DOBSON — A ray of unaccustomed sunshine at this time in the annual budget cycle for Surry County Schools came Wednesday from the office of Gov. Pat McCrory.
Superintendent Dr. Travis Reeves informed the board at a special meeting the system would receive $800,00 as one of 30 districts receiving the Education and Workforce Innovation grant.
“These grants will accelerate innovation and partnerships with business and higher education in schools throughout North Carolina and will empower our educators to be creative in how we prepare our students for college and a career,” wrote McCrory in a release announcing the grant winners. “I want to thank the members of our Education and Workforce Innovation Commission for their commitment to support students from diverse regions, communities and schools and their efforts to ensure all students, regardless of background have access to the exciting opportunities these grants will bring about.”
According to Reeves, The Education and Workforce Innovation Fund was created in the 2013 legislative session with the grants designed to support five-year programs in districts throughout the state. He explained the funds are to create a “career and college culture” with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) skills throughout middle schools in the district.
Information from the system indicates the program is aimed at strengthening successful, innovative education programs which combine “academic rigor” and skills development with the goal of students graduating both career and college ready.
“The Surry County School System will have the opportunity to expand STEM initiatives,” said Reeves. “In conjunction with the transformation of Meadowview Middle School becoming a STEM magnet school we will also create a district Science Institute.”
The proposed institute and magnet school will serve as laboratories for piloting teaching practices that will be used throughout the district. Reeves told the board the institute and magnet school will build foundation skills in STEM to lead to successful high school career academics and college pathways which will align with Surry Community College as well as workforce development needs in the county.
“Dr. Terri Mosley, assistant superintendent for Surry County Schools, dedicated many hours to writing this grant and her work certainly cannot go unnoticed. Dr. Mosley’s support of and contributions to the students and staff in Surry County have been numerous and valuable during her years as an educator in Surry County.”
Reeves said Mosley possessed “a persistent belief that the educational community must be focused and involved in order to accomplish goals.” He described her as a positive, progressive educator committed to excellence. He said Mosley’s leadership style was based on collecting facts and her “sense of urgency to do what is right for children based on those facts.” He said her work was responsible for leading county students to become productive workers, responsible citizens and life long learners.
Mosley noted what is being planned for students could not happen without the partners the system has secured along the way and congratulated the system’s partner agencies “for rising to the call to extend their services to do what is right for children.”
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