Principals, new schools named

First Posted: 7/13/2009

With construction progressing on two new schools and the conversion of an existing school, the Surry County Board of Education was faced with the prospect of making arrangements for staffing these facilities and rearranging districts.
At Monday nights meeting, the board approved principals for the new elementary school in the central district, the new middle school in the east district and for Pilot Mountain Middle School, which will be converted into an elementary school.
Dana Thomas, assistant principal at Surry Central High School, will be the principal at the central district elementary school which will be named Rockford Elementary School. The position will be contracted for two years and will be effective when state law permits a salary to begin, around March.
Angela Carson, principal at Meadowview Middle School, will be the principal at Pilot Mountain Elementary School, which will be in the building that now houses Pilot Mountain Middle School.
Neil Atkins will replace Dennis Lawson as principal at Pilot Mountain Middle School, which will move to the new site in the fall 2010. Atkins position as principal will be effective July 15. He was previously assistant principal at North Surry High School.
Allison York was named as principal at Mountain Park Elementary School effective July 15. York was the assistant principal at Dobson Elementary School.
In order to accommodate the addition of the new schools, district lines were redrawn by board members. The new districting maps for the elementary schools are available at the central office and will be on the school systems Web site in about 10 days.
Construction work is moving along on the buildings and administrators and board members say they have been pleased with what they have seen. The group is working with Duke Energy to see if the power lines that run in front of the new east district middle school site can be buried.
The board also heard an update on progress of the conversion of the Reece Building in Dobson to suit the needs of the school system. Upon Superintendent Dr. Ashley Hinsons request, the board agreed to rename the building the Surry County Schools 21st Century Learning Facility.
The building will be used to house technology equipment, including the servers for the school system, as well as child nutrition equipment. It also will be used for professional development activities and seminars down the road.
Were well on our way to converting that building into a usable facility, said Hinson, stating that the servers for the school system are now up and running in that building.
Board members also approved a contract with Workforce Carolina to conduct random student drug testing. Workforce Carolina charges around $41 per student to do the test and will oversee the paperwork and provide staff to conduct the tests. The contract was approved with the understanding that expenditures would not exceed $20,000.
Last year around 400 students were tested with about a 95 percent compliance rate.
Along those same lines, administrators also assembled a list of approved counselors with the assistance of Crossroads Behavioral Services for those students who test positive.
This gives parents more choice as to who they take their child to, said Dr. Terri Mosley, assistant superintendent.
In other items on the agenda:
The board approved a change in the Surry Early College High School calendar in regards to grading periods. The school requested to move from a nine-week grading period to a six-week grading period due to the fact that it will be operating on a semester-long course schedule similar to that of the college.
Four contracts were approved for the exceptional children program. These contracts are up for renewal each year and deal with nurses needed for specific students, an audiology specialist, a therapist and migrant transportation.
Grants for Title II Part D were approved by board members. These funds will be used to booster the 1:1 laptop initiative and will fund a position to deal with technical and instructional support in the middle schools. With money from the stimulus package and the grant, the program will have roughly $50,000.
Earlie Coe was re-elected as board chairman for the 2009-10 school year. Brian Gates was re-elected as board vice-chairman for the 2009-10 school year.
I would like to thank the members of the board for this honor, said Coe.
I would like to thank the board as well for the opportunity to serve with you, said Gates.
The board agreed to uphold the first Monday of each month as the meeting date, though Michele Hunter voiced her desire to change the day.
The board reviewed the goals it set at its June board retreat.
What I see is were not bound by any limits, said Gates of the goals.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.

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