Newton-Conover City Schools values the contributions that members of the Staff Advisory and Parent Advisory offered during the 2013-14 school year. These two important advisory groups have met multiple times to gain a greater understanding of the programs, vision, and happenings in our school district. These groups have shared their ideas as well as their concerns. All stakeholders have worked together toward our goal of continuous improvement. The advisory groups have been well-attended and participants have been active in providing input/feedback that the district plans to use in an ongoing effort to improve. There has been a high level of collegiality and good-humor that have made the meetings as enjoyable as they have been productive. Dr. Stegall and his staff would like to thank all parents and staff who participated in these advisory meetings and gave of their time and attention to discuss our wonderful district.
Although there have been many topics of discussion in the Parent and Staff Advisory meetings, a few that seemed to become some of the most frequently discussed this year. Relative to the curricular offerings of Newton-Conover, the advisory groups have discussed the Common Core, High School Course Rigor, Magnet Program options available in N-CCS, the State Legislation that will increase the Dropout Age for N-CCS students from 16-18 years of age beginning in 2014-2015, and the revisions to the Graduation Honors Policy (3460) at N-CHS and Discovery High School. Among the operational items discussed by the Parent and Staff Advisory groups, the various security upgrades that our district has implemented have been discussed at great length. These upgrades include secondary entrances, panic button systems, required student ID badges, and joint lockdown drills involving local law enforcement. Also, the various new construction and renovation projects around the district have been of great interest to both parents and staff members. Closely aligned to new construction and renovation projects are the various maintenance items shared by staff and parents that have resulted in resolutions. Finally, Dr. Stegall has discussed the N-CCS Strategic Plan, state-level legislation that impacts N-CCS, staffing of our schools relative to student enrollment, plans for marketing N-CCS at greater length, and improving communication between school and home.
– Aron Gabriel