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Multiple Honors Recognized at August 2017 Board Meeting

Rep. Setzer and Janie Sigmon with Long Leaf Pine AwardNewton-Conover City Schools kicked off the 2017-18 school year with a packed agenda of recognitions and items of information reflecting a great summer of hard work.    The Board Meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Newton-Conover students Layton and Trysten Gabriel.

Following the pledge and a determination of a quorum for the meeting, the agenda was adopted and began with Dr. David Stegall, N-CCS Superintendent, introducing NC Representative Mitchell Setzer.  Setzer is a member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state’s eighty-ninth House district, including constituents in Catawba County.   Setzer shared his enthusiasm as he had the honor to present Mrs. Janie Sigmon, former Newton-Conover City Schools Associate Superintendent, with “the highest honor that the Governor of North Carolina can bestow,” according to Setzer — the Long Leaf Pine award.  Congratulation to Mrs. Sigmon — we appreciate your many years of service and dedication to the N-CCS district and our communities!

Janie Sigmon and family with Long Leaf Pine AwardFollowing Sigmon’s award, another incredible honor was recognized on behalf of our finance department at N-CCS.  Since 1989, the finance officers have been recognized at the state level for outstanding financial achievements.  In July at the State Schools Finance Officers Awards Presentation, Mrs. Carmen Houston, Director of Finance, Mrs. Keista Bass, Assistant Director of Finance, Mrs. Tonya Shumate, Accounts Payable Specialist, and Mrs. Gina Vickers, Payroll Specialist, were all recognized before the Board of Education for their receipt of the all three of the NCDPI Financial and Business Services Awards.  The awards that the department earned include The Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement Excellence in Financial Reporting, The Association of School Business Officials Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting, and the State Schools Recognition of Achievement Financial Resource Management.  We are so proud of the efforts of our finance department, who work tirelessly to ensure that all of our funds are well-managed, and well spent!

N-CCS Finance Department

Following these recognitions, Dr. Stegall shared with the Board that while no specifics can be shared at this time, our accountability data will be released on September 7th, until which time it is embargoed from the public by the State of North Carolina.  We are very excited to share this data, which includes school letter grades and school growth data, as we expect our hard work and efforts across all of our schools to be especially well-reflected in our accountability data this year.  More information will be released on September 7th, when the data becomes public., a website which utilizes data from the states to determine letter grades for school districts across North Carolina, ranks Newton-Conover City Schools as being in the top fifth of school districts across the entire state.  Receiving an overall grade of B for the district on an A-F scale, all grades but one were rated at a B or higher.  Categories measured include Academics, Diversity, Teachers, College Prep, Clubs and Activities, Health and Safety, Administration, Sports, Food, and Resources and Facilities.  We are very proud of the work and dedication of our students, staff and leadership in ensuring the success of all students — and we believe that this data is proof positive of that.  Way to go, N-CCS!

Further items of information included:

  • A presentation of bids for the upcoming Conover School construction and renovation project by McKissick and Associates
  • Information on the Dyslexia and Dyscalculia legislation, and how N-CCS is meeting the needs of these students through DIBELS and other programs
  • School Bus Camera Signage
  • An update on the status of the new crosswalk between Newton-Conover High School and Discovery High School, which is being painted and finished by the City of Newton and set to be completed by the start of the school year
  • Policy Updates
  • The Bus Driver pay increase plan, which was made possible by a new fund allotment from the state of North Carolina

About James Frye

James Frye (@mrjamesfrye) serves as Instructional Technology Facilitator and Public Information Officer for Newton-Conover City Schools. Formerly, he was an English and Journalism Teacher at Newton-Conover High School and a Blended/Virtual English Teacher. He is a NC Teaching Fellow and studied education abroad at the Hochschule Magdeburg-Stendal in Germany. James holds a Post-Masters Certificate in Educational Leadership & Cultural Foundations from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction with a Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in English/Education from Lenoir-Rhyne University, where he serves as an Adjunct Professor. He is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law with The University of Kentucky. In addition to modeling technological and leadership innovation and leading various professional learning, Jamie also serves statewide on the NC Digital Learning Initiative Advisory Board/Home Base Design Team, the NC Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development’s Board of Directors, the #NCed Leadership Team, and is co-founder of Edcamp WNC. He is a member of the NC Digital Leadership Coaches’ Network, and was named an international Emerging Leader by ASCD in 2015. He resides in Hickory with his wife and their baby girl.

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