Alexander County School Board members and administration recognized Mikayah Parsons as Alexander Early College’s selection to attend the 2019 session of for North Carolina Governor’s School West.
Parsons was selected to attend NC Governor’s School West in the area of English. She will be housed on the campus of High Point University. She is the daughter of Shaunia Parsons of Taylorsville.
Parsons is a member of Beta Club, Student Council, PRIDE Club, Drama Club, Art Club, Interact Club, Faith Club, and served as an AEC Ambassador. She has won the Principal’s Leadership Award, Community Service Award, Student Council Award, PRIDE Award, and the AEC Ambassador Award. She has served her community by packing backpacks for the local backpack food program, Parsons served in many other ways including as a classroom helper and as a Learning Center Enrichment Program Mentor. She volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.
The Governor’s School of North Carolina is a five and one-half week summer residential program for intellectually gifted high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.
The Governor’s School is the oldest statewide summer residential program for academically or intellectually gifted high school students in the nation. The program, which is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas, is located on two campuses of up to 325 students each: Governor’s School West at High Point University and Governor’s School East at Meredith College in Raleigh.
The program is administered by the Public Schools of North Carolina, the State Board of Education, and the Department of Public Instruction through the Exceptional Children Division. A Board of Governors, appointed by the State Board of Education, acts as an advisory body.
Stony Point Elementary School Update
Stony Point Elementary School Principal Andy Palmer presented an update during the regularly scheduled school board meeting. She began by thanking the school board and administration for the opportunity to brag on his school.
Palmer’s presentation began with the annual faculty verses 5th graders basketball game. The event is an opportunity to replenish the Pointer Pantry which includes hygine supplies. Students and families are eligible to shop in the Pointer Pantry as needed.
Palmer also highlighted several staff members including School Resource Officer Bolin, the Title I teacher assistants, and the Communities In Schools coordinator.
Recent updates and maintenance at the school include a new piece of playground equipment added by Stony Point PTO and repairs to the sidewalk and awning at the cafeteria.
The students, staff, and parents enjoy the Walk of Fame held each quarter recognizing students for academic achievement and positive character skills. In an effort to decrease the number of late school arrivals and early departures, they have added that component to the recognition qualifications.
Palmer concluded the presentation by extending an invitation to visit the school.
Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Hefner announced the formal budget request for 2019-2020 is due to the Alexander County Commissioners by April 30. She would like to meet with board members April 29 to finalize the request.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the American Federation of School Administrators have declared the week of April 8-12, 2019, as National Assistant Principals Week to honor and recognize the contributions of assistant principals to the success of students in schools across the United States. Dr. Hefner encouraged board members and the audience to reach out to the assistant principals in the system this week and thank them for the work they do in the school system.
Dr. Hefner and Bethlehem Elementary Principal Charmion Frizsell met with member of the Department of Transportation and Accelerate Engineering regarding the congested traffic flow at the school. The executive summary can be found on the BoardDocs link under Board of Education on the district website at alexander.k12.nc.us.
Dr. Hefner announced upcoming dates of interest for board members.
Spring break April 19-28
Education Foundation Meeting May 2
Athletic Boosters Reverse Raffle May 4
Sugar Loaf Elementary School visit May 6
Honor Graduate Ceremony May 19
Celebration recognizing the Of the Year recipients May 23
Scholarship Award Ceremony May 24
Retirement Reception May 28
Graduation June 7
School Board Policy Revisions Presented and New Policies Approved
Finance Director Sharon Mehaffey presented the following school board policies for the first reading for revisions.
Policy No. 8300 – Fiscal Management Standards
Policy No. 8305 – Federal Grant Administration
Policy No. 8325 – Daily Deposits
The following new policies were presented and approved.
Policy No. 6125 – Administering Medicines to Students
Policy No. 7100 – Recruitment and Selection of Personnel
Policy No. 7130 – Licensure
Policy No. 7300 – Staff Responsibilities
Policy No. 7410 – Teacher Contracts
Policy No. 7610 – Defense of Board Employees
Policy No. 7730 – Employee Conflict of Interest
Policy No. 7920 – Reduction in Force: Teachers and School Administrators
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.
Alexander Early College Calendar Approved
The board of education members approved the 2019-2020 Academic Calendar for Alexander Early College. The calendar can be found at alexander.k12.nc.us/School Calendar
Proposed Changes to School Bus Transportation
Alexander County Schools Transportation Director John McCurdy presented a plan to consolidate middle and elementary school bus routes. The consolidation would save the school system up to an estimated $240,000 by parking seven yellow buses.
The advantages of the plan were cited as reduced ride times, increasing state efficiency rates, less travel for 30-day inspections and refueling, and better compliance on special routes. Some of the disadvantages cited were increased deadhead time which is travel time without students, elementary early dismissal days would require double runs, and the coordination of yellow school bus use for field trips.
Alexander County Head Start Receives Grant Funding
Alexander County Head Start Director Macy Jones reported the Department of Health and Human Services approved funding for $579,453.
The funding includes six new Head Start buses, a behavior therapist, four teacher assistants and a 3 percent increase for staff members. The original grant submitted included extending the school day for 45 students, but Ms. Jones was encouraged to increase the number in the request by 18 totaling 63 students.
Ms. Jones indicated Head Start will begin surveying parents regarding the opportunity for the extended day slots.
In addition to the duration grant funding, Ms. Jones received notice of a preliminary noncompetitive determination. The determination by the Office of Head Start indicates Alexander County Head Start would not have to compete for the next five-year grant cycle. The final decision will be determined at a later date.