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NHC school board member blogs about national conference

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Some New Hanover County school board members are hard at work this spring break. Three board members traveled to San Diego for the National School Board Conference. Since Friday, board members have been in workshops and training, hoping to bring some ideas home to New Hanover County. The whole time, one board member has been using her iPhone to blog about the conference, on the school’s website. It's a trip that came with a lot of scrutiny. Sending three school board members to a school board conference in San Diego has cost a total of over $6,000. With talks of budget cuts, including cutting non-essential travel, many wonder if the cost is worth it. "I think that it's good that they want to improve the school system, but I don't think they need to spend that money right now,” said Mariema Lewis, a concerned parent. To ease parents minds and send information back home, board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh has been blogging on the school's website on the ins and outs of the conference. Some parents said if one idea comes from the trip on improving New Hanover County schools, then the experience is worthwhile. PTA Vice President Denise Szaloky said, "I have been keeping up with the blog daily and appreciate the updates and what our board members are experiencing. From workshops to conferences like this, new ideas and opportunities arise which helps not only the board but trickles down to the students." NHC board member Elizabeth Redenbaugh reported, "Through training and attendance and conferences, like that national school board association we can help and bring that excellence back to NHC." Redenbaugh believes all three board members are benefiting from the conference. One idea she already plans to discuss with the board is improving student-teacher relations by requiring at-home teacher visits.

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