Bumgarner recognized for Duke TIPAbigail Bumgarner, West Alexander Middle School student, was recognized for state recognition in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). Abigail earned a certificate for scoring at or above the national average of recent high school graduates on at least one part of the SAT.
Abigail is the daughter of Ashley and Mary Beth Bumgarner of the Bethlehem community.
ACS’s Audit Report Presented
Certified public accountant Michael Wike of Anderson, Smith, & Wike, PLLC presented the audit report to the board of education members at the regular monthly board meeting. Mr. Wike reported an unmodified audit opinion on the June 30, 2019, financial statements. An unmodified audit opinion is the highest level of assurance that can be given.
Wittenburg Elementary School Update
Wittenburg Elementary Principal Mary Brown began her presentation by student success goals. In the areas of English language arts, math, and overall the school made a B. They met expected growth and the EC subgroup made growth.
In the area of life long literacy students are working on a vocabulary focus and academic acceleration time. The teachers are working on the learning-focused instructional framework.
Wittenburg Elementary School boasts both the district teacher of the year, Katie Smith and the district first-year teacher of the year, Melissa Canter. They also hosted several student teachers who are now working in the district, two at Wittenburg.
In lieu of grandparent’s day, the school hosted it’s first a VIP (very important person) day, which was a big success. This allowed students to invite anyone who plays a larger role in their life to attend the ceremony. An exciting event that is coming up this month at the school is the pumpkin contest which encourages family participation in the activity.
The school is working toward optimal operations with the improved car-rider lines, improved dismissal, and continued safety drills.
The newest district goal, emotional wellness has been a focus at the school with attention to emotional and social issues.
Communities in Schools of Northwest North Carolina
Communities in Schools (CIS) Executive Director Glendora Yarbrough began the update by announcing they have applied for Ellis funding and will know the outcome in November.
Ms. Yarbrough presented 2018-2019 program data indicating the program served 149 students with individualized services and 1,566 students with schoolwide services. The program serves Hiddenite, Taylorsville, Wittenburg, Stony Point, and Ellendale Elementary Schools.
School Health Advisory Council Update
The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) presented an update on the districtwide triennial assessment required by the state. The recent survey assessed nutrition education and physical activity efforts within the schools.
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner reported record-breaking news regarding the annual Fall Canned Food drive. The elementary schools in the district participate each year in a competitive collection of food items that are distributed to the five food banks in the county. A total of 98,120 food items were collected with Hiddenite Elementary School championing the collection with 43,527 items. Carla Harrington’s class at Sugar Loaf collected 7,015 items. The competition has generated the largest collection in 25 years.
In other good news, Dr. Hefner reported two elementary schools, Stony Point and Taylorsville, will be given 100 desktop computers from the Kramden Institute to be distributed to families. Career and Technical Education Director Susan Gantt applied for and received the donation for families in Alexander County.
October is National Principals Month. This recognition is dedicated to celebrating the principals and assistant principals in Alexander County who devote themselves to their schools and communities every day.
Students at Alexander Early College were able to use their new modular unit for the first time on Oct. 8. Dr. Hefner thanked the board members, CVCC, the maintenance and technology departments for helping make this a reality for the AEC students and staff.
Dr. Hefner announced a school board work session has been scheduled for Oct. 14 beginning at 5:30 p.m. to address facility needs.
School Board Policy Revisions Approved
The school board members approved the five policies below.
Policy No. 1310/4002 – Parental Involvement (English & Spanish)
Policy No. 4700 – Student Records
Policy No. 7130 – Licensure
Policy No. 7730 – Employee Conflict of Interest
Policy No. 7940 – Classified Personnel: Suspension and Dismissal
Three policies were presented for a first reading and will be presented again next month for a second reading.
Policy No. 2230 – Board Committees
Policy No. 2320 – Compliance with Open Meetings Law
Policy No. 3420 – Student Promotion and Accountability
All Alexander County Board Policies are available for review by the public at www.alexander.k12.nc.us or the Alexander County Board of Education Office on Liledoun Road, Taylorsville, North Carolina.