The new state superintendent of public instruction is coming to Surry County Friday to check out two schools.
Attorney Mark Johnson edged three-term incumbent June Atkinson for the state position in November. Now the 33-year-old is getting out in the community to see what’s working and what needs help across North Carolina.
On Friday morning, Johnson will visit both Meadowview Magnet Middle School and East Surry High School.
This week Dr. Travis Reeves, superintendent of Surry County Schools, gave the county Board of Education a rundown of topics that will be discussed.
Johnson will be introduced in the media center of the middle school at 9 a.m. Then the district will give a video demonstration about the school.
A student panel will elaborate on programs touched upon in the video such as the science, technology, engineering and math programs, robotics, Project Lead The Way, the Science Institute, student choice and a new program whereby eighth-graders can take a course for high school credit.
From 9:45 a.m. to 10:20 a.m., Johnson will tour the school, including the virtual reality room and robotics area. Then Johnson and members of the county office will drive to Pilot Mountain.
Around 10:45 a.m., East Surry’s media center will host a gathering.
Principal Lorrie Sawyers and college liaison Crystal Folger-Hawks will discuss the college-going culture that the high schools are trying to bolster.
Student choice and the Surry Virtual Academy also will be discussed with the guest of honor. Three students will explain how these programs have allowed them to personalize their educational experience.
The district’s Teacher Advisory Council will have a panel discussion with Johnson so that he can hear from the instructors themselves.
After that, Johnson will tour East Surry, including the Digital Media Academy mobile studio.
Johnson is scheduled to wrap up his visit around 12:30 p.m.