buncombe County Schools; and the 2004 NCASA Superintendent of the Year Bill McNeal from Wake County Schools.

The State Board of Education has 13 voting members. Eleven members are appointed by the Governor to serve eight-year terms. In addition, the Lieutenant Governor and State Treasurer serve on the Board by virtue of their positions.

The State Board of Education's 2006 meeting schedule is as follows: Jan. 4-5, Feb. 1-2, March 1-2, April 5-6, May 3-4, May 31-June 1, July 12-13, Aug. 2-3, Sept. 6-7, Oct. 4-5, Nov. 1-2, and Dec. 6-7.

Generally, the Board's meetings are held in the 7th Floor Board Room of the Education Building, Raleigh. Wednesday's meeting, which is normally held from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., is devoted to discussion of agenda items. Board members take action on appropriate agenda items at their Thursday meeting, typically held from 8:30 a.m. – noon.

For more information, please contact the Department of Public Instruction's Communications Division at 919.807.3450.

About the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction:
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.

For more information:
NCDPI Communication and Information Division, 919.807.3450.