On September 19th, 2016, the Newton-Conover City Schools Board of Education met for the first time since students have returned. It was evident that N-CCS students and staff have hit the ground running since their return, with multiple recognitions and achievements in just a few weeks!
Conover School opened the Board Meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance, joined in honor by all present at the meeting. The students representing Conover School were Mr. Guy Aiken and Ms. Jecenia Nazario. Thank you both for your leadership!
Following the adoption of the Board’s agenda for the evening, Dr. Stegall introduced the Principal of South Newton Elementary, Mrs. Amber Humphrey, who recognized Jean and Polly Childs from Paws to Read. Paws to Read is an organization of individuals who serve in the classrooms of our community’s schools by allowing students to read to their canine therapy dogs. Polly is a great reading buddy for our students!
Two outstanding staff were recognized for their endless contributions to Shuford. Pam Kendall and Amanda King, Teacher Assistants at Shuford, were both praised by Mr. Patrick Nelson, Principal, for going the extra mile with their support of teaching, learning and day-to-day operations at the school.
Recognizing Mr. Roy Cox for his generous contribution of refinishing the gym floor at Discovery High School was Dr. David Stegall, Superintendent. His company refinished the floor at no charge, and he explained the process that went into the refinishing during his recognition.
The N-CCS Finance Department was also recognized for their stellar and ongoing commitment to excellence. Carmen Houston, Keista Bass, Gina Vickers, and Brenda Schreiber were all the collective recipients of the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement. N-CCS is one of 12 districts statewide who received all three award: Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellent in Financial Reporting, and the State Schools Recognition of Achievement for Financial Resource Management.
Mrs. Cindy Geddes, Director of Accountability and Technology, reported on the state of Accountability for the district. N-CCS’ 4-Year Cohort Graduation Rate for 2016 was 93.5%, being the highest district-wide CGR in the state for the second consecutive year.
Mrs. Carol Moore presented on STEM West. STEM West advocates and supports alignment of educational and occupational objectives through regional workforce and community partnerships. Newton-Conover’s own N-CMS and Jessica Schouweiler were praised for their forward advancement in the field of STEM.