School board approves proposal to evaluate facilities
by David Broyles Staff Reporter
DOBSON —The Surry County Board of Education approved a proposal at its regular meeting Monday night at Flat Rock Elementary to evaluate its district facilities.
According to a proposal prepared for Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves by Consultant William L. Powell, the overall evaluation will provide a “picture” of the needs, identify where critical places to apply available funds are and then decide how much funding is needed presently or later using a phased, long-term facility plan.
“This will be a campus-by-campus evaluation,” said Reeves. “We liked Mr. Powell’s experience with Forsyth County Schools. This is comprehensive in nature and will come at a fraction of the cost of other architectural firms.” Reeves estimated the process would run more than six weeks and a presentation of the survey could be held in January.
Board member Brian Moser said he was impressed with Powell’s 17 years of experience and the documentation he was able to provide in work at Cedar Ridge. The total lump sum cost of the proposal is $8,100 or an average of $450 per school.
The Surry County Board of Education Monday night recognized Flat Rock Elementary Principal Tracey Lewis for being selected for the Elon University 2013 Alumni Awards and for her loyalty to county schools.
Director of Teacher Quality and Public Information Officer Sonia Dickerson told board members seven alumni from Elon University will be recognized for their professional success, community engagement and loyal support of Elon at a Nov. 8 ceremony during homecoming celebrations. Presenter Sonia Dickerson said the awards, formerly known as the Elon Alumni Association Awards, are the highest accolades conferred by the Elon Office of Alumni Engagement and have been presented annually to alumni and friends of Elon since 1941.
She said Elon’s Office of Alumni Engagement indicated Lewis received the honor for being an alumna who distinguished herself in a profession and in the community and brought honor to Elon.
Westfield Elementary Teacher Billy Joe Pell received the Surry County Employee of the Month award. This honor may be give to any full-time or part-time employee of the Surry County Schools who is be nominated for the award.
Suggested guidelines for nomination include the employee demonstrating excellence in their job, showing an attitude of collaboration and teamwork and making a significant contribution to the school, district, students, employees or community. Pell received a $50 gift certificate from award sponsor Simmons Nissan. Reeves praised Pell’s leadership in curriculum writing.
The board also heard a brief presentation on the Surry curriculum and instruction leaders who organize content using research based strategies and innovative practices for educators in Surry County Schools (CORE). More than 40 educators were on hand to be honored for being involved in the project.
Through an application process, all Surry County teachers had the opportunity to apply to be part of Surry’s CORE Teams in elementary, middle, and high school grade spans.
According to Dickerson, once the group was chosen, the work began to pull together as a team and create items that all county teachers would use daily. Directory of Elementary Curriculum Jennifer Scott led the elementary writers, and the middle and high school writers were under the leadership of Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction Jill Reinhardt.
Dickerson told the board the district wide K-12 CORE Teams have a wide range of responsibilities in core content areas of curriculum and instruction. They outlined these responsibilities for the individual and for the group which include actively participating in CORE Team meetings on a regular basis, leading by example, serving as a district content leader to help design, develop, and implement identified curricula professional development, among other tasks.
A group of 14 students representing the Flat Rock Chorus performed at the opening of the meeting under the direction of Music Teacher Amey King. One of the selections they performed was the song “Do the Good You Know.” The group is composed of more than 35 students.
In other action, the board approved a request by North Surry High School Principal Neil Atkins place a spirit rock on the school campus. Atkins said a North Surry alumni would remove the current spirit rock and an “upgrade” was being donated by a local company.
Reach David Broyles at firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-719-1952.
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