Charter Schools Weekly Newsletter (Includes Action Items)

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Office of Charter Schools

6303 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-6303  •  919.807.3491

WEEKLY NEWSLETTER  –  August 4, 2017

Upcoming Events


September 5, 2017 

Charter Schools Advisory Board Meeting


September 6 - 7, 2017 

State Board of Education Meeting 

Action Items Due Next Week


August 8-10, 2017

English Learner (EL) Support Conference: Growing Success for ELs

Future Action Items 


August 15, 2017

Federal Personnel Data Collection 2016-17.pdf

Indicator 7 Reporting - Due


August 18, 2017

Consolidated Federal Grant Application


August 25, 2017 
ArtsR4Life: Registration Deadline 


August 31, 2017

Important 2019 Charter Renewal Information - Due


September 15, 2017

Nominations Due -  Educator of Excellence Recognition


October 12 - 13, 2017

2017 Charter School Leadership Institute

NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Updates

Upcoming OCS Professional Development Opportunities

Save the Date*: 2017 Charter School Leadership Institute


Location: Voyager Academy, Durham, NC


Date: October 12-13


Registration Information: Participant registration is NOW OPEN! Please register HERE and be sure to read and follow all instructions. The registration fee for this event is $55.

We are pleased to offer a limited number of exhibitor/vendor booths at the institute. Exhibitor/vendor registration options range from $150-$400. Please visit THIS LINK to learn more and register.


If you have any questions about these opportunities, please contact

Buses and Buses

Charter Schools Transportation Grant Opportunity


2.5 million dollars was provided to the NC Department of Public Instruction to establish a Charter School Transportation Grant Program for the 2017-18 school year.

The purpose of the Charter School Transportation Grant pilot program is to reimburse a charter school that has a student enrollment of at least fifty percent (50%) of its students residing in households with an income level not in excess of the amount required for a student to qualify for the federal free or reduced price lunch program. 

Please see the attached Letter of Intent for more information about the grant opportunity. The Letter of Intent is the first step in the established process. 

Contact with questions or concerns. 

Attachment:     2017-18 Transportation Grant Letter of Intent

Charter Renewal Notification for Schools with Charter Terms Expiring 2019 - Reminder


Thirty-seven charter schools have charter terms expiring in 2019.  Per G.S. § 115C-218.6. (b), the State Board of Education shall renew a charter upon the request of the chartering entity. 



The attached memo reminds the board of directors of each respective school on the list below to submit its renewal request to begin the process.  Specifically, the renewal request is due Thursday, August 31, 2017, must be submitted on your school’s letterhead and include the board chair’s signature.


Please contact Ms. Shaunda Cooper via email at or 919-807-3634 with questions or concerns regarding the renewal process.




Attachment:  Important 2019 Renewal Information


NC School Jobs by PeopleAdmin

There are 124 charter schools live in the  NC School Jobs system and many are already posting positions, so we encourage you to take advantage of this resource as soon as you can. We have thousands of applicants in the system which your school will have access to when you go live in the system.


The steps associated with implementation are: 


  • Contact Craig Tucker at to request an NC School Jobs workbook
  • Complete the workbook and submit your school’s logo
  • Participate in training
  • Familiarize yourself with the system
  • Execute a few cutover steps and go-live in the system



If you have been trained and are not currently scheduled for next steps, please contact Craig Tucker via email.


Please visit this website to learn more about and register for the training opportunities. Webinars last 1.5 hours with the ability to continue an additional 30 minutes if requested. Team members from the service provider, Jeff Davenport and Bill Barry, lead the trainings and are available to assist you with the implementation process.  

Notice - NCDPI Office of Charter Schools (OCS) Newsletter Distribution


OCS will not issue a newsletter on August 11, 2017. We will resume the distribution on August 18, 2017. 

NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Updates


NC Virtual Public School Vendor Approval Process


Please review the memo linked below from the North Carolina Virtual Public School. It details changes to the Vendor Course Approval Process managed by NCVPS in light of recent legislation passed during the 2017 Legislative Session. Feel free to contact Don Lourcey, VCAP Coordinator, at , or 919-218-8845 with questions or concerns.




Indicator 7 Count Now Open

Indicator 7 will be submitted using the CECAS system this year. No changes have been made to this process for the 16-17 end of year collection. Reporting users that used the XML upload in CECAS for the December 2016 child count, will use a spreadsheet for Indicator 7. The Indicator 7 spreadsheet for reporting users is posted on the CECAS communication site on the Reporting Users tab.

Indicator 12 will be submitted on spreadsheets by all LEAs. Charter Schools do not need to submit an Indicator 12 spreadsheet this year. The Indicator 12 spreadsheet has a new tab with helpful clarifications to assist LEAs in entering data. The Indicator 12 spreadsheet is posted on the CECAS communication site on the Documents tab under Memorandums.

The due dates for the Indicators are listed below. Cooperation in meeting the deadlines for data submission is greatly appreciated.
Please email all Indicator spreadsheets to



Indicator 7 - August 15, 2017
Indicator 12 - October 22, 2017

The Table 2 - Federal Personnel report for the 2016-17 school year will be collected via survey. The due date for the federal personnel chart is August 15, 2017. Your cooperation in meeting the deadline for data submission is appreciated. If you have any questions regarding this data request, please contact your Regional CECAS Trainer.

Title I Director Updates and Federal Program Monitoring and Support Updates

Please note that the 2017-2018 monitoring schedule is included in the July updates (attached). There are two charter schools that are scheduled to be monitored in September.  A webinar is scheduled for August 8th at 10am and August 9th at 2pm. The registration information is included within the July updates. It is especially important that charter schools being monitored attend the webinar.


If there are any questions, I can be reached at or (919) 807-3894.

Attachment:     July Updates


Charter Exceptional Children Leadership Institute (CECLI) Cohort 1 Graduation

On Thursday, July 27, 2017 the Exceptional Children’s Division awarded certificates of completion and CEUs to 42 graduates of the first Charter Exceptional Children Leadership Institute (CECLI). 



The CECLI, a specific leadership institute designed to support North Carolina’s Charter LEAs, provides leadership training aligned with the North Carolina Competencies for EC Directors addressing policy, procedures, and fiscal issues in the administration of special education. Please join us in congratulating the members who have successfully completed all requirements of our first CECLI cohort.



Region 1-Northeast

Amanda Holton-Washington Montessori


Region 2-Southeast

Lori Benazzi-Cape Fear Center

Alicia Rheel-Island Montessori


Region 3-North Central

Barbara Walters-Roxboro Community School

Diann Gunderson-East Wake Academy

Melissa Beck-Willow Oak Montessori

Faith Boayke-Rocky Mount Prep

Debbie Coore-Chatham Charter

Jenni Surface-Excelsior Classical Academy

Cynthia Dean-Longleaf School of the Arts

Julie Franklin-Chatham Charter

Terri Hayes-IDYL

Stephanie Klingler-Cardinal Charter

Krystle Fraser-Oxford Prep

Amelia Rivera-Speight-Wilson Prep

Michael Sano-Sallie B Howard

Kaela Aldridge-PAVE Southeast Raleigh

Kimberly Court-Wayne Prep

Leslie Fagert-Falls Lake Academy

Diane James-Wayne Prep

Amy Monsour-Neuse Charter

Lori Tryon-Southern Wake Academy      


Region 4-Sandhills

Rebecca Parnell-CIS Academy

Nicole Stiener-STARS


Region 5-Piedmont-Triad

Lana Lippard-Uwharrie Charter

Karina Aliano-Quality Education Academy


Region 6-Southwest

Adriana Correa-Charlotte Learning Academy

Catherine Deese-Gray Stone Day School

Stacey Rose-Charlotte Learning Academy

Betsy Rosenbalm-American Renaissance

Angela Sanderline-Thunderbird Prep

Ricky Singh-Charlotte Lab School

Denise Wilkerson-Success Institute

Toy Dills-Booth-Pinnacle Classical

Cissy Brewer-Union Academy

Dana Dandurand-Iredell Charter Academy

Sharon Gensch-Pinnacle Classical Academy

Travaul Godfrey-Queens Grant High School

Mishael Hamrick-Langtree Charter

Susan Hutaff-Union Academy

Michelle Phillips-Carolina International School


Region 8-Western

Merri Fretwell-Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy

2017-18 Participation in Field Tests and Special Studies


Please see the attached memo, 2017-18 Participation in Field Tests and Special Studies, from Dr. Maria Pitre-Martin and Dr. Tammy Howard to all Charter School Directors.

Attachment:     MEMO - 2017-18 Participation in Field Tests and Special Studies

Multi-Tiered System of Support

Behavior Support and Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Updates

Please see the attached information regarding upcoming changes in the Exceptional Children Division.


Attachment:     Memo-ECD+and+DIABS+073117.pdf

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Beginning Teacher Leadership Network Accepting Applications



The Public School Forum's Beginning Teacher Leadership Network (BTLN) is currently recruiting teachers in Cabarrus, Carteret, Mecklenburg, Onslow, Union, and Wake counties for the 2017-18 cohort. Applications are open through September 8, 2017.


North Carolina traditional and charter public school teachers in their first three years of experience are eligible to participate. Participants may remain in the network for three years, regardless of when they enter the program. The core program will consist of monthly sessions, one during each traditional teaching month, during after-school hours. Forums will consist of education policy briefings, teacher collaboration sessions, and interactive professional development.


By bringing together educational practice and policy, BTLN hopes to produce and retain teachers that are “empowered to lead and informed to change” in a new era of teaching. BTLN provides unparalleled access to information and key decision makers in education, while simultaneously giving beginning teachers high-level professional development.


To apply for the 2017-18 Beginning Teacher Leadership Network, click here.