(a) There is established the Committee on Dropout Prevention. The Committee shall be located administratively in the Department of Public Instruction but shall exercise its powers and duties independently of the Department of Public Instruction. The Department of Public Instruction shall provide for the administrative costs of the Committee and shall provide staff to the Committee.
(b) The Committee shall determine which local school administrative units, schools, agencies, and nonprofits shall receive dropout prevention grants under G.S. 115C-64.7, the amount of each grant, and eligible uses of the grant funding. The Committee shall consist of the following 15 members:
(1) The Governor shall appoint five members, of whom one is a superintendent of schools, one is a representative of a nonprofit, and one is a school social worker;
(2) The General Assembly upon the recommendation of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall appoint five members, of whom one is a principal, one is a representative of a school of education, and one is a school counselor; and
(3) The General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall appoint five members, of whom one is a teacher, one is a member of the business community, and one is a representative of the juvenile justice system.
(c) The terms of the initial appointees expire December 1, 2010. Subsequent appointees shall serve for four-year terms.
The President Pro Tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall each designate a cochair of the Committee. The members of the Committee shall assure they are in compliance with laws and rules governing conflicts of interest. (2007-323, s. 7.32(c), (e); 2008-107, ss. 7.14(a), 7.14A; 2010-31, s. 7.19(e), (g).)
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