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September 2017 Board Meeting Celebrates Growth of Staff and Schools

The second board meeting for Newton-Conover City Schools 2017-2018 school year began with four students from Shuford Elementary all leading the Pledge of Allegiance. The students leading were Kynda Jimenez, Davis Griffin, Aspen Hartsoe, and Casey Dollarhide.

Following the pledge was the quorum determination, and then the agenda was adopted. After that, the staff recognitions were held.

Ms. Heather Reynolds, 4th grade math teacher at South Newton was recognized for her teaching abilities and the way she leads her class. Praises were flying about her classroom and how once one stepped foot in it, one would be remiss to leave. Ms. Reynolds also went far beyond her duties as a teacher and spent hours over the summer to organize a resource room for other teachers of South Newton because she saw the need and wanted to help make the school a more positive and working environment for those around her.

Not just staff were honored during recognitions: the entire city of Newton was recognized for their involvement and partnership in projects at Discovery High School. The involvement and partnership ranged from the arts to the sciences, and even to the interns who were working with the city of Newton who had come into Discovery High School as well.

Following the recognitions, the public forum was opened to the house, however, no one had any issues or suggestions to bring up to the board at that time.

Following the public forum was the consent agenda items. The approval of regular and closed session minutes that had been discussed at the previous board meeting on August 21 was approved.

Further items of information include:

  • The graduation/dropout rate data report was shared, which showed that the dropout number has decreased and the graduation rates have continued to upwardly increase. This shows that students of both high schools are graduating on time and continuing to pursue education following. The current graduate rate 96 percent, second in the state.
  • Accountability Testing Results which showed that all schools met or exceeded expected growth in the 2016-17 school year. Additionally, there were no D or F schools, all being a C or higher, one even being an A school.
  • The CTE credential vs test which argued that students who took the CTE credential test did not have to take the following regular test to bring into the workforce to show employers.

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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